Washington (CNN) - Will it spark an altercation between tea party activists and establishment Republicans?
On Monday, leaders and supporters of FreedomWorks - a major tea party sponsor - will make an unscheduled visit to the offices of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group that helps elect Republicans to the Senate. And the activists will deliver a message to the NRSC: butt out of the Utah senate race.
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah is down playing a new poll that could spell trouble for his re-election chances next year, as he runs for a seventh term in the Senate.
According to a Deseret News/KSL-TV survey of Utah voters released Sunday, 38 percent say that it's important to re-elect Hatch in 2012 because of his seniority, with nearly six in ten saying the senator's been in office too long and it's time to elect someone new.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch's re-election campaign says a leading grassroots conservative organization, that's calling on the longtime Republican senator from Utah to retire, is wasting their money.
"It's a curious decision by FreedomWorks considering Orrin Hatch agrees that a limited government is essential to rebuilding our country. If FreedomWorks is anxious to spend their money, why not put it into defeating Barack Obama in the Presidential race?" says Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen in a statement to CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Ahead of oil executives testifying on Capitol Hill before the Senate Finance Committee, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah bemoaned the perhaps inevitable comparison of the hearings to a "dog and pony show" in this exchange with Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana. (Referenced picture above)
Hatch: "This hearing should not be used to score cheap political points, but I am afraid with all due respect Mr. Chairman that that's what we are going to see here today. I have a chart depicting what I expect this hearing will turn into. There you go. I think that's a real nice picture. I think that's pretty good myself."
Washington (CNN) - Two long serving Republican senators who could face primary challenges from the right as they run for re-election next year both showed up Tuesday night at a reception held by a leading grassroots conservative organization.
Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and Dick Lugar of Indiana separately attended the function, put on by FreedomWorks at their new headquarters, which is located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol building.
Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah could have a tough road ahead of him as he makes a bid next year for a seventh term in office.
A survey by UtahPolicy.com indicates that 31 percent of likely voters there want the state's senior senator to win re-election next year, with 54 percent saying they are ready for a new face, and 15 percent unsure.
Washington (CNN) - Even as Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah continues to tout his conservative credentials, a series of meetings are being held in his home state by Tea Party and other conservative activists to begin the process of finding a consensus candidate to primary challenge the six term senator when he's up for re-election next year.
Two top officials from FreedomWorks, a leading grassroots organization, are in Utah Thursday to meet with various tea party groups and possible candidates. Russell Walker, FreedomWork's vice president for political and grassroots campaigns, says the meetings are to analyze the race and to figure out "whether we have a real challenger to Hatch, and if we do have that challenger, what the next step in the process will be."
(CNN) - If Rep. Jason Chaffetz mounts a Republican primary challenge to longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a new poll indicates Hatch leading by 15 points among GOP voters.
Washington (CNN) - Both sides of the political aisle staked out their fiscal positions Saturday ahead of the budget debate on Capitol Hill.
President Obama, who will unveil his proposals Monday, said it's time "Washington acted responsibly" and live within its means. He said his budget will propose freezing annual domestic spending for the next five years, stripping waste from government, including getting rid of empty government buildings and suspending salaries for government employees. He also vowed to veto any bill that contains earmarks, legislative provisions that direct funds to a specific project.
Washington (CNN) - Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch fended off boos at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday when it came to his 2008 vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
In a question-and-answer session, an attendee asked Hatch, who is seeking reelection and will likely face a Tea Party-backed challenger, how he can call himself a conservative in light of the massive bank bailout he supported.