Rand Paul

Rand Paul Has Kentucky Senate Election In The Bag

Rand Paul is the next Senator of Kentucky. The election is all but wrapped up.

Most people will immediately respond that it is way too early to make such a statement; how can we possibly know what will happen over the next nine to ten months? I will concede the point that we can never be sure how an election will turn out ten months before the vote, but all evidence points towards a Rand Paul win come November.

1) Polling
Rand has seen meteoric rise in the polls over the past five months. He went from losing 26-37 in August to establishment pick Trey Grayson, to leading Grayson 44-25 in December. Also, while he was picking up this lead there was an increasing number of undecided voters from 17% in August to 32% in December. The momentum is clearly on Rand Paul’s side.

2) Campaign
From the beginning Rand has arguably run a stronger campaign. Despite never being elected to office in Kentucky, Paul had the advantage of being Congressman Ron Paul’s son. This allowed him to make his announcement on national television that he would be running for Senate. While Trey Grayson attacked this as an example of how Paul was an “outsider” to Kentucky, the famous comeback by Paul swung this war of words in his favor, “I’ve been a Kentuckian longer than Grayson’s been a Republican!”

Rand Paul leads potential Dem opponents in Kentucky

On the heels of a poll showing Rand Paul with a 19 point lead over Trey Grayson for the GOP nomination for United States Senate in Kentucky comes another survey showing both Republicans with modest leads over their potential Democratic opponents, Jack Conway and Dan Mongiardo.

Rand Paul v. Jack Conway

  • Paul: 42%
  • Conway: 36%
  • Not sure: 22%

Rand Paul v. Dan Mongiardo

  • Paul: 42%
  • Mongiardo: 36%
  • Not sure: 22%

Trey Grayson v. Jack Conway

  • Grayson: 40%
  • Conway: 33%
  • Not sure: 27%

Trey Grayson v. Dan Mongiardo

  • Grayson: 44%
  • Mongiardo: 35%
  • Not sure: 21%

According to a press release that came across last night, Rand Paul will also make his entrance into the race official by filing his paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office.

Podcast: ObamaCare news, “Saved & Created” Jobs, Cory Maye’s New Trial, Guantanamo Bay Detainees, Guest: Mike Hassinger

On November 16th, the national debt for our nation broke the $12 trillion dollar mark.  JasonBrett and Doug had joked on Twitter about getting together to “celebrate” this accomplishment by having a few drinks.  Since geography prevented us from meeting together in a physical location, we took this opportunity to officially toast to the federal government’s mortgage of our futures and those of future generations with their out of control spending.

Joining us as a guest for such a “joyous” occasion, we were joined by Mike Hassinger, a political consultant with Landmark Communications.

Together, they discuss:

SurveyUSA: Rand Paul leads Trey Grayson

According a new SurveyUSA/WHAS poll, Rand Paul is leading Republican establishment candidate Trey Grayson.

  • 32% Grayson
  • 35% Paul
  • 2% Johnson
  • 1% Oerther
  • 3% Thoney
  • 10% Other
  • 18% Undecided

Cross tabs are available here.

Podcast: FY09 Deficit, Lindsey Graham vs. Ron Paul, Arizona police shooting of homeowner; Guest: Katie Brewer

Jason and Brett had their first guest on the podcast.  They were joined by Katie Brewer, Ms. June in the Ladies of Liberty Alliance calendar, former co-host of Liberty Cafe Show, Steering committee member for the Texans for Accountable Government PAC, liberty activist, and home schooling mom of two girls.

Together, they discuss:

Kentucky Fight: Trey Grayson v. Rand Raul

As we mentioned a few days ago, the Republican establishment in Washington is getting behind Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in the primary for United States Senate in Kentucky.

On September 23rd, more than half the Republican caucus in the Senate will host a $500 per plate dinner on behalf of Grayson.

KentuckyFight.com (see the ad on the right) is looking to gather 5,000 liberty-minded folks to give $100 each on the same day to send a message to the elites in Washington, DC.

We here at United Liberty encourage you to give $100 on September 23rd to help put a true believer in liberty in the United States Senate.

Rand Paul hires top Establishment GOP fundraiser — and that’s a good thing for the grassroots.

Rand Paul 2016?

According to National Review Online’s “The Corner,” Kentucky Senator — and prospective 2016 Republican candidate for President — Rand Paul has hired incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s top fundraiser, Laura Sequeira.

NRO reporter Eliana Johnson writes:

Rand Paul is bringing on Mitch McConnell’s national finance director, Laura Sequeira, to play a key fundraising role at his political-action committee ahead of an expected 2016 presidential campaign.

Over the past two years, Paul, a tea-party darling, has labored mightily to woo establishment donors into his camp. Sequeira’s arrival will certainly help with that. She is fresh off the campaign trail, where she helped McConnell, the incoming Senate majority leader, raise millions for his reelection campaign.

Paul’s fundraising shop now includes operatives with reach into both the Republican establishment and its insurgent wing: Sequeira joins Erika Sather, the former director of development at the Club for Growth, on Paul’s fundraising team.

In a thorough investigation of “McConnell world” last week, POLITICO highlighted Sequeira’s role on McConnell’s re-election campaign. According to the most recent reports available to Open Secrets, the McConnell campaign raised just over $31 million for the 2014 cycle.

“Audit the Fed” is back, but it will take renewed pressure from conservatives to pass.

Federal Reserve

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie will be the new standard bearer for “Audit the Fed,” a bill that was initially sponsored by former Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul and has passed the House a number of times but stalled in the Senate under the leadership of outgoing Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid indicated support in the past for an audit of the Federal Reserve.

Most recently, outgoing Georgia Congressman Paul Broun sponsored a version of the bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly (333-92) in September of this year. After its most recent passage, Congressman Broun said:

For the past 100 years, the Federal Reserve, a quasi-government agency, has acted under a veil of secrecy – controlling our monetary policy and thus, our economy. While in recent years, the Fed has been granted a greater role in overseeing the regulation of our financial system, current law specifically prohibits audits of the Federal Reserve’s deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy. This lack of accountability and transparency has led to grievous consequences - and it must end.

United Liberty called for support of a renewed effort in the new Republican-controlled Senate earlier this month.

POLITICO reports:

Rand Paul talks #ConservativeRealism with liberal Bill Maher

Rand Paul Conservative Realism

Senator Rand Paul took his message of “conservative realism” to liberal comedian Bill Maher’s HBO program on Friday night. Maher, well known self-proclaimed “libertarian” (he seems to throw the word around without much philosophical grounding) and critic of conservatives, welcomed Paul to his show and had high praise for Paul’s genuine efforts to reach out to new constituencies to broaden the Republican Party’s appeal.

Maher praised Paul’s efforts to restore voting rights to non-violent felons who have served their time, allowed Paul to further explain his stance on foreign policy, and called Paul’s efforts to curtail the War on Drugs “music to my ears.”

During the interview, Maher signaled that independents like himself and others in key states might be able to support Paul, should he decide to run for president in 2016.

“I am available to the Rand Paul campaign,” Maher said, but cautioned Paul on the Republican Party’s stance on environmentalism. Paul pushed back against over-regulation and expressed concern for the loss of jobs over restrictive regulations. Paul applauded advancements in renewable energy, but stressed the importance of continuing to use resources like coal and natural gas. Paul noted he was working on a bill to help deregulate the renewable energy industry, so more Americans could access “green” energy alternatives.

Twitter reacted postively to Paul’s appearance. Many tweets came from self-described Democrats who had previously not been open to Paul’s message:

Mary Landrieu: Another one of #HillarysLosers?

Mary Landrieu

The bad news just keeps rolling in for former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). Just a few days after Republicans dominated Federal and State elections, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) announced that it would pull all remaining TV advertisements for Mary Landrieu, all but giving up on the Senator and her bid to win a runoff election on December 6.

According to the Politico, the DSCC cancelled all local ad buys that it had purchased through December 6. In addition to the $1.6 million that it has already pulled, it is also working to pull another $275,000 from local markets. Contrast that with the $7.2 million in airtime that Republicans still have in lined up until December 6.

While the DSCC is backing off, Landrieu is finding support among a couple of her Democratic colleagues: Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes, who was destroyed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in last Tuesday’s race, and soon to be former N.C. Senator, Kay Hagan, who was defeated by Thom Tillis. Grimes and Hagan have both sent fundraising emails in support of Landrieu, encouraging their donors to support the next victim of the Republican wave.

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