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Published: 01/28/11

Mike Pence's Decision to Skip 2012 -- and the Stiff Competition He Might Face in 2016

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Mike Pence's Decision to Skip 2012 -- and the Stiff Competition He Might Face in 2016

Rep. Mike Pence's decision to skip the 2012 presidential contest in favor of a likely run for Indiana governor is probably a smart move. We don't elect lowly members of Congress to the presidency in this country, but we do elect governors. As such, I can't help thinking Pence will be better positioned to run for president in the future because he has postponed a leap into the primaries next year. What is more, he might avoid the prospect of winning a hard-fought nomination, only to then face an incumbent president. But there is a good argument to be made for Pence seizing the opportunity...

Published: 01/6/11

Hispanics Are Likely to Play Larger Role in Next Elections

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
Hispanics Are Likely to Play Larger Role in Next Elections

With historic victories in the midterm elections, Hispanics flexed their growing political muscle, helping elect -- and defeat -- well-known top-tier candidates in places like California and Nevada, New Mexico and Florida. At the same time, a new political profile of Hispanic Republican leaders emerged, giving a clear and loud warning to the Democratic Party that the Latino vote is not a monolithic bloc that the party could continue to take for granted. Now, with the changes brought about by the 2010 congressional reapportionment, Hispanics are likely to play a larger role in national...

Published: 01/2/11

From the State Capitals: Governors Offer Inaugural Views

By  Carla Baranauckas - Politics Daily
From the State Capitals: Governors Offer Inaugural Views

Thirty-seven governors are beginning new terms and taking the oath of office in December or January. Following are excerpts from their inaugural addresses. (Click on the name of the governor to see the full text of the address.) Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) Jan. 7, 2011 As I stand before you today, my thoughts are with the 70,000 Idahoans who are out of work -- many through no fault of their own. My message to them is that those of us in state government are more committed than ever to addressing the root of our economic woes by tapping into the enterprising spirit of our communities, our...

Published: 01/1/11

2010 Elections and Pro-Life Women: A Correction for Modern Feminism

By  Marjorie Dannenfelser - Politics Daily
2010 Elections and Pro-Life Women: A Correction for Modern Feminism

The 2010 elections represent not just a good result for pro-life female candidates, but a good result for all women. The reason is simple: Since 1992, which liberal groups dubbed the Year of the Woman, elected women in Congress have represented the views of pro-choice activists, not the views of American women. On November 2, that imbalance dramatically shifted toward the pro-life side of the scale, and it is just the beginning. More than sheer numbers are involved, but the numbers alone are compelling. They underscore first and foremost that, as good as this election cycle was for fiscal...

Published: 11/29/10

Why the Next Republican VP Nominee Will Likely Be Hispanic

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Why the Next Republican VP Nominee Will Likely Be Hispanic

Pencil it in: The next GOP vice presidential nominee will be Hispanic. That's my prediction, at least. There are primarily two reasons for this. First, of course, is math: Hispanics represent a growing percentage of the voting population, and there is reason to believe they are "winnable" for Republicans. As Texas Rep. Lamar Smith recently wrote in The Washington Post, Exit polls reported by CNN . . . reveal that a historically robust 38 percent of Hispanic voters cast ballots for House Republican candidates in 2010 -- more than in 2006 (30 percent) and 2008 (29 percent). In fact, since...

Published: 11/19/10

Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and the New Latino Leadership

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and the New Latino Leadership

Out of the historic victory of a surprising number of Hispanic Republican candidates in the midterms two weeks ago, a new political profile of Latino leadership is taking shape, and it runs counter to the dominant liberal and pro-Democrat image. After the remarkable electoral shakeup of Nov. 2, the time seems ripe for this sort of turnover -- time to reset shopworn ideas and cast out old images. New Hispanic leaders with a different bent of mind would seem primed to fill a vacuum at the helm of the nation's 47 million Hispanics. According to a recent Pew Hispanic Center survey, most Latinos...

Published: 11/17/10

Republican Governors Association: Celebrating New Faces, Visiting Familiar Themes

By  Melinda Henneberger - Politics Daily
Republican Governors Association: Celebrating New Faces, Visiting Familiar Themes

SAN DIEGO -- The "Daddy Party" put its three new women governors-elect -- South Carolina's Nikki Haley, New Mexico's Susana Martinez, and Oklahoma's Mary Fallin -- out front Wednesday at the Republican Governors Association conference. But at a press conference celebrating them as the shiny and "changing face" of the Grand Old Party, all three initially suggested that gender was incidental to either their success or the moment. In a pink leather jacket and a very big smile, Haley said her victory "had nothing to do with a label . . . and any party that thinks it's about labels will be the...

Published: 11/4/10

Hispanics Win 3 Key Races for GOP and Lend Clout to Both Parties

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
Hispanics Win 3 Key Races for GOP and Lend Clout to Both Parties

In a historic election that will probably change how both political parties regard and court the Latino vote, for the first time ever Hispanic candidates, all Republican, won top statewide offices in predominantly blue states. That is not, however, the only good news for Hispanics or the only measure of growing Hispanic power. Latinos made their mark as well on the Democratic side. Latino Democrats are now getting at least some credit for the surprising victories of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada against tea-party upstart Sharron Angle in what was one of the most contentious and...

Published: 11/2/10

Palin's 'Mama Grizzlies' Fight Hard, but O'Donnell Is Out

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Palin's 'Mama Grizzlies' Fight Hard, but O'Donnell Is Out

Republicans appeared well on their way to reclaiming the House Tuesday, but results for Sarah Palin's corps of half a dozen conservative "Mama Grizzlies" were less certain. Palin coined the term "Mama Grizzlies" at a breakfast in May to describe tough Republican women leaders: "The mama grizzlies, they rise up. You thought pit bulls are tough. You don't want to mess with the Mama Grizzlies." The Grizzlies suffered an early loss Tuesday when Delaware's Christine O'Donnell, a prominent member of the group and a lightning rod for criticism from the left, lost her Senate bid to Democrat Chris...

Published: 10/28/10

Democrats Lose Hold on Latinos and Women as Party's Base Drifts

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
Democrats Lose Hold on Latinos and Women as Party's Base Drifts

In the final stretch of this volatile and polarizing midterm election, while the beleaguered Democrats duck to ward off an approaching Republican steamroller, rippling cracks are widening in two of the most reliable and loyal Democratic voting blocs, women and Latinos. The past several weeks have exposed troubling frustration, anger and apathy among white Democratic female voters and among Latino Democrats. More alarming for Democrats than the "enthusiasm gap" between Democrats and Republicans is emerging evidence that women and Latinos are drifting away from their longtime political home and...

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