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Sen. Ted Cruz pledges $250K to NRSC

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has pledged $250,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee from his campaign coffers, part of an effort by the freshman to go all-in for the GOP as it battles to retake the Senate majority in this fall elections, a source familiar with the commitment told POLITICO.
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Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.
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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

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
Around the South
Syria, Florida, & The Senate

Syria: House vote on Syrian aid splits parties. The House voted Wednesday 273 to 156 to allow the US to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight ISIS and the vote reflected the conflicting views in both parties on intervening in Middle East wars. Republicans voted 159 to 71 in favor of the measure, supported by President Obama; Democrats voted 114 in favor, 85 against. The vote suggests a muddled role for foreign and defense policies in this fall’s congressional campaigns.

 

Florida: Insiders predict Scott victory. A poll of 130 of what the Tampa Bay Times calls “Florida’s savviest political hands” found that two-thirds believe Gov. Rick Scott (R) will defeat former Gov. Charlie Crist (D). In a similar poll seven weeks ago, a slim majority thought Scott would win. The latest insider poll contrasts with public opinion polls, which have shown the two candidates swapping the lead by low single digits. The insider survey included 77 GOPers, 53 Democrats and 10 independents. Btw, 59% believe the medical marijuana initiative will pass.

 

The Senate: McConnell, Cruz differ on lame-duck legislation. Hard-edged US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) last week send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) contending that reconvening Congress following the election might result in “major new legislation [that] would subvert the will of the American people, lessen accountability, and do lasting damage to the dignity and integrity” of the Senate. But this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Politico newspaper, “I am personally not fearful that bad things will happen to the country during the lame duck, because I think the [Republican] House will prevent that.” Stay tuned.

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