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  • Cantor-allied Young Guns Network urges non-Republicans to vote in Lugar race

    06/11/2014 2:46:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/27/12 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    I reported the other day that the Young Guns Network, a group led by two former top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is spending $100,000 in the primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and state treasurer Richard Mourdock in a bid to protect the Indiana incumbent - and here's what some of that mail looks like. A lit piece that the YG Network dropped focuses, as they'd said it would, on energy policy - but it is targeted to non-Republicans, as it reminds voters that Indiana's GOP primary is an open one in which Democrats and independents can vote.
  • Special-Interest Groups Widening Political Attack Ads

    05/06/2014 10:58:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2000 | PETER MARKS
    It was one of the more astonishing political images of the year: a newspaper advertisement that linked Osama bin Laden, the suspected international terrorist, with Senator Spencer Abraham, the Michigan Republican. Why is the senator, asked the advertisement that ran in some of Michigan's largest newspapers, ''trying to make it easier for terrorists like Osama bin Laden to export their way of terror to any street in America?''
  • GOP senator [Lugar] ousted by Tea Party challenger donates to Democratic Senate hopeful in Georgia

    01/08/2014 3:03:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 7, 2014 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Former Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, has given the maximum amount of money allowed under federal campaign finance laws to a candidate who hopes to help Democrats retain the Senate in the 2014 election. Michelle Nunn used the $5,000 donation to appeal to conservative Georgia voters. "I am immensely honored and grateful for Senator Lugar's generous support in this race," she said. "Both in the Senate and in the international community, Senator Lugar's collaborative approach made us safer and moved our country forward. We need more leaders like Senator Lugar -- not less, and I will strive to follow this...
  • Nunn gets boost from Lugar's PAC

    01/07/2014 12:39:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/6/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn is getting some cross-party love from former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). Lugar's political action committee, the 19th Star PAC, donated $5,000 to Nunn's Senate campaign in early December, according to the group's latest Federal Election Commission report. Lugar and Nunn's father, former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), worked together closely on nuclear non-proliferation issues while both were in the Senate. This isn't the first time one of Nunn's former GOP colleagues has donated to his daughter -- former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) also gave $500 to her campaign and attended a fundrasier for her, the Washington Post...
  • Republicans Help Georgia Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn

    01/07/2014 12:37:19 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/6/13 | Dan Riehl
    If one ever needed proof that establishment Republicans and Democrats amount to one party rule in Washington, look no further than this story. Former Republican Senator Richard Lugar’s leadership political action committee, The 19th Star PAC, sent $5,000 on Dec. 12 to Democrat Michelle Nunn, who will face the winner of the Republican primary for Saxby Chambliss's seat. Chambliss, a Republican, is retiring. Nunn also received a donation from another Republican, former Virginia Senator, John Warner. Lugar's PAC has also been busy in some primary races, backing establishment Republican candidates, of course. Some might suggest this is simply more proof...
  • Lugar: 'Random outliers' in Congress shouldn't stop Syria action

    09/03/2013 10:41:13 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 3, 2013 | Washington Post
    Lugar: 'Random outliers' in Congress shouldn't stop Syria action
  • Richard Lugar Loses GOP Indiana Senate Primary by Landslide

    01/18/2013 4:53:47 AM PST · by RC one · 110 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2012 10:52 PM EDT | Lloyd Grove
    The 36-year Senate veteran is trounced by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, whose business and Tea Party backers spent $2.7 million to defeat a once-powerful pol they portrayed as out of touch.That cracking, thudding sound emanating from Indiana on primary night Tuesday was the crumbling of a Washington institution, punctuated by muffled shrieks of terror from incumbent office-holders everywhere.Republican Sen. Richard Lugar—a towering figure in the national-security, arms-control, and foreign-policy realms who six years ago was so popular in his home state that local Democrats didn’t bother to field an opponent—lost his bid for a seventh term to a lesser-known,...
  • Dunkirk

    11/07/2012 6:20:56 AM PST · by Qbert · 7 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 7, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    I’ll have more in the morning, but my quick thoughts. Of course it was a bad defeat tonight.  Let’s not kid ourselves. We had a chance to stop the decline, and we didn’t. We held the House pretty strongly, so that’s good, and a reflection that candidates and ideology matter.  We nominated candidates at the District level who could make the case; we didn’t make the case at the national level.  It also looks like we did well in state races. Wrong lessons will be drawn from the Senate races.  We nominated a moderate who lost in a Wisconsin which rejected...
  • INDIANA’S LUGAR BACKS TEA PARTY MOURDOCK IN SENATE RUN

    09/24/2012 2:31:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/23/2012 | John Gizzi
    In response to repeated queries from conservatives as to whether Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is supporting the conservative Republican who defeated the 36-year incumbent for renomination this year, Human Events called Lugar’s office and asked whether the lameduck incumbent is backing State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, now locked in a tight contest with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly. “Yes, the senator is supporting Treasurer Mourdock,” Lugar press secretary Andy Fisher told us Friday. “On the night of the Friday election (when Mourdock defeated Lugar by a margin of 3-to-2), he said he would vote for him in November.” Fisher also pointed out...
  • Lugar will not campaign for Mourdock in Ind.

    09/17/2012 2:02:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | TOM LoBIANCO
    <p>NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Richard Lugar says he will not campaign for the man who vanquished him in May's Republican primary.</p> <p>Lugar told conservative Indiana blogger Abdul Hakim-Shabazz in an interview posted Monday that he would not actively support Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on the campaign trail. The six-term senator had previously left the question unanswered. But he raised eyebrows in July when he introduced Mourdock to Senate Republicans at a weekly lunch.</p>
  • Marc Faber: If I Were Bernanke, I Would Resign

    09/14/2012 10:08:45 AM PDT · by Fred · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | 91412 | Shai Ahmed
    Central bankers are “counterfeit money printers” and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should resign for messing up the U.S. economy so badly, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Doom and Boom, told CNBC on Friday. He said Bernanke was one of the main proponents of an ultra-expansionist economic monetary policy that was to blame for the latest financial crisis. “If I had messed up as badly as Bernanke I would for sure resign. The mandate of the Fed to boost asset prices and thereby create wealth is ludicrous — it doesn’t work that way. It’s a temporary boost followed by...
  • NO COUNTRY FOR OLD INCUMBENTS

    06/04/2012 6:57:40 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/3/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    A storm is not a good time to be at the wheel of a ship and a worldwide economic disaster is not a good time to be at the wheel of the ship of state. Hard times are supposed to bring great men to the fore, but instead we have some of the sorriest men in history trying to find the wheel, sleeping off a bender in their cabins or debating whether a wheel even exists. Obama is bad, but he's not exactly up against rival statesmen. After parading around with a one-man cult of personality, launching international projects with...
  • Sen. Lugar not planning "active" campaign for Mourdock (Dick takes ball & goes home)

    05/30/2012 6:07:02 PM PDT · by ak267 · 31 replies
    CBS ^ | May 27, 2012 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (CBS News) In his first interview since he lost his primary earlier this month, Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar said he had no plans to campaign for Richard Mourdock, who beat him. "For the time being, I don't plan an active campaign," Lugar said on "Face the Nation." The 80-year old lawmaker, known for reaching a landmark post-Cold War agreement on weapons reductions with Russia, has served in the Senate for 36 years. He lost to Tea Party-backed State Treasurer Richard Mourdock by 20 percent during the May 8 primary. Lugar told host Bob Schieffer that Republican voters in Indiana...
  • Lugar Says He Won't Campaign For Mourdock

    05/29/2012 4:59:23 AM PDT · by Abathar · 51 replies
    AP/theindychannel.com ^ | May 28, 2012 | uncredited
    INDIANAPOLIS -- U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar said he doesn't intend to campaign for the man who defeated him in Indiana's Republican primary. Lugar said Sunday on CBS' "Face The Nation" that he would not actively campaign on behalf of GOP senatorial nominee Richard Mourdock. The state treasurer will face Democrat Joe Donnelly in November.
  • Dick Lugar Haunts the Free Market from the Grave

    05/24/2012 6:05:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    RedState ^ | May 23 2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    You might have thought that we vanquished Dick Lugar from the levers of power a few weeks ago. But if nothing is done to stop the impending 5-year Farm Bill, he might harm us with his regressive policies long past his time in Washington. Last month, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a 5-year farm bill that continues to serve as one of the most potent anti-free-market vehicles in the statist arsenal. There is nothing more vital to American consumers than fuel and food, yet the farm bill is loaded up with subsidies for farming, biofuels, and other inefficacious “fuel” sources...
  • Mitch Daniels: Richard Mourdock no tea party win (Will the GOP-E ever accept the GOP-TEA?

    05/16/2012 10:22:36 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16th | MJ Lee
    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that Richard Mourdock's upset victory over incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) last week was a "tea party phenomenon."
  • Sen. Bradley's view on the loss of Lugar.

    05/15/2012 8:25:36 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies
    Wgntv.com ^ | 5-14-12 | WGN NEWS MIDDAY
    Towards the end of the interview Bradley expresses his sadness at Lugar's loss and the dumb sheep that voted Lugar OUT.
  • Voter files FEC complaint against Mourdock campaign (GOP-E and John McCane)

    05/13/2012 1:53:01 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    WISH ^ | April 23rd | Jim Shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Richard Mourdock's Senate campaign is now the subject of a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission. It has to do with the accusation that the Mourdock campaign improperly downloaded information from a GOP database. The state Republican Party last week cut off the campaign's access to the database known as Salesforce. The complaint was filed by John McCane, a former mayor of Rushville, who alleges that Mourdock used a state campaign committee to pay the $125 fee to access Salesforce and then illegally transferred information including email addresses to his federal campaign.
  • Richard Mourdock money bomb

    05/11/2012 2:46:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 9, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    It’s not enough for Operation Counterweight to get a candidate through the primary. We need to support the candidate immediately to keep the momentum going. Richard Mourdock is not running to the left (often mischaracterized as running to the center) one bit. Listen to this interview, which has the mainstream media up in arms because Mourdock defined bi-partisanship as Democrats coming over to our side on issues (3:25): “What I hear you say is you’re not going to compromise,” O’Brien observed. “In fact, the only compromise you’ll do is really getting other people on the other side of the aisle...
  • Voters Say We Are All Inmate No. 11593-051 Now

    05/10/2012 2:42:06 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 10, 2012
    Tuesday's Results: The Tea Party shows it's alive and well, Wisconsin's embattled governor gets more votes than the top two Democrats and a federal inmate gives the president a primary battle. The natives are still restless. Conservative pundit and IBD contributor Ann Coulter once said she, like many Americans, would rather vote for Jeffrey Dahmer, known for his unusual culinary choices, over President Obama. Federal prisoner Keith Russell Judd, 49, is not quite in Dahmer's league, but for a substantial portion of West Virginia Democrats, he is also preferable to our campaigner-in-chief. Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal...
  • Media keepers of the status quo upset at Lugar's defeat

    05/10/2012 1:08:55 PM PDT · by TerriHaute · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 10, 2012 | John Kass
    A few weeks after the recent synod of the bishops of journalism — known to us taxpaying chumbolones as the White House Correspondents' Association dinner — the secular clergy pronounced sentence on Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock. Mourdock had the audacity to whomp the heck out of six-term U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in Tuesday's Indiana Republican primary. Mourdock's sin, according to the high priests of establishment journalism? He's a conservative, and a constitutionalist, backed by the tea party. Watching all this from the bordering state once called Illinois — now known as the wind-swept economic wasteland of Madiganistan — makes me...
  • Why Dick Lugar lost (MEGABARF - GOP-E helps the drive bys re-write history in real time)

    05/09/2012 5:57:40 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 22 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | May 9th | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    Instant analysis of Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar’s crushing defeat at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Tuesday’s Republican primary cast it as yet another example of a tea party-aligned GOPer ousting a prominent face of the party establishment. And that instant analysis would be wrong. Lugar lost — and lost badly — for a number of reasons, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with the relative tea party-ness of his opponent. At its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who...
  • Lugar defeat underscores vanishing U.S. political middle

    05/09/2012 4:24:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2012 | By Thomas Ferraro and David Lawder
    The landslide defeat of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in Indiana sent an ominous message to Washington: unprecedented partisan gridlock in Congress likely will worsen next year and make difficult efforts to cut the record U.S. debt even tougher. Tuesday's vote also delivered a punch to the gut of the Senate's "old guard," which for years has sought to restore the chamber's reputation as "the world's most deliberative body." Widely hailed as an elder statesman, Lugar lost the Republican primary in his home state to a Tea Party-backed challenger, largely because he was seen as not conservative enough and too willing...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. Does Lugar's defeat mean the Tea Party is back?)

    05/09/2012 3:37:13 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5-9-12 | Fox news
    With Sen. Richard Lugar’s defeat in Indiana, is the Tea Party back? Yes, but it’s going to hurt the GOP in November Yes, and not a moment too soon. Republicans were starting to get soft No. The Indiana victory was a fluke for the Tea Party, and a one-time thing this year The Tea Party never left
  • Week in review - Great Pictures (TPX 6 Bus Tour)PLUS VICTORY!/Indiana

    05/09/2012 1:31:56 PM PDT · by Syncro · 17 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | Tea Party Express HQ
    Dear Friends, The Tea Party Express had an amazing week last week thanks to all your support and involvement and would like to thank you.  Everyday our buses traveled to a different city in this great nation rallying conservatives.  I think you can agree that the Tea Party is answering our critics and is just as passionate and energized as we were in 2010 and are poised to have another banner year at the ballot box in 2012.We wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the last week that were made possible through your support and...
  • Krauthammer: Generation Of Right-Of-Center Republicans Coming To An End

    05/09/2012 11:55:44 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 36 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 5-9-2012 | Ian Schwartz
    "I think it's a generational issue," syndicated columnist and FOX News contributor Charles Krauthammer said about the Lugar-Mourdock Senate primary in Indiana. "I think Lugar is a lion of the Senate. I think he's served very well, he's been very important in foreign affairs over these years but that doesn't appeal to voters. He's been in there for very long time. He's had a lot of moderate opinions. He's not a Tea Party favorite and I think his time will likely will have come. I'm not sure that there is anything he could have done differently in campaigning. He is...
  • RINOs Who Need to Go

    05/09/2012 7:08:21 AM PDT · by Freestate316 · 87 replies
    Vanity
    Now that Indiana RINO Richard Lugar will be vacating his Senate office, what other Senate RINOs would we most love to see follow him? I nominate John McCain.
  • Dick Lugar's Indiana Loss Is a Win for Democrats

    05/09/2012 9:21:11 AM PDT · by central_va · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/9/12 | Chris Good
    In a tough year for Senate campaigns, Democrats will take everything they can get. This year's map of Senate races heavily favors the GOP, which will defend only 10 seats to Democrats' 23. Six Democratic incumbents have declined to run, and Democrats will have to defend seats in 11 competitive races, while Republicans will only defend in five. All of which makes Sen. Dick Lugar's loss welcome news for Democrats, who seem to have figured all along that their candidate, Blue Dog Rep. Joe Donnelly, would fare better against Tea Party-backed, Saran Palin-endorsed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in November. Now...
  • Sore Lugar

    05/09/2012 6:52:25 AM PDT · by Qbert · 95 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.8.12 | JOHN TABIN
    Jim mentioned this earlier, but it's worth highlighting Dick Lugar's shrill parting statement. Though he says "I hope my opponent wins in November," it doesn't sound like he means it: If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign...
  • Tea Party Hails Lugar Defeat

    05/09/2012 4:45:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2012 | John Ransom
    I got a happy email Dick Armey celebrating the defeat of Richard Lugar in the US Senate race for Indiana. Not that I would EVER say I told you so, be here are two columns I wrote about that race back in September of 2011 and October of 2011 telling you so before I told you so…sooooo…:  Tea Party Favorite Blasts Lugar on $165k Fed Subsidies Sep 14th, 2011US Senate candidate and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock blasted US Senator from Indiana, Richard Lugar, the incumbent Republican he’s trying to unseat, over farm subsidy payments that Lugar received from 1995...
  • What Lugar's loss could mean for a Pres. Romney (You cannot underestimate the Tea Party movement)

    05/09/2012 6:32:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/09/2012 | Philip Klein
    Not only did Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock just put an end to Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's 35-year U.S. Senate career, but it wasn't even close. NBC projected Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer, the winner of the Republican primary shortly after polls closed, as he was trouncing Lugar by over 20 points. In and of itself, the crushing defeat of such a long-time veteran of the Senate would be a big story, but the importance of this development will be felt way beyond Indiana. As I wrote earlier this week, a lot of pundits have been prematurely writing the obituary to...
  • Why Lugar Lost

    05/09/2012 4:35:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/09/2012 | Brian Bolduc
    Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana lost his party’s nomination tonight because he had lost touch with the party’s grassroots. Since his election to the Senate in 1976, Lugar had cut a profile as a moderate Republican: He had supported the ethanol mandate, backed the Brady Bill, and opposed the Iraq surge. In previous cycles, Republicans had forgiven Lugar his ideological transgressions, but in recent years, he had become more brazen. Not only did Lugar support the DREAM Act; he cosponsored it. Not only did he vote for New START, he spoke forcefully in its favor. True, Lugar wasn’t Arlen Specter...
  • Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar

    05/08/2012 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 181 replies
    LATimes ^ | May 08, 2012
    Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar By Kim Geiger May 8, 2012 Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary, according to an Associated Press projection, ending the career of one of the Senate’s most pragmatic politicians and casting a cloud over GOP efforts to win control of the chamber. Mourdock, state treasurer in Indiana, campaigned as a conservative alternative to Lugar. He became a darling of the tea party movement after he began a legal challenge to the terms of the Obama administration’s bailout of Chrysler. Mourdock was endorsed...
  • Lugar Defeated by Mourdock in Republican Primary

    05/08/2012 4:39:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 95 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., one of the longest-serving members of the Senate, lost the Republican primary to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock on Tuesday. With 14 percent of the vote counted according to the AP tally, NBC News has called the race for Mourdock, who leads Lugar 61 percent to 39 percent. Facing a headwind of tea party anger and hamstrung by a lingering story about his out-of-state residency, Lugar's campaign struggled badly in the final weeks of the campaign to make a forceful case for his re-election. Mourdock's bid was boosted by national conservative support from groups like the anti-tax...
  • Richard Lugar and the End of Moderate Republicanism

    05/08/2012 12:38:54 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 82 replies
    Nation ^ | 5-8-12 | Ari Berman
    If Indiana Senator Dick Lugar loses his Republican primary race to Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock tonight, as polls indicate is likely, his defeat will signal the end of moderate Republican internationalism in the US Senate and the GOP more broadly. Lugar, a two time chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee best known for his work on arms control and nonproliferation treaties, used to be one of the GOP’s leading figures on foreign policy. Now he’s an outlier. The Senate Republican caucus was once filled with the likes of Dick Lugar—sensible realists such as Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, George...
  • Local Election Sites Seeing Light Turnout (Indiana)

    05/08/2012 11:42:02 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    IBJ ^ | 5-8-12 | IBJ Staff and Associated Press
    Indiana will get a new look in Washington, D.C., next year, but how dramatic a facelift hinges largely on whether Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, the state's dominant political figure, survives a bruising challenge from the right. Marion County Clerk Beth White said she expects voter turnout for the Tuesday primary to be about 20 percent, much lower than the 37-percent participation in the 2008 primary. Without a presidential primary this time around, Democrats don’t feel as much urgency to vote, White said. For Republicans, the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Richard Lugar and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock is by far...
  • Vote for Richard Mourdock for US Senate in Indiana today, Recall Primary in Wisconsin

    05/08/2012 5:30:44 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 11 replies
    Richard Mourdock,com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Steelers6
       http://www.in.gov/apps/sos/primary/sos_primary12         A. Closing the Polling Places: Indiana state law requires counties to begin counting votes cast at the primary election immediately after the polls close at 6 p.m., prevailing local time. In accordance with prevailing local time, the polls in the 12 counties of Gibson, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Perry, Porter, Posey, Spencer, Starke, Vanderburgh, and Warrick close at 7 p.m., Indianapolis time. The polls in the remaining 80 Indiana counties close at 6 p.m., Indianapolis time. In most counties, ballots are counted first at local polling places by precinct election officials. These officials then travel on election night to...
  • Dick Lugar's political twilight? (Bye Dick!)

    05/07/2012 5:43:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 5/7/12 | David Catanese
    ANDERSON, Ind. — Just days before his first competitive election since Gerald Ford was president, Dick Lugar is standing before a municipal power plant here extolling the value of his international Rolodex — a list he boasts is longer than that of “any other public servant in Congress.” “We have, because of the years gone by, at least two world leaders coming through our office every week,” the six-term Republican senator told the small gathering of local energy leaders Friday afternoon in this county seat 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis. “Why does that make a difference? It makes a whole...
  • There are no winners in war against moderates

    05/05/2012 3:57:17 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 54 replies
    http://www.kearneyhub.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | Cokie and Steven Roberts
    Former Republican Rep. Tom Davis told The Hill newspaper: “The middle is getting squeezed,” but his comment vastly understates the crisis in the capital. Activists in both parties have declared war on moderates. The ideological gap between the two parties is widening rapidly. Paralysis is pervasive. Political scientist Keith Poole of the University of Georgia, who studies voting patterns, told the National Journal: “We are clearly as conflicted as we’ve been since 1905. The parties are, I think, completely dysfunctional and incapable of acting on major policy.” The National Journal reports that as recently as 1999, more than half of...
  • Lugar makes last-ditch appeal for support from Indiana Democrats, independents in GOP primary

    05/04/2012 11:09:32 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 48 replies
    The Republic ^ | Last Updated: May 04, 2012 - 12:58 pm | TOM LoBIANCO
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Sen. Richard Lugar is asking Democrats and independents to cross party lines and save him next week in the political fight of his life. The six-term senator said Friday he needs votes from outside his own party if he is to survive Tuesday's GOP primary. Recent polling has shown Lugar trailing tea party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Lugar told reporters he is best suited to represent Jewish and female Hoosiers along with ethnic minorities.
  • Poll: Lugar trails Mourdock by 10 points

    05/04/2012 10:20:49 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is 10 points behind his primary opponent, according to a new nonpartisan poll, making it highly unlikely he'll win Tuesday's contest. Lugar trails Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) 48 percent to 38, according to a poll released Friday from Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University. That is Mourdock's largest lead in any poll conducted of the race, including those by groups backing him. This is the latest — and biggest — bad sign for the six-term incumbent: The poll is considered the most accurate in the state. Lugar already has seen a major outside group...
  • Mourdock up 10 over Lugar, 48/38, four days before Indiana primary

    05/04/2012 8:17:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | may 4, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Indystar calls this latest poll result a “dramatic slide,” and is it ever. Incumbent Senator Dick Lugar led the race in the last iteration of the Howey/DePauw poll by seven points. Today, he’s trailing by ten, and Lugar has only four days to turn it around: The Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll, conducted by two prominent Republican and Democratic pollsters, shows Mourdock with a 48 percent to 38 percent lead over Lugar. … The poll shows a dramatic slide for Lugar, who in his last election in 2006 won with more than 80 percent of the vote after Democrats considered him...
  • High Noon in Indiana: Cantor's Young Guns Shoot Conservative Candidate, Mourdock Fights Back

    05/03/2012 11:56:11 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 16 replies
    Breitbart: Big Government ^ | 05/03/2012 | Dan Riehl
    Indiana Republican Senate primary candidate Richard Mourdock called a recent Young Guns Action Fund-supported mail drop encouraging Democrats to vote in Indiana's open GOP primary a "strike at conservatism." "This race is about who's in touch with Hoosiers [and] for the heart and soul of the Republican Party," Mourdock told Breitbart News. He added: "These are the same out-of-touch Washingtonians who want to dictate to the people of Indiana when it comes to who gets elected." Politico's Maggie Haberman broke the original news story that the Cantor-affiliated Young Guns Network had spent over $100,000 on the mail drop in support...
  • Lugar, Mourdock in Dead Heat in New Poll

    05/02/2012 7:52:47 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 2, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Richard Lugar and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock are in a dead heat according to a poll released Wednesday that was conducted for the Lunch Pail Republicans, a pro-labor group that announced its support for Lugar on the same day. Lugar leads Mourdock 44 percent to 42 percent, separation that is within the margin of error. Fourteen percent of respondents said they were undecided. The live-caller poll was conducted entirely on Tuesday. One-day polls typically arouse a bit more skepticism than surveys conducted over the course of several days. But most observers expect a close election and the findings of...
  • It’s starting to look like it's over for Dick Lugar

    05/02/2012 12:35:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Salon ^ | 05/02/2012 | BY STEVE KORNACKI
    It sure doesn’t look like Richard Lugar is long for the political world. The news that the major super PAC supporting his candidacy is bailing on him a week before the Republican primary reinforces a growing consensus that the six-term Indiana senator will likely be defeated next Tuesday by his conservative challenger, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Under one scenario, this could be a fortuitous development for Democrats, since Lugar, with his broad popularity outside the Republican Party, would probably defeat the Democratic candidate, Rep. Joe Donnelly, with ease. By contrast, Democrats are hopeful they could exploit Mourdock’s Tea Party politics...
  • Palin Endorses Mourdock, KO’s GOP Establishment Group’s Plans in Indiana

    04/28/2012 10:43:17 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 44 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Tony Lee
    At 2:51 p.m. eastern time on Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who many in the Republican establishment try to dismiss as being irrelevant, endorsed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on her Facebook page over establishment Republican incumbent Richard Lugar. Four hours later, at 6:36 p.m. eastern time, Politico ran a story about how the “American Action Network,” previously described as the establishment cavalry, would be pulling out of the Indiana race.
  • Cantor-allied Young Guns Network urges non-Republicans to vote in Lugar race

    04/28/2012 11:51:23 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 55 replies
    http://www.politico.com ^ | 4/27/12 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN
    I reported the other day that the Young Guns Network, a group led by two former top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is spending $100,000 in the primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and state treasurer Richard Mourdock in a bid to protect the Indiana incumbent - and here's what some of that mail looks like. A lit piece that the YG Network dropped focuses, as they'd said it would, on energy policy - but it is targeted to non-Republicans, as it reminds voters that Indiana's GOP primary is an open one in which Democrats and independents can vote....
  • Super-PAC cuts off Lugar in Indiana

    04/28/2012 9:11:56 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/28/2012 | C. Joseph
    The American Action Network, a super-PAC that backs establishment Republicans, has pulled out of Indiana's Senate race, the latest bad omen for Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). "We've decided we're going to let this race play out," AAN spokesman Dan Conston told The Hill Friday evening.
  • We are within 1 point - Mourdock surging!--Indiana Senate Race (TPX) [Sarah Palin Endorses]

    04/28/2012 5:09:15 AM PDT · by Syncro · 29 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 04/27/2012 | Sal Russo
    Dear Tea Party Supporters,We have received word from the Richard Mourdock for Indiana U.S. Senate campaign that they are within 1 POINT of RINO Sen. Dick Lugar!   Just 3 weeks ago, we were 6 points down in the race so we are surging at just the right time.  . There are only 12 days left until Tea Party Express-endorsed State Treasurer Richard Mourdock faces Obama’s “Favorite” Republican, Senator Dick Lugar, in the Indiana U.S. Senate Primary.  We need your support to make sure that Mourdock continues his surge in the polls.  . Here is our new TV ad that...
  • Pro-Lugar SuperPAC pulls out of race (rutt-rohh...RINO going down)

    04/27/2012 9:49:11 PM PDT · by ak267 · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 4/27/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    This is the worst omen for Dick Lugar in a slew of bad omens this week. The SuperPAC which has dumped $600,000 of advertising into the Indianapolis market is pulling out of the race: The American Action Network is pulling out of the Indiana GOP Senate primary, dropping its efforts on behalf of embattled Sen. Dick Lugar less than two weeks before the May 8 election, sources told POLITICO. Dan Conston, a spokesman for AAN, explained: “We’ve decided we’re going to let this race play out.” The group has already begun to pull its TV dollars; no further ads will...