4 hrs ago
Shop Talk: Republican Group Starts Women's Outreach Series
Ellmers is scheduled to participate in a women's outreach town hall this month in Charlotte. Main Street Advocacy, a group that seeks to promote moderate Republican ideas, will launch a nationwide initiative later this month to bring more women into the political process.
12 hrs ago
National Review Online
Joel Gehrke: The War on Women 2.0
"The Republican War on Women is back, and it's even more appalling than ever," the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee trumpets in a list-building exercise. How appalling? Supporters of Senator Kay Hagan can't believe that Republican House speaker Thom Tillis referred to her by her first name during their first debate.
17 hrs ago
Democrats Have a Plan to Overcome Obama in Red States
As national analysts say the odds are increasingly against them , Democratic senators and senior operatives remain optimistic the party's most vulnerable incumbents can survive stiff re-election challenges, even in red states where the president's popularity is sunk. With his national approval ratings mired in the low 40s seven weeks out from the Nov. 4 elections, Senate Democrats are well aware of the anchor President Barack Obama is proving to be in the midterms.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
New Urban Legends
Origins: The "Republicans on Rape" graphic displayed above collects various comments about that crime supposedly made by GOP politicians in recent years. The remarks collected in that graphic were indeed all uttered by the persons to whom they have been attributed; below we offer the context in which those statements were made and any clarifying remarks subsequently offered by their speakers.
The 15 most bizarre sex tips from the Victorian era
Dispensing inaccurate and terrible sex advice is a notion that's as American as Kellogg's cornflakes . From the idea that "trotting a horse" prevented pregnancy to the belief that wind patterns during conception affected your offspring's temperament, the Victorian Era's tracts, texts, and common wisdoms were rife with laughable gender roles and sexual expectations.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Crooks and Liars
The 20 Scariest Things About The Texas GOP's Newest Bass-Ackwards 'Platform'
From this Tuesday evening's Out Front with Erin Burnett, Rep. Marsha Blackburn did her best to attempt to backtrack on the Republican Party's extreme views on abortion in the wake of the Todd Akin dust up and their presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney along with the rest of the Republican establishment throwing him under the bus. The one problem for Republicans is they just passed an extreme right wing party platform in the run up to their convention this year, and Blackburn had a lot of trouble defending what she just voted on here.
Should You Worry About Another Government Shutdown?
Probably not. If the House GOP's agenda had survived the week, there would have been a Thursday vote on a measure to fund the government through to December 11 -- a continuing resolution.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Crickets: Networks Avoid Dem Gaffes and Scandals in 2014 Midterms
In 2012, gaffes and scandals by Republican candidates, such as Todd Akin , prompted a wave of coverage by the three networks. Yet, ill-conceived comments by Democrats in the 2014 midterms have created no such attention.
They Told Me If I Voted for the Establishment, This Would Not Happen
In this year's Republican Senate primaries, the establishment went full nuclear on grassroots candidates and the voters that supported them, burning bridges with committed activists and engaging in shameful Democrat tactics to slander TEA Party candidates along with anyone who worked with them or for them. The ostensible reason for this absurd, scorched-earth campaign was the stated belief that TEA Party campaigns had cost Republicans possible victories, and with a Republican Senate majority in sight, we could not afford to throw away winnable seats.
Senate Republicans can taste majority
Senate Republicans are brimming with confidence they will be in the majority next year - and say Democrats are beginning to acknowledge privately that harsh political reality. Recent polls show Republican candidates pulling ahead in Alaska, Arkansas and Kentucky.
The Washington Post
The five biggest takeaways from the 2014 primaries
Sure, Eric Cantor lost. But the power of incumbency was still felt across the primary landscape.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
The Raw Story
GOP woman shames MO anti-abortion lawmakers for 'mental anguish' of rape victims
A Republican woman voter in Missouri pleaded with state lawmakers this week not to force through a bill that would force rape victims to wait an additional 48 hours before getting an abortion. In an op-ed for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch titled "Scared Silent and Forced to Wait," Linda Rallo encouraged the Republican-controlled Legislature not to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of HB 1307, which would extend the waiting period for abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
'Mansplaining' Dumbs Down Dems' Fake War on Women
The latest round of polling from Senate races around the country provides Democrats desperate to hold onto control of the Upper House with little comfort. Not only are they falling behind more states than they are holding their own, but their iron grip on women voters may not be as firm as they thought.
The Daily Caller
Are Republicans Leaning Left - Or Just Getting Smart?
Over at RealClearPolitics, Bill Scher is out with a column arguing that "Republican candidates in the year's most competitive Senate races have begun their fall sprint to Election Day, not by embracing Tea Party-fueled conservatism but by defensively tacking leftward." Scher cites several recent moves by Republican Senate candidates , some of which are more easily explainable than others.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
'Relax, Baby, I Was Only Trying To Show You A Little Love.'
Yes, all women, all girls, grow up learning ways to avoid attracting the attention of unnerving guys; it's no doubt built into our DNA, along with an affection for miniatures and the early songs of Patsy Cline. Simply in order to leave the house in the morning, a girl has to assemble an arsenal of behaviors in order to "just shut that thing down."
Sat Sep 06, 2014
The Washington Post
Roberts calls independent challenger a liberal
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts used the first debate in his unexpectedly competitive re-election campaign Saturday to paint his independent challenger as a liberal Democrat and to mock him for refusing to identify with a major party. Challenger Greg Orman got in his digs, too, during the event at the Kansas State Fair, poking fun at Roberts for repeatedly invoking Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name in his answers and saying, "What I haven't heard from you is, 'Solve problems.'
Fri Sep 05, 2014
IL Democrat Party kicks off 61st House District race with "disgusting" mailer
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The Raw Story
Colorado GOP: Demon-obsessed ex-Navy chaplain has 'no business in public office'
On Thursday, the Colorado Springs Independent newspaper published an article on the state House candidacy of former Navy Chaplain Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, a far-right evangelical Christian who is so radical that even state Republicans are disavowing his candidacy. Right Wing Watch reported that 46-year-old Klingenschmitt's recent statement that openly gay Rep. Jared Polis is going to join ISIS and start beheading Christians in the U.S. has sent GOP officials scrambling to create some distance between themselves and the pastor, who has a long history of outlandish comments .
Thu Sep 04, 2014
Taylor to challenge Kobach ruling keeping him on Senate ballot
Chad Taylor, the Shawnee County district attorney who withdrew as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, said Thursday he will challenge Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's ruling that Taylor will remain on the Nov. 4 ballot. Kobach, a Republican, said Thursday that Taylor had failed to meet the legal requirements to withdraw, so his name must stay on the ballot.
Cybercast News Service
Kansas independent US Senate hopeful in spotlight
A Kansas businessman running as an independent candidate has emerged as a possible kingmaker in the fierce national fight between Democrats and Republicans over control of the U.S. Senate, and that is exactly where Greg Orman wants to be. In an odd twist, some Democrats pushed out their own candidate against three-term Sen. Pat Roberts to clear the way for Orman.