Tea Party

Thad Cochran beats out tea party challenger in runoff

Thad Cochran beats out tea party challenger in runoff

In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran had 51 percent to McDaniel’s 49 percent, three weeks after McDaniel had beaten […]

IRS boss claims no obstruction in IRS targeting of tea party

IRS boss claims no obstruction in IRS targeting of tea party

The head of the IRS brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility. Commissioner John Koskinen was appearing at a rare evening hearing on Capitol Hill to answer questions about lost emails by a key figure […]

Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency’s targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. Instead, Commissioner John Koskinen accused the chairman of a powerful House committee of misleading the public by making […]

Tea party unhappy with Barbour in Mississippi

Tea party unhappy with Barbour in Mississippi

Haley Barbour almost certainly isn’t running for office again in Mississippi, but the former governor, one-time Republican National Committee chief and influential Washington lobbyist is playing a prominent role in the state’s battle for the GOP Senate nomination. Barbour is the patriarch of a politically savvy family driving Sen. Thad Cochran’s bid for a seventh […]

IRS claims emails lost in tea party tax scandal

IRS claims emails lost in tea party tax scandal

The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year. The IRS told Congress Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails prior […]

Tea party, as expected, gloats over Cantor defeat

Tea party, as expected, gloats over Cantor defeat

A conservative underdog’s swift dispatch of Majority Leader Eric Cantor is feeding tea party dreams in Mississippi and beyond in the 2014 midterm elections. Deeply conservative contenders across the country were cheering little-known Virginia candidate David Brat’s primary upset of Cantor Tuesday as a sign that tea party-backed contenders could shift the Republican party to […]

Eric Cantor stepping down as House majority leader on July 31

Eric Cantor stepping down as House majority leader on July 31

Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset in a primary election by economics professor […]

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who […]