September 29, 2011 |
The group that powered Joe Miller, Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell to Republican primary victories is back in action. Tea Party Express, the California-based political action committee, has endorsed Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock in his bid to unseat six-term Republican Sen. Richard G. Lugar. In a statement Thursday, Tea Party Express chair Amy Kremer said Mourdock was a “true conservative.” “He understands the importance of putting an end to Washington's wild spending and skyrocketing debt,” Kremer said.
July 28, 2011 |
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday took on conservatives reluctant to raise the national debt ceiling, calling them "tea party hobbits" and saying that if they reject the House Republican plan, they will help reelect President Obama. At times reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial during his floor speech, the Arizona Republican also ridiculed Democrats, saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan is "full of smoke and mirrors. " But he directed the most biting sarcasm at his own party.
October 20, 2010 |
Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday lashed out at Republicans and called the new crop of conservative Senate candidates extremists who represent a sharp break with the party’s traditions. Campaigning in Nevada for Sen. Harry Reid, running slightly behind "tea party" movement favorite Sharron Angle, Biden sounded what has become one of the Democrats' main tropes in this midterm election cycle: The tea party has pushed the GOP too far to the right. “If in fact, Harry’s opponent were unique,” Biden said, “You’d say, OK, it doesn’t matter a whole lot. “It matters a whole lot to the people of Nevada but, It doesn’t matter a whole lot to America,” Biden said.
April 28, 2011 |
Rep. Dean Heller was appointed Wednesday to replace Nevada's scandal-stained Sen. John Ensign, giving Republicans a leg up on a seat both sides are eyeing as vital to control of the Senate after 2012. The selection of Heller by his fellow Republican, Gov. Brian Sandoval, was no surprise. Heller had announced plans to run for Ensign's seat in 2012, and the governor was quick to endorse him. The appointment came less than a week after Ensign abruptly announced his resignation amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges arising from an extramarital affair and payments made to a former aide.
November 3, 2011 |
Occupy Wall Street is not likely to have the kind of effect on Democratic politics that the "tea party" movement has had in the GOP, a leading Democratic strategist said Thursday. Still, you can expect to hear Democrats focusing on some of the issues that have driven the nationwide gatherings, at least in Senate races in 2012. "Part of the reason I think the Occupy Wall Street movement is popular is because there is a general frustration with the growing income disparity in this country," Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, told reporters at a breakfast gathering hosted by the centrist think tank Third Way. "This frustration exists far beyond just the folks that come out ... for Occupy Wall Street.
October 20, 2010 |
Welcome to the season when demons run amok. No, not Halloween, the midterm election cycle. The favorability rating for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, demonized for years but whose very name has become a Republican curse in this midterm election, hit a new low of just 29% while 56% said they view her unfavorably, according a Gallup poll released on Wednesday. When the California congresswoman became speaker in January of 2007, her favorability rating was at 44%, about double her negatives.
October 1, 2010 |
On a recent Saturday, Ken Adams and Ronald Ramsey went door-to-door in Las Vegas, canvassing for Harry Reid. They carried a map of Democratic households and a set of poll-tested talking points, including the senator's achievements ("$540 million for a brand new VA hospital") and jabs at Republican rival Sharron Angle, who spoke of privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs (on public radio in May, if anyone asked). A woman in pajamas promised to cast a straight-party ballot.
November 3, 2010 |
The "tea party" movement, a loose amalgam of activists united chiefly by their determination to make government smaller, was on track to elect dozens of Republicans on Tuesday night ? and to confirm its standing as a rising power in national politics. Tea party-backed candidates scored early victories in several high-profile contests. In Florida, Marco Rubio was elected to the Senate, defeating two opponents. And in Kentucky, Rand Paul, one of the movement's highest-profile figures, capped success with a rousing declaration of movement values.
May 2, 2011 |
Throwing Nevada's special House race wide open, the state's election arbiter announced ground rules Monday that would allow any interested candidate to pursue the congressional seat — a tentative victory for Democrats. Democrats wanted a crowded field, which could splinter the Republican vote in a district where the GOP holds a modest registration advantage. Republicans wished to narrow the competition and place the nominating process in the hands of party insiders, who signaled their intention to pass over Sharron Angle, a "tea party" favorite who has already started running.