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Campaign committees raised, spent, almost $500 million

The major campaign committees collected almost a half-billion dollars in 2013 — a year when just two states chose governors, two had special Senate...

Once again, the key in elections is ‘follow the money’

As usual in politics, the focus is money and the ability to raise as much of it as one can. With today's deadline for filing...

Both parties hope veterans can win in 2014

When he meets voters in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District, former Army Ranger Kevin Strouse recounts how he helped clear a city block in Iraq...

Republicans see health care debacle as 2014 opportunity

In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama's health care law...

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics? Oh, get real

Outside a state-of-the-art grain elevator, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley talks of how Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to overcome differences that scuttled farm...

Obama to Dems: ‘We’ve got the better side’ of argument

Regrouping with Democrats after a bitter budget fight, President Barack Obama on Friday cast the recent spending-and-debt standoff with Congress as "a symptom of...

Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one

A time existed when my professional life revolved around the Republican Party. In 1981, I took a sabbatical from writing and shooting photos for newspapers...

Mark Sanford finds redemption from South Carolina voters

In a story of political redemption, Mark Sanford is headed back to Congress after his career was derailed by scandal four years ago. "I am...

Voter anger puts GOP back in charge of the House

Republicans drew on the support of independents and the energy of tea party activists to fashion a resounding victory in the House in midterm...

Impossible dream: Finding truth in campaign ads

Finding an actual fact in this season's load of campaign ads is like panning for nuggets. There's a lot of fool's gold in the...