12:23 PM, Apr 14, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Watertown Daily Times reports that Elise Stefanik beat out Matt Doheny to win the endorsement of the Conservative party in New York's 21st congressional district:
State Conservative Party Chairman Michael R. Long said an “overwhelming” 17 out of 19 members of the executive committee supported Ms. Stefanik because they believe she is a “new face” that “can best deliver a solution.”
“Matt had run twice and — not because they wanted a change for the sake of change — they felt Elise was the person to possibly win back the seat,” Mr. Long said. “It wasn’t a negative vote against Matt. They were all positive votes supporting Elise."
The Conservative party's endorsement should provide a big boost to Stefanik in the June 24 Republican primary (assuming Doheny, who has lost races in this district in 2010 an 2012, doesn't drop out of the primary before then).
Divisions between the Republican party and conservative activists have helped hand this very competitive upstate New York congressional district to Democrat Bill Owens in 2009, 2010, and 2012. These recent failures may encourage Republicans to avoid splitting the vote by uniting with conservatives and nominating Stefanik.
Owens announced earlier this year he would not be seeking reelection to the seat.
11:27 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican state senator Dick Black of Virginia is considering running for the House seat currently represented by retiring Republican Frank Wolf. Black announced on Facebook he was forming an exploratory committee.
10:04 AM, Nov 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The politics of Obamacare have erased a lead Democrats once held in the generic congressional ballot for the 2014 elections, according to a new poll from CNN. Here are the details:
4:41 PM, Nov 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, is on his way to winning big in his bid for reelection Tuesday, and there's already talk he may be on his way to running for president in three years. Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, Christie argued he's not a moderate as he's sometimes portrayed.
5:32 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Louisana governor Bobby Jindal, the two-term Republican and potential presidential candidate, has announced the formation of a new group called America Next. The organization bills itself as a "conservative policy group" that aims to "focus on winning a war of ideas." Here's an excerpt from a mission statement by Jindal on the new group's website:
9:22 AM, Sep 2, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
One of American conservatism's leading thinkers, James Ceaser of the University of Virginia, weighs in on "To authorize or not to authorize:"
7:01 AM, Aug 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Baton Rouge, La.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who also chairs the Republican Governors Association, says Republicans should be doing more to help Ken Cuccinelli in his race for the governorship in Virginia.
2:12 PM, Aug 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican state senator Elbert Guillory of Louisiana, who recently switched from the Democratic party, has announced the creation of a new political action committee with the goal of electing black conservatives. Guillory will serve as honorary chairman of Free At Last PAC, which purports to promote "Republican values in all communities." Watch the video below:
9:13 AM, Aug 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Fox News Sunday panel debates the GOP's tactical divide on Obamacare, including the boss and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint:
"On Obamacare, folks from the Tea Party wing including Senator DeMint say no funding the government unless you defund Obamacare," said host Chris Wallace. "Why are they wrong?"
4:52 PM, Jul 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Andy Vidak, the newly elected California state senator from Fresno, won a heavily Democratic and Hispanic district in last week's special election. The Washington Times reports that Vidak succeeded because he and other local Republicans showed up:
3:11 PM, Jul 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, asked on Tuesday to respond to an ongoing back and forth between himself and fellow Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky, said he was "asked a question" about national security and answered it.
8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke Thursday at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington about the failure of the Republican party and its presidential nominee to speak to the concerns of middle class and working people. Politico's James Hohmann reports:
The anti-war Republican may be getting a primary challenge.3:52 PM, May 1, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina occupies a strange place on the spectrum of American politics. An 18-year House veteran from the conservative coast, Jones is a pro-life former Democrat, raised Baptist but a Catholic convert. The 70-year-old Republican’s biggest claim to fame may have come in 2003 when France decided not to participate in the American-led coalition invading Iraq. In a moment of patriotic pique, Jones, following the lead of a diner in his district, directed the House cafeterias to rename French fries as “freedom fries.”
3:29 PM, Apr 10, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Standing in the wings of the auditorium at Howard University’s business school were three or four young volunteers who didn’t look like students. Each wore a small red sticker on his chest, which read, “Stand with Rand.” As Howard students filed into the room, the volunteers would gently push forward their clipboards, asking if the students would sign their names to “Stand with Rand.” By the time Rand Paul had entered to give his speech Wednesday morning, the volunteers had a few, but not many, signatures.