Tea Party http://wrkf.org en CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves http://wrkf.org/post/cpac-2014-reading-tea-party-leaves The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual gathering of conservatives which is part pep rally, part trade show, part revival meeting and part political cattle call, rolls into Washington this week.<p>As the 2014 version gets underway, one of the major questions hanging over the event is this: how much juice does the Tea Party still have?<p>Recent months haven't seen the kind of hard-right insurgent victories that rocked the conservative establishment two years ago. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Frank James 23387 at http://wrkf.org CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves More Republicans Push For Fixing, Not Repealing, Obamacare http://wrkf.org/post/more-republicans-push-fixing-not-repealing-obamacare A rift is growing between Tea Party activists and other Republicans over health care.<p>Some influential conservatives are now saying the <a href="http://apps.npr.org/affordable-care-act-questions/">Affordable Care Act</a> is too entrenched to repeal.<p>Take the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an influential business lobbying group. When the ACA passed in 2010, the chamber got behind the <a href="http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/supreme_court_preview/briefs/11-393_reversalamcuuscoc.authcheckdam.pdf">lawsuit</a> to fight it at the U.S. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:00 +0000 editor 22006 at http://wrkf.org Sen. Thad Cochran To Seek Re-Election In Mississippi http://wrkf.org/post/sen-thad-cochran-seek-re-election-mississippi Get ready for a bruising GOP primary battle in Mississippi.<p>Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., <a href="http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20131206/NEWS03/131206007/U-S-Sen-Thad-Cochran-will-seek-seventh-term-2014?nclick_check=1" target="_blank">said Friday</a> he will seek a seventh term in 2014, setting the stage for a contentious contest that pits the Republican establishment against the Tea Party wing.<p>There had been speculation that Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday and had raised relatively little cash, would retire rather than run again for the seat he first won in 1978. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Adam Wollner 19739 at http://wrkf.org Sen. Thad Cochran To Seek Re-Election In Mississippi After Budget Fight, No Sign Of Cease-Fire http://wrkf.org/post/after-budget-fight-no-sign-cease-fire As it dragged on in recent weeks, the debate about the budget, the debt ceiling and Obamacare felt like an epic battle.<p>But now that it's over, there's reason to think it was actually only another skirmish during the long period of partisan warfare Americans have become accustomed to.<p>The polls, the pundits and certainly Democrats all suggest that the GOP's Tea Party wing got its clock cleaned. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:16:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 17650 at http://wrkf.org After Budget Fight, No Sign Of Cease-Fire Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran Gets A Tea Party Challenge http://wrkf.org/post/mississippi-sen-thad-cochran-gets-tea-party-challenge It's official: Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is the latest GOP incumbent to get a primary challenge from the right.<p>State Sen. Chris McDaniel announced Thursday he'll try to unseat the six-term veteran in 2014, the day after Cochran voted for the compromise to end the government shutdown and avert a debt default.<p>McDaniel's move wasn't completely unexpected. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:15:00 +0000 editor 17635 at http://wrkf.org Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran Gets A Tea Party Challenge GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge http://wrkf.org/post/gop-establishment-grapples-tea-party-wont-budge The old line in Washington is that the "establishment" controls everything.<p>But the fights that have resulted in the government shutdown have turned that cliche upside down.<p>This time, it's the Tea Party and its allies in Congress calling the shots. The "establishment" — on Capitol Hill and in the business community — has so far been on the outs.<p>You can hear the frustration in the voice of 11-term Rep. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 16957 at http://wrkf.org GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge