CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Big 2014 midterm races and calculations, and a 2016 wrinkle or two, filled a trip around our Inside Politics table to close this Sunday's program.
(CNN) - Fresh off a speech to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, former - and potentially future - GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum praised a controversial new gun law in Georgia.
The bill, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal last week, will allow Georgians to carry guns into some bars, churches and government buildings.
(CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continued to duck questions Sunday on whether he would launch a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
"My focus is entirely on the future of the people of Indiana. We'll let my future take care of itself," he said on "Fox News Sunday” when asked about his plans.
(CNN) - CNN’s State of the Union Host Candy Crowley aptly put it at the top of her show Sunday: Four of the last six presidents were governors.
Governors descended upon Washington this week for the annual National Governors Association meeting. They also filled the hot seats on the Sunday talk shows.
That inevitable question was asked. The one about running for president.
(CNN) – On CNN’s “State of the Union,” four governors were asked Sunday whether they want to rule out a presidential bid.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, considered a dark horse for the 2016 presidential race, didn’t directly answer the question.
(CNN) – Four governors - two Republicans and two Democrats - indicated Sunday that their states would not be headed down the same road as Colorado and Washington in terms of legalizing recreational marijuana.
Asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether they would consider making pot legal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was the first to jump in with a flat “no.”
(CNN) - While Washington lawmakers are mired in stalemate, Republican governors are pushing through laws that "preserve freedom," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in Saturday's weekly GOP address.
The first-term Republican, who began the remarks by blasting President Barack Obama's health care law, said that those governors provide an alternative to waiting on lawmakers in Washington to achieve meaningful change.
(CNN) - CNN has projected Republican Congressman Mike Pence as winning the race for governor in Indiana, beating the Democratic competitor, John Gregg.
Pence, having already served six terms as a member of the House of Representatives, mulled a 2012 presidential bid but opted instead to run for governor to replace term-limited Republican incumbent Mitch Daniels. His defeated opponent John Gregg is the former Indiana House speaker.
Pence's win was thought as likely. Years in Congress and on the Sunday talk show circuit, as well as his brief foray in near-presidential politics, gave him a relatively high profile for a state candidate. Indiana is also a Republican-friendly state with Republicans controlling the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and a majority of U.S. House seats.
(CNN) – Political figures, including likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, reacted on Saturday to the death of Chuck Colson, the influential evangelical leader who served time in prison for his role as a Watergate-era "hatchet man" for President Richard Nixon.
"Chuck Colson embodied and made possible an immeasurable amount of good in the lives of the people, families and communities he served in bringing a message of faith and hope," Romney said in a statement. "Ann and I are praying for Patty, the Colson family and all the people he touched throughout the world who will miss him."
(CNN) - After weeks of squabbling over extending the payroll tax cut, Republicans and President Barack Obama turned their focus on the holidays in their weekly addresses Saturday.
The addresses, which typically ding the opposite side on policy matters, struck a nonpartisan note by thanking troops for serving over Christmas.