Democratic Party (United States)

Primary results showcase 2010 themes

Primary results showcase 2010 themes

South Carolina Republicans nominated a tea party-backed Indian-American woman to run for governor and a conservative black man to run for Congress from the former Confederate state. Another incumbent congressman lost. So did a Senate hopeful chosen by Washington Democrats. Themes of the November midterm elections popped up in the handful of primaries and runoffs […]

Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

A Democratic bill to extend jobless benefits and raise taxes on investment fund managers failed a key vote in the Senate on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s push to boost the economy. The bill would have extended popular business tax breaks, stopped a 21 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors treating elderly […]

New poll offers hope for Congressional Democrats

New poll offers hope for Congressional Democrats

There’s encouraging news for Democrats battling to retain control of Congress in this fall’s elections, with the party holding a slender edge in public trust for shepherding the economy and slightly more people saying their finances are healthy, according to a new poll. The reeling economy remains people’s top concern, according to an Associated Press-GfK […]

Obama’s push on energy bill falls on deaf Capitol Hill ears

Obama’s push on energy bill falls on deaf Capitol Hill ears

President Barack Obama’s muted call for comprehensive energy legislation failed to sway a hesitant Congress on Wednesday, with hopes for approval before November elections fading fast. In his first national address from the Oval Office, Obama said on Tuesday the Gulf of Mexico oil spill provided a chance to break the U.S. dependence on fossil […]

‘None of the above’ gaining ground on Harry Reid

‘None of the above’ gaining ground on Harry Reid

Harry Reid faces one wild-card factor in November’s election: None of the above. Nearly 11 percent of voters in Nevada’s Democratic primary last week chose “none” over Reid, reflecting a sense of frustration within his own party over the Senate majority leader’s performance. The 12,335 Democrats who voted for “none of these candidates” — a […]

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

President Barack Obama is asking Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. If GOP senators don’t allow the stalled proposal to pass, some doctors will stop treating Medicare recipients, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet […]

Sharron Angle: A gift to Democrats from the political gods

Sharron Angle: A gift to Democrats from the political gods

Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee to challenge embattled Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his seat in Nevada, could be a gift from the political gods for Reid’s campaign. Angle, a favorite of the Tea Party, is a political fruitcake who believes fluoridation of water is a Communist plot, booze should be outlawed, mothers […]

Primaries showcase fall political themes

Primaries showcase fall political themes

The subplots abounded Tuesday night: Antipathy toward elected officials and the establishment. The power of special interests. Tests of party purity. The tea party. The quixotic fight against hyper-partisanship. Each of these narratives, any one of them a powerful story line on its own, came together on the busiest day of the primary season, a […]

Lincoln uses Clinton, anti-union message to survive

Lincoln uses Clinton, anti-union message to survive

Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln survived a bruising Democratic runoff thanks to former President Bill Clinton’s starpower and her argument that labor unions were trying to interfere in state politics. In winning the Senate primary Tuesday, Lincoln overcame a flood of outside money from labor unions and liberal groups that had backed Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s […]

Rangel says Obama acting like Dick Cheney

Rangel says Obama acting like Dick Cheney

Charles Rangel, the scandal-scarred Democrat who has become a symbol of an unwillingness of Democratic leaders of Congress to police their own, said over the weekend that President Barack Obama is acting more and more like Dick Cheney because of his commitment to the Iraq war and big oil. “I challenge anyone to tell me […]

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