Don Gonyea http://apr.org en In The Battle To Host The 2016 GOP, It's Alt Country Vs. Rock http://apr.org/post/battle-host-2016-gop-its-alt-country-vs-rock Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>Call it the first official contest of the 2016 presidential campaign. Sure, the election's a couple of years away. Nevertheless, we have a pair of finalists. They are cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention two summers from now. In this corner, Dallas, Texas.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BIG D")<p>FRANK LOESSER: (Singing)You're from Big D. My, oh, yes. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 54803 at http://apr.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://apr.org/post/meet-new-stars-campaign-ads-mom-and-dad It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.<p>In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EIMkxNhClQ">cartoon turtles</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNQBx6JOcw">gator wrestling</a>, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.<p>And in one case, there's the candidate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns">shooting a drone</a> out of the sky. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 54512 at http://apr.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama http://apr.org/post/specter-iraq-haunts-political-life-barack-obama Iraq has long played a major role in President Obama's political life, going back to his earliest days as an Illinois state senator barely known outside of his Chicago district.<p>Obama's early anti-Iraq war stand would become a centerpiece of his first run for the White House, but it's since been a persistent crisis that's been his to manage, despite his every effort to put it behind him.<p>In late 2002, before the Iraq war had begun, then-state Sen. Obama appeared on <em>Public Affairs,</em> a Chicago television program hosted by Jeff Berkowitz. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 54135 at http://apr.org The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama As News Of Cantor's Upset Settles, A Shakeup Still Looms On The Hill http://apr.org/post/news-cantors-upset-settles-shakeup-still-looms-hill Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Republicans are reeling from the<p>stunning news out of the Virginia GOP primary last night. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the U.S. Congress, was not just upset, he was beaten badly by a relatively unknown challenger. His name is David Brat. He's a college professor who used Tea Party backing to beat Cantor by 11 points. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 53694 at http://apr.org Clinton Uses 'Hard Choices' Book Tour To Steer Benghazi Message http://apr.org/post/clinton-uses-hard-choices-book-tour-steer-benghazi-message Republicans have been using the 2012 attack in Libya against her. Analysts say while Hillary Clinton is talking about Benghazi, she is defining the issue herself well ahead of any political campaign. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 53653 at http://apr.org Senate Expected To Approve Sebelius Replacement At HHS http://apr.org/post/senate-expected-approve-sebelius-replacement-hhs The Senate votes Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Health and Human Services Secretary, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell was running the Office of Management and Budget. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 53279 at http://apr.org With California Campaign, Political Pundit Decides To Try It Himself http://apr.org/post/california-campaign-political-pundit-decides-try-it-himself Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You'll hear this all the time in news stories about politics. At a certain point a political analyst or pundit is quoted offering insight. Maybe they're university professors with expertise on an issue or on candidates in their region of the country. So what happens when one of those go-to experts removes their pundit hat and becomes a candidate? Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 53123 at http://apr.org Mitt Romney Emerges As A Player In Midterm Elections http://apr.org/post/mitt-romney-emerges-player-midterm-elections The ex-presidential candidate is on the campaign trail, picking winners in a number of key primaries. He says his goal is to help the GOP have a great 2014, including seizing control of the Senate. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 53078 at http://apr.org Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa http://apr.org/post/former-obama-campaigner-tries-running-himself-iowa Could President Obama one day motivate future generations to run for office, the way that John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have? It's too early to tell if a trend will take hold, but there is at least one key Obama campaign veteran now running for statewide office.<p>Brad Anderson was the spokesman for Obama's 2008 Iowa campaign. Four years later, he ran the president's entire Iowa operation. Now Anderson is running for Iowa secretary of state.<p>At 39 years old, he's never run for office himself — unless you count that race for class treasurer back in third grade. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 52432 at http://apr.org In Kentucky, McConnell Wins Big Over Tea Party Candidate http://apr.org/post/kentucky-mcconnell-wins-big-over-tea-party-candidate Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking a sixth term, and he easily beat a Tea Party challenger in Tuesday's primary. In November, he faces Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state. Wed, 21 May 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 52363 at http://apr.org Voters Go To Polls On Primary Season's Busiest Day Yet http://apr.org/post/voters-go-polls-primary-seasons-busiest-day-yet Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. It is the busiest day on this year's election calendar so far. Voters are going to the polls in six states across the country. In Kentucky, the ballot feature is one of the most important Senate primaries of 2014, a Tea Party-backed challenge to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 52321 at http://apr.org After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot http://apr.org/post/after-nearly-50-years-office-conyers-might-not-make-ballot A local elections official has ruled that Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the House for nearly 50 years, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. He's appealing the decision; if he loses, it could be an ignominious end to a distinguished career. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 52017 at http://apr.org Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race http://apr.org/post/gaffe-breathes-new-life-iowa-senate-race This year, Iowa will elect a new U.S. senator, thanks to the retirement of five-term Democrat Tom Harkin.<p>For a time, this was a seat Democrats didn't think they needed to worry about; Rep. Bruce Braley was considered the favorite to win the seat in November.<p>Thanks to a serious gaffe, though, the seat looks to be in play. Now, five Republican hopefuls, none well-known statewide, are all racing toward the June primary.<p>On a recent afternoon, candidate Mark Jacobs worked the basement community room at the Harlan Public Library in western Iowa. Tue, 06 May 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 51466 at http://apr.org Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads http://apr.org/post/campaign-ad-challenge-relate-biography-30-seconds-or-less <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnVDAfkLHK8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mucYcm6moe0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QLBvk932bw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXqHI059n90</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 50857 at http://apr.org Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act http://apr.org/post/obama-bush-mark-passage-1964-civil-rights-act Barack Obama and George W. Bush, two U.S. presidents with little in common in terms of policy, personal style and politics, each paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 49997 at http://apr.org