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  • Trump, Carson Lead Minnesota 'Corn Poll'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    08/12/2015 6:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    KUAM-TV ^ | August 11, 2015 | Nestor Licanto
    Could Guam play a pivotal role in picking the eventual Republican nominee for president? That's what a staffer for Senator Ted Cruz believes. And he traveled all the way from Washington, DC to let local party members know that the GOP candidate wants their votes come convention time. Dennis Lennox says under Republican Party rules, a candidate must win a majority of delegates from at least eight states to be eligible for nomination. With as many as 17 candidates potentially dividing up those votes, the eight-state threshold may be harder to come by. However, GOP rules recognize Guam and the...
  • Tom Kacich: Area, state donors spread campaign money around (Cruz in control!)

    08/12/2015 6:36:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Champaign News-Gazette ^ | August 12, 2015 | Tom Kacich
    Unlike the last two presidential elections when Barack Obama soaked up most of the local campaign contributions to presidential candidates, donors so far this year are splitting their money among about a half-dozen contenders. And while Hillary Clinton is the runaway leader in Illinois — she's collected $1.76 million statewide out of the $2.73 million going to the 14 presidential candidates who had filed disclosure reports through June — she's not even the leading Democratic recipient in East Central Illinois. In the ZIP codes that begin with the "618" prefix — which include most of Champaign, Vermilion and Piatt counties...
  • Ted Cruz raises more than $1 million online since debate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    07/31/2015 6:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mitt Romney is out there ripping into Ted Cruz, and I made the observation that I can't recall a presidential candidate -- losing presidential candidate -- ripping presidential candidates in his own party in the next election cycle. I was trying to think, in the modern era, if there was an example of it. I couldn't think of one. It wasn't so much trying to think of Reagan's 11th commandment as I was thinking more about establishment Republican versus upstart Tea Party conservative. By the way, here's another thing: I've been doing... In the course of show...
  • What's Wrong With Politics: The Ted Cruz Edition

    07/31/2015 4:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Blue Nation Review's Public Enemies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Shawn Drury
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a very smart accomplished guy. That does not mean he will ever be elected president, the office he currently seeks. His views are well to the right of most Americans, and that includes Republicans. Cruz also has a penchant for losing the filter that exists between his very capable brain and his mouth. Slamming one of your party’s leaders on the Senate floor isn’t normally a good idea. In national polls, Cruz gets about 5 percent of the Republican vote. Among the early voting states, he does a little better in Iowa and South Carolina...
  • Houston 'moneyman' ponies up $10 M for Cruz

    07/31/2015 10:38:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jennifer Reiley
    Toby Neugebauer, the son of a U.S. Texas congressman, donated almost a third of the funds raised by Super PACs supporting presidential hopeful U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. Neugebauer, son of Lubbock Republican Randy Neugebauer, donated $10 million to "Keep the Promise II," one of four PACs for Cruz of the same name. Neugebauer is the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm in the energy industry. According to Bloomberg, the firm has managed more than $7 billion in commitments since 1998. Neugebauer is heavily involved in the energy industry,...
  • Is it possible Lindsey Graham could lose the GOP Primary in his home state? YES! (Vanity)

    07/30/2015 8:02:09 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 31 replies
    July 30, 2015
    CALLING ALL SOUTH CAROLINA FREEPERS: The "low-information" voters do NOT determine the winners of Primaries like they do General Elections. Lindsey Graham and the GOP Establishment will get "down and dirty" in the SC Primary. And, I know he won his Senate Primary in 2014, against some light-weights that no one had ever heard of, but, Graham, and the GOP Establishment, have never come up against men like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. All you SC FReepers need to get organized now. Help Trump and Cruz defeat Lindsey Graham in his home state. What a slap in the face that...
  • Bernie Sanders Hosts a Nationwide House Party for Over 100,000 Would-Be Foot Soldiers

    07/30/2015 6:47:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | July 30, 2015 | Nick Corasaniti
    It had all the markings of a Washington house party: guests milling about, talk of politics and policy, a few custom cocktails and a crowd that would make a fire-code enforcer sweat. Oh, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Indeed, on what the campaign is calling one of the most important days of its upstart movement, Mr. Sanders came to this small apartment in southwest Washington, looked into a camera and spoke live to what his campaign said was more than 100,000 supporters nationwide. “Enough is enough,” Mr. Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, told his followers, listing grievance after grievance,...
  • Q2: GOP Presidential Fundraising Breakdown (Pennsylvania-Read this to see the real race)

    07/30/2015 4:59:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Politics PA ^ | July 29, 2015 | Nick Field, Managing Editor
    The latest fundraising deadline was the first for several 2016 presidential candidates. They provide a view into how all the Oval Office hopefuls are faring so far. Furthermore, thanks to an impressive interactive map from the National Journal, we can chart each candidate’s fundraising by county. By compiling the county numbers, we found that in total $615,514* was contributed by Pennsylvanians to the eligible GOP presidential candidates from April 1st to June 30th. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished first with $188,154 in donations from thirty-three of the counties in the commonwealth. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in second with $78,160...
  • Presidential candidate to Cruz Alabama on bus tour

    07/30/2015 2:13:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Yellowhammer ^ | July 29, 2015 | Jordan LaPorta
    The Shelby County Republican Party announced Wednesday they will be hosting a “Southern Social” with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) and moon pies as part of a series of events the presidential candidate has scheduled that day in Alabama. Cruz will be meeting voters and speaking at the Pelham Civic Complex on Sunday August 9 from 2pm-4pm. The event is casual and open to the public. Yellowhammer’s Cliff Sims will also be in attendance and will be introducing the senator at the event. Campaign sources say Senator Cruz may also attend a service that morning at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Via a...
  • Ted Cruz Sells His Soul to to Frackers for $15 Million

    07/25/2015 7:59:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 25, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are bringing in a sizeable number of donations of under $100, Republicans have been going for the big money, like the huge score Ted Cruz just made from a pair of Texas frackers. Even so, on July 16, Newsmax made a big deal of Hillary receiving donations from wealthy individuals, with the headline, “Hillary Clinton’s Donations From Hedge Fund Titans Exceed Republicans.” Those Democrats are such elitists! You don’t want to be drinking milk when you read these things, at least not without a bib. And here the Texas Messiah, Ted Cruz, just hauled...
  • Welcome to the GOP kids’ table: Why the second-tier debates aren’t a death knell (Salon=experts)

    07/21/2015 12:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Salon ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jim Newell
    Six candidates will miss out on the first primetime debate. Is that really such a terrible thing? We’re about two weeks out from the first GOP presidential debates and oh god this is so exciting. We here at Salon Dot Com consider it our first priority to inform the American consumer, and right now we’d urge you to stock up on popcorn *today* before the nation’s entire stock dries up. There will be two debates on August 6 in Cleveland: a grown-ups’ table and a kids’ table. The top ten candidates in an average of the five most recent national...
  • Behind in presidential polls, Ted Cruz surges in fundraising

    07/21/2015 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Market Watch's Capitol Report ^ | July 15, 2015 | Robert Schroeder, Fiscal Policy Reporter
    Ted Cruz is way behind in polls about the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he’s killing it when it comes to fundraising. The Texas senator is in eighth place among the GOP White House hopefuls, according to the latest average of polls from RealClearPolitics. But Cruz places third in the money race, when counting his own campaign and affiliated super PACs, behind fellow Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, the public got a look at how the campaigns are raising and spending money through the end of the second quarter. As The Wall Street Journal points out,...
  • Jeb Bush Is Meaner Than He Looks

    07/20/2015 10:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Professor Larry J. Sabato
    If the other Bush campaigns are any guide, the gloves are about to come off. Like father, like son—or perhaps it’s the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Whatever cliché you prefer, one of the useful things about dynasties is that patterns emerge over time. With the Clintons, for instance, we know to pay attention to every modifying word and each verb tense they use (the meaning of “is” and such). The whole truth usually has to be dragged out of them—or discovered independently. Similarly, an examination of the Bush family legacy in campaigning makes clear that Jeb Bush’s...
  • Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Coming to Columbus (Georgia, August 8th)

    07/20/2015 6:32:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WTVM-V ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jason Dennis
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – He will be the first 2016 presidential candidate to visit the Chattahoochee Valley – and the just-announced event is next month. Ted Cruz (R), current U.S. Senator from Texas, will be in the Columbus area on August 8 at Solid Rock Church on 6959 Warm Springs Road in Midland. He’s currently one of the top tier Republicans running for the White House. Tickets are $20 each to cover costs and a buffet dinner provided by Country's Bar-B-Que, according to the organizers of this event, the Muscogee County Republican party. Leaders with that group also say this...
  • 2016 Presidential Candidates Placing Emphasis on New Marketing Techniques (Hillary & Ted leading)

    07/20/2015 8:04:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2015 | Samuel Edwards
    Because presidential elections only happen once every four years, it’s always interesting to see how campaigning changes in reference to technologies and tactics. A lot of innovation happens over the course of four years and it’s very rare for candidates to follow the same formula as those who went before them. In the 2016 race for the White House, this principle is already holding true. Social media and presidential campaigns If you turn back the clock 10 or 15 years, progressive media forms consisted of talk radio, the Internet and maybe a handful of podcasts. Presidential candidates that were able...
  • Jennifer Rubin: How to handle a bully like Trump

    07/19/2015 10:30:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | July 19, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs & Neocons
    As the candidates who will qualify for the presidential debate in August begin their preparations, they are going to want to bone up on a range of policy issues and make sure they have coherent answers to hard questions. (Now that Syria is a mess what do we do about it? If a Supreme Court vacancy opens on Day One, who is at the top of your replacement list? Has the president pardoned too few or too many people?) Equally important will be a game plan for neutralizing Donald Trump. Even before Trump self-destructed on Saturday, we saw candidates like...
  • Winners and losers in the first big cash grab of the 2016 presidential race

    07/18/2015 6:41:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News / Bloomberg News | July 18, 2015
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.expressnews.com/news/us-world/article/Winners-and-losers-in-the-first-big-cash-grab-of-6393000.php
  • Exclusive — ‘Proven Fundraiser’ Ted Cruz Can Defeat the Clinton Machine in 2016

    07/18/2015 6:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 18, 2015 | Rep. Jim Bridenstine
    Beating Hillary Clinton requires a Republican nominee who will energize all elements of the Republican Party: fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, values voters, and constitutional conservatives. Nominating a milquetoast Republican who fails to gain the support of the whole party will cripple Republican enthusiasm and shrink turnout just as it has in previous elections. Since the media is going to chastise Republicans for rejecting the liberal agenda, let’s nominate a solid conservative, energize the Republican Party, and win. At a time when judicial activism and DC’s perverse incentives are concentrating power in Washington, we need a tested candidate who has...
  • Overlooked in the Cruz path to the White House

    07/18/2015 3:12:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Take ^ | July 17, 2015 | Bobby Cervantes
    Ted Cruz wants Republicans to ask themselves what his political father, Ronald Reagan, asked Americans more than 30 years ago: Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Everything he has done so far, since he became the first declared presidential candidate, has made this the central question of his campaign. He wants to seize on the dissatisfaction of social conservative hardliners and ride that wave to the nomination. Now, a new plan by a super PAC backing Cruz, shows the level of dedication to testing that presumption, particularity when it comes to the use of "wedge...
  • Obama's Donors Flocking To Sanders, Romney's Going To Rubio

    07/17/2015 2:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | July 17, 2015 | David Catanese
    Bernie Sanders is drawing more of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign donors than Hillary Clinton. And Marco Rubio is scoring the biggest share of Mitt Romney's contributors thus far. These are the findings of Crowdpac, a San Francisco-based political data-mining firm which analyzed the July presidential campaign finance reports. The Vermont senator has already received contributions from 24,582 of Obama's donors; whereas Clinton has only tapped just over 9,000 of them. Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor, has grabbed 383 Obama donors. That means Sanders has nabbed 72 percent of the 34,340 Obama donors who have given to a candidate in...