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Feb 25, 2014

Analysis: In Florida, early test of Obamacare’s potency in 2014 elections

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – The November midterm elections are more than eight months away, but a battle for an open congressional seat in Florida has become a high-stakes test of a crucial question for the fall: how the Republican assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul will play at the polls.

The race to succeed the late Republican Bill Young in a March 11 special election will not dramatically alter the balance of power in Congress, where Democrats face an uphill battle in November to gain the 17 seats they need to reclaim a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Feb 17, 2014

Conservative group’s anti-union effort to target U.S. auto plants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative group that helped defeat an organizing campaign by the United Auto Workers in Tennessee will take its anti-union fight to other auto plants in the South, its leaders said on Monday.

The Center for Worker Freedom, which is linked to anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, plans to renew its battle against the UAW at plants in Alabama and Mississippi where the union wants to organize.

Feb 6, 2014

Analysis: Delay on immigration overhaul carries big Republican risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives appear increasingly unlikely to pass an immigration overhaul this year, preferring to focus their election-year strategy on a unified assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

House Speaker John Boehner hinted at that strategy on Thursday, when he expressed doubt to reporters that a sweeping revision of U.S. immigration laws would get through Congress this year because Republicans did not trust Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration to enforce any immigration laws Congress might write.

Jan 31, 2014

Analysis: As Senate campaigns begin, some Democrats flee Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Spooked by President Barack Obama’s low approval ratings, some of his fellow Democrats in tough November election races have begun their campaigns by distancing themselves from the White House and asserting their independence from Obama’s policies.

In what amounts to a survival-first strategy among embattled Democrats crucial to the party’s effort to keep control of the Senate, some candidates in conservative states Obama lost in 2012 are aggressively criticizing his healthcare, energy and regulatory policies.

Jan 31, 2014

As Senate campaigns begin, some Democrats flee Obama

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Spooked by President Barack
Obama’s low approval ratings, some of his fellow Democrats in
tough November election races have begun their campaigns by
distancing themselves from the White House and asserting their
independence from Obama’s policies.

In what amounts to a survival-first strategy among embattled
Democrats crucial to the party’s effort to keep control of the
Senate, some candidates in conservative states Obama lost in
2012 are aggressively criticizing his healthcare, energy and
regulatory policies.

Jan 24, 2014

Analysis: For U.S. Republicans, political makeover has few changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A year after Republican leaders vowed to “rebrand” their party to broaden its appeal in light of a dispiriting election loss to Democratic President Barack Obama, the Republican strategy for 2014 is looking a lot like the one from 2012.

At the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting this week in Washington, it was clear the panic that hit the party after the 2012 elections has subsided, although polls indicate that efforts to make the party more attractive to single women, minorities and gays, groups that favor Democrats by big numbers, have not made any headway.

Jan 10, 2014

Analysis: For now, scandal not seen as fatal to Christie in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the road to the White House in 2016 suddenly has gotten bumpy – but it’s not closed.

The blunt-talking Christie, an early favorite in the upcoming Republican presidential sweepstakes, tried to put a brewing scandal behind him on Thursday during an apologetic news conference in which he announced the firing of a top aide who appeared to orchestrate traffic jams as an act of political revenge.

Jan 10, 2014

For now, scandal not seen as fatal to Christie in 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – For New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie, the road to the White House in 2016 suddenly has
gotten bumpy – but it’s not closed.

The blunt-talking Christie, an early favorite in the
upcoming Republican presidential sweepstakes, tried to put a
brewing scandal behind him on Thursday during an apologetic news
conference in which he announced the firing of a top aide who
appeared to orchestrate traffic jams as an act of political
revenge.

Dec 24, 2013

The painful path to Obamacare deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tuesday is a moment of truth for Obamacare.

It marks the final deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, if they want coverage starting on January 1.

If enough people – and the right mix of young and old – do not enroll, the ambitious program designed to provide health benefits to millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans risks eventually unraveling.

Nov 26, 2013

In California, a vision of Republicans’ challenge on immigration

CERES, California (Reuters) – For most Republicans in the U.S. Congress, a large gathering of Hispanic voters to discuss immigration would be politically perilous – an invitation to complaints about the party’s longtime resistance to measures aimed at helping undocumented immigrants.

But when Republican Rep. Jeff Denham walked into a meeting with hundreds of his Hispanic constituents at a church in California’s Central Valley this month, he was met with applause, praise and a hand-lettered “Thank You” sign.

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