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The politics of war

By Hastings Wyman

The events in the war-torn Middle East were given a back seat by many voters until radicals in the ISIL videotaped the beheading of two American journalists, and voters were outraged. It was civilization versus barbarians, and we weren’t going to take it lying down.

 

That outrage, however, quickly comes up against a deep-seated opposition, in both parties, to putting more Americans in harms way. Far too many American military and civilian personnel have been shot or blown up by radicals dressed in the uniforms of our allies in the region to make that a comfortable option. Moreover, the wars seem to drag on and on, with no end in sight.

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InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News Survey: Deal and Carter Locked in Competitive Race; Perdue Takes Substantial Lead Over Nunn

Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff

The survey weights the total percentage of the vote as it relates to African-Americans at slightly over 33%, and the percentage of female voters higher than that of male voters. The survey includes landline and mobile phone responses. The margin of error is 2.9% with a 95% confidence level.  Crosstabs are at the bottom of the page.
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9/11/2014 — Cruz takes hardline on CR

9/11/2014 — Walter Jones: Senate candidates take different approaches to ISIS

9/10/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Georgia State Panel Re-Arming Convicted Violent Felons

9/10/2014 — Mitch McConnell leads push for ISIL vote

9/10/2014 — Virginia, Louisiana, & Mississippi

9/9/2014 — Alison Lundergan Grimes heading to D.C. to raise cash

9/9/2014 — Michelle Obama appearance a risk for Michelle Nunn, political observer says

9/8/2014 — Polls: Tom Cotton, Mitch McConnell, Mark Udall lead

9/5/2014 — Bill Clinton and Charlie Crist: The odd couple

9/5/2014 — Walter Jones: GA: Nunn rolls out 8-point business plan

9/4/2014 — Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis spar in first debate

9/4/2014 — Matt Towery: Ready, Set, Wait: Chances Growing That Control of Senate Won't Be Determined Until After November Elections

9/3/2014 — 2014 Senate Race Ratings

9/3/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Illegal immigration big election issue in Ga.

9/2/2014 — Eric Cantor joins Wall Street bank

9/2/2014 — Hastings Wyman: Virginia: Does Gillespie have a shot?

8/28/2014 — Morris News Service: Challenge against ALS catches on in Georgia's health community

8/28/2014 — Walter Jones: EPD director advises delay on buffer rules

8/27/2014 — Gary Reese: Arkansas Senate Race: Closer Than It Should Be?

8/27/2014 — Florida Democrats nominate Charlie Crist
Around the South
Virginia, Louisiana, & South Carolina

Virginia: McAuliffe balances environment and business. Gov. Terry McAullife (D) had Sierra Club support in his gubernatorial campaign last year, but he’s governor of a very pro-business state. So he straddles, reports the Washington Post, noting that McAuliffe has revived a climate-change commission, but also approved a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through the state. And he installed a geo-thermal heating system in his home, but recently criticized some proposed EPA regulations as too stringent. Welcome to the real world.

 

Louisiana: Jindal isn’t helping Cassidy. Although he has campaigned for this year’s Republican candidates in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “has done little to nothing,” reports the Times-Picayune, to help US Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in his race to unseat US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). A spokesman for Jindal said that’s because other Republicans are still in the race. That would be Tea Party favorite Rob Maness, who’s been endorsed by Sarah Palin., but trails badly in the polls and fundraising. However, Jindal intends to work to defeat Landrieu in the runoff.

 

South Carolina: Sanford ends engagement. A much-publicized romance that began when now-US Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) was governor of the Palmetto State ended last week when Sanford announced on Facebook that he and Maria Belen Chapur were breaking off their engagement. Sanford blamed the break-up on “yet another lawsuit by yet a new, and third, lawyer retained by my former wife Jenny.” The latest suit asks that Sanford undergo a psychiatric test and take parenting and anger management courses, reports WLTX in Columbia.

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