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  • Paul insists he’s staying in despite fundraising drop to $2.5M last quarter

    10/02/2015 5:53:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    For how long, though? The Paul campaign was supposed to energize younger voters with more libertarian leanings, and provide Rand Paul with his father’s constituency married to a higher level of respectability. So far, though, the results in terms of fundraising have been disappointing. Over the last three months, Team Paul only collected $2.5 million — less than one million dollars a month, far behind Paul’s competitors, and a decline of almost two-thirds from the previous quarter. Even so, the Kentucky Senator insists he’s staying in the race, and that his prospects have improved of late: Rand Paul raised just...
  • First on CNN: Ted Cruz to woo top Club for Growth donors

    10/02/2015 5:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz will have a chance to win over some of the Republican Party's top donors at a beachside conference later this month. The Texas senator is the sole presidential candidate confirmed to attend the Club for Growth's economic conference in San Diego on Oct. 15, according to an invitation, giving Cruz a platform to court the deep-pocketed donors part of the Club's network. Cruz has been surprisingly effective at landing top GOP moneymen, collecting more than $50 million for his campaign and super PACs. The Club, which is one of the most conservative spending groups in elections, is helping...
  • Campaigns scramble to lock up Scott Walker’s financial backers

    10/01/2015 8:53:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold
    In the wake of Scott Walker's exit from the 2016 race last week, Chart Westcott — a major donor and fundraiser for the Wisconsin governor — heard personally from four GOP presidential candidates. He spoke to the finance chairs for nearly every campaign and super PAC. And he got lobbied by local supporters of the various candidates. "It was intense," said Westcott, a Dallas-based biotech investor who bundled money for Walker and gave $200,000 to a super PAC supporting him. In the end, he decided to go with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "I wanted somebody who would completely shake...
  • Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra Endorses Ted Cruz

    09/30/2015 5:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | September 30, 2015
    Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced the endorsement of former Scott Walker supporter, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull). The endorsement follows Cruz’s earlier announcement that all three of Walker’s former grassroots co-chairs in Georgia are also now organizing for the Cruz campaign. “It is an honor to earn Randy’s support and I look forward to working with him as we compete to win Iowa and the entire GOP primary,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am very proud of the network of courageous conservatives we’ve built across Iowa. Their hard work will be crucial to restore jobs, growth...
  • If the Libertarian Party Doesn’t Get Christians, Ted Cruz Will

    09/30/2015 3:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | September 30, 2015 | R. Brownell
    The Libertarian Party conducted a poll a few months back in order to better understand the religious demographic of party members. A result which surely shocked many was the stereotype-shattering data the Libertarian Party got back. Of the 19,428 votes caste, around 50% of those who participated came back as Christian. ArenÂ’t libertarians just a bunch of atheist? Well, only 42% of Libertarian voters identified as Atheists. This is incredibly exciting! This is an opportunity to not only expand the message of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty, but on a personal level, to expand the Gospel of Christ...
  • More Trouble Brewing for Rand Paul Super PACs?

    09/29/2015 10:24:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WJOL-AM ^ | September 29, 2015
    Just weeks after the leader of a Super PAC supporting Rand Paul was indicted, it was revealed that another Super PAC supporting the Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has been dormant since June. Politico first reported today that Purple PAC, a Super PAC founded by Ed Crane, has not been actively fundraising for Paul. “We haven’t really been actively soliciting money until we feel the Purple PAC and Rand are on the same page,” Purple PAC leader Ed Crane told ABC News. Crane said that the Super PAC hasn’t shut down, but other than a $10,000 contest, the PAC hasn’t...
  • Cruz Snatches Endorsements From Former Ron Paul Supporters

    09/29/2015 6:49:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | September 29, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Sen. Ted Cruz has snatched away endorsements for his GOP presidential bid that would appear to be a natural fit for rival Sen. Rand Paul – landing the nod from libertarians who've been supporters of Paul's father, Ron Paul. The backing comes from the Liberty Leaders for Cruz coalition, headed by former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr, who ran for president in 2008 and now heads the nonprofit Liberty Guard, Bloomberg reports. "More than any other candidate for President in 2016, Cruz understands that the oath the president takes is a solemn commitment to always act in accordance with the...
  • Ted Cruz's Primary Strategy Centers on Delegates

    09/29/2015 6:30:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    While the crowded GOP presidential field fixates on every polling boom and bust in the early primary states, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is running a different kind of race. Cruz and his team are not chasing states — they’re chasing delegates. Instead of betting his campaign on his February finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Cruz is aiming to vacuum up as many delegates as possible on March 1, when a swath of mostly Southern states, including Texas, host their nominating contests. "We’re working ... to do everything possible to bank those 155 [Texas] delegates on March...
  • Bush campaign looks to go deep into primaries: Campaign is banking on its organizational strength

    09/26/2015 1:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | September 26, 2015 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (CNN) —The campaign for Jeb Bush, anticipating a competitive primary season, is forming an aggressive presence in states beyond the four that will vote in February -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. He stepped into Rand Paul country on Thursday afternoon, for example, to headline a fundraiser for the Kentucky state GOP and became the first Republican presidential candidate to pay the filing fee for the March 5 caucus. Bush's campaign views the stop as an example of their "robust" operation, not only in Kentucky but across the southern region that will host a...
  • Cruz building a "grassroots army" to fuel his 2016 bid

    09/26/2015 1:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | September 26, 2015 | Rod Boshart
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chats with Hannah Armentrout, a Drake University student and independent voter from Colorado, who was on hand Saturday when the 2016 GOP presidential candidate held a grand opening for his Iowa campaign office in Urbandale.URBANDALE | Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday the "volcanic frustration with Washington" is helping him build a "grassroots army" in Iowa and around the nation that he is convinced with lead him to victory in his quest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. "The grassroots that we are seeing in Iowa is incredible. It is electric. We have passion on...
  • GOP state lawmakers join Ted Cruz's Arizona team

    09/23/2015 11:44:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Arizona Republic | September 23, 2015 | Dan Nowicki, National political reporter
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  • Ted Cruz told a 3-year-old her world is on fire. Her mom joined his campaign.

    09/22/2015 8:26:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | September 22, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) told a 3-year-old girl that her world was on fire, and the Internet went nuts. Now the girl's mom has joined Cruz's campaign. Cruz, speaking in Barrington, N.H., said President Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's foreign policy had set the world on fire. "The world is on fire?" then-3-year-old Julia Trant immediately asked. "Yes, the world is on fire," Cruz said, looking at the girl. "Your world is on fire." He then told the girl that her mom is here and that everyone was trying to make the world a better...
  • Trump Isn't a Media Creation

    09/22/2015 6:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | September 21, 2015 | Jack Shafer
    s the press guilty of inflating Donald Trump’s political fortunes? Or, from the beginning, did the press seek to undermine his candidacy? The answer to both questions is “yes.” As our friends in academia like to remind us, voters don’t wake from a deep sleep one morning and tell pollsters that they’ve decided that a novice politician like Trump should be the next president. Voters rely on the press to keep tabs on the entry of new candidates into races, and the press obliged them in its coverage of Trump. Boy, did they oblige them. The fullness of the media’s...
  • Republicans purging supporters they should embrace

    09/19/2015 4:41:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 19, 2015 | Taylor Millard
    Richard Viguerie and Bobby Jindal have both referred to the Republican Party as the “Party of Stupid” and they’re correct. There are times the GOP can’t get out of its own way when it comes to alienating voters or just being plain petty towards dissent. House Speaker John Boehner has wrongly kicked conservative and libertarian Republican Congressmen from committees, while Jason Chaffetz briefly removed Mark Meadows from a committee in June. The American Conservative Union wouldn’t allow the Log Cabin Republicans into CPAC this year, until inviting LCR Executive Director Gregory Angelo to be on a panel. This isn’t just...
  • Trump and Cruz in Lubbock? Lubbock Area Republican Women Hosting Four-Day Convention [INTERVIEW]

    09/18/2015 7:31:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | September 18, 2015 | Jody Smyers
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Friday on The Chad Hasty Show, Nitra Barnes, President of the Lubbock Area Republican Women (LARW) joined guest host Steve Evans in the KFYO studio to provide lots of exciting information about their upcoming state-wide convention for the Texas Federation of Republican Women. The convention begins Wednesday, November 4th with the LARW golf tournament at the Rawls Course, and continues through Saturday November 7th with the President’s Dinner at Silent Wings Museum. The complete convention schedule is available here. The convention is not just for women: Men and young adults strongly encouraged to attend this fantastic gathering, meet candidates, and...
  • Teenager determined to help Ted Cruz become president

    09/15/2015 6:25:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 15, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    It's the start of a new school year, and C.J. Pearson is a busy guy. The conservative social media star from Georgia is enlisting fellow teenagers across the country to help Sen. Ted Cruz win the Republican presidential nomination. He's also running for re-election as student council president and just started eighth grade. Coreco JaQuan Pearson, 13, is the chairman of Teens for Ted. His mission: persuade high schoolers to spread the gospel of Cruz to eligible voters who care about them -- and in some cases, take care of them. "The internet allows really anyone to have a voice...
  • Cruz gets way more love on Twitter than attention from TV news. It’s the other way around for Bush.

    09/14/2015 4:37:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | September 14, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Jeb Bush gets far more attention from television news than the public polls would suggest is warranted, as Ted Cruz keeps getting more love from Twitter than the mainstream media. With the second GOP debate coming Wednesday night, it’s a good time to look back on the last month of coverage since the candidates gathered for the Fox News debate in Cleveland. A lot has happened in those four weeks: Carly Fiorina got a bounce, Ben Carson surged and Rick Perry folded. But television news producers do not necessarily see the race that way. Via our analytics partners at Zignal...
  • Heidi Cruz a Potent Weapon for Husband's Campaign

    09/14/2015 11:57:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 194 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 14, 2015 | Katie Zezima, The Washington Post
    PHOENIX — Heidi Cruz, investment banker and political spouse, stood outside a ballroom here, shaking hands and making small talk, working to close her most ambitious deal yet: getting her husband elected president. Cruz, 43, is a potent weapon for the presidential campaign of her husband, Sen. Ted Cruz. He relishes fighting with Democrats and Republicans; she is quick with a hug. He tries to galvanize voters; she spends hours on the phone, trying to persuade them to max out their donations. "Stylistically, I can soften him a little bit," Cruz, clad in navy leggings and black flats, Roberto Cavalli...
  • Trump, Carson Lead Minnesota 'Corn Poll'

    08/27/2015 6:16:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies ^ | 8/27/15 | Tom Hauser
    It's been a long-standing tradition at the Iowa State Fair, but now you can cast your kernels for presidential candidates at the Minnesota State Fair. The early front runners in the unscientific poll at the Minnesota Republican Party booth are Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. "Anybody can stop by our booth and and cast a vote for whoever their favorite candidate is," GOP Party Chair Keith Downey said. If you make a donation or sign up to support the GOP, voters get a small cup full of corn kernels they can distribute among as many of the candidates...
  • Frank Luntz on the Hatred of the Establishment Revealed by a Pro-Trump Focus Group: "This is real...

    08/26/2015 6:54:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | August 25, 2015 | Ace
    I'm shocked that he's shocked, and I do not mean that as a joke. He is a professional. He is a focus-grouper and high consultant. I imagine he reads a lot of polls too, and probably runs some. And yet he didn't know the anger brewing at the Establishment.I am truly shocked. No matter how low my estimations of our political class, they keep failing to meet my expectations. I complained on Friday that the vaunted consultant class does not know the most elemental things about the "constituency" they're paid to advise clients about. I put "constituency" in quotes because...
  • Why polls alone don't show the true leaders of the GOP race

    08/24/2015 12:26:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    NewsMachete ^ | August 24, 2015 | Newsmachete
    Who are the leaders in this crowded race for the GOP nomination? If you look at national polls, the top three are Trump, Bush, and Carson. If you look at New Hampshire, it's Trump, Kasich, and Bush. If you look at Iowa, it's Trump, Carson, and Walker, though I don't know how proud Scott Walker can be to be third in a state that should almost be giving him a home-state advantage. But these polls by themselves don't show who the leaders are in the race. To know the answer to that question, you have to look at all the...
  • Meet Ted Cruz's top fundraiser: his wife

    08/21/2015 8:57:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 21, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Olive Branch, Mississippi (CNN)—Ted Cruz gushes about his wife, Heidi, on the campaign trail, telling an audience here that she is "beautiful, brilliant and my very best friend in the whole wide world." She's also something else: The best fundraiser in the Republican presidential candidate's corner. The senator's wife, a top executive at Goldman Sachs who is taking a leave to work at campaign headquarters, is effectively leading her husband's fundraising operation, running some weekly finance calls and pushing major donors to give the maximum they're allowed under federal law. It's a far cry from the caricatured profile of the...
  • New petition wants Jon Stewart to moderate a presidential debate

    08/20/2015 3:22:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    zap2it ^ | August 20, 2015 | Larry Carroll
    Some people want to vote for Hillary; others want to vote Jeb. Still, there are others who prefer Carly, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson or The Donald. But when it comes to the 2016 Presidential Election, this much we can all agree on: We want more Jon Stewart. Now, there’s a new petition making the rounds that might just make that American dream come true. And if this movement has its way, the recently-retired “Daily Show” host will moderate an upcoming Presidential debate. “Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job,” says the petition. “Mr. Stewart has...
  • Ted Cruz is Raising Money & Connecting With Voters & More Possible Classified Clinton Emails Surface

    08/19/2015 10:22:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | August 18, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Cruz Picking Up Money and Support According to the Dallas Morning News, Ted Cruz isn’t making things any easier for Rick Perry. Cruz has raised close to $900,000 from some of the same donors who donated to Perry’s 2012 campaign. Those same people have only donated a little over $370,000 to Perry this time. Cruz isn’t just raising money though, he is connecting with a lot of potential voters. With $14 million, Cruz’s campaign has raised more than any other Republican–he was the first candidate to officially declare, which gave him a head start on fundraising–and he’s dominated the market...
  • Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Sends Representative to Guam

    08/15/2015 5:42:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Pacific News Center ^ | August 14, 2015 | Clynt Ridgell
    Guam Republican party can send 9 delegates to Republican National Convention to participate in selection of Republican presidential candidate Guam - Guam matters in the U.S. presidential election. Although we don't get to vote for president Guam's respective political party's do have a say in the nomination for president and right now Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz has sent a representative to Guam to seek support. Although individuals on Guam can't vote for president our Democratic and Republican party's can and do participate in their national nominations for presidential candidates. In fact Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz has...
  • ‘I want to grab that corn like you’ve never seen’: Trump launching aggressive ground game in Iowa

    08/14/2015 3:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | August 14, 2015 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, Washington Post
    DES MOINES, Iowa — For five days, the royal-blue bus rumbled through miles of cornfields alongside a popular annual bicycle trek across Iowa. It showed up at a country music concert in Cherokee and at a bacon festival in Ottumwa. And when the hulking vehicle with thick white block letters that spell T-R-U-M-P pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Fort Dodge this week, people flocked to it. It didn’t matter that Donald Trump wasn’t inside. The bus alone — with the “Make America Great Again” slogan extending across its sides — created an irresistible oasis of celebrity politics amid...
  • Outsiders: Trump, Bernie, Ted Cruz and the Peasants with Pitchforks

    08/14/2015 12:14:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Achenblog ^ | August 13, 2015 | Joel Achenbach
    I was there for the “peasants with pitchforks” speech. Pat Buchanan was holding forth in a crowded room at the Sheraton Hotel in Nashua, N.H., a couple of days before the 1996 GOP primary. The Republican Establishment’s favorite for the nomination was Bob Dole, but Dole, for all his solid credentials and admirable history as a war hero and congressional leader, was never someone to incite a political fever, never one to tap the more visceral emotions of the rowdy electorate. So here came Buchanan, the TV pundit and unapologetic nativist, and in the icy environs of the New Hampshire...
  • Guam could have a voice in Ted Cruz's presidential run

    08/12/2015 6:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    KUAM-TV ^ | August 11, 2015 | Nestor Licanto
    Could Guam play a pivotal role in picking the eventual Republican nominee for president? That's what a staffer for Senator Ted Cruz believes. And he traveled all the way from Washington, DC to let local party members know that the GOP candidate wants their votes come convention time. Dennis Lennox says under Republican Party rules, a candidate must win a majority of delegates from at least eight states to be eligible for nomination. With as many as 17 candidates potentially dividing up those votes, the eight-state threshold may be harder to come by. However, GOP rules recognize Guam and the...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz raises more than $1 million online since debate

    08/10/2015 1:47:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 10, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz has raised $1.1 million since Thursday, figures his presidential campaign is pointing to as a surge in support following the first televised presidential debate. The Texas Republican on Monday issued a press release touting the fundraising and social media activity, and also appeared to tweak front-runner Donald Trump's "make America great again" campaign slogan. The Cruz campaign said it had received more than 10,000 contributions online averaging $54.77 each, with campaign web page views at 296,000; impressions from Facebook posts at 20.5 million and impressions from tweets at 12.3 million. "The wave of grassroots support is growing....
  • What’s Behind Ted Cruz’s Southern Campaign Swing

    08/10/2015 1:06:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 10, 2015 | Jessica Hopper
    Following the first Republican presidential debate, many GOP candidates hit the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire, but Ted Cruz stopped south first, going on a bus tour as part of his campaign’s effort to give southern states more play. “We're running a national campaign," said Cruz from his campaign bus. "You know, there are some folks in this race. They're all in in one state and hoping to get lucky. We are putting together a national grassroots campaign." On Sunday, the Cruz campaign bus, emblazoned with the slogan, “This bus makes right turns only,” pulled into Pelham, Alabama...
  • Power of grassroots: Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz visits Pelham (Standing room only)

    08/09/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Shelby County Reporter ^ | August 9, 2015 | Jessa Pease, staff writer
    PELHAM— It was standing room only at the Pelham Civic Complex Aug. 9 when Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz addressed citizens in Shelby County. More than 850 people were in attendance for the Shelby County Republican Party’s “Southern Social” to see Cruz, who announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on March 23. “What Ted Cruz is known for today, and the reason so many of you have packed this place, is because you know that Ted Cruz is a man who is going to stand up for what’s right,” said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill. “Ted...
  • What Would Have Happened in a Trial of Officer Darren Wilson (Ferguson, Missouri)

    08/08/2015 11:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 9, 2015 | Mike Sylwester
    One year ago today, on August 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury investigated the incident for three months and decided not to indict Wilson. About 5,000 pages of grand-jury transcripts and evidence were released to the public. The US Department of Justice conducted a parallel investigation and issued a report, titled Department of Justice Report Regarding the Criminal Investigation Into the Shooting Death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson (hereafter called the Justice Report) on March 4, 2015. The two most important passages were: … federal prosecutors...
  • Political Notebook: Ted Cruz visit moved to larger site (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

    08/08/2015 9:23:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | August 9, 2015 | Staff
    Ted Cruz visit moved to larger site U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's visit to Chattanooga on Monday will take place at GraceWorks Church, 6445 Lee Highway, according to a Republican Party news release. Cruz, the Texas senator who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, will make a "Biscuits and Gravy" morning stop at 9 a.m. The public is invited to meet him and hear him speak. There will be biscuits, gravy and other breakfast foods. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free but attendees are asked to RSVP at Former assessor employee to seek top post Sterling Jetton is...
  • Ted Cruz leads pack in Texas money race

    08/08/2015 6:37:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 8, 2015 | Anna M. Tinsley
    The votes won’t come until next year, but North Texans are already busy weighing in on the 2016 race for the White House. They, like others nationwide, are voicing support for candidates the only way they know how — with their pocketbooks. Texas donors, including scores from Tarrant County, have sent over $11.5 million to more than a dozen candidates. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas drew the most for Republicans, at $5.7 million, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the way for Democrats, at $2 million. And political observers say this is just the beginning. “The gifts...
  • Which 2016 candidate has generated the most Facebook buzz? (Trump, Cruz and Bush)

    08/07/2015 1:21:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Ahead of Thursday's Republican primary debate - the first of the 2016 cycle - Facebook released data on which candidates and topics are generating the most chatter on its social network. The five most discussed political topics among U.S. Facebook users are, in order: "racial issues," Mexico, the economy, "LGBT issues," and immigration. The social network has previously released data on how many Facebook interactions (posts, comments, likes, and shares) each candidate generated on the day they launched their campaign. The data released Thursday, however, reflected the total number of Facebook interactions each candidate has generated during their time in...
  • GOP debate: Biggest winners, losers (Dems, RINOs, academics & press somehow say Rubio won)

    08/07/2015 12:01:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | August 7, 2015 | CNN
    CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors to give their take on the first Republican Party debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, and to pick their biggest winners and losers from the night. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely their own. Dan Pfeiffer: The debate was Trumped This was the Donald's debate. He dominated the discussion, he was the focus of the moderators, social media traffic spiked every time he opened his mouth. Other than Rand Paul (who is apparently still running for President), all of his fellow candidates went out of their way to avoid stoking his...
  • Warren: Jeb Bush stayed cool while Donald Trump got mortifyingly hot during the first GOP debate

    08/06/2015 11:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2015 | James Warren
    The spotlight wasn’t on him, but Jeb Bush remains the smart money choice. The former Florida governor was solid, if nervous, making no blunders and giving primary voters no reasons to be turned off. He was cool, while Donald Trump was mortifyingly hot, especially amid early questioning on past sexist comments. Bush was measured compared with other more theatrical rivals like Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. As Trump pandered (probably successfully) to his base by bashing the media and undocumented workers, Bush at least sought to broaden his by toning down his pro-immigration image. Donald Trump...
  • How Donald Trump's Debate Performance Played for the Red State Crowd

    08/06/2015 11:13:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 7, 2015 | S.V. Dáte
    ATLANTA—Crammed into a hotel ballroom to watch the first GOP presidential debate, hundreds of the most conservative activists in the country cheered Thursday when Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas talked Middle East policy, predictably. They booed when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talked education policy, also predictably. But with Donald Trump, nothing is predictable, and it's there that the "Red State Gathering" crowd offered up a surprise: When Trump defended his reversal on abortion, his donations to Democrats like Hillary Clinton, even his refusal to rule out a third-party run should he not win the Republican nomination, the crowd responded...
  • Ralph Hudgens and Jody Hice to Head Up Ted Cruz Georgia Campaign

    08/06/2015 6:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Peach Pundit ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jon Richards
    The Ted Cruz presidential campaign today announced its Georgia leadership team, as the candidate prepares to speak at the Red State Gathering in Atlanta, and to visit Savannah, Newnan and Midland over the weekend. The Peach State campaign will be headed by Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and 10th District Congressman Jody Hice. From the press release: “Sen. Cruz is the kind of principled conservative we need to stop the Washington Cartel of establishment politicians and special interests who govern to enrich themselves before the American people,” said Georgia Chairman Ralph Hudgens. “I am proud to serve as his Georgia...
  • Lower-polling candidates take part in GOP pre-debate, throw punches at Trump

    08/06/2015 6:29:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WTIC-TV ^ | August 6, 2015 | CNN
    CLEVELAND — He wasn’t among the seven GOP presidential candidates selected by the Fox News Channel to take part in today’s pre-debate, but Donald Trump was criticized by two of the candidates. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Trump is “using his celebrity rather than his conservatism.” Trump has mocked Perry by saying he wears glasses to appear smarter. When asked about Trump, former CEO Carly Fiorina responding by asking her six rivals on stage if any of them had received a call from Bill Clinton before they jumped into the election. She said that was probably because they hadn’t...
  • Pennsylvania's role in early GOP presidential fundraising

    08/06/2015 4:54:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | August 6, 2015 | Laura Olson
    When the Republican presidential candidates debated Thursday evening, some Pennsylvanians got their first look at the field — and a handful of others were watching to see how their early investments are turning out.. Commonwealth residents make up only a small fraction of the gusher of financial contributions that already are flooding the 2016 presidential race. A Morning Call analysis of recent campaign filings shows Pennsylvanians have given more than $622,000 directly to the GOP contenders, or about 1.6 percent of the candidates' total contributions from individuals. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has received the largest amount — $187,654 — from...
  • Cruz super PAC launches seven-figure, nationwide ad campaign

    08/06/2015 8:34:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 4, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    A super PAC supporting the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) launched television ads Tuesday, the start of a seven-figure, nationwide ad blitz for the candidate. One of four super PACs supporting Cruz will spend millions this year on television, digital and radio ads both nationwide and in early primary and caucus states. The super PAC, Keep the Promise I, received $11 million from Robert Mercer, a New York hedge fund magnate. It also received $5,000 from William Lee Hanley Jr. of the Lexington Management Group, which franchises hotels. "Ted Cruz has proven that he won't back down from fighting...
  • Ted Cruz’s litigious hedge fund backer emerges as top 2016 donor

    08/05/2015 2:12:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 5, 2015 | Emma Margolin
    Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has made clear he’s not afraid to lose friends and alienate people. There is one man, however, who’s unlikely to find himself on Cruz’s bad side anytime soon: An enigmatic hedge funder by the name of Robert Mercer, one of only a handful of billionaires who together have lifted Cruz out of the typically out-financed “base-candidate” category into his current status as a top-tier competitor. Federal Election Commission filings released last week showed that the 68-year-old Mercer, who earns his fortune as co-CEO of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, donated more than...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz to be keynote speaker at Cheyenne GOP reception (Wyoming)

    08/05/2015 12:31:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making a stop in Cheyenne, where he's scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a Republican-hosted fundraiser. KGAB-AM reports ( donations to attend the first annual Chairman's Reception on Aug. 20 start at $50 and reach as high as $1,500....
  • Why It’s So Hard to Predict What Happens With Trump’s Supporters When He Drops Out

    08/03/2015 2:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Slate ^ | July 31, 2015 | Josh Voorhees, senior writer, Iowa City
    Donald Trump may seem invincible right now, but his current run can’t last. Even if the belligerent billionaire and current GOP front-runner doesn’t implode on the debate stage next week or on the campaign trail next month, the fundamentals of American politics will still catch up to him: At some point the GOP field will narrow and an establishment favorite will consolidate enough support to knock Trump from his perch. Eventually, that means he will exit a nominating battle he cannot win. It’s no surprise, then, that the Washington parlor game of predicting how Trump’s campaign will end is now...
  • Ted Cruz looking to build Southern ‘firewall’

    08/02/2015 11:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | August 3, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DANA POINT, Calif. — Ted Cruz made the case Sunday that he can win the Republican nomination because of his strength in the South. The Texas senator was a crowd favorite at the Koch network donor summit here. He got the normally mild-mannered donors laughing and cheering with his red meat. But many worry privately whether he can win, and they’re desperate to take back the White House in 2016. Recognizing this, Cruz did more to stress his viability than any of the four other 2016 presidential candidates who got a chance to pitch the 450 mega donors who have...
  • Many Trump presidential rivals have benefited from his largesse

    08/01/2015 10:16:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | August 2, 2015 | Rich Lord, Block News Alliance
    PITTSBURGH — Republican rivals are trying desperately to dent Donald Trump, as he leads in polls, dominates media coverage, and builds a campaign organization using his personal wealth. Not long ago, they came to him with hats in hand. Internal memos obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and public filings, show that officials courted the celebrity magnate for years, seeking and receiving ever-increasing donations, especially to GOP-related organizations trying to elect more governors and senators. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently criticized Mr. Trump, was notably successful at convincing the developer and beauty pageant owner to write checks. Now Mr....
  • Donald Trump lovers set up PACs to help his campaign

    08/01/2015 8:40:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 31, 2015 | Aaron Mak
    Donald Trump insists he doesn’t need help from wealthy donors for his White House bid, but that hasn’t stopped equestrians, Los Angeles filmmakers, Hispanics and contractors from setting up PACs to boost his candidacy. Four PACs have registered with the Federal Election Commission in recent days to raise and spend money on behalf of Trump. Organizers believe the real estate tycoon will eventually need outside funding, despite his tough talk. “I think there will be an acknowledgement from [Trump’s] group that they need to widen the financial base,” says Clifford Martin, a documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles and treasurer of...
  • Meet the GOP $5 million donor club

    07/31/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KBZK-TV ^ | July 31, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    In 2012, six Republicans gave $5 million or more over the course of the entire presidential campaign. For 2016, nine Republicans gave $5 million or more in the first six months. Donors can contribute unlimited amounts to candidates' super PACs, and they have. Here are the nine Republicans who you need to know as their donations shape the primaries. Dan and Farris Wilks: $15 million The billionaire brothers made their fortunes in fracking, and along with their wives, are sending $15 million to boost fellow Texans Ted Cruz's presidential campaign. Robert Mercer: $11.3 million Mercer, a reclusive hedge funder from...