Don Gonyea http://kuow.org en Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights http://kuow.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 20:47:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32322 at http://kuow.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts http://kuow.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 21:28:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31891 at http://kuow.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill http://kuow.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 20:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31711 at http://kuow.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You http://kuow.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 09:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30648 at http://kuow.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls http://kuow.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 30119 at http://kuow.org CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting http://kuow.org/post/sen-rand-paul-address-annual-cpac-meeting It is one of those primary tenets of the Republican party: a strong, robust, well-funded military and the willingness to deploy it are a critical part of national security.<p>But Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who speaks to activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday, has long felt it's time to re-examine that approach.<p>In less than four years in the Senate, Paul has emerged as a prominent new face of the GOP and a contender for the 2016 presidential nomination. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:13:11 +0000 Don Gonyea 30062 at http://kuow.org Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan http://kuow.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 29656 at http://kuow.org Texan's Final Campaign May Act As National Barometer http://kuow.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 21:05:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 29226 at http://kuow.org Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South http://kuow.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 21:03:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 28996 at http://kuow.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library http://kuow.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 28431 at http://kuow.org Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads http://kuow.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 28217 at http://kuow.org RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding http://kuow.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 14:41:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 27619 at http://kuow.org Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention http://kuow.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 23:04:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 27600 at http://kuow.org An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race http://kuow.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 23:48:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 27200 at http://kuow.org GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight http://kuow.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 26046 at http://kuow.org Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight