The noteworthy political dates in this year are laid out in a Politico piece…..
The race to succeed President Barack Obama gets fully underway in 2015, a silent primary before the real ones are held. Already, likely candidates are planning book releases, reaching out to donors and booking travel to the early states.
But if the last weeks of 2014 were any indication, Obama has no intention of merely limping through his final two years, even though he faces a Republican-controlled Congress. And many of the issues he and GOP leaders must grapple with this year could affect the presidential race.
Obamacare remains vulnerable to unraveling, from both the judicial and legislative branches. NSA surveillance, immigration and Iran will all get moments on the front burner in the coming months. Some issues are sure to divide what looks to be a large and unwieldy 2016 Republican field. Others could provide a means to attack the likely Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton.
As far as when Clinton will announce her 2016 candidacy? That’s still a mystery. Regardless, there are plenty of other key dates to watch for in 2015. Here’s a sampling:
Jan. 13 — The book tours begin
Marco Rubio’s book, “American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone,” comes out on the second Tuesday of January, the first in a slew of tomes being peddled by potential presidential candidates.
Such books, which tend to be anodyne at best, are a handy way for hopefuls to introduce themselves to activists on their own terms, give an excuse for travel to early primary states, generate media and make cash……
Jan. 20 — The State of the Union
Obama delivers his penultimate State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Eastern. He’ll outline areas where he might be able to reach agreement with Republicans, but he’s also likely to sound more liberated than in recent years, when he was determined to protect red-state Democrats. Last year, Obama stressed his willingness to use his executive authority when Congress does not take action.
As Obama heads into the twilight of his presidency, the State of the Union becomes less relevant. The more interesting speeches are likely to take place in state capitals, where several Republican governors considering presidential runs are getting sworn in or delivering State of the State addresses………
Feb. 24 — Chicago mayor’s race
Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, must get at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid an April 7 runoff in the race to lead the Windy City. The incumbent’s most formidable challenger, the president of the city’s teachers union, decided not to run after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last fall……
Feb. 25-28 — CPAC
The Conservative Political Action Conference is the year’s first truly national cattle call for would-be 2016 Republican candidates. Thousands of activists descend on the Gaylord convention center just outside D.C. for three days of speeches…..
Feb. 27 — Immigration fight
Conservatives are still hopping mad over Obama’s executive action protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. In February, they’ll get a shot at weakening the president’s hand……
For the entire and complete list….Here….