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Seth McLaughlin

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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

GOP observers say it will be a challenge for Jeb Bush to win over the conservatives that turn out for CPAC. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush to audition at CPAC for conservatives wary of his GOP establishment ties

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush returns this week to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, marking one of the earliest chances he has had since he announced he was exploring a presidential bid to face a major gathering of grass-roots conservative activists, many of whom are wary of his ties to the GOP establishment. Published February 24, 2015

GOP financial strategist Spencer Zwick, who was the national finance chair for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, said that the Republicans' 2016 candidate must take a moderate stance on immigration that advocates a pathway to citizenship. (Associated Press)

GOP must embrace pro-immigration policy, big donors say

GOP conservatives believed they had won the illegal immigration fight last year when congressional leaders embraced a deportation crackdown, but big-money donors are mounting a counterattack, saying the Republican Party must nominate a pro-legalization candidate if it is to win the White House in 2016. Published February 23, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner have tussled with their right flank over how best to advance a conservative agenda at the Capitol. (Associated Press)

Boehner, McConnell to skip CPAC, underscoring tensions between GOP leadership, grass roots

The Conservative Political Action Conference is the biggest annual gathering of Republican leaders and conservative activists, but neither Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor House Speaker John A. Boehner is scheduled to make the 10-mile drive from Capitol Hill to speak to CPAC this year, underscoring the lingering tensions between Republican Washington leadership and the party's grass roots. Published February 23, 2015

Spencer Zwick, the national finance chair for then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, praised former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Former Romney finance chair praises Bush's immigration policy

The national finance chairman for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign on Tuesday praised Jeb Bush's stance on immigration, saying the party should consider following his lead if it hopes to win back the White House in 2016. Published February 17, 2015

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Sunday he is still trying to figure out if he could launch a viable bid for presidency in 2016.  He will enter if he can be convinced that he can compete financially without selling out on the core issues he wants to push. (Associated Press)

Jim Webb weighing White House run 'under right circumstances'

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Sunday that he will run for president in 2016 if he can be convinced that he can compete financially without selling out on the core issues he wants to push on the campaign trail. Published February 15, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves after a meeting with Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at No 11 Downing Street, the Chancellor's official residence, in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Walker is leading a coalition of Wisconsin government and business officials on a trade mission that runs until Friday. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Scott Walker: Not 'wise' to undermine president while overseas

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday during a swing through London that there are "very real threats" around the world, but he refused to share his foreign policy vision, saying he is there on a trade mission and that it is impolite to take potshots at President Obama during trips abroad. Published February 11, 2015

Rick Santorum seeks 2016 strategy to carry momentum beyond Iowa to nomination

Former Sen. Rick Santorum ground out a victory in Iowa's 2012 GOP presidential caucuses by visiting all 99 of the state's counties, but he's not ready to commit to a repeat if he runs in 2016 after learning that living off the land in the first primary isn't enough to build a campaign that can win the nomination. Published February 10, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released a flood of emails Tuesday from his time in office, saying he wanted to make a statement on transparency. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush releases flood of emails ahead of 2016 White House bid

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released a boatload of emails Tuesday from his time in office, saying he wanted to make a statement on transparency as he pushed forward with plans to run for president — and potentially giving his GOP rivals ammunition for attacks. Published February 10, 2015

Bobby Jindal: Common Core supporters stand with D.C. bureaucrats

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took a swipe Monday at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, saying that supporters of Common Core are aligning with with Washington bureaucrats and against families that want more control over their children's education. Published February 9, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hopeful that his next try at the GOP presidential nomination will be a far smoother affair than his 2012 attempt, in which he infamously forgot the name of one federal agency he would eliminate if elected. (Associated Press)

Unshackled Perry hopes '16 will be different

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry parachuted into Washington on Thursday, telling a gathering of conservatives that the GOP must not "waste" its congressional majorities while suggesting the party could learn a thing or two about leadership from the way in which Republican governors are tackling big issues in the states. Published February 5, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a Economic Club of Detroit meeting in Detroit Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ** FILE **

Jeb Bush tests economic fairness message in Detroit

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued a GOP-style call for economic fairness in a major campaign kick-off speech at the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday, road-testing his effort to sell Republican primary voters on a softer conservative message than the tea party-tinged ideas coming from Capitol Hill. Published February 4, 2015