Texas junior Sen. Ted Cruz
October 9th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
12 months ago

Any Cruz is good news for Democrats

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - It's official: Ted Cruz is Democratic enemy number one.

In the span of a year, Cruz has transformed himself from a little-known Senate candidate into the face of a government shutdown that has roiled Washington politics and raised questions about the viability of the American political process.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Ted Cruz
Cruz promises Republican victory in shutdown fight
October 5th, 2013
11:12 PM ET
12 months ago

Cruz promises Republican victory in shutdown fight

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, blamed by Democrats and some of his fellow Republicans as a chief architect of the ongoing government shutdown, struck back on Saturday, faulting President Obama and Senate Democrats for the political stalemate.

“Let me be very clear, I don’t think we should be in a shutdown,” Cruz said in a speech to conservatives in the Virginia state capital. “Throughout the course of it, I have said we should not shut down the government. But sadly this is Harry Reid’s and President Obama's shutdown.”

The government shutdown began Tuesday when the president refused to give in to Republican demands that he delay or change the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of his first term that began enrolling patients on October 1, in exchange for passing a routine spending bill.

Watch CNN's "State of the Union" for an exclusive interview with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz at 9 a.m. and noon ET.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Ken Cuccinelli • Ted Cruz
Cuccinelli: Government shutdown 'affecting the campaign'
October 4th, 2013
07:29 PM ET
12 months ago

Cuccinelli: Government shutdown 'affecting the campaign'

Fairfax, Virginia (CNN) - Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli said Friday that the Affordable Care Act is “the law of the land” and called on members of Congress to pass a short-term spending bill that would bring the ongoing government shutdown to an end.

“This is no way to run a government, especially a super power,” Cuccinelli told reporters after convening a roundtable discussion with area physicians to discuss flaws in the health care law.
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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
October 3rd, 2013
07:27 AM ET
12 months ago

8 things Wendy Davis has going for her in Texas governor's race

(CNN) – Wendy Davis is expected to go public Thursday with some news that everyone in politics already knows: She's running for governor of Texas.

The state senator from Fort Worth electrified Democrats in June by slipping on a pair of pink Mizunos and a back brace to stage a dramatic 11-hour filibuster of a Republican bill that drastically scaled back abortion rights in the state. Never mind that the bill eventually passed in a special legislative session: Democrats around the country were in full swoon mode.

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Filed under: 2014 • Texas • Wendy Davis
First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington
September 17th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington

Washington (CNN) – With guns back in the national spotlight after a mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tour Maryland's largest gun manufacturer on Wednesday as part of his ongoing effort to lure businesses to his home state.

A Perry aide told CNN that the Republican governor will tour the Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, Maryland, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Martin O'Malley • Rick Perry
Mass shooting at D.C. Navy Yard
September 17th, 2013
08:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Audit reports Navy risked security to cut costs, says source

Washington (CNN) – A government audit on Navy security found that the Navy Yard and other installations may have increased security risks in an effort to reduce costs, a federal source told CNN.

"Navy installations command attempted to reduce access control costs," according to a soon-to-be-released report from the Department of Defense Inspector General. The source read CNN portions of the report. "As a result, at least 52 convicted felons received routine unauthorized installation access, placing military personnel at increased security risk."

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Filed under: Budget • Navy
De Blasio tops NY mayoral primary; Weiner distant fifth
September 11th, 2013
01:00 AM ET
1 year ago

De Blasio tops NY mayoral primary; Weiner distant fifth

New York (CNN) - New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who began his campaign as a long-shot but surfed a late wave of momentum by tapping into liberal anxiety over the three-term administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overwhelmed his opponents on Tuesday to finish first in the city's Democratic mayoral primary.

With results still being counted late Tuesday evening, de Blasio, the city's public advocate, was bobbing around the 40% mark needed to avoid a three-week runoff race for the Democratic nomination.

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Filed under: Bill de Blasio • Christine Quinn • New York
5 things to watch for in New York mayor's race
September 10th, 2013
06:29 AM ET
1 year ago

5 things to watch for in New York mayor's race

New York (CNN) - It's primary day in New York City, where a whole lot of Democrats and not that many Republicans will select their nominees for mayor and a slate of other city offices.

Given the city's liberal bent, the primary serves as a de facto general election. Most of Tuesday's Democratic winners will sail to victory in November against token Republican opposition.

But New York hasn't elected a Democratic mayor since 1989, when David Dinkins became the city's first African-American mayor. This is shaping up to be the year that streak ends.

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Filed under: New York
September 9th, 2013
12:02 PM ET
1 year ago

In Weiner's final days, more a curiosity than a candidate

New York (CNN) – Anthony Weiner was running almost an hour late for his final campaign appearance of the weekend, two days before he faces all-but-certain political doom in Tuesday's Democratic primary for New York mayor.

There was a "child care mixup" at home, an aide said. Weiner had to peel off the campaign trail and hustle back to his Park Avenue residence to pick up his 20-month-old son, Jordan. Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, has been absent from his side for weeks.

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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
Inside the bubble: 9 secrets from the 2012 race
September 3rd, 2013
12:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Inside the bubble: 9 secrets from the 2012 race

Washington (CNN) – Don't want to read a 95-page treatise on the high velocity nature of modern political reporting and its impact on presidential politics?

Cool. We've got you covered.

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Filed under: 2012
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