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Karl Rove leads GOP plot to regain power

Karl Rove leads GOP plot to regain power

The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House. The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate […]

David Obey calling it quits

David Obey calling it quits

In a major blow to President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the US Congress, one of their top leaders in the House announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in November. Representative David Obey of Wisconsin, powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, had faced a battle for a new term amid deep voter anger […]

Voter anger didn’t make it to the polls

Voter anger didn’t make it to the polls

It turned out anger didn’t translate at the ballot box. Voters in North Carolina and Ohio kept their incumbents while those in Indiana turned to an old Capitol Hill hand — Republican Dan Coats — in Tuesday’s primaries despite the nation’s bottom-of-the-barrel support for Congress and frustration with the Washington establishment. Coats, who was recruited […]

Internal strife shapes GOP policies

Internal strife shapes GOP policies

Internal GOP politics are profoundly affecting major policies such as immigration, health care and deficit spending, as elected Republicans shift right to fend off challengers in primary elections. The moves may leave a lasting imprint on society long after flashy political events, such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s decision to abandon the GOP in hopes […]

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans are on offense in scores of House and Senate races as persistent economic woes and lukewarm support for President Barack Obama continue to weaken Democrats’ hold on Congress. The president and his party are determined to minimize the losses six months before the November elections. But Democrats privately acknowledge the economy and support for […]

Will Christ’s defection help Democrats?

Will Christ’s defection help Democrats?

The Republican infighting over Florida’s Senate seat that drove Gov. Charlie Crist to ditch the GOP is giving an underdog Democrat a realistic shot at pulling off an upset in the fall. Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek, who appeared headed to a lopsided loss in November, suddenly looks like a plausible contender to snatch away victory […]

Voters fed up with incumbents

Voters fed up with incumbents

A new poll shows American voters are fed up with Congressional incumbents and plan to vote for massive change in the structure of both the House and Senate in the November mid-term elections. The anti-incumbent mood matches voter anger in 1994 when voters tossed out Democrats and turned control of Congress over to Republicans in […]

Time to revisit term limits

Republicans seized control of Congress in the 1994 mid-term elections by promising, among other things, to turn term limits into the law of the land. Of course, as soon as they won control they scrapped the term limits idea, saying the concept was “unworkable” and some even suggested it could be “unconstitutional.” Both excuses were […]

Dems to GOP: ‘Go ahead, make our day’

Dems to GOP: ‘Go ahead, make our day’

With a showdown vote looming, Democrats are resisting Republican appeals for a broad compromise on financial overhaul legislation and are eager to test whether GOP unity will crack in an anti-Wall Street political climate. The top negotiators on the regulatory bill — Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd and Republican Sen. Richard Shelby — professed to be […]

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Now that Republicans have made him the U.S. Senate front-runner, Marco Rubio is trying to weather potentially damaging revelations about his credit card use, double billing for airfare and murky finances. A few months ago, the former Florida House speaker seemed an unlikely bet to beat Gov. Charlie Crist in the party’s Senate primary. And […]