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  • Jeb Bush just lost three key advisers. Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns

    08/29/2015 6:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | August 29 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    There's another sign — if you needed one — that Jeb Bush is sucking wind in the Republican primary: Three top fundraisers from Bush's home base of Florida have left the campaign. The particulars of the split are up for debate, according to Politico's Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo, who broke the news. But regardless of the proximate cause, it's a big deal because it suggests two larger issues for Bush's campaign: He's dug a big hole and there's concern in his own camp that he won't be able to dig his way out. It also comes less than three...
  • Jeb Bush to hire noted GOP base favorite Eric Cantor

    08/28/2015 3:50:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    RedState ^ | August 27, 2015 | Joe Cunningham
    Trying to get the GOP base on your side? Master stroke from Jeb! here. Cantor was courted intensely by other candidates. Cantor retains a strong political network in Virginia, a key primary and swing state. And he has enviable connections among Jewish business leaders who can be key supporters and donors. “This is a big deal for Eric, and a big deal for Jeb,” said a top Republican involved in the negotiations. A Cantor source said: “They have known each other for a long time, speak regularly and have great mutual respect for one another. Eric believes he is the...
  • Calling Trump remarks ‘bigoted, sexist & ignorant,’ Miami Latin Builders move gala from Trump resort

    08/28/2015 5:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Miami Herald's Elections 2016 ^ | August 28, 2015 | Patricia Mazzei
    Miami’s Latin Builders Association, which bills itself as the nation’s largest Hispanic construction trade group, has dumped Donald Trump over his strident remarks on immigration. The LBA planned to hold its biennial gala for its new president at the Trump National Doral resort in November. The group gave the hotel notice Thursday that it is rescinding its contract. “Most regrettably, Mr. Trump’s recent pattern of bigoted, sexist and ignorant verbal assaults on immigrants, women and veterans have made hosting the installation gala at the resort unfeasible,” LBA Executive Director Melissa Tapanes Llahues told members at a luncheon at the Biltmore...
  • How Two Candidates Are Handling the Trump Effect

    08/26/2015 9:46:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | August 26, 2015 | Lewis Morris
    No one ever assumed the Republican presidential nomination was going to be smooth sailing, with 17 announced candidates ranging from all walks of public and private life vying for the prize. But the candidacy, and we use that term loosely, of Donald Trump has changed the landscape in a way few could have imagined. Trump’s presence thus far has muted the inevitability of establishment star Jeb Bush — a good thing, in our estimation, despite the insistence of some Trump supporters that our criticism of The Donald automatically means we favor the heir to the Bush Dynasty. Unfortunately, it has...
  • Bob Smith, Who Ran for Senate Twice in Florida, Behind Ted Cruz for President

    08/26/2015 9:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Florida might have its share of Republican presidential candidates but one former presidential candidate who ran twice in the Sunshine State is behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., who ran twice for the U.S. Senate in Florida, was named as a co-chair of Cruz’s veterans outreach team on Wednesday. Smith joins U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell as co-chairs of “Vets for Ted” while Bill Connor will be national director. Cruz has also named Smith, a Navy veteran, as part of his team in New Hampshire, home of the...
  • Who Are Donald Trump’s Supporters?

    08/26/2015 8:39:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 26, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    The big, existential question for Republicans right now is: who are Donald Trump’s supporters? It matters because this will determine the future, and the future prospects, of the party. I heartily agree with Ben Domenech, whose article on this just made it harder for me to fulfill my obligations to his publication, by pre-empting most of what I was planning to write about Trump for The Federalist. Ben argues that Trumpism would turn the Republicans from a “classically liberal right” to a European-style nationalist party that is “xenophobic, anti-capitalist, vaguely militarist, pro-state, and consistently anti-Semitic. If you criticize Donald Trump,...
  • Head-to-Head: Does Marco Rubio have a chance?

    08/26/2015 7:59:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Gamecock ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ben Turner and Griffin Hobson
    Ben Turner: Yes In the Republican Party’s "autopsy" of why they lost the 2012 presidential election, they noted a need for the party to reach out to minorities and younger voters, two groups they had limited support from. Little did they know, they would have not one but two young Hispanic candidates competing for their party’s nomination in 2016. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are not only the same age and Hispanic — their entire biographies are remarkably similar. Both Cruz and Rubio claim Cuban ancestry, both have law degrees and both served in state politics before running for and...
  • Rubio: Trump won’t be our nominee because we’re not an angry nation

    08/26/2015 3:04:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Is Marco Rubio sure about that? The 2016 cycle appears ready to boil down to the question of whether the US electorate is an angry one. Rubio’s betting on no — and strategizing on it as well: In his stump speech to fewer than 100 people in the northern part of the second presidential nominating contest, Rubio gently poked at the real estate tycoon who is towering over the Republican field in the polls, portraying Trump’s message as one of anger as opposed to the senator’s message of hope and opportunity. “There’s another gentleman running for president whose slogan is...
  • Ted Cruz gets enthusiastic greeting at Americans for Prosperity event

    08/22/2015 9:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | 7:49 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 | The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, OHIO — Texas’ Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure. The reception to former Gov. Rick Perry’s energetic appearance at the event was somewhat muted by the fact that he was its very last speaker. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush...
  • Bush works hard to win support from tea party, Koch Brothers, wins polite applause

    08/22/2015 7:16:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 21, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation's most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' summit. Only when the Republican presidential candidate wrapped up his 20-minute speech by calling for a military buildup did the more than 3,000 conservatives from around the nation join in a sustained cheer for Bush, a familiar face in American politics but a newcomer in front of the tea party crowd. "I promise you, if I'm elected president of the United States, I will restore the...
  • 5 reasons Bush isn't freaking out about Trump

    08/22/2015 6:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 21, 2015 | Marc Caputo and Anna Palmer
    Jeb Bush is sticking with the plan. Despite Donald Trump shooting ahead in the polls and Bush’s debate performance getting bad reviews — and amid signs of frustration on the campaign trail from the former Florida governor himself — his supporters aren’t panicking, multiple sources close to the candidate insist. The Bush camp is projecting confidence that the Summer of Trump will fade to winter, and that Jeb will prevail when it matters. Here are five reasons Jebworld isn’t freaking out: 1. ‘TRUMP V. SOMEBODY’ Trump is the man to beat, the undisputed leader in national and early-state polls. Even...
  • The Trump Expansion Plan (“If I’m going down, then Bush is going down with me.”)

    08/22/2015 1:49:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | August 21, 2015 | Gabriel Sherman
    As the Republican-primary race moves into the fall, Donald Trump is exhibiting signs of becoming, if not a conventional candidate, at least a better-organized one. “I have a much more traditional campaign than people think,” he told me on August 18, two days after his campaign released the first in a series of position papers he’s set to unveil. The bar is low — anything beyond winging it would pass for a signal of a more traditional campaign. Trump knows this. His position paper, which calls for Mexico to pay for a border wall and America to eliminate birthright citizenship,...
  • The GOP’s deeply flawed field

    08/18/2015 7:44:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2015 | Katrina vanden Heuveleditor, publisher, and part-owner, The Nation
    Donald Trump continues to bring comic relief and mean-spirited bombast to the Republican campaign trail. But while Trump is a continuing spectacle, he also makes (a tiny bit) more sense than his rivals when he indicts U.S. trade policies or scorns the influence of big money that turns politicians into puppets. Nevertheless Trump, despite his current lead in the polls, isn’t likely to be the Republican presidential nominee. William Galston, the Wall Street Journal’s designated Democratic pundit, last week suggested that there were five “plausible” Republican candidates — Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.), Govs. Scott Walker (Wis.)...
  • Collective Punishment: Trump’s astonishingly cruel immigration plan getting rave reviews from GOP.

    08/18/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | August 18, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign with an ugly tirade against Mexican immigrants—“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”—that shot him to the top of the GOP polls. He’s been there ever since, despite racism, sexism, and open disrespect for combat veterans. Now, Trump is the center of gravity in the Republican race for president, and his antics affect every candidate, from mainstream picks like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, to more direct rivals like Scott Walker and Ted Cruz. On Monday, his pull got a little stronger. Trump published his first set of proposals, a plan for immigration...
  • Donald Trump is crushing his competition on 2 key issues

    08/18/2015 11:57:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 14 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 1 hour ago | Colin Campbell
    Donald Trump is not only expanding his lead in the Republican presidential race. According to a new CNN/ORC poll out Tuesday, the real-estate tycoon has built out a dominating lead on two of the issues most important to Republican voters. A walloping 45% of respondents said Trump was the best candidate to improve the US economy. The next closest contender was Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, who had a mere 8% say the same about his potential stewardship. The core of Trump's campaign platform is based off of his opposition to illegal immigration and his heated — and sometimes...
  • Fox News Poll: Trump Continues to Soar, Followed by Carson and Cruz

    08/16/2015 4:05:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    NewsMax ^ | August 16, 2015
    Billionaire developer Donald Trump is still holding his own in a new Fox News poll, while establishment candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are all losing traction. Trump is continuing to dominate with 25 percent support nationally while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is running second at 12 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, known for locking horns with Republican congressional leaders, is third at 10 percent. Those findings mirror recent polls in Iowa and elsewhere. Bush has place 9 percent for a fourth place finish, droping from 15 percent and second place in a Fox News poll conducted earlier...
  • Scott Walker falls from top perch in latest Iowa polls

    08/13/2015 2:43:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    After leading the GOP presidential field in Iowa for months, Gov. Scott Walker is no longer on top in the latest polling. In a survey released Wednesday by CNN/ORC, Donald Trump leads among Republicans in Iowa with 22%, followed by Ben Carson at 14% and Walker at 9%. Trump also leads Walker in two other Iowa surveys taken since the Aug. 6 GOP debate in Cleveland, where Walker avoided mistakes but turned in a low-profile performance that was overshadowed by some of his rivals. In an Iowa poll by Suffolk University/USA Today released Tuesday, Trump led with 17% followed by...
  • How Donald Trump May Benefit Some Other Republican Contenders

    08/10/2015 12:23:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2015 | Gerald F. Seib
    For a serious, rational Republican presidential candidate, watching Donald Trump attract attention the way the Kardashian sisters attract Internet clicks must be an exercise in frustration right now. But here’s the bright side for the rest of the GOP field: Chances are high that, eventually, the Donald phenomenon will increase voters’ appreciation for serious candidates with serious things to say. Right now, Mr. Trump is benefiting from the contrast he presents with more conventional-sounding political figures. At some point, it’s reasonable to presume, that will reverse, and they will benefit from the contrast with him. After all, six months remain...
  • Jeb Bush Gets Applause at Conservative Forum (Erick Erickson's RedState)

    08/08/2015 11:25:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    ATLANTA — Jeb Bush, who has fought the perception of conservatives that he is not one of them, journeyed into the lion’s den on Saturday. While he may not have converted every skeptic at the RedState Gathering, a conclave of anti-establishment Republicans, he persuaded more than a few to give him a second look. After Mr. Bush’s solid but largely unmemorable outing Thursday in the first Republican debate, where he was overshadowed by the pyrotechnics around him, he came across in Atlanta as having tamed his wonkiness, and as being confident in defending positions he knew were unpopular with many...
  • Jeb must slay Trump & devour his soul: Mind-bending Koch master plan behind the GOP clown show

    08/08/2015 5:46:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Salon ^ | August 8, 2015 | Andrew O'Hehir
    Inside the Koch brothers' secret plan to absorb Trump's ogre DNA, alter reality and attack Hillary from the left. Before the final commercial break of Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Megyn Kelly teased the possible appearance of God in the next segment, giving us that quizzical sidelong glance that has made her America’s free-thinking right-wing sweetheart. (I am well aware that’s a sexist response. Of course it’s a sexist response. The primary function of the Megyn Kelly persona is to provoke a sexist response.) To my knowledge, the Almighty did not show up in Quicken Loans Arena. If...
  • Rand Paul opens fire on Trump at campaign stop

    08/08/2015 1:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 8, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    ATLANTA -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided the RedState Gathering this weekend. While Republican presidential rivals like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee faced down questions about Donald Trump in Atlanta, Paul was touring South Carolina, holding meet-and-greets and dropping into a "Pints for Liberty" happy hour. But in Goose Creek, S.C., Paul unloaded on Trump, recapitulating the arguments he'd made throughout Thursday night's presidential debate, saying conservatives were "kidding themselves" if they fell for Trump's brand of anti-establishment politics. "I can't imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a tea party is," Paul said, referring to...
  • The New Holy Grail Of GOP Primaries

    07/31/2015 10:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein
    Never have so many done so much to reveal so little than in the collected journalism about presidential nomination contests. The personality-driven trivia. The hokey generalizations. The bogs of conventional wisdom. The day-by-day scorekeeping that ends up worse than uninformative; it is anti-informative. (Just ask Presidents George Romney, Edmund Muskie, Scoop Jackson, John Connally, Richard Gephardt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.) The utter failure to inform the public of the actual, on-the-ground dynamics of the nuts-and-bolts process by which the parties chose their standard-bearers, and the larger dynamics that drive party trends from decade to decade. And, last but not least,...
  • SHOCK POLLS: Trump Just Scored Two HUGE Wins In A Way That Could Redefine The Race (Guess where?)

    07/29/2015 12:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 29, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    When the home team suffers an unexpected and startling defeat on its own field, fans and commentators will most likely take notice. And that’s just what’s happening today as the GOP front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination, Donald Trump, scores a big win in a state where a rival or two could certainly be considered favorite sons. The website Florida Politics reports on what it calls the “shock poll” that finds Trump leading Jeb Bush by a significant margin in Florida, the state where George W.’s younger brother served as a very popular governor from 1999-2007. According to the just-released...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • Jeb Bush Is Meaner Than He Looks

    07/20/2015 10:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Professor Larry J. Sabato
    If the other Bush campaigns are any guide, the gloves are about to come off. Like father, like son—or perhaps it’s the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Whatever cliché you prefer, one of the useful things about dynasties is that patterns emerge over time. With the Clintons, for instance, we know to pay attention to every modifying word and each verb tense they use (the meaning of “is” and such). The whole truth usually has to be dragged out of them—or discovered independently. Similarly, an examination of the Bush family legacy in campaigning makes clear that Jeb Bush’s...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Winners and losers from the second quarter of fundraising

    07/16/2015 9:22:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    At midnight, the deadline for candidates for president (and other federal offices) to report how much they raised and spent over the first six months of the year were due at the Federal Election Commission. Campaign finance nerds are spending today (and tomorrow and the next day) combing through the fine print of each report for the nuggets that provide some insight into how candidates are raising and spending their money -- and why. While they do that, we thought we'd give some of the topline takeaways from the second quarter of fundraising for the 2016 presidential race. Below are...
  • John McCain: Trump 'fired up the crazies'

    07/16/2015 9:47:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 16, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump “fired up the crazies” in his state when he held a rally in Phoenix last weekend, Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a recent interview. During that appearance (and others last weekend), Trump was joined by the father of Jamiel Shaw, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Trump has tapped into “some anger” in the state over the conditions at the border, McCain told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza in an article published Thursday. “It’s very bad,” the Republican senator said. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain said. “Because...
  • Only 3 Percent of Jeb Bush's Campaign Cash Came from Small Donors

    07/15/2015 3:05:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 15, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    The Republican’s campaign is fueled mostly by big donors. The average size of a Bush donation: $926. Jeb Bush is a fundraising powerhouse among the Republican Party's biggest donors, but he is struggling among smaller donors. Of the $11.4 million his campaign raised during its first two weeks, only 3 percent came from donors who gave less than $200. Small contributors gave Bush only $368,023, the Bush campaign's federal filings show. Donors who gave the legal maximum of $2,700 accounted for more than 80 percent of Bush's total haul. For comparison's sake, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz raised $1.8 million from...
  • Bush edges Trump in new poll (Ted Cruz in solid third place!)

    07/13/2015 1:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | July 13, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush holds a small lead over Donald Trump nationally in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new poll released Monday by Monmouth University. The survey found Bush at the top of the pack, with 15 percent support, followed by Trump at 13 percent. That’s a 6-point jump for Bush compared to the same poll in June. The former Florida governor has hit his stride since launching his bid for the White House last month, steadily rising in the polls to open up a 6-point lead over the next-closest contender nationally, according to the RealClearPolitics average....
  • GUEST COLUMN: Same-sex marriage guaranteed by the Constitution (Former GA Dem State Senator)

    07/13/2015 12:53:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Rome News-Tribune ^ | July 13, 2015 | Former State Sen. Kenneth Fuller (D-GA)
    I confess that I do not begin to understand homosexual or transgender issues. As life would have it, this matter has found its way into the lives of my own circle of friends and family members, people whom I love and respect most dearly. While I acknowledge that I do not fully understand the issues which formed the basis of the case before the Supreme Court, I am comfortable with the decision and fully believe the Court is right in its ruling that laws forbidding same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Frankly, I don’t have to understand anything other than that I...
  • Democrats: The GOP is the 'Retrumplican Party'

    07/09/2015 2:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    The national Democratic Party released a new video Thursday that connects the entire Republican presidential field to the immigration remarks made by real-estate magnate Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee's video is titled, "Retrumplican Party." The brief clip intersperses some of Trump's most controversial comments with the other GOP candidates' own statements against illegal immigration. "Trump may be running for president," the video concludes, "but his ideas are running the party." Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, also recently tried to tie other Republicans' immigration positions to Trump. The real-estate developer has been at the center...
  • Alan Grayson: Dems would crawl naked over hot coals for me

    07/09/2015 6:44:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 9, 2015 | Chad Merda
    How eager are you to vote? Would you ever strip down to your birthday suit, then crawl over hot coals to cast your vote? Well, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson says Democrats are so eager to vote for him, that’s what they’d do to help him win the U.S. Senate race he joined on Thursday. Grayson insists he’d win because people love him so much — even though he hasn’t received any support from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The committee’s preferred choice is Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy. “Frankly, one reason why Democrats are willing to crawl over hot coals naked...
  • Bush, Walker, Trump, Carson are in. Here’s who’s out of 1st debate.

    07/08/2015 12:47:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | July 7, 2015 | David Lightman
    <p>Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and six others would be in the first Republican presidential debate next month, while two governors, a U.S. senator and the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus winner would be out, according to a survey by NBC News’ political unit.</p>
  • Republican Mary Thomas Explores Running Against Gwen Graham (FL)

    07/07/2015 3:56:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas announced on Wednesday she was forming an exploratory committee as she looks at running for the Republican nomination to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., in 2016. Currently working in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration as the general counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs, Thomas is active with the Federalist Society, a conservative group of attorneys. In the announcement to the media on Wednesday afternoon, Thomas’ team played up the fact that if she won she would be the first Indian-American woman in Congress and her experience in Tallahassee. “During her time in the Scott...
  • Trump's "Slur" "Culture War Politics Of Worst Sort," "Essential" Jeb, Rubio Distance Themselves

    07/05/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: I want to ask you both about something else that’s come up. And that is comments that Donald Trump, who announced a few days ago he’s running for president, has made about Mexicans. And here’s a quote from Donald Trump. “I love the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over, and they are bad. I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists.” Big reaction, Mark, on the Republican side to this. What does this mean for the Republican field? The other candidates,...
  • GOP is not slamming Donald Trump's views fast enough: Latino advocates

    07/04/2015 8:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 4, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Motormouth Donald Trump isn’t doing the Republican Party any favors — and his fellow GOP candidates are adding to the damage by being slow to condemn him, Latino advocates said Friday. “Trump’s comments are causing irreparable harm to the brand. It’s going to be very hard to come back from it,” said Felix Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. The billionaire candidate sent the debate over border control into overdrive — and cost himself business deals — by saying Mexico exports “rapists” and drug dealers to the U.S. He upped the ante Friday after Kate Steinle,...
  • This Republican presidential candidate has the sickest Donald Trump burn yet

    07/04/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 4, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Next in line to denounce Donald Trump? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). Trump has been the subject of intense criticism from both parties after declaring several weeks ago that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" and drug-runners. On Saturday, Graham told Business Insider that Trump was using needlessly divisive, un-presidential rhetoric. "He's running to be president of all of us," Graham said. "It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." The Senator also made several cracks about recent decisions by businesses like NBC and NASCAR to cut ties with the real estate mogul. "As a...
  • Trump comes up top in 'poll of polls' of voters - despite growing backlash over his comments

    07/04/2015 6:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Donald Trump continues to stand by controversial comments he made about Mexican immigrants as his standings in Republican primary polls improve despite increasing criticism. The presidential hopeful placed ahead of perceived front-runner Jeb Bush in a new aggregated 'poll of polls' with 13.6 per cent support compared to the former Florida governor's 13.3. The rise comes as public figures and businesses continue to admonish Trump because of the comments saying that those crossing the border from Mexico illegally were 'rapists'. Former Republican candidate Mitt Romney told CNN Saturday that the businessman 'made a severe error in saying what he did...
  • Ted Cruz has Donald Trump’s back; Reagan would be proud

    07/04/2015 2:22:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 4, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    Ted Cruz is obeying Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: never criticize a fellow Republican. Cruz refused to jump on the bandwagon of those looking to condemn fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over a comment he made about Mexicans entering the country illegally. “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said. “The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz refused to take the bait from NBC host Chuck Todd in an early release of a clip from “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday. “I like Donald Trump,” Cruz told Todd. “He’s bold, he’s...
  • Rubios and Christies join the Romneys for a slumber party in N.H.

    07/04/2015 1:11:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ron Brackett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, tonight at the Romney estate on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, the Washington Post reports. The two couples will be overnight guests of Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his 11-acre estate in Wolfeboro, N.H., the Post said. The newspaper quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying the former GOP presidential candidate heard the Rubios and the Christies would be in Wolfeboro for the holiday weekend, so he invited them to spend the evening with him and his wife, Ann....
  • Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I do still support a path to citizenship for illegals

    07/01/2015 8:45:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A leftover from Friday’s candidate forum in New Hampshire via Eliana Johnson. I had a sense of deja vu watching this clip, and not just because I’ve blogged roughly a thousand Rubio statements on immigration over the past two years. Didn’t he … give almost this exact answer to Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” back in April, up to and including his endorsement of a path to citizenship as the final step in a three-stage immigration reform process? Come to think of it, he did! I wrote about it at the time. In fact, as far as I know,...
  • Jeb Bush Calls Confederate Flag a ‘Racist’ Symbol

    06/29/2015 2:47:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | June 29, 2015 | Jason Horowitz
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly two weeks after canceling a campaign event scheduled the morning after the deadly attack on a South Carolina church, Jeb Bush on Monday called the Confederate battle flag a “racist” symbol, reflecting the new Republican normal in a Southern primary state vastly altered by the racially motivated killings. The flag was one of “the symbols that have divided the South in many ways, the symbols that were used in most recent modern history, perhaps not at the beginning of the time, but the symbols were racist,” Mr. Bush told an interracial crowd of about 200...
  • Bobby Jindal hits Jeb Bush, hard, as he announces White House run

    06/24/2015 9:02:16 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/24/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    KENNER, La. — Bobby Jindal went there. As the 13th Republican candidate to enter the presidential race, the Louisiana governor tried to grab attention by going negative with his announcement speech Wednesday, smacking down his rivals as “selfish” politicians who are nothing more than “talkers,” and calling out Jeb Bush as a mushy conservative. “You’ve heard Jeb Bush saying we need to be able to lose the primary to win the general election. We’re going to help him do that,” Jindal said, kicking off his long-shot bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Presenting himself as an unapologetically religious, small-government conservative,...
  • Citizens United Poll: Trump Surges, Rubio Collapses (Cruz a strong third place)

    06/24/2015 11:24:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Results of a new poll show that Americans are fed up with career politicians and the establishment Republican base. In a Citizens United poll, Dr. Ben Carson came out as the top pick out of 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second by just .1 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in third at 15.9 percent, and real estate mogul Donald Trump came in at fourth place with 13.1 percent. Citizens United, an organization for limited government, surveyed its members across America to find out whom they are currently supporting in the full field of GOP...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

    06/22/2015 12:22:05 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2015 | RCP
    Real Clear Politics Average as of 6/18/2015 12.7 Bush 11.7 Walker 10.7 Rubio 9.7 Carson 8.7 Huckabee 8.0 Paul 6.5 Cruz 4.5 Christie 3.5 Perry 3.2 Trump
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Ralph Nader: Trump for President? Giving GOP nightmares

    06/21/2015 3:20:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 21, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    Donald Trump, the bombastic builder of Trump towers and Trump gambling casinos, is moving from his reality TV show to the theater of presidential elections. If he survives the first three months of mass media drubbing him and his notorious affliction of ‘leaving no impulsive opinion behind,’ he’s going to be trouble for the other fifteen or so Republican presidential candidates. Already the commentators have derided his massive egotitis – he said “I” 195 times in his announcement speech, not counting the 28 times he said “my” or “mine” or the 22 mentions of “me.” But Trump revels in self-promotion...
  • Ted Cruz Whines as Republicans Get Called Out for Their Symbol of Racial Hate

    06/21/2015 2:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | June 21, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Ted Cruz said Saturday that the Confederate flag flying in front of their statehouse is “a question for South Carolina” to decide. He is not alone. Marco Rubio said the same: “This is an issue that they should debate and work through and not have a bunch of outsiders going in and telling them what to do.” Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina also feel it is an issue for South Carolina alone to decide. Funny. I seem to recall South Carolina trying to decide that issue in 1861, when on April 12 they opened fire on Fort Sumter, inaugurating the...