Don Gonyea http://krwg.org en Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://krwg.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 21:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 69063 at http://krwg.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama http://krwg.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 20:22:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 68625 at http://krwg.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://krwg.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 20:18:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 68121 at http://krwg.org Clinton Uses 'Hard Choices' Book Tour To Steer Benghazi Message http://krwg.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 68065 at http://krwg.org Senate Expected To Approve Sebelius Replacement At HHS http://krwg.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 09:29:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 67631 at http://krwg.org Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa http://krwg.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 66644 at http://krwg.org Voters Go To Polls On Primary Season's Busiest Day Yet http://krwg.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 20:37:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 66532 at http://krwg.org After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot http://krwg.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 66203 at http://krwg.org Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race http://krwg.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 22:06:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 65582 at http://krwg.org Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads http://krwg.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 64855 at http://krwg.org Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights http://krwg.org/post/austin-hosts-presidents-past-and-present-honor-civil-rights President Obama is in Austin, Texas, honoring the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He's one of four U.S. presidents to appear at a civil rights summit this week. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 63807 at http://krwg.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts http://krwg.org/post/political-conventions-another-balloon-bursts There's news today about the 2016 presidential campaign that has nothing to do with the growing list of would-be candidates with White House aspirations.<p>It's about the big nominating conventions the Democrats and Republicans hold every four years. Legislation the president signed Thursday afternoon means those huge political extravaganzas will no longer receive millions of dollars in taxpayer support. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 63346 at http://krwg.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill http://krwg.org/post/gm-ignition-switch-controversy-comes-capitol-hill General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday, speaking before a House panel that is investigating how the company handled problems with its vehicles' ignition switch. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 63171 at http://krwg.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You http://krwg.org/post/google-glass-coming-soon-campaign-trail-near-you Google Glass is looking to be the next must-have digital device. The small computer you wear like eyeglasses allows you to surf the Web, email, text, take photos, shoot and stream live video and more — hands-free.<p>For now Google Glass is in very limited release, but even so, political professionals are eagerly exploring how it could become a powerful campaign tool.<p>I have been covering big, crowded political events of all kinds for a long time: conventions, campaign rallies, caucuses, committee meetings. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 62070 at http://krwg.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls http://krwg.org/post/cpac-siren-call-gop-presidential-hopefuls Start with a big ballroom at a resort hotel just outside D.C. Add thousands of conservative activists. Stir in hundreds of political journalists, and you've got an irresistible attraction for any Republican presidential hopeful.<p>For those with their eye on the Oval Office, it's also an early audition before a key audience.<p>It's the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC for short — where there's always talk of the next presidential election. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 61500 at http://krwg.org CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan http://krwg.org/post/dingell-dynasty-could-continue-michigan Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>87-year-old John Dingell, the longest-serving member in the history of Congress, retires at the end of his current term. When he goes, another Dingell hopes to win his seat. Today, in the city of Dearborn, in the heart of Michigan's 12th district, Debbie Dingell, the congressman's wife, announced her candidacy. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea reports.<p>DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Just four days ago, Congressman Dingell said he found serving in the U.S. House these days to be, quote, "obnoxious." He echoed that in a speech that day. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 60989 at http://krwg.org Texan's Final Campaign May Act As National Barometer http://krwg.org/post/texans-final-campaign-may-act-national-barometer Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In northeast Texas, from the Dallas suburbs to Texarkana, Republican Ralph Hall is seeking an 18th term in Congress. Hall is 90 years old and the oldest member of Congress. At a time of deep voter anger with Washington, Hall's long incumbency and his age have drawn a crowded field of primary challengers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 60496 at http://krwg.org AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective http://krwg.org/post/afl-cios-trumka-keep-vw-union-vote-perspective When workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers in a recent vote on whether to unionize, it was a stinging setback for a labor movement looking for a big organizing victory in a Southern state.<p>So while the agenda at the AFL-CIO's winter meetings in Houston this week includes the push to increase the minimum wage, pressing for a new immigration law that includes path to citizenship, and looking ahead to the 2014 and 2016 elections, much of the discussion in hallways and in media briefings is about the failure to organize at Volkswagen.<p>AFL-CIO Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 60277 at http://krwg.org AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South http://krwg.org/post/dealt-recent-defeat-union-organizers-plot-future-south Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The United Auto Workers Union suffered a major defeat when a drive to represent workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee failed last week. Right now, leaders of the AFL-CIO are holding their winter meetings in Houston and that VW vote is a major topic.<p>NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea has more.<p>DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Make no mistake. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is angry about the very narrow loss for labor at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 60240 at http://krwg.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library http://krwg.org/post/bidding-starts-early-site-obamas-future-library President Obama doesn't leave office until January of 2017, but already the competition has begun for the right to host his presidential library and museum.<p>A new foundation has been set up to raise money and to begin the site selection process, and there are already bids in the works from Chicago, Honolulu and elsewhere.<p><strong>A Tradition Of Archives</strong><p>Professor Richard Cox of the University of Pittsburgh has studied the history of U.S. presidential libraries. The newest, the George W. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 59535 at http://krwg.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads http://krwg.org/post/rnc-highlights-black-history-month-radio-ads Leaders of the Republican Party acknowledge they have a problem attracting minority voters — especially African-Americans, 93 percent of whom voted for President Obama in 2012, compared with just 6 percent for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.<p>That chasm is at the heart of a new initiative by the Republican National Committee during February. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 59261 at http://krwg.org RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding http://krwg.org/post/eyes-2016-gop-revisits-rebranding Republican Party leaders gathered in Washington this week for their annual winter meetings. They approved new rules for the 2016 presidential primaries designed to create a more orderly path to the GOP nomination — and, the party hopes, to the White House.<p>But this week's meeting also provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort begun a year ago to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.<p>For Friday's luncheon speech, the party turned to one of its newest, high-profile stars: first-term Sen. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 58522 at http://krwg.org Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention http://krwg.org/post/unconventional-contender-emerges-gop-ponders-2016-convention Every four years a handful of cities battle to host the big nominating conventions for the major political parties. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 58501 at http://krwg.org An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map http://krwg.org/post/minimum-wage-campaign-picks-steam You never know where you might find a volunteer with a clipboard looking for signatures trying to get a voter referendum on the local ballot – like Ed Flanagan in the town of North Pole, Alaska.<p>"I'm out in what's called the North Pole transfer station. This facility has about 50 metal dumpsters arranged in a fenced area. Folks back up and throw their household trash in there. This is a very busy place," he says.<p>There's no residential trash pick-up there so people have to haul their own. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 57573 at http://krwg.org Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds http://krwg.org/post/sen-rubio-proposes-states-fight-poverty-federal-funds It was a two-step move for Republicans at the Capitol Wednesday: to both praise the sentiment of the War on Poverty – but also to critique it.<p>"We are here to mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty," said Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida. "And while this war may have been launched with the best of intentions, it's clear we're now engaged in a battle for attrition."<p>As Democrats talk about refining the effort Johnson set in motion, Republicans say it needs wholesale changes. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 57435 at http://krwg.org Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds Rubio Questions LBJ's Legacy On Poverty http://krwg.org/post/rubio-questions-lbjs-legacy-poverty Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We've been marking the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty from a number of perspectives. Now, the Republican take. Republicans have long been critical of Lyndon Johnson's expansive approach to a federal safety net. Today, the Republican senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, proposed what he says is a better way forward. His way? Take power away from Washington and give it to the states. NPR's Don Gonyea is here to tell us more. And, Don, first, give us some context. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 57420 at http://krwg.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight http://krwg.org/post/amid-declining-popularity-tea-party-prepares-fight It's easy to forget that the tea party movement is still less than 5 years old. Its successes include the 2010 midterm elections, when it helped the GOP win back the U.S. House.<p>It was once again a noisy and resurgent player in American politics in 2013. But that doesn't mean it was a year of victories: The movement's campaign to repeal Obamacare failed, and public approval hit near-record lows after the tea party forced a partial government shutdown. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:47:29 +0000 Don Gonyea 56551 at http://krwg.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging http://krwg.org/post/what-has-nafta-meant-workers-debates-still-raging Two decades ago, the strongest critics of the North American Free Trade Agreement were members of labor unions. They warned that the trade deal would mean the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico and lower wages for U.S. workers.<p>Today, 20 years since NAFTA's passage, unions feel as strongly as ever that the deal was a bad idea.<p>Back in 1993, the labor movement was mobilized against the creation of a massive free-trade zone including the U.S., Canada and Mexico. There were union-backed protests around the U.S. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 56110 at http://krwg.org What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging Without Opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan Already Faces Re-Election Fight http://krwg.org/post/without-opponent-sen-kay-hagan-already-faces-re-election-fight Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In North Carolina, the ads are starting early - the political ads, that is. Republicans are setting their sights on defeating first-term Democrat Kay Hagan. Senator Hagan's GOP opponent won't be known until the spring but her support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act has already hurt her with voters. She's also being targeted by outside groups, spending millions of dollars hoping to unseat her. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 55511 at http://krwg.org 2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter http://krwg.org/post/2016-polling-comes-too-soon-political-reporter The email landed in my inbox at 7:01 Tuesday morning.<p>The subject line read, "NBC News Poll: Christie Trails Clinton In Hypothetical 2016 Match-Up, Faces Divided GOP."<p>My reaction when I got this breaking news with my first cup of coffee? A big, nonverbal, heavy sigh.<p>The headline correctly states that this is a "hypothetical" matchup. Oh, and if you are fan of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — not to worry. A different poll came out this week as well. That one has him leading Hillary Clinton 43-42. Within the margin of error, of course.<p>But neither is a candidate yet. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 23:53:33 +0000 Don Gonyea 54074 at http://krwg.org 2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter