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Dixie’s competitive congressional contests

By Hastings Wyman

Lots of attention has been paid to the competitive US Senate races in the South, since the outcomes will determine which party controls the upper chamber for the next two years. But also important are the competitive US House races, which can strengthen or weaken the GOP’s 234-to-201 hold on the lower chamber.
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Green groups urge critical look at RiverPort

By Sarita Chourey

One thing is settled: There's a great deal at stake at the future RiverPort business park. 
But while supporters say the project will create 24,000 jobs by year 30 in the impoverished region, others warn of the risksto critical habitat, freshwater wetlands and the fragile life they support. 
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9/26/2014 — Matt Towery: Libertarian and Medical Marijuana Could Decide Hot Florida Governor's Race

9/26/2014 — Sarita Chourey : S.C. grapples with its health facilities 'debacle'

9/25/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Plant Vogtle leads the way with ‘nuclear change’

9/25/2014 — Poll: Florida governor race a toss-up

9/23/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Bushes join famous families in Georgia political campaigns

9/22/2014 — Walter Jones: Carter blasts Deal on economic development, transportation

9/22/2014 — Hastings Wyman: Undercurrents of the 2016 GOP nomination contest

9/19/2014 — Sen. Ted Cruz pledges $250K to NRSC

9/18/2014 — Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

9/18/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Obama Georgia Approval Rating Mirrors National Polls

9/17/2014 — Walter Jones: Juvenile-justice reforms show results, officials say

9/17/2014 — Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz differ on lame-duck activity

9/16/2014 — Immigration hits Kentucky Senate race

9/16/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Nunn needs traditional white Democrat voters in Middle Georgia, analyst says

9/15/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News Survey: Deal and Carter Locked in Competitive Race; Perdue Takes Substantial Lead Over Nunn

9/15/2014 — Hastings Wyman: The politics of war

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
Around the South
Virginia, Texas, & 2016

Virginia: Gillespie gains on Warner. US Sen. Mark Warner (D) is still in good shape, with a nine-point lead over Ed Gillespie, his Republican challenger, but his lead has decreased significantly over the past weeks. In the latest Quinnipiac poll released Friday, Warner had 48% to 39% for Gillespie; Libertarian Robert Sarvis had 6%. However, Warner had a 22-point lead, in a survey released two weeks ago by Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. That poll showed Warner with 51%, Gillespie with 31% and Sarvis 3%.


Texas: Brady to challenge Ryan for committee post. US Rep. Kevin Brady (R), in an interview with the Washington Post, said that he will run against US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for the chairmanship of the House Ways & Means Committee, the legendary center of power in the House of Representatives. Brady said, “I’m a proven leader on tax reform, trade, and health care.” He represents Texas’s 8th District (Cut and Shoot, etc.). The Brady challenge may prompt Ryan to move up his decision on a presidential race.


2016: Cruz, Paul address social conservatives. In what the Washington Post called “a fiery speech,” US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told the Values Voter Summit in Washington Friday that we are living in “dangerous, extreme, radical times,” and called the Democrats “an extreme, radical party.” Touting a softer line, US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), another likely presidential candidate, assured the audience of Christian conservatives that “Where there is liberty, there is always plenty of space for God,” and defended his opposition to arming foreign armies in the Middle East even though they may oppose groups who have attacked Christian communities there: “You and I must stand with our fellow Christians around the world, but that does not … mean arming both sides in every conflict.”

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