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2014 midterm elections

From Clinton To Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

Making predictions is a perilous practice for any political journalist. Too often, the would-be seers turn out to be dead wrong – as can be attested to by George Will, Michael Barone, Larry Kudlow, and the humiliated boy genius on Fox News, all of whom projected a big victory for Mitt Romney in 2012. Yet there […]

August 1, 2014

GOP Forced To Walk Thin Line After Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Supreme Court officially adjourned for the summer on Monday, but not before bestowing Republicans with a double-edged sword in the form of a major ruling. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that had required employer-provided health care to include contraception coverage for […]

July 1, 2014

McConnell Promises To Fight Abortions If GOP Wins Control Of Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is hard at work on the Senate’s agenda — that is, of course, if Republicans take over in November. As Cortney O’Brien reports at the conservative site Town Hall, McConnell used the last day of the National Right to Life Convention to vow that he and his fellow Republicans would […]

June 30, 2014

Mississippi Republicans Battle In U.S. Senate Runoff

Washington (AFP) — Mississippi incumbent Thad Cochran was fighting for his political life in a Republican runoff for his U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, seeking to repulse a surging conservative challenger bucking the party establishment. A series of primary races are similarly pitting political veterans against relative outsiders, including key contests in Oklahoma, New York, and […]

June 24, 2014

Meet The New Campaign To Pressure Both Parties On Women’s Economic Concerns

Tuesday marks the launch of Make It Work, a three-year, non-profit campaign that hopes to call attention to women’s economic security — or, one may argue, insecurity. Make It Work is specifically focused on the economic inequality experienced by women, which the organizers believe is too often ignored or forgotten in broader discussions of income and wealth […]

June 17, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli Named New President Of Senate Conservatives Fund

As Tea Partiers rejoice over Dave Brat’s shocking primary victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), another conservative Virginia politician who was not as lucky in last year’s elections is getting a chance to advance the movement. Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli — who lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the commonwealth’s 2013 gubernatorial race […]

June 11, 2014

Cantor To Resign As Majority Leader; GOP Leadership Scramble Begins

By Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A battle royale emerged Wednesday among House Republicans jockeying to move up the leadership ladder after Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat to a tea party newcomer. Cantor, a seven-term Republican from Virginia, is expected to resign his post as the No. 2 […]

June 11, 2014

Beneath Jerry Brown’s High Ratings, California Voters Have Reservations

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters overwhelmingly embraced Democratic Governor Jerry Brown over his Republican rivals in the June primary, but he has failed to win them over on some of the state’s most pressing issues. Brown’s handling of state prisons, efforts to address poverty and his response to California’s […]

June 10, 2014

6 GOP Candidates Who Have No Idea What They Want To Do About Health Care

  Although many conservatives are becoming desperate to distance themselves – and their party – from the “repeal or replace” war they have waged on the Affordable Care Act, several Republican candidates running in 2014 have proven unwilling or unable to cut the cord. With Election Day just months away, many GOP candidates now find themselves on the defensive, as […]

June 9, 2014

Multiple Candidates Locked In Tight Race For California Representative Waxman’s Congressional Seat

By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Two of Southern California’s hottest congressional races were shaping up to be extremely close in early election night returns. Gang prosecutor Elan Carr narrowly led the pack in the crowded field for an open, strongly Democratic Westside/South Bay seat. He was followed, in close order, by […]

June 4, 2014

Mississippi’s GOP Senate Primary Race Stays Bitter To The End

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Downright dirty politics is one way to describe Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has shaped up as the most brutally competitive of the season. And it’s likely to be a nail-biter until the bitter end. Senator Thad Cochran, the stately 74-year-old incumbent seeking a seventh term, […]

June 3, 2014

Five Tea Party Favorites Headed For Defeat In GOP Primaries

The 2014 midterm elections are kicking into high gear, with GOP primaries throughout the nation being watched closely as “establishment” Republicans and Democrats alike anticipate the defeat of several Tea Party candidates. Just four years ago, the Tea Party emerged as a powerful and, for some, fresh force in the Republican Party. Today, however, ultraconservatives are struggling […]

May 19, 2014

How A Lot Of Money Helped Vault A Pennsylvania Primary Candidate To The Top

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times There are a host of primaries on Tuesday in states across the country, but for one that shows just how effective money can be in politics, look no further than Pennsylvania. Four Democrats are competing to run against Republican Governor Tom Corbett, widely thought to be one of the […]

May 19, 2014

Senate Republicans Play Election Politics, Kill Bipartisan Energy Bill And Keystone Pipeline Vote

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans killed what could have served as a rare example of bipartisan consensus, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. The legislation, which was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), should have passed; the bill’s provisions were far from controversial and a similar companion bill in the Republican-controlled House had […]

May 13, 2014

GOP Divide Is Democrat’s Gain As Georgia Senate Primary Nears

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The freewheeling Republican primary for an open Senate seat from Georgia was always expected to be a bruising affair. New polling confirms just how much. Ahead of next week’s primary election, voters remain highly divided among the five main candidates, all but guaranteeing a tough, costly runoff […]

May 12, 2014

Senate Democrats Prepare To Bring Doomed Minimum Wage Bill To The Floor

Despite firm GOP opposition, the Senate is expected to vote on Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) Fair Minimum Wage Act bill on Wednesday. While the vote will bring greater attention to an issue that Democrats hope to highlight ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, the bill appears to have little hope of passing. Democrats concede that the legislation […]

April 29, 2014

Gubernatorial Campaign Strategy Could Pose Risk For Carter

By Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATLANTA — The actor William H. Macy has a problem. He’s trying to come up with a song to play at an upcoming fundraiser for Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign, and now he’s learned that former President Jimmy Carter may also attend. Suddenly, that ukulele tune has become more important. […]

April 28, 2014

New Senate Polls Offer 3 Lessons And Some Hope For Democrats

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races. First, just as Democrats have been saying, their endangered incumbent in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, is doing better than analysts in Washington had believed. By 47 percent to 38 percent, registered voters […]

April 23, 2014

Democratic Turnout Seen As Key To Party’s Retaining Senate Control

By Michael A. Memoli and David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party’s big weaknesses: voters who don’t show up for midterm elections. The party’s Senate campaign committee plans […]

April 7, 2014

Gender Pay Takes Center Stage Among Democratic Female Candidates

By Sheryl Jean, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — If you want to start a fight, talk about pay differences between women and men. And then throw in politics just to spice things up. That is what’s happening in Texas and across the country as equal pay takes center stage as mid-term elections heat up. […]

April 7, 2014

Hillary Clinton Supporters Getting Involved In 2014 Elections

By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau ARLINGTON, Va. — Hillary Clinton’s name won’t be on any ballot in November, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see her supporters hit the campaign trail this year. Ready for Hillary, the political action committee that hopes to lay the groundwork for Clinton’s second presidential run, plans to help […]

March 18, 2014

A Year After ‘Autopsy,’ GOP Still Struggles On Immigration Reform

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A year after Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus commissioned a report that suggested sweeping changes in how the party operates, he touted progress on many fronts — but distanced himself from a key recommendation to increase its appeal to the Latino community: support for comprehensive […]

March 18, 2014

With Florida Race Looming, Top Republican Shares Digital Strategy

By Daniel Rothberg, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Republican Party’s congressional campaign wing said Tuesday that a hotly contested special election in Florida is serving as a laboratory for testing messages and tactics for the 2014 midterm races. During a news conference, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said the National Republican Congressional […]

March 11, 2014

5 Democrats Who Could Steal Republican House Seats In 2014

On Monday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairman and New York representative Steve Israel announced 16 top candidates for the DCCC’s Red to Blue program, which hopes to spur party switches in Republican-held districts. “These candidates earned their places in our battle-tested program because of their hard work and the competitive nature of their districts,” […]

March 3, 2014

Hotels Count More Than Politics As GOP Weighs Sites For 2016 Convention

By David Lightman and Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Hotels, transportation and finances — not political considerations — will matter most to Republican officials choosing a 2016 national convention site, party leaders said Monday after hearing bids from cities across the country. Eight cities are vying to host the convention, which likely will […]

March 3, 2014