4:04 PM, Sep 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Elbert Guillory, a state senator in Louisiana, has released a new web video through his Free At Last PAC that criticizes Democratic senator Mary Landrieu's record.
"Since 1996, black unemployment has doubled and the poverty rate for blacks has skyrocketed. Mary hasn't helped us all," says Guillory. "So on November 4, let's send her back home to her father's house or to her mansion in Washington, D.C., or wherever the heck she lives." The Republican pol doesn't mince words as he argues that blacks are "just a vote" to Landrieu and Democrats. Watch the video below:
Guillory, a longtime Democrat, drew national attention when he switched parties last year. The larger platform allowed him to speak out about how his former party has failed black Americans:
But it’s outside Louisiana that Guillory’s star has risen most rapidly. A few days after his switch, he released a web video that he says was meant to explain to his constituents why he became a Republican, aptly titled “Why I Am a Republican.” Filmed in the empty state senate chamber, the slick video features the well-dressed, soft-spoken Guillory speaking directly into the camera about his switch.
“It is the right decision, not only for me but for all my brothers and sisters in the black community,” he says. “You see, in recent history, the Democrat party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people.”
Guillory argues against what he calls the Democrats’ agenda of dependency for blacks and touts the GOP’s respect for freedom, praising the idea that “the individual must be free to pursue his or her own happiness, free from government dependence and free from government control.”
Read the whole thing here.
4:44 PM, Sep 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arizona Republicans are in a tough fight to keep the governor's mansion. Their candidate, state treasurer Doug Ducey, is effectively tied with Democrat Fred DuVal. Since voters in the state generally lean toward the GOP, DuVal has cast himself as a moderate outsider, a businessman who seeks answers—and gets endorsements—from both parties.
9:58 AM, Sep 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Bruce Braley says those who want to know his commitment to our nation's veterans need only look at the website of his Senate campaign.
"If people want to know my true record on standing up for veterans, they can go to my website and look at Braley Truth Team where it lays out all of the things I've done for veterans in eight years," said the Iowa congressman in his debate this weekend with his GOP opponent, state senator Joni Ernst.
5:59 PM, Sep 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democrats continue to sound the alarm. The latest fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has this subject line: "kiss any hope goodbye."
"Here’s what happening: A just released Rasmussen poll shows the race for Congress is TIED, 4O%-4O%," the email reads.
"Here’s what it means: Control of Congress is at stake in the final month of this election.
2:01 PM, Sep 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
At Real Clear Politics, Sean Trende offers a theory about why so many Senate races are close and yet Republicans seem poised to do well anyway. Looking at polling trends from past election cycles, Trende sees a situation where Democratic candidates are unlikely to improve much on their current positions as their polling numbers approach the president's (underwater) approval ratings in their respective states.
8:01 AM, Sep 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
America is “at a dangerous moment for our country and our friends,” said Scott Brown, the Republican candidate for Senate in New Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon. In a speech at St. Anselm College near Manchester, Brown described the chaos that’s broken out across the world over the last year or so. Unrest in Ukraine with an aggressive and assertive Russia. Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons threatening America’s ally of Israel.
3:54 PM, Sep 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A TV ad from a new super PAC targets Democratic congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters of Michigan. The 30-second ad's voiceover says that "for the last six years, we've had a president and a Senate who's divided us and fumbled foreign policy, leading from behind." The ad shows images of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, former IRS official Lois Lerner, and Islamist militants waving ISIS flags in the Middle East.
11:22 AM, Sep 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown highlights the Republican's message of "restoring America's leadership in the world." The ad criticizes Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen and President Barack Obama for being "confused about the nature of the threat" from radical Islamist groups like ISIS.
"Not me," Brown says. Watch the 30-second spot below:
1:31 PM, Sep 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic congressman Gerry Connolly of Virginia may be vulnerable for reelection, according to details from an internal poll conducted on behalf of his Republican challenger. Connolly, the three-term Democrat who respresents a chunk of Washington's Northern Virginia suburbs, is reportedly below 50 percent support in the poll, which was leaked to a conservative Virginia politics blog called Bearing Drift and was confirmed by the campaign of Republican candidate Suzanne Scholte.
9:55 AM, Sep 20, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A new poll from Public Opinion Strategies, commissioned by Independent Women’s Voice, finds that people who care about the issue of Obamacare really don’t like Obamacare. On the flip side, people who like Obamacare really don’t care about it very much. That’s a bad combination for pro-Obamacare candidates.
1:08 PM, Sep 18, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A new poll finds that 58 percent of likely voters are “more likely” to support members of Congress who vote to stop Obamacare’s taxpayer bailout of insurance companies. Half of that 58 percent (29 percent) are “much” more likely to do so. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of likely voters are “less likely” to support such members, with only 6 percent being “much” less likely to support them. In other words, almost four times as many voters would reward members of Congress for voting to stop the bailout as would punish them for doing so.
6:04 AM, Sep 17, 2014 • By JAY COST
All things being equal, Republicans should feel reasonably good about winning the Senate in seven weeks.
3:41 PM, Sep 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Tom Cotton, the Republican running for Senate in Arkansas, blasts his Democratic opponent, Mark Pryor, for refusing to debate foreign policy issue.