February 13, 2016

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AP analysis: Present or absent, Trump drives GOP debate

Monique Overstreet

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Once again, Donald Trump steals the show. The billionaire Republican’s decision to tangle with Fox News and skip the final presidential debate before Iowa’s kickoff caucuses all but ensures that he — and he alone — will dominate the conversation in the closing moments of campaigning in 2016’s leadoff state. It’s a Read More…

Tight Democratic presidential race reveals debate over party’s path

DES MOINES, Iowa — For months, the tumultuous Republican presidential primary has masked a brewing debate among Democrats about their own party’s future. Now, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders chipping away at Hillary Clinton’s grip on the Democratic nomination, the differences are spilling out into the open as the candidates campaign across snow-covered Iowa. At Read More…

Melania Trump remains private while husband runs for president

WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump. If that prospect evokes no clear image, that’s no accident. Donald Trump’s wife has said little in the campaign about the type of first lady she’d like to be should her husband win the Republican nomination and the presidency. The distance, she’s said, is intentional so she can focus Read More…

Some Democrats concerned about Hillary’s response to Sanders’ candidacy

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has questioned Bernie Sanders’ electability. She’s criticized his plans for health care, foreign policy and Wall Street. And she’s tagged him with flip-flopping on gun control. None of it appears to be sticking, say some Democrats who have raised concerns that a months-long primary campaign could create lasting damage for their Read More…

Sanders’ health plan would be more generous than Medicare

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all. But with full coverage for long-term care, most dental care included, no deductibles and zero copays, the Sanders plan is considerably more generous. Think of it as Medicare on growth Read More…

Strickland says he sympathizes with steelworkers

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LORAIN — Former Gov. Ted Strickland said he feels the pain of steelworkers. As the son and brother of steelworkers, he said he’s watched the industry collapse and has seen the suffering that overseas trade has brought to the people he thinks are “the backbone of their community.” “I believe in the steelworkers and the Read More…

Kasich calm as key New Hampshire primary looms

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican candidate for president, shakes hands during a campaign stop at Morse Sporting Goods store, Tuesday, in Hillsboro,NH. AP

HILLSBORO, N.H. — With three weeks until the primary in New Hampshire, where John Kasich’s White House hopes probably will live or die, he’s approaching his campaign with a sense of calm. Touring the state Tuesday on his campaign bus, the Ohio governor seemed fortified by a serene outlook at odds with the stakes and Read More…

‘No more pussy-footing around': Former VP candidate Palin endorses Trump — not protege Cruz

AMES, Iowa — Donald Trump is brandishing the endorsement of conservative Republican firebrand Sarah Palin in the increasingly intense 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes, giving the billionaire businessman a boost against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz less than two weeks before Iowa’s kick-off caucuses. “Media heads are spinning,” the former vice presidential candidate said after taking the Read More…

Elyria tax hike supporters remain undaunted by low public support

ELYRIA — Community support for the Elyria income tax increase proposal is low, but campaign organizers believe a victory at the polls still is possible with a strong grassroots campaign. City Councilman Mark Jessie, D-3rd Ward, the mastermind behind the Issue 6 framework and arguably the campaign’s biggest cheerleader, said a recent survey’s findings are Read More…

Cruz’s interest in gun rights coincides with political ascent

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz huddled with a borrowed shotgun in a Louisiana duck blind last week, his face smeared with black greasepaint. He was there to shoot a campaign video with Phil Robertson, the gray-bearded patriarch of reality TV’s “Duck Dynasty” clan. The junior U.S. senator from Texas, donning camouflaged overalls, is Read More…