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Capitol Digest 2-13-12

Capitol Digest 2-13-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012: EAT YOUR VEGGIES: The Iowa Department on Aging is…

Latham responds to White House plan to close Central Iowa military base

Congressman Tom Latham responds to the White House plan to close the Des Moines-based 132nd F-16 Fighter Wing and his meeting this week with Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Watch…

Romney courts Arizona primary voters, slams Obama’s budget plan

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – MESA, Ariz. — Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama’s budget proposal on Monday, arguing that the president has failed to keep campaign promises to…

Santorum meets with gay-marriage foes in Washington state

By Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — Within an hour of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signing a same-sex-marriage bill into law Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was…

Poll: Santorum surges past Romney; both Republicans trail Obama

Poll: Santorum surges past Romney; both Republicans trail Obama

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama for the first time has opened a sizable lead over his most likely Republican opponents, thanks to growing support…

Obama found the ‘right balance’ in birth-control controversy, chief of staff says

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said Sunday that President Barack Obama had found the “right balance” in mandating birth…

Santorum defends views on working women

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Rick Santorum, still enjoying a surge in fundraising and attention after winning three states last week in the battle for the…

Obama budget is preview of election battle

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget, scheduled for release Monday, offers a preview of the November election as both parties…

Obama budget to focus on infrastructure, education spending

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will call for new spending on infrastructure, education and manufacturing research, as well as higher taxes…

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, February 10, 2012

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, February 10, 2012

Bills are quickly moving in the Iowa House. We are wasting no time putting Iowans back to work. In order for Iowa employers to create quality jobs and careers in…

Obama signs Gabrielle Giffords’ final bill

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visited the White House on Friday as President Barack Obama signed into law her bill that clamps…

Remarks by the President on Preventive Care

Remarks by the President on Preventive Care

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:15 P.M. EST, February 10, 2012 Q Here we go. THE PRESIDENT: Here we go. Q Here he is. THE PRESIDENT: Here I am.…

State gas tax hike clears first legislative hurdle

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – A three-member Senate Transportation subcommittee began a potentially bumpy political journey Wednesday in trying to guide a state gas tax increase to the governor’s desk.…

Capitol Digest, 2-9-2012

Capitol Digest, 2-9-2012

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012: ALLOWABLE GROWTH DISALLOWED: The House rejected a move to debate…

Harkin: Military Must Provide Answers on Future of 132nd Fighter Wing

Harkin: Military Must Provide Answers on Future of 132nd Fighter Wing

Air Force meets with Iowa’s delegation today WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement after the Iowa Congressional Delegation met with Michael Donley, Secretary of the…

House passes ethics bill after deleting one key section

House passes ethics bill after deleting one key section

By William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to curb insider trading by members of Congress and the executive branch, but not…

Commercial property tax relief plan moves to full Iowa House

Commercial property tax relief plan moves to full Iowa House

James Q. Lynch – CR Gazette – DES MOINES – A retooled version of a property tax bill melding elements of earlier proposals from Republicans and Gov. Terry Branstad in…

White House: ‘Absolutely firm,’ but willing to talk, on birth control

By Erika Bolstad and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The White House insisted Wednesday that the president’s commitment to contraceptive access for women is “absolutely firm,” even as Republicans…

Donors turn to Santorum ‘super PAC’ after upset victories

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A day after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum scored a trio of upset victories, a “super PAC” working on behalf of the…

Protesters use high-wattage tactic of ‘glitter bombing’

By Rob Manker, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Each of the four remaining contenders for the Republican presidential nomination has sparkled at one point or another during the campaign. We’re talking,…

Santorum will find different landscape when he returns to Missouri for caucuses

By Jake Wagman and Bill Lambrecht, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Rick Santorum scored his best night of the primary season on Tuesday, securing victories in three states, including…

Five Democratic ‘super’ PACs may seek joint operation

By Peter Stone, Center for Public Integrity – WASHINGTON — Five Democratic “super” political action committees are reaching out to party mega-donors seeking $1 million to $10 million contributions, now that…

NIACC women fall to Southwestern, 67-57

NIACC women fall to Southwestern, 67-57

CRESTON, Iowa – Southwestern Community College dropped the NIACC women to 12-12 and 4-6 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference after winning 67-57 on Wednesday night. Kika Greenlee (Fr.,…

Bill seeks to reinstate death penalty in Iowa

Bill seeks to reinstate death penalty in Iowa

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — The leader of the Senate Republican minority is pushing to reinstate a limited death penalty in Iowa for any adult who kills…

3 state sweep puts Santorum back in play

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Republican long shot Rick Santorum poked holes in Mitt Romney’s aura of inevitability Tuesday night with a trio of upset victories that…

Santorum wins Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri, shakes up GOP race

Santorum wins Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri, shakes up GOP race

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum seized an important opportunity Tuesday to become the chief conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, as he made a clean sweep of…

Santorum may be positioned to shake up presidential race

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum faced an important opportunity Tuesday to become the chief conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, as he was poised for possibly strong…

Texas’ legal costs in redistricting fight reach $1.4 million, records show

By Sean Collins Walsh, The Dallas Morning News – WASHINGTON —Texas taxpayers have paid about $1.4 million in legal expenses so far in the state’s redistricting battle, records obtained by The…

Obama’s ‘super PAC’ decision reflects new campaign reality

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama campaign’s new, friendlier posture toward “super PACs” was the result of an “evolving conversation” on the role of outside money,…

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…