Political Gaze

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?

If Republicans win the Senate: The goals are…

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 29 September 2014 08:45

Five things Republicans hope to do if they win control of the U.S. Senate this fall:

1. Try to pass measures backed by some congressional Democrats but opposed by President Barack Obama. This could include approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline and removing a tax on medical devices. Obama might find it difficult to veto such bipartisan efforts.

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.

Emily's List pledges $1.2M to elect Mary Burke

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 28 September 2014 08:00

A national group that works to elect Democratic who support abortion rights plans to spend $1.2 million on television ads for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

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.

Religious conservatives unite against Hillary Clinton at summit

Written by KEN THOMAS
and STEVE PEOPLES,
AP writers
Monday, 29 September 2014 18:50

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting U.S. religious conservatives frustrated by a leaderless Republican Party that’s divided over foreign policy, immigration and social issues.

The prospect of another Clinton White House stirred anguish at the Values Voter Summit over the weekend. Hundreds of conservative activists debated the Republican Party’s future and warned that the acknowledged but unannounced 2016 Democratic front-runner would cement what they see as President Barack Obama’s attack on religious freedom.

Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 14 September 2014 15:12

Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday to pay tribute to the state’s retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of her launching another presidential campaign.