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Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors.

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker close second

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential preference straw poll.

Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious the measure left President Barack Obama’s immigration policy intact.

Former US Rep. Todd Akin: I'm not running in 2016

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is putting an end to the rumors: He will not make another run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests

The Wisconsin state Senate passed a right-to-work bill Wednesday with just enough votes to send it on to the Assembly, where the Republican majority is wider, keeping the measure on a fast track that could put it before Gov. Scott Walker for his signature next week.

Some Republican governors back Homeland Security showdown

Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Comparisons to brother ‘interesting challenge’ for Jeb Bush

It’s a question Jeb Bush gets often, and will surely get again, over and over.

Bisexuals hopeful as 1 of their own becomes a governor

"LGBT" has become a household term amid sweeping advances for gay rights, and yet the "B'' sometimes seems like an awkward fit. The sudden advent of America's first openly bisexual governor may provide a chance to ease the awkwardness and broaden understanding of the bi community.

Shadow of Clinton war vote hangs over other 2016 contenders

In 2002, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cast a vote in favor of the Iraq war that would later come to haunt her presidential campaign.

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Local caterers lose business after ban on lobbyist meals for House committees

No appetite for change

Jokingly called a “company town” with state government carting the payroll, Jefferson City undoubtedly benefits from government-related business.

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Boehner challenges Senate Democrats to ‘get off their ass’

House Speaker John Boehner challenged Senate Democrats Wednesday to “get off their ass” and pass a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department and restrict President Barack Obama’s executive moves on immigration.

Mayoral candidates weigh in on Jefferson City transit

Jefferson City transit has been a recurring issue throughout the last few years, as some residents call for expanded service, while city officials try to lower a roughly $1 million general fund subsidy for the service.

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Vaccine debate tests first-time White House hopefuls

For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks.

DeLay: Rick Perry's White House hopes likely hurt by charges

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Saturday he can relate to any fallout from the indictment dogging former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, noting his own nearly decade-long legal fight that cost him his powerful congressional post and public career.

Police probing alleged corruption in Nevada Legislature

Las Vegas police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of corruption in the Nevada Legislature involving an extortion attempt aimed at a Republican assemblyman who has drawn criticism from more conservative lawmakers.