Noel Pacheco

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The Koch Brothers have funded 44,000 ads in the 2014 election

A half-dozen groups with ties to libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have funded almost 44,000 ads in battleground states ahead of this November's midterm elections, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity and the Kantar Media Group/CMAG.<p>The six non-profit …

Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner’s face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico.<p>People hoping to …

Reid: Get ready to work weekends

Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that the Senate will work on weekends in September, even as the chamber prepares to go on a five-week recess in a matter of hours.<p>The Democratic leader said that the chamber will return to vote to fund the government past Sept. 30, reauthorize the Export-Import …

Pelosi: Republicans 'Have Time' to Sue the President

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Republicans

What It Means to Be a Black Female Candidate

Sta­cey Ab­rams is a self-identi­fy­ing in­tro­vert, a former bur­eau­crat, a busi­ness­wo­man, and the au­thor of eight ro­mantic-sus­pense nov­els. …

Women of Color

Poll: Support for Campaign Finance Reform Strong in Key Senate Races

Focusing on campaign finance reform could be a winning strategy for candidates in Senate battleground states, according to a new poll out Thursday …

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Goes Homeless to Highlight Poverty

California’s Republican nominee for governor says he went homeless for one week and could not find a job in an effort to discredit claims that the state has seen an economic comeback under Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.<p>In a video released on his campaign website, Neel Kashkari documented the week he …

Jerry Brown

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male Justices Have ‘Blind Spot’ About Women

In the wake of the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling, which allows religious employers to deny birth control coverage to female employees, Ruth Bader …

Democratic, Republican Voters Want More Preschool, And They Want It Now

Both Democratic and Republican voters want more of an investment in early childhood education, and they want it now, according to a new national poll.<p>The poll, commissioned by early education advocacy group the First Five Years Fund (FFYR) and conducted by bipartisan researchers, surveyed 800 …

U.S. sees profound cultural shift on marijuana legalization

More than a third of adults have smoked it — including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it.<p>Marijuana is no longer whispered about, nor hidden in back rooms and basements. It has come into the open in American life despite decades of prohibition and laws …

Cannabis

GOP moderates revolt in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. — Moderate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states.<p>Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back.<p>A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative whose policies led to a purge of …

House passes highway bill as deadline looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway …

Poll: Democrats Hang On to Slight Leads in Key Senate Races

Democrats hold single-digit leads in the key Senate contests of Colorado and Michigan, as well as in Colorado’s gubernatorial race, according to new NBC News/Marist polls of these two states.<p>But with less than four months to go until Election Day, Republicans are narrowly ahead in the race for …

Government

New Hampshire Republican candidate wins eligibility dispute | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Hampshire Republican who hopes to run against Governor Maggie Hassan in the November election was given the green light on Monday to compete in the state’s Republican primary after winning a dispute over his eligibility.<p>The state’s Ballot Law Commission ruled 3-2 that …

Hillary Clinton And Elizabeth Warren Are Totally Crushing The Right In Book Sales

It's been two weeks since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's <i>Hard Choices</i> hit the shelves, and she's already getting hit for a "disappointing" rollout. Critics say her book is "bombing" and sales are "tanking," news outlets and conservative blogs report.<p>But sales figures for <i>Hard Choices</i>, …

Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence

Boehner suit brings in DCCC cash

Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that House Republicans would sue President Barack Obama for misusing executive authority turned into a big payday for congressional Democrats.<p>The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee posted its best fundraising day of the year on Wednesday, bringing in …

Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels

Following up on its recent report on the ever-widening ideological gulf between Americans, the Pew Research Center unveiled its latest sorting of voters into categories based, in part, on the relative strength or weakness of their partisan attachments.<p>Not only that, Pew also has an online quiz of …

California lawmakers to get 2 percent pay raises | Reuters

(Reuters) - A California compensation commission voted on Friday to give state lawmakers a 2 percent raise this year, boosting the nation’s highest legislative salaries.<p>The California Citizens Compensation Commission, which meets annually to set pay rates for lawmakers, approved the increase for …

Ready for Hillary steps up presidential primary state involvement

<b>Washington (CNN)</b> – A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC is stepping up its involvement in key presidential primary states – but swear they are primarily focused on 2014.<p>Ready for Hillary, the group that is urging the former secretary of state to run for president in 2016, has donated $10,000 to the New …

Mississippi carnival: Palin vs. Favre

MADISON, Miss. — Ladies and gentlemen, the circus has come to Madison County.<p>As the wild Republican Senate runoff here tumbles to a climax next week, what began as a bare-bones campaign against Sen. Thad Cochran has bloomed into a full-blown political carnival. Insurgent conservative Chris …

New York legislature approves medical marijuana bill | Reuters

ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York state lawmakers gave final approval on Friday to a bill that would allow limited access to medical marijuana in New York, joining 22 other states where cannabis has been legalized for therapeutic purposes.<p>The bill, passed on a 49-10 state Senate vote, embodies a …

Louisiana's Edwards, after eight years in prison, leads poll in House bid | Reuters

SHREVEPORT La. (Reuters) - Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who served eight years in prison for racketeering, leads a crowded field for a November open primary in his bid for a U.S. House of Representatives seat but trails head-to-head against two rivals he could face in a runoff, …

Donors to major parties hand over $625M so far

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors to the campaign committees of the two major parties have forked over at least $625 million so far this election cycle and …

DSCC outraises NRSC in May

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $5.8 million in May and has $22.1 million cash on hand, with no debt.<p>The numbers, shared first with POLITICO, come after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced earlier Friday that it raised $8.3 million and had $28.1 million cash …

Cory Gardner Backs Over-The-Counter Birth Control After Democratic Attacks

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is challenging Democrat Mark Udall for his U.S. Senate seat, says he supports making birth control pills available without a prescription.<p>In an op-ed penned for the Denver Post, Gardner, who has come under fire from Udall for his positions on contraception and …

New Map Shows ‘Most Liberal and Most Conservative Towns’ in Each State — or Use This Online Tool to Find Ones That Most Closely Reflect Your Values

New data from Clarity Campaign Labs purports to identify the “most liberal and most conservative towns” and cities in each U.S. state. Business Insider then used the data from the political data analytics company to create this nifty graphic:<p>Credit: Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Clarity …

California Legislators' Drought Plan Would Build Reservoirs, Clean Up Drinking Water

By Sharon Bernstein<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 17 (Reuters) - After months of bickering, California lawmakers could vote as early as this week on a plan to shore up the drought-parched state's water supply that would include three new reservoirs, underground water storage and environmental cleanup.<p>The …

Hill team wins softball game

After two consecutive years of media victories, the congressional team routed the press 10-5 in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.<p>Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz pulled her hamstring trying to reach second base — at a field at Watkins Recreation Center in Southeast Washington — …