Political Gaze

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!"

Sen. Ron Johnson says he won't oppose gay marriage if voters want it

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 19:53

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday that he would not oppose same-sex marriage if voters want it.

News analysis
Walker goes silent on same-sex marriages, orders state to process licenses

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 13 June 2014 15:56

With 55 percent of Wisconsinites now in support of same-sex marriage, according to a recent Marquette University poll, Gov. Scott Walker has suddenly gone silent about an issue he once vigorously opposed: same-sex marriage.

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.

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.

Christie gets tepid reception at evangelical political conference

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 21 June 2014 07:44

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is joining the parade of ambitious Republicans courting religious conservatives as the early jockeying for the next presidential contest intensifies.

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.

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:

How they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

Written by Calvin Woodward,
AP writer
Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:43

Here's a look at the who, what, when and where of the 2016 presidential contest at the cusp of summer. Why? Because more is going on than you might think two years from the event.

To those who might run, 2016 is the day after tomorrow and there's no time to waste.

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?