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  • The POLITICO 100: Billionaires dominate 2016

    02/08/2016 5:03:57 PM PST · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/08/16 05:14 AM EST | K.P.Vogel & I.Arnsdorf
    The 100 biggest donors of 2016 cycle have spent $195 million trying to influence the presidential election more than the $155 million spent by the 2 million smallest donors combined, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance data. The analysis found that the leading beneficiaries of checks from the top 100 donors were Jeb Bushs floundering campaign for the GOP nomination (a supportive super PAC received $49 million from donors on the list), Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton (super PACs dedicated to her raised $38 million from top 100 donors) and Ted Cruzs insurgent GOP campaign ($37 million). In fact,...
  • Latest N.H. Tracking Poll: Trump, Sanders Lead With 1 Day to Go

    02/08/2016 3:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    UMass-Lowell ^ | February 8, 2016 | Christine Gillette
    The eighth and final day of results from the UMass Lowell/7News tracking poll of 1,400 New Hampshire voters who were surveyed about candidates in the Feb. 9 Democratic and Republican primaries include: * With just a day to go before the first-in-the-nation primary, two outsider candidates - businessman Donald Trump and Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - have double-digit leads. Both candidates have held large leads with likely primary voters since the first day of tracking poll results were released. Today, Trump's lead stands at 21 points and Sanders' at 16 points. * Trump has the support of 34 percent...
  • The Brief: With Second Place in Sight, Cruz Has Big Push in N.H.

    02/08/2016 2:00:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jacob Sanchez and John Reynolds
    The Big Conversation The pivotal and increasingly more difficult to predict GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire will happen tomorrow. As the Tribune's Abby Livingston reports, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is campaigning with an urgency similar to his efforts in Iowa. "Cruz already has an Iowa victory under his belt, and will soon turn to Republican supporters better aligned with his message in Southern states in the coming weeks," Livingston wrote. "But he is campaigning here in New Hampshire as if there is not tomorrow: come Tuesday, he will have made at least 17 stops in a week's time." Donald...
  • New Hampshire's 'Liberty Wing' Shifts to Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 1:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 8, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    One of the under-reported stories leading up to Ted Cruz' win in the Iowa Republican Caucus was his ability to attract libertarian-leaning members of the GOP base. With Rand Paul in the race, it seemed unlikely he would be able to convince New Hampshire's decidedly more libertarian "liberty wing" to follow suit. Paul dropped out of the race last week, and this week seven of the Kentucky senator's biggest Granite State supporters announced they are backing Cruz now. State Rep. J.R. Hoell was among the first to switch. The mechanical engineer now in his third term serving New Hampshire House...
  • Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

    02/08/2016 3:13:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lucia Graves in Flint, Michigan
    Hillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city - ignored by Washington politicians for years - has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Race, class and the environment matter again in an issues-based, neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Looking past Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, where Sanders is tipped to win, and toward the March primary states where she will be counting on African American support, Clinton made a symbolic campaign stop here on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be...
  • When the applause dies for Jeb Bush (In desperation, using Terri Schiavo campaign ad)

    02/08/2016 2:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 5, 2016 | Carl Hiaasen
    "Please clap," Jeb Bush wryly told a subdued crowd in New Hampshire last week, a moment that epitomizes his problem. The pundits call it lack of traction. Among too many voters it's lack of interest. If Jeb bombs in New Hampshire, he's done. Even if he doesn't quit the race, it's over. A year ago this scenario was unimaginable. He had more money, more brains, more connections and more governing experience than any other Republican wanting to be president. Like many people, I thought his nomination would be a slam dunk. The gaseous rise of Donald Trump upended everything, but...
  • 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...
  • First on CNN: Bush camp includes Santorum in new anti-Rubio ad

    02/07/2016 9:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Ashley Killough
    (CNN)--Jeb Bush's campaign is pouncing Marco Rubio's resume -- or lack thereof -- in a new, edgy TV ad that features Rick Santorum's now-famous interview and draws a contrast to Bush's record as former Florida governor. The 60-second ad, "Accomplishments," will start running in New Hampshire on Saturday. It shows the MSNBC "Morning Joe" interview of Santorum, who endorsed Rubio this week, struggling to list anything Rubio has done of significance in the Senate during an interview on Thursday. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It's the second ad on the interview this week from a rival of Rubio, who's been gaining momentum after his...
  • Young Women in NH ‘Offended’ Clinton Using Gender as Political Tool

    02/07/2016 9:11:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jenna Lifhits
    Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday. When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton's claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively. One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women. "I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think...
  • Quick poll shows decline for Rubio

    02/07/2016 8:33:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - An internal poll conducted on Sunday suggests that Marco Rubio's fumbled debate performance has damaged his prospects heading into the New Hampshire primary. The poll, conducted by the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC, shows Rubio plummeting to fourth place in the primary here, with 10 percent of the vote. Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place. The survey, which was based on phone calls to 500 likely voters (margin of error plus or minus 3 percent), was conducted Sunday, the day following the latest...
  • The politics of Cruz and the personality of Trump — in one governor

    02/07/2016 7:30:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Richard Warnica
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At the start, of course, he was a joke -- a rich man playing politics, dismissed by friend and foe. But he stayed in it. His numbers climbed. And at a certain point, he wasn't funny anymore. He is Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, and his election last fall may say more about the current state of Republican politics than anything happening in New Hampshire this week. Bevin has been called "The Donald Trump of Kentucky." But he's more of an amalgam really: a mix of Trump, Ted Cruz and something all his own. His success...
  • Rupert Murdoch on Debate: Cruz Good, but Why Don't Colleagues Trust Him?

    02/07/2016 6:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 7, 2016 | Greg Richter
    News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch weighed in on Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, with questions about Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie. Murdoch was complimentary of all the candidates on the stage in his first tweet on the subject on Sunday morning, saying all lifted their game. He then said businessman Donald Trump looked more presidential than he has in past debates, and even gave Rubio a good review, though most thought the Florida senator stumbled amid criticism from Chris Christie that he has simply memorized short speeches on various subjects. Murdoch did mention that shortcoming. Murdoch liked Cruz,...
  • Ted Cruz Picks Up Six Endorsements From Rand Paul’s Backers (NH Lawmakers)

    02/07/2016 4:36:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 7, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has picked up endorsements from six New Hampshire lawmakers who previously supported Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 's presidential bid. From The New Hampshire Union Leader: The six state lawmakers endorsing Cruz are: Rep. Max Abramson of Seabrook, Rep. Eric Eastman of Nashua, Rep. Harold French of Franklin, Rep. Larry Gagne of Manchester, Rep. JR Hoell of Dunbarton, and Rep. Mark McLean of Manchester....
  • Trump: I 'very much agree' with Sanders on trade

    02/07/2016 3:43:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 7, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday said he and Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders "very much agree" on trade. "Well it's very interesting that you say that, because the one thing we very much agree on is trade," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We both agree that we're getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, by everybody we do business with." Asked how he would differentiate himself with the Vermont senator to New Hampshire independents who may be torn, the billionaire businessman said he will actually be able to do something to correct trade...
  • Last Night's "Marcobot Moment" May Have Ruined a Political Career

    02/07/2016 3:17:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 7, 2016 | Kevin Drum
    I was out to dinner last night--the duck at Il Fornaio was great!--so I missed the Republican debate. That was too bad, because apparently the highlight of the night was Chris Christie's brutal beatdown of Marco Rubio over precisely the point I made a few days ago. Here's my version: To me he seems like a robot: he's memorized a whole bunch of virtual index cards, and whenever you ask a question he performs a database search and recites whatever comes up. The index cards aren't bad, mind you, and I suppose they allow him to emulate a dumb person's...
  • If Bernie Sanders loses, his backers may not be there for Hillary Clinton in November

    02/07/2016 1:28:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli
    Gio Vanecchia is so enamored of Bernie Sanders that he made a five-hour drive with his wife and infant son from South Jersey on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of the progressive firebrand. But what if Sanders loses the Democratic nomination? Asked whether he will be there to vote for the Democrat in November should Sanders falter, the 34-year-old union mechanic reacts as if the question is insane. There is not a chance, he insists, that he would ever support Hillary Clinton. "She's establishment," Vanecchia said. "Most of the guys I work with think she's a criminal." Usually, that...
  • Why It’s Too Soon for Mitt Romney to Endorse Marco Rubio

    02/06/2016 7:22:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jim Newell
    He should wait until that endorsement would do the most good. It doesn't take many mental contortions to figure out whom Mitt Romney would support in a three-way race between Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio. Obviously he would support none of them, because Romney is waiting for the three to end up in a deadlocked convention from which Romney emerges the consensus nominee. Just kidding, sort of. The dude wants to endorse Rubio, and it's only a matter of time...
  • Ted Cruz Won’t Be Denied

    02/06/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Frank Bruni
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- ANOTHER Ted Cruz rally, another Ted Cruz rant about the media's failure to give him his due. I endured one in the tiny town of Weare, N.H., on Thursday afternoon and had two thoughts. The first was that I'd seldom heard a voice as ripe with self-regard -- as juicy with it -- as his. He's pomposity's plum tomato. The second thought was that he's right. We've sold him short. We continue to underestimate him. He's even craftier than we appreciated. He's more devious than we realized. And he has a better chance to win the Republican...
  • Former Ben Carson Communications Director: They gave Cruz a "loaded pistol"

    02/05/2016 9:01:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 5, 2016 | Allan Smith
    Link only: http://www.businessinsider.com/ben-carson-ted-cruz-letter-voicemail-iowa-2016-2
  • Carson: Cruz^s attitude towards what he did in Iowa reminds me of Hillary attitude towards Benghazi

    02/05/2016 9:00:51 PM PST · by entropy12 · 139 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:21 PM ON FEBRUARY 5, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Cruz should have held his campaign staff accountable for spreading bad information just like Hillary should have held State Department staff accountable for not stopping jihadi savages from murdering Americans. Asked by Todd Starnes if he was satisfied with the way Sen. Cruz has handled himself as Christian over the incident in Iowa, Carson said, Well, let me put it this way, it is not the way that I would have handled it. I would make sure that it did not happen again, Carson continued. And I would take corrective action. Not to take corrective action is tacitly saying it...
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Trump: Eh, who cares about that Iowa thing now?

    02/05/2016 7:32:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 5, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, until last night's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, it seemed Donald Trump certainly cared a great deal about it. After a brief but gracious silver-medalist speech on Monday night, Trump spent the rest of the week raging on Twitter over Ted Cruz' supposed "voter fraud," demanding a do-over of the Iowa caucuses and investigations by the RNC. After a few days of what Cruz called a "Trumper-tanrum," Trump now wants everyone to just get over it: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The day after accusing Ted Cruz of winning the Iowa caucuses unfairly and asking for a rematch in the state, Donald Trump...
  • Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A - 2/4/16

    02/05/2016 7:07:15 PM PST · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/04/16 | Anderson Cooper
    Published on Feb 4, 2016 February 4, 2016 - Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License
  • WBUR Poll: In N.H., Dem Race Tightens Slightly, Trump Stays Ahead On GOP Side (Cruz, Rubio tied)

    02/05/2016 2:45:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WBUR-TV ^ | February 5, 2016 | Fred Thys
    With four days to go until voting, a new WBUR poll finds a somewhat tightening race in the Democratic presidential primary. The poll (topline, Democratic crosstabs) -- conducted over three nights this week after the Iowa caucuses -- has U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 54 percent to 39 percent. That's a tighter margin than many other recent polls. "The Democratic side, we have what looks like a possible contest," said Steve Koczela, of The MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey for WBUR. On the Republican side, the poll (Republican crosstabs) finds...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

    02/05/2016 9:31:04 AM PST · by entropy12 · 191 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | Posted Jan 01, 2016 | Richard E. Cytowic M.D
    He’s a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me. I know my reaction is visceral and automatic, but as a neurologist it is my business to notice things out of the ordinary and probe them. The Senator’s atypical expressions leave me uneasy. Skill in reading faces is so fundamental to our species that 54 facial muscles orchestrate its endless nuances, which others read like a book just as we read them. Only some of these many facial muscles are under voluntary control, which is one reason it is so hard to maintain a poker face...
  • Rubio endorsements: Another senator, Pat Toomey, signs on

    02/03/2016 9:03:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not as important as Tim Scott’s support since Toomey’s not from an early state, but still significant big-picture. This isn’t just a case of Cruz losing out to Rubio on another endorsement among his Senate colleagues, it’s a litmus test of electability — or perceived electability. Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump? Hmmm:
  • Full Event: Donald Trump Holds Rally in Little Rock, AR (2-3-16)

    02/03/2016 7:16:18 PM PST · by entropy12 · 52 replies
    RSBN ^ | (2-3-16) | RSBN
    Wednesday, February 3, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Little Rock, AR at Barton Coliseum and spoke to a record crowd. Watch the live stream and replay of the event below.
  • Afghan vet Brian Mast announces for FL-18

    02/03/2016 3:08:17 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    That leaves FL-18 open, and gives Republicans an excellent opportunity for a pickup. The South Florida coastal district has a Cook rating of R+3, and without a Democratic incumbent to hold it, the district may serve as a bellwether of sorts for the GOP’s potential success in the entire state. Former Army Ranger and veteran of Afghanistan Brian Mast has announced this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in this district — less than five years after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan
  • Jon Keyser parachutes into crowded GOP field for U.S. Senate in Colorado

    02/03/2016 3:03:28 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Colorado Independent ^ | January 11, 2016 | Corey Hutchins
    So who is Jon Keyser? He’s a 34-year-old, first-term member of the Colorado House of Representatives who will resign from his local lawmaker seat so he can devote his full attention to a run at the big show. What’s he bring to a race that includes state Sen. Tim Neville, wealthy Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha, and former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, among several others? Youth, an apparent coating of fairy dust from the national GOP establishment, and, oh, a biographical data point that includes killing terrorists as part of special ops missions for the U.S. military.
  • Brian Fitzpatrick announces candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District

    02/03/2016 2:51:38 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Bucks Local News ^ | February 01, 2016
    Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Fitzpatrick, standing outside the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown on Thursday, announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. “The time is now to restore integrity and honor to our nation’s capital. Our government is broken. People have lost faith in the system: Corruption is rampant in our nation’s capital and Harrisburg. And all the while, too many politicians prefer to be political ideologues, rather than the problem solvers we need,” said Fitzpatrick surrounded by supporters. “I believe I have the experience and background...
  • Veterans slam Sarah Palin for saying son's domestic abuse arrest result of PTSD

    02/03/2016 7:58:09 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 68 replies
    Veterans have come out against Sarah Palin after she said in a speech on Wednesday that PTSD caused her son Track’s alleged domestic abuse ‘As a combat vet, EXTREMELY disgusted by #SarahPalin blaming PTSD 4 domestic abuse,’ wrote one man on Twitter Another said: ‘Speaking as a combat vet who literally slept in the same barracks as Track Palin, his mother is wrong and her son is not a victim’ Paul Rieckhoff, who heads Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, also criticized Palin for blaming the incident on President Obama Brandon Friedman, former digital media director for the Department of...
  • Give 'Em a Few More Days, And Everyone Will "Know" That Rubio Won Iowa

    02/02/2016 7:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | February 2, 2016 | Ace
    Reuters Top News Marco Rubio emerges as champion of battered Republican party http://reut.rs/1SAq0xv Yes, Rubio's fans, and the permanent GOP establishment (but I repeat myself), are just sort of ignoring the winner, Ted Cruz, and the second place finisher, Trump, and declaring Rubio won. They'll keep on saying it. They always throw some caveat around Cruz's win, which was apparently tainted by the fact that he worked really hard at it, and out-organized everyone else. So they just sort of blow that off. Rubio didn't even try, and he got third. Marcomentum! Meanwhile, this happened during Hillary's speech: 😂 RT...
  • Sarah Palin talks about Trump’s Iowa loss and whether they’ve discussed running together

    02/02/2016 6:25:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | February 2, 2016 | Hunter Walker, national correspondent
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin flew out of Iowa on Tuesday after traveling there to campaign with presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Yahoo News spoke to Palin, who was the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2008, as she passed through airport security. Trump came in second to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, so we asked Palin whether she thinks Trump will catch up in the next primary state, New Hampshire. "I think so," Palin said of Trump's chances in the Granite State. "He's going to do well there." Palin also shared...
  • Donald Trump Comes Out Of Iowa Looking Like Pat Buchanan

    02/02/2016 3:56:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 2, 2016 | Nate Silver
    On Monday, Iowa voters did something that Republican "party elites" had failed to do for more than seven months: They rejected Donald Trump. Trump received 24 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, placing him closer to the third-place candidate, Marco Rubio (23 percent), than to the winner, Ted Cruz (28 percent). Trump underperformed his polls, which had him winning Iowa with 29 percent of the vote, while Cruz and Rubio outperformed theirs. It's not uncommon for the polls to be off in Iowa and other early-voting states, but the manner in which Trump underachieved is revealing. It turns...
  • Rich Lowry, Andrea Tantaros discuss Trump's Iowa loss to Cruz (Video: Lowry taken to task)

    02/02/2016 10:40:45 AM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 2, 2016
    Rich Lowry of National Review magazine is seriously taken to task by four Fox women commentators Smith, Faulkner, Colby, Camerota, and Tantaros about his undeniable bias against Trump, his lack of logic, and called out in a lie... To the three minute video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei6f5F4zIvo
  • Three tickets out of Iowa

    02/01/2016 10:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 1, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    "Three tickets out of Iowa." It sounds like a movie starring, say, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda (or Peter in the remake), and Van Heflin. Actually, it's the conventional wisdom regarding Iowa caucuses. When there's a large field, Iowa punches three candidates' tickets to New Hampshire and beyond, so they say. The conventional wisdom happens to hold up well this year. As John says, after Iowa it looks like a three-man race for the GOP nomination among Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. I believe a fourth ticket will be punched in New Hampshire if Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or...
  • Here’s the Big Advantage Ted Cruz Has as Voting Begins

    02/01/2016 12:54:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 1, 2016 | Martin Matishak
    Most polls are pointing to a second place finish for Ted Cruz in Iowa, but new fundraising data shows he has plenty of money to keep his campaign going in the weeks and months ahead. The Texas lawmaker, who has lost his lead over billionaire Donald Trump in the Hawkeye State, raised $20.5 million in the last quarter of 2015, coming in second in the money race to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who brought in $22.6 million. Meanwhile, the "Keep the Promise" super PACs supporting Cruz's candidacy now have $32.2 million in cash on hand, second only to the PACs...
  • Ted Cruz has an under-appreciated strength in Iowa

    02/01/2016 11:59:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | January 31, 2016 | Boris Shor, Will Cubbison, Josh Putnam and Craig Goodman
    The lack of consensus among Republican party leaders has dramatically shaped the presidential primary. This can be seen most clearly among Republican governors, senator, and members of the House. Few have endorsed a presidential candidate, and among those who have endorsed, there is no clear front-runner. But there is a larger universe of party leaders outside Congress and governors' mansions. A key part of that universe is state legislators. And they tell us something different about the race, particularly in Iowa. One key story is the under-appreciated strength of Ted Cruz. Iowa has only six members of Congress and a...
  • Republican Mega-Donors Adelsons Gave Maximum Donation To Ted Cruz Last Year

    02/01/2016 11:02:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 31, 2016 | Rosie Gray
    An interesting potential signal from the sought-after donors. DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam donated the maximum amount permitted to Ted Cruz's campaign last quarter, Federal Election Commission records released on Sunday show. The Adelsons donated $2,700 each to the Cruz campaign on Nov. 18. The news arrives on the eve of the Iowa caucuses -- a seemingly make-or-break moment for Cruz, who hopes to defeat Donald Trump. After publication of this story, Sheldon Adelson's political adviser Andy Abboud told BuzzFeed News in an email, "The Adelsons gave to several candidates. Nobody has...
  • NYT: Rival Factions of Top Donors Get Behind Rubio, Cruz

    02/01/2016 10:43:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 1, 2016 | Loren Gutentag
    Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday showed that wealthy donors who according to The New York Times have built a powerful shadow Republican Party of outside groups, are splitting into two mutually hostile and deep-pocketed factions in support of Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. The report shows that many of the Wall Street financiers who have been the backbones of Republican super PACs in the last six years believe that Sen. Marco Rubio is the best GOP candidate to win a general election battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton and in the last six months has raised...
  • Emerson College, done entirely over the past 3 days: Trump 27, Cruz 26, Rubio 22

    02/01/2016 7:09:38 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 16 replies
    In the last poll before the Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are virtually tied with Trump at 27% and Cruz at 26%. This is a 6-point drop in one week, as the Emerson Poll on January 21 had Trump at 33%. In the same period, Marco Rubio's is at 22% - up 8 points from 14% during the same time period. The rest of the GOP field is far behind, all under 5%.
  • Clinton Iowa Volunteers Train When To Push Backers To O’Malley — To Block Bernie

    01/31/2016 7:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ben Smith, et al.
    "Sad and telling," says Sanders campaign. There's an app for that. Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is instructing its Iowa caucus leaders to -- in certain cases -- throw support to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, with the goal blocking her main opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, from securing additional delegates. The tactical move is rooted in the complex math of the Iowa caucuses Monday night, where the campaign is looking to defeat Sanders in a state whose caucus-goers have historically backed progressive challengers. A precinct captain, Jerome Lehtola, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the campaign has trained precinct captains...
  • Ted Cruz Counters Donald Trump With Targeted Approach in Iowa

    01/31/2016 7:02:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer
    URBANDALE, Iowa -- Senator Ted Cruz's leading Iowa supporters say his get-out-the-vote operation is the best they have seen for a presidential campaign here. He had better hope they are right. With his monthlong lead in the polls erased, Mr. Cruz's hopes for pulling out a much-needed victory over Donald J. Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday now rest in the hands of thousands of campaign workers and supporters who are spending this weekend telephoning, emailing and knocking on the doors of likely caucusgoers. Mr. Cruz's campaign boasts a chairman or chairwoman for each of Iowa's 99 counties, captains...
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • The Sorry State of Huckabee & Santorum

    01/31/2016 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2016 | Olivia Nuzzi
    They both have Iowa caucus wins, yet the only feeling voters seem to manage for these two is apathy. Rick Santorum was unhappy. While other candidates have managed to draw crowds of hundreds and even tens of thousands this cycle, Santorum arrived at Second Street Emporium, a dimly lit restaurant and bar in Webster City, Iowa, on Saturday afternoon, to find that fewer than 50 people had come to see his town hall. Making matters worse, the majority of them weren't Iowa voters, but high school students who'd been bussed in from Cincinnati. They couldn't even vote in the caucus...
  • The ‘Magic Number’ That Could Decide Trump vs. Cruz in Iowa

    01/31/2016 3:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 31, 2016 | Tim Alberta
    Des Moines, Iowa -- 135,000. That's the "magic number" to watch Monday night as Republican caucus-goers gather around the Hawkeye State to choose their presidential nominee, according to data collected and analyzed by numerous GOP campaign officials. Four years ago, a record-breaking number of Iowans -- 121,503 -- participated in the Republican caucuses. If turnout exceeds 135,000 this year, GOP insiders agree, it will be an indication that Donald Trump has attracted a significant number of new voters to the caucuses. And if the increase is even more drastic -- say, upwards of 150,000, which some Republicans believe is possible...
  • 2016 President – Primaries (latest betting on Iowa caucus)

    01/31/2016 11:08:13 AM PST · by entropy12 · 16 replies
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  • What if Trump or Cruz wins the SC primary?

    01/30/2016 11:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The State ^ | January 30, 2016 | Andrew Shain
    SC GOP leaders discuss potential impact on party of an outsider winning Four former S.C. Republican Party chairs and the current chairman give their take on what it would mean to the party if one of the GOP presidential front-runners considered political outsiders, New York billionaire Donald Trump or U.S. Sen. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, wins the state's Feb. 20 primary: * Barry Wynn (chair, 1990-93): "It shows the new coalition that's different than the coalition that elected Carroll Campbell, Jim DeMint, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. There's nothing wrong with that. It creates a new energy and new...
  • GOP contest nowhere near decided

    01/30/2016 10:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 29, 2016 | Hugh Hewitt
    (CNN)--I think I may be suffering from dangerously high levels of candidate exposure. Since the first Republican presidential candidate debate in August, I've interviewed the potential nominees almost 150 times in total, and I probably spoke with them about 100 times before that debate took place. I've also been a panelist on two CNN-Salem Media Group hosted debates. By the end of Friday, after the Trump-less debate on Fox News, I'll have added a couple more interviews. Next week a few more. And I'll be back on the stage with whomever is still standing on February 25 and March 10...
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Some Iowans Are Now Former Trump Supporters Because He Ditched Debate

    01/30/2016 9:35:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2016
    On Thursday's edition of Special Report, Stephen F. Hayes of the Weekly Standard revealed he has met several Iowans who are now "former Trump supporters" because he decided not to participate in tonight's debate hosted by the FOX News Channel. "I talked to a couple of Trump supporters who are now former Trump supporters," Hayes said. "Precisely because they thought that his sitting out this one in particular was a slap in the face of Iowans." "I talked to one woman last night who was not a Trump supporter, she was going to caucus for Rubio or Cruz. She said,...