Tales from the Trail

Reform-minded Angus King says he’s had warm Senate welcome

November 17, 2012

Senator-elect Angus King came to Washington preaching bipartisanship and fearing that many of his new colleagues wouldn’t go near him, figuring he’s “a strange creature.”

Helloooooo out there…. Senator asks if anyone paying attention to speech

April 6, 2011

Senators go to the Senate floor and make speeches about issues near and dear to their constituents all day long — but whether anyone is actually listening is another matter. USA-CONGRESS/

Boehner confident on getting budget deal, but admits it won’t be easy

March 16, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner, facing somewhat of a revolt in Republican ranks, says “it is not going to be easy” to craft and win passage of a bipartisan deal to cut spending and fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year.

Another one heads for the exit: Senator Ensign won’t seek reelection

March 7, 2011

UPDATES with Ensign announcement.

At this rate, the Senate will be overrun by freshmen in 2013.

USA-POLITICS/ENSIGNRepublican Senator John Ensign, once considered a potential presidential candidate in 2012, said he won’t seek reelection next year.

Robert Pozen says not running for Senate – but perhaps could be convinced

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2011

Boston correspondent Ross Kerber interviewed mutual fund industry veteran Robert Pozen and they talked politics.

Budget-cutters take aim at nuclear modernization funds

February 22, 2011

In hardball negotiations over the START nuclear arms treaty last year, Senate Republicans wrested a commitment from the White House to redouble work to overhaul the nation’s nuclear infrastructure.

FBI releases files on ex-Senator Stevens, little on corruption case

February 11, 2011

The FBI released some of its expansive files on former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens who died last year in a plane crash, offering tidbits about threats against him, accusations of corruption and some correspondence he had with the FBI.

Webb’s retirement could loosen Democratic grip on U.S. Senate

February 9, 2011

Things just got a lot harder for Democrats.

First-term Senator James Webb announced on Wednesday he will not run for re-election in Virginia next year, making Republicans the early favorite to recapture the seat the Democrat narrowly won in 2006. MYANMAR-USA/

Is Rand Paul a U.S. Senate action hero?

February 8, 2011

RTR9KH6_Comp-150x150It didn’t take Rand Paul long to become Captain America of the U.S. Senate. He’s tough-minded, strong-willed and he’s ready to battle the most dangerous titans on the political landscape, like Social Security and Medicare.

Former Senator Allen trying for a comeback, but he’s got competition

January 24, 2011

Former Republican Senator George Allen is trying for a comeback for the Senate seat from Virginia that he narrowly lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006, following comments that critics said were racist.