Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

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Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on President Obama’s Cuba policy. He said that starting trade with Cuba “is probably a good idea” and that the 50-year economic embargo against the Caribbean island “just hasn’t worked.”

“Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU in Huntington, WV, that many younger Cuban Americans support opening up trade with Cuba. He also said many U.S. farmers would back Obama’s moves because the country is a new market for their crops,” according to media reports.

Paul, a 2016 presidential hopeful, said the embargo “punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.” He added, “In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea.”

Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush?

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Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush? (Photo Credit: Facebook)

For once I agree with Donald Trump, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” Jeb Bush has announced on Twitter and Facebook that he’s “actively exploring a White House run for 2016.” To be fair, I actually prefer him to his brother, George W. Bush, but do we need another Bush in the White House?

Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook about discussions over a possible presidential run, “We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”

So, I guess he will be restoring the America his brother helped to wreck, right? Like Donald Trump said, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” That’s even as he flirts with a presidential run, which we know won’t materialize.

 

Former Obama Campaign Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President

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Former Obama Campaign Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President (Photo Credit: Ready for Warren)

About 300 former Barack Obama campaign staffers are urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. The letter, which was organized by Ready for Warren, is entitled, “We helped elect Barack Obama — now we’re calling on Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016.”

We believed in an unlikely candidate who no one thought had a chance.

We worked for him — and against all odds, we won in Iowa.

We organized like no campaign had organized before — and won the Democratic primary.

We built a movement — and the country elected the first-ever African American president.

We know that the improbable is far from impossible.

Now, former staffers from President Obama’s campaigns, along with former staffers from OFA, are joining with the thousands of Americans who are calling on Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016.

Rising income inequality is the challenge of our times, and we want someone who will stand up for working families and take on the Wall Street banks and special interests that took down our economy.

We urge Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. Source: Ready for Warren

The list of former Obama staffers is here.

Shameful: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections

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Report: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

SHAMEFUL:  More people went shopping on Black Friday than voted in the 2014 midterm elections. The sad reality is America is really, really broken.

The National Retail Federation predicts 140.1 million people will go shopping this weekend, down from the 140.3 million who went shopping last year.

The United States Election Project reports that only 76.9 million people turned out to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s the lowest turnout since World War II. Get this, the population then was less than 150 million people.

[H/T Mediaite]

Bill Clinton: Youth Vote Collapse, No Obama Immigration May Have Hurt Democrats

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Bill Clinton: Youth Vote Collapse, No Obama Immigration May Have Hurt Democrats

Politico: ‘There was a collapse of the youth vote. The African-American vote held fairly steady and was remarkable… we had a little bit of a loss of the Hispanic vote perhaps because the president didn’t sign an order on executive action on immigration reform.”

“He also said Obama should maximize his pulpit and not give in to being a “lame duck,” setting a high bar by saying he should turn to the budget process to try to push through his agenda in his final two years in the White House and that the president should also try to pass immigration reform. Above all, he said, Obama should try to have “fun” in the job.” — Bill Clinton on the results of the 2014 midterm elections.

 

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

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GA Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

Gov. Nathan Deal’s courting of black voters paid off. He got 10 percent of the black vote, while Senator-elect David Perdue got seven percent. As for Hispanics, Deal got 47 percent, while Perdue got 42 percent.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who pushed criminal justice reform when courting black voters, took 10 percent of the African-American vote, according to exit polls. Senator-elect David Perdue took 7 percent.

“Those are huge numbers,” Smith declared in a phone interview. And they are when compared to Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ 4 percent in 2008, the most recent year we had exit polling in Georgia.

Among Latinos, Republicans fared far better: Deal took 47 percent and Perdue got 42 percent. Compare that with27 percent for Mitt Romney across the nation in 2012. (There weren’t enough Latino voters in Georgia in 2008 for a reliable exit poll; same goes with Asians this year.)

Smith has worked for more than a year to find black Republicans as validators in the community and the media that it was OK to vote GOP. The party’s black Republican council worked behind the scenes to keep the party from “walking into potholes” and convinced Republican leaders to support a Martin Luther King Jr. statue at the Capitol. Source: Political Insider

Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat?

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Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama and his aides on are on the offensive over the midterm election shellacking the Democratic Party took on Tuesday. They “are arguing that the stinging defeat Democrats suffered at the polls Tuesday wasn’t a rejection of the policies he’s advocated over the past six years, citing evidence of popular support for his agenda even as voters turned against his party,” Politico reports.

“But that line of argument might not be the best one to boost Obama’s post-midterm standing, as it leads to a conclusion even more uncomfortable for the White House: that voters were instead passing judgment on Obama himself.” Um, so what was the reason for the defeat? Obama’s leadership?

While President Obama may shoulder some of the blame, let’s not ignore the party’s role. He was toxic to many candidates and they ran from his record, rather than crafting a message accentuating the positives. Alison Lundergran-Grimes came across as spineless for refusing to admit she voted for the President, despite being a delegate at the convention.

GOP Midterm Rout: Is It Time for Black Voters to Form New Alliances?

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GOP Midterm Rout: Is It Time for Black Voters to Form New Alliances? (Photo Credit: Flickr)

(Opinion) — The Democratic Party got a well-deserved spanking in the midterm elections. There is no other way to say it, but it was self-inflicted on many levels. Still, the Republican Party cannot coddle right wing extremists and do nothing for the next two years. It won’t bode well for them come 2016 when the presidential elections roll around. I won’t lie, I was stunned. Very stunned. I didn’t expect a clean sweep last night. President Obama got a heckuva reality check. I won’t blame the Republicans for pulling out a massive win. I blame the Democrats for the environment they created, having lost control of the House in 2010.

The time has come for black voters to form new alliances. Yes, that may mean giving the Republican Party another look. Holding them to task and demanding more attention. For example, Sen. Rand Paul is quite aware that the black vote should not be ignored by the party. Let’s hold him to task and not just vote for the Democratic Party just because. The black unemployment rate is still hovering in the double digits — 11 percent for September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Crime rates are still high in inner city areas for a myriad of reasons, mostly tied to the high unemployment rate among black males. Prison reform is sorely needed. So, what has the Democratic Party really done to help the black community?

I was once considered myself a Democrat. Yeah, I’m saying it with a straight face, but I became an Independent during the 2008 presidential election. I vote for whoever will best meet my needs and shares similar ideals. What I am saying is that I have voted Republican in the past, several times. It has never been about race for me, but about who can deliver the things I hold true.

A very unhappy electorate spoke last night and we have to accept what they said. That’s what makes this country great. That was a democracy at work. Now I am sure there will be folks who say there were voting irregularities and so on, but the fact remains, the Democrats got the mother of all shellacking last night.

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President Obama and Congress Should Wave White Flag (Photo Credit: Attribution Unknown)

President Obama and Congress, it’s time to wave the white flag…..

After the stunning defeat, President Obama isn’t going to back down from doing what he believes is best for America. That includes immigration reform. Many are expecting him to use executive action to bring about change. That may work in the short term, but it can be undone by the next president. The fact is, blustering aside, President Obama has to find a way to work with the Republicans. Bill Clinton did it in his second term.

Obama will strike a tone of compromise and accountability during his public remarks Wednesday, promising to work with Republicans who are interested in working with him. He’s gone almost two years without a major legislative achievement, leaving him “very willing” to start cutting deals, a senior administration official said, possibly on trade, corporate taxes and patent reform. Still, this posture isn’t much different than the one he’s projected for years.

At the same time, Obama won’t back down from using his administrative powers, including plans to issue an executive order on immigration that could be the most aggressive unilateral action of his presidency. He’ll adhere to a progressive agenda that, officials said, will keep the base excited, position his party to win back the Senate and hold the White House in 2016, and seal his legacy. And he will continue to use the bully pulpit to promote liberal issues, such as stemming climate change, that stand no chance of passing Congress on his watch but might under his successor.

President Obama came across tone deaf during his press conference on Wednesday, saying “I hear you” to voters. Did he really hear? The message that was sent in 2010 was basically the same, just kicked up a notch this time around.

Yet when Obama fielded questions for an hour Wednesday afternoon, he spoke as if Tuesday had been but a minor irritation. He announced no changes in staff or policy, acknowledged no fault or error and expressed no contrition or regret. Though he had called Democrats’ 2010 losses a “shellacking,” he declined even to label Tuesday’s results.

Obama declared that he would continue with plans for executive orders to expand legal status to undocumented immigrants — even though, minutes before Obama’s news conference, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said that would be “like waving a red flag in front of a bull.” Obama repeated a familiar list of priorities — a minimum-wage hike, infrastructure and education spending, climate-change action — and brushed off various Republican proposals.

Even though Sen. Mitch McConnell said he wanted to make Barack Obama a one-term president, as the new Senate Majority Leader, he and the rest of the party will have show they can govern. That will include pursuing bipartisan deals. He can’t take the hard-line stance of Sen. Ted Cruz. He’s already striking a conciliatory tone:

Asked to imagine it was Wednesday morning and he wakes up majority leader—a position he’s aspired to, he says, since the 5th grade—McConnell strikes a conciliatory tone, saying he hopes to work with President Obama and Senate Democrats. He said there would be no shutdowns on his watch, despite the fact that he plans to use funding bills to force changes in Obama’s policies. Source: Time.com

So, yeah, the Democrats got routed last night, but I don’t believe all is lost. There’s strength in bipartisanship and now is the time for lawmakers to show they can actually work together instead of posturing all the time.

Tim Scott is 1st Black Senator Elected in the South Since Reconstruction

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Tim Scott is 1st Black to Win Statewide in South Carolina Since Reconstruction

NBC News reports Republican Tim Scott wins U.S. Senate race in South Carolina. He becomes the first black to win statewide since Reconstruction.

Scott’s win also made him the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted congratulations to Scott on Tuesday night, noting his “historic win.” Source: CNN

No Surprise: Georgia Secretary of State Voter Info Website Down on Election Day

 No Surprise: Georgia Secretary of State Voter Info Website Down on Election Day

No Surprise: Georgia Secretary of State Voter Info Website Down on Election Day (Photo Credit: GA SOS)

Georgia’s voter info website down. Yes, today of all the days. How convenient, considering that the site is maintained by the Secretary of State’s office. That would be Brian Kemp who happens to be a Republican.

Some users reported they could get the site’s splash page to load, but when they entered their information, they were told that no match could be found in their county for their information.

The Georgia Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is one of the most hotly contested in the nation. Georgia Republicans have seen their significant polling advantages erode steadily over the last year.

Democratic State Senator Jason Carter — grandson of former President Jimmy Carter — is also in a statistical dead heat for the governor’s office against Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.

Republican Sec. of State Brian Kemp’s office maintains the website. Kemp stated earlier this year that the job of Republicans is to block the Democratic Party’s efforts to organize and mobilize black and Latino voters into a viable voting bloc.

“Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines,” Kemp told supporters in July, “if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.” Source: Raw Story

Brian Kemp’s office tweeted a phone number for voters to use in order to locate their polling stations. Um, how many people actually use Twitter? Besides, you would have to be following his Twitter account to even see the tweet. This comes as 40,000 voter registrations magically disappeared from the state’s database.