Haley Barbour PAC Connected To Racially Charged Ads In Mississippi Senate Race As Vote Buying Allegations Surface

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 9:04 am

The GOP civil war in Mississippi continues as Chris McDaniel’s campaign to force a special election targets not only Senator Thad Cochran for voter fraud but former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s PAC for using misleading racially charged ads against a fellow Republican. The ads from “Citizens for Progress” claim Chris McDaniel, among other things, wants [...]

NRSC Comes Crawling Back With Funding for Ads in Todd Akin’s Senate Race

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 9:15 am

Even as the National Republican Senatorial Committee – the campaign arm of Republicans in the Senate – swore up and down they would never return to help Todd Akin in his Missouri Senate race, most observers thought that, when things got tight, they would give in. And sure enough, that’s what’s happening, as they are [...]

Republican Establishment Crawling Back to Todd Akin

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:13 pm

Here comes the calvary. I mentioned this morning that Todd Akin passed the deadline to take his name off the ballot in the Missouri Senate race. Claire McCaskill’s campaign immediately responded with a hard-hitting ad bringing up the “legitimate rape” comments, which they had held off from using previously, before Akin’s place on the ballot [...]

With Akin Staying In, NRSC Says They’ll Withhold Funds

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 11:12 am

Just to carry over from the last post, Todd Akin will stay in his Senate race in Missouri, saying that he’s received “tremendous grassroots support” over the last 48 hours. That will have to suffice for the time being, however. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been leading efforts to force Akin out, said [...]

Republicans Want to Distance From Todd Akin, Not His Policies on Abortion UPDATE: Akin Staying In

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 10:27 am

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, attempting to beat the clock with about five hours to go before the first hurdle of getting Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri passes, released a list of conservative pundits who have asked Akin to step down. Like Digby, I’m struck that the NRSC needs to do this, to [...]

Republicans Attack Elizabeth Warren for Favoring Occupy Wall Street Movement

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 11:46 am

Republicans think they see an opportunity to tarnish Elizabeth Warren by painting her as on the side of a movement designed to show the support of 99% of all Americans. Good luck with that! National Republicans are now attacking Elizabeth Warren for embracing the protests, seeking to make a liability out of the fact that [...]

Bush Tax Cut Debate Finds Vulnerabilities on Both Sides

By: Monday August 23, 2010 10:31 am

The debate over the Bush tax cuts will be incredibly interesting over the next few months, because both sides think they have outflanked the other in the debate. For example, the NRSC sure thinks they have a tiger by the tail: they are pressuring Democrats to explain their position on the tax cuts, including a [...]

NRSC Ad Claims Lee Fisher Masturbated While Unemployment Grew (Really)

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 12:32 pm

I don’t see much point in commenting on Web-based attack-ads from partisan political committees. Their penetration into the marketplace is almost nil, and the spin they offer comes out in other formats anyway. But I have to confess to some surprise at this ad from the NRSC about Ohio Democratic nominee for US Senate, Lt. [...]

Ensign Aides, Nevada Businesses Get Subpoenas

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 1:35 pm

In non health care-related news, John Ensign is in a fair bit of trouble. As in grand jury investigation kind of trouble. Nevada Senator John Ensign is in the crosshairs of a Department of Justice criminal investigation. The criminal probe stems from a romantic affair Ensign had with the wife of his key staffer and [...]

Crist Scrambling, Claims He Never Endorsed Stimulus Despite Massive Evidence

By: Thursday November 5, 2009 11:50 am

Charlie Crist is at least acting like a man in some trouble. He has seen the teabagger army bearing down on his seat, and he has seen the head of the NRSC bck down to the mob and vow to stay out of primaries even where they’ve endorsed a candidate, like they have with Crist [...]

Cornyn Forced By Teabagger Base To Keep NRSC Out Of Senate Primaries

By: Wednesday November 4, 2009 11:47 am

This is pretty big news that shows the institutional power of the tea party conservative base. In the wake of last night’s disaster in NY-23, John Cornyn, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP campaign arm for Senate races, announced that his organization will not endorse or spend money in “contested primaries.” [...]

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