Don Gonyea http://wgcu.org en Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://wgcu.org/post/meet-new-stars-campaign-ads-mom-and-dad It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.<p>In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EIMkxNhClQ">cartoon turtles</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNQBx6JOcw">gator wrestling</a>, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.<p>And in one case, there's the candidate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns">shooting a drone</a> out of the sky. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 11697 at http://wgcu.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad As News Of Cantor's Upset Settles, A Shakeup Still Looms On The Hill http://wgcu.org/post/news-cantors-upset-settles-shakeup-still-looms-hill Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Republicans are reeling from the<p>stunning news out of the Virginia GOP primary last night. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the U.S. Congress, was not just upset, he was beaten badly by a relatively unknown challenger. His name is David Brat. He's a college professor who used Tea Party backing to beat Cantor by 11 points. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 11242 at http://wgcu.org Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa http://wgcu.org/post/former-obama-campaigner-tries-running-himself-iowa Could President Obama one day motivate future generations to run for office, the way that John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have? It's too early to tell if a trend will take hold, but there is at least one key Obama campaign veteran now running for statewide office.<p>Brad Anderson was the spokesman for Obama's 2008 Iowa campaign. Four years later, he ran the president's entire Iowa operation. Now Anderson is running for Iowa secretary of state.<p>At 39 years old, he's never run for office himself — unless you count that race for class treasurer back in third grade. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 10586 at http://wgcu.org Voters Go To Polls On Primary Season's Busiest Day Yet http://wgcu.org/post/voters-go-polls-primary-seasons-busiest-day-yet 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. It is the busiest day on this year's election calendar so far. Voters are going to the polls in six states across the country. In Kentucky, the ballot feature is one of the most important Senate primaries of 2014, a Tea Party-backed challenge to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 10538 at http://wgcu.org After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot http://wgcu.org/post/after-nearly-50-years-office-conyers-might-not-make-ballot A local elections official has ruled that Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the House for nearly 50 years, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. He's appealing the decision; if he loses, it could be an ignominious end to a distinguished career. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 10372 at http://wgcu.org Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads http://wgcu.org/post/politicians-get-personal-memorable-early-campaign-ads <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnVDAfkLHK8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mucYcm6moe0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QLBvk932bw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXqHI059n90</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 9713 at http://wgcu.org Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights http://wgcu.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 20:08:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 9187 at http://wgcu.org GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill http://wgcu.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 20:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 8888 at http://wgcu.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You http://wgcu.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 09:07:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 8333 at http://wgcu.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls http://wgcu.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 16:31:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 8047 at http://wgcu.org CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan http://wgcu.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 7828 at http://wgcu.org Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South http://wgcu.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 21:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 7488 at http://wgcu.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library http://wgcu.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 7153 at http://wgcu.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding http://wgcu.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 15:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 6685 at http://wgcu.org Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention http://wgcu.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 23:19:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 6670 at http://wgcu.org An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight http://wgcu.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 5776 at http://wgcu.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging http://wgcu.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 21:59:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 5571 at http://wgcu.org What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign http://wgcu.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 13:03:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 4599 at http://wgcu.org How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring' http://wgcu.org/post/tea-party-activist-it-was-worth-getting-ring It's been a tough week for the Tea Party and its supporters in Congress. The Affordable Care Act survived the Capitol Hill standoff largely untouched. President Obama and the Democrats stared them down and won. And fights with establishment Republicans revealed the depth of division within the GOP.<p>Public opinion polls show support for the Tea Party has fallen dramatically — to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/10/16/235517950/public-opinion-toward-tea-party-hits-low-point" target="_blank">its lowest point ever</a>. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 3633 at http://wgcu.org Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring' GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge http://wgcu.org/post/gop-establishment-grapples-tea-party-wont-budge The old line in Washington is that the "establishment" controls everything.<p>But the fights that have resulted in the government shutdown have turned that cliche upside down.<p>This time, it's the Tea Party and its allies in Congress calling the shots. The "establishment" — on Capitol Hill and in the business community — has so far been on the outs.<p>You can hear the frustration in the voice of 11-term Rep. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 3114 at http://wgcu.org GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge