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It’s no secret that Mark Udall is the most liberal candidate this election cycle. FiveThirtyEight rated him "as the most liberal of the candidates running in a competitive Senate race this year." Udall has voted with President Obama 99% of the time.

So is it any surprise that Udall supports the new EPA regulations targeting coal-plants?

The Democratic senator has said that they are only a “good start.” Cory Gardner noted Udall’s position against hydraulic fracturing, a crucial component of Colorado’s natural gas industry expansion:

Despite Colorado’s already stringent regulations on hydraulic fracturing, Senator Udall believes we haven’t done enough to stifle energy production. We must be good stewards of the environment, but that doesn’t have to come at the cost of new jobs and more affordable energy.
A new press release from the Gardner campaign highlights Udall's ties to far-left environmentalist groups:

Senator Udall’s top contributor over the course of his career is the notorious dark-money group League of Conservation Voters. They’ve called Senator Udall one of their “staunchest allies in the U.S. Senate.” In addition, they’ve derided fracking as an “inherently risky process” and “a growing but under-regulated oil and natural gas production technique.”
Udall is a far-left politician willing to sacrifice Colorado energy jobs, while Cory Gardner is committed to a responsible "all of the above" energy strategy.

Learn more about Cory's plan in the video below.

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Michael Lehmann | August 01, 2014 |

Mark Begich tried to pull a fast one, but it's not working.

In a recent ad, Skip Nelson — a self-proclaimed Republican — claims he's in favor of Begich. Nelson, however, isn't registered as a Republican. In fact, he's undeclared, without a party affiliation.

Nelson claims that he voted for Murkowski in 2010, but Alaska records show he did not. What's really going on here?

Begich is trying to portray himself as a bipartisan legislator. Just like Nelson, Begich's actual record betrays him: he has voted with Obama 97 percent of the time.

Check out what an Alaskan TV station had to say about Begich's misleading ad.

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Bill Murphy | August 01, 2014 |

On the first day of August, the political environment continues to worsen for Democrats. Gallup reports new numbers that make a Republican Senate majority more likely:

[Party identification] is closer to what Gallup measured in the third quarter of strong Republican midterm years such as 1994, 2002, and 2010 than in the strong Democratic years of 1998 and 2006. ... Republicans may be poised for more significant gains in the senate, especially because many of the Democratic incumbents defending their seats were elected in 2008, a very favorable political year for Democrats.
It seems like few things are favorable these days for Democrats.

Obamacare is more unpopular today than ever before. Disapproval of the president's handling of the economy has not changed. A Quinnipiac poll taken in July reveals that nearly 80% (!!) of voters describe the nation’s economy as “not so good” or “poor,” and more say the economy is getting worse (31%) than getting better (26%). More than 50% of voters say that the Obama administration has not been competent in running the government.

During a lunch with reporters at the NRSC, Chairman Jerry Moran said that Republicans are positioned to win the Senate majority. The Daily Caller described how strong candidates and sound strategy have increased the GOP's chances over the past year.

Moran explained that the odds are increasingly in Republicans' favor:

Back in the very beginning, I would’ve told you we had six good candidates in six states. Now, the number of races where Republicans could pick up seats from Democrats has expanded to somewhere in the range of 12 to 14 states.
The Daily Caller also noted that Republicans have put themselves in a great position:

According to the most up-to-date RealClearPolitics polling averages, Republicans would take back the Senate if the election were held today. GOP candidates are polling ahead of Democrats in Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana and West Virginia. That would lead to Republicans having 51 Senate seats, and Democrats holding 49 seats.
The Obama administration's incompetence and Harry Reid’s failed Senate leadership have worn thin with voters .

Republican candidates are talking about solutions to grow the economy, create more permanent jobs, tackle the debt and repeal and fix Obamacare.

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Bill Murphy | August 01, 2014 |

Democrat Gary Peters claims to be pro-Michigan jobs, but how will Michiganders feel knowing he steered their tax money to send Michigan jobs oversees?

The Washington Examiner reports the details:

In 2009, Peters, the presumptive Democratic nominee, worked with fellow Michiganders Sen. Carl Levin and Rep. Mark Schauer to secure a $1.2 million earmark for United Solar Ovonic, a now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer. ... Mark Morelli, the CEO of United Solar Ovonic’s parent company Energy Conversion Devices, praised President Obama as well as Peters, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Levin for backing the move.
That doesn't sound so bad, right? Wrong:

United Solar Ovonic, after getting the earmark and the loan, proceeded to furlough 400 workers and eventually went bankrupt. Meanwhile, Green World Investor reported that Energy Conversion Devices was “joining the rest of its peers as it cuts down jobs in the USA and increases production in Mexico” — in other words, outsourcing.
This kind of wasteful spending and sponsorship of outsourcing is not new for Peters.

“Not only is Gary Peters responsible for Michigan’s Solyndra, this is just another example of his willingness to give taxpayer dollars to companies that outsource,” Republican Terri Lynn Land told the Washington Examiner.

Terri Lynn Land is different. She has a plan to put Michigan first.

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Bill Murphy | July 31, 2014 |
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