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Scott Walker Takes Center Stage

 Wisconsin’s governor needed to score at the Iowa Freedom Summit, and he just might have pulled it off. DES MOINES–One by one, close to a dozen Republicans openly exploring 2016 presidential bids strode onto the stage of a historic theater on Saturday, all with questions facing their viability. Scott Walker may have taken the biggest step […] Read More →

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

 The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives. Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Govs. Rick […] Read More →

Trump: ‘No way’ Bush, Romney would win in 2016

 DES MOINES, Iowa –  Donald Trump slammed potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, telling a sold-out crowd Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit there is “no way” they would win. “The last thing we need is another Bush,” the real estate mogul and sometimes-conservative pundit told the crowd, which erupted in […] Read More →

Meet the GOP’s 19 Presidential Candidates

 It’s pretty clear that the twin entries of Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney into the presidential election earlier this month has had a major effect on the other candidates. It increased their activity level, and perhaps their confidence.  So where does the field stand today? (Cheap joke answer: in a very, very, large room). There’s a […] Read More →

What Do 4 Tons of Texas Brisket and Lady Antebellum Have to Do with 2016?

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the community of Republican political donors.  There’s nothing modest about the manner in which incoming Texas Governor Greg Abbott will take office Tuesday in Austin. His swearing-in ceremony includes a 21-gun salute and an F-16 flyover, followed by a gluttonous barbecue with 4 tons of brisket and 1,700 pies. The day closes out with a Lady […] Read More →

The GOP’s 20 Car Pile-up – Vote Here Now

Hugh Hewitt,   Mitt Romney’s entry into the 2016 race for the GOP nomination has caught almost every observer of American politics flat-footed. Almost. Some did see it coming. And their early entry is not for lack of alternatives. Many among the would-be nominees on the Republican side of the aisle are extremely accomplished: Governors Chris […] Read More →

Paul Ryan is out, Mitt Romney moves closer to ’16 campaign

 The GOP’s crowded 2016 presidential field shifted sharply Monday as Paul Ryan, the party’s last vice presidential nominee, bowed out, while two-time presidential hopeful Mitt Romney marched toward his third campaign and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped closer to his first. The developments came as Republican officials from across the nation prepare to gather […] Read More →