Portman keeps 2016 door open
July 9th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Portman keeps 2016 door open

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.

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Filed under: 2016 • RNC • Rob Portman • Senate Republicans
Dueling ads heat up Kentucky Senate race
July 8th, 2014
01:27 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Dueling ads heat up Kentucky Senate race

(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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate Race • Senate Republicans
June 3rd, 2014
08:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate Republican: Swapped prisoners will carry out additional attacks

(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.

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GOP blocks minimum wage bill in Senate
April 30th, 2014
12:48 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP blocks minimum wage bill in Senate

(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.

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Filed under: Minimum wage • Senate Republicans
First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul
April 8th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
4 months ago

First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul

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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Republicans • South Carolina
March 10th, 2014
12:20 PM ET
4 months ago

Tea Party pushes back against McConnell

(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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate Primaries • Senate Republicans • Tea Party
Cruz angers GOP colleagues - again
February 26th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz angers GOP colleagues - again

(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.

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Filed under: Senate Republicans • Ted Cruz
Hillary Clinton surfaces as issue in Republican Senate race
February 19th, 2014
02:41 PM ET
5 months ago

Hillary Clinton surfaces as issue in Republican Senate race

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.

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Senate clears key nominations, leaves town for Christmas
December 20th, 2013
07:06 PM ET
7 months ago

Senate clears key nominations, leaves town for Christmas

(CNN) – Senators cast their last votes of the year Friday - confirming a new IRS commissioner and the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department - and dashed from the Capitol to start their Christmas recess.

Their final votes, to break Republican filibusters and approve several of President Barack Obama's nominees, seemed a fitting conclusion to a year when the divisive issues of filibusters and nominations were dominant.

Friday wrapped up a grueling week of work for Senate lawmakers, who conducted marathon sessions over stalled nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized briefly for exhaustion. He was back home and cleared to return to work by evening.
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Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
Nominations fight threatens start of Senate recess
December 18th, 2013
08:17 PM ET
7 months ago

Nominations fight threatens start of Senate recess

Washington (CNN) - Fallout from the so-called “nuclear option” Senate Democrats triggered last month - when they dramatically weakened the ability of minority Republicans to filibuster presidential nominees - continued to reverberate through the Capitol on Wednesday as GOP Senators threatened to keep the chamber working into the Christmas recess if Democrats insisted on approving a large slate of presidential nominees.

It remained unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would press ahead to clear the nominees or pull back from the brink and let senators return home for the holidays.

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Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
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