In the Virginia woods, Mark Warner is trailed by Obamacare
Incumbent Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, talks with likely Republican challenger Ed Gillespie at the state's annual Shad Planking fish fry (CNN)
April 16th, 2014
08:51 PM ET
3 days ago

In the Virginia woods, Mark Warner is trailed by Obamacare

Updated 7:27 a.m. ET, 4/17/2014

Wakefield, Virginia (CNN) - Mark Warner was weaving his way through the crowd on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at the Shad Planking, the annual Virginia fish fry that brings beer-sipping politicos together in the tall pines of southeastern Virginia, when a burly man sporting an NRA sticker approached.

“Senator, did you read the Affordable Care Act before you voted for it?” he asked.

Warner, his brow furrowed earnestly, was prepared.

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Filed under: Ed Gillespie • Mark Warner • Obamacare • Virginia
First on CNN: Jindal to headline South Carolina GOP convention
April 8th, 2014
05:00 AM ET
2 weeks ago

First on CNN: Jindal to headline South Carolina GOP convention

Washington (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House.

Jindal will address the banquet, the finale of the state GOP’s annual convention in Columbia, on June 6.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Republican Party • South Carolina
First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul
April 8th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
2 weeks 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
Why is this man running for governor of California?
Neel Kashkari has wiped social issues from the agenda, a political necessity on the culturally liberal Pacific Coast.
April 3rd, 2014
10:18 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Why is this man running for governor of California?

(CNN) – In late 2012, when Neel Kashkari first pondered the idea of running for governor of California, one of the first people he sought out for advice was another Republican who once faced long odds in a big state gubernatorial bid: George W. Bush.

Bush was an underdog when he tried to unseat Texas Gov. Ann Richards in 1994, and he ended up winning in that year's GOP landslide.

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Filed under: California
Jindal on Obamacare sign-ups: So what
April 2nd, 2014
11:56 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Jindal on Obamacare sign-ups: So what

Washington (CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, waved off the Obama administration's jubilance over this week’s news that more than 7 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“So what that under the threat of a government mandate they are able to get to this target of 7.1 million?” Jindal said Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare
Harry Reid push called 'un-American' in new ad​
March 31st, 2014
09:26 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Harry Reid push called 'un-American' in new ad​

Washington (CNN) - American Encore, a new conservative group created by outside money specialist Sean Noble, is airing a television ad in Nevada attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for proposing IRS regulations that would rein in outside political groups.

The minute-long spot features a clip of Reid on the Senate floor blasting the billionaire business titans Charles and David Koch, who have steered hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative causes in recent election cycles without disclosing their donors, "as un-American as anyone that I can imagine."
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Filed under: Ads • Harry Reid
MLK praise scrubbed from Bill Clinton speech
March 28th, 2014
04:55 PM ET
3 weeks ago

MLK praise scrubbed from Bill Clinton speech

Washington (CNN) - A pair of lines praising Martin Luther King, Jr. were scrubbed from an early version of President Bill Clinton's 1998 State of the Union address, apparently after someone in the White House raised questions about how the rhetorical flourishes would play with white people.

A rough draft of the 1998 speech was included in a new batch of previously withheld documents released by the National Archives and the Clinton Presidential Library on Friday. It included a passage about racial healing, tentatively titled "One America In The 21st Century."

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Martin Luther King
Democratic pollster predicts 'huge turnout disadvantage' in 2014
March 25th, 2014
12:18 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Democratic pollster predicts 'huge turnout disadvantage' in 2014

Washington (CNN) - A leading Democratic pollster predicted a "sobering" turnout disadvantage for her party in this year's midterm elections and called on Democrats to articulate "a bigger economic agenda" this fall.

"There is a huge turnout disadvantage and challenge," Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said Tuesday at a breakfast with reporters. "There is always a challenge in turnout in an off year, but it's really dramatic this time."

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Filed under: 2014 • Polls
First on CNN: Christie heading south for Tennessee GOP fundraiser
March 18th, 2014
08:39 PM ET
1 month ago

First on CNN: Christie heading south for Tennessee GOP fundraiser

Washington (CNN) - Chris Christie is southbound.

The New Jersey governor will headline a banquet for the Tennessee Republican Party in May, a GOP source told CNN on Tuesday, a trip that gives Christie a chance to road-test his message in the South as he prepares for a possible 2016 presidential bid.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Tennessee
Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party?
Ro Khanna is an evangelist for the thriving tech economy based in Silicon Valley and the favorite son of its wealthiest visionaries.
March 13th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
1 month ago

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party?

Cupertino, California (CNN) – Ro Khanna wants a show of hands.

"How many of you have heard of LinkedIn?"

The 37-year-old Indian-American Democrat, the darling of Silicon Valley's tech elite and a vehicle for their budding engagement with Washington, is addressing a cafeteria full of advanced placement government students at Cupertino High School. Most of them are Indian or Asian-American, the sons and daughters of the programmers and tech company employees who populate this neatly manicured California town where Apple is based.

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Filed under: California • Democrats
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