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Sen. John Thune (R-SD) "has ruled out a bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2016," the Huffington Post reports. Said Thune: "I am not running for president. But I know a lot of my colleagues are and I think that you probably have to, if...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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"Hillary Clinton's forthcoming book is setting up a battle of the network stars," the Washington Post reports. "With Clinton's memoir, Hard Choices, a likely bestseller and possible curtain-raiser on her 2016 presidential ambitions, the television networks...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Rob Christensen, often called "the dean of North Carolina political reporters," joins us on the Political Wire podcast for a deep dive into Tar Heel politics and a U.S. Senate race that may be the bellwether for the midterm elections.Listen here: Subscribe...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A must-read: How to Use the Internet to Win in 2014 by Colin Delany.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed legislation "that would vastly expand where Georgians can legally carry firearms," the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. The bill, "which passed in the final hours of this year's legislative session, allows Georgians...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A new Economist/YouGov poll finds just 18% of self-identified conservatives want Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016.Other findings: "26% of Republicans want Bush to run. That puts him behind Paul, at 36%, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 30%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A severely intoxicated 18-year-old girl was taken to the hospital last weekend from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's residence, the National Post reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A new Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin finds Gov. Scott Walker (R) leading challenger Mary Burke (D) by just three points, 48% to 45%. Key finding: "Burke's increased support is likely a function of her name recognition increasing significantly...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A fascinating new book: Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better by Peter Schuck....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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New Mexico Republicans ripped into gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber (D) for accepting the endorsement of former Weather Underground co-founder Mark Rudd and attending a recent fundraiser at the home of Rudd and his wife, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) told Greg Sargent she would campaign aggressively against challenger Bill Cassidy's (R) opposition to the Medicaid expansion in her state and "offered a spirited defense" of the Affordable Care Act. Said Landrieu: "It's a solid...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Florida state Rep. Dane Eagle (R), who argued just last month that elected officials need to be "held to a higher standard," was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, the Huffington Post reports. "Police first spotted him pulling out of a Taco Bell...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation polled four key Senate races in the South:Arkansas: Sen. Mark Pryor (D) 46%, Tom Cotton (R) 36%Kentucky: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) 44%, Alison Lundergran Grimes (D) 43%Louisiana: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) 42%,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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South Carolina lieutenant governor candidate Ray Moore (R) said that Christian parents should pull their children out of the "godless" and "pagan" public school system, the Huffington Post reports. Said Moore: "We cannot win this war we're in as long...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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With the referendum less than six months away, the Financial Times finds more voters currently opposed to Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom, 46% to 39%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) "is looking to brush up on his debate skills" with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), ABC News reports. Said Perry: "A debate between the governors of two of the largest states in the country on policy issues such as taxes, government...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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"Fittingly, all four Republican candidates in the North Carolina Senate race were asked on Earth Day if they believed climate change is a proven fact. And all four candidates said 'no.'" TPM reports. "The answer is the latest example of how the field...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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"A Missouri state House committee will hold hearings Wednesday into three proposed articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon (D), whom some Republicans say has committed offenses worthy of being removed from office," the Washington Post reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Curt Clawson (R) won the Republican nomination in the Florida special-election race to replace former Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) -- "and he is now likely to be the district's next member of Congress," Roll Call reports. "The tea party will likely claim credit...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A new SIena poll in New York finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) crushing Rob Astorino (R) in the race for governor, 58% to 28%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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An unnamed House member is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Roll Call reports. "According to the three-page OCE quarterly report, which disclosed no member names, the Ethics Committee will release the name of a new member under investigation...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A new American Values/Family Research Council survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents finds that 82% said they agree that marriage should be confined as being only between a man and a woman and that 75% "completely disagreed" that officials...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Charlie Cook: "Although the Senate did pass comprehensive immigration reform last year, the chances of any kind of significant reform passing the House this year are low at best. Optimists hope that in June or July, after many Republican incumbents have...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The New York Times has a very nice comparison chart of the forecasts made by the top election handicappers.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Marionville, Missouri Mayor Dan Clevenger "resigned Monday night for making anti-Semitic comments in the wake of the arrest of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller and after aldermen voted 4-1 to start the impeachment process," the Springfield News-Leader...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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"In the final weeks of the Kentucky Republican primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin's (R) chief spokeswoman has left the campaign for an unknown reason," WFPL reports."At least two field operatives have also left the Bevin campaign in recent...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Mitt Romney "has made a personal donation of $10,000 to former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell's legal defense fund," the Washington Post reports. "McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted in January on federal charges of bribery and fraud...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Louisiana state Rep. Thomas Carmody (R) "scrapped his proposal to make the Holy Bible the official state book before it could go to a full vote of the state House of Representatives," the New Orleans Times Picayune reports. "The bill had become a distraction,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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"The George Washington Bridge may not be the only one used in an apparent act of political retribution by appointees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and a familiar name in that scandal has surfaced anew," CNN reports. "Last year, the mayor of Jersey...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is undergoing emergency heart surgery, Roll Call reports. His office confirmed a report from the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, but did not provide any further details other than to note in a statement that he "is receiving...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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National Journal: "For years, mentions of Earth Day have sprung up each April from members of both parties. In April 2010, Democrats spoke of Earth Day over 150 times, mostly in commemoration of its 40th anniversary. But no Republican has uttered the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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"A splintered Supreme Court voted 6-2 that states may end racial preferences without violating the U.S. Constitution," the Wall Street Journal reports. "The case came from Michigan, which in 2006 passed a voter initiative ending racial preferences. A...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The Atlantic notes "a vital reality about the state of the Republican Party as its members prepare to select a standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential primary: The GOP has long ago shed its stereotype of being the party catering to the wealthy." "These...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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"A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional," the AP reports. "Of 14 states that had anti-sodomy laws, only Montana and Virginia have repealed theirs since the Supreme...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The Upshot: "Every day, our computer churns through the latest polls and reams of historical data to calculate both parties' chances of winning control of the Senate. Although the Democrats currently have a 51% chance, that doesn't mean we're predicting...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A new St. Marys College poll in Maryland finds Anthony Brown (D) leading the Democratic race for governor with 27%, followed by Doug Gansler (D) at 11% and Heather Mizuer (D) at 8%. On the Republican side, Larry Hogan (R) leads with 16%, followed by...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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"Republicans have spent millions ahead of Tuesday's special primary to replace former Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) -- and the 19th District television airwaves show it," Roll Call reports. "Three of Radel's potential successors boast at least $1 million in...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Lynn Vavreck: "If you want to understand the 2014 midterm elections, remember this simple fact about American politics: There just aren't that many swing voters." "Many people change their minds over the course of a campaign about whether to vote and...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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"Just weeks after a key Supreme Court ruling on political fundraising, the cash marathon has begun to the Bay Area -- with a crowd of Democratic Senators hitting Silicon Valley to pick up campaign checks," the San Francisco Chronicle reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) doesn't think "first-termers" like Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY) or Ted Cruz (R-TX) are ready to be president, the Huffington Post reports. Said Dole: "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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John Sides updates his House midterm election forecast and finds "the prognosis for Democrats isn't any better: the median estimate is a small seat loss (to 196 seats). The chance of their regaining the House is still very low -- about 1%." Meanwhile,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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This new spot against Vincent Shaheen (D) in South Carolina's gubernatorial race sets a new standard for nasty.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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President Obama is naming W. Neil Eggleston, "a veteran Washington lawyer with extensive experience representing government officials in congressional and criminal investigations, as his next White House counsel," the New York Times reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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"A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions," the AP reports. "Illinois Republicans across the state held elections...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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The New Yorker reviews Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) new book, A Fighting Chance, and notes it "only adds to the speculation that Warren is considering challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016. And, even if Warren doesn't run, this...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Harry Enten: "Indeed, knowing how many electoral votes leaned more toward one party than the nation in one election tells us very little about how many will lean toward that party in the next election. An Electoral College advantage is often taken as...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Andrew Cuomo (D) "put in a written application for Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat, emphasizing in conversations with then-governor David Paterson that he was 'available' for the job, according to interviews and newly available records," Capital New...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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A new Insider Advantage poll in Georgia finds David Perdue (R) leading the Republican pack for Senate with 19%, followed by Jack Kingston (R) at 15%, Karen Handel at 13%, Paul Broun at 11% and Phil Gingrey at 9%. Said pollster Matt Towery: "Of note is...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, April 21, 2014
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