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  • McConnell Moves to Shut Down Debate on Iran Nuke-Deal Review Bill

    05/05/2015 10:36:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support. McConnell’s action sets up a vote on Thursday to end debate. That would clear the way for a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto...
  • Comer says woman's abuse, abortion allegations are untrue

    05/05/2015 6:44:44 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    WKYT ^ | 05/05/2015
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Republican candidate for governor James Comer has flatly denied he abused his college girlfriend and said his campaign was moving forward. Comer, one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor, scheduled a news conference Tuesday at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown to address the allegations. The news conference comes one day after Marilyn Thomas outlined several accusations in a letter to the Louisville Courier-Journal and threatened to bring down his campaign two weeks before Election Day. In a letter to the Courier-Journal, Thomas said Comer hit her and drove her to a medical clinic to receive...
  • Election 2016: Conservative Review Dings Rubio, Paul In First Presidential Report Card (Not Cruz)

    05/03/2015 10:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ginger Gibson
    The Conservative Review hands out its first report card for 2016 Republicans Monday, and two candidates get schooled. According to the group, which was formed last year to score GOP lawmakers' adherence to conservative dogma, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky need improvement. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz earns top grades -- just as he used to at Princeton and Harvard Law. International Business Times got an early look at the ratings of the three Republicans who have officially launched presidential campaigns. The Review graded them on criteria including immigration, foreign policy and "moral issues" like abortion,...
  • Kentucky Democrats happy to avoid contentious primary for governor as they watch the GOP horse race

    05/03/2015 12:26:19 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/2/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    As throngs of Kentucky Derby-goers packed Churchill Downs on Saturday, Kentucky Democrats are enjoying another race that could come down to the wire later this month: the Republican gubernatorial primary. “It’s a lot of fun,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said of the four-way GOP primary. Gov. Steve Beshear added: “They’re having a good time it looks like among the four of them going back and forth.” This year’s race for the governorship is an oddity, with only Attorney General Jack Conway seeking the Democratic nomination among prominent contenders after a rich history of competitive primaries when that office is open....
  • Ron Paul Goes Full Metal Truther

    12/10/2011 3:53:36 PM PST · by mnehring · 191 replies
    I’ve been waiting for quite a while for Ron Paul to just come out and admit he’s a 9/11 truther. Frankly, I thought it would happen a long time before now. It has taken so long, in fact, that I had started to doubt whether he would ever do it. However, I guess his Iowa polling numbers must have him feeling his oats, because he finally let slip (apologies to those who cannot view the video in IE, we are working to fix the technical issue. Original video may be found here): And it’s… just think of what happened after...
  • Why Rand Paul Will Win

    04/11/2015 5:29:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/11/2015 | W. JAMES ANTLE III
    Call off the Iowa caucuses. Cancel the New Hampshire primary. Let’s all head to Cleveland to name the 2016 Republican presidential nominee right now. The race is over. Rand Paul has won. There is no way he can be denied. How can I say that before a single vote has been cast, before most of the field has even declared? Simple: Dick Morris has predicted Paul can’t win. Morris’ predictions are almost always wrong. Ergo, Rand Paul is now a heavy favorite to clinch the nomination. Everyone who makes political forecasts with any frequency is going to make mistakes, me...
  • Heiner Proposes E-Verify to Protect Kentucky Jobs, Introduces New Statewide Television Ad

    05/02/2015 3:02:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    halheiner.com/ ^ | March 19, 2015
    Republican candidate Hal Heiner announced today his proposal to implement E-Verify in Kentucky, a measure to ensure that Kentucky jobs go to legal Kentucky workers. The E-Verify program allows employers to identify the immigration status of potential hires by checking names against government databases. E-Verify comes at no cost to employers. Heiner’s proposal would require the use of E-Verify to confirm legal worker status for all employers, government employees and government contractors and subcontractors.
  • The Chatter: Heiner apologizes to Comer over blogger

    05/02/2015 11:16:34 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/30/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner has issued an apology after reports surfaced that the husband of his running mate had communicated with a blogger who promotes material against James Comer, one of Heiner’s GOP opponents in the May 19 primary. The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman reported the story on Wednesday. The newspaper obtained emails that showed Scott Crosbie, husband of Heiner’s lieutenant governor pick KC Crosbie, speaking in the fall with Lexington attorney Michael Adams, who operates a website dedicated solely to Comer. KC Crosbie was copied on some emails, according to the Herald-Leader. Comer, Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner, denied the...
  • Conservative senators sandbag McConnell, jeopardizing Iran bill

    04/30/2015 4:05:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/30/15 | Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney
    Two junior conservatives blindsided Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Thursday by attempting to force a vote on an amendment that could derail the bipartisan Iran nuclear review bill. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is running for president, surprised McConnell by leapfrogging ahead of colleagues waiting for chances to get votes on their amendments. They used a procedural maneuver to force McConnell to schedule a vote on an amendment requiring Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of any nuclear deal. McConnell’s only way of avoiding the controversial amendment would be to file a...
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul moves to block new 'net neutrality' rules

    04/29/2015 9:57:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/29/2015 | Reuters
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential hopeful, on Wednesday introduced a resolution to block new regulations on Internet service providers, saying they would "wrap the Internet in red tape." The "net neutrality" rules, which are slated to take effect in June, are backed by the Obama administration and were passed by the Democratic majority of the Federal Communications Commission in February. AT&T Inc and wireless and cable trade associations are challenging them in court. Paul's resolution, if adopted, would allow the Senate to fast-track a vote to establish that Congress disapproves of the FCC's new rules and moves to...
  • Christian Print Shop Owners Have Constitutional Right Not to Print Gay Pride T-Shirts, KY Court

    04/29/2015 7:51:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/29/2015 | Samuel Smith
    A Christian print shop owner who refused to print pro-LGBT T-shirts in 2012 has the constitutional right not to print messages that conflict with his Christian beliefs, a Kentucky court ruled on Monday. After Blaine Adamson, the managing owner of a Lexington print shop called Hands on Originals, refused to print T-shirts for Lexington's 2012 gay pride festival, he was found to be guilty of discrimination by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission last year, even though doing so would have violated his religious conviction. Additionally, the print shop was ordered to serve future requests from LGBT activists. The...
  • Rand Paul: Let’s face it, it was a mistake to topple Saddam Hussein

    04/27/2015 7:35:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 209 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    <p>Interesting, not because it’s a surprise that Ron Paul’s son feels this way — remember this? — but because this is a subject that every Republican in the field, Rand included, would probably prefer to avoid during the primaries.</p> <p>Or am I wrong about that? Could this be a smart play for Paul, especially given how it’ll make Jeb Bush squirm?</p>
  • Shirt printer that wouldn’t make gay pride shirts vindicated by court

    04/28/2015 6:51:29 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 28 at 1:53 AM | By Justin Wm. Moyer
    The day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a historic same-sex marriage case, a Kentucky court has ruled that a Christian T-shirt company has the right not to print gay pride festival shirts. Hands on Originals (HOO), a Christian T-shirt company in Lexington, Ky., was asked to print shirts by Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) for a 2012 pride festival. When the company turned down the order, the GLSO filed a complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. Though the commission found in favor of the GLSO, Judge James D. Ishmael of the Fayette Circuit...
  • It Turns Out the Gridlock Was All About Harry Reid

    04/26/2015 12:18:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 25, 2015
    Here’s a story you haven’t seen for a while: Congress is working — well, sort of. Better than it had for the previous six years, anyway. The difference? Harry Reid is no longer running the Senate — and Republican Mitch McConnell has made the place far less dysfunctional. Just last week, the Senate cast breakthrough votes on a sex-trafficking bill and the confirmation of attorney-general nominee Loretta Lynch.
  • Mitch McConnell Builds Case for 2016

    04/25/2015 11:04:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/22/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Mitch McConnell is building the case that this Senate is much more productive than the last one. The Kentucky Republican, who ascended to majority leader after repeatedly ripping the Democratic-led Senate as “dysfunctional,” has to show that the GOP can govern. If he falls short of that goal, Democrats will likely win back Senate control in 2016. McConnell and his Republican conference got off to a rocky start to the year as they bickered with House GOP lawmakers, most notably over tying funding for the Department of Homeland Security to immigration policy. But now, Senate Republicans are on a bit...
  • Dr. Rand Paul: Vaccines Can Lead to 'Mental Disorders'

    02/02/2015 4:21:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/02/2015
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul is standing by his statement that most vaccinations should be "voluntary," telling CNBC that a parent's choice not to vaccinate a child is "an issue of freedom." In an interview with the network Monday, Paul said that vaccines are "a good thing" but that parents "should have some input" into whether or not their children must get them. And he gave credence to the idea - disputed by the majority of the scientific community - that vaccination can lead to mental disabilities. "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound...
  • Black Judge Attacks White Victims Of Home Invasion For “Stereotyping” Black Men

    04/24/2015 5:57:50 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 34 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | APRIL 14, 2015 | ROBERT GEHL
    The 3-year-old was watching “SpongeBob SquarePants” when two thugs broke into their house and robbed them at gunpoint. When the case went to trial the two black assailants were found guilty. As part of the sentencing, Jordan and Tommy Gray wrote in a victim impact statement that their daughter is still in “constant fear” of black men.” Tommy Gray implored prison time for the attackers. Since the crime, Tommy Gray said the attack has left deep psychological wounds on their young daughter. Whenever we are running errands, if we come across a black male, she holds me tight and begs...
  • Mitch McConnell to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    04/24/2015 9:37:00 AM PDT · by kingattax · 111 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/24/2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die. Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda. In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in...
  • Sen. David Vitter’s Obamacare subpoena bid doomed by five GOP defections

    04/23/2015 1:46:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Republican Sen. David Vitter’s bid to subpoena details about Congress’s treatment under Obamacare bitterly divided his own party Thursday, with five GOP senators balking at his attempt to force the D.C. health exchange to name who signed off on Capitol Hill’s use of the city’s insurance portal. Mr. Vitter, of Louisiana and chairman of the Small Business Committee, swiftly condemned his colleagues for voting with committee Democrats to reject his maneuver, 5 to 14. He said Congress’s arrangement with the city’s small-business exchange, or “SHOP,” provides lawmakers and staff with financial perks above and beyond what regular Obamacare customers can...
  • Candidates trade jabs on Pure Politics' gubernatorial debate with GOP primary less than a month away

    04/22/2015 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/21/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    WITH VIDEO: Tempers flared before a televised audience as Kentucky’s GOP gubernatorial candidates traded barbs over bridge tolls, the Affordable Care Act and attacks from an outside group backing Republican Hal Heiner on cn|2 Pure Politics’ gubernatorial debate Tuesday. More often than not, Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin was in the midst of conflict, frequently needling Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner with four weeks until Republican voters pick their party’s gubernatorial nominee. Bevin asked if viewers “want a governor who will hide behind the lies of people” who want to “soil the bed of...
  • McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

    04/22/2015 7:30:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
  • Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty?

    04/21/2015 2:36:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 1, 2015 | By Pedro Gonzales
    Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty? I have analyzed all the major Republican presidential candidates (except Ben Carson and Rick Sanctorum, who are long shots, and Donald Trump, who has undocumented hair). I have found that all the major presidential candidates support amnesty for illegal aliens, except for one. Can you guess which one?
  • Rubio: I’d attend a gay ‘wedding’. Walker: I have. Santorum: I wouldn’t. Cruz: Pass.

    04/21/2015 7:43:46 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 103 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/20/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Are you now, or were you ever, willing to attend a same-sex “wedding”? That seems to be the question lighting up the Republican presidential field, as GOP hopefuls who may one day have their finger on the nuclear button are asked the query over and over again.So far, the Republican hopefuls' answers are yes, no, I have (sort of), and...unclear.The media began by asking Florida's U.S. senator, Marco Rubio, if he would attend a homosexual 'wedding' ceremony, especially if he were invited by a relative or close friend.“If there’s somebody that I love...
  • Rand Paul’s Brother: “No Difference” Between Rand And My Dad On Ideology

    04/19/2015 2:40:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “The difference is purely in implementation. If you had a philosophical discussion on what the world should look like, there would be no difference.”(AUDIO-AT-LINK) Rand Paul’s brother says that when it comes to ideology, there’s “no difference” between his brother, the Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate, and his father, the former congressman and three-time presidential candidate. Ronnie Paul, the eldest son of the former congressman and sometimes-surrogate for his brother, was speaking with libertarian podcaster Israel Anderson. He said that both his brother and father held the same beliefs, there’s just a difference in the implementation of how to...
  • RAND PAUL: There's A Secret Hillary Clinton Scandal That Will Derail Her Campaign 'Soon' (oh-noes!!)

    04/18/2015 2:11:48 PM PDT · by drewh · 113 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr 18, 2015, 12.36 | Colin Cambell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) thinks he knows something that you don't about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Bloomberg News' Dave Weigel reported Friday that Paul gave a speech to a pro-life group the day before in which Paul predicted the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation will soon be hit by a major scandal. "There's going to be stuff coming out about the Clinton foundation and their donations from different companies that get special approval by the secretary of state. It's coming out in the next couple weeks," Paul said. As Weigel noted, Paul has made similar...
  • Prank Gone Horribly Wrong – Concealed Carrier Pulls Gun on Prankster

    04/18/2015 11:42:18 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 67 replies
    Buzzpo ^ | Jul 26, 2104 | Eric Reed
    On March 24th the YouTube channel “Model Pranksters” elected to upload the following video to their channel, and it becomes a prank gone horribly wrong. They apparently thought it would be a wise idea to travel to Kentucky, dress up as the murderer from the “Scream” movies, hide in the darkness, pop out with what appears to be a rifle, and point it at innocent people. Watch what happens when he chooses the wrong guy to scare, and then nearly wets himself. I wish I could say I laughed at that video while watching it, but I didn’t. Frankly I...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Sen. Cruz Joins Amicus Brief Supporting the Right of States to Define Marriage

    04/13/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    In our federal system, states should be able to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday joined an amicus brief on behalf of 57 members of Congress in support of the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief was filed in four cases that the Supreme Court will jointly hear on April 28, 2015, in which same-sex couples challenge the marriage laws of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, all of which were upheld by the U.S....
  • Outrage! Judge hammers white victims of armed home invasion for racism, lets criminal go free

    04/14/2015 11:05:23 AM PDT · by RonPaulLives · 68 replies
    Louisville Courier-Journal via Bizpacreview.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Andrew Wolfson Courier-Journal
    Outrage is growing over a Kentucky judge who let a home invader who robbed a family at gunpoint off with probation after openly criticizing the victims for letting their child be afraid of black men because of the crime. Judge Olu Stevens of the Jefferson Circuit Court appeared even more offended by the victim impact statements offered by the family who was robbed than he was by the fact that a crime had been committed at all. Now, a movement is afoot to have the judge removed from office. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Jordan and Tommy Gray were held...
  • Judge hammers white victims of armed home invasion for racism,lets criminal go free

    04/13/2015 3:57:42 PM PDT · by Jacvin · 73 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 4/13/2015 | Joe Saunders
    Talk about blaming the victims! Outrage is growing over a Kentucky judge who let a home invader who robbed a family at gunpoint off with probation after a openly criticizing the victims for letting their child be afraid of black men because of the crime. Judge Olu Stevens of the Jefferson Circuit Court appeared even more offended by the victim impact statements offered by the family who was robbed than he was by the fact that a crime had been committed at all.
  • Ky. judge told parents they were fostering racist behavior

    04/12/2015 3:48:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | april 11, 2015 | nicole hensley
    A Kentucky judge blamed two parents for their young girl's "constant fear of black men" after an armed robbery she witnessed, local reports said. The parents argued for a tougher sentence for the man convicted of busting into their Louisville home at gunpoint while their daughter watched "Spongebob Square Pants," according to the Courier-Journal. Judge Olu Stevens blasted Jordan and Tommy Gray's victim impact statement at a court hearing in February and again recently in a Facebook post he later deleted.
  • Ron Paul criticizes Iran position taken by his son - "..terrified that peace might break out."

    04/12/2015 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2015 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN ...Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Saturday dismissed as a "joke" the demand by U.S. senators of his party that they must approve a potential agreement over the Middle East country's nuclear capabilities. "I strongly disagree with the motivation of that statement made by so many members of Congress, especially in the Senate," Paul said at a conference on liberty at the University of Texas at Austin, presumably referring to an open letter senators sent to Iranian officials describing any deal not approved by them as informal..... "They're out to stop peace," he said. "They're terrified that peace...
  • Rand Paul reignites the term limits debate

    04/11/2015 5:15:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When Rand Paul announced his “official” candidacy for the presidency this week he sparked a number of debates, not only in the media and among his opponents, but inside the GOP. One of the less noticed ones revolved around a comment he made during the speech regarding the institution of term limits for congressional offices, similar to what we have for the Oval Office. This drew a quick response from our friend Matt Lewis, who feels that Rand is missing the mark. "During his presidential announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for term limits. “We limit the...
  • MFP’s Sarcastic Top 12 Ways Rand Paul Defeated the Washington Machine

    04/11/2015 5:08:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    1 Rand Paul defeated the Washington machine by comparing opponents of amnesty to Nazis… (SNIP) 2 Then he defeated the Washington machine by sucking up to psychotic liberal Kirsten Gillibrand… (SNIP) 5 Then he defeated the Washington machine by endorsing Mitch McConnell even after McConnell pledged to “crush” conservatives… (SNIP) 6 Then he defeated the Washington machine by ditching Steve King… (SNIP) 8 Then he defeated the Washington Machine by telling conservatives to “get over” Thad Cochran election fraud… (SNIP) 12 Then he defeated the Washington machine by sucking up to black supremacist Al Sharpton…
  • Blacks Lose Ground under Obama - And Republicans should remind them

    04/10/2015 1:27:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2015 | Deroy Murdock Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416735/blacks-lose-ground-under-o
    As a declared presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) should generate even bigger headlines when he addresses black audiences, as he has at Howard University and other venues. When he was executive of mainly Democratic Milwaukee County, Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) appealed to black voters; his reelection majorities consistently increased. These and other Republicans should ask black Americans for their votes from now through November 2016. They should do so by challenging blacks to ask themselves an honest question: “What, exactly, have you gained by handing Obama 95 percent of your votes in 2008 and 93 percent in...
  • Cruz touts radical court-stripping scheme (Ref: Homosexual “Marriage”)

    04/08/2015 12:28:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | April 7, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in Iowa yesterday, where the presidential hopeful reflected on the possibility of a Supreme Court ruling endorsing marriage equality. The far-right senator told his audience, “The first thing and I think the most important thing every one of us can do, is pray. Lift up in prayer.” But as the Dallas Morning News noted, that’s not all Cruz said. He reiterated his vow to press for a constitutional amendment that would clarify the power of state legislatures to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If the high court does legalize...
  • Will The Real Rand Paul Stand Up?

    04/08/2015 7:17:08 AM PDT · by ziravan · 5 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 4/08/2015 | Hal Hawkins
    The Iowa caucuses are still 284 days away, but Republicans now have a second candidate for President, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Labeling himself a conservative, Paul is primarily known as being the son of former Congressman Ron Paul, an ardent libertarian with a history of making many controversial statements and endorsements. Sen. Paul has retained many of his father’s followers, but it seems that Sen. Paul has also tried to distance himself from the elder Paul. It’s become a delicate balancing act for Sen. Paul, as he has to grow his base by appealing to more traditional conservatives while...
  • Van Jones: Except For Rand Paul, GOP Doesn't Care About Minority Communites

    04/08/2015 10:08:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    This week on CNN’s “Newsroom,” former Obama “green czar” Van Jones discussed Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential bid and said the Republican Party “when it comes to people of color,” “Are not in touch,” and, “They don’t care about some of these communities.”
  • TED CRUZ’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH DESTROYED RAND PAUL’S ON FACEBOOK

    04/08/2015 1:35:41 PM PDT · by kingattax · 26 replies
    National Journal ^ | 4-8-15 | BY STEPHANIE STAMM AND DUSTIN VOLZ
    Cruz’s launch boasts nearly three times as much attention on Facebook as Paul's. Despite all the digital sophistication—and a few missteps—propping up his presidential campaign, Rand Paul is already lagging on Facebook behind one of his biggest rivals: Ted Cruz. Cruz, who formally launched his White House bid last month, attracted nearly three times as much buzz—measured in likes, posts, comments, and shares—on Facebook during the 24-hour window surrounding his announcement as Paul, who announced on Tuesday.
  • Keep Rand Paul Weird: Will the Libertarian-Leaning Presidential Candidate Shed

    04/08/2015 2:58:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    Rand Paul, who launched his presidential campaign on Tuesday, calls himself "a different kind of Republican," which at this point remains an accurate description. But in his eagerness to win primaries, the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator runs the risk of shedding the differences that make his voice distinctive and worth hearing. Perhaps the most striking example of politically motivated backpedaling is Paul's recent proposal to raise defense spending by $190 billion over two years with money reallocated from other parts of the federal budget. Four years ago, by contrast, he supported cutting defense spending by $164 billion over five years. Paul...
  • Today in Politics: Obama’s Trip to Panama Includes a Cuban Subplot - body language

    04/08/2015 4:45:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    New York Times - First Draft ^ | April 8, 2015 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    President Obama on Wednesday embarks on a trip to Jamaica and to Panama where the formal agenda is summitry with Caribbean and Latin American leaders. But the powerful subtext will be the body language between him and President Raúl Castro of Cuba. Four months after Mr. Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba, he and Mr. Castro are likely to share a stage, a conference table, a “family photo” with attendees and potentially even a one-on-one meeting.
  • Rand Paul to Media: You Should Grill Dems about abortion, too

    04/08/2015 12:36:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/08/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Rand Paul says he doesn't want to be grilled about abortion until Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz answers similarly tough questions. And Wasserman Schultz is hitting back -- highlighting Paul's testy interviews with female television anchors, too, by saying she hopes he can "respond without 'shushing' me." Paul, the Kentucky Republican senator who launched his 2016 presidential campaign this week, bristled at a question about abortion while talking with reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday. "Why don't you ask the DNC, 'Is it OK to kill a seven-pound baby in the uterus?'" Paul said. His comment came after...
  • Halperin-Heilemann: Rand's Wife Kelley Good, But No Michelle Obama

    04/07/2015 5:54:09 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let's be clear: on today's With All Due Respect, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were very complimentary about Kelley Paul's performance today in introducing her husband Rand at his presidential announcement speech. They described her as a big asset and anticipate seeing a lot more of her on the campaign trail. That said, the duo said something that boggled my mind, claiming that as good as she was, Kelley was "not at Michelle Obama's level." Back in April, 2008, a full year later in the campaign cycle, this NewsBuster wrote about Michelle's shockingly angry performance on the stump [view the...
  • MP reax to Rand Paul’s insane campaign announcement

    04/07/2015 2:47:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Real time reax… 1. That’s an insanely long slogan. Obviously, the result of a compromise between senior advisor Doug Stafford’s harem of super-passive aggressive, power-tripping female staffers… No strategerist in their right mind approves a slogan that long. 2. Team Rand trots out far-left RINO J.C. Watts to prove he’s not racist… 3. Another black guy. Team Rand, subtle as ever…
  • Ted Cruz Was Way More Welcoming to Rand Paul's Entry into 2016 Than Paul Was to His

    04/07/2015 1:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 7, 2015 | Rebecca Nelson
    The Texas senator said he was "glad to welcome" Paul into the race.Ted Cruz warmly welcomed Rand Paul into the 2016 race Tuesday morning, calling him a "good friend"—even after his rival wrote him off. "I am glad to welcome my friend Rand Paul into the 2016 GOP primary," the Texas senator and presidential contender said in a statement on his website Tuesday morning. "Rand is a good friend, and we have worked side by side on many issues." It was a decidedly different tone from the one Paul used when Cruz launched his White House bid last month. Appearing...
  • How Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Are Shaking Up the GOP Presidential Nomination Process

    04/07/2015 6:48:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    reason.com ^ | 4/7/15 | Matt Kibbe
    Politics has become more democratized and that’s a great thing. Sen. Rand Paul's announcement today that he will seek the Republican Party's nomination for president punctuates a very real paradigm shift in the way the Grand Old Party will select its candidates for higher office. For most of my adult life, Republican poobahs have decided for the rest of us, typically favoring the dusty candidate that has been standing in queue the longest. Think John McCain or Mitt Romney. Like a nightmare reinterpretation of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day, it seems that the GOP keeps nominating Bob Dole again...
  • At Rand Paul’s Party, It’s Bring Your Own Lie Detector [Next Gen Environmentalist Wackos]

    04/07/2015 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    New York Times, First Draft ^ | April 7, 2015 | Coral Davenport
    The attack ad against Senator Rand Paul will not be the only burr on the coattails of his Tuesday campaign announcement: The billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer will set up a lie-detector test at the event and demand he answer questions about climate change. Mr. Steyer’s environmental group, NextGen Climate, is kicking off a campaign of its own, hoping to bring climate change into the heart of the 2016 elections. The lie detectors will be the first in an escalating series of stunts, advertisements, billboards and rallies over the next year and a half aimed at highlighting Republican candidates’ denial, questioning...
  • Can Rand Paul Interest You in Some $20 Flip Flops?

    04/07/2015 6:18:57 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 04/07/2015 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is set to announce his candidacy for the 2016 GOP nomination Tuesday, a roll out that comes with a new website, and, most entertainingly, a merch store. Let’s explore. Can Rand Paul interest you in a $100 bag toss game?(That Latin-looking description is just internet gobbledygook.)How about a Real Rand woven blanket? “Sure it might be fun to have Rand in your living room at night engaging in deep discussions about objectivism, libertarianism, conservatism and a few other isms. In the absence of that, curl up on your couch with the Rand blanket. It’s the next...
  • Rand Paul has J.C. Watts in his corner

    04/06/2015 11:38:28 AM PDT · by Plummz · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12:06 pm ET Apr. 3 2015 | By Maggie Haberman
    When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday, one of the people who will endorse him and share the stage is former Representative J.C. Watts, one of the few black Republicans to have served in Congress. Mr. Watts is expected to be a vocal surrogate for Mr. Paul, who has made clear he is trying to show he can broaden the Republican Party’s base to newer voters. “Senator Paul has shown what I have always believed, a leader can be a strong economic and social conservative and yet be concerned about the least of...