Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Last night's primary elections set the stage for the nation's general elections with seven states and the District of Columbia heading to the polls. Once again, the viability of the Tea Party was the central question in several races on the Eastern seaboard.. While several Republican insurgent candidates won big last night, their victories over establishment candidates muddle the G.O.P.'s chances of retaking the Senate in November.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
By David Webb
I began losing faith in the institution of government in the late 1990's. I had high hopes when the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, but then they settled into the swamp they swore to drain.
Monday, August 30, 2010
The Tea Party movement has billed itself as "grassroots libertarian," and has focused on government over-spending and attention to the Constitution in its rallies to date. Glenn Beck's ostensibly non-political "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend turned to religion, invoking God as a force of change. How will religion play a role in the movement from here on out — and will it be a force of growth or a dividing line?
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
President Barack Obama will visit New Jersey on Wednesday to talk about small businesses and the economy before traveling to New York City where he will attend two private, Democratic fundraisers before returning to Washington.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tea Party gubernatorail candidate Carl Paladino, who is challenging Rick Lazio in a GOP primary, is out with a radio ad, and this poster, highlighting his opposition to the mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero.
"As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country," Paladino says in the ad.
Lazio also opposes the plan. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is in favor of it.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
In Mason City, Iowa, a roadside billboard juxtaposed the images of President Obama, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin in an attempt to draw links between what the North Iowa Tea Party believed to be similarities in the socialist agendas of the three leaders. The image drew scathing criticism from across the political spectrum, and the party asked for the billboard to be covered with a public service announcement yesterday.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Today's primaries may feel local, but they are getting a national push. Sarah Palin visited South Carolina on behalf of gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley. Palin's appearance catapulted the candidate to the head of the polls. Nevada's Senate primary is also a Tea Party election, according to Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. There, Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle seems positioned to win the primary, which will pit her against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This bodes well for Reid as Tea Party candidates have a hard time winning national elections.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Primary races are scheduled in eleven states today. We are looking at two elections with national implications: Arkansas, where the power of organized labor is at play, and Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping a specific GOP pick will enable him to keep his seat.
In Arkansas, Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln is facing a run-off against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Organized labor groups, both local and national, have thrown their weight behind Halter, saying Lincoln betrayed them by not supporting a public option in health care reform and by voting for NAFTA as a U.S. Representative, in 1993. National labor groups have pumped millions of dollars into the race - leading some analysts to suggest that Arkansas' primary contest has been hijacked by national interests.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Dr. Rand Paul, the anti-establishment candidate in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary, put the Tea Party on the political map last week as he handily beat GOP-blessed candidate Trey Grayson. But in the first few days after his victory, the novice politician stumbled on his first big political test as he repeatedly said that he did not support the portion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that enforced non-discrimination on private businesses.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
There are primaries happening today across the country - in Oregon, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky. We look closer at the race in Kentucky where a Tea Party favorite, Rand Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), is leading in primary polls over GOP establishment candidate Trey Greyson..
Monday, April 26, 2010
A few weeks ago, a poll from our partner, The New York Times, gave us a closer look at who, exactly, makes up the Tea Party. The biggest demographic is older, white, educated, Republican men. But there are still major aspects of the movement that are less clear. Is anyone actually leading it? Where is it headed?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Today is tax day. (So go mail in your paperwork or file for an automatic extension, folks.) It's no surprise that today is the day Tea Party activists have chosen to rally, across the country, against what they call, unnecessary government largess. There will be hundreds of small rallies in cities from Walla Walla, Wash. to Niceville, Fla. They are all loosely related to the Tea Party Express, which arrives in Washington, D.C. at 11:00 a.m., revved up after a speech from Sarah Palin in Boston yesterday.
Friday, March 26, 2010
For the past year, conservatives have coalesced around the number one enemy: health care reform. But now that it's over, we explore what’s next for the GOP. The Tea Party Express III kicks off this weekend and some wonder if that's the future of the Republican party. Is it still possible to be a moderate Republican?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
From television, to talk radio, to the newsstands, Americans are inundated with news about the sorry state of politics. But are the media merely covering the story of D.C.'s gridlock, or are they creating it? For the second installment of our series, "Frustration Nation," we examine the role of the media and its impact on the political divisiveness in America and Washington, D.C., today.
Monday, February 22, 2010
A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called "Frustration Nation," where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today's situation in a historical context.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Right now the center of attention for politically frustrated conservatives is Nashville, Tenn., as the Tea Party Convention rolls on to day two. But back in 2008, the Ron Paul for President campaign was the magnet of libertarians who felt left out of their party. We ask the Texas Congressman what he thinks of the Tea Parties, and what future he sees for them.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
The Tea Party movement has become catch all for anti-Obama and anti-big government ire. But organizers of the first ever Tea Party Convention are finding that not all Tea Partiers want to be under one umbrella, and they certainly don't want to take marching orders from the Republican Party.