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Published: 02/15/11

Nevada GOP Senate Fight Brewing as John Ensign Challenger Emerges

By  Tom Diemer

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), fighting an ethics investigation on Capitol Hill, may soon face a challenge within his own party from Rep. Dean Heller, who has been encouraged by a favorable survey of his Senate prospects. "I am taking a serious look at the race for U.S. Senate," Heller said in a...

Published: 01/28/11

In Ohio, Newt Gingrich Handicaps 2012 GOP Presidential Field

By  Politics Daily Staff

Sandwiched between visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made time for Ohio Friday, where he planned to screen a film at a Right to Life event and also take part in a discussion on ethanol. The Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire Primary are scheduled as the first...

Published: 01/22/11

New Hampshire GOP Chooses Tea Party Activist to Lead Party Into 2012

By  Politics Daily Staff

Choosing a Republican state chairman is inside baseball -- typically far-removed from national news. Unless, of course, it happens in New Hampshire and involves the tea party movement. Throw in a straw poll on potential 2012 presidential candidates, and you've got yourself a story. On Saturday,...

Published: 01/13/11

Herman Cain Would Focus on Economy, National Security as President

By  Matt Lewis

On Wednesday, ex-Godfather's Pizza CEO and popular conservative radio host Herman Cain announced an exploratory committee for president. Today, he spoke with me about his potential run. Cain promises an ambitious agenda if he is elected president, saying: "I plan to mobilize the public -- to not...

Published: 12/31/10

Political Players to Watch in 2011: Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich and More

By  Matt Lewis

With 2010 almost behind us, it's time to think about the New Year. Friday Morning, I was on MSNBC with Norah O'Donnell and Firedog Lake's Jane Hamsher to discuss some of the top political players to watch in 2011. (My list included Florida Sen.-elect Marco Rubio, outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim...

Published: 12/28/10

Iowa Could Hold January Presidential Vote as 2012 Date-Jockeying Looms

By  Tom Diemer

Another brutally early beginning of the presidential campaign may be in the offing as jealousy among states that want to be first in the primary and caucus season could advance the official 2012 calendar. New Hampshire officials are already talking about moving up a proposed Feb. 14 date for that...

Published: 12/17/10

Tea Party and CNN to Host 2011 Republican Presidential Debate in Florida

By  Tom Diemer

The Tea Party Express, one of several grassroots conservative groups with similar names that sprung up in the last two years, is teaming with CNN to stage a Republican presidential debate next September in Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Related Stories Justice...

Published: 12/14/10

First New Hampshire Republican Primary Debate Set for June

By  Christopher Weber

New Hampshire voters looking forward to the first presidential debate for the 2012 Republican primary need only wait six months: it's been set for Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Manchester. The candidate showdown, one of the earliest in the election season, will be sponsored by the New Hampshire Union...

Published: 12/14/10

Joe Miller Won't Quit in Alaska, Asks State Supreme Court to Order Vote Recount

By  Tom Diemer

Six weeks and counting. Republican Joe Miller, the apparent loser in the Alaska Senate race, has asked the state Supreme Court to order a hand recount of his contest with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate. Oral arguments in the case, stemming from the Nov. 2 election, have been...

Published: 12/10/10

What Tea Party Candidates Could Learn From Their Elders

By  Matt Lewis

Much of my concern with the "tea party" candidates who ran in 2010 had nothing to do with their political philosophy (much of which I share), but rather everything to do with their political sagacity and -- for lack of a better word -- competence (sadly, all criticism was treated equally by some --...

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