Louisiana (GOP Club)

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  • Donald Trump tours flood-ravaged Louisiana with 18-wheeler of supplies

    08/20/2016 1:03:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 19, 2016 | Matthew Teague in St Amant, Louisiana
    Droves of people turn out to watch Republican nominee hand out water bottles and diapers as locals commend his efforts: ‘This is his stomping grounds’ The post-disaster politicking got under way in earnest on Friday, as Donald Trump appeared in flood-stricken Louisiana to give his image a presidential burnish, and as the White House announced Barack Obama would tour the area next Tuesday. A day earlier Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, had warned Trump not to show up in Louisiana “for a photo op”. Instead, he said, Trump should volunteer and make donations. Edwards also defended the delayed visit by...
  • John Bel Edwards Eats His Words When Trump Shows Up To LA With No Press And Supplies For Victims

    08/19/2016 11:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | August 19, 2016 | John Binder
    Gov. John Bel Edwards was forced to eat his own words when GOP nominee Donald Trump showed up in Baton Rouge today to donate and hand-out supplies for Louisiana flooding victims. Edwards’ spokesperson was silent on President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s failure to visit the state in the wake of the flooding crisis. But, the spokesperson took a swipe at Trump, saying he didn’t want him to show up with cameras and not actually help victims. “Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit,” Edwards’ spokesman said. “We welcome him to LA but not for a...
  • DONALD TRUMP Heads to Louisiana Tomorrow – While Obama Vacations, Hillary Rests

    08/18/2016 6:19:43 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 79 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/18/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence will visit flood-damaged areas of Baton Rouge, La. Friday. Record flooding across Louisiana has killed at least 13 people. Over 85,000 people have registered for federal disaster assistance, more than 30,000 have been rescued, and an estimated 40,000 homes have been damaged. Trump addressed the flooding at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday night, calling Louisiana “a state that is very, very special to me.”
  • Louisiana lawmaker labels Declaration of Independence racist in debate

    05/28/2016 8:58:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | May 28, 2016
    The Declaration of Independence came under attack from an unlikely quarter—a state legislator. Louisiana lawmaker Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport), argued that America’s founding document was racist during debate on a bill requiring public school students in the state to recite the Declaration of Independence daily, Fox & Friends reported Saturday. “For the Declaration of Independence only Caucasians (were) free,” Norton, who is black, said Wednesday during the debate on the floor of the Louisiana House of Representatives. “And for you to bring a bill to require that our children will recite the Declaration of Independence I think it’s a little bit...
  • Trump's Threat To Sue Over Louisiana Delegates Reveals Organizational Weakness

    03/29/2016 8:12:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | March 29, 2016 | Brian Naylor
    Donald Trump has set his sights on a new target for litigation: the Republican Party. He is threatening to sue the Republican National Committee over delegate allocations in Louisiana. Trump defeated Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Louisiana's March 5 primary, but Cruz may receive up to 10 more delegates from the state than Trump. Trump defeated Cruz by 3.6 percentage points in Louisiana. But because the results were relatively close, each candidate was awarded 18 delegates. There are also five unbound delegates in the state, reserved for party officials and elected officeholders, who are expected to back Cruz. And there...
  • Ted Cruz WINS Louisiana, Donald Trump Threatens To Sue

    03/27/2016 5:24:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    Red State ^ | March 27, 2016 | Joe Cunningham
    Donald Trump barely won Louisiana’s primary. In fact, he lost the actual primary day turnout. A big win in early voting helped him keep the lead, but it was close. So close, in fact, that for all intents and purposes, it was a draw. Enter Louisiana politics. Via my colleague streiff: What is very clear is that if Donald Trump is not awarded the nomination on the first ballot, his bloc of delegates will melt away and his wins are not being capitalized upon because his campaign is essentially incompetent. You see, when it came down to the actual election...
  • Cruz Gains Delegates In Key Convention Posts

    03/25/2016 12:57:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 25, 2016 | Kerry Picket
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may turn out to be the real winner of the Louisiana Republican primary. Despite losing the primary in early March by fewer than four percentage points and winning an equal number of pledged delegates, Cruz supporters scooped up five of Louisiana's six positions on key committees intended to write the Republican National Convention's rules and platform, The Wall Street Journal reports. Only one Trump supporter managed to receive an appointment to a senior level delegate post. Eric Skrmetta, the Trump campaign's state co-chairman was named vice chairman of GOP convention delegation, a mainly ceremonial position without...
  • Trump Campaign Very Upset About Louisiana Delegates

    03/08/2016 5:15:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Red State ^ | March 8, 2016 | Joe Cunningham
    A lot of Trump folks are not very happy about the fact that Ted Cruz tied Donald Trump in the number of delegates he received from the Louisiana Primary on Saturday. The head of Trump's campaign in Louisiana, Woody Jenkins, posted a lengthy rant on how unfair it is and said that it is, somehow, a violation of the 14th Amendment. The problem for Team Trump is that they simply did not take part in writing the formula for handing out the delegates in the first place. This comes from the Louisiana GOP Executive Director, via the Hayride: I sent...
  • Is Ted Cruz beginning to surge?

    03/07/2016 3:11:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | March 7, 2016 | Bryan Fischer
    I've never been a fan of early voting. Those who vote early do not have the opportunity to include in their deliberations late breaking events or campaign developments that might cause them to re-examine their decision. I've always believed we're better off having everybody vote on the same day. That way everybody has access to the same information before they pull the lever. (Absentee ballots, of course, should be made available to those who cannot show up on election day due to travel or other unavoidable complications.) An illustration of this comes from the Louisiana primary on Saturday. Donald Trump...
  • The Ted Cruz surge is not a staged joke

    03/06/2016 2:08:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The Examiner ^ | March 6, 2016 | Kareem Gantt
    If you listen to Donald Trump, you would believe that Ted Cruz's huge victories in Kansas and Maine in Super Saturday were a fluke. While Trump is still leading in delegates, he should be a little more worried about the Cruz surge. While Kansas was always going to be a toss-up between the two, Cruz's surprising victory in Maine should not be overlooked. While Trump was spinning Mar. 5 as another resounding victory, in reality, it was a not such a good day. Not only did Cruz obtain most of the 155 delegates that were up for grabs on Saturday,...
  • CNN projects Trump wins Louisiana!

    03/05/2016 6:42:07 PM PST · by entropy12 · 43 replies
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    CNN projects Trump to win Louisiana. 9:43 EST.
  • More than 2 dozen Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt Trump rally (New Orleans)

    03/04/2016 10:04:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Channel 4000 ^ | March 4, 2016 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    NEW ORLEANS (CNN) - More than two dozen protesters chanting "black lives matter" disrupted Donald Trump's rally here on Friday, linking arms and resisting security personnel trying to eject them from the venue. The protests come after a week of intense scrutiny directed at Trump after the Republican presidential front-runner was asked to disavow the support of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and several white supremacist groups. Trump declined to disavow Duke's support and that of white supremacist groups, including the KKK, during a CNN interview on Sunday, but later tweeted his rejection of Duke, a position...
  • Scott Angelle running for Congress (Louisiana)

    03/03/2016 3:35:13 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    The Baton Rouge Advocate ^ | March 3, 2016 | Mark Ballard
    Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congress Thursday morning. Angelle, who came in third in last fall’s governor’s race, had been widely rumored to be interested in running this fall for the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate seat. Congressman Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, already entered the race to replace U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who is stepping down at the end of his term. Angelle is running for Boustany’s Third U.S. Congressional District seat, which covers nine Acadiana parishes and includes Lafayette and Lake Charles.
  • Marco Rubio quietly cancels Baton Rouge rally

    03/02/2016 11:54:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WBRZ-TV ^ | March 2, 2016 | Kevin Dupuy
    BATON ROUGE - After a poor showing in the Super Tuesday primaries, Marco Rubio quietly canceled his plans for a Baton Rouge event scheduled for Friday. Individuals who signed up for tickets to see Rubio received an email Wednesday that the event was canceled. "In order to use Marco's time as efficiently as possible before Saturday's contests, Marco will not be making a stop in Louisiana Friday night," the email read. Rubio originally announced he would visit the capital city on Feb. 29. The event was planned for 5:45 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square. The Rubio campaign's Eventbrite page...
  • It’s A Time For Choosing And That’s Why I Must Choose Cruz

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

    01/03/2016 8:51:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Southern Political Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Hastings Wyman
    The South will play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential contest, both in the nominating process and in the General Election. For the Republicans, Dixie's plethora of primaries come quickly after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and will probably determine the nominee. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's strong support among African Americans in the Southern primaries should cement her already commanding lead for her party's nomination. And in the General Election, at least three Southern states are likely to be competitive and may well determine the outcome of the race for the White House. Until...
  • Is President Hillary Clinton, 2016 Inevitable?

    12/20/2015 3:19:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Red State ^ | December 20, 2015 | Old Town Yankee
    Not since I voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 have I been so excited about the prospect of a true conservative as I was for 2016. With the likes of Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94% there was plenty to be excited about. What I didn’t realize was the depth of disgust and anger that the base had for the establishment republicans. It wasn’t so apparent to me given that I have been living with RINO’s and turncoats up here in Massachusetts for decades. Then enter Trump. I could never have...
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought I’d address that question this week. Hey, I’m nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I don’t mention everyone. I’ve only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, “It’s just politics, folks. Not brain surgery.” I don’t necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe he’s a man of...
  • Jindal Accuses Cruz of Enabling Trump in Political Play

    10/06/2015 5:51:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | October 6, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Sen. Ted Cruz is cozying up to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in a cynical ploy to court the billionaire's supporters should Trump drop out of the race for the White House, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal charged Tuesday. In an interview with the Tribune, Jindal said Cruz has "enabled" Trump, who has a history of liberal stands, by refusing to criticize him, instead cultivating a chummy relationship with the New York developer. The Texas GOP senator has praised Trump for drawing attention to illegal immigration, headlined a rally with him against President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and repeatedly passed...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News’ Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channel’s efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channel’s own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubio’s nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Walker at 0% in new national poll

    09/20/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WKOW-TV ^ | September 20, 2015 | Savanna Tomei
    Madison (WKOW) -- A new national poll shows Governor Scott Walker polling at 0 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The CNN/ORC poll released Sunday shows there were five candidates who received less than one percent of support from likely Republican voters. Walker was among them, joined by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Less than one percent equates to zero percent, statistically. The results show Donald Trump is still the front-runner with 24 percent, but has lost ground from earlier in...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to … tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walker’s record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walker’s must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • Jeb Bush Gets Applause at Conservative Forum (Erick Erickson's RedState)

    08/08/2015 11:25:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    ATLANTA — Jeb Bush, who has fought the perception of conservatives that he is not one of them, journeyed into the lion’s den on Saturday. While he may not have converted every skeptic at the RedState Gathering, a conclave of anti-establishment Republicans, he persuaded more than a few to give him a second look. After Mr. Bush’s solid but largely unmemorable outing Thursday in the first Republican debate, where he was overshadowed by the pyrotechnics around him, he came across in Atlanta as having tamed his wonkiness, and as being confident in defending positions he knew were unpopular with many...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Pataki, Jindal address Trump's comments at New Hampshire picnic

    07/05/2015 9:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | July 5, 2015 | Kristen Carosa
    Pataki sends letter to other GOP candidates asking them to call out Trump on comments regarding illegal immigrants.ALLENSTOWN, N.H. —Presidential candidates flocked to the Granite State during the July Fourth weekend. Former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal attended a cookout hosted by the Merrimack County Republican Committee. The event was low-key and gave both Republican candidates the chance to talk one on one with voters. Both candidates had something to say about recent comments from Republican challenger Donald Trump. “I am disappointed he (Trump) hasn’t seen that it was a stupid and wrong comment,” Pataki...
  • Bobby Jindal hits Jeb Bush, hard, as he announces White House run

    06/24/2015 9:02:16 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/24/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    KENNER, La. — Bobby Jindal went there. As the 13th Republican candidate to enter the presidential race, the Louisiana governor tried to grab attention by going negative with his announcement speech Wednesday, smacking down his rivals as “selfish” politicians who are nothing more than “talkers,” and calling out Jeb Bush as a mushy conservative. “You’ve heard Jeb Bush saying we need to be able to lose the primary to win the general election. We’re going to help him do that,” Jindal said, kicking off his long-shot bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Presenting himself as an unapologetically religious, small-government conservative,...
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Stephen Colbert mocks Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal in epic Values Voter Summit takedown

    10/01/2014 6:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Salon ^ | October 1, 2014 | Sarah Gray
    "The Values Voter Summit, a four-day orgy of people fundamentally opposed to orgies" (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Stephen Colbert ripped into the ninth annual Values Voter Summit, last night on “The Colbert Report.” Very few were spared. ”There were so many great speakers,” Colbert said. “Also Sarah Palin.” But the speeches were just part of the Values Voter Summit. It also holds the first large straw poll for presidential candidates....
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. “I think it’s going to be a governor,” Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. “I don’t know which one.” Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • Senator, “Do You Have a Personal Animosity Against Gay Americans?”

    05/25/2015 3:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Bernard Goldberg's Blog ^ | May 25, 2015 | Bernard Goldberg
    A reporter in Texas recently asked GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz this question: “Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?” Why would a reporter ask a Republican, running for president, such a question? I don’t know the reporter so I can’t say with certainty, but it wouldn’t shock me if he were trying to start trouble; if he were trying to trip up the senator into saying something negative about gays and getting some national publicity for himself in the process. But there’s another reason, I think, for the question. There’s no hiding the fact that some...
  • 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...
  • Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week

    05/16/2015 10:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsOK ^ | May 17, 2015 | Chris Casteel and Randy Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The road to the White House goes through downtown Oklahoma City this week as hopefuls in the crowded Republican field audition on a stage ideally suited for their messages about military power, religious liberty and energy independence. Eleven Republicans with presidential aspirations — including some who have not officially declared their candidacy — will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which begins at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday and ends Saturday with the release of a straw poll. “This is a huge event for Oklahoma City,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who will address the conference and introduce some...
  • The Field Is Flat: Recent polls make clear how many candidates could plausibly win GOP nomination.

    05/15/2015 11:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 16, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    The field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is as flat as any in modern memory—pretty remarkable for a party that usually has a fight but almost invariably ends up nominating whoever's turn it is. While nomination trial-heat polling tells us very little this early, there are some poll questions that are better measurements of at least where these candidates are starting out, before the campaigning, debates, and advertising begin in earnest.An April 26 to April 30 NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll asked Republican primary voters whether they could or could not see themselves voting for each of 10 different...
  • 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...
  • Cruz Talks 2nd Amendment Sunday (Litchfield, New Hampshire, 4/19/15)

    04/13/2015 2:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Patch ^ | April 13, 2015 | Tony Schinella
    The Women’s Defense League of NH is co-sponsoring an event featuring New Hampshire first-in-the-nation presidential primary candidate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, according to a press statement. The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Arpil 19, at the Londonderry Fish and Game Club, 5 Lund St. in Litchfield. Cruz will be coming to speak to the 2nd Amendment Community in New Hampshire. He was the first candidate to formally announce his 2016 Presidential candidacy. The event is free but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Tickets are available via EventBrite. Event is sponsored...
  • Hillary Couldn't Afford To Wait

    04/12/2015 2:55:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 11, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Hillary launches her campaign on Sunday – and, some Dems say, it’s about damn time.At long last, the campaign has a candidate. After playing one of the more tedious games of cat and mouse in recent American political history, Hillary Clinton stands now ready to admit that she is what she has been for the last two years: an actual contender for the Democratic nomination for president. The announcement comes as Democrats in DC have fretted that without an organized infrastructure Clinton has been a glutton for Republican attacks, and ill-equipped to respond to the news of the moment, whether...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • The “Rand Paul Isn’t Running” Story Is Bogus … But Brilliant: But Who Is Spreading It?

    04/03/2015 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    FITS News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul is running for president … in fact, he announces his candidacy next week in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he travels to early voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – including a big fundraiser in the Palmetto State the day after he announces. As we write this, money is being collected. Speeches are being vetted. He’s 100 percent in … and not only that, Paul is one of the few candidates in the race with (we believe) a path to victory. And one of the few candidates (we believe) to be worthy of real consideration. Is...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • BAYHAM: Looking At The (Possible) 2016 GOP Field, Part I

    02/25/2015 8:08:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 25, 2015 | Mike Bayham
    Romney’s out and this weekend marks the pre-presidential election year CPAC straw poll, which is a sort of an unofficial beginning of the “exploratory” phase of the battle for the Republican nomination. As many as two dozen candidates, including governors, senators and media personalities, are hinting, some more sincere than others, at making a run for the White House. Below is a listing of the possible Tier I and Tier II contenders for the GOP nod along with handicapping the probability of making the race and their chances of winning. Rand Paul LIKELY CANDIDATE, TIER ONE CONTENDER The Kentucky US...
  • NRO’s Geraghty Isn’t Sanguine About Jindal’s 2016 Prospects

    02/11/2015 7:01:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 11, 2015 | Scott McKay, publisher
    Lately, the amount of attention Bobby Jindal is getting seems to be on a level normally reserved for top-tier presidential candidates. Jindal set off a firestorm with his comments in Britain about Muslim “no-go zones” in Europe, and his quip about how the threat from medieval Christians is now under control in response to President Obama’s “High Horse” speech earned him a fresh round of headlines. And of course, in between Jindal’s camp was rocked by a host of stories about his record with Louisiana’s budget that on balance were not helpful to his cause. And that came after his...
  • Richmond plans trip to Ferguson, even as member of Congress some fear he's dangerous because of race

    01/14/2015 5:25:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | January 12, 2015 | Bruce Alpert
    Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus plan to be in Ferguson, Mo. on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, January 19, to encourage residents to get more involved in the political process. Ferguson has been the subject of regular demonstrations and some unrest since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American, by white policeman on Aug. 9, 2014. A local grand jury declined to indict the police officer, though some questioned the fairness of the process set up by the local prosecutor. Richmond said Black Caucus members will encourage...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • Landrieu and the myth of the southern realignment

    12/07/2014 6:17:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 7, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    With Mary Landrieu exiting the Senate, the usual rounds of finger pointing and recriminations have already begun. In the eyes of her supporters, the reasons are numerous and obvious. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the unpopularity of the President or the issues she espoused. No, the only reason that a Republican will occupy that seat next year is that the South is full of hateful, bigoted, stars and bars waving racists and homophobes. This, they will claim, is the result of an ongoing process which began simmering after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu Counting on Stevie Wonder and Other Staunch Supporters

    12/01/2014 11:43:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News / ABC's Good Morning America ^ | December 1, 2014 | Jordyn Phelps
    Sen. Mary Landrieu is relying on a close group of staunch Democratic supporters as she makes a final push to save her Senate seat from Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy ahead of a Dec. 6 Louisiana runoff election. The momentum seems to favor Cassidy. The GOP quickly coalesced behind Cassidy after the general election in November in which Cassidy and Landrieu received the most votes, but neither won enough to avoid a runoff. Cassidy has received a fresh round of endorsements from big-name 2016 contenders, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., and Texas Gov. Rick Perry....
  • Here’s The Spot Landrieu And The Louisiana Democrat Party Are Running On Black Radio…

    11/17/2014 3:34:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | November 17, 2014 | MacAoidh
    …courtesy of our friend Rick Shaftan, who is cataloguing the demagoguery on the airwaves this cycle. (AUDIO/VIDEO-AT-LINK)The ad says the stock market was at an “all-time low” before Barack Obama took over as president, among other things. It’s worth commenting that this ad isn’t running in a broader market, where the ridiculous claims and hyperbolic tone would engender a more negative reaction. Landrieu’s campaign doesn’t want that kind of scrutiny. We can expect a good deal more of this, as it’s the calling card of Landrieu’s campaign boss Ryan Berni. Berni had this to say to Gannett after Sarah Palin...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • Allan Katz and Danae Columbus: Team Landrieu revving up the base for runoff election (Mary's Army)

    11/15/2014 11:55:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Uptown Messenger ^ | November 15, 2014 | Allan Katz and Danae Columbus
    Like other remaining Democratic candidates around the country, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu knows she must increase her support among black and white females to emerge victorious on Dec. 6. That’s why Norma Jane Sabiston, Kristin Palmer, Angele Wilson and others are again reaching out to 5,000 key women supporters statewide to build Mary’s Army, highly committed grassroots warriors who will knock doors and work phones non-stop for the next three weeks. Armed with pink t-shirts and lists of likely voters, these women clearly understand the campaign’s success rests largely on their ability to persuade voters one person at a time....
  • When Nancy Pelosi Spoke Of Gruber,Was She Showing Signs Of Senility?,The Pausing & Stammering?

    11/13/2014 6:25:00 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 67 replies
    And who didn't take notice? If that is the manner of how Nancy Pelosi speaks, with the pauses, stuttering, stammering and "Brain Stoppages" as she was trying to explain to us that she never heard of Jonathan Gruber, you would think it was time for her to retire. And to think there was once a time when she was third in line for the Presidency? And this also applies to Harry Reid, then again, we all share the same opinions of "Prince Harry".