Politics

GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

Lunging for control of the GOP ahead of high-stakes elections, the Republican National Committee on Friday took steps to end free-for-all presidential debates and vowed to punish potential contenders who participate in rogue forums. At the same time, an independent organization with deep ties to the conservative Koch brothers has elected to spend $125 million […]

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

Virginia is one of several states where Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans seeking to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Marc Elias, an attorney for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, represents two Virginia voters in a lawsuit that accuses the General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering” by […]

Nick Rahall fights for his political life in W.Va.

Nick Rahall fights for his political life in W.Va.

In a state where Republicans are breaking losing streaks that predate the Eisenhower administration, a Democratic congressman who’s served nearly 40 years is one of the GOP’s top targets this election year. Since 1977, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall has represented the 3rd Congressional District, which snakes around the southern part of West Virginia like a […]

Secret donor meet for GOP Presidential wannabes

Secret donor meet for GOP Presidential wannabes

Far from public scrutiny, Republican presidential hopefuls, high-powered donors and other national political and business leaders gathered last month at a five-star resort in Georgia for a secretive meeting to discuss the midterm elections, foreign policy and the economy. Details of the event organized by the think tank the American Enterprise Institute were revealed this […]

Chamber spending big bucks on GOP ad buys

Chamber spending big bucks on GOP ad buys

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads this week in North Carolina and Georgia in a crunch-time effort to help establishment-backed Republicans in crowded Senate primaries. It is also pumping money into commercials praising GOP hopefuls in Michigan, Montana and Alaska. The powerful business organization’s ad buy is a clear attempt to tip the […]

Rand Paul: GOP must be more diverse, inclusive

Rand Paul: GOP must be more diverse, inclusive

The Republican Party must become a bigger coalition that welcomes diverse ideas to win national elections, Sen. Rand Paul said Saturday at the Maine Republican Party convention. Paul’s speech comes as the Kentucky Republican weighs a possible run for the White House in 2016 and pushes to strengthen his appeal beyond his father’s passionate supporters […]

GOP presidential wannabes chase NRA endorsement

GOP presidential wannabes chase NRA endorsement

Several potential Republican presidential candidates courted gun-rights supporters Friday at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, talking up their pro-gun credentials while imploring the crowd to fight not just for their Second Amendment rights but for other freedoms they say are being threatened. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, […]

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