Niels Lesniewski

Witnessing History, Through the Eyes of a 90-Year-Old Delegate
Felicia Kahn of New Orleans was among the most enthusiastic

PHILADELPHIA — Felicia Kahn was born less than a decade after women's suffrage was guaranteed by the 19th amendment.  

And Thursday night, the New Orleans resident had a prime seat in the lower bowl of Wells Fargo Arena as part of the Democrats' Louisiana delegation to witness Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman to accept a major party's nomination for president.  

Ohio Senate Race: Who Has the Union Label?
Both Strickland and Portman claim union support

Former Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland said he still has strong union support even after two major unions in his state backed his Senate race opponent.  

The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police and the Ohio Conference of Teamsters this week both backed Strickland's Republican rival, incumbent Sen. Rob Portman.  

The Senate's Top Matchmaker
Schumer counts 13 weddings from people who met working for him

PHILADELPHIA — There's a reason people who work in Sen. Charles E. Schumer's office keep marrying their co-workers.  

"They work so hard they don't have a chance to meet anybody," the third-term New York senator said at an event Thursday during the Democratic National Convention.  

Dem Senate Women — From 1 to 14, Plus a Presidential Nominee
Mikulski seeks to "pass the torch" to a new generation

PHILADELPHIA — When Barbara A. Mikulski was elected 30 years ago, she was the only woman Democrat in the Senate.  

On Thursday night, she joined 11 of the other 13 female Senate Democrats on the stage to help introduce the first woman presidential nominee.  

Reid, Schumer Want Alan Grayson to Get Lost
Leading Senate Democrats latch onto latest domestic abuse allegations

PHILADELPHIA — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid seemed practically elated over reports of alleged domestic abuse by Florida Rep. Alan Grayson.  

“We are feeling really good about what’s going on in Florida with Grayson’s ex-wife telling everybody what a rat he is,” Reid said in a brief interview Thursday after a news conference at the Nevada delegation’s hotel.  

Reid Says Trump Should Get Fake Intel Briefings
Senate minority leader suggests GOP nominee might have skirted the law

PHILADELPHIA — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday morning that the intelligence community should give phony information to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  

"I had a number of people come to me yesterday about the Logan Act, and he may have done that. He may have violated a law," Reid said. "But you know, this is not the first time."  

Anti-Abortion Democrats Wonder About Their Place in the Party
Many say party can't win state legislatures without them

PHILADELPHIA — They are Democrats opposed to abortion. And they say the party won't win races down the ballot without embracing them.  

"The first thing everyone asks is: I can't vote for a Democrat because I'm pro-life," said Jonathan Ruth, a Democrat from an overwhelmingly GOP district in north central Pennsylvania who ran for a state house seat in 2014. "If we can get the word out that there are Democrats that are pro-life, that's a good thing."  

Kaine's Resume Not as Unique as Advertised
VP nominee's biography undercounted lawmakers who've completed the mayor, governor and senator trifecta

PHILADELPHIA — Tim Kaine has an impressive resume to be sure, but it is not quite as unique as advertised.  

The junior senator from Virginia and Democratic vice presidential hopeful had said he was one of just 20 people to have served as a mayor and a governor as well as a senator. But it turns out that claim was somewhat incomplete.  

DCCC Won't Fund Wasserman Schultz Race
Outgoing national committee chair faces a challenger backed by Sanders

House Democratic campaign chief Ben Ray Luján confirmed Monday that providing funding for outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her looming Florida primary won't be a priority.  

"The question I was asked is: Does the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] get involved in primaries or in races with incumbents?" said Lujan, a New Mexico congressman. "And what we shared with Debbie ... is that priority for the DCCC is always incumbent protection, but that where the resources go when it comes to TV buys and helping in that specific way, [they go to] the most competitive seats around the country — so typically the front line districts and red-to-blue districts and emerging districts."

Will Sanders Supporters Become a Liberal Tea Party?
Disruptions at convention could presage electoral changes

Bernie Sanders arrives in Philadelphia vanquished but unbowed.   

Platform negotiations brought compromises he can support on the issues that framed his campaign: trade protection, affordable college and universal health care. His call for the ouster of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been honored . And he has a prominent speaking role at the convention Monday night.  

Democrats to Promote Positive Vision Amid Divisions
Democrats will convene for their convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Democrats say they will present a positive vision for the country at their national convention in the City of Brotherly Love, even as they work to bridge internal divisions before Hillary Clinton leaves town as the party's presidential nominee.  

The goal is to solidify a unified front before the big events on the final two days of the convention when Tim Kaine accepts the lts  a public have ir goal will be to unite before the the  

Trump Would Back Democrat Against David Duke
Republican nominee quicker this time to disavow former Klan leader running for Senate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he would likely back a Democrat against former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke, who is running for the Senate in Louisiana.  

"I guess, depending on who the Democrat, but the answer would be yes," Trump said Sunday in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."  

Sanders Delegates Weigh Kaine Challenge
Progressives were critical of Kaine's record

Norman Solomon, a Sanders delegate from California, said the choice of Sen. Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton's running mate shows "demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of the party."  ...
Sanders to Back Clinton, Despite DNC Email Leak
Emails showed some DNC staffers plotted against and disregarded Sanders

Trump's Revenge: A Super PAC to Take on GOP Rivals
Cruz, Kasich and unnamed 3rd Republican could be targets

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is confirming that he's plotting to use a Super PAC to go after former GOP rivals Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who have declined to endorse him.  

"Well, it's not the number one thing on my mind. Look, what's on my mind is beating Hillary Clinton. What's on my mind is winning for the Republican Party," Trump said in an interview aired on NBC's "Meet the Press." on Sunday. "With that being said, yeah, I'll probably do a super PAC, you know, when they run against Kasich, for $10 million to $20 million, against Ted Cruz. And maybe one other person that I'm thinking about."  

Kaine the Attack Dog Goes After Trump
Clinton introduces running mate in Florida appearance aimed at Hispanic voters

Tim Kaine pulled out a trump card against the Republican presidential nominee at his first appearance as presumptive Democratic standard-bearer Hillary Clinton's running mate.  

At a Miami rally Saturday, the Virginia senator said one of his sons, who is a U.S. Marine, will soon be deployed to Europe in support of NATO allies, an obvious opening for the generally affable Virginia senator to whack Donald Trump.  

Kaine Said Obama Needed Congressional Approval to Fight ISIS
Clinton campaign says she is pushing for a new force authorization

Hillary Clinton's choice to be her running mate  said President Barack Obama "must seek congressional approval" to execute the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.  

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., took the position that put him closer to people like Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has a more limited view of the commander-in-chief's power, than to the Obama White House.  

Virginia's Democratic Governor Would Appoint Kaine Replacement
Number of Senate Democrats would not be impacted immediately if Kaine became VP

While Sen. Tim Kaine was widely seen as the safest choice for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's ticket, the Virginia Democrat's selection isn't without potential complications.  

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons, would assuredly appoint a Democrat to fill Kaine's seat if the first-term senator were to become vice president, but the resignation would prompt an unusual off-year Senate campaign in the commonwealth. The special election would align with the 2017 governor's race.  

Clinton Picks Virginia's Tim Kaine for VP
Former swing-state governor supports tougher gun laws, trade deals

Hillary Clinton announced Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will be her running mate, tapping a swing-state Democrat who brings to the ticket expertise in foreign affairs, support for tougher gun laws and a reputation as an even-tempered politician.  

I'm thrilled to share this news: I've chosen Tim Kaine as my running mate," Clinton announced in an email to supporters sent at 8:20 p.m.. "Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation's history."  

David Duke Running for Senate, Ties Himself to Trump
Former Klan leader announces he will run for open Louisiana seat

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for the open Senate seat in Louisiana.  

He made the announcement in a video Friday in which he claimed credit for much of the platform of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.