Conservative Intelligence Briefing Coverage of Conservative Political Candidates and Campaigns. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rick Perry’s Challenge to Congress Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:14:50 +0000 Conservative Intel Undeterred by criticism that he’s just playing politics, Texas Governor Rick Perry is upping the ante on his tough immigration stance.

He has already traveled to the Texas border with Mexico and called out the Texas National Guard. Now, Rebecca Shabad from The Hill reports, Perry is challenging both sides of the aisle to stay put on Capitol Hill until the job of securing the border is done:

“While Texas has taken what steps it can to mitigate the damage caused by a porous border, Congress and the president have a duty to address our border security issues without further delay. Congress should not go into recess until the job is completed.”

With a potential coup on his hands among the GOP caucus, Speaker John Boehner is mulling a new immigration package that might get some traction lest the party get stuck with the political hot potato that President Obama has created.

Having climbed to the top of the charts in many issue surveys, the immigration and border security crisis could likely drag on until the midterm elections and thus play a major role in voter sentiments as they enter the voting booth. Which party — and which candidates — appear to have the best handle on this issue will have the clear favor. And it is entirely conceivable that the control over the Senate could hinge on this one issue.

Some analysts speculate that this is precisely what President Obama has in mind in using his lame-duck position: manufacture a crisis on the border, then stick Republicans with the problem of looking inhumane for not electing to accept homeless immigrant children.

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WV Mine Explosion Could Decide Control of U.S. Senate Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:17:07 +0000 Conservative Intel As the midterm election fight continues to build steam, every competitive race for the U.S. Senate plays a key role in determining the landscape of the federal government for the duration of President Obama’s term.

Among those up for grabs is the open seat in West Virginia where an odd turn of event has the race tilting possibly in the favor of Republicans.

Democrat candidate Congressman Nick Rahall is under fire from his Republican opponent state Senator Evan Jenkins over the 2010 mine explosion in the state which killed 29 mine workers.

WCHS and WVAH, two local television stations, ran stories showing that Rahall owned significant financial interest in the mine’s holding company, Upper Branch Mine, before selling his interests the day after the tragic explosion.

Jenkins calls out Rahall via a statement on his website, “Trying to politically profit from the deaths of 29 miners while hiding from voters his first move after the blast — calling his stockbroker to mitigate his financial risk.”

Control over the Senate could come down to a one-seat margin, and the results of the race for this WV seat may very well be the deciding factor.

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Trey Gowdy Threatens More Subpoenas on Benghazi Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:58 +0000 Conservative Intel Never a stranger to strong words, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, has promised to bring in more witnesses in the committee’s pursuit of the truth in that ill-fated attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

Warning that no one is off-limits, Gowdy declared in a Fox News interview, “I can’t skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity.”

With the 2016 presidential cycle on the horizon, few can forget the now-infamous “What difference does it make?!” cry from Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, during testimony on Benghazi. Should she ultimately choose to make a bid for the White House, that line will undoubtedly play a role in the public’s perception of her as an executive.

Asked whether Hillary could be called in again for testimony, Gowdy explained, “I want everyone who has access to relevant information, and it is, I think, impossible to argue that the secretary of State at the time would not have access to relevant information. Either talk to all of them, or concede you are not interested in getting all the facts.”

Gowdy indicated that the committee’s sweeping probe could also include Susan Rice, who initially led the charge in White House efforts to peddle the notion that the incidents in Benghazi were a reaction to a Youtube video. The probe might also bring Philippe Reines, Clinton’s gatekeeper, and Andrew Shapiro, former chief of staff at the CIA.

The select committee continues to grow under the leadership of Gowdy, currently at 13 including staff members, and it is expected to grow to as many as 20 with the renewed push for additional testimony and research.

“It’s the one thing that I wanted was this investigation to get the answers,” said Pat Smith, mother of slain foreign services officer Sean Smith. “And the people say that they’re gonna do their best so this is what I’m hoping for.”

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Obama Bilks Taxpayers for Fundraising Trips Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:44:28 +0000 Conservative Intel As The Washington Examiner reports, President Obama is burning copious gallons of fuel jet-setting across the nation to raise campaign cash for his beleaguered Democrat allies. He seems undeterred by the fact that the country and the world are on the brink of crisis in many respects, whether on our own border or on the border between Ukraine and Russia.

As president, he can more or less go wherever he pleases, for whatever reason. The result is that taxpayers get stuck with the bill for the travels, which tallies into the millions, while saving the Democrat Party campaign apparatus all the money they’d have spent otherwise to promote candidates.

Recent trips include jaunts for multi-million dollar fundraisers in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on behalf of key re-election efforts for House and Senate Democrats.

Lest we become concerned that the president might be a tad distracted from being the leader of the free world and the responsibilities that come therewith, the White House spokesman earnestly explained that the president is able to work on the road:

“When the president travels, he travels with an array of staff and advisers and communications equipment that allows him to do his job from wherever he happens to be.”

“And if it becomes clear that there’s a need for him to come back to the White House in order to fulfill those functions, then we’ll make a change in his schedule,” he continued.

Translation: “Nothing to see here; move along.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn’t buying the charade, “What I think the president has failed to do is the job he was paid to do, which is to lead the country, and where legislation is necessary, to engage with those who actually pass legislation, which is all of us.”

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Elizabeth Warren Outshines Hillary Ahead of 2016 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:03 +0000 Conservative Intel With Hillary still officially “thinking about” running for president, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) isn’t waiting around for a decision. Among those on the short list of potential Democrat nominees in 2016, Warren is making the rounds talking about big ideas and big plans. ‘Progressive’ though they are, her plans are just that: plans.

As The Washington Examiner reports, Warren’s aggressiveness to define an agenda, not just for her own potential campaign, but for her party stands in stark contrast to a perceived Hillary strategy that can summed thusly: I’m Hillary Clinton.

The results of the 2008 Democrat primary should dispel any doubt that a lesser-known and less experienced candidate can defeat are far more experience and well-known candidate through sheer energy and charisma.

With just over 90 days left until the midterm elections, the presidential horses are beginning to get set in their stalls to wait for the bell that begins the long road to the White House. Elizabeth Warren appears confidently as one of those horses.

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Voters Say Obama Should Stay Off the Campaign Trail Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:50:52 +0000 Conservative Intel Just over 90 days away from the 2014 midterm elections voters are fairly convinced President Obama should just stay home.

A Fox News poll asked the same question it posed in 2010, “If you were running for office as a Democratic candidate this year, would you want President Obama to campaign for you?” Only 50% of respondents said no then. Four years later, 57% want him to butt out.

The poll also showed voter intensity among Republicans with a 14-point lead over Democrat voters. And while party preference seems to continue oscillating back and forth, turnout among likely voters will play a key role in the ultimate results.

Aaron Shaw, GOP pollster explained the numbers, “The Republicans have the upper hand at this point, although it’s a little weaker than in 2010. Their main problem is that there are far fewer vulnerable Democratic seats to pick off this time around.”

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W Pens Biography of HW Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:48:55 +0000 Conservative Intel In his growing Churchillian legacy, President George W. Bush announced via his publisher that a biography of his father, President George HW Bush, will be released soon.

To be offered by Crown Publishers in November, Decision Points will CIB073114-Bush2tell the story of the 41st president from a son’s perspective of the “great servant, statesman and father.”

Crown described the book in its statement, “As the only father and son to each have served as President of the United States since John and John Quincy Adams, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush occupy a unique position in history. George W. Bush brings to vivid life his unique perspective of the personal qualities and principles that have animated George H. W. Bush’s extraordinary life of service to country and family.”

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Mike Lee Endorses John Moolenaar in Michigan 4th Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:05:43 +0000 J. Cal Davenport John Moolenaar is on an endorsement roll in the race for Michigan’s 4th U.S. congressional district. As we here at Conservative Intel reported a few weeks ago, he picked up the official support of Annette Kirk, the wife of the CIB073114-Moolenaarlate conservative intellectual founder Russell Kirk. Previously, Moolenaar was endorsed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a solid and well-liked conservative, and Michigan Right to Life.

He now pads his credentials even more with an endorsement from Utah Senator Mike Lee.

Senator Lee has a proven track record of advocating for small government reform. As one of the biggest conservative leaders in Congress, he takes seriously the task of supporting those candidates that he wants as allies in the fight to restrain President Obama and return the country to its constitutional roots.

This isn’t so much a game-changer as it is an increase in current momentum for Moolenaar. His opponent, Paul Mitchell, faced with the ever-rising conservative support Moolenaar is raking in, has been lashing with false attacks, such as the suggestions that Moolenaar supports the Obamacare exchanges and Medicaid expansion.

Senator Lee, certainly no supporter of either proposal, like Attorney General Schuette and Annette Kirk, realizes that Moolenaar’s record on the subjects is easily verifiable, since he voted against both the exchanges and expansion in his time in the Michigan legislature.

Lee recognizes as well that for the ongoing battle against the Obama administration, the Democratic Senate and big government Republicans for the next couple of years, as well as the constitutional reforms in the – fingers crossed – conservative Republican White House years to follow, he will need all the reliable conservatives in Congress that he can get. As such, an endorsement from Senator Lee is nothing to sneeze at.

A track record of conservatism, especially in opposition to one’s own party when necessary, is kind of resume someone like Mike Lee would look for in an ally. John Moolenaar certainly has that.

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#KYSen: Mitch McConnell Tied with Dem Grimes Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:26:05 +0000 Conservative Intel Newsmax: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may already have a bittersweet taste in his mouth, given the dueling polls of late. On the one hand, polls increasingly show the U.S. Senate flipping to Republican control in November which would make him the Senate Majority Leader.

Except, other polls in his own state show his race to retain his seat isn’t a foregone conclusion.

A Human Events poll from a week ago showed McConnell tied with his Democrat opponent Alison Grimes at 45% apiece. The McConnell campaign insists that their internal poll showing him with a 7-point lead is far more accurate.

With blood in the water, Grimes has secured a commitment from President Bill Clinton to campaign in the state on her behalf. With heavy artillery of that caliber, McConnell may be leaning on overwhelming Republican turnout in Kentucky to decide his fate.

As projections currently stand, it is entirely conceivable that the GOP could retake the U.S. Senate without Mitch McConnell among them.

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#GASen: Leaked Campaign Plan Exposes Nunn’s Weaknesses Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:43:50 +0000 Conservative Intel After an ‘accidental leak’ of her campaign plan to succeed retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss, Democrat nominee Michelle Nunn is between a rock and a hard place in terms of how to couch her strategy.

First reported by National Review Online, the leaked campaign plan detailed key issues on which Nunn might be exploited as a weak candidate.

Those weaknesses include being perceived as too liberal or soft on terrorism, given her association with a group linked to terrorists, or perhaps as a carpetbagger. You can read the full memo here.

The daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, Michelle grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, during her father’s 25-year career in DC. After moving to Atlanta later in life, she is seen by some as a big-city liberal, out of touch with regular Georgians, especially those in the rural areas.

Nunn has been criticized as well for dodging key questions about her agenda as she continues to sidestep attempts by the GOP to brand her as Obama-lite.

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