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FL-18: Allen West leads Democratic opponent

Allen West

With roughly two weeks left before election day, Rep. Allen West, the controversial Florida Republican and former Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, leads his Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, in Florida’s Eighteenth Congressional District, according to a survey put out last week:

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is leading his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by nine points, according to a new FLDemocracy/WPTV/TCPalm poll released Thursday.

Among likely voters surveyed, 51 percent support West and 42 percent back Murphy. Eight percent are undecided.
The battle for the 18 th congressional district, which includes Martin, St. Lucie and northern Palm Beach counties, is one of the closest watched races in the country. The race has been characterized by a flood of advertising—most of which is coming from West who has outspent his Democratic challenger by 4-1.

Lindsey Graham faces problems from conservatives in 2014

Lindsey Graham

During a breakfast with reporters last month, Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth, told reporters that his influential organization, which frequently targets fiscally irresponsible Republicans in primaries, may make a run at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) when he comes up for re-election in 2014.

Graham, who frequently pushes a neo-conservative foreign policy and is working to keep defense spending from ever being cut, came right back at the Club for Growth by reiterating his support for many of the bad, big government economic policies that fiscal conservatives so vocally oppose.

As if it weren’t evident enough why the Club for Growth may target him, Jim Antle explains exactly why Graham has earned the ire of grassroots groups and fiscal conservatives:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who holds the seat that belonged for nearly fifty years to Strom Thurmond, is on the warpath this campaign season—against his own party.

Graham took exception to ads being run against Democratic senators who voted to continue foreign aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan. American embassies were attacked in the first two countries; someone who helped U.S. authorities find Osama bin Laden has been detained in the third.

Anti-Obama PAC Runs “Obama Phone” Ad in Swing States

As Dave Weigel reports in Slate, a new Super PAC, the Tea Party Victory Fund, chaired by former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is running a tough “Obama Phone” ad in swing states.

When I spoke to Mr. Blackwell about the ad, he noted that this is a contiuation of the fight he started to promote inner-city reforms in his book, Rebuilding America, which came out in 2006. Since then, he has taken on the Obama Administration for their opposition to school choice, which gives underprivileged children a chance to escape their environment and live in the American dream.

Right now, its up in the Ohio counties of Lucas, Summit, and Mahoning… and will be expanded to other areas soon.

Live from #FreePACAZ

The National FreePAC Tour continues this afternoon in Phoenix, Arizona. In just a few minutes, a few thousand Tea Partyers will fill up there room here at the Phoenix Convention Center to learn the basics of grassroots activism, including GOTV training and ways to hold both Democrats and Republicans accountable.

Later this afternoon, activists will hear from a variety of speakers — including Matt Kibbe, Deneen Borelli, Dana Loesch, Rev. C.L. Bryant, and Glenn Beck — during the “Call to Action Rally.”

You can watch FreePAC Arizona live here. You can also follow me on Twitter to see photos and keep up with everything else going on.

Cato Institute releases biannual report card on nation’s governors

Sam Brownback

The Cato Institute has released its biannual Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors, a useful tool that can help voters determine whether or not their chief executives are acting responsibly when it comes to taxation and spending.

The report this year, authored by Chris Edwards, should come with some interest, given that some of the governors graded in this round ran on Tea Party-themed platforms. This is the first real look into whether or not they’ve delivered on the rhetoric they espoused on the campaign trail.

Looking through the list, the nation’s best governors on fiscal policy — those receiving an “A” — do indeed have a Tea Party influence, or at the very least they ran on fiscally conservative platforms. Here’s a look at the cream of the crop:

  • Sam Brownback (R-KS)
  • Rick Scott (R-FL)
  • Paul LePage (R-ME)
  • Tom Corbett (R-PA)

The highest scoring Democrat, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, received a “B,” and was among the best in the nation on fiscal policy. His grade is up from two years ago, when he received a “D.” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who followed Mitt Romney in the Bay State, also received a “B.” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam takes home the prize of being the lowest scoring Republican in the report, with a “D.”

Who are the nation’s worst governors on fiscal policy? Well, here they are — all of five received an “F” in the report (starting with the worst):

  • Pat Quinn (D-IL)
  • Dan Malloy (D-CT)
  • Mary Dayton (D-MN)
  • Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
  • Chris Gregoire (D-WA)

Some other names of interest with summarized comments:

FreePAC tour headed to Arizona this Saturday


FreedomWorks, a DC-based grassroots organization, will host its third FreePAC event this Saturday at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona to be followed by similar gatherings in Florida and Illinois.

Hoping to motivate activists in advance of the next month’s presidential election and congressional races, FreedomWorks, which has regularly endorsed fiscally conservative challengers to incumbent Republicans, is hoping to repeat the enthusiasm that saw at its FreePAC held in Dallas, Texas. That first FreePAC was held just days before Ted Cruz, who was a featured speaker in at the event, went on to defeat the establishment-backed David Dewhurst.

While the afternoon will be dedicated will be dedicated to training grassroots activists, covering everything from yard sign blitzing to phone banking to how to use social media to how to write a “letter to the editor.”

In the late afternoon, activists will have the chance to attend the “Call to Action Rally,” which will, according to the press release on event, include:

Ron Paul hints that he’s voting for Gary Johnson

It’s no surprise that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who is retiring from elected office at the beginning of the year, isn’t a fan of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The two seemed friendly during the race for the GOP nomination as Paul defended Romney when other candidates were attacking his tenure at Bain Capital. There was even speculation that a deal was in the works between the two campaigns.

While his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), endorsed Romney, the elder Paul made it clear during the summer that he was unlikely to do the same. The treatment endured by Paul supporters at the Republican National Conventon may have sent Paul over the edge, as he recently hinted that he may vote for Gary Johnson, via Buzz Feed:

In a Fox Business interview Wednesday, Rep. Ron Paul refused to say who he was planning on voting for — but ruled out voting for Mitt Romney or President Obama, leaving only one plausible option.

“I obviously haven’t announced in support for Romney, so that means that’s very unlikely,” Paul said. “And I don’t think anybody think’s I’m going to vote for Obama. So it’s back to that frustration level in not seeing a dramatic choice in how the system works.”

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