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  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
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  • 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 –...
  • Mondays 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
    Todays installment of campaign-related news items that wont necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didnt 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 primarys 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 STATES 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 theres really a contest between Democrats and Republicans anymore). Of more immediate relevance to GOP presidential campaigns is North Carolinas 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 states 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 months 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 conventions 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 couldnt let Iowa, New Hampshire, and especially South Carolina have all the fun. So they separated North Carolinas presidential contest from the states other primaries and moved it to the Tuesday after South Carolinas Saturday primary. Although some of the dates remain tentative, heres how the nomination battles may unfold according to Josh Putnam, an Appalachian State University political scientist who maintains...
  • Ted Cruz on Democratic ticket: Its 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, weve got on the ballot Jimmy Carter and Sam Nunn, he said. Its like That 70s Show.' The Texas firebrand echoed Perdues talking points by saying that an election of Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee, equals a stamp of approval for President Barack Obamas 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 Obamas 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. Its 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 hell be attending his states convention. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, wanted $15,000 to secure his presence, an engagement fee North Carolina officials arent prepared to pay. We dont 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 Tilliss 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 Districts Republican primary. Taylor Griffin, who worked with Palin during Sen. John McCains failed 2008 presidential bid, released a statement Wednesday with Palins endorsement. Todd (Palins 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 wasnt some other Democrat after Kennedy who dabbled at war and peace, some guy from Texas. De Blasios 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 shows 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 Aikens 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 yesterdays 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 whats 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 havent had it since 1988, theyve 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
    * Obamas 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. * Obamas 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 youve heard this one: So, will.i.am, Arianna Huffington, Tom Brokaw, and one of the Presidents 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...
  • Sen Tom Harkin: Clint Eastwood 'angry white' nonsense

    09/04/2012 9:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 4, 2012 | Kevin Robillard
    Clint Eastwood is the perfect icon for the GOP, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said Tuesday, describing the legendary actor as an old angry white man spewing incoherent nonsense. The Des Moines Register reported the 72-year-old Harkin made his comments on the Iowa delegations breakfast this morning in Charlotte, N.C. Weve got our work cut out for us this week, folks, following the Republican convention, Harkin told the delegates. I mean, how are we ever going to match Clint Eastwood? I got to thinking he is the perfect icon for todays Republican tea party: an old angry white man spewing incoherent...
  • Ed Rendell: GOP Welfare Attack Is Starting To Work

    09/04/2012 12:27:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 4, 2012 | Zeke Miller
    CONCORD, N.C. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell warned Democrats today that the Republican attack alleging that President Barack Obama gutted the welfare work requirement is taking hold. "Its starting to resonate," he told the Maryland delegation at a breakfast. "Its starting to affect blue-collar white voters. Rendell predicted that pushing back on the widely criticized attack will be a central component of the last Democratic president's speech. "I think the man that will push back on it will be the man that pushed for it and signed it President Bill Clinton," Rendell said, "but he can't do it...
  • Obama hopes he doesn't cry during wife's speech

    09/04/2012 11:35:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    President Barack Obama says he'll try not to let his daughters see him cry tonight as he watches the first lady's speech at the Democratic National Convention. Obama calls Michelle Obama "the star of the Obama family" and says he gets "all misty" whenever she speaks. The president made the comments before a mostly African-American crowd...
  • Tuesday's speakers at Democratic convention

    09/03/2012 10:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Speakers for Tuesday's session of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena, as released by the Democratic Party (all times EDT): ___ 5-6 p.m. Call to Order: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair, Democratic National Committee Invocation: His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit Presentation of Colors: Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard Pledge of Allegiance: 3rd Grade Class, W.R. O'Dell Elementary School, Concord, N.C. National Anthem: Amber Riley, singer/songwriter and "Glee" actress...
  • Opinion: Dems hold hope for the South

    09/03/2012 4:46:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2012 | Juan Williams
    Why are we here? Why did the Obama reelection team pick North Carolina for the Democratic convention? As the convention begins, prominent Democrats are still grumbling about that question. They fear the Tar Heel State is no sure win for the president. Recall that in 2008, Barack Obama won North Carolina by 0.4 percentage points over Arizona Sen. John McCain (R). Before that, the state had gone Republican in every presidential election since 1976. Current polls have Obama and Romney tied in the state. When then-President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he famously told an aide...
  • Obama facing mounting questions over you didnt build that remark

    09/03/2012 2:06:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 2, 2012 | Amy Gardner
    CHARLOTTE After being pummeled for days at the Republican National Convention for his remark that business owners didnt build that, President Obama heads to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina this week facing mounting questions about how he will respond to charges that he is hostile to free enterprise. On Sunday, senior Obama advisers suggested that they will not address the anti-business allegations directly but will instead try to turn the tables on their GOP rivals by accusing them of being dishonest about what Obama meant. David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser, said in an interview Sunday...
  • Marion Barry Arrives At Democratic Convention, Slams Republicans

    09/03/2012 11:17:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 3, 2012 | John Stanton
    Charlotte, NC Former DC Mayor Marion Barry hit the Democratic convention Monday and, as per usual, the divisive and wildly popular figure immediately drew onlookers and media interviews. Barry was barely 10 feet into the Charlotte convention center before convention goers and reporters started queuing up to talk to him. Although extremely controversial thanks to numerous arrests for crack possession, Barry remains very popular in Washington and many parts of the black community nationally. Sporting a bright red t-shirt that read Im a Democrat and I support DC Statehood, the 76 year old Barry was clearly in his element....
  • Breaking: California Democrat Compares Paul Ryan to Nazi Joseph Goebbels

    09/03/2012 8:52:29 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 32 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 09/03/2012
    New tone alert... According to a just released report from the San Francisco Chronicle, California Democratic Party Chair John Burton compared Paul Ryan and the GOP to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Let's see how - or if - the media reports this outrageous comment. Had this been a Republican, you would have already heard about it, as opposed to having to read it here. From the Chronicle (who will be posting audio shortly): Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had a cup of coffee Democratic Party Chair John Burton much like his ol...
  • Democrats cobble together stadium crowd for Obama's speech piece by piece (Bussed in)

    09/03/2012 8:59:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Windsor Star / The Associated Press ^ | September 3, 2012 | Julie Pace
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - College students from across North Carolina will arrive in Charlotte by the busload. Same with members of predominantly black churches in neighbouring South Carolina. Their goal: help fill a 74,000-seat outdoor stadium to capacity when President Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night. Anything short of a full house on the final night of the Democratic Party's national convention will be instant fodder for Republicans eager to use empty seats as symbols of waning voter enthusiasm for Obama. Democrats have been fretting for months over whether the president can draw a capacity crowd at Bank of...
  • WILLIAMS: [Obama and the Democrats] Running scared

    09/02/2012 1:54:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 2, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    After a well-executed Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., it is now time for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The Democrats already are responding to the Republican convention and changing their speaker lineup. According to Donovan Slack of Politico, the Democrats are adding women and minorities to their roster, which I take to mean that the Republican convention was effective. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rices speech was presidential it wouldnt be hard to imagine her giving that if she were the nominee. Just as stirring was that of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Some left-wing critics...
  • What to Expect at The Democratic National Convention

    09/01/2012 8:56:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 31, 2012 | Matt Vespa
    The Circus? Ive been working the night shift at the Media Research Center for the past week and given the reactions from MSNBCs Matthews, Maddow, Schultz, Sharpton, and HayesI expect Abortion Fest 2012 the Democratic National Convention to be a nothing short of entertaining. If the fact checking failures, such as falsely slamming Paul Ryan for saying that the Janesville GM plant closed in April of 09, were indicative of anything, it is that September 4th and proceeding seventy-two hours will be the most ludicrous the mainstream media has ever broadcasted to an American audience. Just look at how MSNBC...
  • Tampa trend: Crashing the other partys convention could become the norm

    08/30/2012 10:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | August 31, 2012 | Matt McNab
    TAMPA, Fla. Several prominent Democrats, led by Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley, made unexpected appearances in Tampa this week, prompting Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to respond that Republicans arent fazed. They can do what they want, but whatever they do we can do 10 times over, Priebus said Thursday. What goes around comes around. Led by two Maryland politicians OMalley and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Montgomery a contingent of Democrats have slammed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Tampa. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, also made an appearance...
  • HPU Poll: NC Registered Voters Say Romney Would do Better in Creating Jobs, Reducing Deficit

    08/29/2012 10:51:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    High Point University ^ | August 29, 2012 | Pam Haynes
    HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 29, 2012 - A new High Point University Poll of registered voters finds that 50 percent of survey respondents selected Mitt Romney as the presidential candidate who would do the best job at reducing the federal deficit, compared to 38 percent of voters who selected Obama for the same issue and 11 percent who weren't sure. Romney was also chosen by 49 percent of respondents as the candidate who would be most effective at creating jobs, while 41 percent selected Obama and nine percent weren't sure. The respondents were split between Obama and Romney regarding who...
  • To Stop Mitt, Obama Targets N.C., Florida, Ohio

    08/12/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Patriot Post / The Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Our presidential elections, pundits sometimes remind us, are not national contests, but rather contests in 50 states and the District of Columbia. And since most states lean heavily to one party or the other these days, the only real contests are in a dozen or so target states. Once upon a time, most states were in play. In the 1976 contest between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, 30 states with 396 electoral votes were carried by less than 10 percent of the votes. Three-quarters of voters lived in those states. In 2008, the field of play was much smaller. The...
  • North Carolina: YG Action Fund Goes Big for Richard Hudson (conservative attacked in runoff)

    07/10/2012 5:26:34 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | July 10, 2012 | Joshua Miller
    The YG Action Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), is taking out its big guns in North Carolinas 8th district. The group reported today that it was spending about $450,000 backing Richard Hudson, a North Carolina GOP Congressional candidate in a competitive runoff with Scott Keadle, a candidate aligned with the Club for Growth. That brings the total spent by group in support of Hudson in both the primary and the runoff to $525,000. The Club for Growth and its affiliated entities have spent more than $720,000 backing Keadle in the runoff and the...
  • Obama's Stunning Loss Of African-American Support Has Extended To Nevada

    06/14/2012 9:09:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 13, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    A day after a poll in North Carolina showed a stunning loss of support for President Barack Obama among African-American voters, a new poll from the same firm finds the same thing is happening in Nevada. The survey, from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, gives Obama 69 percent of the African-American vote. Republican nominee Mitt Romney gets 28 percent. If these numbers are accurate, than this is astounding. In the North Carolina poll released Tuesday, Obama got 76 percent of the African-American vote, to Romney's 20 percent. Much like North Carolina, Obama garnered the vast majority of African-American support in Nevada...
  • Obama is Losing

    06/13/2012 4:55:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    South Dakota Politics ^ | June 13, 2012
    My election Shaman paid me a surprise visit today. He was standing just outside my front door as I retrieved the mail. He rattled his beaded stick a couple of times and then said: "Focus on the cost!" He then vanished in a puff of blue smoke, leaving behind only a damp bar napkin with some smudged charts scribbled on it and a few peanut shells clinging to its corners. I thought at first that he might have been talking about campaign finance or the pension plans in San Jose. After reflection, I am pretty sure he was talking...
  • Lifelong Democratic mayor joins Republican Party (NC alert)

    05/30/2012 4:52:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    The Shelby Star ^ | April 24, 2012 | Corey Friedman
    Mayor Rick Murphreys views on tax policy, the national debt and social issues like same-sex marriage have led the lifelong Democrat to switch his party affiliation to Republican. Murphrey and his wife, Sandra, filed new voter registration forms on Wednesday, Cleveland County Deputy Elections Director Meloni Wray confirmed. The seven-term mayor said his conservative political views more closely match those of the Republican Party. As we look at both parties and focus on the upcoming election, we want to be in a party that is focused on reducing the national debt and that is lowering corporate taxes so industries can...