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Jun 14, 2015

Democrat Sanders presses Clinton to take a stand on trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bernie Sanders, the outspoken progressive U.S. senator challenging Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, urged her on Sunday to take a stand on a big trade deal that has divided the Democratic Party.

Clinton aides appearing on Sunday television news shows said she would not weigh in until negotiations were complete.

Jun 10, 2015

Their state economies may lag, but Republican hopefuls still brag

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Various Republican governors with an eye on the White House can point to tax cuts and other business-friendly policies they spearheaded as they enter the crowded 2016 presidential contest. But many of them can’t highlight robust economic growth.

Among the handful of governors and former governors competing for the Republican presidential nomination, only one – former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who declared his candidacy last week – can say that his state has outpaced the national economy over the past four years.

Jun 5, 2015

On the Wisconsin border, little enthusiasm for Walker’s tax cuts

SUPERIOR, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Shortly after taking office in 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker traveled to this hardscrabble port city to unveil a new sign that announced his plan to slash taxes and lure companies from nearby Minnesota. “Open for business,” it said.

In the years since, Walker has cut state taxes by $2 billion as his state has climbed out of recession. Unemployment in Superior now stands at 4.6 percent, down nearly by half since Walker took office. New businesses are opening downtown and the waterfront docks are humming.

May 18, 2015

Republican Paul calls for end to domestic surveillance program

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul girded for a fight in Congress that could pit the Kentucky senator against some of his presidential rivals as he called on Washington to end a sweeping domestic-surveillance program.

Standing in front of Independence Hall, a symbol of individual freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, Paul said on Monday he would do all he could to prevent Congress from allowing the FBI and the NSA to continue to collect Americans’ telephone records in bulk.

May 15, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Republicans are looking for a few good losers for 2016


Republicans are seeking to erode a geographic polarization that has grown more pronounced in recent decades as Americans have gradually sorted themselves into ideologically uniform neighborhoods, with Democrats clustering in densely populated cities and suburbs and Republicans scattering to distant exurbs and rural areas.

In 1980, Republicans won 48 percent of the vote in the 100 largest U.S. counties, according to James Gimpel, a University of Maryland political scientist. In 2012, that share had shrunk to 38 percent.

May 15, 2015

In U.S. cities, Republicans are looking for a few good losers for 2016

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – When Republican Stefanie
Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago
last year, she knew that her hard work wasn’t likely to end in

“I wasn’t going to win, and I knew that going into it. It
was just a platform to get our message heard,” she said.

May 13, 2015

Presidential candidate Rubio vows to use U.S. power to guard economic interests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Wednesday that the United States must respond aggressively when rivals such as China and Iran take actions that threaten U.S. economic interests.

In an implicit criticism of U.S. President Barack Obama, Rubio, known for his hawkish views, said he would use American power to challenge nations like Russia and China when they pursue expansionist aims at sea, in the air, and in outer space or cyberspace.

Apr 23, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Rubio Joins Koch network in push to kill Export-Import Bank

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) waits to speak at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Billionaire donors Charles and David Koch have had good things to say about Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. On Thursday, Rubio returned the favor.

Apr 19, 2015

Republican hopefuls target middle-class insecurity as economy improves

NASHUA (Reuters) – Facing a recovering economy and a tumbling jobless rate, Republican presidential candidates honing their economic message are trying tap into a lingering sense of insecurity among Americans seven years after the global financial crisis.

And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8 percent.

Apr 18, 2015

Here’s one White House hopeful who wants to get big money out of politics

By Andy Sullivan

NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has an unusual message for a potential Republican presidential candidate: He wants to stem the flow of unregulated money in politics.

That puts him at odds with much of his party, as well as fellow White House hopefuls who have taken advantage of weakened campaign-finance laws to aggressively raise money in the early months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

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