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  • Poll says Ted Cruz is the most popular Texas politician

    04/18/2014 11:12:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | April 18, 2014 | Monica Ayala-Talavera
    Ted Cruz is the most popular politician in Texas, according to a Public Policy Polling Texas poll. Cruz has a 47 percent approval rating – better than both Rick Perry and John Cornyn, with only 35 percent who disapprove of him. He also continues to lead the Republican primary field for presidential candidates in Texas with 25 percent willing to support his campaign compared to Jeb Bush at 14 percent and Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Perry each at 10 percent. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan received support for a potential presidential campaign from 5 percent of Texans polled,...
  • Martinez and the War on GOP Women

    04/18/2014 7:42:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    One of the Obama administration’s favorite themes is the idea that Republicans have been waging a “war on women.” Though Democrats may overestimate the appeal of this canard, the notion that troglodyte conservatives seek to send American women back to the 19th century has become a form of conventional wisdom, especially in the liberal mainstream media. But though that war is a piece of fakery rooted in the confusion between political liberalism and gender equality, there is little doubt about the reality of another war on women: the one that is being waged by left-wing ideologues against any female Republican...
  • Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms

    04/18/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
    One rainy morning this month, the man who thought he would be president boarded a train near his beach house in San Diego. He stepped off in Burbank, Calif., and caught a ride to a sound stage, where his on-again, off-again political consigliere, Mike Murphy, was waiting to shoot a commercial on a set that bore more than a passing resemblance to the Oval Office. Looking and sounding like a president out of central casting, he nailed his lines. The crew called him “one-take Romney,” and before he departed, they swarmed, extending arms around his shoulders and angling their iPhones...
  • Report: Boehner 'Hellbent' on Passing Amnesty This Year

    04/18/2014 8:22:31 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Tony Lee
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014's midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress.
  • PALIN VISIT: Conservative Women Rallying Around Ernst

    04/17/2014 3:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | April 16, 2014 | Sam Hoyle
    Sarah Palin already announced her support for US Senate candidate Joni Ernst. Now Palin is joining her on the campaign trail. The former vice presidential candidate will stump for Ernst at a rally in West Des Moines as part of a ShePAC event that aims to support, honor and elect conservative women. The “Heels On, Gloves Off” event is set for April 27th. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will also attend the event.
  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul visits Edmonton (Wouldn't answer publicly why he supports McConnell)

    04/17/2014 1:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Glasgow Daily Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gina Kinslow
    EDMONTON — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a visit to Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon for a community forum during which he spoke mostly about health care and the economy and how he proposes to fix problems with each. The stop was one of several he made across the state during the week. After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private...
  • GOP stars steer clear of Nevada ranch fight

    04/17/2014 11:58:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/17/2014 | Timothy Cama
    GOP presidential hopefuls are largely steering clear of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight with the federal government. The showdown, which left armed militia members and feds staring each other down last week, has captivated talk radio and cable news shows, turning Bundy into a conservative cause célčbre. Yet Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate, are the only big-name Republicans to have spoken out on the dispute so far. Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been silent, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have also not...
  • Fox News Poll: Christie, Bush and Paul Are Top GOP Picks -- Today -- for 2016

    04/17/2014 9:53:09 AM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Dana Blanton
    Yes, it’s a bit early to talk about the 2016 election. It’s just too much fun not to do it. You’re welcome. With about 20 months to go before the Iowa precinct caucuses, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul lead the pack for the Republican presidential nomination. Meanwhile, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a huge lead among Democrats, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
  • Hank Aaron Flooded With Racist Hate Mail After GOP Attack

    04/16/2014 7:54:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Drew McKenzie
    The offices of the Atlanta Braves have been flooded with racist letters, emails, and phone calls attacking Hall of Famer Hank Aaron after his interview comparing the way Republicans treat President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. USA Today writer Bob Nightengale said the "sheer racism" of the attack against Aaron was similar to the racist onslaught that the African-American star faced in 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record. Nightengale noted that the new hate mail messages came as baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, on Tuesday. One bigoted writer named Edward wrote an email...
  • Pot, Poker and Prohibitionism: Do Republicans Want To Be the Party of Unprincipled Killjoys?

    04/16/2014 8:57:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Mike Lee calls for "a new conservative reform agenda" based on "three basic principles," one of which is federalism. "The biggest reason the federal government makes too many mistakes is that it makes too many decisions," the Republican senator from Utah explained in a speech at the Heritage Foundation last year. "Most of these are decisions the federal government doesn't have to make -- and therefore shouldn't." So why on earth is Lee co-sponsoring a bill introduced last month that would ban online gambling throughout the country, instead of letting each state decide whether to allow Internet-assisted poker? The...
  • Study: GOP Will Grow with More White Conservatives, Not Less

    04/15/2014 10:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 15, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study suggests that politically unaffiliated white Americans who are experiencing a shift to minority status will feel threatened by that shift and subsequently embrace more conservative policies. They will align themselves, therefore, with the Republican Party, providing that party with a more stable base in the midst of racial divisiveness. The revealing study, conducted by Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson at Northwestern University, was published by the professional journal Psychological Science and noted by Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner. The research challenges the notion that the Republican Party will diminish as its aging white members die and...
  • Six ways conservatives on both sides of the pond can learn from each other (Barf, guv'ner!)

    04/15/2014 6:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Conservative Home ^ | April 15, 2014 | Ted Yarbrough
    America and Great Britain share a special relationship. We speak the same language, have a similar system of laws, have similar (quasi-)capitalist economic system and even often share a system of weights and measurements. As America is a former colony of the United Kingdom, we owe much to Great Britain. Nevertheless, some things we don’t get about each other. Generally, Americans don’t understand Britons’ reverence for monarchy, and Britons don’t understand Americans’ fascination with guns. Politically, our countries do some things right, and some wrong. I follow both countries’ politics closely and I thought I would offer some constructive criticism...
  • Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 1

    04/15/2014 5:32:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Let's image the GOP does gain the six seats necessary to win control of the Senate, and maybe even the few additional seats that Nate Silver thinks possible. Let's further imagine that it then sets out to do the right thing for real immigration reform. What then for immigration reform? Well, there's good news and bad news. The words "Senate Republican majority" conjure up an obvious and easy path to true immigration reform. Republicans, in control of the Senate will just vote for it, right?
  • Kansas City JCC tragedies: Murder and Steve Israel’s blood libel

    04/14/2014 11:31:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Eric Golub
    On the day before Jews prepared to begin their sacred holiday of Passover, a pair of horrible events cast a pall over the Jewish community. The Kansas Jewish Community Center became a tragic scene when a gunman opened fire. The gunman’s rampage also took him to the nearby retirement community of Village Shalom. The word “shalom” in Hebrew has three meanings. It translates to “hello,” “goodbye,” and “peace.” Now three innocent Americans were forced to say goodbye to the world. For their families, there will be no more peace. Hours before the shooting took place, another hateful individual was engaging...
  • Lost in Space

    04/14/2014 7:40:45 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 04/14/2014 | Steve Berman
    I want the GOP to win both houses of Congress, but not at the cost of getting home. This means that we have to have leadership and candidates who support the values we as Republicans hold dear, not the values of the Washington D.C. establishment. Maybe if we stuck to just a few points, we can have a general direction home? Repeal Obamacare, repeal it not fix it Stop the growth of government in all directions - not slow it down, not cut the rate of increase, stop it If Republicans can't get agreement on these two points in the...
  • Huntsman a 2016 wild card vs. Hillary?

    04/13/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    All Voices ^ | April 7, 2014 | Bob Brennan, Anchor/Reporter
    The 2,500-seat Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sold out March 31 for an appearance by Jon Huntsman as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. Two days later, Huntsman filled Boston Symphony Hall. Another Huntsman appearance at UCLA later this month is sold out. Without the benefit of incessant media attention some early 2016 prospects have been receiving, Huntsman’s visions and his authentic, inspiring way of conveying them has been attracting, and resonating with, capacity audiences. At the Kimmel Center, Huntsman drew laughs in lowering his hand slowly to the floor, a metaphor for the impact on his 2012 primary...
  • Tea Party Challenges Stumbling as Primaries Approach: Polls show incumbents maintaining big leads.

    04/12/2014 11:02:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/12/2014 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Lawmakers with strong ties to the Tea Party movement have gained a toehold in the U.S. Senate but it appears they might have difficulty expanding their numbers this year. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are among those associated with the conservative, grassroots drive that has proved influential within Republican Party politics in a relatively short period of time. But a review of upcoming Senate contests reveals that more establishmentarian Senate candidates maintain an edge – at least to this point – heading into the primary season. Conservative disaffection for the manner in which mainstream...
  • President Barack Obama takes jab at Terri Lynn Land over equal pay

    04/12/2014 7:56:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Fritz Klug
    LANSING, MI – The debate on how to make sure men and women are paid the same was highlighted in Michigan this week when President Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land over equal pay and comments used in a web video. The ad Speaking to Reporters in Houston on Thursday, Obama mentioned Land, not by name but as a Republican running for Senate in Michigan. “Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job,” Obama said, according to poll reports. Obama's statements were based on a...
  • The Last Chance for the GOP Establishment, Get Bush or Christie the Nomination

    04/10/2014 8:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The horses are lining up in the gates. Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee (seriously he’s going to run again I think) Rick Santorum (this guy has nothing else to do), Jeb Bush, Rick Perry may make another run, and who knows who else, are all chomping at the bit. The 2016 nomination isn’t that far away. They can all taste it. Within this battle for the GOP nomination is a battle for the Republican Party of course. Will the hostile takeover of the party continue or will the GOP revert to another establishment retread at the helm. Will the...
  • Eric Cantor tweets "Thank You" to Kathleen Sebelius

    04/10/2014 5:03:50 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 51 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/10/14 | Eric Cantor
    Eric Cantor ‏@GOPLeader 1h I thank Secretary Sebelius for her service. She had an impossible task: nobody can make Obamacare work.
  • Run Jeb, Run!

    04/10/2014 11:10:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 93 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 4-10-2014 | Craig Shirley
    The GOP will never become unified until is decides what it believes. Bush should run if only to force that debate over what Republicans really stand for. Part of the reason Reagan won in 1980 was the field against him was divided. The establishment favored Ambassador Bush or John Connolly or Bob Dole or Howard Baker but Reagan forced the debate and moved the party to the right, where much of it is today. In 2016 the right of center vote will be divided among Paul, Ted Cruz, and others, just as the conservative vote was divided in 2012, allowing...
  • Sen. Angus King (I-Maine): I might caucus with GOP after the midterms

    04/10/2014 8:12:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In order to take control of the US Senate, Republicans have to win six seats in the midterm elections. Or is it five? That depends on one of the two Senators unaffiliated with either major party. Bernie Sanders, a professed socialist, may run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2016, so a Sanders flip is unlikely in the extreme. But what about Maine’s Angus King? He caucuses with Democrats now, but he’s, er … mulling his options after opposing the Democratic pay-equity ploy: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether...
  • Curt Clawson Backers Urge Sarah Palin to Reconsider Support for Lizbeth Benacquisto

    04/09/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kevin Derby
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be in Southwest Florida on Thursday for a fundraising event with Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, who is running in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. “Excited to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Southwest Florida this week to join me on the campaign trail,” Benacquisto announced on Monday. But tea party leaders in the district backing Curt Clawson in the primary are urging Palin to reconsider her endorsement. Jack Tymann of the Naples Tea Party, Kathy Jones of the Lee County...
  • What Principles Rule the GOP? : It's Rhetoric vs Practice

    04/09/2014 11:26:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. But I have something specific in mind. Politically, when the economy is booming -- or merely improving at a satisfactory clip -- the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. The distinction is also fuzzy when the economy is shrinking or imploding. But when the economy is simply limping along -- not good, not disastrous -- like it is now, the line is easier to see. And GOP politicians typically don't want to admit they see it. Just to clarify, the difference between being...
  • Brutal: Democratic poll finds Obama’s base is ready to stay home in November

    04/09/2014 12:49:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 8, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The poll was conducted between March 19 and 23, a week before the White House declared “mission accomplished” on ObamaCare, so maybe it’s simply missing a recent surge in enthusiasm among lefties. The first rule of ACA polling, though, is that the numbers rarely move much no matter what’s going on with the law. They dipped after the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl in October, they bounced back a bit as sign-ups improved, but overall they’ve been steady at around -10 or -12 for years now. Hard to believe that an enrollment milestone will shift that trend markedly and durably, especially with premiums...
  • Jeb Bush to meet with Southern Baptist leader

    04/08/2014 10:04:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Robert Costa
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is reaching out to evangelical leaders as he considers a 2016 presidential run, and in early May, he will meet privately with Russell Moore, one of the country’s most prominent Southern Baptists. Moore, a frequent presence on television and at theological conferences, heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has more than 16 million members. Moore and an aide to Bush have confirmed the session, which will take place at Bush’s office in Miami. Bush, who has played down the idea that he is exploring...
  • Reed: NY residents should comply with SAFE Act (GOP Congressman)

    04/08/2014 7:09:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Steuben Courier Advocate ^ | April 7, 2014 | James Post
    Though he still has constitutional objections to the NY SAFE Act, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said Monday that residents should comply with the law’s provisions, including a requirement that guns categorized as assault weapons be registered with authorities. “Fundamentally it is the law, and I would encourage people to respect that law,” Reed said. But Reed wasn’t unequivocal. “At the same time, I understand that this is an infringement upon our constitutional freedoms, and I would encourage people to make that determination (themselves),” he said. The deadline for owners of weapons the law considers assault weapons, including the popular...
  • Firing Squad Or Hanging? AG Candidate Wants Death Penalty For Corrupt Lawmakers

    04/07/2014 2:37:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 67 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 4/4/2014
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty. Phil Wyman, who spent 17 years in the state Legislature, said he was motivated by the case of Democratic Sen. Leland Yee. Yee faces federal charges that include an attempt to coordinate an international gun-running scheme from the Philippines. Wyman also criticized Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris for being “silent as a mouse” on the corruption cases that have marred the state Senate this year. A campaign...
  • Republican Senator: 'GOP First Must End Cronyism in Our Own Ranks'

    04/07/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/7/2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Republican senator Mike Lee has an op-ed decrying cronyism. But first, he says, the Republicans must purge the unseemly activity from within its "own ranks." "[T]o fix what’s broken in Washington and our economy," Lee writes in National Review Online, "a still-distrusted GOP first must end cronyism in our own ranks. The GOP has to close its branch of the Beltway Favor Bank and truly embrace a free-enterprise economy of, by, and for the people." Lee continues: Impossible? That’s what they said about earmarks. Too radical a change? These are principles we already espouse. Imagine a reformed Republican party seizing...
  • House GOP quietly passes bill to expand coverage choices under ObamaCare

    04/07/2014 9:07:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    Well, they tried to do it quietly. It didn’t work out.Originally, O-Care placed caps on deductibles in plans offered by small businesses, which meant less flexibility for employers in what they could offer their workers. That’s bad news for young and healthy employees who don’t visit the doctor much and would have preferred a plan with low premiums and a higher deductible. It’s also bad news for people who use health savings accounts to make high deductibles more affordable. So, last week, the House leadership agreed to insert a provision in the “doc fix” bill (the one that “passed” via...
  • Republican Senator: "GOP First Must End Cronyism in Our Own Ranks"

    04/07/2014 7:56:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 7, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Republican senator Mike Lee has an op-ed decrying cronyism. But first, he says, the Republicans must purge the unseemly activity from within its "own ranks." "[T]o fix what’s broken in Washington and our economy," Lee writes in National Review Online, "a still-distrusted GOP first must end cronyism in our own ranks. The GOP has to close its branch of the Beltway Favor Bank and truly embrace a free-enterprise economy of, by, and for the people."
  • VIDEO! Glenn Beck: “Mitch McConnell Is As Big Of A Danger To This Country As Barack Obama Is”

    04/06/2014 7:56:44 AM PDT · by absentee · 20 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/5/14 | Caleb Howe
    In Louisville, Kentucky today, Freedomworks hosted #FreePAC, a gathering of right and center right grassroots activists. The keynote speaker was Glenn Beck, who had strong words for Mitch McConnell and other republican party leaders. [video at link] "I told you at the very beginning what this administration tries to do you and what the progressives on the right, let me tell you something, Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to this country as Barack Obama is. The progressive disease is in both parties. Big government is a philosophy in both parties, period. It is antithetical to the American...
  • THAD COCHRAN ATTACKS TEA PARTY RIVAL CHRIS MCDANIEL FOR ATTENDING TEA PARTY EVENT

    04/04/2014 3:43:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 4, 2014 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Friday morning, Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign sent out a press release criticizing his GOP primary challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, for planning to attend a major Tea Party rally this weekend. "This Saturday, Kentucky will focus on the Final Four in Texas, Thad Cochran's campaign will focus on Mississippi...and Chris McDaniel will focus on...Kentucky?" the release began. "I love how Orwellian they get," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe told Breitbart News as part of an exclusive interview. Kibbe's group is hosting the event, titled "Free PAC Kentucky," which will feature remarks by Glenn Beck and is taking place Senate Majority...
  • Ted Cruz Attempting to Be Republican Messiah

    04/03/2014 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 3, 2014 | Lydia Webb
    The Republican party has a problem in the upcoming midterm election and that problem is general un-likability. Most conservative political pundits are willing to concede that point, but one Texas senator has apparently found a new way to boost the Republican party and his own popularity. By combining some religious rhetoric with a little bit of “Reaganite” posturing, Ted Cruz is attempting to be the Republican messiah by playing up religious persecution. In a recent speech to the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, Cruz gave a call to action to the student body that was couched in surprisingly religious terms....
  • Karl Rove to GOP Candidates: Define Yourselves Before Harry Reid Does

    04/03/2014 2:40:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/03/2014 | Elliot Jagger
    Republican U.S. Senate candidates need to define themselves quickly against their better known opponents, or else Democratic PACs will sully them, GOP strategist Karl Rove wrote in a commentary in The Wall Street Journal. In West Virginia, South Dakota, and Montana — red states where incumbent Democrats retired — Republican candidates have solid leads. By mid-April, Democratic donors may decide to back off rather than squander additional resources. This means West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito, South Dakota's Mike Rounds, and Montana's Steve Daines "are positioned to win if they keep the pressure on," Rove wrote. Incumbent Democratic senators in four...
  • Ann Coulter on 2016: Second look at Mitt Romney?

    04/03/2014 1:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 3, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via MofoPolitics, which is responsible for the clip, and Free Republic, where the Romney 3.0 movement is, shall we say, off to a bad start in the comments. I’m 90 percent sure she’s joking but there’s no way to be sure: Any conservative willing to offer three cheers for RomneyCare qualifies, indisputably, as a true blue Mitt fan. I didn’t think they existed, but they do. Even among people who knew all along that, if nominated, he would lose. Why Romney instead of someone else, though? One big reason, she says, is immigration. He was the guy who hammered Rick...
  • Palin Campaigns for Handel in Ga. Senate Race (Perdue knocks Handel's lack of college degree)

    04/03/2014 11:48:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy
    Sarah Palin forcefully defended the only woman fighting for the Republican nomination for Georgia's open Senate seat and hit back Thursday against a rival's apparent dismissal of Karen Handel's high school education. David Perdue, the former Dollar General CEO, said that "there's a high school graduate in this race, OK? I'm sorry but these issues are so much broader, so complex" as he talked about the economy and the federal deficit during a January meeting captured on video....
  • JEFF DUNCAN DROPS CO-SPONSORSHIP OF IMMIGRATION BILL PLANNED FOR INCLUSION IN NDAA

    04/03/2014 9:43:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Strong
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan is dropping his co-sponsorship of an immigration bill House Republicans have been quietly working to include in the upcoming Department of Defense authorization bill, saying the language should never have been considered to be added to the unrelated measure. Late Wednesday, Duncan said he hadn't been aware of efforts by the bill's author, California Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), to add the language to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – and that if it were added, “NDAA would lose my vote as well.” At issue is a proposal to allow so-called DREAMers to obtain...
  • Why the GOP needs Rand Paul: Don't freeze him out because of unconventional foreign policy views

    04/03/2014 9:09:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York daily News ^ | 04/03/2014 | S.E. Cupp
    After a horde of Republican Presidential contenders from Gov. Chris Christie to Sen. Ted Cruz descended on Las Vegas to speak in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition — and kiss the ring of PAC billionaire benefactor Sheldon Adelson — one contender’s absence was noted. Sen. Rand Paul was nowhere to be found. His positions on Israel, foreign aid, drone warfare and intervention make him unpalatable to this particular crowd. GOP donors there were vocal in their opposition to Paul’s candidacy. According to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, “Five donors huddled with a reporter pledged to reach into their deep pockets...
  • North Carolina probes possible double voting

    04/03/2014 7:18:30 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 3 Apr 2014 | TAL KOPAN
    Republican legislators in North Carolina are calling new information suggesting hundreds of instances of voter fraud “shocking” and “outrageous” and are pushing for a criminal investigation. Election officials told lawmakers on Wednesday that a system that checks state voter rolls against one another found 765 cases of voters with the same first and last names, birth dates and last four Social Security number digits voting in multiple states in the 2012 election, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. More than 35,000 cases of voters with the same names and birth dates voting in multiple states in 2012 were also...
  • Mike McCaul: Let soldiers "carry" on base

    04/03/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | April 3,2014 | Tal Kopan
    Rep. Mike McCaul said Wednesday’s tragedy at Fort Hood is another reminder that members of the military should be able to carry concealed weapons on base. “I personally think, if you’re trained for combat, you ought to be able to carry a weapon,” the Texas Republican said on Fox News’s “The Kelly File” on Wednesday night in the wake of the shooting that left four dead and more than a dozen injure at the Texas military base.
  • The GOP Battle: Paul vs. Cruz

    04/02/2014 6:50:30 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 90 replies
    Poletical ^ | April 1st, 2014 | T. Carter
    There is a fierce battle brewing between three sects of a divided Republican Party. The Rand Paul libertarians and the Ted Cruz social conservatives are drumming up support for what could be a bloody competition to rule the roost of 2016. In the safe middle is the establishmentarian moderates and the elites of the Republican Party, like Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. The most watched and most important battle, however, will be the battle between the GOP's two rights – the battle between Paul and Cruz. In an interview with Vocativ, Rand Paul spoke of a Republican Party that requires...
  • 2016 Elections: Is Palin the GOP’s Answer to Hillary Clinton?

    04/02/2014 5:16:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | April 2, 2014 | Anthea Mitchell
    Will Sarah Palin run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election? No, it’s safe to say that she likely won’t. Though, as she said herself when asked, “never say never.” She followed the statement up by adding, “I don’t have a team of people, you know, getting out there doing these poll-tested whatever they do to let you know if you should run or not. I don’t have any of that kind of organization going,” according to The Examiner. While her candidacy would certainly be welcomed by some within the GOP, especially further to the right – including the...
  • Cantor rival Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Palin to bin Laden

    04/02/2014 4:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 2, 2014 | Joe Newby
    On Tuesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., compared the Tea Party to the terror group al-Qaeda on Twitter and claimed that Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the U.S. equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Ultimately, Dickinson called the Tea Party and Sarah Palin "pure unamerican (sic) trash." "The tea party is Americas version of Al-Qaeda. Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin/Rand Paul all on same level as Bin laden (sic)," he claimed. "Tea party and Al-Qaeda: both resort to...
  • Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage get personal over EU in BBC debate (Farage wins 68-27 in debate poll)

    04/02/2014 2:14:31 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/2/2014 | BBC
    Nick Clegg accused Nigel Farage of peddling "dangerous fantasies" in an ill-tempered BBC TV debate on Britain's future in Europe. Mr. Farage accused the Lib Dem leader of "willfully lying to the British people about Brussels' grip on UK laws. He also claimed EU immigration had hit the "white working class" the hardest. Instant polls said Mr. Farage had won by a bigger margin than he did in their debate last week.... The UKIP leader accused the Lib Den leader of being "hell bent on getting Britain involved in a war.... He said he did not want Britain to be...
  • Wendy Davis Campaign Logo Changes from Sinking Ship to Plagiarism

    04/02/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 6 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 04/02/2014 | Daniel Sylvia
    If Wendy Davis wanted to achieve the goal of becoming the first Democrat to win statewide office in 20 years, she needed to run an extremely well-funded and nearly flawless campaign. While the Wendy Davis campaign has received plenty of funding, its execution has been anything but flawless. Since Wendy Davis’ announcement to run in October 2013, the campaign has had a number of missteps along the way. A few of these include Wendy Davis getting caught misrepresenting the truth about her past, claiming to be “pro-life”, claiming she supports a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and...
  • High court voids overall contribution limits (democrats and McCain will go nuts with this one!)

    04/02/2014 7:34:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4/2/14 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates. But their decision...
  • Conservative Critics of Government Are 'Freaks' Who 'Will Need Kevlar'

    04/01/2014 12:00:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Conservative critics of government are “freaks,” are “in for a pretty rough ride,” and “will need their Kevlar,” i.e., bullet-proof vests. These statements didn’t come from the Obama administration or some radical leftwing organization. They are Facebook posts of a Republican elected official in Virginia’s Fauquier County. Fauquier drew national attention in 2012 for charging farmer Martha Boneta with violating the law by having a birthday party for eight little girls without a permit and zoning site plan. The highly charged posts of county supervisor Holder Trumbo came shortly after two recent events, and are emblematic of the civil war...
  • Ok I have a question...What(Who)destroyed the California "GOP"?

    03/31/2014 9:50:23 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 148 replies
    21 Mar 2014 | US Navy Vet
    ... Please give us some history.
  • Neocons and Small-Government Conservatives, Consciously Uncouple

    03/30/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 27 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Once the Cold War ended it didn't make much sense for neoconservatives and small-government conservatives to remain in a coalition. But breakups take time, and post-9/11 politics briefly created the illusion that Bill Kristol and George Will belong in the same political party. I am here to tell you that they do not, even if many people who identify as small-government conservatives still don't realize it. There are kind, intellectually honest neoconservatives who genuinely believe that their hawkish, imperial approach to foreign policy would bring about a better world. Their notion of the good is still incompatible with small-government conservatism...