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  • The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

    04/17/2015 11:02:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Roll Call's RothenBlog ^ | April 16, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses? If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finishes first in the Iowa caucuses, does that all but eliminate hopefuls such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ben Carson from the race? If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul finishes fourth in Iowa (which would be worse than his father’s third-place showing in the caucuses...
  • Ted Cruz Out-Fundraises Romney Suggesting Big Money Race

    04/17/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Open Secrets ^ | April 16, 2015 | Russ Choma and Paul Lewis
    Ted Cruz is raising money for his presidential campaign at a significantly faster rate than Mitt Romney did four years ago, eclipsing the early total raised by the former Massachusetts governor who went on to win the Republican nomination in 2012. The conservative Texas senator, who is seeking to unite the Republicans’ tea party wing behind his White House run, raised $4.3 million during the final days of March – his first full week after declaring as a candidate for president. Cruz proved particularly popular with small donors, raising more in his first week from contributors giving $200 or less...
  • 46,871 donors in 50 states give $4 million to Ted Cruz’s presidential quest

    04/16/2015 10:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    The $4 million that Sen. Ted Cruz collected in the first eight days of his presidential bid came from 46,871 donors in all 50 states, according to his campaign’s first Federal Election Commission filing. More than a third of that — about $1.5 million — came from donors who gave at least $2,700, the maximum allowed per election per person. Of that, more than $400,000 came from 38 couples who gave $2,700 each for the primary, and another $2,700 each for the general election, for a total of $10,800. General election funds can’t be touched unless Cruz wins the nomination....
  • New pro-Cruz PAC: “Make DC Listen”

    04/16/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    McClatchy DC - Truth to Power ^ | April 16, 2015 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, state director has left his post to run a political action committee that supports Cruz, “Make DC Listen.” John Drogin embraced one of Cruz’s signature stump speech lines, “Make DC listen,” in naming the PAC, which will support Cruz’s presidential campaign as well as other conservative non-presidential candidates. Drogin was Cruz’s campaign manager in 2012 when the little-known Cruz won a come-from-behind race to beat then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Senate. Drogin was earlier a press aide to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Americans are worried about the federal government’s crippling effect on jobs and opportunity,”...
  • Perry 'Advisory Board' Members Give Cash to Cruz's White House Bid

    04/16/2015 12:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 16, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    Ted Cruz hauled in more than $4 million during his first nine days as a formal presidential candidate—with help from a handful of Rick Perry's top donors. Five members of Perry's leadership PAC advisory board contributed to Cruz's presidential campaign in late March, a National Journal review of Federal Election Commission records found. San Antonio auto dealer Red McCombs, Austin oil executive Ben "Bud" Brigham, Houston chemical company executive Steven P. Mach, retired Houston technology executive Holloway Frost, and Houston Republican Kathaleen Wall each wrote four-figure checks to Cruz's campaign in late March. Those five donors were also among the...
  • Who flunks — and who passes — the beer test?

    04/15/2015 10:42:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    In every election we get the “Which candidate would you rather have a beer with?” question. It’s a shorthand for testing how genuine, fun and likable a candidate may be. With the exception of Richard Nixon in 1968, the nicer guy actually does finish first in most elections. Politics after all is the marriage of personality and policy, so it’s worth looking at candidates from a non-ideological point of view, which by the way is how a lot of casual voters who turn out only in presidential races make up their minds. We will start with an easy one. David...
  • For young conservatives, now is the time to invest in the GOP

    04/14/2015 2:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Nooga ^ | April 14, 2015 | David Allen Martin
    No matter how much their adversaries have tried to pin them as the "party of no," the GOP is far and away the most dynamic of the two major American political parties today. As evidence of this, just look at how the 2016 primary campaigns are shaping up on either side of the ideological divide. Conservative voters will get to choose from the youngest and most philosophically diverse group of GOP candidates I’ve seen in my lifetime, while the left will get to choose—wait, there is no choice. Yes, that’s right: Unless something drastically changes, the very same liberals who...
  • And the winner of round one between Cruz and Paul is....

    04/11/2015 12:56:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KNRS-FM Talk Radio ^ | April 10, 2015 | Rod Arquette
    You probably guessed it...Ted Cruz! At least if we're going solely by the measuring stick of fund raising. Yes Cruz announced his candidacy not much earlier than Paul did, but still he's managed an astounding $31 million in a single week! Which has really turned a lot of heads. Including a good number of people in more traditionally liberal news outlets... (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Notice how they're trying to pin so much of this on the citizens united case? As though that one supreme court decision has allowed for the rise of a principled conservative with real values and beliefs to occur. Only...
  • Five Things About Cruz’s Presidential Bid

    04/10/2015 10:47:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 10, 2015 | Peter Suderman
    Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement he’s running for president during a March 23 speech at Virginia’s Liberty University made him the first candidate to declare his candidacy official in the 2016 cycle. Here are five things to know about Cruz and his presidential run: 1. He wanted to be the first candidate to announce because he thought it would bring him attention. Being first out of the gate, his campaign hopes, will catch the eyes of both high-engagement Republican primary voters and the media—and, in the process, might slow or stop Governor Scott Walker’s rapid rise. From The New York Times:...
  • The Most Republican County in Each State

    04/10/2015 7:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 | 04/10/2015 | By Alexander Kent, Thomas C. Frohlich and Mark Lieberman
    Since, the site does not allow posting on FR, the curious among you might want to see which country in your state is most Republican by Clicking this link: The Most Republican County in Each State
  • Cruz control: post announcement edition

    04/09/2015 11:31:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday Ed shared the news that the community of political experts was rather gobsmacked to find out that PACs associated with Texas Senator Ted Cruz had brought in a “record haul” in no time flat following his campaign announcement. While it would be lovely to pretend that money in politics doesn’t mean all that much and what really counts is grassroots support and a solid message, that’s simply not true. Does anyone really think Mitt Romney would have survived the 2012 fight without the mountains of cash behind him, both internally and through associated PACs? That’s a doubtful proposition at...
  • Ted Cruz super PAC $31 million fundraising causes shock and awe (Even former Perry & Dubya donors)

    04/08/2015 4:26:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 8, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    According to a Wednesday story in Bloomberg, the Ted Cruz for President Campaign has let it be known that a group of super PACs associated with the campaign expects to have $31 million in the bank by Friday. This feat is impressive considering that the Cruz campaign is not even two weeks old, and the super PACs in question were formed just this week. In the political fundraising game, this is what is called shock and awe. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is likely to be the champion fund raiser on the Republican side. But the news of Cruz’s feat,...
  • Exclusive: New Ted Cruz Super-PACS Take in Record Haul: $31 million raised in less than a week.

    04/08/2015 7:08:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 8, 2015 | Mark Halperin
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-08/exclusive-new-ted-cruz-super-pacs-take-in-record-haul
  • True believers embrace Ted Cruz in Iowa campaign swing

    04/05/2015 9:46:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 5, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Like many Iowa Republicans, bus driver Bill Jodeit yearns for another Ronald Reagan, a leader to unite the party’s many factions, deliver victory and restore America’s vigor and place in the world. And he may have found what he’s looking for in Ted Cruz. “What he represents, and what Reagan represented, was the shining city on the hill, the best of America. Reagan bombed Libya — he scared our enemies. Now we’ve got a president that’s scared to scare our enemies,” said Jodeit, 49. In week two of the Cruz presidential campaign, the 44-year-old Texas senator...
  • Southern states seek to leverage 2016 clout: Hope to guarantee GOP tilts to right

    04/04/2015 10:29:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 5, 2015 | Matt Viser
    MANCHESTER, Ga. — Though presidential politicians have long ignored Georgia, the towns and villages in this primarily rural state celebrate their historic connection with Washington power. White House Parkway cuts through this area. The sign in front of the police station in Warm Springs, population 413, touts a century-old tie to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and locals quickly point out that former President Jimmy Carter lives within an hour’s drive. And yet it’s been decades since this place was relevant in any presidential contest: Aside from Carter, the last candidate anyone remembers campaigning here was John F. Kennedy. It’s the Manchester...
  • Ted Cruz Holding Town Hall Meeting in Des Moines (Tonight, 4/2/15 at 7:15 PM)

    04/02/2015 11:34:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | April 2, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa — The first person to declare they are running for president will be in the metro Thursday night. Republican Senator Ted Cruz is in Iowa meeting with voters just one week after he announced his candidacy for president. Cruz made his first public appearance in the state that holds the first in the nation caucuses Wednesday in Sioux City. Cruz told the crowd at Morningside College that in order to have a bright future, the country has to look to the principles of the past. He talked about restoring free enterprise, tax reform, and regulatory reform. To...
  • 4 Game-Changers for the 2016 Presidential Campaign

    03/31/2015 9:27:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | April 1, 2015 | David Catanese
    These events from the first quarter could change the entire race.Ascertaining the magnitude of any political development can be a head-spinning task. A candidate surges in a poll? Bah. Horse-race numbers donÂ’t matter this early. A scandal erupts in Washington? Sigh. Real people in Dubuque, Iowa, arenÂ’t paying attention. Or they donÂ’t care. During the first three months of the year, there have been countless events in the preliminary stage of the 2016 race for the White House. Some gobble up a few hours of cable television news and then evaporate; others fester for days or weeks, propelled by unanswered...
  • Inside Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign headquarters in Houston

    03/31/2015 8:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | March 31, 2015 | Tom Abrahams
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- On the seventh floor of a Greenway Plaza high rise, Senator Ted Cruz's campaign operation is in full swing. Sweet, modern open space complete with a playroom for children. Cruz, and his wife Heidi, have two young daughters. His campaign manager has a one-year-old. The national headquarters is divided into several sections. They include a large space for data collection, an area for the national press team, a policy area, administration, and in the back around the corner is an area reserved for finance. Both Cruz and his wife also have offices. Heidi, who works for Goldman...
  • Ted Cruz Makes an E-Mail Fundraising Push

    03/31/2015 1:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ted-cruz-email-push-2016/2015/03/31/id/635475/
  • GOP succeeding at down-ballot level

    03/30/2015 11:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | Salena Zito
    Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time a Republican won an open General Assembly seat in Philadelphia in 25 years. White, 26, became the 120th Republican in the House, part of the largest GOP majority in the state since 1958 and including a state Senate that increased its majority in historic numbers in 2014. Down-ballot races matter. These elected officials are the most attuned politicians with whom average people ever interact; they focus on voters' core values, and are far removed from the harsher rhetoric of national...
  • Shribman - The Pre-Primaries Are Well Underway Across the U.S.

    03/30/2015 6:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Ponca City News ^ | March 30, 2015 | David M. Shribman, exec. editor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Ordinarily the jockeying for the White House begins slowly, with whispered conversations and closed-door meetings. The potential candidates circle each other quietly and warily. The early commitments come slowly, and all parties know they are tentative, and mostly secret. That is how it always has been. That is how most political professionals thought it would be this time. But in a campaign that will likely challenge every expectation, expectation has been the first casualty. Last week’s presidential-candidacy announcement by first-term Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the first public blast in what will now be a 19-month campaign. But...
  • Here Are the Real Republican Primaries Hint: They ain’t happening in Iowa or New Hampshire.

    03/30/2015 5:40:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | March 30, 2015 | Matt Latimer, former Bush speechwriter
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become the first Republican to eschew the phony “exploratory” phase and announce an actual presidential campaign. Rand Paul is apparently next. But as every political pooh-bah knows, the 2016 presidential contest has been underway for months, maybe even years. As this is written, in fact, several hotly contested GOP primaries already have commenced—primaries that will go a long way toward determining the Republican nominee, despite the painfully quaint notion that the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire will get the “first” say. Here, then, in no particular order, is a voter’s guide to some of...
  • Talk show primary: Cruz may be trailing in polls, but winning big among conservative radio hosts

    03/29/2015 12:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 28, 2015 | Hadas Gold and Jonathan Topaz
    Glenn Beck wants listeners to pray for him. Mark Levin says Fox News is out to get him. Hugh Hewitt calls him an “intellectual leader.” Rush Limbaugh thinks his campaign launch was “masterful.” Laura Ingraham hails him as “Reaganesque.” Erick Erickson considers him a “good friend.” Ted Cruz may be trailing in the polls and strapped for cash, but the first declared candidate of the 2016 race is winning in at least one key contest — the conservative talk-show primary. Tens of millions of listeners — and potential GOP primary voters — tune in each week to the biggest right-wing...
  • Sen. Chris McDaniel discusses Ted Cruz, conservative messaging and the work of UCF. (YouTube)

    03/28/2015 6:44:26 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 9 replies
    Chris McDaniel discusses the announcement for President by Ted Cruz
  • Patriots of Christ to sponsor Ted Cruz Cedar Valley visit (Iowa)

    03/28/2015 4:18:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier ^ | March 28, 2015 | Christinia Crippes
    CEDAR FALLS - Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will hold a town hall in Cedar Falls next week sponsored by the Cedar Valley Patriots for Christ. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, will speak at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the PIPAC Centre, 1521 Technology Parkway in Cedar Falls. The event is free, but those who wish to attend should RSVP at www.tedcruz.org/rsvp/ia-cedar-falls-town-hall/. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District, also will attend the town hall. The Black Hawk County Republicans will host the event, but its policy is not to endorse any candidate ahead of the primary election. Instead, it supports...
  • Aiken Republican Club to host Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (South Carolina)

    03/28/2015 11:28:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Aiken Standard / The Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2015 | Amy Banton, Digital News Editor
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently announced that he’s running for president in 2016, will be in Aiken in April. Cruz will speak at the next Aiken Republican Club meeting April 4....
  • The Disrupter? Ted Cruz Lays Out ‘Grassroots Guerrilla’ Strategy for College Audience

    03/28/2015 10:46:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 28, 2015 | Alexander Marlow
    NASHUA, New Hampshire — With a speech peppered with pop culture references, Texas Senator Ted Cruz brought a crowd of college students to their feet on three occasions Friday night at the New England Freedom Conference. The first 2016 presidential candidate is the most prominent conservative speaking at the free enterprise-themed weekend hosted by conservative activist organization Young America’s Foundation. Cruz, who paid homage to Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul for their ability to connect with young audiences, tailored his speech to the youthful crowd. Of the 200+ in attendance at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, most were students. The 44-year-old...
  • Ted Cruz in the Adelson Primary Tea Leaves

    03/27/2015 9:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward's Thinking Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    Shmuley Boteach may have just dropped a major clue in one of the biggest mysteries of the 2016 Republican primary: Who does Sheldon Adelson like? In an email yesterday, Boteach’s charity, This World Values Network, announced that Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz would be a guest of honor at its May 28 gala. Also being honored? Sheldon Adelson… and Newt Gingrich. The winner of the Jewish Las Vegas casino mogul’s political favor will profit mightily from his blessing. Adelson spent nearly $100 million in the 2012 election, singlehandedly buoying Gingrich in his doomed primary run and throwing...
  • What Ted Cruz knows about the battle for 2016

    03/25/2015 6:08:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2015 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have. It is no accident that Cruz began his campaign at Liberty University — founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell — by asking evangelical conservatives to consolidate their support behind him. The most important sentence in his speech was this one: “Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting,” Cruz said. “They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of...
  • Is Ted Cruz too conservative for Republican primary voters?

    03/25/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Robert Lupton and Christopher Hare
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) became the first major contender to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Dan Balz has written that Cruz’s candidacy “tests the limits of conservatism,” and based on his congressional roll call voting record, Cruz is the fourth-most-conservative member of the Senate. But how does his ideological position compare to those of Republican primary voters, especially in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire? Very favorably, as we will see. We use data from the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). The 2014 CCES asked respondents to place themselves and several...
  • It Will Never Happen (Ted Cruz nomination and/or presidency)

    03/24/2015 7:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | March 24, 2015 | Josh Marshall, editor and publisher
    There are few people I do not take seriously in politics. Or to put it more specifically, there are few people I fully discount in the context of national elections. Ted Cruz is one of those people. By contrast, I think it is highly unlikely that Rand Paul can make it in the GOP primaries, let alone a national election. There are so many intra-party disputes, so many iffy stories lurking in the background for him and his father and a lot more. But there are enough unexpected and cross cutting aspects to Paul that I can't be sure. Always...
  • Cruz Makes Inroads in the Most Important Primary of All

    03/24/2015 12:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2015 | C. Edmund Wright
    You can talk about the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina all you want – and those all are important – yet none of them is the most important primary on the Republican side. No, the most critical Republican primary, at least for non-establishment candidates, is the Rush Limbaugh-Drudge Report-Breitbart-Mark Levin-Sean Hannity-Glenn Beck internet message board primary. For a conservative base candidate to win the nomination, he or she must carry most of the above precincts. Now, this is not to say that all or any of the above will endorse a candidate by name during the primary...
  • Cruz Just Announced That He's Running for President: hopes to be the top 2nd choice for libertarians

    03/22/2015 11:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 23, 2015 | Peter Suderman
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz just made it official: He's running for president. He made the announcement in a tweet, accompanied by a video, shortly after midnight, eastern time. Ted Cruz âś” @tedcruz I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz believes he has a path to the GOP presidential nomination by winning the Tea Party vote, and doing well enough with both social conservatives and libertarians to knock out potential rivals, according to a Houston Chronicle report published over the weekend: Cruz's senior advisers, however, see a path to victory that all but ignores [the GOP...
  • How Ted Cruz Will Pull the GOP Presidential Primary Right

    03/22/2015 9:07:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 22, 2015 | Scott Bland
    The Texan spent the last months before his presidential campaign showing off his knack for articulating the most conservative position on numerous issues.Sen. Ted Cruz will reportedly launch his 2016 presidential campaign during a speech Monday, the Houston Chronicle wrote Saturday night. The Texas Republican has been laying the groundwork for a run for months—visiting early primary states, meeting with Republican activists, and hiring political strategists to manage his campaign—and has chosen the evangelical Liberty University in Virginia as the site of his official announcement. Though Cruz is not considered a favorite to win the GOP nomination, he will undoubtedly...
  • Republican in the White House in 2016?

    In spite of its extremism, two factors will assure a more competitive GOP in the 2016 presidential election. First is the GOP’s unified effort to appear less radical in the public’s eye. Second is the belief of Democrats, especially the Hillary crowd, of their advantage due to presidential elections which sport more young and minority voters. Related to this, Hillary’s current strength among the base puts off progressive challengers like Elizabeth Warren. The first is evidenced by the popularity of Scott Walker in New Hampshire, not a known quantity nationwide, certainly not known for his Wisconsin anti-labor, pro-business stance. He...
  • Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will be the keynote speaker at Annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, Lincoln

    03/13/2015 9:27:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Category Benefits / Fundraisers Date Mar 15, 2015 Time 6:00 PM Grafton County Republicans have announced that US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on Sunday, March 15 at the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln. Bruce Perlo, Grafton County Republican Chairman, said that he, and fellow Republicans, are delighted that Senator Cruz accepted their invitation to speak . "This will be an incredible evening for voters to listen to one of our country's leading conservative voices." Senator Cruz is widely seen as a top-contender for the Republican nomination for President...
  • Conservative Activists: Scott Walker Has Best Shot at Beating Hillary Clinton

    03/09/2015 5:37:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 9, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    A new survey of conservative activists shows many in the movement see Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the strongest Republican to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016. The survey wasn't scientific. But conservative activist group ForAmerica surveyed almost 10,000 of its Facebook members and more than 32 percent said Walker has the "best shot at beating Hillary Clinton" in the field, according to results shared first with National Journal. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who has never held elected office, finished in second, with nearly 25 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz (14 percent), Sen. Rand Paul (6.6 percent) and...
  • Why the Debates Will Determine the 2016 GOP Nominee

    03/06/2015 8:32:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 6, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Tim Pawlenty is barely an asterisk in presidential political lore, but what happened to his brief and undistinguished 2012 campaign signified a tectonic shift in contemporary campaigning. By conventional wisdom, Pawlenty did everything right. He invaded my home state of Iowa with a purpose, armed with high name ID as a border state governor who was a finalist to be John McCain’s running mate in 2008. Pawlenty spent so much time here before anyone else was organized that he could’ve qualified for residency. He also bought up a lot of top-tier talent to build an impressive organization. Yet at the...
  • Sarah Palin hits it out of the park at CPAC and the media is irritated

    03/06/2015 2:02:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Some weeks after delivering what many pundits believe was a “disastrous” speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, former governor, former vice presidential candidate, and still the current most powerful female politician on the planet Sarah Palin took to the podium at CPAC on Thursday and hit it out of the park. Most of her speech concerned veterans’ issues, both heartfelt and filled with policy suggestions. She also took some swings against the Obama administration’s ISIS policy. The media, typically, reacted with irritation. Typical of the reaction from the left side of the media were the accounts in both the Daily...
  • Can the GOP survive on white voters alone? Party's future depends on being more inclusive

    03/05/2015 8:11:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Redding Record-Searchlight ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dick Meyer
    “The Republican Party as we know it cannot survive,” according to Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz. Note the caveat: “as we know it.” The Republican Party we know today can barely get 20 percent of the non-white vote in presidential elections. That kind of political party can’t survive precisely because it is the non-white population that is growing, much faster than the white population. By 2044, the United States will be a majority-minority country; there will be more non-whites than whites. The word “minority” will probably be mothballed by then. Unless the GOP can figure out how to stop...
  • Gay Group Wins Formal Recognition From State Republican Party

    03/01/2015 1:31:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 1, 2015
    Gay Group Wins Formal Recognition From State Republican Party By SEEMA MEHTA The Log Cabin Republicans, a 38-year-old organization that had unsuccessfully sought a charter from the state party several times in the past, received the formal imprimatur on a 861-293 vote at the party’s biannual convention in Sacramento. Brandon Gesecki, a delegate from Carmel who supported the effort, said the vote showed how much the party in California has changed in recent years. “It would have been the complete opposite 15 years ago,” said Gesecki, who also turned in a proxy vote from former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado supporting...
  • Cruz and other GOP candidates scramble for Texas

    02/28/2015 2:13:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Monitor ^ | February 28, 2015 | Kerry Sullivan
    The battle for the Republican presidential nomination is beginning to really heat up. The latest log on the fire? Texas has decided to move its 2016 primary to March 1, making it the fifth state to cast votes. Traditionally, small states hold their primaries before the larger ones. This allows candidates to focus on persuading target groups of voters and gain momentum before facing the daunting challenge of wooing the masses. Texas is huge. At 270,000 square miles, a campaign will need a treasure trove of cash to finance television ads across 20 media markets. The presidential candidates are now...
  • Where's the Vision? The tone at this year's CPAC is resoundingly negative.

    02/27/2015 2:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 27, 2015 | Susan Milligan
    Cruz channels his inner televangelist.If the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting is a sort of “American Idol” for would-be GOP presidential candidates, the contenders aren’t learning from the mistakes of previous losers. After the 2012 elections – when Republicans lost the White House to an incumbent under fire for the still-struggling economy – some sensible people in the party (South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of them) uttered an important truth: The Republicans, to be successful, can’t just be against things. They have to be for something, have to present a positive and innovative vision for America. We’re not...
  • What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

    02/27/2015 1:17:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 27, 2015 | Amita Kelly
    Josh DiNatale (left) and Zachary Burns, St. Joseph's University students and members of their College Republicans chapter, get ready to pose for a photo with a cutout of Sen. Rand Paul at CPAC 2015. The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next,...
  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group (UK Independence Party [UKIP] Leader)

    02/25/2015 8:51:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Dominic Waghorn, US Correspondent
    The UKIP leader will share a stage with high-profile US conservatives including Sarah Palin and NRA gun lobbyists.UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller...
  • CPAC: For Conservatives, It’s Burning Man Meets the Super Bowl

    02/24/2015 6:13:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s an industry trade show like Comic-Con, but also a feel-good festival ŕ la Burning Man. It’s got Super Bowlesque hoopla, and for activists on the right, the annual meeting is the get-together in Washington. Thousands of conservatives will gather Wednesday for the weeklong Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and others will try to woo their base in the lead-up to 2016. The event, long held at Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel, was moved by organizers to the recently built Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland—a Democratic stronghold,...
  • Democrats Call for Focus on Narrative, White Voters After 2014 Losses

    02/21/2015 2:55:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | February 21, 2015 | Zeke J. Miller
    The party chair calls a new report "tough love" The Democratic Party’s autopsy of its devastating defeat in 2014 calls for a renewed focus on the party’s message and winning back white Southern voters. In preliminary findings unveiled Saturday at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, a task force studied the party’s defeats in 2010 and 2014—despite its victories in the 2008 and 2012 presidential years. It called for the creation of a “National Narrative Project” to help the party develop a message that can survive in midterm election years. It called for the creation of a “National Narrative...
  • The GOP's scramble for the stupid vote

    02/20/2015 4:31:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | February 20, 2015 | Damon Linker, Sr. correspondent and consulting editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press
    Dinesh D’Souza is no one’s idea of a thoughtful participant in the nation’s public conversation. Still, his tweet on Wednesday morning may have set a new low for the right-wing rabble-rouser. Commenting on a widely circulated image of President Obama taking a picture of himself with selfie stick, D’Souza tweeted the following message: “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO... Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment.” The tweet has created quite a stir, especially among people who think it demonstrates D’Souza’s racism. But I think it reveals something that might actually be...
  • CPAC lists speakers, wants more candidate engagement with conservative activists

    02/19/2015 8:04:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2015 | Staff
    A crop of 2016 Republican White House hopefuls and stars of the conservative media firmament are on the list as organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference put the finishing touches on the speakers list for this year’s gathering. The four-day event, considered one of the prime political dates on the calendar for conservative officeholders and activists, kicks off with a daylong activist “boot camp” Wednesday and concludes the evening of Feb. 28 at the Maryland’s National Harbor just outside of Washington. Republican presidential contenders now scheduled to speak include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas...
  • CPAC organizers accused of excluding Log Cabin Republicans

    02/19/2015 5:09:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Metro Weekly - Washington's LGBT Magazine ^ | February 19, 2015 | Justin Snow, political editor and White House correspondent
    For the fourth consecutive year, gay conservatives will have no official presence at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. On Thursday, Log Cabin Republicans accused the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, of excluding the group of LGBT Republicans as sponsors of the annual conference. “Make no mistake: LCR is actively being prohibited from sponsoring CPAC,” said Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, in a statement. According to Angelo, discussions with the ACU and its new leadership began this past July. But the ACU said participation by Log Cabin Republicans would prove difficult due to the group’s...