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  • New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz: Watch this guy

    02/09/2016 11:08:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Baumann, Ryan Grim and Matt Fuller
    MANCHESTER, N.H -- If Marco Rubio won the Iowa caucus by finishing third last week, Ted Cruz just won New Hampshire. Cruz (R-Texas), the actual winner of the Iowa Republican caucus, finished third in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, behind life-sized Chucky impersonator Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In other words, he lost. But don't count Cruz out quite yet. Just two of the 48 states have voted, and Cruz has the money -- and the polling numbers -- to stay in the GOP race and, potentially, win it. Cruz, a methodical politician, plotted a course to...
  • Here’s the Big Advantage Ted Cruz Has as Voting Begins

    02/01/2016 12:54:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 1, 2016 | Martin Matishak
    Most polls are pointing to a second place finish for Ted Cruz in Iowa, but new fundraising data shows he has plenty of money to keep his campaign going in the weeks and months ahead. The Texas lawmaker, who has lost his lead over billionaire Donald Trump in the Hawkeye State, raised $20.5 million in the last quarter of 2015, coming in second in the money race to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who brought in $22.6 million. Meanwhile, the "Keep the Promise" super PACs supporting Cruz's candidacy now have $32.2 million in cash on hand, second only to the PACs...
  • Republican Mega-Donors Adelsons Gave Maximum Donation To Ted Cruz Last Year

    02/01/2016 11:02:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 31, 2016 | Rosie Gray
    An interesting potential signal from the sought-after donors. DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam donated the maximum amount permitted to Ted Cruz's campaign last quarter, Federal Election Commission records released on Sunday show. The Adelsons donated $2,700 each to the Cruz campaign on Nov. 18. The news arrives on the eve of the Iowa caucuses -- a seemingly make-or-break moment for Cruz, who hopes to defeat Donald Trump. After publication of this story, Sheldon Adelson's political adviser Andy Abboud told BuzzFeed News in an email, "The Adelsons gave to several candidates. Nobody has...
  • NYT: Rival Factions of Top Donors Get Behind Rubio, Cruz

    02/01/2016 10:43:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 1, 2016 | Loren Gutentag
    Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday showed that wealthy donors who according to The New York Times have built a powerful shadow Republican Party of outside groups, are splitting into two mutually hostile and deep-pocketed factions in support of Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. The report shows that many of the Wall Street financiers who have been the backbones of Republican super PACs in the last six years believe that Sen. Marco Rubio is the best GOP candidate to win a general election battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton and in the last six months has raised...
  • Clinton Iowa Volunteers Train When To Push Backers To O’Malley — To Block Bernie

    01/31/2016 7:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ben Smith, et al.
    "Sad and telling," says Sanders campaign. There's an app for that. Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is instructing its Iowa caucus leaders to -- in certain cases -- throw support to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, with the goal blocking her main opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, from securing additional delegates. The tactical move is rooted in the complex math of the Iowa caucuses Monday night, where the campaign is looking to defeat Sanders in a state whose caucus-goers have historically backed progressive challengers. A precinct captain, Jerome Lehtola, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the campaign has trained precinct captains...
  • Ted Cruz Counters Donald Trump With Targeted Approach in Iowa

    01/31/2016 7:02:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer
    URBANDALE, Iowa -- Senator Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Mr. Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald J. Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this weekend telephoning, emailing and knocking on the doors of likely caucusgoers. Mr. Cruz's campaign boasts a chairman or chairwoman for each of Iowa's 99 counties, captains...
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • The ‘Magic Number’ That Could Decide Trump vs. Cruz in Iowa

    01/31/2016 3:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 31, 2016 | Tim Alberta
    Des Moines, Iowa -- 135,000. That's the "magic number" to watch Monday night as Republican caucus-goers gather around the Hawkeye State to choose their presidential nominee, according to data collected and analyzed by numerous GOP campaign officials. Four years ago, a record-breaking number of Iowans -- 121,503 -- participated in the Republican caucuses. If turnout exceeds 135,000 this year, GOP insiders agree, it will be an indication that Donald Trump has attracted a significant number of new voters to the caucuses. And if the increase is even more drastic -- say, upwards of 150,000, which some Republicans believe is possible...
  • Iowa Political Parties Acknowledge Major Gap in Online Caucus Tool

    01/30/2016 3:56:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 30, 2016 | MaryAlice Parks and Madelaine Pisani
    Three days before voting begins, residents around Iowa are making plans to caucus, but new online tools launched by both the state Democratic and Republican parties designed to inform people where to go Monday evening were built with one major hole, the parties confirmed to ABC News. The systems were only built off the list of registered voters' addresses. As a result, for new voters who have never registered in the state and who live at addresses where no one else has registered, the online feature does not work. Instead, when an address is not found in the system, users...
  • Cruz counters Trump’s overtures with targeted approach in Iowa

    01/30/2016 2:50:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Belleville News Democrat ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer, NYT News Service and the Assoc. Press
    Cruz's campaign reps in state's 99 counties are using behavioral data to make personal calls to voters Trump's camp is counting on a surge of new caucus participants with little experience Sen. Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this...
  • Why is Ted Cruz’s campaign studying a long-lost book about Barry Goldwater?

    01/29/2016 5:11:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | January 29, 2016 | Andrew Romano
    For the past few months, political observers on both the left and right have been comparing Ted Cruz to Barry Goldwater, who lost to Lyndon Johnson by a staggering 434 electoral votes in the 1964 presidential election. The thinking goes like this: Cruz is an unyielding movement conservative, just like Goldwater. Given his strength in the South -- again, just like Goldwater -- he could very well win the Republican nomination. But ultimately Cruz is too extreme to appeal to the broader electorate, and the GOP will suffer an ideological blowout of Goldwater-like proportions in November if it selects the...
  • Marquette: Clinton 47, Trump 38; Sanders 52, Trump 34; Clinton 45, Cruz 44; Sanders 50, Cruz 38

    01/29/2016 6:18:24 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 39 replies
    MILWAUKEE – On the Republican side, Donald Trump is supported by 24 percent, followed by Marco Rubio at 18 percent and Ted Cruz at 16 percent, among respondents who say that they will vote in the Republican primary. Ben Carson is backed by 8 percent, with Chris Christie at 5 percent. Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina receive 3 percent each. Jeb Bush and John Kasich are each at 2 percent, with Mike Huckabee at 1 percent and Rick Santorum at 0. Carson led the Republican field in November at 22 percent, with Trump and Rubio each at 19 percent. Cruz...
  • Groundswell of Support for Ted Cruz Continues to Build (Including the Governor of Guam)

    01/29/2016 1:45:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | January 28, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) continues to rack up the endorsements, picking up four more in the past 24 hours. They include Dr. Chuck Harding and Pastor Michael Creed, leaders of a Christian ministry committed to the education, engagement and encouragement of the nation, particularly among Independent Baptists. Also, he's been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Eddie Calvo, the governor of Guam....
  • Iowan's - Lil Help

    01/26/2016 1:01:48 PM PST · by acw011 · 14 replies
    n/a ^ | 1/26/2016 | me
    Apologies in advance if I screwed this up and it doesn't just go to Iowa Freepers.. Never done this before.. I just have a basic question about the Caucus - I live about 2 hours from Dubuque in Verona WI.. A buddy and I are thinking about heading that way for the Caucus - we'd like to just observe the process out of curiosity - is that allowed or do you have to be an Iowa resident to get inside? We don't want any part of the process or to interrupt it at all - just want to see what...
  • Here’s how the Iowa caucus works

    01/26/2016 12:37:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | January 20, 2016 | Scott McFetridge, The Associated Press
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- More than 40 years ago, a scheduling quirk vaulted Iowa to the front of the presidential nominating process, and ever since most White House hopefuls have devoted enormous time and money to a state that otherwise would get little attention. Here's how the caucuses work and a little history about the event: HOW IT STARTED For most of Iowa's history, activists have gathered in the winter to deal with politics, but no one outside the state paid attention until 1972, when Democrats established their caucuses in January. That made the party's presidential preference vote the first...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘We can shock the political world’

    01/25/2016 8:13:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 203 replies
    The Washington Times' Inside The Beltway ^ | January 25, 2016 | Jennifer Harper
    It is an old-fashioned, bodacious campaign blitz. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz has multiple events in 26 Iowa cities and towns through week's end at a critical time: the next official GOP debate in Des Moines is Thursday, the Iowa caucuses are just six days away. Mr. Cruz is embracing the blitz and has plenty muscle. Campaigning this week with the candidate: Rick Perry, Rep. Steven King and evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaatz -- who have all endorsed the Cruz quest for the White House. The quartet will appear at seven rallies together on Tuesday alone, with stops at...
  • Iowa Democratic caucus runs into difficulties amid volunteering crisis

    01/25/2016 12:37:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | January 23, 2016 | Ben Jacobs in Waterloo, Iowa
    Things are looking grim for the Iowa Democratic party's efforts to mount a successful caucus on 1 February. The Guardian has learned the party is still lacking a temporary chairman to run the caucuses in up to 300 locations across the state with just over a week to go before caucus night. These officials preside over caucuses when they first convene. Caucuses can then elect a permanent chair but invariably the temporary chair is chosen. The chair ensures the Democratic party's complex rules are followed and that an accurate vote is taken and then reported to state Democratic party. There...
  • Bill Kristol: Don't Underestimate Ted Cruz

    01/19/2016 9:26:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 19, 2016 | Bill Hoffmann
    The Donald Trump-Ted Cruz battle for the GOP presidential nomination is a "good heavyweight fight" -- but while most believe the brawling billionaire will trounce the Texas senator, Cruz in no way should be underestimated, Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, tells Newsmax TV. "Cruz has a little better chance to win this fight with Trump than most people think. Most people think Trump is going to steamroll him," Kristol said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "I think Cruz is pretty tough and pretty able at this kind of infighting, but it's a heck of a fight I...
  • Cruz Outshines Trump on the Trail

    01/19/2016 6:22:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 19, 2016 | Ruth Marcus
    CONCORD, N.H. -- Donald Trump says Ted Cruz is a "nasty guy." The Texan's Senate colleagues agree. Yet here's the surprise from watching Cruz on the campaign trail: Ideology aside, he comes off as ... rather likable. To watch Trump and Cruz campaign here is to witness the difference between a reality TV performer and a disciplined politician. With apologies to the artists, Trump is Jackson Pollock to Cruz's Rembrandt. One splatters paint with no coherent pattern, the other dabs with evident skill, albeit in notably dark tones. Trump's riff of a stump speech is all poll numbers (terrific) and...
  • Beware A GOP Calendar Front-Loaded With States Friendly To Trump And Cruz

    01/19/2016 6:07:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | January 19, 2016 | David Wasserman
    In a few weeks' time, it's possible that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will steamroll their way through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and dominate the so-called "SEC Primary" -- the collection of 13 mostly Southern states that will vote on March 1 -- horrifying many GOP elected officials and depriving any other candidate of a night to celebrate. Yet even if that happens, it's still possible that Marco Rubio (or another more establishment-friendly candidate) could end up with the nomination, thanks to quirks of the GOP's complex delegate math. The GOP's primary calendar is surprisingly front-loaded with states...
  • Ted Cruz’s Campaign Organization Leads GOP Field in Iowa

    01/19/2016 12:23:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | January 19, 2016 | Shane Vander Hart
    The Iowa Caucuses are unique. In a recent piece I wrote last week for Breitbart News I explained what makes the First in the Nation Caucus state unique. The Iowa Caucuses, unlike a primary where you can vote all day, are party-organized meetings....
  • Inside Iowa’s ‘Camp Cruz’

    01/08/2016 5:07:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | January 8, 2016 | David Catanese
    DES MOINES, Iowa - It's a little past 8:30 in the morning and Ken Brolin is marching down the narrow hallway of an old college dormitory, pounding on doors to make sure everyone's up and at 'em. But the three-story residence that sits next to a business college here is no longer housing students seeking a degree in administration or accounting. Instead, this is the temporary home for foot soldiers devoted to securing the Republican presidential caucuses for Ted Cruz. Brolin, who assisted Newt Gingrich's Iowa campaign in 2012, is a silver-haired political hand who is now the equivalent of...
  • Sanders canvassers told to target Trump backers

    12/31/2015 12:17:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | December 30, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Canvassers working on the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are being instructed to sell their candidate to Donald Trump supporters. The campaign provided them a specific script to use when encountered by people who say they back the billionaire Republican businessman. "A lot of people feel like this country isn't working for them -- because it's not," Sanders canvassers are instructed to say, according to a copy of the script obtained by MSNBC. "[T]he solution is not to turn to someone like Trump, with a message of hate, xenophobia, and division -- it's to elect a leader with...
  • Ted Cruz’s Rivals Are Hindered by Storm in Trying to Cut His Lead in Iowa

    12/28/2015 11:35:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | December 28, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    With Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the leader in Iowa polls, spending the week effectively off the campaign trail, his rivals seemed to sense an opening: zigzag the state, press the flesh and make an early impression before the field descends on Iowa after New Year’s. On Monday, though, some candidates’ best plans were upended by an opponent that could outpace even Donald J. Trump in bluster: the weather. With several inches of snow, and icy conditions and howling winds expected in some parts of the state, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey were forced...
  • Ted Cruz’s Rivals Are Hindered by Storm in Trying to Cut His Lead in Iowa

    12/28/2015 11:35:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | December 28, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    With Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the leader in Iowa polls, spending the week effectively off the campaign trail, his rivals seemed to sense an opening: zigzag the state, press the flesh and make an early impression before the field descends on Iowa after New Year’s. On Monday, though, some candidates’ best plans were upended by an opponent that could outpace even Donald J. Trump in bluster: the weather. With several inches of snow, and icy conditions and howling winds expected in some parts of the state, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey were forced...
  • LATEST KEY STATE POLLS: Trump and Cruz Surge, Rubio Falters; Paradox for the GOPe

    12/26/2015 12:49:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | December 25, 2015 | Doug Ross
    Writing at a Politico microsite called Capital New York, Marc Caputo offers the highlights of key state polls that depict a GOP presidential race increasingly down to two outsider candidates: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Some of the key takeaways from polling in the critical states of New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida: In South Carolina: • "Cruz and Trump are tied at 27 percent. Rubio and Ben Carson roughly tied at 12 percent and 11 percent each, respectively. Bush had 7 percent support; 5 percent backed other candidates and 11 percent were undecided." • "[The] favorable-unfavorable image test: 71...
  • Trump ranks 4th among Utah voters, new poll shows

    12/22/2015 1:45:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KSL-TV ^ | December 22, 2015 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Donald Trump continues to be the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination race, but he's languishing in fourth place in a new poll of Utah voters. The new UtahPolicy.com poll by Dan Jones & Associates comes as former Utah governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. is suggesting Trump has a shot at winning the White House. "People really are hungry for change. They were last time, but it hadn't reached the 212-degree boiling point. This time it has," Huntsman told USA Today's weekly "Capital Download" video series. Huntsman said that's why he thinks Trump,...
  • Ted Cruz supersizes his campaign

    12/20/2015 7:16:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    It’s not quite the spectacle of the Donald Trump show. But as Ted Cruz barnstorms through the South, he is producing campaign extravaganzas befitting his new status as Trump’s closest rival. TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — He jets between stops in a charter plane, the crowds at his events line up in advance outside the doors and young attendees are treated to peppermint sticks and pictures with Santa. It’s not quite the spectacle of the Donald Trump show, but as Ted Cruz barnstorms through his 12-day Southern swing he is producing his own series of campaign extravaganzas that befit his newfound status...
  • Cruz visit is a rare opportunity for Trussville area

    12/20/2015 4:25:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Trussville Tribune ^ | December 20, 2015 | Scott Buttram
    In the confirmed red state of Alabama, few areas can match the conservatism of The Trussville Tribune coverage area. I’ve often joked that our neck of the woods is so conservative that it makes Shelby County look down right liberal. No doubt that northeast Jefferson County and our neighboring communities in St. Clair County are a God fearing, church going, Bible toting, smaller government, anti-illegal immigration, anti-abortion group of voters. And no one is apologizing for that belief system. When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visits the Trussville Civic Center on Sunday afternoon, he’ll find substantial support among the locals and...
  • Fresh from debate, Cruz looks to Super Tuesday for advantage

    12/16/2015 6:03:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 17, 2015 | Bill Barrow and Scott Bauer, The Associated Press
    ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is launching the latest part of his "Southern firewall strategy." That's what his campaign chairman calls the Texas senator's upcoming swing through multiple states that will hold their primaries March 1. Cruz will visit eight states in seven days, beginning Thursday....
  • Exclusive — Ted Cruz, Donald Trump to Keynote 2016 South Carolina Tea Party Convention

    12/14/2015 12:38:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 13, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Breitbart News has confirmed that Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will address the 2016 South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention on Saturday Jan 16 at 2:20pm. The convention, seen by analysts as “a seminal event” in the run-up to the state’s “first in the South” primary, runs daily from January 16th – 18th, from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum are also scheduled to speak....
  • Vander Plaats: Cruz Has ‘Infrastructure’ to Win Nomination, Select Conservative VP, Unite Base

    12/10/2015 6:33:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 10, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    The Family Leader’s CEO Bob Vander Plaats spoke one on one with Breitbart News after he endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president, saying Cruz has the resources and infrastructure to win the GOP nomination, unite conservatives, and select a Vice President with characteristics that buy into his vision and agenda for the country. Senator Cruz has the real ability right now to unite conservatives from the liberty wing of the party, from the Republican grassroots wing, from the Evangelical pro-family wing, to the limited government wing, so I think he’s going to bring a lot of factors of the...
  • The underreported storyline of Ted Cruz’s Iowa surge

    12/10/2015 11:43:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Red State ^ | December 10, 2015 | Neil Stevens
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on the move in Iowa. He’s crossed the 20 point mark in four straight polls and when you take into account the noise inherent in polling, he’s basically even with Donald Trump in Iowa at this point. That’s important because it could mark a permanent change in how Republican Presidential candidates address the state. Back in 2008, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) skipped Iowa completely because he was unwilling to bend on his opposition to ethanol subsidies, and he believed it would prevent him from winning the state. But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has come out...
  • 50 Days to Go in Iowa: Who Can Beat Trump?

    12/08/2015 7:54:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | December 7, 2015 | Steve Deace
    The first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses are technically 56 days from now. But if you account for the upcoming holidays, when most Americans tune out politics in favor of yuletide cheer, there’s really 50 days to go. And how Iowans may ultimately turn out come February 1, could very well be decided this week. That’s because word on the street is that’s when Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader, the last remaining coveted endorsement of the cycle, are schedule to unveil which of the candidates they will put their considerable influence behind....
  • Another blow for Democrats: State Sen. Carlyle Begay (Arizona) switches parties

    11/23/2015 5:39:45 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | Novemebr 23, 2015 | Ben Giles
    Democratic Sen. Carlyle Begay is now a Republican. The Ganado lawmaker announced Monday morning his switch to the Republican Party, a move he said is an extension of his independent streak at the Arizona Capitol. But Democrats categorized the move as no surprise for a lawmaker who often bucked his party to vote in favor of Republican-led bills.
  • Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot endorses Marco Rubio (Multi-level marketing/Romney donor)

    11/19/2015 1:13:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Nate Eaton
    IDAHO FALLS — Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot announced Wednesday, Nov. 18 he will support Marco Rubio’s campaign for president. “Marco Rubio is the brightest and most capable candidate,” VanderSloot said in a letter explaining his endorsement. “He has the uncanny ability to state his positions clearly in a way that resonates with the average voter.” VanderSloot said he plans to raise money for Rubio, but has not decided how much he will personally give. The Melaleuca CEO said he believes this presidential election may be the most important election in American history. “Because of that, I have paid a great...
  • Democrats Lost the War for Staying Power

    11/07/2015 1:10:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Bloomberg View | November 4, 2015 | Megan McArdle
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-04/democrats-lost-the-war-for-staying-power
  • In First Radio Ads, Donald Trump Promises 'You'll Never Be Disappointed'

    11/06/2015 12:26:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    KNTU Ntional Public Radio ^ | November 5, 2015 | Sam Sanders
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released two, minute-long radio ads Thursday morning which will air in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. It's a $300,000 ad by, with a focus on early nominating states in the presidential race. Until now, Trump has relied on free media coverage, and that strategy seems to have worked — he has been at or near the top of the polls for most of his campaign thus far. With the release of these ads, Trump is either making the point that he's in the race for the long haul, or admitting that he might be...
  • GOP Job Well Done

    10/31/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Revski · 7 replies
    o7jimm Youtube Video ^ | 10/31/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    You can't put lipstick on a pig but you sure can clean it up.
  • Jeb Bush Campaign Memo: 70,000 Phone Calls Yield 1,260 Supporters

    10/30/2015 12:46:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | October 30, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    DES MOINES – It is a portrait of deep frustration. Jeb Bush’s campaign has 10 paid staff members in Iowa, it has made 70,380 phone calls to state Republicans and it has collected 5,000 email addresses. For all that, it has recruited just four volunteers statewide and has identified only 1,260 supporters. The metrics were shown to campaign donors in Houston this week and revealed on Thursday as part of a detailed strategy memo obtained by U.S. News & World Report.Upbeat excerpts from the briefing, which called Senator Marco Rubio of Florida “a G.O.P. Obama” and Mr. Bush’s chief rival,...
  • Two Other Things From That Debate Last Night

    10/29/2015 3:00:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | October 29, 2015 | Scott,McKay, publisher
    The majority of what I have can be found here, but I’ve neglected to post the video of the two most entertaining parts of the thing. First, being the best moment of any of the debates – that being Ted Cruz’ glorious vivisection of the CNBC moderators. This is a Ronald Reagan moment to be remembered… (VIDEO-AT-LINK)What was most brilliant about that was Cruz managed in uncorking that gem to reinforce the attacks CNBC had made on all his opponents, but in a way none of them could possibly complain about – and in fact a few of them said...
  • A Breakthrough Night for Ted Cruz

    10/29/2015 12:04:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PolitickerNJ ^ | October 29, 2015 | Alan Steinberg
    There is no doubt as to who was the gold medal winner of the CNBC GOP presidential debate last night: Ted Cruz. The silver medal winner was Marco Rubio. They both scored major points by blasting the major losers of the night: the outrageously biased panel of moderators of CNBC. These moderators made Rachel Maddow look like the epitome of fairness. Conservatives have for years asserted that mainstream media has a blatant liberal bias. Nothing did more to prove this assertion than the performance last night of the CNBC moderators. Another major loser was John Kasich. His bitterness at his...
  • Cruz raised $772,000 through midnight from debate performance

    10/29/2015 11:28:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 29, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign raised $772,000 through midnight following his debate performance Wednesday evening in Boulder, Colorado. "We're continuing to have a strong day on fundraising," a top Cruz aide who confirmed the fundraising haul said on Thursday. Cruz earned the most-talked-about moment on Facebook and Twitter with a verbal assault on the CNBC moderators, saying their questions illustrate why Americans don't trust the media. "This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions: 'Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?,' 'Ben Carson, can you do math?,' 'John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?,'...
  • Do or Die (The Debates)

    10/28/2015 2:51:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | October 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    If Jeb Bush strikes out in tonights GOP debate, look for one of these two senators to emerge in the spotlight. T onight, Jeb Bush sinks or swims. For the past month, since the last Republican presidential debate, the erstwhile front-runner has struggled to capture ground and stake a position. On his flank are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who draw crowds and dollars with an anti-establishmentand often anti-Bushmessage. Close behind is Sen. Marco Rubio, who offers the same message as Bush with a fresh face and the promise of a more diverse, cosmopolitan party. And in front, blocking movement,...
  • Candidates take a stand, affirm that Black Lives Matter

    10/13/2015 9:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 13, 2015 | Amanda Sakuma
    Democratic presidential candidates stumbled early in their campaigns by underestimating the growing political power of the Black Lives Matter social movement. But in Tuesday nights debate, those 2016 hopefuls were out to prove that they would not be caught flat-footed again. Black lives matter, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said unequivocally. The reason those words matter is the African-American community knows that on any given day some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car, and then three days later shes going to end up dead in jail, he added, referencing a woman whose death while in police custody...
  • Republican activists think a strong conservative can win the White House. Theyre probably wrong.

    10/13/2015 8:31:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | October 13, 2015 | John Sides
    A common piece of conventional wisdom and one that has backing in the political science literature is that candidates are punished for being ideologically out of step with their constituents. This is what underlies the usual advice given to presidential candidates in a general election: move to the center, or risk being perceived as too ideological. Thus far in 2016, as Matthew Atkinson and Darin DeWitt have argued on this blog, prediction markets bear out this advice. Now heres something fascinating about this election cycle: Republicans seem not to believe that there is any electoral penalty for being...
  • Trumps Latino Superfan Baffles CNNs Baldwin: He Is My Perfect Man

    10/09/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 9, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    In his ongoing quest to prove that Latinos do, in fact, love him, Donald Trump brought a Hispanic woman named Myriam Witcher up on stage at his Las Vegas rally Thursday night who could not love him more. Yes, Mr. Trump! We love you! We love you, all the way to the White House! she exclaimed, her hands held high in the air. On Friday, CNNs Brooke Baldwin tried to get to the bottom of how this woman could possibly feel the way she does about Trump. Oh my God, he is coming he is our man sent from...
  • Ted Cruz sets sights on Rand Pauls libertarian base

    10/09/2015 3:49:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    NASHUA, N.H.Hes sliding in the polls, struggling to raise money and now the only base he has left is starting to wobble. Rand Paul returned to what should have been home turf on Friday when he appeared at the Republican Liberty Caucus, a gathering of libertarian activists in New Hampshire. And while he was a crowd favorite, there is an intensifying buzz around rival Ted Cruz, even from ideological purists still pining for Rands dad, Ron. Cruz is stronger, hed have more spunk as president, said Shirlene Van Doorne, 64, of Nashua, after the Texas senator delivered a rousing...
  • Ted Cruz just raised a significant amount of cash for his presidential bid

    10/09/2015 1:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period. The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story. Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September....
  • Ted Cruz's Wait-It-Out Strategy Could Prove Successfulor a "Colossal Mistake"

    10/09/2015 10:58:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 9, 2015 | Pema Levy, Reporter, DC Bureau
    The senator from Texas is banking on a war of attrition among the other outsider candidates.Ted Cruz's run for president has gotten off to a rough start. He's currently in sixth place in the polls. The thirst for an outsider candidate that was supposed to propel his campaign has instead been quenched by Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and now Carly Fiorina. But Cruz has a strategy for overcoming his lackluster performance thus far, one that's drawn strong reviews from some party insiders. Republican consultant Doug Heye praised his "smart" campaign to the Hill newspaper, and the conservative National Review Online...