David Perdue, the Republican candidate for Georgia’s open US Senate seat, released another ad on Wednesday doubling-down on his debunked claim that Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn funneled money to terrorist organizations through the Points of Light Foundation. The foundation was started by former President George H.W. Bush and is now run by his son, Neil Bush. Nunn served as CEO of the foundation prior to her running for office. Perdue initially targeted Nunn and the foundation with an attack ad last week. He released another ad Wednesday morning making many of the same claims.
Below is the first ad:
Below is the ad that was released on Wednesday:
On Tuesday, Neil Bush called on Perdue to take down and denounce the first ad. Bush said he found it “shameful” and “disrespectful.” Considering that his dad had just endorsed Perdue, even though Nunn had worked for his organization, you can see why Neil Bush would be highly upset that Perdue’s campaign would try to smear Nunn via the Points of Light Foundation. Neil Bush said the following to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding the first ad:
“That’s ridiculous. It really makes my blood boil to think that someone would make that kind of an allegation, whether it’s an independent political group or a candidate for office.”
Neil Bush also released a statement to the AJC formally asking Perdue to denounce the ad.
“Neither Points of Light nor Michelle Nunn have had anything to do with funneling money from our organization to terrorists organizations. Anyone who makes that claim needs to understand the facts and then they need to denounce those claims. To attack an organization founded by my father, whose integrity is unimpeachable, to smear our organization for political gain, is in my opinion shameful.
“It’s just wrong to suggest that Points of Light, or in the context of Points of Light, Michelle Nunn, had anything to do with funneling money to terrorists. If those allegations are being made, it’s symptomatic of what I consider to be one of our country’s growing problems. It really does upset me, honestly. Which is why I’m talking to you.
“To have a blemish on the great work that’s being done by Points of Light, to blow wind into the sails of a national service movement – it’s hurtful to our cause, and it’s disrespectful to our founder.”
Of course, since Perdue apparently has no moral compass, his campaign released the other ad the day after the younger Bush asked him to pull the first ad and repudiate it. Media outlets in the Atlanta area ripped Perdue for the dishonest ad. AJC’s Jay Bookman slammed the new ad as being 2014’s worst. After detailing the reasons why the ad is unbelievably dishonest, Bookman ended his article with the following statement:
Again, we’ve all grown too accustomed to dirty politics, and both sides indulge in it. But given our nation’s recent history and the threat posed by terror, this particular allegation borders on a charge of treason, not just against Nunn but against a non-partisan organization with a proud record of service. It also gives unintentional credence to the basic thrust of Nunn’s campaign against the stridently partisan, win-at-any-cost mentality that has afflicted our national discussion.
Frankly, the charge is also insulting to Georgia voters, treating them as extremely dumb and easily manipulated. We’re better than that, and those seeking to represent us ought to recognize that fact.
Meanwhile, 11Alive in Atlanta gave the ad a 7 (on a scale of 10) on its Bullmeter. The station pointed out that while Nunn’s campaign did claim that there could be distortions of her record, with opponents attempting to claim that she helped give money to inmates and terrorists, her campaign never actually claimed this was true. It just acknowledged that it was possible that an opportunistic candidate could try to make hay by connecting some dots that still didn’t lead to terrorism.
The claim that Points of Light funded organizations linked to terrorists is debatable. But the Nunn plan contains no admission of that. Instead, it refers to it only as a potential attack by Republicans –which they are doing now.
The whiff of bull is pretty strong here, according to our Bullmeter — giving this claim a pungent rating of seven out of ten possible Bull points.
It is apparent that Perdue is getting desperate. Despite Georgia being a solid red state, Perdue is unable to shake Nunn, and some recent polls actually show her with a lead. Due to that, Perdue is trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator (i.e. the base) and frame Nunn as a terrorist funding, amnesty loving commie. The thing is, he is angering a number of allies and Republicans along the way. That doesn’t sound like a winning plan to me.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) on Friday directed county officials to begin sending out overseas and military absentee ballots without a Democratic Senate nominee on them, a reversal from his position on Thursday.
But Kobach still intends to press Democrats to assign a replacement nominee for Chad Taylor, who has ended his campaign and was ordered off the ballot by the state Supreme Court.
In a letter to county election officers, Kobach said the ballots should be sent out with a disclaimer indicating that voters may receive a replacement ballot later with the name of a Democratic nominee on it.
"You may vote using the ballot accompanying this letter as soon as you receive it, or you may wait to vote until you’ve received further notification from us," reads the disclaimer Kobach told elections officials they should include. It adds, "If a replacement ballot is sent to you, and you have already returned the ballot that accompanies this letter, only your replacement ballot will be counted."
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Taylor, who ended his campaign on Sept. 3, fulfilled all the requirements to have his name removed from the ballot. Kobach had contended that Taylor’s name should stay on, since he did not explicitly say he was incapable of serving.
The ruling was a blow to Sen. Pat Roberts (R), since it cleared the way for independent candidate Greg Orman to pursue anti-Roberts voters without having to worry about losing some of them to a Democrat.
The court’s ruling prompted Kobach to demand Democrats field a replacement for Taylor. He said he was extending the deadline to mail overseas and absentee ballots to Sept. 27.
But Friday’s actions marked a new tack. It remained unclear whether Kobach could legally force Democrats to field a replacement candidate.
A Kansas Democratic Party spokesman did not respond Friday afternoon to a question about whether the party intends to appoint a replacement.
Arizona SB1070 architect and voter suppression kingpin Kris Kobach may be in trouble this November. I hope Kansans vote this Koch Brothers-sympathizing weasel out of office and replace him with Jean Schodorf! Let’s also give Greg Orman a victory!
h/t: Sean Sullivan at WaPost
He told a press conference in his official residence of Bute House that he would stand down as first minister in November when a new SNP leader will be chosen.
Salmond said he had made the decision in the morning after the referendum result emerged: “For me right now there is a decision as to who is best placed to lead this process forward politically.
"I believe that in this new exciting situation, redolent with possibility, party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership."
He said he would not accept the SNP’s nomination to be a candidate for leader at the party’s annual conference in Perth in November, allowing a new party leader to be elected.
Given the SNP’s majority in the Scottish parliament, the new leader will also become first minister.
Despite defeat in the referendum, his decision is a surprise: Salmond had repeatedly stated before the vote that he planned to stay on until after the 2016 Scottish election.
Salmond is likely to be succeeded by his deputy Nicola Sturgeon, who has become a commanding figure in the independence campaign after being appointed by Salmond to lead the referendum process.
Speaking minutes after Salmond’s announcement, Sturgeon said that she could think of “no greater privilege” than to succeed Salmond as SNP leader and first minister, but that the decision “is not for today”.
She added: “My priority this weekend, after a long and hard campaign, is to get some rest and spend time with my family. I also want the focus over the next few days to be on the outstanding record and achievements of the finest first minister Scotland has had.”
Salmond said the most important thing to the independence cause was not about who is first minister of Scotland.
This is the second time Salmond has dramatically resigned: he stood down from his first stint as Scottish National party leader in September 2000, only a year after the newly established Scottish parliament was founded in Edinburgh.
Aged 59, Salmond has now led the SNP for two spells of ten years; the first of which began in 1990. He said: “I think that’s a reasonable spell of service and I think there is an aspect that you have to understand and recognise when it is time to give someone else a chance to move that forward.”
Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum saw the no campaign fronted by Alistair Darling win 55.3% of the vote, compared to 44.7% for yes. But the proportion represented a high water mark for the independence movement and the Scottish National party.
Earlier, David Cameron, the British prime minister, declared a “clear result” in the referendum and promised a devolution revolution across Great Britain, including votes on English issues by English MPs at Westminster.
"There can be no disputes, no reruns – we have heard the settled will of the Scottish people," Cameron said in a statement outside No 10 Downing Street shortly after 7am on Friday.
The yes campaign scored four big successes, winning 53% of the vote in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, 54% in West Dunbartonshire, 57% in Dundee and 51% in North Lanarkshire.
However, the no camp was victorious in 28 authorities. It won overwhelmingly in areas where it was expected to do well, including Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire and Borders, but also in areas that could have gone to the yes campaign, including Falkirk, Inverclyde, Eilean Siar and Clackmannanshire.
In the final count, the no camp clocked up 2,001,926 votes to 1,617,989 for yes.
In his speech, Cameron made clear that the constitutional reforms, including in Scotland, would not be delivered until after the general election, and that Scottish measures would proceed in tandem with changes in England. “We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of voices of England must be heard,” he said.
Cameron threw down a challenge to the Labour opposition to say whether it would agree to the introduction of English votes for English MPs, and announced that William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, would advance the issue in a special cabinet committee.
The prime minister, vindicated in his decision to stage a yes/no referendum, also revealed he had asked Lord Smith of Kelvin to implement the Scottish devolution reforms set out by the party leaders in the final weeks of the referendum campaign.
He announced that the government would shortly say more about the devolution of further powers to the cities and regions of the UK.
Cameron said: “The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together and, like millions of other people, I am delighted.
"As I said during the campaign, it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end. And I know that sentiment was shared by people not just across our country but around the world because of what we have achieved together in the past and what we can do together in the future.
"So now it is time for our United Kingdom to come together and to move forward. A vital part of that will be a balanced settlement, fair to people in Scotland and importantly to everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well."
Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, said the referendum was a vote from the Scottish people for change. “We know our country needs to change in the way it is governed and we know our country needs to change in who it is governed for. We will deliver on stronger powers for a stronger Scottish parliament, a strong Scotland.”
But he said that would go beyond Scotland. “We will also meet the desire for change across England, across Wales, across the whole of the United Kingdom.”
Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, said the referendum “marks not only a new chapter for Scotland within the UK but also wider constitutional reform across the union”.
Echoing the SNP’s argument, he said a vote against independence was “clearly not a vote against change”.
"We must now deliver on time and in full the radical package of newly devolved powers to Scotland," he added.
Yet that result raises the risk of further turmoil, with MPs from Cameron’s Conservative party threatening to revolt against the prime minister’s late and potentially vital vow to quickly increase the Scottish parliament’s powers while protecting its spending.
The Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, said Cameron’s offer of more devolution for England did not go far enough. “The English are 86% by population of this union. They’ve been left out of all of this for the last 18 years. We still have a situation where Scottish MPs can vote in the House of Commons on English-only issues. I think what most English people want is a fair settlement,” he said.
The Queen made a statement on Friday saying the UK would respect the result of the referendum.
The prime minister wants to move fast to show that the three main UK party leaders will live up to their commitments made during the referendum campaign to deliver what the former prime minister Gordon Brown called home rule within the UK.
Ministers believe it is important to move quickly to avoid a repeat of the 1980 referendum in Québec. The triumphalist behaviour of Ontario fuelled the separatist cause that nearly succeeded in a second referendum in 1995.
For the no campaign there was relief: a spate of authoritative polls in the final days of the campaign had said the vote was on a knife edge, bringing Yes Scotland within touching distance of victory after a dramatic surge in support.
Sterling jumped, reaching a new two-year high against the euro in Asian trading hours, as the referendum was called in favour of the no vote. The FTSE 100 opened 44 points higher.
Republican Party leaders are urging big donors to start writing checks, and the check-writers now include Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
NPR has confirmed a Politico report that Adelson is putting in $20 million, evenly divided between Crossroads GPS and American Action Network. Both are 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that don’t disclose their donors — or nondonors, as an AAN spokesman put it.
Pro-Democratic superPACs have surprised conservatives by outadvertising them in key races.
The Crossroads GPS funds are aimed at Senate races, where Republicans need a gain of six seats to win control of the chamber. The Wesleyan Media Project reported this week that on broadcast television between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11, there were more than 34,000 pro-Democratic ads in Senate races, versus fewer than 30,000 pro-Republican spots.
Adelson money for American Action Network is targeting House contests, even though the House GOP majority is considered secure. Last week AAN said it is spending $5.3 million on ad campaigns against six Democratic incumbents. The Wesleyan Media Project report found that Democratic candidates in those races were benefiting from a 2-to-1 edge in advertising.
Adelson is CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., which has casinos in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Singapore and Macau. His wife, Miriam, is a physician.
These two contributions mark his first high-dollar, high-profile spending this cycle. In 2012, the Adelsons gave $92.8 million to conservative superPACs and other organizations, far outpacing other donors of disclosed contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Federal Election Commission data show that the top two Adelson beneficiaries in 2012 were Winning Our Future, a superPAC promoting Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid, with $25.5 million; and American Crossroads, the superPAC affiliate of Crossroads GPS, with $23 million.
Spokesmen for Crossroads GPS and American Action Network would neither confirm nor deny Adelson’s contributions.
#NCSen, #MNSen, #ARSen, #LASen, #IASen, #AKSen: Tea Partiers Swallow Their Pride To Defeat Democrats In November
On Wednesday the Tea Party Express sent out an email calling on supporters to help “Defeat Harry Reid’s Sinister Six.” Hagan was listed alongside Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), the Democratic Senate candidate in his state. The Republican primaries in those states have been relatively mild with comparatively less or even no fighting between establishment and tea-party aligned candidates. North Carolina, by contrast, was one of the most heated Republican primaries in the 2014 cycle.
A day earlier the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund sent out a similar fundraising email targeting just Hagan.
"Barack Obama and his liberal Democrat allies are pouring money and campaign resources into North Carolina like crazy," Tea Party Patriots Chairman Jenny Beth Martin wrote in the email. "They are desperate to save leftist Senator Kay Hagan. Tea Party volunteers in North Carolina need our help to win this critical Senate seat."
Establishment-backed Tillis defeated Dr. Greg Brannon, another candidate in the primary, who was actually the favorite of the insurgent tea party wing of the Republican party.
In the general election the race has managed to stay competitive. The TPM Polltracker average currently gives her a 4.7 point lead over Tillis.
Rooting for an establishment candidate isn’t ideal, but trying to get supporters to defeat Hagan is better than the alternative, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund communications director Kevin Broughton told TPM.
"Obviously Thom Tillis isn’t our preferred candidate in North Carolina but he is the one non-Kay Hagan candidate and he’s the one candidate who will be a backstop," Broughton said. "If he takes that seat then the chances of our ultimate goal that I mentioned earlier and that’s preventing a runaway rubber stamp president for two years and our chances are better Thom Tillis than Kay Hagan."
Broughton said North Carolina is just one of the races where his group would be involved going forward in the 2014 election cycle, despite the fact that tea party-favored candidates didn’t win in those states. Broughton said Iowa, where state Sen. Joni Ernst, a favorite of both the establishment and the tea party, as well as North Carolina and possibly Georgia, would be priorities.
"At the end of the day, from a conservative perspective, these Republicans are closer to our agenda than the Democrats," a top policy advisor for a top tea party-aligned group told TPM. "However, conservatives will not give them any grace period once they are elected and will hold them accountable for the promises they make on the campaign trail. We will not wait several years to wake up and realize we’ve been duped."
Another great hard-hitting ad by the DCCC that attacks Mike Bost’s temper issues. He’s NOT who should represent us in DC, so vote Bill Enyart in!
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (12:54AM CDT/6:54AM GMT): NO vote in Fife (home to former PM Gordon Brown) puts the NO to independence side officially over the top. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
The 30th council to report is Fife. Fife votes 55.0% for No, 45.0% for Yes. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
Moray declaration in: Moray votes “no” in Scotland #IndyRef— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) September 19, 2014
The No campaign has now clinched 50% of the total vote. Their magic number is now 0. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
Salmond: “Scotland has, by majority, decided not, at this stage, to become an independent country. I accept that verdict of the people.”— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) September 19, 2014
Salmond calls “Yes” votes “substantial” for future independence of country— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) September 19, 2014
Darling: “Today is a momentus result for Scotland, but also for the United Kingdom as a whole.”— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) September 19, 2014
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (12:04AM CDT/6:04AM GMT): Argyll and Bute, Aberdeenshire, and Edinburgh vote NO; 3 left to go. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
BBC is officially projecting that No will win. Good for them for waiting & being cautious—I wish our election forecasters would. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
#BREAKING: Scotland has voted against independence: BBC forecast— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) September 19, 2014
Aberdeenshire, home of Alex Salmond, is the 27th council to report. It votes No by a 60–40 margin. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
Edinburgh also goes heavily No, 61% to 39%. It’s the 28th council to report. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
Argyll & Bute becomes the 29th council reporting. There, Yes wins 41.5% and No wins 58.5%. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
Yes got demolished in two big councils, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire. That’ll make it go down in history as less close. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
BREAKING: The Scotland Independence Referendum has failed, will remain in the United Kingdom. #Scotland #IndyRef #ScotlandReferendum #ScotlandDecides
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)September 19, 2014
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking)September 19, 2014
Scotland will stay in the UK, likely with more devolved powers.
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (11:12PM CDT/5:12AM GMT): South Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, West Lothian, Scottish Borders, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire vote NO; North Lanarkshire, Glasgow vote YES. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
West Lothian has opted for: THE UNITED KINGDOM. YES - 53,342 NO - 65,682— Britain Elects (@britainelects) September 19, 2014
North Ayrshire has opted for: THE UNITED KINGDOM. YES - 47,072 NO - 49,016— Britain Elects (@britainelects) September 19, 2014
East Ayrshire has opted for: THE UNITED KINGDOM. YES - 39,762 NO - 44,442— Britain Elects (@britainelects) September 19, 2014
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (10:40PM CDT/4:40AM GMT): Midlothian, East Lothian, Stirling, Falkirk, Angus, Dumfries, E. Renfrewshire, E. Dunbartonshire, Aberdeen City vote NO; West Dunbartonshire votes YES. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
East Dunbartonshire has opted for: THE UNITED KINGDOM. YES - 30,624 NO - 48,214— Britain Elects (@britainelects) September 19, 2014
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (9:59PM CDT/3:59AM GMT): Inverclyde, Renfrewshire vote NO; Dundee votes YES. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
Inverclyde is the 5th council to report. It votes 49.9% yes, 50.1% no. Only about 100 votes separating! #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
East Renfrewshire opted for: THE UNITED KINGDOM. YES - 55,466 NO - 62,067— Britain Elects (@britainelects) September 19, 2014
The Nationalists’ failure to win the Western Isles does not bode well for the Yes cause. This was nationalist homeland once.— Britain Elects (@britainelects) September 19, 2014
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (9:05PM CDT/3:05AM GMT): Shetland Islands, Eilean Siar vote NO to independence. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (8:30PM CDT/2:30AM GMT): Orkney votes NO to independence. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
Orkney Islands, expected to be a No stronghold, goes way in: 67% for No. Still just a small number of total votes there, though. #indyref— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) September 19, 2014
Orkney is the smallest council; Clackmannanshire the 4th-smallest. Equivalent to 1% of precincts reporting. #indyref— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) September 19, 2014
Anything above 45% for Yes would be a “good result” according to the Yes campaign. #indyref— Britain Elects (@britainelects) September 19, 2014
Scottish Independence Referendum Updates (8:00PM CDT/2:00AM GMT): Clackmannanshire votes NO to Scottish Independence 53.8-46.2. #ScotlandDecides #IndyRef #Scotland #ScottishReferendum
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)September 19, 2014
— Guardian news (@guardiannews)September 19, 2014
Glasgow at 75% turnout — lower than the rest of Scotland. Bad news for Yes? #indyref— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld)September 19, 2014