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Rep. Barney Frank to marry partner in same-sex ceremony

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Rep. Barney Frank, the first member of Congress to announce voluntarily he was gay, will marry his partner in a same-sex ceremony…

Reynolds receives “Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer” award

Reynolds receives “Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer” award

(DES MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was presented with the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) 2012 “Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer” this week in Ankeny. “I am honored and…

Obama repeats call for bipartisanship

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — President Barack Obama on Saturday reiterated his call for an end to partisan gridlock in Washington and urged Congress to pass legislation to…

No immediate savings in MHDD reform, DHS head warns

Steve Gravelle – The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Even as the state moves away from a county-based system of providing services to mentally handicapped and developmentally disabled (MHDD) Iowans, it’s…

Under the Golden Dome

Under the Golden Dome

From Representative Linda Upmeyer – January 27, 2011 – The Iowa House passed the first piece of legislation of the 2012 session this week. This bill illustrates our commitment to passing…

Rick Santorum tailors his pitch to South Florida Latinos

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times – MIAMI — Rick Santorum joined the parade of GOP candidates seeking the Latino vote in South Florida on Friday, playing up his humble roots…

Clinton eyes an end to time on the political ‘high wire’

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — After 20 long years in the public eye, Hillary Rodham Clinton can see the finish line. Sure, there likely will be…

Gov. Branstad appoints Janelle L. Niebuhr to Iowa Public Employees Relations Board

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today announced that he has appointed Janelle L. Niebuhr to the Iowa Public Employees Relations Board (PERB). “I am pleased today to appoint Janelle…

Obama tells colleges to hold down rising tuition

Obama tells colleges to hold down rising tuition

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – ANN ARBOR, Mich. — President Barack Obama embraced the idea of federal action to restrain the rapidly increasing cost of higher…

Capitol Digest, 1-26-2012

Capitol Digest, 1-26-2012

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday, Jan. 26: MOTOR VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT: Branstad administration officials said Thursday they…

Obama’s housing initiatives face significant hurdles

By Jim Puzzanghera and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Two new initiatives from President Barack Obama to address the foreclosure crisis — more help for struggling homeowners and…

Bachmann to defend her seat in Congress

By Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – WASHINGTON — Talking for the first time about her political future since she dropped out of the presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann said Wednesday…

Goldman guides Romney’s riches

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Much of Mitt Romney’s millions has come from his relationship with the biggest name on Wall Street: Goldman Sachs. In the…

Deluge of campaign ads, calls, mail engulfs Florida voters

By David Lightman and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – ORLANDO, Fla. — The winner of Florida’s bruising Republican presidential primary probably will be the candidate who uses traditional mass-marketing tools such…

Romney slams Gingrich over criticism of immigration views

By David Lightman and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mitt Romney blasted as “repulsive” Newt Gingrich’s criticism of his views on immigration, as the two Republican presidential candidates…

Gingrich yanks attack ad on Romney after Sen. Rubio says it’s unfair

By Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The close, volatile Republican presidential campaign exploded in Miami’s Cuban-American community on Wednesday as Newt Gingrich pulled a controversial Spanish-language immigration ad after…

King: “More of the Same without Solutions in Sight”

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King (IA-05) released the following video statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night: “I’m not very optimistic about going through…

Iowa House passes first bill of 2012 session

Iowa House passes first bill of 2012 session

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad’s executive order requiring a “jobs impact statement” for all new government rules and regulations would become a permanent statutory requirement under a bill…

Branstad draws the line he’d cross on a gas tax increase

Branstad draws the line he’d cross on a gas tax increase

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad isn’t threatening a veto if the Legislature sends him a gas tax increase, but the Republican who was governor…

Gov. Branstad announces new appointees to Iowa’s boards and commissions

Gov. Branstad announces new appointees to Iowa’s boards and commissions

(DES MOINES)- Gov. Branstad today announced the appointment of 58 Iowans to various boards and commissions. The individuals were appointed between July of 2011 and January 20, 2012.  The members…

GOP response to State of Union speech attacks Obama’s efforts to divide America

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama called for economic fairness in this State of the Union speech, his Republican rivals blasted the president for…

With assets spread across globe, Romney’s tax rate below 14 percent

By Ralph Vartabedian, Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – LOS ANGELES — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax returns reveal a sophisticated low-tax investment strategy that includes offshore…

Obama delivers confrontational State of the Union speech

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — By using his State of the Union speech to draw sharp contrasts with Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes and the…

Miami becomes battleground for Gingrich, Romney

By Erika Bolstad and Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — A sign it’s getting close to election day in Florida: Mitt Romney softens his immigration stance and his opponent’s new…

New consumer bureau chief grilled by GOP

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — In his first congressional testimony as the official director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray faced tough questions on Tuesday…

Romney’s tax data sits uneasily with Florida voters

By Mark Z. Barabak and John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – TAMPA, Fla. — Even before Tuesday, Mitt Romney was struggling to connect to average voters, suffering from impromptu remarks —…

Gingrich blasts Obama at Florida rally

By Laura C. Morel, McClatchy Newspapers – MANATEE, Fla. — More than 3,000 people gathered Tuesday in a Dolphin Aviation hangar to welcome Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Gingrich rolled into…

Branstad claims $50M in highway savings found

Branstad claims $50M in highway savings found

(DES MOINES) – Today, during his remarks at a Transportation Day 2012 event in Des Moines, Gov. Terry E. Branstad announced that the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has identified…

Obama to frame re-election themes Tuesday in State of the Union address

Obama to frame re-election themes Tuesday in State of the Union address

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivers an election-year State of the Union address Tuesday night at a moment when the country is worried about the…

Chinese vice president to visit White House next month

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will travel to Washington next month for meetings with senior U.S. officials ahead of his expected…

Boehner touts anti-abortion efforts at ‘March for Life’

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House GOP leaders told anti-abortion protesters Monday they would continue efforts to ensure no federal funds are spent on the procedure, singling…

The road ahead looks good for Romney despite South Carolina

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Republican presidential nomination race is momentarily in turmoil. But Mitt Romney, who long ago prepared for a long, methodical slog, is…

Senator doing `quite well’ after surgery for stroke

By Katherine Skiba and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is expected to recover cognitive functions but could have some physical impairment following a weekend…

Santorum tempers language on Florida campaign trail

Santorum tempers language on Florida campaign trail

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – LADY LAKE, Fla. — With Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich engaging in a dogfight, Rick Santorum on Monday soldiered on, trying to persuade some…

Romney attacks Gingrich sharply on several fronts in Florida debate

By David Lightman and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney, struggling to gain momentum in this state’s pivotal Republican primary, unleashed a blistering attack Monday on chief…

Questioning the Constitutionality of President Obama’s “Recess” Appointments

Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary On The Nomination of John Gerrard and President Obama’s Four Recent “Recess” Appointments Monday, January 23,…

Plenty of issues for Minnesota legislature

Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – ST. PAUL — State legislators are looking to settle some far-reaching issues this year, from getting people back to work and financing schools to controlling…

BLOG: Hot Dish Politics: Ron Paul buying ads in Minnesota

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is bringing his campaign to Minnesota, with a “substantial” ad buy in advance of the state’s Feb. 7 caucuses.…

In Florida, cash-flush Romney has been all but unopposed

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – RUSKIN, Fla. — A highly fluid and newly competitive Republican presidential contest is barreling into Florida for a big-state fight in which victory by…

Obama plans to outline his economic blueprint at State of the Union address

Obama plans to outline his economic blueprint at State of the Union address

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—For weeks, President Barack Obama and his top advisers have been meeting around the gleaming table in the Roosevelt Room, debating what to include…