Can’t make this up, Jeb Bush money edition

SHOT: “‘I don’t think you need to spend $1 billion to be elected president of the United States in 2016,’ Bush told reporters,” according to Bloomberg.

SAME DAY CHASER: “Jeb Bush told about 350 of the top donors to his super PAC on Sunday evening that the organization has raised more money in its first 100 days than any other Republican operation in modern history,” according to the Washington Post.

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ICYMI: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scott Walker, prosecutors trade pointed swipes on John Doe

Over the weekend, Scott Walker joined the 2016 GOP field in their pilgrimage to Iowa, but leaving his home state didn’t help him escape the John Doe investigation into his 2011 campaign. In a radio interview, Walker took issue with the controversy. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm was quick to hit back at the governor’s reprehensible comments:

In a separate statement, Schmitz said he was surprised Walker would “speak publicly about specific issues which are now before the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a decision.”
“His description of the investigation as a ‘political witch hunt’ is offensive when he knows that the investigation was authorized by a bipartisan group of judges and is directed by a Republican special prosecutor appointed at the request of a bipartisan group of district attorneys,” Schmitz’s statement said.
He called Walker’s comments inaccurate but didn’t detail why.
“I invite the governor to join me in seeking judicial approval to lawfully […]

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GOP Candidates in Iowa Triple Down on RFRA, Opposing Gay Marriage

A reminder to the WHCA hangover crowd:  while DC was partying, GOP presidential candidates were on the stump in Waukee, Iowa for the five hour Iowa Faith & Freedom summit, putting all their chips in on opposing gay marriage and supporting discriminatory Indiana-style RFRA laws.  Here are some highlights:
Marco Rubio

Marriage is between one man and one woman, and children are better off with heterosexual parents:

Rick Perry
Backing RFRA, and hyping his own role in passing it in Texas:

Jeb Bush Surrogate Jordan Sekulow
Promoting Jeb as the first candidate to stand with Indiana Governor Mike Pence after the orginal passage of a discriminatory RFRA bill:

Mike Huckabee

Supporting RFRA:

Ted Cruz

Democrats want “mandatory” gay marriage and “liberal fascism”:

Scott Walker

On Defunding Planned Parenthood:

And doubling down on slashing legal immigration:

And don’t miss Chris Christie’s turn as a punchline, […]

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McCrory Hit By Boomerang, Broken Promises

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s disastrous record is catching up with the governor as an NCGOP attack boomerangs and voters are reminded of his broken campaign promises.

From Raleigh News & Observer cartoonist Dwayne Powell:


And the N&O editorial board:

North Carolinians should be offended by this kind of waste, and the Republican Party ought to be just plain embarrassed. This is supposed to be the party, after all, of careful spending and belt-tightening and judicious oversight of the public purse.

Apparently when the party’s self-interest is involved, it’s time to open the taxpayers’ wallets and have at it.

The party says it will go to court to get Cooper to comply more quickly. Great. Now the public can spend even more money on a silly paper chase.

This isn’t some serious, earnest attempt to pursue legitimate questions about legitimate issues of public interest. It’s a farcical hunt for […]

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Scott Waffler’s “stances on immigration issues have moved back and forth”

Walker’s stances on immigration issues have moved back and forth in recent weeks — moves labeled a subtle evolution by his supporters and flip-flopping by detractors. The shifts underscore how the Wisconsin governor is still solidifying his views on national policy issues, while also trying to please a wide range of Republicans who often don’t agree on issues such as immigration.

Two years ago, Walker said that it “makes sense” to grant citizenship to some of the millions of undocumented workers already in the country. By earlier this year, his position had changed, with Walker saying in March: “I don’t believe in amnesty” for those in the country illegally. Later that same month, Walker told New Hampshire business leaders at a private dinner that he did, in fact, support providing some illegal immigrants with a pathway to citizenship, according to those familiar with the discussion. News accounts of the event sparked […]

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Talk about a bad press day…

Here’s hoping at least some of that high-dollar Miami hotel bill Jeb’s running up this weekend while his opponents are in Iowa is set aside for an open bar for the communications staff — they must need a drink after reading this morning’s clips.

Washington Post:  “Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush supports President Obama’s trade deal, praises his management of the National Security Agency and agrees that Congress should have moved faster to hold a vote on new attorney general Loretta Lynch.  And that’s all since last week.”

Republican insiders speaking to Politico:  “‘[Common Core] is the number-one issue Bush faces in Iowa with caucusgoers,’ …’Right now, it’s a big issue among suburban GOP women…which is a demographic that is central to him winning New Hampshire.’”

Politico:  “Hence, the calculation that Bush may need to raise $100 million ‘as a matter of survival.’”

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Despite what Walker’s saying now, he’s on record supporting cuts to Social Security

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Scott Walker refuses to discuss Social Security because he hasn’t decided to run for president (nice one, Gov). Even if Walker refuses to tell people how he would cut benefits, he’s on record supporting serious cuts to the program.

As far back as 2000, he supported then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s plan to partially privatize Social Security.

One has to believe that the Kochs took Walker’s stance on cutting Social Security into account when they declared him one of the five contenders in their invisible primary.

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