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  • 5 Republicans, 1 Dem seek to oust US Rep. Kissell

    03/25/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Salisbury Post ^ | March 22, 2012
    Four years after being elected to Congress in the same year that Barack Obama won North Carolina, Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell faces a tough re-election contest in a district that has been redrawn to favor Republicans. Kissell must first fend off a May 8 primary challenge from a fellow Democrat, Lumberton lawyer Marcus Williams. If Kissell prevails, he will compete against the winner of a five-candidate GOP primary in the sprawling 8th District, which extends across parts of 12 counties. Running on the GOP side are state Rep. Fred Steen II, a two-term legislator and small business owner from...
  • Kennedy Helped Shape Romney’s Career, and Still Haunts It

    03/24/2012 6:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 24, 2012 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    When Gov. Mitt Romney signed legislation in April 2006 requiring most Massachusetts residents to have health coverage, Senator Edward M. Kennedy stood by his side, beaming like a proud father. They were onstage at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, a setting that had a special resonance for the two. Twelve years earlier, they shared that stage as opponents in a bitter Senate race. Back then, Mr. Romney accused Mr. Kennedy of waging “untrue, unfair and sleazy” personal attacks. Now, the Republican governor was introducing the liberal Democratic senator as “my collaborator and friend.” Mr. Romney’s complicated relationship with Mr. Kennedy,...
  • Ex-Newsweek's Wolffe Warns of 'Ugliness' Toward Obama from GOP Crowds, 'Same Thing' as '08 Campaign

    03/24/2012 2:07:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 24, 2012 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Friday's The Ed Show on MSNBC, host Ed Schultz and MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe - formerly of Newsweek - drew attention to a woman at a shooting range who recently encouraged Rick Santorum to "pretend it's Obama" while the GOP presidential candidate was firing at a target. After Schultz noted that Santorum criticized the comment when it was brought to his attention, Wolffe warned viewers: (VIDEO AT LINK) Well, think what happened towards the end of the McCain campaign in 2008, the kind of comments that were coming out of the crowds then, we're going to see the...
  • Louisiana shows Rick’s hopelessness

    03/24/2012 12:48:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2012 | Don Surber
    Republicans hold their presidential primary in Louisiana today. Rick Santorum leads all the polls by double digits. If as expected, he wins, Santorum will need to win 39 of the 46 delegate races — 85% — just to offset Mitt Romney’s 42-10 shellacking of Rick in the delegate count in Tuesday’s primary in Illinois. If through some miracle Rick Santorum took all 46 delegates in this proportional primary — an improbability — he would still not break even in the delegate race because Romney picked up 20 delegates in Sunday’s winner-take-all primary in Puerto Rico. And even if he breaks...
  • Bernie Goldberg: Time to Go, Rick

    03/23/2012 10:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 3+ views
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | March 23, 2012 | Bernard Goldberg
    It’s time for Rick Santorum to go. He’s getting more whiny than usual and it’s getting tiresome. Like Newt Gingrich, he’s not going to win the nomination, and I suspect he knows it. But I get the impression that he doesn’t really care who wins in November – unless it’s him. Where did I get an idea like that? From Rick Santorum himself. On the campaign trail in San Antonio, he said: “You win by giving people a choice,” You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to...
  • What the 2012 election boils down to.

    03/23/2012 9:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | March 23, 2012 | Mark Vogl
    Unlike every other election where people like Sean Hannity call it "the most important election" each and every time, this election does have some serious importance, especially if the Supreme Court rules against the states and the Constitution and finds for Obama Care. Should that happen, this election will be the last chance to reverse course before we enter the Euro - socialist world and destroy the foundations ofthe United States of America. So this election is kinda important. How do the candidates stack up? Who can you support as a conservative and why? Sarah Palin is my choice, and...
  • I Don’t Want to Date a Republican!

    03/23/2012 7:43:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | March 23, 2012 | Tamara Shayne Kagel
    As a lifelong Democrat, I never thought I would be in this place. I never thought I would have to confront this dreaded unforeseen fear - the terror that is for me, dating a Republican. I don’t even know very many Republicans. But it turns out, I’m not alone. Outside of Washington D.C., the entire country is pretty segregated when it comes to political parties. According to dating website, seven out of ten people are in a relationship with someone of the same political persuasion. I grew up knowing very few Republicans and the rare ones I did know got...
  • Lugar Challenger Gets Big Backer

    03/23/2012 4:15:36 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Spyer ^ | March 23, 2012
    Capitol Hill sources tell Howey Politics Indiana that Club for Growth is planning to spend $ 1.8 million on behalf of Richard Mourdock (R) in his GOP primary challenge to Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN).
  • Obama: Romney is just “pretending” his health care plan was different than mine

    03/22/2012 11:41:46 PM PDT · by Christie at the beach · 12 replies · 3+ views
    hotair.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    “We designed a program that actually previously had support of Republicans, including the person who may end up being the Republican standard bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different,” the president said. The Massachusetts plan served as a model for the Affordable Care Act, signed two years ago Friday. Romney, the state’s former governor, has since said the legislation was the correct course for his state but not meant as a model for a national overhaul. But the plan has proved a focal point of criticism aimed at the GOP frontrunner. In Thursday’s interview, Obama...
  • McMahon Leads In Connecticut GOP Senate Primary...But Shays Runs Better Against Democrats

    03/22/2012 3:09:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 44 replies · 5+ views
    Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon leads former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays 51 - 42 percent in the Republican primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, but Shays runs better against possible Democratic candidates, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 50 - 35 percent McMahon lead September 16. U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy leads the Democratic primary for Senate with 37 percent, followed by former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz with 25 percent and State Rep. William Tong with 4 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. In possible November matchups: •Murphy tops McMahon 52 -...
  • Romney, Obama and Economic Freedom

    03/21/2012 6:55:20 PM PDT · by johnatures · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | John A. Tures
    ANALYSIS | A day before the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for "assaulting" economic freedom in a University of Chicago speech. Was he right? Using the style of Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago economist and co-author of the book Freakonomics, I evaluate that claim by Romney. What is economic freedom? Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner, go beyond the politics, bias, and hubris to ask the questions and test the results. For example, what is economic freedom? The Cato Institute has come up with the Economic Freedom of the World...
  • Romney, Obama and Economic Freedom

    03/21/2012 6:55:05 PM PDT · by johnatures · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | John A. Tures
    ANALYSIS | A day before the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for "assaulting" economic freedom in a University of Chicago speech. Was he right? Using the style of Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago economist and co-author of the book Freakonomics, I evaluate that claim by Romney. What is economic freedom? Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner, go beyond the politics, bias, and hubris to ask the questions and test the results. For example, what is economic freedom? The Cato Institute has come up with the Economic Freedom of the World...
  • Jeb Bush endorses Mitt Romney as supposed rivalry with Sarah Palin intensifies

    03/21/2012 3:40:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Examiner ^ | Michael Essany
    On Wednesday, former Florida Governor and Republican Party heavyweight Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. But some believe the Bush endorsement may actually have more to do with Sarah Palin (and her tacit endorsements of Newt Gingrich) than Mitt Romney. "I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party¹s nomination," Bush announced Wednesday. "We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed." To state categorically that some in...
  • Herman Cain endorses Hoogendyk (MI)

    03/21/2012 3:13:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Niles Daily Star ^ | March 16, 2012
    Remember Herman Cain? Well, Jack Hoogendyk certainly does. The Kalamazoo Republican, who is running for Fred Upton’s 6th District Congressional post, has been endorsed by the former presidential candidate. Cain sent out a press release Thursday, welcoming Hoogendyk into the “Army of Davids.” In the release, Cain said Hoogendyk has committed to his so-called “9-9-9 plan,” calling for a 9 percent tax rate on personal income, 9 percent on corporate income and 9 percent on national sales tax. “The current tax code is confusing and counter-productive. It stifles prosperity,” Hoogendyk said in the release. Cain praised Hoogendyk’s limited government conservatism....
  • The GOP strategist behind 'Game Change' [Steve Schmidt]

    03/21/2012 12:39:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 21, 2012 | Dan Morain
    Some conservatives speak volumes as they try to pillory Steve Schmidt, the strategist who helped run John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and lately has been getting attention thanks to Woody Harrelson's portrayal of him in the movie, "Game Change."Pay a visit to Conservatives4Palin.com. There, you'll find everything critical about Schmidt. There's a link to a Washington Times piece that denounces him as "a longtime loser," and a broadcast by an angry New York-based radio talk show host, Mark Levin. "Steve you're quite the punk. You really are a punk," Levin said, incensed that Schmidt would dare to belittle McCain's vice...
  • Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in Illinois's 16th Congressional District Primary

    03/20/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | Scott Bland
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has defeated fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo in the state's 16th District GOP congressional primary. The AP called the race for Kinzinger just after 11 p.m. Eastern time. With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Kinzinger led Manzullo 56 percent to 44 percent. The race between Kinzinger and Manzullo, forced because Illinois lost a congressional seat and state Democrats controlled the redistricting process, followed a common tea party-against-establishment trend in recent GOP primaries. But the script flipped here, with 10-term veteran Manzullo garnering the bulk of the tea party and movement conservative support while Kinzinger, a freshman,...
  • Romney's got the numbers but is a GOP surprise coming? (Thinks Jeb or Mitch will be 2012's Palin)

    03/20/2012 6:21:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 1+ views
    KSAZ-TV ^ | March 20, 2012 | Douglas Schoen, Democratic pollster
    With Mitt Romney increasing his lead over Rick Santorum with a victory in Puerto Rico over the weekend, it is likely, that at the very least, Romney will hold his own or increase his lead over Santorum in Tuesday’s Illinois primary. Mitt Romney now holds a lead of more than 2-1 over Rick Santorum (521-253) -- positioning him as the clear and indeed most likely Republican nominee for president. But while Romney has won 55% of the delegates thus far – and indeed, it seems clear that neither Santorum on his own or Gingrich will be able to individually stop...
  • Republican Dan Lewis drops out of race for Congress (New Mexico)

    03/20/2012 6:17:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 2+ views
    KOB,com ^ | March 20, 2012
    Albuquerque city councilor Dan Lewis has dropped his bid for Congress. Lewis, a Republican, announced his decision in a news conference Tuesday. In a statement, he said he was quitting the race in part to avoid a contentious primary that could damage the eventual GOP nominee. His departure from the race for the 1st Congressional District race leaves Republican Janice Arnold Jones to face one of three Democratic challengers in November. The Democratic field includes former ABQ Mayor Martin Chavez, former state legislator and city councilor Eric Griego and current Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham. The congressional seat is...
  • Bristol Palin Sets Perfect Catch-22 for President Obama

    03/20/2012 4:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | March 20, 2012 | L. Vincent Poupard
    Bristol Palin believes President Barack Obama should call her to apologize for the comments made about her by Bill Maher just as he called Sandra Fluke about the comments made about the law student by Rush Limbaugh, according to ABC News. Palin has blogged about how the cases are similar, but the president is not calling her since she is a Republican and Maher made a $1 million contribution to the Democrat-run super PAC. As a political scientist, I have to applaud Palin for setting up a perfect catch-22 for the president. Palin used her blog to point out how...
  • The Absurdity of ‘The War On Women’ And How It Backfired On The Democrats

    03/20/2012 3:35:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Sparkle Blog ^ | March 20, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    From NRO: At a House Republican press stakeout today, Washington state’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers said: "Over the last few weeks as the Republicans have been focusing on economy and jobs the Democrats have been trying to change the subject, and they’ve been trying to distract America from the real issues. They call it a “war on women.” And, as a woman, I’m here to tell you that the Democrats are off base and the polls back us up. CBS News poll recently shows that the American women actually support, a majority of them, support the Republican position on the conscience...