He spent one week over the summer living as a homeless person to bring attention to poverty. He visited an African American church frequented by Democratic politicians to speak with congregants. He marched in a gay pride parade.
These may not be on the bucket list for many Republican candidates, but Kashkari is running for governor in California. And he's trying to change perceptions about his party -- and about him -- as he mounts an uphill battle to unseat Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown this fall.
Jerry Brown the Democratic Governor of California is claiming the state is moving in the right direction. But with one of the worst business climates in the country and through the roof poverty rates the state is completely going in the wrong direction.
Sarah Palin announced today in a statement that she is endorsing Joe Miller for the Alaska Senate. The endorsement by the former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential nominee comes just days ahead of Tuesday's GOP primary, where Joe Miller is considered the underdog against former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan and current Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.
Joe Miller was the Republican nominee for the Alaska Senate in 2010 after between incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary. After Senator Murkowski lost the primary she ran as a write-in candidate and won the election.
This current Senate seat is being held by Democrat Mark Begich who was elected in 2008. This seat is considered a toss up and is crucial to Republicans in their fight to take back the Senate from the Democrats.
It's no big surprise that Hillary Clinton has come back down to earth polling-wise in the last few months. Her stumbles aside, it was basically bound to happen eventually -- for a whole host of reasons.
Clinton went from leading the Republican field by high double digit to leading by just a few points. As Hillary comes more into the spotlight people more starting to like her less for President. When she left the Obama administration she was flying high and winning all the polls simple based off of name recognition. Now that she is getting more involved in policy making Americans are seeing who she really is. What seemed to be a easy win for Clinton in 2016 is turning out to be a very tough road head for both Republicans and Democrats.
The number of Obamacare enrollments for top health insurer Aetna is plummeting, according to a report from Investor’s Business Daily.
Time and time again we always here Democrats talking about how more and more people are signing up for Obamacare. How these people are getting good quality affordable healthcare. The problem is, this is simple not true. The last time the government actually released numbers on the amount that enrolled in Obamacare was in May. Since May the numbers who have enrolled in Obamacare have dropped. That is according to the Investors Business Daily. So what does this mean? Well it shows that Americans don't like the healthcare being provided by Obamacare. Everything that the Republican Party said about Obamacare became a reality and Americans don't want it. Nobody wants expensive premiums, loss of their doctors, waiting lists, and an overall small choice of doctors to chose from. With in the next year or so we are going to see Obamacare completely collapse from a lack of activity from the American people.
PPP Election 2014 Kentucky Senatorial Survey: Mitch McConnell is the incumbent Senator.
Survey of 991 likely Kentucky voters. The survey was conducted on August 7, 2014 - August 10, 2014. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.
Out of the long list of potential 2016 GOP candidates there is only three I can confidently say will run for President. They are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. All three of these candidates also represent the different wings of the Republican Party. Christie comes from the moderate establishment part of the party, Rand Paul represents many of the Libertarian views and Jindal is the Conservative. These three guys have made many visits to the early primary states. They also have given the best insights on whether or not they will run for President. Based on everything they are doing they will defiantly run in 2016.
Now of course we are not going to have just three Republicans run for President. Wikipedia gives a list of forty four potential candidates. There will defiantly not be forty four candidates running in the Republican Primary. Besides the three I named above the other top names mentioned are:
I don't see Jeb Bush running for President. Many say he is the Republican Party's best shot at taking back the White House. If George W. Bush left office more popular I think he would run. Yes George W. Bush's popularity is on the rise but for Democrats that won't matter. The Bush family name will also be an attack word for the Democrats. I also think the American people had enough of the same two family's running the country. By that I mean the Bush family and Clinton family. America probably had enough of the Bush last name and I think Jeb Bush knows that. If you would like to see another Bush President I would watch out for Jeb Bush's son George P. Bush.
I think there is a good chance that Ben Carson will run in 2016. He has become very popular among conservatives. In recent weeks he has made some movement with starting up his own PAC. The "Run Ben Run" draft movement has also picked up a lot of steam. It raised more money than the "Ready for Hillary" draft movement did. He also is known for selling more books than Hillary Clinton did with her most recent book release. As for Ben Carson winning the GOP nomination no one can tell. All we can base his chances off is past election. We have had past candidates run with no political experience such as Herman Cain in 2012, Steve Forbes in 1996 and 2000, and Pat Buchanan who ran in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Obviously none of these won the nomination.
People always mention Ted Cruz as a possible candidate but I don't know why. He was just elected to the US Senate in 2012. Before that he held office at the state level in Texas. If he was too run he would be in the Senate the same amount of time Obama was in the Senate before he became President. Yes Ted Cruz would be a better President, but that's not to say he has not spent enough time in the Senate. I do not see Cruz running for President in 2016. I certainly see him running for President in the future.
He was a 2008 Presidential candidate who got his campaign rolling by winning the Iowa caucus. Overall he came in third place in 2008. Huckabee turned down running for President in 2012 and since his loss in 2008 he has had his own Fox News show and made tons of money from it. If he was to run for President he would have to stop his show. I can't see Huckabee doing that. I think Huckabee is very happy with what he is doing now and running for President in 2016 will turn everything upside down.
In 2012 he was encouraged to run but decided against running for President. Instead he deiced to run for Governor of Indiana. Before being Governor he was a Congressman. For the past few months Pence has been hinting at a White House run. His wife is also in favor for a run for President in 2016. The only problem I see for Pence is that he is up for reelection for Governor in 2016. If he was to run for President all his time and energy would be invested in that and not in a campaign for reelection for Governor. As a result he could potentially loose his reelection campaign. If he runs for President and looses in the primary he still would have enough time to transition from his Presidential campaign to a Gubernatorial campaign. Yes candidates have ran for President/Vice President and won that office as well as their current political office. An example of that is Joe Biden. He was elected Vice President but also won his Delaware Senate election that same day. Its a bug risk to do that. Mike Pence also might have a major challenger for his Governor seat. Former two term Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh had been rumored to be thinking about running for Governor of Indiana again. If that was the case Pence would have no choice but to not run for President and focus all his time on a tough reelection campaign for Governor.
Perry was one of the 2012 Presidential front runners. After a few bad debate moments his campaign fizzled out. He has said that he is interested in running for President in 2016. Recently Rick Perry became very vocal over immigration and has been challenging Obama on the issue. He deiced not to run for a forth term as Governor which many see as a move to allow him to focus all his time on a Presidential campaign. He just started his own PAC and has made tons of visits to the primary states. On paper Perry has one of the best records out of any of the Governors in the country. I defiantly can see Perry running again.
In 2012 Rubio was seen as a potential Vice Presidential candidate. Now for 2016 he is seen as a Presidential candidate. Coming right out of the 2012 Presidential election Rubio was the clear front runner for the Republican nomination. After a failed immigration plan backed by Rubio which was not in conservatives favor the Rubio buzz kind of died off. As for Rubio running in 2016, he kind of has a similar situation as Pence. Rubio's Senate seat is up for reelection in 2016. According to state law in Florida a candidate can't be on the ballot for two offices. So if Rubio was to run for President and win the Republican nomination he would have to drop out of his reelection campaign for Senate because Florida state law prevents you from being on the ballot twice. It's also the same problem if Rubio was to be a Vice Presidential candidate in 2016. The law could be changed like it was in Kentucky to allow Rand Paul run for President and run for reelection in 2016. Right now there is no sign that the law will be changed. Rubio will have to decide if he wants to be President or to keep his Senate seat. I think he will keep his Senate seat.
Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential candidate. Being a Vice Presidential candidate right off the bat makes you a possible Presidential candidate for the following election. Ryan has expressed interest in running but really has not made any major moves with a possible Presidential campaign. The most recent move he made was announcing that he will be doing a book tour this month for his new book "The Way Forward." Book tours are always seen as one of the first steps taken to run for President. People close to him have said that its rather unlikely for Ryan to run for President in 2016. I think it's basically an even chance on whether or not Ryan will run for President.
Santorum came in second place in 2012. He campaign was pretty much going nowhere until he barley won the Iowa Caucus. Usually the second place man always runs for President the following Presidential election. I think there is a good chance Santorum will run again. Polling shows that Santorum is not starting off where he left off in 2012. Instead it is showing where he began in 2012, which is in the low single digits.
Scott Walker became famous for his union busting polices in Wisconsin which I disagree with. Only recently has he been named as a possible candidate in 2016. When it comes to Scott Walker we really should forget about a 2016 candidacy since there is a chance he could lose reelection this November. He is in a tight heated reelection campaign which polling shows is pretty much a tie. If he looses reelection you can say goodbye to a Presidential campaign by Scott Walker.
And lets not forget the wildcard former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Most are completely writing off Mitt Romney as a candidate in 2016. Even Mitt Romney is writing himself off. The one thing we must know is when it comes to politics the word "no" means nothing. Mitt Romney has recently been getting more involved in politics. He has been campaigning for candidates and endorsing candidates. He has went on talk shows to give his opinion on issues and has been very vocal against the Obama administration. People are writing him off because the think most of the guys listed above are going to run for President. I think a lot of guys that are expected to run or are rumored to run won't run which will leave a gap open for Mitt Romney to jump in.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced a 13-member committee of Republican officials who will set rules for the GOP’s debates during the 2016 cycle, including selecting venues, debate partners, and even moderators.
Since the 2012 Presidential election the RNC has been working to take control of the debates during the primary season. During the 2012 Republican primary there was over 20 primary debates. This had an incredible impact on the primary election. It not only took away time from candidates campaigning on the grounds of the states but allowed all the GOP candidates have plenty of debates to attack each other. The RNC plan is to limit the number of debates. This will allow each debate have more of an impact on the election.
In a unanimous vote during their annual summer conference, 168 delegates from across the country took the RNC Site Selection Committee's recommendation and awarded Cleveland the convention. "Everyone is talking about this convention and their enthusiastic about it and we'll be enthusiastic today, tomorrow and when you get there in 2016, we'll be enthusiastic," said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
The only question that has not yet been answered is when the 2016 Convention will be held. The convention is expected to held in June of 2016 and will probably be announced at the end of the summer. The GOP convention is usually not held in June. In 2012 it was held in late August. The RNC wanted to make it earlier to allow the Republican nominee to have access to the party's money earlier in the election.
RCP Barack Obama Approval Poll Average:
Approval Rating - 41.6%
Disapproval Rating - 54.2%
Rasmussen Reports Election 2014 North Carolina Senatorial Survey: Kay Hagan is the incumbent Senator.
Survey of 750 likely North Carolina voters. The survey was conducted on August 5, 2014 - August 6, 2014. The margin of error is +/-4%.
Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh is dropping out of his Senate race after being dogged by allegations of plagiarism, potentially boosting Republicans' chances of picking up the seat in November.
With the incumbent Senator dropping out of the race it pretty much secures this already likely Republican Senate seat for the GOP. Democrats will now have to pick a new nominee in a nomination convention to run this November. This will further delay the Democrats with a campaign to try to make this Seat competitive. If Republicans win this seat in November this will be a GOP pickup.
Poll Briefing: August 7, 2014 Civitas Institute Election 2016 North Carolina Republican Presidential Primary Survey
Civitas Institute Election 2016 North Carolina GOP Presidential Primary Survey:
Survey of 336 Republican North Carolina primary voters. The survey was conducted on July 28, 2014 - July 29, 2014.
The video below explains the whole entire Andrew Cuomo scandal. To be short and sweet basically what happened is Governor Cuomo created a commission to investigate corruption in the state of New York. This was one of his 2010 campaign promises. When the commission started to look at Andrew Cuomo and his political allies, Cuomo pulled the plug on the commission. I think we can all see the problem here.
In a statement released by Eric Cantors office today, Cantor announced that he would resign from office on August 18, 2014.
"It is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. 18," Cantor said Friday in a statement issued by his office. "During this time of transition for me and my family, it is my foremost desire to ensure that representation is maintained for the people of the 7th District."
Eric Cantor who is now the former Majority Leader lost in a unset primary battle two months ago. Eric Cantor today was succeeded by Kevin McCarthy as Majority Leader of the House.
Eric Cantor was seen as the likely successor of Speaker Boehner for the Speaker of the House position in the future. Now that he lost that door is obviously closed. If Eric Cantor wants to continue a career in politics there is four routs he could take.
Today California Representative Kevin McCarthy officially became the House of Representatives new Majority Leader.
Kevin McCarthy previously was the House's Majority Whip but after a surprise primary loss by the now former Majority Leader Eric Cantor the spot was left open. Kevin McCarthy was able to secure enough House votes to elect him the new Majority Leader.
Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise also became the new House Majority Whip since McCarthy became the Majority Leader.
McCarthy becomes the Majority Leader of the House during a very tough time in the federal government. Immigration reform is running rampant across the White House and Congress, President Obama is being sued by the House, and its during a key election year. Being the number two spot in the House also gives McCarthy a clear path to become Speaker of the House in the future.
Dr. Ben Carson does not shy away from the idea of running for President in 2016. He has yet to make any formal announcement but today he is one step closer to a campaign for 2016 or at least closer to making a decision.
Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative sensation, is taking a major step toward a 2016 presidential bid by forming a political action committee and selecting the man who would run his campaign, The Washington Times has learned.
Seeing that Ben Carson is obviously not a politician its hard to say weather or not he will run for President in 2016. He is not following the ordinary path that most politicians take in order to run for President. All that we really know about a Carson 2016 campaign is that he is defiantly seriously considering a run.
Gravis Marketing/Human Events Election 2014 Montana Senatorial Survey: John Walsh is the incumbent Senator.
Survey of 781 likely Montana voters. The survey was conducted on July 24, 2014. The margin of error is +/- 3.5%.
Poll Briefing: August 1, 2014 Gravis Marketing/Human Events Election 2014 North Carolina Senatorial Survey
Gravis Marketing/Human Events Election 2014 North Carolina Senatorial Survey: Kay Hagan is the incumbent Senator.
Survey of 1,380 likely North Carolina voters. The survey was conducted on July 22, 2014 - July 27, 2014. The margin of error is +/- 3%.