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  • LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements

    07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Eric Russell
    Maine’s Republican governor wants all able-bodied recipients of the federal food stamp benefit to complete work or volunteer activities. Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without working or volunteering. “We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.” According to the Maine...
  • Cruz Meets With Conservatives to Discuss Border Crisis (Updated)

    07/23/2014 10:49:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Matt Fuller
    Updated 1:23 p.m. | Sen. Ted Cruz once again met with a group of the House’s most conservative lawmakers Wednesday morning to discuss potential legislative responses to the flood of children crossing the border. Cruz met with “more than 20″ House Republicans Wednesday morning, according to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to discuss a supplemental package meant to address the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. “I didn’t have a hard count, but I know that it was more than 20,” King said. According to the Iowa Republican, lawmakers had breakfast and listened to Cruz’s take on the crisis. “The...
  • Loudermilk Wins, Wolf Surges

    07/23/2014 10:22:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Ken Cuccinelli
    We have great news to report. Last night, Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) won the Republican primary runoff election for the 11th Congressional District in Georgia. Barry Loudermilk is a principled conservative leader who will fight to cut spending, balance the budget, and repeal Obamacare. We were proud to endorse Barry in the primary and we're thankful to all of you who helped SCF support his campaign. KANSAS SENATE UPDATE Now we need to continue this momentum into Kansas and help Dr. Milton Wolf defeat Senator Pat Roberts who has been in Washington for 47 years. Dr. Milton Wolf (R-KS)The polling in...
  • Lindsey Graham’s phony meltdown: Why he’s covering for House GOP on immigration

    07/23/2014 8:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 7/22/14
    On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Congress’ few and most vocal Republican advocates of comprehensive immigration reform, shared the line that he’s apparently decided to lean on through the rest of the 2014 election cycle: “There’ll be no immigration reform because of the crisis on the border. I blame Obama for this moment.” Graham has a long history of seizing on an issue of possible bipartisan compromise, watching hard-liners in his party kill that possibility, and then abandoning hope of the compromise because Obama didn’t manage the “optics” or the schedule or something insignificant. He knows...
  • Ravenel: “Lindsey Graham Is A Reality Show We Can’t Turn Off”

    07/23/2014 7:57:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/22/14
    EDISTO, SC – Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel responded today to incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham’s assertion that running for the U.S. Senate was “not a reality television show.” Ravenel, star of the Bravo TV show ‘Southern Charm, said Graham was part of a much costlier “reality TV” show. “The difference between my reality TV show and Lindsey Graham’s reality TV show is simple: his is costing taxpayers trillions of dollars – and thousands of American lives,” Ravenel said. “And unlike my show, you can’t change the channel when his show comes on – and you can’t...
  • Constituents Pack Millennium Maxwell House In Support Of Carr (Tennessee)

    07/23/2014 7:52:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 700 constituents packed the Millennium Maxwell House Tuesday night in support of State Representative Joe Carr, as he hopes to pull off an upset in the Republican Primary. A rally, called Restore America, was held and featured radio host and political commentator Laura Ingraham campaigning for the Lascassas Republican. Carr hopes to defeat incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary on August 7. The Tea Party challenger said he's happy about the early voting turnout and is ready to hit the road to talk to more Tennesseans. “The voters want to hear what we...
  • Tea Party Takes Two of Three GOP Races for US House in Georgia

    07/23/2014 7:47:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | John Gizzi
    Although the stunning upset win by political newcomer David Perdue in the Republican runoff for the Senate was the big news from Georgia on Tuesday night, the tea party also had a night to remember in the Peach State. In two of three runoffs for the Republican nomination for Congress in open U.S. House districts, tea party-backed candidates emerged triumphant and are now considered certain to win in November. The biggest win was scored by former state senator and swashbuckling conservative Barry Loudermilk in the 11th District in suburban Atlanta that Rep. Phil Gingrey relinquished to run for the Senate....
  • EXography: Some senators, including Harry Reid, rarely go home; other senators do it constantly

    07/23/2014 6:58:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Luke Rosiak
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rarely makes time to travel back to Nevada and listen to the voters who sent him to Washington, according to a Washington Examiner review of Senate disbursement records. Reid's office budget showed only 11 trips in three years, far fewer than any other senator. snip Other high-profile senior lawmakers have records that aren't much better. Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein averaged only nine trips to California annually, according to Senate office travel logs. That's one-third as many as most lawmakers. As legislators prepare to adjourn to their home states for the August “district work period,” the...
  • The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

    07/23/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Josh Kraushaar
    When writing about politics, it's all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That's especially true when it comes to the word "wave"—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party. I've argued before that the likelihood of 2014 being a wave election has been rising, given the president's consistently low approval ratings and the fact that Republicans are running evenly on the generic ballot (which usually translates into a clear GOP edge) and that the right-track/wrong-track numbers are near historic lows. All these big-picture signs are ominous for the party in power. But this week,...
  • What if Mitch McConnell loses?

    07/23/2014 5:45:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Manu Raju and John Bresnehan
    It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid? There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now. In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who...
  • Is the Tea Party changing its tune on Mike McFadden? (let's take the Minnesota seat!)

    07/23/2014 5:39:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Cyndy Brucato
    The Minnesota Tea Party Alliance is warming to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden. Or at the very least, its leaders are no longer actively opposing him, as they did during the GOP endorsement process. Some history: After McFadden appeared at a Tea Party event in May, Jake Dusenberg, executive director of the Tea Party Alliance, took to Facebook to warn his followers: “Folks, Mike McFadden is bad news. He has dodged the tea party and conservative base. He's flip-flopped on multiple issues. And he is the establishment's choice for the Senate.” But in a recent email fundraising message, Tea...
  • Loudermilk, Hice win GOP primary runoffs for Congress (Tea Partiers!)

    07/23/2014 5:34:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Jeremy Redmon
    Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk convincingly defeated former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr Tuesday in their bruising Republican primary runoff for the Atlanta area’s 11th Congressional District seat. Loudermilk, who campaigned with strong support from tea party groups, will head to Washington as no Democrats have gotten on the ballot for the 11th District, which covers all of Bartow and Cherokee counties and parts of Cobb and Fulton counties. Also Tuesday evening, Jody Hice, a former Baptist minister who ran with substantial tea party backing, bested Jackson trucking company executive Mike Collins in the GOP primary runoff for Georgia’s 10th Congressional...
  • Sen. Roberts, Ducking Debates, Disrespects Kansas Voters

    07/23/2014 5:27:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Bob Weeks
    With the decision of United States Senator Pat Roberts to skip debates with his opponents, Kansans are deprived of a useful part of the political process. Election campaigns are an essential element of representative democracy. Campaigns are simultaneously a means for those who seek elective office to connect with voters and a way for citizens to learn about the candidates who are seeking their votes. Political campaign debates are an integral component of the modern political campaign. … Voters have come to expect election debates, particularly in the race for the president of the United States but increasingly for other...
  • Cornyn No Lock for Leader if McConnell Goes Down

    07/23/2014 5:22:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Dan Riehl
    While Republicans are reluctant to speculate about the possibility of a Mitch McConnell loss to Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky this November, when asked if his number two, Texas Republican John Cornyn, was a lock for Leader if he does lose, it appears Cornyn may have good reason to look over his shoulder in the event that scenario plays out. Given that a McConnell loss would likely mean the GOP would have failed in winning a Senate Majority, it would seem a change in leadership might be in order. Some Senators also seemed to express concern that Cornyn would be...
  • Perdue Hung Chamber Support On Kingston

    07/23/2014 5:19:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Jonathan Strong
    Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue narrowly beat Rep. Jack Kingston in the Georgia GOP primary runoff tonight, and in the days leading up to election day, he made a big push to tie the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's support for amnesty to Kingston, who had benefited from over $3 million in campaign spending from the lobby group. "Kingston's largest 100 percent pro-amnesty. Kingston now owes them big," a brutal television ad from Perdue said. After Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss, the Georgia race turned into a brawl over immigration, with both candidates trying to out-flank each other on...
  • Laura Ingraham at Rally for Joe Carr: Lamar Alexander is Old, Out of Touch

    07/23/2014 5:15:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Charlie Spiering
    NASHVILLE, TN -- Talk radio show host Laura Ingraham skewered Sen. Lamar Alexander during a rally this evening in support of his primary challenger Joe Carr, comparing him to an “old sweater” that had become full of moths, with faded colors. “It’s just tired. It’s just taking up room in your drawer,” she said, pointing out that it was time for a wardrobe change. “I am here, my friends, to help you retire the political equivalent of your old plaid sweater,” she said. The crowd of over 600 people at the Nashville Millenium Maxwell House hotel delightedly cheered as Ingraham...
  • Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    07/22/2014 11:08:14 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 22, 2014 | AP
    Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.
  • Opponent targets Sen. Pat Roberts over Kansas residency

    07/22/2014 5:16:33 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Michael Mahoney
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Elections are just two weeks away in both Kansas and Missouri, and one of the bigger races is a Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas. In new commercials, three-term Sen. Pat Roberts is being challenged about his ties to the state. Roberts' residency came into question last winter after a New York Times article noted he doesn't live in a house in Kansas. Challenger Milton Wolf is running a commercial that says Roberts "rents a La-Z-Boy recliner at a donor's house on a golf course." While Roberts does rent a supporter's home in Dodge...
  • Company men: The U.S. Chamber flexes its new political muscle

    07/22/2014 1:43:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Peter Hamby
    The plot to save Thad Cochran was hatched at Off The Record, the subterranean bar inside the Hay-Adams hotel in downtown Washington. In mid-June, just days before the Mississippi Senate runoff election, Tom Donohue, the hard-nosed CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was commiserating over drinks with Scott Reed, his senior political strategist, and Chip Pickering, a former Mississippi congressman-turned-telecom lobbyist. The trio were smarting. After racking up an enviable 10-0 winning streak in midterm races, Mississippi voters dealt the powerful business lobby a major blow: Cochran, a Senate stalwart supported by the Chamber and its allies in the...
  • Tea party candidate targets Lamar Alexander in Tennessee

    07/22/2014 1:09:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Michael Collins
    Will he lose like Cantor or survive like Cochran? LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. - The crowd of well-wishers swarms around Sen. Lamar Alexander as soon as he walks through the door. “I haven’t seen you in a hundred years!” he says, pumping the hand of a grey-haired man in a navy suit. For the next half-hour, the senator works the room like the seasoned politician he is. There’s lots of handshaking, lots of small talk, lots of patiently posing for cellphone photos and, no doubt, lots of thinking in the room about what a difficult year this has been for entrenched incumbents...
  • Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists

    07/22/2014 5:57:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Philip Bailey
    After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough. She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall. "I have resigned from the executive committee of the Republican Party because I will not support Mitch McConnell," Knott, chair of the Owensboro Tea Party, said in a telephone interview. "I have a big 4x8 sign in my front yard that says ‘Retire Mitch.’ It’s going to stay there through the election. I will not vote for that man." Knott...
  • IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

    07/21/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Kimberly Winston
    The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, Wis., where the initial lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist advocacy group that claims 20,000 members nationwide. The suit alleged the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan...
  • Chuck Schumer: End partisan primaries

    07/22/2014 5:11:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Jonathan Topaz
    Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for abolishing partisan primaries, saying the current system engenders unhealthy political polarization. “The partisan primary system, which favors more ideologically pure candidates, has contributed to the election of more extreme officeholders and increased political polarization,” the New York Democrat wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Monday evening. “It has become a menace to governing.” Schumer said that partisan primaries embolden “the 10 percent at each of the two extremes of the political spectrum” and pointed to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprise loss to Dave Brat, a political novice who ran to the...
  • Bill’s secret mistress, the ‘Energizer’

    07/21/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    New York Post Page Six ^ | 7/21/2014 | Richard Johnson
    Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum. Kessler is no stranger to the controversies surrounding the Secret Service. He broke the story that Secret Service agents protecting President Obama in Cartagena, Colombia, hired prostitutes, and put the president in jeopardy.
  • Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday

    07/21/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Emily Cahn
    Georgia Republicans will pick their nominee for Senate in a runoff Tuesday, ending Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn’s nine-week wait for an opponent in the open-seat contest. The Senate contest has reverberated around the Peach State, creating three open-seat House races with GOP runoffs that will also be decided Tuesday. In the statewide race, many Republicans said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has a small edge over former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue. Both of whom have spent millions on the anticipated low-turnout contest, and polls close at 7 p.m. In May, Perdue came in first in a seven-candidate Republican...
  • Letter: Elect anyone but Pat Roberts for U.S. Senate

    07/21/2014 5:55:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Dale Crafts
    I believe government at the national level is not going to get any better until the congressional good old boys’ club is shut down and closed for good. The antique fossils in both chambers are not the solution to today’s problems. They are a big part of the problem. I ask you to vote for anyone running for the U.S. Senate other than Sen. Pat Roberts. Forty-seven years in office have kept him overpaid and underworked. DALE CRAFTS, Topeka
  • Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs

    07/21/2014 5:52:04 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Brian Naylor
    Tennessee's Lamar Alexander is one of a number of incumbent Republican senators caught in the cross hairs of Tea Party groups, taking on several challengers in next month's GOP primary. But while Tea Party groups may be optimistic about the race, challengers like Joe Carr face an uphill battle to unseat the two-term senator. Carr's campaign office is just across the street from Murfreesboro's antebellum courthouse. An American flag hangs out front, and in the window a big campaign sign calls on Tennessee Republicans to vote for "Carr, not Lamar." Carr, a 56-year-old state representative, says there are a lot...
  • SHOT UP: Udall Losing In NYT Predictive Model For First Time

    07/21/2014 2:57:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | July 21, 2014
    For the first time this entire election cycle The New York Times Senate forecast at The Upshot predicts Udall has a greater chance of losing reelection than winning (53%-47%). This is a huge deal, as The Upshot tries to go beyond just the polls and factor in other intangibles about a race, such as, incumbency, fundraising, a state’s past election history among others, who the liberals at the NYT want to win. All those factors in The Upshot model lean heavily Udall’s way. Yet, despite this inherent, built-in advantage, Udall can’t overcome one thing: the people of Colorado feel he...
  • Goodbye to the Republican Wave? [Promised Republican momentum has yet to materialize]

    07/21/2014 9:45:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/21/2014 | Nate Cohn
    Republicans entered this election cycle with high hopes. President Obama’s approval ratings had sunk into the low 40s, and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act had been an unmitigated disaster. In an off-year election, Democrats weren’t expected to fully mobilize the young and diverse coalition that has given them an advantage in presidential elections. Off-years are also when a president’s party typically suffers significant losses. This year seemed poised to turn into another so-called wave election, like in 2006 or 2010, when a rising tide of dissatisfaction with the incumbent party swept the opposition into power. Given a favorable...
  • Graham joins Cruz in blaming Obama for immigration woes, but calls on GOP House ‘to lead’

    07/21/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 7/20/14
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday blamed the border crisis on President Obama, but also argued his Republican Party is doomed in the 2016 presidential race unless the GOP House next year helps fix the country’s broken immigration policies. “I blame Obama for this moment,” Graham told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” If Congress doesn’t pass immigration-reform legislation in 2015 “our chances in 2016 are very low. The House should lead.” Graham also said that 2008 immigration laws must be changed before he supports Obama’s recent request to Congress for an additional $3.7 billion to help with the crisis at...
  • Colorado Senate Race Slips Further Away from Udall

    07/19/2014 9:44:30 AM PDT · by tellw · 25 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | 7/19/14 | Rich Baris
    The Colorado Senate race is unrecognizable from the one described in a May, 2013, National Journal article entitled, “Colorado’s Forgotten Senate Race.” PPD’s election projection model has warranted two rating changes since the entrance of Rep. Cory Gardner in February, both of which clearly show this race slipping away from incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall. In February, after Ken Buck made the decision to drop out of the race to make way for Gardner, a far more electable rising star in the GOP, we changed our Colorado Senate race rating from “Likely Democrat” to “Leans Democrat.” Now, after adjusting the...
  • Something BIG Is Happening In Kansas (Wolf surging against Roberts)

    07/19/2014 8:25:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    A new poll shows conservative Dr. Milton Wolf (R-KS) surging in the Republican primary against incumbent Senator Pat Roberts. The survey shows Roberts with only a 42-30 lead over Wolf, which is a stunning 21-point drop since the last poll taken three weeks ago! Dr. Milton Wolf's message of limited government, personal freedom, economic liberty, and respect for the Constitution is resonating with voters. He can win this race if the grassroots rise up and work together to inform Kansas Republicans of the choice they have on August 5th. SCA TV Ad - "Rarely"That's why we launched a massive TV...
  • Roberts won't debate Wolf before Kansas primary

    07/19/2014 7:02:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won't debate tea party challenger Milton Wolf ahead of the state's Aug. 5 Republican primary. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Roberts executive campaign manager Leroy Towns said Friday that Wolf has failed to outline positions beyond what Towns called vague rhetoric and false attacks on the senator. Wolf campaign spokesman Ben Hartman said it's unbecoming for Roberts to duck debates and noted that Roberts previously had promised publicly to have them. The 78-year-old Roberts is seeking his fourth, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf is a 43-year-old radiologist making his first run for...
  • Milton Wolf walks the tea party talk in Kansas Senate race

    07/19/2014 6:59:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 7/19/14 | Scott Canon
    OSAGE CITY, Kan. — Milton Wolf reminds voters, without fail, that he’s new to politics. Yet he performs as if born to the trade. Ready with a smile. Just-right firmness on the handshake teamed always with just-folks patter. Good looks eclipsed only by those of the wife and kids. And above all, the Senate hopeful remains ever eager to share his conviction that the nation’s founders got it right and those guys in Washington today consistently get things wrong. He thinks they’ve been getting it wrong for about a century. As for long-serving fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, well,...
  • Surprise, Surprise: Israelis Have More Confidence In Obama Than Ever Before

    07/18/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/18/2014 (5 hours ago) | Chemi Shalev
    Pew Research poll also shows Israel as staunchly pro-U.S. and most supportive of drones and surveillance in the fight against terrorists. The fact that Isrealis are one of the most staunchly pro-American people in thw world is not new. But that their confidence in Barack Obama's ability to handle world affairs climbed dramatically to reach an all-time high? ...
  • Flashback: TN Sen. Lamar Alexander Joins Jeb Bush in Support of Common Core Standards

    07/18/2014 8:18:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 ^ | 3/19/14 | Susan Berry
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will appear with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) Wednesday at an education roundtable discussion sponsored by pro-Common Core Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Business Roundtable. A press release by the election campaign of Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R), who is challenging Alexander in his reelection bid, announced the fact that Alexander will join Bush and Haslam in support of the Common Core. The roundtable event comes in the midst of a fierce battle waged by Carr and other conservatives in the Tennessee state legislature...
  • Flashback: Sen. Lamar Alexander: 'Let's Don't Talk About Common Core'

    07/18/2014 8:18:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 3/24/14 | Susan Berry
    Under increasing pressure because of his support for the Common Core standards, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Saturday, “Let’s don’t talk about Common Core.” “Let’s talk about standards,” Alexander continued. “Education is not just a problem in West Tennessee. It’s a problem in Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee.” As the Jackson Sun reported, Alexander said, “I’d like to see a discussion about standards with no national school board,” continuing to cite an issue called the “national school board” that has never been put forward on either the federal or state level. Alexander is being challenged by conservative state Rep. Joe...
  • Early Voting Underway in Tennessee, Ending in Georgia

    07/18/2014 6:18:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Early voting is getting underway for Tennessee's primary election that features tea party-style challenges to Lamar Alexander's bid for the Republican nomination to a third term in the U.S. Senate. Alexander is looking to avoid an upset from state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro or Memphis physician and radio station owner George Flinn. Carr has sought to consolidate tea party support, while Flinn has given $1.8 million of his own money into his final push. The GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District pits embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who has...
  • Steve Kraske: Sen. Pat Roberts won’t debate Milton Wolf (following the Thad Cochran model)

    07/18/2014 6:10:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Steve Kraske
    Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas has made his decision on whether to debate his primary opponent, tea partier Milton Wolf. No thanks, the senator said this week. In making his decision, the Republican had to evaluate a host of political and civic obligation considerations. He sided with the political. Let’s consider this for a moment. After three terms in the Senate, eight terms in the House and 13 more years as a congressional aide, Roberts is sidestepping what to me is a fundamental obligation. At election time, we expect our candidates to stand side by side with their opponents and...
  • Pat Roberts’ years in Washington are both advantage, vulnerability

    07/18/2014 6:08:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | David Helling
    Sen. Pat Roberts sits in a Lenexa fast-food restaurant, spooning ice cream from a cup. It’s already been a long day. That morning, the 78-year-old Republican braved the heat of the Lenexa July Fourth parade; after lunch, he would be shaking hands at the VFW hall down the street. Then on to Wamego for another parade. Then Hays. Then another town, another campaign appearance, another search for votes. It’s tough and familiar political terrain — Roberts has spent the better part of three decades running for office. If Kansas returns him to the Senate this year, he’ll rank among the...
  • Tea party’s victory over Berger Jr. sets up interesting 6th District contest

    07/18/2014 6:03:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    Wow. There was a disbelieving sigh in some Republican corners in North Carolina with the news that Phil Berger Jr., chief prosecutor in Rockingham County and son of the powerful state Senate president pro tem, Sen. Phil Berger of Eden, had lost a Republican primary runoff for Congress. It was not supposed to happen. Berger Jr. not only raised more money than Baptist preacher Mark Walker, he also had the backing of Republican powers-that-be and, thanks to his father, name recognition in the 6th District. The district runs along the North Carolina-Virginia border from Mount Airy to near Henderson and...
  • GOP split in Mississippi over tea party's McDaniel spreads to national party

    07/18/2014 5:51:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Linda Feldman
    The prolonged aftermath of the Mississippi runoff in which Thad Cochran edged Chris McDaniel has produced schisms within the Republican National Committee and even in another state’s GOP. Is Chris McDaniel a modern-day Don Quixote tilting at windmills or is he a brave warrior, fighting to the last, for a just cause? Either way, the tea party candidate’s protracted battle against six-term Sen. Thad Cochran (R) of Mississippi has deepened the split in an already divided Mississippi Republican Party – and is spreading further into the national GOP. More than three weeks after state Senator McDaniel lost his primary runoff...
  • Cruz in Charge of the Conservative Movement

    07/18/2014 5:48:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration of "drinking the Kool-Aid," Republicans across the spectrum seem to have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate, campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of minority voters. In fact, given recent campaign finance disclosures, it seems clear some Senate Republican leaders helped pay for the attacks on their own base in Mississippi. One senator, however, has broken the silence and is speaking out: Sen. Ted Cruz, who, ironically, holds an official position with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cruz has described the Mississippi fiasco...
  • Ted Cruz And Jeff Sessions Stand Almost Alone Against Amnesty

    07/18/2014 5:46:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | George Rasley
    Sometimes it seems like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama are the only two people on Capitol Hill who understand President Obama’s game on illegal immigration, because after you add Representatives Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma and Steve King of Iowa, the list of those in Congress who are willing to take on Obama and stand for American sovereignty and the rule of law gets pretty thin. Click here to demand that your Representative take the CHQ “No Amnesty Pledge.” Most Republicans in Congress seem to be willing to chase the latest bunny that the leadership...
  • Concha: Two Huge Int’l Crises Can’t Alter Busy Schedule of Fundraiser-in-Chief

    07/17/2014 5:00:36 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 17 Jul 2014 | Joe Concha
    Jon Stewart was exactly right during the open of his Monday show this week: The world really has gone mad. Actually, Monday now looks in retrospect downright tranquil compared to what we’re seeing on our television sets and on our phones this afternoon. A commercial airliner with 295 people on board — including reportedly 23 Americans — are killed after a plane is shot down in Ukraine. Who exactly is responsible (pro-Russian separatists are suspected) has not been confirmed. More importantly, the State Department hasn’t confirmed any Americans were on the flight. As if this wasn’t enough, a few hours...
  • Conservatives ready final salvo in war with GOP establishment

    07/17/2014 12:53:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Bloodied but unbowed after a largely unsuccessful primary season, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) isn’t backing down in the final months of the midterms. The group on Thursday launched radio and television ads in Kansas highlighting questions over where Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) lives, making a final play in the group's last remaining incumbent primary. It endorsed Roberts's challenger, radiologist Milton Wolf, but he has thus far failed to pick up much traction against the senator. Both spots hit Roberts on the national debt and ObamaCare, and they feature a clip of Roberts commenting in a recent interview that, "Every...
  • Democrats Are in a Perilous Position in 2014 Senate Races

    07/17/2014 9:53:34 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 23 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 07/15/2014 | Harry Enten
    The final outcome for the Senate could be anything from a minor Republican gain to a GOP romp. At the moment, the state of play seems manageable from a Democratic perspective, but the party’s position is perilous. A tiny shift could tip the canoe and spill a lot of Democrats overboard.
  • Mark Pryor Stands Against Religious Liberty

    07/17/2014 9:12:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Leon Wolf
    Mark Pryor is in the fight of his political life against Tom Cotton in what has become one of the reddest states in the country, and also one of the most religious states in the country. It is no coincidence then that Pryor has been seen holding a Bible and saying the word “Jesus” more often than a revival preacher in a tent. Pryor’s first ad of the campaign season focused literally on nothing more than how much he loved the Bible, as seen here (imagine, if you will, the Democrat freakout if a Republican ran such an ad): Pryor...
  • Right Wing News Endorses Joe Carr For Senate In Tennessee

    07/17/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | John Hawkins
    Knocking off a member of leadership in a primary, even a squish like Lamar Alexander, is always, always, always an uphill battle. However, as Dave Brat proved in his race against Eric Cantor, it’s not impossible. Lamar Alexander is extremely vulnerable. He has consistently been polling in the low forties, which is a strong indication that Republican voters are looking for an alternative and the latest polling numbers show that Joe Carr has a decent shot to beat Alexander. snip Lamar Alexander is a big supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens who has a pathetic ACU score of 60%. In...
  • Tea Party Groups Endorse Challenger In Kansas GOP Primary Contest

    07/17/2014 9:01:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Jennifer Hickey
    With less than a month until Kansas Republicans hold their primary, two national tea party groups are aiming to recover from their loss in Mississippi by defeating incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. Both the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund announced their endorsements of radiologist Milton Wolf. "Dr. Milton Wolf embodies the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future," TPPCF Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said in a post on their website. "He's the right conservative candidate at the right time to tell the Establishment, ‘The Obama agenda stops here, and it stops now.'"...