The Ring at Practical Politicking

The Ring at Practical PolitickingIn the immortal words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble” … The Ring is where you’ll find our concise, frequently contentious, and always informative blog posts.

Occasionally you will even catch a few jabs we’ll throw at each other because, while we do agree at fundamental levels, we do not always agree on issue specifics, the correct political strategy or the most effective campaigning tactics. Civil discourse is just reality.

If you read or see something you disagree with then climb into The Ring with us and leave a comment. We’ll most likely “punch back” but we’ll keep the gloves on. Debates here are encouraged and welcome but like boxing, no low blows and “keep it clean”.

Georgia Mid-Term Races Could Head to Overtime

Jeff Quinton on September 19, 2014
Earlier this week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on three recent polls conducted in the Peach State that showed the elections for Governor and U.S. Senator might not be over at the end of Election Day on November 4. Georgia requires a majority of votes, not just a plurality, in general elections for the win. If runoffs have to be held, the one for Governor will be on December 2 while the Senate one would be held on January 6, 2015. more »

President Obama’s D-Grade Strategy to Degrade Islamic Terrorism

Earl Westmoreland on September 18, 2014
I guess killing Osama bin Laden (who was hiding out and isolated from his organization) didn’t accomplish much to “degrade” the threat of Islamic-inspired terrorism and revolution throughout the world. Nor has the wonderful CIA-developed strategy of “targeted drone strikes” against identifiable “leaders” of terrorist groups operating off the beaten path in places like Yemen succeeded in stamping out, or even reducing, the threat these Islamic nuts pose to peace on the planet. As this primer of sorts from Bloomberg more »

Have a Question or Just Want to Chat? Then Join Us Tonight at 10PM EST

Tom Dougherty on September 15, 2014
If you have questions about the 2014 elections, or just want to chat about campaigning and politicking, or maybe you want an alternative to Monday Night Foo-Foo Ball, then join our Editor-In-Chief, Tom Dougherty, tonight at 10PM EST. Tom will be the guest on Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius tonight. Tom and Allan will be discussing the political landscape for the rapidly approaching midterm elections, the transformation of the Tea Party over the last 5 years, and much more. more »

Do Fundraising Emails Like This Really Work?

Tom Dougherty on September 15, 2014
From a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fundraising email on Sunday (emphasis mine): FIVE Southern Democrats are WINNING: Georgia (+3), North Carolina (+6), Louisiana (+2), Kentucky (+1), Arkansas (+2). We could replace Tea Party Republicans with strong Democrats and change the political landscape FOREVER. What is curious, at best, and unbelievably misleading, at worst, is the inaccuracy of the first statement in the email. But in the larger context of effectiveness, the question is does that matter to the recipients more »

Sen. Pat Roberts is “a tough, tested and trusted conservative.”

Tom Dougherty on September 12, 2014
With Democrat Chad Taylor withdrawing from the US Senate race in Kansas, and petitioning the state Supreme Court to have his name removed from the ballot, things have been turned upside-down in America’s heartland. Roberts is now, by some accounts, locked in a tight race with Independent Greg Orman, a successful entrepreneur and private equity financier, but a political neophyte. Whether this is a short-lived anomaly or media-fueled sensationalism on the heels of a contentious GOP primary remains to be more »

Never Forget

Katie Little on September 11, 2014
September 11th, 2001 will always remain an infamous day in our history. It’s an especially somber and emotional day for those who lost family members, many of whom sat and watched the planes fly into the buildings, their hearts sinking and their eyes welling with tears as they realized their loved ones were never coming home. Many family members of the first responders also watched the news hoping for a glimpse of their loved ones as they heroically struggled to more »

Mississippi Madness: The End to Chris McDaniel’s Lunacy Draws Near

Tom Dougherty on September 6, 2014
Although lead attorney Mitch Tyner is doing his best to project confidence, the bizarre saga of Chris McDaniel’s legal challenge following his runoff election loss to Sen. Thad Cochran appears to be nearing its end. Judge Hollis McGehee recently dismissed McDaniel’s challenge on the grounds that it was filed too late. But Tyner appealed that ruling to the Mississippi State Supreme Court on Friday. In a statement to the Clarion-Ledger, Tyner said (emphasis mine): McDaniel lead attorney Mitch Tyner on more »

Jon Stewart Looks at the Democrats Running Away from Obama

Tom Dougherty on September 6, 2014
While we, like many others, have written of the Democratic abandonment of President Obama in this election year by many vulnerable incumbents, maybe we’ve all been a bit too serious in our analysis. Democratic incumbents are finding it so hard to run on the president’s agenda, they’ve taken to running away from it as fast as they can. It’s not just his specific policies weighing them down either; According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Americans are “Fed-up” more »

Garcia Campaign is Locked and Loaded for Run-Up to #NH02 Primary

Tom Dougherty on September 5, 2014
With the New Hampshire primaries upcoming next Tuesday, the Marilinda Garcia for Congress campaign is charging full-speed ahead toward a likely victory. However, as any good political campaign should do, they are not taking anything for granted; and have an aggressive push scheduled for the next four days. The campaign just released a new television ad, with a significant media buy, that will run from Friday through Tuesday. The ad, entitled “One True Conservative,” sets the record straight on several more »

History of Gaffes Proves Ben Carson Isn’t a Serious Candidate

Jeff Quinton on September 4, 2014
I previously wrote about why Ben Carson appears to not be a credible candidate for President in 2016. Carson himself helped prove my analysis last week with his latest comments. As I noted, Carson said he isn’t certain “there will even be an election in 2016” if Republicans don’t win a Senate majority this year. He also stood by previous remarks he made comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany. Carson’s wife also made a comment about hanging onto their son’s more »
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