Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

TX: Grand jury impaneled in Perry ethics case

April 14, 2014
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KTXS 12 News    

"A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors. ... The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the Democrat was convicted of drunken-driving. When she refused, Perry pulled state funding for the unit." (04/14/14)

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Big government bigots

April 14, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Jimmy LaSalvia  

"While most Republicans are inclusive and welcoming, they tolerate bigotry in their ranks out of fear of losing the votes of a few who are anti-anyone not like them. Tolerating bigotry will keep voters from even considering GOP candidates because bigotry stains everyone unless it's denounced." (for publication 05/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/04/12/big-government-bigots  

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Jeb Bush pokes an immigration hornets’ nest

April 11, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"If only Bush and other conservatives would also confront the moral argument, the one that involves the concept of freedom. Why shouldn’t a person be free to hire, transport, and harbor anyone he wants, so long as everyone’s conduct is peaceful? It’s his money, isn’t it? It’s his home. It’s his car. What business does government have telling people that they can’t do what they want with their own money and their own property? Moreover, why shouldn’t people be free to associate with anyone they want? Isn’t freedom of association a core element of the concept of freedom? Statists, both conservatives and liberals, say: 'But the law is the law. It must be obeyed.' Really? Wasn’t segregation the law too? Wasn’t apartheid the law?" (04/10/14)

http://fff.org/2014/04/10/jeb-bush-pokes-an-immigration-hornets-nest/  

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Election 2016 handicapping: Key GOP credibility issue

April 9, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"In 2016, it's the Democrats who will have to own the previous eight years of insane/idiotic foreign policy, with their most likely nominee having presided over a non-trivial portion of the insanity/idiocy as Secretary of State. If the Republicans want to compete in 2016, or at least clear the board and set themselves up for victory in 2020, their best shot is to knock off the 'yes, we too are mentally retarded and morally reprobate' crap and clear the board by acknowledging how abysmally stupid and corrupt the Bush/Cheney administration was on the foreign policy front." (04/08/14)

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Is it time to take Rand Paul seriously?

March 28, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Some candidates come to a presidential race with a resume that demands that they be immediately treated like serious contenders: a governor, a long-serving senator, a former or current vice president. Others have the less tangible quality we might refer to as 'talent,' which reporters can easily identify and can make up for a shorter list of accomplishments (e.g. Barack Obama in 2008). And there are usually one or two candidates who have the resume but turn out to be duds on the trail ... eventually getting downgraded from 'serious' to 'we no longer have to pay attention to this guy.' But what do you do with someone like Rand Paul?" [editor's note: I chose this one for the source, not the subject - SAT] (03/27/14)

http://prospect.org/article/it-time-take-rand-paul-seriously  

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OH: Judge upholds GOP election-rigging vs. Libertarian candidates

March 20, 2014
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Seymour Tribune    

"A federal judge on Wednesday denied an effort by the Libertarian Party of Ohio to get its gubernatorial candidate back on the ballot for the May primary. Attorneys for candidate Charlie Earl and the Libertarian Party immediately requested a stay of that ruling and indicated they would appeal U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson's decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. ... Ohio's elections chief, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, had disqualified Earl and the Libertarian candidate for attorney general, Steven Linnabary, after their nominating petitions were challenged on two grounds: that signature gatherers failed to comply with Ohio laws requiring them to be either Libertarian or political independents and another requiring them to disclose their employer."

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FL 13 after-thoughts

March 12, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"This election is far more important for the Democrats than for the Republicans. The president's party generally loses seats in mid-term elections, and that's the rational expectation for this year. Barack Obama is not an especially popular president at the moment. Florida 13 was the Democrats' chance to generate some momentum against that rational expectation by picking up an open seat that's been cradling a GOP butt for 40 years." (03/11/14)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2014/03/fl-13-after-thoughts.html  

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NJ: Christie takes oath amid scandal, touts mandate

January 21, 2014
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Business Week    

"Gov. Chris Christie sought to turn back the clock as he was sworn into a second term Tuesday, saying voters gave him a mandate in November to 'stay the course' and put aside partisan differences, even as Democrats ramped up an investigation into whether his administration abused its power. Christie, considered a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, was inaugurated amid a snowstorm that forced him to cancel an evening celebration on Ellis Island, and then gave an 18-minute address that dwelled on his 22-point election victory in the fall. He did not mention the investigations that have already led to the firing or departure of four top aides or associates." (01/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qhdw6fv  

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If the Republicans take the Senate

January 16, 2014
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"[W]hat can or should they do about Obamacare? The current unpopularity of the program is the reason it looks at least possible that they will not only hold the House but get a majority in the Senate. If so, what are their options?" (01/15/14)

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WY: Cheney abandons Senate bid

January 6, 2014
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ABC News    

"Liz Cheney, the 47-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is dropping out of the Senate race in Wyoming because of serious health issues in her family. 'Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority,' Cheney said in a statement this morning." (01/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ks5cfme  

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Rand Paul and the Christian Right

December 31, 2013
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The American Conservative
by W. James Antle III  

"Can Rand Paul make a case to the Christian right? The answer will have implications for the Republican Party far beyond the Kentucky senator’s hypothetical 2016 presidential campaign." (12/30/13)

http://tinyurl.com/lb9mhlf  

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Clinton, Christie tied atop early 2016 US presidential polls

December 29, 2013
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KHOU News    

"Though neither have said they'll run, a CNN / ORC International poll released Thursday shows Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton neck and neck among American voters. The survey shows Christie and Clinton favored by 48 percent and 46 percent of registered voters respectively, well within the poll's 3 percent margin of error." (12/27/13)

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AK: Palin favorite of Republicans, but trails Begich in US Senate matchup

July 30, 2013
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Newsmax    

"Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin trails Democratic Sen. Mark Begich 52 percent to 40 percent in a hypothetical race for his seat next year, according to a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP). Palin hasn't said she is running, but hasn't ruled it out either. Palin leads among potential Republican candidates." [editor's note: And not much room for improvement, either -- her disapproval runs at 58% in the same poll - TLK] (07/30/13)

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SC: Sanford wins GOP runoff for congressional seat

April 2, 2013
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Washington Post    

"Former governor Mark Sanford won a Republican runoff election in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district on Tuesday, advancing to a head-to-head race against Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch that early indicators suggest will be competitive. The ex-governor defeated Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston county council member, 57 percent to 43 percent." (04/02/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d3orsxo  

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KY: Judd won’t run for US Senate

March 27, 2013
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The Hill    

"Actress Ashley Judd is not running for Senate in Kentucky, she announced on her Twitter feed Wednesday afternoon. ... She had previously told Kentucky Democrats she planned to make a decision by May. But while some Washington Democrats privately expressed enthusiasm for her potential candidacy, touting her deep pockets and prominent profile, Kentucky Democrats have been less enthused." (03/27/13)

http://tinyurl.com/czdganr  

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Ashley Judd vs. America’s least popular senator

March 26, 2013
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W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W. James Antle III  

"Judd vying to unseat an incumbent Republican senator isn’t as outrageous as it would first seem. Mitch McConnell’s numbers are terrible for someone with his length of service (he was first elected in 1984), leadership position (he is the Senate minority leader and it’s not inconceivable that 2014 could make him majority leader), and lack of major scandal." (03/25/13)

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SC: Sanford, Busch advance in congressional race

March 19, 2013
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USA Today    

"Disgraced ex-governor Mark Sanford cleared the first hurdle of his political comeback bid on Tuesday night, earning a spot in a runoff for the GOP nomination in his former congressional district. The winner of the April 2 GOP runoff will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a political novice with a famous last name. She is the older sister of comedian Stephen Colbert and the director of business development at an old naval shipyard." (03/19/13)

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The GOP’s phony silver lining

March 19, 2013
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Salon
by Steve Kornacki  

"The Republican National Committee's 'autopsy' of the 2012 election acknowledges some of the failures that resulted in the party losing the national popular vote for the fifth time in the last six races. It also ignores a major reason why the GOP’s base is shrinking. But one particular aspect of the report rings particularly false -- an effort to find a silver lining in the party’s image problem ..." (03/19/13)

http://www.salon.com/2013/03/19/the_gops_phony_silver_lining/  

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CPAC: Rubio could be the real winner

March 17, 2013
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Marco Rubio, the junior senator from Florida, came in second Saturday to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in the presidential straw poll at the big annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. But just barely. Senator Rubio got 23 percent to Senator Paul’s 25 -- the only two people to score in double digits of the 23 potential candidates on the ballot (plus 44 write-ins). There are two big reasons to discount the poll: It’s unscientific and the 2016 presidential election is far away." (03/17/13)

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Spiritual Politics 2012

September 26, 2012
posted by

Rational Review    

There’s a wonderful spiritual statement about how we focus our attentions: "what you resist, persists." A corollary to this, and the basis of many self-help and other improvement programs, expresses the obverse: since everything material began as a thought, what you focus on now, with all your heart and mind, becomes your future reality.

I believe this principle also applies to political action, and helps explain the basic muddle in which many voters find themselves going into yet another Presidential election involving far less than perfect candidates: very few people are looking forward to November as a time to affirm their beliefs and values. For a large percentage of would-be voters, there is (once again?) only a choice between what they see as a "barely acceptable" candidate and an inherently "evil" one. (Note: I acknowledge that this condition is not universal, and there are some who truly believe in their Republican or Democrat standard-bearer; this essay is addressed to those for whom that allegiance is not so fervent.)
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More data on libertarian roots of Tea Party

August 15, 2012
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David Kirby  

"Perhaps Paul Ryan moves tea party libertarians more than conservatives. No doubt Romney's famously data-driven campaign tested Ryan's impact on various segments of the electorate. If 2012 becomes a turnout election, Rapaport's data suggests that tea party libertarians and Ron Paul supporters would otherwise be less inclined to turn out and help than conservative tea partiers." (08/14/12)

http://bit.ly/PomljO  

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Romney’s veep pick proves electoral politics is a fantasy world

August 13, 2012
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"The UK’s Guardian sports a typical 'analysis' headline on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of US Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate: '[F]irebrand from Wisconsin has built reputation on fiscal frugality.' Ryan, writes the Guardian‘s Paul Harris, is 'determined to wield the axe on matters fiscal and slash American government in size.' Other media accounts note his affection for the work of Ayn Rand and jump to the conclusion that he’s some kind of 'libertarian.' These kinds of claims about Ryan should be seen as diagnostic tools. Electoral politics is congenitally afflicted with a dissociative disorder. Its participants, or at least its pundits, clearly lack the capacity to distinguish fantasy from reality." (08/13/12)

http://c4ss.org/content/11733  

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Romney picks Ryan as running mate

August 11, 2012
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, turning to the architect of a deeply conservative and intensely controversial long-term budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending." (08/11/12)

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A Trump card Romney should leave in the deck

June 3, 2012
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Investor's Business Daily
by Eugene Robinson  

"Don't laugh. OK, go ahead and laugh. Point out that Trump is barely qualified to be secretary of salami. But then ask Romney why he chooses to embrace and encourage a puffed-up buffoon whose antic self-promotion, once mildly amusing, has become rabid and toxic. Ask Romney if giving Trump a platform doesn't cheapen what should be a serious debate about the future of the country. Ask Romney why he decided to join a huckster's silly sideshow." (06/01/12)

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Romney clinches GOP nomination

May 29, 2012
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Reuters    

"Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with a resounding victory in Texas ... He will be formally nominated at the Republicans' convention in Florida in late August." (05/29/12)

http://reut.rs/Kts6gu  

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