Kansas: The most important race in the country (Brownback)

The American Left and strategic thinking Reagan Republicans agree: The re-election campaign of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is now the most important race in America. Kansas? Governor? We were all told that the fight to control the United States Senate was the end all and be all of 2014. Yes, the fight for the Senate is important. It is well understood by all concerned. Republicans chose stronger than expected candidates. Democrats often missed opportunities. But the direction of the country will be set by the Kansas race. Why? Kansas is a relatively small state with only four congressmen. Why would...

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Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence

Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....

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Rick Perry Defends In-State Tuition for Illegals, Despite Tough Border Talk

At an event today at the University of Texas Austin campus, Texas Governor Rick Perry reaffirmed his support of allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities, while U.S. citizens from other states continue to pay higher out-of-state tuition rates. Perry made his remarks in a "One-on-One Conversation" with Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith at the Texas Tribune Festival, an annual event organized by the online media outlet. Breitbart Texas made several queries to Governor Perry's press office for comment, but as of press time, had not received a reply. A UT student...

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GOP turns 'amnesty' around on Dems

After largely avoiding immigration as a wedge issue in competitive races, Republicans are suddenly hitting Democrats for supporting “amnesty.” President Obama’s decision earlier this month to delay any executive action on immigration until after the midterms has given national Republicans a new way to tie Democrats to the unpopular president. However, some GOP strategists worry the approach risks further alienating the party from Hispanic voters they need in 2016 to win the White House. “Short term it’s an entirely different electoral landscape,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who advised Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid. “What looks good...

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McDaniel cites Gunn’s challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran

JACKSON — Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn. McDaniel lost to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary. Now, the state senator from Jones County is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court for a second chance on a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Cochran’s victory. Winning the legal argument could be difficult in a place with no history of judges ordering a do-over of a statewide election. In a legal brief filed late Thursday,...

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Did Chris McDaniel win by losing Senate race?

JACKSON, Mississippi -- It's been nearly three months since Chris McDaniel lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, and he still hasn't conceded. Now, it's worth considering whether McDaniel, a state senator tea party favorite from Jones County, is pursuing a long-term political strategy of winning by losing. Certified results show six-term Sen. Thad Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes in the June 24 primary runoff. McDaniel is enmeshed in a legal battle trying to overturn Cochran's victory by claiming the runoff was tainted because Cochran reached out to voters who traditionally support Democrats. Mississippi doesn't register voters...

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Mitch McConnell Has A Two-Pronged Re-Election Strategy Because Half Of Kentucky Doesn't Like Him

PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem. While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career. Relying on broad financial...

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The Vichy GOP Thinks Tea Parties Should Just Shut Up & Fall In Line, Or Something

One must borrow Her Majesty’s dead horse in response to the Fox News question: Will Tea Party, GOP establishment be ‘mending fences’ to win Senate in November? After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the Washington establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in November to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber. Here I go: What difference, at this point, does it make? One can understand that, yes, there are still two years of #OccupyResoluteDesk to endure. But ObamaCare is still a river...

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Meet John Feehery, Perhaps the Worst GOP Establishment Consultant Ever

Before this week, I figured that the race to the intellectual bottom for Republican consultants would have been a doggoned close contest. For years I’ve written many columns -- and a book -- that laid bare the cognitive dissonance and record of embarrassing losses of such wizards as Karl Rove, Haley (and Henry) Barbour, Rick Tyler, Andrea Saul, Charlie Black, Steve Schmidt, Matt Rhodes, Nicole Wallace and others. I’ve even established a pretty good record of demonstrating the fallacy of using the Frank Luntz type focus group as a means for testing campaign messaging. Somehow, though, the worst of them...

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The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

Notice a theme? In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point —that the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding. Tillis’s opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), also raised it in a political debate. In June, we first looked at this issue, when yet another outside group, Emily’s List, ran a similar attack ad. The Emily’s List ad, as well as two of these new ads, pair the $500 million allegation with the bogus claim...

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CALIFORNIA GOP CONVENTION: A DIVIDED PARTY FIGHTS FOR ITS SURVIVAL

Despite a rousing speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who indicated that he would soon open an office in the state in pursuit of his presidential ambitions, California's Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, "Reclaim California," sounded a note of division, with three prominent Republicans declining to support the party's candidate for governor, amidst growing concern about the party's future as a statewide political institution. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who lost to former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari in the primary election after being outspent in the closing weeks, declined to endorse Kashkari when asked by the Sacramento Bee,...

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‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America

The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections. This tool, the Catalist database, was employed in the 2012 election. That election defied conventional wisdom: Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost. If you wondered why the conventional wisdom about independents and moderates didn’t seem so wise in 2012, the answer is Catalist. Beyond winning elections, Catalist also allows the Democrats to turn the policy narrative upside down and suffer no political consequence for implementing radical policies which appeal to their base. The...

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Hagan lead steady at 4 points

PPP's newest North Carolina Senate poll finds the race steady compared to a month ago. Kay Hagan continues to lead by 4 points, with 44% to 40% for Thom Tillis and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Haugh's impact on the race is waning- since June his support has dropped from 11% now down to this 5% standing. He's also no longer disproportionately drawing supporters away from Tillis- when Haugh's supporters are reallocated to who they would choose between Hagan and Tillis, Hagan continues to hold a 4 point lead at 46/42.

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Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43%

Election 2014: Iowa Senate Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43% in PoliticsEmail thisShareThis.Related Articles Daily Presidential Tracking Poll Voters Still Think Cost, Quality of Care Will Worsen Under Obamacare 49% Favor Religious Exemption from Contraceptive Mandate, 39% Oppose Kansas Senate: Orman (I) 45%, Roberts (R) 40% Georgia Senate: Perdue (R) 46%, Nunn (D) 41% Voters Trust Republicans More Than Democrats on Nine Out of 15 Major Issues Sign up for free daily updates .Friday, September 19, 2014 The Iowa Senate race remains dead even. Iowa continues to be a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Senate Balance of...

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A Cassidy Lead in Louisiana (Fox News Senate poll 51% to 38% over Landrieu)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.), an ObamaCare voter running for re-election in a conservative state, has to this point shown remarkable political resilience. But a new Fox News poll suggests that her days in the Senate may be drawing to a close. The survey of 617 likely voters in Louisiana shows Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) leading Ms. Landrieu by 13 percentage points. The telephone poll, conducted Sept. 14-16, finds that 51% of Louisiana voters prefer Mr. Cassidy as their next senator, versus 38% who favor the incumbent. This may be the result of blistering recent television ads showing the...

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The Return of King Dollar: Are the markets anticipating a GOP November sweep?

Maybe the U.S. economy, a weakling for the last six years, is finally starting to flex some muscle. We’re referring to the return of King Dollar. For those who haven’t been paying attention, the greenback is in the midst of a rally not seen since the 1990s. It’s racing past the euro, the yen, and other currencies. Investors worldwide are buying the equivalent of stock in America, Inc. If the rise in the dollar’s valuation is sustainable, it’s welcome news for the stock market, for fighting inflation, and for U.S. growth prospects. Ronald Reagan said it best: A strong dollar...

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GOP House Candidate Has No Qualms About War with Mexico to Stop Illegal Immigration

The Republican candidate for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 6th district recently suggested that the United States military could use force in Mexico to prevent the flow of foreigners crossing the border with drug cartels. During a GOP runoff forum in June, hosted by a tea party group in Rockingham County, Mark Walker was asked how he would secure the United States’ southern border.

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Vanity: Which would you choose?

If an Omnipotent Force gave you the choice of: 1) President Hillary Clinton AND Republican Senate and House, OR, 2) Let the election chips fall where they may, Which would you choose?

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Possible Rules Change Could Punish Boehner Dissidents

House Republicans are quietly discussing a proposal that could fundamentally alter the way future speakers of the House are chosen, according to multiple GOP sources, with the objective of avoiding a repeat of John Boehner's embarrassing reelection vote in 2013.

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Dem Operative Says Obama Planning "October Surprise"

Long time Democratic Party operative Bob Beckel says GOP hopes of taking control of both Houses of Congress will be thwarted by an "October surprise." "Republicans who are counting on the President's unpopularity to spark a vote against Congressional Democrats are in for a rude awakening," Beckel predicted. "On Sunday, November 2nd President Obama will go on national TV and announce his resignation. Relieved of this albatross, embattled Democrats should be able to cruise to the finish line on top on November 4th." "Then on the third day, November 5th, President Obama will rise like Jesus did, and resume his...

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The GOP’s Era of No Feelings

A look at almost all the polling shows that this is supposed to be the GOP’s year. The Republican Party has everything to gain – control of the Senate, greater control of the House, an effective means of stopping the President Barack Obama’s agenda. It is difficult – though not entirely impossible – to imagine the GOP not meeting at least their goal for the Senate. Though the poll is a tremendous outlier, my colleague RMJ noted earlier that Mark Udall’s performance in Colorado is abysmal. This is but one example of Democrats slipping in places they, frankly, shouldn’t be....

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Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border — even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers. Immigrant advocates complained that House Republicans who wrote the bill focused on detaining Central American youths and families who crossed the border while ignoring the need for more immigration judges to hear their cases, and lawyers to represent the youths. "The resolution includes only funding for the prison staffing and no accelerated spending for the judges who hear...

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GDIAF NRSC

Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.” A few hours...

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McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss

JACKSON — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday, hours before a midnight deadline. The arguments mirror what McDaniel’s attorneys had said before Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed McDaniel’s lawsuit last month — that current state law does not specify a deadline for a candidate to challenge a primary loss. McGehee had agreed with Cochran’s attorneys in...

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Conservatives don't foresee challenge to John Boehner's speakership

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- The House of Representatives' most conservative members -- who have grumbled in the past about ousting Ohio's John Boehner from his job as House Speaker -- now say they're happy with their treatment and don't expect to mount an insurrection in the next Congress. Members of the Republican Study Committee told reporters at their monthly "Conversations with Conservatives" gathering that they believe that newly established Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise -- who chaired the study committee before assuming his new job -- are doing a better job listening to the sentiments of...

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