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Jerry Brown’s demolition of Republican contenders highlights GOP’s woes in California

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown, seeking an unprecedented fourth term, beat out his nearest Republican competitor by more than 35 percentage points in Tuesday’s primary in a race that highlights the shaky state of the Republican Party in the most populous U.S. state.…

Republican ‘establishment’ sinks cash into ads pushing back at Tea Party

BOISE, Idaho (Reuters) – On a recent Saturday, foot soldiers in the Republican Party’s civil war fanned out across a neighborhood of winding streets and manicured lawns to beat back the Tea Party. They did not meet much resistance. Over the course of two hours, dozens of residents said they…

Republican wins Florida congressional race despite being attacked by his own party

Republican David Jolly, who was assailed by his own party over his choice of girlfriend, won a special congressional election on Tuesday to fill his former boss’ seat, CNN reported. Jolly defeated former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink by just over 3,400 votes. As MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted…

Republicans get three times more ‘false’ ratings from PolitiFact than Democrats

An analysis of PolitiFact ratings suggests Republicans are significantly less credible than Democrats. The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found Republican’s had made three times as many false statements as Democrats this year. PolitiFact examines a variety of political statements and assigns a “Truth-O-Meter” rating…

Republican rebrand: Is it more than skin deep?

US Republicans are rebranding themselves in the wake of last year’s defeat, but the makeover is looking less like a genuine bid to woo women and minorities and more like a civil war within the party. The party was hammered in the November election, with voters rejecting Republican nominee Mitt…

Wisconsin Democrats: RNC memo on Gov. Walker recall a ‘tea party fantasy’

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin said a memo released by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday was little more than a “tea party fantasy.” The memo argued that the upcoming recall elections in Wisconsin will actually help Republican’s in the state. “My friend Reince is a good lawyer…

Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ bill advances in Virginia

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion on Tuesday by approving “personhood” legislation that grants individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. The Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted 66-32 in favor of defining the word person under state law to include unborn…

US conservatives pummel Obama at conference

US conservatives are invoking apocalyptic imagery to trash President Barack Obama’s “terrible” record as they tamp down concern over which Republican might face the incumbent in November. The party’s star power is on full display at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held over three days in Washington, with…

Obama into fray as Republicans feud

As Republicans feud in a divisive nominating melee, President Barack Obama this week takes his reelection blueprint of economic justice for all direct and unfiltered to American voters. Obama will lay out his vision in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, seeking to defy political logic that suggests incumbent…

Say “conservative” not “Republican” to woo Latinos: Tea Party

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Preaching a conservative message is a better way to connect with the growing U.S. Hispanic community than to mention the Republican Party by name, the nation’s first Hispanic tea party group president said at an Austin forum on Thursday. “Whenever the word ‘Republican’ is used, it…

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