November 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The most closely fought major election of the fall, the race for governor of Virginia, has a lesson for both parties: Your magic bullets are duds. For weeks, partisans on each side have claimed an issue that they argued would sweep their side to victory this year and next. Republicans predicted public anger over Obamacare would power their candidates. On the Democratic side, many said a backlash against the government shutdown would propel their candidates to success.
November 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama joined the parade of personalities campaigning for onetime Democratic Party chief Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race, a closely watched swing-state contest that could test both parties' strategy for next year's midterm election. At a Sunday afternoon rally in a Virginia suburb just across the Potomac River from Washington, Obama cast the Republican Party as hijacked by the far right wing and its ideological aims. Northern Virginia, home to tens of thousands of federal workers and civilian contractors, was hit especially hard by the 16-day shutdown of the federal government in a fight over the budget and the healthcare law. "You've seen an extreme faction of the Republican Party that has shown again and again and again that they're willing to hijack their party, the country and the economy … if they don't get 100% of what they want," Obama told the estimated 1,600 people gathered at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.
November 1, 2013 |
Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget compromise to avert another government shutdown. Democrats in the Senate immediately renewed a threat to use their majority to impose the so-called nuclear option, making a historic change to long-standing Senate rules that would prevent a minority party -- currently Republicans -- from blocking such nominations through filibuster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 |
When attorney and Republican Party activist John J. Lynch ran for Los Angeles County tax assessor in 1986, he was shocked at the result - he won. "It was a surprise," said Lynch, and he wasn't the only one taken aback. Lynch, who had never run for elective office, was up against 11 other candidates, including two former state Assembly members - Gordon Hahn and Jim Keysor. Lynch spent only a few thousand dollars on the campaign, whereas Hahn spent $100,000 and Keysor $185,000. "I can't figure where John Lynch came from," Keysor said.
October 25, 2013 |
Buried in the avalanche of documents released in the state probe of secretive political groups was a fairly succinct description of the problems facing California Republicans. It was striking not because of the content made public by the Fair Political Practices Commission -- it mimicked what California Democrats have been saying for years -- but because of the author, Republican consultant and fundraiser Jeff Miller. True, his memo was written the day after November's dual losses, when Miller and his team failed to defeat Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure and also failed to supersede it with one of their own. And Miller has in the past criticized the party , so insiders might not find his comments startling.
October 18, 2013 |
It's been a constant quandary for the Obama White House: Should the president reach out to his Republican opponents or isolate them? Should he compromise to move his agenda or try to split the GOP ranks? Carrot or stick? That debate appeared settled on Thursday when President Obama spoke in the White House State Dining Room to deliver his verdict on the just- ended government shutdown: more stick. "To all my friends in Congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change," Obama said as he praised "responsible Republicans" for brokering the deal but denounced "the pressure from the extremes.