GOP en You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad <p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Frank James 24759 at You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad With Wind At 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 With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map One Year After Party 'Autopsy,' GOP Touts Progress One year ago, a frank <a href="">Republican Party assessment</a> of why it came up short in the 2012 presidential election included a stark recommendation.<p>Embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform, the post-mortem authors urged, or get used to a party whose appeal "will continue to shrink to its core constituents only."<p>That bold assertion was decidedly offstage Monday, as the party orchestrated a full-on media effort to mark advances it says it's made as a result of recommendations contained in the 2013 Growth and O Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 23895 at One Year After Party 'Autopsy,' GOP Touts Progress Black GOP Stars Rise In A Party That's Still Awkwardly White Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's straw poll victory at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference wasn't unexpected for the presidential contender. In third place, however, was a surprise finisher.<p>Dr. Ben Carson is one of a handful of black Republicans that conservatives are buzzing about this year. While the GOP has made strides in cultivating viable black candidates, the party still has difficulty resonating with black voters.<p>He may not have the rock-star status of top conservatives like Paul or Sen. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 14:57:00 +0000 Brakkton Booker 23503 at Black GOP Stars Rise In A Party That's Still Awkwardly White As CPAC Opens, GOP Stars Take Turns At The Podium The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists, routinely attracts big names in the Republican party — and this year's no different. It starts Thursday. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 23405 at CPAC 2014: Reading The 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 CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves Republicans Retreat To Regroup On Immigration, Debt Ceiling Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Leaving Washington, D.C. for the frozen banks of the Chesapeake Bay might not be everybody's idea of a great late January getaway, but that's where House Republicans packed off for a three-day retreat this week. They gathered at a resort in Cambridge, Maryland, to try to reach agreement on a few big issues, among them immigration and the need once again to raise the debt ceiling.<p>A lot of reporters who cover Congress went along too, including NPR's congressional correspondent David Welna. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 editor 22020 at More Republicans Push For 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="">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="">lawsuit</a> to fight it at the U.S. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:00 +0000 editor 22006 at Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding Republican Party leaders gathered in Washington this week for their annual winter meetings. They approved new rules for the 2016 presidential primaries designed to create a more orderly path to the GOP nomination — and, the party hopes, to the White House.<p>But this week's meeting also provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort begun a year ago to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.<p>For Friday's luncheon speech, the party turned to one of its newest, high-profile stars: first-term Sen. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 21706 at Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War While the federal government is divided and gridlocked, some states have become political monopolies where one party controls both the state legislature and the governor's office.<p><em>The New York Times</em>' Nicholas Confessore says relaxed restrictions on political donations in the wake of the Supreme Court's <em>Citizens United</em> decision are helping special interest groups influence elections to create single-party states. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:46:00 +0000 editor 21330 at Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War