Rep. Steve Stockman R-TX is looking for an intern this fall but “mushy pleasers/appeasers” should not apply, the Washington Post reports.From the help-wanted ad: “HINT: vapid granolas who fear guns, hate babies, are ashamed of America, and think Islamic terrorists and illegal aliens are just misunderstood will not be comfortable here.”
A new Robert Morris University Polling Institute poll in Pennsylvania finds Tom Wolf D leads Gov. Tom Corbett R by a wide margin, 56% to 25%, among likely voters.
The Kentucky Herald-Leader is reporting that Jesse Benton, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager has said he will resign over a bribery scandal that he fears could become too big of a distraction to the Kentucky Republican’s reelection bid.Benton acted as political director for former Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign and has since been accused of being personally involved in bribing former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson to move from Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign to his. Sorenson plead guilty to accepting at least $73,000 in concealed funds from the Paul campaign in 2012.
WASHINGTON — Three top Republican Senate candidates heaped praise on the political network built by the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch during a secretive conference held by the brothers this past summer, according to audio of the event.Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton directly credited donors present at the June 16 retreat in Dana Point, California, for propelling them forward. Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner told attendees that his race would likely be decided by the presence of “third party” money — an obvious pitch for generosity from the well-heeled crowd.The presence of Gardner and Cotton was previously reported by The Nation magazine, though it is unclear if Cotton ever confirmed his appearance. Ernsts attendance had not previously been reported.For all three, the association with the Koch brothers network is likely to provide kindling for their opponents, who have already argued that the Republicans are steered by deep-pocketed conservatives.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is betting that his conservative credentials and his years as a purple-state governor can put him in the top tier of Republican presidential contenders. But could his struggles to win re-election in Wisconsin weaken him for 2016?A Marquette University poll released Wednesday showed Walker with just a 3.4% lead among registered voters over his Democratic challenger Mary Burke, a political neophyte. That’s well within the margin of error, and essentially unchanged from three months ago. Among likely voters, Walker actually trails by 2 points.Respondents were contacted last Thursday through Sunday — a bumpy few days for the governor. On Friday, newly released documents showed Walker’s campaign pushing donors to give money to a conservative group with close ties to his recall efforts. Two days later, news broke that Walker’s campaign received a $20,000 donation from the owners of a company a Walker-led board approved to receive millions of dollars in tax credits.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell R-KY explained his plan to use a government shutdown as a bargaining chip against President Barack Obama to a room full of wealthy conservatives two months ago, according to audio obtained by The Nation magazine.”So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing whats called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. Were going to go after them on health care, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board. … All across the federal government, were going to go after it,” McConnell said at a private summit hosted by the Koch Brothers.