Political Gaze

Eric Cantor falls to tea party challenger in Virginia

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:28

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says his supporters should continue to fight for the conservative values he championed in Congress despite his defeat at the hands of a little-known tea party candidate.

But the Republican congressman from Virginia won't be in the fight for too long. He says he'll resign his leadership position on July 31.

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.

News Guide: Races that will decide U.S. Senate control

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:48

While Democrats now hold control of the U.S. Senate, this fall’s election has the potential to shift that leadership to the GOP.

Republicans will take control if they manage a net gain of six Senate seats.

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.

For GOP, which Reagan legacy is right for 2016?

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:44

Another prominent Republican gathering, more evidence of the dueling legacies of President Ronald Reagan overhanging the party as it tries to widen its reach and avoid extending its presidential losing streak in 2016.

There's Reagan the doctrinaire icon of modern conservatism who declared at his inauguration that "government isn't the solution; government is the problem." Then there's Reagan the pragmatic president who negotiated with Democrats and other Republicans on taxes, spending and immigration, among other issues.

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.