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Bevin Announces Bid for Kentucky Governor

Matt Bevin (R), who lost a Republican Senate primary loss to Mitch McConnell (R), “launched another statewide race Tuesday, this time for Kentucky governor,” National Journal reports. “Bevin’s unexpected and late entry—he officially joined the race less than two hours [...] The post Bevin Announces Bid for Kentucky Governor appeared first on Political Wire.

GOP May Give Obama More Power on Trade

Washington Post: “Republicans have consistently railed at President Obama’s exercise of his executive authority, disparaging him as ‘an emperor’ who has ignored Congress on immigration, climate and Cuba. Now that they fully control the Congress, those same Republicans critics are [...] The post GOP May Give Obama More Power on Trade appeared first on Political Wire.

GOP Establishment Moves to Underdog Status

Jim Geraghty argues that Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Chris Christie aren’t in the top tier of Republican presidential candidates in 2016. Instead, the top candidates are Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Bobby Jindal. First Read: “Now, we [...] The post GOP Establishment Moves to Underdog Status appeared first on Political Wire.

Wide Open Republican Presidential Field

A new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll “finds Republican and Republican-leaning voters scattered among 18 prospective nominees when asked an open-ended question about whom they want the GOP to nominate for president next year.” “Undecided finishes first, at 45%, trailed by [...] The post Wide Open Republican Presidential Field appeared first on Political Wire.

Perry Says Unemployment Rate is Manipulated

Rick Perry told a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition that they couldn’t trust the official unemployment rate coming out of Washington, the Huffington Post reports. Said Perry: “It’s been massaged, it’s been doctored.” The post Perry Says Unemployment Rate is Manipulated appeared first on Political Wire.

Christie Says He Could Win Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told ABC News he thinks he could “certainly” win the Republicans Iowa caucuses next year. Said Christie: “I don’t know why they keep inviting me back if I can’t win here. I certainly think [...] The post Christie Says He Could Win Iowa appeared first on Political Wire.

Why Are So Many Republicans Running for President?

Morning Line: “We are in a new age in politics. There’s a train of thought that says if you’re not in the conversation for president, they won’t pay attention to you. They all want to be president, but if it [...] The post Why Are So Many Republicans Running for President? appeared first on Political Wire.

Ohio Democrats Think Convention Dates Favor Columbus

Democrats announced that their 2016 convention will be the week of July 25, one week after Republicans have their convention in Cleveland, scheduled for July 18-21, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Ohio Democrats “believe the date is a good sign of [...] The post Ohio Democrats Think Convention Dates Favor Columbus appeared first on Political Wire.

Ron Paul Presents Problem for Son’s White House Bid

“This weekend was a crucial one for Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky and un­declared candidate for the presidency. He was in California, trying to line up donors at an opulent retreat organized by the billionaire Koch brothers,” the [...] The post Ron Paul Presents Problem for Son’s White House Bid appeared first on Political Wire.

Republican Governors Move to Hike Taxes

Republican governors across the nation are proposing tax increases — and backing off pledges to cut taxes — as they strike a decidedly un-Republican pose in the face of budget shortfalls and pent-up demands from constituents after years of budget [...] The post Republican Governors Move to Hike Taxes appeared first on Political Wire.

Walker Shines in Iowa

Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) “stock is soaring after a triumphant return to Iowa,” The Hill reports. “The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday, walking them through his robust [...] The post Walker Shines in Iowa appeared first on Political Wire.

GOP May Kill Filibuster for Supreme Court Nominees

“Top Senate Republicans are considering gutting the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a move that could yield big rewards for whichever party controls the White House and Senate after 2016,” Politico reports. “The move, still in its early stages, [...] The post GOP May Kill Filibuster for Supreme Court Nominees appeared first on Political Wire.

Trump Says He Would Have Beaten Obama

Donald Trump told the Des Moines Register that the two presumed Republican presidential frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, “are doomed to lose — and he expressed regret that he hadn’t run himself in 2012. Said Trump: “I was leading [...] The post Trump Says He Would Have Beaten Obama appeared first on Political Wire.

Bush Gives Donors a Price List

“As he lines up support for a likely presidential bid, Republican Jeb Bush is offering donors the chance to join his ‘national executive committee’ – if they raise $500,000 by March 31,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “A pledge form [...] The post Bush Gives Donors a Price List appeared first on Political Wire.

King Keeps a List of Those Who Attack Him

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told MSNBC that he has kept a list of between 12 and 16 “prominent” Republicans who have lobbed personal attacks against him, especially over the immigration issue. The post King Keeps a List of Those Who Attack Him appeared first on Political Wire.

Is Kasich Taking a Different Path to the GOP Nomination?

“If Ohio Gov. John Kasich is thinking of running for president, he’s taking a very circuitous route. Mr. Kasich, one of several Republican governors seen as potential candidates, is spending much of this week traveling through six sparsely populated Western [...] The post Is Kasich Taking a Different Path to the GOP Nomination? appeared first on Political Wire.

Why Republicans Can’t Stop Talking About Rape

Sarah Kliff: “The events this week are a reminder that for all the party establishment’s promises to swear off talking rape — no more Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock moments — the problem is much more than a series of [...] The post Why Republicans Can’t Stop Talking About Rape appeared first on Political Wire.

What Will Republicans Stand For After Obama?

Charlie Cook: “Obama’s progress toward irrelevancy will begin to accelerate rapidly this fall, with the onset of presidential nomination debates, when the campaign becomes more of a 24/7 affair. Given that, since 2009, the organizing principle for most Republican campaigns [...] The post What Will Republicans Stand For After Obama? appeared first on Political Wire.

What Pelosi Knows More About Than The Pope

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recalled for the Washington Post that when she was new to Congress and opposed a bill restricting abortion, “one of the Republican members got up and said, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies [...] The post What Pelosi Knows More About Than The Pope appeared first on Political Wire.

Rubio Moves Forward With Presidential Bid

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “has begun taking concrete steps toward launching a presidential bid, asking his top advisors to prepare for a campaign, signing on a leading Republican fundraiser, and planning extensive travel to early-voting states in the coming weeks,” [...] The post Rubio Moves Forward With Presidential Bid appeared first on Political Wire.

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