August 24, 2011 The election of 2012 is now less than 15 months away, and it is clear that elements of the Republican Party have not locked in on a candidate. But it is worth remembering that in the late 1970s, as the GOP sought just the right opponent for incumbent Jimmy Carter, plenty of party people were not satisfied with a field that included Ronald Reagan.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) during a speech at a Boy Scout ceremony on June 29, 2011, aboard the USS Midway in San Diego.
July 11, 2011 The Republican and some of his associates have been sounding out GOP leaders in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — three states that play big roles in the nomination process.
July 6, 2011 Such rootedness to a single place would be a fairly common occurrence in, say, the 18th and 19th centuries. But people who have the kind of success Pawlenty has — becoming governor of one a large Midwestern state — tend to be a bit more migratory than Pawlenty as they get schooling and establish their careers.
June 14, 2011 Officials familiar with the former Utah governor's thinking say he'll make the news official on June 21, the wire service reports.
June 3, 2011 Only one in four Americans is favorably impressed with the Republican challengers to President Obama.
May 10, 2011 Should Democrats gain a vacant House seat in New York State on May 24 it would be: one) a major embarrassment for Republicans and two) a significant moral victory for Democrats. Republicans are kicking into high gear to keep that from happening after a recent poll showed the Democrat leading.
March 16, 2011 The Economist provided a wry take on the potential Republican presidential field.
March 11, 2011 NPR's Don Gonyea found that Iowa's Christian, fiscal and Tea Party conservatives each think the important early state nod for a GOP presidential candidate goes through them.
March 10, 2011 Wisconsin now appears to be a state of dysfunction with no trust between the GOP and Democrats. While lawmakers in the Democratic minority try to figure out their next moves, Republicans may have figured out how to make Democrats irrelevant.
March 8, 2011 Reacting to a video that showed an NPR executive making controversial comments about Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the video proved NPR and public broadcasting generally shouldn't get taxpayer money.
March 2, 2011 Congress' Republican leaders virtually taunted Democrats to produce spending cuts. Democrats refused and tried to turn the tables on Republicans, saying the GOP's proposed cuts would damage the economy and kill jobs. Meanwhile, President Obama said Vice President Biden would lead budget talks.
February 22, 2011 Democrats had 14 solid states from 30 from 2008 to 2010. Those losses didn't mean equal GOP gains. Republicans rose to ten solid states in 2010 from five two years earlier. It suggests the re-election challenges for Obama have grown.
January 14, 2011 At a retreat, the House GOP tweaks its post-Tucson game plan, including how to civilly press Obama. The meeting this year is much more low-key than last year's, with no invitation to the president and little to no media access.
January 3, 2011 Candidates for the Republican National Committee chairmanship are debating and the RNC is providing a live feed. Current chairman Michael Steele is fighting for another two-year term despite withering criticism over how he has led the RNC since 2008.
November 29, 2010 In its waning days, the Democratic-controlled Congress is like a football team that must score by getting passage of important issues like raising the debt limit, extending unemployment insurance and how to do the same with the Bush tax cuts.
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