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  • Trump Plans Major Ad Buy Monday

    08/28/2016 10:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 29, 2016 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    Donald Trump's campaign is planning its biggest ad buy to date — upward of $10 million on commercials airing over the next week or so. The campaign is expects the ads to air as soon as Monday in nine swing states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, where the campaign has already been on the air, along with New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney lost eight of those nine states. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has so far been badly outspent by his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and groups supporting her....
  • Trump up in battleground states after convention, leads Clinton

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

    06/20/2016 1:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    WTOP-FM ^ | June 20, 2016 | The Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal officer says a man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas told authorities he tried to grab an officer’s gun so he could kill the candidate. A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada charges Michael Steven Sandford with an act of violence on restricted grounds. It cites a report by Special Agent Swierkowski, whose first name was not included, saying Sandford told officers he drove from California to kill Trump and went to a Las Vegas gun range the day before to learn to shoot....
  • Man tries to pull gun from officer at Trump rally (Las Vegas, Nevada)

    06/19/2016 3:15:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    WISN-TV ^ | June 19, 2016 | Greg Clary, CNN
    Police arrested a 19-year-old man Saturday inside a Las Vegas theater where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was holding a campaign rally after the man attempted to pull a police officer's gun from its holster during the event. Police said Michael Sandford struck up a conversation with a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer under the pretenses that he was seeking to get an autograph. During the conversation, police said Sandford tried to pull the officer's service weapon from its holster. Other officers also assigned to provide security at the event were quickly able to detain Sandford and authorities said...
  • Trump to Nevada delegates: I'll pay your travel, hotel costs

    04/17/2016 5:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2016 | David M. Drucker
    Donald Trump's campaign is going all out to win delegates in Nevada, offering to cover transportation and lodging costs for Nevada supporters who travel to Reno in mid May to participate in delegate elections. Trump's Nevada activities contradict his claim that he has deliberately declined to invest resources in the election of delegates to the Republican nominating convention in Cleveland because the process is "corrupt." "With overwhelming success throughout each county, we're in a strong position going into the state convention being held in Reno on May 14th and 15th," Charles Munoz, Trump's Nevada state director, wrote in an email...
  • Cruz will have hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders to himself this weekend

    04/08/2016 12:48:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | April 8, 2016 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS — Ted Cruz has hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders all to himself this weekend in Las Vegas as he addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition. Cruz's rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump and John Kasich, declined invitations to attend — a puzzling move in particular for Trump as he tries to project himself as a party unifier who deserves the Republican nomination even if he falls short of winning enough delegates in the primaries to clinch it outright....
  • Donald Trump Notches More Wins, but Ted Cruz’s Victories Promise Long Race

    03/02/2016 12:22:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2016 | Patrick O’Connor and Janet Hook
    New York businessman Donald Trump won Republican primaries Tuesday from the Deep South to New England, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took his home state and Oklahoma, ensuring that the race for the GOP nomination will stretch into the spring...
  • Think Hillary Clinton Will Crush Donald Trump in the General Election? Don't Be So Sure.

    02/24/2016 9:58:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Slate ^ | February 24, 2016 | Josh Voorhees
    For months, Trump-fearing Republicans and the Trump-skeptical press have consoled themselves with the idea that there were clear limits to the celebrity billionaire's appeal. But during the Nevada caucus on Tuesday night, Donald Trump gave us all one more giant reason to worry as he wracked up more votes than Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz combined. Trump won a staggering 46 percent of the votes cast in what was a ostensibly a five-man race, far more than his mid-30s peak in the previous three contests and in national polls. The Republican nomination does not yet belong to Trump: He has...
  • Cruz outraises Rubio in Super Tuesday states

    02/23/2016 10:35:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KENS-TV | February 23, 2016 | Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.kens5.com/story/news/2016/02/23/ted-cruz-marco-rubio-super-tuesday-states-fundraising/80802330/
  • Trump declared winner by CNN

    02/23/2016 8:59:48 PM PST · by entropy12 · 138 replies
    CNN
    CNN declared Trump wins Nevada caucus at 9:02 pm PST
  • Nevada: The anti-Trump forces want Cruz to help Rubio, but that's unlikely

    02/23/2016 8:52:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The South Jersey Times ^ | February 23, 2016 | Paul Mulshine
    This is already the most fascinating Republican presidential primary campaign since the fabled Ford-Reagan fight of 1976, But at the moment it looks like it won't turn out as well from the establishment's perspective. Back then, the establishment managed to put their candidate over the top against his right-wing challenger. That's not likely to happen this year. That's because the Ford-Reagan race was essentially a two-man race. But the Trump-Rubio-Cruz race has three men in it. One is likely to keep getting around a third of the vote while the other two split up most of the remainder. The hope...
  • What Trump, Rubio and Cruz are betting on to win the Nevada caucuses

    02/22/2016 9:39:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 22, 2016 | Michael Finnegan reporting from Las Vegas
    Ted Cruz is trying to drum up support in rural Nevada from Republicans angry at the federal government's control of most of the state's land. Marco Rubio wants to lay claim to the Mormon vote that drove Mitt Romney's two big victories in presidential caucuses here. Jeb Bush's exit from the Republican presidential race Saturday in effect turned Nevada into a three-man brawl, with Cruz and Rubio scrambling to break Trump's winning streak after victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Over the weekend, Rubio's team started cajoling Bush's huge pool of big-money donors. The senator from Florida is the...
  • Bernie Sanders supporter clashes with Ted Cruz rally

    02/22/2016 6:02:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 22, 2016 | Thomas Lake
    Pahrump, Nevada (CNN)--A Bernie Sanders supporter was escorted out of a Ted Cruz rally Sunday, after a scuffle that included the man interrupting the Texas senator and another attendee grabbing his throat. In a dusty town halfway between Las Vegas and Death Valley, a municipality where prostitution is legal and citizens recently voted to remove most of the Town Board's power, it's a part of the Old West where Cruz hopes to consolidate his party's libertarian wing. The heckling started in full when Cruz delivered a standard line in his stump speech about repealing Obamacare. Craig Bohannon, a 50-year-old Sanders...
  • Inside Rubio and Cruz’s high-stakes ground game battle in Nevada

    02/21/2016 7:56:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | February 21, 2016 | Andrew Romano and Holly Bailey
    LAS VEGAS -- Donald Trump has led the GOP field in every single poll taken in Nevada since he entered the race last June , often by as many as 20 percentage points. And after his resounding victory in South Carolina, the tinsel-haired mogul is the heavy favorite to win yet again when Nevada Republicans come out to caucus on Tuesday. But as recent back-to-back visits to the neighboring Las Vegas headquarters of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz made clear, neither campaign seems particularly concerned about Trump -- or any of the other Republican candidates -- in the final days...
  • Trump Optimists And Trump Skeptics Are About To Go To War

    02/21/2016 6:17:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 21, 2016 | Nate Silver
    If you think the arguments between the Republican candidates have been bad, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Pundits, reporters and political analysts are going to really have at it. Two competing theories about the Republican race are about to come to a head, and both of them can claim a victory of sorts after South Carolina. The first theory is simple. It can be summarized in one word: Trump! The more detailed version would argue the following: * Trump has easily won two of the first three states. * Trump is ahead in the polls in pretty much every...
  • Clinton’s Campaign Just Got Busted Impersonating Union Nurses in Nevada

    02/20/2016 7:26:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    US Uncut ^ | February 20, 2016 | Amanda Girard
    Hillary Clinton's campaign is attempting to trick Bernie Sanders supporters in Nevada into voting for Clinton by disguising themselves as nurses affiliated with the National Nurses United union (NNU), which has thrown its support behind Sanders. NNU executive director RoseAnn DeMoro caught Clinton staffers red-handed changing from blue Hillary Clinton campaign shirts into red shirts of the same shade as the red shirts NNU members are wearing, in an apparent attempt to confuse voters....
  • Dolores Huerta: Sanders supporters chanted "English only” when I spoke Spanish at caucuses

    02/20/2016 6:43:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Vox ^ | February 20, 2016 | Dara Lind
    Labor leader Dolores Huerta attended a Nevada caucus to stump for Hillary Clinton — only to get shouted down by Bernie Sanders supporters, chanting "English only," when she tried to offer a Spanish translation. At least, that's what Huerta and other Clinton supporters are saying happened....
  • SO YOU DON'T LIKE TRUMP, EH?

    02/20/2016 12:39:01 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 67 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Well then, you must like losing your job to someone in Mexico who will make $3/hour. Union leaders at an air conditioner factory in Indianapolis threatened with losing 1,400 jobs to Mexico said on Tuesday the plants owner expects to pay Mexican workers $3 an hour compared to an average of more than $20 an hour for the U.S. workers. "We have not given up the fight yet," said Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers union local that represents workers at the Carrier Corp plant. "But Carrier has pretty well indicated that the wage differential is too great and...
  • GOP voters could participate in Democratic caucus (Nevada)

    02/20/2016 2:47:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Ralston Reports ^ | February 18, 2016 | Jon Ralston
    UPDATE, 2/19/16, 3:30 PM: So far today, the state Democratic Party, the state GOP, Harry Reid, Washoe GOP Chair Adam Khan and GOP-aligned Engage NV have all come out against any plan for Republicans to double-caucus. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske put out a bit of a namby pamby statement that did not quite say it was illegal: In response to a number of questions received recently by the Secretary of State's office regarding the possibility of registered voters in Nevada participating in the presidential caucuses of both major political parties, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske issues the following statement:...
  • Dick Van Dyke emcees Sanders rally at Reno nightclub

    02/19/2016 7:16:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Reno Gazette-Journal | February 19, 2016 | Mike Sion, Special to the RGJ
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/19/dick-van-dyke-emcees-sanders-rally-reno-nightclub/80597616/
  • Heidi Cruz to headline Washoe Republican women luncheon (Nevada)

    02/14/2016 3:22:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Reno Gazette-Journal | February 13, 2016 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/13/heidi-cruz-headline-washoe-republican-women-luncheon/80363482/
  • Harry Reid calls on Alan Grayson to drop out

    02/12/2016 9:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 12, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday pressed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, according to a statement provided to The Hill. Reid challenged Grayson's progressive credentials and criticized the Florida congressman's "moral compass" based on the recent reports about his fund. "These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate," Reid said in a statement, which was first reported by The Associated Press. "Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out...
  • 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...
  • Sanders workers are masquerading as Culinary members to campaign inside hotels

    01/28/2016 8:17:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Ralston Reports ^ | January 28, 2016 | Jon Ralston
    We can confirm multiple reports of Bernie Sanders’ campaign staffers attempting and gaining access to Employee Dining Rooms at Las Vegas Strip properties where over 57,000 members that we represent work. We are disappointed and offended. It's completely inappropriate for any campaign to attempt to mislead Culinary Union members, especially at their place of work. The Culinary Union button that hundreds of thousands of union members have proudly worn to work every day represents 80 years of struggle and fighting for justice. We strongly condemn anyone falsifying their affiliation with the Culinary Union in order to gain access to properties...
  • Nevada’s Adam Laxalt endorses Ted Cruz

    01/13/2016 11:15:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Reno Gazette-Journal | January 13, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/13/nevadas-adam-laxalt-endorses-ted-cruz/78744608/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
  • O'Malley: Ted Cruz Is More 'Outrageous, Unqualified' Than Donald Trump

    01/07/2016 1:36:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 7, 2016 | Monica Alba
    LAS VEGAS -- The three Democratic presidential candidates made their case here Wednesday night in an early state that may prove critical in securing the nomination. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley delivered speeches at the "Battle Born Battleground" caucus dinner, hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party and Sen. Harry Reid, who introduced the candidates. ---snip--- O'Malley, who spoke second, dedicated a significant portion of his speech to knocking Ted Cruz. The former governor of Maryland is currently struggling with single digits in polls. "I'd like to say that Donald Trump is the most outrageous and unqualified person ever...
  • Can Marco Rubio Even Win a Primary?

    12/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 4, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    He’s the GOP’s strongest candidate, right? But what if he can’t win a single early primary? The Rubio problem no one is talking about—yet. Everybody I know, I mean everybody, thinks Marco Rubio is the strongest Republican candidate. Yes, there’s a debate about how strong. Some say he’d beat Hillary Clinton, some say that what with some of the extreme positions he’s taken so far in this race, he’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Mitt Romney’s 206 electoral votes plus maybe his own Florida. So there’s a debate about that. But there ain’t much debate that he’s the,...
  • Trump ranks 4th among Utah voters, new poll shows

    12/22/2015 1:45:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KSL-TV ^ | December 22, 2015 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Donald Trump continues to be the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination race, but he's languishing in fourth place in a new poll of Utah voters. The new UtahPolicy.com poll by Dan Jones & Associates comes as former Utah governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. is suggesting Trump has a shot at winning the White House. "People really are hungry for change. They were last time, but it hadn't reached the 212-degree boiling point. This time it has," Huntsman told USA Today's weekly "Capital Download" video series. Huntsman said that's why he thinks Trump,...
  • Cruz wins Iowa, Trump wins New Hampshire - and the Republicans have a floor fight at the convention

    12/12/2015 7:27:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | December 12, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    I haven’t seen anyone really go out on a limb yet and make predictions about the Republican primaries. So it's time to engage in some wildly premature political punditry. This, of course, is risky. There are so many variables. What happens if one candidate drops out and scrambles things? What is more, factors in the political universe - say, God forbid, another terrorist attack - can quickly swing public opinion. (Remember how Ben Carson’s numbers declined after the Paris attacks?) It is with all these caveats disclosed that I boldly present my picks. The good news is that these predictions...
  • The silver lining of Donald Trump

    07/22/2015 10:51:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    If there's a small silver lining for the Republican Party in the bonanza of insanity that is Donald Trump's candidacy, it's this: He's single-handedly managed to make the rest of the GOP field look downright reasonable by comparison. There's less talk of a "clown car" primary when the main attraction is the ringmaster of his own circus. Each day, Trump seems to reach new heights of absurdity, offensiveness, and popularity among Republican poll respondents. On Tuesday, he called fellow candidate Lindsey Graham an "idiot" and handed out the South Carolina senator's cellphone number — a response to Graham referring to...
  • Ted Cruz Earns Major Endorsement in Nevada

    11/12/2015 8:34:55 PM PST · by Isara · 1 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 11/12/15
    Patty Caferatta to help lead Cruz effort in the Silver StateHOUSTON, Texas - Today, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz proudly announced the endorsement of Patty Cafferata, one of Nevada's most respected Republican leaders and the first female to be elected to a statewide Constitutional office in the Silver State. Cafferata will serve as Chairwoman in Washoe County for the Cruz for President campaign and will also serve on the statewide Leadership Team. Nevada holds the first Republican contest in the West with its caucuses scheduled for February 23 — just after Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina."We are delighted to have...
  • Trump’s Latino Superfan Baffles CNN’s Baldwin: He Is ‘My Perfect Man’

    10/09/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 9, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    In his ongoing quest to prove that Latinos do, in fact, “love” him, Donald Trump brought a Hispanic woman named Myriam Witcher up on stage at his Las Vegas rally Thursday night who could not love him more. “Yes, Mr. Trump! We love you! We love you, all the way to the White House!” she exclaimed, her hands held high in the air. On Friday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin tried to get to the bottom of how this woman could possibly feel the way she does about Trump. “Oh my God, he is coming — he is our man sent from...
  • Cruz Announces Leadership for Every County in First Four States

    10/08/2015 6:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 8, 2015
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign on Wednesday announced that it has named a chairman in all 171 counties that comprise the first four early states – 99 Iowa counties, 10 New Hampshire counties, 46 South Carolina counties, and 16 Nevada counties. “The only way we will turn our country around is through a grassroots uprising of the American people, and I’m grateful for the many courageous conservatives in the early states who have stepped forward to lead that grassroots movement,” Cruz said. “I’ve always known we would have a great organization, but having a leader the 171 counties that...
  • GOP's Ted Cruz gets support from Nevada lawmaker Jim Wheeler, former Scott Walker co-chair

    10/06/2015 10:00:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Journal ^ | October 6, 2015 | The Associated Press
    CARSON CITY, Nevada — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is picking up an endorsement from a former member of Scott Walker's Nevada campaign team. The Texas senator's campaign announced this week that Republican Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler is backing him. Wheeler had served as co-chair of Walker's campaign until the Wisconsin governor dropped out of the race two weeks ago....
  • Nevada Assembly Majority Whip Jim Wheeler backs Ted Cruz

    10/05/2015 7:55:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | October 5, 2015 | Megan Messerly
    Nevada Assembly Majority Whip Jim Wheeler announced today that he is backing Ted Cruz for president after the candidate he previously supported dropped out of the race. Wheeler is the second prominent Nevada leader to endorse a presidential candidate in two days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker backed out of the race two weeks ago. Former Nevada Gov. Bob List pledged his support to Marco Rubio on Sunday. Wheeler and List both previously served on Walker’s campaign in Nevada. Wheeler said that Cruz is “willing to take on the tough fights for what is right” and defend the U.S. Constitution....
  • Why Nevada Should Be the New Iowa

    08/12/2015 6:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jon Ralston
    As presidential candidates begin to genuflect before the people of Iowa and New Hampshire, once again beginning an anachronistic quadrennial ritual, someone has to say it: This must end. We can keep pretending how quaint it is to see possible leaders of the free world chat up the riveting folks in a Manchester diner or pretend to enjoy the “Roast and Ride” in Boone. But neither state represents the real America anymore, nor do they represent even a realistic crucible in which to choose a nominee. Even Tevye would blanch at this tradition that has long since served its purpose....
  • GOP candidate Sen. Ted Cruz to visit Las Vegas this month

    08/04/2015 5:58:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is visiting Las Vegas later this month. The Texas senator is scheduled to speak the evening of Aug. 14 at a public event organized by conservative group Americans for Prosperity. The discussion will be held at Red Rock casino....
  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP

    07/21/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | July 21, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's incendiary comments - and the GOP response - are proving political gold for Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid jumped on both Tuesday, first attacking Trump for his criticism of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then pivoting to a larger target: the growing GOP presidential field and the entire Republican Party. Reid, D-Nev., noted that while Trump's GOP White House rivals were nearly unanimous in denouncing Trump's suggestion that McCain is not really a war hero, they were more tentative in responding to his criticisms of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists."(continued)
  • Delusion in the Desert (Don Trump and the Las Vegas Libertarian FreedomFest Convention)

    07/13/2015 12:43:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | July 12, 2015 | Robert Kuttner, Co-founder and co-editor, 'The American Prospect'
    LAS VEGAS -- I'm here at Planet Hollywood as the token liberal to participate in two debates -- one on what is killing the American Dream; the other a mock trial of the Federal Reserve. Paul Krugman is also here, debating the cause and cure of inequality. We're outnumbered about a thousand to one. The annual FreedomFest convention of some 2,000 libertarian conservatives is doubly surreal. What better setting for libertarian dreams than fantastical Las Vegas -- the free market as casino, made flesh. Like casino operators, these libertarians live on fantasies. They inhabit an imagined universe where markets never...
  • Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers drops bid for U.S. Senate

    06/16/2015 2:51:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    The Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | June 15, 2015 | John L. Smith
    Now that Harry Reid has announced his retirement from the U.S. Senate, there’s no shortage of elected officials interested in the job. But Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers won’t be one of them. Beers, a fiscal conservative who announced his candidacy more than a year ago, has decided not to run in 2016. “When I announced my candidacy more than a year ago, Harry Reid was actively running for re-election and I was the only Republican office holder in the state with the courage to run against him,” Beers said in a message on his website early Monday evening....
  • Rand Paul Scores an Early Victory in the GOP Primary Battle

    06/02/2015 6:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | June 2, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Jeb Bush will enter 2016 with plenty of advantages, but the first-in-the-West nominating contest likely won’t be one of them. Nevada lawmakers this week opted against changing the state’s presidential caucus to a primary, a decision that runs counter to the wishes of Bush, Marco Rubio, and other GOP establishment-types who had hoped a switch would give them a better chance at posting a momentum-building victory there. Caucuses require a good deal more effort and patience from voters than primaries, and as a result the contests tend to favor candidates that have built a network of highly motivated activists. That...
  • Why Jeb Bush Can’t Spend His Way to the Win

    05/10/2015 11:28:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 7, 2015 | Alex Roarty
    The GOP presidential primary is on course to be flooded with super PAC money. But in 2016, candidates will need more than a little dough to win over voters.The GOP could have a dozen deep-pocketed presidential contenders, and they'll all learn next year that when it comes to actual votes, that extra money doesn't buy what it used to. Already, super PACs are arming second- and third-tier candidates with tens of millions of dollars while the supposed GOP front-runner, Jeb Bush, promises a record-setting haul. This combined fundraising guarantees that by the time Republicans have picked their nominee in summer...
  • Bill Kristol: Hillary in Trouble If Challenged by Dem (Ted Cruz hits the jackpot in Vegas)

    04/27/2015 2:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 27, 2015
    Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will be in serious jeopardy if she's challenged by a fellow Democrat, says Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard and an ABC News contributor. "She's in real trouble the moment a Democratic candidate or potential candidate, elected official, attacks her," Kristol said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. ---snip--- Kristol, who attended the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas over the weekend, said he was very impressed with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican to declare his candidacy for president. "The big story of the weekend was Cruz....
  • The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

    04/17/2015 11:02:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Roll Call's RothenBlog ^ | April 16, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses? If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finishes first in the Iowa caucuses, does that all but eliminate hopefuls such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ben Carson from the race? If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul finishes fourth in Iowa (which would be worse than his father’s third-place showing in the caucuses...
  • Ted Cruz aims to win the West

    04/02/2015 11:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | April 2, 2015 | Timothy Cama, energy & envirnmental reporter, The Hill
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is making a play for the West in the 2016 race by touting his opposition to the federal government’s expansive land holdings. Cruz’s disdain for federal land control is resonating with Westerners whose lives are impacted by land managers, and could help him win over conservatives in Nevada, one of the early nominating states in the presidential contest. “This is an issue he’s been focused on for quite some time, and it’s one that plays extremely well with the conservative base in the western part of the United States,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist who...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Surging in Polls Since Announcement (Many Nat'l & State Polls)

    04/02/2015 4:33:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    The early bird is getting the worm when it comes to the 2016 Presidential race, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is reaping the benefits of being the first to officially enter the race. Recent public polling shows a surge of support for Cruz among Republican primary voters. As Breitbart News reported, Cruz launched his campaign with a speech on March 23rd at Liberty University that invited his audience to imagine a future for our country where millions of “courageous conservatives” stood up to “reclaim the promise of America.” The message seems to be hitting home with Cruz’s conservative base, concerned...
  • Nevada poll: Sandoval early favorite to succeed Reid; Cruz surges to lead pack with Walker

    04/02/2015 12:33:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | March 31, 2015 | Neil W. McCabe, political director
    Less than a week after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his retirement, the March 27 Townhall/Gravis poll of 850 registered Nevada voters found that Republican Gov. Brian E. Sandoval has strong leads over possible Democratic opponents. “Sandoval is a very strong candidate and being of Mexican descent gives him inroads to the minority voters,” said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based firm that conducted the poll. The poll surveyed 433 registered Republicans, 319 registered Democrats and 98 Independents on their preferences for the Senate race to succeed Reid and their presidential preferences, said Kaplan. The...
  • Ted Cruz in the Adelson Primary Tea Leaves

    03/27/2015 9:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward's Thinking Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    Shmuley Boteach may have just dropped a major clue in one of the biggest mysteries of the 2016 Republican primary: Who does Sheldon Adelson like? In an email yesterday, Boteach’s charity, This World Values Network, announced that Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz would be a guest of honor at its May 28 gala. Also being honored? Sheldon Adelson… and Newt Gingrich. The winner of the Jewish Las Vegas casino mogul’s political favor will profit mightily from his blessing. Adelson spent nearly $100 million in the 2012 election, singlehandedly buoying Gingrich in his doomed primary run and throwing...
  • The Fearsome Foursome: Bush, Paul, Walker, Rubio

    03/17/2015 9:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | March 17, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    A veritable bevy of Republican presidential hopefuls have already hired staff, wooed deep-pocketed contributors and made speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire, proving what we already know: The 2016 nomination preseason is well underway. Fundraising, organization, the size of the field and the calendar all will play a significant role in affecting how the race unfolds. The outcome is uncertain. The current conventional wisdom is, in spite of changes intended to shorten the nominating process, the race for the GOP nomination could be more of a marathon than a sprint. The last two Republican presidential nominating fights — with John...
  • Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter? (Bush speaks only Spanish at home)

    12/14/2014 5:20:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 14, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Jeb Bush does. The Democrats’ Castro brothers do not. Ted Cruz knows ‘Spanglish.’ But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.The ability to speak Spanish is a prized commodity on the campaign trail, a way to prove your bona fides with Hispanics—the fastest-growing bloc of voters—and to show your inclusiveness in a rapidly changing country. Lots of Anglos are proficient in Spanish. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential presidential candidate, speaks nothing but Spanish at home, and has for years. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico. A more recent phenomenon in the political...