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  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker launches attack against opponent Jun 20, 2014 9:16 AM
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker has launched an attack ad against Democratic challenger Mary Burke the day after documents were made public that show prosecutors say Walker was at the center of an illegal campaign fundraising and coordination scheme.

     
  • System can’t keep up with children crossing border Jun 18, 2014 3:02 PM
    Border Patrol stations like the one in Brownsville were not meant for long-term custody. Immigrants are supposed to wait there until they are processed and taken to detention centers. But the surge in children arriving without their parents has overwhelmed the U.S. government.

     
  • GOP tries to navigate shifting political terrain Jun 14, 2014 8:51 PM
    Internal battles have been waged over issues as large as whether to provide a path to citizenship for people who have entered the country illegally and the Common Core standards for schools to smaller, more symbolic ones, such as whether to eliminate the Export-Import Bank. The dynamics of the issues and the coalitions around them are shifting so rapidly that what looks like a safe position today could be a lethal one by the time the Iowa caucuses roll around.

     
  • Emboldened House conservatives planning next move Jun 14, 2014 4:49 PM
    Establishment Republicans who have engaged in a struggle with tea party factions the past five years dismissed the crowing over Eric Cantor’s loss, arguing that he was the conservative’s conservative in the leadership. Several Republicans insisted the internal party fights will continue.

     
  • Roskam campaigns to become majority whip Jun 13, 2014 8:36 PM
    In a letter to members of the House Republican Conference Friday evening, Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton asked for support in his bid for majority whip. Roskam wrote that Republicans need to articulate "where we want our policies and our country to be in 10, 20, and 50 years, so the American people know where we stand and what we are fighting for into the future.”

     
  • Jack Roeser lauded as committed to conservatives and community Jun 13, 2014 8:30 PM
    Jack Roeser, a businessman and conservative icon in the suburbs who was one of the earliest supporters of the Tea Party in Illinois and dedicated to improving Carpentersville, died Friday morning at 90. “He one time told me, ‘My father was such a good man. I thought if that’s what it takes to be a man, I will never be one,’” his brother Tom Roeser said.

     
  • Suit against Rutherford names Romney campaign Jun 12, 2014 5:10 PM
    An amended lawsuit from a former employee of Illinois’ treasurer now names Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as a defendant.

     
  • Friday deadline for Lincoln Day Dinner tickets Jun 12, 2014 4:14 PM
    The deadline to buy tickets for the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 at The Cotillion banquet hall in Palatine, is Friday. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is the keynote speaker at the event, which is a fundraiser for local Republican township organizations.

     
  • Republican leaders offer reform agenda Jun 12, 2014 5:45 PM
    Republican legislative leaders pushed for Illinois to change how it draws political boundaries Thursday during a Chicago luncheon that also highlighted other political reform issues including term limits, scrutiny of campaign fundraising and so-called lame-duck sessions after an election.

     
  • Texas GOP endorses ‘reparative therapy’ for gays Jun 7, 2014 7:20 PM
    Under the new plank, the Texas GOP recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”

     
  • Clinton chafed at GOP push to abolish Commerce Jun 6, 2014 3:12 PM
    “The reason they want to get rid of the Commerce Department is they are foaming at the mouth that Ron Brown is better than all of those Republican corporate executives who got those cheeky jobs because they gave big money to Republican presidential candidates,” President Bill Clinton told aides.

     
  • GOP hopefuls Sanguinetti, Schimpf to address Palatine Republicans Jun 2, 2014 2:25 PM
    Republican lieutenant governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois attorney general hopeful Paul Schimpf will be the featured speakers this week at the Palatine Township Republican Organization’s monthly meeting. The event takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at the PTRO office, 839 N. Quentin Road in Palatine. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

     
  • Election Day registration goes to Quinn May 30, 2014 7:57 PM
    The Illinois legislature has approved a plan to allow Election Day voter registration this year. Advocates say it would help register voters who were turned away in past elections. But Republicans say the move is an attempt to drive Democratic turnout in a close governor race.

     
  • Porter to address Schaumburg Township GOP May 31 May 29, 2014 2:23 PM
    Illinois Republican National Committeeman Richard Porter will be the special guest speaker at the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization’s monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31 at Chandler’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Other speakers will be U.S. 8th Congressional District candidate Larry Kaifesh, 44th state House District candidate Ramiro Juarez and 56th state House District candidate Jim Moynihan.

     
  • Vallas in Arlington Hts. May 28 May 27, 2014 10:32 AM
    Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas will speak to the Wheeling Township Democrats at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Will the tea party rally behind GOP establishment? May 26, 2014 7:11 AM
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is nobody’s example of a tea party Republican. Just two months ago, in an interview with the New York Times, he said of the tea party candidates challenging establishment Republicans, “We will crush them everywhere.” That’s exactly what McConnell did on Tuesday when he raced passed tea party favorite Matt Bevin to win the Senate primary in Kentucky.

     
  • Iowa Republicans size up presidential options May 26, 2014 8:38 AM
    Iowa’s presidential caucuses long have been the first event in the nominating process, but for Republicans, they lately have been a poor indicator of future success. The state’s quadrennial GOP straw poll has been even more discredited, an event that no longer draws some of the top candidates.

     
  • Rauner to speak at GOP Lincoln Day Dinner May 26, 2014 5:01 PM
    Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner will be the keynote speaker at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner Tuesday, June 17 at The Cotillion banquet hall in Palatine. The event is aimed to raise money for local Republican township organizations and their work to elect candidates.

     
  • GOP sues to overturn limits on contributions May 23, 2014 8:32 PM
    “In an era when independent-expenditure accounts can solicit unlimited contributions and spend enormous amounts to influence political races, political parties are constitutionally entitled to compete equally with them with their own independent campaign activity,” said James Bopp Jr., the lawsuit’s lead attorney.

     
  • Clay Aiken wins Democratic primary May 13, 2014 5:55 PM
    “American Idol” entertainer Clay Aiken has won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat.The unofficial tally posted by the state Tuesday confirms Aiken got more than 40 percent needed to win in the three-candidate race. It came a day after his closest rival died in a home accident.

     
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