Seven key dates in the seven months leading up to the midterms
April 4th, 2014
12:26 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Seven key dates in the seven months leading up to the midterms

Washington (CNN) - We're seven months to the day before Election Day 2014.

Up for grabs in November's midterms is control of the U.S. Senate, where the Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the chamber, but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those seats in red or purple states.

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Boehner does what he hasn't done in four years
April 3rd, 2014
03:30 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Boehner does what he hasn't done in four years

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is doing something he hasn't done since 2010 – he's running campaign commercials.

The re-election team for the 12-term lawmaker, who represents Ohio's 8th Congressional district in the southwestern part of the state, confirms to CNN that they're running a TV ad in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets over the next ten days.

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Filed under: 2010 • 2014 • House • House of Representatives • John Boehner • Ohio
Democrat Nunn highlights Bush 41 in first ad
April 3rd, 2014
12:33 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Democrat Nunn highlights Bush 41 in first ad

(CNN) - Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia is playing up her work for former Republican President George H.W. Bush in the first television commercial of her Senate campaign.

"While leading President Bush's Points of Light Foundation, we grew it into the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service," Nunn says in the ad. FULL POST


Filed under: 2014 • Georgia • Michelle Nunn • Senate • Senate Race
April 3rd, 2014
12:01 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Chris Christie: The $33 million man

Washington (CNN) – It appears the George Washington Bridge controversy that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's been dealing with back home in the Garden State hasn't affected his standing nationally as one of the Republican Party's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

The Republican Governors Association announced Thursday that the group has raised a record $23.5 million the first three months of this year, and $33 million since Christie took over as RGA chairman in late November. That's a new fundraising record for the first four and a half months of a new RGA chairman's tenure.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • Fundraising • New Jersey • RGA
Democrats to focus on Ryan budget in 2014
April 2nd, 2014
12:41 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Democrats to focus on Ryan budget in 2014

Washington (CNN) - A day after the White House claimed victory in its Obamacare enrollment numbers, the group tasked with electing Democrats to the House acknowledged it's still a "tough climate" for Democrats in this year's midterms, but also insisted they still plan to campaign on the health care law.

But Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said an even bigger focus this year will be renewed attempts by Democrats to clobber Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan on the campaign trail.
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Filed under: 2014 • Budget • DCCC • Obamacare
Parties tout campaign cash figures
April 2nd, 2014
11:37 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Parties tout campaign cash figures

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is touting that it's the first party committee to top $100 million in fundraising this election cycle.

"I'm thankful to everyone who helped the RNC raise over $100 million for the 2014 cycle, 1st committee to hit that mark. Big, big year ahead," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted Wednesday morning.

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Obama takes minimum wage pitch to Michigan
April 2nd, 2014
08:50 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama takes minimum wage pitch to Michigan

Updated 3:49 p.m. ET, 4/2/2014

Ann Arbor, Michigan (CNN) – Having declared his signature health care initiative a success - at least for now - President Barack Obama headed to Michigan Wednesday to push another top domestic priority, raising the federal minimum wage.

Speaking to a rowdy crowd at the University of Michigan, Obama used much of his remarks to lambast Republicans who oppose such a hike, saying it amounted to giving working-class Americans "the shaft."
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Filed under: 2014 • Michigan • Minimum wage • President Obama
April 1st, 2014
08:31 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Republicans hit a nerve when it comes to Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Republicans are going all in, hoping that the payout is big. Like control of the Senate, big.

Their big bet: Obamacare.

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Filed under: 2014 • Obamacare • Republicans
Obama makes his pick in contested Hawaii primary
Brian Schatz participates in a ceremonial swearing in event with Vice President Joe Biden, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill, on December 27, 2012.
March 31st, 2014
03:33 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Obama makes his pick in contested Hawaii primary

Updated 5:13 p.m. ET, 3/31/2014

(CNN) – President Barack Obama jumped into the heated Democratic primary battle in his native state of Hawaii, backing incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

Schatz, previously lieutenant governor, was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in 2012 after the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye.
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Filed under: 2014 • Hawaii • President Obama • Senate
March 31st, 2014
12:38 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Five things polling tells us about Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - It's deadline day for Obamacare.

Monday's the last day of open enrollment to sign up for health insurance and avoid a penalty, through exchanges set up as part the federal health care law, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

While there are sharp political disagreements over the measure, one thing's for sure: there has been more polling on the 2010 law than any other legislation in recent years. And the measure should be a major issue in the 2014 midterm elections, just as it was in the 2010 midterms and the 2012 presidential contest.

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Filed under: 2014 • CNN poll • CNN/ORC International poll • CNN/ORC poll • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare • Polls
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