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  • Lindsey Graham’s Poll Position: Very Vulnerable

    04/16/2014 12:10:25 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 4/16/14
    INCUMBENT LIBERAL MAY WIN GOP NOD, BUT CHALLENGES LOOM … Big government backer Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) is likely to win the GOP nomination for another term in the U.S. Senate when South Carolina “Republicans” go to the polls in June. In fact the liberal lawmaker may claim the GOP nomination outright – without having to compete in a two-week runoff election (in South Carolina, major party candidates who fail to receive more than 50 percent of the vote on the primary ballot must face off against their nearest competitor in a head-to-head runoff matchup two weeks later). But just because...
  • Terri Lynn Land maintains lead in poll for Carl Levin’s Senate seat (6 points!)

    04/16/2014 10:56:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 4/15/14
     Terri Lynn Land continues to enjoy a six point lead in the race for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Carl Levin. This is according to a poll conducted on April 9 and distributed this morning by Mitchell Research and Communications with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.56%. When asked if the election were being held today would you be voting for Republican Terri Lynn Land or Democrat Gary peters 44% responded Land while 38% answered Peters. A total of 18% were undecided. Both Land and Peters seem to be attending to keep the...
  • Terry Lynn Land (R) now ahead of Gary Peters (D) in RCP average for Michigan-SEN.

    04/16/2014 10:53:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | Moe Lane
    The latest Mitchell Research poll has Land up six (44/38) over Peters; a previous Mitchell poll had her behind by one. This is enough to put her in front, overall; toss out the partisan polls and Terry Lynn Rand is ahead by rather more. Looking at the rend line… well, Gary Peters can’t just seem to catch fire. And I don’t think that the governor’s race is going to help, either: as of this moment Rick Snyder is decently ahead, and in a comfortable place for a Republican governor in a blue state. Hmm. Snyder needs a little work on...
  • CNN: Landrieu Ad with Fake Footage Is 'Blowing Up in Her Face'

    04/16/2014 10:42:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 97 replies ^ | 4/16/14
    On CNN's "Inside Politics" host John King and panel discuss Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) taking heat for reenacting a Senate hearing using actors because Senate rules prohibit using video ...
  • If Sebelius Runs for Senate, isn't Milton Wolf better positioned to put Obamacare on trial?

    04/16/2014 10:34:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | William Jacobson
    Pat Roberts voted to confirm Sebelius. As soon as Kathleen Sebelius resigned as Secretary of HHS, my first thought was, hmm, wonder if she’ll run for Senate in Kansas. Apparently I’m not the only one thinking about that, Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge. Ms. Sebelius is...
  • Cantor Challenger Calls for Investigation of New Director of the Republican Party of Virginia

    04/16/2014 8:43:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    David Brat, the long-shot challenger to Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Virginia's 7th Congressional District, is demanding an investigation into the new executive director of the Virginia Republican party, Shaun Kenney, after it was revealed Kenney's consulting firm is now on Cantor's payroll. "If Eric Cantor's campaign or any of his affiliates has hired Shaun Kenney’s consulting firm, any pretense of fairness in the upcoming Seventh District Congressional Race is diminished," Brat wrote in a letter to Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPVA). On Monday, a posting by a contributor at the blog Kenney founded, Bearing...
  • Milton Wolf Starts His Ad Buy (KS Senate)

    04/16/2014 7:49:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | Erick Erickson
    In Kansas, Milton Wolf is beginning to do what I suggested this morning he do — reach out to Kansas voters to show he is a credible alternative to Pat Roberts. Here is the first in his series of ad buys:
  • BREAKING: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Contacted DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups

    04/16/2014 7:10:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | Katie Pavlich
    According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner contacted the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for "lying" about political activity. "I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ ... He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who "lied" on their...
  • Mary Landrieu's video fakery reveals desperation: LA Senator sees re-election chances evaporating.

    04/16/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    When Democrats get desperate they resort to fakery. And Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu sees her re-election chances evaporating, so it’s time to pretend. Byron York in The Examiner reports on a video ad she is running that contains fake footage of a Senate hearing, where she poses as something she is not, a fighter against the Obama administration, which she actually supports 95% of the time when she votes on official actions. York explains: What Landrieu did to invite the ridicule was to re-create for her ad producers her own performance in a Senate hearing -- complete with set, supporting...
  • GOP challenger to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts: 'Nobody should spend 47 years in Washington'

    04/16/2014 6:26:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | Juston Green
    The Republican challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., thinks nobody should spend 47 years in Washington. Dr. Milton Wolf, a diagnostic radiologist from the Kansas City area, on Wednesday released a television ad criticizing Roberts for his nearly five decades in the nation's Capital. "After 47 years in Washington, Kansas is a distant memory for Pat Roberts," the ad opens, before pivoting to Wolf's daily routine as a Kansas doctor. The ad goes on to mention Wolf's plan to "repeal and replace Obamacare," "fight wasteful spending" and pass Congressional term limits. After his tenure, Wolf's ad promises, he'll return home...
  • Illinois Governor: Rauner (R) 43%, Quinn (D) 40%

    04/16/2014 6:16:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is facing some early trouble from his Republican challenger in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 gubernatorial race in Illinois. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Illinois Voters shows Republican businessman Bruce Rauner picking up 43% of the vote to Quinn’s 40%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 750...
  • Jason Conger: Oregon’s Tipping Point Conservative

    04/16/2014 5:30:57 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    Every year since 1976, except 2008, the number of Democrats in Oregon has dropped, yet establishment-type Republican candidates continue to lose in the Beaver State. Since 1988 Oregon has voted Democratic in every presidential election; Mitt Romney ran away with the Oregon Republican Primary in 2012, yet Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney 937,321 to 733,743 in the general election. But Oregon hasn’t always been so reliably Democratic – Ronald Reagan won Oregon in both 1980 and 1984. Why has Oregon gone from being Reagan country to being reliably Democrat? As I observe in my new book TAKEOVER, grassroots conservatives voters...
  • The Challengers Under Attack

    04/16/2014 5:24:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 ^ | 4/16/14 | Erick Erickson
    The truth may hurt, but is not mean, as my friend Andrew Breitbart would say. The truth is the major challengers to incumbent Republican Senators — Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas, and Chris McDaniel in Mississippi — are behind. This is not to say they cannot win. I believe they can. But, this is to say that for them to win, their campaigns and our efforts must be kicked into high gear. Matt Bevin, Milton Wolf, and Chris McDaniel are the best men for the Senate in their respective states. They are competent. They are conservative. They...
  • 5 primary challengers to Sen. Graham to debate

    04/16/2014 5:20:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Five of the six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are meeting in a debate in Aiken. The Aiken Republican Club is sponsoring Wednesday’s debate, which will take place after the club’s luncheon in downtown Aiken. A panel of reporters will ask questions of the candidates. Those scheduled to appear at the event are Columbia pastor Det Bowers, Spartanburg County state Sen. Lee Bright, Upstate businessman Richard Cash, Orangeburg lawyer Bill Connor and Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace. Graham will not attend the debate. Graham is seeking a third term in the Senate. All his Republican...
  • Flush with cash, Lindsey Graham shifts focus away from raising money

    04/16/2014 5:18:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | Rebecca Berg
    Two months ahead of the South Carolina primary, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is campaigning with gusto to ward off any potential political threats along his right flank, where he was thought to be vulnerable to a competitive Tea Party challenge. But, in fundraising, at least, Graham's campaign appears to be declaring: Mission accomplished. Not one of Graham's Republican challengers has exceeded $1 million in contributions. Graham's campaign, meanwhile, has raised more than $11.6 million during the election cycle, and ended March with nearly $6.9 million on hand. But that's less cash than Graham had at the end of last quarter,...
  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    04/16/2014 2:31:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 15, 2014 9:24pm EDT | JONATHAN KAMINSKY
    (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. The competing measures, both slated to be on the ballot in November in the Pacific Northwest state, are the only firearm background check initiatives up for a vote this year in the United States. :snip: Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. Initiative 591, however, would disallow background...
  • Ron Paul group to defy IRS [IRS demands Ron Paul's list of donors]

    04/15/2014 4:18:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 15, 2014 | BY JOEL GEHRKE
    Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service's demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so. "There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty," Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. "We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of...
  • International Renaissance Foundation/ Open Society Foundations (OSF) [Ukraine] (George Soros...

    04/15/2014 1:35:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    The International Renaissance Foundation's mission is to foster an open, participatory, plaurlist society based on democratic values in Ukraine...
  • Eric Cantor — The New “Mr. Amnesty”?

    04/15/2014 1:20:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | Mickey Kaus
    The Threat of Cheap Denham: Don’t be fooled by press accounts that downplay the significance of Rep. Jeff Denham’s attempt to add something called the ENLIST Act to the defense authorization (NDAA) bill. It’s a significant push for a substantial immigration amnesty, and it has a good chance of succeeding. Opponents of an “Amnesty First” approach to immigration should be worried. Here’s why: – On the surface, it looks like Denham’s amendment would give amnesty only to an almost comically appealing group of illegal immigrants: “DREAMers” who were brought to this country when they were young and who also serve...
  • Immigration Overhaul: Democrats Look to Flip 30 House Republicans

    04/15/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | Matt Fuller
    Democrats are holding out hope that their discharge petition on a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill can still work — or at least be used as election-year ammo. House Democrats held a conference call Tuesday to announce their intention to distribute a memo in the districts of 30 House Republicans who have signaled support for an immigration overhaul previously. Democrats are calling on these Republicans, and others, to “put their pen where their mouth is,” as Colorado Democrat Jared Polis put it, and sign the discharge petition for HR 15, the companion bill to the Senate-passed immigration bill. The discharge petition...
  • Exclusive - Sen. Sessions Comes Out Swinging Against Secretive House Immigration Push

    04/15/2014 12:50:18 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and arguably the leading intellectual force against amnesty in Congress, is coming out hard against a proposal backed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor to grant amnesty to illegal alien DREAMers who enlist in the military. “We are now in a period of very large troop reductions. The last thing this nation should be doing is to provide those few slots to persons who illegally entered the United States or who overstayed their visas while denying young Americans the ability to serve their country,” Sessions said in a written...
  • Sasse and Ricketts Solid in New Poll (NE)

    04/15/2014 9:37:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | Daniel Halper
    "One private poll I was shown (now however more than a week old), had the Nebraska Senate race between former state treasurer Shane Osborn and Midland University president Ben Sasse even, with the other candidates far behind. Osborn, having previously been elected statewide, began the race with a huge name ID advantage. The fact that Sasse has caught him suggests Sasse has the momentum and is now the favorite (and I gather that subsequent polling shows him pulling ahead). Osborn's campaign has, as a result, unleashed a wave of negative phone calls (of dubious veracity) about Sasse. These could slow...
  • South Carolina Tea Party Leader Endorses One of Lindsey Graham's Challengers (Connor endorsed)

    04/15/2014 9:11:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The possibility that opponents of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will coalesce around a single challenger in the June Republican U.S. Senate primary in South Carolina took an interesting turn on Monday when an influential Tea Party leader in the state endorsed attorney Bill Connor, who has lagged in both the polls and fundraising. In his endorsement Monday, Joe Dugan, founder of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party and executive producer of the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, said "I have known Bill [Connor] for more than five years and believe he will never sacrifice principle over politics because those principles...
  • Poll: 64 Percent Of GOP Arizona Voters Want McCain Gone In 2016

    04/15/2014 9:08:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | Charlie Spiering
    A new Citizens United Political Victory Fund poll shows that Republican Arizona voters have had it with Sen. John McCain, even though the senator has signaled his intentions to run for a sixth term in 2016. According to the poll, 64.2 percent of likely GOP primary voters said that they are ready for someone new to take the job and only 29.3 percent signaled a willingness to re-elect McCain. The poll also shows that McCain loses to other potential Arizona Repubican candidates in a primary. McCain loses to Gov. Jan Brewer 47.7 percent to 29 percent and to Rep. Matt...
  • Thom Tillis to skip major GOP primary debate (NC)

    04/15/2014 8:51:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | John Frank
    House Speaker Thom Tillis is planning to skip a major U.S. Senate debate ahead of the Republican primary May 6. WRAL is hosting a televised candidate debate April 23, one of only three scheduled in the high-profile race to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan. It will feature other leading contenders, Greg Brannon, Mark Harris and Heather Grant. A Tillis campaign spokesman confirmed the candidate would not attend. “We were unable to make the WRAL debate work due to scheduling conflicts, but we are looking forward to participating in two other debates that we have committed to,” said Jordan Shaw. The campaign...
  • Cary's Greg Brannon makes Constitution the focus of US Senate bid (NC)

    04/15/2014 8:48:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Paul Specht
    CARY -- Greg Brannon’s Monday started with two pelvic surgeries at WakeMed and ended at a tea party event in Moore County for his U.S Senate campaign. In between, the 53-year-old obstetrician saw 46 patients at his Cary office. Brannon has no political experience. He recently lost a civil lawsuit. And he’s facing seven other candidates, including state House Speaker Thom Tillis, whose supporters have deep pockets, in the Republican primary. But he thinks he has the managerial experience and legal knowledge needed to win the primary and ultimately unseat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. He’s run his OB/GYN practice for...

    04/14/2014 9:18:43 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 123 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 4/14/2014 | Carlo3b
    ARE HISPANICS NATURAL DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS? OR SHOULD WE ASK, ARE HISPANICS MORE LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE? I report, you decide.. Broadly speaking, the Hispanic society, regardless of nationality; have strong family values, deeply held religious beliefs, a rigorous work ethic,strong community commitment,fun loving,traditionalist by culture,socially charitable,strong gender identities.. In the most generous interpretation, which political identity better fits the natural characteristics of the Hispanic community? I believe if you ask the average Hispanic, legal or illegally in our country, the following questions, the answers would be astonishingly different than the average American would attribute to the media's interpretation of...
  • DCCC Chair: We Care More about Amnesty Than Midterm Elections

    04/14/2014 4:19:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Tony Lee
    The top Democrat who is leading the effort to help the party elect more members to Congress said he cares more about amnesty than the midterm elections. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley on Sunday, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the midterm elections are taking a backseat to the amnesty legislation Democrats and establishment Republicans desperately want. "We'd rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election. We have got 190 Democrats ready to vote on a comprehensive immigration bill today," Israel said while also accusing Republicans...
  • GOP Mutiny Could Unseat Boehner and McConnell as Party Leaders

    04/14/2014 2:23:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 76 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Eric Pianin
    It increasingly looks as if the Republicans will regain control of Congress this fall, with the GOP narrowly winning back a majority in the Senate and the House GOP either retaining or slightly building on its majority. But will the two top Republican leaders – House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- be around to enjoy the spoils of victory? Both Boehner of Ohio and McConnell of Kentucky are crafty and highly resilient veterans who would be difficult for their opponents to bring down even under the best of circumstances. Yet McConnell is facing arguably one...
  • George Soros about Europe, Russia and Ukraine (Euromaidan PR interview of Soros

    04/14/2014 12:55:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 65 replies
    EuroMaidan PR ^ | 4/12/2014 | Vitali Usenko
    In an interesting interview [link at URL] to the New York Review of Books, George Soros shared his ideas on many topics including Europe, Russia and the Ukranian crisis. He also presented his new book [link at URL] The tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival? Whether one agrees or disagrees with Soro's interpretations and arguments, it is hard to deny that the interview is extremely insightful and gives a lot of food for thought. I offer a discussion of the part of the interview devoted to Ukraine. George Soros emphasized the necessity of a large-scale technical and financial...

    04/14/2014 1:06:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 14, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    The top Democrat who is leading the effort to help the party elect more members to Congress said he cares more about amnesty than the midterm elections. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley on Sunday, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the midterm elections are taking a backseat to the amnesty legislation Democrats and establishment Republicans desperately want. "We'd rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election. We have got 190 Democrats ready to vote on a comprehensive immigration bill today," Israel said while also accusing Republicans...
  • Mitch McConnell can’t kill this ObamaCare defunding effort

    04/14/2014 11:08:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 4/14/14
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear had ten days to veto the General Assembly’s agreement to defund ObamaCare in Kentucky and start a huge fight for today and tomorrow, but he didn’t do it. Now, he must accept reality and start taking down the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. At the top of page Page 124 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act it states “No federal funds for continued operations … In establishing an Exchange under this section, the state shall ensure that such Exchange is self-sustaining beginning on January 1, 2015, including allowing the Exchange to charge assessments or user...
  • McConnell’s Tea Party Opponent Raises $1.12 Million In First Quarter

    04/14/2014 11:06:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Jay Newton-Small
    Though he’s trailing the Senate minority leader by more than 30 points, Matt Bevin's influx of cash could force McConnell to spend vital funds to defend himself Matt Bevin, the Tea Party candidate challenging Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, announced Monday that he raised $1.12 million from 30,000 donors in the first quarter of 2014. “As Kentuckians learn the truth about Sen. McConnell’s record of repeatedly caving to President Obama and his long history of votes for bailouts, amnesty, and funding for Obamacare, they have rallied to our campaign,” Bevin, a businessman and first time candidate, said in...
  • Tillis: No real difference between me and my #NCSEN opponents (Brannon for Senate!)

    04/14/2014 9:26:14 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 4/13/14 | Brant Clifton
    Yep. That’s what he told The Cumberland County Republican Women’s Club on Saturday. Okay, Mr. Big Boy Pants™, then why are YOU running? I disagree with his assertion there. I think there are BIG differences between Tillis and the rest of the field. He’s the only candidate in the field who appears to be using his day job to shake down people for campaign contributions. (It’s illegal to accept campaign contributions to your legislative campaign fund from people with business before the state while the legislature is in session. It’s NOT illegal to accept them for your US Senate race...
  • Olympia Snowe, on compromise, Citizens United and former colleague Kay Hagan

    04/14/2014 9:23:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Mary Curtis
    Olympia Snowe made her case for a return to governing from the “sensible center,” and she did it with conviction. But while the audience was both loud and supportive at a women’s summit in Charlotte, no one – and that includes the former Republican U.S. senator from Maine — thought it would be easy. Snowe was considered moderate in her approach and her politics when she decided not to run for a fourth term in the Senate in 2012. How bad had it gotten? Republicans and Democrats honored her at separate celebrations, a departure from the past. “It’s not even...
  • Ravenel: What Deals Will Graham Cut To Stay In Power?

    04/14/2014 9:04:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Thomas Ravenel
    I believe Senators should represent the people who elected them. They should put your needs first as opposed to the needs of government bureaucrats, lobbyists or Washington, D.C. special interests. Unfortunately, South Carolinians have gotten the short end of that stick when it comes to Senator Lindsey Graham. Last year the Center for Public Integrity reported that Graham ranked second in the entire U.S. Congress when it came to receiving political contributions bundled by lobbyists. And last month we learned how willing Graham is to trade political favors for campaign cash when he introduced an online gaming ban for Republican...
  • Oregon's GOP Senate Race Suddenly Gets Lively (Jason Conger for Senate!)

    04/14/2014 8:54:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 4/11/14 | Fred Barnes
    Monica Wehby is a pediatric brain surgeon running for the Republican Senate nomination in Oregon. She has never sought elected office before. But she is off to a well-financed and highly touted start. The reason: She has the support of GOP political operatives in Washington as the Republican with the best chance of unseating Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. Jason Conger is an Oregon legislator who is also seeking to win the Republican primary on May 20. He has won two state elections, ousting an entrenched Democrat in his first race. Mr. Conger doesn't have the backing of Republican strategists in...
  • Portents of the looming Democrat nightmare

    04/14/2014 7:07:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/14/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    As the old saying goes, the only poll that matters is the one where votes are cast. So it makes sense to pay close attention to special elections leading up to November, even for local offices the national; media ignore. Eagle-eyed John Fund, writing in the National Review, calls our attention to two special elections that should be causing nightmares for Democrats. Arlington, Va., is a classic wealthy ObamaTown, filled with government workers and limousine liberals. Mitt Romney won only 29 percent of the vote in 2012.  But last Tuesday, Democrats lost their first election for the five-member Arlington County...
  • Professor Hopes To Be Tea Party's David To Eric Cantor's Goliath

    04/14/2014 7:02:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 4/13/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, is hoping to play the role of David to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Goliath in this June's Republican primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District. But he's got his work cut out for him. Although when he jumped in the race he said was hoping for financial backing from top players in the conservative world, that hasn't panned out yet. Brat has just $50,000 cash on hand, he said in an interview, a pittance compared to the $1.9 million Cantor had in the bank at the end of 2013. Still, Brat allies...
  • Boehner’s tea party primary challenger accuses him of ‘Electile Dysfunction’ in new ad [VIDEO]

    04/14/2014 5:24:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 70 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    House Speaker John Boehner’s tea party primary opponent J.D. Winteregg is releasing a new parody ad Monday accusing Boehner of “Electile Dysfunction.” WATCH THE NEW AD HERE “If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention,” according to the online ad, which seeks to nationalize Winteregg’s fundraising ahead of the May 6 Ohio eighth district Republican primary. (RELATED: TheDC Interview with J.D. Winteregg) “The intent [with the ad] is to nationalize this thing. He’s everyone’s speaker. He’s my representative, yeah, but he’s America’s speaker. We want to get my name out there and tell people...
  • Iowa Senate Candidate's Ad: Holding his Glock...

    04/13/2014 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 9 replies
    A short, gotta-see Ad.

    04/13/2014 2:51:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 90 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 13, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama on Saturday for either not understanding or deliberately disrespecting the Constitution. "We have a president who doesn't understand or just chooses to disrespect our Constitution," Palin said on Fox News' Cashin In with host Eric Bolling. Obama has unilaterally changed immigration, health care, and welfare laws, among others, according to Palin, and she said that he has sent a message with his actions that an elite crew will run the government as they see fit instead of "We the People." She also said there needs to be "new energy" in government...
  • Koch-style Political Ads; Are these type effective? (Vanity)

    04/13/2014 1:21:03 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 30 replies
    I appreciate the Koch Brothers financing political ads against the Dems who voted for ObamaCare. However, I'm taking an informal poll here. Tell me FReepers; if you think ads that end like this are effective: "Call her today, and tell her to stop spending taxpayers' money on ObamaCare." Is this effective or should the ad encourage voters to just get rid of her? They are running similar ads against Braley in Iowa and Udall in Colorado that say e.g. : "Tell Bruce Braley to stand with Iowa and stop supporting ObamaCare." Is that cool, or should it say: "Iowans, don't...
  • EDITORIAL: North Carolina answers Democrats’ question ‘What vote fraud?’

    04/13/2014 5:52:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    It’s an article of the faith of the Democrats that voter fraud is nothing to worry about because it never happens. Kim Strach, the North Carolina director of elections, has living proof — and some dead proof — otherwise. She has identified 35,750 persons who voted in North Carolina sharing a name, birth date and Social Security number with someone who voted in another state in 2012. Another 81 North Carolinians voted after they died. Ghosts have no constitutional rights, not yet, but Barack Obama and the Democrats think rigor mortis need not keep voters from practicing good citizenship. President...
  • Poll: Scott Walker approval hits 59 percent, leads Democratic opponent by 16 points

    04/12/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2014 | Guy Benson
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a good run lately. He signed a major tax relief package into law, his controversial budget reforms have put the state back in the black, and his opponent has been torched for telling some high-profile fibs. A new poll from Wisconsin Public Radio suggests that voters are appreciative of the governor’s accomplishments. Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke by 16 points in the survey (56/40), with Walker’s approval rating soaring to just shy of 60 percent — an all-time high in the series. (President Obama’s job approval is underwater at 48/50 in the poll). Walker’s...
  • Will the National Republican Senatorial Committee Pledge to Support Chris McDaniel?

    04/11/2014 5:50:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 4/11/14 | Erick Erickson
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out an email this morning, as it usually does. One link attacked Matt Bevin in Kentucky. Several attacked Democrats around the country. Thirteen links in the email attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel. McDaniel is challenging the incumbent Republican Thad Cochran in Mississippi. The email, following other tweets and hits from the NRSC, accuse McDaniel of being racist, a bigot, gaffe prone, etc. McDaniel is neck and neck in the polling with Cochran. His candidacy has sent Haley Barbour & Company in to outright panic mode. Barbour has stopped letting murderers out of jail...
  • U.S. moderate Republican to retire after primary challenge emerges

    04/11/2014 5:09:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/2014 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - Longtime Republican congressman Thomas Petri of Wisconsin will not seek re-election in November, announcing his decision just a week after a conservative state legislator revealed plans to mount a primary challenge for his seat.Petri, 73, viewed as a moderate member of the party, will formally announce his retirement plans at a town hall meeting on Monday in Neenah, Wisconsin, his office said in a statement on Friday. It gave no details about the reason for the decision.Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin state senator who is considered one of the state's most conservative Republicans, said last week...
  • Sound familiar? Top Nevada Dem official vows to pursue conservative group

    04/11/2014 4:05:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 11, 2014 | By M.D. Kittle
    Nevada’s Democrat secretary of state says he’ll do all in his power to crush a conservative organization that ran ads against him in his campaign to become the state’s attorney general. Sound familiar? It’s part of a “disturbing trend,” said Matthew Walter, executive director of the State Government Leadership Foundation, the conservative nonprofit behind the ads that earned the ire of Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. “This is all about freedom of speech,” Walter said. “Whether it’s President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service and their unbalanced scrutiny into conservative organizations, or whether it’s Ross Miller with his threats and blustering...

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Nevadan Named BLM Chief - Senate Confirms Former Reid Adviser

    04/11/2014 1:22:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    CBS/Las Vegas ^ | April 9, 2014
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A natural resource manager who grew up in Elko has been named director of the Bureau of Land Management. The U.S. Senate voted 71-28 on Tuesday to confirm the appointment of Neil Kornze to the post. Kornze was raised in Elko and is a former senior adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He joined the BLM in 2011 and has been leading the agency as principal deputy director for the past year.