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Ducey Surges In Arizona, Brnovich Pulls Ahead

Sunday, August 24, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

 

The latest poll from the Republican primary for the Arizona state house has State Treasurer Doug Ducey establishing a double digit lead over his closest opponent and building on that lead heading into Tuesday’s primary.

The same poll shows challenger Mark Brnovich establishing a small lead over the ethically challenged incumbent attorney general.  Both results are great news for Arizona generally and the Grand Canyon State’s GOP specifically.  It will head into the general election with the strongest possible top-of-the-ticket leading the way.

To participate in GOTV for Ducey or to get polling help, here’s his website.

 

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Elections and Lawfare: Where Will Be The Last Battle In The Battle For The Senate? The Courts.

Sunday, August 24, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

“Lawfare” means the use of law and legal proceedings by a nation or a group against another nation or group to advance military or foreign p;ocu goals.  There’s a great blog titled “Lawfare” run by Brookings, and the term is used frequently and understood as the continuation of confl;oct by other, law-related means.

“Political lawfare” has always been around the margins of redistricting law and with the occasional bogus prosecution of a political enemy, but it began to be a regularly recurring feature of American politics with the epic court battle launched by Al Gore in Florida against George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 2000 elections.

With control of thee Senate likely to hang on the results of some elections that are polling very close right now, I spent part of Friday’s show from Minnesota with one of the leaders of the election law group at my firm, Robert C. O’Brien, discussing how lawfare is spreading to more and more contests every cycle, and appearing in more and more situations like the bogus indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The transcript of my conversation with O’Brien is here, and my Monday Washington Examiner column on election and political “lawfare” is here.

One race almost certain to go into overtime because of Louisiana’s unique election rules is Louisiana’s Senate race between embattled and sinking Democrat Mary Landrieu and Dr. Bill Cassidy, a Congressman from the state who has made Landrieu’s pivotal support for Obamacare the centerpiece of his campaign. Landrieu’s campaign is presently imploding over her use of privately chartered jets paid for by her Senate office fund, and the “survivor” of the state’s sharp turn towards the GOP over the past two decades may finally have run out of time and election magic. The races in New Hampshire and Iowa are already statistical dead heats, and with Alaska’s former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan the Republican nominee that race will join the list that includes Tom Cotton’s in Arkansas, Cory Gardner’s in Colorado, Terri Lynn Land’s in Michigan, and Thom Tillis’ in North Carolina, in which Republicans are surging and thus where Democrats have to be looking at election day shenanigans to preserve Harry Reid’s power.

A handful of governor’s races could also end up in overtime court battles with the dreary business of ballot-by-ballot challenges and recounts replace the cut and slash of electioneering via ads and debates.   It isn’t a happy turn of events, but as the stakes around who controls government have grown, so have innovations in gain office including lawsuits and counter-claims.

I closed my interview with O’Brien and my column tomorrow with the same admonition: Every candidate ought to be demanding of every campaign manager a briefing on their legal team’s plans for making sure the polls are conducted accordion to law and every ballot counted just once and fairly, and every bogus ballot challenged and tossed out.  Waiting for election night to ask for the legal plan is guaranteeing a loss in court.

Mike McFadden For Senate In Minnesota

Friday, August 22, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

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Mike McFadden is the GOP nominee to take on Al Franken in Minnesota, and the race, while a reach, is winnable.

Recall that Franken “won” the race in the big Obama year of 2008 by a handful of disputed votes and while Franken has worked to be invisible, he remains a polarizing, greatly disliked figure in a year when all of the political wind is in his face, not at his back.

McFadden is center-right in the tradition of Norm Coleman, Tim Pawlenty and other successful Gopher State Republicans, can help fund his own campaign, and is working the race hard.

McFadden will open the show with me today and spend an hour and a half in the AM 1280 The Patriot booth with me on Machinery Hill at the Fair, so if you are visiting the fair, come by and meet Mike.  You can follow him on Twitter @MikeforMN.

And send him a contribution and sign up to help mobilize Minnesota to send a serious senator to D.C. for a serious time.

 

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The Islamic State of the World

Friday, August 22, 2014  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

by Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy

The American people have learned that once again, they were not told the truth.  We were told that by the fall of 2012, Al Qaeda was purportedly on the run, finished off by a diplomacy that exchanged bullets for talking points, kinetic warfare for bridge-building conciliation.   None of it was true.  These talking points masked the reality that the vacuum created by America’s withdrawal was quickly being filled by resurgent Islamists. Continue Reading

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