A bloc of Republican pragmatists, bolstered by November's elections, is frustrated by how its party has handled the DHS funding fight. The question is whether the group can begin to exert any influence.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée Cylvia Hayes worked well together as she took on the first lady role as confidante and advisor. But their working relationship became the stuff of scandal, and he was forced to resign.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a big impression at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and he’s leading among Republicans in several polls. His fight with unions, he says, makes him like Ronald Reagan.
Jeb Bush says he believes in ‘traditional marriage.’ But recent comments indicate a softening of his opinion on same-sex marriage, and the presidential campaign team he’s putting together includes prominent pro-gay-rights Republicans.
Late Friday, Congress passed a one-week temporary funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, a three-week funding bill failed 203 to 224 in the House – and that was exactly what Speaker John Boehner had promised would not happen with a Congress under GOP control.
The Senate voted Wednesday to clear the path to fund DHS, after Republicans agreed to withdraw immigration restrictions from the bill. But it will be tougher to get it through the House, where member districts are more homogeneous.
Gov. Chris Christie's 2011 pension reform helped make him a national figure. But a judge's ruling that New Jersey must make up a $1.57 billion shortfall by June to meet the terms of that deal is another setback to his political aspirations.
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