RS Interview: Tom Smith (R CAND, PA-SEN).
Pennsylvania’s going to be an interesting place this November: incumbent Senator Bob Casey is in the unenviable position of having to explain to half of his constituents why he’s not really like President Obama, while explaining to the other half why Bob Casey actually is. If you’re wondering how Senator Casey plans to square that circle; the plan is to ensure that he does not. | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Sarah Steelman (R CAND, MO-SEN PRI).
Sarah Steelman is one of the candidates running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Missouri – which is, of course, a prime nomination to have, considering that sitting Senate Claire McCaskill is widely expected to be a prominent member of the next wave of Democratic politicians slated to die the political True Death for the greater glory of Obamacare. We spoke for a bit | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Ted Cruz (R CAND, TX-SEN PRI).
Ted Cruz is an old friend of RedState, of course: so we made sure to spend a couple of minutes talking about the race, how the ongoing redistricting dispute in Texas is making everybody’s elections difficult, and about CPAC generally. And if you’re wondering why a Texas federal Senate race would be affected by redistricting, it’s because nobody really wants to have three primary dates | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Richard Mourdock (R CAND, IN-SEN PRI).
This particular interview with Richard – we’ve talked with him before about the race – is of interest for another reason: Dave Weigel of Slate happened to reference it in his day-in-the-life article about Richard Mourdock at CPAC. I don’t have any actual beef with Weigel’s reporting of anything that I was involved with – I did ask those questions, more or less, and I | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Dan Bongino (R CAND, MD-SEN PRI).
One of the interesting things about CPAC is, of course, that you can meet a whole lot of different candidates. Below was my conversation with Dan Bongino, who is a former US Secret Service agent now running for Senate in Maryland against Ben Cardin – and if you don’t remember who Ben Cardin is, don’t worry. Cardin’s an amazingly generic Senator who, on his good | Read More »
President Obama to flip-flop on recess appointment?
CNN is just now reporting that the President plans to recess appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Such a recess appointment was previously assumed to be impossible, given that: the assumed minimum length of time is three days; and the Senate is deliberately meeting every two days in order to prevent recess appointments during that time period. The Hill helpfully notes | Read More »
Keystone showdown looms: is Harry Reid a Senator, or Barack Obama’s Lap Dog?
Here’s the background: the current hot topic of conversation in domestic politics right now is whether or not to extend a temporary payroll tax cut. It’s currently an object of some controversy on the GOP side, largely because it would involve effectively another 180 billion in spending; Democrats were in fact kind of gleeful about that, given that it promised to give Republicans a bit | Read More »
Cloture vote today on gun-grabbing, pro-lifer-hating Caitlin Halligan.
I got tipped this one by the Rick Perry campaign: surprised that I didn’t see this before. Halligan is up for a judicial appointment to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC, and she’s… well, read [for some reason, the link didn't work the first time]: Ms. Halligan’s confirmation has been vigorously opposed by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and Committee | Read More »
RS Interview: Gary Glenn (R CAND, MI-SEN Primary).
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to speak with Gary Glenn, who is president of the American Family Association of Michigan and one of the primary candidates in next year’s Senate race in Michigan against sitting Senator Debbie Stabenow. Gary is actively seeking the Tea Party vote and has been endorsed by Mike Huckabee: we spoke with him for a bit on the | Read More »
Virginia Senate control hangs by thread.
The Washington Post sums it up: at least six seats lost by the Democrats (including their House Minority Leader) in the House of Delegates and either one (Bill Stanley over Roscoe Reynolds) or two (Bryce Reeves leads Edd Houck by 86 votes) in the state Senate. If it’s one, the Democrats retain control of the state Senate; if it’s two, then the Senate is tied | Read More »
RS Gathering 2011: Don Stenberg (R CAND, NE-SEN PRIMARY).
This is, unfortunately, a bit late: there were some problems with this and another video, which have seen been resolved. At any rate, Don was one of our speakers at the Gathering – he’s hoping to defeat the other pseudo-moderate Democratic Senator named Nelson in the US Senate – and Don took a few moments to talk with us the night before: Don’s site is | Read More »
RS Gathering 2011: Ted Cruz (R CAND, TX-SEN PRIMARY)
Ted is an old friend of the site and the RS Gathering: he spoke at our first one, and he spoke today as well. We talked briefly afterward: Ted’s site is here.
20 Democrats Lie about supporting balanced budgets.
The Club for Growth has put out this video showing twenty sitting Democrats and their past ‘support’ of a balanced budget amendment (H/T: Instapundit). ‘Support’ is in scare quotes because it’s all a lie, of course: one of the people in that video is Harry Reid, who is currently screaming about the (popular. Among adults, even) CCB bill because…
The DSCC Limited Resources Map.
Consider this map (via Politico) showing what the DSCC calls a “Limited Resource Plan” for the 2012 elections: …which is, of course, being waved around by the DSCC for the purpose of convincing wary Democratic donors that donating money in 2012 to the group that lost seven* Senate seats and struck out on four prime pickups** in 2010 is a good idea. This did | Read More »
Richard Mourdock’s valuable life lesson.
Do not let your campaign manager assault* a blogger. Richard Mourdock (R) will be apologizing for this event (more details about the incident here) which took place after Right-blogger rebelpundit came up to the Indiana Senate candidate and started asking him some fairly direct questions about Mourdock’s willingness/reluctance to identify with the Tea Party. The actual triggering moment was when rebelpundit asked a Fair Tax | Read More »
Tim Kaine running for VA-SEN, because God loves me.
Jim Geraghty has the report. And it is my devout hope that Tim Kaine brings the same competence and drive to the upcoming Senate election in Virginia that Tim Kaine previously brought to the Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Scott Brown, Martha Roby, Mo Brooks, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, Paul Gosar, Ben Quayle, David Schweikert, Jeff Denham, Scott Tipton, Cory Gardner, Steve Southerland, Rich | Read More »
CPAC 2011: Ted Cruz (R PRIMARY, TX-SEN).
Again, this should have been up last week. Ted’s running for Senator in Texas: he’s the former Solicitor General for Texas and a friend of the site. We caught up with him at CPAC this year: Ted’s site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)
Jeff Bingaman (D, NM) cuts and runs.
Five terms is apparently enough *. Frankly, it’s more than enough for a lot of Senators out there, but that’s just my opinion. Contra Chris Cizzilla , though, Obama’s 15 point victory in 2008 is not the only thing to consider about New Mexico: it’s that in 2010 the GOP took the governorship and lieutenant governorship, flipped a House seat, and came pretty close to | Read More »
Re-Meet Ted Cruz (R-CAND, TX-SEN Primary).
Ted is the former Solicitor General of Texas and should be familiar to long-term readers of RedState: he was one of our featured speakers at the first RedState Gathering in Atlanta. These days he’s one of the candidates running to replace retiring Senator Kay Hutchison. We spoke about the campaign yesterday: Obviously, given Ted’s background the conversation included his reaction to Obamacare’s recent drubbing in | Read More »
Re-Meet Michael Williams (R CAND, SEN-TX Primary).
Long-time readers of RedState are familiar with Michael Williams, of course: he was of the candidates for replacing Senator Hutchison, back when she looked ready to vacate her Senate seat. Now that she’s retiring, Michael is officially running for Senate. We talked last week: Michael was until quite recently a Texas Railroad Commissioner, which (as Texas Railroad Commissioners soon learn to explain, over and over | Read More »