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

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Golden Isles Tea Party member William Temple, of Brunswick, Ga., takes a moment for a portrait on the first day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs Feb. 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)

CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is not scheduled to appear here at CPAC until Friday, but there is already a movement already underway to stage an informal protest when he hits the stage. Published February 26, 2015

Carly Fiorina waves after speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

CPAC is a vice presidential stage for some seeking Republican ticket

Beneath the preening for the Republican presidential nomination at the Conservative Political Action Conference is a fight for the second spot on the ticket, though it's a battle none of the potential candidates will admit to trying to win. Published February 25, 2015

Carly Fiorina. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina's supporters create Super PAC 'Carly for America'

Looking toward the 2016 White House race, supporters of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced Tuesday that they were rolling out a Super PAC on her behalf, as they look to strengthen her likely bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Published February 25, 2015

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

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calls for another pension overhaul

With New Jersey's fiscal health and his presidential aspirations on the line, Gov. Chris Christie outlined part of a plan Tuesday for fixing the state's retirement system, a day after a judge punched a hole in his push to divert money from it to help balance the state budget. Published February 24, 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) **FILE**

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

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

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

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

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