GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

Some say Reagan was successful because he was an unapologetic conservative.

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

Another prominent Republican gathering, more evidence of the dueling legacies of President Ronald Reagan overhanging the party as it tries to widen its reach and avoid extending its presidential losing streak in 2016. There’s Reagan the doctrinaire icon of modern conservatism who declared at his inauguration that “government isn’t the solution; government is the problem.” […]

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Mississippi’s Senate primary has morphed from a high-profile proxy for the national fight between the tea party and establishment Republicans into an ad war driven by clandestine images of Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife in an online video. State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who aims to deliver a rare victory for the tea party this midterm […]

Trouble ahead for Republican Senate candidates?

Trouble ahead for Republican Senate candidates?

Concerned murmurs are rippling through Iowa’s Republican circles, worried that the ways U.S. Senate primary candidates are appealing to the base now could haunt the party come November, despite chipper talk that the five-way race is a healthy way to ignite the GOP. Some Republicans say state Sen. Joni Ernst’s recent campaign ad featuring her […]

Judge puts Rep Conyers back on Michigan ballot

The people who gathered names weren't registered voters

Judge puts Rep Conyers back on Michigan ballot

A judge on Friday ordered U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ name placed on the August primary ballot, trumping Michigan election officials who said the Democrat was ineligible because of problems with his nominating petitions. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman capped a turbulent day of law and politics and appeared to diminish the possibility […]

Gay rights a positive election issue for Democrats

Twenty years ago, Republicans in Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, barring recognition of same-sex marriage

Gay rights a positive election issue for Democrats

It wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield. Consider Pennsylvania, where Democrats have lambasted Republican Gov. […]

Vegas, Cincinnati out as potential sites for 2016 GOP convention

The host city would have to pick up a tab as high as $60 million

Vegas, Cincinnati out as potential sites for 2016 GOP convention

The odds of hosting the Republican Party’s next presidential convention have improved for Dallas, Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, Missouri. Two other players, Las Vegas and Cincinnati, have folded. The four remaining cities will be making in-city pitches to party officials looking for a host with ample meeting space, hotels and transportation to accommodate tens […]

Future looks bleak for GOP governor in Kansas

Even Brownback's admirers admit his aggressive agenda has complicated his future.

Future looks bleak for GOP governor in Kansas

Despite accomplishing much of his agenda — or perhaps, because of it — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has run into a wave of negative repercussions that have roiled his prospects for re-election and ignited Democratic hopes in this deeply red state. Elected three years ago as a leading conservative voice for making state government more […]

Mainstream GOP candidates stomp tea party extremists

Republican primary struggles with the tea party-favored rivals were a dominated primaries

Mainstream GOP candidates stomp tea party extremists

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dispatched his tea party challenger with ease Tuesday night, and Democrats turned to two women, Alison Lundergan Grimes to oppose him in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn to fight for Georgia, in elections next fall with control of the Senate at stake. Setting up a third high-profile race, Democratic Sen. Mark […]

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Several tea party-endorsed candidates are struggling in Republican primaries

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Tuesday’s primary elections will give establishment Republicans another chance to defeat tea party-backed candidates, but some political activists are asking if it makes much difference. They see tea partyers losing individual races but winning the larger ideological war by tugging the Republican Party rightward. Several tea party-endorsed candidates are struggling in Tuesday’s Republican congressional primaries […]

Christie courts Jewish donors, talks foreign policy

He said America must represent the strongest military and economic power, but...

Christie courts Jewish donors, talks foreign policy

Courting powerful Jewish donors for the second time in two months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Sunday for a more aggressive foreign policy that defends American values abroad — even in “in some very messy, difficult places.” “The rest of the world watches in desperation and hope that America will realize and act upon […]

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