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  • Rand Paul Scores an Early Victory in the GOP Primary Battle

    06/02/2015 6:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Slate ^ | June 2, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Jeb Bush will enter 2016 with plenty of advantages, but the first-in-the-West nominating contest likely won’t be one of them. Nevada lawmakers this week opted against changing the state’s presidential caucus to a primary, a decision that runs counter to the wishes of Bush, Marco Rubio, and other GOP establishment-types who had hoped a switch would give them a better chance at posting a momentum-building victory there. Caucuses require a good deal more effort and patience from voters than primaries, and as a result the contests tend to favor candidates that have built a network of highly motivated activists. That...
  • Relationship Expert: The GOP Is Doomed As a Party, Should Seek Divorce

    06/01/2015 3:52:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | June 1, 2015 | Ace
    Actually no relationship expert said that, not really. I was observing the rift between Rand Paul and John McCain. Really the rift between Paul and most of the party, and that got me thinking about the rift between the RINOs and the Tea Partiers. It reminded me of what relationship expert/marital counselor John Gottman called The Four Horsemen of a marriage destined for divorce. When couples came in for counseling, he knew they were likely irreconcilable when they began showing four key signs: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. The first horseman of the apocalypse is criticism. Criticizing your partner is...
  • Sanders calls for parties to debate each other during primaries

    05/31/2015 11:09:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Bernie Sanders is itching to debate and not just with other Democrats running for the party's presidential nomination. He says Democratic and Republican contenders should be debating each other during the primary season, too. That shakeup is unlikely to happen — each party is planning its own debates, as usual. But the network news shows Sunday morning were something of a debating society of their own as 10 declared and likely candidates from both parties appeared in a parade of political argument and sound bites, touching on ISIS, personal ambition, immigration, hair color and more....
  • America Is Being Run Just Like Baltimore

    05/31/2015 9:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Congressional Black Caucus is the most ridiculously corrupt part of an already corrupt Congress. A study two years ago found that a third of black congressmen had been named in an ethics probe during their careers. 5 of the 6 members under review by the House Ethics Committee that year were CBCers. In 2009, every single member of Congress under investigation was from the same old gang. Like the Clinton Foundation, the CBC exists to trade money for influence. The Caucus takes in tens of millions from major corporations and spends it on parties for its members and funnels...
  • Newsflash: It’s Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb

    05/31/2015 4:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 31, 2015 | Bill Scher
    Can we all stop pretending that there’s any real suspense in this presidential race?As the children’s book says: Voters, it’s time to “Go the [expletive] to sleep.” You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncle’s Facebook feed. I am going to tell you, right now, what the political landscape of the future looks like so you don’t waste your time over the next year listening to a parade of pundits or watching those ridiculous primary debates. The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of...
  • Daily Kickoff: Cruz, Christie pitch Adelson | Rand’s money problem | Israel’s Burning Man

    05/29/2015 12:23:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish Insider ^ | May 29, 2015 | Staff
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Around fifteen hundred guests and supporters gathered last night on the sixth floor of the Marriott Marquis in NYC to celebrate the third annual 'Champions of Jewish Values Awards Gala.' The gala, which benefits Shmuley Boteach's This World Values Network, was co-hosted by Sheldon Adelson and Michael Steinhardt. As the 2016 election cycle is underway, Sen. Ted Cruzand NJ Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to pitch their foreign policy visions to the influential crowd. Cruz presented a 'checklist' of items the next President should initiate in January 2017 related to Israel, Iran and the Middle East....
  • Either rap is dead or I have to vote for Ted Cruz now

    05/29/2015 10:11:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's ComPost Blog ^ | May 29, 2015 | Alexandra Petri
    Either Ted Cruz is hip or rap is dead. I am not sure which. It has to be one of the two. A group called We Are Watchmen, a Christian rap group from the Chicago suburb of Westchester, has made what can be loosely described as a “rap paean” to Ted Cruz. It is entitled “Set It On Fire.” It is about four minutes long, and if you listen to it enough times, every ounce of hipness drains from your body and you become Donny Osmond. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The title is misleading. The gist of the song is that you should vote...
  • Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are winning the 2016 social media race

    05/28/2015 6:04:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Week ^ | May 28, 2015 | Meghan DeMaria
    A new study from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management found that, at least by social media standards, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are leading the 2016 presidential race. The report looked at how well candidates' campaigns fared by comparing the popularity of candidates' names and websites, as well as what words are shared in conjunction with candidates' names. Of all declared 2016 presidential hopefuls' websites, Hillary Clinton's campaign website received the most shares, with 4.8 million social media and news mentions. And it wasn't just the number of times her campaign was mentioned that was significant: Clinton's...
  • The Return of the Sweater Vest

    05/27/2015 8:42:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | May 27, 2015 | Tony Campbell
    In 2012, former Senator Rick Santorum emerged from a crowded field of candidates from the Republican primary season to challenge Mitt Romney for the nomination. The field included a black man who was an early conservative favorite (Herman Cain) and luminaries Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, and even a Paul – Congressman Ron, not Senator Rand. After numerous implosions, both due to internal personality issues and Romney Super-PAC orchestrations, the field was narrowed to Romney and Santorum. Today, at 5 pm EST, Rick Santorum is due to announce his second run at the brass ring in western Pennsylvania. As the...
  • The Game Changer

    05/27/2015 11:50:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | May 27, 2015 | Robert Slayton, Professor of history, Chapman University
    The field of Republicans contending for their presidential nomination does not present grandeur.; in truth, it's a pretty weak roster. Take a look at the top names: --Jeb Bush (actually John Ellis, btw): lots of money, lots of friends, fading fast. His death knell was the inability to answer the most obvious question a three year old could have predicted. And conservatives now think poorly of his brother for spending too much (doughnut hole anyone?), and for the Iraq nation building fiasco. The dream of another Bush presidency is over. --Scott Walker: the last guy who claimed that running a...
  • It’s Draft Bloomberg o’clock! Why the dream of a centrist outsider will never happen.

    05/26/2015 4:13:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | May 26, 2015 | Philip Bump
    Unless you stayed in a hotel last night, you may have missed Michael Wolff's column in USA Today suggesting that only one candidate has the profile and pedigree to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. That candidate? Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, of course. Wolff's argument boils down to two things. First, Bloomberg is rich, and you have to be rich to run for office. Second, Clinton and the Republicans are engaged in a "race from the center," leaving an opportunity for the sort of centrism that Bloomberg theoretically represents. After all, the millennials love centrism, right?...
  • State lawmaker gets $4.8m in cyberbullying suit (Will host Ted Cruz at "The Barn" on the 5/30)

    05/24/2015 7:15:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | May 25, 2015 | Stephanie Ebbert
    Imagine coming home to find strangers in your driveway, looking for the free golf carts you’ve ostensibly advertised on Craigslist. Then comes an e-mail from someone who knows your Social Security number and who warns ominously, “Let the Games Begin.” Within days come allegations that you molested a teenage boy years ago. Child abuse investigators show up on your doorstep, asking to inspect your son for bruises. This series of horrors was inflicted upon the family of James J. Lyons Jr. in 2008, two years before he was elected to the state House of Representatives. Two neighbors were sent to...
  • Koch Brothers Plan to Fund 'Several' GOP 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    05/24/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 24, 2015 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-24/koch-brothers-plan-to-fund-several-gop-2016-presidential-hopefuls?cmpid=yhoo
  • The GOP's Southern discomfort (All of a sudden, Texas isn't Southern)

    05/23/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 23, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    As the 2016 Republican presidential campaign gets underway, the nation’s most reliably red region finds itself yet again without a native son in a leading position.OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s the heartland of the modern Republican Party, the most reliably red region in presidential elections. But as the 2016 GOP campaign for the White House gets underway, the South finds itself yet again without a native son in a leading role. As party leaders gathered here for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, a traditional candidate cattle call that draws many of the party’s presidential hopefuls and attracted around 2,000 activists this...
  • “Party of white people”: How Tea Party took over the GOP, armed w/all the wrong lessons from history

    05/23/2015 9:42:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | May 23, 2015 | Professor David Sehat
    The Founders were a divided bunch. They believed in debate but also in solving problems. Someone tell the Tea Party.Excerpted from "The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible" There was an emerging disagreement among conservatives, one that grew out of differing dispositions, if not principle. The Tea Party movement possessed an almost centrifugal force in which ideas gravitated from the center to the margins. On the anti-intellectual fringe, the narrative about the Founders was taken up by absolutists and paranoids who supported citizen militias and the like. Yet even those not on the fringe...
  • How #TedCruz and #2016 will get you to vote in the next election

    05/23/2015 9:21:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    USA Today's College | May 23, 2015 | Ethan Stoetzer, Rowan University, Glassboro
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://college.usatoday.com/2015/05/23/how-tedcruz-and-2016-will-get-you-to-vote-in-the-next-election/
  • Outlaw Waco Bikers Herald an Incivility That Might Give Way to—GASP!—President Cruz

    05/22/2015 5:32:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | May 22, 2015 | Joe Lapointe
    Rolling Thunder, Biker Gangs and Human Nature.On Sunday in Washington, D.C.,—Memorial Day weekend— the annual “Rolling Thunder” gathering will draw hundreds of motorcyclists to ride together in a steady roar to honor living and dead war veterans, POWs and MIAs. Except for the bikes, it probably won’t resemble the motorcycle club event of last Sunday in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead and 170 arrested after a high-noon brawl that included guns, knives, chains and brass knuckles. Nor will it be like the chase up the West Side Highway in Manhattan in September of 2013 that left an SUV...
  • Revealed: Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success

    05/22/2015 3:42:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 22, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    The Clinton camp is scrambling to catch up.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive. Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week. In response to the disappointing numbers, Clinton...
  • Cruz for President Announces Wendy Day Michigan State Director

    05/22/2015 1:50:31 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 56 replies
    tedcruz.org ^ | 05/22/15 | Cruz for President
    HOUSTON, Texas – Continuing to build a robust national and Michigan organization, Cruz for President today named Wendy Day, the current Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party and Liberty movement leader, as the Michigan State Director for the Cruz for President Campaign. “Wendy is a great fit because she is no stranger to grassroots politics at every level,” said Ted Cruz. “Her influence in the Great Lake State and commitment to freedom make her a valued member of our team.” Wendy is one of the most respected, hardworking grassroots leaders Michigan has seen, said Cruz State Chairman Saul Anuzis....
  • Ted Cruz Super PACs SMASHING Hillary’s PAC In Fundraising

    05/21/2015 3:07:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2014. | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Super PACs backing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz have raised more than double the PAC backing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Priorities USA Action has managed to secure just $5 million in “hard commitments,” and expects to raise just $15 million through the end of June, reported The Wall Street Journal. The PAC is led by prominent Democrats including President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina. Super PACs backing Cruz raised more than twice that in a week. A Cruz associate told Bloomberg the group of PACs, formed in April, raised $31 million in their first week. “Cruz’s haul...
  • Jim Lyons to Host Ted Cruz at "The Barn" May 30, 2015 (Massachusetts)

    05/20/2015 12:45:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Red Mass Group ^ | May 20, 2015 | Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno
    Massachusetts most conservative legislator, will be hosting the United States Senate's most conservative senator for a meet and greet at his home, in "The Barn.". The date is May 30th, at 6 p.m. This event has no cost. It is free, there isn't even a "suggested donation." It is a pure meet and greet. From an Email by Jim: Next week, Bernadette and I will be hosting a meet and greet at the Barn with US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Senator Cruz is a great believer in the tenants...
  • 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...
  • Cruz to speak at Livingston County GOP dinner (June 3rd in Howell, Michigan)

    05/19/2015 3:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Detroit News | May 19, 2015 | Gary Heinlein
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/05/19/ted-cruz-livingston-county-gop/27598145/
  • Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick-It's easy: just shoot the moderator

    05/18/2015 6:04:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 18, 2015 | Ben Domenech, publisher
    The official Republican debate calendar is here, and I don’t mean to scare you, but you have less than three months before this whole thing goes to eleven. Or I should say at least eleven, because the Republican National Committee seems to be moving toward capping the early debates at 12 candidates. Even that is much higher than the number included in the scrums of 2012, and it has party leaders concerned that it might make for a big mess on TV. And they’re probably right – except for the bit about changing the channel. Who doesn’t love to watch...
  • GOP Worry: 2016 Field May Be Too Big to Succeed

    05/18/2015 4:28:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 18, 2015 | Melanie Batley
    Republican Party chiefs are concerned that the sprawling size of the 2016 GOP field could compromise its chances to win the presidency. "We're in a danger zone," Doug Gross, a top Republican establishment figure in Iowa, told The Washington Post. "When the party poobahs put this process together, they thought they could telescope this to get us a nominee who could appeal to a broad cross-section of people. "What we've got instead is a confederation of a lot of candidates who aren't standing out — and in order to stand out, you need to scream the loudest." Former Florida Gov....
  • What vision will the GOP field of presidential candidates offer?: Erick Erickson

    05/15/2015 5:37:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | May 15, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face. In May 2009, I put up a post at RedState.com, where I had taken over the helm as editor-in-chief. "Who wants to get together for a beer in Atlanta?" I asked. More than 500 people said yes. I scrambled. My friend Caleb Howe volunteered...
  • Early prediction made for conservatives left standing (Ted Cruz vs. Scott Walker)

    05/15/2015 2:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | May 15, 2015 | Chad Groening
    A Texas-based conservative activist has a prediction for who will be left standing among the crowded field of Republicans seeking the White House. "Everything I'm seeing is a Cruz-Walker race at this point," observes Cathie Adams, a longtime Republican activist and currently the president of Texas Eagle Forum. It's still early in the presidential election and the crowd of declared GOP candidates is already lengthy. There are also the undeclared, including Gov. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Adams says Republican Party "kingmakers" are behind Bush, and Cruz and Walker are the conservatives most likely to defeat him in the primary....
  • 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...
  • It's Official: Jeb Bush is a Dud

    05/14/2015 9:54:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | May 14, 2015 | Lev Raphael, author, reviewer and blogger
    It's not just Gail Collins of the New York Times who's noticed that Jeb Bush is making a mess on the campaign trail or whatever trail he's on. That's despite the fact he's always been considered competent (compared to his brother, of course). As a humorist, Collins is having fun picking him apart, though she does seem honestly surprised. But even fellow Republicans like Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio have attacked him for saying he would have gone to war in Iraq in 2003 even if had known the intelligence was faulty, and they've watched him...
  • Start the Bidding for Bolton’s Donors and Money

    05/14/2015 7:49:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    OpenSecrets.org ^ | May 14, 2015 | Alex Lazar
    Former UN Ambassador John Bolton announced today that he will not seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, effectively leaving the foreign policy hawk’s top super PAC donors to look elsewhere for someone to back. Some have already found their candidate — or maybe more than one — though in many cases we don’t yet know whom they’ve anointed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the only White House aspirant whose campaign has reported donors at this point. (Mid-July, when the reports will come due, will likely be full of surprises.) Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens seems to have...
  • Could the GOP Really See a Brokered Convention in 2016?

    05/14/2015 6:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 14, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Ask around and you’ll hear a consistent theme from political strategists in the Republican party: The 2016 primary is wide open. “It is by far the most interesting presidential year since I’ve been involved [in Republican politics],” says Steve Munisteri, a senior adviser to Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.). How interesting? Top-tier presidential campaigns are preparing for the still-unlikely scenario that the nomination fight goes all the way to the 2016 Republican National Convention. There hasn’t been a brokered convention since 1976, but the strength of the GOP field, when coupled with the proliferation of super PACs, increases the chances...
  • Southern States Key to 2016

    05/14/2015 6:34:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 14, 2015 | Matt Towery
    In recent presidential primary cycles, the influence of Southern states — with the exception of Florida, whose "Southern status" is perhaps more locational than anything else — has been minimal. While pundits like to say that GOP presidential nominees have relied heavily on a "red state" electorate based in the South, that same base has had little to say in determining the nominee. After all, neither John McCain nor Mitt Romney had much in common with the region. Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp sensed that voter turnout intensity in the region could be stronger in November 2016 if...
  • Jeb Bush is destroying our laughable campaign finance laws

    05/14/2015 3:10:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | May 13, 2015 | Taegan Goddard
    We've seen a flurry of presidential campaign announcements over the last several weeks: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee. Oh my. But there's still at least one big notable absence. Jeb Bush, the first candidate to actually declare he was exploring a presidential bid, seems in no hurry to formally launch one. Instead, Bush has put in motion a plan that's effectively wrecking what's left of our flimsy campaign finance laws. Bush is taking the time before his formal announcement to build a super PAC that Politico says "would be...
  • Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men

    05/13/2015 10:43:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn’t the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. The freshman Republican senator from Texas has none of the moderate tendencies that financiers often prefer in presidential candidates. Cruz relishes his image as an anti-establishment figure and boasts of his aversion to compromise. He has vowed to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and repeal President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan, commonly known as Obamacare. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from...
  • Cruz establishes 42-person N.H. leadership team

    05/13/2015 9:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    When Ted Cruz next returns to New Hampshire, he’ll have a team of at least 42 activists – including a few of the state’s top conservatives – working with him to bolster his showing in the first-in-the- nation primary, where the most conservative candidates have struggled in recent years. Former speaker of the House Bill O’Brien, former U.S. senator Bob Smith and Executive Councilor David Wheeler announced they’d be the foundation of Cruz’s leadership team yesterday in Concord. The big three took the stage in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in front of a group of the Texas...
  • Cruz, Walker, Trump, Bolton to speak at NCGOP convention

    05/13/2015 3:40:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WWAY-TV ^ | May 13, 2015
    WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be a keynote speaker at next month’s NC Republican Party State Convention. Cruz, a US Senator from Texas, will keynote a luncheon reception on Saturday, June 6, at the Raleigh Convention Center. The GOP says the convention’s other featured speakers include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who may also run for president next year, Donald Trump and Amb. John Bolton, who is expected to announce tomorrow if he will run for the White House.
  • Republicans Are Invading Athens This Weekend (Georgia)

    05/13/2015 1:12:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Flagpole Magazine ^ | May 13, 2015 | Blake Aued
    Athens hasn’t seen this many Republicans roll into town since Reconstruction. For the second time in a row, the Georgia Republican Party will hold its biannual convention in our bastion of socialism—specifically, at that taxpayer-funded monument to big government meddling with the private sector, The Classic Center. Seeing as how we’re merely 18 months away from a presidential election, a number of GOP contenders will be on hand (after feting big donors in Atlanta, of course). So far, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to speak at an 8:30 a.m. breakfast Friday; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s speaking slot is...
  • No, really, how are these Republican debates going to work with so many people onstage?

    05/13/2015 11:16:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tell me who I’m leaving out: Bush, Walker, Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Christie, Huckabee, Perry, Jindal, Santorum, Graham, Carson, Fiorina, Trump, maybe John Kasich, maybe even Rick Snyder. There’s also a chance Peter King and/or John Bolton will run, just to make life extra miserable for Rand. That would be … 18 candidates onstage in a forum that’s never accommodated more than 10. Huh. You could, of course, limit the debates to the 10 most popular and/or credible candidates in the field. Just tell me how you go about reliably discerning who those people are circa early August, five months before...
  • Conservatives plot to hijack 2016 Republican nomination at secret meeting

    05/12/2015 7:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Ideas include oath to single candidate, pledge to stay in race until end.SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As the Republican National Committee convenes its spring meeting in this resort city, conservative activists fearful of getting stuck with another moderate candidate in 2016 are gathering 2,300 miles away to plot strategies to engineer the presidential nomination to their liking. Representatives of some 40 conservative groups plan to meet Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Washington suburb of McLean, Virginia, where they will air their fears of having the nomination process hijacked by establishment Republicans and wrestle over different strategies to turn the...
  • Nate Silver: No, the Democrats don’t have a lock on an Electoral College majority

    05/12/2015 7:15:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    Like the proverbial general waging the last war, America’s pundit class has dug in around a Maginot Line of conventional wisdom erected around President Barack Obama’s electoral coalition in preparation for the next engagement. In a May article for Politico Magazine, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics crew took an admittedly early look at the electoral map ahead of the 2016 contest and came up with some disappointing conclusions for Republicans. While it’s true that it’s too early to make any concrete assumptions about how the race for the White House will develop, it’s fair to note that the...
  • Too Many Candidates

    05/11/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 11, 2015 | Howie Carr, The Boston Herald
    The former governor of Florida, John (or as he prefers to be called, Juan) Ellis Bush, doesn't appear to have a lot of support among Republicans, as opposed to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who absolutely adore him. But Juan isn't sweating it. He's rolling in dough, and more importantly, he's rolling in opponents. Have you ever heard of a "straw" candidate? When you have a weak front-runner that can't reach 50 percent, often a third, or a fourth, or even a fifth candidate suddenly jumps into the race. If he has a name similar to that of the strongest...
  • Ted Cruz to stump in Beaumont (May 19th Texas Meet & Greet/Fundraiser)

    05/11/2015 12:58:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | May 11, 2015 | Staff
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will stump in Beaumont on May 19 during a campaign fundraiser at the MCM Elegante, 2355 Interstate 10. Sen. Cruz, 44, announced in March that he intended to seek the GOP presidential nomination. Contribution amounts for the Beaumont fundraiser range from $100 to $500 for general attendance, which will go 6:30 to 8 p.m., according to a release from the Jefferson County Republican Party. VIP contributors – donors giving more than $1,000 – will get an extra half-hour with the Republican candidate, the release said.
  • Ron Nehring to chair Ted Cruz’s CA campaign (Former State GOP Chairman)

    05/11/2015 10:04:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Contra Costa Time's Political Blotter ^ | May 11, 2015 | Josh Richman
    Former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring will serve as chairman of 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign in the Golden State. Nehring, 44, of El Cajon, unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor last year against incumbent Democrat Gavin Newsom. He was the state GOP’s chairman from 2007 to 2011, leading a robust fundraising program to pull the party out of debt; he also chaired the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s committee during those years. Earlier, he chaired the Republican Party of San Diego from 2001 to 2007. Cruz “is an exciting, Reaganite candidate for president who has demonstrated the...
  • UK Election Should Make the Democrats Nervous: I hope this is not just wishful thinking.

    05/10/2015 2:47:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 8, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    I am no expert in UK politics and I have never played an MP or even a barrister on TV, but I did forego a room at a Holiday Inn Express last night to stay up to the small hours watching BBC World at home, so I won’t let a lack of knowledge stop me. I think — and I hope this is not just wishful thinking — that the results of Thursday’s election in the UK augur poorly for the U.S. Democratic Party in 2016. Now most people know by now that the SNP (Scottish National Party) swamped Scotland,...
  • GOP Will Lose in 2016 Absent Coherent Plan Favoring Immigration

    05/09/2015 3:32:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | May 9, 2015 | Lawrence Kudlow, Special to the Sun
    If the GOP doesn’t put together a sensible immigration policy it will lose the 2016 presidential election. When President Obama beat Mitt Romney in 2012, with the former Massachusetts governor attracting only 27% of the Hispanic vote with his self-deportation argument, Republicans across the map decided they must develop an immigration-reform policy with an outreach approach to minority groups. According to the Republican National Committee, the days of harsh language and punitive legislation must end. In its place, the GOP must reconstruct the Ronald Reagan/Jack Kemp “big tent” theory of politics, where there is plenty of room for all groups...
  • Republican Party doesn't control conservative politics (Rove reviled, Cruz way past $60M dollars)

    05/09/2015 1:31:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Lebanon Daily News ^ | May 9, 2015 | Jerry Shenk
    Establishment Republicans know I'm a reliable conservative but a lousy party guy. Where we live, most local offices are held by Republicans. If conservative — any — voters here wish to influence who will hold the local offices that most immediately affect them, it's a logical decision to register Republican to vote in primary elections. There's no way to control — or know — how voters will cast general election ballots for statewide or national offices. That logic helps to explain a common national media misconception about conservatives and Republican party politics. National Review's Kevin Williamson wrote: "What a great...
  • Rand Paul's Digital Chief Says Plea for Ideas Is Crowdsourcing

    05/07/2015 7:17:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Ad Age ^ | May 7, 2015 | Kate Kaye
    The Man Once Called Inventor of the Republican Internet Wants Help.Political campaigns are notoriously opaque. They're also typically pretty top-down affairs despite staffers' insistence that "It's all about the grassroots." So it was a bit surprising to see Vincent Harris, the young entrepreneur heading digital for GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, asking supporters on Twitter for ideas. Specifically, he asked followers of his @VincentHarris account on Wednesday what the candidate might do better in digital media. In a related post he wrote, "I am around always to listen. Have had folks as young as 14 send in...
  • Ted Cruz announcement still tops in social media: Ted Cruz in the news

    05/05/2015 10:10:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 5, 2015 | Henry J. Gomez
    Today's Ted Cruz news: "On a day of dueling presidential announcements, conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson was the clear winner in Facebook engagement, driving nearly three times the traffic of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina. ... In relation to other GOP contenders, both fall on the lower end of engagement. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got about 1.3 million interactions from 695,000 people, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got about 1.9 million interactions from 865,000 people, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out on top with 5.5 million interactions generated by 2.1 million people." Read more from CBS News. Cruz has assembled his...
  • Mike Huckabee Eyes Southern States, Better Funding in 2016 Race

    05/04/2015 7:50:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Philip Elliott in Little Rock, Ark.
    His advisers call it "the SEC strategy." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is plotting a route to the Republican presidential nomination that could easily be mistaken for the sports bracket of a Southeastern Conference super fan. As he seeks to avoid a repeat of the spectacular flameout of his 2008 run, Huckabee is pinning his hopes on the 11 contiguous states that run from Florida to Missouri and Texas to South Carolina. His advisers and allies call it “the SEC strategy,” for the college sports conference that tracks the same map....
  • Debates, Not Money Will Winnow GOP Field

    05/04/2015 5:11:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    This is the week when an already crowded Republican presidential field really starts to fill up. One by Mike Huckabee will soon follow today’s announcements by Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Before long they will be joined by Governor Scott Walker and eventually as many as 20 candidates will be running for the GOP nomination. Not all of them are likely to be serious possibilities and the members of this week’s trio are all assumed to be long shots. But the cavalry charge of candidates heading to Iowa and New Hampshire creates a situation that renders moot much of...