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  • The anybody-but-Cruz-or-Trump move is coming soon

    02/13/2016 11:15:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 12, 2016 | Brent Budowsky
    Get ready for major Republican officials and large donors to begin a campaign to unite behind an alternative to presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and put intense pressure on two of the leading center-right candidates to drop out of the race before the Super Tuesday GOP voting. Today, the GOP establishment is in total disarray. There is a fair chance that the two top candidates in the South Carolina primary will turn out to be Cruz and Trump battling for first and second place with the center-right alternatives coming in distant third, fourth and fifth places...
  • Bernie Sanders confronted by supporters demanding slavery reparations as he courts the black vote

    02/13/2016 10:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2016 | Francesca Chambers
    'I know you're scared to say 'black,' I know you're scared to say 'reparations,' one panelist told him An audience member shouted at him, 'We were promised reparations! We were told we were going to get it!' Sanders does not support reparations and said tonight he doesn't have a magical solution to the problem when it comes to Native Americans, either Senator has been plagued by the issue since he was asked about it at a forum in Iowa last month, where he said there's no way it passes Congress Leader of the group sponsoring the event spoke before Sanders...
  • John Kasich Urges Obama to Nominate Scalia Replacement We All Agree On

    02/13/2016 10:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | February 13, 2016 | John Nolte
    During Saturday night's South Carolina Republican debate, when questioned on the issue of replacing late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, John Kasich said that if President Obama is going to nominate someone, he hoped the president would "pick somebody that's going to have unanimous approval, and such wide spread approval across the country that this could happen without a lot of recrimination." I really wish the president would think about not nominating somebody. If you were to nominate somebody, let's have him pick somebody that's going to have unanimous approval, and such wide spread approval across the country that this could...
  • He's Beatable (Trump!)

    02/13/2016 12:57:34 PM PST · by entropy12 · 40 replies
    Weeklystandard ^ | FEB 22, 2016 Issue | WILLIAM KRISTOL Gary Locke
    So to restate the obvious: Choosing Donald Trump as the Republican partys nominee would be a mistake. He lacks the character to be a trustworthy president and the convictions to be a conservative one. He is a confidence man who said, a day after winning the New Hampshire primary, I will be changing very rapidly. I am capable of changing to anything I want to change to. To invest in this man the accumulated capital and the future aspirations of what is, despite everything, a great political party, the party that carries with it the cause of constitutional government at...
  • Sanders: We Must End Over-Policing in African-American Neighborhoods

    02/12/2016 9:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 12, 2016 | Melanie Hunter
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for an end of "over-policing" in black neighborhoods during the PBS Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wis., on Thursday night. "What we have to do is end over-policing in African-American neighborhoods. The reality is that both the African-American community and the white community do marijuana at about equal rates," Sanders said. "The reality is four times as many blacks get arrested for marijuana. Truth is that far more blacks get stopped for traffic violations." An undecided voter via Facebook wrote: "Wisconsin is number one in African-American male incarceration, according to a University...
  • Trump, Kasich Get a Bump in Latest South Carolina Poll

    02/12/2016 9:06:34 PM PST · by entropy12 · 46 replies
    Yahoo.com via Fiscal Times ^ | 10 hours ago | 10 hours ago
    If the Republican establishment wants to slow Donald Trumps momentum, it has its work cut out for it in South Carolina. The first poll there since Trumps dominant performance in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary on Monday shows that he has extended his lead in the Palmetto State ahead of its primary scheduled for Feb. 20. The poll, conducted on behalf of the Augusta Chronicle, Fox News 5 Atlanta and Morris News Service, showed Trump with 36.3 percent support among likely voters in the GOP primary, up from 32 percent that last time the poll was in the field...
  • Harry Reid calls on Alan Grayson to drop out

    02/12/2016 9:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 12, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday pressed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, according to a statement provided to The Hill. Reid challenged Grayson's progressive credentials and criticized the Florida congressman's "moral compass" based on the recent reports about his fund. "These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate," Reid said in a statement, which was first reported by The Associated Press. "Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out...
  • Christians Should Be Celebrating Ted Cruz's New Hampshire 'Win'

    02/12/2016 8:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 12, 2016 | Rev. Cannon Mark A. Pearson
    Either it was a most unusual party or else it was a most unusual testimony time. I'm referring to a Tuesday evening event at a banquet hall in Hollis, New Hampshire. What made the event most unusual is that the event was both a party and a testimony time. I'm speaking of the post-election event where many of us gathered to celebrate the strong showing of Ted Cruz in the New Hampshire primary. Several hundred campaign workers gathered among hundreds of boxes of pizza and dozens of TV cameras to celebrate Cruz's strong third-place finish. Why celebrate third? Because New...
  • The Anticipated Economic Crash Of 2016.So Who Will They Blame This Time?

    02/12/2016 6:51:58 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    We are all aware of what's to come later this year, but hopefully right before the election. No one wants another 2008, but so many economists see it coming soon. Will the DOW tank 5000 points this summer? Will unemployment rise back to 20 to 30 per-cent(well many of us think thats the real number). Do you think the left will blame the Republican Congress and Conservatives. Will be interesting to see who Hillary and Bernie blame it on this summer or fall.
  • Mysterious Super PAC Linked to Rubio-Romney Promises to “Kill Off” Trump in South Carolina

    02/12/2016 6:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 10, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    A mysterious Super PAC with links to Rubio and Romney promises to "kill off" Donald Trump in South Carolina. DC Whispers reported: This mysterious, Mitt-Romney-linked Super PAC is letting it be known they are prepared for all-out war to ensure Mr. Trump gets nowhere near the GOP nomination. The name of the "anyone but Trump" multi-million dollar effort calls itself the, Our Principles PAC and is headed by former Mitt Romney deputy campaign manager, Katie Packer. One of Packer's oft-repeated complaints against Donald Trump is that he is a RINO. That's right, the former Deputy campaign manager for MITT ROMNEY,...
  • Trump slips, Rubio surges in new Oklahoma presidential poll

    02/12/2016 5:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | February 9, 2016 | Silas Allen
    Less than a month before the state's presidential primary, Republican front-runner Donald Trump appears to be losing steam in Oklahoma, according to a poll released Tuesday. Trump continues to lead an eight-candidate Republican field, with 30 percent of Oklahoma GOP voters reporting that they planned to vote for the New York billionaire, down from 35 percent in a poll released Jan. 23. "Early on, Trump's been able to channel the anger and frustration felt among Republicans toward President Obama, but anger and frustration can only take you so far in a presidential race," said Bill Shapard, founder of SoonerPoll, an...
  • Ted Cruz fiercely opposes drafting women. Here's why his supporters love him for it.

    02/12/2016 5:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Week ^ | February 12, 2016 | Damon Linker
    You've gotta hand it to Ted Cruz. He might be a ruthlessly self-aggrandizing right-wing bomb-thrower who antagonizes everyone around him, but he also clearly has a rare mixture of good fortune and consummate skill at marshaling his insatiable ambition to the festering cultural alienation that pervades the grassroots of the conservative movement. Over the past week, Cruz's good luck and talent for exploiting culture war grievances have given him the perfect issue to use and abuse as the fight for the Republican nomination heads into the South. I'm talking about the question of whether women should be required to register...
  • Texans pump $88 million into presidential campaigns

    02/12/2016 4:29:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Saleh Rauf and Peggy Fikac |
    AUSTIN -- The 2016 presidential election -- well on its way to clocking in as the most expensive in history -- is oozing with political cash from Texas. Donors from Texas, long known as a vaunted piggy bank for White House hopefuls, plowed at least $88 million last year into the presidential race, according to a San Antonio Express-News analysis of federal campaign finance and IRS filings. That includes money injected directly into about two-dozen individual campaigns and an army of roughly 30 allied groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums to support their candidate of choice. Big money...
  • Trump Backers File 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz

    02/12/2016 4:17:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 12, 2016 | Christina Wilkie
    Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) to run for president. The suit, filed in federal court in Alabama, alleges that Cruz is not a "natural born citizen" of the United States, and should therefore be disqualified from seeking the office of president. Cruz was born in Canada in 1970 to an American mother. The plaintiffs, Sebastian Green, Shannon Duncan, Kathryn Spears, Kyle Spears and Jerry Parker, are all residents of Cullman County and supporters of Cruz's opponent, Donald Trump, according to AL.com....
  • Trump warns he has 'standing to sue' Cruz on eligibility

    02/12/2016 2:26:50 PM PST · by entropy12 · 92 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/12/16 03:16 PM EST | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Donald Trump on Friday issued a warning to Ted Cruz, alleging that he has standing to sue the Texas senator over questions of his birth and constitutional eligibility to serve in the White House. If @tedcruz does not clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen, Trump tweeted. The broadside was an escalation in the accusations that the real estate mogul has been lobbing Cruzs way this week. Trump called Cruz a liar in a series of tweets beginning Thursday that stem from allegations that...
  • Not Another "Pretty Face": Cruz Campaign Pulls Ad Featuring (Soft) Porn Star

    02/12/2016 7:35:21 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 36 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | Gabrielle Levy
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's Republican presidential campaign has pulled its latest ad after learning one the actresses featured in it has a resume packed with not-safe-for-work titles. The ad, titled "Conservatives Anonymous," shows a support group for voters felt betrayed by Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and Republican presidential contender who helped craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship - anathema to Cruz and other hard-line conservatives. "Who else here has struggled with being lied to?" the group leader asks. "Well, I voted for a guy who was tea party hero on the campaign trail,...
  • No Senator Cruz, Donald Trump does NOT want Single Payer health care. (Cruz own delegate)

    02/12/2016 6:47:29 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 247 replies
    woopress ^ | 2/11/16 | C.Steven Tucker
    I have been studying health care policy for 20 years now. I am also a multi-state licensed health insurance broker who continues to operate in an increasingly less competitive and more bureaucratically controlled system on both the federal and state level. During the last 20 years I have seen a lot of changes in the U.S. health care system. Some of them good (HIPAA) and some bad (Reagan’s EMTALA) the PPACA a.k.a. “Obamacare” etc. During the last two decades I have read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to health care policy. I also spent the longest two...
  • Trump question leaves House Republican stumbling

    02/11/2016 8:00:52 PM PST · by entropy12 · 31 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 02/11/16 12:40 PM | Steve Benen
    As much of the political world shifts its attention towards the South Carolina primary, MSNBCs Steve Kornacki checked in this morning with Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), the states former governor. Sanford noted he’d heard from a lot of locals that supporting Donald Trump would help send a message to Washington. The Trump candidacy, the congressman added, has tapped into Republicans frustrations. Sanford’s troubles were understandable. There were plenty of Republicans who effectively, if not literally, ruled out Trump as a possibility in 2015, when they still assumed the New York developer’s support would collapse. But many of those same GOP...
  • Cruz supporters organizing

    02/11/2016 6:33:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Citizen ^ | February 11, 2016
    A grassroots initiative in support of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is organizing within the next few days, according to a statement. "If you are tired and frustrated over the Supreme Court Justices continuing to violate their judicial oaths, a failed Obamacare that continues to be re-written to force on the American people and so much more, come join the Cruz Coalition," the statement read. The group will be making phone calls locally in support of Cruz with a scheduled launch of Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St. in Fayetteville....
  • Ted Cruz Grabs New FRC-Linked Endorsement

    02/11/2016 5:44:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 11, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Thursday's latest endorsement for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was a two-for-one deal for the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. In South Carolina, where Republican voters will make their choice for their party's presidential nomination a week from Saturday, there are two major voting blocs. Christian conservatives make up one, while active-duty military and veterans make up the other. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret.) bridges both groups. He retired after 36 years in the military, and is also an ordained with a passion for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as of Thursday afternoon, he was firmly with the...
  • GOP is officially a horror film: Welcome to a world where Trump & Cruz are last men standing

    02/11/2016 5:12:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump won in dominant fashion and Cruz met expectations as Rubio fell completely apart. This is scary stuff. I've been writing about the Donald Trump phenomenon several times a week for seven months now. As his candidacy evolved from a bizarre spectacle to a serious campaign, it's become clear that this is a pivotal moment in American politics. It's not just that we have a shocking demagogue or a profane performer topping the polls in the Republican presidential race. It's the alarming notion that a crude authoritarian white nationalist is appealing to a very large section of the American people....
  • Limbaugh: Cruz 'Has Got to Be Your Guy' – 'Closest to Reagan'

    02/11/2016 4:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 10, 2016 | Wire Services
    With conservatives across the country facing a critical decision whether to back Donald Trump, top radio talker Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that true conservatives have no choice but to vote for Ted Cruz. Limbaugh told his radio audience, "If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz...." Limbaugh gave his powerful imprimatur to Cruz by adding, "This [Ted Cruz] is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan." Cruz has finished first in Iowa caucuses, but performed,...
  • Marco Rubio slams opponents by name in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 3:00:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 11, 2016 | Julia Manchester
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio turned up the heat on his opponents -- proactively calling them out by name -- while campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday. Rubio touted his international affairs record on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, while taking aim at the experience of Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump -- all of whom won more votes than him in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. "We'll have a debate on Saturday. Who on that stage has more experience or has shown better judgment or a better understanding of the foreign...
  • Can the Establishments Strike Back? Time is running out to derail Sanders, Trump and Cruz

    02/10/2016 4:44:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 10, 2016 | James Warren
    Like all too many commuters, Political America awoke Wednesday to a traffic jam. It could use a PolitiChopper, or some counterpart to those TV and radio helicopters that diligently track fender benders, jack-knifed tractor-trailers, construction, power outages and other havoc-inducing rush hour impediments on our roads and rails. Hillary Clinton's seemingly irresistible march to the Democratic nomination was diverted, at least for now, in New Hampshire. And the Republican elite was flummoxed by its muddle in finding an obvious alternative to either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • Ted Cruz may have lost in New Hampshire, but pundits say he comes out ahead

    02/10/2016 3:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | February 10, 2016 | Elizabeth Koh
    <p>If Iowa was Sen. Ted Cruz's stomping ground, New Hampshire was set up to be a resounding defeat.</p> <p>The evangelical values Cruz campaigned on in the Midwest were in short supply in the secular Granite State. He -- and everyone else -- polled double-digits behind Donald Trump. But though Trump snagged his first win in Tuesday night's primary, Cruz notched a comfortable third-place finish after Ohio Gov. John Kasich and avoided a brawl that experts said are likely to bruise the weaker candidates in the race.</p>
  • Jeb Bush fundraisers celebrate after New Hampshire

    02/10/2016 2:19:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Fredreka Schouten
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/10/jeb-bush-fundraisers-celebrate-after-new-hampshire/80185874/#
  • Lessons from premature Rubio coronation

    02/10/2016 1:27:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Rem Rieder
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2016/02/10/rieder-lessons-premature-rubio-coronation/80175032/#
  • Is Cruz the frontrunner now?

    02/10/2016 12:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 10, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Yep, says Philip Klein. I hope he's right, but I'm not sure the takeaway from a blowout win for Trump in New Hampshire is that it's now Ted Cruz's race to lose. Though Trump's victory in New Hampshire was no doubt impressive, the electorate of independent voters and super high turnout was tailor-made for him, whereas Cruz didn't put substantial effort into winning the state -- where very conservative candidates don't typically do as well. He is currently in position to win third here, with votes still outstanding. As the race moves to South Carolina, however, Cruz has a ground...
  • Analysis: Texas, Uncharacteristically, is an Early Primary State (Vote before S.Car.

    02/10/2016 9:06:51 AM PST · by PAR35 · 9 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Feb. 8, 2016 | Ross Ramsey
    Texans start voting in the presidential election in eight days....
  • The ‘Flag Man’: Donald Trump a ‘Prototype’ Telling ‘Neglected Truths’

    02/10/2016 3:41:38 AM PST · by mazda77 · 2 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 2/9/16 | Alex Swoyer
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- Bill Shields, who is nicknamed "The Flag Man," decided to start making a new model of flags, the Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" flag. "Donald Trump is a prototype," Shields, a flag maker from Connecticut, said of Trump. "The man is a human being, but he represents a lot more than being a human being, as far as regular Americans [being] fed up and sold out." "We've been neglected," Shields said of Americans -- in particular, Trump supporters. "We've been kicked to the side. Finally, we hear the ring of truth in one man, and...
  • New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz: Watch this guy

    02/09/2016 11:08:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Baumann, Ryan Grim and Matt Fuller
    MANCHESTER, N.H -- If Marco Rubio won the Iowa caucus by finishing third last week, Ted Cruz just won New Hampshire. Cruz (R-Texas), the actual winner of the Iowa Republican caucus, finished third in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, behind life-sized Chucky impersonator Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In other words, he lost. But don't count Cruz out quite yet. Just two of the 48 states have voted, and Cruz has the money -- and the polling numbers -- to stay in the GOP race and, potentially, win it. Cruz, a methodical politician, plotted a course to...
  • Daily News Calls Out The 'Brain Dead' Voters Of New Hampshire

    02/09/2016 10:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Visser
    The New York Daily News is not amused with the people of New Hampshire. Following business mogul Donald Trump's double-digit win in the state's primary, the brash media outlet announced that its cover on Wednesday would depict a clown-faced image of the GOP front-runner alongside a sharp jab at the voters who've gotten him this far. "Clown comes back to life with N.H. win as mindless zombies turn out in droves," the cover reads, underneath the headline "Dawn of the brain dead." The Daily News has called Trump a clown -- among other things -- on its cover several times....
  • Does New Hampshire Mean Hillary Clinton Will Lose? That Depends On Her Strategy Going Forward

    02/09/2016 9:30:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Romper ^ | February 10, 2016 | Keiko Zoll
    Oh, what a difference a week makes: After barely eking past her Democratic opponent in Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the New Hampshire primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night. With 68 percent of precincts reporting at press time, Sanders had a nearly 20 point lead over Clinton. Does her loss in New Hampshire mean Clinton will lose the nomination? Right now -- only one state into the long primary process between now and party nominations in July -- it's still too early to tell. What we do know is that in order for Clinton...
  • It’s A Time For Choosing And That’s Why I Must Choose Cruz

    02/09/2016 6:39:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kevin Boyd
    I have been struggling to decide who to vote for president. This field that was hyped as the "most talented in a generation" has turned out to be a field full of mediocrities. Standing atop the field until last night was a vulgar carnival barker and reality TV star. Instead of a debate on ideas, we have mindless sloganeering and empty words. Donald Trump absolutely cannot be the Republican nominee. Trump is not a conservative, he has not fought with conservatives, and he has actively aided and funded the enemies of conservatives. It's more than that though. To nominate Trump...
  • 'It was like a retweet': Donald Trump deploys creative defence of crude Ted Cruz insult at rally

    02/09/2016 2:32:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 9, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    As New Hampshire voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump downplayed his use of a crude insult the day before. "It was like a retweet," Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "I would never say a word like that," he further insisted. At a Monday-night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump told his supporters he was surprised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was not more supportive of waterboarding. An audience member apparently shouted out the vulgar insult, which Trump repeated from the stage while jokingly "reprimanding" his supporter for saying such a "terrible" thing....
  • The POLITICO 100: Billionaires dominate 2016

    02/08/2016 5:03:57 PM PST · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/08/16 05:14 AM EST | K.P.Vogel & I.Arnsdorf
    The 100 biggest donors of 2016 cycle have spent $195 million trying to influence the presidential election more than the $155 million spent by the 2 million smallest donors combined, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance data. The analysis found that the leading beneficiaries of checks from the top 100 donors were Jeb Bushs floundering campaign for the GOP nomination (a supportive super PAC received $49 million from donors on the list), Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton (super PACs dedicated to her raised $38 million from top 100 donors) and Ted Cruzs insurgent GOP campaign ($37 million). In fact,...
  • Latest N.H. Tracking Poll: Trump, Sanders Lead With 1 Day to Go

    02/08/2016 3:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    UMass-Lowell ^ | February 8, 2016 | Christine Gillette
    The eighth and final day of results from the UMass Lowell/7News tracking poll of 1,400 New Hampshire voters who were surveyed about candidates in the Feb. 9 Democratic and Republican primaries include: * With just a day to go before the first-in-the-nation primary, two outsider candidates - businessman Donald Trump and Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - have double-digit leads. Both candidates have held large leads with likely primary voters since the first day of tracking poll results were released. Today, Trump's lead stands at 21 points and Sanders' at 16 points. * Trump has the support of 34 percent...
  • The Brief: With Second Place in Sight, Cruz Has Big Push in N.H.

    02/08/2016 2:00:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jacob Sanchez and John Reynolds
    The Big Conversation The pivotal and increasingly more difficult to predict GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire will happen tomorrow. As the Tribune's Abby Livingston reports, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is campaigning with an urgency similar to his efforts in Iowa. "Cruz already has an Iowa victory under his belt, and will soon turn to Republican supporters better aligned with his message in Southern states in the coming weeks," Livingston wrote. "But he is campaigning here in New Hampshire as if there is not tomorrow: come Tuesday, he will have made at least 17 stops in a week's time." Donald...
  • New Hampshire's 'Liberty Wing' Shifts to Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 1:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 8, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    One of the under-reported stories leading up to Ted Cruz' win in the Iowa Republican Caucus was his ability to attract libertarian-leaning members of the GOP base. With Rand Paul in the race, it seemed unlikely he would be able to convince New Hampshire's decidedly more libertarian "liberty wing" to follow suit. Paul dropped out of the race last week, and this week seven of the Kentucky senator's biggest Granite State supporters announced they are backing Cruz now. State Rep. J.R. Hoell was among the first to switch. The mechanical engineer now in his third term serving New Hampshire House...
  • Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

    02/08/2016 3:13:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lucia Graves in Flint, Michigan
    Hillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city - ignored by Washington politicians for years - has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Race, class and the environment matter again in an issues-based, neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Looking past Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, where Sanders is tipped to win, and toward the March primary states where she will be counting on African American support, Clinton made a symbolic campaign stop here on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be...
  • When the applause dies for Jeb Bush (In desperation, using Terri Schiavo campaign ad)

    02/08/2016 2:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 5, 2016 | Carl Hiaasen
    "Please clap," Jeb Bush wryly told a subdued crowd in New Hampshire last week, a moment that epitomizes his problem. The pundits call it lack of traction. Among too many voters it's lack of interest. If Jeb bombs in New Hampshire, he's done. Even if he doesn't quit the race, it's over. A year ago this scenario was unimaginable. He had more money, more brains, more connections and more governing experience than any other Republican wanting to be president. Like many people, I thought his nomination would be a slam dunk. The gaseous rise of Donald Trump upended everything, but...
  • Why It’s Ridiculous To Report On Every Poll Coming Out Of New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 2:03:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 7, 2016 | Natalie Jackson, Senior polling editor
    Pollsters have been busy in New Hampshire the last few days. As of this post's publication, HuffPost Pollster's charts have added 15 polls of the New Hampshire primaries that were conducted after last Monday's Iowa caucuses -- nine of the Republican primary and six of the Democratic primary. If you include all of the daily tracking polls, which are only added to the charts every other day because of their overlapping dates, there have been 22 poll releases since Wednesday. If that seems excessive or ridiculous, that's because it is. And there will be several more -- those numbers above...
  • Iowa offers lessons for North Carollina voters, politicians

    02/07/2016 10:09:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Asheboro Courier-Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | John Hood
    The states of Iowa and North Carolina have at least two things in common. First, they are the nation's top producers of hogs. Second, they are often overrun with politicians desperate to attract attention and votes. But I repeat myself. Now that we know the results of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 political landscape is much clearer. Those seeking office or running campaigns in North Carolina would be well advised to look to Iowa, another purple state, for lessons about the press, the polls and the parties. For starters, reporters and commentators are only as insightful as their sources. Many...
  • First on CNN: Bush camp includes Santorum in new anti-Rubio ad

    02/07/2016 9:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Ashley Killough
    (CNN)--Jeb Bush's campaign is pouncing Marco Rubio's resume -- or lack thereof -- in a new, edgy TV ad that features Rick Santorum's now-famous interview and draws a contrast to Bush's record as former Florida governor. The 60-second ad, "Accomplishments," will start running in New Hampshire on Saturday. It shows the MSNBC "Morning Joe" interview of Santorum, who endorsed Rubio this week, struggling to list anything Rubio has done of significance in the Senate during an interview on Thursday. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It's the second ad on the interview this week from a rival of Rubio, who's been gaining momentum after his...
  • Young Women in NH ‘Offended’ Clinton Using Gender as Political Tool

    02/07/2016 9:11:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jenna Lifhits
    Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday. When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton's claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively. One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women. "I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think...
  • Quick poll shows decline for Rubio

    02/07/2016 8:33:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - An internal poll conducted on Sunday suggests that Marco Rubio's fumbled debate performance has damaged his prospects heading into the New Hampshire primary. The poll, conducted by the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC, shows Rubio plummeting to fourth place in the primary here, with 10 percent of the vote. Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place. The survey, which was based on phone calls to 500 likely voters (margin of error plus or minus 3 percent), was conducted Sunday, the day following the latest...
  • The politics of Cruz and the personality of Trump — in one governor

    02/07/2016 7:30:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Richard Warnica
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At the start, of course, he was a joke -- a rich man playing politics, dismissed by friend and foe. But he stayed in it. His numbers climbed. And at a certain point, he wasn't funny anymore. He is Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, and his election last fall may say more about the current state of Republican politics than anything happening in New Hampshire this week. Bevin has been called "The Donald Trump of Kentucky." But he's more of an amalgam really: a mix of Trump, Ted Cruz and something all his own. His success...
  • Rupert Murdoch on Debate: Cruz Good, but Why Don't Colleagues Trust Him?

    02/07/2016 6:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 7, 2016 | Greg Richter
    News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch weighed in on Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, with questions about Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie. Murdoch was complimentary of all the candidates on the stage in his first tweet on the subject on Sunday morning, saying all lifted their game. He then said businessman Donald Trump looked more presidential than he has in past debates, and even gave Rubio a good review, though most thought the Florida senator stumbled amid criticism from Chris Christie that he has simply memorized short speeches on various subjects. Murdoch did mention that shortcoming. Murdoch liked Cruz,...
  • Ted Cruz Picks Up Six Endorsements From Rand Paul’s Backers (NH Lawmakers)

    02/07/2016 4:36:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 7, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has picked up endorsements from six New Hampshire lawmakers who previously supported Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 's presidential bid. From The New Hampshire Union Leader: The six state lawmakers endorsing Cruz are: Rep. Max Abramson of Seabrook, Rep. Eric Eastman of Nashua, Rep. Harold French of Franklin, Rep. Larry Gagne of Manchester, Rep. JR Hoell of Dunbarton, and Rep. Mark McLean of Manchester....
  • Trump: I 'very much agree' with Sanders on trade

    02/07/2016 3:43:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 7, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday said he and Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders "very much agree" on trade. "Well it's very interesting that you say that, because the one thing we very much agree on is trade," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We both agree that we're getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, by everybody we do business with." Asked how he would differentiate himself with the Vermont senator to New Hampshire independents who may be torn, the billionaire businessman said he will actually be able to do something to correct trade...