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 […]

The data wars: Democrats still lead Republicans

Democrats appear set to maintain their technological edge, potentially boosting their prospects in the 2014 midterm elections.

The data wars: Democrats still lead Republicans

When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team’s technological prowess, allowing it to identify likely Democratic voters and get them to the polls. It was a sore point for Republicans, who came out of that election vowing to nullify […]

Campaign committees raised, spent, almost $500 million

That eye-popping sum doesn't capture the millions raised and spent by the candidates themselves.

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 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 […]

Republicans still a divided party in search of reality

"If our party doesn't unite, we're never going to win," said Jonelle Fulmer, a Republican National Committeewoman from Arkansas.

Republicans still a divided party in search of reality

The dueling faces of a conflicted political party were on display for all to see at the just-concluded Republican National Committee meeting. One was younger, more diverse and tech-savvy, part of the RNC’s carefully crafted plan to inspire confidence that the GOP is trying to grow beyond its shrinking, older, largely white base. The other […]

Republicans still see Christie as ‘one of our own’

"Nothing helps like becoming what we see as a victim of the liberal-dominated media."

Republicans still see Christie as ‘one of our own’

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not be that popular among the rabid right that controls the Republican Party but that didn’t stop them from defending “one of our own” at the GOP Winter Meeting in Washington Friday. Calling Christie’s latest round of power-mad scandals a “speed bump” in his potential road to the […]

Mike Huckabee on women: Open mouth, insert foot

Women cannot control "their libido or their reproductive system."

Mike Huckabee on women: Open mouth, insert foot

At a time when the Republican Party is claiming to “soften” its image with women voters and market itself as a “better choice” to the gender, right-wing firebrand Mike Huckabee opened his mouth and sent the party into a panic mode. Huckabee, speaking to the choir at the GOP winter meeting in Washington, said women […]

GOP’s image: Nothing to brag about?

"The issue that remains an open book for the Republicans is: What is the character of the party?"

GOP’s image: Nothing to brag about?

The Republican Party’s image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party’s appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012. “The issue that remains an open book for the Republicans is: What is […]

Republicans see Obamacare as a never-ending gift

Republicans see Obamacare as a never-ending gift

In its current disarray, Obamacare is providing Republicans with a steady stream of stories that any campaign manager would consider priceless: tales of ordinary people, some dreadfully ill, with canceled health insurance thanks to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But what if the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed soon, as the Obama administration has promised, and […]

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

Polls and public opinion ride more on whims than reality. The issue of the day drives both fortune and misfortune.

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

A month ago, in the aftermath of the government shutdown debacle, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rode high in the polls and the Republicans looked like a party sinking into its own morass of political mistakes. That, as the often-used stereotype goes, was then and this is now. Just 30 days later, Obama […]

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