- Senate candidates in Kan. seek to bolster support
San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday - 10/22/2014 - 03:39 PM
A high-profile endorsement in hand in the unlikeliest of battleground states, veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is seeking to bolster support in Kansas' rural west, where he needs to win big to fend off independent challenger Greg Orman. Roberts looked vulnerable after the Aug. 5 primary campaign during which Wolf portrayed the 78-year-old senator as a creature of Washington, not Kansas.  he's overhauled his campaign, at the behest of national GOP leaders, and has been traveling the state. From Thursday through the weekend, Roberts is scheduled to make seven stops in western Kansas, where a substantial turnout in his favor will be needed to overcome the edge Orman is expected to have in Kansas' urban and suburban counties.
- 5 SC governor candidates meet in final debate
Miami Herald, Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 09:17 PM
The two major challengers to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley used the final debate between the candidates to hammer her on the state's child welfare agency and her lack of support for a law to take guns away from people convicted of criminal domestic violence. …
- Ga. electorate shrinks, but new voters less white
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 05:57 PM
The totals were released Tuesday, two weeks before an election in which the tight race for Georgia's open Senate seat will help determine which party controls the Senate. State officials say the drop is from deaths, people moving out of state and removal of those who've been inactive for the last two federal election cycles.
- Colorado tests reach of Democrats' ground game
San Francisco Chronicle, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 03:05 PM
 Bennet chairs the Democratic group that invests in the party's Senate candidates, including big voter turnout efforts. In Colorado, Democrats have an added boost from new election regulations that allow universal mail-in balloting and let citizens register to vote through Election Day.
- Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday - 10/19/2014 - 08:51 PM
By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Denzinger, 90, is among dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation found.  records show the U.
- LePage's style at center of Maine governor's race
Associated Press, Sunday - 10/19/2014 - 08:51 AM
To some in Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is hot-headed and divisive. Others say the hard-charging former mayor has found his own way to be effective in a state with a proud independent streak.
- Obama moves into 2014 campaign mode
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday - 10/19/2014 - 04:30 AM
Brown is Maryland's lieutenant governor and the Democratic candidate for governor. The Democrat is seeking re-election in Obama's home state.
- Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree
Associated Press, Saturday - 10/18/2014 - 03:19 AM
Is Ebola the world's worst infectious disease threat since AIDS?
- Michelle Obama stumps for Charlie Crist in Florida
San Francisco Chronicle, Friday - 10/17/2014 - 03:45 PM
First lady Michelle Obama headlined a rally of 700 supporters for Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Orlando, urging them to "knock on some doors for Charlie like you did for Barack." Mrs. Obama said help of people like Crist during her husband's first term were beneficial in the progress he made on initiatives like women's rights and health care.
- SPIN METER: Shaky claims on Ebola budgets
Associated Press, Friday - 10/17/2014 - 05:01 AM
Less than three weeks before the midterm elections, Washington's Ebola blame game has spread to the arcane world of the federal budget.
- Portable fan blows up Florida governor's race
San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday - 10/16/2014 - 04:50 PM
The Florida governor's race was spinning wildly on Thursday, almost as fast as that electric fan former Gov. Charlie Crist insists on bringing along to campaign appearances. Many people posted messages on social media lampooning a state still trying to shake off the "hanging chads" debacle from the 2000 presidential race. Crist has been taking a portable fan to campaign events for years, from churches to town squares to a recent interview in the air-conditioned offices of The Associated Press in Miami. Organizers sent both campaigns rules saying "candidates may not bring electronic devices (including fans)" on stage. Crist campaign adviser Dan Gelber signed the rules, but added a handwritten caveat: "with understanding that the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary." Scott's campaign manager Melissa Sellers insisted later that the governor "never refused to take the stage."  as the seven-minute delay gained national attention, the Florida GOP blew it up even more, posting a compilation of pictures showing Crist with his fan on the Buzzfeed Community website, promoted with the hashtag #CristHitsTheFan. The post-debate spin included this pithy quote from Sellars: "Charlie Crist can bring his fan, microwave, and toaster to debates - none of that will cover up how sad his record as governor was compared to the success of Rick Scott." Crist even mentioned his portable pal on page 3 of his biography, as he described the Democratic National Convention speech he gave after switching parties.
- US still searching for credible allies in Syria
Associated Press, Thursday - 10/16/2014 - 04:02 PM
Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U. S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That's a potentially serious flaw in its strategy to ultimately defeat the militants.
- Florida congressman's messy divorce gets messier
San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday - 10/16/2014 - 02:15 PM
Court papers filed by his estranged wife, Lolita, claim that the Democratic congressman failed to pay for repairs for the 5,300-square-foot Orlando house where she is living with their four children. Lolita Grayson says the congressman cut off her credit cards, even though he has been the sole financial provider during their 24 years of marriage.