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McConnell Wins Big Over Tea Party Challenger In Kentucky

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Updated at 11:07 pm ET

What some called the Super Tuesday of the 2014 mid-term election cycle, with six states holding nominating contests, began with a big win for the Republican establishment.

In Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell's smack-down of Tea Party-backed businessman Matt Bevin in the GOP primary was ...


A Role Reversal In Pennsylvania's Race For Governor

Friday, May 16, 2014

If the polls are correct, the Pennsylvania governor's race is poised to see the usual political script flipped.

The Republican incumbent, Gov. Tom Corbett, is using a populist attack against the challenger who is leading the Democratic primary field — accusing Tom Wolf of being an opportunistic businessman who profited ...


Past And Future Collide In Silicon Valley Congressional Race

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The race between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna, two California Democrats vying to represent a Silicon Valley-based congressional district, is a classic example of a generational contest — a youthful challenger claiming to represent the future taking on a popular longtime incumbent.

Taking place as it does in the ...


Veteran Congressman Makes A Career-Threatening Mistake

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's basically Politics 101. To get on the ballot in many states, candidates for office must first collect a designated number of valid signatures from voters, and present those petitions to election administrators.

It's just as basic for their opponents to question the validity of those signatures — with the ...


New Rules Aim To Streamline GOP's 2016 Nominating Process

Friday, May 09, 2014

If there are other Herman Cains and Michele Bachmanns out there with 2016 presidential hopes, it may be much harder than it was in 2012 for them to go from "who?" to Republican presidential contenders. That's because of new rules adopted Friday by the Republican National Committee at its meeting ...


Latest Partisan Flashpoint: GOP Benghazi Fundraising

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The name "Benghazi" used to just inflame conservatives. Now it is demonstrating its power to outrage progressives as well, though for different reasons.

To be precise, Democrats are angered not just by the House GOP's creation of a special committee to probe the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya that left ...


Democrats Play Wait-And-See On Benghazi Panel

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Updated on May, 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

Late Tuesday, House Republicans made public on Speaker John Boehner's website their draft resolution to create the Benghazi select committee. The resolution calls for a panel of seven Republicans and five Democrats and no written rules for the panel.

House Democrats ...


The Energy Behind Repealing Obamacare May Be Ebbing

Monday, May 05, 2014

Sure, you can still hear congressional Republicans talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

But there's clearly something different about the current climate, and the GOP approach to Obamacare. The thrill of repeal may not be gone for Republicans, but much of the urgency of repeal is.

For starters, the ...


John Boehner Faces A Primary Challenge, But Only Barely

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Let's stipulate that Speaker John Boehner doesn't really have to worry about his Republican primary challengers Tuesday.

He's raised close to $13 million to date. None of his GOP foes have raised even $50,000.

Despite conservative unrest surrounding his leadership, there isn't much sign of it back home in Boehner's ...


Poll: Young Voters Uninterested In November 2014 Elections

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Youth is a time of idealism and energy, except, perhaps, when it comes to voting in the midterm elections.

A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll finds that interest in voting in the November 2014 elections among 18- to 29-year-old voters is lower now than just several months ago ...


Boehner Mocks GOP Colleagues For Immigration Fears

Friday, April 25, 2014

Voting to overhaul the nation's immigration laws would be a difficult vote for many House Republicans at any time, but especially in an election year.

Which explains why many of them don't want the issue to come to the floor this year for a vote.

In comments he made at ...


Maryland's Obamacare Stumble Fails To Sway Governor's Race

Friday, April 25, 2014

Here's a measure of Maryland's Democratic tilt: Even an epic failure in launching the state's health care website isn't enough to derail the political fortunes of the official responsible for it. The Affordable Care Act is that popular.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was assigned by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley ...


Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Now that Allyson Schwartz has become perhaps the first Democratic candidate to warmly embrace the Affordable Care Act in a 2014 campaign ad, will other Democrats in statewide races follow suit?


Schwartz, a Pennsylvania congresswoman who is running for governor, has some unique circumstances that account for the ad. ...


Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being green in the Republican Party. Just ask Rob Sisson, president of ConservAmerica.

ConservAmerica is a membership organization created in 1995 to keep the environmental spirit of GOP President Theodore Roosevelt alive in his party. Back then, the group was known ...


Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race.

That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition ...


Hillary Clinton's Presidential Chess Board

Thursday, April 17, 2014

If the jockeying before the 2016 presidential race is a game of political chess, the most powerful queen on the board would obviously be Hillary Clinton.

So much of what will happen in 2016 hinges on Clinton's decision on whether to run, which she has said she'll announce by the ...


John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction

Monday, April 14, 2014

An erectile dysfunction ad isn't the kind of thing most politicians would typically gravitate toward.

OK, there was former Sen. Bob Dole pitching Viagra years ago. But he was already out of office when he became a spokesman for the virility drug.

Now comes long-shot candidate J.D. Winteregg, a Tea ...


If Aide-Kissing Congressman Doesn't Quit, Voters Will Decide Fate

Friday, April 11, 2014

As of this writing, Rep. Vance McAllister is still a Republican congressman representing his northeastern Louisiana district.

And that's part of the problem, according to the Louisiana Republican Party establishment. Gov. Bobby Jindal and state party chairman Roger Villere both recommended publicly and strongly that McAllister immediately resign in the ...


5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate

Friday, April 11, 2014

This was the week that included Equal Pay Day, the point on the 2014 calendar to which the average female worker must work to match the average man's 2013 pay.

To mark the occasion, President Obama held a White House event Tuesday to sign executive orders aimed at providing more ...


Obama And Al Sharpton: An Odd Couple Who Make Political Sense

Thursday, April 10, 2014

President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton might at first seem like one of the odder couples in U.S. politics.

The president is by nature a super-cautious politician, measured in his rhetoric. He has generally stayed away from overt discussions of race for much of his presidency, though he has spoken ...