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Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

The coalition that catapulted Barack Obama into office in 2008 is gone, fed up with broken promises and unfulfilled dreams. Voters now appear willing to give Republicans another try along with tea party newcomers. A new Associated Press-Knowledge networks poll shows at least 25 percent of those who voted for Obama have defected to the […]

Consultants repackage and sell candidates

Consultants repackage and sell candidates

Wearing a smart business suit and a friendly smile, political newcomer Linda McMahon easily sells herself as an entrepreneur who can relate to store owners in a Hispanic business district — thanks, in part, to the advice of paid professionals. “One of my first jobs, one of my very first jobs was to clerk at […]

No place for Bush in midterm elections

No place for Bush in midterm elections

Former President Bill Clinton is busy on the campaign trail, helping candidates in races from Florida to Washington state. His successor, George W. Bush? Holed up in Texas. Bush left office deeply unpopular and sour on domestic politics. After leaving Washington and returning to Texas, he has kept a low profile, working on his memoir […]

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

Billed as a Pledge to America, the House Republican campaign manifesto is as much political straddle as conservative call to action, long on poll-tested goals, short on controversial specifics and designed to reassure independent voters who abandoned the party in the last two elections. “It’s not intended to be a party platform. It’s not intended […]

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

It’s John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Senate Democrats have attached repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law to a bill authorizing $726 billion in military spending next year. The fate of the […]

Republicans unsure on how they will change Obamacare

Republicans unsure on how they will change Obamacare

Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what? Not even they know. Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean […]

Democrats jump on tax cut bandwagon

Democrats jump on tax cut bandwagon

More Democrats joined Republicans on Wednesday in calling for the preservation of tax breaks for Americans of every income level, bolting this election season from President Barack Obama’s plan to preserve cuts for families who earn less than $250,000 and let taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans. But Obama placed the blame for the stalled […]

Democrats shun help from Obama

Democrats shun help from Obama

President Barack Obama doesn’t go there anymore. The days of Obama traipsing around the country to states like Montana, Indiana or Arkansas in freewheeling campaign mode — and with sky-high popularity lifting Democratic candidates — are long over. With his approval rating sliding, the president in the next few weeks is primarily sticking to big […]

Democratic woes put at least 75 House seats in play

Democratic woes put at least 75 House seats in play

Their control of the House in peril, Democrats are scratching to survive in races all across the country. Disgruntled voters, a sluggish economy and vanishing enthusiasm for President Barack Obama have put 75 seats or more — the vast majority held by Democrats — at risk of changing hands. The party could become a victim […]

Dems cheer GOP discord

Dems cheer GOP discord

A Republican civil war is raging, with righter-than-thou conservatives dominating ever more primaries in a fight for the party’s soul. And the Democrats hope to benefit. The latest examples of conservative insurgents’ clout came Tuesday at opposite ends of the country. In Florida, political newcomer Rick Scott beat longtime congressman and state Attorney General Bill […]