Politics

For 2012, Obama thinks big; GOP wants small

For 2012, Obama thinks big; GOP wants small

Republicans hope voters’ fears about jobs and the economy will help them reclaim a handful of Mountain West and Southern states that were crucial to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential win. Obama’s campaign appears just as determined to hold those states next year and force Republicans to spend precious resources defending places they’d like to consider […]

Mass exodus: Senior Gingrich campaign aides quit

Mass exodus: Senior Gingrich campaign aides quit

The entire top echelon of New Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned on Thursday, a stunning mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. Rick Tyler, the former U.S. House speaker’s spokesman, said that he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists had all quit, along with aides in the early primary and […]

Bikers to Palin: ‘Go home bitch”

Bikers to Palin: ‘Go home bitch”

Sarah Palin tried to bring her carnival sideshow to the annual Rolling Thunder Ride to the Wall Sunday but the bikers quickly put her in her place — “riding bitch” on the back of another woman’s Harley-Davidson. Palin tried to turn an uninvited visit to the gathering of biker veterans and supporters into a photo […]

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has authorized a feature-length film about her rise, added staff and recently said she has “that fire in the belly” for a presidential bid — all steps that fuel speculation she’s inching toward a White House run. Her supporters are putting together a campaign-in-waiting in Iowa, the lead-off nominating caucus, […]

Newt: 2012 election most important since 1860

Newt: 2012 election most important since 1860

Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War. Addressing the Georgia Republican Party’s convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads and that […]

Tea party goes after Olympia Snowe

Tea party goes after Olympia Snowe

Maine’s Olympia Snowe has long thrived as one of the Senate’s leading GOP moderates, but she has recently sided with tea partyers on high-profile votes involving Libya, the budget and the environment as she braces for a primary challenge from the right. Such votes could help Snowe fend off tea party foes who mock her […]

Trump takes obscenity-laced road show to Vegas

Trump takes obscenity-laced road show to Vegas

Real estate developer and TV showman Donald Trump fueled speculation that he’ll enter the 2012 White House race, assuring a crowd of supporters at a Las Vegas casino that he is seriously weighing a presidential run in a speech laced with the F-word. The setting Thursday night was fitting for the casino mogul whose moniker […]

Firefighters just say no to contributions

Firefighters just say no to contributions

The International Association of Fire Fighters union said on Tuesday it was turning off the tap on federal political contributions and putting its money into state and local campaigns. The union’s general president, Harold Schaitberger, said in a statement that “politicians from both parties have failed to address our issues in Washington, D.C.,” even as […]

Barbour drops out of Presidential race

Barbour drops out of Presidential race

Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour — a long shot Presidential candidate at best — pulled the plug on his campaign for the White House Monday, saying he lacked the “absolute fire in the belly” to seek the office.   After making noises about a serious Presidential run, Barbour dropped his surprise announcement while at least […]

Former New Mexico governor running for President

Former New Mexico governor running for President

Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing. Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary […]