David Brat: 7 Things to Know About the Rising Tea Party Politician

Jun 11, 2014, 12:34 pm EDT

In what has been described as a political “earthquake” college professor David Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by a wide margin in Tuesday’s 7th Congressional District Republican primary in Virginia.

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A Tea Party candidate, David Brat was outspent 10-to-1 by Cantor. Most analysts had expected Cantor to coast to an easy victory, and Cantor’s own internal polling had shown him with a significant lead over David Brat. When the votes were counted, however, David Brat beat Cantor by a 10-percentage-point margin, marking one of the most dramatic political upsets in recent years. Read 

GOP Shocker: Eric Cantor Defeated by Little-Known Tea Party Challenger

Jun 11, 2014, 12:09 pm EDT

Just a few days ago, GOP Congressman Eric Cantor’s political future seemed bright, with many analysts predicting the House Majority Leader would eventually replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. But late Tuesday night, Eric Cantor conceded defeat in his Republican primary battle against a virtually unknown Tea Party candidate, ending his quick rise to power in Washington, D.C. Source: Wikipedia

When the votes were counted, it wasn’t even close. Eric Cantor lost the GOP primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District by 10 percentage points. Emerging victorious from the primary was college professor David Brat, who had run his campaign against Eric Cantor with little funding and almost no outside support. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called last night’s upset in Virginia “a scale eight earthquake,” adding that it would “shock the Washington establishment; it will shock the House Rerpublicans,” CNN notes.

Going into the race, Eric Cantor enjoyed broad political backing from prominent Republicans and ran a well-funded campaign. However, he angered many conservatives and Tea Party supporters by flirting with immigration reform, which many on the right have denounced as “amnesty.” Eric Cantor was targeted by conservative talk radio hosts including Laura Ingraham who backed David Brat. Read 

Mexico Bans US Potato Imports … Again

Jun 11, 2014, 11:32 am EDT

Despite a recent agreement to allow the sale of U.S. potatoes in Mexican cities, Mexico has abruptly halted U.S. potato imports. Source: Flickr

According to an official with the U.S. National Potato Council, the sudden reversal comes after Mexico’s potato grower association sued the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture to stop U.S. potato imports. The lawsuit came just 21 days after U.S. negotiators had secured an agreement opening markets in Mexico to U.S. potato imports, The Produce News notes.

It remains unclear how long it will take the for lawsuit to work its way through Mexico’s court system. Read 

Finally, a Lawsuit Against Operation Choke Point

Jun 11, 2014, 5:01 am EDT

As I reported here a few weeks ago, following up on a story originally broken here, the federal government took it upon itself to try to kill legitimate businesses by choking off their banking access.

Operation Choke Point was originally targeted at payday lenders such as First Cash Financial Services (FCFS), Cash America (CSH), DFC Global (DLLR), QC Holdings (QCCO) and EZCorp (EZPW). Since then, other sources have reported that the program targeted pornography producers and actors, online gaming companies, and gun and ammunition manufacturers.

Regardless of your own personal feeling towards any of these businesses, every American should be disturbed that the federal government is trying to kill legal businesses simply because it doesn’t like them. Read 

Vermont Is Raising Minimum Wage to $10.50

Jun 9, 2014, 4:18 pm EDT

Vermont will raise its minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by 2018.

State Governor Peter Shumlin — a Democrat — signed a law to raise the state’s minimum wage within the next four years on Monday. The move will make Vermont the U.S. state with the highest minimum wage.

“States like Vermont realize that working people can’t support their families on the current minimum wage, and we’re moving ahead to do the right thing on our own,” Shumlin said at a signing ceremony. Read 

The CIA Twitter Account: See First Tweet

Jun 6, 2014, 3:43 pm EDT

The Central Intelligence Agency finally made its way to Twitter (TWTR) with the official CIA Twitter account.

“We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” read the first tweet on the agency’s page.

The CIA Twitter account is now the CIA’s third social media account as the agency tries to become more accessible and transparent about its mission and objectives to the public. The agency also has a YouTube and a Flickr account. Read 

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