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House OKs bill to help feds shed surplus property

House OKs bill to help feds shed surplus property

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would speed the disposal of surplus federal property, a mundane-sounding but potentially significant…

Anger bubbles up in Congress over anti-obesity ads targeting soda

Anger bubbles up in Congress over anti-obesity ads targeting soda

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Taxpayer-funded anti-obesity ads targeting soda aren’t going down well with a Tennessee congressman, who has introduced legislation to prohibit federal spending on…

Senate approves 4 percent boost in state education aid

Senate approves 4 percent boost in state education aid

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Democrats who control the Iowa Senate voted 26-23 on Tuesday to provide a 4 percent increase in per-pupil state aid funding to Iowa’s public K-12 school…

Gov. Branstad, Sec. Northey pleased Department of Labor rethinking onerous regulation on farmers

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commended the United States Department of Labor after learning that the department has begun to reconsider…

Ron Paul sticks with strategy of ignoring delegate-rich prizes in favor of caucus states

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – PAHRUMP, Nev. — Ron Paul is warming up the crowd as he heads into what could be the most important stretch of…

Jesse Jackson Jr. says ticket purchase for girlfriend was not an ethics violation

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., said Monday that he did not violate House ethics rules when he had a longtime friend and fundraiser…

Romney favored, Santorum lurking as 3 states vote Tuesday

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republicans in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri will vote for presidential candidates Tuesday, and while Mitt Romney is favored to win, many conservatives appear…

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iran amid tensions

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iran amid tensions

WASHINGTON – President Obama has ordered new sanctions on Iran, including its Central Bank, moving to enforce a law he signed in December.  The action is outlined in the following…

Mormons grapple with media attention during Romney run

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune – As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues his drive to win his party’s nomination, Mormons worry they could face a barrage of negative scrutiny,…

In Colorado, ‘anybody but Obama’ may not be good enough

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – BROOMFIELD, Colo. — As the rancorous contest for the Republican presidential nomination spreads across the nation’s heartland, the leading candidates have begun to turn…

Obama says he deserves re-election

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Sunday that he deserves a second term despite suggesting in a similar interview three years ago that if…

Ron Paul, looking for edge in Minnesota, draws crowds

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Hoping to ride on the shoulders of passionate supporters in Tuesday’s caucuses, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul packed Minnesota events Saturday, speaking of liberty…

Santorum visits Bemidji, MN today

The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn. Feb. 05–Presidential candidate Rick Santorum plans to attend a pancake breakfast today before visiting Bemidji Woolen Mills and giving a campaign speech. According Santorum’s campaign, the…

Romney victory in Nevada has Gingrich looking to Super Tuesday strategy

By Thomas Fitzgerald, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHLIADELPHIA — Perhaps it was appropriate that Newt Gingrich campaigned on the eve of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country nightclub in Las…

Romney scores impressive win at Nevada caucus

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — Mitt Romney spent years cultivating voters in Nevada, and it paid off Saturday with a commanding victory that not only…

Romney expected to clinch Nevada caucases

By Wallace Witkowski, MarketWatch – SAN FRANCISCO — In this election season’s first Republican presidential caucus in a Western state, Mitt Romney is widely expected to win Nevada and its 28…

Branstad wants elected officials to lead by paying 20 percent of health costs

Branstad wants elected officials to lead by paying 20 percent of health costs

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday he would like to see elected officials in Iowa “lead by example” by paying for 20 percent of the cost of…

Jobs report a potential turning point in Obama’s re-election year

Jobs report a potential turning point in Obama’s re-election year

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — If President Barack Obama wins re-election in November, Friday’s jobs report may be remembered as the turning point when he shifted from…

Gingrich broadens attack on front-runner Romney

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich unveiled a slashing new line of attack against Mitt Romney on Friday, arguing that his main rival for the…

In Nevada, Romney blasts Obama while Gingrich blasts Romney

By Robin Abcarian and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – SPARKS, Nev. — As he campaigned around the state the day before Nevadans cast their votes in the Republican presidential nominating…

After Senate passage, House promises quick action on STOCK Act

After Senate passage, House promises quick action on STOCK Act

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — One of the most sweeping ethics bills covering the personal financial activities of congressional and executive branch employees is now headed to…

Romney cruising toward solid win in Nevada

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – LAS VEGAS — Republicans in Nevada are poised to do what no one has yet done in the 2012 Republican presidential campaign — sustain momentum.…

Billionaire Trump endorses millionaire Romney for president

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – LAS VEGAS — Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, a move with little likely impact on voting but rich…

Five senators tender resignations

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES — Five members of the Iowa Senate tendered their resignations on Wednesday. That’s two more than was anticipated and in…

Iowa House votes to nullify lead shot ban

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The state Natural Resources Commission ban on lead shot was torpedoed by the Iowa House Thursday when it voted to nullify the…

As Republicans shift to West, attracting Latinos is a challenge

By Matt O’Brien, Contra Costa Times – WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Jesse Gutierrez wants to help Latino voters find their niche in the Grand Old Party. He uses a seven-question survey…

House GOP threatens to hold Holder in contempt

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious operation threatened Thursday to seek a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric…

Top Gingrich PAC donor might give millions more

By Peter Stone, Center for Public Integrity – WASHINGTON — Billionaire casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson seems to be signaling his intention to plow millions more into conservative groups to influence this…

Ron Paul says Latinos have become ‘scapegoats’

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — As the only Republican candidate for president to address Nevada’s oldest Latino political organization Wednesday morning, Rep. Ron Paul…

Romney remark on poor draws attack from Obama campaign

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – LAS VEGAS — Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney engaged in a skirmish over the middle class with President Barack Obama’s campaign Wednesday, a preview…

Latham cautions White House on closing guard base

Washington, DC, Feb 1 – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham on Wednesday cautioned the White House to abandon any plans to close the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd F-16 Fighter Wing…

Branstad appoints Iowans to Judicial Nominating Commission

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced the appointment of 30 Iowans to the Judicial Nominating Commission. The appointments take effect today, February 1, 2012, and are not…

Obama swipes at Romney as he promotes mortgage refinancing plan

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As the GOP primary brawl turned to Nevada, President Barack Obama on Wednesday seemed to want to in on the fight. While…

Mitt Romney’s Florida win won’t seal races

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mitt Romney rode one of the most negative primary campaigns in the annals of presidential politics to a landslide victory in…

Legislators satisfied with handling of mystery Hot Lotto jackpot winner

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – State lawmakers gave Iowa Lottery officials high marks Tuesday for the way they handled the mysterious circumstances surrounding a winning Hot Lotto jackpot…

Bill forcing more states to require DUI device in cars gains steam in Congress

Bill forcing more states to require DUI device in cars gains steam in Congress

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — An effort to get more states to require convicted drunken drivers to test their breath for alcohol before they can start their…

Ron Paul to Mitt Romney: See you in the caucus states

Ron Paul to Mitt Romney: See you in the caucus states

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – HENDERSON, Nev. — Touching down in Las Vegas after the networks declared Mitt Romney winner of the critical Florida primary, an upbeat…

Romney cruises to win in Florida primary, moves back into front-runner role

Romney cruises to win in Florida primary, moves back into front-runner role

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney may have won a blowout victory in Florida’s presidential primary, but Newt Gingrich is not about to concede…

Branstad thanks Strawn for his service to the Republican Party of Iowa

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released the following statement thanking Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn for his service to the party on behalf of Iowa…

Minnesota caucuses coming Feb. 7

By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. Jan. 30–Party activists in neighborhoods across Minnesota will gather next week to reorganize the state’s major political parties, pass resolutions on key issues…