Political Gaze

Institute tracks rise in independent spending in congressional contests

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 01 August 2014 09:14

An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice shows a rise in  spending in competitive U.S. congressional races by dark money groups.

Brennan also is reporting a rise in single-candidate super PACs.

This morning's lineup of talking heads

Written by AP Sunday, 20 July 2014 06:40

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry

ABC's This Week: Secretary of State John Kerry; Maen Areikat, ambassador and chief representative, PLO Delegation to the U.S.; Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.

See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

Written by The Associated Pressed Pressd Press Press Tuesday, 15 July 2014 06:10

For a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates.

Here’s the latest presidential prep checklist:

Bold push: Democrats in Florida call for shift in Cuba-US policy

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 07 July 2014 08:16

When Charlie Crist went to Miami's Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: End the trade embargo against Cuba.

"If you really care about people on the island, we need to get rid of the embargo and let freedom reign," he said, shouting above a small band of protesters who responded with chants of "Shame on you!"

Republican mayors urge passage of LGBT nondiscrimination bill

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:29

A group of Republican mayors — including Appleton Mayor Timothy Hanna — is encouraging the GOP-led House to pass a bill to ban workplace discrimination against LGBT people.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group, announced the endorsement of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed with bi-partisan support in the U.S. Senate but then stalled in the U.S. House, where Republican leaders have refused to allow any action.

Republicans block Senate bill designed to override Hobby Lobby ruling

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:26

Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control on July 16, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.

Walker and other GOP governors don't want to talk about marriage equality

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Sunday, 13 July 2014 15:59

 Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years.

Democrats to check out potential 2016 convention sites

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 07 July 2014 08:10

Democrats plan to travel to six cities this summer to evaluate potential sites for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Officials with the Democratic National Committee are studying how each city might accommodate the tens of thousands of party leaders and activists who will flock to the convention, where the party will nominate its next presidential candidate.

Political fireworks in Louisiana, Mississippi

AP writer
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:24

In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard can at times be entertaining and campaigns can be volatile, this election season is living up to expectations.

Let’s start with the marquee match-up in Mississippi.

2016 Spin Meter: What not to believe…

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:32

We're watching the Spin Meter on 2016.

It's considered bad form for politicians to say things that are not true.

Libertarians file complaint with Wisconsin over exclusion from debate

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:23

Wisconsin's Libertarian Party has filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board alleging that the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is violating state campaign finance law with its proposed broadcast debate for gubernatorial candidates.

Andy Craig, a candidate for secretary of state on the Libertarian slate, filed the complaint in cooperation with Robert Burke, the Libertarian candidate for governor.

Guest lineups for Sunday TV news shows

Written by AP Saturday, 05 July 2014 20:50

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently compared gays to alcoholics in need of treatment, is the guest tomorrow morning on ABC's

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows tomorrow include: