Things to watch as governors huddle

The three-day winter meeting of the National Governors Association provides ambitious state executives an opportunity to improve their political standing ahead of the 2016 presidential contest. Five things to watch: WALKER MOMENTUM Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s stock as a potential candidate rose after he made several key hires and impressed political observers during a recent […]

End of life issues could haunt Jeb Bush’s Presidential run

End of life issues could haunt Jeb Bush’s Presidential run

  Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald. The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.” The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter-writer was her husband, Michael. […]

Sole spenders fight long odds for runs for office

Sole spenders fight long odds for runs for office

Christine Jones admits she didn’t know how much running for office would cost. An attorney and former executive for GoDaddy.com, Jones had been encouraged to run for years by friends. When the governor’s seat in Arizona opened up, she wound up putting $5.4 million of her own money into the Republican primary only to place […]

Dems want to make Jeb Bush just another Romney

Dems want to make Jeb Bush just another Romney

Mitt Romney opposed the government’s rescue of U.S. automakers. So did Jeb Bush. Both worked in finance and backed the Wall Street bailout. Both are advocates of tax cuts that Democrats contend only benefit the wealthy and big business. While the first actual votes of the next presidential campaign may be a year away, Democrats […]

A wide-open job market for some ex-Romney aides

A wide-open job market for some ex-Romney aides

Spencer Zwick may be the most sought after man in Republican politics. A Boston-based venture capitalist who led the operation that raised almost half a billion dollars for Mitt Romney’s last presidential campaign, Zwick has spoken with five Republican presidential prospects — in person or by phone — in the week since Romney announced he […]

Romney rules out another run for President

Romney rules out another run for President

After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney […]

Can the Democrats clean up their ‘vision’ act?

Can the Democrats clean up their ‘vision’ act?

President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones. In that spirit, the lawmakers who saw their numbers shrink in November’s elections vowed to get better at explaining their vision to voters. […]

Now Scott Walker looking to join run for President

Now Scott Walker looking to join run for President

Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, his only speaking engagement in a day […]

Romney sounds wistful, humorous about Presidential run

Romney sounds wistful, humorous about Presidential run

Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn’t. Greeted as a celebrity here Wednesday in the heart of the Republican Deep South, the GOP’s 2012 nominee — who still says he’s mulling another bid in 2016 — talked to Mississippi State University students like a commencement speaker. He urged them to “keep […]

GOP Presidential wannabes strut their stuff for Kochs

GOP Presidential wannabes strut their stuff for Kochs

Three potential Republican presidential candidates appeared before a gathering of wealthy donors organized by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers in California on Sunday night. The summit, held at a luxury resort near Palm Springs sealed off to outsiders, drew Republican Senators Marco Rubio from Florida, Rand Paul from Kentucky and Ted Cruz from Texas. It […]