March 28th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Challenger hopes to score off McConnell's campaign foul

(CNN) - Mitch McConnell's conservative primary challenger is hoping to score some points off of a highly publicized mistake by the Senate Minority Leader's re-election team.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, hoping to boost his underdog challenge against McConnell in Kentucky's May Republican primary, is going up with a TV commercial Friday that pokes fun at web video released earlier this week by the senator's campaign that included a clip of a team wearing blue uniforms celebrating a national championship in men's basketball. The major problem was that the team wasn't the Kentucky Wildcats, but instead the Duke University Blue Devils. There's little love among Kentucky college basketball fans for the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference school from North Carolina.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell
Elizabeth Warren, PCCC back Braley for Senate seat
March 27th, 2014
11:00 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Elizabeth Warren, PCCC back Braley for Senate seat

(CNN) – Populist darling Elizabeth Warren, along with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, threw their support Thursday behind Bruce Braley in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa.

Braley, a four-term congressman is hoping to keep the seat longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who's retiring at the end of this year, in party hands.

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Filed under: 2014 • Elizabeth Warren • Iowa • PCCC • South Dakota
Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate
March 26th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate

(CNN) - Democrats in jeopardy of losing control of the Senate this year unveiled a 2014 agenda on Wednesday filled with carefully crafted language and messaging aimed at middle class voters they believe will decide many key races.

Dubbing it a "Fair Shot for Everyone," and using the words "fair" or "fairness" in as many sentences as they could, Senate Democratic leaders announced they will focus on issues like raising the minimum wage, making college and child care more affordable, and closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to hire overseas.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Senate Democrats
Rice helps break record while boosting political profile
March 26th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Rice helps break record while boosting political profile

Washington (CNN) - Condoleezza Rice is helping House Republicans set a new fundraising record.

The former secretary of state and national security advisor to President George W. Bush is headlining Wednesday night's annual March fundraising dinner for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Last year's NRCC dinner, which Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted, brought in a record $14.4 million dollars. A GOP source with knowledge of this year's event told CNN the amount raised at Wednesday’s dinner is expected to bring in $15.1 million.

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Filed under: 2014 • Condoleezza Rice • NRCC
Poll: GOP has 2014 enthusiasm advantage
March 26th, 2014
11:13 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Poll: GOP has 2014 enthusiasm advantage

Washington (CNN) – Republicans have an edge in enthusiasm over Democrats as the Midterm Election season begins to heat up, according to a new national survey.

Seventy percent of registered Republican voters questioned in a new CBS News poll say they are very or somewhat excited about voting in November, compared to 58% of Democrats. Only 47% of independent voters say they're very or somewhat excited to cast ballots in the midterms. And 81% of registered Republicans say they'll definitely vote in November, compared to 68% of registered Democrats.

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Filed under: 2014 • Republican Party
A Boehner bypass? House conservatives have their own midterm message
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalese, R-Louisiana, is pushing a major jobs bill on Capitol Hill.
March 26th, 2014
10:53 AM ET
4 weeks ago

A Boehner bypass? House conservatives have their own midterm message

Washington (CNN) – An influential group of House conservatives, unhappy with the midterm strategy of Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republicans, plans to lay out its own election year message on the economy on Wednesday.

"I think our leadership has been good about showing what we're against. I think one area where we've had weakness is we really haven't shown what we're for," Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise said.

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Filed under: 2014 • House Republicans • John Boehner
Democratic pollster predicts 'huge turnout disadvantage' in 2014
March 25th, 2014
12:18 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Democratic pollster predicts 'huge turnout disadvantage' in 2014

Washington (CNN) - A leading Democratic pollster predicted a "sobering" turnout disadvantage for her party in this year's midterm elections and called on Democrats to articulate "a bigger economic agenda" this fall.

"There is a huge turnout disadvantage and challenge," Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said Tuesday at a breakfast with reporters. "There is always a challenge in turnout in an off year, but it's really dramatic this time."

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Filed under: 2014 • Polls
Tea party says OFA remake of its symbol is trolling
March 25th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Tea party says OFA remake of its symbol is trolling

Washington (CNN) - So what do some leaders in the tea party think about a group that supports President Barack Obama's agenda using a key symbol of the grassroots conservative movement to advocate for the health care law?

"Imitation is the highest form of flattery and in this case, it is no different," Amy Kremer, chair of the Tea Party Express, one of the largest and most politically active national tea party organizations, told CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare • OFA • Organizing for America • Tea Party • Tea Party movement
Biden reflects on life in politics before trip to New Hampshire
March 24th, 2014
09:41 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Biden reflects on life in politics before trip to New Hampshire

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden reflected on his career in politics and what he sees as the fight against cynicism as the keynote speaker at an award ceremony for political reporting in Washington Monday.

The Toner Prize celebration dinner is held in honor of the late Robin Toner, the first woman to be named national political correspondent for The New York Times, who died in 2008.

"When talking to Robin, I always knew it wasn't a cynical exercise for her. It wasn't score-keeping. She knew the outcome of the election affected real people's lives and that's why she held us accountable," Biden said of Toner, who covered five presidential elections and many other federal races during her reporting career.
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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Jeanne Shaheen • Joe Biden • New Hampshire • Scott Brown
March 24th, 2014
02:31 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Romney makes a role for himself

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney seems to be popping up everywhere this year.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and two-time White House hopeful made a Sunday talk show appearance, criticizing President Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Ukraine, this weekend, the sixth major TV interview Romney's done so far this year.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Mitt Romney
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