Iowa Republicans Shake Up The Famed Straw Poll

Rubric: Republicans | 12 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
Iowa Republicans Shake Up The Famed Straw Poll

Iowa Straw Poll is moving to a new venue. The Iowa Straw Poll, a tradition loved but sometimes loathed by Republican presidential candidates, will take place Aug. 8 in Boone, the state party announced on Thursday.In this Aug. 13, 2011, file photo, Republicans enter Hilton Coliseum before casting their ballots in the Iowa Republican Party’s Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa.(Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP) Aug. 8 is the date for the carnival-like political gathering, which the state GOP hosts every four years, the summer before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, to raise money for the party and showcase the presidential candidates. Held since 1979 on the campus of Iowa State University in ...

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RPT-With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

Rubric: Republicans | 6 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
RPT-With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

2016′s grotesque beginning: How Jeb & Hillary are quietly competing to win Wall Street’s heart. Scott Walker’s flip-flop on immigration to Jeb Bush’s establishing a super PAC to the media’s churning out stories that make Hillary Clinton look slippery if not outright corrupt. Perhaps most tellingly of all, though, is this Tuesday report from Politico on the subterranean fight being waged between Bush and Clinton right now to earn the support of the most important people in American democracy. Yes, according to Politico’s Ben White (who is exceedingly well-sourced on “the Street,” if nothing else), the front-runners for the respective parties are currently jockeying to win ...

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RPT-With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

Rubric: Republicans | 6 Mar 2015 | no comments yet »
RPT-With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

2016′s grotesque beginning: How Jeb & Hillary are quietly competing to win Wall Street’s heart. JEFFERSON, Iowa — Sheryl McDonald, a retiree, voted for both Presidents Bush. “But I’m finding out they did some things we got stuck with,” she said. “I do not want to see Jeb Bush run,” she added. “He turns me off.” Scarcely anyone at a meeting of the Green County Republican Party here in central Iowa recently had anything kind to say about Mr. DES MOINES, Iowa — Even before Jeb Bush leaves his first footprint in Iowa on Friday during his debut trip here as a presidential hopeful, some conservative activists seem hardened against him. “It’s hard to reconcile ...

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At GOP Summit, Republicans Turn Fire on Obama, Clinton, and Each Other

Rubric: Republicans | 25 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
At GOP Summit, Republicans Turn Fire on Obama, Clinton, and Each Other

‘Repeal every word': Potential GOP 2016 rivals hammer ObamaCare, IRS at Iowa summit. DES MOINES — A crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates scrapped for the hearts of the party’s conservative base here Saturday, implicitly rejecting the more moderate wing favoured by big donors and trying to fire up the kind of grassroots supporters who will play a critical role in the nominating process.DES MOINES, Iowa – Conservative heavyweights joined with up-and-comers in hammering President Obama Saturday over everything from the health care law to his immigration policies as they played to a sold-out Iowa crowd in what amounted to the opening bell of the Republican presidential ...

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Heavyweight Republicans line up to claim the conservative mantle for 2016

Rubric: Republicans | 25 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Heavyweight Republicans line up to claim the conservative mantle for 2016

GOP 2016 hopefuls speak at Iowa summit. Heavyweight Republicans lined up in Iowa on Saturday claiming to be the leader who could retake the White House for conservatives, as the long race to become the party’s nominee for US president in 2016 began in earnest. Appearing at an all-day political beauty contest in front of voters whose caucuses will be the election’s first nominating process next January, big-name Republicans from statehouses and congress explained why they had the vision and public appeal required for nationwide victory. Ted Cruz called on Republican voters to hold presidential candidates accountable for their conservative credentials Saturday in a speech to the party’s ...

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And They’re Off: Republicans descend on Iowa summit, with 2016 in the air

Rubric: Republicans | 24 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
And They’re Off: Republicans descend on Iowa summit, with 2016 in the air

Christie goes courting conservatives in Iowa for 2016, beginning an intricate dance. More than a half dozen likely Republican president candidates will gather Saturday in Iowa in a bid to earn the support of would-be supporters and caucus-goers at a summit hosted by Iowa Rep. DES MOINES — Chris Christie will speak for just 20 minutes today at the Iowa Freedom Summit, but it will be a very important 20 minutes if he wants a shot at running for president.At least 10 potential Republican presidential candidates will test their messages and their appeal Saturday before an audience of Iowa activists, but former Florida Gov. Republican audiences have cheered the New Jersey governor’s famously ...

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House Republicans drop debate on abortion bill

Rubric: Republicans | 22 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
House Republicans drop debate on abortion bill

Abortion Vote Canceled After Republican In-Fighting Over 20-Week Ban. FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to vote on an antiabortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.WASHINGTON In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and ...

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Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

Rubric: Republicans | 22 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

‘Tonight, We Turn The Page': Obama Lays Out 2015 Agenda. We are fifteen years into this new century. President Barack Obama isn’t kidding when he says the tax proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address would have an effect on inequality in the United States. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. The first applies to stock dividends and long-term investment gains, which are taxed at a rate of no more than 20 percent (plus a 3.8 percent surtax for very high earners), compared with as much as 39.6 percent for ordinary ...

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Republicans Abandon Abortion Vote as Women in Party Flex Muscle

Rubric: Republicans | 22 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Republicans Abandon Abortion Vote as Women in Party Flex Muscle

Abortion opponents push new bills in state legislatures. (Bloomberg) — U.S. NEW YORK — Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure.As President Obama prepared on Tuesday to lay out his economic agenda in his State of the Union address, House Republicans were moving ahead with an agenda of their own.WASHINGTON – House Republicans have hastily shelved plans to vote Thursday on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, after a revolt within their ranks led by female members. The legislation, which doesn’t even grant exceptions ...

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Stocks, Republicans Unmoved by Obama’s Economic Plans

Rubric: Republicans | 22 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Stocks, Republicans Unmoved by Obama’s Economic Plans

Behind the pantomime. AS MY colleague wrote yesterday, the fact that there is virtually no chance of any of the priorities outlined in Barack Obama’s State of the Union address becoming law during his administration renders the entire affair a sort of pantomime. WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama asked Congress on Tuesday to give him the powers to fully negotiate huge transpacific and transatlantic free-trade agreements, arguing it will boost the economy and help American workers.The speech, in which President Obama laid out an agenda topped by free community college and tax breaks for parents and the middle class, was a consummate display of political bravado. As predicted, Republican ...

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