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  • Dewhurst booed at Texas Republican Convention

    06/11/2012 3:40:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) was booed at his state party's convention on Saturday, a warning sign for the Senate candidate as he heads into his runoff against former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) as well as a sign of the increasing discord within the state party. Dewhurst received a tepid response to his speech and was booed when he sought to subtly attack Cruz and the outside groups backing him, according to the Texas Tribune. "This runoff is a clear election between a lifelong conservative businessman, a conservative leader, a Washington outsider and a lawyer who is...
  • Lingle Launches First Television Ad, Cable Station (Hawaii update)

    06/11/2012 3:35:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    The Hotline ^ | June 11, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Former Hawaii Republican Gov. Linda Lingle is pairing a traditional media strategy with an unconventional approach this week, through the release of her first TV ad and the launch of a cable station that will promote her candidacy. Lingle's first ad is 60-second spot featuring a clip reel of supporters plugging her qualifications and promoting her as a bipartisan politician. It ends by advertising a "special video" about the former governor that will air on a cable channel next week. "Watch a special video about her vision for Hawaii's future," says the narrator of the ad. Digital cable channel 110,...
  • Baumgartner suspends campaign to advise troops heading to Afghanistan (WA Senate race)

    06/10/2012 1:34:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    Vote Baumgartner ^ | June 5, 2012
    Senator Michael Baumgartner will suspend his campaign for US Senate for two days this week to travel to Georgia to advise an army battalion soon to deploy to Afghanistan. Baumgartner will lecture the 63rd Signals Battalion at Fort Gordon on counterinsurgency and the economy of Afghanistan. He will return to the campaign trail on Friday, June 8. “It’s a tremendous honor to be asked once again to help prepare our nation’s finest for the difficult challenges of fighting the war in Afghanistan,” Baumgartner said. Baumgartner, who holds a Masters degree in International Development from Harvard, served as an economics officer...
  • Sen. Menendez says GOP foe in November would take country back to failed policies

    06/06/2012 12:47:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    NJ.com ^ | June 6, 2012 | By Charles Hack
    The nation sorely needs "progress and prosperity," said the 58-year-old former Union City mayor, not the "partisanship and gridlock" that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the politics that got us into this "economic mess." "My opponent has a philosophy that takes us back to the very politics and very policy that created that economic challenge we faced in 2008," he said.
  • I Guess Rick Perry Forgot About Needing [Begging] Sarah Palin to Save His Campaign in 2010

    06/03/2012 11:37:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | June 2, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    Back in 2010, Governor Rick Perry was in trouble here in Texas. He was running for re-election and faced stiff competition from not only a Tea Party challenger [whose campaign would later implode after she was exposed as a 9/11 truther] but Washington insider Kay Baily Hutchison as well. What did Perry do? He called in the closer, Sarah Palin: Gov. Rick Perry will be joined by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a rally in support of his re-election campaign on Sunday, Feb. 7 in the Houston area. “I look forward to standing with Sarah to promote our shared...
  • Cherokees hammer Elizabeth Warren on ancestry claim ahead of Mass. party convention

    06/02/2012 6:53:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 2, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    As Massachusetts Democrats meet at their nominating convention today, some members of the Cherokee Nation are stepping up a campaign to get answers about candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claims of tribal ancestry – a sideshow controversy that has nevertheless begun to wobble one of the most closely-watched Senate campaigns in the country. This week, Indian reporters say they were snubbed by Warren’s campaign as they sought clarification on why Ms. Warren was listed as a minority Native faculty by Harvard in the 1990s, even though she has no evidence to back that claim and apparently never sought out other Native Americans...
  • Lingle draws crowd to grand opening of Hilo headquarters

    06/01/2012 4:29:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | May 30, 2012 | Nancy Cook Lauer
    There aren’t many Republicans in the Democratic stronghold known as Hilo, but almost 200 came out Tuesday for the headquarters grand opening and birthday bash for former Gov. Linda Lingle, the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka. East Hawaii has about 1,800 or 1,900 registered Republicans, compared to West Hawaii’s 3,000 or so, said Hawaii County Republican Party Chairman Daryl Smith. He said that’s twice as many as four years ago. The soon-to-be vacated Senate seat is important to mainland Republicans, who need just four new GOP senators to gain a majority...
  • The New Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin: She's back in the political endorsement game for 2012

    06/01/2012 12:15:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newser ^ | May 29, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    Politico has discovered the Sarah Palin of 2012, and it's: Sarah Palin. Though the years since 2008 have seen her wild popularity and seeming omnipresence fade, she's edging back into the 2012 election with a string of successful endorsements. She's made four so far, and two have won their respective primary races; the other two races have yet to be decided. For comparison: Rick Santorum has also been making endorsements, "to no great effect," Politico notes. If Palin's picks continue to do well, she can use her success as evidence of her continued influence. "There is a vacuum on the...
  • Stronger, Faster, Better? Tea Party Grooms A New Breed Of Candidate

    05/31/2012 9:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 31, 2012 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    The tea party says it’s growing up — and so are the candidates it chooses. In 2010, the tea party vs. establishment showdowns that took place in GOP primaries were often a messy process marked by prominent tea party candidates drawing national attention for all the wrong reasons. In 2012, it has shown signs of fine-tuning — many of the tea party insurgents who are taking on the mainstream have a much better chance of winning. And that, says one prominent tea party group, is by design. The lessons of 2010 are still fresh. Though some of the tea party’s...
  • Palin goes back to the minors

    05/30/2012 10:52:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 29, 2012 | Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman
    Maggie and Emily write this morning on the new role Sarah Palin has carved out for herself in 2012 politics, picking the races she gets involved in more carefully and seeking out opportunities where she can have (or appear to have) disproportionate impact: "This year, Palin has become almost irrelevant in the context of the presidential race she once had a chance to dominate, and is seen more than ever as a sideshow by the Republican establishment. But after seeing her celebrity peak last year, Palin has settled into a role as something of a strong Triple-A political ballplayer, picking...
  • Sarah Palin Was Right to Endorse Orrin Hatch for Many Reasons

    05/24/2012 11:36:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | May 24, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    IÂ’m not going to tell readers that IÂ’m Senator Orrin HatchÂ’s biggest fan, but I can tell you, I certainly understand why Sarah Palin has endorsed him, and agree with her 100%. After breaking the news on GretaÂ’s show, Governor Palin eloquently laid out her reasons for backing Senator Hatch on Facebook. Watch the video and read her note here. As Sarah notes, Orrin Hatch has consistently been the strongest, loudest voice, championing Conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. This is a big deal, as the next president will likely appoint two or as many as three new Justices to...
  • Pro-Life Women’s Group Backs Deb Fischer in Nebraska

    05/22/2012 10:46:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Life News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Steven Ertelt and Andrew Bair
    The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund is hopping into the Nebraska Senate race and has supported the pro-life candidate who is looking to take the seat currently held by Ben Nelson, who upset pro-life voters with his Obamacare support. The national pro-life political action committee today announced its endorsement of Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. “Deb Fischer is a fighter for unborn children and their mothers. Her record in the Nebraska state legislature is one of fighting passionately for pro-life, pro-woman policies,” said Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “On the other hand, the...
  • Cruz Goes Up With Palin Ad

    05/22/2012 8:47:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Journal's Hotline On Call ^ | May 22, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    (VIDEO AT LINK) With just a week left until the Texas Senate primary, underdog Ted Cruz is hitting the airwaves with a new TV ad that closes with a pitch for support from Sarah Palin. "I'm Sarah Palin. Join me. Choose Cruz for Senate," Palin says, in what sounds like an audio recording of a robo-call. Palin, who backed now-GOP nominees Deb Fischer and Richard Mourdock in the lead up to the Nebraska and Indiana Senate primaries endorsed Cruz earlier this month. The ad also appears to be an implicit rebuttal against ads frontrunning Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and his...
  • Ted Cruz on SP Radio: Phones Lit Like Christmas Tree after Palin Endorsement (TX US Senate race)

    05/19/2012 1:33:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Cypress Times ^ | May 19, 2012
    Immediately after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s endorsement, “the phones lit up like a Christmas tree,” and over 1,000 donations poured in over the next 48 hours, U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz said during an interview with LaDonna Hale Curzon, host and executive producer of Sarah Palin Radio. Like Fischer and Mourdock before him, Cruz is the underdog candidate competing against those who have more money and deep connections to the GOP establishment. Her endorsement has given the Cruz campaign such a boost that the power behind it has been dubbed “the Palin Effect.” “It has been absolutely incredible! The...
  • Deb Fischer's Nebraska upset: Proof Sarah Palin still has the golden touch?

    05/17/2012 8:48:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Week ^ | May 17, 2012 | Various pundits
    A Palin-backed underdog snatches the GOP Senate nomination from the favorite, and Mama Grizzly's endorsement may very well have put Fischer over the top... The Republican establishment was reeling in Nebraska this week, after a little-known but respected state senator, Deb Fischer, pulled off a stunning upset in the GOP Senate primary. Fischer became the instant favorite in her red state over Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former senator and governor. Until just days before the Tuesday vote, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning was expected to cruise to the GOP nomination, and his only apparent threat was from state Treasurer Don...
  • What Palin Can Teach Obama About Seizing the Moment

    05/17/2012 8:20:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Journal ^ | May 17, 2012 | Mathew Dowd
    Life is really about the moments and whether we’re ready to take advantage of them. We can meet someone and have a wonderful connection, then back off because of fear or preexisting plans and hope another moment comes along. But many times, when that moment or person is gone, we never have the opportunity again. The same holds true in politics. During the last few weeks of the presidential campaign, I have seen two of those "moment" opportunities having surfaced. President Obama and his campaign bypassed one key moment, while Sarah Palin took advantage of the other. It kind of...
  • Dems’ best friend: The GOP base (More "great advice" from the Left)

    05/17/2012 12:58:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2012 | Steve Kornacki
    At the very least, the Republican Party base’s revolt against its own establishment cost the GOP a 50-50 Senate tie in 2010, with primary voters forcing unelectable nominees on the party in three races that it had otherwise been on course to win. A decent case can be made that the uprising actually cost Republicans outright Senate control. And now the same thing may be happening all over again, with Nebraska joining a growing list of unexpected 2012 Senate battlegrounds – at least for the moment. The impetus is the surprise victory of Deb Fischer, a little-known state legislator, over...
  • Obama: You know, that John McCain was pretty reasonable compared to Romney

    05/14/2012 6:59:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 14, 2012 | AllahPundit
    Via BuzzFeed, here’s O hitting the eternal Democratic talking point that Republicans who no longer pose a threat to them were pretty sensible in hindsight but the new guy who might just beat them at the polls is the most radical wingnut yet. One thing both campaigns can agree on this year: Neither wants the public to perceive Romney as another McCain. Many of the current [Romney] strategy discussions are centered on not falling into the traps McCain did: looking wobbly as a leader and weak on the economy in the final weeks of the campaign. The private discussions include...
  • Meet Michael Baumgartner, the 'pragmatic conservative' who plans to challenge Cantwell (WA)

    05/11/2012 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 22, 2011 | Bruce Ramsey
    Who will be on the ballot against Sen. Maria Cantwell a year from now? Maybe Michael Baumgartner. Haven't heard of him? He's from Spokane. He's not quite 36, one of four new Republican state senators elected in 2010. He stands out for several things. One is his victory a year ago over the incumbent, Chris Marr, in the most expensive such race in state history. It was big news in Spokane. "People said, 'You've been away. Nobody knows you,' " Baumgartner recalls. He had been away, and Marr tagged him as a carpetbagger. Baumgartner grew up in Pullman. His father...
  • Richard Mourdock money bomb

    05/11/2012 2:46:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 9, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    It’s not enough for Operation Counterweight to get a candidate through the primary. We need to support the candidate immediately to keep the momentum going. Richard Mourdock is not running to the left (often mischaracterized as running to the center) one bit. Listen to this interview, which has the mainstream media up in arms because Mourdock defined bi-partisanship as Democrats coming over to our side on issues (3:25): “What I hear you say is you’re not going to compromise,” O’Brien observed. “In fact, the only compromise you’ll do is really getting other people on the other side of the aisle...
  • Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer (Nebraska US Senate candidate)

    05/11/2012 1:52:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    KHGI-TV ^ | May 10, 2012 | Steve White
    Deb Fischer has picked up a major endorsement, as former Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin backs the Valentine rancher for U.S. Senate. Fischer said she was honored to be endorsed by the former Alaska governor and her husband Todd Palin. "I greatly admire their willingness to stand on conservative principle and their resolve in standing up to the political establishment," Fischer said. The two-term state senator is running for U.S. Senate and poll numbers released by her campaign show she may be closing the gap with Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Treasurer Don Stenberg. Bruning has picked up big...
  • In depth interview with conservative Eric Hovde, US Senate candidate from Wisconsin

    05/01/2012 3:29:28 PM PDT · by JudgeNap · 4 replies
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 5.1.12 | Shaun Booth
    In a wide ranging interview with Milwaukee Story, Eric Hovde answered a variety of questions primarily regarding the US and world economies.
  • Romney fundraiser brings in $400,000 for Menendez challenger (NJ)

    04/26/2012 5:56:01 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    A fundraiser Mitt Romney held Wednesday for New Jersey state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R) brought in $400,000, a campaign aide said. Romney traveled to Bernardsville, N.J., for the $5,000-per-plate dinner, where about 80 supporters showed up. A close friend and ally of Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), another Romney backer, Kyrillos is running to unseat Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is seeking his second term in the Senate. Christie has been fundraising for Kyrillos, too, but Menendez has a more than 4-to-1 advantage over Kyrillos in cash on hand.
  • Jeff Atwater decides against GOP Senate run (Florida)

    04/25/2012 6:49:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | April 25, 2012 | George Bennett
    Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has decided not to enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate after briefly considering a late bid. “As much as Carole and I are humbled by your calls, notes and messages to enter the US Senate race and carry our banner into the fight we believe we have a responsibility to finish the job Floridians elected us to do,” Atwater said in a weekend Facebook post. He’s less than 16 months into his four-year term as Florida CFO. Atwater, a North Palm Beach resident, said last week he was mulling a Senate bid after...
  • Poll: Menendez challenger 9 points behind

    04/12/2012 7:20:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)'s lead over his likely Republican opponent has narrowed to 9 points, a new poll showed. Menendez takes 44 percent to 35 for state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R) in a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Eight in 10 New Jersey voters don't know enough about Kyrillos to form an opinion, but 35 percent have a favorable opinion. Menendez's approval, meanwhile, climbed from 42 percent in October to 45 in April — within the margin of error. A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released in February had Menendez up 22 points on Kyrillos, but pollsters in the state have been anticipating...
  • Love Letter to Joe Biden (She's serious!)

    04/12/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Boston University Quad ^ | April 12, 2012 | Annie White
    The Republican presidential primary is now stretching into its fourth month, and I am not ashamed to say that I have had about enough pandering and word-mincing to last me a lifetime. With the Rick Santorum adventure drawing its final rasping breaths and seven months of a national campaign looming, I sometimes wish I could close my eyes and open them to a world free of politics and politicians. So, as a little political therapy, if you will, I present Vice President Joe Biden. Whom I love. The idea of dropping Amtrak Joe from the re-election ticket in favor of...
  • GOP Acceptance Speech Appropriate More Today

    04/11/2012 11:02:43 AM PDT · by vg0va3 · 2 replies
    The menacing tendency of the present day is not chargeable wholly to the unsettled and fevered conditions caused by the war. The manifest weakness in popular government lies in the temptation to appeal to grouped citizenship for political advantage. There is no greater peril. The Constitution contemplates no class and recognizes no group. It broadly includes all the people, with specific recognition for none, and the highest consecration we can make today is a committal of the Republican Party to that saving constitutionalism which contemplates all America as one people, and holds just government free from influence on the one...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin Sets Racial Profiling Hearing

    04/05/2012 2:50:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 5, 2012 | Humberto Sanchez
    As the nation focuses on the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced today that he will hold a hearing on racial profiling in America. A Durbin spokesman said that the hearing “has been in the works for a number of weeks prior to” Martin’s death, but he expects the case to be discussed during the hearing, which is scheduled for April 17. Durbin chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. “I think it is certainly expected that it will come up,” the spokesman said, adding that the...
  • Heather Wilson Has GOP Confident in New Mexico

    04/05/2012 12:56:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 5, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    New Mexico insiders from both parties describe Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate, as a tough and disciplined campaigner, a strong fundraiser and someone whose broad support, including among Hispanics, is in the mold of former Sen. Pete Domenici (R). There’s also no better wingman in the state than Gov. Susana Martinez, a likely surrogate whom Wilson has known for about 20 years. “I think New Mexico is always going to be a swing state on races like this,” said Jay McCleskey, a GOP media strategist in the state and former regional political director at the Republican National Committee. “But...
  • Sen. Lugar’s GOP foe slams energy group affiliations

    04/05/2012 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 5, 2012 | Ben Geman
    Richard Mourdock, who is Sen. Richard Lugar’s (R-Ind.) Tea Party-backed GOP primary foe, is calling on the incumbent to renounce his affiliation with two groups that support legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Mourdock, the state treasurer, wants Lugar to resign from his advisory positions with the Alliance to Save Energy and the Brookings Institution’s Energy Security Initiative. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Alliance to Save Energy, which advocates for energy efficiency, backed legislation the House approved in 2009 that included a cap-and-trade system and several green energy and efficiency provisions. The group also supported Senate efforts to pass climate legislation that collapsed...
  • Saw DeMint in Rock Hill, SC today

    04/04/2012 7:43:21 PM PDT · by nakutny · 19 replies
    Jim DeMint came to Rock Hill today to answer questions and lay it on the line.
  • By Even Academic Standards, David Dewhurst is “centrist”

    04/02/2012 6:23:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Red State ^ | April 2, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    In the race for U.S. Senate in Texas, the conservative candidate clearly is Ted Cruz. His record of fighting for conservative ideals is clear, as I have noted before. Senator DeMint has endorsed him, as has Senator Mike Lee, the Club for Growth and a number of other important conservative voices. But the establishment and conventional wisdom remains behind Lt. Gov Dewhurst as the favorite – despite the fact he has shown relatively poor polling, mediocre fundraising and is relying on his personal wealth to try to persuade Texans he is actually conservative. But the truth is hard to hide....
  • Joe Biden: I wouldn't want 'a real job'

    04/01/2012 11:39:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 1, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Vice President Joe Biden, long known for making embarrassing verbal gaffes, echoed the cynical criticism many people levy against career politicians, stating he had stayed in the Senate for 36 years because he didn’t want to get “a real job.” Biden was speaking to a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, when he turned to praise the work of Richard M. Daley, the city’s former mayor of over 20 years. “I never had an interest in being a mayor, ’cause that’s a real job. You have to produce,” Biden said, according to a White House pool report. “That’s why I...
  • Jeff Flake, Wil Cardon line up big business donors in race to replace Jon Kyl

    03/29/2012 4:00:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Phoenix Business Journal ^ | March 19, 2012 | Mike Sunnucks
    Some big names in Phoenix business are offering financial support to both U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake and Mesa philanthropist and businessman Wil Cardon in the Republican race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. Click the image to the right to see high-profile Phoenix business donors backing Flake and Cardon. Cardon just launched his first television ad in the race, in which Flake is the favorite in the primary and general election. Cardon has close to $1.3 million of his own money into the GOP race. Flake has raised $3 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. Flake has financial...
  • Lugar Challenger Gets Big Backer

    03/23/2012 4:15:36 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Spyer ^ | March 23, 2012
    Capitol Hill sources tell Howey Politics Indiana that Club for Growth is planning to spend $ 1.8 million on behalf of Richard Mourdock (R) in his GOP primary challenge to Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN).
  • McMahon Leads In Connecticut GOP Senate Primary...But Shays Runs Better Against Democrats

    03/22/2012 3:09:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 44 replies · 5+ views
    Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon leads former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays 51 - 42 percent in the Republican primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, but Shays runs better against possible Democratic candidates, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 50 - 35 percent McMahon lead September 16. U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy leads the Democratic primary for Senate with 37 percent, followed by former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz with 25 percent and State Rep. William Tong with 4 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. In possible November matchups: •Murphy tops McMahon 52 -...
  • Indiana: Dem Poll Shows Lugar Leads Mourdock by 6 Points (Dem polls GOP primary)

    03/19/2012 4:54:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 19, 2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is barely leading his primary opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, less than two months before the primary, according to a Democratic poll released today. The numbers showed the six-term Senator in rough shape but still ahead of Mourdock, 45 percent to 39 percent. Lugar faces the toughest re-election campaign of his career in the May 8 primary. Since the start of this cycle, Republicans viewed him as vulnerable in a primary, but polling of his race has been scarce in part because Indiana law restricts automated calls, including polling. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) will run against...
  • Utah: Senate Race Could Be Won or Lost Today

    03/18/2012 10:56:45 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 14, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Today may be the most important day of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) bid for a seventh term. The Hatch campaign, fending off state GOP convention challenges from conservative opponents, has recruited and trained thousands of people to run as delegates for Hatch in tonight’s local caucuses being held around the state. The 4,000 delegates elected will go on to vote at the April 21 convention, where a nominee can emerge with 60 percent of the vote. If no one cracks that mark, the top two finishers go on to a June 26 primary. “The campaign has been working toward caucus...
  • Christie helps generate $600K for Kyrillos' bid to unseat Menendez (NJ)

    03/14/2012 6:34:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NJ.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Jenna Portnoy
    Gov. Chris Christie tonight helped rake in $600,000 at the first fundraiser of Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos' bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. More than 500 people were expected to attend $250 a plate dinner at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel. Besides Christie and Kyrillos, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore were on the bill. Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) acknowledged the one-term incumbent will have the fundraising advantage, but said his supporters believe he's the candidate to turnaround the state's unemployment and underemployment rate, the debt crisis and America's standing in the world. “I’m...
  • Utah Primaries: Power to the Precincts

    03/12/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | March 9, 2012 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Utah’s primary isn’t for another three months, but Sen. Orrin Hatch’s electoral fate could be sealed next week. The six-term GOP senator is trying to avoid following in the footsteps of his colleague, Bob Bennett, who not only lost reelection in 2010, but failed to make it out of his party’s convention and onto the primary ballot. When freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) declined to run, there was a sense that Hatch was out of the woods. But now-former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is in the race and is regarded as a very formidable threat to the senator. Tuesday’s precinct...
  • Mourdock picks up NRA endorsement in GOP primary (Indiana)

    03/11/2012 12:51:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies · 1+ views
    WTHR Channel 13 ^ | March 6, 2012
    The National Rifle Association is supporting tea-party favorite Richard Mourdock in his GOP primary race against veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. National NRA lobbyist Chris Cox is scheduled Wednesday to announce his group's support for Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer running against Lugar in the May primary. The Mourdock campaign confirmed the endorsement Tuesday. A handful of high-profile conservative groups have lined up behind Mourdock in his bid to oust Lugar. The anti-tax Club for Growth threw its support behind Mourdock last month. Lugar's supporters have opened a pair of Super PACs recently to raise unlimited funds to support his...
  • Schweich testing waters for US Senate bid (MO)

    03/09/2012 7:12:20 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | March 7, 2012 | David A. Lieb
    Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has set up a political committee to test the waters for a U.S. Senate campaign, finally publicly confirming his interest in a race he once pledged not to enter. The IRS has approved the creation of a “Schweich for US Senate” committee, following an application by Schweich’s campaign treasurer. The committee allows money to be raised and spent on behalf of Schweich while he considers whether to launch a formal challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The Senate race already includes three prominent Republicans — former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman of Rolla, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin...
  • Deal not sealed, Romney hits Santorum with big ad buys

    03/08/2012 10:50:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | March 9, 2012 | Patricia Zengerle
    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign would like to be focusing its attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama around now. But after failing to seize control of the Republican nomination race on "Super Tuesday," Romney cannot shake off rival Rick Santorum, whom he criticized on Thursday as a political insider. Opening up a new front against Santorum, the Romney campaign accused him of being a lobbyist in his home state of Pennsylvania even before he went to Washington in 1991. Romney's campaign also attacked Santorum for holding regular meetings with lobbyists as a Senate leader, part of the Republican "K Street Project"...
  • DeMint back on the air for Stenberg in Nebraska

    03/07/2012 5:16:29 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    A PAC controlled by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is back on the air in Nebraska with an ad supporting state Treasurer Don Stenberg (R). DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund will spend an initial $234,000 to air the ad for most of March on statewide cable and broadcast television. The bio spot follows another ad DeMint aired for Stenberg in January. All told, DeMint's PAC has spent almost one-half million dollars supporting Stenberg, with plans to sink much more into the race. "Don Stenberg's a conservative leader who's won battles for smaller government, spending cuts, the death penalty, term limits," says the...
  • Missouri: State Auditor Tom Schweich Eyeing Senate Bid

    03/07/2012 2:34:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 7, 2012 | Joshua Miller
    The GOP field against vulnerable Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill might not be set yet. Show-Me State Auditor Tom Schweich is considering entering the race, according to a Missouri Republican familiar with his thinking. Schweich supporters have even filed paperwork with the IRS to begin the process of setting up an organization that could support his campaign. That news was first tweeted by Greg Giroux of Bloomberg News.Businessman John Brunner, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.) are the current contenders for the GOP nomination. Some Missouri Republicans have groused for months that their field could be stronger...
  • 2012 U.S. Senate non-incumbents cash on hand: The Top 15

    03/05/2012 6:24:40 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    March 5, 2012 | me
    I got these numbers from OpenSecret.com. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) $6,141,942 Tom Smith (R-PA) $4,485,013 Josh Mandel (R-OH) $4,331,189 Thomas Leppert (R-TX) $4,109,172 David Dewhurat (R-TX) $3,799,666 Shelley Berkeley (D-NV) $3,759,308 Tim Kaine (D-VA) $3,336,705 Ted Cruz (R-TX) $2,868,821 Jeff Flake (R-AZ) $2,563,566 Christopher Murphy (D-CT) $2,486,060 Denny Rehberg (R-MT) $2,075,148 George Allen (R-VA) $2,036,405 Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $1,818,452 Jon Bruning (R-NE) $1,630,573 Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) $1,524,458
  • Five Republicans join Senate race; Michaud, Raye stick to House race

    03/04/2012 9:14:33 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | March 2, 2012 | Eric Russell
    After Democrats threw their biggest names into the mix for Olympia Snowe’s soon-to-be vacated U.S. Senate seat earlier this week, Republicans were the newsmakers on Friday. Five members of the GOP took out petitions for a Senate run, joining previously declared Republican candidate Scott D’Amboise in the race. Secretary of State Charlie Summers became the first Republican to take out petitions after Snowe announced Tuesday that she would not seek a fourth term. Treasurer Bruce Poliquin followed close behind Friday afternoon, then former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett and state Sen. Debra Plowman. Attorney General William Schneider joined the race...
  • Is Snowe’s Retirement a Blow to LGBT-Friendly Republicans?

    03/04/2012 2:44:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Edge ^ | March 2, 2012 | Michael K. Lavers, National News Editor
    Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe’s announcement on Tuesday that she will not seek re-election after more than three decades on Capitol Hill certainly sent shockwaves across Washington, D.C. What does it exactly mean to LGBT-friendly Republicans? Snowe is among the six Republicans in the U.S. Senate who voted for a bill that repealed the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemembers. She is also a co-sponsor of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The vast majority of her Republican colleagues were obviously unwilling to meet her in the middle on these issues. "As I enter a new chapter, I see a...
  • Utah: Romney Urges Support for Hatch in Ad

    03/02/2012 3:13:29 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 1, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is leaning on one of the most well-known names in the state to help him win a seventh term. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is heading into the final weekend before Super Tuesday, lent his voice to a radio ad launched today by the Hatch campaign. In the ad Romney, who endorsed Hatch in September, explains the importance of Hatch’s potential chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee — one of Hatch’s leading arguments for re-election — and encourages voters to attend local precinct caucuses on March 15 to elect delegates to the state convention. “We...
  • Herbert Will Not Endorse Senator Orrin Hatch

    03/01/2012 4:37:51 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Mid Utah Radio ^ | March 1, 2012 | Duke Dance
    Governor Gary Herbert is not endorsing Senator Orrin Hatch as he’s done in the past. Herbert says he has his “own race to run” and it’s best to stay neutral. The governor’s comments come after Hatch announced his support for the governor in his re-election bid. Hatch says he knows the Senate race is a controversial race and he understands that Herbert doesn’t want to weigh in.