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What to Watch in the Senate Mid-Terms

Aug 30, 2014 9:06 AM PT

The AP is using Labor Day to kick off "a two-month sprint toward Election Day" by pointing out five key points in both the House and Senate mid-terms elections.

As for the Senate, Kentucky is certainly one key and some may find this information surprising, while others will say it's predictable. An old line more establishment GOP remains unpopular, so much so that Mitch McConnell is fighting for his political life in a year when he should win in a walk given Obama's weak numbers, including in Kentucky where Romney beat Obama in 2012 by 22 points.

If there's any politician in Kentucky as unpopular as Obama, it's Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Senate's Republican leader wants to be the majority leader, but first he must defeat Kentucky's secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The race reflects everything about the national tug of war.

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McConnell Campaign Manager Out Amid Controversy

Aug 29, 2014 6:30 PM PT

In a story initially and doggedly pursued by former Breitbart News reporter Lee Stranahan, Jesse Benton has resigned as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, "citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses."

At issue is Benton's possible involvement in a vote buying scandal dating back to the 2012 Iowa Caucus during which Benton, a long-time Paul family associate, ran Ron Paul's campaign. Days ago, former Iowa GOP state lawmaker Kent Sorenson "pleaded guilty to charges of accepting money to change his endorsement in 2012 from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul."

In the Iowa case, then-state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who was a paid operative on Bachmann’s campaign, accepted tens of thousands of dollars from people connected to the elder Paul’s campaign — payments that were not disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.

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Brown Hits Shaheen, Obama on Foreign Policy

Aug 29, 2014 9:41 AM PT

Amid reports that as many as 300 Americans are fighting along ISIS in Iraq and Syria and citing his own record of having introduced two bills while serving in the Senate that would have stripped U.S. citizenship from those “providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization” or “actively engaging” in hostilities against the U.S. or allies, Scott Brown is out with a new video hitting Jeanne Shaheen and Obama on their weak foreign policy, while also urging Congress to take action.

The minutelong Web video, titled “Reestablish America,” features clips from Scott’s recent foreign policy town hall with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and news footage of foreign hot spots, including Iraq, Israel and Ukraine.

"There are so many issues on the table right now that are affecting our foreign policy,” he says in the video, slamming Obama for an "incoherent" foreign policy.

Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, is challenging Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.). A recent poll showed Brown closing the gap in the race.

His new video comes as fears grow that militants from ISIS with Western passports could target the U.S. or Europe.

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FL Democrats Party Boots Conservative "Blogger" From Charlie Crist Event [Video]

Aug 29, 2014 5:32 AM PT

Unlike the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign, it seems as if the Florida Democrat Party lacks the stones, or is simply afraid to have me, your lovable little fuzz ball of a reporter, cover one of their events.

At the recent Florida Democrat "unity rally" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida-which featuring Charlie Crist and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz- the party's Political Director Christian Culvert booted me from the event on orders from Press Secretary, Max Steele.

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Obama to Attend Wedding of Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC's Alex Wagner

Aug 28, 2014 6:16 PM PT

Barack Obama might not be able to make it to the golf links on Saturday, he'll be attending the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

Kass and Wagner, dubbed by Vogue the political "'It-couple' of the year," are getting married at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Kass is the Obama family's personal chef and the president's senior policy adviser for nutrition policy. He is also the executive director of "Let's Move." Wagner hosts the MSNBC weekday program "Now with Alex Wagner."

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Mary Landrieu Caught in Residency Flap

Aug 28, 2014 1:07 PM PT

According to alleged neighbor Fontaine Wells, 65, of the home Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu has now claimed as her state residence, "I don’t think she lives there. She might come visit, but come on now — she lives in D.C. I don’t think I've ever seen her.”

Landrieu's problem was originally raised in detail by retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Maness hand-delivered a letter  to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler on August 22nd. The full letter is available for view here.

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Dem Strategist: Obama's Climate Plan Puts Candidates 'in Front of the Firing Squad'

Aug 28, 2014 10:03 AM PT

As if worry about what Obama might do regarding illegal immigration wasn't enough, vulnerable Democrats now have an entirely new concern.

The Obama administration is reportedly negotiating a deal to try and lower greenhouse gas emissions by “naming and shaming” governments that don't buckle to their demands.

The State Department on Wednesday denied a report in The New York Times that the plan is to come up with a treaty that would not require Senate confirmation, but that appeared to provide cold comfort to Democrats worried the issue will revive GOP cries about an imperial Obama presidency.

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Shaheen Blasted for Ducking Voters And On Immigration

Aug 28, 2014 9:34 AM PT

Pointing out that New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte "has held three times as many town hall meetings as Jeanne Shaheen," while only being in office "half as long as Shaheen," today the New Hampshire Leader blasts Shaheen as basically a mouth piece for Barack Obama and Democrat Party machine politics, as a whole.

In fact, towing the Obama line on immigration now has Shaheen in a bit of trouble as the Scott Brown campaign is labeling her a 'flip-flopper' on the issue. The following is from a new release from the Brown campaign.

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AZCentral Drops Partisan Push Poll in Wake of GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Aug 28, 2014 8:41 AM PT bills itself as "the oldest and most-visited local site in Arizona, bringing together the state's largest newspaper, The Arizona Republic; its most-watched television station, KPNX-TV Channel 12; and the Valley's leading Spanish-language publication, La Voz." 

Consequently, it seems more than curious that it would mislabel what appears to be a Democrat-driven push poll claiming that the race for Arizona's governorship is tied on the same night State treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the GOP primary going away to face off against Democrat Fred DuVal.

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