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  • National Democrats hitting Barr on efforts to repeal Affordable Care Act

    12/18/2013 4:22:46 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/18/2013 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Kentucky Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington is one of the targets of a new ad campaign from national Democrats who are trying to put incumbent GOP congressmen on the defensive for repeatedly voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched web ads Tuesday aimed at Republican congressmen in competitive re-election races — including Barr — on the effect their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have on their constituents. The DCCC is also launching a website, , in which Kentuckians and other Americans can share their stories of how the...
  • Arizona GOP rising star Vernon Parker to square off against extreme liberal...Kyrsten Sinema...

    09/03/2012 1:05:29 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | 9/1/2012 | Mike Paranzino
    With Arizona’s primaries now complete, a key Congressional race has emerged in the state’s newly created District 9. Prior to the primary, this swing district had been rated “Lean Democratic” by the Cook Political Report, but the District’s Cook Partisan Voting Index is “Even,” indicating its voters have voted in line with the national average over the last two presidential election cycles. Significantly, the district has more registered Independents than either Republicans or Democrats. Now, with both parties having selected their candidates, Democrats no longer have the edge and this race should be re-characterized as a Tossup. The GOP candidate...
  • Parker wins GOP primary in new 9th District [AZ - U.S. House]

    08/31/2012 10:55:54 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    AZ Daily Sun ^ | August 29, 2012
    Former Paradise Valley mayor Vernon Parker has won the Republican nomination in Arizona's new 9th Congressional District. Some early ballots remain to be counted but results Wednesday with all 141 precincts reporting show Parker with an 800-vote margin over Wendy Rogers, with a total of more than 38,000 votes cast in the seven-way GOP race. Parker will face former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in the general election. She won the district's three-way Democratic primary. The 9th District takes in much of Tempe and parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa and Chandler.
  • Gerrymander Endangers Nearly All House GOPers in Illinois

    06/07/2011 9:27:41 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 45 replies
    "The plan that the legislature passed in Springfield and that the governor will likely sign in a few days puts just about all of us in political danger," freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger told HUMAN EVENTS last week, the "us" being himself and the eight other Republican U.S. representatives from Illinois. In what could fairly be labeled the most blatant case of political gerrymandering this year, the Democratic-controlled house and senate in Illinois recently unveiled a redistricting plan for the Prairie State's 17 congressional districts... ...The most dramatic change to come out of the new Democratic plan is to put Representatives...
  • Adam Kinzinger Among GOP Young Guns Taking Aim at Democratic Seats [this is one to watch]

    08/18/2010 10:26:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 16 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 8/12/2010 | Matt Lewis
    As if to call out the absurdity of Democratic plans to run against George W. Bush's record this November, a crop of young Republicans - who weren't in office back then - is eagerly taking on establishment Democratic politicians. Adam Kinzinger, running in Illinois' 11th District, is one example of this trend. Less than 2 years old when Ronald Reagan won his first presidential election, Kinzinger is seeking office in President Obama's home state. ...internal poll shows Kinzinger leading the incumbent opponent by 11 points. ...Kinzinger has an impressive resume. He served in the Air Force Special Ops, Air Combat...
  • Poll Shocker: Lally Tied with Yarmuth (KY-3)

    07/10/2010 9:12:21 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 27 replies
    GOP congressional candidate Todd Lally released his campaign’s first internal poll after winning the May primary. Lally surprised many with his strong win in the primary, but his landslide victory corresponded with the campaign’s internal polling performed by Rivercity Polling, a Republican-affiliated consulting group. Rivercity’s latest poll showed support for Lally at 43%, Yarmuth at 44% and Undecided or Other at 13%. The automated poll was conducted from June 20-29, and surveyed 300 likely voters with a margin of error at + 3%. The Lally campaign welcomed the news, which puts the race in an effective dead heat. This...
  • Berkowitz concedes defeat in US House race (Alaska)

    11/19/2008 12:28:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 562+ views
    KTUU ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | Mike Ross
    Democrat Ethan Berkowitz conceded defeat in his challenge to Congressman Don Young on Tuesday. Trailing by more than 16,000 votes, Berkowitz called Young to congratulate him on his victory. But Berkowitz hinted strongly that he may run again in the future if Young doesn't do well in the Democrat-controlled Congress. "I've got to digest all the numbers and see what happened, but there is a whole host of reasons it happened," Berkowitz said. "I'm proud of the fact that we have, at this point, more votes than any other Democrat running in history except for Mark Begich. "I'm proud of...
  • GOP endorses Frank Powers (to replace GOP Rep. Vito Fossella in Congress)

    05/30/2008 8:57:47 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 780+ views
    Staten Island Advance ^ | May 30, 2008 | TOM WROBLESKI
    ADVANCE POLITICAL EDITOR Financier said to pledge 500Gs of his own toward congressional race STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In a move that political observers did not see coming, the Staten Island Republican Party last night unanimously endorsed Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member and retired Wall Street executive Frank Powers to replace GOP Rep. Vito Fossella in Congress. "I'm going to give it a hard fight," Powers told members of the GOP county committee at their convention in the Excelsior Grand, New Dorp. "I intend to give it every ounce I can." While Powers, a Todt Hill resident, has been a...
  • Campaign 2008 State by state

    10/10/2007 12:14:01 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 500+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 10, 2007 | Aaron Blake, Sam Youngman, Ian Swanson, Alexander Bolton, & Jackie Kucinich
    Arizona Lobbyist and former congressional staffer Jim Ogsbury (R) announced that he raised $100,000 and loaned his campaign $250,000 in the third quarter for his race for freshman Rep. Harry Mitchell’s (D) 5th district seat. Ogsbury is part of a very crowded primary field and sought to set himself apart with the substantial sum. “My message of true conservative experience cutting wasteful government spending, eliminating outdated programs and slashing bureaucratic red tape is resonating with grassroots Republicans,” he said. Other GOPers in the race or considering a run are state Rep. Mark Anderson, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, state Corporation Commissioner...
  • Arizona House Incumbent’s Retirement Puts GOP in Catchup Mode

    08/28/2007 6:20:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies · 539+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | August 24, 2007 | Marie Horrigan
    Ethics controversies surrounding three-term Arizona Republican Rep. Rick Renzi led to a widespread expectation that he would not seek re-election next year in the state’s sprawling 1st District. But because potential Republican replacement candidates deferred to Renzi until he announced his retirement Thursday, the party has a little catchup to play in what is likely to be one of the most hotly contested Democratic takeover bids next year. While Republican officials are starting from scratch in their candidate recruitment a little more than a year before the 2008 primary, the Democrats already have a field of active candidates — one...
  • Schock plans to seek congressional seat (IL-18)

    08/05/2007 9:34:15 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 456+ views
    The Journal Star ^ | 8/5/07 | KAREN McDONALD
    PEORIA - State Rep. Aaron Schock wants to go national. Fueled by what he called his passion to "step up to this cause" and the "outpouring of support" expressed to him from constituents and leaders throughout the 18th Congressional District, Schock told the Journal Star on Saturday he plans to run for the 20-county seat. It's held by U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, who is retiring in January 2009. "Serving in Congress will allow me to step up and advocate for people and the causes I believe in at a higher level," said Schock, also a Peoria-based Republican. "This is...
  • Minnesota could lose congressional seat after 2010 census

    07/06/2007 6:36:39 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 48 replies · 1,338+ views
    Minnesota is among four states hoping to hang on to a seat in Congress after the 2010 census, the state demographer said. Tom Gillaspy said Minnesota would lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives if the census were taken today. He said the state is competing with Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Minnesota has had eight House seats since 1960. "The difference is very, very small," he said, "easily within any estimating error and easily within a slight modification in growth rates."
  • The GOP in nine counties line up behind Whitehead (GA speecial election)

    06/24/2007 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 1,106+ views
    Establishment Republicans began lining up behind Jim Whitehead of Columbia County in the 10th District congressional run-off on Friday. GOP organizations in nine of the 21 counties within the district endorsed Whitehead over Paul Broun of Athens, who came in second in the June 19 vote. They were Richmond, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, Putnam, Elbert, Stephens, Madison, and Towns. This is more important than it sounds. With some exceptions, the nine counties generally run up the eastern-most side of the district, from Augusta north. On Tuesday, they produced 53 percent of the 54,229 votes counted to date. More significantly, the nine...
  • Congressional candidates gear up for all-GOP race

    06/22/2007 2:43:28 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 1,148+ views
    The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ^ | June 21, 2007 | Greg Bluestein
    Now that the crowd of candidates seeking Georgia's 10th congressional district has been cut down by eight, the two men who appear headed for a runoff are preparing for an all-GOP contest. Front-runner Jim Whitehead's campaign said the emergence of fellow Republican Paul Broun as his opponent in the July 17 runoff won't throw a snag in the plans. Spokesman John Stone said the campaign will focus on maintaining the support that earned Whitehead more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election. "We know that regardless who we're running against, our campaign is going to be the...
  • GOP comeback in Congress?

    06/21/2007 10:58:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies · 2,250+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jun 21, 2007 | Donald Lambro
    It may be too early to make any predictions about the 2008 elections, but it's likely Republicans will win back some House seats they lost last year. Indeed, as I noted in an earlier column, at least eight of the nine "most vulnerable" House seats are held by Democrats, according to veteran congressional elections analyst Stuart Rothenberg. In Florida's 16th District, for example, Republicans are heavily favored to recapture the seat that Democrat Tim Mahoney narrowly won after Mark Foley resigned in disgrace in the House page scandal. In Georgia's heavily Republican 8th District, Democrat Jim Marshall squeaked through with...
  • Gilchrest Files For 10th Term Run

    06/20/2007 8:50:49 PM PDT · by Abby4116 · 11 replies · 423+ views
    WBAL Radio ^ | Wednesday, June 20, 2007
    A veteran Maryland Congressman has filed the paperwork to run for a tenth term. Wayne Gilchrest represents the first congressional district which includes all of the Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore, Harford and Anne Arundel Counties. Gilchrest tells WBAL News he wants to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, fight tax hikes, and enact tougher border security legislation in his new term. Earlier this year Gilchrest was one of two Republicans who voted with Democrats to tie funding for the Iraq War to a troop withdrawal. Baltimore County State Senator Andy Harris is raising money to launch a Primary...
  • Whitehead leads, but congressional race appears headed for runoff (GA-10)

    06/19/2007 7:52:18 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies · 718+ views
    The race to replace the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood on Capitol Hill appears headed to a runoff. The early favorite, former state Sen. Jim Whitehead, a Republican, led the crowded field of 10 candidates in Tuesday's special election. But he was unable to crack the 50 percent mark needed to claim the seat. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Whitehead had 39 percent of the vote. Jockeying to challenge him on July 17 are Democrat James Marlow, an Internet businessman from Lincolnton, and Republican Paul Broun, a doctor from Athens. With ballots still being counted, the race for second...
  • Live Texas House Race Tx-23

    12/12/2006 6:08:52 PM PST · by CharlesWayneCT · 134 replies · 6,374+ views
    Didn't find a live thread for the texas election results. As of 9:07 EST, the race is as follows (mostly "early" election numbers): ----------------------------------------------- RACE NAME PARTY EARLY VOTES PERCENT TOTAL VOTES PERCENT U. S. Representative District 23 Henry Bonilla - Incumbent REP 14,013 47.81% 16,675 44.86% Ciro D. Rodriguez DEM 15,298 52.19% 20,495 55.14% --------------- --------------- Total Votes Cast 29,311 37,170 Precincts Reported 98 of 267 Precincts 36.70% --------------------------------------------
  • [Texas]It's official: Dist. 23 runoff next Tuesday

    12/07/2006 1:23:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 498+ views
    The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday approved next Tuesday for the runoff election in District 23, putting controversy surrounding the date to rest. After Gov. Rick Perry scheduled the runoff, the League of United Latin American Citizens sued, attempting to move the election to Dec. 19. The group argued that fewer Hispanics would turn out to vote because next Tuesday is a religious holiday for Mexican Catholics. But two compromises added three days of early voting, which now ends Saturday, in the contest between Republican Rep. Henry Bonilla and Democrat Ciro Rodriguez. That prompted LULAC to drop its suit —...
  • District lines in Ohio foil Democrats

    12/04/2006 1:33:47 PM PST · by Princip. Conservative · 30 replies · 1,127+ views
    A clear majority of Ohioans who voted in the Nov. 7 election preferred a Democratic congressional candidate. So did Franklin County voters, where Democratic House candidates drew in excess of 10,000 more votes than Republicans. The result? While Democrats won nearly 53 percent of the congressional votes statewide, only about 39 percent of Ohioans will be represented next year by Democrats in Congress. That’s the biggest so-called "wrong winner" disparity in the country from the 2006 midterm elections, says the nonpartisan Aided by gerrymandering — the drawing of districts to favor one party — Republicans captured 11 of the...
  • 4th district map to get OK today

    12/04/2006 12:41:48 PM PST · by Dr. Zzyzx · 53 replies · 769+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | 12.4.06 | Lisa Riley Roche and Bob Bernick Jr.
    Even though there's no guarantee Utah will get a fourth congressional seat anytime soon, lawmakers are meeting today in special session to approve a new redistricting map for the state. "We're doing our part to keep the momentum going on this important issue," Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s spokesman, Mike Mower, said. The governor called the Legislature into special session to come up with a map in time for the lame-duck Congress to take action. But congressional action is becoming increasingly unlikely given the amount of other issues Congress has to tackle in the coming days. Still, Huntsman has said a...
  • Early voting relatively strong in runoff election [Texas Congressional District 23]

    12/04/2006 11:59:01 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 807+ views
    KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 12/04/2006 | Barry Davis
    The runoff election for the Congressional District 23 seat was expected to bring out only hardcore voters, but early numbers show the race is an important one to many San Antonio residents. There's no real way to compare the turnout to previous races, because at least as far back as anyone remembers, Bexar County never had to have a runoff election after the general election. Over the weekend, more than 3,200 people showed up to vote on the first two days of early voting. Also, over 4,000 ballots have been mailed to the Bexar County Elections office. So far this...
  • The GOP's "least disappointed" loser

    11/30/2006 2:41:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,672+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 30, 2006 | David S. Broder
    WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives wastes no sympathy on defeated members. So at the beginning of this week, Jim Leach of Iowa sat in an office almost devoid of furniture, the walls stripped bare of the mementos of his 30 years of service — with just a few hours remaining before the painters moved in to prepare his domain for its new occupant. Leach, who once had been chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Committee, would have been in line to head the Committee on International Relations in the next Congress, had Republicans maintained their majority and had...
  • Speaker-to-be wants Ciro as a rep-to-be[TX-23]

    11/30/2006 2:20:01 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 721+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 11/29/2006 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders are pouring thousands of dollars into Ciro Rodriguez's bid to unseat Rep. Henry Bonilla and expand a Democratic majority in Congress. The help from Pelosi, D-Calif., comes after Texas Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus pledged cash to Rodriguez and his uphill fight against a better-funded Bonilla. "The speaker-designate has made a personal decision to get involved in this race," said Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman in Washington. Hammill said help to Rodriguez would be "largely a financial involvement," but he didn't rule out a possible Pelosi appearance for the San...
  • Congressional Candidates Question Each Other's Character In Tight Race (Anne Northup race)

    10/20/2006 4:48:31 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies · 567+ views
    WAVE 3 ^ | October 20, 2006 | Jeff Tang
    (LOUISVILLE) -- Thursday was an intense day filled with attacks in the 3rd district Congressional race. According to Republican incumbent Anne Northup, Democrat challenger John Yarmuth lacks the ethics and trustworthiness to be a congressman. WAVE 3's Jeff Tang spoke with both candidates on a muddy day along the campaign trail. ... Northup also accused her challenger of failing to pay taxes on his employees, and said he misled voters by lying about where and how he printed campaign flyers. John Yarmuth is a congressional scandal waiting to happen. He has broken the laws all through this campaign. ... Yarmuth...
  • Delco Congressional Challenger (Sestak)Tapped for Radio Speech

    08/18/2006 6:44:33 PM PDT · by SueRae · 6 replies · 438+ views
    KYW news, Philadelphia ^ | 8/18/06 | Lynne Adkins
    This week's Democratic response to the president's weekly radio address will come from an unusual source -- this time a candidate, not a member of Congress, will speak. Joe Sestak, 54, is running for Congress in the 7th Congressional District in Delaware County. His opponent is ten-term incumbent Republican Curt Weldon, whom Democrats believe can be beaten in the fall. Sestak says he was surprised by a phone call Wednesday evening from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi: "She said, 'Joe, I'd be honored if you would speak for the party on national radio, and with your background and how well...
  • DeLay to withdraw from congressional race

    08/08/2006 11:57:22 AM PDT · by SolidSupplySide · 150 replies · 3,803+ views
    AP ^ | Aug. 8, 2006, 1:51PM | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON — Dogged by scandal, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intends to withdraw as a candidate for Congress, a Republican strategist said today, a step that would allow the party to field a write-in candidate in hopes of holding his seat. The development came one day after Texas Republicans lost a court battle in their bid to name a replacement candidate for DeLay on the November ballot. The strategist described DeLay's intentions on condition of anonymity, saying the former majority leader intended to make his own announcement. DeLay resigned his Houston-area seat in June and said he was switching...
  • Charles Cook and The Cook report WRONG about "close" races for GOP incumbents in House

    08/08/2006 11:23:13 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 17 replies · 1,169+ views
    Here's the referenced House race report: We keep hearing that the House is up for grabs and polls show republicasn in trouble. We hear this from so-called experts like Charles Cooke. I looked at the Congressional race in the 20th District of New York and I can tell you that Cooke os TOTALLY WRONG AND UNIFORMED. And, if he is as uniformed about other races he's putting in the toss-up or "lean" column no wonder people are believing his nonsense. CASE IN POINT: He has my Congressman John Sweeney in the "lean" column. I can tell you multiple polls...
  • TOP 10 pro-growth House members

    08/08/2006 9:56:43 AM PDT · by KyleM · 14 replies · 725+ views
    humanevents ^ | CLUB FOR GROWTH
    10. Steve Chabot (98%) – Liberals want Chabot’s seat. He’s in an evenly split district (Bush got 51% against Kerry), but that hasn’t weakened his exceptionally strong voting record. 9. Joe Pitts (99%) – A Vietnam veteran, Pitts has quietly attained a very conservative voting record in a state that continues to lurch leftward because of its increasing RINO congressional representation. 8. Sue Myrick (99%) – She’s part of the celebrated Class of 1994 who continues to fight for limited government even after 12 years in Washington. 7. Todd Akin (100%) – Akin was one of the 25 brave fiscal...
  • Top 10 Pro-Growth House Members

    08/04/2006 11:42:27 AM PDT · by Small-L · 5 replies · 587+ views
    HumanEvents Online ^ | Aug 04, 2006
    Top 10 Pro-Growth House Members Posted Aug 04, 2006 Ranked by The Club for Growth. 10. Steve Chabot (98%) – Liberals want Chabot’s seat. He’s in an evenly split district (Bush got 51% against Kerry), but that hasn’t weakened his exceptionally strong voting record. 9. Joe Pitts (99%) – A Vietnam veteran, Pitts has quietly attained a very conservative voting record in a state that continues to lurch leftward because of its increasing RINO congressional representation. 8. Sue Myrick (99%) – She’s part of the celebrated Class of 1994 who continues to fight for limited government even after 12 years...

    08/02/2006 2:59:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 96 replies · 2,764+ views
    NY Post ^ | 8/2/06 | NY Post
    Charles Rangel, the dean of New York's congressional delegation, said yesterday he'd resign his seat if Democrats don't take control of the House in November.
  • Charlie Cook: Debacle Coming for GOP

    08/01/2006 9:36:57 PM PDT · by Deek1969 · 92 replies · 2,712+ views
    The 2006 midterm elections will be a disaster for the Republican Party -- unless a "cataclysmic event" saves the day. That's the dire warning from political analyst Charlie Cook, who predicts in his "Off to the Races" column that the GOP's expected misfortune will result from a perfect storm of three factors:
  • KILLING NEW YORK SOFTLY ( High Taxes, Losing people, Killing Businesses...)

    07/05/2006 9:19:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 95 replies · 3,105+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 5, 2006 | Editorial
    While the latest performance of Albany lawmakers was breathtakingly destructive on its face, the damage is even worse when compared to fiscal policies in other states. Rarely inclined to remember - or even to care - that the Empire State must compete economically with 49 other states, New York lawmakers have once again failed to improve the state's attractiveness for taxpaying individuals and businesses. Little wonder why New York is losing more residents than any other state - and why businesses are fleeing, upstate especially. Other states are only too happy to woo New Yorkers and New York businesses... Albany...
  • Bay State wants everyone to count ( Mass losing people, money, congressional seats, power ... )

    07/04/2006 6:44:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 81 replies · 3,067+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 4, 2006 | Andrea Estes
    Boston, as well as the state, has been losing population in the past few years. If those numbers are confirmed by the 2010 federal census, Massachusetts could lose up to two congressional seats, as well as federal money for highway, education, and development programs that are tied to population. Responding to concerns raised by the state's congressional delegation, local mayors, and Secretary of State William F. Galvin, lawmakers included $100,000 in the $25.7 billion state budget last week to pay a University of Massachusetts think tank to start researching the numbers to make sure that as many residents as possible...
  • Utah race closes to virtual dead heat

    06/26/2006 4:35:10 AM PDT · by Dane · 119 replies · 1,616+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/26/06 | Charles Hurt
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Rep. Chris Cannon, the five-term Republican facing a stiff primary challenge here over his stance on immigration, has lost a comfortable lead and heads into tomorrow's primary in a statistical tie, according to the latest poll by the Salt Lake City Tribune. The survey of 400 voters found that 44 percent of "likely" Republican primary voters prefer the incumbent Mr. Cannon, compared with 41 percent who prefer developer and political newcomer John Jacob, who promises to crack down on illegal immigration. The three-point gap is within the poll's five-percentage-point margin of error.
  • Texas Secretary Of State Rules Stockman Can't Run For Congress

    06/22/2006 10:41:19 PM PDT · by anymouse · 3 replies · 544+ views
    Fort Bend Now ^ | June 22, 2006 | Bob Dunn
    Steve Stockman won’t be running as an independent in the race for retired former congressman Tom DeLay’s District 22 seat. Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams ruled Thursday that although Stockman had gathered more than 600 signatures in petitions aimed at putting him on the ballot, fewer than the required 500 signatures were valid. Stockman is a one-term Republican congressman narrowly defeated by Democrat Nick Lampson in 1994. Lampson went on to serve three terms in Congress, then was defeated by Republican Ted Poe, a former judge from Harris County, after Lampson’s district was dramatically altered in a 2004 redistricting....
  • Congressional Candidate Jeff Crank Stands by the President

    06/22/2006 6:05:37 PM PDT · by jebanks · 308+ views
    Colorado Springs Independent ^ | 6/22/06 | Cara Degette
    You've got to hand it to Jeff Crank. It's a gutsy publicity stunt, even in conservative El Paso County, to launch a "Stand by the President Campaign" —when 32 percent of the American public currently approve of the job George Bush is doing. But somebody must have thought it was a good idea, and so last week Crank, who is running for Congress, announced his "Stand-by" campaign, complete with a Web site featuring a photo of him and his wife standing next to President Bush and the First Lady.
  • Pundits are saying democrats can win

    06/22/2006 4:56:55 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 replies · 530+ views
    email | Ron Miller , GOP Candidate for Congress
    I write to you today with a message of extreme urgency: this year’s Congressional elections are just a few short months away, and the House of Representatives is up for grabs! Democrats everywhere are building confidence, and without immediate action, Republicans - and all American citizens - stand to lose. Democrats, for all their complaints about “incompetence” and a “culture of corruption”, have shown that they cannot be trusted with the federal government. For example, just take a look at the No. 2 Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer. Hoyer has made a career of writing taxpayer checks to...
  • Republicans are suddenly buoyant about fall election chances

    06/22/2006 2:39:58 PM PDT · by Gothmog · 68 replies · 2,435+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 6/22/06 | Paul Bedard
    The roller-coaster mood swings of Republican strategists are surging back with growing confidence that the fall elections won't be the disaster for the party that Democrats are predicting. Buoyed by President Bush's two-week bump up in the polls, a congressional victory in California, and new polling that finds Republicans holding their own or challenging in races Democrats have focused on, some strategists are reviewing their earlier expectations of major losses in the House, Senate, and statehouses. A recent surprise poll that has Republicans hopeful came in the Michigan gubernatorial race where Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is now behind GOP challenger...
  • Rove's Risky Embrace (Libs Relying on Fake Polls, Question Rove's 2006 Strategy)

    06/22/2006 1:31:51 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 33 replies · 1,872+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2006 | Dan Froomkin
    Karl Rove is a master of high-stakes brinksmanship, as he has proven time and time again. But his latest venture may be his riskiest yet. Rove is betting that he can reframe the war in Iraq as a battle between courageous Republicans and pusillanimous Democrats. The stakes: Congress. (And subpoena power.) Rove believes that this strength vs. weakness rhetorical construct, combined with continued attacks on the media, will be enough to counterbalance whatever negative news about the actual war continues to emerge between now and the mid-term elections. The actual war remains one in which people die every day, sometimes...
  • Despite Its Unpopularity, Iraq War Hurts Democrats, Helps GOP in Congress

    06/22/2006 12:32:06 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 28 replies · 1,614+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | June 22, 2006 | Robert Novak
    As each house of Congress began its own Iraq War debate, the unpopular war continued to have the curious effect of hurting those it should help, and helping those it should hurt. Democrats may be accused of wanting to "cut and run" in Iraq, but the fact is that they "broke and ran" in the debate. The Republican advantage here comes with the recent death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and the discovery of intelligence information that suggests al Qaeda feels it is losing in Iraq. On the Senate side, Democrats blundered themselves into a minefield, with Republicans bringing up the...
  • Gretchen Wilson, Josh Gracin Sing for Republicans

    06/22/2006 12:22:35 PM PDT · by NRA1995 · 30 replies · 11,140+ views ^ | 6/20/06
    Gretchen Wilson and Josh Gracin were among the performers appearing Monday night (June 19) in Washington at a fundraiser that generated $27 million to be used by Republican candidates in the November elections. President Bush provided a speech for more than 5,000 supporters attending the President's Dinner at the Washington Convention Center. The event raised money for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
  • The Deflating Democrats

    06/22/2006 11:42:23 AM PDT · by veronica · 45 replies · 2,080+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6-22-06 | Noel Sheppard
    Have you heard that strange sound at night lately? No, it’s not cicadas. That’s the Democrat bubble deflating, a phenomenon that recurs more frequently than every seventeen years, and sounds like this: Pssssssssssssssssss. The Democrat bubble gets almost no press coverage, even though the media loves to report about other bubbles. Most Americans are certainly familiar with the stock market bubble of the late ’90s, as well as eager media reports for years of a looming real estate bubble, so far more imagined than real. But few people are aware that a political bubble has been forming this year and...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Why the Democrats Won't Win

    06/22/2006 6:31:31 AM PDT · by Tolik · 47 replies · 2,143+ views ^ | June 22, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Will President Bush's current unpopularity translate into a Democratic recapture of either the House or Senate this fall - or a victory in the 2008 presidential election?Probably not.Despite widespread unhappiness with the Republicans, it is hard to envision a majority party run by Howard Dean, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.Why?All sorts of apparent and not-so-apparent reasons. First, recent events and trends have complicated Democrats' talking points about George W. Bush's purported failings.The so-called "jobless" recovery has seen low unemployment rates comparable to the Clinton boom years.Last September, many people blamed what they viewed as a stingy federal government...
  • Immigrant funds flow to Cannon campaign

    06/21/2006 4:07:04 AM PDT · by Dane · 62 replies · 1,219+ views
    Desreret News ^ | 6/21/06 | Bob Bernick Jr. and Lee Davidson
    Just days before his Republican primary election, U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon is seeing more than $134,000 flowing into his war chest, much of it from organizations known to favor cheap immigrant labor. The pro-immigration groups have given Cannon, R-Utah, at least $58,200 in the past 12 days alone, a review of federal campaign reports shows. That includes at least $30,000 from agricultural interests — such as the California Farm Bureau and the Dairy Farmers of America. Additional money is coming from businesses known for hiring inexpensive labor —including Wal-Mart and the National Roofing Contractors Association.
  • Suit Over Replacing DeLay on Ballot Removed to Federal Court

    06/20/2006 6:02:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 631+ views
    Texas Lawyer ^ | June 19, 2006 | Mary Alice Robbins
    U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin will decide whether Republican officials can name a nominee to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. On June 15, Republicans removed the suit, which Democrats filed in Travis County district court to block GOP officials from selecting a new nominee, out of state court and in to the U.S. District Court for the Western District in Austin.
  • Bush Raises $27 Million for GOP

    06/20/2006 4:23:08 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 6 replies · 506+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2006 | Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Bush suggested last night that Republicans must remain in control of Congress for the country to effectively combat terrorism and keep the economy healthy, speaking at a $27 million fundraiser meant to provide a needed boost to the campaign war chest of congressional Republicans. "The most important responsibility we have in Washington is to defend the people of the United States," he said. "When this country sees a threat, we must deal with it before it fully materializes." Bush addressed about 5,000 of the GOP's strongest supporters at the "President's Dinner," the largest fundraiser of the year for the...
  • Congressional Democrats Pass GOP in Funds

    06/20/2006 2:51:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 34 replies · 901+ views
    AP ^ | Jun 20 4:58 PM US/Eastern
    Senate and House Democrats, optimistic about their election-year prospects, have more money in the bank for the midterm contests than their Republican counterparts. Some four months before the voting, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has $33.5 million cash on hand compared to $18.3 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the groups said Tuesday. The Democrats raised $4.7 million in May; the Republicans collected $4.3 million in the month. "Our fundraising success reflects a deep desire for change and recognition that the best way to get things back on track is by electing more Democrats to the Senate," said Sen....
  • 'A White Individual' - How the Voting Rights Act promotes racial polarization.

    06/20/2006 11:14:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 777+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 20, 2006 | Masthead Editorial
    With Congress poised to extend, for another quarter-century, certain "temporary" provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it's worth pondering some of the political mischief taking place these days in the name of "voting rights." Take New York's 11th Congressional District, a safe Democratic seat covering several neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The seat is currently occupied by Major Owens, a black Democrat who has held it since 1983 and is retiring this year. One of the four candidates to replace him is David Yassky, a white Democrat who represents some of the same Brooklyn neighborhoods as a city councilman. Mr. Owens...
  • Precinct Chairs Drawing Attention - 4 of them to be on panel to pick replacement for DeLay on ballot

    06/19/2006 6:56:47 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 481+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 19, 2006 | KRISTEN MACK
    The political grass roots closest to the soil — precinct chairs — are enjoying some time in the sun because of their role in selecting a Republican congressional nominee to succeed Tom DeLay. Most of the time, precinct chairs labor anonymously in the unglamorous elective positions that typically are won uncontested if anyone seeks them at all. But for now, the precinct leaders have one of the hottest jobs in local politics. "We've been discovered," said Harris County precinct chair Kathy Haigler. "We are the lowest level of public officials that exist. We are the last ones on the ballot....