2014 Election

 
 

Arizona voter turnout plunges to all-time low

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Arizona voter turnout plummets to an estimated 44%, the lowest turnout since this data began being tracked in the 1970s. Voter turnout reached its peak in 1982 when 65.1% of registered voters showed up at the polls. Voter turnout dipped to 45.8% when Jane Hull was elected as Arizona's second female governor in 1998.

Maricopa County Recorder, Helen Purcell, told 12 News Tuesday she was “extremely disappointed” in the turnout. “I wish we could do better. I can’t make the people come to vote,” said Purcell. National voter turnout in midterm elections has long been lower than turnout for presidential elections, due in part to a less enthusiastic voting eligible population. This is based on data tracked since 1948.

Purcell told KTAR News Monday she expected a lower than usual turnout due to lack of voter interest. "Calls at our call center are about a third of what they usually are," Purcell said. "What we've seen in the returns from the early ballots, what we've seen in interest in people going on the website and sending us questions — normally we have a couple hundred of those a day, we're doing maybe 30 – it just doesn't seem to use that we see the interest out there." She also said the lack of a president's race and the constant negative ads turned voters off.

She may be correct, but Arizona voter turnout has been among the lowest for many years, including presidential elections. In 2012, just four other states had a lower percentage of citizens register to vote: Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Hawaii. 

Arizona is the tenth “least politically engaged” compared to the rest of the country, according a WalletHub.com study. They considered the number registered voters, how many registered voters cast a vote and how many people made campaign contributions.

Across all 50 states, an estimated 40% of eligible voters (19.6% of population) cast their votes in the 2014 general election. 

This article was crossposted.


Louisiana U.S. Senate candidates have dirty laundry that needs airing

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As Election Day Tuesday draws close, the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana continues to heat up between Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D), Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), and Col. Rob Maness (R). Get out the Vote operations are in full swing across the state and undecided voters are digging for reasons to vote for one candidate or the other. Facts are surfacing daily and the clock is ticking.

Sen. Landrieu is a native of New Orleans; she has held this seat since 1996. Her major focus in her time as Senator has been Energy and Oil, and she has recently been appointed as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. During her time as Senator she has made progress in the field but most has been for personal gain.

When appointed as chair her top priority was the Keystone Pipeline XL, but later backed off of the issue. This was one of the topics at the final debate held at LSU Wednesday night; Rep. Bill Cassidy grilled her on the topic. “Her first priority as becoming chair on this Energy Committee was to get a Senate Floor vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Cassidy said. “She’s not been able to do so, although she says that she’s done everything in her power, but that just means she’s not very powerful.”

Voters have also had their attention brought to another low point in Landrieu’s career, her using tax-payer dollars to fly by Charter planes around the state. “This is completely in the rules and budgeted for,” said Landrieu in Wednesday’s debate. But on further review of the records $33,000 out of $47,000 has been written off as ‘bookkeeping errors’.

Another event in the life of Sen. Landrieu she would rather not have mentioned is that her 21 year old son, Connor Snellings, was arrested a little over a year ago for a hit and run accident while driving drunk. He was also charged with driving the wrong direction on a one way street, failing to maintain control of a vehicle, and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.

Snellings’ Breathalyzer test registered a .211 blood alcohol level-three times the legal limit. He was later released on a $9,000 bail.

Landrieu, a third-term Democrat, said in a statement, “We love our son whole heartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night.”

“Those actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system. We ask that the public respect his privacy as we work through this challenging time as a family,” she wrote.

Another notable fact regarding this race is that Rep. Bill Cassidy released a statement earlier this year that his 17 year old daughter was expecting a child out of wedlock. “Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family.  Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.”  Cassidy said in the statement.


Planned Parenthood Kentucky House candidate versus right-to-work advocate

Kentucky is more than just home to horses, whiskey, and basketball, but it’s also where some of the biggest and most important political races this year will take place. From the US Senate to State Representative campaigns, we have already seen a constant barrage of ads and almost endless amounts of money spent in the Bluegrass. Republicans have a great chance of finally gaining control of the House this election cycle, which has been under Democratic control since 1921.

There continues to be some very important races that has the eyes of many political pundits across the state focused on and one of them is in Kentucky’s 32nd legislative district. In East Louisville, the open seat is up for grabs between the Democrat Ashley Miller and Republican Phil Moffett due to Republican Julie Raque Adams running for State Senate.

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Moffett, a former gubernatorial candidate back in 2011 is a conservative businessman and man of strong American principles. He is co-founder of CCS Partners, a telecommunications management firm and also co‐founded School Choice Scholarships, a Louisville‐based charity which has awarded over 4,000 scholarships to low-income children giving them the opportunity to attend private elementary and middle schools chosen by their parents or guardians.

Miller, a former Miss Kentucky and Rap Model, currently works as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner or Pregnancy Options Counselor for Planned Parenthood. When she is not working as a nurse or supporting progressive values, she is advocating standing up to special interests to ensure that right-wing extremism (as she puts it) does not threaten Louisville families.

There have been reports of this race becoming ugly and nasty due to a political site “SubMergeKentucky.com”, which is not actively live, of informing the public of Ashley Miller’s background. Phillip Bailey from WFPL reports on this further, but does so by implying that “observers” feel that possible racist and sexist motives may be behind the alleged “attacks”.

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(Ashley Miller)

Bailey writes, “Miller would be the first African-American woman elected to the state legislature in over a decade, which observers say is one reason a political website attacking Miller is especially telling.” Never mind the fact that she is advocating for harmful progressive policies or that for the past six years she has worked to “educate” women on the proper steps to take in murdering babies.  No, don’t focus on that, just pay attention to her skin color.

Miller even responds to them by implying they came from the Moffett campaign. “It’s unfortunate the other side is spending their time to look at ways to tear me apart versus paying attention to what it is that the people actually need,” she said. “For my campaign as a whole it’s a distraction of the issues that I’m focused on such as education and the economy.”

Miller is responding to the recent risqué photo of her on the cover of a 2012 album from Nappy Roots, a Kentucky rap group, which seems to be making its rounds around the state. The cover shows Miller in a bathroom stall while not wearing much clothing.

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2012 Nappy Roots Album Cover – Ashley Miller

Both candidates would certainly love to focus on the issues in this race. Kentucky voters have two candidates with completely different views and ways to address the problems that face Kentuckians. Miller wants to increase the state minimum wage, while Moffett wants to empower businesses so they are able to create more jobs for Kentuckians. He also supports a right-to-work law, while Miller does not. This race is viewed as key in deciding which party controls the House. Currently, Democrats hold a 54-46 majority.

Kentucky and residents in the 32nd district have a clear choice this November. Miller, who views being a progressive as advocating for making progress toward better conditions instead of what it really means, being a big-government liberal who believes in creating more bureaucratic agencies. Moffett, who plans to focus on replacing the current job-killing state tax code with a system which attracts companies and encourages job growth and also wants to protect the individual freedoms and liberty by supporting Constitutionally-sound public policy above party politics. This race will certainly be close, but the differences between the candidates are clear.

Moffett told ANM News that, “Setting her risqué RAP album modeling aside, the 32nd district is a conservative district and it could prove very difficult for my opponent to convince voters her work as a Pregnancy Options Counselor at Planned Parenthood should not be something they consider.”

The recent photo in question is already becoming a distraction that the Miller campaign had not planned for. It is still unclear if Emerge Kentucky, the group funding Miller’s campaign and working to elect Democratic women across the state discussed this in their training or not. Moffett says that Miller is unfit to represent the district due to her past work with Planned Parenthood.

Miller tells WAVE 3 News that “Planned Parenthood of Kentucky is very much an empowerment organization, and I’m very proud of the work that I do there,” Miller said. “It shouldn’t even be in the discussion.”

Miller, an employee of an organization who has defined abortion as a “voluntary miscarriage” hopes she can convince the conservative voters of the 32nd district of East Louisville that she will represent their values in Frankfort. Miller, a former model who decided two years ago to pose on the album cover of a Rap group known as Nappy Roots with her bottoms at her ankles in a bathroom stall. Miller made the decision to work for an organization known to encourage the use of abortion to solve “health” and “social problems” in America and third-world countries. These were the decisions she made.

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Ashley Millers Professional Resume

Planned Parenthood’s numbersin America are as follows: 327,166 abortions performed in 2012, up from 165,174 in 1997. Planned Parenthood performs approximately 1 in 4 abortions in the United States. 2,197 adoption referrals in 2012, down from 9,381 in 1997. Commits approximately 149 abortions for every adoption referral, while not providing any true assistance regarding adoption. Received more than $540.6 million from taxpayers in 2012-2013. Made a profit of $58.2 million in 2012-2013. This is the organization Ashley Miller works for and supports.

In a 2011 op-ed in the Lexington-Herald Leader, Miller writes about Planned Parenthood, “As a health care provider and as a woman, I believe the health and wellness of our nation’s women affects everyone. The services we provide are of the highest quality. I take pride in the services we provide for our Lexington community. We are open and welcoming to all who seek our services, whether they are insured or uninsured, no matter their sexual orientation, financial status or need. We provide preventive health care, something many Americans would like to consider a right.”

Miller’s mentor in politics is Representative Mary Lou Marzian from the 34th district in Kentucky. A woman who does not support requiring the parental notification or consent before an abortion is performed on a minor nor does she support abstinence-only sexual education programs. Miller’s mentor also supports restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns and does not support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns. Both Miller and Marzian are in strong support of President Obama’s “Affordable Health Care Act.”

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Ashley Miller on a 2012 Nappy Roots Album Cover

Moffett believes that sound public policy should be held above party loyalty and he has endorsed legislation, which would allow workers not to join a union as a condition of employment. Miller would not support a right-to-work bill, although she does support a statewide minimum wage increase.

Kentucky voters in the 32nd district must decide in November on who they feel will better represent their values and principles, but also who will be able to make intelligent and helpful decisions in Frankfort. Moffett has been endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life, while Miller has been endorsed by the Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC. The choice seems to be very clear on which candidate better suits them, but they both will continue to make their case up until Election Day.


2014 U.S. Senate Race in Kentucky UPDATE: Matt Bevin Leads Grimes in New Poll

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Kentucky will be home to one of the most important races in the country this election cycle as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for re-election for his sixth term. In a new Rasmussen poll released on Monday, McConnell runs dead even with his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes with each getting 42%. The big news is that his Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin actually leads Grimes by six points.

President Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties. Mitch McConnell has consistently hovered around similar approval ratings as President Obama at 31% in the state. These recent polls are not looking good for the Senate Minority Leader. Kentuckians are not only fed up with Obama’s failures, but they seem to be waking up to McConnell’s old tricks as well. They simply do not believe in Mitch McConnell any longer.

McConnell’s primary challenger, Matt Bevin, is starting to get some national attention, which the McConnell campaign certainly didn’t expect. They did not take the conservative businessman from Louisville very serious early on and that may prove to be disastrous for the re-election efforts of the veteran Senator. McConnell once led Bevin by 52 points when he first announced his run, but that lead has dwindled to 20 points recently.That is major with an incumbent and Senate Minority Leader. There is still a road to climb, but Matt Bevin is surging fast and closing the gap.

The conservative grassroots powerhouse FreedomWorks PAC recently announced their endorsement of Matt Bevin and the Madison Project along with their endorsement has opened up five offices throughout the state to help get out the vote for Matt Bevin.  The tide seems to be turning in Kentucky and possibly toppling on Mitch McConnell.

“Now more than ever, we need strong fiscal conservatives who will fight to cut spending on the front lines, not the sidelines. Matt Bevin is a great upgrade for Kentuckians who are serious about transparency, fiscal responsibility and accountability in government.” – FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe

Matt Bevin is starting to resonate with many Kentuckians. It was only a matter of time because once you hear this man speak, you instantly think about Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Yeah, he’s like those guys. Kentucky needs  a lot less Mitch McConnell and much more of Matt Bevin. 30 years is long enough of McConnell. If someone has been in congress since the Cincinnati Reds last won a World Series, then it is certainly time for them to go home. Mitch McConnell doesn’t have to necessarily go home, but he does need to get the heck out of Washington!

“These poll numbers are an accurate reflection of what I see and hear every day traveling across the Commonwealth. Kentuckians have had enough of career politicians like Mitch McConnell who compromise our conservative principles and instead vote for Obamacare, bailouts, amnesty and tax increases.

“It is increasingly clear that the voters of Kentucky are suffering from McConnell fatigue. My candidacy is offering conservative Republicans a chance to save this Senate seat on May 20.” – Matt Bevin.

The Kentucky Republican Primary is May 20, 2014.
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* This story has been updated.

FreedomWorks Endorses Matt Bevin

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In more Kentucky Senate race news, FreedomWorks PAC has endorsed conservative Matt Bevin on Wednesday over Senator Mitch McConnell. This is just another key endorsement that Bevin has received as he attempts to take down Goliath.

Here is what FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe had to say:

“Now more than ever, we need strong fiscal conservatives who will fight to cut spending on the front lines, not the sidelines. Matt Bevin is a great upgrade for Kentuckians who are serious about transparency, fiscal responsibility and accountability in government.”

Matt Bevin’s name recognition has been growing throughout the state of Kentucky as more and more Kentuckians are fed up with Mitch McConnell. His approval rating remains around 31% and he trails Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in almost every poll. Bevin leads or runs even with Grimes in many of the polls. President Obama lost Kentucky by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties, yet McConnell does not fair well when compared with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kentucky no longer shares the same mindset with a Mitch McConnell. It is time to move on. 

Bevin has already received endorsements from the Senate Conservatives Fund, United Kentucky Tea Parties, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Gun Owners of America, Erick Erickson from RedState, Madison Project, Take Back Kentucky, Unbridled Liberty, and others.

“FreedomWorks is an incredible grassroots organization with tens of thousands of Kentucky members. I am humbled and honored to receive their support. Voters here are seeing and feeling first hand the damage that Mitch McConnell’s 30 years of big government polices have had on our great Commonwealth. As a result, they are flocking to join forces with our campaign. This is a big endorsement and will accelerate our growing grassroots momentum. I am truly grateful for this vote of confidence,” said Matt Bevin.

Mitch McConnell did not take Matt Bevin serious from the beginning, but he is now seeing what a bunch of frustrated and ticked off Americans can do when they come together. Matt Bevin can and will defeat Mitch McConnell and it will be because the grassroots would not bow down to the establishment gurus and accept the same old same. Kentuckians are not taking it anymore. Americans are not taking it anymore.

Bevin has said he has raised about $1.1 million in the race and has loaned his campaign another $600,000. McConnell, on the other hand, has reported raising about $17 million, not including what he raised in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The FreedomWorks endorsement is huge because they have a vast array of dedicated grassroots activists who believe in the same values and principles in which Matt Bevin does. They believe Mitch McConnell has been in Washington too long. We couldn’t agree more. As Glenn Beck stated, “What’s the mentality of Kentucky? It’s Rand Paul, not Mitch McConnell. McConnell was great when you had the understanding of, ‘Well, he’s better than the other guys.’ That’s not the mind-set of the people in Kentucky, thank God, now,” Glenn concluded. “If they had Bevin and Rand Paul, Kentucky would be better than Texas.”

The Kentucky Republican Primary is May 20, 2014.

If you’d like to support Matt Bevin and his campaign, be sure to donate here.


Matt Bevin Will Defeat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

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You read that correct. The Senate Republican leader and five-term Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell will lose to Republican challenger Matt Bevin on May 20, 2014. Why? Many reasons really, but mainly because of the power of grassroots. I, for one have been a supporter of the long time Senator for awhile, but for different reasons than many. I believed that he would be our best option for Republicans to take back the Senate in 2014 and then we could do some house work. I was wrong. Too many things clouded my judgment and my conservative principles simply would not allow me to continue with the same old same. Enough is enough already. Kentucky deserves better. Much better.

Mitch McConnell has been in Washington for 30 years. Just let that sink in and ask yourself if you prefer the same old same and business as usual or do we need to venture down a new path with a new leader? That leader is Matt Bevin. Matt is a family and businessman from Louisville, Kentucky with true conservative values and will bring a fresh face and attitude to Washington on behalf of Kentuckians. We do not need the same tired old tricks and constant political rhetoric we get from Mitch McConnell. We do not need to hear him begging for the conservative vote only when election time comes up because he knows his record tells quite a different story.

GOPpicnicMatt Bevin is a man of character and tells it like it is. I met him a few times when I was attending Tea Party meetings and GOP picnics throughout Kentucky. I spoke to him in great lengths when I was previously supporting McConnell and he took the time to listen and offer up his views. I knew then that he was a great family man and a great American, but Matt Bevin is a man that simply gets it. He understands the situation in both Kentucky and Washington, but he also offers a fresh outlook and competitive spirit that will surely get more Kentuckians to give him a listen.

Mitch McConnell cannot defeat Alison Grimes. – Matt Bevin

How is Matt Bevin different than Mitch McConnell?  Click here.

Mitch McConnell is currently polling around 31% approval rating in Kentucky. He has been and continues to be unpopular in the state, which does not sit well for him against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Matt Bevin will win in Kentucky. People are just tired of Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes is not only not ready to be a US Senator, but she isn’t right for Kentucky.

Matt Bevin is not a career politician and he will challenge both parties as he brings to Washington his conservative values, belief for limited government, holding both Democrats and Republicans accountable, and most importantly, he will stand up for all Kentuckians. Matt Bevin is a man of principle, not a man who is after power. He will put principle over party and challenge his peers on all issues that are important to Americans. That is what Kentucky needs. That is what America needs. Matt Bevin is a man with integrity and courage to challenge the status quo. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road. We have to remove the band-aid and address the problem. Mitch McConnell is the problem. Matt Bevin is the solution.

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Mitch McConnell failed to take Matt Bevin seriously early on. That was a mistake. McConnell and his staff continue to falsely attack Bevin and participate in a mud-slinging campaign because they cannot run on Mitch’s record. They have an endorsement from Senator Rand Paul. Why is this? Simple. McConnell can help Paul in his 2016 Presidential bid. That is the only reason Paul and his campaign director Jesse Benton have been working and supporting McConnell. It certainly isn’t because they truly believe he is the great conservative leader he has claimed to be.

Do you want to clean up the Republican Party? Are you tired of the same old same going on in Washington? As RedState pointed out, the biggest thing you can do to help clean up the GOP is to defeat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky by supporting Matt Bevin. If you want to change Washington, then you change those you send to Washington. You can help bring true change by supporting Matt Bevin in Kentucky helping him to defeat the Senate Republican leader. We need more folks like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul in Congress. Matt Bevin certainly fits this bill.

Send a message to the old guard and send a message to Washington. We the people have had enough and your services are no longer required. Retire Mitch and make the switch, to Matt Bevin, a true conservative leader. We can make history on May 20, 2014 by showing them that grassroots truly do matter. Our voices and concerns matter. We matter.  Matt Bevin is a leader that both Kentucky and America needs because he will help us fight to restore liberty and work tirelessly to hold both political parties accountable to the American people. There was a man who was going up against the odds and viewed as a long shot who ended up winning in the state of Texas. That man was Ted Cruz. It will happen again in Kentucky.

I officially endorse conservative Republican Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Matt Bevin is endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Gun Owners of America, Erick Erickson of RedState, Madison Project PAC, and many others.

Matt is a firm believer in this country’s founding ideals: Individual liberty, limited government, and constitutional principles. He is a job creator who believes American taxpayers deserve more than the failed policies of recent decades – more than the repeated bailouts, tax increases, amnesty, automatic debt-limit increases, congressional pay raises, and backdoor special-interest deals.

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* This story has been updated to correct that Mitch McConnell is a five-term Senator from Kentucky. It previously stated he served four terms.