Campaign committees has $100 million on hand

Democrats have now outraised the Republicans in 18 of the last 20 months

Campaign committees has $100 million on hand

The two party committees tasked with electing House members are sitting on a combined $100 million pile of cash, suggesting voters in the handful of competitive districts will face an onslaught of late political advertising. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Saturday reported raising more than $4 million last month and banking almost $46 million. […]

Begich’s ad screwup threatens campaign

With one 30-second commercial about a hideous crime, he screwed up

Begich’s ad screwup threatens campaign

Sen. Mark Begich’s re-election bid was going better than his fellow Democrats had hoped. That was, until his campaign ran an inflammatory ad that he was forced to pull off the air. With one 30-second commercial about a hideous crime, the freshman senator complicated his campaign prospects and inspired Republicans to take a new look […]

Islamic militants eye attacks on American cities

'This is a group of people who are extraordinarily dangerous'

Islamic militants eye attacks on American cities

Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants’ future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say. Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions on how to confront them, the leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees on Sunday prodded the White […]

Big bucks Boehner raises millions and millions

He accounts for about one-fifth of the cash collected by House Republicans' campaigns arms

Big bucks Boehner raises millions and millions

House Speaker John Boehner’s fundraising skills are in a class of their own, helping him raise more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helping to raise tens of millions more to help Republican allies. The Ohio lawmaker accounts for about one-fifth of the cash collected by House Republicans’ campaign arm, the […]

Kochs trying to make inroads with Hispanics

Kochs trying to make inroads with Hispanics

Looking to make inroads with the rising number of Hispanic voters, conservative activists are offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish-speakers earn high school diplomas. Picking up part of the tab: Charles and David Koch. The billionaire industrialists are working to patch a gaping hole in the GOP coalition that could spell […]

A busy primary day for House, Seante incumbents

A rough race for Pat Roberts in Kansas

A busy primary day for House, Seante incumbents

Senate and House incumbents in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri are trying to beat back challengers Tuesday in the kickoff to a busy month of primaries. Voters in Washington state consider the qualifications of a dozen candidates vying to replace a two-decade congressional Republican who is retiring. In Kansas, three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts faced Milton […]

Overview of political fundraising so far this year

Overview of political fundraising so far this year

The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings: ___ MISSISSIPPI GOOD FOR FUNDRAISING The anti-tax Club for Growth Action last month had its second best fundraising haul this election cycle as it raised […]

Another GOP problem: LeBron James’ return to Cleveland

His performance could throw a monkey wrench into scheduling

Another GOP problem: LeBron James’ return to Cleveland

Celebrations aside, LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party’s plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie’s shores in 2016. If James leads his team into post-season play then, the GOP could find its preferred June 28 start date for the convention impossible because […]

Cleveland wins over Dallas for GOP convention

The Republicans' site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas

Cleveland wins over Dallas for GOP convention

Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. The Republicans’ site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. The move […]

Dallas or Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention?

The plans are for the GOP convention to begin on June 27 or July 18, 2016

Dallas or Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention?

A Republican National Committee panel is about to choose between Dallas and Cleveland to host the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential convention. The Republicans’ site selection committee was slated to meet Tuesday to review the two remaining cities’ bids. A recommendation could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to […]