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Mention “national security,” and voters react. That is what former U.N. ambassador John R. Bolton has discovered. His twin political action committees accrued $1.1 million in the first quarter of the year from some 7,000 small-dollar donors in all 50 states who support Mr. Bolton’s “foreign-policy approach of peace through strength,” he says.
The John Bolton PAC has $318,038 cash on hand; his super PAC has a treasure chest of $1,135,676. The funds are destined to help elect House and Senate candidates who are keen on national security this year.
“The grass-roots support and the number of contributors in these early days prove two things. First, Americans care strongly about our country’s national security, and second, they are deeply concerned about the harm caused to that security over the past five years,” Mr. Bolton says. “Candidates supporting a strong America will have the people behind them.”
The Lone Star State is still very, very red these days, and new survey numbers have possible implications for the Bush political dynasty and the White House aspirations of Texas Gov. Rick Perry himself.
Republican candidates are leading by double digits in all of the state’s major races for 2014, says a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. In the governor’s derby, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who bills himself as “conservative to the core,” garnered 51 percent of the vote, compared with 37 percent for Wendy Davis, a state senator and pro-choice Democrat with a very high profile.
“Davis had a 39 percent favorability rating right after her famous filibuster last June, but since then, voters in the state have mostly moved toward having negative opinions about her,” says pollster Tom Jensen.
“We also looked at the race for land commissioner. It looks like the Bushes should be back in statewide office in Texas. George P. Bush leads Democratic opponent John Cook, 50 percent to 32 percent,” he notes.
Mr. Bush, 37, is a lawyer, a U.S, Naval Reserve officer and the son of Jeb Bush. His promise to voters: “I will bring my conservative values and my real-world experience with me.” He has conducted a king-sized campaign worthy of his political heritage, complete with extensive bus tour.
Another son will soon lend Mr. Bush a hand. That would be New Jersey state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. — yes, the son of the former New Jersey governor — who will host a private fundraiser for the younger Mr. Bush in May.
Mr. Perry, meanwhile, appears to be back in the proverbial saddle again. The new poll reveals that he has regained the public affection, with 48 percent of voters approving of him, to 44 percent who disapprove. That’s up from 39 percent positive approval following his bid for the White House two years ago, Mr. Jensen says.
There is no more environmentally correct Easter eggs than the official White House keepsake Easter eggs, which are virtuously crafted from Forest Stewardship Council-certified U.S. hardwood and are packaged in an eco-friendly gift box made from Sustainable Forestry Iniative-certified paperboard. But that does not resonate much with those who are fowl-friendly.
“I’m writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and our more than 3 million members and supporters to urge you, with all due respect, to use reusable plastic or ceramic eggs instead of hard-boiled chicken eggs at the White House Easter Egg Roll,” says Ingrid Newkirk, president of the animal rights group, in a letter to first lady Michelle Obama.
“For chickens on egg-factory farms, Easter is not a time of renewal or joy. It can take up to 34 hours in typically hellish conditions for a hen to produce just one of the thousands of eggs slated to be used at the Easter Egg Roll. Furthermore, encouraging the consumption of cruelly sourced, unhealthy eggs is inconsistent with the goals of the ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative,” Ms. Newkirk exclaims.
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