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Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

For Senate Republicans, 2012 is starting a lot like 2010. They have a shot at taking control away from Democrats as long as insurgent conservatives who are defeating the party’s more establishment candidates in primaries don’t frighten too many independent voters like they did two years ago. Deb Fischer, a little-known state senator, became the […]

No role for George W. Bush in Mitt Romney’s campaign

No role for George W. Bush in Mitt Romney’s campaign

After months of silence, George W. Bush finally weighed on the presidential race — with four short words. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” the former president said Tuesday in Washington as the doors of his elevator shut, perhaps his only public statement on the race before the Nov. 6 election. Romney’s campaign doesn’t foresee the 43rd […]

Romney cruises to easy primary wins in Nebraska, Oregon

Romney cruises to easy primary wins in Nebraska, Oregon

Presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney continued his march towards capturing the necessary delegate totals Tuesday with solid victories in the Nebraska and Oregon primaries. In Nebraska, Romney took home 70.9 percent of the vote, followed by withdrawn candidate Rick Santorum at 14 percent, remaining contender Ron Paul at 9.9 percent and Newt Gingrich at […]

For some, foreclosure doesn’t mean an end to dream of home ownership

For some, foreclosure doesn’t mean an end to dream of home ownership

When Jennifer Anderson’s family could no longer afford their mortgage and lost their home, she expected many years to pass before they would again become property owners. But less than two years later, in March, they purchased a $297,000 house outside Phoenix, Arizona, after qualifying for a loan backed by the U.S. government. They joined […]

Law doesn’t prevent cozy relationships between campaigns, Super PACs

Law doesn’t prevent cozy relationships between campaigns, Super PACs

Looks like President Barack Obama’s allies got the hint. An independent group with deep ties to the president’s re-election campaign launched a television ad Tuesday hitting Mitt Romney‘s business practices at Bain Capital, just 24 hours after Obama’s team debuted its own ad attacking the Republican presidential candidate’s work at the private equity firm. By […]

Romney’s former opponents rewrite history in real time

Romney’s former opponents rewrite history in real time

Remember Newt Gingrich calling Mitt Romney a liar? Michele Bachmann saying Romney’s unelectable? Rick Santorum calling Romney “the worst Republican in the country” to run against Obama? They’re hoping you don’t. And acting like it never happened (even though most of their words are just clicks away online.) One by one — with the exception […]

GOP leaning super PAC hopes to lure young voters away from Obama

GOP leaning super PAC hopes to lure young voters away from Obama

President Barack Obama counted on the support of younger voters four years ago. Now, a new Republican-leaning “super” political committee wants to bring them to the GOP‘s side. Crossroads Generation, a new super PAC formed with the help of a handful of established GOP groups, is tapping into the economic frustrations of under-30 voters facing […]

Congress uses legislative sleight-of-hand to hurt opponents, not help nation

Congress uses legislative sleight-of-hand to hurt opponents, not help nation

Congress is producing little this election year that will become law, yet both parties are churning out bills designed to make the other side look bad. Take a look at separate measures that would protect women from violence, keep student loan rates low and build roads and bridges. Each is a widely shared goal and […]

Mixing bluegrass music and politics

Mixing bluegrass music and politics

When politicians come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia they had better know how to shake a leg on the dance floor as well as pick and grin. A mandatory stop for all candidates seeking office is the Friday Night Jamboree, a weekly bluegrass music gathering in the small, one-stoplight town of Floyd. […]