Tag: Candidates

The 8 GOP Presidential Candidates Who Need To Get The Hell Out Of The Race Right Now


JEB BUSH
The high mucky-muck of the Republican establishment crowd, otherwise known as Dubya’s younger, less interesting brother.

Not since the failed candidacy of Howard Dean has an early front-runner in a Presidential race taken such a sustained beating in the polls. The once great, white hope of the Republican elitist class is now a single-digit joke whose big-money backers are starting to regret they ever laid eyes on this no-trick pony.

MIKE HUCKABEE
The radio host, turned minister, turned Governor, turned Presidential candidate, turned TV host, turned Presidential candidate again.

Why this man hasn’t started his own televangelist network by now is beyond me. He is clearly better suited to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on cable channel 287 than run for political office. At least as a TV pastor he’d be competitive in his chosen field of endeavor, instead of pointlessly clinging to his status as a second-tier political hack.

RAND PAUL
The Senator from Kentucky and middle child of former Congressman, libertarian Presidential candidate and prattling lunatic, Ron Paul.

Let’s face it, the only reason most people even know about this freshman lawmaker is because his father made a name for himself promoting pretty much the same policies that Rand has since adopted. Apparently, the nut doesn’t fall far from the nut-tree when it comes to blaming America for the rise of Muslim terrorism since the 1970s, and while the good doctor in question doesn’t seem nearly as crazy as his old man did when he ran for President, the things he says have just enough batshit mixed in with them to remind most of us why we’re not libertarians.

CHRIS CHRISTIE
The morbidly obese Governor of New Jersey, former Obama rump-swab and RINO squish, otherwise known as El Jefe Grande.

He’s big, he’s fat and he’s loud. Okay, so he’d make a great Ralph Kramden if CBS ever decides to bring back ‘The Honeymooners’, but beyond that, he’s a waste of space… WAY too much space. Did I mention he’s really fat?

CARLY FIORINA
The former corporate CEO, failed Senatorial candidate and fake conservative, whose only claim to fame is that she managed to turn a largely destructive business career into a multi-million dollar personal fortune.

What can I say about this woman that Donald Trump hasn’t already said in far more entertaining and sexist terms before? Hmmm… well, for starters she’s the single most left-leaning candidate on the GOP debate stage, despite her well-rehearsed assertions to the contrary. In essence, she’s a would-be Susan Collins pretending to be the next Sarah Palin, only she doesn’t have the credibility or the gams of Mama Grizzly.

JOHN KASICH
The extremely annoying Governor of Ohio, former Congressman, former TV host and snarky know-it-all, otherwise known as the guy who just won’t shut the fuck up already.

To say this man is irksome would be an insult to irks everywhere. I’d add more, but I’m too irritated by the very thought of this idiot to continue insulting him right now.

RICK SANTORUM
The former Congressman, former Senator and former Presidential candidate from Pennsylvania who can’t seem to understand why a sweater vest is not a viable substitute for charisma.

Ya know, there was a time when I honestly believed that Mr. Santorum would evolve into a credible, top-shelf candidate for President one day. That was over a decade ago, and now I’m convinced that – like stupid – you just can’t fix boring. The upside is that Mr. Rogers’ old job is still wide open.

GEORGE PATAKI
The former Mayor of Peekskill, New York, former State Assemblyman, former State Senator and former Governor, who, despite being in politics since 1981 has yet to garner the name recognition of your average, small-town Comptroller.

Just the fact that this assclown has bothered to stay in the game longer than superior candidates like Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal makes me want to smack him over the head with a plastic snow shovel. Cripes, George, you’re not even gaining traction at the kiddie-table debates anymore. If you look in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Lindsey Graham right next to the word ‘pathetic’. Why? Because you’ve yet to rise to the level of pathetic. You are a catastrophic loser, George, yet you need not lament your absolute failure. After all, very few people have even noticed so far.

NOTE: It has just come to my attention that Lonesome George dropped out of the race last week. Gee, how could I have possibly missed that? (sarcasm off)

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Republican Coup: GOP Primary Candidates Cut RNC Out Of Debate Process

GOP Campaigns Agree To Cut RNC Out Of Debate Process, Negotiate Directly With Networks – Big Government

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The 2016 GOP presidential campaigns agreed on Sunday evening to cut the Republican National Committee (RNC) out of the debate negotiation process and instead deal directly with networks moderating debates, Breitbart News has learned.

Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for frontrunner Donald Trump, confirmed to Breitbart News via phone on Sunday that the “biggest consensus” of five separate points the GOP campaigns agreed on was cutting the RNC out of the negotiations with the networks, as the campaigns would each like to negotiate with the networks directly.

In response to the revelation that the RNC will be cut out of the process, RNC chief spokesman Sean Spicer – the party’s point man on handling debates until now – said the RNC stands ready to help the candidates in any way they can.

“The RNC is fully committed to serving the interests of our campaigns,” Spicer told Breitbart News. “We support the best format to present their vision to lead America forward.”

A campaign manager with another campaign who wished not to be identified confirmed to Breitbart News that the RNC will no longer be handling debate format and that the “campaigns will take the lead” on that. The RNC will still handle basic logistics, though, that campaign manager said.

The second point of agreement was that they want information from the networks on things such as qualification criteria earlier than before, Lewandowski said, and third was they want “greater parity and greater integrity” in questions. A fourth point of agreement, according to Lewandowski, was they want debates to last no longer than two hours – including commercials – and a fifth is they want each candidate to get at least 30 seconds apiece for opening and for closing statements.

“Mr. Trump has won the last three debates, and he is willing to continue to debate his opponents,” Lewandowski told Breitbart News. “However, the moderators of the debates should not be the story. Instead, the candidates’ responses to questions is what the American public should hear.”

The meeting happened at the Hilton in Alexandria, Virginia, in Old Town on King Street just outside Washington, D.C.

Most of the details of what various campaigns wanted was already made public heading into the meeting. “Ben Carson’s campaign manager, Barry Bennett, was hopeful that the group could agree on one two-hour debate with every candidate onstage,” the Washington Post’s Bob Costa and Dave Weigel reported.

They also quoted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager Sarah Huckabee Sanders, laying out a previously public demand from campaigns.

“One of the big goals is allowing for more substance and equal time,” Sanders said. “It does make that difficult if there are multiple candidates but the debate’s capped at two hours.”

But the revelation that the RNC will no longer be a part of the debate process has not yet been reported until now.

During the meeting, too, according to Costa and Weigel, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign manager Danny Diaz pushed unsuccessfully for Telemundo to get reinstated as a moderator – something Trump would boycott.

“Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz recommended that Telemundo be reinstated after being dropped along with NBC,” Costa and Weigel wrote. “But the campaign of businessman Donald Trump, represented by manager Corey Lewandowski, threatened to boycott a debate if the Spanish-language network that Trump has clashed with was granted one.”

Telemundo was supposed to partner with NBC News, but after CNBC’s horrendous moderating job in Boulder, Colorado, last week lost its upcoming debate along with partner network NBC News.

This revelation also means a last-ditch effort by the RNC to keep control of the process has failed. Politico reported right before the meeting that the RNC named a new official to handle debates along with Spicer. Politico’s Mike Allen quoted RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh as having emailed campaign managers for all 14 GOP candidates’ campaign managers half an hour before the meeting to say she has placed RNC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sean Cairncross in charge of the debates with Spicer.

“I have asked Sean Cairncross, Chief Operating Officer of the RNC and former Chief Counsel to take the central role in the debate process, specifically as it pertains to working with Sean Spicer and negotiating with the networks,” Walsh emailed the campaign managers.

The Sunday evening meeting was initiated by Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign. Carson, who along with Trump sits atop GOP polling, had pushed for all the GOP candidates including those polling extraordinarily low to be granted a place on stage. Most of the other top polling candidates’ campaigns did not agree to that. Campaign staff for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is polling at or below 1 percent, and for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum pushed for being included on the main stage of debates.

“Representatives from the undercard campaigns of Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.) told reporters that they would focus on what Graham adviser Brett O’Donnell called ‘equal treatment’ for their campaigns – two debates, each with seven randomly selected candidates,” Weigel and Costa wrote.

It was at the urging of Graham’s struggling campaign that highly controversial GOP establishment lawyer Ben Ginsberg was present, emails obtained by Breitbart News ahead of the meeting showed. Ginsberg’s controversial history of working to change RNC rules – he did so in 2012 – has drawn the ire of conservatives who believe he’s working on behalf of the establishment to game the process to hurt conservatives.

The New York Times reported after the meeting that Ginsberg “is drafting a letter – without the R.N.C.’s input – that the campaigns plan to send to the networks within 48 hours.”

“Mr. Ginsberg called the committee immediately after the meeting to convey the group’s next steps,” the Times’ Ashley Parker wrote.

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*AUDIO* Mark Levin: The Leftist News Media And The GOP Debates


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*AUDIO* Ann Coulter: RINO Speaker Candidates And Illegal Aliens

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*VIDEOS* Ted Cruz: Heritage Action Presidential Candidates Forum


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*LIVE STREAMING* Heritage Action Presidential Candidates Forum In Greenville, SC (09/18/15 – 4PM ET)


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Attendees: Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal.
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The Donald Extends Lead In Latest GOP Candidates Poll – Carson A Distant Second

New National Poll: Donald Trump Has Biggest Lead Ever With Carson A Distant 2nd – Right Scoop

A new national poll out today by OANN and Gravis Marketing has Trump up to 40%, his YUGEST lead ever over his Republican contenders. Here’s how each candidate rated:

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While Carson’s lead more than doubled, he’s still a distant second place with the rest of the GOP field behind him. Jeb lost a bit as both Cruz and Fiorina gained.

Here’s the info on the poll:

Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 3,567 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2%. The total may not equal exactly 100% due to rounding. The polls were conducted on August 21-22 using interactive voice response, IVR, technology and weighted separately for each population in the question presented.

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Ed Rates The Top 10 GOP Primary Candidates On Their Fox News Debate Performances


NO. 1 – BEN CARSON

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: Tied For 4th (6.6%)
DEBATE GRADE: A
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 4th

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NO. 2 – TED CRUZ

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 6th (6.2%)
DEBATE GRADE: A-
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 5th

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NO. 3 – MIKE HUCKABEE

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: Tied For 4th (6.6%)
DEBATE GRADE: B+
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 6th

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NO. 4 – MARCO RUBIO

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 7th (5.2%)
DEBATE GRADE: B
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 7th

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NO. 5 – SCOTT WALKER

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 3rd (10.6%)
DEBATE GRADE: C+
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 3rd

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NO. 6 – JOHN KASICH

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 10th (2.8%)
DEBATE GRADE: C
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 10th

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NO. 7 – JEB BUSH

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 2nd (12.8%)
DEBATE GRADE: C-
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 2nd

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NO. 8 – CHRIS CHRISTIE

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 9th (3.4%)
DEBATE GRADE: C-
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 9th

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NO. 9 – RAND PAUL

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 8th (4.8%)
DEBATE GRADE: D+
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 8th

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NO. 10 – DONALD TRUMP

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PRE-DEBATE POSITION: 1st (23.2%)
DEBATE GRADE: D
PROJECTED POST-DEBATE POSITION: 1st

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*LIVE STREAMING* Fox News Republican Primary Top 10 Candidates Debate (08/06/15 – 9pm ET)



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Participants: Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush.

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And The Ten GOP Primary Candidates Who’ve Been Chosen To Attend The First Primetime Fox News Debate Are…


TED CRUZ

NICKNAME: CRUZ CONTROL

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RESUME:
U.S. Senator
Authored 70 U.S. Supreme Court briefs
Argued nine cases (five successfully) before the U.S. Supreme Court
Former partner at the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius law firm
Former Solicitor General of Texas
Former Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning
Former associate deputy U.S. Attorney General
Former domestic policy advisor for George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign
Former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, specializing in U.S. Supreme Court litigation
Former associate at the Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal law firm
Former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist
Former law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig
JD – Harvard Law School (magna cum laude)
BA – Princeton University (cum laude)
1988 Class Valedictorian – Second Baptist High School of Houston, TX

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SCOTT WALKER

NICKNAME: WALKER, TAXES RANGER

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RESUME:
Governor of Wisconsin
Former Milwaukee County Executive
Former member of the American Legislative Exchange Council
Former Wisconsin State Assemblyman
Former financial specialist at the American Red Cross
Marquette University attendee
Former representative of the American Legion’s Boys Nation leadership and government training program
Former Eagle Scout

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BEN CARSON

NICKNAME: DR. FEELGOOD

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RESUME:
Member of the American Academy of Achievement
Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
Former Professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Former Director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor
Recipient of Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged
Recipient of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership
Recipient of the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal, for exemplifying the qualities embodied by President Abraham Lincoln – including courage, integrity, tolerance, equality, and creative expression – through superior achievements
Elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine
Ranked by Gallup as the sixth most admired man in the world
Designated a Library of Congress Living Legend
Awarded 38 honorary doctorate degrees
MD – University of Michigan Medical School
BA – Yale University

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MARCO RUBIO

NICKNAME: MR. AMNESTY MAN

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RESUME:
U.S. Senator
Former private law practitioner in Miami, FL
Former visiting professor at Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center
Former Florida State Chairman of GOPAC
Former Speaker of the Florida State House of Representatives
Former Majority Leader of the Florida State House of Representatives
Former Majority Whip of the Florida State House of Representatives
Former Florida State Representative
Former City Commissioner for West Miami, FL
Former intern of U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
JD – University of Miami, FL (cum laude)
BS – University of Florida

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RAND PAUL

NICKNAME: MINI-ME

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RESUME:
U.S. Senator
Former campaign manager for U.S. Representative Ron Paul
Founder of the North Carolina Taxpayers Union
Founder and Chairman of Kentucky Taxpayers United
Founder of the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic
Former private medical practitioner in Bowling Green, KY
Former Resident at Duke University Medical Center
MD – Duke University Medical Center
Fomer member of the Young Conservatives of Texas
Baylor University honors program enrollee

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MIKE HUCKABEE

NICKNAME: THE HUCKSTER

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RESUME:
Former host of Fox News channel’s Huckabee television program
Former Governor of Arkansas
Former Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Former television producer and documentarian
Former host of the Positive Alternatives television program
Former pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, AR
Former pastor at Beech Street Baptist Church in Texarkana, AR
Former staffer for televangelist James Robison
BA – Ouachita Baptist University (magna cum laude)
Former news radio broadcaster

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DONALD TRUMP

NICKNAME: THE DONALD

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RESUME:
Former producer and host of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ television program
Former producer and host of ‘The Apprentice’ television program
Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO of the Trump Organization
Chairman of Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Inc.
Owner of various product and service brands including: Trump Financial, Trump Sales and Leasing, Trump Restaurants, Trump Catering, Trump Ice Cream Parlor, GoTrump, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, Donald Trump – The Fragrance, Trump Magazine, Trump Golf, Trump Chocolate, Trump Home, Trump Productions, Trump Institute, Trump – The Game, Donald Trump’s Real Estate Tycoon, Trump Books, Trump Model Management, Trump Shuttle, Trump Ice, Trump Mortgage, Trump Vodka, and Trump Steaks
Owner of the Miss USA beauty pageant
Owner of the Miss Universe beauty pageant
Developer and owner of Trump International Golf Links in various locations, including: Doonbeg Ireland, Aberdeen Scotland, West Palm Beach FL, Rancho Palos Verdes CA, Bedminster NJ, Washington DC, Westchester NY, Philadelphia PA, Charlotte NC, and Colts Neck NJ
Developer and owner of Trump International Hotel and Tower complexes in various locations, including: Honolulu HI, Toronto Canada, Las Vegas NV, New York NY, and Chicago IL
Former owner of the New Jersey Generals USFL football team
Developer and owner of Trump Tower in New York, NY
BS – Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania
Fordham University attendee
Former cadet Captain at the New York Military Academy

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CHRIS CHRISTIE

NICKNAME: GOVERNOR FAT BASTARD

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RESUME:
Governor of New Jersey
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Former member of the Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys for Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales
Former counsel for George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign
Former lobbyist for GPU Energy, Hackensack University Medical Center, the University of Phoenix, and the Securities Industry Association
Former member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders for Morris County, NJ
Former member of the Election Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
Former partner at the Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci law firm
JD – Seton Hall University
BA – University of Delaware

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JEB BUSH

NICKNAME: TWIG

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RESUME:
Former Governor of Florida
Former Executive Director of the 1992 Florida Bush-Quayle campaign
Former Chairman of the 1990 Bob Martinez Gubernatorial campaign
Former Florida State Secretary of Commerce
Former Chairman of the Republican Party of Dade County
Former member of the Dade County Homeless Trust
Former Chairman of the South Florida United Negro College Fund’s finance committee
Former co-Chairman of Floridians for Educational Choice
Former co-Founder and board member of the Liberty City Charter School
Former member of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Former board member of the United Way of Dade County
Former member of the Zoology Society of South Florida
Former Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Florida’s Future
Former Chairman of the Beacon Council
Former President and CEO of the Codina Group
Former Vice President of the Texas Commerce Bank, Venezuela
BA – University of Texas

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JOHN KASICH

NICKNAME: MR. PERSONALITY

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RESUME:
Governor of Ohio
Former Chairman of Recharge Ohio PAC
Former host of Fox News channel’s Heartland with John Kasich television program
Former Managing Director of Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division
Former associate at Schottenstein Stores Corporation
Former board member of Invacare Corporation
Former board member of Norvax Corporation
Chief architect of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act
Former U.S. Representative
Former Ohio State Senator
Former aide to Ohio State Senator Donald Lukens
Former researcher for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission
BA – Ohio State University

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THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATES WILL BE ATTENDING THE 5PM FOX LEFTOVERS DEBATE

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RICK PERRY

NICKNAME: TEX-SPECS

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BOBBY JINDAL

NICKNAME: BIBBIDI-BOBBIDI-BOO

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RICK SANTORUM

NICKNAME: SWEATER VEST

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CARLY FIORINA

NICKNAME: THAT CHICK FROM THAT THING

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LINDSEY GRAHAM

NICKNAME: LINDSEY GRAHAMNESTY

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GEORGE PATAKI

NICKNAME: THE PRETENDER

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JIM GILMORE

NICKNAME: WHO?

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*LIVE STREAMING* ‘Voters First’ Republican Primary Candidates Forum (08/03/15 – 7pm ET)



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Participants: Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Pound Democrats Nationwide; Win In Bluest Of Blue States

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Run Away With Huge Election Wins In Blue States As GOP Solidifies Majority In Governors’ Mansions, Including Liberal Maryland, Illinois And Massachusetts – Daily Mail

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Republicans danced Tuesday night to the tune of a new U.S. Senate majority, but governor’s mansions will also be redder in 2015 than they were this year.

Stunning upsets in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts – three of America’s more liberal-dominated states – left political consultants and commentators shaking their heads.

The strong GOP showing – they won at least six races in states with Democratic governors – will be seen as a repudiation of Barack Obama, who said in October that while he wouldn’t be on the ballot, his policies would be.

It also will cast doubt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ability to galvanize Democratic voters in states she would need to win in order to claim the presidency in 2016.

Clinton stumped for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in October, carefully controlling events by limiting reporters’ access while playing to half-empty auditoriums.

Brown lost big to political newcomer Larry Hogan, known in real estate but not in Annapolis, in a 6-point upset that also brought first lady Michelle Obama out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to buck up Brown as his campaign flagged.

Maryland’s incumbent governor, Martin O’Malley, is also a potential 2016 presidential candidate. His stock fell Tuesday, too, as Democrats saw him surrendering the keys to the governor’s mansion to a Republican.

That sleeper race was one of Tuesday’s biggest shockers. Brown led in nine of the last 10 opinion polls covering the race, slipping behind just days before the election – and then only in a poll commissioned by Hogan’s campaign.

In June, Hogan faced a seemingly insurmountable 18-point deficit.

Five months later, he thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, for helping him seal the deal.

Christie, he told wildly cheering supporters, ‘was so excited that we had the biggest upset in the entire country, that he wanted to fly his helicopter down here to be with us tonight.’

He framed his victory as the ‘largest mandate for change in Maryland in 63 years.’

‘Tonight countless Democrats crossed over,’ he said, ‘and affirmed the wisdom of John F. Kennedy who said, “Sometimes party loyalty demands too much”.’

In Massachusetts, state Attorney General Martha Coakley crashed and burned at the hands of former state cabinet member Charlie Baker, who won in every county except those in the western part of the state plus Boston and the elite playground islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Coakley earned the sobriquet ‘Martha Croakley’ after losing a special election in 2010 that was called to fill a U.S. Senate seat after the death of Ted Kennedy. That seat had been in Democrats’ hands for ages, but then-unknown Republican Scott Brown trounced her.

Brown appeared to have failed in a bid to return to the Senate in a New Hampshire race on Tuesday, in a race he lost by less than one-half of one percent. He has not, however, conceded the race.

That’s one thing he and Coakley have in common: On Tuesday night, trailing by one and one-half percentage points, she sent her supporters home and said she wouldn’t admit she had lost.

Baker trailed all summer in the polls but held a consistent if narrow lead through October.

Christie, the pugnacious Garden State loudmouth who may fancy himself a presidential contender in just a few short months, also stumped for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who squeaked by Democratic former Gov. Charlie Crist by about 1 per cent of the votes cast.

President Obama, too, had a hard night at the polls as Americans saw evidence that his 39 per cent approval rating has rendered his coattails too short to grasp.

He personally campaigned for Democratic challenger Mary Burke in Wisconsin, only to see her fall to incumbent Gov. Scott Walker by a 7-point margin – in a state where every Democratic incumbent in the U.S House won another two-year term.

During an October 28 rally, cameras caught people leaving in droves as the president spoke.

In Obama’s adopted home state of Illinois, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn lost by 5 points to Bruce Rauner. He, too, hadn’t conceded the race by the time Rauner delivered his victory speech.

‘There are a lot of votes still to be counted,’ Quinn said. ‘I don’t believe in throwing in the towel when there are that many votes still to be counted.’

But Rauner was romping, crediting his outreach to black pastors – a constituency that helped Obama launch his political career – with delivering crucial margins in nearly every county statewide.

‘Are you ready for a new direction? Are you ready to bring back Illinois?’ he asked a capacity crowd at his victory party.

‘This election is about bringing back our great state. This is a victory for our taxpayers who need to have a lower tax burden. This is a victory for our workers who deserve to have a booming economy.’

‘This victory is for our students, our children, who deserve the best schools in America. And this is a victory for our citizens who deserve a government without corruption.’

The win changes the political landscape in Illinois with an injection of Republicanism for the first time in a dozen years.

In Connecticut, Vermont and Colorado, incumbent Democratic governors held on in races that were too close to call.

Democrats’ only bight spot all night came in Pennsylvania, as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett lost his job to Democrat Tom Wolf.

Another closely watched race turned into a Republican landslide as Greg Abbott, the paraplegic state Attorney General, trounced state Sen. Wendy Davis by 20 points.

Davis is a freshly minted feminist icon known for filibustering an anti-abortion bill in pink sneakers.

Abbott had pulled away in recent days, enlarging a 6-point lead to an 18-point spread in the last two weeks – since Davis ran a controversial TV ad making a wheelchair the center of attention.

He won big on Tuesday, despite reports that his name never appeared on touch-screen voting machines in at least one polling place.

In her concession speech, Davis told her supporters to be disappointed, but not discouraged.

Accusations surfaced Tuesday afternoon that in the Lone Star State’s third-most populous county, Abbott’s name isn’t on at least one touch-screen ballot machine. Instead, an Instagram photo of a Bexar County machine shows, the Republican slot is taken by David Dewhurst, the 2012 failed GOP candidate for lieutenant governor.

Logan Churchwell, communications director at the conservative True the Vote organization, told MailOnline that his group had confirmed Bexar County has received ‘additional complaints’ and that ‘they are currently investigating how widespread the matter is.’

‘I think it’s a photoshopped deal but we are checking,’ Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen told the San Antonio Express-News.

The image, which shows clunky block-like sections of the video template out of place, could reflect a ham-fisted Photoshop attempt, a Republican campaign consultant in Washington told MailOnline.

‘Or,’ he said, ‘it could be that the voting machine’s software is messed up. If it’s pulling in candidates from two years ago, who knows what else is wrong in those computers?’

The campaign operative insisted, though, that Abbott would win Tuesday.

‘Not even the Democratic Party could buy enough votes or stuff enough ballot boxes to save Wendy Davis at this point,’ he said.

WOAI reporter Jocelyn Tovar posted the Instagram photo after she interviewed the woman who snapped it. It’s unclear how that voter could have edited the image so fast, and without leaving the polling place.

‘I don’t have time for that,’ the woman told her. Tovar posted a second photo on Twitter, showing the same kind of digital goof.

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Tea Party Candidates Win U.S. House, Senate Primaries (Videos)

Tea Party-Backed Candidate Sasse Wins GOP Senate Primary In Nebraska – Fox News

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Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat in Nebraska Tuesday night, after a heated and costly primary battle that drew heavy national attention.

Sasse, a university president, was able to hold off former state treasurer Shane Osborn and dark horse candidate Sid Dinsdale, who had begun to surge in recent weeks. Sasse grabbed 49 percent of the vote with Dinsdale finishing second and Osborn finishing third, according to preliminary returns.

“We were never doing this because we need another job,” Sasse told supporters Tuesday night. “We were only going to do this if we were going to talk about big, bold conservative ideas.”

The win makes Sasse a huge favorite in November’s general election, where he’ll face Democrat Dave Domina, an Omaha attorney. The winner will replace Republican Mike Johanns, who didn’t seek a second term.

Sasse, the president of Midland University, had steadily gained the backing of some of the most influential conservative groups and figures. His victory is a huge win for the Tea Party, as the movement has struggled to gain traction this year in the primaries.

Osborn had the backing of allies of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and ran an aggressive campaign. Further scrambling the race, Pinnacle Bank President Dinsdale had sought to capitalize on the Sasse-Osborn fight and had climbed in the polls.

In recent weeks, big names gravitated to Sasse’s side, including Sarah Palin and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Sasse also has the backing of the Club for Growth, the Tea Party Patriots, the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks.

“Ben Sasse won this race because he never stopped fighting for conservative principles,” said Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, which spent more than $1.2 million to help Sasse.

Cruz said Sasse’s win “is a clear indication that the grassroots are rising up to make D.C. listen.”

Sasse focused on his conservative credentials, opposition to abortion, support for gun rights and goal of repealing and replacing the health care law.

In one 30-second ad, Sasse’s two young daughters, Alex and Corrie, talked about how much their dad opposed the Affordable Care Act. “He wants to destroy it,” said one daughter. “He despises it,” said the other.

However, Sasse advised former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt’s firm as the group reached out to businesses and organizations in 2010 to explain and implement the new law. Osborn recently began running a 30-second TV ad linking Sasse to writings and speeches from several years earlier commenting on elements that would become part of the law firmly opposed by most Republicans.

Outside groups and the candidates have spent millions on the race in which the GOP winner is widely expected to prevail in November. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the party’s campaign operation, remained neutral.

The Tea Party movement has struggled in earlier contests, with their favored candidates losing to establishment favorites in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio.

Looking ahead to upcoming primaries, the Tea Party’s chances to upset incumbents have been diminishing in Kentucky, Kansas, Idaho and Mississippi.

In Nebraska’s GOP primary for governor, Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts narrowly defeated Attorney General Jon Bruning. Term limits prevented Republican Gov. Dave Heineman from running again.

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Tea Party-Backed Mooney Wins In W.Va. – The Hill

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Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney won the Republican nomination for West Virginia’s 2nd district Tuesday night, delivering the Tea Party a win.

Mooney was taking 33 percent support to 20 percent support each for former U.S. International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane and pharmacist Ken Reed when the Associated Press called the race.

Democrats believe Mooney’s victory gives them the best shot at picking up the seat, open thanks to Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-W.Va.) run for Senate.

Though she held the district for eight terms, it’s the least conservative of the state’s three districts and Democrats are enthusiastic about attorney Nick Casey, who easily won the party’s nomination Tuesday night.

Democrats believe the main attack Mooney’s opponents used against him in the primary – that he’s a political opportunist and carpetbagger, having moved to the district from Maryland to run after considering a run for former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s (R-Md.) seat last cycle – remains potent in the general.

And they see his conservative support, which helped him through the primary, as a liability in the general.

Lane was initially considered the frontrunner for the nomination, but a number of national conservative groups – including the Senate Conservatives Fund and Citizens United – backed Mooney and invested about $80,000 in ads boosting him in the final weeks of the race.

SCF executive director Matt Hoskins said the group spent $90,000 on the race and congratulated Mooney in a statement, pledging to help him win in November.

“Alex Mooney started out as the underdog, but won this race because he ran on conservative principles,” Hoskins said. “He will fight for common sense West Virginia values in Congress.”

Mooney had argued he was the true conservative in the race, touting his pro-gun, anti-abortion rights positions in his campaign ads.

The final advertising push from outside groups, along with Mooney’s more than 2-to-1 cash advantage over Lane, boosted his message in the final weeks and helped him overcome those carpetbagging attacks from his rivals.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee declared in a memo that their Democratic candidates are “poised to run winning races in every district in the state,” but West Virginia’s 2nd remains their best shot at a pickup this cycle.

In West Virginia’s 3rd district, they’ll be fighting hard to defend Rep. Nick Rahall, one of Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents, who will face state Sen. Evan Jenkins in the general.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ian Prior declared Rahall’s primary would be the “last election he ever wins,” but Rahall did handily defeat his challenger, taking 65 percent of the vote with about two-thirds of the precincts reporting.

In West Virginia’s 1st district, Democrats are fronting state Auditor Glen Gainer, but he has a slim shot at taking down sophomore Rep. David McKinley (R).

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Feds Admit IRS Improperly Scrutinized Tax Records Of Candidates, Donors, Yet Holder Refused To Prosecute

Feds Admit Improper Scrutiny Of Candidate, Donor Tax Records – Washington Times

A government watchdog has found for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases.

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Its investigators also are probing two allegations that the Internal Revenue Service “targeted for audit candidates for public office,” the Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, J. Russell George, has privately told Sen. Chuck Grassley.

In a written response to a request by Mr. Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Mr. George said a review turned up four cases since 2006 in which unidentified government officials took part in “unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates,” including one case he described as “willful.” In four additional cases, Mr. George said, allegations of improper access of IRS records were not substantiated by the evidence.

Mr. Grassley has asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to explain why the Justice Department chose not to prosecute any of the cases. The Iowa Republican told The Washington Times that the IRS “is required to act with neutrality and professionalism, not political bias.”

The investigation did not name the government officials who obtained the IRS records improperly, nor did it reveal the identities or political parties of the people whose tax records were compromised. By law, taxpayer records at the IRS are supposed to be confidential.

The disclosures deal another blow to the IRS and the Obama administration, which are still grappling with revelations that IRS agents inappropriately targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extraordinarily burdensome scrutiny during President Obama’s first term. Amid that furor over the abuse of the agency’s powers, the IRS has denied that the tax records of political candidates or donors were improperly accessed.

“The Justice Department should answer completely and not hide behind taxpayer confidentiality laws to avoid accountability for its decision not to prosecute a violation of taxpayer confidentiality laws,” Mr. Grassley told The Times. “With the IRS on the hot seat over targeting certain political groups, it’s particularly troubling to learn about ‘willful unauthorized access’ of tax records involving individuals who were candidates for office or political donors. The public needs to know whether the decision not to prosecute these violations was politically motivated and whether the individuals responsible were held accountable in any other way.”

A spokesman for the Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment Monday. Mr. Grassley has given Mr. Holder until July 26 to answer his questions.

In a letter July 3, Mr. George told Mr. Grassley that, of the four instances in which tax records were improperly accessed, three cases were determined to be “inadvertent.”

“In the fourth case, we presented evidence of a willful unauthorized access to the Department of Justice, but the case was declined for prosecution,” Mr. George wrote.

Of the three cases that the inspector general called “inadvertent” disclosures, Mr. George said his office referred one to Justice with a recommendation that no prosecution be brought. He said Justice officials agreed with his office’s assessment.

No reason was given for Justice’s rejections of prosecutions in the examples cited by Mr. George. In a July 12 letter to Mr. Holder, Mr. Grassley asked whether the attorney general knew about the cases, who in the Justice Department decided against prosecution, and with which parties the “victims” in the cases were affiliated.

“Although this may not be indicative of wide spread targeting, any instance is cause for concern,” Mr. Grassley wrote. “Even more alarming, in at least one instance TIGTA referred evidence of ‘willful unauthorized access’ to the United States Attorney’s Office, but criminal prosecution was declined. Decisions such as these directly impact the political process and should be subject to the scrutiny of the American public.”

The IRS did not respond to a request for comment on Mr. George’s findings.

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Your Fred Thompson quote of the day!

From Bob Belvedere! who awards Fred the quote of the day

…is awarded to Fred Thompson for this Tweet:

USPS to stop delivering mail on Saturdays. Can’t wait to find out how many days a week you’ll be able to get treatment under Obamacare #tcot

— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) February 12, 2013

As an exit question, How much different would this country be with a President Thompson?

 

*LIVE STREAMING* U.S. Senate Debate: MA Candidates Scott Brown And Elizabeth “Lie-awatha” Warren – (7pm Eastern – 10/10/12)


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If cowboys ride off into the sunset, where do douchebags ride off to?

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Aleister has some ideas on new job opportunities for Olby.

9. Join the Obama Administration as the Worst Person In The World Czar.

6. Pitch NPR on a new show called “Meltdown.”

4. Audition for the part of the creepy gym teacher on MTV’s “Skins.”

And the number one suggestion is….

1. Get an internship at the Rachel Maddow Show.

Da Tech Guy offers a great round up of post-Olby fallout

Nice Deb has a good linkfest too including this

Ace o Spades once asked Keith on Twitter: @KeithOlbermann, when you have your inevitable psychotic break and get fired again, do you think MSNBC will finally hire a black guy?

Nope! MSNBS will remain Whiter than White!

It seems that Olby’s firing hit Bill Maher the hardest!

William Jacobson has the best headline Have you no job sir?

Stacy McCain has a fine round up to peruse

Adrienne at her corner waves buh-bye

Howard Dean. Yeah, about that whole freedom of speech thing…………

Your Daley Douchebag Award winner is Dean, who likely knows less about the Constitution than the average Tea Partier does! I cannot fathom a greater insult than a Liberal talking about anyone not grasping the Constitution! H/T Weasel Zippers

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