Senate race http://wrkf.org en With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map http://wrkf.org/post/wind-its-back-gop-expands-2014-senate-map Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded the playing field: Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown recently announced his intent to run against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner jumped in against Colorado Democratic Sen. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 24055 at http://wrkf.org With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key http://wrkf.org/post/top-democrat-insists-party-will-hold-senate-turnout-key As increasingly confident Republican leaders predict big midterm election gains, the head of Democratic National Committee put on her game face Tuesday and insisted the party will hold control of the Senate.<p>The Democrats' grass-roots organization, said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and what she characterized as the GOP's continuing alienation of women, minority, LGBT and middle-class voters, bodes well for her party this fall.<p>"Our best weapon may just be Republicans themselves," said Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the DNC, at a press conference. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 23929 at http://wrkf.org Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana http://wrkf.org/post/democratic-sen-landrieu-walks-fine-line-red-louisiana If Democrats are going to keep their majority in the Senate, they'll need to hang on to a few critical seats they hold in conservative states.<p>Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has one of those, and like some of her colleagues up for re-election, her support of the Affordable Care Act could be the mountain to overcome this fall.<p>The question for Landrieu is: Will Louisiana voters define her by Obamacare, or judge her on the entire record she's built over nearly two decades as a senator?<p><strong>For Some, Obamacare's A Dealbreaker </strong><p>There's a sprawling, twisty live oak in Galliano, La. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 23011 at http://wrkf.org Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign http://wrkf.org/post/bitcoin-takes-stage-texas-senate-campaign When Texas Rep. Steve Stockman announced recently that he'll accept donations in bitcoins, he raised some eyebrows.<p>Stockman, a conservative who is challenging incumbent Sen. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Emily Siner 21108 at http://wrkf.org Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare http://wrkf.org/post/gops-2014-resolution-keep-pounding-democrats-obamacare When a reporter asked Reince Priebus Tuesday if Republicans would respond to a question about any issue by somehow directing the conversation back to the Affordable Care Act, the Republican National Committee chairman answered tongue-in-cheek.<p>"The answer is Obamacare," he said. "No, I'm just kidding."<p>Well, yes and no. The ACA is the definitely the gift that keeps giving as far as national Republicans are concerned. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Frank James 20989 at http://wrkf.org GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare Mary Landrieu Wrestles An (Obamacare) Alligator http://wrkf.org/post/mary-landrieu-wrestles-obamacare-alligator <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLl8DYDRCzs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExtaKZ8DHXQ</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:35:16 +0000 Frank James 19959 at http://wrkf.org Mary Landrieu Wrestles An (Obamacare) Alligator Will Obamacare Play Big In 2014? Keep An Eye On N.H. Senate Race http://wrkf.org/post/will-obamacare-play-big-2014-keep-eye-nh-senate-race With a new White House push to promote the Affordable Care Act well underway, the question is whether an improved HealthCare.gov site and onslaught of positive talking points will be enough to bolster Senate Democrats facing tough races in 2014.<p>One re-election fight to watch is Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's in New Hampshire, where she's been taking heat for supporting the new health care law.<p>Step inside a small diner called Chez Vachon in a working-class section of Manchester, N.H., and you'd never guess the White House is actually regaining its footing on the health care rollout. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:49:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 19802 at http://wrkf.org Will Obamacare Play Big In 2014? Keep An Eye On N.H. Senate Race Will New Congressman Make a Mark with Pragmatism? http://wrkf.org/post/will-new-congressman-make-mark-pragmatism <p></p><p>Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.</p><p>McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.</p><p>State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP, &nbsp;had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.</p><p>And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:53:07 +0000 Amy Jeffries 19133 at http://wrkf.org