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.
"This November," the ad continues, "we can send Gary Peters to Washington, and nothing will change. Or, we can elect Terri Lynn Land and start to fix what's gone so terribly wrong." The $300,000 buy will air the ad in Michigan's smaller markets of Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and the Upper Peninsula, targeting conservative leaning voters in those areas.
Watch the video below:
The ad has been produced on behalf of B-PAC, a brand new 527 super PAC that filed with the Federal Election Commission on September 4. A spokesman for the group says the PAC will be playing in other "key Senate races" by asking voters if they feel safer than they did six years ago.
That's the theme of B-PAC's first ad, which started running last week in Michigan. Peters will "vote with the Democrats and their magical thinking on everything from health care to the economy to national security," says the voiceover. Watch that ad below:
What's a conservative super PAC doing in the Michigan Senate race? Unlike some of the other races in blue-leaning states like Iowa and Colorado, Michigan has appeared to be a reach state for Republicans. Despite the open seat (Democrat Carl Levin is retiring), Republican nominee Terri Lynn Land hasn't quite caught fire against Peters. The state hardly ever elects Republicans to the Senate—since 1972, just one Republican, Spencer Abraham, has won a Senate race in Michigan.
But while Peters has led in every poll since May, Land has only trailed by single digits in the most recent polling. If 2014 is to be a wave year for the GOP, Republican candidates in states like Michigan will need enthusiasm among the conservative base to boost enough turnout. Ads like these appear designed to do just that.
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:
12:41 PM, Sep 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mark Pryor did not own a home in Arkansas, the state he represents in Washington, during his first four years in the U.S. Senate. And now it appears he lives part-time at the Washington, D.C. home of his brother, a top lobbyist for Microsoft.
8:01 AM, Sep 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand reportedly reveals in her memoir that one U.S. senator told her, "Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!"
It is now being reported that that line came from Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a Democrat and personal hero to President Barack Obama.
The federal judiciary will follow the election returns. Sep 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 03 • By EDWARD WHELAN
With little fanfare, President Obama has enjoyed remarkable success in his project to remake the federal courts in his own ideological image. How much more he achieves during his final two years in office depends in large part on whether Republicans win control of the Senate this November.
Obama’s success is most marked in the federal courts of appeals, the intermediate level of the national judicial hierarchy. When Obama took office, only 1 of the 13 appellate courts had a majority of Democratic appointees. Now 9 do.
3:29 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey reveals an astonishing trend: Cory Booker, the state's Democratic senator running for a full term this fall, frequently polls below 50 percent support against his Republican challenger, Jeff Bell. The latest survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows 42 percent of registered voters say they support Booker, while 29 percent say they support Bell. Twenty-seven percent, meanwhile, say they haven't made up their minds yet.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:00 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the President's ISIS speech, and whether his foreign policy will help Democrats running for re-election in 2014.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:30 PM, Sep 9, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the GOP's chances at a Republican-controlled Senate come 2015.
7:05 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By JAY COST
By all accounts, 2014 looks to be a very good year for the Republican party.
6:00 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
American Crossroads, the pro-Republican super PAC, has a new ad Tuesday running in Iowa that targets Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The ad focuses on Braley's absence from 75 percent of the House of Representatives' veterans' affairs committee hearings. On the day of one 2012 hearing investigating claims of long wait times at VA hospitals, Braley attended three separate fundraising events.
Watch the ad below:
So why did she build a DC mansion?1:31 PM, Sep 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana lists her parents' New Orleans address as her primary residence for voting purposes. But it's clear she and her husband consider their primary residence to be their multimillion-dollar home on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
10:46 AM, Sep 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bruce Braley, the Democratic congressman from Iowa running for the U.S. Senate, was not listed as present at a February 2012 House hearing with then-Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki. On February 15, 2012, Shinseki appeared on a panel before the House Veterans' Affairs committee, which began at 10:30 a.m. The secretary's testimony focused on the VA Department's budget, although one panelist raised concerns about long wait times at VA hospitals.
Sep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01 • By JAY COST
Labor Day marks the traditional start of the fall campaign season, and Republicans appear to be in a good position for the upcoming midterm elections. No serious political analyst believes that the House of Representatives is in danger of falling to the Democrats; more likely, Republicans will pick up a handful of seats. As for the upper chamber, Republicans are primed for gains, thanks to strong candidate recruitment, Democratic-held seats in Republican-voting states, and the persistent unpopularity of President Obama.