Providence’s Buddy Cianci was once America’s longest-serving mayor who brought new life to a city in decline. But Cianci’s legacy was tarnished — and two different administrations cut short — by felony convictions in 1987 and 2002. This year, the infamous former mayor is not just on the ballot for a second comeback, he’s leading in the polls. Political editor Domenico Montanaro reports. Continue reading
On the anniversary of the HealthCare.gov launch, it’s worth looking back at how the law has fared with the public. Overall, it has remained unpopular, a notion that solidified with the botched rollout of the website in October 2013. Continue reading
Kansas court ruled Wednesday that Democrats can go without a U.S. Senate candidate on the ballot after their nominee dropped out of the race against three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, a blow to the GOP in the national battle over control of the Senate. Continue reading
A federal appeals court panel is ordering parts of North Carolina’s strict new voting law set aside for next month’s elections because it is likely to disenfranchise black voters. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — A senior Republican lawmaker wants Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job, and a senior Democrat said Wednesday he is not comfortable with her leading the Secret Service but subsequently said he hasn’t decided whether she should resign or be fired. Continue reading
When people ask this year, “What’s this election all about?” it’s not an easy question to answer. There’s no one clear issue that has broken through. Remember, this election was supposed to be about health care or, maybe, on the other side, a government shutdown. Both issues have receded. Continue reading
On a day when the Secret Service is being scrutinized for allowing a man with a knife to breach White House security, The Washington Post has reported that the agency allowed an armed man with a criminal record to ride in an elevator with President Barack Obama when he was in Atlanta on Sept. 16.
The intense primary battle between veteran Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and state senator Chris McDaniel in Mississippi shows that the rift between the populist tea party and the establishment wing of the GOP is not yet healed. And the general election is just weeks away. Jeffrey Hess of Mississippi Public Broadcasting reports. Continue reading
The Washington Post reports that the man who jumped the fence and ran through the White House on Sept. 19 was tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent.