Latest from Michael Scherer

Liz Cheney’s months-long effort to turn Republicans from Trump threatens her reelection and ambitions. She says it’s only beginning.

The party’s third-highest leader has engaged in a raging months-long dispute with other House Republicans, likely to end in her dismissal from her leadership post.
  • May 8, 2021

Democrats prepare for all-in Florida fight against rising GOP star Ron DeSantis

Former governor Charlie Crist is only the first of high profile candidates to announce bids to replace him, part of an effort to break Republican dominance in statewide races.
  • May 4, 2021

Democrats face growing list of swing-district retirements, dimming midterm prospects

The moves mark a reversal of recent trends which have left Republicans as the losers in the retirement race.
  • May 2, 2021

New census numbers shift political power south to Republican strongholds

A loss of congressional seats and electoral votes in the Great Lakes region gives heft to Texas and Florida, although Democrats expected worse.
  • Apr 26, 2021

How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz

A stalking case against a Florida tax collector metastasized after authorities arrested him and seized electronic records pointing to the congressman, a prominent ally of former president Donald Trump.
  • Apr 15, 2021

House opens ethics investigation into Florida Republican Matt Gaetz

The probe will look at allegations of sexual misconduct, illicit drug use and displaying images of nude women on the House floor
  • Apr 9, 2021

Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal with prosecutors in sex trafficking case

A prosecutor and a lawyer for Joel Greenberg revealed in court Thursday that they are having plea discussions, a potentially ominous sign for the congressman if his associate ultimately cooperates with prosecutors in a bid for leniency.
  • Apr 8, 2021

Andrew Cuomo declared the pandemic a ‘no-politics zone.’ Behind the scenes, he worked to burnish his own standing.

As the first deadly coronavirus wave engulfed New York, the governor made numerous moves to bolster his political image, according to documents and people familiar with the situation.
  • Apr 3, 2021

Gaetz is said to have boasted of his ‘access to women’ provided by friend charged in sex-trafficking case

Authorities are investigating whether the Republican congressman’s own sexual activity violated federal law.
  • Apr 2, 2021

Democrats delay postmortem on 2020’s troubled caucuses and presidential nominating process

The party review will now stretch into summer, with the 2024 nominating calendar expected to be decided next year.
  • Mar 30, 2021