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Topic - Sharron Angle
When he was in the Senate, Jim DeMint wasn't shy about trying to recruit conservatives he thought would buck the Republican Party establishment and gum up the collegial workings of the legislative process. Now on the outside, running the Heritage Foundation, the former senator from South Carolina may have even more levers to pull.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election push is exposing some fissures in the tea party movement, with national groups supporting his re-election and local groups calling for him to be replaced with a "true conservative."
Republican hopes for retaking the Senate in 2014 improved substantially this weekend when Democrats' best option declined to run for Montana's open seat.
Democrats are accusing Mitt Romney of being a criminal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has not paid taxes in 10 years. What is Mr. Reid's source for this explosive allegation? He states it is an "anonymous" investor in Bain Capital.
Ted Cruz's stunning 14-percentage-point victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday's runoff for the Texas Republican Senate nomination gives the tea party explosive momentum heading into the remaining primaries nationwide and the November general elections.
Democrats have their thumbs on Republican scales in Senate primaries in Missouri and Wisconsin this summer, hoping to improve their own chances of maintaining a majority in November. The idea isn't quite as far-fetched as it might sound.
There's no better reason than the Tea Party for conservatives to be excited heading into November. Initially dismissed as a passing fad, the Tea Party has secured a prominent place in the debate and pushed our politics in a more fiscally conservative direction.
For Senate Republicans, 2012 is starting a lot like 2010. They have a shot at taking control away from Democrats as long as insurgent conservatives who are defeating the party's more establishment candidates in primaries don't frighten too many independent voters like they did two years ago.
If longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana loses his Republican primary Tuesday, several factors invariably will be blamed for his downfall: His advanced age (80); the aggressive campaign of his challenger, and the lawmaker's moderate views, which increasingly rub against a party pulling to the political right.
Disgruntled conservatives planted the seeds for Sen. Robert Bennett's defeat long before delegates at the Utah Republican Convention made it official two years ago. Now, some of them hope to replicate their success against six-term Sen. Orrin G. Hatch on Thursday in Utah's Republican caucuses.
Is another surprise surge for Rick Santorum percolating at the polls? Voters like him personally, and they admire his tenacity and decorum on the campaign trail. "Again, why not Santorum?"
After repeatedly flirting with his own presidential bid last year, business tycoon Donald Trump on Thursday picked someone else as his stand-in, endorsing fellow businessman Mitt Romney.
So long as the Washington establishment continues to underestimate - and even misunderstand - the Tea Party, insiders will continue to be pummeled by the grass-roots giant that no longer sleeps. Democrats dismissed the Tea Party in 2010 and took a historic shellacking. Republicans would be wise to learn from their mistake.
With polls showing the movement's popularity sagging, tea party members from across the country are warning that anyone who thinks they are sleeping in 2012 is in for a rude awakening come Election Day, when they plan to pick up where they left off in 2010 by bolstering their voices for limited government on Capitol Hill.
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.
Mrs. Angle said in a statement that a judge's ruling that the central committees for Nevada's major political parties must pick their candidates for the Sept. 13 ballot makes a mockery of free elections.