Ron Paul's 2012 campaign implicated in bribery scandal.
On the eve of the 2012 Republican Iowa Caucuses, US Rep. Michele Bachmann
alleged that Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson informed her that he had switched his support to Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign after being promised a large sum of money
. Ron Paul personally denied these claims
, but emails and documents were recently leaked
, with proposals for the Ron Paul campaign to pay up to $208,000
to Sorenson, his staffers, and his PAC. More damning, a recorded phone call has been released
, in which Sorenson admits to being bribed, and implicates Jesse Benton
, Ron Paul's former campaign manager, 2010 campaign manager for Rand Paul, and now, the manager of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's 2014 campaign
posted by markkraft
on Aug 8, 2013 -
"In the 2000 election, approximately 70% of Muslims in America voted for Bush; among non-African-American Muslims, the ratio was over 80%. It can be safely said that if the Muslim community had voted the same way they had in 2000, [Romney] would have won." So what happened
? [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Nov 7, 2012 -
An awkward moment in politics.
(YouTube) While campaigning in a New Hampshire diner
, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spotted local Bob Garon, a regular to the diner, eating his breakfast while wearing a Vietnam veteran's cap. “Vietnam veteran!” Romney greeted Bob, as he slid down onto the diner seat for a little chat. Unfortunately for Mitt, Bob was dining there that morning with his husband
, and had to explain to Bob that his husband didn't deserve any of the benefits he fought for, and that the makers of the Constitution held marriage to be between a man and a woman. (Which doesn't really explain Mitt's great-grandfather Miles and his wives Hanna, Caroline, Catherine, Alice, and Emily
, but stilll...)
posted by markkraft
on Dec 12, 2011 -
Lately, the organizations that make up the American Republican Party/GOP have been experimenting with going online
. The House Republicans have created America Speaking Out
, a website for the people to give their ideas to "an arrogant congress." There, visitors can upload ideas they would like the government to carry out.
posted by mccarty.tim
on May 25, 2010 -
You will be conquered by Stealth and Deception :
in the swift advance of a long-planned coup against secular society, to launch an American theocracy, "the Dominionists
are succeeding in their quest for national control and world power" - Kathleen Yurica, founder of the Yurica Report
which, like Theocracy Watch
, monitors the American religious right writes "Since the writing and posting of my essay, The Despoiling of America in February 2004, there is more and more evidence that not only has a cultural war been launched, but that the plotters are winning it....First the hard right dominionists took over the Southern Baptist Convention with its 16 million members and a fortune in corporate businesses. Then they took over the Republican Party...they are moving to limit the power of the Supreme Court. Now there is evidence dominionists are trying to take over the U. S. military
....Americans and the mainstream media have been very slow in catching on to the fact that we are in a war — a war that is cultural, religious and political, a war that uses stealth and deception and the rules of engagement written by the enemies to representative democracy. Unless Americans wake up, we could lose that war."
posted by troutfishing
on Oct 14, 2004 -
“If You Harbor Terrorists, You Are a Terrorist”
While delegates to the GOP convention were congratulating themselves for their candidate’s tough stand against terrorism, the Bush administration was creating an international incident—little publicized in the United States—by harboring a notorious group of international terrorists on U.S. soil.
posted by Postroad
on Sep 22, 2004 -
With Jack Ryan dropping out of the Illinois Senate race due to the sex club allegations, who should replace him on the ballot? For one group of Illinois Republicans, there's only one man for the job, a man who already has plenty of name recognition and knows a little something about winning...Mike Ditka
posted by SisterHavana
on Jul 9, 2004 -
Al Sharpton... Republican stooge?
A Village Voice investigation finds that his presidential campaign is being financed and staffed by Roger Stone,
"the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob
that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount in 2000." Article details some interesting financing arrangements and reveals that Stone has bragged that he gave Sharpton the ax handle
he waved at a NAACP meeting to denounce Democratic racism. Sharpton wants to teach the Democrats a lesson (as he did in helping to elect Republican Mike Bloomberg mayor of New York), and Republicans are anxious to help create a division with black voters. But black voters must have seen through him, refusing to give him the South Carolina victory
he needed to speak for them at the convention.
posted by Slagman
on Feb 4, 2004 -
A summary of Democratic, Republican, and other party platforms over the last 150 years. Prettied up, current versions can be found for Republican
, and Libertarian
parties (and probably others!). Do you read such things? Do you find that when you read them, your perception of the party matches with the text of the platform? Do you find yourself persuaded by the text of any platform? Provoked to thoughts on policy?
posted by namespan
on Oct 16, 2002 -
Trouble for New Jersey GOP candidate...
A candidate's nightmare: a person jumps into the race whose name sounds like theirs? A week after the conservative mayor of Jersey City, Bret Shundler, surprised the experts by winning the GOP primary for governor, it's now clear that a state senator named Schluter
will also run as an independent, draining votes from Republicans and, IMHO, delivering the New Jersey statehouse to the Democrats. Schluter is a quirky gadfly at best -- but this is a state where 10-20,000 votes can decide an election.
posted by brucec
on Jul 3, 2001 -