Politics

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran’s Republican runoff against Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel stands as a test of whether decades of delivering federal largesse trumps conservative demands to slash government spending. The 76-year-old Cochran, the former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman who has steered billions of dollars back home, is locked in a tight race against the […]

GOP leaders kowtow to right-wing Bible thumpers

GOP leaders kowtow to right-wing Bible thumpers

Some of the Republican Party’s most ambitious leaders are courting religious conservatives as evangelical officials claim new momentum in their fight for the GOP’s soul. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, led by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, launches its annual conference Thursday with appearances by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. […]

Three GOP presidential wannabes talk unity

Three GOP presidential wannabes talk unity

Three possible Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential race were in Iowa on Saturday to offer their prescriptions for uniting the GOP and rally party faithful in the early primary state. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and former U.S. Sen Rick Santorum offered a mix of vision for Republican leadership and criticism […]

Christie at odds with Perry over gay remarks

Christie at odds with Perry over gay remarks

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Friday he disagreed with comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism made by his potential 2016 Republican rival for the White House, Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry, who ran an unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2012, said Wednesday during an appearance in San Francisco that he believed homosexuality […]

Tea party unhappy with Barbour in Mississippi

Tea party unhappy with Barbour in Mississippi

Haley Barbour almost certainly isn’t running for office again in Mississippi, but the former governor, one-time Republican National Committee chief and influential Washington lobbyist is playing a prominent role in the state’s battle for the GOP Senate nomination. Barbour is the patriarch of a politically savvy family driving Sen. Thad Cochran’s bid for a seventh […]

Tea party, as expected, gloats over Cantor defeat

Tea party, as expected, gloats over Cantor defeat

A conservative underdog’s swift dispatch of Majority Leader Eric Cantor is feeding tea party dreams in Mississippi and beyond in the 2014 midterm elections. Deeply conservative contenders across the country were cheering little-known Virginia candidate David Brat’s primary upset of Cantor Tuesday as a sign that tea party-backed contenders could shift the Republican party to […]

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