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Bachmann Shifts Campaign into Overdrive

Bachmann Shifts Campaign into Overdrive

With the departure of Mike Huckabee and presidential pretender Donald Trump from the thinning Republican herd, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann appears to be shifting her own plans for a possible 2012 candidacy into high gear. Bachmann, who largely appeals to the same bloc of social conservatives who previously supported the former Arkansas governor, said that […]

Former Mayor John Street Considering Independent Candidacy in Philadelphia

Former Mayor John Street Considering Independent Candidacy in Philadelphia

The polls had barely closed last night when former Philadelphia mayor John F. Street told the local Fox affiliate that he’s seriously considering challenging Mayor Michael Nutter as an independent candidate in the autumn mayoral election. Nutter easily defeated T. Milton Street, John Street’s older and arguably more colorful brother, in yesterday’s Democratic primary, garnering […]

Willie Nelson Endorses Gary Johnson for President

Willie Nelson Endorses Gary Johnson for President

Country music legend Willie Nelson has endorsed Republican Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, for president, according to POLITICO. Johnson, who had once admitted to smoking pot for medicinal purposes, received Nelson’s endorsement — and that of his recently-formed “Teapot Party” — precisely because of his views on legalizing marijuana. As governor of […]

Craig Huey Appears to Have Pulled Major Upset in California’s Special Election

Craig Huey Appears to Have Pulled Major Upset in California’s Special Election

Conservative businessman Craig Huey, a political newcomer who invested $515,000 of his own money into what many believed was a long-shot bid for California’s heavily-Democratic 36th congressional district seat formerly held by Rep. Jane Harman, appears to have exceeded all expectations by qualifying for a July 12 runoff election with Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice […]

Who Benefits From Huckabee's Change of Heart?

Who Benefits From Huckabee’s Change of Heart?

With Mike Huckabee now officially out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, it’s worth considering which other candidates might benefit from a lack of Huck. Recent polling had shown the former Arkansas governor in the high teens, drawing large blocks of support in Southern states and from more religious and socially conservative corners […]

Philly Mayor Brushes Aside Long-Shot Challenger in Primary

Philly Mayor Brushes Aside Long-Shot Challenger in Primary

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter hardly broke a sweat in sweeping past his lone rival T. Milton Street, the brother of former Mayor John Street, in yesterday’s Democratic mayoral primary. Nutter’s primary victory all but assures that he will serve another four years as mayor of the fifth most populous city in the United States. […]

Jacksonville Appears to Elect Its First African-American Mayor

Jacksonville Appears to Elect Its First African-American Mayor

In what is believed to have been the closest mayoral race in Jacksonville history, Democrat Alvin Brown led Republican Mike Hogan by 603 votes on Tuesday evening with all 256 of the city’s precincts reporting. Unofficially, Brown received 95,580 votes to Hogan’s 94,977. The officials results probably won’t be known until later this week, after […]

Williams Jumps Out to Early Lead Over Moffett in Kentucky GOP Primary

Williams Jumps Out to Early Lead Over Moffett in Kentucky GOP Primary

Republican David Williams has jumped out to an early, but not commanding, lead over Louisville entrepreneur Phil Moffett in Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary. With 12 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, Williams had 8,037 votes, or 45 percent, to Moffett’s 7,264 votes, or 41 percent. Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, whose cash-strapped candidacy failed to […]

Third Time Not So Charming for Winograd?

Third Time Not So Charming for Winograd?

Marcy Winograd, an antiwar candidate who waged spirited primary campaigns against U.S. Rep. Jane Harman in 2006 and 2010 — polling an eye-opening 41 percent of the vote against the wealthy nine-term congresswoman in the latter contest — is likely to find that the third time isn’t so charming when the polls close in California‘s […]

Paul Ryan Opts Out of Wisconsin Senate Race

Paul Ryan Opts Out of Wisconsin Senate Race

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan announced earlier today that he would not be seeking the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl. Ryan, whose budget proposal calls for more than $4 trillion in cuts in federal spending over the next decade, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning that “it would it […]