Dems want to make Jeb Bush just another Romney

Dems want to make Jeb Bush just another Romney

Mitt Romney opposed the government’s rescue of U.S. automakers. So did Jeb Bush. Both worked in finance and backed the Wall Street bailout. Both are advocates of tax cuts that Democrats contend only benefit the wealthy and big business. While the first actual votes of the next presidential campaign may be a year away, Democrats […]

Legislative lobbying on No Child Left Behind law

Legislative lobbying on No Child Left Behind law

Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. With votes anticipated in the House and Senate, House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday for changing the law — a protest of Republicans’ handling of […]

Can the Democrats clean up their ‘vision’ act?

Can the Democrats clean up their ‘vision’ act?

President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones. In that spirit, the lawmakers who saw their numbers shrink in November’s elections vowed to get better at explaining their vision to voters. […]

Romney cites failures of leaders in both parties

Romney cites failures of leaders in both parties

Outlining his possible rationale for a third presidential bid, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that political leaders in both parties are failing to address the nation’s most pressing problems — climate change, poverty and education reform, among them — as he acknowledged lessons learned from his failed 2012 presidential campaign. “Why run for office in […]

Republicans target Obama on immigration

Republicans target Obama on immigration

House Republicans are taking broad steps to overturn President Barack Obama’s immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. Votes were set Wednesday on legislation worth nearly $40 billion to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year. Republicans were voting on one amendment to […]

Any future out there for Democrats?

Any future out there for Democrats?

Congressional Democrats are in retreat in more ways than one this week. As Democratic senators gather in Baltimore to talk strategy and lick election wounds, their party faces diminished powers in Congress, GOP dominance in many states and a shrinking pool of potential candidates for future elections. In the November elections, Democrats lost their eight-year […]

Democrats want to boost middle class, tax the rich

Democrats want to boost middle class, tax the rich

Democratic congressional leaders plan on Monday to unveil proposed legislation to boost the middle class by giving many families a tax cut that would be countered by a fee on financial transactions and reduced tax benefits for the top 1 percent of earners, the Washington Post reported. The plan, which Representative Chris Van Hollen of […]

Democrats optimistic about 2016 Presidential race

Democrats optimistic about 2016 Presidential race

Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the “Obama coalition” to keep their party in the White House. But Democrats couldn’t sustain that coalition for this year’s midterm elections, leading to Republican […]

Bye bye to last Deep South Democrat in Senate

Bye bye to last Deep South Democrat in Senate

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has denied Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana a fourth term, calling his Senate victory “the exclamation point” on midterm elections that put Republicans in charge on Capitol Hill for President Barack Obama’s last two years in office. With nearly all votes counted, unofficial returns showed Cassidy with a commanding victory […]