Political Gaze

Tennessee governor to lead GOP Governors Association

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 21 November 2014 07:45

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been elected as the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

The second term governor will take the reins from New Jersey's Chris Christie, who has been on a victory lap at the group's annual meeting in Florida this week after Republicans did especially well in the midterm elections.

Election 2014 What to look for as you watch the results

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:56

Check in with WiG on election night for a progressive look at the results.

The puzzle comes together late Nov. 4 and on Nov. 5.

New Koch super PAC reports donors

Written by PHILIP ELLIOTT,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:59

Some of the most powerful political committees faced a deadline this week to reveal how much cash they raised and spent during July, August and September.

It was likely to be one the last times before Nov. 4’s elections that voters could see how millions of dollars were flowing into outside campaign groups.

Romney in demand as GOP future unclear

Written by STEVE PEOPLES AND CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY,
AP writers
Friday, 03 October 2014 05:53

Almost two years after his Election Day drubbing, Mitt Romney is the Republican man in demand.

The twice-defeated White House contender is campaigning across seven states this week, covering nearly 6,000 miles in five days to raise money and energy for Republican midterm candidates from Georgia to Colorado.

House GOP: Give up gavel if seeking new office

Written by ANDREW TAYLOR,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 17 November 2014 08:51

House Republicans have adopted a new party rule that blocks powerful House committee chairmen from seeking other office if they want to want to hold onto their post.

The rules change means chairmen would not be distracted from their legislative duties or party responsibilities while running for the Senate, governor or president. It originated from frustration that several recent heads of a powerful Appropriations subcommittee responsible for health and education were shirking their responsibilities while running for the Senate.

Hillary Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:04

Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying earlier this week that working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress.

The former secretary of state made the remarks during a sold-out women's luncheon in San Francisco that raised $1.4 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

GOP split over same-sex marriage

Written by By David Crary,
AP writer
Sunday, 05 October 2014 07:03

As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps.

Wisconsin State Sen. Glenn Grothman and Rick Santorum. — Photo: John Ehlke/AP

Are women less money conscious than men, and is that why they earn less? Are sex-education classes designed to turn students gay? Do people on food stamps eat better than grocery store owners?

America elects ‘the greatest Congress the Kochs ever bought’

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:36

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky waits to cast his ballot.
— PHOTO: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The moon was nearly full and a red tide washed across the United States on Nov. 4. Did you hear the wolves howling?

In San Diego, a U.S. House race has made-for-TV drama

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:52

A late-night break-in, a stolen campaign playbook that ended up in the hands of the opponent and sexual harassment accusations made by a fired staffer against one of the candidates.

It sounds like a soap opera, but it's a real-life race for a House seat in California that's one of the tightest in the country, and perhaps, the most dramatic. No criminal charges have been filed.

Scandals won’t go away for Walker, GOP governors

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 03 October 2014 07:07

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suffered a defeat six weeks before Election Day.

On Sept. 24, a three-member panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a federal judge erred when he halted a second “John Doe” investigation into possible illegal coordination between Walker’s recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups.

Pot politics: Marijuana entrepreneurs making political donations

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:02

Marijuana entrepreneurs are taking another step into the mainstream by becoming political donors.

Marijuana businesses are using some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states.