Liz Halloran http://peoriapublicradio.org en Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/backlash-over-state-partys-progressive-agenda-may-hobble-udall Colorado Democrat Mark Udall's bid for a second term has become the most unexpectedly competitive U.S. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21808 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall 'Kissing Congressman' Video Puts Scandal In Unusual Focus http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/kissing-congressman-video-puts-scandal-unusual-focus Embattled GOP Rep. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21541 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 'Kissing Congressman' Video Puts Scandal In Unusual Focus Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/congressmans-lament-174000-isnt-enough-make-ends-meet In what world does an annual salary of $174,000 meet the definition of underpaid?<p>That would be in the nation's capital, where soon-to-be-retired Rep. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21307 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet Who's Who In Senate-CIA Report Showdown http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/whos-who-senate-cia-report-showdown The world could soon get its first official look at the CIA's post-Sept. 11 interrogation and detention activities now that the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to make public a blockbuster report about the agency's secret program.<p>The Senate panel's<strong> </strong>move to declassify key parts of the 6,300-page document comes just weeks after a rancorous battle erupted between the committee's Democratic chairwoman, Sen. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21255 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Who's Who In Senate-CIA Report Showdown Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/conservative-media-watchdog-univision-telemundo-favor-liberals The nation's increasingly powerful Spanish-language television networks show a distinct liberal bias in covering domestic news, a conservative media watchdog group asserted Tuesday.<p>The Media Research Center says that its<a href="http://www.mrc.org/press-releases/media-research-center-launches-mrc-latino-first-spanish-language-conservative-media-w"> four-month analysis</a> of weekday evening newscasts aired on Univision and Telemundo showed that the networks' domestic coverage was "dominated by partisans" from the left.<p>Authors Ken Oliver-Mendez and Rich Noyes, who were particularly critic Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21134 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals No Break From Politics On Obamacare Deadline Day http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/no-break-politics-obamacare-deadline-day The sign-up period for 2014 individual insurance coverage required under President Obama's Affordable Care Act expires Monday, much as it began.<p>There were HealthCare.gov website snafus, White House pleas for enrollees, and the need for "navigators" to help those enrollees work their way through the often-balky federal insurance exchange site. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21086 at http://peoriapublicradio.org No Break From Politics On Obamacare Deadline Day Senate Slugfest Highlights Hawaii's Changing Political Landscape http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-slugfest-highlights-hawaiis-changing-political-landscape It says something about the changing politics of Hawaii that Democratic powerhouse Daniel Inouye's deathbed pick of a successor was ignored by his own party.<p>The question is what.<p>The December 2012 death of the long-serving senator — and one of the state's founding fathers — has exposed cracks in Hawaii's solidly Democratic façade, leading to a contentious Senate primary that has placed age, gender and ethnicity at center stage.<p>The combatants are two respected liberals: Sen. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 20786 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate Slugfest Highlights Hawaii's Changing Political Landscape Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/top-democrat-insists-party-will-hold-senate-turnout-key As increasingly confident Republican leaders predict big midterm election gains, the head of Democratic National Committee put on her game face Tuesday and insisted the party will hold control of the Senate.<p>The Democrats' grass-roots organization, said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and what she characterized as the GOP's continuing alienation of women, minority, LGBT and middle-class voters, bodes well for her party this fall.<p>"Our best weapon may just be Republicans themselves," said Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the DNC, at a press conference. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 20419 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key One Year After Party 'Autopsy,' GOP Touts Progress http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/one-year-after-party-autopsy-gop-touts-progress One year ago, a frank <a href="http://goproject.gop.com/RNC_Growth_Opportunity_Book_2013.pdf">Republican Party assessment</a> of why it came up short in the 2012 presidential election included a stark recommendation.<p>Embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform, the post-mortem authors urged, or get used to a party whose appeal "will continue to shrink to its core constituents only."<p>That bold assertion was decidedly offstage Monday, as the party orchestrated a full-on media effort to mark advances it says it's made as a result of recommendations contained in the 2013 Growth and O Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 20387 at http://peoriapublicradio.org One Year After Party 'Autopsy,' GOP Touts Progress Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hispanic-activists-vow-keep-pressing-white-house-over-deportations Five months before his 2012 re-election, President Obama announced that his administration would stop deportations of more than a half-million young adults, often referred to as "Dreamers," brought illegally to the U.S. as children.<p>Latinos subsequently turned out to vote in record numbers that fall. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:27:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 20267 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations