Washington (CNN) – An impassioned Labor Secretary Hilda Solis rallied Democratic party members Saturday to tell voters "elections do matter" as she gave a detailed – and political – response to the Wisconsin union fight.
Solis delivered her remarks before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, in the same hotel where conservative activists held their annual convention two weeks ago. But the message was decidedly different, as Solis accused Republicans of turning back the clock on workers' rights.FULL STORY
Phoenix (CNN) - With no Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich or other potential presidential candidates in attendance, Tim Pawlenty did not have to elbow much for speaking and face time with conservative activists gathered at the American Policy Summit in Phoenix on Saturday.
Amid the thin lineup of potential candidates at the Tea Party Patriots' three-day event, the friendly crowd was served red meat from the former Minnesota Republican governor - who emerged on stage to a splashy video presentation.
Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie escalated the recent war of words between himself and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Saturday, accusing O'Malley of using the feud to elevate his national profile.
O'Malley, a Democrat, has criticized Christie's confrontational and headline-grabbing governing style, calling it a "stand-up routine" and accusing the Republican of being "abusive towards public employees." He has also called Christie a hypocrite over his tough budget talk for skipping a $3 billion payment into the state's pension fund and allowing New Jersey property taxes to increase.
Washington (CNN) - As Florida Republicans threaten to disrupt the presidential nominating calendar by holding their 2012 primary date in January instead of later in the year, Iowa's Republican governor is vowing to protect the traditional first-in-the-nation status of his state's caucuses.
"We will move up," Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, told CNN on Saturday at the National Governors Association winter meeting. "We did it last time. We will do it again. We will be first and New Hampshire will be after us. We will work them on whatever we have to do."
Washington (CNN) - New White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley told a Democratic crowd Saturday that they have every reason to be confident in America, despite some rough years.
"There have been two tough years for our country. And in hard times, it's easy for people to lose faith, to wonder what the future holds," Daley said at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington. "But I think we have every reason to be confident, and I know this president feels that too."
(CNN) - A co-chair of Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition team resigned from her new post Friday after it was revealed that she left her high-level state job last summer over ethics violations, CNN confirmed Saturday.
Judy Erwin previously served as the executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and served on then-candidate Barack Obama's Education Policy Committee during his 2008 presidential campaign. On Thursday, she was named to Emanuel's transition team and according to a news release, Erwin was also recently hired as managing director for ASGK Public Strategies, the communication management firm founded by former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.
Washington (CNN) - While Congress works to prevent a government shutdown over a deal to continue funding the government, President Obama and Republican Sen. Rob Portman used their weekly web and radio addresses to advocate against gridlock.
Obama urged Democrats and Republicans to find common ground "so we can accelerate, not impede, economic growth."
Phoenix (CNN) - It's not often that a mostly friendly conservative audience, listening to a conservative congressman, screams, "Boo, boo! More, more!"
And yet, for a moment, the crowd gathered at the American Policy Summit's opening night on Friday did turn on Rep. Joe Barton as the Texas Republican explained his party's push for budget cuts in the House. The three-day summit is sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, among other key groups in the movement.
(CNN) - Today brings sad news for the CNN family. CNN Senior Producer Hunter Waters passed away this morning after battling Esophageal cancer since the fall. Hunter was the lead political producer for CNN's Larry King Live and produced interviews with the top people in American politics, from Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton to candidates for the White House and beyond. Hunter worked at CNN for over a decade, first starting as an intern. He met his wonderful wife, Kris Coratti while both worked in CNN's Washington bureau. Hunter was an avid boater and loved few things more than boating on the Potomac River with Kris. All of our hearts go out to Kris as well as Hunter's family.