Poll: Hillary Trails 3 GOP Contenders in Missouri
February 20, 2015

The likely Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 would face a hard time in Missouri with three top GOP contenders, according to a new survey.
A Remington Research Poll shows former Secretary of State, Democrat Hillary Clinton, losing to Jeb Bush, or Scott Walker or Rand Paul in head-to-head match ups with likely Missouri voters.
957 likely voters were questioned with a margin of error of 3.2%
The question: if the election were held today, who would you vote vote?
Here are the match ups:

Jeb Bush 50%
Hillary Clinton 40%
Undecided 10%

Scott Walker 48%
Hillary Clinton 40%
Undecided 9%

Rand Paul 47%
Hillary Clinton 42%
Undecided 11

Rand Paul PAC Buys Kansas Air Times
October 28, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee is going up with its first on-air television advertising on behalf of Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, RAND PAC announced Monday evening.

Paul (R-Ky.), a likely 2016 contender, has made frequent appearances on the midterm campaign circuit as a surrogate, and now his PAC is hitting the Kansas airwaves with a six-figure ad buy on behalf of Roberts, who is locked in a close race against independent Senate candidate Greg Orman.

RAND PAC had $242,000 on hand as of October 15, according to its most recent FEC filing, but Doug Stafford, the group’s executive director, told POLITICO Monday night that it has since raised an additional $300,000.

RAND PAC announced in a release that it plans to dip into Senate races in Kentucky, North Carolina and the early-voting presidential states of New Hampshire and Iowa.

The spot hits on a favorite theme of the libertarian-leaning Paul, praising Roberts for opposing foreign aid to countries “where radicals storm our embassies, burn our flag and kill our diplomats” — a position held by Paul, and one over which he has clashed before with other more hawkish members of his party.

“Pat Roberts: Fighting for our American home by bringing our tax dollars home,” the spot says.

Paul will make three stops in Kansas on Tuesday to campaign for Roberts and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, who is in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Paul Davis.

RAND PAC said the buy will amount to six figures on broadcast, cable and online — starting Tuesday and running through Election Day. So far, they have spent nearly $70,000 on television ads in the Wichita market, according to ad trackers.

The group is also spending $16,000 in each of the following Senate races, Federal Election Commission filings show: Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll
March 9, 2014

Rand Paul handily won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, one gauge of the Republican base’s mood less than two years before the 2016 primary season kicks off.

The Kentucky senator received 31 percent, far ahead of second place Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who received 11 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished third with 9 percent, ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who received 8 percent.

The announcement came at the end of the group’s annual three-day confab. Organizers said that 2,459 attendees voted on computer kiosks.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum tied for fifth place, with 7 percent.

Paul, who spoke at the conference on Friday, also won the 2013 straw poll. As the results were announced at a resort just outside the Washington Beltway, the crowd erupted and began chanting “President Paul” while waving “Stand with Rand” signs.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who finished second last year just behind Paul, fell to seventh place, receiving only 6 percent. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) finished eighth, with 3 percent – tying Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Four others pulled 2 percent: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Rand Paul Tells Missouri GOP Drug Laws Need to Be Fair
February 23, 2014

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a potential presidential contender in 2016, told a gathering of Missouri Republicans on Saturday that America’s drug laws have gone “overboard” in severity and unfair application, and that it’s time to scale back penalties.

“The war on drugs has had a disproportionate effect on people of color,” Paul said. “I’m not for legalizing any of this stuff, (but) let’s try to make sure it’s fair. We’ve gone overboard on some of this stuff.”

That view, which Paul has voiced before, came during a section of his speech in which he implored the party to become more inclusive of minorities and urban dwellers.

“We need a bigger party … We need a party that looks like America,” Paul, R-Ky., told about 450 participants in the annual Lincoln Days convention of Missouri Republicans. “It’s easy to say you’re going to be that — it’s harder to actually be that.”

Paul prefaced his remarks on drugs with the warning to his audience that “we may or may not agree on this.”

But for most of the short speech, he regaled the conservative audience with well-received anecdotes about government waste and inefficiency at the hands of the Democratic presidential administration.

“I’ve got good news and bad news,” Paul said in his opening. “The good news is your government’s open. The bad news is your government’s open.” Conventioneers responded with a burst of laughter and applause.

Paul cited what he said is $1 million a minute in federal borrowing, with money wasted on unnecessary regulations, fraud and things like “a menu for Mars.”

“Your government is out of control, literally out of control,” he said. “We’ve got to get it back.”

Paul didn’t directly address his potential plans for a presidential run.

His Missouri appearance comes on the heels of what some are calling his “Sister Souljah Moment” — his repudiation last week of a racist comment by former rock star and conservative activist Ted Nugent.

In an interview, Nugent called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” As outraged Democrats and others were quick to point out, that’s the same term used by the Nazis to describe Jews and other minorities during the Holocaust.

While some mainstream conservatives were shrugging off Nugent’s comment, Paul on Thursday sent out a forcefully critical tweet: “Ted Nugent’s derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize.”

Political analysts seized on that as another sign that Paul is trying to broaden his conservative base and reach out to moderates in preparation for a presidential run.

“By decrying Nugent, Paul proves once again that he gets it,” wrote the Washington Post’s political column The Fix.


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Missouri GOP Lincoln Days Agenda in Springfield
February 21, 2014

Friday, 21 Feb 2014

12:00 Noon Registration Opens Ballroom Coat Room

3:00 pm Silent Auction set-up Texas Room

4:00 pm Silent Auction Texas Room

4:00 pm Exhibits Ballroom Lobby

5:00 pm Reception with Peter Kinder Atrium

6:00 pm MRP Cash Bar Grand Ballroom

7:00 pm MOGOP Kick-off to Victory 2014 Grand Ballroom

9:00 pm Hospitality Suites Floors 1-7

Saturday, 22 Feb 2014

7:00 am Ed Martin Meeting Johns Q Room

7:30 am Breakfast with Sen. Blunt with Pachyderms Kansas-Oklahoma Room

8:00 am MAR Breakfast – Invitation Only Taneycomo Room

8:30 am Republican National Lawyers Association Lake of the Ozarks Room

9:00 am Registration Opens Ballroom Coat Room

9:00 am Silent Auction Texas Room

9:00 am MOGOP State Committee Meeting Nebraska Room

9:00 am ObamaCare Breakout Colorado-Illinois Room

10:30 am Common Core Breakout Colorado-Illinois Room

11:00 am Young Republican Meeting John Q Room

11:00 am Hispanic Republicans & Hood Cons Breakout Lake of the Ozarks

12:00 Noon MoFRW Luncheon Kansas-Oklahoma Room

1:00 pm College Republican Meeting Arkansas Room

1:30 pm Social Media Training John Q Room

1:30 pm Right to Work Taneycomo

2:00 pm Show Me State Series Lake of the Ozarks Room

2:00 pm Ice Cream Social with Auditor Schweich Atrium

2:30 pm Legislative Town Hall Colorado-Illinois Room

3:00 pm Missouri Republican Assembly Arkansas Room

3:30 pm Silent Auction Pick-up Texas Room

6:00 pm MAR Gold Ticket VIP Reception Convention Center Nebraska Room

6:00 pm MAR Cash Bar Grand Ballroom

7:00 pm MAR Banquet Grand Ballroom
Sen Rand Paul

9:30 pm Hospitality Suites Floors 1-7

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014

9:00 am Prayer Service Kansas Room