Washington (CNN) - Remember the 1994 "Contract with America" that propelled Republicans back into the majority of the House of Representatives with its author Newt Gingrich as their speaker?
Well, 16 years later, it's back to the future - the GOP is again drafting a blueprint designed to take back control of Congress. But this time, it is looking for authors everywhere, and if you want help write the 2010 GOP "Commitment to America," you can take out your iPhone or BlackBerry and point your browser to a new GOP website coming soon.
House Republicans are teaming up with what they call a "major U.S. software giant" to hold an interactive discussion with people wherever and whenever they want to talk, blog or tweet.
Washington (CNN) - A majority of Arizonan voters support their state's tough new immigration law, according to a new survey.
A Rocky Mountain Poll conducted by Behavior Research Center and released Wednesday indicates that 52 percent of Arizonans back the measure, with 39 percent opposed and nine percent unsure.
The new measure, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on April 23, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there is reason to suspect they are in the United States illegally. The measure also makes it a state crime to live in or travel through Arizona illegally.
The law has ignited protests in the state and across the country and some are urging economic boycotts of Arizona. Supporters say the law is needed to confront rising problems involving illegal immigrants in Arizona, particularly those with criminal records.
(CNN) – Marco Rubio's Senate campaign announced Wednesday that 20 of Florida's Republican leaders have penned a letter to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist asking that Crist comply with any donor requests for refunds.
Crist announced last week that he will skip Florida's GOP Senate primary and, instead, run in the general election as a non-party-affiliated candidate. In the wake of Crist's decision, Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker, is expected to nab the GOP nod. GOP primary polls conducted prior to Crist's announcement indicated that Crist, once the favorite, was trailing Rubio by more than 20 percentage points.
Wednesday's letter slams Crist for deciding to abandon the GOP primary.
"As longtime and loyal contributors to Republican causes and your many campaigns, this letter is not easy for us to write," the 20 Republicans say, " But your actions have forced us to take action.
"We are both saddened and disappointed in your decision to abandon the Republican Party during this important election."
They added, "[f]or years we have put our names and credibility on the line by asking our friends to donate to you. Those days are over."
Washington (CNN) - The perception that Tea Party anger is fueled by racism has nagged the movement since it began. A fresh poll indicates that while Tea Party supporters say the movement is not prejudiced against President Obama, critics believe it is.
In an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday, 87-percent of Tea Party supporters said that racism does not play a part in the movement's opposition to the president's policies. A small number, one in 10, said that anger at having an African-American president is a reason to support the Tea Party movement.
While a vast majority of the movement's supporters questioned in the poll, deny that prejudice is at play – the survey suggests that the Tea Party may have a tough time convincing its critics.
According to the poll, 57-percent of Tea Party opponents believe that racism is fueling the movement. Meanwhile, 24-percent of Americans who have a neutral view of Tea Parties also feel that racism is a factor.
Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Congressional Committee is weighing in on Rep. David Obey's decision not to run for re-election later this year.
"There is no question that David Obey was facing the race of his life and that is why it is understandable that the architect of President Obama's failed stimulus plan has decided to call it quits," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain said in a statement.
Rep. David Obey will announce Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in November, CNN has learned. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin Democrat Rep. David Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, will announce Wednesday that he will not run for re-election, Democratic sources told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden has departed on a four-day trip to Europe to discuss key economic and security issues, the White House announced Wednesday.
The vice president will travel to Belgium and Spain from Wednesday to Saturday to "consult with the leaders of NATO, the European Union, Belgium and Spain on critical strategic, security and economic issues," according to a White House statement.
Among other things, Biden will deliver a major address to the European Parliament on cooperation between the United States and the European Union.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - Senators are expected to start voting Wednesday on changes to a Wall Street reform bill that has been more than a year in the making.
But even with all that time and effort, there are some key areas considered critical to the financial crisis that have been left out - either because they're too complicated, politically controversial or transitional to be dealt with this go-round.
(CNN) - The establishment candidates came out on top in two of the three heavily contested Senate primary battles Tuesday. And while a win's a win, it wasn't so pretty.
Former Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana is a step closer to winning back his old job. Coats won his state's Republican primary battle for the Senate, beating four other candidates. Unofficial results indicate the former two-term senator won just under 40 percent of the vote, with state senator Marlin Stutzman placing second with 30 percent and former Rep. John Hostettler in third with 21 percent.
Stutzman's silver medal can be considered impressive, considering he was less well known statewide than Hostettler, who served 12 years in Congress. Stutzman was endorsed and helped by conservative Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and by local Tea Party groups.
(CNN) - Add Jeb Bush to Team Rubio.
The popular former Florida governor formally endorsed fellow Republican Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate bid on Wednesday.
"Washington is broken, and Marco Rubio is the only candidate in this race that I trust to help fix it," says Bush, in a statement released by the Rubio campaign.
Bush will team up with Rubio on the campaign trail Friday night at the Pasco County Reagan Day Dinner, according to the Rubio campaign.
The former Florida house speaker, once an underdog in the GOP Senate primary battle, has now all but secured the nomination. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the one time front-runner for the Republican nod, was a distant second in recent GOP primary polls. Last week, Crist announced he was dropping out of the primary battle and will run for Senate as a non-party-affiliated candidate.
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