(CNN) – In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.
"Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
"It's a failed policy," he said of shutdowns.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Tuesday's Senate primary in Kansas ended another ugly showdown that pit a tea party-backed challenger against an establishment Republican incumbent.
CNN projects incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts has fended off conservative challenger Milton Wolf in the state's GOP Senate primary. FULL POST
Washington (CNN) - Rob Portman isn't shutting any doors to a potential 2016 run for the White House.
But the Republican senator from Ohio Wednesday seemed to down play any talk that he's actively considering a bid for his party's nomination.
(CNN) - Alison Lundergan Grimes released her first statewide television ad on Tuesday in Kentucky's highly competitive Senate race, but it won't be the only one Blue Grass state residents see this week.
The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, an outside group backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, launched an ad of its own, which questions his Democratic challenger's stance on a number of issues.
(CNN) – Sen. Saxby Chambliss believes the Guantanamo Taliban detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl will reenter the terror fray.
In an interview Tuesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the detainees "high-level individuals" with ties to al Qaeda as well as Mullah Mohammed Omar, who is credited with creating the Taliban.
(CNN) – Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a top legislative and political priority of Democrats, a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
The measure failed to gain enough support in a procedural vote to open debate.
In framing the issue ahead of November's midterm elections, Democrats have portrayed the GOP as insensitive to the needs of low-wage workers.
Washington (CNN) – Could Sen. Lindsey Graham finally have a credible primary challenger in South Carolina?
Det Bowers, a politically-connected Columbia pastor, collected over $417,000 in the two months since he made a late entry into the GOP Senate primary in February, a source close to the first-time candidate told CNN.
(CNN) - The leaders of some national tea party groups aren't taking kindly to tough talk by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The top Senate Republican, who's running for re-election this year, said over the weekend that he's not concerned about facing a tea party supported primary challenger back home in Kentucky.
(CNN) – Several Republican senators said Wednesday they were surprised and angered after a news report revealed that their GOP colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, made a recent fundraising appeal for a tea party group that is trying to defeat GOP incumbents it doesn't believe are conservative enough.
The senators said Cruz's efforts appeared to violate his own pledge to no longer target sitting Republican senators in favor of tea party-backed candidates in the hard-fought 2014 campaign in which Republicans believe they have a chance to win back control of the Senate.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Each one of Lindsey Graham's five underfunded Republican primary opponents have been struggling to gain traction in the race and emerge as the South Carolina senator's leading conservative opponent.
Not one of them, though, has managed to break out of the pack.