Tales from the Trail

DOJ not moving to regulate massive fundraising

By Michelle Conlin
June 4, 2015

White House hopefuls raking in record amounts of money in the 2016 presidential race are already being accused by watchdog groups of breaking campaign fundraising laws.

from The Great Debate:

Is 2016 the year of the Republican ‘clown car’?

By Bill Schneider
June 4, 2015


Top row, left to right: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum. Bottow row, left to right: Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz. REUTERS/files

Clinton wants more early voting

June 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton will call for at least 20 days of early voting in all U.S. states in a speech in Texas on Thursday, her campaign said.

Chafee enters race, challenges Clinton

June 3, 2015

Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee formally announced his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, becoming the third candidate to challenge party front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Chafee, 62, a former Republican U.S. senator as well as an independent for a short time, announced his campaign in a speech at George Mason University in Virginia, just outside Washington. He became a Democrat in 2013.

Candidates look for support in the Valley

June 3, 2015

Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive of Box, speaks during Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco, June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Republicans face tough competition in Florida

June 3, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, addresses an economic summit hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Orlando, Florida, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Liberals are jumping into Bernie Sanders camp

June 3, 2015

Bernie Sanders, a socialist Senator from Vermont, launched his presidential campaign last week. So how has he been doing? Actually, better than many people have expected. Sanders has been doing well with liberals who may see his progressive charge for the White House as holding some of the essence that front-runner Hillary Clinton lacks. Clinton is still leading by 50 points, but an explosion of support for Sanders online is resonating with those who may have caught him on Late Night with Seth Meyers recently.

The end of the effort to draft Warren

June 2, 2015

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (C) walks to the Senate floor after the weekly Democratic caucus policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

When money doesn’t buy everything

By Arlene Getz
June 2, 2015

The 2016 presidential race is already expected to be the most money-soaked in history, reports Reuters’ Emily Flitter. With billionaires backing several of the contenders, campaign finance watchdog groups fear heavy spending by these ultra-rich Americans will warp the election. Big spenders, though, don’t always get their candidates into office. As this Reuters graphic shows, large sums of money don’t always translate into victory at the polls. Indeed, studies of the 2012 and 2014 elections by the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit that tracks political spending, show that most groups backed by billionaires had less success swaying election outcomes than groups controlled by trade organizations or professional political strategists.

Palin put-down

By Arlene Getz
June 1, 2015

With election season come the pundits. Sarah Palin may have shrunk to a smaller presence on the national stage since the defeat of John McCain in 2008, but she jumped eagerly into the fray this weekend. Her weapon? A Facebook attack on Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor who announced last week that he was seeking the Democratic nomination to the White House.