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  • How Rand Paul is turning off Republicans by stretching the truth

    04/20/2015 5:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Vox ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Rand Paul has cast himself as a Diogenes for the modern era, a truth-seeker who can't seem to find an honest man — or woman — no matter where he shines his lamp in Washington. That's why his willingness to say almost anything about himself and other Republicans, regardless of whether it's true, poses an existential threat to his brand. It's only a matter of time before the offended start punching back publicly, and that will surely start with fellow Republicans. Many of them had a right to be aggrieved after Paul's speech this weekend at the First in the...
  • Ted Cruz brings the energy in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 1:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    SaintPetersBlog ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    Ted Cruz headlined the daytime portion of the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, where 20 presidential candidates or those seriously thinking about it came to speak. “What a testament to the desire for Americans: We want something new, we want new leadership to change the page, and to turnaround,” the 44-year-old U.S. senator from Texas said as he began his remarks. “You know the Democratic version of this I’m pretty sure is Hillary Clinton having a conversation with a Chipotle clerk,” he said. It was one of countless times Republicans jabbed Clinton for her clandestine appearance at the...
  • Cruz wins straw polls in Greenville, Spartanburg

    04/18/2015 6:48:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Greenville Online | April 18, 2015 | Rudolph Bell
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/18/ted-cruz-scott-walker-jeb-bush/25987009/
  • Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold

    04/18/2015 6:08:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/18/15 | Noam N. Levey
    fter five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over. GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform. Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law's key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance. And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than...
  • GOP Has More Than a Hillary Problem; It's an America Problem

    04/17/2015 5:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Davis
    All in all, a pretty fun week for conservatives. Marco Rubio made a classy and inspiring entrance into a Republican field that is already impressive and energizing, and sure to become even more so. Meanwhile, the most powerful woman in American history dropped in with a campaign debut that ranged from underwhelming to comically inept. Or so it appears to those of us who have no intention of voting for her. Make no mistake, I have enjoyed the absurdity of the incognito Chipotle moment, the inexplicable road trip in the stupidly labeled “Scooby” van, the easy-to-mock fawning of the reporters...
  • GOP contenders gather in NH: 5 things to watch for

    04/17/2015 2:08:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegram - Worchester ^ | April 17, 2015 | AP - Steve Peoples 
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court presidential primary voters in New Hampshire this weekend at a state GOP meeting in Nashua. It's the first gathering of its kind in the first-in-the-nation primary state this year and offers no shortage of intriguing storylines as Republican contenders across the political spectrum deliver speeches, answer questions and work to stand out in the crowd. Five things we'll be watching for: [SNIP] Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will be in New Hampshire as well to make sure Republicans don't get a free pass. [SNIP]
  • Conservative group to audition Republican candidates for 2016

    04/15/2015 4:11:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2015 | Steve Holland
    A group of conservative activists will meet privately next month in suburban Washington to hear from potential Republican presidential candidates and determine who among them to support, a Republican involved in the effort said on Monday. Many conservatives want one of their own as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee and would prefer to avoid establishment candidates such as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is expected to seek the nomination. The session at a hotel in Tyson's Corner, which is in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, will take place on May 15 and 16, according to the source, who spoke...
  • For young conservatives, now is the time to invest in the GOP

    04/14/2015 2:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Nooga ^ | April 14, 2015 | David Allen Martin
    No matter how much their adversaries have tried to pin them as the "party of no," the GOP is far and away the most dynamic of the two major American political parties today. As evidence of this, just look at how the 2016 primary campaigns are shaping up on either side of the ideological divide. Conservative voters will get to choose from the youngest and most philosophically diverse group of GOP candidates I’ve seen in my lifetime, while the left will get to choose—wait, there is no choice. Yes, that’s right: Unless something drastically changes, the very same liberals who...
  • Man arrested after stabbing at child's birthday party in Hancock County

    04/13/2015 1:27:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com/ ^ | 4/12/15 | JUSTIN MITCHELL
    HANCOCK COUNTY -- A family gathering to celebrate a child's birthday turned deadly Sunday when a fight between two brothers-in-law led to a fatal stabbing, officials said. Hancock County Sheriff's Investigator Glenn Grannan said that at 12:30 a.m., deputies found Kenneth Fanning, 29, suffering from multiple stab wounds in the front yard of a rental home on the 5000 block of U.S. 90. The suspect, Clinten Michael Dryer Sr., 32, injured his knee during the fight, Grannan said. He was treated at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and was charged shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday with murder.
  • [VIDEO] Ted Cruz at the NRA: Can a Positive Campaign Produce a Winner?

    04/12/2015 6:30:06 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    At the NRA’s annual convention yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz once again presented his vision for America… and for his presidential campaign. The biggest take-away isn’t that he’s pro-Second Amendment (we already knew that), but that he’s determined to run a positive campaign. Just watch the video: ... Of course Cruz criticized President Obama and other Democrats for implementing horrendous policies that do tremendous damage to America and the rest of the world, but his message was — overall — very positive. He emphasized time and again that he’s inspired and motivated to fight “for your constitutional rights” and that he...
  • Levin: We Are Witnessing 'Complete Evisceration of American Citizenship' (Audio)

    04/10/2015 11:48:36 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-9-2015 | IAN HANCHETT
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin declared that “the complete evisceration of American citizenship” is underway on Thursday. “There’s something else that’s going on that I want to bring to your attention…and that is the complete evisceration of American citizenship, more than illegal immigration. It’s the complete evisceration of American citizenship to destroy the identity of America” Levin stated. Levin continued, “it’s being done by left-wing states, it’s being done by left-wing municipalities, it’s being done by this left-wing federal government. And this is a war on you, the American citizen.”
  • The G.O.P. Presidential Field Looks Chaotic. It’s Not.

    04/10/2015 9:39:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/10/2015 | Nate Cohn
    The Republican primary battle has been called a wide-open contest — the “deepest” and “strongest” field in many cycles. It is full of the party’s rising stars and hopefuls, like Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, alongside the most formidable name in Republican politics: Bush. But the campaign is not nearly as open as it looks. Many of the candidates who have received the most news media attention have little or no chance of winning the nomination. Instead, two figures — Jeb Bush and Mr. Walker — have quickly moved to...
  • Rand Paul, Media Darling

    04/10/2015 8:43:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 10, 2015 | David Frum, former Bush speechwriter
    Five reasons why the Kentucky senator trails Ted Cruz in fundraising, but is still stealing the spotlight. If you’re a member of the Washington media, odds are you’ve spent at least some time over the past 48 hours discussing Rand Paul’s entry into the presidential race and his testy exchanges about abortion with an Associated Press reporter. Reporters and pundits have covered Paul’s debut for The Washington Post, NPR, The Huffington Post, and the Today Show. The Daily Beast offered space to the libertarian Cato Institute’s David Boaz to argue that yes, Paul can do it. In The Hill, Dick...
  • The Most Republican County in Each State

    04/10/2015 7:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 | 04/10/2015 | By Alexander Kent, Thomas C. Frohlich and Mark Lieberman
    Since, the site does not allow posting on FR, the curious among you might want to see which country in your state is most Republican by Clicking this link: The Most Republican County in Each State
  • Ted Cruz gains steam and donor support

    04/09/2015 10:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | April 9, 2015 | Kevin Diaz, Washington Bureau
    <p>WASHINGTON — Riding a wave of conservative fervor over gay marriage and “traditional” social values, Texas Republican Ted Cruz has rocketed upwards in national presidential polls and major donor support.</p>
  • Cruz control: post announcement edition

    04/09/2015 11:31:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday Ed shared the news that the community of political experts was rather gobsmacked to find out that PACs associated with Texas Senator Ted Cruz had brought in a “record haul” in no time flat following his campaign announcement. While it would be lovely to pretend that money in politics doesn’t mean all that much and what really counts is grassroots support and a solid message, that’s simply not true. Does anyone really think Mitt Romney would have survived the 2012 fight without the mountains of cash behind him, both internally and through associated PACs? That’s a doubtful proposition at...
  • Cruz SuperPACs Surprise Friends, Enemies with Record Haul

    04/08/2015 9:00:43 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-08-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    When Ted Cruz announced he’d run for president, there were some self-declared experts who said he’d have a hard time competing because he wouldn’t be able to raise enough money. Well, think again: "Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business. "An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees was formed only this week, and among them they are expected to have $31 million in the bank by Friday." That’s $31 million in less than a week. We already know that the eventual Republican...
  • Ted Cruz Was Way More Welcoming to Rand Paul's Entry into 2016 Than Paul Was to His

    04/07/2015 1:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 7, 2015 | Rebecca Nelson
    The Texas senator said he was "glad to welcome" Paul into the race.Ted Cruz warmly welcomed Rand Paul into the 2016 race Tuesday morning, calling him a "good friend"—even after his rival wrote him off. "I am glad to welcome my friend Rand Paul into the 2016 GOP primary," the Texas senator and presidential contender said in a statement on his website Tuesday morning. "Rand is a good friend, and we have worked side by side on many issues." It was a decidedly different tone from the one Paul used when Cruz launched his White House bid last month. Appearing...
  • White House: Republicans trying to 'undermine' Obama

    04/06/2015 3:43:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Examiner ^ | 4/6/15 | Brian Hughes
    The White House accused Republicans Monday of trying to undermine President Obama with their call for an up-or-down vote on any nuclear deal finalized with Iran. "It's Republicans who have been most forceful in denouncing this agreement and those are the people I'm referring to when I say they're trying to use this vote as cover to just try to undermine the agreement," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Last week, Obama hailed an "understanding" with Iran that would lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for the Middle Eastern nation curbing its nuclear capabilities. However, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Republicans take aim at Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran

    04/05/2015 7:43:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    Fallout from the Obama administration’s preliminary nuclear deal with Iran stretched from Capitol Hill to Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, with lawmakers vowing to push ahead with legislation that would give them, not the president, the final say on whether the agreement crosses the finish line. At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up his all-out assault on the deal, saying the U.S.-led effort to lighten economic sanctions on Iran will allow Tehran to bolster its “terror machine” and wreak even more havoc across an already-unstable region. White House officials, including Mr. Obama himself, have worked relentlessly over...
  • Southern states seek to leverage 2016 clout: Hope to guarantee GOP tilts to right

    04/04/2015 10:29:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 5, 2015 | Matt Viser
    MANCHESTER, Ga. — Though presidential politicians have long ignored Georgia, the towns and villages in this primarily rural state celebrate their historic connection with Washington power. White House Parkway cuts through this area. The sign in front of the police station in Warm Springs, population 413, touts a century-old tie to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and locals quickly point out that former President Jimmy Carter lives within an hour’s drive. And yet it’s been decades since this place was relevant in any presidential contest: Aside from Carter, the last candidate anyone remembers campaigning here was John F. Kennedy. It’s the Manchester...
  • Jeb Bush as Inevitable Choice? Republicans Say Not So Fast

    04/04/2015 7:02:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    nytimes ^ | April 4, 2015 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Three months into what allies once confidently described as a “shock and awe” drive to overcome his rivals and dominate the Republican presidential field, Jeb Bush’s early campaigning looks like the juggernaut that wasn’t. He is grappling with the Republican Party’s prickly and demanding ideological blocs, particularly evangelical leaders and pro-Israel hawks. He is struggling to win over grass-roots activists in Iowa and New Hampshire, states he has visited only a handful of times. And Mr. Bush’s undisputed advantage — the millions of dollars streaming rapidly into his political organization — may not be enough to knock out other contenders....
  • Quotes of the day (Ted Cruz surge edition)

    04/02/2015 8:35:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 2, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush continues to lead the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, but one candidate is making moves. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the only GOP hopeful to formally announced his candidacy thus far, has shot up in the rankings in a new CBS News poll. Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed said that they would consider voting for Cruz in March, up 14 points from when the same question was asked a month ago. By comparison, 51 percent said they would vote for Bush, just two percent higher than did in February. *** Sen. Ted Cruz has raised $4...
  • George Will: Ted Cruz is aiming at the wrong Republicans

    04/02/2015 6:16:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/02/2015 | George Will
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory. This theory was slain by a fact — actually, 15,951,378 facts. That was the difference between the 43,129,566 votes President Lyndon Johnson received and the 27,178,188 that Goldwater got on the...
  • Let’s Face It, Republicans Are Cowards On Religious Liberty (But Voters Aren’t)

    04/02/2015 12:22:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/02/2015 | David Harsanyi
    The GOP’s capitulation on religious liberty was as swift as it was predictable. Republicans have talent for courting just enough controversy to generate prodigious amounts of negative press but at the same time not doing enough to accomplish anything meaningful. And few things in this world rattle your run-of-the-mill Republican more than some ginned-up outrage over “discrimination” or “bigotry.” The media’s deliberate distortion of the intention, reach, and history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—not to mention pressure from corporations like Apple and Walmart—was more than enough to do the trick. What excuse does Mike Pence have for flubbing a...
  • How did Ted Cruz / The Weekly Standard get my email address? (Vanity)

    04/01/2015 12:08:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Me | 4-1-2015
    I like most of the policies Cruz is pursuing, but I feel uncomfortable receiving a signed email from him to an email address I only share with family asking for money. What's up with that?
  • Has the fight over Indiana’s RFRA set the GOP up for failure? [It's a trap!]

    04/01/2015 7:08:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/01/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Over the course of this and last week, Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act has set the nation’s hair ablaze as commentators and pundits on the left compete with one another in order to adopt the most disingenuously indignant posture over this relatively commonplace law. I’ve written about why Indiana’s version of this law is not particularly different from the 19 other state-level RFRAs or the federal version. I have also remarked on the fact that a number of individuals, primarily religious minorities, have RFRAs to thank for the safeguarding of their religious sensibilities. I’ve written that these laws...
  • Cruz'n for a bruisin' The GOP religious right vs. the GOP establishment. (Cruz v. Bush he says)

    03/31/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Roger Simon, chief political columnist
    The blood is in the water. The game is afoot. And the Republicans are brawling. While Democrats are usually viewed as the undisciplined, fractious party, it is Republicans who sharpen their knives and slice each other up when the White House is at stake. The struggle is between two groups within the GOP. The establishment finally recognizes that the party must broaden its base. If the party appeals to only white, Christian conservatives, it will wind up as a regional party, capable of winning Senate and House seats but incapable of winning a national election. We must nominate a presidential...
  • GOP succeeding at down-ballot level

    03/30/2015 11:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | Salena Zito
    Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time a Republican won an open General Assembly seat in Philadelphia in 25 years. White, 26, became the 120th Republican in the House, part of the largest GOP majority in the state since 1958 and including a state Senate that increased its majority in historic numbers in 2014. Down-ballot races matter. These elected officials are the most attuned politicians with whom average people ever interact; they focus on voters' core values, and are far removed from the harsher rhetoric of national...
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters

    03/30/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/20/15
    - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in...
  • Republicans are quietly strategizing to delete gay marriage from the party's 2016 platform.

    03/30/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2015 | Alex Roarty
    Late last summer, with midterms consuming the attention of the political class, a group of GOP activists spent two days in Des Moines trying to convince their fellow Republicans that change was coming to their party. With eyes on 2016, they attended the Iowa State Fair, talked with newspaper editorial boards, and even ventured onto conservative talk radio. To cap it off, on the last evening, supporters gathered at 801 Chophouse, the upscale watering hole of the city's political elite, as if to announce their movement had gone mainstream. That it couldn't be dismissed as fringe any longer. Their issue,...
  • Reuters Poll: Republicans See Obama as More Imminent Threat than Putin

    03/30/2015 6:49:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 1 replies
    reuters ^ | March 30, 2015 | Thomson/Reuters
    A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • He's Done It Before: How Ted Cruz can repeat history — and win the GOP nomination

    03/27/2015 8:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 23, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    It’s early 2011, and an unheard-of candidate for Senate is deciding to enter a race 22 months down the line to replace one of Texas’ most revered senators. He has no money, no prospective sources of donors. He has no establishment credibility. He has chosen to battle perhaps the most establishment of the establishment — the state’s lieutenant governor. Now, it’s early 2015, and a still relatively unheard-of candidate for president is deciding to enter a race 20 months down the line. He faces questions about whether he can raise a consistent amount of money. He has no establishment credibility....
  • A Ted Cruz loss would help GOP recover

    03/27/2015 7:38:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 28, 2015 | Michael A. Cohen
    I have a confession to make: I’m a Democrat and a progressive, and I’m rooting for Ted Cruz to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. It’s not because I think he will win or because I agree with anything he stands for. It’s because Cruz represents the best hope of returning sanity to American politics. Cruz is perhaps the quintessential example of Republican politics, circa 2015. He’s uncompromising, ideologically inflexible, and doesn’t appear to be very interested in appealing to non-conservatives. His views are perhaps the most radical and extreme in a political party increasingly defined by rising levels...
  • Republicans pass budgets in both House and Senate, trim $5.1 trillion in spending

    03/27/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when a disagreement between Republicans on the budget was “cataclysmic” for GOP claims to governance? Democrats last passed a normal budget resolution six years ago, but Republicans went all of seven days before both chambers finally passed budget resolutions. Our long national nightmare, at least as envisioned by Politico, is over: The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It...
  • Handicapping the 2016 Field: For the Top Tier to the Hopeless, Krauthhammer looks at the GOP

    03/27/2015 6:49:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could conceivably defeat her. On to the GOP. First Tier: 1. Marco Rubio. Trails badly in current polls, ranking seventh at 5 percent, but high upside potential. Assets: Foreign policy looms uncharacteristically large in the current cycle, and Rubio...
  • Kansas House Passes Constitutional Carry (Vanity)

    03/25/2015 4:09:40 PM PDT · by demshateGod · 10 replies
    Kansas Legistlature ^ | 3.25.2015 | Me
    Kansas House just passed Senate Bill 45 "authorizing the carrying of concealed handguns without a license under the personal and family protection act." Several Republicans voted against it. Here they are. John Barker Email:johnbarker2012@yahoo.com Barbara Bollier Email:barbarabollier@gmail.com Stephanie Clayton Email:stephaniesawyerclayton@gmail.com Diana Dierks Email:dierks@salinahomes.com Linda Gallagher Email:LJGallagher@kc.rr.com Don Hill Email:donhill70@hotmail.com Mike Kiegerl Email:jus4smk@aol.com Marvin Kleeb Email:marvin@marvinkleeb.com Peggy Mast - Speaker Pro Tem Email:pmast@me.com Tom Moxley Email:tmoxley@tctelco.net Tom Phillips Email:tphillips3@cox.net Melissa Rooker melissa@melissarooker.com Don Schroeder dnjschroeder@gmail.com Tom Sloan Email:glsloan_ks@yahoo.com Charles Smith Email:chuck.smith@house.ks.gov Susie Swanson svswan@twinvalley.net Let's hope Brownback signs it.
  • Is Ted Cruz too conservative for Republican primary voters?

    03/25/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Robert Lupton and Christopher Hare
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) became the first major contender to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Dan Balz has written that Cruz’s candidacy “tests the limits of conservatism,” and based on his congressional roll call voting record, Cruz is the fourth-most-conservative member of the Senate. But how does his ideological position compare to those of Republican primary voters, especially in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire? Very favorably, as we will see. We use data from the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). The 2014 CCES asked respondents to place themselves and several...
  • Ted Cruz Wants to Lead an Evangelical Ghost Army in 2016

    03/24/2015 10:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Grace Wyler, politics editor
    Someone had to be the first to jump into the 2016 presidential race, and it seems only fitting that that someone was US Senator Ted Cruz, leapfrogging over his likely opponents to launch his campaign early with a Jesus-soaked speech at the world's largest fundamentalist college. Cruz is a long shot for the GOP nomination, partly because he lacks experience, and mostly because no one likes him. But tucked into his speech Monday, in between stories about sin and redemption and abolishing the IRS, Cruz offered one reason he actually thinks he can win. "Today, roughly half of born again...
  • Ted Cruz teaches Republicans a lesson

    03/24/2015 8:22:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Judson Phillips
    On Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz taught the Republican Party a lesson it desperately needs to learn. Mr. Cruz taught the GOP something about winning. The Republican Party, at least at the national level, is pretty pathetic. The Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential elections. Republicans have actually lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. Even the two races that George W. Bush won were close. The 2000 election was not decided until weeks after Election Day and even in 2004, Democrat John Kerry kept it close enough that he did not...
  • GOP Candidates Continue to Toss Money Down Cornhole

    03/24/2015 9:44:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/15 | Michael Shannon
    Until Republicans can stop “pleasin’” crony capitalists with subsidies at the expense of the public, taxpayers will continue to be subject to regular “squeezin.” The really big difference between Republican and Democrat handout recipients is their ability to be sympathetically photogenic. When pressed, the average Democrat welfare recipient can hide the flat–screen TV, stash the cellphone in a drawer and refrain from cigarette smoking. And it’s not too much trouble to pretend to fill out the job application or limp convincingly to prove the bad back disability claim as long as photographers and media are around. The Republican dependency class...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz joins presidential race, but some Republicans can’t imagine him in the White House

    03/24/2015 6:50:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/24/2015 | BY ADAM EDELMAN
    Sen. Ted Cruz became the first high-profile Republican to jump into the presidential race on Monday as he channeled John Lennon and asked voters again and again to “imagine” what America would be like if the Texas lawmaker were in the Oval Office. But even some in Cruz’s own party said that was hard to picture. “The Republican Party and the American people have to be able to find a more qualified candidate for President than Ted Cruz,” Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island), a moderate who is considering a White House run, said in a statement. “Shutting down the federal...
  • What Ted Cruz represents

    03/23/2015 6:47:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 23, 2015 | Professor Scott LeMieux, College of Saint Rose
    Ted Cruz, the Republican Texas senator and unofficial leader of the tea party faction, surprised exactly no one when he announced Monday that he would seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination. He may be a first-term lawmaker and he may have been born in the Canadian city of Calgary — an unusual birthplace for a wannabe American president, even if his eligibility is not seriously in question — but his ambitions have long been clear.. Normally, campaigns for presidential nominations follow a familiar ritual. Candidates say that they're forming an exploratory committee and then delay an official announcement as long...
  • The Left Goes Berserk: This Is Why Liberals' Heads Are Exploding Over Cruz's Speech

    03/23/2015 4:27:59 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 72 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03-23-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    There’s something interesting going on online. Just go to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and search for “Ted Cruz,” “#TedCruz2016″ or “Ted Cruz candidate.” Do you notice something? That’s right, people’s heads are truly exploding. Many conservative activists are celebrating Cruz’s official announcement that he’ll run for president. They believe he’s just what they and the rest of America need: a principled, small-government conservative who sticks to his guns no matter what... But why are leftists’ heads exploding as well? I’ve got no doubt I know the answer: they fear him. Tremendously even. He is everything they oppose: a true, small-government...
  • Ted Cruz Beat the GOP Establishment Once. Can He Do It Again?

    03/23/2015 12:31:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/23/2015 | SHANE GOLDMACHER
    The senator from Texas prepares to reprise his tea party insurgent strategy as he launches a White House bid. As the firebrand freshman senator from Texas launches his presidential campaign Monday, he will draw heavily upon his experience in 2012, when he shocked the GOP establishment and toppled a better known and better-funded opponent in a tea-party fueled primary win. Then, as now, Cruz began as a blip in the polls. Then, as now, he planned to run as an unbending conservative champion. Then, as now, the establishment was against him. Then, as now, he knew he would be outspent....
  • There Is No Republican Middle

    03/23/2015 6:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaled · 29 replies
    Esquire ^ | 03-19-2015 | Charles Pierce
    Already, we have the greatest video of the 2016 presidential election cycle. Rick Santorum -- And have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick Rick Santorum is? -- was down in the home office of American Sedition for one of those mock "summits" designed to lift the wallets of terrified caucasian separatists. A lady got up in the audience, opened her mouth to speak, and huge bats flew out. Why is the Congress rolling over and letting this Communist dictator destroy my country? Y'all know what he is and I know what he is. I want him out of the...
  • Ted Cruz's Planning to Take the White House—and He’s About to Leapfrog the Competition

    03/22/2015 6:22:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 22, 2015 | Zach Noble
    He’s going to skip the exploratory committee and go straight for the jugular. Ted Cruz plans to run for president. The Houston Chronicle broke the news just before midnight Saturday evening, citing senior advisers speaking on the condition of anonymity who said that Cruz, the Texas Tea Party Republican elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, would pursue the presidency. The announcement would make Cruz the first Republican to officially declare his candidacy. Cruz will announced his candidacy at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia, the Chronicle reported. The senior advisers cited by the Chronicle said Cruz aims...
  • Let the Budget Battles Begin

    03/22/2015 10:09:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/22/15 | Alan Caruba
    Proposed budget represents a serious effort to enact reforms that are long overdue. These and other measures are needed to encourage economic growth, the heart's blood of the nation The announcement of a new fiscal budget for the U.S. government always sets the stage for struggles between the spenders and those trying to put some limits on the spending. The spenders usually win because politicians—particularly progressive ones—love to tap the national treasury in order to reward their supporters. As the Speaker of the House John Boehner said on the occasion of the March 17 announcement, “For 53 of the last...
  • Palestinian Activist: Modern Israel Jives With ‘Racist’ and ‘Xenophobic’ Republican Party

    03/21/2015 7:58:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015 | David Rutz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Palestinian-American activist Yousef Munayyer bitterly compared Israel to the “racist,” “nativist” and “xenophobic” Republican Party Friday on MSNBC, while criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for being “not really interested in peace.” Munayyer, an advocate against what he claims is Israeli occupation, called Netanyahu’s recent comments on the two-state solution a clear example of “a man who never misses an opportunity not to make peace,” while, per usual, not commenting on Hamas tactics of rocket fire against Israeli civilians and breaking cease-fires. Guest Andrea Mitchell Reports host Peter Alexander then asked him to discuss the state of domestic politics regarding Israel,...