After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire

Scott Brown, the Republican Senate candidate in New Hampshire who has struggled to gain traction against his opponent Jeanne Shaheen, is within two points of the incumbent Democrat in a new poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire. The poll shows Shaheen with 46 percent support and Brown, the former GOP senator from Massachusetts, with 44 percent. The previous WMUR-UNH poll, from June, showed Shaheen with a 12-point lead over Brown, 52 percent to 40 percent. After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire This is the closest poll of the race since January, with...

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Hot Louisiana race could send battle for control of the Senate into Overtime

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is vying for a fourth term, is facing a stiff Republican challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy in the fall. But unlike most other close races this year, this one threatens to leave majority control of the Senate in limbo until the first week of December. Louisiana has what's known as a "jungle primary" system -- candidates of all parties will appear on the same ballot on Nov. 4. If nobody clears 50 percent on Election Day, the top two vote-getters will proceed to a Dec. 6 runoff. The course of the race so far suggests...

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Mitt Romney Helping Paul Ryan Promote Pro-Amnesty Book

Mitt Romney and his former running mate, Paul Ryan, will be making their first public appearance together since losing to Obama/Biden two years ago. Ryan is traveling the country to promote a book and is also said to be considering a run for the White House himself. Romney will interview Ryan Thursday night on stage at the Union League Club of Chicago. Ryan's book has met some criticism given its handling of the immigration issue - which is increasingly being exposed as a stone cold loser of an issue in the very mid-term elections Ryan suggested it be used by...

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Democrats Fail in Effort to Tilt Alaska’s GOP Senate Primary

Last night in Alaska, the choice of both establishment Republican Karl Rove and the free-market Club for Growth won over a tea-party-backed candidate — but not by much. With that result comes some lessons for the future about Democratic interference in GOP primaries. The race against Democratic senator Mark Begich this fall will be close and very hard fought — and could determine overall control of the Senate. Miller’s grassroots support gave him a late surge against Sullivan. But one of the biggest drags on the frontrunner was a series of brutal TV ad attacks against him by Put Alaska...

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Attorney General Holder visits Ferguson as grand jury probes Michael Brown shooting

Attorney General Holder visits Ferguson as grand jury probes Michael Brown shooting; demonstrators detained in NYC WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with students near the strife-filled Missouri town, and also talked with police boss state Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson — even as one law officer brought in from out of town was videotaped threatening protesters. In New York, demonstrators took to the streets early Thursday. BY Meg Wagner , Corky Siemaszko NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 3:50 AM Declaring “change is coming,” the nation’s top law enforcement officer arrived...

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Mitch McConnell’s empty promise: We’ll force Obama to rein in government or else risk a shutdown

Does anyone actually believe this? I guess Kentucky Republicans who don’t pay attention to politics but who’ll end up deciding this year’s Senate race anyway do. To repeat: Does anyone actually believe this? McConnell was one of the sharpest Republican critics of the “defund” strategy that produced a government shutdown last fall. Watch the clip below if you need your memory refreshed. He’s fond of saying about it, “There’s no education in the second kick of a mule,” i.e. the GOP paid a political price for the 1995 shutdown and then foolishly paid the same price again in 2013 (although...

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Is it Your Fault, Mark Levin? Or Rudy Guiliani?

What did we expect? Conservatives in the USA make fun of President Barack Obama spending all his time attending fund-raisers. But they never seemed to notice that Barack Obama is raising funds. Conservatives can’t seem to figure out that what Democrats do at fund-raisers is they actually raise money. Then Democrats win elections. As news broke of the preposterous indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry Friday night, Mark Levin – dubbed “the Great One” by Rush Limbaugh – was outraged, despondent, flummoxed and grumpy. All at once. Levin clearly felt and expressed that a line had been crossed (yet again)....

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Idea of an L.A. Voteria is gaining currency

he proposal to enter L.A. voters into a cash prize lottery, for the sake of increasing turnout, is easy to attack on numerous fronts. My first reaction to last week's recommendation by the L.A. City Ethics Commission? Horror. Or maybe it wasn't horror so much as anger that anyone would come up with such a sad little gimmick. Throughout history, people have sacrificed their lives for the right to vote, and now we have to offer jackpots to shake people out of their laziness and apathy? "How DUMB!!!" one reader posted on the story by my colleague David Zahniser. "Really???!!!"...

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Congrats To Texas Dems For Turning Rosemary Lehmberg’s Drunk-Driving Conviction Into National News

Indicting Rick Perry seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, he’s a Republican who might run for president in 2016! But now he’s fighting back… with Rosemary Lehmberg’s help. Have fun, lefties. Keep defending this hostile, hypocritical, corrupt Democratic Party hack, and we’ll keep reminding everybody what this is all about.

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Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner (you have to watch the ad in the story!)

Rick Perry has been on a subtle campaign since November of 2012, and he has done it well. The Texas Governor has wooed away companies from multiple states by showing off the energetic business environment, he has engaged in national political discussions through videos, social media, and op-eds, and he has kept his name, and more importantly, the record of the state he governs, in the news. But now we have the news of two criminal indictments. Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New OrleansThis indictment is filled with the distilled essence of progressive projection. An out of...

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McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama (after he's safely reelected of course)

HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to...

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Boehner Facing Tough GOP House As Moderate Voices Wane

Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives newcomers are happy. Grothman, the expected winner in a tight Republican primary for the right to succeed 73-year-old Representative Thomas Petri in Wisconsin, is one of more than a dozen vocal conservatives gunning to replace more moderate or pragmatic retiring House Republicans in November's midterm elections. Their arrival could mean...

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Congressional GOP's pandering to the tea party may haunt them in 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a lackluster election year, the one story that seemed to offer decent drama was the "Tea Party versus the Republican Establishment" conflagration. I am now inclined to think that wasn’t the big story and that the tea party didn’t lose. The tea party did do poorly in elections and is losing support in the electorate. But the movement is gaining power in Congress anyway. And that is likely to hurt the Republican Party badly down the road. That's the story. snip There is one trend that legitimately scares incumbents: They are winning primaries by smaller margins...

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100+ ‘moderate’ Republicans back pro-abort Democrat over pro-life stalwart in Kansas gov. race

One of the nation's most pro-life governors is facing growing opposition from his own party -- and some of that opposition has backed a pro-abortion candidate to replace him. More than 100 self-described “moderate Republicans” have thrown their support behind a pro-abortion Democrat against an embattled pro-life Republican Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, saying economic matters are of greater importance than abortion. The 100 Republicans have endorsed Paul Davis, a supporter of abortion and the top Democrat in the state House. Critics have focused their ire on what they say is an irresponsible approach to the state budget -- Brownback's...

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The Republican Establishment’s 20-Year War On Conservatives

It began on a snowy night in New Hampshire. The first-in-the-nation primary. February 20, 1996. The story’s origins, though, began exactly four years earlier in that same frigid state.pat In 1992, Patrick J. Buchanan, a popular conservative television commentator who had served as a longtime aide to Richard Nixon, took on the sitting President of the United States in the primaries that year. Party insiders considered his candidacy little more than a joke. But his 38 percent showing in the ’92 New Hampshire primary stunned the political world, and although he won no contests that primary season, he did garner...

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Alaska GOP primary: A lot at stake for 3 candidates and former Gov. Palin on Tuesday

One of the last important primaries before the November midterms will be held Tuesday in Alaska. Voters will pick the Republican candidate to oppose Democratic Senator Mark Begich. There are three very credible candidates who are locked in a tough battle: Alaska politician Dan Sullivan, current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Tea Party favorite Joe Miller. Dan Sullivan, the former attorney general and natural resources commissioner has led for months and is backed by the GOP political establishment including by Fox News contributor and former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove. Four years ago, Sarah Palin's endorsement of Miller,...

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Primary Threat in Alaska has GOP Establishment Shuddering

In Alaska’s Senate primary race, the Republican establishment has downplayed threats to its top candidate, Dan Sullivan. Yet his challengers, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell, have triggered a frenzy of last-minute spending to ensure Sullivan wins the Tuesday election. Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com) Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com) As of late July, Sullivan had about $4.1 million in the...

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Question to Fellow Freepers!

OKAY. It's obvious this is another Tom Delay type witch hunt. My question isn't really if there is any validity to this. It's more about if it will actually work this time against Gov. Perry or will it (hopefully) backfire and shine a big bright light on the corruption that is the Dem party today. Your feedback is much appreciated... Oh, and if "they" can be allowed to get away with this, shouldn't the same thing happen to the two most corrupt gov employees we have right now? Obama and Holder. I'm hoping if we all break out our new...

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Gloomy, frantic Dems plead: More money, please

I've been getting a lot of email from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November's elections. First came the highly publicized "Impeachment Red Alert" campaign, in which the Democratic congressional committee warned that Republicans will impeach President Obama if they win control of the House and Senate. Though much ridiculed, the Impeachment Red Alert effort was a big winner, pulling in $2.1 million in small donations in a single weekend. Despite that success, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's mood seemed to blacken in subsequent days as she asked for more and more money. The subject line of Pelosi's...

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Chris McDaniel to file challenge to Mississippi Senate results

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel is expected to file a formal legal challenge on Thursday to the June 24 Republican primary runoff that he narrowly lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, alleging that thousands of votes cast in favor of his opponent were illegal. On Tuesday, McDaniel said his lawyers have a "rock-solid" case to make, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. McDaniel's team has argued that thousands of people who voted in the Republican runoff also cast ballots in the Democratic primary earlier in June, which would make their ballots invalid under state law. His team has highlighted affidavits from...

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The ‘amnesty’ card: GOP launches 2014 border war

So much for that fresh start with Latino voters. In a dramatic departure from their determination only months ago to win a second look from that rapidly-growing community, national Republicans have embarked on a sustained campaign to make the immigration crisis a central issue in 2014 and exhort voters to punish the White House for failing to lock down the U.S.-Mexico border. The intensity of their rhetoric has increased as a surge of child migrants has renewed attention to the border and amid anticipation that President Barack Obama will issue a set of executive actions on immigration, including potentially suspending...

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Hillary Clinton — a woman of no convictions

The rank spectacle of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suddenly turning on her commander in chief and former boss to shiv him in the back over the burning ruins she helped make of the Middle East is staggering to behold. The brassiness, dishonesty and shamelessness as she slides into yet another presidential campaign season is enough to choke that old Arkansas draft mule of a husband she hitched her career to. The scheming calculation of it all would make Lady Macbeth take to the bed for blushing. How on earth did such a crafty street fighter get so completely...

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Right-Wing PACs' Formula: Lose Races, Rake In the Cash (the Establishment is upset!!)

As Tea Party-affiliated Super PACs keep losing elections, their grassroots fundraising keeps going up, up, up. What’s the mentality there? Despite losing eight of nine GOP Senate primaries and being nearly shut out in a handful of Republican-on-Republican House showdowns in 2014, the three top D.C.-based Super PACs that fueled many of those losing efforts are continuing to rake in donations from supporters across the country. According to the latest monthly filings with the Federal Election Commission compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, the groups—the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth Action, and FreedomWorks for America—all saw one of...

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Tea party ruled the roost on immigration

The Republican Party's immigration agenda on Capitol Hill is driven by its tea party wing, The New York Times reported. House Speaker John Boehner had sought to marginalize Republicans who oppose any form of legal status for immigrants in the United States illegally. The party establishment spent millions of dollars to defeat tea party candidates in the primaries. In the end, the party's most passionate opponents of immigration reform were instrumental in shaping legislation that passed the House before the summer break. The conservative group includes Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, Louie...

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Cantor Voting Rights Act Legacy is Failure to Deliver, Democrats Say

Passing a new Voting Rights Act in the GOP-dominated House was never going to be easy, supporters acknowledge. But with a powerful Republican such as Eric Cantor as an ally, hope flickered for nearly a year. Then came June 10 and the shocking primary defeat that tanked Cantor’s congressional career — taking with it, in all likelihood, any prospect for an update of the landmark 1965 civil rights legislation that had been weakened by a 2012 Supreme Court ruling. Even with Cantor as majority leader, said a House aide close to the VRA negotiations, “I would have speculated that it...

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