Political

Rand Paul wins straw poll, Scott Walker places 2nd

Written by The AP Saturday, 28 February 2015 22:32

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has won the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential preference straw poll. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed second.

Pollsters announced on Feb. 28 that Paul won 25.7 percent of the votes in the annual survey, giving Paul his third consecutive win in as many years.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that he is leaning toward a run for president and will likely make an announcement in his home state of Kentucky sometime in March or April.

Obama: Critics of immigration reform ignore 'human consequences'

Written by The AP Thursday, 05 February 2015 08:42

President Barack Obama is accusing opponents of his immigration action of failing to think about the "human consequences."

The president spoke during an Oval Office meeting this week with six young immigrants who would be subject to eventual deportation under a bill passed by the House. The legislation would overturn Obama's executive actions limiting deportations for millions here illegally and giving them the ability to work.

Tea party looks to 2016 at South Carolina convention

Written by By BILL BARROW,
AP writer
Monday, 19 January 2015 10:57

Presidential primary polls will not open for another year, but archconservatives have begun debating how to reverse the GOP’s losing streak in national elections.

Retaking the Oval Office, according to many of the activists attending the annual Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, depends on choosing a nominee from within the conservative movement, rather than a more moderate favorite.

Preparing for campaign, Clinton stresses bipartisanship

Written by The AP Friday, 27 February 2015 06:34

Not yet officially a candidate for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton is already trying to seize the mantle of problem-solver in a nation fed up with dysfunctional government. Republicans are ready to remind Clinton - and voters - of her past warnings of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

In her first speech in the U.S. this year, Clinton this week offered plenty of hints about her likely campaign messages. Among the themes: raising wages for workers who have yet to benefit from the nation's economic recovery, and rebuilding trust and cooperation in government.

End-of-life dispute re-emerges as 2016 issue for Bush

Written by MICHAEL J. MISHAK,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:55

Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald.

The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.”

EMILY's List to honor Hillary Clinton

Written by The AP Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:05

Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored next month by EMILY's List, a Democratic fundraising powerhouse, as she considers a potential 2016 presidential campaign that could make her the first woman to win the White House.

EMILY's List, which works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, said this week that Clinton would appear at its 30th anniversary awards gala in Washington on March 3. The former secretary of state will receive the group's We Are EMILY Award to honor her leadership "as a fighter for women and families," said Stephanie Schriock, the group's president.

House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:04

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Jan. 14 to overturn President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

Labor chief: Unions to push wage issues in 2016 election

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:45

Politicians of all ideologies have failed American workers in an era of rising corporate profits and declining wages, the top U.S. labor leader said this week, vowing to pressure candidates running for president in 2016 to address the issue.

The largest U.S. association of workers is meeting in Atlanta this week to work on its strategy for the upcoming campaign. The leader of the 12.5-million member organization said higher wages can be a "unifying progressive value," but acknowledged unions are struggling to connect with voters skeptical of the benefits of organized labor.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has opened an office in Iowa, the first of the potential 2016 presidential candidates to take such a step, reports The Associated Press.

Democrats near decision on 2016 convention site

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 20 January 2015 06:13

For Democrats, New York would offer a diverse tableau in liberal Brooklyn and a touch of Clinton nostalgia. Philadelphia would give the party a patriotic backdrop while Columbus would raise the curtain on another campaign showdown in Ohio.

Democrats are closing in on a final decision on where to hold their 2016 convention, a site that could serve as a passing of the baton from President Barack Obama to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination should she run for president again.

Election watch: A year before 2016, Iowa attracts long-shots

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 12 January 2015 08:49

Soft laughter rippled through the audience in an Iowa church meeting room when a woman punctuated her question to the keynote speaker, Bernie Sanders, with, "when you're president."

The reaction was a gentle acknowledgment that the Vermont senator, whose self-described socialist positions appeal to the hardest-core liberals, is a long shot for the Oval Office.