When President Barack Obama flew to Miami earlier this month, Air Force One steered clear of the St. Petersburg area, where Democrat Alex Sink was in the stretch run of a tight race for an open House seat.
Billionaire Wilbur Ross invited Paul Ryan over for lunch. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. bankers met with Rand Paul at a fundraiser in Atlanta. Investor Rob Arnott dropped in on Ted Cruz.
The Democratic Party’s national committees outraised their Republican counterparts last year and are entering the 2014 U.S. elections with more money in the bank and President Barack Obama in his sixth year in office.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t consider raising the U.S. minimum wage to any level less than $10.10 an hour, though some of his fellow Democrats say they are ready to negotiate a lower amount.