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  • Kenseth out, Stenhouse in at Roush Fenway starting in 2013

    06/26/2012 10:16:26 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 10 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Jay Busbee
    Here's a summer's-day stunner: Matt Kenseth, the Sprint Cup points leader and current best average finisher, is leaving Roush Fenway at the end of the 2012 season. His replacement will be Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the reigning Nationwide series champion and a driver well positioned to make the jump to Sprint Cup. The Roush Fenway statement announcing Kenseth's departure was long on gratitude — "We're fortunate that we were able to tap into Matt's potential and bring him on board many years ago," said Jack Roush — but short on the specifics of whether Kenseth jumped or was pushed out of...
  • Thompson - it's official

    09/05/2007 5:16:00 PM PDT · by djf · 190 replies · 5,591+ views
    KING5 TV in Seattle is reporting that Fred Thompson has made the announcement during a taping for tonights' "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
  • What We Saw at the Iowa Straw Poll (Fredheads E-Mail)

    08/14/2007 11:36:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 714+ views
    Texas Fredheads | August 14, 2007 | Ken Emanuelson
    I'm pleased to report that the FredHead Express team made it safely back in Texas. The response in Iowa was really great. More often than not, our table had people in front of it giving us encouragement and begging for Fred stuff. A bunch of people from the rival campaigns dropped by to (quietly) tell us they'd be backing Fred once he's in. Some whispered that they'd voted for Fred in the poll. A McCain supporter told us the McCain folks sent out an "alert" once they found out we were there. We all got a kick out of that...
  • Peaking too soon?

    08/10/2007 8:11:34 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 2 replies · 382+ views
    Daily Mail blogs ^ | August 9th, 2007 | Don Surber
    Democrats are great at electing presidents in March when the election is held in November. Dukakis, Gore and Kerry were all locks in their races — until the fall campaign actually began. In this cycle, Democrats prepared for November, but the November they picked is 2007, not 2008. The campaign began too early as Hillary Clinton concluded that she could not allow Barack Obama to build momentum early. Her official entry triggered everyone (except Fred Thompson) to go from the feel-good exploratory mode to actually campaigning. Debates are being held already, and not in a substantive Lincoln-Douglass way. The latest...
  • Sen. Thompson launches new site, weekly updates

    08/07/2007 7:22:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 8, 2007 | Sam Youngman
    Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) announced the launch of his revamped website and started sending out promised weekly updates to online supporters Tuesday. Thompson’s first update to supporters borrows a page from former Sen. George Allen’s (R-Va.) playbook, using football references to make everyone feel like they’re part of the team. “Team Thompson needs your support as the 12th man ... and as the 12 millionth man,” Thompson’s e-mail reads. “Thank you so much for everything you are doing.” The new website contains some components from the first one, includes a biography page and numerous ways to contribute money, but...
  • Is GOP Straying from Conservative Base?

    08/07/2007 3:53:12 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 135 replies · 1,743+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | 8-6-2007
    As the Republican National Committee (RNC) wrapped up its four-day annual summer meeting in Minneapolis over the weekend, some leaders were left wondering if the party is straying from its conservative stance on social and religious issues. "Evangelical and pro-life Catholics are a critical part of the GOP's electoral coalition," James Bopp Jr., an Indiana member of the RNC, told The Washington Times. "The GOP cannot win in 2008 without their enthusiastic support. It remains to be seen whether the GOP is moving away from them. Whether the GOP is doing so will be determined by who is nominated for...
  • Republican Presidential Candidate Debate #4 - Des Moines, IA 08/05/07 - Official Discussion Thread

    08/05/2007 5:29:36 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 501 replies · 14,870+ views
    Republican Presidential Candidate Debate #4 – Des Moines, Iowa 08/05/07 - Official Discussion Thread ABC News will be conducting a debate to be aired on This Week. The nine announced GOP presidential candidates meet in a campaign debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. George Stephanopoulos is the moderator; Des Moines Register political writer David Yepsen poses additional questions. Debate starts at 8 am CT (9 am ET/ 6 am PT) * check local stations for broadcast time in your area * Candidates participating Sam Brownback Rudy Giuliani Mike Huckabee Duncan Hunter John McCain Mitt Romney Ron Paul Tom...
  • GOP hopefuls train fire on Dems

    08/05/2007 7:21:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 841+ views
    The Politico ^ | August 5, 2007 | Jonathan Martin
    DES MOINES -- Although heated at the outset, the GOP debate quickly settled into a mild-mannered Sunday morning affair that saw the Republican presidential hopefuls training their fire on would-be Democratic opponents more than on each other. On issues ranging from the war in Iraq to health care to taxes, the top-tier contenders were mostly of a like mind during the 90-minute session held at Drake University and broadcast on ABC News. The session did, though, get off to a contentious start when moderator George Stephanopoulos opened things up by playing a "robo-call" that Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback's campaign has...
  • Former (Florida)state house speaker gives [Fred]Thompson's campaign a boost

    08/02/2007 12:07:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 537+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 1, 2007 | Beth Reinhard
    Fred Thompson's fundraising for his budding presidential bid garnered lackluster reviews Tuesday, but one little-known town in Central Florida emerged as a financial bedrock: Plant City, hometown of former state House Speaker Johnnie Byrd. Thanks to Byrd -- who rounded up his college-age daughters, wife, law partner, clients and friends -- Thompson received more donations from Plant City than from any other municipality in Florida, according to his first report as an unofficial candidate. ''I think Fred Thompson is the right man at the right time,'' said Byrd, who held one of the most powerful positions in state government from...
  • Fred Thompson’s Long ‘Exploration’ Raises Money — and Confusion

    07/31/2007 10:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 960+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | July 31, 2007 | Marie Horrigan
    There always is a learning curve when even an experienced politician runs for president. So Fred Thompson — the former Tennessee senator, actor and much-hyped prospective candidate for the Republican White House nomination — can take this lesson from the first money report for his still-unofficial campaign: Don’t publicly announce fundraising goals unless you know you are going to meet them. The $3.46 million raised in the month of June by “Friends of Fred Thompson” sounds like a solid number. But that figure fell short of the $5 million expectation set by the Thompson camp itself. Somewhat surprisingly, then, the...
  • Media Bias in Reporting Thompson Fundraising (Fred Alert!)

    08/01/2007 2:31:03 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies · 404+ views
    The Liberty Sphere ^ | August 01, 2007 | D. Martyn Lloyd-Morgan
    The mainstream media, relying on the skewed opinions of a few pundits with a vested interest in negative spin, have shown remarkable bias in reporting Fred Thompson's fundraising. The former U.S. Senator from Tennessee raised 3.5 million dollars in the month of June alone. Yet Katie Couric and CBS News put a negative spin on the story, as did the pundits at Even Fox News reported the story with a negative slant. Couric emphasized that Thompson did not reach the stated goal of 5 million in June. Fox pointed to supposed turmoil in the Thompson camp, leading to the...
  • Backers want Thompson in White House race

    07/31/2007 10:49:25 AM PDT · by SunStar · 51 replies · 1,112+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:21PM EDT | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Fred Thompson needs to say in August if he is running for president because he has enjoyed about all the benefits he can expect from being a noncandidate, a key backer said on Tuesday. The Hollywood actor turned White House contender announced he had raised more than $3.4 million in June -- less than the predicted $5 million -- for his presidential campaign-in-waiting, amid some concerns he has waited too long. "The level of support and enthusiasm from people across this country is inspiring," said a statement from Thompson, who said donations came from 9,167 people...
  • Encounters with "Regular Guy" Fred Thompson

    07/31/2007 1:53:30 PM PDT · by houston1 · 84 replies · 1,492+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 07/26/2007 | Stephen Rodrick
    Fred Thompson is laying on the southern-fried charm. It’s a tire-melting afternoon in June,and the son of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, turned two-term United States senator, Law & Order star,and now almost Republican presidential candidate has just arrived at the Clarion Townhouse hotel in Columbia, South Carolina, for a state-party fund-raiser. A crush of reporters has swarmed him, one of whom has just asked if today will be the day Thompson makes things official. Thompson delivers his honey-smooth reply as if on cue. “I’m just testing the waters, but the water is pretty warm,”he says as he plows toward the ballroom... In...
  • Analysis: Fred Thompson Faces Few Bumps

    07/31/2007 3:54:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 97 replies · 1,260+ views
    Examiner ^ | July 31, 2007 | LIZ SIDOTI, AP
    Republican Fred Thompson has faced a series of bumps in his preliminary campaign, casting doubt on the strength of his would-be candidacy and raising questions about his potential for success.Despite the difficulties, the "Law & Order" actor and former Tennessee senator continues to post strong marks in national surveys and early primary state polls five months before voting begins. But his transformation from a man simply flirting with a bid to one on the brink of an official candidacy has been far from smooth the past few months.His challenge: living up to the hopes of dispirited Republicans searching for a...
  • Election Should Be All About The Supreme Court for Social Conservatives

    07/31/2007 4:51:01 AM PDT · by Valin · 180 replies · 2,695+ views
    Townhalll ^ | 6/30/07 | John Stemberger
    The Upcoming Presidential Election Should Be All About The Supreme Court for Social Conservatives Big Trouble We are in big trouble. Whether you consider the historical cycle of presidential elections; the results of the 2006 election; the mood of the country; or the unfavorable ratings of the President, the odds are that conservatives will have our heads handed to us on a silver platter in 2008. Unless our movement gets its act together quickly and gets on the same page, one thing is for sure-- we are in big trouble. No Perfect Candidate Many conservatives are frustrated by the field...
  • Fred Thompson, Neocon

    07/31/2007 3:40:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 117 replies · 1,848+ views
    The Nation ^ | August 13, 2007 Issue | David Corn
    The neoconservatives are not riding high these days. The Iraq War--their number-one cause--is a failure, and the public has turned on the war, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, their top man in the Administration. Meanwhile, the so-called foreign policy realists appear to have the upper hand against the Administration's dwindling neocon cell in many internal policy squabbles. But the neocons are faring rather well when it comes to the presidential race. The leading GOP contenders are all die-hard fans of the war. And the newest star in the show--Fred Thompson, the former Republican senator from Tennessee, onetime lobbyist and...
  • Fred Thompson Wins, Ron Paul Second in South Carolina Straw Poll

    07/29/2007 9:59:15 PM PDT · by George W. Bush · 103 replies · 2,107+ views ^ | 7/28/07 | Tom Swatzel, Georgetown County SC Republican Party
    Fred Thompson Wins, Ron Paul Second in South Carolina Straw Poll Fred Thompson Wins Georgetown County Straw Poll FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2007 Contact: Tom Swatzel (843) 357-1673PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC--Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson convincingly won the Georgetown County Republican Party presidential primary straw poll today with 46% of the votes, while second and third place finishers Congressman Ron Paul and Governor Mitt Romney had 18% and 17% respectively. Georgetown County Republican Party Chairman Tom Swatzel said, "Senator Fred Thompson and his committee are to be congratulated for their efforts today. It's clear his supporters are well organized and...
  • All Fred's men (and Women)

    07/29/2007 2:24:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | July 27, 2007 | Marc Ambinder
    Chris Cillizza wrote about, and now you can see it -- after the jump, the full list of Fred Thompson staffers and ... recent staffers as compiled by a rival campaign. THOMPSON STAFF HIRES (Through 7/25/07) Spencer Abraham As Co-Campaign Manager. (Libby Quaid, “Thompson Shakes Up Staff,” The Associated Press, 7/24/07) Randy Enwright As Co-Campaign Manager. (Libby Quaid, “Thompson Shakes Up Staff,” The Associated Press, 7/24/07) Previously, It Was Reported That Enwright Would Be Political Director For Thompson’s Campaign. “Randy Enwright, a Republican political consultant from Florida with ties to the Iowa presidential battleground, has been tapped as political director...
  • Is Fred Thompson the GOP's Savior? (Time Magazine Cover)

    07/26/2007 7:21:34 AM PDT · by hardback · 195 replies · 2,905+ views ^ | 7/26/7 | Davis Yellen
    Many Republican faithful, from the grass roots to the Capitol, have concluded that Fred Thompson, the preternaturally avuncular actor and former Senator from Tennessee, is the cure-all for their party's ills. Thompson has yet to enter the presidential race, and yet Thompson already shares front-runner status with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in some national polls of gop voters. Thompson will spend the rest of the summer raising money, which he was scheduled to do conspicuously at a donor event in Washington on July 28. Another advantage to waiting: the longer he remains an unofficial candidate, the longer...
  • Protester removed from Fred Thompson event

    07/25/2007 1:34:43 PM PDT · by Jokelahoma · 322 replies · 5,473+ views
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 07/25/07 | Steve Brusk
    HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room. Houston police officers escorted the woman — as well as a man — from the hangar at Hobby Airport, where Thompson was shaking hands with a crowd of supporters. They were not arrested. The woman questioned Thompson as he talked to reporters. She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization...