Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Another insider?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Earlier this week, Jeb Bush, former governor of the State of Florida, announced on Facebook that he is 'exploring' a 2016 run for the Republican nomination for the presidency. I have mixed feelings, to say the least. There’s the whole dynastic problem. Another Bush? Or, is Jeb the cost of finding a candidate to beat Hillary ... who has her own dynastic baggage? But the big story, here, is to watch the insiders scramble to keep out the outsiders." (12/18/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/12/18/another-insider/  

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Bush to “actively explore” run for president

December 16, 2014
posted by

Jackson Clarion-Ledger    

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to 'actively explore' a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. ... Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush, said he has not yet made a final decision on whether to seek the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016. She said that he will announce his decision next year 'after gauging support' for a run." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mybnc5s  

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Iowa: Branstad seeks to end Iowa GOP straw poll

December 16, 2014
posted by

Clinton Herald    

"Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state's Republican straw poll, but the state party chairman says the event may still go on next year. Branstad said Monday that the poll -- traditionally held in Ames the summer before a contested presidential caucus -- is a turnoff for many candidates and could diminish the power of the state's caucuses. ... But State Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said he thinks there's interest in continuing the tradition, provided it's permissible under Republican National Committee rules." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pneq4xa  

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Election 2016: “Ready for Romney” group site launches

December 15, 2014
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CNN CNN    

"If encouragement from major GOP donors and favorable polling isn't enough, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney now has a super PAC launched by an unknown benefactor urging him to run. Reporters received a press release announcing the launch of the Ready for Romney super PAC Sunday night, with Boston resident Jeffrey Goff named as the group's executive director." [editor's note: Romney again? Really? I don't give a tinker's damn who serve's George W. Bush's fifth term, but from an entertainment standpoint I wish they'd at least bother to make a contest of it - TLK] (12/15/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/15/politics/romney-draft-group/  

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Santorum set to jump into 2016 US presidential race

December 11, 2014
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    

"The sweater vest is ready for a comeback -- Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania's former U.S. senator and 2012 presidential candidate, is set for another shot at the White House. In a story in the Washington Post, Mr. Santorum said he'll take a different approach from the conservative 'cultural warrior' persona he pushed in the 2012 campaign, which saw him win 11 primaries and caucuses. With his social beliefs well-established, Mr. Santorum told Karen Tumulty that he'll focus more on economic issues this time around." (12/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nja3ssn  

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LA: Cassidy defeats Landrieu in US Senate runoff

December 7, 2014
posted by

USA Today    

"Republicans completed their conquest of the Senate on Saturday when Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy easily defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a runoff election in Louisiana. The Associated Press called the race for Cassidy after early returns showed him leading by a wide margin." (12/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oz22hx7  

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Rand Paul is the Ferris Bueller of American politics

December 3, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Republic
by TJ Wass  

"The clip above illustrates how well Ferris Bueller's character is respected across the diverse spectrum of students regardless of what group they hang out with the most. Likewise, Senator Paul is able to navigate across the otherwise abrasive barriers of the baby boomer generation Tea Party members, libertarians, Occupy Wall Street members, well-educated millennial generation students, and a host of other grassroots groups ripe to form a coalition in defense of the Constitution. Rand Paul has captured that same spirit of popularity as one of the most righteous dudes in American politics." [editor's note: If I'm forced to think of Rand Paul in terms of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," I'm going to have to designate the nurse who likes to ... [door slam] as his most striking analog - TLK] (12/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k5wrkux  

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KY: Paul to run for Senate re-election in 2016

December 3, 2014
posted by

Henderson Gleaner    

"Kentucky Republican Rand Paul says he will seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016. Paul said in a press release Tuesday that he hopes to continue 'the task of repairing and revitalizing our great nation' in the Senate. Paul is also considering running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016." (12/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pxxs4ve  

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UT: GOP sues over nominating system overhaul

December 2, 2014
posted by

Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"The Utah Republican Party filed a lawsuit Monday against the state's new rule that allows candidates to bypass the caucus and convention system -- a legal challenge to a measure approved by the majority of the state GOP. The measure was a compromise the Republican-dominated legislature reached with Count My Vote, which was gathering signatures for an initiative petition that would have let voters decide to abandon the caucus system. The initiative was backed by several high-profile Republicans including former Gov. Mike Leavitt and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed it into law." (12/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mcu3xgj  

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Battle cry: Candidate Paul appeases the masters of war

November 26, 2014
posted by

Empire Burlesque
by  

"Oh dear. Rand Paul, favorite candidate of those who dream of an anti-imperial coalition of hardcore libertarians and the antiwar left, has popped many a bubble this week with his proposed Senate bill to declare war on ISIS. Supporters will doubtless say that Paul (like another young politician on the make who served as a blank screen for his followers' aspirations for genuine hope and change) is merely playing '11th dimensional chess' with the move, trying to put America's war machine back on a Constitutional footing, while outflanking potential rivals for the GOP nomination who might otherwise have painted him as 'soft' on killing large amounts of people with massive amounts of expensive and profitable machinery. But Paul is not simply calling the war machine's bluff." (11/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/luvp4wn  

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Are fiscal issues Christie’s Achilles heel for 2016?

November 25, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Carrie Sheffield  

"With the Bridgegate scandal apparently fading, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is politically rising after leading GOP governors to a solid Election Day showing under his chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association. He personally won re-election last year in a deeply Blue State with 60 percent of the vote. Yet his administration has stumbled in fiscal management, experiencing a bond rating downgrade this year by all three major rating agencies: Fitch, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard and Poor’s." (11/23/14)

https://cei.org/content/are-fiscal-issues-christies-achilles-heel-2016  

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How the GOP should now deal with ObamaCare

November 24, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"From the base there is the incessant cry for 'repeal.' But as just about every Republican candidate in this last election acknowledged, there can be no 'repeal' without 'replace.' Otherwise, from 10 to 15 million people will lose their health insurance. However, 'repeal and replace' means transitioning from ObamaCare to a new system. And no matter how radically different the new system is, it will run the risk of being called 'ObamaCare lite.'" (11/19/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5219  

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Graham: Fellow Republicans do “lousy job,” are “full of crap”

November 23, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"The GOP-led House investigation that cleared the White House of wrong-doing in its response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was 'full of crap,' a top Senator said Sunday. 'The House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own,' South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday on CNN's 'State of the Union' of the panel's finding that there was no politically motivated cover-up by the White House after the attack." (11/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mjvytxw  

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Rand Paul sounds off to Salon on race, 2016, Hillary and Republicans

November 20, 2014
posted by

Salon
by Phillip Bailey  

Interview with US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Paul: "You know, I think there is a great deal of possibility for any candidate who can get out of either party, that doesn’t neatly fit in either party’s mold. So I think if you had a Democrat unusual enough to get through the primary system but to appeal to people outside of the Democrat mold, they could do well. Same goes for a Republican." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/prxoa4x  

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US Senate Republicans block even feeble, fake check on illegal NSA spying

November 18, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Senate has blocked a bill to [pretend to] end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency. The measure was President Barack Obama's signature proposal to [pretend to] rein in domestic surveillance. Tuesday's vote was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting to kill it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed a version of the bill." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/laql5bs  

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GOP set up Twitter “numbers stations” to get around Super PAC rules

November 18, 2014
posted by

boingboing    

"Super PACs are allowed to raise unlimited funds to support election campaigns, but can't coordinate with those campaigns; this especially means that campaigns can't share expensive private poll data with PACs to help fine tune their campaigns -- which is exactly what Republicans did with their cryptic, unlabelled Twitter accounts that acted as dead-drops with messages like 'CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52-->49/476-10s' to let affiliated PACs know what the polls had shown. The groups behind the operation had a sense of humor about what they were doing. One Twitter account was named after Bruno Gianelli, a fictional character in The West Wing who pressed his colleagues to use ethically questionable 'soft money' to fund campaigns." (11/17/14)

http://boingboing.net/2014/11/17/gop-set-up-twitter-numbers-s.html  

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Is the GOP ready for for-profit insurance hater and six-day creationist Ben Carson?

November 16, 2014
posted by

Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"In presupposing the seriousness of [Ben Carson's] candidacy, Republicans and other supporters are declaring ready for prime time a man considerably less experienced than the current naif in the White House; a man who plays fast and loose with the Nazi analogies, who has warned darkly as recently as seven weeks ago that President Obama might just cancel the 2016 elections, and who maintains a hard-to-pin view on Obamacare reform that involves open hostility to the very existence of private insurance companies. Are conservatives really ready for a 2016 presidential who, when talking about late-life health care, sounds more like Ezekiel Emanuel than Sarah Palin?" (11/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nodbffl  

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How the GOP bought, rigged, stole and lynched the 2014 election

November 12, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman  

"Since the Bush-Cheney-Rove theft of the 2000 election in Florida, the right of millions of American citizens to vote and have that vote counted has been under constant assault. In 2014, that systematic disenfranchisement may well have delivered the US Senate to the Republican Party. If nothing significant is done about it by 2016, we can expect the GOP to take the White House and much more." (11/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kc3exx9  

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Who really spoiled last week’s election?

November 12, 2014
posted by

A. Barton Hinkle Richmond Times-Dispatch
by Bart Hinkle  

"The reason libertarians don't vote for candidates from the two major parties is not because they suffer from a false consciousness that leads them to misapprehend their own political preferences. The reason they don't vote for Republicans or Democrats is because -- brace yourself now -- they don’t want either Republicans or Democrats to win." (11/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pojttsx  

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Return to federalism

November 6, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"As we make sense of this week's sea change -- of the Great Shellacking Democrats took on Tuesday -- some caution is in order. In 2006, voters did not choose the Democrats because of what they were or what they promised, but because of what they weren't: corrupt, clueless Republicans. Now, Republicans should remember that they were mainly chosen because they aren't Democrats: that is, hopelessly narrow-minded, self-righteous, and corrupt. So, what should Republicans do?" (11/06/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/06/return-to-federalism/  

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Relax — these midterms mean less than you think

November 5, 2014
posted by

Nick Gillespie The Daily Beast
by Nick Gillespie  

"It's safe to say that by the end of today, a large chunk of Americans will be bitterly disappointed. If Republicans win big, Democrats will hang their heads and cuss the Koch brothers. If the GOP fails to snag the Senate and a fistful of statehouses, its partisans will mope around and blame Ebola-infected illegal immigrants for the loss. But whichever side emerges victorious, both Republicans and Democrats should face up to a much bigger truth: Neither party as currently constituted has a real future." (11/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o5z99dc  

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Saunders’s one-stop election shop

October 23, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Jerry Brown's going to win his second bid for re-election -- and that's OK. Given the state's blueness, Dao Gov is probably the best governor the state can get. Still, it's not a bad idea to send Brown a message that voters don't want him to turn too far to the left by voting for Republican Neel Kashkari. Below I include a column on the one debate between Brown and Kashkari, and a column about Brown's sense of loyalty, such as it is." [editor's note: Some of this is just conservative GOPism, but Ms. Saunders deserves a hearing for the bulk of her pro-liberty work (and there are no libertarians in the mix now anyway, thanks to the "top two" law!) - SAT] (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nv4wfqn  

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Local surrealist Cory Gardner

October 23, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Michael Keefe  

Cartoon. (10/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/local-surrealist-cory-gardner/  

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CO: Udall lead fades in Senate race

October 22, 2014
posted by

Christian Science Monitor    

"One of the most watched elections in the country right now wasn't originally supposed to be competitive. The outcome of the race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, could end up determining which party controls the Senate. Senator Udall's early leads in the polls have dwindled until, in the past month, nearly every poll has showed Representative Gardner holding a slim lead." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nyo2bk9  

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OH: Federal judge upholds GOP election-fixing scheme again

October 19, 2014
posted by

Columbus Republic    

"A federal judge has denied two disqualified Libertarian candidates access to Ohio's fall ballot. In his Friday ruling, Judge Michael Watson said the Libertarian Party of Ohio failed to prove Secretary of State Jon Husted's (HYOO'-stedz) removal of gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary was unconstitutional. He earlier said placing them on Nov. 4 ballots so late would result in voter 'confusion and disarray.'" (10/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lpwyfuu  

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