(CNN) – A national Tea Party group is taking sides in the battle for the Republican Senate nomination in California.
The Tea Party Express will endorse California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore Saturday, a spokesman for the group confirms to CNN. The endorsement is expected to happen at a rally headlined by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The event, in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, will kick off the organization's third cross country caravan, which is expected to culminate with a march on Washington by multiple Tea Party groups on tax day, April 15.
Tea Party Express was one of a number of Tea Party groups that helped financially support Republican Scott Brown in his upset victory in January's special senate election in Massachusetts for the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Washington (CNN) - All 41 Republican senators have signed a letter warning President Obama not to appoint a controversial nominee to a federal agency overseeing relations between unions and employers.
Led by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Arizona Sen. John McCain the GOP senators urged the president against putting union lawyer Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board during Congress' upcoming Easter break.
"We are writing to urge you not to overturn the bipartisan vote against the nomination of Craig Becker to be a Member of the National Labor Relations (NLRB) through a recess appointment," the senators state in the letter. "To do so would bypass the advice and consent traditions of the Senate."
Washington (CNN) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum is planning his second trip to Iowa in less than a month, fueling further speculation that the Pennsylvania Republican is seriously eyeing a run for the White House in 2012.
Santorum, who served for two terms before losing re-election in 2006, will speak at a Pottawattamie County Republican Party lunch on March 30. Earlier this month, Santorum, a favorite of social conservatives, addressed the Iowa Christian Alliance.
Santorum has acknowledged that he is interested in running for president, and appears to be taking the steps to be seen and heard in the early proving grounds of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Thursday that a bullet had been shot through a window at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia, this week. He also said he had received threatening messages.
Cantor said he would not publicly release the messages out of concern that doing so would only incite further violence. He expressed concern that Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland - a member of the Democratic House leadership - were "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."
"Legitimate threats should be treated as security issues, and they should be dealt with by the appropriate law enforcement officials," Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill. "It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. ... Enough is enough. It has to stop."
Washington (CNN) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they favor a proposal to increase the amount of money available for college loans by allowing the government to provide those loans directly to students, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 64 percent of respondents favor the proposal and 34 percent opposed it.
The measure is part of a package of fixes that were added by House Democrats to the Senate health care reform bill that was passed by the House on Sunday and signed into law by President Obama Tuesday. The fixes still need to be passed the Senate and then returned to the House for final approval.
The student loan measure, which is a priority for Obama, would end the practice of having private banks offer student loans backed by the government.
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(CNN) - The keynote speaking slot at the South Carolina Republican Party's annual Silver Elephant Banquet is usually given to an up-and-coming voice in the party – often someone looking down the road to a possible presidential bid and eager to meet activists in a key primary state.
GOP heavyweights like Ronald Reagan, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, George Allen and Mike Pence have spoken at the event over the last two decades. The dinner, the party's biggest fundraiser of the year, also hosted two Republican presidential primary debates in 1996 and 2000.
This year's speaker though is someone who likely won't be on the ballot in 2012: Karl Rove.
Washington (CNN) – One of the Democrats being "targeted" by Sarah Palin is now getting some fundraising help from Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who is staying active in Virginia politics as he mulls a second run at the governor's mansion.
Rep. Tom Perriello is one of 20 House Democrats who voted for health care reform legislation that Palin hopes to boot from office in November.
An image on her Facebook page this week featured crosshairs trained on the districts of the vulnerable Democrats in question – a move that has Democrats claiming Palin is inciting violence against Democrats.
(CNN) - While news of Gen. David Petraeus' visit to New Hampshire Wednesday inevitably sparked speculation he might be open to a 2012 White house bid, the top U.S. general in Iraq made clear he will never be a candidate for president.
"I thought I'd said 'no' about as many ways as I could. I really do mean no," Petraeus told students and reporters during an appearance at New Hampshire's St. Anselm College Wednesday night, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Such an unequivocal statement is rare from high-profile national figures who often refuse to categorically rule out any possibility of a presidential run, no matter how small.