Political Gaze

Political elite meet behind closed doors

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 01 June 2014 19:45

For a few days in March, the American Enterprise Institute welcomed scores of business and political leaders to a private annual meeting at a resort on the Georgia coast. But only those who attended know what issues were discussed, strategies planned or promises made.

That’s because the ground rules for the invitation-only meeting required the participants’ confidentiality — even if some were elected leaders, discussing the public’s business.

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union rights. He says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail.

Rand Paul wins right-wing presidential poll

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 March 2014 06:47

She was not on the speaking program, but Hillary Rodham Clinton had presence at the nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists on March 8, as high-profile Republicans launched a dual effort to attack the prospective Democratic presidential candidate and improve the GOP's longstanding struggle with women voters.

It was the closing act of a Republican summit that highlighted acute challenges for a party that hasn't won a presidential election in a decade.

President resists pressure to act alone on immigration

Written by The AP Monday, 10 February 2014 12:41

For a president looking for a legacy piece of legislation, the current state of the immigration debate represents a high-wire act.

President Barack Obama could act alone to slow deportations, and probably doom any chance of a permanent and comprehensive overhaul. Yet if he shows too much patience, the opportunity to fix immigration laws as he wants could well slip away.

5 hints for November elections

Written by The AP Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:32

Nearly half of Americans don't care very much which party wins control of Congress after the elections this fall, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. But even though most eligible Americans opt out of voting in a typical midterm election, there still will be winners and losers come Election Day. Here's a look at five findings from the poll that could be meaningful come Nov. 4. So who does care?

Poll: Indicators suggest Republican edge

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 07 April 2014 11:26

The latest Associated Press-GfK poll holds bad news for President Barack Obama, but as the November elections draw closer, there are ominous signs for congressional Democrats as well.

A look at the key findings from the March poll on this year’s election and the burgeoning 2016 presidential field.

Man sues Illinois gubernatorial candidate for harassment

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:25

A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a lawsuit alleging the Republican gubernatorial candidate made inappropriate sexual advances and regularly forced him to do political work on state time.

Ed Michalowski, a former lawyer and director in Rutherford's office, alleged in the lawsuit that Rutherford's sexual advances began in April 2011, shortly after Michalowski began working in the office.

Mary Burke backs boosting minimum wage to $10.10

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 04 February 2014 05:02

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said on Sunday that she would support raising Wisconsin's minimum wage up to as much as $10.10 an hour, putting her at direct odds with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Burke made the comments in an interview that aired on the Wisconsin newsmagazine show "UpFront with Mike Gousha."

Presidential checklist: jockeying for position

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:23

In the latest prep work for a presidential campaign, Rand Paul is conspicuously courting moderate and establishment Republicans while Ted Cruz keeps up a travel schedule that has 2016 written all over it.

Jeb Bush is stirring from something of a political snooze and a half-dozen other credible prospects are getting their voices heard in the din.

Elizabeth Warren's autobiography due in April

Written by The AP Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:26

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has written a book chronicling her life story, from her working-class roots in Oklahoma to a seat in the Senate representing Massachusetts.

The publisher describes "A Fighting Chance" as a look at the conflict between large institutions and the needs of everyday citizens.

From immigration to trade, inaction in Congress

Written by DAVID ESPO,
AP Special Correspondent
Monday, 10 February 2014 15:44

Just 10 days into the second month of the new year, the evidence is mounting that federal lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at least until the results of the fall elections are known.

“We’ve got a lot of things on our plate,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said recently when asked what Congress will be busy with this year, but he predicted no breakthrough accomplishments on immigration, taxes or any other area.

For governors with an eye on 2016, a key speech

Written by KEN THOMAS
Associated Press
Friday, 31 January 2014 07:21

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker introduced new members of his state’s workforce and said the proceeds from a projected budget surplus belong to the taxpayers. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, fending off allegations of political retribution by his aides, offered up his state as a model of bipartisan cooperation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a litany of ideas to help strapped homeowners and school districts while Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley took a victory lap of sorts and vowed to push through an increase in the state’s minimum wage during his final year in office.