Former CEO touts business record in Senate race

The race has gained national attention as Republicans seek control of the Senate.

Former CEO touts business record in Senate race

David Perdue proudly points to his executive experience running major corporations as evidence that he’s best positioned to tackle the nation’s debt. The former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok touts his business acumen while campaigning for Georgia’s Republican Senate nomination and hopes to follow his cousin, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, into politics. Voters […]

Say what? A 12-cent federal gas tax increase?

Say what? A 12-cent federal gas tax increase?

Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4 […]

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

Both parties face big hurdles in achieving such against-the-grain triumphs

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

With most of this year’s Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado. Time for a reality check. Both parties face big hurdles in achieving such against-the-grain triumphs. Studies show it’s increasingly difficult for Senate candidates to win in states their […]

Bill to tackle VA problems set for Congress

Bill to tackle VA problems set for Congress

Details of a refashioned bill to address the problems plaguing the federally run veterans’ health care system were released Sunday by its sponsor, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, posted a summary of his bill Sunday and said it would be introduced this week. The bill includes […]

Trouble ahead for Republican Senate candidates?

Trouble ahead for Republican Senate candidates?

Concerned murmurs are rippling through Iowa’s Republican circles, worried that the ways U.S. Senate primary candidates are appealing to the base now could haunt the party come November, despite chipper talk that the five-way race is a healthy way to ignite the GOP. Some Republicans say state Sen. Joni Ernst’s recent campaign ad featuring her […]

Tea party candidate wins Nebraska GOP Senate primary

Tea party candidate wins Nebraska GOP Senate primary

The tea party scored a win in Nebraska on Tuesday as university president Ben Sasse captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a bitter race that highlighted fissures within the GOP. Two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia. Sasse, who had the backing of outside conservative groups, Sarah Palin and Sen. […]

Is HHS nominee Burwell ready to face the Senate?

She is seen as a safe pick

Is HHS nominee Burwell ready to face the Senate?

President Barack Obama’s nominee to take over the federal health care agency — and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul — is making her first appearance before senators who will help decide her confirmation. Sylvia Mathews Burwell was to testify Thursday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the first of two […]

Voters set to select opponent to Sen. Kay Hagan

Tuesday's primary will highlight the struggle for control in the Republican Party

Voters set to select opponent to Sen. Kay Hagan

North Carolina voters are about to decide who they believe can best challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November: a state politics insider backed by Mitt Romney or first-time candidates more aligned with the tea party and the Christian right. Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary will highlight the struggle for control in the Republican Party as […]

Manchin keeping ‘all options open’ in W.Va.

'Basically, do I want out or do I want to stay?'

Manchin keeping ‘all options open’ in W.Va.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he’s keeping “all options open” on whether to seek the governor’s office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed frustration with partisanship and gridlock. Manchin, a Democrat, said his time as governor was the most productive period in his life but he hasn’t felt […]

GOP derails minimum wage increase in Senate

Facing the threat of a GOP Senate takeover, Democrats are forcing votes

GOP derails minimum wage increase in Senate

Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall’s congressional elections. Facing the threat of a GOP Senate takeover, Democrats have forced votes on a procession of bills designed to […]

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