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This year, it pays to be an ‘angry outsider’

Heads up, tea partiers. You’re not the only folks staking claim to the mantle of angry outsider. In state after state, voters are taking out their frustrations at the political establishment — and no place reflects the depth and diversity of their ire better than Arkansas, where unions, corporate interests and several insurgent candidates hope to ride high on the mad-as-heck tide. In the home state of former President Bill Clinton, and elsewhere, party leaders and structures are being bypassed — undermined, in some cases — by free-agent candidates who declare their independence from the political establishment while aligning themselves
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Rand Paul plans to dump his campaign staff

It’s the oldest ploy in politics. When a candidate screws up, blame the staff and start firing people. Rand Paul, the Tea Party darling that upset the political establishment to win the Kentucky GOP Senatorial nomination and then upset most everyone else with off-the-wall comments about racial segregation, announced Tuesday he’s dumping his staff of political novices and volunteers and turning to more established political pros. Palul said he’s planning a campaign staff shakeup but would not elaborate on the details. Campaign manager David Adams, a Republican blogger before entering the heady world of statewide politics, will most likely be
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Did South Carolina governor candidate bang a blogger?

A conservative political blogger says he banged South Carolina Republican candidate Nikki Haley — a Tea Party sweetheart endorsed by Sarah Palin — while serving as her speechwriter and communications specialist. Will Folks claims the affair happened in 2007 but Haley says she never slept with Folks and calls his allegations “quite simply South Carolina politics at its worst.” Folks publishes FITSNews.Com, a blog that features politics, scantily clad women and other news. He was charged with criminal domestic violence in 2005 and cut a deal with prosecutors. At the time he worked for former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
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Memo to political parties: Adapt or die

Since the birth of the American political party, its primary mission has been to amass power by recruiting candidates, raising money and spreading messages. In short, a holding company that elects people — with a monopoly for a century and a half by Democrats and Republicans. But a chain of events in recent history — from the Internet’s astonishing ascent and a Supreme Court ruling on political money to today’s maelstrom of voter anger — is changing things. The major political parties are inching now toward a decision point: change with the times or risk diminished influence. Results of primaries
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Rand Paul’s verbal diarrhea adds to GOP heartburn

Even as national Republican officials seek ways to limit damage from Rand Paul’s unorthodox remarks, the Kentucky Senate nominee raised more eyebrows Friday by defending the oil company blamed for the Gulf oil spill. Those comments, on top of Paul’s earlier suggestion that businesses should have the right to turn away racial minorities, sent gleeful Democrats into full attack mode while top Republicans pondered how to calm things down. It’s a delicate issue. The Republican establishment spurned Paul and supported his opponent, Trey Grayson, the hand-picked choice of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Paul, a favorite of the tea
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Is Rand Paul ready for prime time?

Less than 24 hours after beating the Republican political establishment in the Kentucky Senate primary, Rand Paul has joined that another Tea Party poster child — Sarah Palin — with a galling display of foot-in-mouth disease. “He thinks he’s got enough working knowledge of the system and his philosophy to hold forth on anything any time, but he’s not ready for prime time,” longtime Kentucky journalist Al Cross told Politco Thursday. Paul’s evasion on whether or not he would have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with his longstanding belief that restaurants and other businesses should be
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Parties find some hope in primary results

Both Democrats and Republicans found glimmers of hope for November’s midterm elections amid the political rubble on Wednesday, the day after an anti-establishment wave crashed over the two parties. In Senate primary elections, disgruntled voters dumped one Democratic senator, Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and forced another, Blanche Lincoln, to a run-off in Arkansas in races that Republicans said showed broad anger with President Barack Obama and the Democrats’ policies. But Democrats touted their win in a special U.S. House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania and took solace in the rout of the Republican establishment choice in favor of a conservative
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Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Voter anger crossed party and ideological lines Tuesday, tossing out Democratic and Republican incumbents and establishment candidates while cementing the message that they are mad at the whole damn mess in Washington. Voters issued fired Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas into a runoff and rejected Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s handpicked candidate in Kentucky. Tea Party candidate Rand Paul easily won the Republican Senatorial primary Kentucky, soundly defeating the candidate endorsed by McConnell and the GOP establishment. Specter’s defeat follows earlier voter rejections of GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah and West
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Palin spouts lies at NRA gathering

Look out America. Sister Sarah Palin took her traveling road show to the National Rifle Association and warned the NRA gullibles that President Barack Obama and his Democratic cronies want to take away their guns, bullets, rocket launchers and anything else they can get their hands on. Of course, Palin had not facts to back up her claims but facts don’t matter to members of the NRA fantasy world. “Don’t doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment,” Palin declared in her
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West Virginia voters dump long-time incumbent

A West Virginia congressional seat that’s been held by a Democrat for generations is now up for grabs after 14-term incumbent Rep. Alan Mollohan was swept out of office on a wave of voter unrest that an opponent called a referendum on President Barack Obama. The congressman is the first U.S. House incumbent to be ousted this spring primary season amid widespread anti-incumbent sentiment. The same unrest helped end the 17-year career of Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett, who lost a GOP convention on Saturday. State Sen. Michael Oliverio carried 56 percent of the vote to Mollohan’s 44 percent Tuesday
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