Don Gonyea http://wesa.fm en Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act http://wesa.fm/post/obama-bush-mark-passage-1964-civil-rights-act Barack Obama and George W. Bush, two U.S. presidents with little in common in terms of policy, personal style and politics, each paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 27401 at http://wesa.fm Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights http://wesa.fm/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 27369 at http://wesa.fm For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts http://wesa.fm/post/political-conventions-another-balloon-bursts There's news today about the 2016 presidential campaign that has nothing to do with the growing list of would-be candidates with White House aspirations.<p>It's about the big nominating conventions the Democrats and Republicans hold every four years. Legislation the president signed Thursday afternoon means those huge political extravaganzas will no longer receive millions of dollars in taxpayer support. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 26995 at http://wesa.fm For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill http://wesa.fm/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 26853 at http://wesa.fm Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You http://wesa.fm/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 25968 at http://wesa.fm Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls http://wesa.fm/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 25534 at http://wesa.fm CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan http://wesa.fm/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 25173 at http://wesa.fm Texan's Final Campaign May Act As National Barometer http://wesa.fm/post/texans-final-campaign-may-act-national-barometer Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In northeast Texas, from the Dallas suburbs to Texarkana, Republican Ralph Hall is seeking an 18th term in Congress. Hall is 90 years old and the oldest member of Congress. At a time of deep voter anger with Washington, Hall's long incumbency and his age have drawn a crowded field of primary challengers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 24816 at http://wesa.fm Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South http://wesa.fm/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 24617 at http://wesa.fm Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library http://wesa.fm/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 24106 at http://wesa.fm Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding http://wesa.fm/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 23355 at http://wesa.fm Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention http://wesa.fm/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 23338 at http://wesa.fm An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight http://wesa.fm/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 21918 at http://wesa.fm Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging http://wesa.fm/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 21554 at http://wesa.fm What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging Without Opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan Already Faces Re-Election Fight http://wesa.fm/post/without-opponent-sen-kay-hagan-already-faces-re-election-fight Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In North Carolina, the ads are starting early - the political ads, that is. Republicans are setting their sights on defeating first-term Democrat Kay Hagan. Senator Hagan's GOP opponent won't be known until the spring but her support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act has already hurt her with voters. She's also being targeted by outside groups, spending millions of dollars hoping to unseat her. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 21084 at http://wesa.fm How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign http://wesa.fm/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 12:45:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 19929 at http://wesa.fm How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War http://wesa.fm/post/veteran-pennsylvania-congressman-cant-escape-gop-civil-war At 7 a.m. on a recent weekday morning, the Bedford Diner, in Bedford, Pa., is jumping.<p>Way in the back, some tables have been pushed together for a weekly prayer breakfast that's really a gathering of old friends — all military veterans, some of whom are retired. Art Halvorson, a 58-year-old regular here, is a real estate developer, a former career coast guard pilot and now a Tea Party-backed candidate going after seven-term Rep. Bill Shuster in next year's Republican primary.<p>"It's primarily because of the fiscal issues and the way the establishment party is behaving; he represents that. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:07:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 19250 at http://wesa.fm Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War Rep. Shuster To Face Tea Party Challenger Next Year http://wesa.fm/post/rep-shuster-face-tea-party-challenger-next-year Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, during the government shutdown, many House Republicans said the policy was unwise, but persisted for weeks in voting with their speaker, John Boehner. One reason was party loyalty. Another reason, according to analysts, was fear. Lawmakers did not want to run the risk of a challenge in a Republican primary from candidates saying they weren't trying hard enough.<p>The crisis finally ended when 87 Republicans joined Democrats to vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:35:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 19223 at http://wesa.fm Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring' http://wesa.fm/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 18392 at http://wesa.fm Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring' Obamacare Fight Leads Sen. Roberts To Turn Against Old Friend Sebelius http://wesa.fm/post/kansas-sen-roberts-leads-fight-oust-sibelius <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQf_c7SNv-U</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 18336 at http://wesa.fm Obamacare Fight Leads Sen. Roberts To Turn Against Old Friend Sebelius GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge http://wesa.fm/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 17543 at http://wesa.fm GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge Tea Party Strains GOP's Ties To Big Business http://wesa.fm/post/tea-party-strains-gops-ties-big-business Is the GOP still the "party of business"?<p>With the party's long-standing and ongoing push for lower taxes and fewer regulations — both in Washington and in state legislatures — Republicans can reasonably make that claim.<p>Yet some of the congressional Republican rhetoric in the battle over a continuing resolution, the debt ceiling and defunding Obamacare makes it clear that there's a significant amount of tension between the party and the business community.<p>Much of the strong language comes from the Tea Party and its friends on Capitol Hill.<p>In his 21-hour marathon speech in the Senate Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 17223 at http://wesa.fm Tea Party Strains GOP's Ties To Big Business Not All Republicans Embrace Big Business All The Time http://wesa.fm/post/not-all-republicans-embrace-big-business-all-time The Republican Party in the past has had a close relationship with Wall Street and big business. But lately there's growing tension and disagreement as some Republicans in Congress consider a possible government shutdown. The Tea Party seems to have the strongest criticism of big business. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 17177 at http://wesa.fm Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues http://wesa.fm/post/tea-party-wont-let-congress-forget-obamacare-issues Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Congress did not expect to spend September debating Syria. Many Republicans, instead, were planning battles over the budget and over the healthcare law that's about to take affect. Tea Party activists are going ahead with meetings on their issues. One event comes in Washington D.C. today. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 16254 at http://wesa.fm The Civil Rights Stand Of A Young Gerald Ford http://wesa.fm/post/civil-rights-stand-young-gerald-ford President Gerald R. Ford, the only American to serve as both vice president and president without ever being elected to either office, was born 100 years ago Sunday.<p>Ford will be remembered for his role in the turbulent post-Watergate era. But a little-known story from his college days might also serve to define Ford's character.<p><strong>The Gerald Ford We Know</strong><p>In 1973, Ford was a congressman from Grand Rapids, Mich., who had risen through the ranks to become House minority leader. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 13112 at http://wesa.fm The Civil Rights Stand Of A Young Gerald Ford