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  • Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis

    09/16/2014 11:42:35 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    Election Law Blog ^ | September 16, 2014 | Rick Hasen
    Oral argument in the Kansas Supreme Court has now completed in the case of Kobach v. Taylor, on the question whether Taylorís name can be removed from the Kansas U.S. Senate ballot. The issue is especially important with incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts now trailing independent Greg Orman in recent polling and with the fate of the Senate potentially hanging in the balance. While it is always hazardous to predict outcomes from oral argument (because Justices sometimes ask rhetorical questions or minds change after argument), I think it is likely the Justices will quickly issue an order removing Taylorís name...
  • Nate Silver's Senate Update: Democrats Draw Almost Even. Is It The Money?

    09/16/2014 10:15:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    FIVETHIRTYEIGHT ^ | 09/16/2014 | Nate Silver
    When we officially launched our forecast model two weeks ago, it had Republicans with a 64 percent chance of taking over the Senate after this fall¬ís elections. Now Republican chances are about 55 percent instead. We¬íve never quite settled on the semantics of when to call an election a ¬ďtossup.¬Ē A sports bettor or poker player would grimace and probably take a 55-45 edge. But this Senate race is pretty darned close.What¬ís happened? The chart below lists the change in our forecast in each state between Sept. 3 (when our model launched) and our current (Sept. 15) update.As you...
  • Jeb Bush Adviser Mike Murphy: Throwing Senate to GOP in Harry Reid's Interest

    09/15/2014 5:33:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/14/14 | Tony Lee
    Jeb Bush adviser and GOP hack Mike Murphy thinks it may be in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) interest to throw the Senate to Republicans. In an appearance on Sunday's Meet The Press, the conservative-bashing consultant who has yet to win a presidential election and once referred to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) as Reid's secret weapon, said if Republicans took back the Senate, it could turn into an "American idol of grievance." Todd snickered and egged Murphy on, showing nothing but contempt for conservatives. "Harry Reid may throw the Senate," Murphy said. "You can argue it's in his interest."...
  • 20 insane rules the Senate has for its members

    09/15/2014 3:43:11 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jaime Fuller
    USA Today has published a copy of the November 2010 edition of the Senate Handbook, a "compilation of the policies and regulations governing office administration, equipment and services, security and financial management." It has never been released publicly before, which means we now have much more about how Senate offices go about their business, decorate their office spaces, etc. In fact, it's far more than you would ever want to know. But now that the information has been published online, we can at least tell when elected officials are fudging the official rules. We read the manual (so you don't...
  • Mary Landrieu: Louisianaís Long-Lasting Liberal -- Why's She's Tough to Beat.

    09/15/2014 8:39:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    I can’t help it: I sorta like Mary Landrieu. In that admission lies a clue as to why Louisiana’s fairly liberal Democratic senator has been so hard for Republicans to defeat, and why she still has a chance to survive a Republican challenge in one of the most important races of this political year. Landrieu possesses a high degree of a particularly Louisianan style of political pugnacity that makes even many Republicans in the state pay her a grudging respect bordering on a form of fondness. Political prognosticators can list manifold reasons why Landrieu should lose her reelection bid to...
  • Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/14/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | By JEREMY W. PETERS
    Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obamaís legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democratsí advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the presidentís nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only...
  • Nancy Pelosi Just Might Be Insane

    09/13/2014 12:35:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 85 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    The Democrats¬í leader in the House, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, is either dishonest, drunk, or losing her mind. Soopermexican caught this tweet from Pelosi, which he calls ¬ďbrutal stupidity.¬Ē Nancy Pelosi ‚úĒ @NancyPelosi An American family can't just change their address to avoid paying taxes. @HouseGOP, why can corporations? Let's put the #MiddleClassFirst! 1:54 PM - 12 Sep 2014 As the multimillionaire Pelosi surely knows, individuals and corporations (which are artificial people under the law) can change their addresses and thereby change their tax burdens. It happens every day. I know that from personal experience. I moved from high-tax Maryland...
  • (Exempt) Nancy Pelosi: Civilization ĎIn Jeopardyí If GOP Takes Senate [VIDEO]

    09/13/2014 2:55:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/14 | Chuck Ross
    **SNIP** ďNobody comes about to vote to say Ďthank you,íĒ Maher said. ďThe people who get health care now ó theyíre the people least likely to vote. The people who come out to vote are the angry people.Ē ďThatís true,Ē said Pelosi. ďFear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers. The Democrats are messengers of hope, and thatís what we will continue to be.Ē **SNIP** Nevertheless, Pelosi said she thinks election models are flawed. ďAll of the prognostications are predicated on false, ancient, old, stale assumptions,Ē she claimed. ďWeíre in a whole new world of communications now.Ē
  • Rooting for Dems, Part II

    09/11/2014 4:05:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    More on whether a GOP Senate will give us immigration amnesty: Fawn Johnson of National Journal contributes to the near-dominant school of MSM reporting on immigration, a sort of locker-room pep talk in which a journalist calls activist Frank Sharry and then sketches a fanciful optimistic scenario on how amnesty could well happen. (SNIP) But many Republicans have bought into the iffy argument that they have to do something before the 2016 election to improve their share of the Hispanic vote. (SNIP) But Iím not sure. Coulterís vicious ad hominem attack on this column could be correct: a big pro-GOP...
  • Republicans Leading In 8 Senate Races Ė Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! (video)

    09/11/2014 3:55:19 PM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Dickmorris.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, I discuss how Republicans are leading in 8 Senate races. Tune in!
  • Kansas Supreme Court Will Hear Dem Senate Candidateís Challenge to Withdraw from Race

    09/11/2014 3:21:11 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 64 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 11, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Kansas Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylorís effort to get his name taken off this fallís ballot will be heard in the stateís supreme court, according to reports, the latest twist in a suddenly fast-changing race thought to be a shoo-in for Republicans. Last week, Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor will have to remain on the ballot since he did not demonstrate that he was incapable of serving if elected, a requirement under state statutes. Taylor went on to file a lawsuit against Kobach, claiming an election official helped him prepare the necessary documents to withdraw from...
  • Kris Kobach moves to shift Chad Taylor ballot lawsuit from Kansas Supreme Court

    09/11/2014 7:59:47 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 13 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | September 11, 2014 | John Hanna
    The legal battle over Democratsí efforts to get their nominee off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas heated up Wednesday, with a prominent party attorney from Washington helping and Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach moving again to thwart the attempt. Some Democrats last week nudged nominee Chad Taylor out of the race with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, but Kobach has refused to remove Taylorís name from the Nov. 4 ballot. Kobach, a conservative Republican whoís backing Roberts, said Taylor failed to comply with a state election law that limits when party nominees can withdraw. Taylor...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Is a midterm wave forming

    09/10/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Republicans may be poised for strong midterm gains, according to a new poll conducted for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. Republicans hold a two-point lead nationwide on which party registered voters want to see in control of Congress, and that lead expands to 10 points in the Senate battleground states at 50 percent to 40 percent in the poll, conducted by Democratic polling firm Hart Research and Republican pollster Public Opinion Strategies. "With 56 days until Election Day, our poll provides greater insight into what is likely to happen, and the news is not good for the Democrats,"...
  • New KSN poll shows Roberts and Orman tied for U.S. Senate

    09/09/2014 5:03:44 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 16 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 8, 2014
    The Democratic candidate in the race for U.S. Senate, Chad Taylor, withdrawing last week from the race has created an interesting dynamic going forward, in the race to represent the state of Kansas on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill. The latest KSN News Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA exclusively for KSN-TV, released Monday indicates that, if the race for the U.S. Senate were held today, September 8, and Chad Taylorís name remained on the ballot, Independent Greg Orman and incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts are effectively tied. Orman would get 37 percent of the vote, while Sen. Roberts would get...
  • Greg Orman once sued actress Debbie Reynolds over $1 million loan to museum

    09/09/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT · by lacrew · 4 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 9-9-14 | Bryan Lowry
    TOPEKA ó U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman once sued actress Debbie Reynolds over a $1 million loan he made to her Hollywood memorabilia museum that had gone unpaid. Orman brought the suit against the ďSinginí in the RainĒ star in 2008. The suit names Reynolds, her son Todd Fisher and the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum as defendants. Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article2041862.html#storylink=cpy
  • Senate Update A Fresh Look at the Changed Race in Kansas

    09/09/2014 10:10:55 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 48 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 8, 2014 | Harry Enten and Walt Hickey
    The biggest poll of the day came in Kansas, where SurveyUSA found independent candidate Greg Orman ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts 37 percent to 36 percent. Notably, Democrat Chad Taylor, who has dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot, pulled in 10 percent. Robertsís support has barely budged, but Ormanís backing has almost doubled. Importantly, SurveyUSA informed voters that Taylor no longer appeared to want to run. That means Orman may not gain much more ground in the polls when voters realize on their own that Taylor ceased his campaign. Orman has more upside with the...
  • Prognosticators Rothenberg, Cook, Sabato,FiveThirtyEight all betting on GOP control of Senate

    09/09/2014 8:47:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    As Mike Allen of Politico points out, this is a bit of a flip for the meta-prognosticators. Three weeks ago, Charlie Cook wondered where the GOP wave was, and two weeks ago Larry Sabato asked the same question. Thanks to continued polling erosion from Barack Obama and a sense of a leadership vacuum in Washington, voters are becoming more clear on the need for change. And so the prognostications have begun to change, with Stuart Rothenberg setting the floor for Senate switches to the GOP at seven: While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am...
  • Federal Suit Could KO Kansas Senate Hopeful

    09/09/2014 6:42:53 AM PDT · by lacrew · 14 replies
    WIBW ^ | September 9, 2014 | AP
    Court records show that independent Senate candidate Greg Orman is embroiled in a federal lawsuit in Kansas with an international boxing equipment manufacturer.
  • Hollywood Dems Stage Last-Minute Fundraising Drive to Save Senate Majority

    09/08/2014 12:31:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/07/2014 | Tina Daunt
    Major fundraisers are planned in September for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Michelle Nunn to boost faltering campaigns With their control of the Senate hanging in precarious balance, Democrats are papering Hollywood with last-minute fundraising appeals, and three of the entertainment industryís anointed political stars this season are coming west to make their 11th-hour midterm cases in person. One email invitation to the coming weeks' full calendar of events desperately urged the industry Democrats to open their wallets because ďthereís so much at stake.Ē Two of the favored trio ó Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia ó...
  • Arkansas shift. Mark Pryor now trails Tom Cotton in NBC/Marist Poll

    09/07/2014 5:29:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/07/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    To finish up the weekend on a bit of a positive note, polling groups around the nation are starting to shift their models from registered voters to likely voters as the days until November shrink. One in particular will be of interest and it’s in the highly contested state of Arkansas. We always thought Mark Pryor was in trouble, but he has been holding on in the polls surprisingly well. This week, the NBC/Marist poll, which previously showed Pryor in a fairly solid position, has taken a big turn and Tom Cotton (who did an interview for Hot Air...
  • Turmoil Heats Up Battle in Two Key Senate Races

    09/07/2014 8:54:19 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 6, 2014 | Charles Babington
    Labor Day week ought to start clarifying the partisan battle to control the Senate, but if anything, the picture just got muddier and the map bigger. An afterthought all year, conservative Kansas is suddenly abuzz. An independent candidate drove the Democrat from the race and positioned himself to consolidate discontent with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Washington-based GOP strategists are rushing to help Roberts, who's accused of sleepwalking through the race in the deeply Republican state. If Kansas brought welcome news to Democrats, Alaska did not. First-term Sen. Mark Begich initially was seen as running a smart campaign with excellent...
  • Robertsí speaks about re-election team overhaul, Taylor issue

    09/05/2014 4:45:07 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Ashley Arnold and Brittany Glas
    Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race thatís suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. The campaign overhaul comes after Robertsí bruising primary fight and the stunning attempt by his Democratic challenger this week to cancel his candidacy in the face of a strong bid by an independent candidate. Roberts confirmed Friday that Leroy Towns Ė who the three-term Senator once described as his ďalter egoĒ Ė has stepped down as executive campaign manager,...
  • Kay Hagan: Look, I didnít realize people would lose their health plans ítil a few months ago

    09/04/2014 12:03:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | Guy Benson
    During last night‚Äôs North Carolina Senate Debate, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan responded to criticism over her obliterated ‚Äėkeep your plan‚Äė Obamacare pledge by claiming she didn‚Äôt hear about cancellations until ‚Äúlast fall:‚ÄĚCLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO ‚ÄúAs soon as this came to my attention last fall¬Ö‚ÄĚStep one: Blame insurers, who were forced to cancel plans that failed to comply with Obamacare, the law for which Kay Hagan furnished the deciding vote. Step two: Claim that those millions of cancellation letters fell from the sky, as if no one had predicted them. Step three: Try to claim credit for...
  • The man who could upend the midterms

    09/04/2014 11:28:27 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/4/14 | Kyle Cheney
    Greg Orman could upend the battle for the Senate and Kansas politics at once. But until Wednesday, few had heard of the businessman running for Senate as an independent ó or regarded him as anything more than a potential spoiler in a close race. If Orman, 45, is able to unseat veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts ó as at least one poll has indicated he could after Wednesdayís withdrawal by Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, provided the contest remains a two-man race ó he could be a decisive vote for whichever party ends up controlling the Senate. Here are a few...
  • Dem candidate drops out of Senate race in Kansas against Sen. Roberts

    09/03/2014 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 4, 2014
    The Democratic candidate in the race against Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas ended his campaign Wednesday, leaving an independent candidate and a Libertarian candidate to face off against the three-term Republican incumbent. Chad Taylor, a district attorney, informed the Kansas Secretary of State Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the race. Originally, his statement said "suspended," but the word was lined through and replaced with a handwritten "terminated." Taylor issued a separate statement saying he made the decision after consulting with his staff, supporters and Democratic Party leaders. He did not give a reason.
  • Gutiťrrez to Sen Dems: 'Stand aside'- 'better that the president make a decision now'

    09/03/2014 11:19:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Congress's loudest immigrant rights advocate delivered a terse message Wednesday to the Senate Democrats who are urging President Obama to delay executive action on deportations until after the election: Get out of the way. "I say to the Democrats: Stand aside," Rep. Luis Gutiťrrez (D-Ill.) said during a press call. "Let the president make a decision; let him announce it; and stop this stopping the progress of our community towards justice." In June, Obama warned GOP leaders that, in the absence of congressional action on immigration reform, he would consider unilateral policy changes recommended by top administration officials "before the...
  • GOP's Terri Lynn Land Gains Momentum in Michigan Sen Race with 'Michigan First' Message

    09/03/2014 8:01:32 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A perfect storm is brewing in Michigan that may propel a Republican into the U.S. Senate seat Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), a Democrat, has held since 1979. Terri Lynn Land, Michiganís ex-Secretary of State and a Republican National Committeewoman, is running her U.S. Senate campaign on an aggressive conservative populist message that seems more fit for red state Republicans than a Republican running in a bluish-purple state like Michigan. A national mood against President Barack Obama is hurting Democrats, especially those who donít have the luxury of incumbency like Landís opponent Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI). Package all that together with...
  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    09/02/2014 3:53:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 58 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson
    There is a new chart-topper in Roll Callís latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montanaís appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senateís most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse...
  • If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader

    09/02/2014 8:32:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 88 replies
    NNC ^ | August 2nd, 2014
    If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader Hear, hear!Sessions actually seems to know something about political tactics and strategy (and what commenter ‚Äúeric‚ÄĚ would call ‚Äúthe activist game‚ÄĚ). Which is more than I can say for most of the GOP.And although I‚Äôm not all that familiar with Sessions, so far I‚Äôve very much liked what he has to say about the illegal immigration/alien crisis.Sessions did something rather extraordinary yesterday. He helped to unite the warring Republicans behind a bill that actually seemed reasonable, and he did it in record time. But perhaps more...
  • Louisiana Republican Party files complaint asking for investigation into Mary Landrieu's travel

    09/02/2014 7:31:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | September 02, 2014 at 7:00 AM | Cole Avery
    The Louisiana Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics asking it investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., over campaign flights paid for with Senate funds. [....] "Considering that Sen. Landrieu admitted to breaking the law on two occasions, and there is strong evidence of other occurrences, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics should undertake a full review of the Sen. Landrieu's travel expenditures from her official account to ensure that Louisiana taxpayers have not been unwittingly and illegally subsidizing her re-election campaign by funding her campaign travel," Dore wrote.
  • Chobani Yogurt Is Taking Over Congressional Fridges

    09/01/2014 5:22:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    9/1 ^ | 9/1 | Marisa Schultz
    SNIP Chobani yogurt, which is based in the upstate town of Norwich, has planted branded refrigerators filled with its Greek yogurt in the DC offices of New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Richard Hanna.
  • Obama looks to skip Senate on new UN climate change deal

    09/01/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama is working to create a new international climate change accord that would get other nations to reduce their carbon emissions, but in a way that would not require the deal to be ratified by the Senate.
  • Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn't Own a Home in Louisiana

    08/29/2014 9:30:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This isÖnot what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieuís federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Recalls ĎPorkyí Crack By Male Colleague

    08/28/2014 2:54:05 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Arlette Saenz
    In her upcoming book ďOff the Sidelines,Ē Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., reveals she was the subject of insensitive comments about her weight from male colleagues in the House and Senate. According to an excerpt posted by PEOPLE magazine, Gillibrand details an incident in her book where a male colleague† saw her in the gym said, ďGood thing youíre working out, because you wouldnít want to get porky!Ē According to the Huffington Post, Gillibrand responded, ďĒThanks, aĖhole.Ē
  • McConnell says he wouldnít allow a government shutdown

    08/28/2014 8:03:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 28, 2014
    Read his lips: No shutdown. Pushing back against a report to the contrary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wonít let the government shut down if he becomes the chamberís majority leader next year. ďOf course not,Ē the Kentucky Republican told CNN in an interview. ďRemember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns,Ē he said. Government shutdowns like last Octoberís are a ďfailed policy,Ē McConnell added.
  • Democracy Alliance Bankrolled Court-Packing Scheme

    08/27/2014 4:16:03 PM PDT · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 25, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    A shadowy network of wealthy liberal donors bankrolled an operation to pack one of Americaís most powerful courts with progressive judges, according to documents reviewed by the†Washington Free Beacon.Now the effort could prevent an Obamacare challenge from reaching the Supreme Court, legal experts say.The strategy to fill the D.C. Court of Appeals with left-leaning judges was aided by the American Constitution Society, a non-profit group that ďpromotes a progressive vision of the law.Ē The ACS is funded in part by the Democracy Alliance, a liberal donor network that funnels millions to a web of dark-money member groups.During a fundraising presentation...
  • Senate Dems frustrated by colleague's push for ISIS vote

    08/27/2014 7:15:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2014 | Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes
    Sen. Tim Kaineís outspoken push for a vote to approve military strikes in Iraq and Syria has cranked up tensions with fellow Democrats who worry it could hurt them on Election Day. Vulnerable Democrats fighting for their political lives are frustrated that Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is pressing for a debate on giving President Obama new war powers at a time when the commander-in-chief has become a political liability for them. ďAsking anybody to take that vote within two months of an election is just stupid. Why would you put people in that position?Ē said a Senate Democratic aide....
  • Republicans Poised to Recapture Senate

    08/26/2014 10:08:15 AM PDT · by scouter · 91 replies
    Electoral-Vote.com ^ | 8/26/2014 | Electoral-Vote.com
    This is not an article, but rather a summary of what is now showing on the main page of Electoral-Vote.com, an election poll tracking site. I've been visiting electoral-vote.com for years, and have found that the closer we get to an election, the more accurate their map gets. Recently, and for a long time, they have had Democrats poised to keep control of the Senate, 55 to 45. However, in recent days it has shifted clearly toward the Republicans. Electoral-Vote.com is now showing the Republicans likely taking control of the Senate. Dems 48, GOP 51, Ties 1 Electoral-Vote.com makes its...
  • Will Iowa be Demsí Waterloo?

    08/24/2014 3:59:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and itís now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braleyís flagging campaign before itís too late. Recent polls find a coin-flip race between Braley and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst(R), and but the national party increasingly worries it could be the tipping point for Senate control. ďIf the Democrats lose Iowa, of course it becomes much harder to keep the majority,Ē said one national Democratic strategist. ďThe race could very much go either way. We feel like the...
  • Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen.....

    08/23/2014 11:14:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    U S Senate Rob Maness ^ | 8/22/14 | Maness Campaign
    Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen. Mary Landrieuís Residency Qualifications.... Baton Rouge, LA - This morning, while officially qualifying for the November ballot, Col. Rob Maness (R-Louisiana) today delivered in-person, a letter to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, calling on him to open an investigation examining the validity of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) residency status. "It appears that there are significant inconsistencies that warrant an investigation regarding the residency status of one of the candidates who has filed for United States Senate," Maness' letter says. "On Wednesday, August 20, 2014,...
  • First-Term Congressman Aims to Topple the Pryor Dynasty in Arkansas

    08/21/2014 6:40:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/21/2014 | ALAN GOFORTH
    Arkansas has had its share of political dynasties, first and foremost the Clintons. The Pryor family may run a close second.David Pryor was a Democratic fixture in the state, serving in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and as governor. His son, Mark Pryor, now holds the Senate seat he vacated in 1997 and is seeking a third term.Are Arkansans finally getting Pryor fatigue and ready for a fresh face? If so, few Senate candidates nationwide may be more attractive than Republican challenger Tom Cotton.“Roll Call just came out with an article that rated Pryor as the second-most-vulnerable senator...
  • Grimes Family Discount

    08/19/2014 7:16:13 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/19/14 | Manu Raju
    Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky in her 45-foot-long campaign bus, rolling up to raucous rallies and posing for photos next to the vehicle bearing an oversized image of the Democratic Senate hopeful. Left unmentioned amid the hubbub is this: Her fatherís company acquired the bus just as the campaign got underway last year ó and is renting it to his daughter for a fraction of what other companies would typically charge, according to a POLITICO analysis. Federal campaign finance law bars a campaign from receiving goods and services below the fair market value from a corporation, regardless of whether...
  • The Most Interesting Candidate in the World

    08/16/2014 10:41:56 AM PDT · by Baynative · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/15/14 | Matthew Continetti
    Jeff Bell was a reform conservative before it was cool. Heís spent his career arguing with a risk-averse Republican establishment. He pushed Ronald Reagan to embrace the supply-side doctrine of tax cuts before deficit reduction. He spent the 1990s warning the GOP that its tax policy favored investment capital over human capital, corporate interests over working families. He designed a family-friendly flat tax that reduced payroll taxes, increased the child tax credit, taxed capital gains and regular income at the same rate, and ended business expensing. Payroll tax relief and a generous child tax credit are elements of todayís reform...
  • African-American Voter Turnout Will Decide Control of the Senate

    08/14/2014 12:06:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Matt Towery
    The South remains a bit of a mystery to most political pundits and pollsters. Many of its metropolitan areas are far more sophisticated (and much larger) than the rest of the nation realizes. And some areas of the rural South seem frozen in the 1960s. But to stereotype any one area of the region is a dangerous thing. What is more dangerous is trying to predict the makeup of an electorate in any given southern election year. Many southern states have large African-American populations, and in most of those states black men and women hold considerable political and economic...
  • Al Franken another vulnerable Senate Dem

    08/14/2014 7:50:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/14/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    For some reason, Al Franken has not appeared on many lists of vulnerable Senate Democrats. But he is no shoo-in for re-election in November, as John Feehery reminds us in the Wall Street Journal: In several polls the incumbent, a former Saturday Night Live star, canít break the 50% mark. Given his narrow victory in 2008 (which some say wasnít a real victory), itís probably not that surprising that Mr. Franken is still a polarizing figure. But after six years in the Senate, one might expect that the incumbent would have built a more comfortable cushion for himself. When I...
  • Boots on the ground

    08/13/2014 4:27:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Three candidates with real-world experience lead the GOP attempt to oust Senate insiders... In 2008, when Barack Obama captured the White House, Bill Cassidy taught medical students in Louisiana, Steve Daines worked for a technology company in Montana, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas fought in Afghanistan. Six years later, the three Republicans are running to seize Democratic-held Senate seats in Republican-leaning states.
  • BATTLE IN THE STATES: NYT DOCUMENTS IMPENDING GOP TAKEOVER OF STATEHOUSES NATIONWIDE

    08/12/2014 8:05:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/12/2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Recess is in full force in Washington, D.C., as national lawmakers vacation around the country, but both political parties are fighting intense political battles on the ground in states nationwide as several statehouses are up for grabs in whatís shaping up to be a landslide pro-GOP election year. ďRepublicans, who had appeared to hit a high-water mark in control of statehouses in recent years, are seeking to pick off another half-dozen chambers this year, taking advantage of President Obamaís persistent unpopularity, anxiety about the economy, and a history of anemic turnout among Democrats in nonpresidential election years,Ē the New York...
  • Which Senate Races Need My Support?

    08/12/2014 5:48:15 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 22 replies
    Me | 11 Aug 2014 | Ben Mugged
    President Barack Obama hinted strongly at coming Supreme Court vacancies in the last two years of his presidency, speaking of the urgent need for Democrats to hold their Senate majority after the November midterms. I need to know which Senate candidates most need my financial support since I refuse to blindly donate to the Republican Party.
  • Libertarians and fringe candidates could tip Senate races

    08/12/2014 12:38:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 11, 2014 | Byron York
    "................................The conventional wisdom is that Haugh would hurt Thom Tillis, the Republican Senate candidate in North Carolina. But the situation might not be that clear cut. Recently some conservative strategists made a careful study of the Virginia governor's race, in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe won narrowly after a Libertarian candidate received six and a half percent of the vote. The strategists went into the study thinking the Libertarian took votes mostly from Republican Ken Cuccinnelli ó taking maybe 90 votes from Cuccinnelli for every 10 votes from McAuliffe. The study showed that yes, the Libertarian did hurt Cuccinnelli, but that...