Kentucky politics with a side order of barbeque

Their scripted, crowd-controlled campaigns could go anywhere during their appearances

Kentucky politics with a side order of barbeque

The annual picnic at Fancy Farm always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue. And this year voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates standing side by side as they face armies of hecklers trying to move them off their talking points. Senate Minority […]

Child migration shifts immigration political focus

Americans who rank immigration as the nation's top problem have tripled

Child migration shifts immigration political focus

The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has […]

Obama hits road for political day trip

The trip combines important election-year tasks for the president

Obama hits road for political day trip

Drawing attention to his economic policies and courting a key Democratic constituency, President Barack Obama is embarking on a two-stop day trip to highlight technological developments and to raise money for the Democratic Party from a newly energized gay community. Obama on Tuesday was traveling to Pittsburgh, where he will visit a workshop designed to […]

Turn out the lights. The tea party is over

Voters turned off the political extremism. The tea party pot turned cold.

Turn out the lights.  The tea party is over

Voters Tuesday sent a strong message to the once-formidable tea party:  We don’t like you and we don’t want you representing us in Congress. Tea party candidates lost big in Senate primaries in Kentucky and Georgia as GOP voters rallied behind “establishment” party candidates who  stand a better chance of running strong against Democratic candidates […]

Rubio claims Democrats threaten ‘American Dream’

Rubio first of the mainstream Republican class to appear in New Hampshire this year.

Rubio claims Democrats threaten ‘American Dream’

Reaffirming his national political ambitions, Sen. Marco Rubio accused Democrats on Friday of threatening the American dream as he campaigned across New Hampshire, appearing in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the first time in 18 months. The Florida Republican also jabbed at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, considered the overwhelming favorite to […]

GOP political committee wants more control

The RNC also plans penalties for candidates who don't follow the committee's plans

GOP political committee wants more control

The Republican National Committee wants to take more control over how the party picks a nominee. The RNC is meeting Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, to choose members who will effectively set the calendar for 2016’s long list of potential presidential contenders. If party chairman Reince Priebus gets his way, the GOP will pick its nominee […]

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

'We're trying to remedy what we believe is an unconstitutional map drawn by the legislature'

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

Virginia is one of several states where Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans seeking to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Marc Elias, an attorney for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, represents two Virginia voters in a lawsuit that accuses the General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering” by […]

Senate nears election-year mininum wage vote

Whether they'll get an Election Day payoff is uncertain

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?

Aside from money, nothing is more integral to a political campaign than lies

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 […]

Hillary Clinton set to talk faith, not politics

'Her appearance here transcends politics'

Hillary Clinton set to talk faith, not politics

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is showcasing her Methodist roots in a speech to about 7,000 members of the United Methodist Church. Clinton, a former U.S. senator for New York and the wife of former President Bill Clinton, has been brandishing her foreign policy experience with a recent address at the University of […]