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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from Capitol Hill on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Associated Press) **FILE**

GOP will turn 'nuclear option' to its advantage

Under pressure from a large faction of rank-and-file members, Senate Republican leaders are warming to the idea of keeping the rule change known as the "nuclear option" that Democrats imposed to end filibusters of nominations. Published November 19, 2014

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz won a hotly contested race Tuesday to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Jason Chaffetz to helm House Oversight Committee

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz won a hotly contested race Tuesday to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, putting him in charge of the panel that has doggedly pursued the Obama administration on issues ranging from the IRS targeting scandal to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. Published November 18, 2014

In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in Baltimore. Gov.-elect Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan includes Democrats on transition team

Preparing to launch a Republican administration in deep-blue Maryland, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan on Monday introduced a transition team that included some familiar Democratic faces as he moved to avoid some of the partisan confrontations that stymied the state's last Republican governor. Published November 17, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, listens at left as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks during a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

New chief: Senate Democrats anoint Elizabeth Warren to leadership post

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's meteoric political rise as a liberal rabble-rouser landed her a job on Senate Democrats' leadership team Thursday, as the party voted to return all of the top leaders who presided over last week's devastating election losses. Published November 13, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House Dems already eyeing Nancy Pelosi successor

Many of House Democrats are privately eyeing a post-Nancy Pelosi era, saying they think she will cede power when President Obama's tenure ends in two years. Published November 11, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, talks as she and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee receive updates of Election Eay information from Greg Jackson, field director of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats press for minimum wage hike after ballot successes

The success of ballot measures that raised the minimum wage in four red-leaning states provided one of the only bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise bleak midterm election and vaulted the issue to top of the agenda for President Obama and his beleaguered party. Published November 9, 2014

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner casts his vote at VOA Park in West Chester, Ohio, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cara Owsley)

House Republicans expand majority to near-historic size

The wave of GOP victories in elections Tuesday expanded the Republican majority in the House to near-record levels, sweeping out longtime Democratic incumbents in solid blue Northeast states and from some of the party's last vestiges in the South. Published November 5, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The federal government remains partially shut down and faces a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Election beating yet to turn Senate Democrats against Harry Reid

Despite devastating loses, Senate Democrats showed little sign of ditching the leadership team that led them to an Election Night disaster. Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who will lose his job as majority leader in the new GOP-run Senate, appeared ready to run for minority leader. Published November 4, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his third trip to Maryland to support fellow Republican Larry Hogan (left), who is hoping to become only the second GOP governor to lead Maryland since 1969. Mr. Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will make his fourth trip to Maryland on Sunday. (Associated Press)

Brown, Hogan neck and neck heading into Maryland election

Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan called in the big guns for the final week of a tight race for governor in Maryland, with national organizations and top political figures joining an election battle that will decide whether the Democratic Party keeps its lock on power in the state. Published October 29, 2014

President Barack Obama and Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown campaign at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. This is Obama's first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. Brown lost to Republican Larry Hogan in a shocker on election night (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Desperate Democrats resort to race-baiting to spur black vote

The spate of campaign fliers that use images of lynchings, Jim Crow laws and the recent racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to urge blacks to vote in next week's election somehow failed to grab the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Published October 29, 2014

Larry Hogan (right) the Republican candidate for Maryland governor, has made tax increases of the past eight years such a large issue in his campaign that he has forced Democrat Anthony Brown to promise no new taxes in the deep-blue state.

Democrats in blue states in peril as Republicans ride anti-tax wave

They call it "crushing the middle class" or "the big squeeze" or just plain "irresponsible." Regardless of the description they use, Republican candidates for governor in some of the Democratic Party's most dependable strongholds are finding receptive audiences of voters fed up with too many taxes. Published October 27, 2014