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  • McDaniel Can Beat Cochran .. At The Polls .. In November. Here’s How!! (Longshot, at best)

    07/21/2014 7:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Iizthatiiz Blog I Iz Blogging ^ | July 21, 2014 | iizthatiiz
    On July 7th, the Mississippi GOP Executive Committee certified the results of the June 24th primary run-off, declaring Thad Cochran the winner. Senator McDaniel has not accepted this result, and has refused to concede the election. McDaniel volunteers have been scouring ballot boxes and poll books across Mississippi’s 82 counties .. when they have been allowed access. Approximately two dozen county clerks still refuse to allow the McDaniel camp to examine the records. McDaniel representatives are expressing confidence that they have a case to make, believing they can cast overwhelming doubt on the 7,600 vote margin of victory that the...
  • Press Conference: We Found A Lot! This Is Much Bigger Than MS

    07/16/2014 11:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 16, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    One of the things I admire most about Senator Chris McDaniel is that he is keeping the fire burning. His updates not only help us keep our spirits high they restore confidence in our elected officials. He is still a state senator and he could have chosen the path of less resistance but he is fighting for the integrity of the process. ItÂ’s not as easy as he has made it look. There has been a lot of pressure for him to not pursue this but he remains focused but he is staying close to supporters who are following this...
  • The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Is Saving the GOP Establishment at Ballot Box

    07/14/2014 7:52:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alex Altman
    Business group has been major force in 2014 races.On the day after New Jersey and Virginia’s gubernatorial elections last fall, Mitch McConnell showed up at a board meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with another race on his mind. He announced that the day’s most consequential contest had been neither Chris Christie’s victory nor Ken Cuccinelli’s defeat. Instead, the Senate minority leader explained, it had been a GOP primary in South Alabama. The Chamber had shelled out about $200,000 in the sleepy district on the Mississippi border to rescue a mainstream candidate who was struggling to fend off a...
  • Missouri GOP head defends Tea Party candidate in divisive Mississippi senate race

    07/09/2014 2:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kevin McDermott
    In an unusual move that is getting some national political buzz, the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party is asking the national GOP to investigate campaign ads and robocalls that attacked Mississippi Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel in his failed attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin has requested that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appoint a task to investigate the “racially divisive” ads and robocalls that alleged McDaniel had racist ties. The request has turned some heads because, as the leader of a state Republican Party, someone in Martin's position would...
  • Mitch McConnell: It’s Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff

    07/09/2014 1:19:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races blog ^ | July 8, 2014 | Humberto Sanchez
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide. “I assume the people in Mississippi will look at what ever complaints are filed,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday when asked to comment on Cruz’s call for an investigation in to voter fraud. “That is what typically happens in a post election situation if there are complaints filed they are dealt with at the state level.” “I think it’s pretty clear who won. Sen. [Thad Cochran, R-Miss.,] ran a...
  • Thad Cochran gets lost in Senate building, winds up at Democratic event

    07/08/2014 4:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | July 8, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., got lost on his way to a Senate Republican luncheon on Tuesday and ended up at the Democrats' gathering instead, the Hill reported. The Mississippi senator, who recently won an intensely ugly primary election against Tea Party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel, apparently forgot where he was going while navigating the halls of Congress. “After exiting a Senate elevator on the wrong floor” Cochran re-boarded, the report notes. “He then found the right floor but turned away from the Senate GOP luncheon, a few yards from the elevator, to stroll the opposite direction, arriving at the Democrats' weekly...
  • Video: McDaniel Campaign Announces Challenge to MS Election, Predicts Victory

    07/08/2014 3:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 8, 2014 | Gary P. Jackson
    In a press conference on Monday, Mitch Tyner, lead counsel for the McDaniel campaign, announced their intentions to challenge the outcome of the June 24 run-off election against 6 term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran, who McDaniel defeated on June 3, but did not meet the required 50% +1 thresh-hold, setting the stage for the run-off, and all of the race baiting, illegal vote buying, and more by the Cochran campaign.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Video courtesy iizthatiiz Tyner is confident they will find enough votes to surpass the amount Cochran won the election by. We’re hearing they have already identified over 5000, with more...
  • Breaking: More Evidence of Illegal ‘Cash for Vote’ Operation by Cochran Campaign Piles Up

    07/08/2014 3:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Intrepid journalist Charles C Johnson has uncovered even more evidence of voter fraud and vote buying by the Cochran campaign: [emphasis mine] Cochran campaign staffer Amanda Shook was illegally reimbursed for over $40,000 cash in walking around money during the Republican primary, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. The payments are described as “Reimbursed Expenses – Campaign Walkers.” Regulation 11 CFR 116.5 expressly defines funds advanced by campaign staff for any reason other than travel or subsistence as a loan. It is illegal under FEC rules to loan money to a campaign in excess of the contribution limit of...
  • TED CRUZ: We Need An Investigation Into The 'Appalling' Mississippi Runoff

    07/08/2014 6:46:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 8, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for a thorough investigation into allegations of voter fraud in the heated Republican Senate primary runoff election between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his intraparty challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. In an interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin, Cruz criticized the Cochran campaign and his allies for their "conduct" in last month's runoff election, which he called "appalling." "What happened in Mississippi was appalling," said Cruz, the vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Primaries are always rough and tumble. But the conduct of the Washington, D.C., machine in the Mississippi runoff was...
  • MS GOP primary repeat could be headed for THREE-PEAT

    07/07/2014 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    •Tea party Republican Chris McDaniel's campaign lawyer said Monday that he expects to find enough voter fraud to force a third Senate primary contest with aging centrist Thad Cochran •Cochran won a runoff by about 6,700 votes, but McDaniel's attorney says campaign lawyers will almost certainly show at least that many 'ineligible voters' cast ballots •Mississippi law would require a new election – after a primary fight and a runoff – between the two Republicans •McDaniel's campaign is examining absentee ballot applications in every county to identify Democrats who illegally 'crossed over' to participate in the GOP primary after voting...
  • McDaniel Soldiers On (Confident would turn up enough fraudulent ballots to swing the results)

    07/07/2014 2:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | July 7, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Down in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel is still fighting his race against Senator Thad Cochran. His lawyer, Mitchell Tyner, said Monday he was confident the campaign would turn up enough fraudulent ballots to swing the results of the election. Cochran won that race by approximately 6,700 votes and Tyner told reporters he “would be surprised if we don’t find 6,700″ bad ballots. Volunteers on Monday began reviewing all of the ballots cast in Mississippi’s runoff election in an effort, weeks after the the conclusion of the contentious race, to show that McDaniel is the legal victor. McDaniel has yet to concede...
  • Cochran Campaign Puts Whistle-blowing Reverend Fielder’s Life in Danger by Publishing Home Address

    07/06/2014 8:04:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Charles C. Johnson @ChuckCJohnson Decision by Cochran campaign to publish Rev Fielder's home address is disgusting. #mssen 3:11 AM - 2 Jul 2014 58 Retweets 18 favorites I can’t print what I want to here. Our rules against excessive profanity prohibit it. Cochran’s people have been attacking Reverend Fielder every since the story broke that alleges Cochran’s staff paid the Reverend to pay blacks to vote for Cochran. Cochran’s people have attacked Reverend Fielder, calling him untrustworthy and dishonest, yet the admit they hired him to “get out the vote“! By publishing the home address of Reverend Fielder, Thad...
  • McDaniel to Challenge Election Results in Court

    07/04/2014 1:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran says he plans to challenge the results in court "any day now." Chris McDaniel says he believes there were thousands of irregularities. In an interview with CNN Friday, McDaniel said what matters is that fraud be uncovered where it exists and many Mississippi residents are "very angry" because they think their votes in the June 24 primary were nullified by fraud....
  • What Chris McDaniel doesn’t understand about the tea party (HUGE Hurl Warning)

    07/04/2014 1:38:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | July 3, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Chris McDaniel, who lost a runoff election to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), is not giving up. Not only has he been raising money to mount a legal challenge to Cochran’s victory, the state senator and radio host is now offering $1,000 to anyone who comes forward with evidence of electoral shenanigans in last week’s vote. It seems that McDaniel doesn’t understand how this whole thing is supposed to work. I wouldn’t be surprised if even some of the people who supported him in his campaign to unseat Cochran start distancing themselves from him before long. This has nothing to...
  • Racists and Conspiracy Nuts Turn Cochran Call Into The Biggest Campaign [expletive]show of 2014

    07/03/2014 9:36:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ben Jacobs
    A week after defeating Chris McDaniel, the Republican campaign opened a line to reporters. Then all hell broke loose.The Senate race in Mississippi is so strange that they can’t even get through a conference call without weirdness breaking out. After winning last week’s Republican runoff, the campaign of six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran held a conference call for national media on Wednesday to respond to allegations from defeated Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel that the election was somehow stolen. The call lasted about ten minutes before descending into absolute anarchy after a pro-McDaniel blogger obtained the dial-in information and posted...
  • Thad Cochran Conference Call Descends Into Chaos

    07/03/2014 9:12:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races blog ^ | July 2, 2014 | Alexis Levinson and Colin Diersing
    A conference call held by Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign quickly devolved into chaos and ended Wednesday after one of the participants repeatedly asked racially charged questions. The call was held to address a lawsuit challenging the runoff results for the Republican nomination. Cochran defeated his primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, by 6,700 votes last week, but McDaniel has refused to concede and his supporters allege Cochran won with the help of illegal votes. The call was held for the national media who could not be at a news conference in Jackson. But 5 minutes after it started, there were...
  • Thad Cochran’s victory in Mississippi proves black voters’ leverage

    07/01/2014 11:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MSNBC's The Grio ^ | July 1, 2014 | Michael Steele
    “There’s something strange about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.” – State Sen. Chris McDaniel. There was something strange about that primary election between six-term incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran and state Senator Chris McDaniel, period! From reports of a McDaniel supporter sneaking into the bedroom and taking a photo of Mrs. Cochran at the nursing home where she resides to the discovery of more McDaniel supporters locked inside a courthouse where ballots had been counted on primary election night, to some folks actually believing a Democrat (former Rep. Travis Childers) could win the Senate seat this Fall,...
  • Outrage Continues: Cochran Camp Denies Fraud and Threatens Lawsuit Against Journalist Who Exposes It

    07/01/2014 9:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The GOPe has never stooped lower. Not only have they denied that any fraud has taken place (Reince Priebus has kept so silent you can hear a pin drop). Not only did Cochran’s camp lie to black voters about McDaniel taking away their food stamps and make racist allegations about him that scared them. Not only did the camp STIFF the pastor of money they had agreed on and then DENY he did all the work requested in the first place, they are NOW going after investigative journalist Charles Johnson of http://gotnews.com/. Johnson was ready for it. He had let...
  • BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal

    07/01/2014 7:44:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Red State ^ | June 30, 2014 | Aaron Gardner
    An audio interview has surfaced in which the interviewee claims that he was to be paid by the Cochran camp to grease voters in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff election. The audio interview, which coincides with a separate audio recording and batch of evidence produced by the newly launched GotNews.com, a project by Charles C. Johnson, alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi Reverend to buy the votes of African American voters, who happen to be democrats. Before I get into the weeds of what is in the audio interview and transcript, which are both below, let me...
  • Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff 'of major historical importance' (Cankles covers for Cochran)

    07/01/2014 12:53:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 30, 2014 | Dana Davidsen
    Hillary Clinton applauded efforts in a Republican Senate runoff election in Mississippi to reach out to voters outside its usual voting bloc. Clinton said Monday the contest between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel "was of historical importance because the Republican Party of Mississippi expanded its base." Forced into a runoff election after a GOP primary was too close to call, Cochran's campaign utilized anti-McDaniel sentiment in a traditionally Democratic voting group to sway the tight contest in his favor. Clinton, a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, suggested politicians from all ideological backgrounds could learn from...
  • Horowitz: Which Party's Base Did Cochran 'Broaden'?

    06/30/2014 6:16:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 30, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Last Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff in Mississippi is turning out to be the most revealing incident in the protracted fight between the conservative grassroots and the GOP establishment. The GOP party leadership has been exposed for their true motives in front of all the party faithful. Over the past few years, we have been told by some of the inside-the-beltway “conservatives” that the GOP schism is overblown, that it is merely a disagreement over strategy. We have also been told that the grassroots have been too purist in their expectations of how Republicans can govern when they only control the...
  • Remember Mississippi

    06/29/2014 8:18:49 PM PDT · by Amish · 11 replies
    So Cochran loses the Republican vote substantially, but wins with a Democrat turn-out effort. He won't be punished as Childers will lose to him in November. He will resign in mid-office and a younger "party man" like Reeves or Pickering will be selected to take his place. The Barbour clan (except for Jeppie) have permanent stain on their names, but plenty of cash, so who cares? The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) needs to hear from the voter base and see the results in their fund raising. Next time you get a fund raising letter from them, Mark your return...
  • BREAKING: McDaniel Campaign is Filing Legal Challenge on Monday #MSSen

    06/29/2014 8:18:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Charles C Johnson twitter account A Time For Choosing ^ | June 29, 2014 | From Charles C Johnson Gary P. Jackson
    From Charles C Johnson: BREAKING: McDaniel campaign is filing legal challenge on Monday. #mssen — Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) June 29, 2014 Charles is a definite MUST follow for those interested in the criminality in the Mississippi election. He has been doing an incredible job covering things. McDaniel tells me: "They aren't going to steal this election." #mssen — Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) June 29, 2014 McDaniel says that he's drawing line in the sand, in it "for as long as it takes for justice to be done." #mssen — Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) June 29, 2014 #McDaniel: "Whatever it...
  • Thad Cochran’s victory shows voting rights well protected (Yes, he went there)

    06/29/2014 7:17:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 29, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    Tea Party insurgent Chris McDaniel came tantalizingly close to knocking off Senator Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s Republican primary runoff last week, but a surge in black voter turnout saved the six-term incumbent’s bacon. Cochran’s election to a seventh term in November now seems a foregone conclusion, and boy, are a lot of conservatives mad. “There is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats,” McDaniel fumed on election night, slamming Cochran and the GOP establishment for “once again reaching across the aisle [and] abandoning the conservative movement.” But whatever else the election outcome meant, Cochran’s...
  • Froma Harrop: Tea party fueled its own defeat in Mississippi

    06/28/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | June 28, 2014 | Froma Harrop
    The tea partyers made a serious blunder in Mississippi, costing them a runoff win: They carelessly slipped their magic passion potion to the opposition. The hard rightÂ’s strength comes from the nearly religious fervor that propels its small numbers to the polls at times when the larger numbers are snoozing. In Mississippi, the right woke up the larger numbers. Hold that thought, will you? What had been a race between an old Southern pork-master Republican and an insurgent small-government firebrand was turned into something bigger, much bigger. One sensed Chris McDaniel might be in trouble when Sen. Thad Cochran asked...
  • Chris McDaniel, almost the next Ted Cruz, risks political ruin (For not conceding)

    06/27/2014 8:47:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 26, 2014 7:41 PM | Christian Science Monitor By Linda Feldmann
    Chris McDaniel, the tea partyer who nearly beat Sen. Thad Cochran in Tuesday's Mississippi primary runoff, still hasn't conceded. Analysts say he's damaging his future.Chris McDaniel came within a few thousand votes of being the next Ted Cruz. Now, two days after his stunning loss in Mississippi’s high-stakes GOP Senate runoff, Mr. McDaniel risks ruining a potentially bright political future, say both Mississippi and national political observers. The charismatic, tea party-backed state senator, who took on six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the marquee primary of 2014, has still refused to concede the race, claiming “voter irregularities.” Thursday afternoon, McDaniel’s campaign...
  • “Several” Republican senators reportedly uneasy with GOP’s tactics in Mississippi runoff

    06/27/2014 5:11:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 27, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it’s not the tactics themselves that bother them as much as the attention those tactics are receiving from conservative voters. Says Red State’s Leon Wolf, “If any of these bastards want to avoid the fallout they should go on the record.” According to these conversations [with two Republican Senate staffers], some $800,000 was raised for Cochran by his Senate colleagues after the McDaniel victory in the primary’s first round, largely under the rubric of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. This wasn’t seen as a particularly controversial matter at the...
  • Susan J. Demas: Open primaries are good for democracy, bad for party bosses and Tea Party

    06/27/2014 11:13:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | June 27, 2014 | Susan J. Demas
    Sarah Palin and right-wing Republicans are calling "shenanigans" over the Mississippi U.S. Senate race this week. (Full disclosure: Whenever someone uses that hokey phrase, I chuckle and think of the "South Park" episode when third-graders denounced ripoffs at a local carnival). Anyway, here's what happened in the Magnolia State, which isn't quite as funny. Establishment GOP U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran bucked the odds and history after a narrow primary loss to Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel. On Tuesday, the six-term incumbent edged McDaniel in a runoff, buoyed by heavy turnout from African-Americans. The Cochran campaign openly courted these traditionally Democratic...
  • The RINOs: A History

    06/26/2014 8:09:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Feehery Theory ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Feehery, GOP consultant
    When news broke that Eric Cantor had lost his primary, Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for the Virginia Senate seat, immediately tweeted congratulations to David Brat. The rest of the Republican party establishment, the non-sentimental lot that it is, fell into line and pledged to support the winner. Cantor had been defeated. There was no talk of starting a third party or sitting the election out. Sure, there was some anger and disappointment, but rank and file Republicans moved on. Contrast with the news of what happened last night. Long before it became clear that Thad Cochran, a long-time Republican...
  • Will There Be a Consequence? (Can GOPe get away w/calling us racists?)

    06/26/2014 2:14:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Red State ^ | June 26, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    It was the Republicans in Washington and their allies in Mississippi who distributed fliers to Democrats in Mississippi calling conservatives racists, klansmen, Nazis, etc. It was a concerted effort by the GOP to beat their own base at any cost. And here’s the kicker — there will be no consequence if they have their way. That begs the question of whether there should be. Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with tarring its own voters as racists? Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with comparing its own base to Klansmen? If there is no penalty for...
  • Black Voters Saved Thad Cochran & GOP Establishment. Here's What Republicans Owe Them In Return

    06/25/2014 11:17:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 25, 2014 | Alec MacGillis
    Chris McDaniel, the arch-conservative state senator who unexpectedly lost his primary runoff election yesterday to unseat Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, is dead right: The race was decided by non-Republicans. And not just that, but a certain type of non-Republicans taking advantage of the state's open-primary system: African-Americans, or, as McDaniel referred to them in his defiant non-concession speech, “liberal Democrats,” which appears to be the de-racialized code word of choice for some conservative Republicans when talking about black voters. The evidence is in the maps and numbers. Turnout was up statewide compared with the June 3 primary in which McDaniel...
  • Tea Party Leaders Urge McDaniel to Run as Write-In Candidate Against Cochran

    06/25/2014 4:07:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 25, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Tea Party leaders and activists urged Chris McDaniel to run as a write-in candidate against Senator Thad Cochran in November. Cochran won the primary on Tuesday thanks to Democrats who turned out to support the incumbent Mississippi senator. TIME Mag reported: Chris McDaniel was defiant in defeat, but hasn’t signaled he’ll mount a long-shot write-in bid Tea Party activists in Mississippi and beyond urged state Sen. Chris McDaniel to mount a write-in campaign against Republican Sen. Thad Cochran on Wednesday, following McDaniel’s stunning defeat in a primary runoff vote Tuesday. “When the Republican Establishment acts like Democrats, what is the...
  • Cochran Wins, But McDaniel Camp Eying Legal Challenges

    06/24/2014 9:05:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) survived the most intense challenge he’s ever faced in his 41-year political career, winning a runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. The Associated Press called the race for Cochran, who is up nearly 6,000 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting. A source close to McDaniel told Breitbart News that he is considering legal challenges over ballots. Democrats who voted for Cochran on Tuesday but voted three weeks ago in the Democratic primary in the state were not allowed to vote in Tuesday’s election. Election results indicate Cochran's late appeal to Democratic...
  • As Cochran Courts Blacks, Tea Party Vows to Police Polls

    06/24/2014 3:22:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 24, 2014 | Jonathan Weisman
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. — With only hours before the polls were to close in the Republican Senate runoff here, Senator Thad Cochran’s campaign was still reaching out to traditional black Democrats in his effort to defeat his Tea Party-backed opponent, State Senator Chris McDaniel. But turnout in African-American precincts appeared to be low, and McDaniel supporters were optimistic. The hard feelings generated by the race were also in evidence, with both conservative groups and the N.A.A.C.P. sending out poll watchers to look for what they considered to be fraud or intimidation. The United States Justice Department also said that it was...
  • Cochran Campaign Staffer Arrested For Stealing Campaign Signs

    06/23/2014 2:38:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 23, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    BILOXI, Mississippi — A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) re-election campaign was fired after he was arrested and accused by police of stealing campaign signs for Cochran's primary opponent, state senator Chris McDaniel. Lee Ellis Blair, a member of the DeSoto County GOP executive committee and Cochran campaign staffer, was arrested late Sunday and charged with “malicious mischief,” according to a partially redacted copy of the police report provided to Breitbart News. “He's fired. Unlike Chris McDaniel, we don't tolerate that type of behavior,” said Cochran's spokesman, Jordan Russell, in an email. The police report alleged Blair “did willfully,...
  • Celebs dip into hard-fought Miss. Senate race

    06/19/2014 6:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Yahoo! Sports / The Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2014 | Emily Wagster Pettus, AP
    Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre pitches his support for Sen. Thad Cochran in a new TV ad paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It's the latest in a string of celebrity endorsements in a hard-fought and often bizarre race... ---snip--- Former GOP presidential candidates Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have been to Mississippi to campaign for McDaniel, as have the parents from the reality show ''19 Kids and Counting,'' Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and their oldest son, Josh Duggar, director of the lobbying arm of the conservative Family Research Council....
  • Former presidential candidate John McCain to campaign for Cochran in Biloxi Sunday

    06/19/2014 3:13:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Mississippi Press ^ | June 19, 2014 | Warren Kulo
    BILOXI, Mississippi -- U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain will campaign for his longtime colleague Thad Cochran this weekend on the Mississippi coast. McCain and Cochran will make an appearance somewhere in the Biloxi/Gulfport area on Sunday. The time and place are still being determined, according to Adam Buckalew with the Cochran campaign. In a bit of political irony, McCain's former running-mate, Sarah Palin, has endorsed Cochran's opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville. Cochran and McCain have served together in the U.S. Senate for the past 27 years. Also, late Wednesday the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,...
  • A Church-PAC Link Raises Questions in Mississippi(Cochran exhorts black Dems to vote in GOP primary)

    06/17/2014 4:47:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16, 2014 | Derek Willis
    The full-page advertisement in Mississippi Link, a weekly newspaper aimed at black residents of Jackson, the state’s capital, urged readers to vote for Senator Thad Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary. That might be unremarkable except for one thing: The political action committee that paid for the ad shares an address and leadership with a local church. “All Citizens for Mississippi” did not appear to exist at the time of the ad’s publication. Its registration as a super PAC with the Federal Election Commission was posted online last week and contains one important clue about its origins. All Citizens...
  • Gloves off: Thad Cochran calls Chris McDaniel a dangerous extremist

    06/10/2014 8:11:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I was wrong. I thought for sure the NRSC and Mississippi’s GOP establishment would back off of McDaniel given that he’s the favorite in the runoff. Cochran might keep campaigning, I figured, but it would be a strictly positive campaign for the next few weeks, probably with no attack on McDaniel harsher than the fact that he’s inexperienced. At a minimum, they’d stay away from blaming him for that nasty harassment of Cochran’s wife inside her nursing home. Why frag a guy whom you’ll probably be fighting behind next month? As I say, I was wrong. After months of milquetoast...
  • In Mississippi, Senate hopeful Chris McDaniel embodies what the GOP fears about the tea party

    06/10/2014 2:15:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 9, 2014 | Robert Costa
    COLDWATER, Miss. — Amid the Confederate flags, the guns and the pigs — in pens and on plates — Chris McDaniel worked the Tate County Fair in search of votes in his quest to beat Sen. Thad Cochran in a runoff election in two weeks. “I need you,” McDaniel said to Brandy Davis, before also greeting Bobby Goodwin, a heavyset man carrying a handgun, at a booth for the Citizens Militia of Mississippi. The members of the militia, whose motto is “Any fate but submission,” implored the Republican to take a hard-line stance on immigration and gun rights. McDaniel assured...
  • Club for Growth calls on Cochran to drop out of Mississippi race

    06/04/2014 7:05:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | June 4, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    The antitax Club for Growth on Wednesday called on Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to end his campaign a day after a too-close-to-call primary against tea party-backed Chris McDaniel that could be headed to a runoff. “Yesterday’s historic vote makes it clear that Mississippians are ready to turn the page to a new generation of bold, conservative leadership. Senator Cochran has served honorably, but the rationale for his candidacy ended yesterday. He said he didn’t want to run again, but everyone asked him to. Well, a plurality of Mississippi Republican voters just proved that they don’t want him to,” said Club...
  • Haley Barbour Dismisses Palin And Santorum As Self-Interested ‘Outside Celebrities’

    06/02/2014 4:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 2, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is dismissing Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum as “outside celebrities” who have gotten involved in the highly-charged Mississippi GOP Senate primary to “help themselves nationally.” Voters in Mississippi head to the polls on Tuesday, when incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran will face a challenge on the ballot from state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Ahead of the primary, Barbour, the influential Republican in the state, is arguing that McDaniel is relying on out-of-state conservative stars, while Cochran is boasting support from Mississippi Republicans. “The McDaniel campaign emphasizes the outside celebrities (Palin and Santorum) who are involved in MS...
  • Mississippi Update: Chris McDaniel Campaign Fights GOP Establishment

    06/01/2014 11:51:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Other McCain ^ | June 1, 2014 | Robert Stacy McCain
    HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - The final push of the Tea Party-backed fight to defeat Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary brought big names to Mississippi this weekend in support of conservative challenger Chris McDaniel. Sarah Palin came to campaign for him Friday: Had a great time today in the lovely Magnolia State rallying to elect Chris McDaniel to the U.S. Senate. It was wonderful meeting Chris’ beautiful family — and a special thank you to Chris’ son Cambridge for the gorgeous magnolia . . . This Mississippi senate race is a clear case of We the People vs. the permanent...
  • Cochran Accidentally Calls Obamacare 'Important Effort of the Federal Government'

    05/31/2014 1:01:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 31, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    BILOXI, Mississippi — When Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) goes on the record with reporters, it always seems to bring a surprise or two. This time, in an interview with veteran Washington Post reporter Dan Balz at a campaign stop, Cochran accidentally called Obamacare “an example of an important effort by the federal government to help make health care available, accessible and affordable.” “I’m glad to be involved in that effort,” Cochran added. According to Balz, Cochran was asked how he evaluated the state of play over the health care law. But afterward, a Cochran adviser phoned Balz to claim it...
  • Barbara Bush: Oval Office not limited to political dynasties

    01/16/2014 4:55:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former first lady Barbara Bush reiterates in a new interview that presidents don’t have to be members of political dynasties. "If we can't find more than two or three families to run for office, that's silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run," Bush says in an interview that will air Monday on C-SPAN. "And I think that the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes — there are just more families than that. And I'm not arrogant enough to think that we alone are raising" presidential candidates. Her son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is considered a potential...
  • Romney Says GOP's Not 'Party of the Rich,' But 'of Those Who Want to Be Rich'

    07/16/2012 11:39:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News / ABC News ^ | July 16, 2012 | Emily Friedman
    JACKSON, Miss. - At a fundraiser at a country club in Mississippi this evening that was expected to raise a record-breaking $1.7 million, Mitt Romney defended the Republican Party against its reputation as the "party of the rich" explaining that really, it is a party focused on helping the poor. "We're accused, by the way - in our party - of being the party of the rich," Romney said. "And it's an awful moniker, because that's just not true. We're the party of people who want to get rich. And we're also the party of people who want to care...
  • Paul Begala: Romney’s Dixie Debacle in Mississippi and Alabama Primaries

    03/14/2012 8:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 13, 2012 | Paul Begala
    One of the great legends of political consulting is the Dog Food Problem: an apocryphal tale of a company that had the best packaging, the best advertising, the best marketing. But there was only one problem: the dog wouldn't eat it. Forevermore we should no longer call it a Dog Food Problem. We should call it a Mitt Romney Problem. In truth Romney is still probably the most likely GOP nominee. He has the most money, the best organization, the most endorsements, and the best hair. There is only one thing wrong with the Mitt Romney campaign: Mitt Romney. If...
  • Deal not sealed, Romney hits Santorum with big ad buys

    03/08/2012 10:50:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | March 9, 2012 | Patricia Zengerle
    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign would like to be focusing its attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama around now. But after failing to seize control of the Republican nomination race on "Super Tuesday," Romney cannot shake off rival Rick Santorum, whom he criticized on Thursday as a political insider. Opening up a new front against Santorum, the Romney campaign accused him of being a lobbyist in his home state of Pennsylvania even before he went to Washington in 1991. Romney's campaign also attacked Santorum for holding regular meetings with lobbyists as a Senate leader, part of the Republican "K Street Project"...
  • Barbour: 'I'm crazy about Newt'

    03/02/2011 9:39:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 2, 2011 | Kasie Hunt
    Haley Barbour is all about Newt Gingrich Continue Reading "I'm crazy about Newt," Barbour told reporters after a breakfast at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after he was asked about Gingrich's likely presidential announcement. "We've been friends for a very long time." Gingrich is considering a presidential run and has been the focus of intense speculation this week after it was reported that he planned to announce the formation of an exploratory committee on Thursday. His spokesman, Rick Tyler, issued a strong statement Tuesday night insisting Gingrich would not use his Thursday trip to Georgia to make a presidential announcement.....
  • Barbour: Obama one of "greatest politicians" ever

    02/27/2011 9:12:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 27, 2011 | Kasie Hunt
    President Barack Obama is one of America's best politicians ever, according to one of his potential rivals for re-election in 2012. "The president is one of the greatest politicians in the history of the United States," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."Barbour's comments came during a discussion of Wisconsin's budget battle - a fight that's sparked widespread protests as Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has tried to curtail collective bargaining rights for public employees. Obama is "quiet [on the issue] because most Americans know this has to be done,"