Marco Rubio Rakes In Donor Money By Touting Immigration Record — Behind Closed Doors

Ever since a right-wing backlash blew up the bipartisan immigration bill that Sen. Marco Rubio helped champion in 2013, the ambitious Republican has struggled to find his political footing on the issue. For two years, he has hemmed and hawed; ducked and dodged; retracted, retreated from, and repeatedly revised his immigration rhetoric in a ploy to appease conservative activists without fully forsaking his position. These days, when the subject comes up in town hall meetings or TV interviews, the silver-tongued senator — now officially running for the GOP presidential nomination — is often reduced to reciting a few stilted talking points, and then angling to change the subject. But there is one setting where Rubio frequently and unabashedly touts his immigration record to great effect: closed-door meetings with the GOP’s elite, high-dollar donors.


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Clinton charities now re-filing years of tax returns after Reuters found 'errors'

Clinton rules mean they feel entitled to …well…everything.Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy, even the mainstream media has started to raise questions regarding the Clinton Foundation. In the wake of reports of pay-to-play donations made to the foundation from rogue nations and Iranian sanction busters, Reuters has investigated the disclosures made by the foundation for years and found them wanting.


From Jonathan Allen:
Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.
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Martin O'Malley's Modern-Day Know-Nothingness

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O'Malley thinks the best way to reach out to her fans is to say remarkably stupid things. Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's "Morning Edition," recently interviewed O'Malley, asking him to respond to something GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio had said.


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The Anti-Rand Paul Primary

Call it the anti-Rand primary.
There are at least three Republicans who seem likely to run for president in part so they can attack Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s libertarian-leaning foreign policy stances on the campaign trail.
These anti-Rand candidates — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and New York Rep. Peter King — are ramping up their criticism especially now that Paul has officially entered the race for the White House.
All three are the longest of long shots when it comes to actually winning their party’s nomination. But each of them — national security hawks who dismissively label Paul an “isolationist” — could cause issues for the senator by attacking his more restrained foreign policy views during nationally televised debates.


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Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush

Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable. In another surprise, a top Koch aide revealed to POLITICO that Jeb Bush will be given a chance to audition for the brothers’ support, despite initial skepticism about him at the top of the Kochs’ growing political behemoth.


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Bounce: Rubio rises to double digits in new national poll, leads Hillary by six in new Florida poll

Last week Nate Cohn wondered why a guy like Rubio with obvious “breakout potential” hasn’t broken out yet, early though it may be. No one expects him to run away with the nomination, but no one expected he’d be stuck at five percent either. As a conspicuously electable center-right candidate, why hasn’t he at least joined Jeb Bush and Scott Walker by polling in the mid-teens?If you believe CNN, he’s on his way. For the moment.
Overall, 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents back Bush for the GOP nomination, while 12% support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul and Rubio stand at 11% each, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 9% and Cruz at 7%…


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Calling her ‘Hillary’ is now ‘sexist’

She even campaigned as "Hillary" during her 2000 race for senate.
Now that Hillary is officially in the running, prepare to start hearing the s-word. Don’t like her politics? Sexist! Disagree with her positions? Sexist! Still have issues with Benghazi? Sexist!


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Florida poll: Rollout helps Marco Rubio tie Jeb Bush in home state

Sen. Marco Rubio’s splashy presidential-campaign announcement and his subsequent media blitz has likely helped him catch up with friend and former mentor Jeb Bush in their home state of Florida, according to a new poll of 400 registered Republican voters.
Rubio garnered 31 percent support from Republicans and essentially tied Bush’s 30 percent, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey conducted Tuesday through Thursday and shared exclusively with POLITICO. The other likely and announced presidential candidates polled in the single digits and 17 percent were undecided.


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Lincoln Chafee: 'I'm running' and here's why

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he's running for the Democratic nomination for president, just a week after announcing he formed an exploratory committee, his most definitive statement he's made toward formalizing a 2016 campaign. "Yes, that's why I'm running. Because I feel strong about where we're going as a country," Chafee told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday, when asked why he's been so critical of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Chafee was asked by CNN's John Berman in the context of having not formally declared his presidential campaign.


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EXCLUSIVE: Campaign staff recruited and DROVE 'everyday' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop

Hillary Clinton's astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.
Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton.
Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.
Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour.


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Conservative Groups Cheer as Rep. Ron DeSantis Announces Interest in Florida Senate Run

National conservative groups may get one of their first-choice recruits this year in Florida's open Senate race, if Rep. Ron DeSantis follows through on his initial interest in replacing 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
DeSantis, a 36-year-old Iraq War veteran and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement Tuesday that he will consider running to replace Rubio next year. "As it became clear that Senator Rubio was likely to run for president, I received encouragement to consider running for the Senate," DeSantis said, adding that he and his wife "will use the next several weeks to discuss the race with our friends and supporters and will make a decision in short order."


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Behold the World’s Lowest Bar!

I’ve spent much of my life observing and writing about media bias, so you’d think nothing could surprise me at this point. But the fawning, deferential coverage of Hillary Clinton really is amazing.
Hillary Clinton went to Chipotle yesterday. ABC described this as an “adventure” as Patrick notes below. An. Adventure.
No wonder she thinks she’s named after Sir Edmund Hillary, they’re both such bold risk takers, pushing the envelope.


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NBC’s Mitchell: Clinton Avoided Foreign Policy in Launch Because of Her ‘Missteps’

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reviewed Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 kickoff yesterday. Calling into her own MSNBC show today, guest-hosted by Luke Russert, Mitchell said Clinton’s going to have to start defining who she is and what she stands for.


Clinton’s introductory video focused around American families and domestic policy, and did not exactly touch on foreign policy. The reason for this, Mitchell said, is because there were “a lot of missteps there” in the Obama administration while she was Secretary of State. Mitchell cited the rise of ISIS, the toppling of Middle Eastern leaders not working out, several failed states, and the controversy over the Iran nuclear negotiations. She said there isn’t a whole lot to look at.”

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Can Rubio, Bush both compete for Latino vote?

They're both Spanish-speaking Republicans from Florida. And they both want to be president.


There's a battle brewing between Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush over who is best-positioned to help the GOP make inroads with Latino voters, a crucial voting bloc for the party if it hopes to win the White House in 2016.
Rubio will make his case on Monday when he formally announces his presidential campaign. He'll speak from Miami's Freedom Tower, where Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro's regime stood in line for processing, and introduce himself as the son of Cuban immigrants whose candidacy is the embodiment of the American Dream.


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Hillary Clinton’s Campaign and the Coming Culture Wars

Mrs. Clinton’s husband is a man of extraordinary political talents; she is a woman of completely average political talents. She can come across as grating, programmed, inauthentic, and barely “likable enough,” to quote Barack Obama. She’s conspiracy minded and a fabulist. Her last presidential campaign was badly mismanaged. Her public career has been characterized by secrecy and ethical violations, including her outrageous (and lawless) conduct surrounding the withholding and deletion of her emails as Secretary of State. She is also likely to be the nominee of a party that is utterly intellectually exhausted. And for good measure, she was the key foreign policy figure in what is arguably the worst foreign policy administration in American history.  That said, Mrs. Clinton knows how to raise money, she is unlikely to face a serious primary challenger, her party has won five of the last six popular votes in presidential elections, and (unlike her husband) she is disciplined. And because she is a woman, electing her would make Mrs. Clinton a historic figure in a way that Barack Obama was on race. The political potency of that should not be underestimated.

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Condoleezza Rice Leads Race to Replace Barbara Boxer in CA

The leader in the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in America’s most liberal state is… Republican Condoleezza Rice, according to a new Field Poll released Wednesday. Rice, the former Secretary of State and Stanford don, is backed by 49% of voters–ahead of Attorney General Kamala Harris, the liberal Democrat who was the first to declare.

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Rand to Press: Ask Dems If It's OK to Kill a 7-Pound Baby in the Uterus

After the AP tried to nail Rand Paul on his abortion stance Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee seized upon the exchange in an attempt to fabricate an issue. When the press dutifully followed the DNC's lead at a presser in New Hampshire later that day, Paul was more than prepared for the gotcha question.

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Paul Blooms As Clinton Wilts In Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado and almost all Republicans effectively tie her in Iowa.  Secretary Clinton has lost ground in almost every matchup in Colorado and Iowa since a February 18 Swing State Poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. The Swing State Poll focuses on key states in the presidential election.

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Ted Cruz's Fundraising Hauls Are Off The Charts

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – the first Republican hopeful to put his name forward – has long maintained that only by mobilizing the conservative grassroots can the GOP hope to reclaim the White House in 2016. He has explicitly said that primary-goers looking for a candidate that will toe the party line, and buckle to the whims of the establishment, should look elsewhere. As a result, he has pledged not to fund his campaign with funds obtained from lobbyists or crony capitalists, and therefore must tap into the generosity and support of ordinary Americans to get his campaign off the ground.

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PPP Poll: Ted Cruz enters top tier of GOP hopefuls

PPP's newest Republican national poll finds that Ted Cruz has the big momentum following the official announcement of his candidacy last week. His support has increased from 5% to 16% in just over a month, enough to make him one of three candidates in the top tier of GOP contenders, along with Scott Walker and Jeb Bush.  Walker continues to lead the field with 20%, although that's down from his 25% standing a month ago. Bush continues to poll at 17%, followed by Cruz at 16%, Ben Carson and Rand Paul at 10%, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee at 6%, Chris Christie at 4%, and Rick Perry at 3%.

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Jeb Bush, Luis Gutierrez to Keynote Pro-Amnesty Hispanic Group’s Convention

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Luis Gutierriez (D-IL) will be keynote speakers for a pro-amnesty Hispanic group’s convention in April. Bush and Gutierrez, both of whom have been vocal about the need for a comprehensive amnesty bill, will headline the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s (NHCLC) annual convention, which will be held April 28-30 in Houston.

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O’Malley Made a Mess of Maryland

Taxpayers abandoned his state in droves during his tenure as governor, but that’s not dampening the presidential aspirations of Martin O’Malley. In 2014, his final year in office as governor, Maryland had the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Now he wants to ride this embarrassing record to the White House.  At the Brookings Institution in March, O’Malley test-drove some campaign rhetoric: “Behind all of our data, there are people, living their lives, shouldering their struggles. They deserve a government that works.”  Unfortunately, in the state O’Malley governed for eight years, he gave deserving Marylanders anything but a state government that worked. Today, Marylanders endure the real O’Malley legacy: higher taxes, pink slips, process servers, tax liens, and foreclosures.

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Potential McCain Challenger Kelli Ward: Widespread ‘Dissatisfaction’ with McCain Job Performance

Rising star in Arizona, State Senator Kelli Ward, took time out of her busy late season legislative schedule to give Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle an exclusive interview on the weekly Breitbart News Saturday radio program. Buzz over fresh political leader Ward grows daily with talk that she is the “David” considering taking on threatened political “Goliath,” U.S. Senator John McCain, in the 2016 primary election.  Ward started out telling Boyle she’s “still in the consideration phase,” while she finishes out the current Arizona legislative session. She said this week she’ll be focusing her efforts on her duties in the state Senate.  Turning to a recent McCain fundraising plea, Boyle mentioned that McCain seems “really worried that he might not win” his expected re-election bid to the Senate. Boyle asked Ward, “Why do you think it is that Senator McCain is really worried about re-election prospects?”

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Nevada's Popular GOP Gov. Sandoval Leads List to Replace Reid in Senate

LAS VEGAS — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him.  As of Friday, the list of potential candidates came down to Gov. Brian Sandoval and everyone else. The political centrist who was easily re-elected last year is likely to face intense pressure from national Republicans and business interests to pick up where Reid leaves off on Capitol Hill.

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Rep. Marlin Stutzman Mulling 2016 US Senate Bid in Indiana

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2016, now that Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) has announced he won’t run for re-election. In a statement, Stutzman writes:  For too long America has been on the wrong track and we desperately need to reform the way Washington does business if we want future generations to live the American Dream. I care very deeply about my fellow Hoosiers and the many challenges we face as a nation. Over the next month, Christy and I will very seriously consider pursuing a seat in the United States Senate, and I will declare my candidacy if I feel that is the best place to advance a conservative and reform minded agenda that will strengthen America both at home and abroad.

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Harry Reid Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.  Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.

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Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential bid, vows to 'stand for liberty'

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he will run for president in 2016 via a Twitter post early Monday, becoming the first major candidate to officially declare."I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight," Cruz says as the video concludes. Shortly after midnight Monday, the campaign had launched its website. Cruz had been expected to make the official announcement later Monday during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He is expected to start his campaign immediately rather than launch an exploratory committee, which many do as a precursor to a campaign.

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Bill Currier to Lead the Oregon Republican Party

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, the Oregon Republican Party held its election of officers for 2015-16 at the State Central Committee Meeting in Clackamas, Oregon.

Congratulations to Bill Currier (recent ORP vice chair and Benton County past chair), who was elected Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party and to Tyler Smith, Vice Chair; Chris Barreto, Secretary; and Ken Taylor, Treasurer, for winning their elections. Appreciation is offered to former State Representative Wally Hicks, Bruce Broussard, Elaine O'Toole and Larry Ericksen for standing up as challengers.

Now that the officers of the Oregon Republican Party have been elected... we look forward to leadership getting the groundwork established and implemented for Republican victories throughout Oregon in 2016!

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Are You Ready to Run for Office?

Your community needs you to serve on Special District Boards!  Learn how to put your name on the ballot for the May 19 non-partisan election at a Candidate Workshop on Saturday, February 28th from 2 to 4 p.m. This event will be held in Boy Scout Troop 3’s cabin, 1986 SW Allen Street, Corvallis (next to Mary’s River Golf Course, south of Avery Park).
  
Filing forms will be available at the Candidate Workshop.  Filing deadline is March 20, 2015.  If you are registered to vote in any of the following districts and are interested in serving as an elected member of their board, you can file as a candidate for the following Special District Boards:

Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District
Lane Community College (south Benton County)
Linn-Benton Community College District
Alsea School District 7J
Central School District 13J (headquartered in Independence in Polk County; includes Benton County residents near the Polk County line)
Corvallis School District 509J
Greater Albany Public School District 8J (includes North Albany area in Benton County)
Harrisburg School District 7J (headquartered in Harrisburg in Linn County; includes SE Benton County residents near the Linn County line.)
Monroe School District 1J
Philomath School District 17J

Also included in this election are positions on rural fire protection district boards, Vineyard Mountain Park and Recreation District, water control districts, road districts, and the Alsea Cemetery District.  You must be registered to vote within the boundaries of these districts in order to be elected to serve.

Rural fire protection districts include:  Adair Rural Fire Protection District, Alsea Rural Fire Protection District, Blodgett-Summit Rural Fire Protection District, Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District, Hoskins-Kings Rural Fire Protection District, Monroe Rural Fire Protection District, North Albany Rural Fire Protection District, Palestine Rural Fire Protection District, and Philomath Fire Protection District.

Water control districts include Dumbeck Lane Domestic Water Supply and Junction City Water Control.

Road districts include:  Brownly-Marshall Road, Chinook Road, Country Estates Road, Marys River Estates Road; McDonald Forest Estates Road; North F Street Road; Oakwood Heights Road, Ridgewood Estates Road, Ridgewood Road, and Vineyard Mountain Road.

And it’s not too early to be thinking about running for office in the 2016 Primary election.  Come to the Candidate Workshop and learn more about how to know if you’re ready to run!

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A way forward for Oregon Republicans

It’s no secret that Oregon Republicans have had a tough time at the polls lately.

Republicans haven’t won a statewide election for an embarrassingly long time. Oregon hasn’t had a Republican Governor in decades. And, like a girl who doesn’t get asked to the prom, the Beaver State GOP faithful had to watch this year’s Republican wave sweep across the country while sweet Oregon sat next to the phone waiting for the call that never came. We have to do something different.

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GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska

Republican candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday.

The win gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections. The party is also seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.

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Did you know the GOP now controls 66 of 99 state legislative houses?

Another underreported fact from Tuesday's election is the extraordinary night Republicans had in winning state legislative seats.The GOP now controls two thirds of state legislative houses – 66 of 99 (Nebraska's legislature is unicameral).  They upped the number of states where they control both house and senate to 24 – one more than they had before the election.  And according to this article in Vox, they cut the number of Democratic-held legislatures from 14 to 7.

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Exit polls show all demographics shifted to GOP after 2012

With most of the results of the midterm elections now counted and confirmed (with a few notable exceptions in Alaska and Virginia), we can now take a look at the exit polls and see what they actually mean. Before and during the election, plenty of speculation arose as to the composition of the turnout and which demographics may have contributed more to Republican success. The Washington Post looked at a comparison between 2012 and 2014 and discovered that all demographics shifted toward the GOP, especially Asian-American voters:

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How Oregon voted on the ballot measures

November 5, 2014
State Measures FINAL (color) show how Oregon voted as compared to the Oregon Republican Party's ballot recommendations.
The Vote Title ORP Description
NO Measure 86 NO Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
YES Measure 87 None Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature
NO Measure 88 NO Upholds four-year driver licenses for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States
YES Measure 89 None Guarantees equal rights regardless of sex
NO Measure 90 NO Creates an open, top-two primary election system
YES Measure 91 NO Legalizes recreational marijuana; tasks Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulation of its sale
NO Measure 92 NO Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms
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Dennis Richardson, candidate for Oregon Governor


The Benton County Republican ask you to vote… and please vote for Dennis Richardson for Governor of Oregon.
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Democrats: Vote or we’ll kick your ass

Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.

The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

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Likely Millennial Voters Up-for-Grabs in Upcoming Midterm Elections, Harvard Youth Poll Finds

In Contrast to Four Years Ago, Half of “Likely” Young Voters Prefer a Republican-controlled Congress.
While more 18- to 29- year-olds (50%-43%) surveyed in the IOP’s fall 2014 poll would prefer that Congress be controlled by Democrats instead of Republicans, the numbers improve dramatically for the GOP when only young people who say they will “definitely vote” are studied. Among these likely voters, the IOP’s latest poll shows the preference shifting, with slightly more than half (51%) preferring a Republican-run Congress and 47 percent wanting Democrats to be in charge – a significant change from the IOP’s last midterm election poll in the fall of 2010 when Democratic control was preferred among likely voters 55 percent to 43 percent.

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Close & Gelser got their messages out at Albany C of C members' forum

ALBANY — Members of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce got a chance to hear directly from Betsy Close and Sara Gelser, candidates for the state District 8 senate seat. Read more at Corvallis Gazette-Times: Candidates for state Senate District 8 campaign in Albany Read More......

Benton sheriff, DA oppose Measure 91 [Legalizing recreational marijuana]

Sheriff Scott Jackson and District Attorney John Haroldson, Benton County’s top two law enforcement officers aren’t necessarily against legalized pot, but they’re not fans of Measure 91. Read more at Corvallis Gazette-Times Read More......

In Cory Gardner, a look at the GOP's happy future

To many Republicans, the Democratic "war on women" campaign against GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner is an outrage. But for Gardner himself, it is also a test.

How would Gardner react when incumbent Sen. Mark Udall and national Democrats accused him of scheming to deny women access to birth control? The accusation seemed ridiculous, but what if Colorado voters took it seriously?  Gardner certainly took it seriously, and he reacted by taking two steps. First, he abandoned his earlier support for so-called personhood measures that Democrats charged would lead to bans on some forms of contraception. And second, he called for the birth control pill to be made available over the counter.

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Riker Kazamoto, OSU College Republican, is running for Corvallis Mayor as a write-in candidate!

If you haven't voted yet, please consider writing-in Riker Kazamoto's name. Remember, many of our 'experienced' office holders have spent far too much money, over burdened the middle-class, hampered small business with endless regulations, failed to solve problems and piled unfathomable debt on Riker's generation! Read More......

Could non-citizens decide the November election?

Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself. Both sides depend more heavily on anecdotes than data.

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Milwaukee election officials demean, intimidate observers, monitors claim

MADISON, Wis. — Republican Party election observers monitoring in-person absentee voting at Milwaukee’s largest polling place say partisan election officials are shutting them out.  Reports to Wisconsin Reporter from observers at the Zeidler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee detail the strict enforcement of the Democrat-heavy Milwaukee Election Commission’s edict keeping poll workers as far away from voters as a new state law will allow — eight feet.  “I could neither see what any voters was providing for (proof of residency) nor hear the conversation between the election worker and the voter, who was then given a ballot,” one observer told Wisconsin Reporter.

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Oregon's Measure 91 And Out-Of-State Money

Americans do not like to be manipulated, deceived or misled, whether it has to do with buying a car, a house, choosing a candidate for office, or casting an informed vote. Just such a deception will occur in the Measure 91 Campaign promoting recreational use of marijuana, and the people of Oregon will again be the victims of big money special interests.

One example of that deception is found in New Approach Oregon's claim that 12,808 people were arrested for marijuana-related crimes in Oregon in 2012. That claim is patently FALSE and misleading. Politifact reports that 2,754 people were arrested. Indeed, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said there are fewer than 100 people in prison in Oregon on marijuana-related crimes.

Should out-of-state billionaires who want to change the drug laws of America determine what only Oregonians should decide? According to Ballotpedia as of July 30, 2014, The Yes on Measure 91 PAC had received more than $1.5 million from 5 contributors, all of whom are major out of state marijuana promoters: New Approach PAC (funded by Peter Lewis and his heirs, as mentioned in The Oregonian), Drug Policy Action, $200,000 and Drug Policy Action Fund for Oregon, $150,000 (both connected to George Soros, according to the Oregonian), Philip Harvey, $100,000 and Henry van Ameringen, $100,000, New York heir to a fragrance fortune.

Do not be deceived again.

Oregon decriminalized marijuana in 1973 and legalized medical marijuana in 1998. The Daily Reporter reports that "Opponents of commercial legalization, mostly law enforcement and the state's district attorneys, argue that full legalization is unnecessary." Marquis argues that "a legal market will immediately make marijuana easier for children to access, and will increase the number of intoxicated drivers." A fact that both Colorado and Washington State have observed.

"The most disturbing thing is the argument that marijuana has absolutely no downside," Marquis said at a debate this month. "Why would we want to introduce another drug?"

Parents opposed to Pot, a Virginia based organization recently said, "The Yes on Measure 91 Campaign is not an example of grass-roots democracy in Oregon, because none of the large donors live in the state. Yet these billionaires wish to have undue influence over the voters of Oregon."

Click here to see a fact sheet on why Oregonians should vote against passage of Measure 91, prepared by the No on 91 PAC. Save it, forward it to your friends, associates, pastor, peers and youth pastors. Make copies to carry with you and post on bulletin boards in your community. Pass it out at your Sunday School Class and home groups.

The Yes on Measure 91 folks have over $2.3 million dollars from out of state marijuana backers of this measure to propagandize Oregonians with direct mail, television, marijuana internet sites and radio spots. Visit the No on 91 website
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Jerry Jackson Endorsements… WOW! WOW! WOW!

Jerry Jackson for Benton County Commissioner has posted audio file endorsements on his campaign website! The testimonials are terrific! Please head on over and give them a listen! Go to www.electjerryjackson.com! Read More......

Group mounts write-in campaign for Rep. Jim Thompson

When Rep. Jim Thompson, R-Dallas, lost the Republican primary in May to a challenger from the right, it looked like the end of his legislative career. But a Political Action Committee is now mounting a write-in campaign with the hopes of sending Thompson back to Salem. "A group of local business people approached me with the proposition -- if they could get me elected, would I agree to serve," Thompson said. "Before I could think about it, I said yes." The group is called Friends and Neighbors for a Safe and Prosperous Community, and it's headed by Lynnette Henshaw, a member of the Polk County Republican Women's group.

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DH: Congressional candidate Art Robinson holds forum

Art Robinson wants to go to Congress, but if elected, he promises mid-valley voters he won’t stay long. ✧ The 72-year-old Republican faces Rep. Peter DeFazio in making another bid to represent Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. He spoke Tuesday to about 20 people gathered in a conference room at Albany’s Holiday Inn Express, promising he’ll do his best, then step down. ✧ Robinson said he believes most of the problems with the United States government are caused by politicians who have made their offices their careers. He said he believes elected representatives should be “citizen volunteers” who serve their civic duty for one term, perhaps two at the most, then give someone else a chance.

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County commissioner a three-way race

The race to succeed retiring Benton County Commissioner Linda Modrell has quietly become a three-way contest.

The two major party contenders for the Position 1 seat on the three-person Board of Commissioners, held by Modrell since 1999, were settled in the May primary election. Jerry Jackson, the Republican nominee, ran unopposed, while Anne Schuster bested two other contenders to win the Democratic nomination.

A third candidate entered the race on Aug. 21, when Ed Siener filed papers to run in the Nov. 4 general election as a Libertarian.

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Sara Gelser’s 9 year political career: a steady decline in education spending

Albany, OR – As a percentage of overall state discretionary spending, classroom spending has declined by almost 3% under Sara Gelser’s (D-Corvallis) watch as State Representative and House Education Committee Chair. In 2013, Senator Betsy Close (R-Albany/Corvallis) aggressively pushed for an education budget that was $150 million more than what was adopted by Sara Gelser and the Democrat Majority.

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2014 Ballot Measure Recommendations from the Oregon Republican Party (ORP)

State Measures:
Type Title ORP Description
LRCA Measure 86 NO Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
LRCA Measure 87 None Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature
VR Measure 88 NO Upholds four-year driver licenses for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States
CICA Measure 89 None Guarantees equal rights regardless of sex
CISS Measure 90 NO Creates an open, top-two primary election system
CISS Measure 91 NO Legalizes recreational marijuana; tasks Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulation of its sale
CISS Measure 92 NO Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms
A Voter's Pamphlet preview of Explanatory Statements (PDF) on the 2014 State Ballot Measures is available at sos.oregon.gov.
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By Disrespecting Its Base, GOP Risks Electoral Flop

...In a wave election, the number of those motivated by specific issues escalates, changing the electoral landscape as the candidates who are beneficiaries of this increased participation sweep to victory.

The 2014 election is rapidly looking like something new and different. Democrats are reportedly demoralized by the failed Obama administration and general fatigue.

Republicans, in an orgy of expectations, believe the key to taking the Senate was getting "electable" candidates nominated.

And get them nominated they did.

The establishment got their candidates. Now they're looking at a potentially disastrous election where their chosen ones dramatically underperform all reasonable expectations, the result of attacking their own party's base to cement primary victories.

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ORP positions on 2014 ballot measures

State Central Committee Votes To Oppose Measures 86, 88, 90, 91 and 92
 
Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party State Central Committee voted on Saturday to take the following positions on the measures that will appear on the November 2014 General Election ballot.
 
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Vote NO on Ballot Measure 86

By State Senator Doug Whitsett
Oregon voters will be asked to decide nearly a dozen ballot measures in the November general election. In my opinion, these measures contain a number of very bad ideas. Among the worst is Ballot Measure 86, sponsored by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

The Measure proposes to amend Article XI of the Oregon Constitution to authorize the Legislature to borrow billions of dollars through the sale of a new series of state General Obligation Bonds. These bonds are guaranteed to be repaid by the full faith and credit of the State and Oregon taxpayers.

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Working Off the Books

Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-time campaign staff.

That’s as it should be. State law requires that Kitzhaber and other candidates fully disclose how they spend campaign money, making their election efforts completely transparent to Oregonians.
 
But Kitzhaber has not disclosed the experienced political consultant steering his campaign behind the scenes, Patricia McCaig.
 
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Millionaire Gelser turns to California billionaire to try to buy election

Salem, OR – Only one day after Sara Gelser disingenuously complained about outside money trying to “distort” her record (she notably failed to identify a single distortion), it was revealed that Sara Gelser will receive massive in-kind contributions from billionaire California hedge fund manager, Tom Steyer, to help push their extreme anti-middle class agenda.

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Southern Oregon's Dennis Richardson woos liberal Portland

MAIL TRIBUNE - A city that prides itself on being liberal and “weird,” Portland finds itself courted by one of the most outspoken conservative voices in Oregon. Dennis Richardson, the Republican nominee for governor, said he needs to win over the liberal Willamette Valley in order to unseat John Kitzhaber in the Nov. 4 election. The Central Point retired lawyer has moved into a Lake Oswego home and set up his campaign headquarters just south of Portland. His wife, Cathy, also has pitched in with the campaign. ✧ “Many people think it’s impossible for me to win,” said Richardson, who has been a state representative since 2002. “Right now there are so many people dissatisfied with the incumbent that they’re ready to vote against him.”

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Letter to the GT: Questions remain over school district’s sale of Fair Play School

Ron Highburger asks, "What would you call a person you hired to manage your affairs and they sold a property valued at $3,000,000 plus for a sum of $476,000?"

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Act Two: Merkley and the IRS Scandal

Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.
 
The second act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is the Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the targeting of groups based on their political leanings. In May 2013, Mr. Merkley called the IRS targeting of political groups “wrong and absolutely unacceptable”, but had pressured the IRS to investigate those same political groups in March 2012. What a difference a year makes!
 
Here’s how it played out:
 
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Act One: Merkley Cuts Medicare

Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.

The first act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is his outspoken support for Medicare and outlandish attacks on Monica Wehby, despite his own votes to cut the program and the benefits seniors rely on.
 
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Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Residency Qualifications

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, U.S. Senator Mary Loretta Landrieu filed for reelection listing the address 4301 S. Prieur St., New Orleans, LA 70125 as her 'domicile address.'  However, representations by Sen. Landrieu, her campaign, and other associates - both in the press and in official state, parish and federal documents - reveal that representation to be untrue."

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Poll: Brown Pulls Nearly Even With Shaheen in N.H.

Scott Brown is back in the ballgame.  The former Massachusetts senator had appeared to be fading in his bid to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, but a new poll shows that the race is now up for grabs.  In the WMUR/UNH survey released Thursday night, Shaheen led Brown by 46 percent to 44 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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The Most Interesting Candidate in the World

Jeff Bell was a reform conservative before it was cool. He’s 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 today’s reform conservatism. Bell was there first.

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Jodi Bailey gets recognition from national GOP group

SALEM, OR – In an election year with 558 new female candidates running as Republicans for state-level races across the nation, the Republican State Leadership Committee’s “Right Women, Right Now” initiative announced House District 51 Candidate Jodi Bailey as one of the “14 in ’14″ races to watch this election cycle.

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Richardson, GOP candidates fire up faithful at annual barbecue

More than 100 people turned out Monday night at the Willamette Park Rotary Shelter to hear Republican candidates speak at the party’s annual Benton County barbecue.

“It’s our time, this is our election, this is our year. Let’s vote Republican and change government for the better,” state Rep. Dennis Richardson said in a 14-minute keynote address.

Richardson, who is challenging incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber in November, criticized Kitzhaber for the high cost of the Cover Oregon health care program and a persistently high unemployment rate and said he wasted millions of dollars on a Columbia River bridge project that never got off the ground.

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Oops! Senator Merkley (D-OR) Tells Seniors At A Senior Event "Sorry You Are Not On The List" SCRAM!

Traditionally when a politician holds events to entice seniors to vote his/her way they allow seniors into the event. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) however has a different way of welcoming seniors.  Last week, Senator Merkley kicked off his August recess with a tour “aimed at explaining why he believes he’s the best candidate to help aging Oregonians, the Senator was scheduled to hold eight events in three days across the state.  The first stop Wednesday with a less than spectacular showing of only three attendees at the campaign’s first stop in Astoria, Oregon. If that weren’t the start the Merkley campaign was hoping for, perhaps they’d be able to right the ship later that afternoon in Hillsboro… or not: …Before Merkley arrived, there was a spat between his campaign staff and some visitors who wanted to attend the roundtable, thinking it was an open event. A handful of people were already seated when they were asked to leave because they hadn’t been invited.

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GOP billboard campaign with positive vibe

This week a local group of Republicans in Clackamas County put up this billboard. A spokesperson for the group said that they are tired of the media saying negative things about the Republican Party. He went on to say that the average voter has no idea all the fantastic things the Republican Party has accomplished over the last 200 plus years. Just to name a few:

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State’s leading small business group endorses Patti Milne for Senate

Woodburn, OR – Oregon’s leading small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, has endorsed Patti Milne as their candidate of choice for Senate District 11 (Woodburn/Salem). The group believes Milne will be the strongest advocate for family-wage jobs and a healthy business climate.

In NFIB’s endorsement letter to Milne, they noted, “You have proven your willingness and ability to fight for small business in Salem…you understand the importance of small business to our state’s economy [and] have also demonstrated that you will fight to protect our free enterprise system and we appreciate your efforts.”

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Former NFL Pro Explains Why He’s a Republican: Democrats Are Destroying Black Communities

Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling.  Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact:  This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country.

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Ballot Measure 90: The “Top Two Primary”

The Oregon Republican Party opposes, in its entirety, Ballot Measure 90, which imposes a Top Two Primary system on Oregon voters.

Oregon already has a competitive elections system that allows for groups of citizens to freely form and govern their own associations, called political parties, and for choosing who shall represent them on the ballot as a choice for all voters. All Oregon voters have free choice in a representative democracy to join any political party they choose and to enjoy the  advantages of doing so.

It cannot be denied that Ballot Measure 90 seeks to deprive groups of voters the opportunity to nominate a single candidate to represent them in an election. To deny voters a combined voice in selecting their nominee is fundamentally un-American.

Ballot Measure 90 would take people who want to be represented by the best candidate possible -- the one that reflects the principles and policies they share -- and force them to be represented by candidates who are willing to masquerade as holding their values. This serves to disenfranchise voters, who are already frustrated with inconsistent representation.

In addition, Ballot Measure 90 has the immediate effect of freezing out minor party candidates from the general election. It even is possible for two candidates of the same party to be on the general election ballot! This hardly “promot[es] citizen confidence in their government” as claimed in the measure’s pre-amble. This ballot measure eliminates the election of concerned citizens who wish to be actively involved in the political process.

In direct contradiction to the assertions made by supporters of Ballot Measure 90, this measure would tend to impair thoughtful debate by preventing bold contrasts in general elections in favor of “pale” pastels. Vague issue stances and personality-driven campaigns would dominate,
thereby diminishing voter choice and ultimately discouraging participation in general elections.

Ballot Measure 90 would promote electioneering in favor of established incumbents with high name recognition and big political bank accounts by diminishing organized opposition to them from regular citizens. All this makes worse a common complaint by many voters about the futility of voting. Money and position should not be the deciding factors in elections.

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GOP's Wehby Gaining in Oregon

"Are you kidding?" This is Monica Wehby's amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children's brains.   She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life.   Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign's bumper stickers: "Keep Your Doctor. Change Your Senator." She is trying to take a Senate seat away from freshman Democrat Jeff Merkley, who was elected in 2008 with 49 percent of the vote when Barack Obama carried the state with 57 percent.

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7 ballot measures make Nov. Ballot

1. Illegal immigrant Driver cards Repeal: Reverses a new law that allows Oregonians who can’t prove they are in the US legally the right to obtain a driver card.
2. Equal Rights Amendment: Amends the Oregon Constitution to make sex discrimination illegal.
3. Legalization of marijuana: Legalizes the use of marijuana for those aged 21and older. Sales would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission; tax revenues would go to a variety of public services. Prohibits smoking in public.

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Letter: The value of a job - by Monica Wehby

The Bulletin, Published Jul 17, 2014, Bend, Oregon
Few things in this world have an impact on someone’s life like that of a job. For a recent college graduate, a job is the first step toward realizing a dream; for the unemployed, it is a sense of renewed confidence; for a mother, it is the means by which she can promise her child a future of opportunities. For many, a job offers us hope, gives us purpose, and provides us the means to take care of the truly important things in life.

When we discuss jobs in the course of politics, our discourse is often relegated to numbers and spreadsheets. Our economy becomes a measure of profits and losses, rather than the individuals and families affected by it. In doing so, we lose sight of what it means for someone to lose a job, or for a business to close. Too many politicians today are guilty of that — they forget that the bottom line of a business isn’t just a bottom line; it’s food on someone’s table or the clothes on someone’s child; they forget that bad policy has real-life consequences.

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Cochran up big in general, McDaniel supporters still mad

PPP's new Mississippi poll find Thad Cochran has a strong advantage for the general election- but that the fallout from last month's divisive runoff has left a lot of voters undecided. Cochran's at 40% to 24% for Democrat Travis Childers and 5% for Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara, with 31% of voters still undecided.  Cochran's emerged from the primary popular with Democrats (58/22 approval) and unpopular with Republicans (39/52). Cochran is particularly well liked by African Americans, sporting a 59/20 approval rating, and even narrowly leading Childers with them at 37/36. Cochran is only polling at 48% among GOP voters though with 37% still undecided, reflecting a lot of McDaniel supporters who are still so angry they can't bring themselves to say they'll vote for Cochran in November.

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McCumber column: Walker delivers on campaign promises.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Politifact.com have been tracking Gov. Scott Walker’s election campaign promises through an online feature they call the “Walk-O-Meter” and can be found online at PolitifactWisconsin.com. There you will find that Walker has kept an overwhelming amount of his campaign promises out of the 65 they are tracking.

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