Don Gonyea http://iowapublicradio.org en Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act http://iowapublicradio.org/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 38974 at http://iowapublicradio.org Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights http://iowapublicradio.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 38934 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts http://iowapublicradio.org/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 21:07:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 38590 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill http://iowapublicradio.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 20:01:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 38457 at http://iowapublicradio.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You http://iowapublicradio.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 09:22:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 37660 at http://iowapublicradio.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls http://iowapublicradio.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 16:08:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 37263 at http://iowapublicradio.org CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan http://iowapublicradio.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 36929 at http://iowapublicradio.org Texan's Final Campaign May Act As National Barometer http://iowapublicradio.org/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 21:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 36623 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library http://iowapublicradio.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 35987 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rnc-highlights-black-history-month-radio-ads Leaders of the Republican Party acknowledge they have a problem attracting minority voters — especially African-Americans, 93 percent of whom voted for President Obama in 2012, compared with just 6 percent for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.<p>That chasm is at the heart of a new initiative by the Republican National Committee during February. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 35807 at http://iowapublicradio.org RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding http://iowapublicradio.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 14:08:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 35311 at http://iowapublicradio.org Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention http://iowapublicradio.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 23:41:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 35303 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gops-gillespie-injects-intrigue-virginia-senate-race Republican hopes of picking up the six seats needed to capture the U.S. Senate include a suddenly interesting race in Virginia.<p>Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a top White House aide to President George W. Bush, announced Thursday that he'll challenge Democratic Sen. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 34973 at http://iowapublicradio.org GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race Rubio Questions LBJ's Legacy On Poverty http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rubio-questions-lbjs-legacy-poverty Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We've been marking the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty from a number of perspectives. Now, the Republican take. Republicans have long been critical of Lyndon Johnson's expansive approach to a federal safety net. Today, the Republican senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, proposed what he says is a better way forward. His way? Take power away from Washington and give it to the states. NPR's Don Gonyea is here to tell us more. And, Don, first, give us some context. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 34609 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight http://iowapublicradio.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 33986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging http://iowapublicradio.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 22:28:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 33669 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign http://iowapublicradio.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 12:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32227 at http://iowapublicradio.org How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign Many Rooting For Down-On-Its-Luck Detroit And Its New Mayor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/many-rooting-down-its-luck-detroit-and-its-new-mayor Detroit is a place where I worked for many years as a journalist, where I absorbed the town's rich automotive, labor and civil rights history, where I sat in blues clubs and watched baseball from the upper deck of old Tiger Stadium.<p>It's a place that I really think of as home.<p>Detroit elected a new mayor this week.<p>He is 55-year-old Mike Duggan, a longtime county official, and later a successful CEO of the region's leading medical center.<p>But one might reasonably ask why someone — <em>anyone</em> — would want the job of mayor of Detroit.<p>The outgoing mayor is Dave Bing, a good man wi Sat, 09 Nov 2013 10:23:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31870 at http://iowapublicradio.org Many Rooting For Down-On-Its-Luck Detroit And Its New Mayor Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War http://iowapublicradio.org/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 31595 at http://iowapublicradio.org Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War Rep. Shuster To Face Tea Party Challenger Next Year http://iowapublicradio.org/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 09:13:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31575 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring' http://iowapublicradio.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 30797 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring' Obamacare Fight Leads Sen. Roberts To Turn Against Old Friend Sebelius http://iowapublicradio.org/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 30757 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obamacare Fight Leads Sen. Roberts To Turn Against Old Friend Sebelius GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge http://iowapublicradio.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 22:22:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30006 at http://iowapublicradio.org GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge Tea Party Strains GOP's Ties To Big Business http://iowapublicradio.org/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 21:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 29707 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tea Party Strains GOP's Ties To Big Business Not All Republicans Embrace Big Business All The Time http://iowapublicradio.org/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 09:06:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 29663 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues http://iowapublicradio.org/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 09:06:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 28827 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Civil Rights Stand Of A Young Gerald Ford http://iowapublicradio.org/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 23979 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Civil Rights Stand Of A Young Gerald Ford Obama Campaigners Try To Get Texas Fired Up For Democrats http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-campaigners-try-get-texas-fired-democrats <em>All this week,</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/196613711/texas-2020" target="_blank">NPR is taking a look</a><em> </em><em>at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.</em><p>For most of the 20th century, Texas was a stronghold for Democrats. But Republicans have dominated the state for decades now.<p>An organization created by veterans of President Obama's presidential campaigns wants to change that. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 23358 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama Campaigners Try To Get Texas Fired Up For Democrats Texas Democrats See Opportunity In Changing Demographics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/texas-democrats-see-opportunity-changing-demographics Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>All week, we are looking at demographic changes in the currently very red, very Republican Lone Star state. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:45:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 23325 at http://iowapublicradio.org WWII Vets Have All But Vanished From The Halls Of Congress http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wwii-vets-have-all-vanished-halls-congress Sen. Frank Lautenberg was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. There was a steady rain. Soldiers fired rifle volleys, a bugler played taps and mourners paid their final respects.<p>The New Jersey Democrat was 89 when he died this week — and his death marked a somber milestone.<p>For the first time since the end of World War II, there are no veterans of that war in the U.S. Senate. Lautenberg had been the only one remaining.<p>His military service was a recurring theme in tributes this week. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 09:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 22111 at http://iowapublicradio.org WWII Vets Have All But Vanished From The Halls Of Congress