Donald Trump, conservative? Not according to his rival Jeb Bush.
Bush, the former Florida governor seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said in New Hampshire Wednesday that Trump âdoesnât have a conservative record.â Trump, who is also seeking the GOP nomination, âwas a Democrat longer than he was a Republican,â Bush said at a town-hall meeting. âHeâs given more money to Democrats than heâs given to Republicans.â Trump held his own New Hampshire town hall at the same time. The billionaire is leading the Republican race in New Hampshire, according to a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll, with 18% support to Bushâs 13%.
Clinton wants donors to pay for drinks: Hillary Clintonâs campaign wants to have donors foot the bill for appetizers and drinks at some fund-raisers. With her campaign saddled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in catering bills, Clinton made the unusual request in a letter this month to the Federal Election Commission, the New York Times writes. She wants the commissionâs legal blessing to offload the expenses without running afoul of campaign finance limits.
GOP votersâ drug-cost worries: Republicans continue to gun for President Barack Obamaâs signature health-care law. But, Politico writes, there is growing evidence that Republican voters are more concerned about curbing drug prices than dislodging Obamacare. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found nearly three-quarters of Americans think drug prices are unreasonably high, and most blame that on drug companiesâ drive for profits. That is true among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Republican candidates, meanwhile, havenât turned to prescription-drug costs, sticking mostly to promises to repeal Obamacare and replace it with conservative alternatives.
Schumer seeks no-drone zone: No drones, please. National Journal writes Sen. Charles Schumer of New York will introduce legislation setting up no-fly zones for drones around airports and other âsensitive areas.â As National Journal writes, drones keep popping up where they shouldnât be, with this year seeing a sharp increase in the number of drone sightings reported by commercial airline pilots. Schumerâs bill would require no-drone zones to be enforced with geo-fencing technology, which uses software built into drones to keep them from entering certain areas. The Democratâs bill would require all drone makers to make sure their drones comply.
GOP spends early: Republicans are looking to defend their Senate majority in 2016, and early television and digital spending shows just how hard they are trying. A CQ Roll Call analysis found that spending has more than quadrupled from where it was in the last election cycle. More than a year out from Election Day 2016, Republican incumbents and GOP-aligned outside groups have shelled out at least $13.3 million to boost their re-election prospects and attack potential Democratic challengers. Republicans are defending 24 seats of their 54 seats, and if they lose five â or four if Democrats win the White House and hold the tiebreaking vote â theyâll lose the Senate majority.