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Reviewing Ted Cruz’s Image Among Republicans Nationally


Written by Frank Newport

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the 44-year-old Canadian-born Texan who is now just in his third year as a U.S. senator, announced during a speech earlier this week at Liberty University in Virginia that he is running for his party’s nomination for president. He thus has the distinction of being the first major candidate from either party to announce an official candidacy. Cruz said in his announcement today, “I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.”

There is little doubt that Cruz’s “first out of the gate” announcement was intended to differentiate him from the many other Republicans who are lining up to run, and to gain the news coverage that comes from being first.… Continue Reading

VIDEO: CBS Poll finds Hillary Clinton’s Ratings Took Hit from E-mail Scandal


Written by Spencer Irvine

We’re glad to know that the American people recognized how bad this could be, hiding government e-mails on a private server without oversight, and it was reflected in a recent CBS poll. Her favorability ratings have gone down to 26%, which is not a good thing for a presidential campaign that hasn’t officially started.

This article was originally posted at the Accuracy in Media website.

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Ted Cruz Running For President


Written by David E. Smith

Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he will mount a bid for president of the United States.  The announcement makes Cruz the first Republican to declare candidacy for 2016.

Cruz is a favorite Tea Party members because he has routinely challenged the GOP establishment.  He is also a favorite of pro-life advocates and other social conservatives who want political leaders who are willing to uphold the true definition of marriage.

His speech announcing his presidential bid was held at Liberty University in Virginia.  Cruz did not shy away from his faith or the politically incorrect topics of abortion, marriage redefinition, fighting radical Islam and supporting Israel.

Watch the entire speech here:

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Retired Doctor Worked Less Than 5 Years Receives $150k Pension

FOX 32 News Chicago  By Dane Placko, Investigative Reporter

A retired doctor who worked for the state for less than five years is now collecting a pension of more than $150,000 per year.

Critics said it’s a perfect example of why Illinois’ pension system is broke. However, the doctor is firing back saying don’t blame the retirees getting the money.

“I feel blessed. I don’t feel as though I’ve milked the system or anything like that,” said Dr. Renee Hartz.

Hartz has drawn lots of attention over the years for her trailblazing career as a cardiac surgeon. Now, she’s drawn the attention of pension expert Bill Zettler, who literally wrote the book on Illinois’ broken pension system.

“Five years and a pension of 150-thousand dollars. It’s outrageous,” Zettler said.… Continue Reading

The Race Card and the Left


Written by David E. Smith

In a sanctimonious and dramatic way, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently took to the Senate floor to attack Republicans for holding up the nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, saying:

And so, Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.  That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate.

Ironically, Senator Durbin is perpetuating the very thing that he (and other Leftists) tend to obsess about: Race and racism.

By focusing on the nominee’s skin color instead of her qualifications, Durbin departs from the example and the wisdom espoused by our nation’s most prominent civil rights leader, Dr.Continue Reading

U.S. Senate Dems Block Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Over Abortion


Written by Michael Gryboski

A previously bipartisan U.S. Senate bill meant to combat human trafficking is now being blocked by Democrats over an abortion funding provision.

Senate Democrats have threatened to block Senate Bill 178 over a provision added by Republicans regarding abortion funding.

“Republicans cast this as a routine extension of the so-called Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortions except in limited circumstances,” reported Fox News.

“But Democrats said the legislation would mark a significant expansion since it applies to personal funds paid in fines.”

Also called the Justice for Trafficking Victims Act, S. 178 was introduced by Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas in January.

Meant as a bill to combat human trafficking, S. 178 accrued over 30 cosponsors from both parties in the weeks leading up to this week’s planned vote.… Continue Reading

“Rahm Rejections” Was Epidemic In Chicago Vote


Written by Russ Strewart

“Not Rahm.” “Anybody But Rahm.” “Any Alderman Who Is Not A Stooge For Rahm.” Those were the clear victors in the Feb. 24 municipal election.

Chicago’s heretofore esteemed mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has been absolutely, totally, completely humiliated. His gargantuan ego has shriveled. The scope and size of his rejection is breathtaking.

Chicago has 1,421,430 registered voters and a population of 2,695,598. On Feb. 24 in the nonpartisan mayoral election, 472,126 people voted. The mayor, against four lackluster, underfunded opponents — Chuy Garcia, Bob Fioretti, Willie Wilson and Dock Walls — managed to garner 214,988 votes (45.5 percent of the total cast), after having spent almost $30 million. His combined opponents’ vote was 257,158, 42,170 more than his vote.

Consider the enormity of Emanuel’s rejection: 79.9 percent of Chicago’s eligible voters either didn’t vote or didn’t vote for him.… Continue Reading

Minority Leader Durkin Calls For an End to Lame Duck Sessions


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Illinois has a history of passing controversial legislation such as tax hikes during the last few hours before a new General Assembly is sworn in.

There’s two obvious reasons leadership uses this tactic: 1. Those members who were not re-elected are able to make votes for which they won’t be accountable to their districts, and 2. When the calendar moves into January, legislation no longer needs super majorities to pass, they go back to requiring simple majorities for bill passage.

Wednesday, House GOP Leader Jim Durkin filed legislation asking voters to put an end to lame duck sessions of the Illinois General Assembly by moving up the date of inauguration. House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 30 would require future outgoing to General Assemblies to conclude their work before Election Day.

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Joe Walsh Emerges as First Potential Primary Challenger to RINO Mark Kirk


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Former Republican congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh says he’s “seriously looking into” a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk next year. He told Illinois Review he will decide within the next two months.

Citing Kirk’s lack of support for Jim Oberweis’ 2014 challenge to Dick Durbin, Walsh told the Daily Herald: “As far as I’m concerned, he [Kirk] left the Republican Party.”

The usual political pontificators speculate that Walsh is merely looking to boost ratings, and will ultimately not run. “It’s about him and promoting himself and promoting his positions. He’s just not viable,” said former professor Kent Redfield.

Kirk, who is a top Democrat target in 2016, suffered a stroke in 2012, which has left him with slurred speech, difficulty concentrating, and bound to a wheelchair much of the time.… Continue Reading

Political Experience: A Plus Or a Minus?


Written by Chad Groening

Will conservative voters be looking for someone with previous political experience to head the GOP presidential ticket in 2016 – or will they be looking for a fresh face?

In a recent compilation of polls by RealClearPolitics, Jeb Bush – the former Florida governor – continues to be the front runner, with almost 16 and half percent of Republican respondents. But several polls, including one in New Hampshire and one in Iowa, had Bush trailing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has substantial momentum coming out his re-election in November.

Tom Pauken is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. He believes Walker is one of several possible candidates who should provide Bush with formidable competition for the GOP nomination. In fact, he doesn’t think the former Florida governor is really all that popular with many Republicans.… Continue Reading

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