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"Is this a joke? It's obviously a stock image used by our digital firm to reflect that Kansas is the Sunflower State. But given the many serious issues facing our country right now, I doubt voters care about this silly line of attack by Greg Orman and...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) admitted in a debate against challenger Charlie Crist (D) that he delayed an execution to accommodate the political fundraising schedule of the Attorney General.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A new AP-GfK poll finds likely voters favor a Republican controlled-Congress by a wide margin, 47% to 39%. "That's a shift in the GOP's favor since an AP-GfK poll in late September, when the two parties ran about evenly among likely voters."...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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TMZ has police audio from the recent Palin family brawl. Listen carefully and you can hear Sarah Palin in the background telling daughter Bristol not to cuss during her statement....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Arkansas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R) disbursed over $131,000 to Right Solutions Partners in March for "fund-raising consulting" and an additional $161,000 to it in August for the same purpose, the New York Times reports. "But here's the catch:...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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"Former David Dewhurst (R) campaign manager Kenneth 'Buddy' Barfield is facing up to 28 years in prison and millions in fines and restitution payments after pleading guilty Tuesday to embezzling nearly $1.8 million from the outgoing lieutenant governor's...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The State Department has named former Sen. Gary Hart (D-CO) to be its newest envoy to Northern Ireland, the AP reports. Secretary of State John Kerry said Hart "will help smooth negotiations in the new round of power-sharing talks among the government's...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he doesn't want anymore discussion about the minimum wage, TPM reports. Said Christie: "I gotta tell you the truth, I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am." He added: "I don't think there's a...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A senior House Democratic official told National Journal that internal polling in Iowa shows Joni Ernst (R) leading Bruce Braley (D) "in all three of the state's battleground seats, making it challenging for downballot House candidates to put away winnable...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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President Obama proved he has a good sense of humor while voting early in Chicago.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Foreign Policy: "What first sounded like something straight out of a Tom Clancy novel is turning out to be Moscow's first serious test of Western resolve since the invasion of Crimea earlier this year. While details are patchy and the situation is still...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A new Charleston Post and Courier poll in South Carolina finds Gov. Nikki Haley (R) headed for a landslide victory over Vincent Shaheen (D), 51% to 31%, with Tom Ervin (I) at 11%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Kentucky Republican Party is offering volunteers all-expenses-paid trips to join Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) campaign bus tour and "contribute to an enthusiastic atmosphere" at his events, The Hill reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A new Western Kentucky University poll in Kentucky finds Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) with a three-point lead over challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), 45% to 42%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery was suspended with pay by a 4-1 vote of his court colleagues, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. "He becomes the latest in a sad parade of high-ranking state officials, and the first judge, to be...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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President Obama told Jeffrey Toobin that he's not very interested in being on the Supreme Court, despite his background in constitutional law. Said Obama: "I don't think I have the temperament to sit in a chamber and write opinions. I love the law, intellectually....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Administration insiders tell Mike Allen that Ron Klain, who starts Wednesday as the White House Ebola czar, will be in line to succeed John Podesta as counselor to President Obama when Podesta leaves, likely to chair Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Charlie Cook: "The prospects remain very tough for Democrats to hold onto their majority in the Senate, but there is a new scenario emerging--albeit still unlikely--that is turning the majority math a bit on its head." "As I have said previously, Republicans...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has scheduled a breakfast meeting for Nov. 6 in Arizona where he will discuss with supporters his "thoughts" on seeking re-election in 2016, the Arizona Republic reports. Earlier this month, McCain told reporters that the odds...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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"Hillary Clinton's friendly super-PAC is spending roughly $23,000 a day - nearly as much as it's bringing in - as it builds a database of supporters and donors for a possible 2016 Democratic presidential bid," Bloomberg reports. "Viewed another way:...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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"Republican leaders, conceding the futility of a flight ban from Ebola-afflicted West Africa, are refining their response to the outbreak, pressing to suspend visas for travelers and create 'no boarding' lists," the New York Times reports. "But a supercharged...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A new Mitchell poll in Michigan finds Gov. Rick Snyder (R) edging challenger Mark Schauer (D) in the race for governor, 48% to 46%. In the U.S. Senate race, Gary Peters (D) leads Terri Lynn Land (R), 51% to 38%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Nate Cohn: "Political analysts keep urging the Republican Party to do more to appeal to Hispanic voters. Yet the party's congressional leaders show little sign of doing so, blocking an immigration overhaul and harshly criticizing President Obama for...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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John Avlon: "What's changed? Well, the two parties in Congress are more ideologically and geographically polarized than at any time in our recent history. But we've had deep divisions in our politics before. And yes, the Wingnuts seem to have an outsize...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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New York Times: "Republicans have long relied on illegal immigration to rally the conservative base, even if the threat seemed more theoretical than tangible in most of the country. But in several of this year's midterm Senate campaigns -- including...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A new Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College poll in Arkansas finds Tom Cotton (R) leading Sen. Mark Pryor (D) by eight points in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 41%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Mike Hubbard (R), "speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new FOX 8 News-Raycom Media Poll in Louisiana finds Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) leads the U.S. Senate race with Bill Cassidy (R), 36% to 32%, with Rob Maness at 6%. The race is almost certain to head to a runoff. Cassidy leads a two-way race with Landrieu,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky finds Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) barely leading Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), 44% to 43%, with Libertarian candidate David Paterson at 5%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The image Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) uses on every page of his campaign website and on his press releases of a sunset on a sunflower field is not in Kansas at all, BuzzFeed reports.It's actually a stock photo of a field in Ukraine....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Anthony Culler (R), who is challenging Rep. James Clyburn's (D-SC) for Congress, referred to same-sex couples as "gremlins" and "bullies" in a Facebook post, according to The Hill. Culler decried same-sex marriage as "a pestilence that has descended...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new Rasmussen survey in Florida shows the race for governor continues to be a dead heat with Gov. Rick Scott (R) tied with challenger Charlie Crist (D), 47% to 47%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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In the Michigan U.S. Senate race, Terri Lynn Land (R) hits Gary Peters (D) for ties to loan sharks in a new ad inspired by Sharknado.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina poll finds a steady Senate race, with Sen. Kay Hagan (D) leading challenger Thom Tillis (R) by three points, 46% to 43%. Key takeaway: "It's still a close race but Hagan's lead- though small- has certainly...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Greg Sargent: "If Democrats can hold on in just one of the four following toss-up states in which they are currently trailing -- Colorado, Iowa, Arkansas, or Alaska -- their hopes of holding the Senate remain alive. That is plausible. But a lot has to...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new Monmouth University poll in Kansas finds Sen. Pat Roberts (R) locked in a dead heat with challenger Greg Orman (I) in the U.S. Senate race, 46% to 46%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll in New Hampshire finds Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) just three points ahead of Scott Brown (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 46%. "The margin is hardly comforting to Democrats since it shows Shaheen's support...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Fix: "New Washington Post-ABC News polling on the 2016 Republican presidential race makes one thing very clear: Every GOPer who has even a hint of ambition for national office is likely to run in two years time. Why? Because the field is remarkably...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new KHOU-TV/Houston Public Media poll in Texas finds Greg Abbott (R) leading Wendy Davis (D) in the race for governor by 15 points, 47% to 32%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new Southern Illinois University Carbondale poll in Illinois finds Bruce Rauner (R) edging Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in the race for governor, 42% to 41%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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First Read: "Our latest NBC/WSJ/Annenberg poll is the latest survey to show Republicans with an advantage (49%-44% among likely voters) heading into the Nov. 4 midterms. And once again, the GOP holds the enthusiasm edge: 42% of all Republican voters...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) "has ruled out a run for president in 2016. But he declined to rule out another bid for Oakland mayor," the Los Angeles Times reports. Said Brown: "I wouldn't mind being mayor of Oakland. But I don't know, when I'm 80...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Tennessee state Sen. Jim Summerville (R) "was arrested twice this weekend -- just one month after he was arrested for public intoxication," the New York Daily News reports. Summerville "has been charged with stalking and assault in separate incidents...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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NBC News: "The dominant political story heading into the Nov. 4 midterm elections isn't control of the U.S. Senate, or President Obama's approval ratings, or the party that captures the most governor's mansions across the nation. Instead, it's that this...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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"From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina's U.S. Senate race one of America's first $100 million contests," the Charlotte Observer reports. "Outside groups continue to flood the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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"Democrats, worried as polls show their chances of retaining control of the Senate dwindling, are plowing money into long-shot races in unexpected states as embattled incumbents elsewhere seem to be slipping behind," the Wall Street Journal reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) "wants to get all must-pass legislation completed in the lame-duck session so Senate Republicans will have a clean slate at the start of 2015 if they control the upper chamber," The Hill reports. "Senate...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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President Obama "made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, though the event was marred somewhat by early departures of crowd members and a yelling heckler," Reuters...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A new Politico poll finds "an overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are "out of control" and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, October 20, 2014
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