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  • 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....
  • UT 3: Immigration Dominates GOP Radio Debate [also link to audio for Cannon-Jacob Debate

    06/19/2006 4:51:18 PM PDT · by Torie · 26 replies · 681+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | Jun. 19, 2006 | Michael Teitelbaum
    UT 3: Immigration Dominates GOP Radio Debate By Michael Teitelbaum | 7:15 PM; Jun. 19, 2006 | Email This Article Correction: An earlier version of this article incompletely characterized John Jacobs' description of his relationship with a Chilean couple to whom he gave money. Immigration dominated today’s debate between Utah Rep. Chris Cannon and John Jacob, who is challenging him in next week’s primary. The hour-long debate was aired live on Salt Lake City public radio station KCPW, and can be heard here in its entirety. Jacob called the race a referendum on immigration policy and ask Cannon if he...
  • Scandal Woes Could Benefit William Jefferson (D-La.), Analysts Say

    06/19/2006 2:34:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 839+ views
    Crosswalk.com ^ | 6/19/06 | Randy Hall
    Scandal Woes Could Benefit Jefferson, Analysts SayRandy Hall Staff Writer/Editor (CNSNews.com) - Losing his seat on the influential Ways and Means Committee and being investigated in a federal bribery probe could actually benefit U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), political analysts told Cybercast News Service. "Oftentimes, being an embattled Louisiana politician can actually be a benefit," said Pearson Cross, assistant professor of political science at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. "If anything, I think voters in the state's 2nd District are going to see him as 'put upon,' that he was unfairly stripped, and I'm certain he's going to spin it...
  • The Submerging Republican Majority (Barf alert!)

    06/18/2006 11:25:47 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 724+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 18, 2006 | JAMES TRAUB
    During the 2000 presidential campaign, Karl Rove, the political mastermind George W. Bush called Boy Genius, was wont to draw an analogy with the election of 1896, in which the Republican William McKinley drubbed William Jennings Bryan. McKinley's election ushered in a 35-year era chiefly characterized by G.O.P. dominance; so, too, Rove argued, would Bush's hasten the progress toward an era of virtual one-party rule. And Rove's bold prediction seemed plausible. Over time, the Republicans have increased their margin in Congress and reversed years of Democratic dominance in statehouses and State Legislatures. The conservative columnist Fred Barnes declared in 2003...
  • Lessons Learned: Francine Busby vs. the Republican Party

    06/18/2006 10:28:15 AM PDT · by OKIEDOC · 30 replies · 1,086+ views
    National Organization for Women ^ | June 15, 2006 | Lisa Bennett
    When is a loss really a win? It's a common practice, trying to spin a political defeat into a victory. But in the case of the race to fill Randy "Duke" Cunningham's seat in the House of Representatives, the silver lining might not be that hard to find. snip NOW PAC organizers worked on the Busby campaign, reaching out to voters across the county. The NOW PAC put Hays in San Diego prior to the April 11 Special Election, and sent her and another organizer Monely Soltani there again in late May to work on the run-off vote, held concurrently...
  • Bush is back -- and with a winning message (Great read -- excellent points)

    06/17/2006 7:47:19 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 60 replies · 2,233+ views
    Townhall ^ | June 16, 2006 | Larry Kudlow
    The door has been left wide open for Democrats to take over Congress, but they haven’t been able to walk through it. President Bush’s polls have been low, events in Iraq until recently have been discouraging, Republican scandals have been in the air, and the GOP has become the party of earmarks and spending. Pundits have expected the Democrats to nationalize the elections with a strong message to counter these Republican failings, but so far they have totally failed. Not that the Democrats don’t have a message. They appear to be calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, higher taxes, a...
  • It's Too Soon to Tell Whose Number is Up

    06/17/2006 7:02:05 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 1,186+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 17, 2006 | Tom Bevan
    How quickly things can change. For months Democrats have been basking in the glow of President Bush's dismal approval ratings, ongoing investigations of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and a White House in disarray and seemingly helpless to respond to the steady stream of bad news in Iraq. There has been giddy speculation by some Democrats about retaking control of one or both houses of Congress, and more than a few stories have popped up recently reporting that Democrats are already hard at work making plans for when they regain majority status in November. But a string of events over the...
  • Minutemen Condemn Congressman Pence's Amnesty Proposal

    06/17/2006 4:21:56 PM PDT · by Dane · 105 replies · 1,922+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 6/15/06 | Chris Simcox
    Minutemen Condemn Congressman Pence's Amnesty Proposal Sierra Times PHOENIX, AZ (June 15, 2006) – Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), released the following statement in response to the reported “endorsement” by the Minutemen of Rep. Mike Pence’s so-called “compromise” amnesty proposal: “The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps in no way, shape, manner or form endorses Rep. Mike Pence’s current amnesty proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives. “The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and its leadership represent the U.S. citizen volunteers who from their first operations in Tombstone AZ five long years ago, have stood vigilant mission after...
  • Bush Pit Stop Nets $375,000 for Wilson (R-NM)

    06/17/2006 9:58:42 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 6 replies · 339+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 17, 2006 | Tania Soussan and Leslie Linthicum
    President George W. Bush praised Rep. Heather Wilson as an independent-minded woman during a Wilson campaign fundraiser in Albuquerque on Friday. While about 300 Wilson supporters gave the president an enthusiastic welcome inside the Albuquerque Hyatt Regency, about 200 protesters outside called for Bush's impeachment and Wilson's ouster in the fall election. "Heather is an independent soul and that's what you want," Bush said in a speech that lasted more than 20 minutes. "She's strong on her beliefs, she's strong on her convictions." He described Wilson, R-N.M., as compassionate, smart and dedicated to her district. Bush touched on his recent...
  • Democratic leader lays out party agenda in radio address - Nancy Pelosi

    06/17/2006 9:31:03 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 938+ views
    AP - Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/18/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    If they retake control of Congress, Democrats will act quickly to increase the minimum wage, lower prescription drug costs and slash interest rates on student loans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday. The ideas are part of the Democrats' new domestic agenda, named "New Direction for America," which the party rolled out during the past week. Pelosi, D-Calif., used the party's Saturday radio address to promote the plan. "A new direction means expanding access to affordable health care for Americans. We will begin by lowering the cost of prescription drugs by putting seniors ahead of pharmaceutical companies and HMOs,"...
  • Fight to Replace DeLay on Ballot Hits Federal Court

    06/17/2006 8:52:14 AM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 698+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2006 | JANET ELLIOTT
    Democrats want to force the GOP to mount a write-in effort in November AUSTIN - A fight between the state Democratic and Republican parties over replacing Tom DeLay on the November ballot has moved to federal court. State Republicans filed papers Thursday to move from state to federal court a lawsuit filed last week by the Texas Democratic Party. The Democrats sued to block Republicans from picking a replacement for former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on the ballot for the 22nd Congressional District. The Democrats are hoping to keep DeLay's name on the ballot against their nominee, Nick Lampson. Since...
  • The Most Gutsy Campaign Ad I've Ever Seen

    06/17/2006 7:10:52 AM PDT · by no dems · 92 replies · 3,496+ views
    I hope I'm doing this right. I've only posted one other vanity on this website before. But, I just had to share this with my Freeper brothers and sisters. Check out this TV ad by Vernon Robinson, who is a black Conservative running for Congress in North Carolina. Oh my, if only all Conservatives had this much intestinal fortitude. You can view the ad here: http://www.vernonrobinson.com/twilightzone.shtml
  • Visits by Bush bolster GOP incumbents

    06/17/2006 5:06:51 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 13 replies · 336+ views
    Washington Post via Contra Costa Times ^ | June 17, 2006 | Michael Abramowitz
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - President Bush exercised his fund-raising muscle Friday for two endangered House Republicans, who seemed glad for the assistance of a president whose presence on the campaign trail this year has brought both blessings and problems for GOP candidates. Buoyed by several weeks of good news from Iraq and at home, Bush flew to the Seattle suburbs to appear at a private fund-raiser for freshman Rep. David Reichert, R-Wash., before arriving here late in the day for a public appearance on behalf of Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M. Both incumbents are among Democrats' leading targets this fall, with Wilson...
  • Jacob follow-up (followup of House candidate Jacob hiring practices being illegal)

    06/17/2006 3:32:39 AM PDT · by Dane · 30 replies · 670+ views
    Daily Herald(Utah) ^ | June 17, 2006 | Alan Choate
    Jacob follow-up ALAN CHOATE - Daily Herald Republican candidate for Congress John Jacob appears to have violated federal regulations when he paid a Chilean couple through a shell company he may have helped them form. The couple, Oscar and Marta Silva, were in the United States on Oscar's student visa, and would not have been allowed to accept employment beyond part-time on-campus work for Oscar, according to several immigration law experts. Jacob is trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, in the upcoming GOP primary for Utah's Third Congressional District. Immigration reform has dominated the campaign discussion, and Jacob...
  • Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

    06/16/2006 8:35:00 PM PDT · by JDB520 · 21 replies · 419+ views
    http://www.lonsberry.com/writings.cfm?go=4 ^ | June 16, 2006 | Bob Lonsberry
    BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER The dirty tricks have begun. A supporter of Congressman Chris Cannon has accused John Jacob of employing illegal aliens. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. The supporter has said publicly that he was trying to find such people. He said he was doing it in an effort to scuttle John Jacob’s campaign. The supporter is Tony Yapias. But we’ll talk about him later. Let’s deal with the accusations first. Then we’ll come back to the accuser. Tony Yapias has claimed that John Jacob – who is challenging Chris Cannon in a Republican primary on...
  • A New Direction for America... Backwards.

    06/16/2006 4:36:03 PM PDT · by jbamb · 3 replies · 648+ views
    Part-Time Pundit ^ | 6/17/06 | John Bambenek
    Today, after months of waiting, the Democrats have come up with an agenda for 2006. First, some noticeably missing items. Iraq. For as much as the Democrats continue to criticize the President's mishandling of the war, the peace, or whatever you want to call it, their direction does not highlight any meaningful alternative. How do they believe a free and secure Iraq should be created? Well, if Murtha has his way, apparently by surrendering to Al Qaeda. National security. Apparently terrorism is not a problem because the polar ice caps are melting. Perhaps we were mistaken, it wasn't planes that...
  • Democrats Call for a New Direction for America [Pelosi, Reid, Durbin, Hoyer.....]

    06/16/2006 7:51:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 884+ views
    Democrats Call for a New Direction for America 6/16/2006 10:34:00 AM To: National Desk Contact: Jim Manley or Rebecca Kirszner, 202-224-2939, both for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi WASHINGTON, June 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Responding to the pressing needs of working families across the country, House and Senate Democrats today joined to call for a New Direction for America. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin, and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer discussed six Democratic priorities to provide...
  • Black Republican Will Challenge Cynthia McKinney

    06/16/2006 7:04:32 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 53 replies · 1,534+ views
    Black Republican Will Challenge Cynthia McKinney By Nathan Burchfiel CNSNews.com Staff Writer June 16, 2006 (CNSNews.com) - A little known African American woman announced Thursday that she will try to unseat Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who has been mired in controversy since she struck a U.S. Capitol policeman in the chest with her closed fist. Catherine Davis, a human resources manager who has never held elected office, said she is running because McKinney's "dismal legislative record and her outrageous behavior are an embarrassment to the hard-working folks in my district." McKinney represents Georgia's 4th Congressional District. Davis is conservative....
  • Jack in the Box [Murtha and Dem food fights]

    06/16/2006 5:03:47 AM PDT · by Coop · 79 replies · 1,500+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 6/16/06 | Michael Crowley
    A moderate Democratic representative is on the phone, relating a thought he had a few days earlier about his party's prospects for winning back the House in November. "Things look really good," he had mused to himself. "You've got to wonder how we're gonna screw it up." As if on cue, House Democrats--who had been coasting on GOP scandal and disunity--turned against one another. Last Friday, Pennsylvania Democrat Jack Murtha picked a leadership fight over the central issue that splits his party: Iraq. Murtha, who wants a near-immediate withdrawal from Iraq, announced plans to challenge House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer,...
  • A Telling Silence: Dem Agenda Skips the War

    06/16/2006 4:06:06 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 18 replies · 639+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 16, 2006 | John Podhoretz
    DEMOCRATIC House members unveiled their version of the Contract with America yesterday - a plan for governance should their party win control of the House of Representatives in November. The agenda items of their "New Direction for America" include stem-cell research, promoting energy-efficient technology, raising the minimum wage, making college tuition tax deductible, preventing the privatization of Social Security and restoring budget discipline (which is code for raising taxes on whoever they think is "rich"). These are all popular and poll-tested proposals, as was the case with the Contract items devised by Newt Gingrich in 1994. But there is not...
  • Jacob hiring: Was it legal?

    06/16/2006 3:03:55 AM PDT · by Dane · 57 replies · 1,495+ views
    Daily Herald(Utah) ^ | 6/16/06 | Alan Choate
    Jacob hiring: Was it legal? Republican candidate for Congress John Jacob on Thursday defended his hiring of a couple from Chile several years ago, insisting that he acted in good faith and within the law. Jacob, of Eagle Mountain, is running against five-term incumbent Chris Cannon for Utah's 3rd District seat in Washington, a race dominated by the issue of illegal immigration. The outcome is widely viewed as a bellwether of national sentiment. Jacob has embraced a tough enforcement position on illegal immigrants and those who employ them. In a debate at Utah Valley State College on Saturday, Cannon and...
  • Buchanan(Tancredo) PAC targets Cannon in radio ads

    06/15/2006 5:07:04 PM PDT · by Dane · 175 replies · 1,809+ views
    DeseretNews(Utah) ^ | 6/15/06 | Bib Bernick Jr.
    Buchanan(Tancredo) PAC targets Cannon in radio ads If you can define yourself in politics by the kind of enemies you make, Rep. Chris Cannon is moving up in the world. Cannon, R-Utah, is now receiving the significant monetary attention of Team America, an anti-illegal immigration political action committee started by fellow GOP House member Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and now run by Bay Buchanan, the celebrated sister of longtime conservative candidate/columnist Pat Buchanan. Bay Buchanan, who appears regularly on national TV news and political opinion programs, put it bluntly in a telephone interview Tuesday: "We want to defeat Chris Cannon."...
  • NRA backs Cannon in GOP primary

    06/15/2006 4:56:10 PM PDT · by Dane · 68 replies · 2,061+ views
    NRA backs Cannon in GOP primary PROVO — The National Rifle Association is endorsing Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, in the Republican primary on June 27. The NRA Political Victory Fund has given Cannon an "A plus" rating and called him a strong and consistent supporter of the Second Amendment. Cannon helped pass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee. Cannon also co-sponsored legislation to overturn the ban on gun ownership by residents of the District of Columbia and supported legislation allowing American...
  • Republican Congressional Candidate Launches "Stand By Our President" Campaign

    06/15/2006 3:58:41 PM PDT · by jebanks · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Jeff Crank.com ^ | June 15, 2006 | Jeff Crank
    Colorado Springs – Today Jeff Crank, candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 5th District, launched his “Stand by the President Campaign” and continued to pledge his support to the President’s efforts to fight the War on Terror. “No issue is more important to America today than fighting the War on Terror and giving our military the resources they need to effectively defeat this insidious enemy with the fewest number of American casualties possible,” said Jeff Crank. “By standing by our Commander in Chief and the mission he leads in Iraq, we stand by the men and women of our military and...
  • Cheney sees GOP winning midterm elections

    06/15/2006 3:33:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 975+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that the Republicans will prevail in the midterm elections because of a strong economy and the ability of the Bush administration to prevent another terrorist attack. Polls show voters favor Democrats taking charge in November, but Cheney said the GOP will maintain its majority control in the Senate and House. He cited an economy that's "kicking along in very good shape" and President Bush's record in the war on terror. "And we protected the United States against further attack from the terrorists," Cheney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show....
  • Endangered Republicans play down party label

    06/15/2006 12:35:25 PM PDT · by youthgonewild · 15 replies · 605+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/15/2006 | John Whitesides
    STAMFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (news, bio, voting record) cites his differences with President George W. Bush, produces a chart outlining his moderate voting record and pledges his independence from party leaders in Congress. ADVERTISEMENT His Connecticut colleague, Republican Rep. Rob Simmons, says working with Democrats comes naturally in a district where voters favored Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry over Bush by 10 percentage points in 2004. For Shays, Simmons and other Republicans running for Congress in Democratic-leaning or swing districts in November, playing down their party label and playing up their independence has become a matter...
  • The Dems Will Lose

    06/15/2006 9:49:34 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 20 replies · 1,393+ views
    National Review ^ | 6/15/2006 | Michael Novak
    The Dems Will Lose Fearless November 2006 predictions. By Michael Novak Just think how crushed the Left is going to be when they lose seats in the onrushing congressional elections this November. They have been so certain they would win big. They have been blowing hot air. Now, I remember when NRO editor Kathryn Lopez did not believe my prediction that Cardinal Ratzinger would be elected the new pope — and much earlier and more decisively than anyone was writing at the time. (I also remember that she still hasn’t bought me the lunch she promised then, in case I...
  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Bush seizes on favorable Iraq developments to boost GOP election hopes

    06/15/2006 7:55:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 468+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/15/6 | Marc Sandalow
    Washington -- President Bush's aggressive sales pitch on Iraq of late provides a glimpse of how the White House plans to use developments there to validate a prolonged U.S. presence and boost the Republican Party's chances in the November congressional elections. In the past week, Bush has grabbed hold of the very issue that threatens to bury his presidency, keeping the 3-year-old war at the top of the nation's agenda. Seizing upon the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, and the completion of the new Iraqi Cabinet, Bush this week convened a meeting of his top...
  • Candidates Seeking New Orleans Congressman Jefferson Seat

    06/13/2006 12:37:46 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 5 replies · 421+ views
    bayoubuzz ^ | 6/13/2006 | Jeff Crouere
    Despite the intense controversy and the deepening investigation swirling around him, Congressman Bill Jefferson (D-New Orleans) has vowed to not only stay in office, but also to run for re-election this November. Interestingly, Democratic Party leaders in Congress have called for an ethics investigation into Jefferson and one Capitol Hill insider reports that the Democrats want Jefferson to step aside quickly. The longer the Jefferson scandal stays in the news, the harder it becomes for the Democrats to paint the Republicans as the party of corruption in the mid-term elections. Even though the Democrats want Jefferson to resign quickly, the...
  • Sleepless in the 50th District: Neither party should be too comfortable with Tuesday's results

    06/13/2006 9:31:52 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 674+ views
    The North County Times ^ | June 13, 2006 | Nathan Gonzales
    Republicans held the levies in San Diego County, but nationally the storm is far from over. Former Congressman Brian Bilbray's victory in Tuesday's special election was a costly but necessary victory for a Republican Party searching for any sliver of good news. And conversely, Democrat Francine Busby's loss showed that a Democratic wave and a new Democratic majority is far from a certainty this November.
  • Black "Leaders" Fear Loss of Brooklyn House Seat

    06/12/2006 1:26:43 PM PDT · by againstallhope · 48 replies · 1,553+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06/12/06 | JONATHAN P. HICKS
    NY Times, June 12, 2006 by Jonathan P. Hicks "A group of black and Hispanic elected officials from Brooklyn are scheduled to meet this morning to devise strategies to keep a white candidate from winning a Congressional seat of historical significance in black politics. It is not the first such meeting of these officials, nor is it likely to be the last. That there are talks so steeped in ethnicity indicates that race is not just one of the issues in determining who will succeed Representative Major R. Owens. It seems to be the dominant one. Mr. Owens, a veteran...
  • Democrats to roll out action plan - Program on domestic issues part of strategy to retake House

    06/12/2006 5:56:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 466+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/12/6 | Marc Sandalow
    Washington -- Democrats will introduce a domestic agenda for the 2006 campaign this week, confident that their opportunity to pick up seats is the best in a generation, yet divided over how much an agenda will matter. The Democratic program will consist of bread-and-butter priorities: increasing the minimum wage, cutting costs of prescription drugs, reducing interest rates on student loans, rolling back subsidies for oil companies, and pay-as-you-go budgeting, according to party officials. Party strategists hope the timing will contrast favorably with the Republicans' recent push on social legislation such as constitutional bans on gay marriage and flag burning. With...
  • Bush hopes to paint town red on date with Topinka

    06/11/2006 12:08:15 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 59 replies · 1,185+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 11, 2006 | LYNN SWEET
    Democratic blue state Illinois is flashing onto the radar of the Bush White House, with the governorship up for grabs and two high-profile House seats. The Sun-Times has learned President Bush is coming to Chicago July 7 for a fund-raiser for Judy Baar Topinka. The White House political operation, run by Karl Rove -- who helped convince Topinka to run against Gov. Blagojevich -- is also closely monitoring two of the most-watched House races in the country, in the west and Northwest Suburban 6th and 8th congressional districts.
  • (WI) Democrats Vying for 8th District Blast War, Washington Politics

    06/11/2006 9:12:03 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 4 replies · 137+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | June 11, 2006 | Todd Richmond
    LA CROSSE, WI (AP) -- A trio of Democrats hoping to win northeastern Wisconsin's open congressional seat blasted Washington politics during speeches at the party's state convention Saturday, accusing Republicans of attacking Americans' quality of life and calling for an end to the war in Iraq.Steve Kagen, Nancy Nusbaum and Jamie Wall will face off in a Democratic primary in September for the 8th Congressional District seat. Assembly Speaker John Gard, R-Peshtigo, and state Rep. Terri McCormick, R-Appleton, face each other in the GOP primary. The winner of each will square off in the November general election for the seat...
  • Democrats closing fundraising gap with GOP

    06/11/2006 3:59:03 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 35 replies · 904+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/11/06 | Jim VandeHei
    A surge in small, individual contributions is lifting Democratic campaigns this year and is helping close a Republican fundraising advantage that has existed for years in national politics, according to Federal Election Commission data. Democratic House and Senate candidates and their two major campaign committees are enjoying stronger grass-roots support than at any time since the GOP took over both chambers of Congress in the 1994 elections, according to strategists from both parties who have reviewed the most recent FEC data released this spring. At the same time, Republican campaign committees are stumbling. The Republican National Committee is lagging behind...
  • STOP MURTHA CAMPAIGN

    06/10/2006 7:26:48 PM PDT · by knarf · 56 replies · 1,095+ views
    Doug's activist mindset | June 10, 2006 | my friend Doug .. knarf
    Frank, i have an ideal for a campaign to shut John Murtha up and or recruit funds for Diana Irey, but i don't have the time to implament it. All I have is the ideal. This Ideal needs promoted in the blogs, and to all right thinking talk shows. I already sent this ideal out in the form of a letter to the ed, Observer-Reporter but I don't know if they will print it because of it's promotional content, thought I did add the disclaimer. Anyway I would like to let them sit on it a couple days and then...
  • Eric Story.. I think I am going to support him

    06/10/2006 4:56:05 PM PDT · by Captain Ray · 4 replies · 206+ views
    The mind of Captain Ray ^ | 06-09-06 | Captain Ray
    Eric Story believes in the "Sanctity of Life" Life begins at and should be protected from the moment of conception Gene Green supports abortion as an inherent right - the right to take the life of the most innocent - the unborn - without restriction!!!!! Gene Green's Voting Record Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: NO on banning partial-birth abortions: NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: NO on funding for health providers who...
  • Cannon-Jacob rivalry seen as GOP bellwether

    06/10/2006 10:56:09 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 20 replies · 712+ views
    PROVO — A CNN news crew will film today's debate between Chris Cannon and John Jacob at Utah Valley State College as the international news organization prepares to explore America's illegal-immigration debate through the Republican primary in Utah's 3rd Congressional District.       Jacob had planned to take a day off from the campaign trail on Friday but instead chose to hold a press conference to address the national attention the race has received, including comments from conservative radio megastars Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.       Jacob said a reporter for Congressional Quarterly told him this...
  • The Non-Sequitur Times : The NY Times is Spinning California 50 as Portent of GOP Doom

    06/09/2006 12:57:22 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 18 replies · 756+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | 06/09/2006 | Jay Cost
    June 09, 2006 The Non-Sequitur Times Boy oh boy. The New York Times' Adam Nagourney really pulled some rabbits out of his hat on Thursday with his ode to how CA 50 is a portent of Republican doom, did he not? The piece reads as if, fully intending to write a "GOP is doomed" storyline regardless of the actual result, he sat down Wednesday morning and came up with every last reason he could think of why the Republican win was really a loss - and then did not go back through the list to toss out the ones that...
  • Texas GOP Gets the Go-Ahead to Replace DeLay on the Ballot

    06/08/2006 7:21:10 PM PDT · by anymouse · 12 replies · 588+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 8, 2006 | By KRISTEN MACK and BENNETT ROTH
    Two days before he leaves Congress, he's officially out of race because he moved to Virginia Texas Republicans took a key official step Wednesday toward replacing U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on the November ballot, as the state GOP declared him ineligible to run because he has moved his official residence to Virginia. Friday is the former House majority leader's last day in Congress. Republican Party of Texas Chairwoman Tina Benkiser notified Republican county chairs in the 22nd Congressional District that they can begin the process for selecting a new nominee. DeLay's successor as GOP nominee will be selected by a...
  • IREY ON MURTHA: HE STILL DOESN'T GET IT

    06/08/2006 6:48:26 PM PDT · by Just A Nobody · 69 replies · 1,674+ views
    Irey for Congress ^ | June 8, 2006 | Bill Pascoe
    IREY ON MURTHA: HE STILL DOESN'T GET IT (MONONGAHELA, June 8) – Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey – responding to U.S. Rep. John Murtha’s continued insistence that “There’s no question, we can’t win this militarily,” despite today’s elimination of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the top al Qaeda terrorist in Iraq – today released the following statement: “John Murtha still doesn’t get it. If he had had his way, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would still be alive this afternoon, plotting to murder more innocent Americans, Iraqis, Jordanians, and Kurds – and anyone else who got in...
  • Jay Cost: Closing the Books on CA 50

    06/08/2006 3:14:35 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 619+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 8, 2006 | Jay Cost
    The results from California's 50th district are now in - and Republican Brian Bilbray has defeated Democrat Francine Busby in the contest to complete the tenure of Duke Cunningham. This was Busby's third try at seizing the seat. She is now 0-for-3. The two will face off again in November, but it seems highly likely that the GOP will hold the seat.Pundits and partisans across the land have examined the returns to divine some kind of meaning from them. What did the voters tell us? Many answers have been offered - not all of them valid. Many people have seen...
  • Democrat Insanity "We Lost, BUT WE WON BECAUSE WE LOST!"

    06/07/2006 4:41:53 PM PDT · by woodb01 · 39 replies · 1,896+ views
    NoDNC.com Commentary ^ | June 7, 2006 | NoDNC.com Staff
    If you ever had to wonder about why so many people think the Democratic Party has gone completely insane, look no further than the California spin machine insanity! After losing to Republican Brian Bilbray in California to replace the criminally convicted "Duke Cunningham," liberal Democrat Francine Busby said: "We've sent a message that there are no safe seats" ... Americans "really want change." In spite of the media talking heads trying to help spin this LOSS into a "win," let's take a good, close look at the psychotic Democratic Party. Somehow the Democratic Party has become so completely perverted,...
  • 'Culture of Corruption' Failed Democrats in House Race

    06/07/2006 11:52:39 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 12 replies · 954+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 7 June 06 | Robert Novak
    'Culture of Corruption' Failed Democrats in House Race by Robert Novak Posted Jun 07, 2006 For all the hype and the money spent on the race between former Rep. Brian Bilbray (R) and Francine Busby (D), Busby, in her loss to Bilbray, failed to exceed significantly the percentage won here by John Kerry in 2004. This is significant, because although she will have another shot at Bilbray in November, the turnout should have favored her yesterday, since Republicans had no other races to drive their turnout and Democrats had a gubernatorial primary. The outcome proves that even with corrupt former...
  • Sanders' Departure Leaves Competitive Race in Vermont

    06/07/2006 9:46:49 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 24 replies · 1,383+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Monday, June 05, 2006 | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — It is the home of the enviro-friendly Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream empire, the first civil unions law in the nation and 12-termer Bernie Sanders, the only Socialist in the U.S. House of Representatives. So as Sanders, who is registered independent, leaves his post as Vermont's at-large congressman in a bid to become the only Socialist in the U.S. Senate, it would hardly be surprising if a liberal Democrat were to replace him. But as political observers and both national parties make note, the open at-large seat is just that: very open and surprisingly competitive, with an aggressive...
  • California 50 : Brian Bilbray won by a respectable margin in Bellweather Election

    06/07/2006 9:41:22 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 19 replies · 1,124+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/07/2006 | John J. Pitney Jr.
    California 50 A break in the GOP’s clouds? By John J. Pitney Jr. For national Republicans, the special election to fill Duke Cunningham’s seat was an early check of barometric pressure. A loss would have been a sign of an approaching hurricane. But Brian Bilbray won by a respectable margin. The pressure is stable and the skies are clear—for now. In a couple of ways, the outcome was quite remarkable. As of the last FEC report, Busby had raised more money than Bilbray. And the presence of minor candidates threatened to drain crucial support from Bilbray. Accordingly, Busby made a...
  • Bilbray defeats Busby in Calif.-50

    06/07/2006 9:21:51 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 68 replies · 1,403+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6-7-2006 | By Aaron Blake
    Republicans claimed victory in the California special election early Wednesday morning as former Rep. Brian Bilbray led Democrat Francine Busby by four points with 96 percent of precincts reporting. The 50th District race Tuesday was a runoff pitting the top two finishers from an April election to replace disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R) and was billed as a bellwether for the upcoming general election in November, where Democrats hope they have the wind at their backs and a chance to retake Congress. But that wind wasn’t enough Tuesday in solidly-Republican San Diego, where Bilbray secured nearly 50 percent...
  • Reapportionment Includes Unlawful Alien Residents

    06/07/2006 6:15:11 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 169+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | June 7, 2006 | Paul M. Weyrich
    Reapportionment Includes Unlawful Alien Residents http://www.aim.org/guest_column/4623_0_6_0_C/ By Paul M. Weyrich | June 7, 2006 I received a call from a long time friend from California. To say the least he was not in a happy mood. "Is anyone back there discussing the impact of immigration on reapportionment?" he asked me. My friend is former State Senator Bill Richardson, who served 24 years in the California Legislature. He is also the Chairman of Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners of California. He left the Legislature to become more effective with Gun Owners. Run by Larry Pratt in Washington, Gun Owners...
  • It's Hare vs. Zinga (IL CD17)

    06/07/2006 12:30:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies · 733+ views
    Quad-Cities Online ^ | 06/06/2006 | Kurt Allemeier
    Phil Hare Tuesday comfortably won the Democratic nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Lane Evans on the November ballot. He will face Republican Andrea Zinga for the 17th Congressional District seat. Propelled by strong support in Rock Island and Macoupin counties, Mr. Hare won with 17,011 votes, or 63.9 percent of the 26,621 votes cast by precinct committeemen. He easily distanced state Sen. John Sullivan, who garnered 7,530 votes. Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert finished third with 1,370 votes, followed by state Rep. Mike Boland's 612 votes, and teacher Rob Mellon with 98 votes. The announcement of the vote totals was...
  • Pombo faces tough primary challenge from moderate ex-lawmaker

    06/06/2006 8:39:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 448+ views
    AP ^ | 6/6/6 | ERICA WERNER
    LOS ANGELES - Republican Rep. Richard Pombo, the cowboy boot-wearing conservative who chairs the House committee that writes environmental laws, was defending his seat Tuesday against a moderate Republican backed by environmental groups, former Rep. Pete McCloskey. Pombo, 45, targeted over ethics questions and his environmental stances, was facing his toughest re-election since coming to Congress in 1992 from his Tracy cattle ranch. The incumbent also faced shifting demographics in his GOP-leaning 11th Congressional District, which was redrawn after the 2000 census to add San Francisco Bay area voters outside his San Joaquin Valley base.GOP maverick McCloskey, 78, who represented...