Posts by Chris Moody, Yahoo News
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News3 days ago
Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign sought to distance the senior lawmaker from a far-reaching Republican budget plan he long supported after his Democratic challenger criticized him over that budget's plan to overhaul Medicare, the federal health insurance plan for seniors.
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a television ad on Tuesday highlighting McConnell’s support of a Medicare reform plan that was part of a 2011 GOP budget proposal written by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. In the ad, a 75-year-old retired Kentucky man named Don Disney says McConnell voted to “raise my Medicare costs by $6,000” per year, a claim that isn’t entirely correct, because the Medicare plan wouldn’t have affected current retirees such as Disney, even if it had passed. The Senate never held a formal vote on the resolution.
The Senate Conservatives Fund sent $70,000 to McDaniel to challenge Mississippi runoff election resultsChris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News5 days ago
The Senate Conservatives Fund on Tuesday wired $70,000 to Chris McDaniel’s legal fund to investigate alleged voter fraud in last month’s election between McDaniel and Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, Yahoo News has learned.
Cochran narrowly defeated McDaniel, a tea party-backed candidate who challenged the six-term senator from the right, in a June 24 runoff election after he rallied last-minute support from black Democrats in the state. In Mississippi, voters can cross party lines to vote in primaries as long as they don’t vote in their own party’s contests as well.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News12 days ago
Lawmakers from both parties were shocked when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in a June primary to a little-known tea party challenger, but from the looks of a photo taken after the election, Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte might have also been a little amused.
The undated photo, acquired by Yahoo News, was taken in Goodlatte’s office on Capitol Hill, and it portrays the Virginia lawmaker smiling broadly while holding up a copy of the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call that was printed the day after Cantor lost to challenger Dave Brat.
It’s unclear why Goodlatte looks so delighted—or why he posed for the picture in the first place. Goodlatte is a member of the same state delegation as Cantor. The two worked together on several issues, including a bill that would offer a pathway to legality for children of undocumented immigrants. Goodlatte is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
When asked about the photo, Goodlatte spokeswoman Beth Breeding insisted that it was taken out of context.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News17 days ago
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert has built a brand as a bomb-thrower in Congress, but now he's aiming to make a new name for himself in Washington: Photo-bomber in chief.
First he photo-bombed a picture of incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a meeting with Faith and Freedom founder Ralph Reed last week.
On Thursday Gohmert stepped up his game to cable TV, while Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford was doing a live interview on Fox News.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News18 days ago
In the long, sordid war between the Republican Party “establishment” and tea party factions working to unseat those they see as ideologically wayward, nothing has infuriated conservative activists quite like what happened Tuesday in Mississippi.
Following a three-week runoff campaign between 36-year Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel, the incumbent defeated his challenger by about 6,400 votes — a bigger margin than in the first primary vote on June 3. The larger turnout in the second round came in part thanks to an aggressive get-out-the-vote effort in which Cochran courted Democrat-leaning voters, particularly in regions of the state with a majority of black voters. It’s not illegal in Mississippi for Democrats to vote in a Republican runoff election — the state operates under an open primary system, meaning that registered voters can cast their ballots in any primary, regardless of party affiliation, as long as they haven’t already voted in the other party’s primary — but McDaniel supporters are furious that Cochran sought the backing of Democrats to lift him over the finish line.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News19 days ago
Members of Congress joined hands on Tuesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
A worthy cause, to be sure! And one that merits bipartisanship.
That doesn't mean it wasn't the most awkward moment ever when Republicans John Boehner and Mitch McConnell joined hands and swayed with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News22 days ago
Seeking to encourage social conservative activists to persevere in the fight against same-sex marriage, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed drew parallels between the ongoing debate over marriage equality and the nation’s long struggle over slavery and civil rights for African-Americans.
Speaking to about 40 attendees at an afternoon breakout session during the organization’s annual “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Reed gave a speech in which he suggested the —which ruled that African American slaves remained the property of their owners even if they traveled to or resided in free states — held a lesson for contemporary conservative activists concerned about what they see as judicial overreach on the issue of gay marriage.
Before the abolitionists triumphed, Reed reminded, it appeared for many years that the courts would squash the hopes of human rights reformers.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News24 days ago
It’s hard to imagine a presidential campaign that began with as much excitement, money and hope — and ended as quickly and dramatically — as Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s primary bid did three years ago.
Initially touted as an unbeatable conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, Perry quickly proved woefully unprepared for the national spotlight. A series of blunders led the dismantling of his campaign in the first weeks of the 2012 primary contests.
Today, no one is more aware of this than Perry himself.
“It was painful. It was very humbling,” Perry said during a luncheon sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. “Being prepared both physically and mentally is very important. ... There’s a host of areas which I was ill-prepared to stand up in front of people outside the state of Texas and say, ‘Choose me as your leader.’”
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News25 days ago
Members of Congress dressed in ill-fitting costumes gathered in Washington on Tuesday, where they dramatically recited lines someone else wrote for them in front of an audience that struggled at times to understand the meaning of their words.
Then, when they finished their normal day’s work at the Capitol Building, 16 of them hoofed it to a nearby theater and performed a little Shakespeare.
House lawmakers joined a group of journalists on Tuesday night at Sidney Harman Hall for the annual “Will on the Hill” charity play, where aspiring thespians displayed the acting skills they have so carefully honed during their careers on Capitol Hill.
Their performance combined lines from Shakespeare with a modern political storyline, complete with characters who played journalists, NSA agents, candidates, “concerned citizens,” super PAC founders, a blogger and even one “tweeter.”
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News26 days ago
A group backed by Charles and David Koch’s donor network released an online cartoon poking fun at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has relentlessly criticized the politically active billionaire brothers for months.