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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

DNC chief: Tea party has won GOP ‘civil war’

- The Washington Times

The head of the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that the victory of the candidate backed by the Republican Party establishment in the North Carolina Senate primary does not signal the decline of the tea party’s power.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens testifies on the ever-increasing amount of money spent on elections as he appears before the Senate Rules Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The panel is examining campaign finance rules which have been eased since 2010 court decisions opened the door for wealthy political action committees that can accept unlimited donations as expressions of political speech.  (AP Photo)

Ex-Justice Stevens backs amendment on campaign funds

- The Washington Times

Ex-Justice John Paul Stevens, in an unusually blunt appearance in a political setting for a former member of the Supreme Court, told a Senate hearing Wednesday that a constitutional amendment was needed to fix the nation’s broken system for financing political campaign.

Vice President Joe Biden delivers the keynote address at the National Action Network's (NAN) Annual King Day breakfast convened by the Rev. Al Sharpton, right,  in Washington, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On MLK Day, Biden slams state voter ID laws

- The Washington Times

Vice President Joseph R. Biden criticized voter ID laws Monday, saying progress on civil rights and economic justice depend on minorities having unimpeded access to the ballot booth.

**FILE** The Supreme Court (Associated Press)

Big donors poised to give more if Supreme Court strikes limits

- The Washington Times

With the Supreme Court weighing a challenge to the federal ceiling on campaign contributions by individual donors in an election cycle, a number of big donors from both parties are poised to bust through the old limits if the high court rules their way, according to a new report.

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Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for Texas Governor, speaks at a campaign stop in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Travis County Coordinated Campaign Headquarters. Davis insisted Tuesday she'll break her party's two-decade Texas losing streak and win the governor's race, saying turnout from long-disillusioned voters will be stronger than expected and enough to overcome her opponent's sizeable leads in campaign cash and opinion polls. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)

Wendy Davis questions National Guard on border

Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says that if elected governor she will listen to elected officials in South Texas if they say the National Guard is not needed for border security.

Ethanol could stymie Cruz, Paul's 2016 Iowa ambitions

- The Washington Times

Sens. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, are making the rounds in Iowa as they weigh bids for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. However, their opposition to a federal ethanol mandate may pose problems in the corn-rich state's first-in-the-nation caucus, The Hill reports.

Governor makes Newtown response a campaign issue

- Associated Press

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is making a campaign issue of his handling of the 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, using it as he seeks a second term to highlight his leadership during difficult times.

Maryland teens lead national movement to lower voting age

- The Washington Times

A national movement to grant more teens the right to vote scored its first victory this week with the passage of legislation in Takoma Park, to lower the voting age in municipal elections to 16. But momentum continued Wednesday as advocates in Massachusetts spoke at the State House in favor of allowing 17-year-olds to vote.

'War on women' could loom large in 2016

- The Washington Times

Americans who grew weary of the "war on women" meme in the 2012 election may want to take a deep breath: The issue may loom even larger in 2016, an influential social critic told a Capitol Hill symposium.

GOP-leaning states are winners in census

- The Washington Times

The conservative "red" states should see their political clout enhanced as a result of the Census Bureau's announcement Tuesday that the nation's population grew 9.7 percent over the past decade to nearly 309 million, with the fastest growth centered in states that went Republican in the 2008 presidential election.

Anti-illegals activist to target voter fraud

- The Washington Times

Outside of Kansas, Kris Kobach is best known as an expert on immigration issues. He's the author of Arizona's anti-illegal-immigration law, a longtime counsel to the Immigration Law Reform Institute and a hero within the border-security movement.

RNC fundraising total falls short of low bar

- The Washington Times

The Republican National Committee's inability to reach its own fundraising goals for this year's elections was more serious than its budget makers expected and the malaise has even spread to small-money donors, The Washington Times has learned.

Lawyer and talk-radio co-host Blake Farenthold has beat Texas incumbent Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, who conceded Tuesday. (Associated Press)

GOP takes two more House seats

- The Washington Times

House Republicans picked up two additional seats this week, winning with "tea party"-backed candidates in New York and Texas to give the party a net gain of 63 seats with two races still undecided.