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Mark Z. Barabak

First Primary Could Shake Up The Race

Jeb Bush was the dynastic White House favorite. Now, he’s languishing in the polls. He seems unfazed by his drop. Why?

December 30, 2015

Trump’s Anti-Muslim Proposal Puts GOP In A Bind

Donald Trump may be an imperfect candidate — he is coarse, impetuous, antagonistic — but he presents the Republican Party with a perfect dilemma.

December 10, 2015

Iowa Continues Its Importance For GOP, Despite Spotty Record Of Picking Presidents

Since 1980, when Iowa held its first seriously competitive GOP caucuses, the first-place finisher has gone on to win the party’s nomination less than half the time.

November 29, 2015
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Republican Debate Dilemma: Echo Sunny Reagan? Or Go Negative?

The candidates’ split, in the end, is between optimism and pessimism, between those channeling the anger of unhappy voters and those aiming, in the style of the sunny Ronald Reagan, for inspiration and uplift.

September 15, 2015
Clown Car

Lack Of Clear Front-Runner In Huge 2016 Field Highlights Fractures Within GOP

If you’ve got a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a millionaire to fund your ‘super PAC,’ why not run for president?

June 30, 2015
Donald Trump speaks on stage with Fox News host Sean Hannity during CPAC 2015 (Michael Vadon via Flickr)

Analysis: Long-Shot Candidates Can Boost Their Brand Even If They Lose

Donald Trump will never be president — but that’s beside the point.

March 19, 2015

Nevada’s GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval Starts New Term With Tax-Hike Surprise

How one Republican governor is taking on the Tea Party.

February 2, 2015

Analysis: Big Obstacles Await Both Parties In 2016 Race For President

Both parties are preparing for a bloody presidential campaign.

December 29, 2014
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

Jeb Bush’s Move Ripples Across 2016 Presidential Landscape

Bush’s small step will leave a huge footprint on the 2016 field.

December 16, 2014

Blue Texas? With Democrat Wendy Davis Struggling In Governor’s race, It Seems Improbable

Democratic hopes of competing in deep-red Texas are getting longer by the day.

October 27, 2014

A Billionaire’s Climate Change Crusade

Meet the liberal answer to the GOP’s dark money dealers.

October 16, 2014

Hillary Clinton Returns To Iowa, Drops Hints About 2016 Intentions

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton returned Sunday to Iowa for the first time since her devastating loss in the state’s 2008 presidential caucuses and dropped a few hints but nothing definite about her intentions regarding another run in 2016. “I’m back,” the former secretary of State said […]

September 15, 2014

Analysis: How Bill Clinton, Improbably, Became America’s Favorite Politician

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times When Bill Clinton left the White House in January 2001, Americans had experienced quite enough of the boisterous Big Dog and his unending dramas, both personal and political. Republican George W. Bush defeated Clinton’s vice president and preferred successor, fellow Democrat Al Gore, in no small part due […]

September 10, 2014

Harry Reid Apologizes For Jokes At Asian-American Function

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has a history of insensitive and off-color remarks, apologized Friday for a pair of jokes he made before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” […]

August 22, 2014

Analysis: 6 Californias? GOP Probably Wouldn’t Be Helped By Bust-Up

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times As long as there have been state capitals, there have been people outside those capitals lamenting that lawmakers — in Sacramento, Denver, Des Moines, Atlanta, fill-in-the-blank — are too far removed and too far detached from the people and interests they’re supposed to be representing. In California, those […]

August 21, 2014

Bill And Hillary Clinton To Headline Harkin’s Iowa Steak Fry

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times Returning to Iowa in grand fashion, Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear next month at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, accompanied by her husband in a double bill that will close out a decades-long Iowa tradition. Harkin, who is retiring after 40 years in the Senate, has long […]

August 18, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry, Others Cry Partisan Foul Over Felony Indictment

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times It’s been nearly three years since Rick Perry stood on a debate stage in Michigan and fumbled fruitlessly for the name of the third federal agency he vowed to eliminate as president. Since then, the Texas governor has worked assiduously to restore his once-platinum political reputation — the Republican […]

August 18, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry Indicted On Two Felony Counts In Funding Case

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury Friday, accused of two felony counts of abusing his power by eliminating funds for the state’s ethics watchdog. The byzantine case involves the drunken-driving conviction of a Democratic prosecutor, deep-seated partisan tensions and a test of Perry’s powers […]

August 16, 2014

Democrats Favored In Gubernatorial Races, Including In GOP-Rich Kansas

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times EMPORIA, Kan. — In a seemingly dismal year for Democrats, who face the prospect of losing House seats and possibly control of the Senate, there is one bright spot: a chance to elect governors in several states run by Republicans. The mathematics and political map both favor Democrats, […]

July 29, 2014

Study Finds Record-Low Midterm Turnout Amid Widespread Discontent

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times There may be no more self-abasing profession than politics. Consider: You visit the grocery store. When you cross the parking lot, you won’t run a gauntlet of critics from a rival supermarket bad-mouthing the produce section, demeaning the selection of dog food, and questioning the sell-by date on […]

July 24, 2014
Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley Warms Up In Iowa For Possible Democratic Run In 2016

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times DES MOINES, Iowa — The visit had all the trappings of a full-fledged presidential campaign: a speech at the state Democratic convention, a pep talk to door-knocking volunteers, breakfast with labor leaders, appearances alongside the party’s candidate for governor. The only thing absent was a formal announcement by Martin […]

July 14, 2014

Without Tipping 2016 Hand, Clinton Offers Reasons Not To Run

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — There are some who look at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s activities — the book tour; the serial radio, newspaper, and television interviews — and her opportunity to shatter what remains America’s ultimate glass ceiling and figure a 2016 run for president is something close to a […]

June 26, 2014

Cleveland, Dallas Chosen As Finalists To Host 2016 GOP Convention

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times The Republican Party continued its convention winnowing process Wednesday, narrowing the candidates for its 2016 national gathering to two cities: Cleveland and Dallas. The Democrats, meantime, announced they would scout six cities as the possible venue for their 2016 convention: Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; New York City; Philadelphia; […]

June 25, 2014

Iowa’s Harkin Says Fundraising, Lack Of Relationships Hurt Senate

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times DES MOINES, Iowa — There were 500 of the truest-believing Iowa Democrats outside the ballroom doors waiting to get in, but Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) had one more story to tell, even as an aide tugged his sleeve and admonished, “Tom, you’ve got a lot of people here […]

June 24, 2014

Rick Perry Shares The Love With California, Hillary Clinton

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times Texas Governor Rick Perry is not exactly a beloved figure in California. The swagger and the twang are all too reminiscent, for some, of another former Texas governor-turned-Republican-presidential-candidate, who twice lost the state by landslide margins. He’s made sport of coming to visit, seeking to entice companies with […]

June 12, 2014