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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 a wider audience. Kingston doesn’t mention any of his seven primary opponents. But the subtext is obvious in a field that includes Kingston’s House colleagues Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey. Broun, a physician, has called evolutionary theory “lies from the pit of Hell,” and he’s
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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 — one that hasn’t evolved since the GOP’s back-to-back presidential losses — lurked in the hallways, occasionally taking center stage at the Washington hotel where party delegates from around the country met to discuss party business. The reminder of the divisions comes a year after
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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 White House, party activists claimed it was “too early to write him off” as a Presidential contender and said his travails may even help him with conservatives because it turns him in a political martry. “People in our party see the media going after Christie
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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 about whether she plans to run again. But she has said that she will decide this year and, with a full 24 months before even the first party primaries, the “draft Clinton” movement is not waiting for its heroine to formally announce. She swamps other
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Are Hispanics rallying to support Chris Christie?

His administration gripped by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found unlikely allies among the nation’s Hispanic community. In New Jersey and beyond, some minority leaders usually aligned with Democrats are giving the Republican governor the benefit of the doubt regarding controversies that have enveloped his office, in part because of Christie’s aggressive courtship of minority voters throughout his first four years in office. Just days before an apparent case of political retribution by his office was exposed this month, Christie signed a new law granting in-state college tuition rates to New Jersey immigrants in the country illegally, winning
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Red states face a ‘delicate path’ on gay marriage

Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won’t be enough. Wolfson knows the perils of judges forcing social changes on a population that isn’t ready for them – he filed the first successful gay marriage lawsuit in the 1990s in Hawaii, and the backlash against that case convinced him to focus on the political process rather than litigation alone. That strategy has helped lead to a stunning
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Scandal overshadows Christie’s fundraising trip

The New Jersey mayor who added to Governor Chris Christie‘s woes with fresh claims that his office punishes uncooperative local officials stuck to her story on Sunday, overshadowing the governor’s fundraising trip in Florida. Widely seen as a Republican contender for the White House in 2016, Christie avoided mention of his troubles at home while he raises funds on a closely watched trip to Florida this weekend. His office dismissed as false claims by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that he sent his deputy to tell her she risked not getting requested funds for Superstorm Sandy relief unless she backed a
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Will Virginia join swing towards gay marriage?

Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed. This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That’s changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support gay marriage. Two federal lawsuits challenging the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage are moving forward, and a hearing on one of the cases is scheduled for Jan. 30. With the recent court gains in Utah and Oklahoma, gay rights
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Can three gay Republicans make election history?

Dan Innis’ husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House. It didn’t matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history — no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress. “He said, ‘You’ve got to do this,'” recalls Innis, running in the 1st Congressional District, which covers most of eastern New Hampshire. “He said, ‘You need to take this opportunity and see if you can make a difference.'” Innis plays down his sexuality as a campaign issue, but acknowledges the historic
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Documentary found Romney a ‘cheap’ candidate

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be a very wealthy man but when a filmmaker decided to document his two failed White House bids over six years, he was surprised to find how thrifty the former private equity executive was. “I was surprised that somebody that rich would be that cheap,” director Greg Whiteley told Reuters, regaling a story of how Romney was shocked at the price of a glass of milk at a hotel. “He was constantly agonizing over how much for a (campaign advertising) spot.” Romney, who left the private equity firm Bain Capital he co-founded to
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