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Specter of Ron Paul invasion haunts Texas Republicans

Apr 20, 2012 By Paul Burka

This email was circulated by a longtime Republican activist: If you are in Travis County proper, we desperately need you to come the the Republican county convention  this Saturday because all hell is breaking loose with the street scum the RP people are recruiting to help them overturn the…

The Swan Song of Ron

Feb 1, 2012 By Nate Blakeslee

This year’s Republican primary will most likely be Ron Paul’s final run for office. And to the surprise of a political establishment that long ago wrote him off, he’s going out on a high note.

How the media could save Perry

Dec 7, 2011 By Paul Burka

As the ranks of Republican candidates thin with Herman Cain’s decision to suspend his campaign, the remaining serious candidates are reduced to three: Romney, Gingrich, and Perry. No, I haven’t forgotten Ron Paul. I just dismiss him as a contender. He can get his share of the votes, but he…

Ron Paul Gets Serious

Nov 30, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Never mind the pin-up calendar: Ron Paul’s new campaign video lands body blows on presidential primary opponent Newt Gingrich.

Meet Ron Paul!

Nov 16, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Buoyed by a strong showing in two polls, the "other" Texas presidential candidate finally catches the eye of the Perry-fatigued media.

Public Policy Polling: a Newt ball game

Nov 14, 2011 By Paul Burka

GOP Presidential race Gingrich 28 Cain 25 Romney 18 Perry 6 Bachman/Paul 5 Huntsman 3 * * * * Tweets by PPP about Perry: * 67% of voters nationally now view Rick Perry unfavorably- pretty amazing figure * Perry favorability is 34/48 with California GOP voters…getting towards being under water…

Poll update 11/6

Nov 6, 2011 By Paul Burka

These are the latest available polls in key states for the Republican primary: U.S. Republican Primary (Rasmussen) 11/2 Cain 26% Romney 23% Gingrich 15% Perry 8% Iowa  Caucus (Insider Advantage) 11/6 Cain 30% Romney 15% Gingrich 12% Paul 9% Bachmann 8% Perry 6% Santorum 2% Huntsman 2% Iowa Caucus (Des…

Taylor makes his decision

Jul 20, 2011 By Paul Burka

He’s not running for CD 14 (the former Ron Paul seat). He’ll run for Mike Jackson’s Senate seat if Jackson runs for Congress. If Jackson doesn’t run for Congress, Taylor will run for reelection to the House Taylor was going to have a hard time vs. SREC member Michael Truncale,…

What does Larry Taylor want? [UPDATE]

Jul 13, 2011 By Paul Burka

On Tuesday [I tweeted (based on various reports) that Larry Taylor, the House GOP caucus chair, was going to run for Ron Paul’s congressional seat–the point being that if he did so, this would be highly beneficial for Joe Straus, as Taylor could emerge as a potential rival for speaker,…

Romney holds big lead in N.H.

Jul 11, 2011 By Paul Burka

No surprise here. A WMUR/Granite State poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, shows the former Massachusetts governor far in front, Bachmann running second, and everyone else in single digits. The date of the poll was not reported. The poll results (773 likely Republican primary voters, MOE…

PPP: Republican frontrunners lose ground; could Perry be the beneficiary?

Mar 28, 2011 By Paul Burka

From Tom Jensen on the Public Policy Polling Web site: Much has been written about the weakness of the 2012 Republican Presidential candidate field but what I think might be most remarkable about the leading quartet of Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich  is that they've all become more unpopular and by quite a good bit since we started monthly national 2012 polling in April of 2009. The fact that the more Americans are exposed to them, the less they like them certainly does not bode well for their competitiveness next year. * In April 2009 Huckabee's favorability was +8 at 42/34. Now it's -7 at 35/42, for a 15 point drop over the last two years. His net drop has been 25 points with Democrats, 7 points with Republicans, and 19 points with independents. * In April 2009 Palin's favorability was -7 at 42/49. Now it's -22 at 35/57, for a 15 point drop over the last two years. Her net drop has been 19 points with Democrats, 18 points with Republicans, and 19 points with independents.

Ron Paul: Texas’s next senator?

Jan 27, 2011 By Paul Burka

The Morning News reports that the Texas congressman is considering a run for the Senate. [I am having trouble with the link.] Paul is not going to be able to resist the chance to serve in the Senate alongside his son. If he runs, who is going to beat him? The guy with…

The Medina Factor

Sep 21, 2009 By Paul Burka

I haven’t previously paid much attention to the candidacy of Debra Medina, of Wharton, for the Republican nomination for governor, but when the Rasmussen poll shows Hutchison ahead of Perry by 2% and Medina gets 3%, perhaps it’s time to pay attention. This race is fertile ground for a wild-card…

Who has the best chance to hold the Senate seat for the GOP?

Aug 30, 2009 By Paul Burka

I don’t think it is any of the announced candidates. It’s a member of the Texas congressional delegation, whose members are worried about whether any of the wannabes can hold the seat against a Democrat. –This candidate has a large, enthusiastic constituency that goes beyond the boundaries of his district…

ABC’s “The Note”: Ron Paul on the swine flu scare

Apr 30, 2009 By Paul Burka

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Texas Congressman Ron Paul, looking at the precautions and reactions relating to the swine flu outbreak in Mexico, the US and other countries, has a simple message: Calm down, everybody. In a video recorded in his Capitol Hill office and posted on his Web site, Paul says the whole thing reminds him of 1976, his first year in the House, when he was one of two Congressmen, both doctors, to oppose a government flu shot program at the time. "Back then there was a panic and they said it was going to sweep the nation and they rapidly came up with some flu shotsand the government was going to inoculate everybody and save the world from this disaster," Paul said, arguing he was vindicated in casting his vote against inoculation. "But the flu came. The flu went. And one person died. Except for those individuals who died from getting the flu vaccine and over 25 people died from just getting the vaccine and many got ill from it until finally they had to suspend the program. And here we are once again, the swine flu coming up and everybody is panicking." Read more about the 1976 swine flu fiasco here. Paul said he is not trying to downplay the seriousness of swine flu, especially to the people who have died in Mexico. But Paul argued that "we have had no deaths yet in this country" and argued that few in the United States have even been hospitalized with the swine flu "and yet it's practically like we have been attacked by nuclear weapons," said Paul in the video. There have been more diagnosed cases in New York since he recorded his message.

Little Big Man

Jan 1, 1977 By Griffin Smith Jr.

Is it worth being a United States senator when you’­re on the losing side all the time? Ask John Tower.