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  • Rush: The leftist attack on Trump fans in San Jose is anti-American — and it’ll backfire

    06/03/2016 4:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 3, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Via the Daily Rushbo, right on both counts. It wasn’t so much an anti-Trump riot, Limbaugh notes, as an anti-Trump-supporter riot “since they are really violently protesting … American citizens exercising their constitutional right to express their political opinion.” Indeed. Anti-American, straight up. And the more violence there is aimed at Trump and his fans, especially by people waving Mexican flags, the more swing voters will conclude that an authoritarian whose centerpiece proposal involves a border wall might be just what the doctor ordered after all. He’s also right that some well-known lefties were quick to denounce the riot last...
  • Latino SJWs For Trump

    05/28/2016 4:43:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 28, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    If you’re Donald Trump, you can’t buy publicity like this from his enemies in San Diego yesterday: As hundreds of protesters outside his rally here Friday afternoon chanted obscenities, waved Mexican flags and clashed with police, Donald Trump reveled on stage in the drama his candidacy has created. More: One poster referenced Trump’s wife, who immigrated to the United States from Slovenia: “The Art of the Deal. Deport Melania. Legalize 11 million.” Another: “Trump, Shame of America.” Another: “Jesus would not vote for Trump.” And: “Racist, go home.” As the rally progressed inside, a few protesters — including two women...
  • Cruz isn't likable -- and that's an asset

    04/09/2016 12:38:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 8, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
    To his credit, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas admits he is not a warm and fuzzy guy. In the town hall before Wisconsin's primary, he acknowledged, “What I will say is I'm a pretty driven guy. That has pros and cons. I have always been a very driven guy.” In a GOP debate in October, he offered, “If you want someone to grab a beer with, I may not be that guy. But if you want someone to drive you home, I will get the job done and I will get you home.” Now it is true that the most...
  • My Friends and I Went to a Ted Cruz Rally— Here’s What Happened

    03/29/2016 12:32:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Teen ^ | March 29, 2016 | Taylor Vidmar, Comedy Nerd / Music & Politics Lover / Writer / Blogger
    I believe that there are a lot of things we do in life not because they will be fun, but just because we want to say we did them. For me, one of those things ended up being attending a local Ted Cruz rally last week (March 14, 2016) with a few of my friends. Before this, my friends and I had never been to any sort of political rally. This was certainly an interesting choice to be our first. Supporters in the crowd wore election-themed shirts and fervently waved posters in the air. Among the messages portrayed through this...
  • Donald Trump Illinois delegates reveal leadership chaos ahead of convention

    03/27/2016 6:25:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 27, 2016 | Ben Jacobs in Washington
    Delegates discuss contacting other campaigns for advice, lack of organisation and the disappearance of state chair Kent Gray during anxious conference call Illinois delegates elected to represent Donald Trump have voiced fears about chaotic organisation and a lack of leadership in their state as Republicans prepare for what could be the first contested convention in decades. During a torturous two-hour conference call on Thursday night, the delegates struggled to figure out how to help the frontrunner at the Republican National Convention in July, wondering how best to contact the campaign in Wisconsin for tips. Anxiety was mounting throughout the conference...
  • Overflow Cruz Crowd in Peoria ‘Never Sat Down’

    03/14/2016 6:18:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 200 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 14, 2016 | Michelle Moons
    Overflow crowds in Peoria greeted 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his third of five Monday rallies in Illinois the day before Tuesday's pivotal primary elections. Cruz commented that republican frontrunner Donald Trump "may be the one person on the face of the planet Hillary Clinton can beat in a general election" according to political reporter Rosie Gray. Cruz mentioned Cook County politics, garnering boos from the crowd in reference to Chicago, Illinois. He slammed Trump over donations to politicians such as the disgraced and imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, the Cook County Democratic Party, and Rahm Emmanuel....
  • Ted Cruz Set to Claim Illinois Delegate Prize

    03/14/2016 1:15:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 158 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | March 14, 2016 | Mike Flynn
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is holding five rallies across Illinois on Monday in the lead-up to its Super Tuesday vote tomorrow. Although the latest polls show Trump with a lead in Illinois, the Cruz rallies highlight the superior ground effort of his campaign. Donald Trump currently has around 36 percent support in Illinois. Cruz is around 25 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at 19 percent. While Trump may win the overall vote in Illinois, it is possible he ends up with fewer delegates than Cruz, or even Kasich. In Illinois, the winner of the statewide vote receives...
  • Dick Morris: Trump Helped 'Massive Exodus' to Cruz

    03/13/2016 9:36:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 13, 2016 | Dick Morris
    Polling begun and completed after the March 10 debate shows radical changes in Ohio and Illinois ahead of their March 15 primaries. In both primaries, Ted Cruz is surging, on the strength of a strong debate performance. In Ohio, a winner take all primary with 66 delegates on the line, the latest poll by CBS, conducted from March 9-11, shows Trump and Kasich tied at 33% each with Ted Cruz surging to 27% up from his pre-debate showing of 19%. Easy to dismiss as an outlier? Not if you also look at CBS' Illinois poll that has Trump leading by...
  • New Polls Show Big Cruz Surge in Illinois, Ohio and Florida

    03/13/2016 1:53:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 13, 2016 | Wire services
    A series of new polls released Sunday show Sen. Ted Cruz surging in key Tuesday battleground states, including Illinois, Ohio and Florida. In Illinois, a new CBS Battleground Tracker poll has real estate mogul Donald Trump and Cruz now locked in a statistical dead head, 38 to 34, for first place. In the NBC/WSJ poll for Illinois, Trump leads with 34 percent, with Cruz close at 25 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio come in at 21 and 16 percent, respectively. In Ohio, Cruz is now nipping at the heels of both Kasich and Trump for first...
  • I Hate Illinois Nazis

    03/12/2016 9:24:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 13, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Just about the time I was getting ready to write this column, news broke from Chicago that a Trump rally was canceled because of threats. Not surprising, I thought. Sad, but not surprising. Welcome to the 2016 election. I'm not a Trump fan by any stretch of the imagination. If you've been reading my columns, I've been quite critical of his unwillingness or inability to speak in specifics on important policy issues. I sympathize with conservatives who oppose him from a policy angle. But what happened in Chicago is different. It was portrayed as a protest specifically against Donald Trump,...
  • JUST GOT REAL: Ted Cruz Blasts Trump In Presser About Unrest In Chicago

    03/12/2016 4:41:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 146 replies
    Red State ^ | March 12, 2016 | Caleb Howe
    In a press availability last night in Chicago, Ted Cruz laid it all out there. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) We need to learn to have disagreements without being disagreeable. To have disagreements while respecting human beings on the other side. Earlier today over thirty people were arrested at one rally. And then tonight, as violence broke out, the rally was canceled all together. Now, the responsibility for that lies with protesters who took violence into their own hands. But in any campaign responsibility starts at the top. Any candidate who is responsible for the culture of the campaign. And when you have a...
  • McCarter challenges Shimkus to town hall debates (Illinois primary)

    03/07/2016 4:14:07 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    The Bellville News Democrat ^ | March 1, 2016 | Elizabeth Donald
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter has challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. John Shimkus to a series of town hall debates that have already been scheduled, but the longtime congressman’s campaign said it was not contacted. McCarter, R-Lebanon, is holding a series of town halls in the 15th Congressional District whether or not Shimkus, R-Collinsville, attends, he said. “The voters deserve to see us and hear us together, so they can look us in the eye, ask their questions, voice their concerns and get straightforward answers — no spin,” McCarter said. He challenged Shimkus to commit to “unfiltered and transparent” debates, adding that...
  • Emanuel Warns Trump Ahead of Super Tuesday: "This Is Not a Joke"

    02/29/2016 7:20:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    WMAQ-TV ^ | February 29, 2016 | Mary Ann Ahern
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered up a warning Monday to Donald Trump after the Republican presidential front-runner failed to denounce an implicit endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. "I think playing with dark forces [will] come back to haunt you," Emanuel said after casting his vote on the first day of in-person voting in Illinois. "This is not a joke." When asked whether Democrats should underestimate Trump, Emanuel gave what he called a larger statement on the issue. "Donald Trump, in 'The Apprentice' show, that was kind of a faux reality show, where you auditioned for a job,"...
  • Cruz Birther Suit Judge Not Sure She Has Jurisdiction

    02/20/2016 3:40:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 19, 2016 | Thomson/Reuters
    An Illinois judge on Friday said she would decide next month whether she had jurisdiction over a voter's complaint that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz should not be on the state's primary ballot because he was born in Canada. Lawrence Joyce, a lawyer and pharmacist, filed a complaint in January with the Illinois State Board of Elections saying that under the U.S. Constitution, the Texas senator cannot run for president since he is not a "natural born" citizen. Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta of a Cuban father and an American mother. The Board rejected Joyce's complaint - saying Cruz...
  • McCarter Should Unseat Shimkus (IL primary)

    02/20/2016 3:16:42 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The News Gazette ^ | February 18, 2016 | Lee York
    We have a marvelous opportunity to "remove the rascal." In Lebanon is Kyle McCarter, a conservative Illinois state Senator, worthy of your trust. He is a successful businessman, successful in the Illinois state legislature, has fiercely defended the American family, unborn life, gun rights and traditional marriage, is committed to the conservative philosophy of limited government, national sovereignty and traditional values, and pledged to oppose any tax increases Congress proposes and to support economic freedom by working to decrease the tax burden of taxpayers.
  • First on CNN: Megadonor Dick Uihlein gives $1 million to Ted Cruz's Super PAC

    01/07/2016 11:21:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 7, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    (CNN)--Dick Uilhlein, one of the top Republican megadonors nationwide, has decided to back Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and has donated $1 million to his super PAC. Uilhlein committed on Wednesday evening, according to Drew Ryun, a super PAC official with Keep The Promise PAC. "He is one of the top five courted GOP donors," Ryun told CNN. "For us to land him is a good shot in the arm for Ted, and it really sets the stage going into Iowa."(continued)
  • State Senator Prepares GOP Primary Challenge to Shimkus

    10/06/2015 1:39:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | October 5, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter is poised to launch a primary challenge to GOP Sen. John Shimkus in Illinois’ 15th District later this week, according to GOP sources. The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. McCarter has been openly discussing the possibility with fellow Illinois Republicans since at least August, when I wrote about him in The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report. In the last few days, McCarter has been calling various Republicans across the state and has unveiled a new campaign logo (noticeably void of the office he intends to seek) at the Little Egypt parade in Salem on...
  • Tom Kacich: Area, state donors spread campaign money around (Cruz in control!)

    08/12/2015 6:36:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Champaign News-Gazette ^ | August 12, 2015 | Tom Kacich
    Unlike the last two presidential elections when Barack Obama soaked up most of the local campaign contributions to presidential candidates, donors so far this year are splitting their money among about a half-dozen contenders. And while Hillary Clinton is the runaway leader in Illinois — she's collected $1.76 million statewide out of the $2.73 million going to the 14 presidential candidates who had filed disclosure reports through June — she's not even the leading Democratic recipient in East Central Illinois. In the ZIP codes that begin with the "618" prefix — which include most of Champaign, Vermilion and Piatt counties...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz defends Huckabee, accuses Obama of 'gutter politics'

    07/27/2015 4:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News' Todd's American Dispatch ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. Huckabee said the president’s Iran policy would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” The president bristled at what he called a “ridiculous” comment. “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” he said. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also...
  • Mike Flynn Tries to Jump From Pundit to Politician in Illinois

    07/02/2015 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    July 1, 2015 Mike Flynn has published about a million and a half words on politics and policy. Now, he's trying to put them into practice. Last month, Flynn, an editor for the conservative Breitbart News, announced his bid for the special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock in Illinois. The former columnist and founding editor of the Big Government blog decided to make his first run for political office after the scandal-tarred Schock's resignation, arguing that his role in the media prepared him for office. "My position is long-known, established, and out there, and I think that's something...
  • Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.” * On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • Either rap is dead or I have to vote for Ted Cruz now

    05/29/2015 10:11:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's ComPost Blog ^ | May 29, 2015 | Alexandra Petri
    Either Ted Cruz is hip or rap is dead. I am not sure which. It has to be one of the two. A group called We Are Watchmen, a Christian rap group from the Chicago suburb of Westchester, has made what can be loosely described as a “rap paean” to Ted Cruz. It is entitled “Set It On Fire.” It is about four minutes long, and if you listen to it enough times, every ounce of hipness drains from your body and you become Donny Osmond. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The title is misleading. The gist of the song is that you should vote...
  • People for the American Way's Sanchez Says GOP Needs Accountability in Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

    05/19/2015 10:07:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Latin Post presents "Turnout," a series featuring leading Latino politicians, government leaders and advocacy groups discussing and debating the most important issues facing the Latino voting bloc. Listen to the Unedited "Turnout" Interview with People for the American Way's Coordinator for Political Campaigns Carlos Sanchez:(AUDIO-AND-VIDEO-AT-LINK)More than two-thirds of the U.S. Latino electorate live in six states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas -- but one progressive advocacy organization has been working on having anti-Latino and anti-immigrant representatives accountable and heard for Latinos across the country, especially for the presidential election season. With people entering their names for...
  • Michelle Obama Would Be Hillary Clinton’s Strongest Challenger According To New Poll

    05/19/2015 11:41:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | May 14, 2015 | Jason Easley
    A new Rasmussen poll has found that First Lady Michelle Obama would be the strongest challenger to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if she chose to run in 2016. According to Rasmussen: In a hypothetical matchup with Hillary Clinton, the putative Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Obama earns 44% support from black voters to Clinton’s 36%. Among Likely Democratic Voters, it’s Clinton 56%, Obama 22%. That appears to be a better showing against Clinton than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the only other announced Democratic presidential candidate, makes at this point. Among all voters, Clinton earns 37% support to Obama’s 17%....
  • Democrats Don’t Think Ted Cruz’s Experience is a Problem

    04/03/2015 1:25:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    On Monday, our managing editor Javier Manjarres was on NewsMaxTV’s America’s Forum along with the host of The Agenda, Ari Rabin-Havt discussing Illinois’s new religious freedom law as well as candidates thinking of entering the presidential race. When it came to Illinois’s new religious freedom law, America’s Forum’s host, J.D. Hayworth pointed out Barack Obama voted on a similar law when he was a state senator for Illinois and asked why he was suddenly against it now. Rabin-Havt said the laws back in the day were expected to cover the same thing. He said it was to protect religious beliefs...
  • Elizabeth Warren? How about Michelle Obama.

    01/01/2015 3:19:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    AmericaBlog ^ | December 17, 2014 | John Aravosis, editor & founder
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet John Aravosis, AMERICAblog, and Anthony Katsivalis during the Christmas holiday Press Reception #1 in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Dec. 11, 2014.I was invited to the White House Christmas Party this year (there are 12 or so such parties in fact — ours was the print press party), and invited my nephew Anthony Katsivalis as my guest. Anthony has worked in politics (most recently on the Giannoulias Senate campaign), and now is an Internet marketing specialist in Chicago. I’ve noted this before, and had the same reaction this...
  • Durbin's advice to GOP: Get Sen. Ted Cruz under control

    12/18/2014 7:26:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times' Politics Early & Often ^ | December 18, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Now that the GOP is taking control of the Senate in 2015, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., offered up a resolution of sorts for the opposing party to abide by next year: Get Ted Cruz under control. Durbin’s suggestion comes days after Cruz’s disastrous maneuver last week that brought the Senate into session on Saturday, unwittingly opening the door to the approval of dozens of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. That infuriated Republicans, leading Cruz to apologize days later. “It was classic Cruz. He knew how to get the headline, but he didn’t know how to close the deal,” Durbin...
  • Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on ‘Cromnibus’

    12/10/2014 6:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez
    One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing to strike out language from the “cromnibus” spending bill unveiled Tuesday that would roll back restrictions on “swaps” transactions included in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Repealing the “push-out” provision would mean that certain derivatives could again be held in bank units with federal deposit insurance. Using a strategy sometimes employed by Cruz for entirely different policy reasons, Warren said that with the $1.013 trillion spending package first being considered by the...
  • Obama Flies Luis Gutierrez on Air Force One for Exec Amnesty Celebration

    11/22/2014 3:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, President Barack Obama flew Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) on Air Force One with other Democrats to a speech at a Las Vegas high school (Del Sol) where he delivered a speech to celebrate and promote his executive amnesty. Others aboard Air Force One, according to the White House, were Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NB), Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, Marc Morial, the president of the National...
  • Luis 2016? Amnesty Advocates Readying 'Draft Gutierrez' Movement

    10/07/2014 9:00:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 7, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Luis Gutierrez 2016? It could happen. Left-wing Latino activists are reportedly getting ready to launch a "Draft Gutierrez" movement to lure Rep. Gutierrez, the 10-term Democrat from Illinois who has been one of the most vocal proponents of massive amnesty legislation, into the presidential race if President Barack Obama does not go big enough on his executive amnesty. "I'm not running for president," Gutierrez told ChicagoBusiness.com. But the outlet noted that "he repeatedly declined to say whether he might change his mind if the Chicagoan who now holds the job, Barack Obama, fails to deliver on his promise to enact...
  • Luis Gutierrez: I have a duty to protect America, which is why I can’t support border security bill

    09/17/2014 9:53:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Orwellian fun via RCP. You trust a guy who openly admits his only loyalty is to the immigrant community to do what’s best for the country at large, don’t you? The fireworks come in the last minute although I’ll be candid and confess I don’t really understand what the point of disagreement is. Hannity says we should secure the border; Gutierrez replies that securing the border won’t stop ISIS operatives, who are more likely to enter the U.S. through airports than by sneaking across from Mexico. (Jihadis with British or, of course, American passports wouldn’t even need visas.) Could be,...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Valerie Jarrett in secret meetings with Elizabeth Warren, author Ed Klein says

    08/08/2014 5:21:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    New York Times best-selling author and long-time journalist Ed Klein said that Valerie Jarrett has been engaging in secret meetings with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in recent months, giving rise to speculations that the Massachusetts political newcomer is actually the administration’s choice to head the White House in 2016. “President Obama has authorized Valerie Jarrett, his most important political adviser, to hold secret meetings with Elizabeth Warren to encourage her to challenge Hillary Clinton because the Obamas do not want to see the Clintons succeed them in the White House,” Mr. Klein said during a broadcast interview on “America’s Forum” on...
  • Shields and Brooks on finding a GOP ‘anti-Cruz,’ Middle East alliances

    08/01/2014 10:15:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | August 1, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the weekÂ’s top news, including the struggle on Capitol Hill to find a resolution to the political division on the border crisis before Congress leaves for August recess, as well as how these events will affect the November election, plus the outlook for ending the war between Israel and Hamas. (AUDIO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: In Washington, House Republicans were racing to pass something on the border crisis after a day of confusion and chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday. For a taste of what went on...
  • Rep. Steve King Predicts Impeachment if Obama Grants Executive Amnesty

    07/26/2014 5:25:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) believes the House of Representatives will immediately begin impeachment proceedings if President Barack Obama unilaterally grants work permits and amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants by the "end of summer." Appearing on Breitbart News Saturday with co-hosts Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow from the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, King said that if Obama "completely destroys the rule of law with the stroke of a pen" and "Congress fails to act," there will be "enough Republicans who didn't have a desire to do this" that will be "immediately activated" to consider...
  • Ill. Gov.’s Supporter says Republican Voters are KKK Members

    06/12/2014 4:01:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 12, 2014 | Staff
    A leading supporter of Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said that Republican voters are backers of the Ku Klux Klan and members of militias, according to local reports. Outspoken Chicago Pastor Walter “Slim” Coleman made the controversial remarks while standing beside Quinn, who was present to receive the reverend’s endorsement. Quinn’s support for divisive and racist rhetoric has been causing his campaign problems. The governor’s campaign came under fire in April after it tweeted messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Quinn stood by silently as Coleman compared Republicans...
  • Jim Messina Making $7k A Month From Campaign That Ended Over a Year Ago

    02/24/2014 4:00:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Staff
    Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, is still making $7,000 per month from Obama’s 2012 campaign, Politico reports. While the campaign ended nearly a year-and-a-half ago, Messina has not entirely finished “winding it down.” The lengthy Politico article reports on how Messina is attempting to become a Karl Rove-like figure for the Democratic Party. Messina—like Rove before him—has gravitated away from the party and campaign system in which he cut his teeth toward the unlimited-money outside infrastructure that reshaped politics after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision. It’s a notable shift, given that Democrats up...
  • GOP must target Rustbelt to win presidency: Column

    02/16/2014 12:05:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    USA Today | February 15, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/15/president-election-2016-hillary-clinton-column/5340999/
  • Oberweis Mounting Run for U.S. Senate

    10/23/2013 7:51:55 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 34 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | Oct 23, 2013 | Caril Marin
    State senator Jim Oberweis---who has run twice for U.S. Senate and once for governor---is going to make a run again for the Senate seat now held by Dick Durbin. Obeweis said this morning, "Though a number of groups had encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate against Dick Durbin, I had pretty much decided not to, believing it to be almost impossible to win. Then Ron Gidwitz contracted a poll. ... The results stunned me. I expected to trail Durbin about 60 percent to 30 percent. Instead it was 49 percent to 38 percent with me leading among younger...
  • Top Senate Democrat says ObamaCare is on its way to ‘substantial success’

    10/21/2013 12:19:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hill's Healthwatch ^ | October 20, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    A top Senate Democrat said on Sunday that ObamaCare is “on its way to be a substantial success.” Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, defended the rollout of the healthcare reform law in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” while noting that “it’s off to a rough start with the website.” Critics of the law have been quick to point out problems in the website that the Obama administration launched on Oct. 1, which is designed to help consumers shop for health insurance on new marketplaces, called exchanges. Glitches and delays at the website have...
  • Obama's moment — a deal with Iran!

    08/12/2013 4:09:17 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 8 replies
    Journal-Advocate ^ | 7/31/2013 | Pat Buchanan
    In his second term, Richard Nixon had Watergate, but also the rescue of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. In his second term, Ronald Reagan had Iran-Contra, but also a treaty eliminating U.S. and Soviet missiles in Europe, his "tear-down-this-wall" moment in Berlin and his lead role in ending the Cold War. In his second term, Bill Clinton had Monica, but also came close to a peace treaty between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. Obama's second-term scandals — IRS, Benghazi, wiretapping The Associated Press and Fox — are in the low-kiloton range compared to the resignation of Nixon or the...
  • IL GOP forces out party chair for supporting gay marriage (And the author is in a tizzy)

    05/08/2013 10:05:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    AMERICAblog-Gay ^ | MAy 8, 2013 | John Aravosis, editor
    Illinois Republicans have just forced state party chair Pat Brady to resign because of his support for gay marriage. What is this, Alabama? Brady, rather famously, came out in support of gay marriage in January of this year, and even made phone calls to lawmakers urging them to support gay marriage legislation before the Illinois legislature. And now he’s politically-dead, killed by a Republican party so permeated with hate and intolerance that even in a moderate-Republican state like Illinois, the GOP just couldn’t stomach having a fag-lover as party chair. This is why I, an Illinois Republican, left my party...
  • Rahm Rips Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Brings Up Campaign Gaffe

    04/22/2013 3:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    DNAInfo Chicago ^ | April 22, 2013 | Ted Cox
    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave Rick Perry a Chicago-style greeting Monday, challenging the Texas governor to remember the reasons for his visit to Illinois — a jab at Perry's presidential debate forgetfulness. "I hope when he comes he remembers all three of his reasons," Emanuel said. "Because it will be a real test for him." Perry was in Illinois Monday to encourage businesses to move to Texas and was scheduled to address a Chicago business convention Tuesday. Emanuel made pointed reference to a campaign gaffe Perry committed while running for president. At a Republican debate late in 2011, Perry...
  • Bill Daley: Heidi Heitkamp betrayed me on gun control

    04/22/2013 1:33:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2013 | Bill Daley, fmr WH Chief-of-staff/Secy of Commerce
    I want my money back. Last October, I gave $2,500 to support Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign to become North Dakota’s junior senator. A few weeks later, she won a surprise victory. I have had a long career in government and politics, but I don’t donate heavily to political campaigns. When I contribute, it’s because I know the candidate well or am really impressed with the person. Heidi Heitkamp was one of the latter: She struck me as strong-willed, principled and an independent thinker. But this week, Heitkamp betrayed those hopes. She voted to block legislation to make gun background checks more...
  • Who Might Be the next Illinois GOP Chairman? FREEP THIS POLL!

    04/19/2013 12:36:18 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 30 replies
    battlegroud Polling ^ | April 19, 2013 | Battleground Polling
    LaGrange, IL— This weekend’s epic showdown between movement conservatives and more moderate elements of the Illinois Republican Party ended with a split result. Embattled Party Chairman Pat Brady remains at the helm of the State Central Committee but the committee is beginning the process of lining up a successor in the event Chairman Brady resigns or his detractors can garner enough votes to oust him while simultaneously navigating party rules to make it happen. Brady’s term runs through the 2014 primary season when a new, 18-member central committee, selected under the downsized 2011 congressional map, will organize itself and elect...
  • Durbin: We Don't Yet Have the Votes for Gun Control

    04/14/2013 11:50:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 14, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that supporters of new gun control legislation do not yet have the votes to pass it, despite defeating a Republican-led filibuster attempt last week. Durbin is the Senate Majority Whip, responsible for counting his party's votes on key legislative proposals. The specific bill facing the Senate is the Manchin-Toomey compromise on background checks, which would expand such requirements to gun shows, among other provisions. Currently, private sales between individuals at gun shows do not require background checks--just as private sales anywhere do not require them. The following is...
  • Michelle Obama to speak on gun violence, which could mean a more activist role

    04/10/2013 5:25:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2013 | Philip Rucker and Krissah Thompson
    CHICAGO — When she returns home here Wednesday to deliver a speech on gun violence, first lady Michelle Obama will be making a rare foray into the politics of the day that could presage a more activist role during her husband’s second term. Obama is taking what aides described as an intentional step outside her narrow focus on military families and childhood nutrition to confront the dark reality of young people being gunned down on the streets of America’s cities. The remarks come amid a contentious debate on Capitol Hill over stricter gun laws advocated by President Obama. White House...
  • Obama's top-down grassroots army

    04/06/2013 3:04:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 6, 2013 | Reid J. Epstein
    President Barack Obama’s got a volunteer army — and all their marching orders come from carefully organized paid generals back at headquarters. Obama won two terms by harnessing a grassroots movement through a tightly controlled, top-down campaign organization. Now the group formed out of Organizing for America is now bringing that approach to Organizing for Action. It’s what differentiates OFA from other grassroots groups, and even the Democratic National Committee: they’re combining large-dollar donations and unpaid local leaders for a carefully built, lasting structure that they believe will be just as effective in supporting the president as it was in...
  • Charges upgraded for man accused of threatening lawmaker (about "gay marriage")

    03/26/2013 9:43:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | March 26, 2013 | Kerry Lester
    Charges have been upgraded to a felony for a Chicago man accused of threatening a state representative over gay marriage remarks. Police say shortly after Stephen Bona, of Chicago, was charged with a misdemeanor for placing a threatening voice mail at Jeanne Ives' district office, he placed another call to her, leading them to change the misdemeanor charges to threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony. If convicted, Bona could face up to five years in jail. Wheaton Police Chief Mark Field told the Daily Herald Monday that Bona was arrested and charged March 22, hours after Republican state...
  • Man accused of phone threat to lawmaker over gay marriage remarks

    03/25/2013 7:24:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | March 25, 2013 | Kerry Lester
    A Chicago man has been charged with disorderly conduct for making a telephone threat to a state representative who called gay couples "disordered" on a Catholic radio show, authorities said. Wheaton Police Chief Mark Field said 49-year-old Stephen Bona was charged Friday, hours after Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives reported getting a threatening voice mail at her district office. "Your Tea Party brethren Sarah Palin put up a map that included the names, locations and faces of Democratic candidates and put them in the cross hairs of a gun," a caller says on the voice mail, a recording of which...