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 […]

Tea party, as expected, gloats over Cantor defeat

Tea party, as expected, gloats over Cantor defeat

A conservative underdog’s swift dispatch of Majority Leader Eric Cantor is feeding tea party dreams in Mississippi and beyond in the 2014 midterm elections. Deeply conservative contenders across the country were cheering little-known Virginia candidate David Brat’s primary upset of Cantor Tuesday as a sign that tea party-backed contenders could shift the Republican party to […]

Democrats push for Constitutional amendment

Democrats push for Constitutional amendment

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began a long-shot bid at pushing a constitutional amendment that would limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors’ influence. With plenty of politics but very limited prospects of actually changing the Constitution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the free flow of “shady money” into politics the biggest threat to […]

Vegas, Cincinnati out as potential sites for 2016 GOP convention

Vegas, Cincinnati out as potential sites for 2016 GOP convention

The odds of hosting the Republican Party’s next presidential convention have improved for Dallas, Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, Missouri. Two other players, Las Vegas and Cincinnati, have folded. The four remaining cities will be making in-city pitches to party officials looking for a host with ample meeting space, hotels and transportation to accommodate tens […]

GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

Lunging for control of the GOP ahead of high-stakes elections, the Republican National Committee on Friday took steps to end free-for-all presidential debates and vowed to punish potential contenders who participate in rogue forums. At the same time, an independent organization with deep ties to the conservative Koch brothers has elected to spend $125 million […]

Senate campaign spin: Look out for boogeyman billionaires

Senate campaign spin: Look out for boogeyman billionaires

To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pushing an unrelenting string of criticism against Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nation’s most effective conservative groups. Now, Republican candidates […]

Republicans bank $31 million for keeping House control

Republicans bank $31 million for keeping House control

The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee […]