Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Senate Staffer Admits Drugs-for-Sex Scheme

A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) imported drugs from China in a plan to exchange them for sexual favors, the Washington City Paper reports. “Fred W. Pagan… first came on law enforcement’s radar on April 9, when customs agents [...]

Running From Office

In the mail: Running From Office: Why Young Americans are Turned Off to Politics by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox.

Most Don’t Want ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

“One of the apparent side effects of the religious freedom controversies in Indiana and (to a lesser extent) Arkansas: More Americans now oppose such laws than before,” the Washington Post reports. “While a Pew Research Center poll conducted in September [...]

Why Political Parties Don’t Try to Inspire Voters

A new research paper by Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster looked at a variety of political characteristics to see what best predicts party loyalty. The key determinant was fear of the other party: “Regardless of the strength of their attachment [...]

Why Marco Rubio Is a Strong Candidate

Harry Enten: “What makes Rubio strong isn’t his polling surge, but that he is well-liked across the party apparatus. He pulls in conservatives with his voting record and moderates with his impressive 2010 Senate victory in Florida, a crucial battleground [...]

Foreign Money May Flow to Ballot Measure Elections

Rick Hasen points us to a Bloomberg BNA report: “The Federal Election Commission has dismissed—on a deadlocked party-line vote—charges that Manwin International, a foreign company producing online pornography, violated the law by bankrolling a campaign committee opposed to a Los [...]

Gun Control Advocates Energized by Clinton Bid

“Gun control advocates have high hopes for Hillary Clinton?s presidential run, viewing her as an ally who can finish the push for tightened background checks that has stalled in President Obama?s second term,” The Hill reports. “Clinton has been a [...]

GOP Candidates Silent on Drone Deaths

“Republican presidential hopefuls, including two prominent critics of the Obama administration’s drone program, held their fire on Thursday after the White House disclosed strikes in which American citizens were killed, instead offering condolences and focusing on the continued threat posed [...]

Quote of the Day

“I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery.” — Mitt Romney, quoted by The Week, on donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign governments.

A Good Look at Political Polarization

Our politics may be a mess but this pretty chart on Wonk Wire explains why.

Nerd Prom

This is a highly-recommended new documentary: Nerd Prom. “A reporter quits his job covering the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner to lift the lid on what really goes on behind the scenes during the biggest week in the world’s [...]

Bush Said He Wouldn’t Make Same Mistakes as Romney

Jeb Bush said he “would not make the same mistakes as Mitt Romney during a private event in New York on Thursday, saying the 2012 Republican nominee was unable to connect with voters in a genuine way,” the Washington Free [...]

Schweizer Cash

Peter Schweizer, author of the much-discussed book Clinton Cash, is the president of the Government Accountability Institute, a group “with close ties to a billionaire family funding Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run” and one that “has also received substantial support [...]

Shuster Pushed Bill for Lobbyist Girlfriend

A transportation bill had gone nowhere but once Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) became chairman of the Transportation Committee, “it moved at lightning speed: He introduced a revised version of the bill in March of last year, the same day he [...]

Durbin Claims He Has Votes to Remain Whip

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) “says he has the votes to remain Democratic whip two years from now — although senators asked by CQ Roll Call are loath to publicly declare their support and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has yet [...]

GOP Debates Keeping Obamacare Subsidies Thru 2016

“Congressional Republicans are locked in a debate about whether to temporarily keep in place the Obamacare subsidies that are at risk of being struck down at the Supreme Court,” The Hill reports. “The stakes are high, as a ruling against [...]

GOP Governors Have Poor Economic Records

Salon: “What do Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal all have in common? They’re all sitting governors who’d like to be president, sure. But what else?” “How about being embarrassingly bad at job creation? That’s right. From January 2011 [...]

Cruz Misses Vote on Lynch Nomination

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “went on the Senate floor early Thursday afternoon to voice his strenuous objection to the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general… A few hours later, however, Cruz missed the final vote on [...]

Jeb Bush Is On a Diet

New York Times: “As he prepares to challenge an almost universally younger and svelter field of Republican rivals, Mr. Bush has adopted a drastic weight-loss program that is melting away pounds at a staggering rate even as it inflicts an [...]

House May Subpoena Clinton’s Email Server

Speaker John Boehner told Bloomberg that the House of Representatives might subpoena Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail server if she doesn’t voluntarily turn it over for examination by an independent party. Said Boehner: “She violated the law, and the idea that [...]

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