2:01 PM, Sep 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The editors at the San Francisco Chronicle have endorsed Republican Pete Peterson for secretary of state in California. Here's an excerpt from the endorsement:
The conventional wisdom in modern politics is that Democrats will do almost anything to to expand the voting pool — given their advantage with casual voters — and Republicans will do almost anything to suppress it. Examples have included GOP efforts to require voter IDs, limit voting times and locations, purge the rolls, and preserve barriers to easy registration.
Peterson breaks from the party line on voter participation. He is committed to increasing it. He said voter-ID laws were “just bad policy” because “the research is explicit” that fraud is not a problem at the polling place. He also wants to aggressively increase registration and turnout — and, unlike many of his party brethren, does not believe it will necessarily benefit Democrats.
“When this (Republican) party is at its best, there’s a populist theme undergirding it,” he said.
Peterson, who earlier this year received the Los Angeles Times's endorsement, is one of the few Republican candidates with a real chance at winning a statewide race in California. Democrats were damaged considerably when the party's leading candidate, state senator Leland Yee, was arrested and charged for gun trafficking and political corruption.
Peterson has made political corruption in Democratically-controlled Sacramento the cornerstone of his campaign:
Yee is actually the third current Democratic senator under suspension. In January Roderick Wright of Los Angeles was convicted on charges of voter fraud and perjury, and in February, a federal grand jury indicted Ronald Montebello on 24 felony counts, including bribery. As Peterson likes to say, that’s 10 percent of the Democratic caucus facing criminal charges.
That may explain why Peterson’s top opponent isn’t ahead in the polls. In California, candidates are identified on the ballot not only by their party affiliation but by their occupation. Next to Democrat Alex Padilla’s name is this black mark: “state senator.”
“That used to be a way of showing that the candidate had experience,” Peterson says. “Now, it’s more of a millstone.”
Peterson is hoping to harness what he says is an increasing feeling around the state that one-party rule by Democrats in Sacramento has given corrupt politicians the go-ahead. “I’m framing myself as an outsider,” he says.
11:25 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor in Texas, is now accepting the digital currency Bitcoin. He's just now released this ad, letting supporters know:
12:00 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By JAY COST
Earlier this year, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton—now locked in a toss-up Senate race with Democrat Mark Pryor—voted against the farm bill. According to politicos and pundits in Washington, D.C., this is a politically dangerous vote to have cast.
8:01 AM, May 22, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Gary Palmer, who is seeking a House seat in Alabama, is a unique candidate. Until this year, he’d never run for political office. Yet he has a long and impressive record in politics. He was a walk-on for Bear Bryant’s University of Alabama football team – whoops, that’s not politics.
11:35 PM, May 6, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
The Republican drive to capture the Senate in the 2014 midterm election got a significant boost Tuesday in North Carolina with the victory of house speaker Thom Tillis in the GOP Senate primary. Tillis will face Democratic senator Kay Hagan in the November election.
9:20 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Mike Lee, perhaps the United States Senate’s leading voice for a conservative reform agenda, has now endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Senate race. Lee declared, “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice.” Lee added that Sasse is “a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government” and who “also recognizes that we must run and win on the power of our positive ideas.”
10:24 AM, Jan 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Erin Bilbray, a Democratic congressional candidate in Nevada, uses Facebook to connect with friends and supporters alike. She also uses it to express support for musicians (Amy Winehouse, Dave Matthews) and, well, other not-so-wholesome things.
Like this graphic, which the congressional candidate "liked" on Facebook:
Which features the offensive N-word and "Ching-Chong Ching" to refer, it would appear, to Asians.
And Bilbray used Facebook to express her "like" for the graphic:
Not necessarily a drift toward non-interventionism. 7:04 AM, Sep 7, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
It’s not hard to imagine the story of Syria and the GOP going something like this:
7:11 AM, Jul 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
House majority leader Eric Cantor appears to be following the boss's advice, as Robert Costa reports:
Cantor urged his colleagues to use the White House’s delay of the employer mandate as a political battering ram against the administration’s prized law.
10:33 AM, Jun 4, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A big part of Obamacare is its massive expansion of Medicaid. Fortunately, this expansion can’t happen in most states without Republicans freely choosing to make it happen. Unfortunately, far too many Republican governors seem to be confused about the distinction between repealing Obamacare and implementing it.
4:23 PM, May 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
While traveling to New Jersey today, President Barack Obama stiffed the Democratic opponent of Republican governor Chris Christie. Obama did not meet privately with Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate. But he did walk along the Jersey Shore boardwalk with Christie.
Via the pool report: