Christie back in campaign spotlight
February 18th, 2014
09:26 AM ET
2 months ago

Christie back in campaign spotlight

(CNN) – He's dealing with major controversies in his home state of New Jersey, but nationally Gov. Chris Christie remains one of the GOP's most potent rainmakers.

And Tuesday night Christie heads to New York City to attend a gathering and fundraiser for Senate Republicans, as they try to win back the chamber this November from the Democrats.
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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • New Jersey • NRSC • Senate
Senate debt ceiling vote protocol sparks controversy
February 13th, 2014
10:46 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate debt ceiling vote protocol sparks controversy

(CNN) - As votes were tallied Wednesday in a dramatic Senate vote to move ahead with the debt ceiling bill, some senators' votes were not read aloud by the clerks, breaking from the usual protocol of disclosing each senator's vote in real time.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Senate clerks were asked not to read the names, so Republicans could feel more free to vote or change their votes as some GOP leaders sought to bring enough senators on board to end Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster that threatened to lead to a politically damaging fight over raising the debt limit.
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Filed under: Debt • Senate
New spots in 2014 Senate ad wars
February 12th, 2014
10:27 AM ET
2 months ago

New spots in 2014 Senate ad wars

*updated at 1:00pm

Washington (CNN) - They are two of the hottest battlegrounds in the 2014 fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

And Wednesday a leading pro-Democratic group said it's going up with TV commercials in North Carolina and Arkansas that target Republicans challenging incumbent Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor, who face tough re-elections this year.

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Filed under: 2014 • Arkansas • Jeanne Shaheen • Kay Hagan • New Hampshire • North Carolina • Sen. Mark Pryor • Senate
How move by Montana governor may impact 2014 battle for Senate
February 7th, 2014
01:00 PM ET
2 months ago

How move by Montana governor may impact 2014 battle for Senate

*updated 1:15pm

(CNN) – Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh now has the job he's already been running for: U.S. senator.

Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock Friday named Walsh, a fellow Democrat, to fill the remainder of the term of Sen. Max Baucus, who was overwhelmingly confirmed Thursday as U.S. ambassador to China.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Montana • Senate
Senate confirms Baucus for China post
February 6th, 2014
03:36 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate confirms Baucus for China post

(CNN) – Sen. Max Baucus was confirmed unanimously Thursday by his Senate colleagues to be U.S. ambassador to China.

The Montana Democrat, who currently chairs the Senate Finance Committee, was tapped by President Barack Obama for the high-profile diplomatic post after announcing he would leave the Senate after serving six terms – nearly 36 years.
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Filed under: Max Baucus • Senate
Senate fails to advance unemployment bill
February 6th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate fails to advance unemployment bill

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic proposal to continue long term unemployment benefits failed Thursday to get the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate despite support from some Republicans.

It was defeated 58 to 40. Four Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of the measure that would have extended for three months benefits that expired in December.
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Filed under: Congress • Senate
February 6th, 2014
12:49 PM ET
2 months ago

Source: Obama offers to stay away from some Senate races

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has told Senate Democrats that he's willing to stay away from election battles where his presence would not be helpful, a Democratic source said - an apparent nod to his poll numbers.

Obama's comments came when he and former President Bill Clinton attended the Senate Democrats' issues conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Senate • Senate Democrats
Pastor joins crowded GOP race to unseat Lindsey Graham
February 4th, 2014
12:45 PM ET
2 months ago

Pastor joins crowded GOP race to unseat Lindsey Graham

Washington (CNN) – The already-crowded race to unseat South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is about to get another candidate.

Det Bowers, a well-connected Columbia pastor known for his oratory, put weeks of rumors to rest on Monday and said he is joining the five-person Republican Senate primary field.

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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Senate • South Carolina
McConnell has substantial fundraising advantage in Senate race
January 31st, 2014
04:14 PM ET
3 months ago

McConnell has substantial fundraising advantage in Senate race

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election team announced Friday that it added $2.2 million to its war chest, a sum that far outpaces the Kentucky Republican’s bipartisan challengers.

McConnell, who’s been fundraising for years with eyes on a sixth term in the Senate, has raised a total of $20 million for the race and ended 2013 with $10.9 million left in the bank.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Fundraising • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Clinton to join Obama at Senate Democratic retreat
January 31st, 2014
01:14 PM ET
3 months ago

Clinton to join Obama at Senate Democratic retreat

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will join President Barack Obama at next Wednesday's Senate Democratic retreat at the Washington Nationals stadium, according to two Democratic sources.

Most of the discussion at the retreat will revolve around messaging for the Democrats' 2014 middle class agenda, a Democratic aide told CNN.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Congress • President Obama • Senate
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