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Jon Ward, senior political reporter, was Washington Correspondent for The Daily. He was previously White House Correspondent for The Daily Caller. From 2007 to 2009 he covered the White House for The Washington Times, and from 2002 to 2007 he covered city, local and state politics and crime in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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The Behind The Scenes Story Of The RNC's Quest For Data Supremacy

(134) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Last month, after Rep. David Jolly (R) won the closely contested special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District, the Republican National Committee declared that the election was not simply a win for Republican principles such as opposition to Obamacare and reckless government spending, but also a...

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How GOP Wins In 2014 Could Set Up 'Rude Awakening' In 2016

(357) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 7:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- A veteran Republican digital consultant warned Thursday that a successful election this fall could set back the Republican Party's efforts to modernize its approach to campaigns.

Michael Beach, co-founder of Targeted Victory, spoke at a gathering of technology, business and campaign executives and consultants, organized...

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CPAC, Once Again An Obstacle To GOP Attempts To Soften Message, Shows Signs Of Moderation

(46) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Increasingly of late, conservative thinkers and leaders have been emphasizing a shift away from being known for what they're against and toward what they favor.

But now comes the Conservative Political Action Conference, starting Thursday in National Harbor, Md.

Year after year,...

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What Democrats Did In Virginia's Special Elections Should Worry The GOP

(277) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:31 AM

WASHINGTON –- The story of how Democrats began to build a professional, data-driven model for state legislature campaigns began one week before last fall's elections, when a group of Democratic operatives met with Terry McAuliffe, the party's candidate for Virginia governor, inside his home in Washington's Northern Virginia suburbs.

McAuliffe...

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Jason Carter, Jimmy Carter's Grandson, Says He Is Not A 'National Democrat'

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Jason Carter, a 38-year-old Democratic state senator from Georgia, is running for governor of the Peach State this year against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, a 71-year-old Republican. Over lunch last week at his favorite barbecue spot in Atlanta, Fox Bros., Carter spoke with The Huffington Post about the legacy of...

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To Revive The Carter Name, The Former President's Grandson Distances Himself From It

(47) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:00 PM

ATHENS, Ga. -- There was a lot going on in the opening moments of a recent stump speech by former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, who is running for governor here.

"When you think of being governor of Georgia, there are some names that come to mind," Jason Carter said as...

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Bobby Jindal's 2016 Hopes Rest On Mantra: 'It's Not About Personalities'

(502) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:21 PM

WASHINGTON -– Bobby Jindal isn't going to go away quietly. He made that much clear Monday.

In the space of an hour, he reminded many Democrats why they hate him with a passion, and aggressively angled for a spot among the first tier of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.

His...

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You Cannot Escape The Cyborg Campaign Ads Of The Future

(6) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- Welcome to the future of inescapable campaign election ads.

It's the fall of 2016 and a 20-something couple is sitting down to watch an episode of "The Walking Dead" on their DVR. They hit play. Midway through the episode, a commercial from Hillary for President comes on.

...
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Chris Christie's Foil, A Northeastern Liberal, Makes His Way On The National Stage

(192) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 6:47 PM

WASHINGTON – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin held up his right hand, thumb to forefinger, in the shape of a zero.

That's how much experience the former state senator had in national politics before 2013, he said. But over the past year, since he was first elected chairman of the...

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We 'Should Be Expected To Love People,' Says Conservative Leader Who Hosted Dalai Lama

(296) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- "'I write articles for The Huffington Post.' That's so boring!" Arthur Brooks exclaims.

Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise Institute, is trying to explain something to me. He doesn't actually write for HuffPost. He doesn't actually think my job is boring. I think.

"I mean,...

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This Is What Happens When Hip-Hop Lets The Saints In

(157) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 9:09 PM

Lecrae Moore, 34, has won a Grammy, performed on tour with Wu-Tang Clan and recorded songs with hip-hop legends. He's also a Christian. (Photo: michaelfhsu/Flickr)

A who's who of conservative celebrities gathered in November in Asheville, N.C., to honor and praise Billy...

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Will Chris Christie Face The Washington Press Corps?

(616) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 3:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- The political calendar has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on a crash course with the Washington press corps a week from Monday, but it's unclear whether he will show up.

Late next week, governors from around the country will arrive in the nation's capital for the annual...

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GOP Sen. Tim Scott Says Fighting For Corporate America Is A 'Trap'

(270) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was amused, more than anything else, by his upcoming cameo in a NowThis News video referencing the Netflix series "House of Cards."

One of the next things on Scott's schedule that day was the taping of his short scene. The 48-year-old senator padded over...

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Chris Christie's Loss Could Be Jeb Bush's Gain

(696) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The travails of Chris Christie have predictably led to a round of speculation over who benefits most from the New Jersey governor's traffic problems.

Some say former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Some say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a fellow Republican.

Or...

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Tom Coburn Decides Only A Constitutional Convention Can Fix Washington

(731) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- When I entered Sen. Tom Coburn's office on Capitol Hill, he declined my offer to shake hands, telling me he had a cold. That reminded me, I said, of the time when Sen. Ted Cruz gave me a note saying he had lost his voice due to sickness...

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Why Remaking The Modern Republican Party Is So Damn Hard

(738) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 2:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Al From, the engineer of the Democratic Party's rebirth after Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, at first seems an unlikely adviser to the modern Republican Party.

But the parallels are obvious: The Democratic Party, too, was stuck in Loserville during the 1980s. Eight years before...

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Rand Paul Avoids Speechifying, Delivers Webinar On How To Improve Economy

(59) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:05 PM

WASHINGTON - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a concise, lawyerly response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, choosing to reiterate his core message for what he hoped was a wider than usual audience.

Paul, who is considering a run for president in 2016, spoke for...

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Republicans Respond To Obama With A Soft-Focus Human Interest Speech

(435) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- A top Republican lawmaker on Tuesday made a vague pledge that Congress will work toward immigration reform this year, in the party's official response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

"It’s time to honor our history of legal immigration," said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.),...

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Mike Lee Challenges Tea Party To Move 'From Protest To Progress'

(99) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 9:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) challenged tea party conservatives in his response on their behalf to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday to move "from protest to progress" and to start focusing on constructive solutions for the country's problems, rather than fixating on what they...

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Hillary Clinton's Comment She Hasn't Driven Since '96 Is Out Of Tune With Populist Mood

(154) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rising inequality, a sense of the system being rigged in favor of the powerful: Those themes have been building for years, among conservatives, liberals and independents. President Obama's focus on the minimum wage in his State of the Union address Tuesday night shows he is aware of the...

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