Jim DeMint

McConnell says banning pork ain’t that easy

McConnell says banning pork ain’t that easy

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell says banning pork-barrel projects known as “earmarks” from congressional legislation is more complicated than it appears but that he is willing to consider such a ban. McConnell says that ending the common practice of slipping funding requests for home-state projects into legislation won’t cut spending. A ban on earmarks will […]

Tea Party winners will find life in Congress is not a party

Tea Party winners will find life in Congress is not a party

As Rand Paul lumbers toward an expected win in Kentucky’s often nasty Senate race, he embodies the promise and peril of a phenomenon the GOP establishment must accommodate if the party is to govern and campaign effectively from here on. Paul is almost the perfect tea party flag bearer. The first-time candidate and small-government philosopher […]

Bringing home the bacon can put incumbents in the frying pan

Bringing home the bacon can put incumbents in the frying pan

 When Harry Reid, the No. 1 Democrat in the Senate, began his re-election campaign last year, he ran ads touting his ability to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in federal largess back to Nevada. “From Vegas to Reno, Carson City to Elko, he’s helped build roads, hospitals and schools,” said an early television […]

The more things change, the more they will stay the same

The more things change, the more they will stay the same

Change at the top? Not necessarily. Whichever party controls the House and Senate after the Nov. 2 election probably will install the same leaders whose policymaking helped bring about the sour economy, nearly double-digit unemployment and deficit spending that has led voters to call for fresh faces. Different lineups could mean different fates for health […]

DeMint to Republicans: Accept Tea Party, get over it

DeMint to Republicans: Accept Tea Party, get over it

Sen. Jim DeMint proudly recalls the moment he became a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment. In the gloomy weeks following the party’s throttling in the 2008 elections, the first-term South Carolina senator urged GOP leaders to shake up the seniority rules that he felt were perpetuating a broken culture of parochial spending […]

Tea Party becomes face of the new GOP

Tea Party becomes face of the new GOP

Is the tea party the new Republican Party? The grass-roots network of fed-up conservative-libertarian voters displayed its power in its biggest triumph of the election year: the toppling of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s GOP primary. Political novice Joe Miller is the fifth tea party insurgent to win a GOP Senate nominating contest, an upset […]

Alvin Greene indicted

Alvin Greene indicted

Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted in South Carolina on Friday on charges stemming from his arrest last year for allegedly showing pornography to a college student. A grand jury indicted Greene, 32, an unemployed Army veteran and campaign novice whose primary win in June stunned political observers, on a felony charge of disseminating, […]

Alvin Greene speaks!

Alvin Greene speaks!

In his first campaign appearance, South Carolina’s surprising U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene avoided any major gaffes Sunday as he hit his three major themes of jobs, education and justice. The speech started off with a joke and ended with Greene timidly waving, a shy smile spreading across his face as he got a standing […]

Unknown South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee faces felony charge

Unknown South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee faces felony charge

How did a 32-year-old unemployed vet who lives with his parents and who faces a felony charge end up the Democratic nominee for Senate in South Carolina? That’s a question vexing political professionals in the Palmetto state and one that has some smelling a Republican rat in the primary process that saw Alvin Greene, a […]