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  • 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 ✔ @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 à 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...
  • 19-year-old in special election seeks to be one of youngest female reps in state history (NH)

    02/17/2015 5:21:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 17, 2015 | Nick Reid
    Yvonne Dean-BaileyA 19-year-old freshman at a Massachusetts college is hoping to become one of the youngest female state representatives in New Hampshire’s history as she enters a special election that will be decided this spring. Yvonne Dean-Bailey of Northwood, a Republican who graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy last year, said she is hoping to bring the voice of young, conservative women to the State House. Dean-Bailey is a veteran of two prominent lawmakers’ offices, having worked as an intern doing legislative research for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and as a field organizer in Cheshire County on Marilinda Garcia’s campaign for...
  • Will a Hillary coronation crown the GOP nominee too?

    02/16/2015 5:21:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 16, 2015 | Benjy Sarlin and Alex Seitz-Wald
    The 2016 Republican presidential field is shaping up into a legendary free-for-all, with polls showing the race wide open and more candidates expressing interest by the day. Will it be Jeb Bush who consolidates establishment support? Can Rand Paul or Ted Cruz break through with a powerful grassroots coalition? Could Scott Walker thread the needle between both sides? What about Marco Rubio? And then there’s the Democratic side. Will it be Hillary Clinton who prevails? Or will – actually, you know what, it will probably just be Hillary Clinton. While the former secretary of state hasn’t even said whether she’ll...
  • Report: ’16 GOP Fundraisers to Push Amnesty with Grover Norquist, Bloomberg Group

    02/15/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 13, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Top GOP fundraisers will reportedly join Grover Norquist and Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New Economy group on a conference call next week to push for comprehensive amnesty legislation. According to a BuzzFeed report, the GOP fundraisers on the Tuesday call will include Mitt Romney’s “former finance director Spencer Zwick; California-based fast food CEO Andrew Puzder; and billionaire health care executive Mike Fernandez.” Fernandez is reportedly leaning toward Jeb Bush, who has said that illegal immigration is an “act of love” and has not backed down for his support of a comprehensive amnesty bill, while Puzder and Zwick are unaffiliated...
  • Cruz's 2016 anxiety: Jeb's money (Lunch with Ambassador John Bolton)

    02/13/2015 2:43:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 13, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    The early dinner crowd near the Capitol on Thursday yielded at least one notable pairing, with overtones of the presidential election cycle to come: Sen. Ted Cruz and former Ambassador John Bolton. Sharing a meal at Johnny’s Half Shell before Bolton was set to appear on Fox News, Cruz launched into a discussion of 2016 strategy audible to anyone within earshot, including a reporter for the Washington Examiner. Bolton has himself flirted with the idea of running for president in 2016, but his conversation with Cruz suggested the Texas senator, at least, views Bolton as a source of valuable input,...
  • Andrew Cline: Why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is surging

    02/12/2015 11:14:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Manchester Union-Leader ^ | February 11, 2015 | Andrew Cline, editorial page editor
    Mitt Romney announced on Jan. 30 that he would not run for President in 2016, and immediately the commentariate ordained Jeb Bush the big winner. Bush was Romney’s heir, a thousand wagging tongues proclaimed. The donors would fall to him, and with them would go the Republican establishment, then the voters. The Republicans had a “frontrunner.” If there is a 2016 frontrunner for the GOP, he achieved that status six days before Romney’s announcement. On that day, Sat., Jan. 24, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, It vaulted him into the...
  • Rick Perry’s breakout moment?

    02/05/2015 10:21:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | February 5, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    The Post reports: Former Texas governor Rick Perry on Thursday will announce that he has recruited more than 80 major donors, including some of the biggest bundlers in Republican politics, to aid his efforts as he prepares for a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Perry’s list of supporters is heavy with wealthy Texans, including many energy executives, investors or other business leaders who have backed his previous campaigns, such as his unsuccessful 2012 presidential run. The Rick PAC Advisory Board also features bigwigs in California, New York, Florida, Illinois and other donor-rich states, as well as more than a dozen donors...
  • Texas Lawmakers Want Apology to Entire State After Hastings Calls It ‘Crazy State’

    02/03/2015 5:51:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 3, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Texas Republicans issued a one-sentence rebuttal to Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) for his comments during a Monday Rules Committee meeting. In debating with Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) over the latest Obamacare repeal bill, Hastings referenced his colleague’s home state, “which I think is a crazy state to begin with, and I mean it just as I said it.” As the two fought over speaking time, Burgess complained that Hastings “made a very defamatory comment about my state, and I will not stand here and listen to it.” Hastings has not apologized. House Texas Republicans issued a joint statement today:...
  • Why the GOP Should Emulate John F. Kennedy in the 2016 White House Race

    02/02/2015 7:08:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ira Stoll
    The most influential figure in the Republican presidential contest just may be a Democrat who died more than 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy. When Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer recently predicted Marco Rubio as the eventual 2016 winner, Krauthammer praised the senator from Florida with a label encapsulating political vigor, pro-growth ideas, and a robust foreign policy of peace through strength: “Kennedyesque.” The former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, another Republican with eyes on the White House, is, as Kennedy was, a Catholic from a wealthy and politically active family with bases in both New England and Florida. Jeb...
  • Latino Views on the 2016 GOP Field: Who Can Actually Win the Latino Vote?

    02/02/2015 6:01:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | February 2, 2015 | Matt Barreto
    As the field of possible GOP contenders for the White House start to take shape, it is important to assess what Latino voters think about the potential presidential candidates, if they even know who they are, and how they can possibly position themselves to court the Latino vote. There is no question that Republicans will lose the White House again in 2016 if they repeat the mistakes of Mitt "I would veto the Dream Act" Romney and lose three-quarters of the Latino vote. GOP Chairman Reince Preibus has said future Republican candidates "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform," while...
  • Gov. Scott Walker Eyes 2016, But Can He Get Past Labor's Loathing?

    02/02/2015 4:46:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 2, 2015 | Don Gonyea
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)There is not a lot of love between the U.S. labor movement and those on the long list of potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls. But there is one name among the GOP prospects that labor truly despises — and fears. He is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who weakened unions in his own state and appears ready to make his battles with labor a centerpiece of a bid for the White House. Walker's approach on a recent Saturday in Iowa was telling. In a downtown Des Moines theater full of conservative activists, he spoke for 22 minutes. But right off the...
  • The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

    02/01/2015 7:23:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    ChrisWeigant.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Chris Weigant
    The 2016 presidential election cycle is already underway. Whether you are delighted or horrified at the prospect, the race is indeed now on. While it might seem impossibly far in the future, consider that the Iowa caucuses are only a year away. So we're going to take a very early look at the Republican field, which seems to be getting larger every week. The 2016 election will be rather unique, since it is a wide-open presidential election on both sides. No incumbent will be running, in other words, but the truly notable aspect of the race is that the parties...
  • Scott Walker Wants To Drug-Test Welfare Recipients (And the Left howls!)

    01/31/2015 2:18:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 31, 2015 | karoli
    Scott Walker has had a good week. The press is googly-eyed over him, waxing on about how he could just win this thing, and he's still rolling on his high from last weekend's Freedom Summit. Of course, that's not really something to write home about when you're besting the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. He's got that populist message down pat just like his other friends on the campaign trail. Income inequality! Deteriorating middle class! And he's so concerned about those things he's going to govern on that basis, right? Walker has a real problem on...
  • Real Clear Politics: 2016 GOP Field Deeper, More Qualified

    01/29/2015 5:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 29, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    The nominating process for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate could be fraught with chaos because of the unusually large number of candidates who will likely run, creating real problems for the GOP, which is likely to end up without what many might consider a powerful, unifying nominee, an analysis by Real Clear Politics suggests. The candidate who does emerge could very likely come from a brokered convention, notes RCP's Sean Trende of possible scenarios. "I see a race that is largely chaotic. It is one where an unusually large number of candidates have perfectly plausible paths, if not to the...
  • 9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

    01/29/2015 4:50:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | January 3, 2015 | Steven Rosenfeld
    If you want to understand America's painful lurch toward plutocracy, look no further than these mega-millionaires. It is time to stop talking about the Koch brothers and instead talk about the Koch Party, the nation’s third largest political network that is a full-blown but private political operation. The Koch Party has come into view in 2014, as some of the country’s best investigative reporters have traced and exposed various elements of their operation. The Koch Party is not as large as the Democrats or the Republicans, but is still unprecedented in size, scope and reach. Like other political parties, it...
  • The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks

    01/29/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief, Reason
    Why Republicans fall in love with inexperienced, no-hope candidates every four years.Conservative Republicans have finally called it quits with short-term former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (she lasted just two-and-a-half years in that position before quitting). The final straw, it seems, is the 2008 vice-presidential candidate’s recent speech at the “Iowa Freedom Summit” that has charitably been called “an interminable ramble,” “an extended stream-of-consciousness complaint,” and simply “bizarro.” So America’s most-famous snowbilly is out of the running for the 2016 Republican nomination. But what about all the other manifestly unqualified novices, jackasses, and publicity hounds that surface every four years when...
  • Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker threatens to 'out' officials having extramarital affairs

    01/27/2015 5:36:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | January 26, 2015 | Kent Faulk
    Alabama's first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials in the wake of a federal judge declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said she was elated and in "shock" when the judge issued the order overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. But after seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange's efforts to get a stay of the judge's orders, Todd...
  • Cillizza Praises Walker, Fiorina, Cruz, Christie Only ‘So-So’

    01/26/2015 6:26:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Chris Cillizza, Editor of the Washington Post‘s The Fix praised Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz’s speeches in Iowa, while saying that Chris Christie was only “so-so” on Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC....
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

    01/25/2015 4:55:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | January 25, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others — left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced. All that was good news for Republicans. But at the same time, more than a few GOP loyalists came away shaking their heads at the performance of a party star, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech left some wondering what role she...
  • Tea Party spawns GOP nightmare: How it’s already ruining the party’s ’16 strategy

    01/23/2015 12:49:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | January 23, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    GOP elites want Americans to think the party's boring and safe again. Maybe someone should notify the Tea Party. If you’re understandably perplexed by the Republican Party’s apparent decision to enter the post-Obama era by nominating either another member of the Bush dynasty, or another version of Mitt Romney, there’s at least one way to think about it that might help explain the seemingly inexplicable. Put simply, the leaders of the GOP, the people who tend to be referred to as “the establishment,” fervently believe that in order to win in 2016, Republicans will have to convince voters that the...
  • Palmetto State no lock for any 2016 GOP hopeful

    01/19/2015 10:48:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 17, 2015 | Salena Zito
    South Carolina has been where underdog Republican presidential candidacies die and front-runners begin to look toward November. The only asterisk to its 32-year streak of picking the eventual GOP nominee came in the whack-a-mole 2012 contest that placed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over eventual nominee Mitt Romney. “Romney never closed the deal with the voters,” said legendary South Carolina Republican strategist Chip Felkel about Romney's inability to win the first-in-the-South primary. “Voters cast with their hearts, not their heads, in that cycle.” Everyone understandably focuses on who is coming and going in Iowa, the first contest of 2016's presidential...
  • As Mitt and Jeb Court Donors For 2016, Ted Cruz Prepares For Potential Run

    01/19/2015 12:46:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 19, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    As Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney battle behind the scenes for big money donors, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is working to portray himself as the presidential candidate of the conservative base. Speaking to tea partiers in South Carolina over the weekend, Cruz cautioned that Republicans will lose the White House in 2016 if the nominee is insufficiently conservative. “If we nominate a candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again,” Cruz told the crowd. His comments come as the Texas senator —...