That eye-popping sum doesn't capture the millions raised and spent by the candidates themselves.
The major campaign committees collected almost a half-billion dollars in 2013 — a year when just two states chose governors, two had special Senate elections and six House districts had unplanned races — and spent most of it. That eye-popping sum doesn’t capture the millions raised and spent by the candidates themselves or the outside […]
Early reports show heavy spending will be the norm.
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 end of the year financial reports for committees, candidates and others, a snapshot will begin to emerge showing how much is bring raised, who is raising it and who will […]
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 during the rescue of prisoner of war Jessica Lynch in 2003. The story is meant to show his experience working with others to accomplish a goal. “In the military, it’s always […]
Rahall was among 39 Democrats who, despite an Obama veto threat, voted Friday for a GOP measure that would let insurers continue selling policies to individuals that fall short of the health care law's requirements.
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 have already begun. The 19-term veteran, a perennial target in a GOP-shifting state, is among many in the president’s party who have recited to constituents Obama’s assurance that they could keep […]
In this district dotted with farming towns as well as in districts around the country, the political environment is toxic for lawmakers running for re-election or seeking higher office.
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 legislation last summer. A day later, he tells veterans at a rec center in his blue-collar, northern Iowa district that both parties should work together to help them. “The issues surrounding […]
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 a larger challenge” but one offering Democrats the chance to show voters the virtues of their vision for government ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. At the heart of the impasse […]
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 to take a job as a press secretary for then Republican Congressman Paul Findley of Illinois. The plan was to work a couple of years inside government to learn how […]
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 one imperfect man saved by God’s grace,” the Republican told about 100 cheering supporters Tuesday after defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch to win back the 1st District seat he held […]
Republicans drew on the support of independents and the energy of tea party activists to fashion a resounding victory in the House in midterm elections, increased their strength in the Senate and quickly served notice they intend to challenge President Barack Obama with a conservative approach to the economy. “We hope President Obama will now […]
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 way. In this warped-lens world, a Democrat who votes against his party more than every other legislator except one is branded a lapdog of his party’s leadership. A federal deficit from […]