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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Hispanic Chamber dings Trump for passing on forum

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said Friday that Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a question and answer session scheduled for next week "only deepens our community's already negative perceptions of him." Published October 2, 2015

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discusses the $1 million fine, the largest in its history, levied against two political action committees for campaign-reporting violations, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

FEC kills effort to ban foreign donations to local initiatives

The Federal Election Commission squelched a Democrat-led effort Thursday to ban foreigners from being able to contribute to state ballot initiative campaigns, with Republicans insisting they have no power to impose their will in this area. Published October 1, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, points while talking with visitors on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 30, 2015. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul raises $2.5M in 3rd quarter

Sen. Rand Paul raised about $2.5 million for his presidential bid over the last three months, a marked drop-off from the previous reporting period. Published October 1, 2015

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. (Associated Press)

John Bolton backs John McCain's push for a sixth term

John Bolton endorsed Sen. John McCain's re-election bid Thursday, touting the Arizona Republican's belief that the United States must take a more robust approach to national security and foreign affairs. Published October 1, 2015


John Kasich feels pressure to prove he can raise funds

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was under pressure Wednesday to show he can raise the kind of money needed to keep his presidential bid going, joining a number of lower-tier Republican candidates who need to post a strong third quarter fundraising haul. Published September 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Values Voter Summit. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

Religious right doesn't hand Trump a win but gives him a chance at Values Voter Summit

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump walked into the weekend's Values Voter Summit with a Bible in hand and walked out the fifth-place choice in the annual gathering's straw poll, underscoring just how much of a tough sell the billionaire businessman has in winning over the party's influential religious conservative voters. Published September 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll

GOP White House hopeful Ted Cruz ruled the roost once again at the annual Values Voter Summit by winning the annual presidential preference straw poll here for the third straight year - further cementing his status a favorite among social conservatives that will play a pivotal role in picking the party's nominee. Published September 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to the media in Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 24, 2015. The former Arkansas governor returned to his home state Monday night for a fundraiser and party to mark his 60th birthday. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mike Huckabee: GOP majority in Congress, but acting like minority

Former Arkansas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told social conservatives Friday that he "wasted" his time last year working to help Republicans flip control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House of Representatives. Published September 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to capture his third straight straw poll victory at this weekend's annual gathering of social conservatives. The straw poll win would send the message social conservatives' pick for the 2016 Republican presidential primary. (The Des Moines Register via Associated Press)

'Trump is the John the Baptist of Ted Cruz'

Sen. Ted Cruz heads into this weekend's Values Voter Summit looking to capture his third straight straw poll victory at the annual gathering of social conservatives, a victory that would send the message he's their pick for channeling their anger with Washington into votes in the GOP presidential primary. Published September 24, 2015