Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Battle cry: Candidate Paul appeases the masters of war

November 26, 2014
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Empire Burlesque
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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KY: Judge approves illegal campaign contributions by tax parasite media

October 12, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"A federal judge has denied Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson's request to force a public broadcaster to include him in Monday night's debate between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled that Kentucky Educational Television did not exclude David Patterson from its Kentucky Tonight program solely because of his political views. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled public broadcasters can exclude candidates based on their level of support but not because of their political views." (10/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qh8pa4x  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 10/09/14

October 12, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Will Rand Paul have to denounce Ron Paul to win the GOP nod?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojfgbzj  

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NC: Desperate Republicans seek probe of Hagan

October 6, 2014
posted by

Politico    

"The Republican Party of North Carolina is asking that the Senate Ethics Committee investigate whether the husband of North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan improperly benefited from the stimulus bill that she helped pass. Party Chairman Claude Pope will formally request on Monday morning that the secretive panel examine whether Hagan 'violated the Senate conflict-of-interest rule' due to her vote for the $767 billion stimulus legislation .... Hagan is currently in a tight battle for reelection with [Republican Thom] Tillis, who has been consistently trailing in recent polls." (10/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nk2yweu  

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MS: Supreme Court mulls McDaniel primary appeal

October 3, 2014
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USA Today    

"Losing at the state high court may not end Chris McDaniel's months-long challenge of his election loss to Sen. Thad Cochran, his lead attorney said after arguing before the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday. McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said the erstwhile candidate could still file a challenge of his loss in federal court, on First Amendment grounds. He said McDaniel still hasn't had a trial to prove the election was stolen from him and 'the merits have never been heard on this case.' The state Supreme Court heard nearly two hours of arguments Thursday in McDaniel's appeal of a circuit court's dismissal of his election lawsuit. The court gave no indication when it might rule." (10/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n2n9w4t  

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Florida’s very interesting race for governor

October 2, 2014
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"In November, Floridians will see three names on the ballot for Governor: incumbent Governor Rick Scott, the Republican; former Governor Charlie Crist, the Democrat; and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie." (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q6ctzq5  

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Midterm ad watch: Republicans literally running on nothing

October 2, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Bill Scher  

"Republicans hungry to win back the Senate had a strategic choice to make. Should they run on a comprehensive policy platform that detailed their conservative vision for the country? Should they pick one or two of their most popular ideas for legislation and promise to put those bills on the president’s desk? Or, since their actual positions on issues are so unpopular, would they just be better off not promoting any of their legislative ideas? Clearly, Republicans have chosen the 'running on empty' path to regain control of the Senate." (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pv4lnhy  

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KS: Court says Democrats not required to nominate Senate candidate

October 1, 2014
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Kansas City Star    

"A three-judge panel in Topeka ruled Wednesday that Kansas Democrats need not nominate a candidate for the 2014 Senate race. The ruling is expected to help independent Senate candidate Greg Orman’s campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Chad Taylor, the Democrat nominated for the seat in August, dropped from the race Sept. 3. The Kansas Supreme Court later ruled the withdrawal followed state rules. But David Orel of Kansas City, Kan., then sued the state’s Democrats, arguing Kansas law required the party to nominate a replacement for the ballot." (10/01/14)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article2421062.html  

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Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

September 30, 2014
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Reuters
by Craig Shirley  

"Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of 'crushing' the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the U.S. Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, for example, the GOP candidate hasn’t shown the ability to wage a major-league campaign." [editor's note: And he missed a golden opportunity here, to note the OTHER candidate running there who's helping to increase the havoc - SAT] (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kwefc4p  

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KY: Libertarian sues state media for attempting illegal campaign contribution to Republican, Democrat for Senate

September 29, 2014
posted by

Ballot Access News    

"On September 28, David Patterson, Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, sued Kentucky Educational TV for refusing to invite him into the only U.S. Senate debate in Kentucky this year. ... The lawsuit charges that the station’s original criterion for an invitation to the debate, which Patterson met, was changed with the intent to exclude him. Polls have shown Patterson above 5%. The original rules required a 5% showing, but after the poll came out, the station altered its rules to require a higher level of support." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lng8xh5  

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