Political

GOP field grows as Fiorina, Carson announce

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:32

Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties.

In announcements separated by both geography and style, the two also highlighted the possibility that they can help the GOP expand its appeal among an increasingly diverse electorate. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only African-American.

Visiting with Minnesota Republicans last week, Gov. Scott Walker blamed Wisconsin’s lagging economy on former Gov. Jim Doyle, the Democrat who held office before Walker took over in 2010. On the other hand, he credited Minnesota’s booming economy to former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who preceded Democrat Mark Dayton. Like Walker, Dayton began his first term in 2010.

The long road to a 2nd campaign for Clinton

Written by JULIE PACE,
AP White House Correspondent
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:24

Around Christmas, Hillary Rodham Clinton set off on her annual holiday vacation at Oscar de la Renta’s beachfront estate in the Dominican Republic.

It was a somber and serious time for Clinton. De la Renta, whose relationship with the former first lady had blossomed from dress designer to close friend, had recently died and Clinton wanted to be there to support his widow. She was also wrestling with a final decision on whether to run for president. She arrived at the island compound armed with a binder stuffed with 500 pages of policy memos and analysis.

Rand Paul's temper tantrums overshadow his fledgling candidacy

Written by Philip Elliott
and Bill Barrow,
AP writers
Friday, 10 April 2015 16:08

Sen. Rand Paul’s first days as a presidential candidate have not gone as planned.

Where does Bernie Sanders stand? A look at key issues

Written by The AP Monday, 04 May 2015 14:35

Where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, stands on some issues:

A new poll shows strong opposition to key provisions of Gov. Scott Walker's budget.

Where Clinton stands on the issues

Written by The AP Monday, 13 April 2015 07:38

With Hillary Rodham Clinton announcing her candidacy Sunday for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, a look at where she stands on some issues.

ECONOMY: Clinton sees growing income inequality and wage stagnation as a major problem, and has made this topic a prominent theme in many of her public remarks this year. As a senator and then as a presidential candidate in the 2008 race, she called for equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, expanding tax credits for poorer families, overhauling corporate tax provisions, expanding paid family leave and universal prekindergarten.

Bush reclaims lead over Walker in North Carolina poll

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 10 April 2015 11:59

The latest North Carolina survey from Public Policy Polling suggests that conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz entering the race is stunting Scott Walker's momentum in North Carolina.

The PPP poll released on April 10 shows Jeb Bush now leads the GOP field in North Carolina with 19 percent to 16 percent for Walker, with Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio each at 11 percent, Ben Carson at 9 percent, Chris Christie at 7 percent, Rand Paul at 6 percent and Rick Perry at 2 percent.

Problems facing poor inch into presidential race

Written by Julie Pace,
AP White House correspondent
Sunday, 03 May 2015 07:49

In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate.

A Marquette University poll released today shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s approval rating at 41 percent, down from 49 percent in October. The poll found that 56 percent of voters in the state disapprove of Walker’s performance as governor.

Scott Walker off on another globe-trotting mission to bone up on foreign policy

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Saturday, 11 April 2015 16:49

Scott Walker is becoming something of a globe-trotter as world affairs loom large in the 2016 presidential contest and attention has been drawn to his foreign policy stumbles as he considers entering the race.

Obama visits 49th state, South Dakota awaits

Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 11:58

Utah, check. One more state to go for President Barack Obama: South Dakota.

Utah was the 49th state visited by Obama and the latest stop on his recent tour of Republican “red” states.