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  • Oregon county commissioner Faye Stewart to run for US Senate

    11/19/2015 5:22:30 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Faye Stewart, a county commissioner in Oregon, announced Thursday that he will seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The Lane County commissioner will try to win the May primary and oust Democratic incumbent Ron Wyden, who is heavily favored to win the general election. Republicans have not won a statewide race in Oregon since 2002. Stewart said he is running because "our citizens are broken, and they need help." He said the federal government has neglected the needs of Oregon counties while running up debt and mishandling natural resources. "We need all of Oregon strong and prosperous, not just...
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown: Mostly “White Males” Who Have Committed Terrorism In U.S. Since 9/11

    11/19/2015 10:01:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 19, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “They are generally white males, who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools. Those are terrorist attacks, they’re just different kinds of terrorists.” (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says most terrorist attacks in the country since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks have been committed by “generally white males.” “I think most of us recognize, we’re concerned but we also know that we trust the FBI and our security forces to do this right,” the senator from Ohio said on WAKR radio on Thursday morning. “Since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, September 11th, we’ve not...
  • A lot of people just don’t like Ted Cruz. How come that’s okay with him?

    11/08/2015 3:12:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2015 | Katie Zezima and David Weigel
    Ted Cruz has been branded a “wacko bird” by a Senate colleague and a “jackass” by the former speaker of the House. A GOP consultant labeled him a show horse, and a strategist for a rival presidential campaign called him the Mitt Romney of 2016 — the Republican no other Republican can stand. “I just don’t like the guy,” former president George W. Bush, Cruz’s old boss, told supporters at a fundraiser for his brother Jeb Bush last month. The list of GOP politicians and operatives willing to take open shots at Cruz has grown long: Sen. John McCain (Ariz.),...
  • McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action

    11/05/2015 6:17:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Roll Call's WGDB Blog ^ | November 5, 2015 | Matthew Fleming and Emma Dumain
    With Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s comments about immigration Sunday, the top two Republicans in Congress have now declared dead the prospects of an overhaul before the 2016 elections. In the aftermath of 2012, when Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and President Barack Obama was re-elected resoundingly, Republican lawmakers and strategists predicted the GOP’s White House ambitions were directly tied to the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation. Many of those voices haven’t changed their tune. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the four “gang of eight” Republicans who successfully navigated an immigration overhaul through the Senate in 2013,...

    11/03/2015 10:36:56 AM PST · by TheJIMgram · 8 replies
    TheJIM!gram ^ | November 3, 2015 | Jim Jatras
    TheJIM!gram© is a publication of Jim Jatras, the only announced prospect for the 2016 GOP Vice Presidential nod, addressing the daunting challenges facing our great country. Reposting and redistribution with attribution is permitted and encouraged. October 12, 2015 No. 1 In this inaugural issue of TheJIM!gram© I suggest: “IT’S THE CLOTURE, STUPID! BRING BACK THE FILIBUSTER TO RESTORE ‘POWER OF THE PURSE’” The chaos surrounding selection of a replacement for House Speaker John Boehner is a symptom of the ongoing civil war tearing the GOP apart. On the one side, we have Tea Partiers and other conservatives who want Republicans...
  • GOP Job Well Done

    10/31/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Revski · 7 replies
    o7jimm Youtube Video ^ | 10/31/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    You can't put lipstick on a pig but you sure can clean it up.
  • Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare Isn't Complicated

    10/24/2015 4:31:46 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 26 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday morning in our article Establishment Republicans Walking Away From Full Obamacare Repeal we told you about the Capitol Hill Republican leaderships plan to maintain key parts of Obamacare while it indulges in another show vote to claim it has repealed the hated health care takeover. Ted CruzYesterday afternoon principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Ted Cruz joined us in demanding that Republican congressional leaders keep their promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch by passing a simple one sentence repeal through a process known as reconciliation. Senator Cruz tweeted, It's not complicated: We promised the voters full repeal of...
  • Ted Cruz calls Democrats debate an audition to wear jackboots of despot

    10/14/2015 5:08:41 PM PDT · by Isara · 19 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | October 14, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    <p>KALONA, Iowa Not impressed. That was Sen. Ted Cruzs review of the Democratic debate.</p> <p>It was more socialism, more pacifism, more weakness & less Constitution, he told about 100 people crammed into a motel lobby in Kalona, a small town in southeastern Iowa. It was a recipe to destroy a country.</p>
  • The age of banana Republicans: Scorched earth tactics are damaging the spirit of the US constitution

    10/11/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | October 11, 2015 | Edward Luce
    The problem with labels is they shut down thought. According to Websters, a conservative is someone who embraces the value of established or traditional practices. It is hard to find a worse description...
  • Boehner should seize his chance for the nation

    10/09/2015 10:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | October 9, 2015 | Colbert I. King
    If House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wasnt convinced before, he now knows to a 100 percent degree of certainty that the extreme right wing of the Republican caucus would burn down the U.S. Capitol before they would let him keep the gavel in his hands. They are joined by a nationwide crowd of prominent conservatives, including GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who cheered Boehners announcement of his resignation from Congress. All conclusive proof that theres nothing that Boehner can do, even if he was inclined to try, to get back in the far rights good...
  • Rush Limbaugh: GOP Implosion Feared by Establishment of Both Parties

    10/09/2015 9:52:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 9, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday the reason why the mainstream media is not visibly celebrating Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)s decision to drop his bid for House Speaker and the ensuing Republican Party implosion is because the perception is that conservatives have won a victory over Washington insider establishment individuals like McCarthy. Limbaugh told listeners: What it should tell you is that McCarthy obviously is a Washington insider, and his fall from grace as future Speaker obviously is bad news to the insiders or the establishment in Washington, both parties. And the reason for that is it is perceived...
  • Ted Cruz for House speaker?

    10/08/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Rebecca Kaplan
    With the news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, has dropped his bid for House speaker, the Republican conference is scrambling to find a new leader. Although speakers have always been members of the House of Representatives, it is in fact not a requirement written in the Constitution. Article I, Section 2 Clause 5 reads: "The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." On a few occasions, lawmakers have voted for someone who isn't a member. Last January, when John Boehner was elected to serve as speaker...
  • RNC Looks to Empower GOP Women to Run

    10/08/2015 4:31:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | October 9, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Sharon Day rose through the ranks of GOP politics, starting as a precinct captain in her native Florida and eventually co-chairing the Republican National Committee. But Day said shed never be in the position shes in today if people hadnt empowered her to run for those roles. And shes made it her mission to pay it forward to encourage more Republican women to become activists in the party and to run for office all in the hopes of making women a more integral part of the GOP. I think for women, were built different than men in that we...
  • GOP schism not new, still a factor

    10/07/2015 5:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman
    In 1952, the combatants were Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. In 1964, it was Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. Today, they are outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. All have been at the center of an endless struggle that has roiled Republicans for decades as conservatives attempt to yank the party to the political right while more moderate or establishment Republicans try their best to nudge their way toward the center. In the vivid glare of an intense presidential race, party conservatives such as Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana are...
  • Rand Paul Attacks Ted Cruz In Defense Of Mitch McConnell

    10/07/2015 12:04:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | September 30, 2015
    In a move that will no doubt disappoint many of his political supporters, Senator Rand Paul stated publicly that fellow GOP Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. Senator Paul’s words appeared to be part of his defense of current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, himself the subject of increasing pressure from unhappy conservatives to step down from that position due to McConnell’s ongoing unwillingness to more forcefully fight the Obama agenda. It should be noted that at present, the Paul presidential campaign is floundering at just 1% in most polls while Cruz continues to...
  • Why Rand Paul is fizzling

    10/06/2015 12:06:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | October 6, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    hy has Rand Paul's presidential campaign been such a dud? There's something perplexing about his failure to take off. He should be building on his father's success and expanding the Paul coalition. After all, his Senate campaign in 2010 revealed him to be a savvy politician capable of blending the major aspects of his father's paleo-libertarian ideology with Republican orthodoxy. And since then, the younger Paul has enjoyed a much bigger media profile than his father ever had. He gave a well-reviewed speech to the 2012 Republican National Convention, a stage that his father never would have been allowed to...
  • Tea Party not in step with the majority

    10/04/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Ocala Star Banner ^ | October 4, 2015 | James Harris
    Tea Party supporters would have us think they are a model group with only what is best for the U.S. as their goal. The fact that the Tea Party supports the likes of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho and Sen. Ted Cruz to mention two is a clear indicator the Tea Party does not act or support what is in the best interest of our country. Any representative who advocates shutting down the government as a means to an end endangers the stability of the country and its people. Our government is not a business and was never intended to be...
  • Rand Paul campaign: Around $2.5 million raised in 3rd quarter

    10/02/2015 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Athena Jones
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign for president will announce in the coming days that it raised approximately $2.5 million in the third quarter and has $2 million cash on hand, Communications Director Sergio Gor said Thursday. That haul is just a fraction of the $20 million the campaign of retired brain surgeon Ben Carson says it is on track to post for the third quarter -- half of that money coming in in September alone. Paul's third quarter total is well under the $7 million the libertarian firebrand raised in the second quarter. Part of that money was transferred from...
  • Sanders: We need 'sensible' gun-control bill

    10/02/2015 10:20:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling for "sensible gun-control legislation" in the wake of a mass shooting Thursday at a community college in Oregon. "We need a comprehensive approach. We need sensible gun-control legislation which prevents guns from being used by people who should not have them," Sanders said in a statement. "We must greatly expand and improve our mental health capabilities so individuals and families can get the psychological help then need when they need it." Sanders released his remarks after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning, killing 10 people. The Vermont senator, who...
  • Senate in Colorado?

    10/01/2015 1:15:42 PM PDT · by Amish · 10 replies
    Preferred candidate George Brauchler will not seek his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate in Colorado..,
  • Rand Paul: Ted Cruz Pretty Much Done For in Senate (More turtle soup)

    09/29/2015 4:58:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | September 29, 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Paul and McConnell have support each other. Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted. Cruz is done for in the Senate. Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he cant get anything done legislatively, Paul told Fox News Radio. He is pretty much done for and stifled and its really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem. Paul,...
  • RUH ROH: Conservative Rebellion Threatens Key Mitch McConnell Ally Marco Rubio

    09/29/2015 4:11:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | September 28, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    While Breitbart News has been reporting for months that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)s speakership was in jeopardy, the Washington media was stunned on Friday with the historic announcement of Boehners resignation. The anti-leadership sentiment seems to be growing as the Washington Times is now reporting that a top Republican party official, Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere, has called for Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)s resignation. The populist, anti-establishment groundswell could spell trouble for the presidential campaign of donor-class darling Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)who has twice fearlessly ignored voters and risked his political career to advance the goals of...
  • Senator @MarcoRubio Slurps The Turtle Soup

    09/29/2015 2:47:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Camp of the Saints | September 28, 2015 | Bob Belvedere
    and burns his lips, which may make it more difficult for him to kiss a certain Majority Leaders arse. From Breitbart, Julia Hahn reporting, we learn that Don Marco may be in trouble: The populist, anti-establishment groundswell could spell trouble for the presidential campaign of donor-class darling Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who has twice fearlessly ignored voters and risked his political career to advance the goals of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now that the Republican base has its sights set on Mitch McConnell, it could pose a serious problem for the campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio, whose...
  • Rand Paul: Cruz Cant Get Anything Done Because His Name-Calling Goes Against Decorum Of The Senate

    09/29/2015 12:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | September 29, 2015 | Brian Kilmeade
    2016 GOP presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-KS) called into Kilmeade & Friends and talked about Senator Ted Cruz being rebuffed on the senate floor by republicans who failed to allow him a roll call vote, John Boehner stepping down as Speaker of the House, why he feels its important to be present for votes on the senate floor, defunding Planned Parenthood, why he thinks Scott Walker dropped out of the race as well as news coming out of the UN on Syria and Russia. Listen here: (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Senator Ted Cruz being snubbed with not one republican granting him the procedural...
  • Senate Republicans Just Gave Ted Cruz's Campaign a Huge Boost

    09/29/2015 12:20:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Esquire ^ | September 29, 2015 | Charles P. Pierce
    Why, god? Why? Don't look now–I mean it. Don't look, for the love of god!–but the Republicans in the United States Senate just guaranteed Ted Cruz's presidential campaign a huge boost among those anonymous hayshaking Bible-bangers who are the only Republicans who matter to that effort. And the way you know that is the fact that, in response, Ted Cruz got up on the floor of the Senate and brought the temple down on his head.​ After the Senate voted to end debate on a resolution to fund the government, Cruz tried to procedural move to bring up one that...
  • Will Rand Paul be the next candidate to drop out?

    09/28/2015 8:57:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A year ago, if you had asked me whether Chris Christie, Scott Walker, or Rand Paul would be the last man standing of those three, I would have told you Rand. Christie would surely drop out early, done in by Bridgegate and his sheer RINO-ness. Walker was a serious threat to win, but there was a real chance that his voters would be gobbled up by more talented center-right and conservative retail politicians like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Paul, however, had his own niche. Libertarians are a smallish minority of the GOP but even a smallish minority can be...
  • Ted Cruz, The Lone Stranger

    09/28/2015 2:22:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | September 28, 2015 | Richard North Patterson, Author and political commentator
    Armchair psychoanalysis of political figures can be a dubious and even disreputable business. But one presidential candidate presents the following symptoms: feral aggression, reflexive demagoguery, self absorption, paranoia, grandiosity, disdain for social norms and an inability to cooperate with others. When such a person habitually imagines himself as Winston Churchill, the effect is truly destabilizing. So let us add to the DSM a newly discovered malady: Ted Cruz Syndrome. For the historic figure Cruz most evokes is not Churchill, but a nascent Joseph McCarthy. It is not his fault that he resembles the young McCarthy (though he does), but that...
  • Boehner's resignation is good for these GOP candidates (Guess who?)

    09/28/2015 2:07:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 28, 2015 | Sara Fagen
    I've learned from my time in politics that things are rarely as bad as they seem. The converse is also true they're rarely as good either. I'm reminded of this statement as we hash out the meaning of Speaker John Boehner's abrupt decision to depart Congress and resign his speakership at the end of October. Many leading conservatives, none more than Senator Ted Cruz, have cheered Boehner's demise, claiming a scalp and taking a victory lap. They see the speaker's departure as the obvious outcome of a grassroots uprising that demanded change. They look at Boehner's political troubles and...
  • Elizabeth Warrens Black Lives Matter Speech Is the Boldest Yet

    09/28/2015 1:24:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Vanity Fair | September 28, 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/09/elizabeth-warren-black-lives-matter
  • House speaker: Anyone can run, even you (Ted Cruz?)

    09/25/2015 2:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Grier, Washington editor
    Non-House members have received votes for speaker, and thats a trend that seems to be growing.Who can replace Speaker of the House John Boehner, who announced Friday hes quitting? Almost anyone. Maybe even you. This isnt a comment on the job Representative Boehner has or has not done in his role as leader of his legislative chamber. Its meant to illustrate a little-known fact: Under the Constitution, the speaker does not have to be a member of the House. He or she doesnt have to be an elected lawmaker or government official. The speaker can be an ordinary, private citizen....
  • Cruz Slams Outgoing Boehner Over Early Reports That He Cut a Deal With Pelosi Before Resigning

    09/25/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 25, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    WASHINGTON Hours after House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be resigning from Congress, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz added fuel to the fire by saying hed heard early reports that Boehner cut a deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to continue funding some of President Barack Obamas most controversial measures. I will say, the early reports are discouraging. If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of its tenure, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to...
  • WATCH: Menendez rips into Trump on immigration

    09/22/2015 10:29:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | September 22, 2015 | Brent Johnson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) TRENTON U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez became the latest critic to lash into Donald Trump's controversial plan to combat illegal immigration, saying the Republican presidential frontrunner's proposals will never be put into action. "Let me say now: There will be no Berlin-style walls to divide us," Menendez (D-N.J.) said during a speech Sunday celebrating the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month at his alma mater, Union City High School, according to video posted by local news outlet Hudson County View. "There will be no mass deportations," he added, drawing loud applause from the crowd. "There will be no denying our...
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Make LGBT Icon Stonewall Inn a National Park

    09/20/2015 5:52:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 20, 2015 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) Two New York legislators are leading a campaign to designate Stonewall Inn as the first national park honoring LGBT history. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) made their announcement Sunday in front of the Greenwich Village tavern that was the scene of a 1969 uprising at a key moment for the nascent gay rights movement. When we look at our country, we have recognized womens rights, civil rights, all kinds of rights, Gillibrand said. The time has come to give this part of our history an imprimatur of national importance.(continued)
  • Lack of endorsements within Republican Party suggests Trump a no-hoper

    09/19/2015 1:16:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Dublin's NewsTalk Radio ^ | September 18, 2015 | Ruairi Casey
    Donald Trump may be a hit with the public, but Republicans appear to have little confidence.Seemingly immune to controversies and gaffes that would have ruined less ridiculous men, Donald Trump has topped every single poll taken on the Republican Primary race since late July. But while his controversial views on everything from immigration to trade with China have appealed to a wide swathe of Americans, it has earned him few friends within the party. Statistics site FiveThirtyEight has analysed the endorsements given to each candidate by their fellow party members, weighting the approval of governors, senators and representatives in descending...
  • Rand Paul strategist claims Rubio aide punched him in the face

    09/18/2015 8:07:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 18, 2015 | Nick Gass and Kyle Cheney
    A Michigan political consultant working for Rand Paul says he was punched in the face by Marco Rubio's deputy campaign manager during an alleged incident at a bar in Mackinac Island, where the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference is set to begin Friday. John Yob, who is national political director and chief strategist of Paul's Michigan campaign, wrote that Rubio deputy campaign manager Rich Beeson "literally physically assaulted me by punching me in the face." "Last night I went to a bar on Mackinac Island for the GOP Mackinac Conference. I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I...
  • McCain: Trump too divisive, `I don't think he could win'

    09/12/2015 12:55:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2015 | Chris Villani
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will never win the White House because he is playing to aging white voters and turning off blacks and Hispanics, U.S. Sen. John McCain said. I dont think he could win the White House because we have to attract voters, McCain said on Herald Radios Morning Meeting show yesterday. We have an aging white population in America and a growing Hispanic and African-American population and we have to reach out to them. McCain said the Hispanic vote, particularly in a border state such as his home state of Arizona, is especially important. The Hispanic voter...
  • GOP LEADERSHIPS INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUMMER TOWNHALLS: Ignore Voters on Illegal Immigration and Trade

    08/28/2015 9:45:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | August 28, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans wages. Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who orchestrates the GOP Senators PR pitch. This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration. Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents concerns and to...
  • Boehner reportedly tells Colorado donors: Ted Cruz is a jackass

    08/27/2015 3:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Juicy, but I dont know how scandalized we should be at learning that Boehner holds a view we all assumed he held in the first place. Next well find out that Mitch McConnell thinks Cruz is a jackass too. This isnt the first time hes been accused of saying something privately to fundraisers that he wouldnt dare dream of saying publicly. Remember when he allegedly told a bunch of donor-class amnesty fans that he was hellbent on passing comprehensive immigration reform in 2014? Two months later Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in their House primary by running hard against illegal...
  • Graham: Trump Appeals To 'Dark Side' Of GOP That Thinks Obama Is Muslim

    08/26/2015 12:51:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | August 25, 2015 | Caitlin Cruz
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that fellow candidate Donald Trump has tapped into the "dark side" of the GOP. Graham was explaining how his rival has managed to dominate the Republican presidential race, polling as high as 35 percent depending on the survey. Graham said the support still represented a minority of the GOP. Twenty-five percent of our party that probably thinks Obama was born in Kenya or wants to believe that. Theres 25 percent of our party wants him to be a Muslim because they hate him so much,"...
  • Failed 2014 GOP Senate Primary Challengers Rally to Ted Cruz

    08/24/2015 10:55:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 24, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    The conservative 2014 Senate challengers have endorsed the candidate who, like them, hopes to be a vessel for anti-establishment frustration.Ted Cruz's presidential campaign may not get many endorsements from Senate colleagues. Not coincidentally, the Texas senator is racking up support from primary challengers who tried but failed to unseat some of those senators last year. Tennessee's Joe Carr, Mississippi's Chris McDaniel, and South Carolina's Lee Bright, three conservatives who opposed longtime GOP senators in 2014 primaries, have all backed Cruz for president. It's a small part of Cruz's effort to do next year what those candidates did last year: serve...
  • Rand Paul unlikely to be nominated, according to Rand Paul

    08/24/2015 12:40:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NewsMachete ^ | August 23, 2015 | Newsmachete
    In order for a candidate to attract supporters, he needs at least one of two things: to show that he is winning, or to show that he has the potential to win. In the early stages, which we are now, a candidate can be viable and still be in single digits in the polls, as long as people think he has potential to move up. The minute he concedes that he's not going to win, he's lost. And that's just what Rand Paul has reportedly done. In March, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul put his odds of winning the Republican presidential...
  • Trump: Someone in GOP Should Run for Senator Against Rand Paul

    08/14/2015 6:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 14, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Donald Trump said that he did not want to waste a lot of time talking about his rival Rand Paul, but decided to respond to the latest criticisms sent his way from the candidate who took up the mantle left by Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham. Trump pointed out how Perry and Graham have seen low poll numbers after speaking against him, and said that Paul is heading in the same direction. From there, Trump attacked Paul for using the people of Kentucky by standing against him and running for president while he is still serving as one of the...
  • Graham opposes gov shutdown over Planned Parenthood

    08/12/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham told a campaign rally Tuesday that he cant support a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood, because it would endanger national security. In a speech on foreign policy in South Carolina, Graham said he is opposed to federal funding on Planned Parenthood but warned a government shutdown would impair our military, our intelligence community, the people we rely upon to protect us. The South Carolina senators stance puts him in line with Senate leadership but at odds with the majority of the 2016 field, who have backed the hard-lined approach advocated by fellow Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • Cruz declines to say whether he would endorse in primaries if president

    08/12/2015 5:00:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 11, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Tupelo, Mississippi (CNN)Ted Cruz, who has become one of the conservative movement's most sought-after endorsements, declined to say Tuesday whether he would bestow these nods in Republican primaries if he was elected president. Campaigning here alongside Chris McDaniel, who lost a nasty runoff in one of the tightest tea party-versus-establishment primaries of 2014, Cruz told CNN in an interview that it was premature to say whether he would rule out endorsements from the White House, something President Barack Obama has done only rarely. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Cruz said on his campaign bus in Tennessee....
  • Commentary: Sen. Ted Cruz Courageous Stand Against Washington Cartel

    08/04/2015 5:00:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 4, 2015 | Don Loucks
    On Friday morning, 24 July, our Texas Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and did something truly extraordinary: He excoriated the leadership of the U.S. Senate. No, it was not the Democrats he was after, even though Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was properly mentioned. It was the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who was the object of a nineteen-minute indictment of corruption and dishonesty. The word lie is seldom heard in that chamber, being that the place is so genteel. But Friday was a seminal moment in U.S. legislative history, and Senator Cruz enunciated the...
  • After Lobbying Hillary, Democratic Senators Daughter Was Hired At State Dept

    08/01/2015 9:29:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2015 | Chuck Ross, reporter
    Emails released Friday show former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials discussing how to go about helping a powerful Democratic senator who was asking for a job for his daughter in the agency in summer 2009. The pressure paid off for the now-retired Iowa senator, Tom Harkin, as his daughter Jennifer was hired on as the assistant to the ambassador-at-large at the State Departments Office of Global Criminal Justice. The gig was in a small office that had a limited number of slots, another Clinton aide wrote in a separate email chain published Friday. Remind me...
  • No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration

    08/01/2015 8:12:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)As U.S. census data projects that immigration will soon exceed all documented historical records, not one Republican leader in Congress supports the popular step of reducing immigration. Each year the United States admits one million people with green cards, their dependents and refugees, as well as half a million foreign youths sought by college administrators. Census data projects that, if visas are not slashed or halted, another 14 million immigrant settlers will arrive in the U.S. over the next decade. Polls from Fox News and Gallup show that Americans by a 2-to-1 ratio want to see visa issuances...
  • Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II

    07/31/2015 5:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | July 31, 2015 | Daniel R. DePetris, National Security Dude, Observer of Congress, Currently Outside-the-Beltway
    For a person who wants to be President of the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz is sure not acting presidential. When he was Majority Leader, Harry Reid called Ted Cruz a "schoolyard bully" on the Senate floor. I won't go that far, because I don't know the man personally; I've never spoken to him, and it would be unfair for me to characterize someone in such a personal fashion without doing so. But I will reiterate something that I wrote last March: Sen. Cruz is not qualified to be President of the United States. It's not because he's a bully...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, unbowed, continues aggressive agenda

    07/29/2015 4:18:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Biloxi Sun-Herald ^ | July 29, 2015 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is not exactly eating humble pie. Just a few days after an extraordinary public scolding by three Republican Party leaders on the Senate floor, including fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Cruz is continuing his aggressive anti-Washington campaign. On Wednesday, he seized the spotlight at a Senate Armed Services Committee and sharply questioned Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on the nuclear agreement with Iran. In the afternoon, Cruz chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing and railed at IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his agencys targeting...
  • Wheres The Outrage? cc: @JebBush, @GovernorPerry, @MarcoRubio, @ScottWalker, @CarlyFiorina

    07/28/2015 10:43:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | July 27, 2015 | Erick Erickson, editor
    UPDATE: I have removed Governor Jindals twitter handle from the title. His staff reached out to me to say he is not engaging in politics right now. In the wake of the Lafayette shooting, he has gone off the campaign trail to focus on the situation in Louisiana. Today he is attending the funerals of the victims. It is stuff like this that has Donald Trump in first place, kicking everybody elses back side. And it is stuff like this that is going to see Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% start rising in the polls. I realize Sen. Ted...