Don Gonyea http://ktep.org en Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act http://ktep.org/post/obama-bush-mark-passage-1964-civil-rights-act Barack Obama and George W. Bush, two U.S. presidents with little in common in terms of policy, personal style and politics, each paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 38460 at http://ktep.org Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights http://ktep.org/post/austin-hosts-presidents-past-and-present-honor-civil-rights President Obama is in Austin, Texas, honoring the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He's one of four U.S. presidents to appear at a civil rights summit this week. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 38419 at http://ktep.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts http://ktep.org/post/political-conventions-another-balloon-bursts There's news today about the 2016 presidential campaign that has nothing to do with the growing list of would-be candidates with White House aspirations.<p>It's about the big nominating conventions the Democrats and Republicans hold every four years. Legislation the president signed Thursday afternoon means those huge political extravaganzas will no longer receive millions of dollars in taxpayer support. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 37986 at http://ktep.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint http://ktep.org/post/congress-vs-cia-struggle-over-transparency-nears-flashpoint A Senate committee is expected to vote this week on whether to release a lengthy, years-in-the-making document based on a review of CIA practices regarding torture and enhanced interrogation of suspected al-Qaida terrorists.<p>The investigation and the report are part of a power struggle between two of the most powerful figures in the U.S. intelligence community — CIA Director John Brennan and California Democratic Sen. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 37891 at http://ktep.org The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill http://ktep.org/post/gm-ignition-switch-controversy-comes-capitol-hill General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday, speaking before a House panel that is investigating how the company handled problems with its vehicles' ignition switch. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 37822 at http://ktep.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You http://ktep.org/post/google-glass-coming-soon-campaign-trail-near-you Google Glass is looking to be the next must-have digital device. The small computer you wear like eyeglasses allows you to surf the Web, email, text, take photos, shoot and stream live video and more — hands-free.<p>For now Google Glass is in very limited release, but even so, political professionals are eagerly exploring how it could become a powerful campaign tool.<p>I have been covering big, crowded political events of all kinds for a long time: conventions, campaign rallies, caucuses, committee meetings. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 36795 at http://ktep.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls http://ktep.org/post/cpac-siren-call-gop-presidential-hopefuls Start with a big ballroom at a resort hotel just outside D.C. Add thousands of conservative activists. Stir in hundreds of political journalists, and you've got an irresistible attraction for any Republican presidential hopeful.<p>For those with their eye on the Oval Office, it's also an early audition before a key audience.<p>It's the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC for short — where there's always talk of the next presidential election. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 36261 at http://ktep.org CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting http://ktep.org/post/sen-rand-paul-address-annual-cpac-meeting It is one of those primary tenets of the Republican party: a strong, robust, well-funded military and the willingness to deploy it are a critical part of national security.<p>But Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who speaks to activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday, has long felt it's time to re-examine that approach.<p>In less than four years in the Senate, Paul has emerged as a prominent new face of the GOP and a contender for the 2016 presidential nomination. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 36162 at http://ktep.org Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan http://ktep.org/post/dingell-dynasty-could-continue-michigan Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>87-year-old John Dingell, the longest-serving member in the history of Congress, retires at the end of his current term. When he goes, another Dingell hopes to win his seat. Today, in the city of Dearborn, in the heart of Michigan's 12th district, Debbie Dingell, the congressman's wife, announced her candidacy. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea reports.<p>DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Just four days ago, Congressman Dingell said he found serving in the U.S. House these days to be, quote, "obnoxious." He echoed that in a speech that day. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 35739 at http://ktep.org Texan's Final Campaign May Act As National Barometer http://ktep.org/post/texans-final-campaign-may-act-national-barometer Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In northeast Texas, from the Dallas suburbs to Texarkana, Republican Ralph Hall is seeking an 18th term in Congress. Hall is 90 years old and the oldest member of Congress. At a time of deep voter anger with Washington, Hall's long incumbency and his age have drawn a crowded field of primary challengers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 35266 at http://ktep.org AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective http://ktep.org/post/afl-cios-trumka-keep-vw-union-vote-perspective When workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers in a recent vote on whether to unionize, it was a stinging setback for a labor movement looking for a big organizing victory in a Southern state.<p>So while the agenda at the AFL-CIO's winter meetings in Houston this week includes the push to increase the minimum wage, pressing for a new immigration law that includes path to citizenship, and looking ahead to the 2014 and 2016 elections, much of the discussion in hallways and in media briefings is about the failure to organize at Volkswagen.<p>AFL-CIO Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 35069 at http://ktep.org AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South http://ktep.org/post/dealt-recent-defeat-union-organizers-plot-future-south Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The United Auto Workers Union suffered a major defeat when a drive to represent workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee failed last week. Right now, leaders of the AFL-CIO are holding their winter meetings in Houston and that VW vote is a major topic.<p>NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea has more.<p>DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Make no mistake. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is angry about the very narrow loss for labor at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 35041 at http://ktep.org Gov. Christie Promotes GOP Despite Scandal At Home In N.J. http://ktep.org/post/gov-christie-promotes-gop-despite-scandal-home-nj Despite ongoing investigations into a scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie continues to travel the country as head of the Republican Governors Association. He's promoting the GOP agenda and raising money for this year's elections but compared to Christie's usual style, it's been a low key tour — no media interviews and very few photos ops with smiling candidates.<p>Christie had a full day in Chicago Tuesday. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 34642 at http://ktep.org Gov. Christie Promotes GOP Despite Scandal At Home In N.J. Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library http://ktep.org/post/bidding-starts-early-site-obamas-future-library President Obama doesn't leave office until January of 2017, but already the competition has begun for the right to host his presidential library and museum.<p>A new foundation has been set up to raise money and to begin the site selection process, and there are already bids in the works from Chicago, Honolulu and elsewhere.<p><strong>A Tradition Of Archives</strong><p>Professor Richard Cox of the University of Pittsburgh has studied the history of U.S. presidential libraries. The newest, the George W. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 34409 at http://ktep.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads http://ktep.org/post/rnc-highlights-black-history-month-radio-ads Leaders of the Republican Party acknowledge they have a problem attracting minority voters — especially African-Americans, 93 percent of whom voted for President Obama in 2012, compared with just 6 percent for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.<p>That chasm is at the heart of a new initiative by the Republican National Committee during February. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 34152 at http://ktep.org RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding http://ktep.org/post/eyes-2016-gop-revisits-rebranding Republican Party leaders gathered in Washington this week for their annual winter meetings. They approved new rules for the 2016 presidential primaries designed to create a more orderly path to the GOP nomination — and, the party hopes, to the White House.<p>But this week's meeting also provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort begun a year ago to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.<p>For Friday's luncheon speech, the party turned to one of its newest, high-profile stars: first-term Sen. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 33476 at http://ktep.org Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention http://ktep.org/post/unconventional-contender-emerges-gop-ponders-2016-convention Every four years a handful of cities battle to host the big nominating conventions for the major political parties. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 33449 at http://ktep.org An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race http://ktep.org/post/gops-gillespie-injects-intrigue-virginia-senate-race Republican hopes of picking up the six seats needed to capture the U.S. Senate include a suddenly interesting race in Virginia.<p>Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a top White House aide to President George W. Bush, announced Thursday that he'll challenge Democratic Sen. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32953 at http://ktep.org GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map http://ktep.org/post/alaska-arkansas-minimum-wage-activists-solicit-support You never know where you might find a volunteer with a clipboard looking for signatures trying to get a voter referendum on the local ballot – like Ed Flanagan in the town of North Pole, Alaska.<p>"I'm out in what's called the North Pole transfer station. This facility has about 50 metal dumpsters arranged in a fenced area. Folks back up and throw their household trash in there. This is a very busy place," he says.<p>There's no residential trash pick-up there so people have to haul their own. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32551 at http://ktep.org Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds http://ktep.org/post/sen-rubio-proposes-states-fight-poverty-federal-funds It was a two-step move for Republicans at the Capitol Wednesday: to both praise the sentiment of the War on Poverty – but also to critique it.<p>"We are here to mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty," said Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida. "And while this war may have been launched with the best of intentions, it's clear we're now engaged in a battle for attrition."<p>As Democrats talk about refining the effort Johnson set in motion, Republicans say it needs wholesale changes. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32418 at http://ktep.org Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds Rubio Questions LBJ's Legacy On Poverty http://ktep.org/post/rubio-questions-lbjs-legacy-poverty Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We've been marking the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty from a number of perspectives. Now, the Republican take. Republicans have long been critical of Lyndon Johnson's expansive approach to a federal safety net. Today, the Republican senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, proposed what he says is a better way forward. His way? Take power away from Washington and give it to the states. NPR's Don Gonyea is here to tell us more. And, Don, first, give us some context. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32396 at http://ktep.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight http://ktep.org/post/amid-declining-popularity-tea-party-prepares-fight It's easy to forget that the tea party movement is still less than 5 years old. Its successes include the 2010 midterm elections, when it helped the GOP win back the U.S. House.<p>It was once again a noisy and resurgent player in American politics in 2013. But that doesn't mean it was a year of victories: The movement's campaign to repeal Obamacare failed, and public approval hit near-record lows after the tea party forced a partial government shutdown. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31541 at http://ktep.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging http://ktep.org/post/what-has-nafta-meant-workers-debates-still-raging Two decades ago, the strongest critics of the North American Free Trade Agreement were members of labor unions. They warned that the trade deal would mean the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico and lower wages for U.S. workers.<p>Today, 20 years since NAFTA's passage, unions feel as strongly as ever that the deal was a bad idea.<p>Back in 1993, the labor movement was mobilized against the creation of a massive free-trade zone including the U.S., Canada and Mexico. There were union-backed protests around the U.S. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31120 at http://ktep.org What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging Without Opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan Already Faces Re-Election Fight http://ktep.org/post/without-opponent-sen-kay-hagan-already-faces-re-election-fight Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In North Carolina, the ads are starting early - the political ads, that is. Republicans are setting their sights on defeating first-term Democrat Kay Hagan. Senator Hagan's GOP opponent won't be known until the spring but her support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act has already hurt her with voters. She's also being targeted by outside groups, spending millions of dollars hoping to unseat her. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30525 at http://ktep.org A Frustrating Year For Immigration Activists http://ktep.org/post/frustrating-year-immigration-activists At the start of the year there was widespread expectation among Latinos that 2013 would bring with it a new immigration law. That hasn't happened and immigration activists in North Carolina are frustrated. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30330 at http://ktep.org Rep. Issa Takes Anti-Obamacare Campaign To The States http://ktep.org/post/rep-issa-takes-anti-obamacare-campaign-states The troubled <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/13/245046494/more-than-106-000-people-chose-an-obamacare-plan-in-first-month">rollout of the Affordable Care Act</a> has given the GOP an opportunity to keep its attacks on the law alive.<p>On Monday, Republicans held the second of at least four planned hearings that Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has said will focus on health insurance price increases he blames on the Affordable Care Act.<p>The first hearing was in North Carolina on Friday, in the Charlotte suburb of Gastonia. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 29693 at http://ktep.org Rep. Issa Takes Anti-Obamacare Campaign To The States How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign http://ktep.org/post/jfk-wrote-book-modern-presidential-campaigns When John F. Kennedy began his run for the White House more than 50 years ago, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation. He was energetic, handsome and from a famous Boston political family.<p>But his candidacy was far from a sure bet. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:45:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 29168 at http://ktep.org How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign 2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter http://ktep.org/post/2016-polling-comes-too-soon-political-reporter The email landed in my inbox at 7:01 Tuesday morning.<p>The subject line read, "NBC News Poll: Christie Trails Clinton In Hypothetical 2016 Match-Up, Faces Divided GOP."<p>My reaction when I got this breaking news with my first cup of coffee? A big, nonverbal, heavy sigh.<p>The headline correctly states that this is a "hypothetical" matchup. Oh, and if you are fan of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — not to worry. A different poll came out this week as well. That one has him leading Hillary Clinton 43-42. Within the margin of error, of course.<p>But neither is a candidate yet. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 29167 at http://ktep.org 2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War http://ktep.org/post/veteran-pennsylvania-congressman-cant-escape-gop-civil-war At 7 a.m. on a recent weekday morning, the Bedford Diner, in Bedford, Pa., is jumping.<p>Way in the back, some tables have been pushed together for a weekly prayer breakfast that's really a gathering of old friends — all military veterans, some of whom are retired. Art Halvorson, a 58-year-old regular here, is a real estate developer, a former career coast guard pilot and now a Tea Party-backed candidate going after seven-term Rep. Bill Shuster in next year's Republican primary.<p>"It's primarily because of the fiscal issues and the way the establishment party is behaving; he represents that. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:07:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 28333 at http://ktep.org Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War Rep. Shuster To Face Tea Party Challenger Next Year http://ktep.org/post/rep-shuster-face-tea-party-challenger-next-year Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, during the government shutdown, many House Republicans said the policy was unwise, but persisted for weeks in voting with their speaker, John Boehner. One reason was party loyalty. Another reason, according to analysts, was fear. Lawmakers did not want to run the risk of a challenge in a Republican primary from candidates saying they weren't trying hard enough.<p>The crisis finally ended when 87 Republicans joined Democrats to vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 28307 at http://ktep.org