Can Republicans avoid a Senate upset in Georgia

Can Republicans avoid a Senate upset in Georgia

Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia’s Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a non-profit executive — the very experience that anchors her appeal as a moderate who gets things done without partisan wrangling. It’s a preview of […]

Tea party unhappy with Barbour in Mississippi

Tea party unhappy with Barbour in Mississippi

Haley Barbour almost certainly isn’t running for office again in Mississippi, but the former governor, one-time Republican National Committee chief and influential Washington lobbyist is playing a prominent role in the state’s battle for the GOP Senate nomination. Barbour is the patriarch of a politically savvy family driving Sen. Thad Cochran’s bid for a seventh […]

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

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.” […]

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Tuesday’s primary elections will give establishment Republicans another chance to defeat tea party-backed candidates, but some political activists are asking if it makes much difference. They see tea partyers losing individual races but winning the larger ideological war by tugging the Republican Party rightward. Several tea party-endorsed candidates are struggling in Tuesday’s Republican congressional primaries […]