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
U.S. President Barack Obama Yale Student ProtestsUpdated | In a wide-ranging, multipart interview with NPR airing this week, President Barack Obama gives his opinion on the protests across U.S. college campuses that have made headlines over the past months.“I think it’s a healthy thing for young people to be engaged and to question authority and to ask ‘why this instead of that?’.... As I’ve said before, I do think there have been times on college campuses where I get concerned that the unwillingness to hear other points of view can be as unhealthy on the left as on the right,” the president said.Obama refused to weigh in on specific protests and movements at particular schools. Students have, among other things, called for changing the names of buildings erected in honor of slave owners or slavery apologists (at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Georgetown and Amherst); agitated for cultural sensitivity requirements for faculty and staff (at … [Read more...] about How Obama’s Thoughts on Campus Protests Differ From Both Democrats and Republicans
Last Updated May 21, 2015 10:28 AM EDT Only ten Republican candidates could make the cut for the first GOP presidential primary debate of the 2016 campaign, the host of the event, Fox News, announced Wednesday.The debate, which will be held August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, is being organized by Fox and Facebook along with the Ohio Republican Party.The top ten candidates will be selected by their average in the "five most recent national polls, as recognized by FOX News leading up to August 4th at 5 PM/ET," according to a release from Fox. If any candidates are tied in the polling average, there could be more than 10 contenders onstage.Candidates must also meet the constitutional requirements, file papers with the Federal Election Commission paperwork, and pay the necessary federal and state filing fees to qualify.Fox News' Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace will moderate.The second debate, which will be hosted by CNN on September 16, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Only 10 candidates in the GOP’s first 2016 presidential primary debate?
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
Laura Ellsworth stood between her Republican gubernatorial opponents, Scott Wagner and Paul Mango, on the debate stage Thursday night at Harrisburg Area Community College.But she might as well have been invisible — to them.Mango repeatedly tossed verbal grenades over Ellsworth’s head to Wagner, who either brushed them off or zinged him back as if Ellsworth weren’t there.Several times Mango, a retired health care consultant, called Wagner, a fiscally conservative state senator and business owner, a liberal. He accused Wagner of holding socially liberal views that wouldn’t protect school children from adults in a bathroom, would give convicts a second chance at a job through a legislative bill and that have not protected children from school shootings in other states.Wagner, the party-endorsed candidate, accused Mango of “dropping out of the sky” to run for governor. He accused Mango of working for a consulting company that advised businesses how to … [Read more...] about At debate, Republican candidates for governor face off
A potential showdown between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach didn’t materialize Saturday. Instead, other candidates fought to make headway in the first Republican debate for candidates for governor in Wichita. Colyer withdrew from the debate about an hour before it was set to begin. His office said he was sick. And Kobach spent only a small amount of time talking about the two issues that made him into a national figure — voter fraud and immigration. Instead, the four candidates on stage — Wichita businessmen Wink Hartman and Mark Hutton, along with Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer and Kobach — fought over how to fix an array of problems facing Kansas during the event, held at the Kansas GOP state convention. At times, the debate amounted to a rebuke of former Gov. Sam Brownback, though he went largely unnamed. During other moments, the candidates went after the Legislature, attacking what they view as a lack of transparency in government. … [Read more...] about Kansas governor candidates fight to impress after Colyer drops out of debate
A contentious bill intended to protect religious rights cleared the Iowa Senate Local Government Committee Wednesday as Democrats warned of economic boycotts while a Republican sponsor insisted it would not encourage discrimination.Senate Study Bill 3171 was approved 7-4 vote, sending it to the Senate floor for debate. Republicans all voted yes, while Democrats all voted no. However, it's not clear whether Senate Republicans have the 26 votes required to pass the bill in the full chamber, and Democrats predicted the measure won't survive because of strong opposition by Iowa's business community.Supporters of the legislation say it would protect Iowans' ability to exercise their religious beliefs, including opposition to same-sex marriage. They say Congress passed similar federal legislation in the 1990s and that 21 states have their own versions of religious freedom laws."I think it is important that Iowans are able to live and work every day according their beliefs. That is one … [Read more...] about Religious freedom bill heads to Iowa Senate floor after contentious debate