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11:18 am
Fri August 15, 2014

In Hawaii, Storm-Battered Area Becomes A Kingmaker

Sen. Brian Schatz is greeted by supporters as he enters his campaign headquarters on Aug. 9 in Honolulu.
Marco Garcia AP

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 11:42 am

Most of Hawaii voted last Saturday in the contentious Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. The result? Sen. Brian Schatz appeared to win by a slim 1,635-vote advantage over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

But there was a complication.

Two precincts on the Big Island's far eastern tip were unable to vote due to damage from Tropical Storm Iselle. Since those precincts could provide the margin of victory in such a razor-close race, voters in the Puna area will settle the election Friday when they cast their ballots.

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5:19 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Attorney General Holder: Ferguson Scenes Cannot Continue

Attorney General Eric Holder at a July 14 press conference. On Thursday, Holder outlined the federal response to recent events in Ferguson, Mo.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 7:59 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder says federal investigators have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses to the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Mo., even as he pledged new assistance from the Justice Department to quell "extreme displays of force" and militarization by heavily armed local police there.

"It is clear that the scenes playing out in the streets of Ferguson over the last several nights cannot continue," Holder said.

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It's All Politics
12:57 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

More Details Surface On Missing IRS Hard Drive

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., holds up a hard drive as he questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during a July 23 hearing.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:41 pm

Finally, we now have a detailed IRS account of its attempts to resurrect the long-gone hard drive in Lois Lerner's computer.

But it's not definitive.

Lerner headed the tax-exempt organizations division in 2011, when it was dealing with hundreds of applications from conservative groups. They wanted status as 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, so they could raise unlimited sums without identifying the donors and engage in extensive political activity.

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It's All Politics
9:45 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

Texas Gov. Rick Perry highlighted his executive leadership at the annual RedState Gathering on Friday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 11:40 am

It's the presidential race no one is talking about. Two Texas political stars are testing the waters for a run in 2016 — without mentioning it, of course.

Potential Republican candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry spoke Friday at the annual meeting sponsored by the conservative website RedState, and both danced around the candidacy question.

Three years ago, at RedState's South Carolina get-together, Perry announced his 2012 presidential bid. This time, he made no announcement, but Perry sounded like he was giving a campaign speech.

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It's All Politics
11:25 am
Fri August 8, 2014

How To Botch Latino Outreach

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks with reporters following a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting in October 2013.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 2:20 pm

Even as Republican leaders wrap up a summer meeting in Chicago where they're preparing for 2016, the party's fate in that election may be getting shaped in other places.

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10:22 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Sen. Lamar Alexander Overcomes Tea Party Challenge

Sen. Lamar Alexander after an Aug. 5 campaign stop in a restaurant in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. The Tennessee senator won his GOP primary race Thursday.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 9:45 am

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander defeated state Rep. Joe Carr on Thursday, marking the close of a winless Senate primary season for Tea Party groups that hoped to unseat a longtime Republican incumbent.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called the race for Alexander, the last veteran GOP senator facing a credible Tea Party-backed primary challenge this year. He won 50 percent to 40 percent for Carr.

George Flinn, a self-funding radiologist from Memphis, captured 5 percent, while four other little-known candidates captured the rest of the vote.

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2:45 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Embattled Montana Senator Withdraws From Race

Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., has been accused of plagiarizing a portion of his 2007 master's thesis.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 7:04 pm

After cancelling a string of campaign events and fundraisers this week, Montana Democrat John Walsh announced Thursday that he would drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.

"I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator," Walsh said in a statement. "You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will."

He will serve out the remainder of his Senate term, which expires in Jan. 2015.

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12:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Familiar Name Returns To Missouri Ballot

Jay Ashcroft, who's running for a Missouri state Senate seat, works at the Ashcroft Group, a legal and consulting company run by his father.
Ashcroft campaign

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 1:46 pm

Jay Ashcroft isn't exactly a stranger to the political process. After all, his father ran for — and, numerous times, won — congressional and statewide offices during his lengthy tenure in Missouri politics.

But the son of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft admitted he was a bit nervous waiting to see if he emerged victorious in a three-way GOP primary for a St. Louis County-based state Senate seat. He said his "stomach was in knots" until he found out he had won.

"It was really humbling," said Ashcroft in a telephone interview.

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11:49 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

GOP Sen. Pat Roberts Fends Off Tea Party Challenge

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts waves to the crowd as he rides on the back of a pickup in a parade Saturday in Gardner, Kan.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:17 am

Veteran Kansas Republican Pat Roberts defeated radiologist Milton Wolf in a closely watched primary Tuesday, dealing the latest blow to Tea Party hopes of ousting a longtime Senate GOP incumbent in 2014.

Roberts won 48 percent to Wolf's 41 percent. Two little-known candidates trailed far behind.

Kansas was one of four states that went to the polls Tuesday — the others were Michigan, Missouri and Washington — but the challenge to Roberts, a Washington fixture for decades, took center stage.

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5:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Border Action Spurs Rick Perry From Also-Ran To 2016 Contender

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local party activists on July 19, in Algona, Iowa. Though his 2012 presidential bid crashed, Perry is now drawing mention as a 2016 contender.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry got some good news last week. In a FOX News poll, Perry moved from an also-ran in the contest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to a tie for first place with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

This is undoubtedly a reaction to Perry's decision 10 days ago to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border in response to the deluge of Central American children that have been showing up there.

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