In the two states where Democratic senators are retiring and Republicans sense their best chances of a pickup, there are major clashes between GOP leaders and national conservative groups over whether there should be a contested primary.
In West Virginia, state and national Republicans want Rep. Shelley Moore Capito to be the unopposed Senate nominee for the seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, but the Club for Growth has denounced some of her spending votes and wants a primary foe.
In South Dakota, meanwhile, the Senate Conservatives Fund sharply criticized Senate hopeful Mike Rounds for letting government expand while he was the state’s governor. Matt Hoskins, the group’s executive director, said he wouldn’t mind if Rep. Kristi Noem got in the GOP contest to replace Sen. Tim Johnson, who is not running for a fourth Senate term.
From Go Daddy to Governor?
One of the biggest stories in the Arizona business community now may become a bigger story in state politics.
Christine Jones, longtime legal counsel to the Big Daddy high-tech company, recently retired from her job.
During a decade with Go Daddy, Jones saw it mushroom from a small start-up company to a multi-billion dollar industry and she even played a role in its 2009 Super Bowl commercial.
So what is next for Jones, who no doubt left Go Daddy better off than when she started with it?
GOP sources in Arizona say Jones — a strong conservative and born-again Christian — is being groomed for governor next year when fellow Republican Jan Brewer is termed out.
Hillary Speculation Fueled
That Page 1 article in the New York Times on March 31 was no coincidence, fans of Hillary Clinton say.
Although the former secretary of state dismisses any talk she will make another run for president in 2016, supporters say the speculation will be fueled by the Times article, discussion of her “transition office” in Washington, and upcoming speaking date at the National Multi Housing Council in Dallas.
Should Clinton make the race, it is taken for granted her inner circle will include longtime press secretary Philippe Reines, former White House deputy chief of staff and longtime liberal operative Harold Ickes, and former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin.
UN Has Support in US
At a time when the United States and South Korea may soon be taking the case for punishing a bellicose North Korea to the United Nations, the international forum still has high ratings among Americans.
By a margin of 66 percent to 29 percent, Americans believe that the U.N. is “necessary” for dealing with international turmoil, according to a just-completed Gallup Poll of likely voters nationwide.
Gallup found 35 percent of Americans believe the U.N. is “doing a good job in trying to solve the problems it has to face.” Gallup has polled Americans on the U.N. since 1953, with its all-time high rating of 58 percent coming after 9/11.
John Gizzi is the former political editor for Human Events, working for the conservative weekly from 1979 to 2013. Gizzi is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence, was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV talk shows.
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