Politics

Ultra right-wing working hard for complete takeover of GOP

Ultra right-wing working hard for complete takeover of GOP

Virtually unknown outside Washington, a coalition of hardline conservative groups is fighting to seize control of the Republican agenda. Tea party allies like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America showed their might by insisting that the GOP embrace the government shutdown that hurt the nation’s economy and the party’s reputation. Now […]

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics? Oh, get real

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics?  Oh, get real

Outside a state-of-the-art grain elevator, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley talks of how Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to overcome differences that scuttled farm legislation last summer. A day later, he tells veterans at a rec center in his blue-collar, northern Iowa district that both parties should work together to help them. “The issues surrounding […]

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows. It’s almost quaint to recall that soon after Mitt Romney lost to […]

Business and GOP: ‘Bye, bye’ to tea party troublemakers

Business and GOP: ‘Bye, bye’ to tea party troublemakers

A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections. In Michigan, longtime businessmen Brian Ellis and David Trott are challenging hardline conservative Reps. Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio in Republican primaries. This comes after three years of frustration over […]

Clinton: Beware of rabid right-wing ideologues

Clinton: Beware of rabid right-wing ideologues

Conservative ideologues are reliable voters who could threaten Democrat Terry McAuliffe‘s political chances, former President Bill Clinton warned Sunday as he joined his longtime buddy’s campaign for Virginia governor. With little more than a week before Nov. 5′s Election Day, McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli each have sought to energize their strongest supporters, by inspiration […]