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  1. Jan 27, 2014 #1

    Astronuc

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    The big question is whether or not the GOP can gain control of the US Senate.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/us/politics/2014-elections-likely-to-keep-capitals-split.html

    Some incumbents are retiring.
     
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  3. Jan 27, 2014 #2

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    The Democrats have 21 seats to defend, and the Republicans have 15. The Republicans have to pick up 6 seats to gain control of the Senate.

    Of the 21, 15 are in states where the President is polling below 50%. The Democrats therefore have to keep 10 of them - the other 6 are pretty safe. Some of those seats are more secure than others. For example, Tom Udall is wildly popular in New Mexico, even though the President is not. South Dakota, on the other hand, will be tough. Tim Johnson is retiring, and Stephanie Herseth is not running. The only other candidates who have won statewide elections are on the GOP side. (Indeed, the leading Democratic candidate, Rick Weiland, has never won an election)
     
  4. Jan 27, 2014 #3

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    McCain Censure the Latest Sign of GOP Fratricide
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mccain-censure-latest-sign-gop-194100763.html
    We live in interesting times.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2014 #4

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  6. Feb 23, 2014 #5

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    is relevant how to the thread?
     
  7. Feb 23, 2014 #6

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    Ted Nugent was nutty 40 years ago, and hasn't improved with time. He's also never held a public office - unlike, say James Trafficant, who is off the scale.

    But how is this relevant to this year's election?
     
  8. Feb 23, 2014 #7

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    Gubernatorial elections can influence Congressional elections, and I'm curious how this will affect Texas congressional elections, particularly those of folks like Steve Stockman, who has close ties with Nugent.

    Stockman, who invited Nugent to the State of the Union address, has decided to challenge John Cornyn for the US Senate. Apparently, there is a wide field of challengers for Cornyn's seat. Abbott declined to run for the Senate.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2014 #8

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    C'mon, when a rich or famous Republican says something nutty, it's always news! Didn't you know that?!?
     
  10. Feb 25, 2014 #9

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    Seven Senate races to watch:

    Kentucky: "McConnell is expected to win the primary, but he faces a tough general election challenger, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State."

    Arkansas: Mark Pryor faces GOP challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton.

    North Carolina: "Five GOP candidates are vying for the chance to challenge the Democratic incumbent, Kay Hagen. The most prominent Republican in the race is State House Speaker Thom Tillis, . . . "

    Georgia: "Democratic candidate, Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, is enjoying a steady lead among the eight Republican candidates -- including Reps. Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Paul Broun and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel. "

    Iowa: Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican Mark Jacobs are seeking the seat held by retiring Senator Tom Harkin.

    Louisiana: "Sen. Mary Landrieu is nearly tied with her main Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy. "

    Alaska: Democratic Sen. Mark Begich faces GOP challenger, Dan Sullivan, former Natural Resources Commissioner.


    http://news.yahoo.com/tidal-wave-money-could-decide-111500312.html
     
  11. Feb 26, 2014 #10

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    This is somewhat interesting.

    I found the following in an article alleging Rand Paul has emerged as the GOP Presidential frontrunner:

    "McConnell, meanwhile, has gotten tea-party validation to get him through a contested primary against businessman Matt Bevin. He's also benefited from Paul's swipes at former President Clinton, who is emerging as an important surrogate for McConnell's Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell, if he survives the general election, could become the next majority leader."

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/agai...op-s-early-presidential-front-runner-20140225
     
  12. Feb 26, 2014 #11

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    That story doesn't give any numbers to support its assertion. Each poll has a different answer. CNN has Paul ahead, PPP - Huckabee, WaPo-ABC -Paul Ryan. Jeb Bush, Christie close in all them.
     
  13. Feb 26, 2014 #12

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    So here's a mind-boggler:

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    CNN is currently featuring seven, count 'em, seven Ted Nugent articles/videos/photo arrays under a big headline asking if he's the voice of America/the Republican party. Seriously, CNN?

    Yeah, that's how relevant they want him to be.
     

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  14. Feb 26, 2014 #13

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    I think it's safe to say Ted Nugent pushes CNN's buttons! Yes, the coverage of this is over-the-top.

    For the record, I think Nugent is a flaming idiot. I wonder if repeated exposure to loud, poor-quality rock music can cause traumatic brain injury?
     
  15. Feb 26, 2014 #14

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    I don't get it. Something has to give. Their ratings are on par with the guy playing for change on the street corner and still falling:

    Couple decades ago, in a situation like this the execs would have been quickly fired, the air-talent all turned over. What's wrong with Turner/Time Warner? Either they act or some oil emirate will.
     
  16. Feb 26, 2014 #15

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    They just dropped Piers Morgan's show. Looks like "Message received."
     
  17. Feb 26, 2014 #16

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    ++++1
     
  18. Feb 26, 2014 #17
    Is the president's approval rating all that important considering that the approval rating of congress is only 13%.:eek:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/166838/congress-job-approval-starts-2014.aspx
     
  19. Feb 27, 2014 #18

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    If the approval rating of congress as a whole was important in elections, there would be almost no incumbents re-elected. But the congress doesn't run as a whole in the elections.

    This is a situation where the voter thinks, "It's my guy in congress who is OK; the rest of these jerks need to go."
     
  20. Mar 2, 2014 #19

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    Yes we do.
     
  21. Jun 10, 2014 #20

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