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Eric Cantor to receive $1.4m sign-on bonus from Moelis - FT.com

Eric Cantor to receive $1.4m sign-on bonus from Moelis - FT.com | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
A key former Republican leader will receive a $1.4m sign-on bonus and at least $2m in annual pay after being enlisted by Moelis & Co, the US boutique investment bank. Eric Cantor, the former House Majority Leader who lost his seat in Congress in
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RNC Chairman: Fewer Debates Will Strengthen Our Party

RNC Chairman: Fewer Debates Will Strengthen Our Party | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Planned changes to the Republican Party's presidential selection process are part of a rebuilding process that will strengthen the GOP brand and hopefully make its presidential nominee more competitive in 2016, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told California Republicans on Friday, calling the GOP's current primary process "a complete disaster."

Priebus said shortening the primary process by moving up the national convention at which the nominee is typically selected to June and cutting the number of debates are "not an establishment takeover. This is using your brain. Everything's not a conspiracy."
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Opponents and cynics will say: Are they trying to cut down on opportunities to make mistakes?

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Iowa GOP chair to resign

Iowa GOP chair to resign | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
A.J. Spiker will step aside after clashes with the state's Republican governor.
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Is the Republican Party doomed because it is not attracting enough non-white voters?

Is the Republican Party doomed because it is not attracting enough non-white voters? | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
I'm in Florida -- current temperature 82 degrees! -- to give a speech on the American political landscape (high brow, eh?) later today.
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Chris Christie’s road trip will test his national GOP support

Chris Christie’s road trip will test his national GOP support | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The embattled New Jersey governor kicks off a tour of the country Thursday as head of the Republican Governors Association
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Who benefits most from Christie's Bridgegate troubles? Jeb Bush. The big loser? The Republican Party.

Who benefits most from Christie's Bridgegate troubles? Jeb Bush. The big loser? The Republican Party. | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
As he gets inaugurated for a second term, Chris Christie finds himself now fighting a two-front war… The difference between this two-front war and the three-front one Obama faced last summer… The biggest GOP beneficiary of Christie’s woes: Jeb Bush…...
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The Republican Party's uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016

The Republican Party's uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016 | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The Republican Party's uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016
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Lots of factors affect elections: the quality of the candidates, the state of the economy, the effectiveness of the campaigns.
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Coburn will retire at end of 2014

Coburn will retire at end of 2014 | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it

Sen. Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, will forgo the final two years of his term.

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Ken Langone: Donors are still lining up to see Chris Christie

Ken Langone: Donors are still lining up to see Chris Christie | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Ken Langone, a Republican mega-donor and supporter of Chris Christie, said more than 500 people have asked to attend an event he’s holding in Florida with the New Jersey governor and many of them have praised how Christie has dealt with the scandal...
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Conservatives Form Their Own Caucus Because the RSC Isn't 'Hard-Core' Enough

Conservatives Form Their Own Caucus Because the RSC Isn't 'Hard-Core' Enough | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The most conservative House Republicans quietly build an invitation-only group, seeing the Republican Study Committee as devolving into a debate society.
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Who would replace Chris Christie as the GOP establishment 2016 front-runner?

Who would replace Chris Christie as the GOP establishment 2016 front-runner? | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
If the political scandal enveloping New Jersey Gov....
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And another Republican who has trouble putting his best foot forward: How did mild-mannered Maine get America’s craziest governor?

And another Republican who has trouble putting his best foot forward: How did mild-mannered Maine get America’s craziest governor? | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
What better way to start a governorship than to refuse to attend a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast and, when the NAACP complains, tell them, on camera, to “kiss my butt”?
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The list keeps growing (McDonnell, Darr, Christie, LePage) and although GOP officials think they can explain everything, the voters may have more difficulty seeing the silver lining through the dark clouds that seem to be gathering, courtesy of the media.

 

It is no good blaming the media. These stories are just too good to ignore.

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The GOP Still Faces an Empathy Gap

The GOP Still Faces an Empathy Gap | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
GOP still faces an empathy gap… And it’s still trying to fix it… Senate holds vote on unemployment-insurance benefits at 10:30 am ET, and right now supporters are one vote shy of the 60 needed to clear the procedural hurdle… Obama to speak after the...
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So true! And so hard to fix.

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Dems target 30 House GOPers

Dems target 30 House GOPers | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
It marks a last-ditch effort to force Republican action on immigration reform.
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GOP's Jolly wins special election in Florida, surprising Democrats and giving GOP hope.

Republican David Jolly eked out a narrow win over Democrat Alex Sink to keep the late congressman Bill Young’s seat in the GOP column. Polls had shown the
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5 things we learned from CPAC

5 things we learned from CPAC | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) – It would be a mistake to read too much into the speeches, breakout sessions and late-night parties that took place at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Despite Bridgegate, Chris Christie is still pretty popular

Despite Bridgegate, Chris Christie is still pretty popular | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
It hasn't been a good couple months for Chris Christie. This much we know.
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GOP image still muddled, a year after Chairman Priebus started effort to attract women, racial minorities, gays

GOP image still muddled, a year after Chairman Priebus started effort to attract women, racial minorities, gays | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
- The Republican Party's image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party's appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who...
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How Bad Does the GOP Need Chris Christie? Really Bad.

How Bad Does the GOP Need Chris Christie? Really Bad. | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Without the scandal-engulfed New Jersey governor, Republicans don’t have a candidate who could even come close to the votes needed to win the presidency in 2016.
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The one cartoon you need to see on Jeb Bush’s 2016 plans

The one cartoon you need to see on  Jeb Bush’s 2016 plans | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
No one knows whether or not former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016 but his mother, at least, has made clear she doesn't want him to.
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What the U.S. electoral map will look like in 2060: Not enough good news to make Republicans smile.

What the U.S. electoral map will look like in 2060: Not enough good news to make Republicans smile. | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Texas is the big winner.
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Koch Brothers Are Outspending Everyone for a GOP Senate Takeover

Koch Brothers Are Outspending Everyone for a GOP Senate Takeover | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Americans for Prosperity has outspent all other Republican groups combined, including Karl Rove's American Crossroads.
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The GOP wants to know: Do you want, say, Herman Cain in 2016?

The GOP wants to know: Do you want, say, Herman Cain in 2016? | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
A Republican National Committee straw poll reveals possible presidential candidates you surely aren't even thinking about.
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Democrat Alex Sink rises to top in Florida special election for seat long held by GOP

Democrat Alex Sink rises to top in Florida special election for seat long held by GOP | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
It’s been framed as the clearest barometer of the public’s mood heading into this year’s midterms: a special election battle for a 50-50 congressional district in the famously 50-50 state of Florida.
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Without iconic Rep. Bill Young on the ballot, the GOP may have trouble holding this 50-50 district. That is good news for Democrats. But there is a cloud in that silver lining.

 

Democrat Alex Sink is about as popular a candidate as the Democrats could field in this special election. If she cannot grab this seat from a fractious Republican Party, what does that say about Democratic chances in November?

 

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Former GOP governor: Christie’s leadership should give pause to voters nationally

Former GOP governor: Christie’s leadership should give pause to voters nationally | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The former New Jersey governor and Christie mentor weighs in amid controversy over the George Washington Bridge closure.
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Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean (R) has known and mentored Chris Christie since Christie was a boy. So why would he attack the wounded governor over Bridgegate? The retaliatory nature of New Jersey politics is the reason.

 

Last year, Christie tried to unseat Kean’s son, Tom Kean Jr. (R), as state Senate minority leader. Christie should have known not to take the risk of offending one of the state's most well liked politicians. Success sometimes leads to recklessness. Christie’s power play failed but in New Jersey, political wounds never heal.

 

Kean is respected on both sides of the aisle. He will be joined by others in the coming days. Christie is about to learn what it is like to be bullied.

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