August 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Leading Republicans sought Monday to pressure Rep. Todd Akin into quitting the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, fearing his ill-considered remarks on abortion and rape would cost the GOP its shot at controlling the chamber and damage the party's presidential ticket. Democrats, eager to capitalize on Akin's comments, issued a burst of fundraising appeals - subject line: "Legitimate rape" - and even President Obama weighed in, saying the congressman's statement was hard to comprehend.
August 20, 2012 |
The Republican Party has ridden ideological, anti-government fervor to a number of victories, particularly in the 2010 midterm election. But the political dangers created by the free-wheeling, anti-authoritarian movement have come into full view in the person of rogue U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin. Most traditional GOP nominees who made a giant blunder - as Akin did Sunday with his foolish comments about how “legitimate rape” seldom makes women pregnant - would find it hard to resist the barrage of calls from Republican Party major-domos to give up their candidacies.
August 15, 2012 |
A Florida veterinarian who was the tea party favorite in the Republican primary against Rep. Cliff Stearns appears poised to pull off a shocking upset over the veteran congressman after Tuesday's primary. Ted Yoho leads Stearns 35% to 34%, with just 829 votes separating the two. Two other candidates split the remaining votes. The Associated Press has not called the race, as some late overseas ballots and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. Stearns, a 12-term congressman representing the Gainesville area, chairs the investigations subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
August 11, 2012 |
NORFOLK, Va. - Abandoning his trademark caution, Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate Saturday in a move that reframed the presidential race as an ideological battle over the size of government and the fate of Medicare, the popular healthcare program for seniors. Standing in this naval city before the battleship Wisconsin, which was draped in red, white and blue bunting, Romney said he had selected the 42-year-old House budget chairman because he had displayed the intellect and legislative savvy to tackle the nation's fiscal crises while staying rooted in the small-town values of his hometown of Janesville, Wis. "Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party," Romney told a crowd of several thousand supporters in Norfolk.
July 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee has found no wrongdoing by Rep. Vern Buchanan in one review - concluding that his failure to accurately disclose income and holdings in several businesses was not much different from many similar omissions by other lawmakers - but continues a separate probe of the Florida Republican. Tuesday's report resolves only some of the ethics questions surrounding Buchanan, a three-term congressman from the Sarasota area. As he seeks reelection in November, Democrats have used the ethics questions in attack ads against Buchanan, who is a rising force in GOP fundraising circles.
June 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Two congressional veterans survived career-threatening primary challenges Tuesday night as voters weighed in on races that could help define the next Congress. In Utah, Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch handily fended off a tea party opponent, while in New York's Harlem, legendary Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel emerged from one of the tougher fights of his 42 years in office. Neither race is considered an opportunity for the opposing party this fall. But the primaries provided an early glimpse of the electorate's attitudes.
June 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Ron Barber, a onetime aide to former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was sworn into office as the newest congressman from Arizona -- a bittersweet moment that closed one era in the state's political history and opened another. The Democratic victory in the special election for Giffords' seat was a tempered one. Democrats in the House cheered their newest colleague Tuesday, but both parties welcomed Barber to the House as they paid tribute to Giffords, whose rising career came to a sudden halt after she was shot in the head at a 2011 meeting with constituents outside a Tucson grocery store.
May 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As the battle rages between the Republican establishment and the tea party, two Texas GOP candidates for the Senate are headed toward a costly runoff as their party works to take majority control of the chamber this fall. Ted Cruz, an underdog backed by the tea party and Sarah Palin, forced Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into the July 31 runoff when neither emerged with 50% of the vote in this week's election. Because the Lone Star State remains reliably Republican, the winner of the showdown is likely to take the general election and become the state's next senator.
May 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The notion that Congress could consider pizza a vegetable may be just too much to digest. The SLICE Act, for School Lunch Improvements for Children's Education, has been introduced in response to congressional action last fall ensuring that two tablespoons of tomato paste slathered on pizza could continue to be classified as a full vegetable serving in the federal school lunch program. "Pizza certainly has its place in school meals, but equating it with broccoli, carrots and celery seriously undermines this nation's efforts to support children's health and their ability to learn because of better school nutrition," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)