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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.

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

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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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.

6 GOP Hispanics loosen Democrats' grip on Hill

- The Washington Times

As the newly elected Republican class of the 112th Congress gathers at the Capitol this week for freshmen orientation, the group boasts a record six Hispanics - loosening the Democratic Party's long held grip on the nation's fastest-growing minority group.

Michigan's 'tough nerd' faces tougher test

- The Washington Times

The nation's bumper crop of 10 Republican governors-elect, still basking in the afterglow of their victories, are already facing a reality check. And the reality facing incoming Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a one-time computer executive in his first elective office, may be as tricky as any in the country.

FEC mulls contributions via text

- The Washington Times

Americans, already using their cell phones to make charitable contributions or vote for favorite contestants on television shows such as "Dancing With the Stars," soon could be dialing in campaign contributions to their favorite members of Congress.

A write-in ballot is seen here in Juneau, Alaska. Election officials began poring over more than 92,500 write-in ballots in the Alaska Senate race on Wednesday, in spite of a federal lawsuit that's challenging the way the count is to be conducted. (Associated Press)

Alaska Senate write-in tally turns 'murky'

- Associated Press

Alaska election officials began counting more than 92,500 write-in ballots Wednesday in a Senate race that may hinge on voters' penmanship and their ability or lack of to spell "Murkowski" on their write-in ballots.

A week after vote, Connolly ekes out win

- Associated Press

Republican Keith S. Fimian conceded Tuesday in a narrow loss in a Northern Virginia congressional race to Democratic freshman Rep. Gerald E. Connolly after initial results and a preliminary canvass last week showed him finishing about 900 votes behind.

Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican, said Monday his "work is not done" at the GOP's House fundraising committee. (Associated Press)

GOP averts leadership battle as Sessions stays NRCC chief

- The Washington Times

Jockeying for the House Republican leadership hierarchy got a bit clearer Monday, as Rep. Pete Sessions said he will remain chairman of the caucus' fundraising arm and won't vie for GOP chief whip — avoiding a potentially contentious intraparty battle.

Republican Foley concedes Connecticut governor race

- Associated Press

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, on Monday conceded to Democrat Dan Malloy, despite calls by the state GOP for investigations into the voting process in the state's largest city.

Republican Foley concedes Conn. governor's race

- Associated Press

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, conceded to Democrat Dan Malloy on Monday despite calls by the state GOP for an investigation into the voting process in the state's largest city.

Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican, could face a "tea party" primary challenger from the right in 2012. (Associated Press)

Maine's Snowe next 'tea party' target?

- The Washington Times

Republicans last week painted the country's northeastern corner red last week, grabbing control of the state House, Senate and governor's mansion in Maine for the first time in more than four decades in a stunning electoral sweep.