Urban Milwaukee's Bruce Murphy accuses Gov. Scott Walker of lying about who caused the expenses of the special elections he was ordered to call. Murphy notes that if Walker had followed the law in the first place and called special elections to seats when they became vacant, the cost would have been absolutely zero because they would have been held during the normal spring elections. Walker's political gamesmanship is what will cause about $200,000 in voting expenses for separate elections. He's the one responsible, not those who demanded he follow state law.Meanwhile, Democurmudgeon John Peterson wonders why it took former Attorney General Eric Holder to challenge Scott Walker's refusal to call special elections in vacant legislative districts. He also criticizes Walker's "Trump-like" tweets for blaming outsiders for challenging his actions.Blogger Dominique Paul Noth writes that the Republicans have lost their soul, but the Democrats are searching for theirs. No one is sure … [Read more...] about State Debate: Republicans have lost their soul, Democrats can’t find theirs, insists blogger Dom Noth
With just a month before the midterm elections, Senate candidates in five states sparred about President Obama's policies, the economy, and women's rights on Tuesday night. The debates were part of races both parties are counting on for victories - in Virginia for Democrats and in West Virginia for Republicans - and in closer races where both parties are hoping to win a seat from the other - Democrats from Republicans in Georgia, and Republicans from Democrats in North Carolina and Colorado. Each race could ultimately decide whether the GOP will gain the six seats it needs to take control of the Senate in the next Congress. Here are some highlights from the debates: North Carolina: National vs. Local In second debate between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Tillis tried to focus the conversation on the president, while Hagan drew attention to the conservative direction taken by the state's government during Tillis' time as state House … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo In debates, Republican Senate candidates shift focus to Obama
Watch the full story on "CBS This Morning" CLEVELAND - Let's drown one cliché in the Cuyahoga River right now. This re-imagined city is no longer the "mistake by lake" and hasn't been for the better part of two decades. But that doesn't mean Republicans here for the first prime-time cable debate of 2016 aren't fearful of becoming precisely that - a "mistake by lake" - when the lights go down and the spin room starts its deafening hum. "You can't win an election in a debate, but you can certainly lose an election in a debate," said Brett O'Donnell, a debate coach for 17 years at Liberty University and part of the debate team for Mitt Romney in 2012. "One of the things I do when I prepare candidates is to teach them not to approach the debate as though they were playing Jeopardy. It's not about answering every question correctly." Jeopardy is a word that stalks this debate - and it's not the game-show variety. CBS News poll: Donald Trump leads 2016 GOP field Jeb Bush is in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo GOP debate 2015: Advice for the debaters
By Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, Jennifer De Pinto, Sarah Dutton Immediately after Saturday night's Republican debate, CBS News interviewed a nationally representative sample of debate watchers assembled by GfK's Knowledge Panel who identified themselves as Republicans or independents. Thirty-two percent of these debate watchers say Marco Rubio won the debate, beating out Donald Trump (24 percent) and John Kasich (19 percent), who are ranked second and third, respectively. Further down on the list are Ted Cruz (12 percent), Ben Carson (8 percent), and Jeb Bush (5 percent). The gloves come off in the CBS News Republican debate Republican debate: Donald Trump promises to cut use of profanity Marco Rubio is the clear favorite among Republicans, while independents are largely divided between Trump, Kasich, and Rubio. Donald Trump has been leading national polls for months, and he is seen by Republican and independent debate watchers as the most likely -- with 42 percent -- of the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Poll: Who won the CBS News Republican debate?
President Trump's budget hasn't been released yet, but that's not stopping some of Capitol Hill's most important Republicans from giving it a cold shoulder. Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday, and it's certain to include a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, federal employee pensions and farm subsidies. The fleshed-out proposal follows up on an unpopular partial release in March that targeted the budgets of domestic agencies and foreign aid for cuts averaging 10 percent -- and made lawmakers in both parties recoil. The new cuts are unpopular as well. "We think it's wrongheaded," said Rep. Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, when asked about looming cuts to farm programs. "Production agriculture is in the worst slump since the depression -- 50 percent drop in the net income for producers. They need this safety net," said Conaway, R-Texas. Trump's budget plan promises to balance the federal ledger by the end of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Republicans already giving Trump’s budget a cold shoulder