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  • Cruz: Tea party ‘overwhelmingly’ behind Romney

    08/06/2012 6:09:52 AM PDT · by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/6/12 | By Sean Lengell
    Despite some worries among tea-party activists regarding Mitt Romney’s conservative credentials, Mr. Cruz predicted the movement will “overwhelmingly” support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in November. “The grass roots are energized because the absolutely highest priority in the country in November is to defeat Barack Obama,” Mr. Cruz said. “I have spoken with literally thousands and thousands of tea-party activists — I have yet to meet a single tea-party leader that is not going to vote for Mitt Romney and work hard for him.” While polls show Mr. Romney is significantly trailing President Obama for support among Hispanic voters, Mr....
  • Cruz: Tea party ‘overwhelmingly’ behind Romney

    08/05/2012 4:48:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 338 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2012 | Sean Lengell
    Ted Cruz, who rode a tea party wave to win the Texas Republican Senate nomination last week, said Sunday the movement will “overwhelmingly” support Mitt Romney in the November presidential election. Mr. Cruz said tea party activists will rally in defense of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee because they’re “energized” to defeat President Obama. “I have spoken with literally thousands and thousands of tea party activists, and I have yet to met a single tea party leader that is not going to vote for Mitt Romney and work hard for him,” Mr. Cruz said on Fox News Sunday. “Our country...
  • PALIN CAMPAIGNS WITH MISSOURI SENATE CANDIDATE SARAH STEELMAN

    08/05/2012 10:22:59 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 37 replies
    Bretbart/Big Government ^ | 8-5-2012 | Tony Lee
    August 5, 2012PALIN CAMPAIGNS WITH MISSOURI SENATE CANDIDATE SARAH STEELMAN by Tony Lee When Sarah Palin campaigned in Texas the Friday before Ted Cruz’s victory last Tuesday, her appearance swung the polls by 17 points in one night. Professionals said they had never seen anyone -- a politician, celebrity, or athlete -- have that much of an impact. Cruz won his victory because the Tea Party came out to support him, and these numbers showed nobody motivates Tea Party voters like Palin does. Friday in Missouri, Palin appeared with Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman at a picnic, hoping her appearance...
  • Beauty & Patriotism- Tera Sukman, Tea Party Patriot HQ, Branson MS.

    08/05/2012 10:40:13 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 08-04-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    Beauty & Patriotism, Tera Sukman- Tea Party Patriots HQ, Branson MS. All on the Conscience of Kansas radio program with host Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson on the KRMR The Patriot 105.7 FM.
  • Ted Cruz: Tea Party movement stronger now than in 2010

    08/05/2012 8:42:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/05/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Ted Cruz: Tea Party movement stronger now than in 2010By Cameron Joseph - 08/05/12 09:55 AM ET Fresh off his come-from-behind Senate primary victory, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) said the Tea Party movement that helped propel his campaign is even stronger now than it was two years ago. "This is part of a tidal wave that began in 2010 and that tidal wave is only stronger in 2012," he told Fox News's Chris Wallace Sunday morning. "Those protests died down. I think the reason is the Tea Party went to work." Cruz said the movement would work...
  • Tea Party Unbound (Barry Soetoro Outbound)

    08/05/2012 6:10:07 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Auhgust 5, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    For several years now it seems to me that voters throughout the country in a perfectly peaceable way have demonstrated their revulsion at the ruling class's political , academic and media elites, and the media's disparagement or utter refusal to cover this civil revolution has not succeeded in killing it. Instead, as more people join in and see how the media distorts or refuses to report what they see with their own eyes, the sooner all of the major media will be joining Newsweek and CNN and the NYT and the Washington Post in their death throes. (This week it...
  • Paradigm shift: Sarah Palin takes Texas

    08/04/2012 8:53:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2012 | Bernie Quigley
    Establishment Republicans rally today to debunk Sarah Palin much as Letterman, Couric, Tina Fey and the vast info/entertainment culture did at the beginning. It is a measure of her success and the fear Grizzly Mama strikes in the heart of the timid. The Ted Cruz victory in the Texas Senate race brings substantive political change and Sarah Palin is behind the paradigm shift. It is, as The Washington Post called it, “a victory for the Tea Party.” Today, “the establishment” pushes further away from the main pulse of America and Sarah Palin holds the pulse. The paradigm shift can best...
  • Romney stumps for Indiana tea party Senate candidate Mourdock

    08/04/2012 4:20:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | by Seema Mehta
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Mitt Romney stumped for tea party Senate candidate Richard Mourdock here on Saturday, arguing that as president he will need such supporters in Washington to help him enact policies to restore fiscal order. Mourdock introduced Romney, noting he had done so four years ago when Romney came to Indiana stumping for 2008 Republican nominee John McCain. “He is back and he’s here in part because he’s the ultimate team player, and politics is all about being a team. This is not a solo sport,” Mourdock said. “And for that purpose alone, governor, thank you so much for...
  • Romney can't ignore Sarah Palin in 2012. The Tea Party champ is more politically relevant than ever

    08/04/2012 2:03:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2012 | Dr. Tim Stanley, Oxford University
    Love her or loathe her (and those seem to be the only options), Sarah Palin won’t go away. Despite holding no office and having no obvious intention of running for one, she continues to dominate headlines and divide the country. So how will Romney handle her in 2012? Presuming that he won’t nominate her for Veep (the smart money is on a really boring white guy), what role – if any – will she take in the campaign? Should the GOP embrace the Palin effect or pretend it doesn’t exist? Palin’s national role in the last few days reminds us...
  • Palin fires back at Cheney: 'The mistake would have been not answering the call' to be VP

    08/03/2012 10:20:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren
    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: First, the sizzling political controversy over a fast food chain. Chick-Fil-A is at the center of a political storm. Why? Well, the company's president openly opposes gay marriage, Dan Cathy saying gay marriage invites God's judgment on our nation. And then came the responses, mayors of several cities recently banning Chick-fil-A. There's also an on-line petition to boycott the chain. But now the counter-protest begins, some conservative political_leaders urging people to support the restaurant chain, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin even tweeting photos of herself and her husband, Todd, at a Texas Chick-fil-A. Governor...
  • Palin Lays it on Line for Steelman in Missouri

    08/03/2012 7:13:05 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 59 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | Friday, 03 Aug 2012 | Newsmax
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is putting on a blitz for Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman after endorsing her two weeks ago. The 2008 vice presidential candidate is appearing with Steelman at a barbecue in Cleveland, Missouri near Kansas City Friday. This represents Palin's first campaign appearance with Steelman since the endorsement, CNN reports. Palin appeared in an ad and recorded a robocall for Steelman earlier this week. Palin has high praise for the former state treasurer: "Sarah is an economist who defends our tax dollars – like a mama grizzly defends her cubs," Palin said. Right back at...
  • Conservatives Have A Secret

    08/03/2012 12:09:12 PM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 108 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 3, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    ...The entire Democratic Party, from the top down, now looks like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. The hatred of America is open. The desire to undo American constitutionalism is explicit. And this exposure will only accelerate in the coming months and years, as the left realizes ever more acutely that its days as an accepted political faction are numbered, and it is forced to take increasingly drastic and sudden measures to achieve its brutal aims before the clock runs out....It has become patently clear that the present Republican Party establishment is not up for this fight. Constitutional conservatives must do...
  • TENNESSEE: Unofficial Incumbent Casualty Count: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats

    08/03/2012 11:25:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/3/12 | Tom Humphrey
    Final unofficial returns from the state Division of Elections this morning indicate that seven incumbent Republicans and five incumbent Democrats lost bids for re-election in Thursday's primaries. Latest additions to the incumbent loser list are Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, defeated by insurance agent Ron Travis 4.357 votes to 4,252 , according to the final unofficial returns; and Rep. Mary Pruitt, D-Nashville, defeated by Harold Love Jr. by about 40 votes. Other defeated incumbent Republican legislators were House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery of Sevierville; and Reps. Dale Ford of Jonesborough, Julia...
  • How Ted Cruz Did It

    08/03/2012 10:01:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2012 | Matt Mackiwiak
    Tea party insurgent Ted Cruz’s thrilling and improbable victory over Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in Texas’s GOP Senate primary provides a model for future long-shot candidates to follow, though repeating what Cruz did will be difficult. A long line of dominoes had to fall, in the precise order that they did, for Cruz to overcome an opponent who had every advantage a political candidate can have. Dewhurst had unlimited financing (he spent at least $19.9 million of his own money), universal name recognition, unanimous support from the Austin political establishment and massive political power as the leader of the...
  • DeMint Condition

    08/03/2012 9:39:54 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8.3.12 | W. James Antle, III
    If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and National Republican Senatorial Committee chief John Cornyn were keeping score at home, they probably weren't too worried about Tuesday's Senate runoff in Texas. Either way, the seat was likely to remain in Republican hands. But conservatives had a pickup opportunity, and with Ted Cruz's victory they seized it. The incumbent, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and the Rick Perry-endorsed establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, weren't exactly liberals. But they weren't boat-rocking government-cutters either. The Tea Party-backed Cruz promised he would be. To put it another way, McConnell's numbers in his quest to gain a...
  • Orrin Hatch picks tax breaks over tea party

    08/03/2012 9:20:59 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/3/2012 (updated) | Steven Sloan and Jonathan Allen
    The polite word is pivot. For two years, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch cozied up to the tea party — scoring perfect ratings from the American Conservative Union — and avoided getting dumped in a primary like former colleague Bob Bennett did in 2010. But now, after winning his late-June Republican primary, Hatch is pushing a bundle of special-interest tax breaks that hard-core conservatives liken to handcuffs on the free market. He wrote the bill with Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and watched Thursday as five of the 11 Republicans on the panel voted to kill it. The bill stops...
  • 25 Examples of What America Would Be Like if We Were All Christian Conservative Tea Partiers

    08/03/2012 4:42:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2012 | John Hawkins
    If every American was a Christian conservative Tea Partier... 1) …There would be fewer regulations, lower taxes, a business-friendly environment, and a much smaller government that would lead to considerably stronger economic growth and job creation. In fact, we'd probably have to dramatically increase the number of work permits we hand out to foreign workers, not because there are "jobs Americans won't do" (which don't actually exist), but because so many Americans would be employed that we'd have to bring in more people to do all of the available work. 2) ...The richest Americans would have more money. Of course,...
  • Chris Matthews: Tea Party Reminds Me Of Confederates In Civil War

    08/03/2012 4:33:09 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 72 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 8-2-2012
    MSNBC's Chris Matthews implies the Tea Party is racist. Chris Matthews: I think a lot of it is ethnic to it and I'm not trashing people as racist or anything, but I think a lot of it is ethnic. Meaning, they don't like the changing demographic of the United States. So every time -- Max Pappas, FreedomWorks: Yeah, especially Hispanics like Ted Cruz. Matthews: No, no. He's a Cuban-American and that's always been a little different situation. Pappas: Or Marco Rubio? Allen West? Matthews: Every time a speech is written by a Tea Partier, they're not sufficiently happy with saying,...
  • Chick-Fil-A, Not Cruz, Shows Enduring Strength Of Tea Party (Don't read while eating)

    08/02/2012 11:47:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Fort Worth Weekly ^ | August 2, 2012 | Andrew McLemore
    For two days, the surprise victory of Ted Cruz was all anybody could talk about. The Tea Party upstart who beat back establishment candidate David Dewhurst for the Texas Senate was the biggest sign yet of the enduring — and growing — political strength of the religious right. It was the best example until yesterday anyway, when thousands of Americans swarmed Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country, buying chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and large helpings of spite. It all started about a week ago, when Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy said the nation was “inviting God’s judgment” by trying to “redefine” marriage...
  • NRA-Backed Rogers Unseats Maggart

    08/02/2012 10:34:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    A four-term member of the state House has been unseated by political newcomer Courtney Rogers who enjoyed the backing of the National Rifle Association. Incumbent Debra Maggart lost the seat after an outside campaign to defeat her. Maggart became a target after she went along with Republican leadership and helped scuttle a bill allowing gun owners to store weapons in their car while at work. The NRA and the Tennessee Firearms Association spent a combined $100,000 on ads attacking Maggart. They were ultimately effective, at least on Hendersonville voter Peggy Shoaf. “You know I want to have my gun in...
  • Palin flexes political muscles again

    08/02/2012 6:15:23 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday August 2, 2012
    <p>Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin — though derided on the left and recently dismissed by former vice president Dick Cheney as a poor pick in 2008 — is nevertheless proving her enduring power within the Republican Party in the most concrete of ways: She keeps picking winners.</p>
  • Senate faces potential influx of conservative Republicans

    08/02/2012 4:57:06 PM PDT · by John W · 16 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Michael O'Brien
    The Senate is likely to assume an even more conservative tenor come January as a crop of insurgent-minded Republicans replace some of the GOP's old guard in the upper chamber. A transformation within the Republican Party that was first set in motion during the 2010 midterm elections appears set to continue in the Senate, following in the path blazed in the House during this term of Congress. “The goal is not only getting the Republican majority, but getting a conservative majority -- a majority of the Republican majority,” said Brendan Steinhauser, the director of state and federal campaigns for FreedomWorks,...
  • Ted Cruz headlines RedState Gathering in Jacksonville, Florida

    08/02/2012 3:22:53 PM PDT · by kingattax · 2 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8-2-12 | John Hayward
    Fresh from his remarkable victory in the Texas Senate runoff, Ted Cruz will kick off the RedState Gathering in Jacksonville, Florida with a speech on Friday, August 3rd. Events continue through Saturday evening at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.Other speakers scheduled for the Gathering include Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and author David Limbaugh.
  • Tea Party Wins Big in Texas; Incumbents Pushed Out

    08/02/2012 2:35:19 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 14 replies
    WoodTV.com ^ | 8/1/12
    Michael Quinn Sullivan, leader of the conservative activist group Empower Texans, agreed that Texas voters were pushing out Republican moderates, like state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, who lost to tea party leader Donna Campbell. He said lawmakers allied with [RINO] Texas House Speaker Joe Straus continued to lose key races."It's a very bad night for Joe Straus, losing two big committee chairs (Miller and Hopson)," he said, adding that five Straus chairs have now lost in the GOP primary. "The state Senate has become a lot more conservative after this cycle, and especially with this runoff." Gov. Rick Perry tried to...
  • Obama visit amazes Ohio and America with audacity of hopelessness

    08/02/2012 1:45:08 PM PDT · by Kfobbs · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 2, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    You do not have to be a political genius to understand that if the state of Ohio falls out of the President’s win column in November, he and Michelle will be packing their bags and heading back to Chicago faster than he can say, “Oh no they didn’t!” Wednesday, the president went to several key democrat voter strongholds in Ohio, in order to reinforce a political firewall against a probable loss of the state of Ohio. The city of Akron and Mansfield are crucial to the Ohio democrat voter bean counters. Their campaign goal is to continue to mystify the...
  • Cruz Victory Shows Grassroots Seeking Serious Leaders

    08/02/2012 12:51:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Election '12: Once again, the GOP establishment has been shocked by the resilience of the Tea Party movement. Ted Cruz's Senate nomination in Texas shows that ideas trump fundraising this fateful election year. The Tea Party is deservedly celebrating a stirring win by former Texas solicitor general Cruz in a runoff that determined which Republican vies for the seat of retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in November. Massively outspent by establishment-backed opponent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Cruz finished with nearly 57% of the vote. But another factor is at play, which also explains Richard Mourdock's recent primary defeat of Senator-for-life...
  • No Tolerance for Chick-fil-A -- Tea Party Critic Morgan Freeman Gets a Pass

    08/02/2012 5:34:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Larry Elder
    hick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy faces a consumer protest for expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Fair enough. Offended, the Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco threatened to prevent the Georgia-based fast-food company from operating in their cities! Whether for or against same-sex marriage, what part of the First Amendment do these radical mayors not understand? The First Amendment is about preventing government from infringing on political speech. This is a clear-cut case of suppression and punishment of Cathy's right of free speech. In an interview picked up by the Baptist Press, Cathy told the Biblical Recorder...
  • Ted Cruz shocks Texas political establishment, crushes David Dewhurst

    07/31/2012 10:38:01 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 113 replies
    AUSTIN — Ted Cruz, the top appellate lawyer turned tea party favorite, shocked the political establishment Tuesday, grabbing the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate and virtually guaranteeing that he’ll be Texas’ first Hispanic senator. Cruz handily defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a Republican runoff for the seat of U.S.
  • How tea party and its unlikely allies nixed Atlanta's transit tax

    08/01/2012 4:31:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 1, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    The tea party partnered with local Sierra Club and NAACP officials to defeat a $7.2 billion referendum aimed at unsnarling Atlanta’s traffic. Voters voted no on the referendum by a margin of 63 percent. The establishment bipartisans had a reported $8 million on hand to sell the transit package. The tea party alliance has been quoted as having $15,000, but tea party member Julianne Thompson, reached by the Monitor Wednesday, laughed that off. “We had maybe a few hundred dollars,” she says. On Tuesday, the “Sierra Tea” nexus claimed giant-killer status: Voters shot the Transportation Investment Act down, yelling “no”...
  • What the Ted Cruz Tea Party of Texas Wants RINO’s and CINO’s to Know: WATCH OUT!

    08/01/2012 3:42:05 PM PDT · by rightjb · 10 replies
    RantPolitical.com ^ | 8-1-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    I know, I know. We are supposed to be magnanimous in victory. But there isn’t just a new ‘Sheriff’ in Texas, there is a new mandate on how things are going to be done from now on. And what the Ted Cruz Tea Party of Texas Wants RINO’s and CINO’s (Conservatives In Name Only) to Know is:We won’t be fooled by Republicans merely SAYING they are conservative any more.The Big Folly of Houston’s Republican bloggers is a prime example of the dishonest dialog the GOP establishment will find has gone the way of bell bottoms and pucca shell necklaces. If...
  • Libs Can't Slay the Tea Party

    08/01/2012 2:38:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 1, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: James Carville. You remember Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos tried to tie the Tea Party to the mass murderer in Aurora, Colorado. Brian Ross, first thing out of his mouth, (doing impression) "George, we got big news here. There's a Tea Party member with the same name." "Really? That could be big, Brian." "Yeah, George, it could be really big. We're not sure, we don't know for sure, but it could be, George, that the mass murderer at The Dark Knight Rises is a member of the Tea Party." The Daily Beast had a headline back in...
  • Mitt Romney Better Move to Right, Says Emboldened Tea Party

    08/01/2012 2:10:00 PM PDT · by xzins · 35 replies
    ABC ^ | Aug. 1, 2012 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    The stunning Texas victory of Ted Cruz, a young Tea Party-backed Republican over an establishment candidate vying for a Senate seat, has already so emboldened the insurgent conservative movement that activists are warning Mitt Romney he had better get on board. "These guys [newly elected Tea Party candidates]" are going to force Romney to the right," said Andrea Shell, a spokeswoman for Tea Party group Freedom Works. "That is our entire mission." His victory is the latest in a string of Tea Party candidates to tap into anti-establishment frustration within the Republican Party and overcome the steep odds and deep...
  • Texas Sized GOP Senate Nomination Captured By Cruz - Shows Palin Power!

    08/01/2012 9:26:16 AM PDT · by Kfobbs · 44 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 1, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    The anointed Texas political establishment contender, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, was leading in the GOP runoff race to capture the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. He had a who’s who list of solid republican mainstream backers. Most state and national election experts had already inked Dewhurst into the senatorial win column. Yet, in the conservative voter trenches of Texas, the real who ’s who that truly counted was the voters and a Tea Party movement that would not say die or give up. In their corner was the former Alaskan...
  • Richard Viguerie: Ted Cruz's Victory Foretells Conservative Takeover of GOP

    08/01/2012 8:13:30 AM PDT · by tennmountainman · 60 replies
    Sacbee.com ^ | 7-31-2012 | Richard Viguerie
    "The victory of Ted Cruz in the Texas Republican Senate runoff primary means that the torch is being passed to a new generation of principled small government constitutional conservatives and that the 'let's make a deal' Republican Party of old will soon go the way of the Dodo bird. "Ted's nomination sent a strong signal that a new conservative Republican Party is being born and, by 2016, principled conservatives will replace most leaders in Congress and the Party at the national, state, and local levels. GOP leaders should 'ask not for whom the bell tolls -- it tolls for thee.'...
  • Cruz victory a wake-up call for Washington

    08/01/2012 5:34:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 1, 2012 | Richard S. Dunham
    WASHINGTON - Ted Cruz's stunning come-from-behind victory over David Dewhurst in Tuesday's Republican Senate runoff sends an unmistakable message to the political establishment in Washington that the next U.S. Senate, like the Republican-controlled House, is going to be more conservative and less willing to compromise with President Barack Obama or even a possible President Mitt Romney. "This is going to reverberate around the Capitol in Washington and around the country," said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. "If you can do this in Texas, you can do it anywhere. This is a hell of a wake-up call for the establishment." The decisive...
  • Texas gop chooses tea party backed cruz for gop senate nomination?

    08/01/2012 4:12:39 AM PDT · by rightly_dividing · 18 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | AP
    Tea party darling Ted Cruz convincingly defeated the Republican establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in Texas' runoff election Tuesday, capturing the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as fiercely conservative voters shook one of America's reddest states to its political core.
  • Congressman's [Jeff Landry] Office Hit by Car

    08/01/2012 12:18:17 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    Congressman Jeff Landry's New Iberia Office Hit by Car According to Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office a vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the side of a building at 301 East St. Peter St. Suite 102 in New Iberia. Authorities are unsure of injuries or the cause of the crash at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
  • Ted Cruz wins Republican runoff for Texas Senate seat

    07/31/2012 7:27:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 09:27 PM ET, 07/31/2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, a tea party-aligned conservative once regarded as a long-shot candidate, has won the Republican runoff in Texas, where he will be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in the November election. The Associated Press has called the race for Cruz over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Cruz will be a heavy favorite over Democratic nominee Paul Sadler, who also won a runoff on Tuesday. Cruz, an emerging conservative star whose father emigrated to the United States from Cuba, has drawn comparisons to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and has been lauded by national conservative political...
  • Texas GOP chooses tea party-backed Cruz for Senate

    07/31/2012 6:35:50 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 31, 2012 | WILL WEISSERT
    Tea party-backed Ted Cruz has defeated Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
  • Congratulations to Ted Cruz (Sarah)

    07/31/2012 7:37:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    Facebook ^ | July 31,2011 | alinSarah
    Congratulations to Ted Cruz! This is a victory both for Ted and for the grassroots Tea Party movement. This primary race has always been about the kind of leadership we need in D.C. Our goal is not just about changing the majority in the Senate. It is about the kind of leadership we want. Ted Cruz represents the kind of strong conservative leadership we want in D.C. Go-along to get-along career politicians who hew the path of least resistance are no longer acceptable at a time when our country is drowning in debt and our children's futures are at stake....
  • Live Thread: Texas Senate Primary Runoff Results

    07/31/2012 5:08:46 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 397 replies
    Polls close at 7PM Central.
  • Tea Party Favorite Wins Texas Runoff

    07/31/2012 7:12:36 PM PDT · by lbryce · 59 replies
    New Yotk Times ^ | July 31, 2012 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    HOUSTON — Ted Cruz, an insurgent backed by the Tea Party, defeated the candidate favored by Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday in a runoff election for the Republican Senate nomination that revealed a wide rift in Texas between the party establishment and restless, anti-incumbent activists on the right. With the come-from-behind victory, he is heavily favored to win the Senate seat being vacated in November by Kay Bailey Hutchison and appears likely to become a star of the national conservative movement. Mr. Cruz, 41, is the latest conservative rebel to bring down an established party leader, tapping into simmering anger...
  • TEA Party Revolt in making? Georgia T-SPLOST loosing

    07/31/2012 6:15:39 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 23 replies
    ajc ^ | 7/31/2012 | freeatlanta
    T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) looks to be going down in flames. Good sign that tax payers are fed up?
  • Runoff Election Day in Texas 7AM to 7PM, Vote Ted Cruz over Dewhurst [LIVE THREAD]

    07/31/2012 5:58:53 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 88 replies
    Ted Cruz.org ^ | July 31, 2012 | Steelers6
    This listing has all the Republican races today http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/july31_162_state.htm
  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring' Love Rally Proves The Tea Party Isn't Dead

    07/30/2012 9:06:02 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    TBI ^ | 7-30-2012 | Elena Schneider
    Glenn Beck's 'Restoring' Love Rally Proves The Tea Party Isn't Dead Elena Schneider Jul. 30, 2012, 10:12 PM Conservative, doom-and-gloom Tea Party icon Glenn Beck says he is on a new mission. A mission for love. More than one year after his Fox News departure, Beck — accompanied by a gospel choir, an orchestra, an exact replica of the Liberty Bell — made his comeback official this weekend, delivering a history lesson, a religious message, a spoken word performance and a musical and digital presentation to a 65,000-plus audience in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. The "Restoring Love" event...
  • Today, the Tea Party Will Get Another Big Win

    07/31/2012 8:51:59 AM PDT · by Sark · 6 replies
    Principles & Policy ^ | July 31st, 2012
    Since bursting on to the national political scene a few years ago, the Tea Party has achieved a great deal. In 2010, the Tea Party took the House of Representatives and dealt a serious blow to the huge Democratic majority in the Senate. This year, the Tea Party will try to finish the job and to take the Senate. So far, Operation Hostile Takeover has been met with much success. Longtime moderate and deal maker Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) was crushed by Richard Mourdock in a May primary. Just a couple of months before the primary, media pundits were smirking...
  • Republican Moderates Tire of Leaders' Tea Party Tilt

    07/31/2012 7:25:22 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 85 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 30,2012 | John Stanton
    Those dissatisfied moderates hit Boehner with a one-two punch Monday. First, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Rep. Steve LaTourette had abruptly decided to retire. That decision shocked many Republicans, in part because LaTourette – who like Boehner is a from Ohio – has had, at least until recently, an extremely close relationship with the Speaker. At the same time, Syracuse Republican Rep. Hanna harshly criticized the GOP, arguing leadership has gone too far in deferring to the demands of conservatives. “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing...
  • Texas Senate runoff goes down to the wire

    07/31/2012 2:50:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 30, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    Texas' intensely watched Republican U.S. Senate runoff tonight will be a stunner no matter how it turns out. Political newcomer Ted Cruz could defeat Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a well-known and well-funded GOP officeholder, and provide tea party activists across the country another high-profile victory. An outside poll released late Sunday indicated that Cruz had a solid 10-point lead over Dewhurst. But Dewhurst, who has the support of Gov. Rick Perry and other top Texas political leaders, could still snatch a victory from the tea party. He has poured $19 million of his own personal fortune into the race, and...
  • Rep. Hanna: Fellow Republicans indulge the party's extreme members too much

    07/30/2012 7:47:10 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 42 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | Paul Riede, The Post-Standard
    Syracuse -- U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna took his own party to task today, saying the Republican Party is too willing to accommodate its most extreme members. “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history,” he told The Post-Standard editorial board. Hanna, R-Barneveld, pointed specifically to Michele Bachmann of Minnesota — particularly her suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin be investigated to see if she has ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that would...
  • Tea party retools as network of field operatives,keeps pushing GOP rightward

    07/30/2012 6:50:37 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/30/12 | Douglas A. Blackmon
    FORT WORTH — For much of the past year, things looked bad for the tea party. Polls showed little new interest from voters, and its favorite presidential contenders flopped in the face of Mitt Romney, who was denounced within the movement. But the final days of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas suggest that the tea party may be reshaping itself into a political operation with long-term viability. On Tuesday, GOP voters will choose between former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, who has benefited from intense tea party support, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, an establishment Republican and protege of...