Planned Parenthood mailer hits 'extremely dangerous' Cuccinelli
August 13th, 2013
08:40 AM ET
8 months ago

Planned Parenthood mailer hits 'extremely dangerous' Cuccinelli

Washington (CNN) - Planned Parenthood unleashed a wave of mail pieces in Virginia this week blasting Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli as “extremely dangerous for women.”

“Ken Cuccinelli would end access to safe and legal abortion, even in cases of rape or incest,” reads the mailer, provided to CNN by a Virginia voter who received it on Monday.
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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Planned Parenthood • Virginia
Paul Ryan becomes flashpoint in Alabama GOP race
August 7th, 2013
04:13 PM ET
9 months ago

Paul Ryan becomes flashpoint in Alabama GOP race

Washington (CNN) – During the 2012 presidential race, Democrats pilloried Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as an Ayn Rand-quoting conservative loony who wanted to dismantle Medicare and Social Security.

On Wednesday, Ryan was blasted as a liberal, amnesty-loving union suck-up.

Welcome to Alabama.
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Filed under: Alabama • Paul Ryan
First on CNN: Spitzer strikes populist theme in new ad blitz
August 7th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Spitzer strikes populist theme in new ad blitz

Washington (CNN) - Eliot Spitzer is unleashing a pair of new television ads Wednesday in the New York City comptroller's race framing himself as an anti-establishment populist, a theme he has been hitting on the campaign trail since unexpectedly jumping into the race last month.

Both of the 30-second ads are titled "You," and portray Spitzer as a champion of working people standing up against special interests, corporations and Wall Street – "an independent voice," as Spitzer's campaign has taken to describing the former governor and attorney general.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York
First on CNN: Iowa's Steve King heading to South Carolina
August 6th, 2013
03:30 PM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Iowa's Steve King heading to South Carolina

Washington (CNN) – Iowa Rep. Steve King, whose hard line immigration rhetoric has angered some of his fellow Republicans and delighted Democrats eager to keep Hispanic voters in their fold, is quietly planning meetings with political activists in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina, CNN has learned.

King will travel to the state in late August to attend the Charleston Meeting, a closed-door gathering of right-leaning politicians and business leaders organized by author and activist Mallory Factor, two Republican sources said.
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Filed under: South Carolina • Steve King
First on CNN: Jindal raising money for 2016 powerbroker in New Orleans
August 2nd, 2013
02:32 PM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Jindal raising money for 2016 powerbroker in New Orleans

(CNN) - Bobby Jindal is courting one of South Carolina's most popular Republican politicians this weekend in New Orleans, the latest sign of the Louisiana governor's interest in a 2016 presidential bid.

Jindal is hosting a fundraiser for South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on Friday afternoon at a steak house in New Orleans, where Scott spent the morning speaking to a conservative conference.
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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal
Cuccinelli backs out of major conservative conference
August 1st, 2013
12:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Cuccinelli backs out of major conservative conference

Washington (CNN) - Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's Republican nominee for governor, has pulled out of this weekend's RedState Gathering, an annual conservative conference being held this year in New Orleans.

The conference, named for the popular website RedState.com, stars a bevy of prominent Republican speakers, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Virginia
First on CNN: Trio of 2016 Republicans heading to South Carolina
August 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Trio of 2016 Republicans heading to South Carolina

Washington (CNN) – Three prominent Republican governors thought to have designs on the White House will descend on the early primary state of South Carolina later this month to raise money for Gov. Nikki Haley, who is bracing for what could be a tough re-election fight next year.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will appear as "special guests" at an Aug. 26 fundraiser for Haley in Greenville, according to a copy of an invitation to the event obtained by CNN.
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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Nikki Haley • Rick Perry • Scott Walker • South Carolina
Steele rips Republican party-building effort
July 30th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
9 months ago

Steele rips Republican party-building effort

Washington (CNN) – Michael Steele has a bone to pick.

After Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced a "50 state strategy" last week that will deploy paid field staffers in every state in a push to rebuild the GOP's stale voter contact operation, Steele, the party's former chairman, said he "had to laugh."
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Filed under: Michael Steele • Reince Priebus • RNC
First on CNN: Republicans launch their own '50 state strategy'
July 24th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Republicans launch their own '50 state strategy'

Washington (CNN) – After weaknesses in its ground game were badly exposed in 2012, the Republican National Committee is taking a page straight out of the Democratic playbook and launching an ambitious “50 state strategy” that will steer party resources and staffers to every corner of the country as it works to repair its voter contact effort before the next presidential election.

The party’s short-term vision with the project is to help the GOP win key races this November and in next year’s midterm elections.
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Filed under: Reince Priebus • RNC
Virginia governor resignation would solve GOP problem, create another
July 23rd, 2013
07:51 AM ET
9 months ago

Virginia governor resignation would solve GOP problem, create another

Washington (CNN) – The prospect of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell resigning as he copes with a federal investigation into the nearly $150,000 worth of lavish gifts the Republican and his family received from a wealthy executive is unlikely, people close to the governor insist.

Yet the topic remains a tantalizing conversation piece around Richmond these days, mainly because it would be an act without modern precedent.

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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
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