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9/19/2014 — 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.

9/18/2014 — 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.

9/18/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Obama Georgia Approval Rating Mirrors National Polls
An InsiderAdvantage survey conducted last week for Fox5 Atlanta and Morris News reports President Obama’s job approval rating in Georgia as virtually the same as the week’s Gallup national survey. The Gallup survey conducted September 11-13 shows national approval of the president’s job performance at 41%. The same national survey shows that 54% of Americans disapprove of his job performance, with the rest undecided.

9/17/2014 — Walter Jones: Juvenile-justice reforms show results, officials say
ATLANTA -- Sweeping changes in how misbehaving youths are treated have reduced the number of teens requiring lock-up, saved taxpayers money and show signs of helping produce productive adults, according to officials. 

9/17/2014 — Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz differ on lame-duck activity
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is breaking with conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee over the legislative prospects for the post-election lame duck congressional session.

9/16/2014 — Immigration hits Kentucky Senate race

Immigration is about to enter the Kentucky Senate race in a very big way.

The main pro-Mitch McConnell outside group will spend just under $1 million over the next week, starting Tuesday, on a commercial that links Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes with President Barack Obama over their shared support for “a pathway to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants, which some conservatives say is tantamount to amnesty.

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

U.S. Sen. candidate Michelle Nunn’s victory chances depend on her bringing back to the Democratic column older, white voters in Middle Georgia who traditionally made up the party’s backbone, a political analyst said.

Call them blue dogs, Sam Nunn Democrats, moderates, or independents. They voted Republican in recent elections, but remain Democrats at heart, said Chris Grant, chair of the political science department at Mercer University in Macon.

“Some older white Democrats have stayed true blue, if you will,” Grant said. “Democrats have residual support among whites in this part of the state.”

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
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.

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

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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