Ron Elving http://kvpr.org en Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base http://kvpr.org/post/why-scott-walker-looking-beyond-his-fan-base Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.<p>It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that <em>other</em> office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.<p>And that's to be expected.<p>Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House — much like Bill Clinton in 1990 and George W. Bush in 1998 and Rick Perry in 2010.<p>Of course there's no question what's on Walker's mind, long term. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:56:00 +0000 Ron Elving 31395 at http://kvpr.org Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner http://kvpr.org/post/immigration-turbulence-buffets-boehner Will the real John Boehner please stand up?<p>Just a dozen days ago, Speaker Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/31/269508298/after-3-day-retreat-gop-battle-plan-still-only-an-outline">a set of principles</a> for updating the nation's immigration laws.<p>In that moment, the House seemed about to acknowledge the most pressing issue before the Congress – the elephant in the room, if you will. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Ron Elving 28339 at http://kvpr.org Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' http://kvpr.org/post/congressmans-exit-closes-book-watergate-babies Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."<p>When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has been serving since that historic class of 75 Democrats was first elected in 1974. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 27864 at http://kvpr.org Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies' Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? http://kvpr.org/post/obama-showed-deft-hand-speech-why-not-congress The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference — it's the sheer skill of the player.<p>The hand President Obama was playing in his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267858893/live-blog-president-obamas-state-of-union-address">latest State of the Union speech</a> could scarcely be called a powerhouse. Pre-speech coverage was dominated by polls showing his approval rating well underwater and the national mood dyspeptic at best. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 27761 at http://kvpr.org Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules http://kvpr.org/post/nuclear-option-vote-marks-tectonic-shift-senate-rules Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's move Thursday to make possible the confirmation of presidential nominees with a simple majority marks a tectonic shift in the rules and folkways of the Senate.<p>Back in 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called this idea "the constitutional option" when he came close to invoking it on behalf of the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.<p>That sounded a lot more dignified than the name Frist's predecessor, Trent Lott, had used just two years earlier: "the nuclear option."<p>Guess which name stuck. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:16:00 +0000 Ron Elving 24858 at http://kvpr.org 'Nuclear Option' Vote Marks Tectonic Shift In Senate Rules 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming http://kvpr.org/post/7-election-lessons-we-should-have-seen-coming In the end, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/06/243439199/your-election-news-in-five-headlines" target="_blank">they pretty much all won</a>. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:49:00 +0000 Ron Elving 24110 at http://kvpr.org 7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84 http://kvpr.org/post/former-house-speaker-tom-foley-dies-84-0 Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley died today at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 84 years old. Foley had been in hospice care following a stroke and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year. He was a Democrat who served in Congress for 30 years, beginning with the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964 and ending with the Newt Gingrich revolution of 1994, when Foley lost his own seat. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Ron Elving 23246 at http://kvpr.org President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment http://kvpr.org/post/once-again-grand-gulf-between-president-and-speaker It is good to be the king.<p>That old adage holds, even though nowadays we call our chief executive "Mr. President."<strong></strong><p>After another long day of showdown over the shutdown, President Obama was able to dominate the headlines, break the tension and change the atmosphere in Washington. He could demonstrate everything that is different about being in the White House — as opposed to that other House where Speaker John Boehner lives.<p>The president could do all this just by putting out the word that he was about to appoint the most powerful central banker in the world. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Ron Elving 22767 at http://kvpr.org President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill http://kvpr.org/post/shutdown-looming-senate-takes-stopgap-spending-bill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And on Capitol Hill, words of anger and frustration today over the increasing likelihood of a government shutdown. This morning in the House, members of both parties took to the floor and pointed fingers.<p>REPRESENTATIVE EARL BLUMENAUER: If you're serious about working together to solve problems, why don't you work together to solve problems?<p>REPRESENTATIVE TED POE: Where oh where has the Senate gone? Where oh where can they be? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Ron Elving 22336 at http://kvpr.org Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear? http://kvpr.org/post/obamas-shift-syria-show-strength-or-fear One line President Obama might have borrowed for his speech to the nation Tuesday night was a famous one from John F. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:54:00 +0000 Ron Elving 21385 at http://kvpr.org Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear? Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope http://kvpr.org/post/goodbye-again-obamas-most-audacious-hope The sudden eruption of second-term scandals in his administration will have many costs for President Obama, but surely the most grievous will be the lost opportunity to transcend the partisan wars of Washington. That aspiration was his fondest dream for his second term, much as it was for his first. Now it seems destined to be dashed once again.<p>Of course, there are those who believe Barack Obama never intended to be anything but a conquering hero of the left. Tue, 14 May 2013 23:33:00 +0000 Ron Elving 15144 at http://kvpr.org Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom http://kvpr.org/post/logic-behind-obama-news-conference-hard-fathom On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama declared May as Older Americans Month, National Foster Care Month, National Building Safety Month, Jewish American Heritage Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.<p>The president also issued a statement on the investiture of the new king of the Netherlands.<p>While small and routine, these moves were all easy to understand, as were the accompanying proclamations from the White House press shop.<p>What was not clear was the executive thinking behind the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/30/180026256/obama-to-hold-news-confe Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:29:46 +0000 Ron Elving 14427 at http://kvpr.org Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History http://kvpr.org/post/reluctant-justices-may-be-forced-make-history Now and then, an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court changes the course of the nation's political history — whether the justices like it or not.<p>It's happening again with gay marriage. This week the court heard oral arguments in two key cases. One could restore legal same-sex marriage in California; the other could end discrimination against gay married couples in the administration of more than 1,000 federal programs.<p>The questions from the pivotal justices indicated they might prefer these cases — and these issues — be decided by someone else. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Ron Elving 12834 at http://kvpr.org Reluctant Justices May Be Forced To Make History Fiscal Cliff Debate: Why The (Very) Few Rule The Many In Congress http://kvpr.org/post/fiscal-cliff-debate-why-very-few-rule-many-congress In the final hours of the latest budget crisis in Washington, several salient facts are increasingly clear.<p>First, the leaders of the two parties in the Senate might still put together a negotiated deal that would avert the combination of tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:48:00 +0000 Ron Elving 8771 at http://kvpr.org Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye Dies At 88 Of Respiratory Complications http://kvpr.org/post/hawaii-sen-daniel-inouye-dies-88-respiratory-complications Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii has died. He was 88. He was the president pro tempore of the Senate, an honor held by the most senior member of the majority party and a position that stands third in the presidential line of succession. Inouye died today at Walter Reed hospital outside Washington, D.C., from complications of respiratory disease. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:17:00 +0000 Ron Elving 8278 at http://kvpr.org All Eyes On The Battleground States As Polls Close http://kvpr.org/post/all-eyes-battleground-states-polls-close Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And in our studio, NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Every couple of years, here we are around this time trying to figure out who has been elected to what. Tonight, what are you looking for? What are the important signs you're looking for in the numbers as they come in?<p>RON ELVING, BYLINE: We're looking to see if Mitt Romney can develop a trajectory up the East Coast a little bit like Hurricane Sandy did about 10 weeks ago. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:50:00 +0000 Ron Elving 6490 at http://kvpr.org How Sandy's Path Could Chart A Course For Romney's Victory http://kvpr.org/post/how-sandys-path-could-chart-course-romneys-victory Over the pre-election weekend, we began hearing people, mostly Republicans, say that if Mitt Romney does not win the presidency this week it will be because of Superstorm Sandy.<p>That could be savvy analysis, or it could be the first signs of a search for an excuse. Either way, it's premature. For the moment, the Romney campaign should be looking for a way to turn the storm to its benefit.<p>The first thing to be learned from Sandy is trajectory. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 05:56:34 +0000 Ron Elving 6429 at http://kvpr.org How Sandy's Path Could Chart A Course For Romney's Victory NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call http://kvpr.org/post/npr-poll-finds-presidential-race-too-close-call The <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2012/oct/NPROctpoll.pdf" target="_blank">latest and last NPR Battleground Poll</a> for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.<p>The poll adds evidence that the Oct. 3 debate between the two men redefined the race. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 6095 at http://kvpr.org NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat http://kvpr.org/post/analysis-romney-debate-strategy-shows-he-thinks-hes-drivers-seat In his third debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney dialed up "cool and cautious" on his mood meter. And that tells you a great deal about where this presidential race stands with two weeks to go.<p>Romney had to know the president would be coming after him in Boca Raton, Fla., but he decided to avoid the aggressive and even angry notes he had struck in the first two debates. He had achieved what he could with this approach in the initial clash in Denver on Oct. 3, when he seemed the more decisive and strong-willed candidate on stage. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:47:00 +0000 Ron Elving 5849 at http://kvpr.org Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement http://kvpr.org/post/george-mcgovern-improbable-icon-anti-war-movement If George McGovern often seemed miscast as a presidential candidate, he was at least as improbable as an icon of the anti-war movement.<p>The Vietnam War gave birth to an opposition movement unlike any America had seen in its previous wars. It was young, unconventional and countercultural, defiant of authority and deeply suspicious of government.<p>McGovern himself was none of these things.<p>He was, at the time of his presidential nomination, a 50-year-old two-term senator from South Dakota, a family man and the son of a small-town Methodist minister. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 5780 at http://kvpr.org George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement