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Left Ramps Up 'Lawfare' Against Republicans

Last week, a grand jury in Austin, Texas indicted Governor Rick Perry on two counts of abusing his official office. The charges stem from a public threat Perry made to veto appropriations to a department of the Travis County District Attorney's office after the DA was arrested for drunk driving and displayed hostile behavior to law enforcement personnel. While the case against Perry seems extraordinarily weak, the indictment is the latest indication that the left will use all tools available to pursue its political ends. Aug 20, 2014 4:01 PM PT

Higher Cigarette Taxes Boon to Organized Crime

Higher taxes aren't generally a path to economic growth and job creation. Higher cigarette taxes, however, are increasingly boosting at least one sector of the economy, organized crime. Aug 20, 2014 2:37 PM PT

Reid Building Firewall in MI, IA, CO, & NH

An old rule of politics is to ignore what campaigns say and watch, instead, what they do. Where a campaign devotes its money and resources says more about their view of the landscape than what they say in a press release. According to its recent campaign spending, Sen. Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC is building a firewall to defend his majority in states which weren't viewed as competitive just a few months ago. It is a sign of the deteriorating climate facing Democrats nationally. Aug 20, 2014 10:22 AM PT

Poll: Voters Most Interested in Election Break for GOP

A new Fox News poll finds Democrats with a 7-point lead over Republicans in the generic ballot. When asked which party they would vote for if Congressional elections were held today, 46% of voters answer Democrat while 39% pick Republicans. Among those voters interested in the upcoming election, however, Republicans edge Democrats by a single point, 45-44%. This 8 point swing towards the GOP is the "enthusiasm gap," on which the November elections will turn. Aug 15, 2014 9:32 AM PT

Dems Try to Break GOP Wave in States

President Obama's dismal approval ratings are jeopardizing Democrat control of the Senate and have destroyed any chance the party had of reclaiming the House. If Obama's ratings remain at near-record lows, Democrat hopes of clawing back some of its 2010 losses in Governors' races could also be dashed. While almost all national attention is focused on Congressional elections, a number of states have critical gubernatorial elections that will impact the 2016 landscape. Aug 15, 2014 9:30 AM PT

Dem Candidates Run Hard to the Right

Facing an increasingly hostile political landscape, Democrats are turning an old adage upside down; asking voters to believe what the candidates say, not what they do. In districts across the country, Democrats are campaigning on tax cuts, balanced budgets and rolling back harmful regulations. This pivot away from the national Democrat party isn't just on fiscal issues. With more conservative positions on guns, fracking and coal, for example, Democrat candidates, effectively, are carving out their own third party. Aug 12, 2014 2:10 PM PT

Poll: Obama Dragging Down Democrats

Historians will record the summer of 2014 as the moment the American public drew the curtains on the Obama presidency. His White House merely reacts to news and events, which seem increasingly beyond his control or influence. His personal approval ratings have hit new lows, as the public largely tunes him out. As President, though, he still holds considerable political influence. Unfortunately for Democrats, that influence is dooming their prospects in November. Aug 12, 2014 10:51 AM PT

Democrats Cursed With Flawed Candidates

On Thursday, Montana Sen. John Walsh announced he was dropping out of the race to succeed Democrat Sen. Max Baucus. Walsh, the state's former Lieutenant Governor, was appointed to complete Baucus' term and was viewed as the Democrat's best chance to retain the seat. An unfolding plagiarism scandal, however, had doomed his chances in November. His saga is the latest candidate implosion to hurt the Democrat's already tough fight to retain their Senate majority. Aug 8, 2014 10:57 AM PT

Third Party Threatens GOP Senate Dreams

With Obama's poll numbers worse today than they were in 2010, Republicans seemed poised for an historic sweep in November's midterm elections. A switch of just 6 seats in the Senate, where Democrats are defending almost twice as many seats, would give the GOP control of the upper chamber. This, however, would require the best Republican performance in Senate races in more than three decades. In a number of races, Republicans could fall short due to third party, especially Libertarian, challengers. Aug 4, 2014 10:28 AM PT

Jobs Miss: Economy Adds 209K in July, Unemployment Rate Up to 6.2%

The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy gained 209,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate ticked higher to 6.2%. Economists had expected a gain of 230,000 jobs in the month and an unemployment rate of 6.1%. The disappointing jobs number adds further uncertainty to financial markets, which are preparing for an end to the Fed's bond buying program. Aug 1, 2014 6:21 AM PT

GDP Revisions Detail Weak Economy

On Wednesday, the Commerce Department released its advance estimate of 2nd Quarter GDP growth, reporting growth of 4%. The number was higher than economists' expectations of 3% growth in the quarter. Commerce noted, however, that this advance estimate is subject to future revision. Advance estimates for the 1st Quarter showed a 0.1% growth. That number was revised further today to a 2.1% contraction, orders of magnitude worse than the initial estimate. Jul 30, 2014 10:17 AM PT

US Chamber to Back Democrat Landrieu

Rob Engstrom, the US Chamber of Commerce's national political director, recently told a gathering of trade association executives that the Chamber planned to endorse Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in her reelection bid this year. The endorsement, reported by the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, could decide the balance of power in the Senate and preserve Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader. Jul 28, 2014 6:43 PM PT

Rep. Ted Poe: Ray Rice Punishment 'Pathetic'

Texas GOP Rep. Ted Poe, founder of the Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus, blasted the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice on Friday. Jul 26, 2014 12:00 PM PT

GOP Boosts Libertarian 'Spoiler' in Montana

Most political handicappers of Senate races this fall generally assume that the GOP will capture the seat of retiring Sen. Max Baucus. Cook Political Report ranks the race as "Lean GOP," which, considering the source is a fairly bullish indicator. A new poll from liberal polling firm PPP, however, shows a race much closer than expected. A deeper look at the poll shows the GOP poised to strike an "own goal," and cede a race critical to the party's hopes of capturing the Senate. Jul 22, 2014 1:50 PM PT


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