Politics

Senate nears election-year mininum wage vote

Senate nears election-year mininum wage vote

Win or lose — and they’ll probably lose — Democrats hope this week’s Senate showdown over raising the federal minimum wage reaps them benefits in November’s congressional elections. Whether they’ll get an Election Day payoff is uncertain. In a Senate vote expected Wednesday, Republicans seem likely to block the Democratic measure, which would gradually raise […]

Lies in politics? Of course. So?

Lies in politics? Of course. So?

If you read closely, you can almost glean a laugh track from the transcripts (pdf) of the oral arguments presented to the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the political lying case, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. The justices sprayed gentle ridicule and subtle sarcasm on Ohio State Solicitor Eric E. Murphy as he attempted […]

Senate campaign spin: Look out for boogeyman billionaires

Senate campaign spin: Look out for boogeyman billionaires

To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pushing an unrelenting string of criticism against Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nation’s most effective conservative groups. Now, Republican candidates […]

John Paul Stevens: Politics is factor in retirement

John Paul Stevens: Politics is factor in retirement

John Paul Stevens says he thinks it’s appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. “I think certainly it’s natural and an appropriate thing to think about your successor,” the retired justice told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview aired Sunday. Stevens was nominated by Republican President […]

Republicans credit Obamacare in Florida House election

Republicans credit Obamacare in Florida House election

The Republican Party’s leadership was quick to claim their win in Tuesday’s special congressional election on Florida’s west coast as a landmark victory over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, according to political analysts. But local Florida analysts say the narrow result was more likely a reflection of the district’s voter make-up, low turnout, and […]

Kamala Harris: A rising California political star

Kamala Harris: A rising California political star

California Attorney General Kamala Harris sought to engage and energize fellow Democrats on Saturday and warned them not to become complacent with their domination of state politics. A rising star widely expected to seek higher office, Harris, 49, urged Democrats to “stay awake” at her party’s annual convention in Los Angeles, drawing a standing ovation […]