Politics

Will votes on shutdown come back to haunt some in 2014?

Will votes on shutdown come back to haunt some in 2014?

A group of House Republicans planning Senate campaigns next year took different bets on a bill in Congress ending a government shutdown and avoiding a default. For some, a general election loomed large while for others, the vote was a matter of competing for conservative primary voters. The high-profile vote Wednesday night to end the […]

Right wing looking for new hot-button issues to attract followers

Right wing looking for new hot-button issues to attract followers

Seeking a new generation of leaders, social conservatives are looking for a lot more than opposition to gay marriage and abortion. An annual summit of faith leaders and conservative activists gave a platform to a new wave of Republican leaders, who derided President Barack Obama’s health care law, his steering of the economy and foreign […]

Tough times for Republican moderates in swing districts

Tough times for Republican moderates in swing districts

Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick had been expected to face a tough re-election fight. Then he sided with GOP leadership and a tea party insisting that a federal spending plan to keep the government open must delay or defund President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now, with the partial government shutdown stretching into its second week, […]

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year’s midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other. A year out from Election Day and just days into the […]

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement. Although unstated, their goal is clear — draw a contrast with their prospective presidential challengers on Capitol Hill aligned with a vocal band of Republicans whose demands […]

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks because politically safe lawmakers in both parties feel little pressure to compromise. Heavily gerrymandered districts make many House Democrats and Republicans virtual shoo-ins for re-election, insulating them from everything but the views in their slice of the country. That means some lawmakers can be […]

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed. President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber […]

Heath care law battle reunites Obama with Bill Clinton

Heath care law battle reunites Obama with Bill Clinton

Health care is reuniting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. The two are set to appear together Tuesday to discuss Obama’s health care law at a session sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the former president’s foundation. The joint appearance comes exactly one week before people who don’t have health insurance can start […]

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

It could be the only day before Nov. 6 without explicit partisan rancor. Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney plan to take down their negative ads in honor of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Neither planned to appear at overtly political events, although Election Day is never far from […]