After a narrowly won primary victory, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran continues to fight allegations that he engaged in illegal "vote-buying" of black voters to help him win.
A spokesman for the Republican incumbent recently released a statement denouncing the allegations that such "vote-buying" was used to defeat primary challenger and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel.
Jordan Russell, a spokesman for the Cochran campaign, called the allegations, leveled by some conservative activists such as blogger Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com, "baseless and false." more >>
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia has lost his primary to a Tea Party challenger, hailed by many as a major upset.
In results reported Tuesday evening for the seventh congressional district of Virginia incumbent, he was defeated by David Brat, a Tea party activist and economics professor.
With 86.5 percent of results reported, Brat garnered 55.9 percent to Cantor's 44.1 percent of the vote. more >>
Ahead of the 2014 midterm elections and 2016 presidential race, Republican candidates appear to be ignoring its social conservative base. Social conservatives believe this is a losing strategy.
The conventional wisdom among Republican candidates and strategists these days appears to be: 1) talk about the failures of "Obamacare," 2) talk about the economy and unemployment, 3) avoid social issues like marriage and abortion.
By avoiding talking about abortion and marriage, those Republicans believe they can avoid the Democrat's attacks on those issues, Connie Mackey, president of FRC Action PAC, a political action committee associated with Family Research Council, told The Christian Post in an April 22 interview. That strategy is "absurd," she believes, because "running away from those issues may cause them more trouble." more >>
Criticisms of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon vs. FEC, removing the overall limit on individual donations to political campaigns, have been overblown. The decision will not bring about the end of democracy in America, as some have claimed. In some minor ways, it may actually benefit U.S. political institutions.
Americans tend to be ambivalent about campaign finance laws because these laws represent a clash of two different values they hold – freedom and equality. We believe we should be free to say what we want, especially in regard to politics. We also do not like the idea of some people having more influence in politics than others. We believe all should have an equal voice in politics.
Campaign finance laws are attempts to prevent some, the wealthy in particular, from having more influence in politics than everyone else. To do that, though, these laws infringe upon freedom. They place limits, or try to at least, on spending money in elections. more >>
Politically conservative Catholics and Evangelicals may have played an important role in the surprising victory of Republican David Jolly over Democrat Alex Sink in Florida's Tuesday special election to fill the U.S. House seat for the state's district 13.
Volunteers for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a nonprofit group that focuses on mobilizing politically conservative Christians in elections, visited 5,000 homes, made 10,000 phone calls, sent 22,000 pieces of mail, distributed 25,000 voter guides at churches, and sent electronic voter guides through social media, email and text messaging that was viewed 403,929 times, according to an FFC press release.
Jolly won narrowly, 48.5 to 46.7 percent, in a race that national Democrats had earlier touted as an easy win. Though the district has not been held by a Democrat since the 1980s, it was widely believed to be moving in the Democrat's direction, just as the surrounding Tampa-area districts have done. In 2008 and 2012, a majority of the district voted for Barack Obama for president, and in 2010 a majority of the district voted for Sink when she ran for governor. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Gov. Mike Huckabee only had 10 minutes to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but in that time he described what could be a full platform for the 2016 presidential race.
His 10-minute CPAC speech tackled every issue one would expect from a Republican presidential candidate: healthcare, foreign policy, tax policy, abortion, Israel, parental rights, gun rights, religious liberty and the NSA, IRS and Benghazi scandals.
He also spoke about God. more >>