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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Drew Ryun
The one-two finish of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in The Washington Times/CPAC straw poll over the weekend cemented their rock star status among grass-roots activists — and signaled that the two tea party favorites are destined for a showdown over which senator will carry the conservative flag in the contest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
The leaders of a grassroots conservative group that is targeting GOP incumbents in 2014 congressional races say that House Republicans leaders are heading in the wrong direction with their "amnesty first approach" to immigration.
Barack Obama says he is angry about the Internal Revenue Service singling out conservative and Tea Party groups for rough treatment, even though it may or may not have something to do with an anti-Muslim video.
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign paid millions of dollars to companies led by top advisers and, by many measures, the campaign got less to show for it than in-house staffers performing a labor of love for President Obama's campaign, expenditure records show.
Even Sheldon Adelson only gets to vote once.
He chairs one of Capitol Hill's most powerful committees, won his 2010 race with 62 percent of the vote and even boasts a niece who graced Sports Illustrated's swimsuit-edition cover. But all that hasn't saved Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan from a strong Republican primary challenge.
An independent group raising money in the name of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has close ties to operatives with a history of enriching themselves by drawing money from conservative donors that goes largely to the fundraisers and not the campaigns.
"They are definitely on a collision course," said Drew Ryun, political director of the Madison Project, which is supporting insurgent candidates against incumbent Republicans in primaries across the country. "It remains to be seen who gets the upper hand in this one, but make no doubt, it is between the two of them for the conservative movement when it comes to 2016."