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How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do.

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GOP Future: From Tea to Pot?

Matt Towery

Polling numbers and political maneuverings are increasingly confirming what I first reported months ago. The tea party movementis no longer the large dominant force in the GOP that it was in 2010 or even 2012. 
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4/23/2014 — Morris News Service: Georgia's foreign-owned businesses stepped up activity

4/23/2014 — Rand Paul makes a muddle

4/22/2014 — Hastings Wyman: 1st Quarter FEC reports: Them as has gits

4/22/2014 — Florida: Self-funder poised to win GOP nod for Trey Radel seat

4/17/2014 — Matt Towery: More 'Ammunition' for Obama Administration

4/17/2014 — Ted Cruz fundraising drops post-shutdown

4/16/2014 — Alex Sink won’t run again in Florida district

4/16/2014 — Walter Jones: Georgia has the fastest-growing solar industry

4/15/2014 — Bossie: Boos in New Hampshire show Jeb Bush’s challenge

4/15/2014 — Georgia: Gingrey, Nunn attacked by Super-Pac

4/14/2014 — Hastings Wyman: Oklahoma GOP in major US Senate battle

4/14/2014 — Paul tweaks Bush on 'act of love'

4/11/2014 — Jeb Bush defends ‘act of love’

4/11/2014 — Sarita Chourey : Road advocates urge S.C. motorists to snap photos, video

4/10/2014 — Edwin Edwards’ last stand

4/10/2014 — Sarita Chourey : South Carolina: State, county leaders press runway project at S.C. Capitol

4/9/2014 — In S.C., Bill Clinton touts diversity

4/9/2014 — Oklahoma: Palin endorses Shannon

4/8/2014 — Walter Jones: Georgia: A week that could have changed the campaigns

4/8/2014 — Ralph Hall gets boost from fellow Texans
Around the South
Arkansas, Florida, & Alabama

Arkansas: Boozman recovering. US Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is in the hospital in northwest Arkansas after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta. Boozman, 63, was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering pain in his chest and shoulder. His doctors report they are pleased with his progress, reports Arkansasnews.com.


Florida: Clawson wins US House nomination. Curt Clawson, a former basketball player for Purdue University and a former CEO for an automotive wheel manufacturer, won the GOP primary for former US Rep. Trey Radel’s (R) congressional seat. With no runoff required, Clawson, who had Tea Party support, received 38% of the vote, followed by state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto with 26%, former state Rep. Paige Kreegel with 25% and Michael Dreikorn with 11%. Clawson, a self-funder, easily outspent the other candidates.

Radel resigned following a guilty plea for cocaine possession.


Alabama: Sewell critical of Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling. US Rep. Terri Sewell (R-AL), probably reflecting the views of many African Americans, took issue with the US Supreme Court’s decision upholding the right of Michigan voters to ban affirmative action based on race in college admissions. Noting that she was “a direct beneficiary” of affirmative action, Sewell in a statement said, “I am disappointed in the Court for turning a blind eye to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination once again.”

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