Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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Wyoming Tea Party Poll Finds Little Enthusiasm for Enzi or Cheney

When several dozen members of the Bighorn Basin Tea Party met Wednesday night in Cody, Wyoming for a regularly scheduled meeting, the results of their straw poll on the 2014 Republican Senate primary between incumbent Senator Mike Enzi and recently announced challenger Liz Cheney surprised few in attendance. Jul 18, 2013 9:57 AM PT

McDonnell Approval Plummets in Latest Virginia Poll

A poll released by left-leaning Public Policy Polling on July 15 shows that the approval rating for Virginia's Republican Governor, Bob McDonnell, has plummeted 12 points in the last month, fallout from a series of scandalous allegations. Jul 16, 2013 12:09 PM PT

McAuliffe 'Founded' Company Long After It Existed

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat candidate for governor in Virginia has made his private sector experience a cornerstone of his campaign. Until recently, he trumpeted his founding of an electric car company, telling a Democrat audience in May, 2011, "I'm a founder of a company called GreenTech Automotive, a very ambitious project. I'm building 5 cars .... we have 3 hybrids and 2 electrics." Jul 15, 2013 3:52 AM PT

Sources: VA GOP to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday About McDonnell

As the political career of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, reels from a series of scandalous allegations, the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to consider their next step, according to multiple sources with knowledge of these matters who spoke with Breitbart News on Saturday. The State Central Committee would not confirm the meeting. Jul 14, 2013 7:02 AM PT

Prosecutors Defend Decision to Charge Zimmerman

After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, Angela Corey, State Attorney in Florida's 4th Circuit Court, defended the decision to bring charges against Zimmerman at a press conference. Jul 13, 2013 8:22 PM PT

IRS Official Lois Lerner Wants Immunity to Testify Before Congress

On Tuesday, William W. Taylor III, attorney for Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the Tea Party targeting scandal who invoked her Fifth amendment rights before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on May 22, set forward his client's hard line conditions to return and testify openly before the committee. Jul 6, 2013 6:57 AM PT

McConnell 'What Rymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?' Video Goes Viral

On July 2, the campaign of 71-year-old Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released a YouTube video attacking his 34-year-old Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The unusual campaign ad has already gone viral, attracting more than 400,000 views in just two days. Jul 5, 2013 12:40 PM PT

McAuliffe Supports Obama's 'War on Coal' Despite New Campaign Rhetoric

On July 1 the Democratic Party's candidate for governor in Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, attempted to rhetorically distance himself from President Obama's war on coal last week. But McAuliffe is returning to his anti-coal industry themes. McAuliffe was joined on the campaign trail in Charlottesville and Blacksburg by former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann, the academic whose controversial global warming research is relied upon by liberals who want to kill coal and subsidize "clean energy." Jul 3, 2013 8:38 AM PT

Coburn: Immigration Bill 'Border Stimulus for Contractors,' Not Border Security

When the Senate passed the 1,200 page immigration bill last week (officially called the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act") less than six days after receiving the final version, its unlikely any of the 68 Senators who voted in favor of it had read the entire bill. As the details of what the bill actually contains become known to the general public, its supporters are now scrambling to defend the huge financial rewards they've given to several politically well connected defense contractors in the hastily passed legislation. Jul 3, 2013 7:04 AM PT

Politico: GOP Wins in Congress Make It 'Too Conservative' for Presidency

On Monday, Alex Isenstadt of Politico offered some unsolicited advice to Republicans. Like so many elected Democrats in Congress these days, Mr. Isenstadt expressed concern for the long term political prospects of the Republican party. Not surprisingly, Mr. Isenstadt's advice to Republicans can be summed up in three words: stop being conservative. Jul 2, 2013 6:46 AM PT

Inspector General: 'No Indication' IRS Targeted Progressives Like Tea Party

J. Russell George, the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration and author of the May 14 TIGTA report on Tea Party targeting by the IRS, sent a letter dated Wednesday to Congressman Sandy Levin (D-MI) in which he stated, "Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012." Jun 28, 2013 3:12 PM PT

Soros-Backed Evangelical Front Group Prays for Amnesty at Capitol

On Wednesday morning, a dozen supporters of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) gathered to pray at the Peace Circle adjacent to the West Lawn of the Capitol building in support of the passage of the Gang of Eight immigration bill. The prayer session, which lasted for half an hour, took place in front of a large parked truck whose side panel was a sign that said "Praying for Immigrants. Praying for Congress." Jun 26, 2013 2:04 PM PT

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