Politics

Democrats try positive spin on Obamacare, work hours

Democrats try positive spin on Obamacare, work hours

Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a positive political message on Sunday by casting an expected decline in American work hours as a boon to worker freedom and family values. In a new partisan tussle over election messaging that is likely to color this year’s congressional mid-term campaign, […]

The data wars: Democrats still lead Republicans

The data wars: Democrats still lead Republicans

When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team’s technological prowess, allowing it to identify likely Democratic voters and get them to the polls. It was a sore point for Republicans, who came out of that election vowing to nullify […]

Campaign committees raised, spent, almost $500 million

Campaign committees raised, spent, almost $500 million

The major campaign committees collected almost a half-billion dollars in 2013 — a year when just two states chose governors, two had special Senate elections and six House districts had unplanned races — and spent most of it. That eye-popping sum doesn’t capture the millions raised and spent by the candidates themselves or the outside […]

Menendez hoarding cash to fight ethical lapse probes

Menendez hoarding cash to fight ethical lapse probes

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez‘s political campaign paid a law firm $250,000 in December for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties to a major donor, according to disclosure forms filed Friday. The Democrat has also set up a legal trust to raise money as the investigations continue. […]

Once again, the key in elections is ‘follow the money’

Once again, the key in elections is ‘follow the money’

As usual in politics, the focus is money and the ability to raise as much of it as one can. With today’s deadline for filing end of the year financial reports for committees, candidates and others, a snapshot will begin to emerge showing how much is bring raised, who is raising it and who will […]

Republicans struggle in Georgia Senate primary

Republicans struggle in Georgia Senate primary

Seeking promotion to the U.S. Senate, Republican Rep. Jack Kingston avoids an explicit yes-or-no answer when asked by a voter if he considers himself a tea party candidate. Instead, the 11-term congressman offers the lunch crowd at a northeast Georgia community center a careful plea for a unified party that can sell limited-government arguments to […]

Republicans still a divided party in search of reality

Republicans still a divided party in search of reality

The dueling faces of a conflicted political party were on display for all to see at the just-concluded Republican National Committee meeting. One was younger, more diverse and tech-savvy, part of the RNC’s carefully crafted plan to inspire confidence that the GOP is trying to grow beyond its shrinking, older, largely white base. The other […]

Republicans still see Christie as ‘one of our own’

Republicans still see Christie as ‘one of our own’

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not be that popular among the rabid right that controls the Republican Party but that didn’t stop them from defending “one of our own” at the GOP Winter Meeting in Washington Friday. Calling Christie’s latest round of power-mad scandals a “speed bump” in his potential road to the […]

Clinton’s political machine gearing up for 2016

Clinton’s political machine gearing up for 2016

With the news that America’s largest liberal fundraising group is to back a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, a growing sense of inevitability is building around her prospective candidacy. The former secretary of state who once occupied the White House as first lady and narrowly lost the Democratic nomination in 2008, has been coy […]