Political

Clinton: Nation must deal with income inequality

Written by The AP Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:20

Approaching a likely presidential campaign announcement next month, Hillary Rodham Clinton said this week that income inequality and wage stagnation are problems that go hand-in-hand and the nation needs creative solutions to bolster job opportunities and living conditions in the cities.

Clinton, at a discussion about urban areas, cited the benefits of partnerships between the private and public sectors and updated policies to improve social mobility. The policy event offered a preview of economic themes she is likely to address in a campaign.

Ted Cruz to announce bid for presidency tomorrow

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 22 March 2015 12:03

Sen. Ted Cruz with longtime supporter Sarah Palin.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that he will run for president, according to The Houston Chronicle and other news sources. He will become the first high-profile Republican to officially enter the 2016 race.

GOP rivals slam Scott Walker over flip-flopping

Written by By Steve Peoples
and Scott Bauer,
AP writers
Sunday, 15 March 2015 06:40

Scott Walker’s rivals see him as an up-and-comer in the Republican race for president, so they are focusing on the Wisconsin governor’s changing positions on a number of issues.

ANALYSIS: Tea party may be on verge of becoming a 3rd party

Written by STEVEN R. HURST,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:53

The political chaos in the first two months of the new Congress, despite Republican control in both houses, may signal that the tea party is morphing into a quasi-third party, a deeply conservative band of legislators who routinely thwart Republican vows of effective government.

Most recently, a group of tea party Republicans forced House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to turn to Democrats to pass a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, particularly striking at a time when the U.S. is battling Islamic State group attempts to hold huge parts of Syria and Iraq and wreak havoc in North Africa.

Hillary Clinton bests Jeb Bush in Florida polling

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:41

A Public Policy Polling survey of Floridians found that just 37 percent of voters think former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should run for president.

And, among Floridians, Hillary Clinton is ahead of the entire field of potential GOP candidates for president, as well as any potential Democrats.

Multi-millionaire Jeb Bush rejects idea of raising federal minimum wage

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:38

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said this week that minimum wage increases should be left to businesses and state governments. He opposes a hike in the federal minimum wage.

"State minimum wages are fine,'' said Bush, making an appearance in South Carolina as he continues to build support for a 2016 bid for president.

Library curator disputes Scott Walker's story about handling Reagan's family Bible

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:52

Gov. Scott Walker’s tale of how he came to hold the family Bible that President Ronald Reagan used when taking the oath of office doesn’t match the memory of the presidential library curator charged with caring for the book.

Rand Paul wins straw poll, Scott Walker places 2nd

Written by The AP Saturday, 28 February 2015 22:32

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has won the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential preference straw poll. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed second.

Pollsters announced on Feb. 28 that Paul won 25.7 percent of the votes in the annual survey, giving Paul his third consecutive win in as many years.

O’Malley works to position himself as Clinton alternative

Written by CATHERINE LUCEY,
AP writer
Monday, 23 March 2015 12:23

There are some Democrats in Iowa who aren’t all that “Ready for Hillary.” So far, there’s little evidence they’re ready for Martin O’Malley, either.

“I think it’s because they haven’t met me yet,” O’Malley said.

Walker's online communications director quits after 1 day

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:51

Liz Mair

After drawing heated criticism from the head of the Iowa Republican Party for questioning the state's early role in the presidential nominating process, an aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national political operation resigned late yesterday. She'd been on the job for one day.

Right-wing CPAC reels in presidential hopefuls

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:15

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Adam Gabbatt holds images of Republican presidential hopefuls.{break_—PHOTO: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

April Fool’s arrived a month early, with the staging of the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, the tea-party-infused gathering best known as CPAC.

Preparing for campaign, Clinton stresses bipartisanship

Written by The AP Friday, 27 February 2015 06:34

Not yet officially a candidate for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton is already trying to seize the mantle of problem-solver in a nation fed up with dysfunctional government. Republicans are ready to remind Clinton - and voters - of her past warnings of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

In her first speech in the U.S. this year, Clinton this week offered plenty of hints about her likely campaign messages. Among the themes: raising wages for workers who have yet to benefit from the nation's economic recovery, and rebuilding trust and cooperation in government.