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  • Clash in the Cornhusker State

    05/09/2014 4:51:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The Republican civil war, as the press refers to it, will come to a head in Nebraska in just over one week. Three candidates are in the running: Shane Osborn, Ben Sasse and Sid Dinsdale. My pick, Ben Sasse, leads the race presently, but Washington money is pouring in to stop him. Conservative momentum could come to a halt in the cornhusker state if Sasse loses. Sasse is a college president who had previously spent time working in Washington for the Bush Administration doing health care policy. An outspoken critic of Obamacare, his opponents have painted him, with out-of-context...
  • GOP Future Bright . . . If We Can Keep It

    03/12/2014 10:53:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | Bob Barr
    When asked to relate the results of the Constitutional Convention of 1789 to a citizen as he left Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin is reported to have replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” As the annual Conservative Political Action Conference ended last weekend, one might reply similarly to an observer that the future of the GOP is bright, if we can keep it. In 1975, Ronald Reagan, not yet one of conservatives’ most beloved presidents, sat down with Reason magazine for an interview about his thoughts on the future direction of the GOP. “The basis of conservatism is a...
  • Newt vs. Newt

    01/05/2013 6:36:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies ^ | January 5, 2013 | Steve Deace
    This time I should’ve been the one listening. But listening can be tough sometimes when you’re an analyst and a commentator, and people around the country – listeners, readers, media, candidates, causes, businesses, etc. – come to you to find out why things are happening and what may happen next. Analysis and commentary is one of the few things in life I’m really good at. My car expertise begins and ends with changing a tire. Any toy that comes with the phrase “some assembly required” my kids immediately take to my wife. And when that much-anticipated Zombie apocalypse finally happens...
  • A Debate About Debates

    08/21/2012 7:25:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | Auigust 21, 2012 | Cal Thomas defines a "debate" as: "A formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers." That is not what will take place during three exchanges between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, or the one vice-presidential exchange between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. The selection of liberal "moderators" for these sessions by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates is, as Joe Biden might say, a 20th-century model for the 20th century. Has anyone come up with a statement of purpose for these sessions? It seems less about getting information useful...
  • March 13 Primary Thread -- Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii and American Samoa

    03/13/2012 4:33:06 PM PDT · by j.argese · 879 replies
    Vanity | 3-13-2012 | j.argese
    Didn't see a thread
  • Illinois Republican Primary Poll: MR 35%, RS 31%, NG 12%, RP 7%, UNDC 16%

    03/10/2012 8:19:47 PM PST · by Will88 · 34 replies
    WLS TV Chicago ^ | 3/10/2012 | WLS TV
    Results of WLS Republican Primary Poll conducted by the TV station. Presented during newscast within the past hour.

    01/18/2012 12:22:17 PM PST · by Red Steel · 94 replies
    Drudge ^ | January 17, 2012
  • Dead People Receive Ballots in NH Primary

    01/11/2012 1:23:52 PM PST · by hope · 17 replies
    Click and get P*ssed
  • Cowards of the worst kind!!!!!!

    01/09/2012 12:29:40 PM PST · by nikos1121 · 79 replies
    1/09/2012 | Nikos1121
    I'm at a point today to state exactly how I feel, and I'll probably get thrown off of here for saying it, but here goes: I think Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Hannity, Bill (I'm looking out for you) O'REilly, Donald Trump, Huckabee and all the rest of the so called conservative journalists and politicians out there are COWARDS OF THE WORST KIND. What are you doing, waiting to see which way the wind is blowing, then you're going to throw your hat in for that candidate? Are you more concerned about your readers, your listeners your viewers than what is...
  • My prediction

    12/31/2011 2:37:19 PM PST · by nikos1121 · 83 replies
    12/31/2011 | Nikos1121
    I've been on FR for several years. Dropped out temporarily when the dialogue turned pretty ugly a few months ago. I'm back now with a new found energy. For this reason I feel compelled to share my thoughts with fellow FRers here. About 5 weeks ago, I decided to throw my support into Newt. As of yet I have no remorse, but I must admit there were times when I thought the world as I used to know it, was upside down when the likes of Ann Coulter, Mark STeyn and many many others, whose opinions I respected, came down...
  • FRC Voting Guide: Bachmann, Perry, Santorum Most Pro-Life

    12/28/2011 1:45:49 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/21/2011 | Steven Ertelt
    The Family Research Council has released a new voters guide for pro-life and pro-family voters that compares the Republican presidential candidates on various issues, including abortion and bioethics concerns. While the GOP presidential hopefuls mostly receive strong pro-life marks from FRC, the voter’s guide ultimately has Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum listed as the most pro-life candidates on the four pro-life topics the guide covers. The voters guide relies on documentation from media outlets, comments from candidates, voting records, and research websites such as Project Vote Smart to compile the positions of each candidate. ...
  • For Rick Perry

    12/19/2011 7:14:38 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | Dec. 19. 2011 | Ace
    There are two main sorts of primary voters: Those who know too little, and those who know too much. As for the former -- there's not much I can do about them. They don't read this site, or probably too much of any political source. Maybe they read Time. Bless their hearts. The online community consists mainly of the latter -- we know a lot about the candidates, and are each making complicated decisions about trade-offs between electability and agenda (and likelihood of advancing that agenda). My belief is that we know so much that the secondary and tertiary level...
  • It Is Gingrich's Race to Lose

    12/08/2011 9:16:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | December 8, 2011 | Matt Towery
    The GOP race for president is coming to a head very quickly. Yes, Newt Gingrich had a terrible launch. But that was in political time eons ago. Now, Gingrich is the last man standing. And if he keeps his mouth shut, he will be the GOP nominee. He can run the table after New Hampshire. Notice, I did not say after Iowa. Iowa is a strange circumstance where standing in the polls sometimes means victory or disaster (look for Ron Paul to do better than expected). What everyone is missing is South Carolina and Florida. Gingrich always planned to make...
  • Elimination of Health Disparities [Vanity] [The Republican Vision for Healthcare ?]

    11/19/2011 1:08:24 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 15 replies
    Guess | 11/19/2011 | Guess
    Elimination of Health Disparities Vision A 21st Century Intelligent Health System with best outcomes for all. Need * There are three principal areas of health disparities: ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status. # The Institute of Medicine, in Unequal Treatment, summarizes that racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive a lower quality of healthcare than non-minorities, even when access-related factors, such as patients’ insurance status and income, are controlled. The sources of these disparities involve many participants at several levels, including health systems, their administrative and bureaucratic processes, utilization managers, healthcare professionals, and patients. # In an article appearing in...
  • Primary Thoughts as the Caucuses Approach

    11/09/2011 6:57:11 PM PST · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | November 9, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    I write this week’s column from a hotel room in Louisiana, a state which today provides both cause for enthusiasm about what is possible, and also reinforcement of the standard rules of statistics and politics that have always governed elections and likely always will. Louisiana was long famous for its corruption, for its colorful and ethically-challenged politicians and for an acceptance of that status quo that resisted all reasonable efforts for reform. For decades and decades. Then came Hurricane Katrina, and suddenly the public understood at last that the needed response to that hurricane in the gulf was an earthquake...
  • How To Know Whether Cain Is Able

    10/06/2011 6:04:26 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2011, 6:00 pm | Nate Silver
    Depending on how you slice the numbers, Herman Cain may now be leading, or tied for the lead, in polls of Republican primary voters.
  • On My Honor; Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts of America Matter

    09/29/2011 1:00:52 PM PDT · by normy · 15 replies
    on my honor the ^ | Feb 2008 | Rick Perry
    A fifth generation Texan, Perry grew up the son of tenant farmers in the tiny West Texas town of Paint Creek. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry’s two children, he was active in scouting and earned distinction as an Eagle Scout. Perry was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in Animal Science at Texas A&M, where he was also a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Yell Leader. Between 1972 and 1977, Perry served in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the Europe and the...
  • Rick Perry Doesn't Need "The Money"

    08/18/2011 7:24:30 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 38 replies
    Business Insider via KausFiles ^ | 08/17/11 | John Ellis
    [Jonathan] Martin [of Politico] writes: "Perry's comment (about ...Ben Bernanke's "treasonous" behavior) is exactly the sort of misstep that will worry the many GOP donors on the sideline right now who chiefly want to beat President Obama. The quote reinforces their central fear about Perry — that he has a cowboy problem — and could prompt them to remain uncommitted." This is accurate. It's also irrelevant. It's irrelevant because the "GOP donors on the sideline right now" don't matter. They think they matter, but they don't. The fact is that Rick Perry can raise $15-20 million out of Texas for...
  • Political Compromise and the Art of Capitulation

    08/15/2011 7:50:41 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 15, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on a debate question Most reporters ask the same questions again and again, variations on a theme… “what did you do,” “what do you want to do,” and maybe even “what do you think of what somebody else did?” But, once in a while, an election cycle produces a defining theme, so one single average-sounding question can teach us a fundamental truth, or two, or three. Such a moment occurred when Bret Baier of Fox News asked the Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential nomination whether they found tax hikes so distasteful that they would walk away from a...
  • Scarborough: 'Michele Bachman Is A Joke'

    08/12/2011 4:45:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 65 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In a classic, table-pounding, tell-us-how-you-really feel rant, Joe Scarborough has ripped into Michele Bachmann, calling the Minnesota congresswoman and her candidacy "a joke." Scarborough's impassioned anti-Bachmann blast came during Morning Joe's opening half-hour post mortem of last night's Republican presidential debate in Iowa. View video here.
  • The Early Republican Field Is Less Hungersville, More “The Hunger Games”

    05/21/2011 9:11:56 AM PDT · by theothercheek
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | May 20, 2011 | The Stiletto
    The Republican presidential field is starting to look like “ The Hunger Games,” with those who had no fight in them, those who overplayed their hand and those who were undisciplined out of the fight to the finish before the real contest begins. Mitt Romney - a stronger, well-fed combatant - is eager to enter the arena. Alarmed by the alacrity with which at least half a dozen contenders fell by the wayside, some well-heeled spectators are rushing to support him even before they have a chance to size up the other combatants – some of whom are in stealth...
  • My 10 Minutes with Herman Cain – An All American Interview

    01/10/2011 4:27:53 AM PST · by Bodhi1
    All American Blogger ^ | 1-10-11 | Duane Lester
    You told Greta Van Susteren the chances of you running for President was 70%. Where does it stand now?I told Greta then I was about 70%. I would say that now I'm about 75%. I was telling a friend of mine at work about you and he asked me how a person who had never been elected to office could win. And there's a professor at Mercer University who's quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution this last week that said I didn't stand a chance. So when I was doing an interview yesterday, somebody wanted to know, "What do...
  • 2012 Republican Primary Poll Analysis: Which Republican are you most likely to support in 2012?

    It might be hard to imagine but after Tuesday’s midterm elections, the 2012 presidential election will start to gear up. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if several candidates announce the formation of exploratory committees as early as December of this year, though most will try to wait until at least January. Remember: disgraced Democratic Senator John Edwards announced his plans to seek the nomination in December 2006. Other major candidates from both parties announced plans to run in January 2007. We had a total of 284 respondents answer the following question–Which Republican are you most likely to support in...
  • This could be a big Tea party move

    05/24/2010 8:22:44 AM PDT · by ToughLove · 2 replies · 353+ views
    PubliusForum ^ | May 24, 2010 | ToughLove
    Word is spreading about the pending announcement by the Hampton Roads Tea Party (SE Virginia) regarding which GOP candidate its Board will endorse in the widely watched VA-2 congressional primary. Warner Todd Huston's PubliusForum has picked up the story. This could be such a big deal that the announcement of the announcement is getting big play.
  • Filling the void in 12th District (PA-12 major local paper endorses Bill Russell in Repub Primary)

    05/10/2010 9:59:32 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 574+ views
    Washington Observer-Observer ^ | 5-10-2010 | Editorial
    Filling the void in 12th District Observer-Reporter May 10, 2010 The unexpected death in February of U.S. Rep. John Murtha left a void in the U.S. Congress and, more specifically, in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, that seems unlikely to be filled anytime soon. Murtha not only brought a wealth of expertise on defense issues to the U.S. House of Representatives, but also pulled a bounty of federal projects into his district. Some may have condemned it as pork-barrel spending, but it brought the region a much-needed economic lift as the steel industry withered. Voters in the 12th Congressional District will...
  • Kathleen Thomas, Illinois Republican for U.S. Senate: WHY I AM PRO-FAMILY: In Her Own Words

    01/16/2010 8:34:46 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 3 replies · 455+ views ^ | January 16, 2010 | Kathleen Thomas
    Kathleen Thomas, Illinois Republican for U.S. Senate: WHY I AM PRO-FAMILY: In Her Own Words RFFM.ORG EXCLUSIVE OP-ED by Kathleen Thomas Let me first explain that I believe the family is the foundation of society. I also believe that the traditional family is being attacked on all sides. As a mother, a grandmother and American this is of great concern to me. I unashamedly say that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman and that laws should not distort this fact. I believe in human dignity and in treating others with respect. All Americans are entitled to the...
  • Offers Forum To All Illinois Pro-Family Statewide Candidates

    10/30/2009 9:14:30 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 211+ views ^ | October 30, 2009 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    From's Executive Director, Dan Zanoza: will post an op-ed submission from all Illinois pro-family statewide candidates. An op-ed posted on from a particular candidate is not an indication of an endorsement. Op-ed submissions from candidates must meet the following criteria...
  • Huckabee only pro-family hope: RFFV founder Peter LaBarbera blasts Romney, McCain, media

    02/04/2008 12:55:00 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 11 replies · 90+ views ^ | Feb. 4, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Commentary by Daniel Zanoza, Executive Director It has been an amazing experience. I have watched this year's race for the Republican presidential nomination with jaw-dropping awe. The Republican Party's elite, the dominant media and supposed conservative talk radio have done everything possible to marginalize Mike Huckabee--the only true pro-family Republican in the race--while doing so with a straight face. Here's a message I hope no pro-family voter will ignore or mistake for political gamesmanship. There is a movement at hand in the GOP to marginalize the pro-family element of the Republican Party. The attack is coming from the Republican elite...
  • Chaos Theory

    01/18/2008 9:35:05 AM PST · by samtheman · 5 replies · 72+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | January 18, 2008 | Howard Kurtz
    But with a race this exciting, why don't reporters just sit back and enjoy it? Instead, there's this undercurrent of angst: The race is insane. Three contests, three winners. It's a deep, dark mystery. This has never happened before in recorded history. How can this not be over by February 5 so we can all go on vacation? The party is in crisis, maybe even in therapy. How can there not be a front-runner???
  • Conservative "Put your ___ where your mouth is" challenge!

    01/13/2008 5:16:47 AM PST · by TexasGunRunner · 44 replies · 58+ views
    TexasGunRunner ^ | 13 January 2008 | TexasGunRunner
    Fred Thompason is right - this is a fight for the soul of the Republican party - the party that elected Ronald Reagan and defeated Soviet communism. More than that, it is a fight to determine whether the conservative movement still controls a national party - or whether we surrender it with a whimper. Although not perfect, Thompson is the consistent "3am" reliable conservative in the race who actually believes what he says. So, we make our stand in South Carolina. This is the time to "put up" or "shut up." As I'm in Iraq (contractor, not a war-fighter), I...
  • Opinion: Why Fred Thompson will win the nomination

    10/16/2007 8:36:39 AM PDT · by jaybeegee · 53 replies · 42+ views
    Here's a great online op-ed laying out why Fred Thompson will win the nomination. Basically, Fred Thompson's federalist principles are connecting with evangelicals and the more conservative people in the Republican party. My favorite part: While James Dobson has had some snarky things to say about Senator Thompson, I really see his federalist stance as an attraction to evangelical voters. Even though Fred has said he wouldn't support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, there are still evangelical leaders supporting him (Gary Bauer and Richard Land, to name a few). Evangelical Christians understand having a life philosophy that affects (in...
  • An open letter to Fred Thompson

    05/20/2007 5:47:26 PM PDT · by ensignsj · 32 replies · 786+ views
    Rochester Pundit ^ | 5-20-07 | Rochester Pundit
    Mr. Thompson, I am writing this letter to ask that you seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The party needs you. Those of us who identify with the principles of modern conservatism need you. Your country needs you. Ok, I'll stop with the melodrama, but I really do want you to run. You've no doubt noticed that the race for the Republican nomination is turning into little more than a Ronald Reagan sound-alike contest. We have the former mayor of New York and the former governor of Massachusetts waxing (kind of) eloquent about shrinking the size...
  • More 2008 White House Contenders Ready to Pounce (Frist, Hagel, Brownback, Pataki, Huckabee)

    11/22/2006 5:53:52 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 185 replies · 2,291+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2006 | Carl Cameron
    WASHINGTON — A number of 2008 presidential contenders appear to be inching closer to making their first official steps as candidates. Republicans Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist, Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, New York Gov. George Pataki and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are all in preparatory stages. Democrats Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama are also being watched carefully for suggestions they are making moves in the White House's direction. None officially has announced they are running, but either they or those close to them are saying...
  • (Keith) Butler Airs First Campaign Ad (Michigan Senate Race)

    07/07/2006 6:15:55 PM PDT · by Larry Lucido · 21 replies · 671+ views
    Keith Butler for Senate web site ^ | 7-7-06 | Keith Butler for Senate
    BUTLER AIRS FIRST CAMPAIGN AD The ad entitled “A Little Help” features Keith Butler talking about why he is running for the U.S. Senate and the change we need from the career politicians and special interest groups in Washington D.C.
  • Survey USA: Blackwell: 46%; Petro 32% (OH Republican Primary)

    04/04/2006 9:10:39 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 6 replies · 463+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | 4/4/06
    Analysis: In a Primary for Ohio Governor today, 4/4/06, Ken Blackwell defeats Jim Petro for the Republican nomination, while Ted Strickland overwhelms Bryan Flannery on the Democratic side, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WKYC-TV Cleveland, WCPO-TV Cincinnati, and WYTV-TV Youngstown. The primary is May 2nd. Blackwell, the current Ohio Secretary of State, gets 46%. Petro gets 32%. 22% are undecided. Men support Blackwell over Petro 2:1, but women are split. Strickland, who is not running for re-election as Representative from Ohio's 6th Congressional District, beats Flannery 60% to 15%, with 25% undecided. Filtering: 2,000 Ohio adults were interviewed...
  • Hilleary slings liberal label at Corker [TN Senate race]

    11/24/2005 11:53:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 635+ views
    AP ^ | 11/25/5
    NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Van Hilleary is criticizing a GOP rival for helping secure corporate underwriters for a 2004 legislative retreat affiliated with the Legislature's Black Caucus. The actions of former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker came up earlier this week during Hilleary's appearance on a conservative talk radio show in Nashville. Both Corker and Hilleary are vying to succeed Bill Frist. "Bob Corker's raising money for the ultra-liberal Black Caucus in Tennessee," said the show's host, Steve Gill, addressing issues first raised in a Hilleary campaign news release. "Is he running in the right primary?" "That's a good...
  • For this weekend's cogitation ...

    05/14/2005 9:08:41 AM PDT · by knarf · 22 replies · 457+ views
    Fram one of many conversations I have with various people in my daily affairs | May 12, 2005 | self
    A few weeks ago I posted the question regarding Newt as a potential Presidential candidate.This week, as the result (or consequence) of a brief conversation with a scale master in Pennsylvania, the idea of Tom Ridge for 2008 was developed.He left Gov. of Pa. in relatively good graces ... he has (as far as I know) good paper ... he had a successful? stint as the first Homeland Security Director ... Marine (notice I did not say ex-marine ... Semper Fi!) ...And now the time comes to throw this out into (out into?) FreeRepublic.I'm inclined to like Ridge as a...
  • Let the games begin!!! Ohio AG: Blackwell's Voting Machine Order Improper

    02/08/2005 4:45:47 PM PST · by Columbus Dawg · 17 replies · 719+ views
    WCMH-TV, Columbus ^ | February 8, 2005
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state's top elections official did not have authority to order counties to use one type of voting machine, Attorney General Jim Petro said Tuesday, a day before the deadline for counties to submit their machine choices. Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell arbitrarily rejected all but one kind of machine and was not given discretion by law to do so, Petro said. Blackwell and Petro are seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Last month, Blackwell ordered elections officials in the 88 counties to pick their preferred type of optical-scan machines, which read marks voters make on paper...
  • Chafee's critics

    11/28/2004 6:31:45 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 53 replies · 3,488+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29, 2004 | Robert Novak
    RINO Chafee to face primary challenge in 2006? Chafee's critics by Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who declared he was not voting for George W. Bush's re-election and considered leaving the Republican Party, may face trouble in Rhode Island's 2006 GOP primary. Chafee's conduct upset Rhode Island Republicans, who may support Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey in a possible Senate bid. Laffey, who describes himself as a populist and is more conservative than Chafee, won re-election by a landslide in heavily Democratic Cranston after cleaning up its finances. Independent voters, comprising about half of Rhode Island's electorate,...
  • Coors boycott revived

    06/07/2004 2:17:37 PM PDT · by Columbine · 54 replies · 257+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 7, 2004 | Gwen Florio
    A national Coors beer boycott, nearly comatose except in some gay bars in California, has been resuscitated by the Senate campaign of Pete Coors. "Every time they (the campaign) make a move, it gains new energy," said Howard Wallace of San Francisco, who started the boycott in 1974 with gay politician Harvey Milk. The boycott began as a protest of the Coors Brewing Co.'s anti-union position, and quickly grew to include gay outrage over company lie-detector tests that asked whether prospective employees were homosexual. The boycott faded after the company reversed itself in 1995 and began supporting high-profile gay causes...
  • Santorum's Shame

    04/15/2004 5:30:21 PM PDT · by Ogie Oglethorpe · 162 replies · 3,216+ views
    National Review Online | 4/15/04 | Stephen Moore
    April 15, 2004, 8:38 a.m. Santorum’s Shame Say it ain’t so, Rick. No one can question Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum's free-market and pro-growth credentials. Santorum has been ranked as one of the most fiscally conservative Republicans in the Senate by groups like the National Taxpayers Union. He has led the fight for tax cuts and smaller government. And pro-growth contributors, for their part, did a lot of heavy lifting to help get Santorum into the Senate in the first place and into the leadership position he now holds. It was an investment that has paid off in spades. That is...
  • Walls loses race after disclosure of photos.(Crossdressing Republican loses R Primary in Texas)

    04/14/2004 8:43:53 AM PDT · by No Blue States · 37 replies · 1,123+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | april 14th, 2004 | Martha Deller
    In a bizarre election marked by his opponent's past fondness for women's clothes, Burleson's Rob Orr convincingly captured the Republican nomination Tuesday for District 58 representative in the Legislature. Orr, who repeatedly denied leaking photographs that showed opponent Sam Walls dressed as a woman and that surfaced less than two weeks ago, won the runoff with 60 percent of the vote to Walls' 40 percent. Walls, the apparent front-runner after finishing first in the March 9 primary, said he is certain the cross-dressing revelations influenced the outcome of the election. But in an emotional concession speech at Johnson County Republican...
  • Conservative Takes on Moderate G.O.P. Senator in Pennsylvania

    04/02/2004 8:39:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 655+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2004 | JAMES DAO
    LANCASTER, Pa., March 29 — Representative Patrick J. Toomey, Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, has been ripping his opponent for being a "Ted Kennedy" liberal, too fond of taxes and spending, too close to activist judges and trial lawyers, too supportive of abortion rights and the United Nations. Never mind that his opponent, Senator Arlen Specter, is a four-term Republican who has been endorsed by the nation's conservative-in-chief, President Bush. Party cleansing, not party unity, is Mr. Toomey's goal. "The problem we've got is a handful of Republican senators who never really bought into the idea of the Republican...
  • Primary Base

    03/18/2004 7:51:39 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 155+ views
    NRO ^ | March 18, 2004 | Jim Geraghty
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version March 18, 2004, 8:15 a.m. Primary BaseArlen Specter reaches urges Democrats to vote in the Republican primary. Sen. Arlen Specter is wooing an unusual demographic of voters in the upcoming Pennsylvania Republican party: Democrats. According to the weekly alternative Pittsburgh City Paper, Specter held a breakfast fundraiser at Oakland's Concordia Club on Feb. 22 with a group of about 60 Jewish donors, mostly registered Democrats. The senator pointed out to the crowd that they still had time to register as Republicans, and then change their...
  • (Texas GOP)Supreme Court justice faces intra-party challenge

    02/16/2004 7:37:32 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 142+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | February 16, 2004 | David Pasztor
    Despite opposition from some GOP stalwarts, Steven Wayne Smith says he remains best for the job. From a distance, it would seem that Steven Wayne Smith should be safely nestled in his seat on the Texas Supreme Court. He is a Republican incumbent in a state firmly controlled by the party, an avowed conservative sitting alongside eight other GOP justices whose philosophies fall mere shades apart on the political spectrum. But Smith has worn a target on his back since he upset Gov. Rick Perry's hand-picked favorite for the court in 2002. In his brief tenure, Smith has never been...
  • Giving a Name to Texas GOP Primary Politics

    02/08/2004 3:39:34 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 221+ views
    Houston Chronicle | 02-06-04 | Robison, Clay
    Feb. 6, 2004, 9:48PM Giving a name to GOP primary politics By CLAY ROBISON Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle In the end, an important political race may be decided by something as simple (and potentially dangerous) as which of two common names -- Smith or Green -- sounds better to most Republican primary voters. For political insiders, however, the race between Texas Supreme Court Justice Steven Wayne Smith and challenger Paul Green offers an entertaining look at how Gov. Rick Perry is letting his pique at Smith put him at odds with leaders from the far-right wing of his own party,...
  • The Bush Democrats

    01/12/2004 8:44:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 822+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 13, 2004 | DAVID BROOKS
    In 2000, the American electorate was evenly divided. Now, as we enter another voting season, the Gallup Organization has released a study, based on 40,000 interviews, that shows that 45.5 percent of voters identify with or lean toward the Republican Party and 45.2 percent identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party. So is that it? After Sept. 11, the Iraq war and the Madonna-Britney kiss, could it really be that we are back to where we started? Since 2000, tens of millions of people have moved, divorced and converted; can it really be that everything in America changes except...
  • Cole Mining Support From Inside the Beltway (OK-4th Distirct)

    08/20/2002 4:13:39 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 9 replies · 801+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 19 August 2002 | Chris Cillizza
    Cole Mining Support Inside Beltway By Chris Cillizza August 19, 2002 A who's who of the Republican political consulting world have opened their checkbooks to help fund the House candidacy of former Oklahoma Secretary of State Tom Cole (R), according to new reports filed with the FederalElection Commission. Cole, a longtime Republican operative, received more than $30,000 from a bevy of media consultants, pollsters and direct-mail firms in the past five weeks. The infusion of cash is critical for Cole in his battle against attorney Marc Nuttle in the Aug. 27 GOPprimary. Both candidates are hoping to replace retiring Rep...
  • Who Won Peeler-Sanford Debate Sunday?

    06/23/2002 6:30:12 PM PDT · by doosee · 22 replies · 189+ views
    6/23/02 | doosee
    The SCETV televised debate between the two SC Republican governor candidates Mark Sanford and Bob Peeler just completed. This thread is to engage in commentary about who performed better in the debate and who would be the best candidate this fall.