Politics

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

With most of this year’s Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado. Time for a reality check. Both parties face big hurdles in achieving such against-the-grain triumphs. Studies show it’s increasingly difficult for Senate candidates to win in states their […]

GOP mainstreamer to face Warner in Senate race

GOP mainstreamer to face Warner in Senate race

Former presidential adviser and lobbyist Ed Gillespie won the Republican nomination at the state party convention Saturday and will face Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in the general election in November. Gillespie won the nod at the Virginia Republican Convention in Roanoke to challenge Warner, a former Virginia governor and early favorite in the race. Gillespie […]

Faith raises its ugly, intolerant head in S.C. primary

Faith raises its ugly, intolerant head in S.C. primary

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s six Republican primary challengers frequently and loudly question whether he’s conservative enough. But, in a deeply religious state, they haven’t questioned his faith. Graham’s opponents have made some aspect of their faith part of their campaigns. But Graham hasn’t made it part of his pitch to voters. Nationwide, many Republicans this […]

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the […]

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

Another prominent Republican gathering, more evidence of the dueling legacies of President Ronald Reagan overhanging the party as it tries to widen its reach and avoid extending its presidential losing streak in 2016. There’s Reagan the doctrinaire icon of modern conservatism who declared at his inauguration that “government isn’t the solution; government is the problem.” […]