West Palm Beach – Republicans are seeing two versions of Scott Walker: the one who showed up Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference looking every bit the man who has slayed Wisconsin’s public-unions and delivered a boffo performance from ...
West Palm Beach – In a ballroom at a historic hotel on the beaches of southern Florida, Jeb Bush gave the first hint of how he will address conservative audiences as the Republican primary gets underway.
The former Florida governor, who ...
Bush Taps Leading Reformocon as Policy Aide
Jeb Bush has tapped a leading member of the “reform conservative” movement, longtime Capitol Hill veteran and policy director of the YG Network April Ponnuru, as a policy adviser. Ponnuru, who also happens to be the wife of National Review ...
Sean Hannity to Interview Jeb Bush at CPAC
Jeb Bush’s speech at this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference won’t be much of a speech after all. Instead, Bush will participate in a 20-minute question-and-answer session with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
According to sources familiar ...
Walker Settles on Immigration Message
After a few weeks of flailing about on the immigration issue, Scott Walker appears to have settled on a position.
“President Obama’s lack of leadership has completely changed how our immigration system now needs to be approached and Governor ...
Walker Hires Foreign, Domestic Policy Leads
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker took another step toward a White House bid, hiring Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer Mike Gallagher and DCI Group director and Capitol Hill veteran Kristin Jackson to lead his foreign- and domestic-policy teams, respectively. In that ...
Walker Team Pushes Back on Characterization of ’02 Immigration Position
Over on the home page, Andrew Johnson has a piece about a 2002 resolution that Scott Walker signed shortly after he took office as Milwaukee county executive, which expresses support for comprehensive immigration reform.
We refer to the governor’s support ...
Bush Leads in New Hampshire, But . . .
NBC News’s Chuck Todd said a few weeks ago that it was strange to have a race with a front-runner, Jeb Bush, who hasn’t actually led in a single poll. Well, that’s no longer true. Bush leads ...
NBC News Execs Divided on Brian Williams's Fate
NBC News’s senior executives are deeply divided about the fate of Brian Williams, the Nightly News anchor currently on leave for telling tall tales about his time in Iraq and, potentially, in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
At a ...
Ryan Refuses to Wade Into Romney Concession-Call Controversy
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan won’t vouch for Mitt Romney in the controversy sparked by the account of Romney’s concession phone call provided by David Axelrod, President Obama’s top campaign strategist, in his new book.
Jeb Bush Starts His Pitch
Is Jeb Bush a risk taker? Will his all-but-certain 2016 candidacy offer new ideas, and will he, a son of the Republican political establishment, take on some entrenched interests in order to implement them?
In remarks at the Detroit Economic Club ...
Jeb Bush bowed out of a chance to introduce himself to Republican grassroots voters in Iowa last month, but he’ll get another shot at it in just a few weeks.
The former Florida governor will speak at the Conservative ...
Hugh Hewitt has the text of the message Romney will deliver to supporters on an 11AM E.S.T. conference call. I’ll talk about this with Hugh on his radio show tonight:
Let me begin by letting you know ...
Love Affair Between Iowans, Ted Cruz Continues
Des Moines, Iowa — The love affair between the Iowa voters and Ted Cruz is going strong.
The Texas senator, pacing across the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit in a tan jacket and slacks, praised the state’s “unique and ...
Walker Aims to Bring WI Message to National Stage
Des Moines, Iowa — Scott Walker on Saturday told a crowd in Iowa that his accomplishments in neighboring Wisconsin offer a national model for the Republican party. He tacitly argued that he is the leader who can translate his state-level accomplishments ...
Carson on Obamacare: 'Even if It Worked I Would Oppose'
Des Moines, Iowa — Grassroots favorite Ben Carson was the first potential GOP candidate to take the stage Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, hosted by the conservative activist group Citizens United and congressman Steve King.
The event serves as the ...
Romney's Inner Circle to Powwow in Boston on Friday
On the heels of Mitt Romney’s meeting with Jeb Bush in Salt Lake City Thursday, Romney’s closest advisers are preparing to huddle in Boston.
The band is getting back together. The meeting will include members of the former ...
I wrote in October about Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC, which unified political giving on the left and raised more money than any other super PAC on either side of the aisle. The question arose: Why didn’t Republicans ...
Jindal Courts the Religious Right
In early August 2011, Rick Perry took the stage at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, his image blown up on megascreens and broadcast to the thousands present. This was “The Response,” a daylong prayer rally for Evangelical Christians intended to bring about ...
Austin, Texas — In the fall of 2002, when Jeb Bush was running for reelection as governor of Florida, his older brother made several visits to the Sunshine State to campaign on his behalf. It was a dozen years ago, but a ...
Boehner 'Yes' Votes Warn Speaker Not to Retaliate Against Foes
Five Republican congressmen who backed John Boehner in his bid to retain his speakership warned him on Thursday against punishing the GOPers who voted against him in Tuesday’s leadership elections.
“I thought it was a good meeting, I thought ...
Ben Carson 'Blindsided' by Plagiarism Charges
Ben Carson was “blindsided” by the plagiarism allegations leveled against him on Wednesday by BuzzFeed, a source close to the neurosurgeon tells National Review Online.
The source says that Carson and his wife, Candy, who worked with him on the 2012 ...
Carly Fiorina is staffing up ahead of a potential 2016 bid, hiring a top RNC spokeswoman.
Sarah Isgur Flores served as the GOP’s deputy director of communications through the 2014 election cycle and she announced to friends via e-mail Friday that, ...
Marco Rubio’s allies have insisted that he will make a decision about whether to run for president in 2016 independent of who else is running. That is to say, they’ve contended that a Jeb Bush bid would not preclude ...
Sessions Won't Contest Battle for Budget Committee Chairman
Alabama senator Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that he will not contest Wyoming senator Mike Enzi’s claim to the Budget Committee chairmanship, which will make him the most senior Republican senator in the 114th Congress without a committee chairmanship.
Pence Sounds Out GOP Donors in Palm Beach
Indiana governor Mike Pence on Friday dined with a group of about 40 top Republican donors at Palm Beach’s exclusive Everglades Club. The dinner was hosted and organized by investment manager Thomas W. Smith, who has been a generous donor ...
WH Chief of Staff Whips Democratic Votes for Cromnibus Bill
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough materialized in the Capital basement Thursday evening to attempt to persuade House Democrats to back the $1 trillion cromnibus spending bill that would fund the government through September.
The president officially offered his support ...
In N.J., Clinton Tops Christie in Potential 2016 Matchup
Al Gore, Walter Mondale, George McGovern. They’re not just candidates who lost presidential elections – all three also lost their home states.
Could Chris Christie join the club? 2016 is a long way off, but the latest Quinnipiac poll has Christie ...
Source: David McIntosh to Replace Chris Chocola At Club for Growth
Former Indiana congressman David McIntosh will almost certainly replace Chris Chocola as president of the pro-free-market Club for Growth, according to a source with knowledge of the group’s deliberations.
The move has not been made official because the Club’...
IRS Prepping New Rules for Nonprofits
The IRS will issue another round of proposed rules governing nonprofit groups in March of 2015, according to the regulatory agenda issued by the Treasury Department.
The first round of these rules, unveiled in November of last year in response to ...
Rand Paul Hires McConnell Finance Director
Rand Paul is bringing on Mitch McConnell’s national finance director, Laura Sequeira, to play a key fundraising role at his political-action committee ahead of an expected 2016 presidential campaign.
Over the past two years, Paul, a tea-party darling, has labored ...
Sessions: Congress Has 'Historic Duty' to Push Back
In the upper chamber, Jeff Sessions will play a key role in the battle against the president’s executive amnesty, as he did in the struggle to defeat the Gang of Eight bill last year and the immigration bill supported ...
GOP Member: Obama Admin Acting Like an Iran Deal Is Already Done
The Obama administration is looking to strike a nuclear deal with Iran and, according to a Republican member of Congress, some in the administration have begun to talk like the ink is dry.
“There have been conversations about ‘After the ...
Sanford: GOP Appropriators Chipping Away at Conservative Bloc
Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee insisting on passing a large omnibus funding bill will have to persuade the more conservative members of their conference that it won’t give President Obama a blank check for the executive amnesty ...
House GOP Votes Against Putting All Staff on Obamacare Exchanges
House Republicans last week voted down an amendment that would have required all of their staff members to purchase insurance from the federal health exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act.
The voice vote took place behind closed doors and ...
The First Fight of the Lame Duck
The lame duck session hasn’t yet convened, but its first major battle — over how best to thwart the executive action on immigration the president is expected to issue in the coming months — is already underway. Conservatives are pushing to ...
Republicans have a majority: Victories in West Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, and, most likely, Louisiana in a runoff. They will hold Kansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.
Democratic Dade County Still Out in FL . . .
The Florida gubernatorial race is, as expected, extraordinarily tight: With 97 percent of the vote reporting, Republican Rick Scott is leading “Democrat” Charlie Crist by a point, 48 to 47; but a Scott source tells me that liberal Dade county has not yet ...
The Massachusetts gubernatorial race is an important one for Republicans. The state tends to produce political figures of significance beyond the state — think Teddy Kennedy, Mitt Romney, and Scott Brown — and, with several GOP governors on the ropes tonight, a ...
Frank Luntz Talks Best, Worst, and Most 'Sophomoric' Ads of the Cycle
Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster and self-described “word doctor,” has never been shy with his opinions. He has a lot of them about this year’s election ads, over 1,300 of which he says he’s put before his famous focus ...
Savannah, Ga. — A crowd of about 60 is gathered outside the dilapidated offices of the Chatham County Republican Party headquarters awaiting the arrival of their Senate candidate, David Perdue. Across the street, what looks like an abandoned garage houses a business ...
What Are Republicans Thinking About North Carolina?
The Senate race in North Carolina between Republican state-house speaker Thom Tillis and Democratic senator Kay Hagan is already the most expensive of all time. Democrats and left-leaning outside groups from the League of Conservation Voters to Planned Parenthood and ...
Weight Watchers, 2016: Jindal Puts on 13 Pounds
When Haley Barbour was thinking about running for the 2012 presidential nomination, he said, “If you see me losing 40 pounds, that means either I’m running or I have cancer.”
Politicians mulling presidential candidacies have made dieting something of a signal ...
Rand Paul’s Non-Isolationism
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. That, apparently, is Rand Paul’s approach to convincing the political establishment and, perhaps more important, Republican-primary voters, that he is not an isolationist.
He’s said it on ...
The Republican wave in 2010 may, in the end, be what saves Democrats in 2014.
Four years ago, when Harry Reid thought he and his Senate majority were vulnerable, Democrats swooped into action, creating a super PAC known as Commonsense Ten, which ...
Koch Network and Soros Go Head-to-Head in Kansas
Neither the Kochs nor the Soroses, I’m guessing, would’ve anticipated spending a dollar on the Senate race in the Sunflower State at the outset of the election season; now, with just three weeks to go, both are spending ...
Roberts Creeps Up on Orman in Latest Kan. Senate Poll
Polling in the Kansas Senate race has been all over the map, but the latest survey, from the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling, shows it’s a three-point race, 44 points to 41, with Orman in the lead. A libertarian candidate ...
Outside Group Hits Booker with Attack Ad in N.J.
The American Principles Fund, a Republican outside group tied to the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sarah, is going up with a major ad buy on Thursday against Cory Booker in New Jersey. The spot makes a bold ...
The neocons are back. That is, at least in Marco Rubio’s world. The Florida senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate has, since his election in 2010, regularly consulted with and sought the advice of top neoconservative writers and policymakers, several of ...
New York Times Cuts 100 Newsroom Jobs
Rough financial conditions and the underperformance of its new products are forcing the New York Times to slash 100 newsroom employees through buyouts and layoffs. Times executive editor Dean Baquet said in a letter to the newsroom on Wednesday that he’...
Cruz Recycles All of His Lines, and the Crowd Loves It
West Palm Beach – Ted Cruz is a grassroots favorite with a reputation for electrifying conservative crowds with rallying cries against the Republican establishment.
His pitch to the party’s top-dollar donors isn’t much different. On stage Friday evening before ...
Report: Ted Cruz Is Staffing Up in Iowa
Reports are beginning to pop that Ted Cruz is on the brink of hiring the men who will run his campaign in Iowa, a state the Texas senator believes he very much has the chance to win come January 2016.
Ben Carson Hires National Finance Director
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has hired former Newt Gingrich fundraiser Amy Pass to be his national finance director. Pass, according to longtime Carson pal Terry Giles, who is running the show for his friend behind the scenes, helped raise over $52 million ...
How Big Is Marco Rubio's 'Jeb Problem'?
We first wrote about the challenges a Bush run would pose to Marco Rubio back in April in a piece we called “Marco Rubio’s Jeb Problem.”
Aside from the fact that, ten months later, we now know with virtual ...
Superlawyer Behind Citizens United Joins Jindal Team
The conservative superlawyer behind the monumental victory in the Citizens United case, Jim Bopp, is signing on with Bobby Jindal’s nascent presidential campaign as an legal adviser to Jindal’s think tank, America Next.
“If and when Jindal becomes ...
Rand Paul Financial Backer Lands in NYT Crosshairs
One of the larger questions looming over Rand Paul’s seemingly inevitable presidential campaign is how he will raise big money. The Kentucky senator has a large grassroots following, but not necessarily the sort of e-mail list that Ted Cruz ...
Hillary 2016, Meet Hillary 2008
There isn’t even a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign yet, and already the sort of vicious infighting that brought down her 2008 campaign is underway. It sprang to the surface on Monday when David Brock, the founder of the liberal group ...
Did Brian Williams Lie to Tim Russert?
Did Brian Williams lie to Tim Russert about his notorious trip to Iraq, and did he do so just two years after the fact?
Others have noted bits and pieces of Williams’s March 2005 exchange with Russert during an hour-long ...
Is Brian Williams Invincible?
In the spring of 2002, NBC Universal announced that Brian Williams, then at CNBC, would succeed longtime evening-news anchor Tom Brokaw.
Brokaw was to relinquish the position to Williams after the 2004 presidential election, so NBC’s early announcement of the transition ...
Jindal to Obama: 'Medieval Christian Threat is Under Control'
Bobby Jindal on Friday released a statement responding to the president’s remarks on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he cautioned Americans from getting on a “high horse” when taking a stance against radical Islam because people ...
Jindal Declares War on the Wonks
Bobby Jindal on Monday took a swing at members of his own party. But while the rest of the GOP’s potential presidential candidates are duking it out amongst themselves, Jindal took aim at some of the party’s brainiacs, ...
Romney Jabs Jeb on the Way Out
In his announcement to his supporters today that he will not pursue a presidential bid next year, Mitt Romney took a parting shot at the man who would’ve been his chief rival for the nomination had he entered the ...
Just three days after debuting his stump speech in Iowa over the weekend, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announced that he had set up a fundraising committee to support a likely presidential bid.
The group, Our American Revival, is ostensibly intended ...
Fiorina to Take Swipe at Hillary
Des Moines, Iowa — Carly Fiorina will take aim at Hillary Clinton in her remarks at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit. The remarks touch on matters from abortion to foreign policy and aim to position Fiorina as a conservative on a ...
Trump: 'No Romney, No Bush'
Des Moines, Iowa — Fresh off his declaration that he would’ve demolished President Obama in the 2012 election, Donald Trump was at his Trump-est, all braggadocio and bravado, as he took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday.
Walker Scoops Up Ernst Strategist for 2016
Scott Walker’s political team has hired Republican strategist David Polyansky to run its ground game in the all-important state of Iowa.
Polyansky comes fresh off Joni Ernst’s Senate campaign. On Tuesday, he was helping the newly-elected senator practice ...
Romney and Bush to Meet in Utah
Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are set to meet in Salt Lake City, Utah, today, their presidential ambitions hanging awkwardly over the proceedings.
Relations between the former governors are not warm. It’s not a coincidence that Romney signaled his ...
Two years ago, Rand Paul delivered the official tea-party response to the president’s State of the Union address. Two years from now, the Kentucky senator hopes to be the one delivering the address itself.
As has become his custom, ...
The Club for Growth Mellows Out
Back in 1999, economist Stephen Moore, National Review president Dusty Rhodes, and financier Richard Gilder didn’t look like a renegade trio. But the organization they created, the Club for Growth, has done more to shift the tectonic plates of the ...
Santorum, the Blue-Collar Brawler
I’m sitting across from Rick Santorum at a Corner Bakery Cafe on North Capitol Street, near the U.S. Capitol, when a news alert flashes across my phone. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Mitt Romney has told ...
Establishment vs. Establishment
It may not be only the right flank of the Republican party that’s crowded in 2016. Mitt Romney is more open to a third presidential bid than ever before, according to friends and top donors of the former Massachusetts governor, ...
Jeb Bush Launches Twin PACs
It’s another signal Jeb Bush is serious about a White House run: On Tuesday he filed paperwork for and officially launched the political-action committee Right to Rise. In a video posted on Facebook in both English and Spanish, Bush ...
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and California Senate candidate, is seriously considering a run for another high office: the presidency. That’s according to a source close to her as well as to detailed accounts by National Journal’s ...
Alison Lundergan Grimes Vows to Sue Rand Paul If He Runs for President
Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes is vowing to sue Rand Paul if he tries to run for reelection to the Senate and for president in 2016.
“The law is clear,” Grimes, who lost her Senate bid to Kentucky senator ...
Jeb Bush 'Actively Exploring' 2016 Run
Perhaps to indicate that his presidential campaign would be digitally savvy, Jeb Bush announced on Facebook that he is “actively exploring” a 2016 presidential bid, putting an end to lots of speculation on the matter. He also said he is launching ...
Ted Cruz Will Bank on the Base
To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be.
His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in ...
Lee: Executive Action Contains Citizenship Loophole for Illegals
Utah senator Mike Lee on Thursday argued that, contrary to the claims of the Obama administration, the president’s executive amnesty contains a loophole that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 4 million illegal-immigrant parents of U.S. ...
Republican Senate Conference Votes to Send All Staff Onto Obamacare Exchanges
The Republican conference on Wednesday approved a resolution that will require all GOP Senate staffers to purchase health insurance from the federal exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act.
The resolution was proposed last month by Louisiana senator David Vitter ...
It was a dreary day in Washington and, in the minds of the six people gathered in the Bullfinch room in the bowels of the Grand Hyatt hotel on H Street, it has been a dreary six years for the ...
Henry Waxman's Republican Heir
Jason Chaffetz, with his mop of curls, warm demeanor, and broad smile, has sold himself to colleagues and to the press as a strong conservative, sure, but one with a softer side.
The incoming chairman of the House’s Committee ...
Report: Obama Delayed Executive Action After He Saw DSCC Polling
Politico has the behind-the-scenes story of how the executive amnesty came to be. It details the political calculations behind the president’s decision:
What really worried the White House was that opposition wasn’t limited to vulnerable moderates up for ...
Republican Leaders Urge Restraint
Restraint. That’s the attitude Republican leadership is urging the party’s rank and file to adopt ahead of the president’s issuance of an executive amnesty for approximately 5 million illegal immigrants tonight.
While Texas senator Ted Cruz is calling ...
“Rescission” is the term floated on Tuesday by House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers. It’s the mechanism by which he says Congress can pass a long-term congressional resolution to fund the government and then, if and when he issues ...
Chip Roy, Former Cruz Chief, Heads to Texas AG's Office
Chip Roy, a senior political adviser to Ted Cruz, is leaving his job in the Senate for the Texas attorney general’s office.
The Texas Tribune reports that Roy will join attorney general-elect Ken Paxton’s team in Austin.
GOP Conference to Vote on Forcing All Staff onto Obamacare Exchanges
UPDATE: This vote did not take place on Thursday and is now scheduled for December of January.
The Senate Republican Conference is currently conducting leadership elections. It is also voting on a handful of proposals and resolutions that, if backed ...
Larry Hogan, Maryland’s governor-elect, is no stranger to long-shot candidacies. In 1992, the commercial-real-estate broker tried to oust Steny Hoyer, then chairman of the House Democratic caucus and one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. “Some people believe it’...
Sasse Delivers Spanish-Language Victory Speech
Amigos: creo en el sueno Americo. Juntos podemos crear un ambiente en cual todos tengan mas oportunidades.
Friends: I believe in the American dream. Together we can create an environment where everyone has more opportunities.
Sasse prefaced ...
How the Roberts and Brownback Races are Connected
The key to the outcome of the two major elections in Kansas — those of Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback — will be the behavior of the state’s moderate Republicans. Events this year didn’t unfold in the GOP’s favor ...
Ten years from now, will political committees, strategists, and news organizations still be conducting polls?
Given the unreliability of polls in recent years — the Romney campaign’s polling is a glaring example, but there are many others, including the surveys ...
Conventional Wisdom: Brownback Is Finished
There are a lot of murmurs among top Republicans that Sam Brownback, Kansas’s Republican governor, is finished. He’s trailed in four of the last six polls, and a top Republican operative tells me that even the Republican Governors ...
The Early Vote in North Carolina
Millions of North Carolinians have already cast their ballots for this fall’s elections, and GOP officials have been closely monitoring the results and comparing them to the voting patterns exhibited in 2012, when Mitt Romney won the state by 2.5 points.
GOTV, Political Environment, and Messaging
Political insiders have been talking a lot in recent weeks about whether the Democrats’ vaunted turnout machine can make up for a hostile political environment. Rich touched on the subject in his appearance last night on Special Report and described ...
Where Does the N.C. Senate Race Stand?
The conventional wisdom has it that Democratic senator Kay Hagan has proved particularly resilient in a year that favors Republicans and state where the GOP establishment was confident in its candidate, state-house speaker Thom Tillis. The latest poll has the ...
In Colo., Mark Udall Is Less Popular than Barack Obama
Cory Gardner is up three points in the latest poll out of Colorado, this one from Public Policy Polling. Gardner, who along with Iowa’s Joni Ernst is the candidate Republicans are perhaps most impressed with this cycle, has led ...
Although David Perdue has consistently led Democrat Michelle Nunn in Georgia, a right-leaning state that, due to its increasing black population, Democrats think is within their grasp, the most recent polls have shown Nunn, for the first time, tied or ...
DSCC Pulls the Plug in KY
With three weeks left in the election, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going dark in Kentucky, according to Roll Call, abandoning Mitch McConnell’s Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Grimes, who was considered one of the party’s top ...
The Boor of the Bayou State
Vance McAllister, the once obscure Republican representative of Louisiana’s fifth congressional district, became the butt of nationwide jokes in April when video footage surfaced of the married father of five children locking lips with a staffer who was a ...
Rubio Impresses at Woody Johnson Fundraiser
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson’s annual fundraiser has become something of a marquee event for Republican presidential hopefuls, who use it to make their pitches to some of the GOP’s top-dollar donors.
Johnson is heir to the ...
GOP Will Spend Big in Louisiana Senate Runoff
A potential runoff in the Louisiana Senate race won’t take place for another month, but Republican groups are already throwing down millions of dollars to reserve airtime to blast Mary Landrieu after the election ends.
The political-action committee Ending ...
Upstate New York’s Conservative Hope
Elise Stefanik may have a knack for beating rich guys.
At least that’s what a band of conservative donors looking to foster fresh political talent in the GOP are hoping. Stefanik, a House candidate from New York, is one ...