(CNN) - When Jon Huntsman officially wades into the presidential waters Tuesday, he will bring with him at least one asset envied by any candidate for office: deep pockets.
The former Utah governor, who until April had served as President Obama's ambassador to China, owns assets valued between $17.8 million and $84.0 million, according to a personal financial disclosure report filed in May. The report covers Huntsman's personal finances for the 2009 calendar year, when he assumed the China post.
(CNN) – Republican businessman Craig Huey has defeated Democratic California Secretary of State Debra Bowen for the second spot in the July special runoff election to replace former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, according to updated vote results released Thursday. Huey will face Democrat Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman and the top vote-getter in Tuesday's special primary election for California's 36th district House seat.
Huey was an underdog in this heavily Democratic district, which is located entirely within Los Angeles County. His second-place finish can largely be attributed to a crowded Democratic field of five candidates who garnered a combined 56.7 percent of Tuesday's vote.
(CNN) – Democratic Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has advanced to a July 12 special runoff election to replace former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman in Congress, according to unofficial vote returns from a special election held Tuesday.
Her opponent will either be Republican businessman Craig Huey or California's Democratic Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich carried a revolving charge account between $250,001 and $500,000 in 2005 and 2006 for the high-end Tiffany & Co. jewelry store when his wife worked as a congressional staffer, according to public records.
The liability was reported in Callista Gingrich's financial disclosure forms filed in 2006 and 2007 covering activity from 2005 and 2006. Her job on the House Agriculture Committee ended on Jan. 1, 2007. As a high-level congressional employee, Callista Gingrich was required each year to file such a form detailing her personal finances from the preceding year.
Washington (CNN) – The path to the White House used to begin often with a fancy public event where the candidate, flanked by his or her (usually his) loved ones, gave a full-throated declaration of his or her candidacy for president amid balloons, confetti and patriotically colored bunting.
Today, candidates usually are much more coy about wading into the presidential waters. Though some candidates do still hold traditional announcement events, most will first ease themselves into the process by creating what's called an exploratory committee.
Washington (CNN) - After launching his presidential campaign Wednesday, Newt Gingrich can add "presidential candidate" to the long list of positions and jobs he has held since leaving public office a dozen years ago.
The former Georgia Republican congressman, who now lives in Virginia, holds no fewer than 25 current titles, positions, and occupations, according to a review of public records and filings as well as his various official biographies.
San Francisco (CNN) – We all know that San Francisco's an overwhelmingly Democratic leaning city. And if you are a Democratic president running for re-election, the city's also a pretty good place to fund raise, and that's just what President Barack Obama's doing Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The president headlines two fundraisers Wednesday night. The first is a small dinner at a private residence and the second is being held at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. National Football League hall of famer Jerry Rice, a former wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, is scheduled to speak at the second event, which is expected to have approximately 2,500 people in attendance.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney Monday took his first formal step towards launching another bid for the White House.
The former Massachusetts governor, who was a candidate for 2008 Republican presidential nomination, announced that he was setting up a presidential exploratory committee.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is considering sanctioning the GOP presidential primary debates and then selling the broadcast rights to news outlets, two Republicans with knowledge of the idea tell CNN.
The proposal was mentioned last week during a meeting of top RNC officials and a handful of political operatives representing potential GOP presidential candidates.
Washington (CNN) – Although he won't be appearing as an analyst on Fox News in the near future, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will have plenty to keep himself occupied even if he decides against seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.