Washington (CNN) - FreedomWorks is reaching out to its membership for guidance on which Republican candidates to endorse in next year's GOP Senate primary battles.
"We are determined to support the most fiscally conservative person who can help put a stop to the Obama/Reid big government agenda in Washington, DC. The most important part of this decision-making process is hearing from you, our hard-working, liberty-loving FreedomWorks members," says FreedomWorks Chairman and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, in an email to supporters.
Washington (CNN) – A day after Senate Democrats announced they would force a vote on an House-passed Republican budget for next year that makes dramatic changes to Medicare - in order to test if Senate Republicans really support it - Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said he would force a vote on President Obama's competing budget proposal to see if Democrats actually back the president's plan.
Republicans Thursday said they think an embarrassingly high number of Democrats won't.
(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of her state's so-called "birther bill" could reflect part of a GOP shift away from a fringe but vocal group that claims President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, analysts say.
"It was an untenable political situation," said Darrell West, vice president of government studies at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. "It seems clear that those who question Obama's birthplace represent a fringe element in the Republican Party."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Iowa's Republican Party Chairman predicted Wednesday that the likely entrance of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich into the presidential race will trigger a more aggressive phase of the 2012 Republican primary campaign.
Gingrich is expected to enter a presidential exploratory phase Thursday during a visit to his native Georgia.
Washington (CNN)– One week before a potential government shutdown House Republican leaders stepped up pressure on Senate Democrats by moving ahead with their proposal that would keep the government running for two more weeks while cutting $4 billion.
"If they walk away from this offer they are actively engineering a government shutdown, " House Deputy Whip Peter Roskam told reporters in a conference call Friday.
Washington (CNN) – CNN is teaming up with the Tea Party Express for a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate, both organizations announced Friday. The Tea Party debate, featuring 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is scheduled for Labor Day week 2011. It will take place in Tampa, Florida – the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Since the spring of 2009, the Tea Party movement has been increasingly vocal in advocating for less government spending, lower taxes and shrinking the deficit. The Tea Party debate will place specific emphasis on those issues.
(CNN) – A top House Republican is blasting the White House and congressional Democrats over the September jobs report.
The nation's economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, but the private sector gained 64,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department report released Friday. The unemployment rate stood steady last month at 9.6 percent. The September report is the last to be released before the November 2 midterm elections.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly $285 million was spent by Democrats, Republicans and advocacy groups on political television commercials in the 2010 primaries, and when the dust settles on this midterm election, the final tally could reach $1 billion.
Evan Tracey, president of Campaign Media Analysis, notes history shows that three quarters of the money spent on political TV ads occurs in the final 60 days of the campaign.
The debate over health care reform helped influence the number of political commercials aired in this election cycle. Still, the possibility that Republicans have a shot of winning back the House as well as making substantial gains in the Senate has energized what was once a depressed Republican political base just 20 months ago.
Here is a quick snapshot of the spending on commercials in the primary:
House Democrats, parties and allies: $19 million
House Republicans, parties and allies: $33 million
Senate Democrats, parties and allies: $115 million
Senate Republicans, parties and allies: $117 million
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey - whose looming primary challenge helped drive former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania into the Democratic Party - raised over $1.5 million this past quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.
Toomey has brought in over $3.1 million from over 20,000 contributors since announcing his candidacy in April, according to his campaign.
Specter's edge over Toomey in a hypothetical general election matchup appears to have evaporated: polls released last week show the two in a dead heat.