When Liberal E.J. Dionne Tries To Give Advice To Conservatives (worth reading)

Why are so many GOP candidates conservative? Blame it on the “Republican primary electorate that has moved so far right that it brooks no deviation.” So goes the eternal Washington game of the liberal elite. This time the player trying to game the GOP is The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, who penned a Memorial Day column titled: “The GOP’s Shape Shifters: The Right’s Political Correctness.” Here’s a bit of what the uber-left wing Mr. Dionne had to say, doubtless delighting with the image of playing with the GOP talking heads and minds that absorb his column: Accommodating right-wing primary voters...

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And Then a Hero Comes Along: Mike Flynn (for Congress)

Perhaps what I am about to say has nothing to do with conservative Mike Flynn running for Congress, Illinois or it has everything to do with it. While painting my garage doors, I thought about how the Left is exposing our kids in public schools to sexual activities as early as kindergarten. Experts say such early exposure creates sexual confusion and fetishes in children. And yet, GOP politicians and a majority of Americans are becoming increasingly passive, allowing the Left to have its way with our kids' minds. I wonder if God will judge us for not protecting the least...

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Ron DeSantis – The Conservative Choice For U.S. Senate In Florida

The race to succeed Senator Marco Rubio as Florida’s junior Senator is starting to heat up. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-6) was the first to officially announce his candidacy and we here at CHQ recommend him to our readers as the conservative choice in the GOP primary and in the November election. In his two terms in the House Congressman DeSantis has been a leader on key elements of the conservative agenda and on issues that are fundamental to reestablishing American economic growth. An unapologetic advocate of American exceptionalism, DeSanti has also been a leader on national security. He has been...

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Jeb Bush beating around the campaign trail

Jeb Bush sucks. Why beat around the ... bush? It’s reality. Juan Ellis Bush is stumbling around the country, and the more Republicans he meets, the further he drops in the polls. In Oklahoma over the weekend, he finished sixth — sixth! — in a straw poll. In Iowa, he’s been running seventh. Even in New Hampshire, he’s slip-sliding away, tied for third in the most recent Bloomberg poll. “I am a Bush and I am proud of it,” he blurted out last week in Portsmouth. “I mean, what am I supposed to say?” How about, “I quit.” Or, “I’m...

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Supreme Court to Hear Texas Senate Districts Case

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children or not citizens. The plaintiffs claim that redrawing electoral districts based on the population of citizens and non-citizens alike violates the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote. The challengers claim that taking account of total population can lead to vast differences in the number of voters in...

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Meet the 'Dark Money' Phantom (protect Senator Portman time!)

A "bulldog" Ohio lawyer is helping conservative groups influence elections as opaquely as legally possible. WEST CHESTER, Ohio—Just outside Cincinnati, tucked among insurance agencies, hair salons and a yoga studio, is the nexus of one of the nation’s most mysterious networks pouring secret money into elections. “Langdon Law LLC Political, Election Nonprofit and Constitutional Law,” reads its small sign, which faces the building’s parking lot rather than the street. On a Tuesday afternoon last month, that parking lot was empty. No one answered the Langdon Law office door. Phone calls went unreturned. Unlike other heavy-hitting political lawyers, David Langdon doesn’t...

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US Sen. Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide, His Office Says

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has married longtime aide Kay Webber. In a statement released Monday, Cochran's office said the marriage took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. Spokesman Chris Gallegos says Webber, Cochran's executive assistant, has worked for him since 1981. The 77-year-old senator's former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after living in a nursing home for 13 years.

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FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers (so screw you, Mitch!)

FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating. Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations. The FBI did...

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The Democrats heat up some leftovers for the 2016 Senate races.

Before we get into the meat of this story from the National Journal, let me just note that this – “One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama’s tenure in office” – has always been properly appreciated by me. I noticed this issue a while back. Sorry, but I felt the need to establish that. Moving on… …less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party’s Senate races. It’s awfully unusual to see how...

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American Crossroads facing challenges to its political power

WASHINGTON >> For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates. But in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Crossroads — among the first outside groups to fully exploit the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unleashing wealthy donors and corporations — has been buffeted by a rapidly changing political landscape that is testing its pre-eminence, and potentially its survival. The...

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McConnell's Patriot Act Plot Veers Off Script

All Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted was a quick extension of the Patriot Act and then a vacation. Early Saturday morning, his plans for a two-month extension quickly dwindled to a week-long extension, then a four-day extension, then a two-day extension, then a one-day extension. Each time, McConnell was rebuffed by a small coterie led by Sen. Rand Paul, his home state colleague, a close ally and friend, not to mention his choice for the 2016 presidential nomination. Call it the Bluegrass State brawl. The all-out legislative fight capped off the end of a strange session for McConnell, when...

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Republicans lose faith in party leadership

A new Pew Research Center poll shows that America is unhappy with the GOP led Congress. In fact, Americans are disgusted as Republican congressional leaders only registered a 22% overall approval rating. What is especially significant is that the poll shows this anger is bi-partisan. Only 41% of Republicans approve of the performance of the GOP congressional leadership. This is much lower than the 60% approval rating GOP leaders received in 2011 and the 78% approval rating they received from Republicans in 1995, months after the party took control of Congress for the first time in 40 years. There is...

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McConnell's floor strategy backfires

Mitch McConnell tried to use a time-tested tactic to break his fellow senators’ will and get what he wants: the threat of missing their vacation after a grueling, six-week work period. It didn’t work. The majority leader prioritized a fast-track trade bill over renewing three key PATRIOT Act provisions that expire on May 31. McConnell got the trade bill through on Friday evening, but his attempts to exhaust his colleagues and jam through a clean extension of surveillance laws blew apart just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A trio of libertarian-leaning senators objected to McConnell’s attempts to offer even a two-day...

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American Conservative Union Slams McCain For Selectively Citing Ratings To Make Himself Look Better

Sen. John McCain’s campaign team is getting called out by the very organization whose rating it cited on Twitter. Team McCain advertised his 91 percent rating in 2014 from conservative group ACU as the Washington insider heads into a tough 2016 campaign season. What it doesn’t mention is his abysmal 2013 rating of 52 percent or his history of higher ratings going into re-election fights. The American Conservative Union (ACU), host of the hugely popular Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC), rates Congressional officeholders year over year. McCain’s lifetime ACU based on 32 years in office is 82.13 percent. Looking back...

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5 reasons the Iowa Straw Poll does not matter

WASHINGTON (TNS) — R.I.P., Iowa Straw Poll. Badly wounded in 2011, it was lethally wounded Thursday.Mike Huckabee announced he won’t compete this year. Neither will Jeb Bush. So far, no one except Donald Trump has committed to participating — if he runs.For years, the circuslike summer event served mainly as a test of how much money candidates for the Republican nomination would spend to buy tickets for attendees, on buses to get them there, and on barbecue and music to entertain them so they would support them in a non-binding “poll.”And the Democrats, who ban all straw polls as a...

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Hillary Clinton's scandals piling up faster than flakes in a snowstorm

Wading through the daily deluge of Hillary Clinton news, I feel like I’m reading the police blotter. The litany of her shameful shenanigans resembles the litany of neighborhood crimes recorded by cops. There are simply too many to stomach. There is another similarity, too: In both cases, fear and revulsion are the proper responses from honest Americans. More than 17 months before Election Day, Clinton scandals are piling up faster than robberies during a police strike. There is a media feeding frenzy over her shady dealings and the sheer volume of unsavory revelations is approaching a critical mass. The pace...

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Boehner is Going DOWN!! Speaker To Receive Strong Primary Challenge Again From JD Winteregg!

For those who say JD can’t win and no one can beat John Boehner – I can only say this: Go to New York, head on over to K Street (Wall Street) and find former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, where he’s working some cushy, high-paid, influence peddling job now, since getting his arse handed to him by “he can’t win” Dave Brat. Walk up to Cantor and tell him JD Winteregg cannot beat John Boehner: Then, I want you to take out your iPhone and take a pic of Eric Cantor’s face right after you tell him Winteregg can’t...

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Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments

The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups. The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign. The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as “revenue” rather than donations, which is why...

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Kentucky Tea Party triumph

A year ago Sen. Mitch McConnell was basking in a convincing U.S. Senate primary victory, explaining he had "crushed the tea party" by beating political newcomer, Louisville entrepreneur, and army veteran Matt Bevin. But in a shocking 4-way gubernatorial primary, Bevin turned the tables in 2015 and is now the GOP nominee in a race against a very liberal and beatable Democrat Jack Conway; the guy Rand Paul rolled over in 2010. This wasn’t supposed to happen. Bevin hesitated to even enter the governor’s race, only filing on the last day. The big favorite going in was the young agriculture...

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Eckhart to challenge Portman for U.S. Senate nomination (Ohio)

Don Elijah Eckhart has announced he will try to wrestle the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senator from incumbent Rob Portman in the March 2016 primary. “I am pro-life, and I continue to support the Ohio Constitution’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman,” Mr. Eckhart said. “I will protect religious freedom, especially the right of pastors and priests to preach values from the Bible.” He said he is committed to simplifying the federal income tax and reducing tax rates for the middle class. “By eliminating special tax breaks, the overall income tax rates could be reduced substantially,”...

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As Matt Bevin focuses on fall election, questions about Mitch McConnell, GOP divide linger

In his first public appearance since Tuesday night's election, presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin got a glimpse of the trouble he might have uniting his party in coming months. Bevin wrapped up his remarks Thursday afternoon to the Women Republicans of Central Kentucky by talking about how he has even heard from several Democrats who told him they will work for his campaign. Then he opened it up to questions. Patrick Moores of Lexington stood in Sal's Chophouse and complimented Bevin on his likely victory and then asked Bevin the question that many Republicans have asked about him for...

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Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments

A focus group of ten Iowa Democrats were assembled by Bloomberg Politics and while all of them confidently pledged their support for Hillary Clinton as president, not one of them could name a single accomplishment while she was Secretary of State...[Snip]...The takeaway from the focus group accentuates the problem with an uninformed public. These Democrats were more than willing to stand behind a candidate they know little or nothing about. Their awkward silence when trying to conjure up a single political accomplishment of their preferred candidate speaks volumes.

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Orrin Hatch on Trade Bill: ‘I Don’t Know Fully What’s in TPP Myself’

Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (MA) went to the Senate floor to push for immediate consideration of a bill that would make the Obamatrade text public — right now Congress has to go to a secured room to review the text and can’t take notes out or discuss what is in it with the public. That motion failed when Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) objected, since it required unanimous consent. The two Democrats even praised President George W. Bush, who released his free trade text in 2001. Today, President Obama, who promised to have the most...

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Matt Bevin Holds Slim 83 Vote Lead In Kentucky GOP Gubernatorial Primary

One year after Senator Sen. Mitch McConnell soundly thumped him in the 2014 Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has apparently mounted a spectacular comeback. With all precincts reporting, Bevin leads Agriculture Commissioner Jack Comer by a whopping 83 votes in the primary to be the party’s nominee for governor. While Comer has called for a “recanvass” of votes, most political pundits in the state are calling Bevin the likely victor. Bevin himself claimed victory late Tuesday night. “For those of you in the media who thought Republican politics in the state of Kentucky was boring, think...

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The Kentucky Gubernatorial primary is another blow to Mitch McConnell

In case you missed the primary battle in Kentucky last night, there was enough excitement in the GOP governor’s race to fill the pages of politicos’ notebooks for quite a while in an odd numbered year. You probably remember Matt Bevin, who was a big Tea Party favorite in his challenge to Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate primary but was rather thoroughly stomped on election day. Well, he’s still in the game and hoping to become Governor instead. He found himself in a wild ride late into the night, after first having been declared the winner by the local...

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