Learning from rivals, GOP ups ground game

Republican volunteers call Georgia voters. (Melina Mara/Post)

In Georgia and other key states, the Republican National Committee partnered with state party operations to deploy paid staffers and millions in new databases, apps, Web sites and phone systems. The new methods emulate the tech-driven approach to draw out voters long dominated by Democrats.

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Pennsylvania governor signs victim’s rights law following Mumia Abu-Jamal commencement address

Pennsylvania governor signs victim’s rights law following Mumia Abu-Jamal commencement address

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new law that which will allow prosecutors and victims of a violent crime to sue the offender for “conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.“

For Scott Walker, potential 2016 hopes are on the line in 2014

For Scott Walker, potential 2016 hopes are on the line in 2014

Among the class of GOP presidential hopefuls, the Wisconsin governor is the lone contender who faces a critical test Nov. 4.

Fogo de Chao wins meaty case in visa fight with Homeland Security

Fogo de Chao wins meaty case in visa fight with Homeland Security

The upscale Brazilian steakhouse sued after a DHS office denied a visa to a man who had worked as a gaucho chef in Brazil.

Kissinger the constructivist

Kissinger the constructivist

Henry Kissinger is among the most important realists in the history of international relations theory, but in “World Order” he has outed himself as a constructivist.

Wait, is the Kentucky Senate race over or not?

Wait, is the Kentucky Senate race over or not?

A new poll suggests Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes are in a dead heat.

Democrats have an early vote problem

Democrats have an early vote problem

Big shifts in how Republicans are doing in early voting in Iowa and North Carolina.

Congress hopefuls answer federal worker concerns

Congress hopefuls answer federal worker concerns

Today, Federal Eye interviews Barbara Comstock, a GOP candidate for Congress in Northern Virginia.

New York agrees to major reforms to better provide public defense to the poor

New York agrees to major reforms to better provide public defense to the poor

The state settled in a seven-year-old lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Kerry names former senator Gary Hart as Northern Ireland envoy

Kerry names former senator Gary Hart as Northern Ireland envoy

Kerry names former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), whose 1988 presidential campaign was derailed by an extramarital affair, as representative to Northern Ireland talks

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Biden clocks his Amtrak hours

Biden clocks his Amtrak hours

During a speech on commuter issues, Vice President Biden estimates that he has made roughly 8,000 round-trips on Amtrak.

The White House pushed its first
Web site into public view 20 years ago

The White House pushed its first <br>Web site into public view 20 years ago

The National Archives saved its clip art glory. Plus, there’s a message from Al Gore.

Ranking the media from liberal to conservative, based on their audiences

Ranking the media from liberal to conservative, based on their audiences

5 takeaways from the new study of Americans’ media habits.

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Bill Clinton's welcome message to the White House's first website

Bill Clinton's welcome message to the White House's first website

The White House launched its first website 20 years ago this week in 1994.

The 6 ways Oscar de la Renta brought some style to American politics

The 6 ways Oscar de la Renta brought some style to American politics

Remembering Oscar de la Renta and the first ladies he dressed.

The most expensive Senate race ever, in 2014 dollars? Probably Hillary Clinton’s.

The most expensive Senate race ever, in 2014 dollars? Probably Hillary Clinton’s.

Thanks to outside money, the race in North Carolina could top it.

Rand Paul says the darndest things. This time about black voters and the GOP.

Rand Paul says the darndest things. This time about black voters and the GOP.

Rand Paul’s reputation as being the most interesting man in politics is wearing thin.

Is EPA’s inspector general overstepping with review of fracking regs?

Is EPA’s inspector general overstepping with review of fracking regs?

The EPA inspector general rejected claims from GOP lawmakers that he is venturing too far into policy questions.

President Obama said what? Four theories to explain his latest ‘gaffe.’

President Obama said what? Four theories to explain his latest ‘gaffe.’

Inside “these are are all folks who vote with me.“

There really are two Americas. A urban one and a rural one.

There really are two Americas. A urban one and a rural one.

A look at the county-by-county shift in political leanings.

Santa Barbara fracking ban proposal draws millions in spending

Santa Barbara fracking ban proposal draws millions in spending

Energy producers have spent more on one tiny county than most statewide ballot initiatives will attract.

The regions with the best economic prospects for 2015, according to S&P

The regions with the best economic prospects for 2015, according to S&P

A new report offers predictions for this year and next.

Coalition confusion after Bulgaria’s election

Coalition confusion after Bulgaria’s election

Highly fragmented party system, amplified by personality conflicts, make it very difficult for Bulgaria to form its next government following the Oct. 5, 2014, elections.

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Campaign 2014: Mark Warner 'Never'

Campaign 2014: Mark Warner 'Never'

This ad from Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) attacks the lobbying career of his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie.

Same-sex couples can now get married in the five most Mormon states

Same-sex couples can now get married in the five most Mormon states

In a 16-day period, same-sex marriage became legal throughout the “Book of Mormon Belt.“

Governors to watch for 2016 and beyond: What the polls tell us

Governors to watch for 2016 and beyond: What the polls tell us

The most credible candidates for national office? Governors whose polling is exceeding expectations.

Congress stinks, say members of Congress

Congress stinks, say members of Congress

90 members of Congress agree on something.

Alabama House speaker indicted

Alabama House speaker indicted

Mike Hubbard, architect of the state GOP’s return to power, faces 23 counts.

Is the Election Lab forecast too confident in a GOP Senate majority?

For the wonks, here’s a deeper dive into the Election Lab model.

Conservatives hate the ‘lamestream media’ even more than you think

Conservatives hate the ‘lamestream media’ even more than you think

Right-leaning Americans rely on Fox News and pundits like Rush Limbaugh, a study finds.

First-class travel claims earns 4 Pinocchios

First-class travel claims earns 4 Pinocchios

A GOP super PAC relaunches a false attack concerning congressional perks debunked months ago.

VA’s worker-morale numbers are in, and they’re bad

VA’s worker-satisfaction numbers dropped in 76 out of 84 measures as the agency’s record-keeping scandal was unfolding, according to a survey.

A tough time to be Obama – but the best of times for Hillary Clinton

A tough time to be Obama – but the best of times for Hillary Clinton

The presumed 2016 front-runner is among Democrats’ best assets to energize voters before midterms.

Small businesses likely to have new leaders in Congress

Small businesses likely to have new leaders in Congress

Meet the two most likely candidates to take over the House and Senate small business committees next year.

Obama appears to gift-wrap another sound bite for GOP candidates

Obama appears to gift-wrap another sound bite for GOP candidates

He told the Rev. Al Sharpton that Democrats in tough races have “supported my agenda.”

Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries

Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries

Los Angeles argues that access to hotel guest information is a necessary tool for law enforcement.

New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates

The GAO report noted that the USDA missed a deadline to publish standards and urged the department to remedy the situation “as quickly as possible.”

9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Sauce magnates, wet paper bags and isolationism.

Report: Stealing things is easy at GSA headquarters

Report: Stealing things is easy at GSA headquarters

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Kasich just broke from the GOP on Obamacare. Or did he?

Kasich just broke from the GOP on Obamacare. Or did he?

How far out in front of his party is the Republican governor?

The Ebola travel ban is politically popular. But it’s not happening.

The Ebola travel ban is politically popular. But it’s not happening.

Looking at the politics and logistics of an Ebola-related flight ban.