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  • Cardenas to step down as ACU leader

    Al Cardenas is stepping down as chairman of the American Conservative Union after spending more than three years leading the nation's oldest grass-roots conservative organization.

  • Conservative UNITER: Ronald Reagan was one of the speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1986 and at the group's first gathering in 1974, when nearly 1,000 people listened to California's governor at the time. Stan Evans, the ACU chairman who presided over that conference, said it was simple back then: "Are you for Reagan or not?" (Getty Images)

    ACU at 50: Strong and looking ahead

    The year the American Conservative Union began, Ronald Reagan was a newly minted Republican, Nikita Khrushchev had been recently ousted as leader of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. was just beginning to deepen its involvement in the Vietnam War.

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry is among 200 conservative luminaries headed for the podium at CPAC, which begins Thursday. (American Conservative Union)

    MILLER: CPAC debates Tea Party or moderate for 2016 Republican presidential candidate

    Like kissing the ring of a mafia don, a Republican who wants to run for president has to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

  • "This is our 41st year and, in the past, every time we have done a straw poll we had a good idea within the presidential candidate possibilities who would be the favorite," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union

    CPAC to test 26 candidates for president with straw poll

    This year's Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll includes more than two dozen names for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, signaling just how wide open the race is.

  • CPAC 2013: Bush’s legacy lingers over new GOP stars

    President George W. Bush's shadow still hangs over the Republican Party four years after he left office, and as conservatives converge on the Washington region this week they will find themselves once again grappling with his legacy — more so now that his younger brother, Jeb, is flirting with a 2016 presidential bid and has been invited to address the annual gathering.

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, pictured in his office at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013,  has earned nearly universal praise for his handling of Superstorm Sandy, the state's worst natural disaster. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    FLASHBACK: CPAC: Chris Christie snubbed for criticizing GOP on Sandy relief

    The list of speakers at next month's CPAC, the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, will not include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a snub the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate earned, organizers said, because of his harsh criticism earlier this year of fellow Republicans over Superstorm Sandy spending.

  • Inside the Beltway: Mustering through inauguration depression

    Got inauguration depression? It'll only last another 24 hours or so. In the meantime, here's advice on passing the time from Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union.

  • Rubio jumps to the head of GOP’s class

    Sen. Marco Rubio, in a matter of days, leapfrogged from being one of Mitt Romney's reliable foot soldiers on the campaign trail to being a front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Becoming ‘Democrat-light’ not a solution

    Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, wants Republicans and conservatives to emulate Democrats in the hunt for votes ("Republicans too white, male, old," Commentary, Tuesday). Mr. Cardenas believes segregating Americans into ethnic and gender groups is what is needed to win elections. In other words, become "Democrat-light." Find out what each group wants and pander to them by handing out goodies, regardless of what the effect of those goodies may have on the United States as a whole.

  • Audience members applaud as Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

    Inside the Beltway

    A certain melancholia can descend upon conservatives who just can't get to the annual CPAC gathering.

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who won the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, laughs while speaking during a victory party on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Florida suddenly within Gingrich's grasp

    Mitt Romney has long had the edge in money and staffing in Florida, but Newt Gingrich's big win Saturday night in South Carolina has blown the Jan. 31 primary in the Sunshine State wide open.

  • American Conservative Chairman Al Cardenas says his group will begin awarding grades to state lawmakers in five 2012 battleground states this year. (Associated Press)

    Conservative group to give grades in five states

    The American Conservative Union will begin awarding grades to state lawmakers in five 2012 general election battleground states this year, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said.

  • Budget cuts too small for many conservatives

    They don't want to undermine the work of their congressional allies, but leading conservatives and Republican presidential hopefuls are already voicing their displeasure with the spending-cut and budget deals taking shape on Capitol Hill.

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