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  • Trump up in battleground states after convention, leads Clinton

    07/24/2016 3:32:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | July 24, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ticked up across battleground states following the Republican National Convention last week, according to the new CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll. Trump now has 42 percent support across the 11 battleground states surveyed — up from the 40 percent he had last week before the convention. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has 41 percent support, unchanged from last week's poll. According to the poll, 55 percent of Republicans said Trump's message at the convention made them feel hopeful, and about 40 percent said it made them feel enthusiastic. Among independents, 32 percent...
  • At N.C. Rally, Trump Calls FBI Decision a 'Tragedy,' Accuses Clinton of Bribery

    07/05/2016 8:16:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 5, 2016 | Ali Vitali
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Donald Trump shared the battleground state of North Carolina with Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama on Tuesday — and the GOP presumptive nominee used the proximity to take pot shots at the Democrats on a day that provided ample ammunition. Rousing an already boisterous crowd, Trump lambasted the FBI's recommendation not to pursue criminal charges against former Secretary of State Clinton, questioning "how can you possibly say no charges" to what Trump called the "Enron-style purge of her emails." Trump called Tuesday morning's announcement a "tragedy" and seized on FBI Director Comey's allegations that Clinton was...
  • Here’s President Obama’s “blunt” explanation for Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity

    07/05/2016 6:56:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Vox ^ | July 5, 2016 | Jeff Stein
    Toward the end of a fiery speech endorsing Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, President Barack Obama asked his pumped-up audience in North Carolina for permission to speak candidly. "Let me be blunt. I want to be blunt. Can I be blunt?" Obama said, before appearing to make up his mind. "I'm going to be blunt." Obama then alluded to Clinton’s struggles on the campaign trail — "you know, Hillary's got her share of critics" — before offering what he previewed as his frank explanation of Clinton’s high unfavorable ratings: That's what happens when you're somebody who's actually in the arena. That's...
  • 'Fired Up' President Obama Tears Into Trump at Hillary Clinton Rally, 'Don't Boo, Vote'

    07/05/2016 3:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2016 | Josh Haskell and Liz Kreutz
    A "fired up" President Barack Obama took the stage in North Carolina today to stump for his onetime political rival Hillary Clinton, being greeted by the crowed with thunderous applause and saying no one has been "more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton." Clinton, fresh off the news that the FBI didn't recommend charges against her for using a private email server for government correspondence when she was secretary of state, took the stage first to chants of "Hillary, Hillary, Hillary." She said she has known Obama in many roles and called him "a friend." "I was honored to...
  • Obama to campaign with Clinton for first time in 2016 (North Carolina)

    07/02/2016 5:32:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2016 | The Associated Press
    President Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign together next week for the first time this year, and their decision to meet up in Charlotte says a lot about how her campaign views her path to replace him in the White House. Democrats see North Carolina as a prime place to expand into Republican territory against Donald Trump, building upon one of Obama's biggest triumphs in 2008 and his narrow loss four years ago....
  • Trump holding rally in Greensboro tonight (North Carolina)

    06/14/2016 8:47:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Greensboro News & Record ^ | June 14, 2016 | Staff
    What: Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will hold a campaign rally in Greensboro on Tuesday. When: Doors open at 4 p.m.; event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Where: Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center Tickets: Free; go to www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule; tickets are limited to two per mobile phone number.
  • HRC Blasts Ted Cruz’s New Transphobic Ad

    04/23/2016 3:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign ^ | April 22, 2016 | Brandon Lorenz
    Today, HRC released the following statement on Ted Cruz’s despicable new campaign ad attacking transgender people. “Ted Cruz’s transphobic smear campaign peddles a dangerous brand of hate and ignorance,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “At a time when transgender women are at a disproportionately high risk for violence and assault, Ted Cruz’s reckless ad puts them at even greater risk. Moreover, what message does Ted Cruz think this sends to transgender youth across this country? We deserve a president who’ll fight to protect the rights and dignity of everyone -- not a reckless, feckless politician who’ll do or say...
  • Ted Cruz supporters dominate NC’s GOP delegate selection so far

    04/17/2016 11:03:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | April 16, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    Donald Trump won North Carolina’s Republican primary last month, but many of the state’s GOP convention delegates elected so far prefer the second-place candidate: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That could spell trouble for Trump if he doesn’t arrive at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July with the 1,237 delegates required to win on the first ballot. For the first round of voting, North Carolina’s delegate count must proportionately match the state’s March 15 primary results: 29 votes for Trump, 27 for Cruz, nine for John Kasich, six for Marco Rubio and one for Ben Carson. Any delegate who...
  • North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger Endorses Ted Cruz

    03/15/2016 1:21:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Time Warner Cable News ^ | March 15, 2016 | The Associated Press and Staff
    RALEIGH - One of North Carolina state government's most powerful leaders has endorsed Ted Cruz for president on the eve of the state's primary. Senate leader Phil Berger announced his endorsement Monday, saying Cruz is the only GOP candidate with a ''realistic chance'' of winning the nomination who can beat the Democratic nominee in November....
  • Civitas NC poll shows strong support for Clinton, Trump, Cruz (DT 32, TC 26)

    03/11/2016 4:13:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | March 10, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    A new poll from the conservative Civitas Institute found little change in the presidential primary race in North Carolina, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton holding large leads. The first poll since a number of Republicans dropped out found Trump garnering 32 percent support, with Ted Cruz in second place with 26 percent. Those numbers were similar to a January Civitas poll. John Kasich had the biggest growth in support, from 2 percent in January to 11 percent this month. That number has him tied for a distant third place with Marco Rubio. On the Democratic side, 57 percent of...
  • HPU Poll: Clinton Leads Democratic Primary; Trump, Cruz and Rubio Have Most GOP Support (N Carolina)

    02/17/2016 1:48:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    High Point University ^ | February 8, 2016
    HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 8, 2016 - The High Point University Poll has found former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the lead in North Carolina's Democratic Primary for President of the United States over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. On the Republican side, more of North Carolina's likely Republican primary voters support Donald Trump. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are his closest competitors. The survey of likely Democratic primary voters found that a majority (55 percent) support Secretary Clinton, and 29 percent favor Sen. Sanders. The other two candidates on the ballot - former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley...
  • Iowa offers lessons for North Carollina voters, politicians

    02/07/2016 10:09:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Asheboro Courier-Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | John Hood
    The states of Iowa and North Carolina have at least two things in common. First, they are the nation's top producers of hogs. Second, they are often overrun with politicians desperate to attract attention and votes. But I repeat myself. Now that we know the results of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 political landscape is much clearer. Those seeking office or running campaigns in North Carolina would be well advised to look to Iowa, another purple state, for lessons about the press, the polls and the parties. For starters, reporters and commentators are only as insightful as their sources. Many...
  • Civitas poll: Trump, Cruz tied among N.C. GOP voters

    01/22/2016 6:08:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | January 21, 2016 | Craig Jarvis
    It's the day for polls, apparently. Civitas reports a phone survey of Republican voters on the GOP presidential candidates with one big takeaway: It's a tie between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. The numbers show Trump pulling 27 percent of the support, while 23 percent favored Cruz, which is within the margin of error. Eleven percent said they have no preference in a candidate. Ten percent favored Sen. Marco Rubio, and 7 percent went with Ben Carson. The rest: Chris Christie, 4 percent; Jeb Bush, 4 percent; Mike Huckabee, 2 percent; John Kasich, 2 percent; Rand Paul, 2 percent;...
  • Sen. Burr Tells Supporters He Will Vote For Sanders If Cruz Is Nominee… Then Loses His Nerve

    01/21/2016 8:31:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Red State ^ | January 21, 2016 | Streiff
    Earlier today it was widely reported that North Carolina Senator Richard Burr was not happy with Ted Cruz. That doesn't make him a special snowflake. Most of the practitioners of crony capitalism and Failure Theater in the Senate are not happy with Ted Cruz. But Burr was not content to merely take a number and get in line. Burr had to make a point of how pissed he was at the idea of Ted Cruz winning the nomination. (Burr's Heritage Action score is 45%, which is the same as arch-conservatives John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell.) Cruz has become such a...
  • Senator Probing Ted Cruz Leak Missed GOP Debate Because He Was Watching 'The Voice'

    12/16/2015 12:50:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mic ^ | December 16, 2015 | Luke Brinker
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) may not have had a Rick Perry moment in last night's CNN-moderated Republican presidential debate, but he may nonetheless have landed himself in hot water. The Associated Press reports that Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has ordered staffers to examine whether Cruz improperly revealed classified information during the Las Vegas face-off. The probe centers on Cruz's statements about counterterrorism surveillance under the Cruz-backed USA Freedom Act. Responding to criticism from rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Cruz said that investigators can examine "nearly 100%" of phone numbers in terror investigations under...
  • Asheville Tea PAC Endorses Cruz 2016 President

    10/28/2015 9:51:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Tribune Papers ^ | October 28, 2015
    Senator Ted Cruz has received the Asheville Tea PAC (ATPAC) endorsement for the 2016 election for United States President. Senator Ted Cruz’s staunch commitment to Constitutional authority is evidenced in his proven voting record. Undaunted and undeterred by even those in his own party, he has remained resolute in the defense of the principles Asheville Tea PAC embraces: individual rights, limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. Asheville Tea PAC is dedicated to bringing the people back into the election process by their participation to replace compromised incumbents with good men and women who commit to Constitutional authority. We focus...
  • Obama: Republicans have 'gone off the deep end'

    10/10/2015 10:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 11, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    Los Angeles (AFP) - President Barack Obama said the Republican Party has "gone off the deep end" with its messy failure to elect a new speaker of the House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled House was left in shock and disarray this week when Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner to replace John Boehner, who has announced his resignation, suddenly withdrew from the race because of a revolt by conservatives. The challenge now is to find a consensus candidate who can soothe wounds and unite a fractious caucus. Obama addressed the drama at an expensive fundraiser at a private home in Los Angeles....
  • Kevin McCarthy's Exit Came After Personal Threat Over Affair Allegations

    10/08/2015 10:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | October 8, 2015 | Michael Calderone, Senior media reporter
    "Why not resign like Bob Livingston?”In the hours before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his candidacy to be the next speaker of the House, he was sent an email from a conservative activist threatening to expose an alleged affair with a colleague. The subject line: “Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?” The email, sent just after 8 a.m. on Thursday, came from Steve Baer, a Chicago-based GOP donor known for mass-emailing conservative figures and Republican lawmakers. It was addressed to McCarthy and numerous others, including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who conservative media...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Cruz campaign set to announce NC-based team

    06/16/2015 4:24:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The News & Observer's Under The Dome ^ | June 16, 2015 | J. Andrew Curliss
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, is set to announce his North Carolina-based leadership group, including several activists who previously worked with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and a civil rights leader who was involved in the Greensboro sit-ins. The campaign said it had recruited evangelical and Tea Party leaders. The Cruz campaign tells Dome that Cruz was looking for leaders to add to “grassroots momentum” and to help him raise money and compete for the nomination. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday to include: ▪ USMC Lieutenant Colonel William “Bill” and Velvet Cowan (Ret.) of Mt. Airy. Cowan...
  • Impressions of Scott, Ted, Donald & Ben after stops in Raleigh

    06/09/2015 2:47:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Raleigh News & Observer ^ | June 9, 2015 | Rob Christensen
    Raleigh looked like Iowa-lite over the weekend, with presidential candidates popping up everywhere. They gave speeches, worked the hallways, and posed for selfies at the three-day state GOP convention held at the Raleigh Convention Center. They met with potential donors and activists, attended fundraisers, and made pilgrimages to Jones Street. They hated Barack and Hillary, loved Reagan and Israel. And left the impression that Obamacare was only slightly better than radical Islamic terrorism. This is the result of the legislature moving up North Carolina’s presidential primaries from its traditional date in May to probably the first Tuesday in March –...
  • Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.” * On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • As GOP gathers in Raleigh, Ted Cruz outlines primary’s bracketology

    06/05/2015 11:23:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Raleigh News & Observer ^ | June 5, 2015 | Rob Christensen
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is in Raleigh this weekend organizing his campaign in the state, sees some parallels between the crowded GOP presidential primary and the NCAA basketball tournament. With the GOP primary becoming increasingly crowded, Cruz said it is useful to break down the field into brackets. Candidates must win their brackets in order to advance. “I think of the Republican primary very much like an NCAA tournament bracket,” Cruz said in an interview at the Raleigh Convention Center on Friday. The typical Republican primary, Cruz said, is composed of 35 percent of self-identified moderates, 15 percent libertarians,...
  • Ted Cruz Makes NC Swing: SENATOR ATTENDING TAR HEEL STATE’S “REPUBLICAN” CONVENTION

    06/02/2015 11:04:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    FITS News ^ | June 2, 2015 | Staff
    North Carolina may not be “First in the South,” but the so-called “valley of humility betwixt two mountains of conceit” has become an increasingly competitive state in general elections (to the extent there’s really a “contest” between Democrats and “Republicans” anymore). Of more immediate relevance to GOP presidential campaigns is North Carolina’s role as one of twelve states holding primaries or caucuses on March 1, 2016 – a.k.a. “Super Tuesday.” Looking to boost his Tar Heel State support is U.S. Senator Ted Cruz – who will spend part of the coming weekend in Raleigh, N.C. as the state’s “Republican” party...
  • 'People are going to be just as excited': Clinton courts Obama's black southern stronghold

    05/30/2015 4:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Guardian and Observer ^ | May 30, 2015 | Sabrina Siddiqui in Columbia, South Carolina
    On and off the campaign trail in the Carolinas, voters say they have ‘no hard feelings’ toward Hillary Clinton. They say the opposite about Republicans.Bryan Burns could not make up his mind. Here was this African-American voter in khaki shorts, a v-neck T-shirt and black-rimmed eyeglasses, browsing shops at the Crabtree Valley Mall, on a swelteringly hot Friday in the not-yet summer of the American south. And there was Hillary Clinton, who needs to win the minds of exactly this kind of voter, a 30-year-old Virginia native who has spent the last decade living in North Carolina, a state that...
  • Cruz, Walker, Trump, Bolton to speak at NCGOP convention

    05/13/2015 3:40:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WWAY-TV ^ | May 13, 2015
    WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be a keynote speaker at next month’s NC Republican Party State Convention. Cruz, a US Senator from Texas, will keynote a luncheon reception on Saturday, June 6, at the Raleigh Convention Center. The GOP says the convention’s other featured speakers include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who may also run for president next year, Donald Trump and Amb. John Bolton, who is expected to announce tomorrow if he will run for the White House.
  • Senator Ted Cruz campaigns in North Carolina

    04/13/2015 6:25:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WTVD-TV ^ | April 13, 2015 | Joel Brown
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Ted Cruz arrived in Raleigh Monday to help dig an even deeper foothold with conservative voters. Since the junior senator from Texas announced he was running for president in March, he's shot up in the polls here. PPP, a Democratic pollster in Raleigh, showed a dramatic rise in support from North Carolina Republican voters. Cruz's support rose from 5 percent over the winter to 16 percent now. Cruz found a receptive audience at the North Raleigh Hilton where he addressed a crowd of conservatives from across the state at a $100 a ticket luncheon hosted by the...
  • Bush reclaims lead over Walker in North Carolina poll (Cruz up 8, Walker down 8)

    04/10/2015 3:36:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Wisconsin Gazette ^ | April 10, 2015 | Staff
    The latest North Carolina survey from Public Policy Polling suggests that conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz entering the race is stunting Scott Walker's momentum in North Carolina. The PPP poll released on April 10 shows Jeb Bush now leads the GOP field in North Carolina with 19 percent to 16 percent for Walker, with Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio each at 11 percent, Ben Carson at 9 percent, Chris Christie at 7 percent, Rand Paul at 6 percent and Rick Perry at 2 percent. Cruz is up 8 points from his 3 percent standing a month ago, while Walker...
  • GOP lawmakers look to tighten abortion rules as Democrats protest

    01/29/2015 7:47:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    wral.com ^ | 1.29.2015 | Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie
    Raleigh, N.C. — Republican legislative leaders say they plan to file further legislation to regulate abortion this year, even as abortion-rights groups called on them to keep their hands off rules proposed by state regulators for North Carolina abortion clinics. "I'm sure there will be a pro-life bill this year," said House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam, R-Wake. The state Department of Health and Human Services last month released rules for clinics drafted under a 2013 law that proposed major changes to the state's abortion laws. Several Democratic lawmakers said Thursday that they fear social conservatives dissatisfied with the result...
  • N.C. may have early presidential primary

    01/07/2015 3:49:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Wilkes Journal-Patriot ^ | January 7, 2015 | John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation
    RALEIGH — Is North Carolina ready to be an early stop on the road to the White House? Thanks to recent legislation, the Tar Heel State has abandoned its traditionally late presidential primary, held in May. State lawmakers couldn’t let Iowa, New Hampshire, and especially South Carolina have all the fun. So they separated North Carolina’s presidential contest from the state’s other primaries and moved it to the Tuesday after South Carolina’s Saturday primary. Although some of the dates remain tentative, here’s how the nomination battles may unfold according to Josh Putnam, an Appalachian State University political scientist who maintains...
  • Ted Cruz on Democratic ticket: It’s like ‘That ’70s Show’

    10/26/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Political Insider ^ | October 25, 2014 | Greg Bluestein
    More GOP cavalry arrived in Georgia today as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with David Perdue and Gov. Nathan Deal in Canton, invoking memories of long gas lines and stagflation as he attacked their Democratic rivals. “Here in Georgia, we’ve got on the ballot Jimmy Carter and Sam Nunn,” he said. “It’s like ‘That 70’s Show.'” The Texas firebrand echoed Perdue’s talking points by saying that an election of Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee, equals a stamp of approval for President Barack Obama’s agenda. Republicans need a net gain of six Senate seats to take control of the chamber, and...
  • Churchgoer taken aback by political flier's lynching imagery (Pro-Hagan flyer)

    10/20/2014 4:50:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Futch
    Dawn McNair said she was surprised Sunday when her daughter pointed out the background on a political flier urging people to get out and vote. The front of the flier blares: "Kay Hagan doesn't win! Obama's impeachment will begin! Vote in 2014." The words are superimposed over a grainy reproduction of a photograph of what appears to be a lynching. Someone tucked the flier under McNair's windshield wiper while her car was parked at her church, Kingdom Impact Global Ministries on Murchison Road. "My daughter said, 'Mom, look in the background. They're lynching somebody.' It's the lynching of an African-American...
  • Flashback: The Hagans' 'Whites Only' Country Club Problem (North Carolina)

    10/14/2014 7:58:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    With Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) locked in a tight reelection bid and in need of a good Democratic turnout in a few short weeks, Democrats appear eager to promote the claim that North Carolina Republicans and their candidate for Senate are hostile to African Americans. Monday evening Hagan and MSNBC host Chris Matthews charged that the new North Carolina voting rules are intended to target African Americans, not because they are Democrats, but because they are African Americans. “African Americans think that they're being targeted because they're African Americans not because they're Democrats,” Matthews said on his MSNBC show. Hagan...
  • Lindsey Graham Says Republicans Will Call for Obama’s Impeachment if He Makes This Move Again

    06/04/2014 10:43:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 5, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned President Barack Obama Wednesday that Republican lawmakers would call for his impeachment if he released prisoners from Guantanamo Bay again without notifying Congress. “It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash,” Graham said, according to The Hill. “There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.” The comments come days after Obama approved a deal to release five prisoners from the detention camp, in exchange for the Taliban releasing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last remaining prisoner of the Afghanistan...
  • Cruz unavailable, Huckabee too pricey; GOP scrambles to secure big names for state convention (NC)

    06/02/2014 1:32:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Sylva Herald ^ | May 28, 2014 | Quintin Ellison
    The state Republican convention in Cherokee is still lacking that big national headliner; some 1,200 to 1,400 people are expected in Jackson County June 5-7, and organizers are feeling the pressure. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the Tea Party darling from Texas, turned down an opportunity to speak in North Carolina because he’ll be attending his state’s convention. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, wanted $15,000 to secure his presence, an engagement fee North Carolina officials aren’t prepared to pay. “We don’t have that kind of money,” Ralph Slaughter, chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party, said last night during a county...
  • Showdown in Tar Heel country (NC)

    05/31/2014 9:20:58 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2014 | George Will
    “Twenty-four times” is Thom Tillis’s answer, delivered with a faint flicker of a Cheshire Cat smile. The question was: How many times, that his campaign knows of, has Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) said on camera that under Obamacare, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it? Tillis will be sharing some of her video promises with voters as he seeks to become part of a Republican Senate majority in January.
  • Candidate gets Palin endorsement (Taylor Griffin, 3rd CD, North Carolina)

    04/30/2014 4:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is endorsing the main challenger in the 3rd Congressional District’s Republican primary. Taylor Griffin, who worked with Palin during Sen. John McCain’s failed 2008 presidential bid, released a statement Wednesday with Palin’s endorsement. “Todd (Palin’s husband) and I are happy to honor your request and support your candidacy,” Palin said. “In Washington, we need you to stay true to your beliefs of smaller government, protecting life and furthering conservative principles.” ******* Do you think an endorsement from Sara Palin helps or hurts a candidate? Vote at reflector.com.
  • Democrats in 2014: The Party of John Edwards

    01/04/2014 3:00:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 2, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    In his inaugural address Wednesday, incoming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to establish an intellectual pedigree for his focus on economic inequality. He invoked Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Al Smith, Frances Perkins, Fiorello La Guardia, Jacob Riis, David Dinkins, Mario Cuomo, and Harry Belafonte. It reminded me of when Democrats, eager to prove their national-security bona fides, tell audiences they hail from the party of Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy. As if there wasn’t some other Democrat after Kennedy who dabbled at war and peace, some guy from Texas. De Blasio’s speech was a bit...
  • Clay Aiken Mulls Run for Congress (Report)[North Carolina]

    01/03/2014 2:14:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 3, 2014 | Tim Molloy
    Openly gay “American Idol” runner-up could run in North Carolina Clay Aiken may dedicate his knack for winning voters’ hearts to something besides “American Idol”: The runner-up on the show’s second-season is reportedly mulling a run for Congress in North Carolina. The Washington Blade says Aiken, 35, has consulted with political operatives including Betsy Conti, a political strategist who worked for Al Gore and former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue. Conti is based in Aiken’s hometown of Raleigh. He would potentially seek the seat now held by second term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Blade reported. Aiken, who came...
  • Speaking in Raleigh, Colin Powell blasts North Carolina voting law

    08/22/2013 10:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Raleigh News & Observer ^ | August 22, 2013 | John Murawski and John Frank
    UPDATED: Moments after Gov. Pat McCrory left the stage, former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina's new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote. "I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote," said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh. "It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs," Powell continued. "These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away." The retired...
  • NC NAACP President Compares Republicans to George Wallace (A Democrat)

    05/02/2013 4:53:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    RedState ^ | May 1, 2013 | Ben Howe
    On yesterday’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes” we were greeted with narrative creation at its finest as host Chris Hayes attempted to define the arguments in favor of Voter Identification laws in North Carolina as merely the spoils of victory as opposed to any type of actual reasoned position.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) HAYES: If a skeptical person looks at what’s going on in north carolina and says, look, this is why we had elections, we had elections, the republicans won, they won the governorship, they haven’t had it since 1988, they’ve got all three branches of state government for the first...
  • US Sen. Hagan of NC Backs Same-Sex Marriage Rights

    03/27/2013 1:38:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News / ABC News ^ | March 27, 2013
    North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan said Wednesday she backs marriage rights for same-sex couples, joining a growing number of Democratic Party politicians ahead of her re-election race next year. Hagan announced her position as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a law that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples. "Marriage equality is a complex issue with strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for varying opinions on the issue," Hagan said on her official Facebook account. "After much thought and prayer, I have come to...
  • Age Makeup of NC Early Voters (Favors Romney)

    10/29/2012 7:33:12 PM PDT · by IsaacDian · 4 replies
    Just a quick thing I wanted to point out about NC early voting, one of few states that breaks it out by age: 2008: 18-29 14.9% 30-44 23.5% 45-64 40.2% 65+ 21.4% 2012: 18-29 10.8% (DOWN by 4.1%) 30-44 18.3% (DOWN by 5.2%) 45-59 29.1% (DOWN by 11.1%) 60+ 41.7% (UP by 20.3%) Older voters favor Romney...and are showing up in WAY higher numbers for early voting compared to 2008 early voting...while young voters who favor Obama are down to only 10% of early votes (from nearly 15% in 2008).
  • Democratic strategist Paul Begala: Obama has given up on North Carolina

    10/22/2012 5:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | October 22, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    * Obama’s campaign has given up on winning North Carolina, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, an adviser to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action said in an interview Monday. “Yes. I am not supposed to say that Wolf, but I work for, as you mentioned, the pro-Obama super PAC, and I am being paid to help re-elect the president. But if you look at where he is going and where he is spending money — yes, it looks like Gov. Romney is likely to carry North Carolina.” * Obama’s pre-debate meal is the same as last time — steak and...
  • Report: Obama campaign turning grim on Florida, Virginia, North Carolina — and Colorado?

    10/17/2012 3:12:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 17, 2012 | Allahpundit
    You need to read way, way, way down into this National Journal piece to find the key bit, but it’s worth it. Says Jay Cost, “I’ve never seen anybody bury a lede like Major Garrett here.” Let’s bring this treasure chest up to the surface: What also became clear after the dust began to settle from the rumble on Long Island was the electoral map has narrowed and Obama’s team, while conceding nothing publicly, is circling the wagons around Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Plouffe said that Obama remains strong in all four states, but he would not discuss...
  • Mike Duncan: Undecided Voters Will Choose Romney Late in Campaign

    09/21/2012 10:52:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Mike Duncan, chairman of the powerful super PAC American Crossroads, tells Newsmax.TV that undecided voters will make up their minds late in the campaign and elect Mitt Romney as the next president. He also says he is confident that Republicans will retain control of the House and are within “striking distance” of winning the Senate. (VIDEO AT LINK) Duncan served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2007 to 2009, and on the campaigns of five presidents. He is also the president and CEO of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. His political action committee American Crossroads, backed...
  • For local GOP, Romney video speaks 'truth'

    09/18/2012 5:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Winston-Salem Journal ^ | September 18, 2012 | Bertran M. Gutierrez
    Mitt Romney's comments about "entitled" people in a video released Monday, described by some pundits as detrimental to his presidential bid, cemented support among Republicans in Winston-Salem and probably won't affect the race in North Carolina, according to interviews with voters, political science professors and conservatives. "I'll accept the truth from any politician. In fact, it is refreshing to look at truth and adjust our direction based on truth," said Brian Miller, a former chairman of the Forsyth County GOP who attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa as an alternate delegate. The video, recorded May 17 in Boca Raton...
  • Romney campaign releases ads for 8 battleground states (CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, NC, OH, and VA)

    09/07/2012 5:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | September 7, 2012 | Gregory Wallace
    Less than an hour after President Barack Obama had stepped off of the Democratic National Convention stage, Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign announced 15 new, state-specific television advertisements which the campaign says will run in 8 battlegrounds. A week ago, Romney was officially made the Republican Party's presidential nominee, granting him access to a substantial war chest set aside for the general election. His campaign largely stayed off of television during the Democratic National Convention, which concluded after Obama's speech on Thursday. --snip-- Now that Romney has officially been named the GOP nominee his campaign will get its hands on...
  • What DNC Talks About When They Talk About Jobs: will.i.am to offer his thoughts on job creation

    09/06/2012 8:05:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Charlotte - Stop me if you’ve heard this one: So, will.i.am, Arianna Huffington, Tom Brokaw, and one of the President’s economic advisers walk into the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton for a panel discussion on job creation... There is no punchline, except to say this hellbroth of personalities were all participating in a real event at the Democratic convention, and it was about as bad as it sounds. Officially, it was called “Opportunity: What Is Working - A Bipartisan Search for Solutions to the Jobs Crisis,” and it was sponsored by the Huffington Post. In total there were 16 people on...
  • Charlotte Swag: 'Once You Vote Black You Never Go Back' and More

    09/06/2012 2:45:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 4, 2012 | David Graham, associate editor
    What do you get when you combine the festival atmosphere of a political convention with Barack Obama, the man who has pushed the boundaries of campaign swag farther -- from high fashion to scented soy candles -- than any candidate before? Here's a quick sampling of some of the gear I saw on display around the Democratic National Convention and the surrounding area in the days before the convention opened. **** This button doesn't appear to be official merchandise, but a street vendor was hawking it at CarolinaFest, an outdoor Labor Day celebration in downtown Charlotte (which is confusingly called...