Thursday, July 2, 2015

National Review Editor: Sorry, Donald Trump Has a Point

I was skeptical that Trump was really running, but now that the boats are burned behind him, watch out. He is set to be Herman Cain squared — an early-nominating-season phenomenon with a massive media megaphone.
As for his instantly notorious Mexico comments, they did more to insult than to illuminate, yet there was a kernel in them that hit on an important truth that typical politicians either don’t know or simply fear to speak. “When Mexico sends its people,” Trump said, “they’re not sending their best.”
This is obviously correct. We aren’t raiding the top 1 percent of Mexicans and importing them to this country.

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Chris Christie Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign With Swipes At Obama, Hillary Clinton

Chris Christie is running for president, he announced today at his alma mater, Livingston High School in New Jersey, becoming the 14th Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race.
"America is tired of handwringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office," the New Jersey governor said today to a cheering crowd. "We need to have strength and decision-making and authority back in the Oval office and that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for president of the United States of America."

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Bernie Sanders Draws Crowd of 10,000 in Wisconsin

"In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people here," Bernie Sanders said a bit awed as he took the stage in front of nearly 10,000 in a coliseum here. Sanders has been attracting outsize crowds wherever he takes his unlikely presidential campaign. Five thousand came out for his kickoff rally in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Another 5,000 turned out in Denver, Colorado. In Minneapolis, a thousand listened from outside after the basketball arena where Sanders was speaking filled to capacity.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's Walker Plus Six Also-Rans In Iowa GOP Caucus, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack in the Iowa Republican Caucus, but his support is shrinking among likely Republican Caucus participants, as six other contenders battle for second place, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is in 15th place, with 1 percent.
Walker has 18 percent of likely GOP caucus participants, compared to 25 percent in a February 25 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and 21 percent in a May 6 survey.

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Email bombshells from Hillary's secret account show she didn't know when cabinet meetings were held

Hillary Clinton's emails have been a subject of partisan finger-pointing and hand-wringing since the revelation in April that she had used a private home-brew server to store her messages during the four years she was secretary of state.

On Tuesday the State Department released the first in a series of document-dumps comprising about 3,000 of the 55,000 pages Clinton turned over to State late last year.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bernie Sanders And Unions Have A Common Enemy: Scott Walker

Democratic presidential hopeful and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders Tuesday went after Republican Gov. Scott Walker for limiting union power in Wisconsin.
“Needless to say I’m strongly opposed to his agenda,” Sanders told reporters during a phone conference, according Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think we need leadership in this country that is ready to stand up for working families. We need to strengthen the trade union movement in this country, not break it.”

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Ted Cruz Explains the One Question the Media Uses to Try to ‘Trap’ Candidates

During a Fox News interview on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz described a recent encounter with a local reporter in Texas who persisted in asking whether he had “an animosity toward gay Americans.”

“Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz raised the subject:

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Republican Presidential Candidates Split Over What to Do About Gay Marriage

Republican presidential candidates and those expected to be candidates are divided in their reactions to the last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, with some ready to continue fighting for marriage and others suggesting it is time for conservatives to "move on" from the marriage issue and begin focusing on other concerns.
While appearing on CBS "Face the Nation" on Sunday, potential 2016 Republican candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich argued that there are many other issues facing America right now and it is time to pay attention to those concerns.

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Hillary Clinton Lives the High Life While Unpaid Staffers Struggle to Survive

The Hillary Clinton campaign likes to brag about its frugal ways, but this austere philosophy is not applied consistently. Campaign manager John Podesta may take the bus every now and then, but the Clinton campaign is more than happy to pick up the rent tab for Hillary’s personal office in Manhattan and to shell out for a private jet to make sure Hillary doesn’t have to interact with any commoners before giving a speech on social inequality.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Katie Couric interviews Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz continued his verbal assault on last week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on Monday, saying the justices who ruled in favor of Obamacare and gay marriage “rewrote the Constitution.” “They joined a team, they put on bright-blue Obama jerseys and they rewrote the law,” the U.S. senator from Texas told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric during a live sit-down interview from Yahoo’s New York City studios. “Those decisions are a threat to our democracy.”

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Rand Paul: Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business Altogether

While I disagree with Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract.

The Constitution is silent on the question of marriage because marriage has always been a local issue. Our founding fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not to Washington, D.C.

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Jeb Bush dogged by decades of questions about business deals

In early 1989, seven weeks after his father moved into the White House, Jeb Bush took a trip to Nigeria.

Nearly 100,000 Nigerians turned out to see him over four days as he accompanied the executives of a Florida company called Moving Water Industries, which had just retained Bush to market the firm’s pumps. Escorted by the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, Bush met with the nation’s political and religious leaders as part of an MWI effort to land a deal that would be worth $80 million.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Here’s What Every 2016 Candidate Has to Say About LGBT SCOTUS Victory

With the Supreme Court’s historic ruling that effectively legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states, the 2016 presidential candidates really have no choice today but to comment on the decision from one angle of another. Here’s what they had to say.
Hillary Clinton was quick out of the gate with a personal statement, followed by a rebranding of her campaign logo that has already been retweeted more than 20,000 times:

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Friday, June 26, 2015

After a tepid start, Ted Cruz plans to ‘play hard’ in Iowa

Sen. Ted Cruz wound his way through the small towns and rolling hills of western Iowa last week, doing the gruntwork of retail campaigning: shaking hands, posing for photos, giving stump speeches and, most importantly: making entreaties for support in a state that could determine the trajectory of his presidential campaign.

“Whether we win or lose, this race will be decided by the men and women gathered here,” he said last Friday to a group of mostly older people sitting on folding chairs in a conference room.

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Rand Paul Is Winning the Pot Reform Primary

Sen. Rand Paul bested his rivals for the White House in a candidate report card issued Friday by the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the largest organizations pushing to regulate the drug like alcohol.
The group gave the Kentucky Republican an A- in recognition of his efforts to overhaul federal drug laws and his support of states’ right to legalize marijuana.
Second place – a B+ – went to former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who has not officially announced a bid, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican seeking the Democratic nomination.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kay Hagan Won’t Challenge Richard Burr in 2016

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr.
Hagan, who was defeated by Thom Tillis in 2014, has been making calls to inform donors she will not be running for the seat that comes up in 2016, two sources familiar with the calls told Roll Call.
While Hagan’s statewide name recognition and relatively strong performance in a year that saw Republicans sweep into the Senate majority would have made her a top challenger to Burr, a national Democratic strategist said there are plenty of Democrats who could win this seat, including Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, state Treasurer Janet Cowell, longtime University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, and State Senate Minority Whip Josh Stein.

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Marco Rubio Provides The Final Vote To Give Away More American Jobs

Yesterday’s procedural vote in the Republican-controlled Senate to give Obama Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track” as it used to be called, passed by just one vote – that of Florida’s Republican Senator and presidential aspirant Marco Rubio.
Why would Rubio vote to give Obama more power? No one knows for certain, but Senator Jeff Sessions, in a statement released after the vote gave us some insight into the dynamics of what went on Capitol Hill prior to the vote.
“Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules.

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Trump On Donating To Democrats: As A Business Person, “You’re Gonna Need Things From Everybody”

Donald Trump says that his past donations to Democratic politicians were part of his business strategy of being “friendly with everybody” because “you’re gonna need things from everybody.”

Conservative radio host Howie Carr asked Trump about his donations to the Clinton Foundation, as well as his contributions to other prominent Democrats, such as US Sen. from New York Chuck Schumer, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Secretary of State John Kerry, and former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton is going to lose: She doesn’t even see the frustrated progressive wave that will nominate Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton went to New York’s Roosevelt Island earlier this month to relaunch her campaign for president. Her first kickoff fell flat, perhaps because she herself didn’t attend, opting instead to send a video greeting card in which people she still insists on calling ‘everyday Americans’ shared their life plans. (To go to school! Plant a garden! Get married!) She came on at the end to say she had plans of her own that include being president, and that she does it all for us.

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Rand Paul Gets Flat and Fair

Overnight, Rand Paul changed the dynamics of the Republican presidential race when he released his "Fair and Flat" tax plan on Thursday. As he said when he unveiled the plan on video, this is the boldest rewrite of the income tax system in 100 years. Even Ronald Reagan -- who dramatically improved the federal tax system -- didn't perform such a sweeping clean-up of the tax code.
For full disclosure, I spent the last several months helping design this plan with Sen. Paul -- so I'm biased. But there is no doubt that this plan, which reduces income tax rates from as high as 40 percent and business taxes from 35 percent down to a flat 14.5 percent rate, can only be described as explosively pro-growth and pro-jobs.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Slate: Left-Wing Sanders a Right-Wing Gun Nut

My first article for targeted left-wing online magazine Slate for dressing up Election 2014 Republican wins as subtle left-wing victories. While the column claimed that Republicans had adopted liberal views on key issues, the fact is that many Republicans, whether winning federal or state office, pointed out (effectively) that liberal, Democratic, “progressive” politicians and their policies were not just creating, but exacerbating, the problems of wage inequality, overregulation for the benefit of the few at the expense of the rest of us, and the prosperity of Big Labor, Business, and other special interests against the General Welfare, Main Street, and the Little Guy.
This past week, Slate Magazine published another intriguing attack, but this time against the left-wing Grandfather wowing crowds and wooing Hillary supporters: Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.


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Jeb Bush: I ‘Embrace’ Carbon Reduction

The Undercurrent posted a clip of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush taking question while walking through the hall at the Road to Majority Conference sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition in which he said he “embraces” the current “reduction of carbon emissions.”
When asked about his climate change position Jeb said, “I continue to embrace the reduction of carbon emissions that have taken place.”

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Fact-Checking The Fact Checker On The Endangered Species Act — the website that bills itself as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics” — claims Senator Ted Cruz “misses [the] mark on endangered species.” Ironically, it’s that misses the mark.
Cruz’s apparently problematic statement consists of: “One of the worst things that can happen to a species is to be listed on the Endangered Species Act. If it gets listed it’s almost certain to become endangered.”

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Setting His Script Aside, Cruz Focuses on the Fight for Religious Liberty

Speaking to a group of Christian conservatives on Thursday, senator Ted Cruz was the only candidate to dispense with his stump speech. Instead, his remarks focused entirely on religious liberty, which he said will be the central issue of the 2016 presidential election.
The speech, which Cruz delivered at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference, was indicative of the crucial role social conservatives and evangelicals will play in Cruz’s bid for the Republican nomination.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Clinton confidant cuts ties with the formidable family

Just weeks before Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaign for president on Roosevelt Island, a Clinton family loyalist quietly parted ways with the powerful clan.

Doug Band, a man once so close to President Bill Clinton that he was considered a surrogate son, left the Clinton Foundation, where he had various board appointments, The Post has learned.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hillary, Liberal Media Sites Squirm at Trump's Inconvenient Truths on Immigration and Crime

The truth hurts, goes the old saying. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in the liberal media’s treatment of Donald Trump’s presidential announcement. Not to mention the reaction of Hillary Clinton.
Mediaite is up in arms about Donald Trump, specifically his views on illegal immigration and Mexico. In his announcement speech Trump had the audacity to say this of illegal immigrants coming over the southern US border:
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.”
Suffice to say, Mediaite did not approve.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Sanders surge is becoming a bigger problem for Clinton

It may be time for Hillary Clinton to take the challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders more seriously.
Sanders is surging in the race for the party’s presidential nomination. The Vermont Independent has drawn huge crowds of supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire, and pulled within striking distance of Clinton in some Granite State polls.
“This is not a protest campaign,” Sanders declared at a breakfast with reporters in Washington last week. “This is a campaign to win.”

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Study Marxism to Understand Hillary

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s speech that launched his presidential campaign on Monday noted that Hillary Clinton’s “progressive agenda” includes the admonition that traditional religious beliefs “have to be changed.” Mrs. Clinton’s entire quote, in talking about opposition to her version of feminism and demands for abortion, was that “…deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” Bush also said of the Democrats, “They have offered a progressive agenda that includes everything but progress.”
But it’s never been the case that the progressive agenda offers real progress, as ordinary people understand the term. Instead, the “progressives” offer what Professor Paul Kengor calls cultural Marxism.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Did-Something Candidate

On April 13, when Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) officially announced that he was running for president, the first-term senator didn't mention a single successful policy that he had championed while in office. A day earlier, when Hillary Clinton launched her long-awaited White House bid, her campaign website didn't even have an issues page.
And then there was Scott Walker.
The Wisconsin governor, best known for his hard-fought, victorious showdowns against public sector unions, stands out in the field as the upper-tier potential candidate (he had not officially announced as of press time) most aggressive in touting his recent job performance.

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Poll: Clinton's honesty and trustworthy problem extends to swing states

A majority of voters in three key presidential swing states view Hillary Clinton as not honest and trustworthy, according to a new poll out Wednesday.
In Florida, 51% of voters hold the negative view of Clinton, compared to 43% who feel she is trustworthy. In Ohio, 53% of voters find Clinton not trustworthy, compared to 40% who do. And in Pennsylvania, 54% of voters don't find her honest, while 40% do.
Compounding the possible issue for Clinton, being honest and trustworthy is also the top issue to voters in all three early states.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

German media praise ‘clever, curious’ Bush

Süddeutsche Zeitung called him the "clever Bush".

"Jeb is more clever, more curious and more unconventional than George W.," the newspaper wrote.

Die Welt declared him “the man for minorities".

And Der Spiegel dubbed him “Bush Light”.

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Walker leads nationally in new poll

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads a tight field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling.
Walker is alone in first place in the poll with 17 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 15 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) at 13 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent.
That’s a big jump for Bush, who was at 11 percent support in the same poll last month.

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'The American dream is dead, but I will bring it back'

Donald Trump is running for president, on the promise that he will 'bring back' the American dream. The multi-billionaire businessmen announced his shot at the White House Tuesday morning, surrounded with gold, mirrors and polished marble in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper named after himself. And straight after his announcement he suggested he could pile in even more celebrity to the Trump ticket - by bringing Oprah with him to the White House as Vice President.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

ELP exclusive: Presidential candidate Ted Cruz on coal, EPA

By 2016—which happens to be a presidential election year—American Electric Power Co. (AEP) will have retired more than 6,000 MW of coal-fired power plants. Last week, AEP CEO Nick Akins told a crowd during the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) Annual Convention that AEP’s retired coal generation will not be resurrected because the U.S. is moving to a clean energy economy and that’s what electricity customers want.
I had a chance to meet up with Texas Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on June 13 in Oklahoma City, so I asked him his thoughts on upcoming EPA regulations that already are affecting electric utilities such as AEP.

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Bernie Sanders Is Building an Army to Take D.C.

It’ll take an army to change Washington, says the insurgent senator—and with the crowds he’s been drawing, he just might be building one.
Bernie Sanders is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. That’s why he's running for president. He’s filled with righteous anger about a lot of things, and lots of people agree with him. Close to a thousand people turned out to see him in New Hampshire; 750 in Iowa, one of the largest crowds for any of the candidates. He’s “bulking up” now in terms of his campaign staff and he’s doing pretty well fundraising, too: With 200,000 contributors at 40 bucks a piece, that's $8 million dollars.

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Jeb Bush’s Son Once Called Ted Cruz The “Future Of The Republican Party”

George P. Bush, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, once called Senator Ted Cruz “the future of the Republican Party” and compared Cruz’s effect on the party to the “Great Reformation.”
“Ted is the future of the Republican Party,” Bush said in a statement in support for Cruz during the 2012 Texas Republican Senate primary. Cruz, an upstart conservative and grassroots candidate, ultimately came from behind in that race to upset Texas lieutenant governor David Dewhurst, the establishment favorite.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bernie Sanders wants to take back “family values” from the GOP

Sanders, elected as an independent, caucuses with Senate Democrats and calls himself a “Democratic socialist.” And now that he’s running for the White House, he’d like to keep busting categories and take back a key phrase from Republicans and redefine it for the 2016 election: “family values.” 
At a breakfast with reporters in Washington Thursday, Sanders previewed what he said will be a major theme of his campaign.
“I will be talking about family values, but not the family values that my Republican colleagues talk about, which for them means that a woman cannot have the right to control her own body or that gay people should not have the right to get married or that women should not have access to contraception. That is what their concept of family values are about. That’s not my concept,” Sanders said at the breakfast, sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in downtown D.C.

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Ted Cruz adds anti-sharia activist to his staff…while the Muslim jihadists in America cry foul!

Designated Terrorist Group CAIR is demanding that Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz remove Kevin Kookogey as his state chairman for Tennessee because of his longstanding support for anti-Islamization and anti-sharia causes. (Making it one of the best reasons to support Ted Cruz for president)
The Venture “If Senator Cruz chooses to keep Mr. Kookogey on his campaign staff, it would serve as an endorsement of anti-Muslim hate,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “In the past few months, Senator Cruz has attended several conferences featuring notorious Islamophobes like Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney. Despite calls to distance himself from such anti-Muslim bigots, it seems that Senator Cruz is only drawing closer to hate-mongers.”
A spokesman for the presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fired back at recent criticism over the decision to make a controversial Williamson County Republican the campaign’s Tennessee chairman, calling those remarks “absurd.” “It is absurd to suggest that being a defender of American law under the United States Constitution is somehow “Islamophobic.”

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Politics Notebook: Martinez strategist to lead Jeb Bush’s campaign; Land Office official quits

A Republican strategist with ties to Gov. Susana Martinez has been selected as Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign manager.
Danny Diaz, who has worked on and off for Martinez’s political operation for the past five-plus years, was tapped for the new job this week in a surprise move, according to The Washington Post.
The Washington, D.C.-based Diaz has worked as a press consultant and adviser for Martinez. He played an active role in the governor’s 2014 re-election campaign and spent time in New Mexico helping with her inaugural events.
Despite Martinez’s insistence she is not interested in national office, might the hiring of Diaz suggest a deepening link between Bush and Martinez ...?

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Clinton Donated $100K to New York Times Group the Same Year Paper Endorsed Her

A little-known private foundation controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the New York Times’ charitable fund in 2008, the same year the newspaper’s editorial page endorsed Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, according to tax documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
The Clinton Family Foundation, a separate entity from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been the family’s vehicle for personal charitable giving since 2001.
It is funded directly by the Clintons and distributes more than $1 million a year to civic and educational causes.

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Sandoval says he won’t run for Reid’s US Senate seat

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Tuesday he will not run for Harry Reid’s U.S. Senate seat.
Sandoval made known his intentions to remain as governor, at least for now, following the conclusion of the 2015 legislative session on June 1...
“I have said many times that it is an honor and a privilege to serve as Nevada’s chief executive and that I love my job. My heart is in my responsibilities as governor and continuing to build the New Nevada. My undivided attention must be devoted to being the best governor, husband and father I can be.
“For these reasons, I will not seek the United States Senate seat that will be available in 2016,” Sandoval said.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Is the party over for Republican establishment presidential candidates?

Stuart Rothenberg, writing in Roll Call, wonders if the dominance of the GOP establishment in presidential politics might be coming to an end.
Rothenberg looks at every race since 1952, pointing out that in all but two nomination contests, conservatives were shut out. Those two races – Goldwater's insurgent campaign of 1964 and Reagan's run in 1980 – stand out as the only victories by a candidate of the right in more than 60 years.
Some candidates like Mitt Romney have tried to run as conservatives but failed to attract much support. But the litany of establishment winners – Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Bush 41, Dole, Bush 43, McCain, and Romney – has frustrated the right. Until now.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The New Randroids

Every time Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul assails mass government surveillance on the floor of the Senate, it is surprising to see who emerges to praise the erratically unorthodox Republican, from Edward Snowden to Glenn Greenwald to true-blue progressive reporter Marcy Wheeler. This support comes with caveats, of course. But the lefty applause for Paul also arrives at a moment of a distinctly lacking enthusiasm for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. More importantly, these plaudits align with many of the concerns of a quiet but influential contingent of liberal-leaning techies who might one day become Rand Democrats—or Democrats willing to support some other, future right-wing firebrand with lefty-compatible ideas about civil liberties—much in the way disaffected blue-collar workers became Reagan Democrats.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

5 Points On The Juiciest Red-Meat Goodies In Scott Walker's State Budget

Before he announces that he's jumping into the 2016 presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to finish work on his latest state budget and in the process pack it with conservative goodies he can tout on the campaign trail. For Walker, this is key to his 2016 game plan.
"The budget is important, because Walker has been delaying an announcement before he officially announces as President. It gives him a list of popular red-meat items to check off in the primaries," University of Wisconsin Public Policy Professor Donald Moynihan told TPM.

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Poll: Hillary Clinton Plunging With Independents In Polls

Support for Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is tanking, as more and more independents along with people from her own party are finding Clinton to be untrustworthy, according to both a CNN/ORC poll and Washington Post–ABC News poll.

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Nevada Stays With Caucus System in Blow to Jeb Bush

Nevada is keeping its caucuses for selecting presidential nominees, a blow to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and other contenders who hoped to shift the early-voting state to a system of primaries.
Caucuses are considered favorable to candidates who have a network of highly motivated activists, such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has met with Bush, backed legislation to change to a primary, but the bill never came up for a vote before the Legislature adjourned Monday night.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Challenger to Va. House speaker looking for Brat-like upset in GOP primary

Susan Stimpson is hoping the anti-incumbent mood that helped a little-known economics professor unseat the second most powerful member of the U.S. House last year is still strong among Virginia's Republican voters.

The tea party favorite Stimpson is trying to upset long-time Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell in the June 9 GOP primary, a victory that would be of similar magnitude on a state level to Dave Brat's stunning defeat of then-U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cruz has Mass. appeal during campaign stop

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz drew raucous cheers yesterday from a crowd of hundreds of Bay State voters gathered at the Andover home of state Rep. Jim Lyons, where the presidential hopeful took shots at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
And while his jabs at Clinton and Obama were met with cheers from the crowd, Cruz’s opening line may have generated the most enthusiastic hollers: “Tom Brady was framed ... and I have it on good authority that Hillary Clinton did it.”

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Andrew Breitbart For Congress

I met Andrew Breitbart almost a decade ago at a party. All I knew about him was that he worked for Matt Drudge, and Tucker Carlson told me I had to meet him. Tucker wasn’t at the party, but he knew Andrew would be and made me promise I’d introduce myself. I did, and I did.
Even though I’d expected nothing, Andrew was nothing like I’d expected because you simply couldn’t anticipate the uniqueness of Andrew Breitbart.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ted Cruz takes high road in laying out policies

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz laughed off his starring role as a “Capitulating Canadian,” dressed up in fighting clothes, in the first attack ad of the 2016 presidential campaign launched by a U.S. Sen. Rand Paul super PAC — and vowed not to retaliate against his Kentucky rival.

“Well, I have to say I chuckled. I’ve never seen myself portrayed as a World Wrestling Federation person, even though I guess it was one that I was not supposed to win,” Cruz told the Herald after a town hall event at Franklin Pierce University last night. “It’s politics. People choose to throw rocks and go into the mud. My consistent pattern is I have no intentions of reciprocating.”

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Bevin and other Republicans show unity as Democrats remind voters of past comments on GOP nominee

Standing in the namesake building of his foe in last year’s U.S. Senate primary, Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin said Friday any perceived grudges in the GOP are overstated.

Bevin headlined a press conference at Republican Party of Kentucky headquarters featuring other GOP candidates for constitutional office, hoping to demonstrate party unity ahead of a state Lincoln Day dinner in Lexington on Saturday.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who conceded the race Friday after a recanvass showed no change in Bevin’s 83-vote margin of victory, promised in a statement to “do everything I can to see that he wins in November.”

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Why polls are ridiculous … until they’re not

Yippee. The Republican race is taking shape! The latest poll conducted by Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University says so.
There’s former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. There’s also Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. (I use their titles to help you keep them straight. As the race gets even more crowded, you will thank me for this.) In the poll, each man clocks in at a mere 10 percent.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

'Don't let Bill back in the White House, he abused women and he'll do it again.' Paula Jones...

Paula Jones sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, saying he propositioned her when he was Arkansas governor. Her case led to investigation in which Bill Clinton denied under oath having sex with Monica Lewinsky, leading to his impeachment trial. Now a stay-at-home mom in Little Rock she tells Daily Mail Online his conduct means he should be kept out of the White House.

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Video indicates Pataki to run for 2016 GOP presidential nomination

Former New York Gov. George Pataki confirmed in a video early Thursday that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president.
The three-and-a-half-minute video posted to his campaign website featured an anti-big government message, "Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive, and too intrusive," and highlighted Pataki's role as governor of New York following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ask Venezuelans How Bernie Sanders-Style Socialism Is Working Out for Them

Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what’s really ailing America.
Our store shelves have too many different brands of deodorant and sneakers. Just look at all those horrible, fully stocked aisles at Target and Walgreens and Walmart and Payless and DSW and Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s a national nightmare! If only consumers had fewer choices in the free market, fewer entrepreneurs offering a wide variety of products, and fewer workers manufacturing goods that people wanted, Sanders believes, we could end childhood hunger.
Nobody parodies the far Left better than far-leftists themselves.

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Jeb Bush, Policy Wonk, But Hardly an Electoral Titan

Republicans in 1994 had their best election cycle in decades. The GOP swept to joint majorities in Congress for the first time in 40 years. And the party picked up a net 10 governorships, giving them 30 of 50 overall.
But Jeb Bush wasn’t among them.
The Bush family scion came up short that year in his run against Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Even as Jeb’s older brother George W. Bush toppled a Democratic governor in Texas, setting him on the road to the White House six years later.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Democrats avoid primary mess in Nevada

Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) will forego a run at the Senate in 2016, clearing a path to the Democratic nomination for Sen. Harry Reid’s handpicked successor, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
“I just love representing Nevada’s first district,” Titus said in a video posted online late Tuesday. “No matter where I go in the world, when I say I represent Las Vegas, everybody knows where that is.”

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Scott Walker says $499 million 'structural surplus' is ahead

The education funding cuts in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-’17 budget rankled critics because at one point a nearly $1 billion surplus was projected for the start of that budget.
Walker and fellow Republicans returned much of the surplus to taxpayers in 2014, and then slower-than-predicted growth in tax collections further boxed in the GOP entering the new budget cycle. Now, while campaigning for president, Walker eagerly touts his budget as fiscally responsible.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson storms through Oklahoma to SRLC straw poll victory

In a stunning victory, Dr. Ben Carson swept the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in Oklahoma City on Saturday. --“I am grateful for the support of the many Americans who attended the conference,” Carson told Breitbart News. “I was absolutely thrilled also to hear many of the views of my fellow GOP candidates who are also running for president. We are blessed with an extraordinarily group of competent, intelligent and capable candidates, that love this nation and very much wish to see it succeed…" Read more at Breitbart News

Top 10 in SRLC Straw Poll: Dr. Ben Carson 25.4%, Gov. Scott Walker 20.5%, Sen. Ted Cruz 16.6%, Gov. Chris Christie 5.3%, Gov. Rick Perry 5%, former Gov. Jeb Bush 4.9%, Sen. Rand Paul 4.1%, Sen. Marco Rubio 4.1%, Gov. Bobby Jindal 4.1%, and Carly Fiorina 2.7%. Read More......

Democrats' Vanishing Future

One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama's tenure in office. The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Revealed: Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive.
Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week.

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Will Accomplishment Deficit be Hillary's Undoing?

There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here's one more.
Bloomberg Politics convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats. Nearly all loved Hillary. "She's a bad mama-jama," said one female participant. Bad mama-jama is good, by the way. The woman explained that Clinton is "not afraid to step up" or "afraid to say, 'No. I don't want to do it that way. I'm going to do it this way.'" Another participant insisted that Clinton is a "better woman than I am" -- a great standard for selecting a president, to be sure -- because of Clinton's ability to weather various scandals and humiliations.
The awkward part came when Bloomberg's Mark Halperin asked the room, "What did she accomplish that you consider significant as secretary of state?"

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Most Voters Expect Biased News Coverage of 2016 Presidential Race

In the wake of the George Stephanopoulos scandal, most voters doubt the accuracy of political news coverage and think most reporters will slant their coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters now do not trust the political news they are getting. That's a 16-point jump from 45% last October. Twenty-one percent (21%) still have confidence in the political coverage they get, but that's down from 33% in the earlier survey. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rand Paul: I entered politics to tackle the national debt, not abortion

Rand Paul wants to be president – but abortion is less of an issue for him than the national debt, the senator said yesterday.

Paul had completed a campaign stop at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, where he attacked both Bill and Hillary Clinton with relish, when a local media personality asked him about abortion.
“I will answer the question as honestly as I can,” he said. “I didn’t run for office because of this issue. It wasn’t what got me to leave my practice” to enter politics.

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Republican Lawmakers: Scott Walker Dazzles on Capitol Hill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—the clear Republican presidential frontrunner according to almost all GOP primary polls, even though he hasn’t announced a 2016 campaign officially yet—dazzled Republicans across Capitol Hill in meetings all day Tuesday.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Unofficial Voter Turnout for the May 19th Special Election was 43.52%

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Cruz: ‘Is there something about the left … that’s obsessed with sex?’

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R) hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. Then Texas's junior U.S. senator — visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others — got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage.

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Clinton Friend’s Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business

When the Clintons last occupied the White House, Sidney Blumenthal cast himself in varied roles: speechwriter, in-house intellectual and press corps whisperer. Republicans added another, accusing Mr. Blumenthal of spreading gossip to discredit Republican investigators, and forced him to testify during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.
Now, as Hillary Rodham Clinton embarks on her second presidential bid, Mr. Blumenthal’s service to the Clintons is again under the spotlight. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

14 Reasons Donald Trump Is Really Running — and Doing Well

Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump says he will announce once and for all in June if he will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

There are a number of signs that Trump will in fact run for president this time — and indications are that he is doing well in the run-up to the announcement. Here are 14 reasons why:

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Ex-HUD secretary: Hillary will likely pick Julian Castro as running mate

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely to choose Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro or another Hispanic politician to be her running mate, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said in an interview that will air Sunday.
“What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julián Castro, the ... Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who use[d] to be the Mayor of San Antonio,” he said in an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto.”

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President: Sources

John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rick Perry, 2016: Round two begins on June 4

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Citizen Attitude Survey 2015 - Additional Analysis

The purpose of this analysis is not to redo what the contractor, National Research Center Inc., did. They did an excellent job of reporting the results of the survey. The purpose of this analysis is to extract a little more information from the demographic data. Specifically, I wanted to investigate the relationship between how often people vote and their demographic characteristics. Moreover, I wanted to investigate the demographic differences between the “waves” of respondents and estimate the demographic characteristics of the survey non-responders.

Voter Characteristics


• The better the health, the more often one votes.
• People working full time or fully retired tend to vote more often than those working part time or unemployed.
• People who have lived in Corvallis six or more years tend to vote more often than those living here for less than six years do.
• People living in single-family homes tend to vote more often than those who live in multifamily buildings. The 12 respondents who live in mobile homes always voted.
• People owning their homes tend to vote more often than those who rent their homes.
• People over age 65 or living with someone over, 65 tend to vote more often than younger people.
• People with incomes greater than $25K tend to vote more often than people with incomes less than $25K.
• People age 35 and up tend to vote more often than people less than 35. The age bracket with the largest percentage of people always voting is 55 to 64.
• People who use their cell phone as their primary phone tend to be more erratic in their voting habits than those who use their landline -- or both cell and land line – as their primary phone. This later group tends to always vote.


Older more prosperous people who have lived in Corvallis for a long time tend to vote often. People who use their cell phones as their primary phone tend to vote more erratically than other people.
Wave Characteristics

A random sample of 1200 households within the City of Corvallis was selected to participate in the survey. About 5% of the 1,200 surveys mailed were returned because the housing unit was vacant or the postal service was unable to deliver the survey as addressed. Of the remaining 1,138 households that received the survey, 310 completed the survey.
There were three “waves” of respondents: zero, one, and two. The zero wave consists of the people who responded on line after receiving the first letter asking them to participate. The first wave consists of the people who responded by mail to the first letter. The second wave consists of the people who responded by mail to the second letter. We do not know the characteristics of the people who did not respond at all; but it would be interesting to speculate what those characteristics might be extrapolating from the characteristics of those who did respond.


• Wave zero tends to vote often. Wave one tends to vote more often than does wave two. Do the non-responders vote less often than wave two?
• Wave zero tends to work in Corvallis but outside of the home. Over one-half of waves one and two work outside of Corvallis.
• Wave zero tends to have lived in Corvallis for shorter periods of time than waves one and two. Wave one tends to have lived in Corvallis for more time than wave two. Have the non-responders lived in Corvallis for shorter periods of time than waves one and two?
• All waves tend to be less than age 65 but wave zero tends to be much less, than 65 and wave, two had fewer people over 65 than wave one. Are the non-responders even younger than waves one and two?

I speculate that the non-responders tend to be younger, have lived in Corvallis shorter times, and vote less often than the responders.
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Start the Bidding for Bolton’s Donors and Money

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton announced today that he will not seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, effectively leaving the foreign policy hawk’s top super PAC donors to look elsewhere for someone to back.
Some have already found their candidate — or maybe more than one — though in many cases we don’t yet know whom they’ve anointed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the only White House aspirant whose campaign has reported donors at this point. (Mid-July, when the reports will come due, will likely be full of surprises.)

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Conservatives meet in Tyson's Corner to whittle down 2016 list

One hundred leaders in the conservative movement met behind closed doors Thursday as part of an attempt to consolidate support for their favored presidential candidates.

The Conservative Action Project convened the summit at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson's Corner, Virginia to educate leaders of super PACs ranging from the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund and activists from social-conservative organizations like the Family Research Council and the Eagle Forum.

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