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  • 2014’s ‘Clinton Democrats’ crashing and burning

    10/19/2014 5:57:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 19, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    For all the analysis which correctly notes that associating with President Barack Obama is no relief for Democrats running in 2014, particularly those in red states, it is those Democratic politicians running as “Clinton Democrats” who are watching their campaigns implode. “Self-proclaimed Clinton Democrats are struggling this election cycle, and not even their powerful namesakes may be enough to save them,” The Hill reported on Sunday. “Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have tried to turn on their charms to help centrist Democrats in Kentucky and Arkansas. But as candidates in both states are slipping, help from the party’s preeminent power...
  • Some in GOP 'Not Comfortable' with Ted Cruz on Campaign Trail

    10/19/2014 4:13:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 14, 2014 | Andrea Billups
    While Sen. Ted Cruz may be a star among tea party faithful and other more socially conservative Republicans, he has been less active on the midterm campaign trail as some candidates fear he could polarize voters, The Hill reports. More welcomed in states with tight midterms contests have been Cruz's conservative brothers in the Senate, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who have been counted on to support election bids across the country, the Hill noted. “It’s almost exactly a year ago to the day when [Cruz] led to the government shutdown," Republican strategist Rich Galen told...
  • Bozell: If GOP Blows November Election, Its Anti-Conservative Strategy Will Be To Blame

    10/19/2014 4:00:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | October 19, 2014 | Brent Bozell, Fox News
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)We are watching the wheels come off the most radical and dangerously incompetent administration in history. “I am not on the ballot this fall,” President Obama proclaims, “but make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” This statement should be the final nail in the coffin for the Democrats. The GOP should be poised to win a landslide of historic proportions. So why is there so much debate over whether they’ll win -- at all? The answer is crystal clear. The Republican Party needed only to choose any one of a number of national...
  • As Democrats sweat Iowa, Sen. Tom Harkin sits on millions

    10/17/2014 6:56:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 16, 2014 | John Bresnahan and Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats are pleading with donors to give to Rep. Bruce Braley’s campaign as they struggle to pull off a victory in Iowa and save their endangered majority. But there’s one key player holding onto his campaign cash: Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Despite direct appeals from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other top Democrats, Harkin has refused to transfer money from his $2.4 million campaign account to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to sources and campaign finance records....
  • Come 2016 ABC Debate.Will Donna Brazile Trash & Smear Every Impressive GOP Candidate Again?

    10/17/2014 6:46:31 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    So Mitt Romney Was The Weakest Link According To Donna Brazile in the 2016 ABC Debate? Even George Stephanopoulos was shocked! Now can you imagine six or seven of our prestige candidates on the next ABC Debate, and all of them put on a superb & impeccable performance, and afterwards the host asks Donna Brazile for her "Intelligent Assessment" of the candidates? Will she first start off by stating that Ted Cruz and Mike Pence were the "Weakest Links"? Will Donna say that Scott Walker and Alan West appeared to be "Rather Sophomoric & Naive"? The next time Donna Brazile...
  • Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Endorses Federal Personhood Bill For Fetuses

    10/16/2014 6:15:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 16, 2014 | Laura Bassett
    Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said she would support a federal bill that gives legal personhood rights to fetuses from the moment of fertilization, effectively wiping out legal abortion in the United States. Ernst voted for a fetal personhood amendment in the Iowa State legislature in 2013, and she told the Sioux City Journal editorial board on Wednesday that she also would support a federal personhood measure if she were elected to the U.S. Senate. "I will continue to stand by that. I am a pro-life candidate, and this has been shaped by my religious beliefs through the years,"...
  • Twenty Days Till Midterms.What Extreme "GOP Warnings" Will We Hear From Desperate Democrats?

    10/15/2014 4:09:12 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    And remember when Joe Biden was warning us that if the GOP was in charge, women would get raped and there will be no firemen there for us if our homes caught fire? And what's the latest warnings? Republicans are the primary cause of Ebola? If the GOP takes the Senate, it will be the end of Welfare, Social Security and access to health-care? As Harry Reid and Senate Democrats see themselves packing in a few months, what "Joe Biden Warnings" can we anticipate? Maybe if the GOP takes the Senate, "There Will Be Long Lines For Toilet Paper"? and...
  • Ted Cruz advocates military transport for Ebola aid, calls for travel ban

    10/15/2014 2:17:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that it is possible to write a ban on travel from Ebola-stricken West African countries while still letting medical personnel and aid get through. Despite intense pressure from members of Congress to impose a ban to stop the disease from entering the U.S., Obama administration health officials have said a travel ban would actually hurt because it would hinder efforts to stop Ebola in West Africa. But Mr. Cruz said it’s easy to carve out exceptions. “Health care personnel can be brought in on military C-130 flights,” the Texas Republican told The Dallas Morning News....
  • Inside the GOP's secret school

    10/15/2014 7:52:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) -- Night after night, Republicans are going back to school in an effort to build a new army of communications operatives for the Twitter age. The courses at "Comms College" -- the GOP's secret training ground for social media-savvy communications staffers -- are taught in a sterile conference room on Capitol Hill. Students are instructed that the modern news cycle, fueled by the disruptive power of the web and constantly-filing reporters, has no patience for old political playbooks. That's an especially important lesson for Republicans heading into the next presidential election. President Barack Obama's press operation, digitally-fluent and...
  • Why Republicans Must Win the Senate in 2014

    10/15/2014 4:31:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | October 14, 2014 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If next month produces a big Republican year, with the GOP gaining control of the Senate and expanding its majority in the House, it will say little or nothing about 2016, when a presidential electorate and a very different Senate class combine to create the makings of a substantially good Democratic year. But if the GOP fails to capture the Senate this year, 2016 could turn into an unmitigated disaster for the party. And for that reason, Republicans are under extremely heavy pressure to take back the Senate in November. Four years ago, a Republican wave swept across much of...
  • Senate Democrats surrender fight against McConnell

    10/14/2014 8:51:47 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Alex Bolton
    Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they won’t spend any more money on television in Kentucky, throwing in the towel on their fight to oust Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Most polls have shown the race slipping away from nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for weeks in a contest long considered a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. But with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) decision, the party is shifting almost solely to defense in hopes of protecting its fragile six-seat majority.
  • Awful news: Iowa Senate candidate killed in plane crash (Libertarian)

    10/14/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 14, 2014 | Staff
    Joni Ernst âś” @joniernst Deeply saddened by tragic news of Dr. Doug Butzier. Gail&I will keep DougÂ’s family in our thoughts&prayers as they mourn their untimely loss 12:09 PM - 14 Oct 2014 32 Retweets 16 favorites Doug Butzier, Libertarian Party candidate running against Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate, lost his life yesterday in a plane crash. The wife of Doug Butzier confirmed Tuesday morning to KCRG-TV that it was Butzier who was killed in a plane crash Monday. Â… Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the Piper PA-46 crashed around 11 p.m. Monday on approach...
  • 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...
  • Chamber Of Commerce Has Spent $15 Million On Races Where GOP Opposes Them On Immigration

    10/14/2014 4:11:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | October 14, 2014 | John Stanton
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce may want the GOP to change its tune on immigration policy, but that isn’t stopping the powerful business lobby from pouring more than $15 million into efforts to re-elect nearly two dozen Republicans who disagree with them. In fact, in four Senate races in North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, and Kentucky that could determine control of the Senate, the Chamber has spent nearly $7.8 million propping up Republicans against providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Earlier this year the Chamber made clear that it would not base its support for candidates solely on their...
  • Michigan's Gary Peters Resorts to War on Women Attack Ad in Face Of Questions About Fabricated

    10/13/2014 7:40:36 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 13 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Michigan Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) has launched a new advertisement that falsely claims GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land wants to cut women’s access to various female health services. The new ad comes as Peters and his campaign have completely publicly ignored an investigation by Breitbart News into Peters’ military background, in which documents and interviews with military leaders—including one of Peters’ former commanding officers—have shown that he fabricated much of his service record for political gain on the campaign trail. “This is an important election for women,” a woman in the Peters campaign ad says. “And...
  • In Attempt To Disprove Story Showing He Fabricated Military Record, Gary Peters Gives

    10/13/2014 7:31:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 13 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Michigan Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) accidentally proved to the Daily Beast he lied on his campaign website and on the campaign trail about his military record as part of an effort to disprove a Breitbart News investigation—and the Daily Beast’s Tim Mak fell hook, line and sinker for the Peters’ campaign’s spin despite being provided with evidence by Peters that Peters lied. “To rebut the Breitbart story, the Peters campaign provided The Daily Beast with a document signed by a commanding officer showing that the candidate qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist on August 5,...
  • Self-Awareness Deficit: Lena Dunham Posts Photo of Baby 'Voting for Wendy Davis'

    10/13/2014 6:52:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 13, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Although Wendy Davis is known at the moment for attacking her gubernatorial opponent Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott because he's in a wheel chair, she became nationally infamous over her support for late-term abortion. Throughout the past year of watching her campaign we've learned Davis isn't alone in her lack of class. In fact, her supporters share just as much of a deficiency in self-awareness as Davis herself. Over the weekend actress and writer Lena Dunham, who starred in President Obama's "my first time" video for the 2012 election, posted a photo of herself with a baby saying, "This is...
  • Tea party PAC plans announcement with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts

    10/13/2014 7:43:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | October 13, 2014 | Suzanne Perez Tobias
    A national tea party group will hold a news conference in Wichita on Monday with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, but leaders stopped short of saying whether the group plans to endorse the Republican incumbent. “It will be an announcement,” said Taylor Budowich, executive director of the Tea Party Express, a California-based group that describes itself as the nation’s largest tea party political action committee. The news conference, set for 11 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Republican party headquarters in west Wichita, will be attended by Roberts and local tea party leaders and activists, Budowich said. Earlier this year the group...
  • Michigan Dem Senate Nominee Gary Peters Exaggerated, Misrepresented Military Record

    10/12/2014 6:31:29 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 12 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) has exaggerated and misrepresented his military service record on the campaign trail for U.S. Senate in Michigan, military community leaders including one of his former commanding officers told Breitbart News for an exclusive investigative report. Peters’ military service record jacket, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the Department of the Navy and provided exclusively to Breitbart News, shows a man who had a broken service record that was substandard, one of his indirect commanding officers, retired Navy Commander Jim Semerad, said in an interview with Breitbart News. “Gary was pretty much a warm...
  • Davis Attack Ad & Romney 'Cancer' Ad From Same Ad Maker

    10/11/2014 9:59:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | October 11, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    This week, Democrat Wendy Davis' campaign for governor launched her latest ad, "Justice," using the image of an empty wheelchair to attack her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, and was hit with a swift and sharply negative backlash throughout the Texas and national media. The howls of outrage should be a familiar sound for the consultants responsible for creating the ad: they were the same group behind the infamous ad from the 2012 election that blamed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for the cancer death of a woman whose husband had been laid off by Bain Capital. POLITICO reported on Friday...
  • David Shribman: The muddled midterm elections of 2014 (World-class malarkey)

    10/11/2014 9:03:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Bemidji Pioneer ^ | October 11, 2014 | David M. Shribman, executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    WATERVILLE, Maine — With three weeks remaining before the critical midterm congressional elections, the character of American politics for the next two years and for the presidential campaign that will begin in earnest next month is unusually uncertain. In fact, the contours of our national civic life are more undefined than they have been since the overtime election of 2000 — a period of ambiguity no one is eager to repeat. So, as the election nears, the American political landscape can be described as a combination of enthusiasm and ennui that defies clear definition. In fact, enthusiasm and ennui are...
  • Freeper Predictions.Who Will Be The Final Six GOP Candidates By 2016 Primaries.

    10/11/2014 5:06:17 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 63 replies
    Although we are about 16 months away from having a pretty good rundown on who the likely 5 or 6 candidates will be, would be interesting to see if anyone can look into their crystal ball and foretell the final five or six candidates as we head into the second half of the 2016 primary season. Seven or eight of the possible candidates are pretty much set in stone. The most obvious candidate has to be Ted Cruz. We can all agree that if he runs, he will likely be the one to beat. But who will be the other...
  • No Sign of Increased Turnout for Dems on Election Day

    10/11/2014 4:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 11, 2014 | Rick Moran
    At the beginning of the summer, the White House and Democrats on the Hill promised to highlight issues that were near and dear to the hearts of their core constituencies of single women, minorities, and young people. To that end, they launched a series of attacks on Republicans: “war on women,” income inequality, exploiting racial tensions in Ferguson, and a promise from the president to take executive action on immigration. None of those issues have resonated with their targets. The needle has hardly moved and it appears that Senate Democratic incumbents, as well as other Democratic congressional candidates, are going...
  • Chris Christie Extremely Unpopular w/Working Class Republicans

    10/11/2014 4:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | October 11, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Turning out the working class white vote is crucial for the Republicans in 2016. Some are touting Chris Christie as the solution, but the Marsist-McClatchy poll suggests otherwise. Christie gets 17% of the vote for the $50,000 and over group among Republicans and those who lean that way, but only 5% for the $50,000 and unders. Those are extremely striking and shocking numbers. Christie is well known, especially after Sandy, so this can’t be a name recognition issue. It’s not a RINO issue either. Jeb Bush is at 18% among the under $50,000 and as 12% among the over $50,000....
  • Michelle Obama calls ‘Bruce Bailey’ (D-CAND, Iowa Senate) a ‘Marine.’

    10/10/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Red State ^ | October 10, 2014 | Moe Lane
    Full disclosure: I feel awful today. Vaguely half-nauseous, having what we will gently call ‘digestive issues,’ generally logy and possibly congested: it seemed like an excellent time to take it easy. It would take a definite electoral disaster to pierce this fog of illness, in short. And Michelle Obama delivered. Jimmy @JimmyPrinceton Bruce Braley never even served. How does FLOTUS think he's a USMC vet? 4:18 PM - 10 Oct 2014 8 Retweets 4 favorites Here’s the video of the event: it autoplays and I can’t turn it off, so skip ahead to 3:28 – where, indeed, the First Lady...
  • Rand Paul Visits Ferguson Ahead of Fresh Protests

    10/10/2014 3:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 10, 2014 | Alex Rogers and Michael Scherer in Ferguson
    Paul is the first potential 2016 contender to visit the city.Sen. Rand Paul met with civil rights leaders Friday in Ferguson, Missouri, the city torn apart by racial unrest following the August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. During his visit, the Republican Senator, who is seen as a likely presidential candidate, stated his concerns about long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, the loss of voting rights for felons and military programs to give unused equipment to local police departments. “I wanted to find out what we could do to make the situation better,” Paul...
  • Michelle Obama rallies Democrats in Detroit; 'We're better off today'

    10/10/2014 1:56:04 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 58 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    DETROIT, MI - First Lady Michelle Obama told a Detroit audience Friday "we are better off today than when Barack first took office," as she rallied the crowd in support of Michigan Democrats up for election in November. The first lady, stumping for Democrats around the country, cited historic economic growth, higher graduation rates and health care availability as signs the country is headed in the right direction. Democrats are campaigning to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November, though Republicans are mounting a strong challenge to takeover both chambers of Congress. In Michigan, Democrats are trying to hold...
  • Senate math seems impossible to some Democrats

    10/09/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 9, 2014 | Jake Tapper, Chief Washington Correspondent
    Four weeks away from the 2014 midterm elections and even some Democratic operatives struggle to imagine a scenario where they retain control of the U.S. Senate. The terrain and current momentum seem all but overwhelming and against them. A new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday morning suggests a Republican lead over a Democratic incumbent, this time in Alaska, and does nothing to calm Democrats' nerves. "If you put a gun to my head, I guess I'd say that we're going to lose the Senate," one Democratic consultant told me in a moment of anonymous candor. It's not even so much that...
  • New Poll: Michigan Battleground For U.S. Senate, GOP Candidate Within Margin Of Error

    10/09/2014 5:43:56 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 31 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A new poll out of Michigan’s U.S. Senate race shows that GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land is within the margin of error against Democratic nominee Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI). The poll, conducted by Wenzel Strategies from Oct. 6 through Oct. 7, shows Land at 44.3 percent and Peters at 46.9 percent. The survey of 615 likely voters in Michigan has a margin of error of 3.93 percent, meaning Peters’ 2.6 percent lead is within the margin of error. A total of 52.4 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Peters and 37.3 percent viewed him unfavorably, while 50.9 percent...
  • Be Careful What You Leave Democrats Alone to Vote For

    10/08/2014 4:47:27 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 47 replies
    AMERICAN THINKER ^ | 08 OCTOBER 2014 | Gene Schwimmer
    Will conservatives lose three elections in a row – three chances to win the Senate, three chances to stop Obama and the Democrats’ agenda, three chances to put Democratic senators up in 2016 on the hot seat by forcing them to vote on popular legislation that liberals oppose – because a cohort of die-hard conservative purists cannot bring themselves to choose between the lesser of two evils? For conservatives, the stakes in this election could hardly be higher. The course could not be more clear.
  • Something Obama Will Never Say During Rallies Or Speeches."Anyone Who Wants A Job".

    10/08/2014 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 5 replies
    During the Obama Chicago/Northwestern speech, he touted how well the economy is doing, how his policies have brought us back from the brink, millions of new jobs, etc. Well, if the economy is finally on a roll, why didn't President Obama just say that "Anyone Who Wants A Job Anywhere In The United States, CAN FIND ONE !!" Didn't Reagan or Bush make this statement during the peak years of their presidency?, Yes, we all laughed or gasped when we heard that. Well what about the 93 Million Americans who can't find a job, or gave up looking? Why didn't...
  • Ted Cruz says Chris Christie would be 'another Rudy Giuliani' in 2016, report says

    10/08/2014 1:18:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | October 8, 2014 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    Despite calls by party leaders for would-be presidential candidates keep the gloves on, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is privately disparaging Chris Christie as the “Rudy Giuliani of this cycle,” to donors, according to a new Politico report that suggests a particularly nasty fight among GOP candidates is brewing even before the start of the 2016 campaign season. The report, quoting multiple sources, noted that Cruz is making the comparison to potential donors as he tries to expand his appeal beyond conservative Tea Partiers and access the easy campaign cash the flows most readily to those candidates with the highest...
  • Michigan's Terri Lynn Land Slams Obama on Illegal Immigration, Islamic State

    10/08/2014 9:55:28 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 7 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Michigan GOP U.S. Senate nominee Terri Lynn Land called for the federal government to secure the U.S. border with Mexico and slammed President Barack Obama for failing to properly deal with Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists during an editorial board event with local news outlet MLive.com on Monday. “I’m a mom, I have two kids, and I’ll tell you it hurts my heart with these children who have come across this border,” Land said when asked about immigration reform and whether the U.S. government should allow illegal aliens to stay in the U.S. “President Obama has basically told them they could...
  • Will Cities Turn Texas Purple?

    10/07/2014 1:28:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2014 | Richard Parker
    AUSTIN, Tex. — FOR most of a long, hot summer, Wendy Davis’s campaign for governor here resembled a cowboy lost in the desert — horseless, stumbling and finally just left for dead in the remorseless Texas heat. Despite a strong national profile, she trailed her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, sometimes by double digits. Among the experts, a conventional wisdom set in: Ms. Davis can’t win, Republicans can’t lose and Texas won’t change. Yet as summer has turned to fall, Ms. Davis has entered new territory: Last week a poll by the Texas Lyceum, a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution,...
  • Scott Walker: Gay Marriage Fight Is 'Over In Wisconsin'

    10/06/2014 9:16:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | October 6, 2014 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) conceded that the state of Wisconsin lost its fight to ban same sex marriage on Monday when the Supreme Court declined to hear gay marriage cases in multiple states. With the Supreme Court's punt back to the appeals court that struck down the ban, county clerks in Wisconsin have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. And Walker seems to have accepted that this is the end of the road for the state's ban....
  • Malloy leads by 8 in Connecticut Governor's Race

    10/06/2014 6:56:17 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 44 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | October 06, 2014
    Public Policy Polling's first Connecticut poll of 2014 finds Dan Malloy with an 8 point lead for reelection over Republican foe Tom Foley, 43/35. Independent Joe Visconti is polling at 9%. Visconti is largely drawing voters away from Foley- his supporters say their second choice would be Foley by a 46/27 spread. In a head to head, Malloy's advantage over Foley is 6 points at 45/39. Malloy's had low approval numbers throughout most of his term and that hasn't changed- only 40% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 50% who disapprove. But Foley's numbers are even worse...
  • Latest Presidential Poll Points to a Mid-term Republican Landslide

    10/06/2014 10:15:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jen­nifer Hanin
    Are you among the 58 percent of Republicans who plan to send the president a message of opposition come Nov. 4? I certainly am. This recent Gallup poll reminds me of the comment currently circling my Facebook thanks to Emmy-award winning comedic actor/ political commentator, Dennis Miller: “Don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for him.” I didn’t either (the second time around). In fact, we can see the writing on the wall this time around as the next election nears. The stats from this 2014 Gallup poll resembles the poll taken just before we witnessed the last huge gains for...
  • Politico Reporter David Nather Singles Out 'GOP 2016ers' for Stoking Ebola 'Panic'

    10/04/2014 8:51:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 4, 2014 | Tim Graham
    Politico’s David Nather cast the most mentioned Republican presidential contenders as un-presidential on Friday in a story headlined “GOP 2016ers on Ebola: Panic.” Only Rick Perry was the responsible one, he implied: For once, President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are on the same page. At separate briefings on the Ebola crisis, Obama administration officials and Perry have delivered the same message: Don’t panic — the health authorities know what they’re doing. But for other Republicans — and conservative media outlets — it’s time for panic. The likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates — except for Perry — are...
  • Abortion Verdict Sharpens Texas Governor’s Race

    10/04/2014 7:43:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | October 3, 2014 | Pema Levy
    Last year, there were 41 abortion clinics in Texas. On Thursday, 21 were left in the entire state. Today there were just seven. (An eighth is expected to open, but it is unclear whether it is open now.) Thursday evening, a three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans allowed Texas to enforce a key provision of its sweeping abortion law, HB2, passed last year despite a filibuster by state Senator Wendy Davis — now the Democratic candidate for governor. The fate of the law is still winding its way through the appeals court process....
  • 2016 elections: Ted Cruz for president?

    10/04/2014 12:10:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | October 4, 2014 | Maria Recio and Anna M. Tinsley
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is widely considered to be running for president in 2016. But he was really put out that someone apparently connected to him said so, anonymously, in a National Journal story and Cruz took to social media to make his point. “Heidi and I have not made any decisions about political plans past the mid-term elections,” Cruz posted on Facebook, referring to his wife. “Clearly we have an overzealous supporter out there making freelance comments, but to be clear, no decision has been made. “Whoever this ‘anonymous advisor’ was, he or she had no authority to...
  • Can a Republican win the Hispanic vote in Texas?

    10/03/2014 11:11:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2014 | Joshua Partlow
    Ruben Villarreal knew he was different, and it had nothing to do with his curlicue mustache. The Latino tire-shop owner with the ten- gallon hat had been mayor of this border town for several years before he dared to discuss his political affiliation. He felt like a “cactus around balloons.” “It’s not easy being Republican,” he said, “when everybody’s a Democrat.” As long as anyone can remember, the South Texas counties that make up the Rio Grande Valley have been two things: Hispanic and blue-as-the-big-sky Democrat. In Hidalgo County, along the Rio Grande, the locals say a Republican hasn’t won...
  • Morning Plum: Rand Paul versus Ted Cruz on gay marriage?

    10/03/2014 10:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | October 3, 2014 | Greg Sargent
    One of the most dispiriting storylines of the Obama era has been that Republicans have largely stood on the sidelines while a major cultural transformation has taken place: The country’s shift on gay rights. Republicans have either put up nominal resistance, or had nothing at all to say, as one change after another has come in rapid succession and majorities have come around on gay marriage. And yet you’d think the GOP cannot forever put off a real intra-party debate over whether the party will evolve culturally along with the rest of the country. That’s why it’s potentially significant that...
  • Why Is First Lady Scarce in Campaign? Her Last Name Is Obama

    10/03/2014 9:38:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2014 | Jackie Calmes
    MILWAUKEE — She can rouse a crowd as she did here this week, connect with women and drive turnout among African-American voters. Yet despite the nail-biting closeness of state contests to decide which party will control the Senate, Michelle Obama has been largely absent from the campaign trail so far. She has her reasons, Democrats say: Mrs. Obama hates to be away from her daughters. She loathes Washington’s toxic politics. She resents Republicans for their opposition to her husband’s agenda. But she also believes some Senate Democrats have been insufficiently supportive of her own efforts to end childhood obesity. This...
  • A Cruz/Carson Ticket.Would This Be The GOP's Best Chance To Win In 2016?

    10/03/2014 4:20:25 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 131 replies
    Whether it's Cruz/Carson or Carson/Cruz, the Democrat ticket will have reason to worry. An Hispanic&Black ticket is the GOP's best hope to beat Hillary, or who ever is the nominee. This ticket will have the left leaning media in a state of panic. They can't bash a minority ticket. And what will Debbie Wasserman do? Accuse Ted and Ben of wife beating? If Hillary is the nominee and she is up against Cruz/Carson, will be interesting to see how she tries to tear down the first "Black/Hispanic Ticket".
  • Brody File Exclusive: Ted Cruz Blames America's World Leadership On "Obama/Clinton Foreign Policy"

    10/02/2014 6:56:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CBN News' The Brody File ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Ted Cruz blames President Obama and Hillary Clinton for America’s failed leadership in the world, calling it the, “Obama/Clinton foreign policy.” “It has been a photo-op foreign policy, a press release foreign policy, Cruz tells The Brody File during a sit-down interview at the Values Voter Summit. In addition, he says the 2016 presidential election is the most important election in his lifetime. “We are at the edge of the cliff. We are at the edge of a precipice looking over and it is now or never. I don’t think we’ve reached...
  • Who says Jeb can't survive the primaries? (Spew-worthy)

    10/02/2014 6:43:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 2, 2014 | Matt Bai, national political columnist
    So I've been catching up on all the latest accumulation of Washington wisdom — or, at least, all the wisdom that I can accumulate in a Twitter feed — and now I totally get why no one other than Rand Paul or Ted Cruz or the reincarnated Pat Buchanan can possibly win the Republican nomination in 2016. (Actually, Pat's alive and well — it's just that he's on the McLaughlin Group. My bad.) You see, the party's base voters — the ones who turn out to vote in primaries and caucuses — are too completely off the rails to nominate...
  • Rand Paul: What If The 3K Troops Obama Sent To Africa All Catch Ebola?

    10/02/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | October 2, 2014 | Catherine Thompson
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday questioned President Obama's decision to dispatch 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus. "Where is disease most transmittable? When you're in very close confines on a ship," Paul said on Laura Ingraham's radio show. "We all know about cruises and how they get these diarrhea viruses that are transmitted very easily and the whole ship gets sick. Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers catch Ebola?" "It's a big mistake to downplay and act as if 'oh, this is not a big deal, we can...
  • Will GOP establishment even allow Cruz to run?

    10/02/2014 5:16:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | October 2, 2014 | Chad Groening
    Despite his showing in polls of conservatives, it's not a done deal the Republican establishment is going to allow Ted Cruz the opportunity to mount a serious challenge in 2016 – if he chooses to run for the presidency.For the second straight year, the first-term senator from Texas won the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit sponsored over the weekend by FRC Action, the legislative arm of Family Research Council. Cruz garnered 25 percent of the vote this year, with Dr. Ben Carson finishing second with almost 20 percent. Last year Cruz garnered 42 percent. Connie Mackey, president...
  • It looks like a GOP wave; the question is how far it goes

    10/02/2014 8:08:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 2, 2014 | 5:00 am | Michael Barone
    What may have happened is this: Over the summer Democrats used their money advantage to savage Republican opponents. When spending got equalized in September, Republicans’ numbers rose. So Republicans retain big leads to pick up three open seats in states carried by Mitt Romney —West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. Republican nominees have moved ahead of three Democratic incumbents in Romney states (Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana) and in two target states carried by President Obama (Colorado and Iowa).Only in North Carolina, which Romney narrowly carried, has the Republican not yet overtaken the incumbent Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan — and her...
  • Politico: Sarah Palin’s Neighbors Might Hold the Senate’s Fate in Their Hands

    10/01/2014 8:36:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    It’s no secret that Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) is in trouble. He votes with the president too often for many Alaskans’ liking, he’s too absent in Congress, and the Democratic candidate for governor has even declined to endorse him. Politico’s Amanda Coyne, however, apparently thinks Begich’s opponent, Dan Sullivan, is more fun to criticize. Among her jabs: Sullivan’s speeches are too predictable, he has only lived in Alaska for 12 years, and he doesn’t know when to pause during speeches. For shame! Coyne saved a bit of mockery for the “Rally for the Valley” held near former Governor Sarah Palin’s...