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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…

Rival parties to mix it up — nicely — at State of the Union speech

By Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Like an estranged married couple trying to reignite the spark, lawmakers again will pair off in bipartisan couplets at the president’s State…

Floridians brace for onslaught of GOP campaign ads

By Scott Powers, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida couch potatoes, it’s your turn now to watch a seemingly endless barrage of campaign commercials — especially ads supporting Mitt…

EDITORIAL: More scrutiny of Iowa startup projects

CR Gazette – The Gazette Editorial Board – We understand the state’s desire to provide a boost to startup firms developing promising technologies. The potential economic payoff makes some risks…

Perry returns to Texas wounded from battle

Perry returns to Texas wounded from battle

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – For more than a decade Texas Gov. Rick Perry has forcefully governed his state through intimidation and influence, wooing wealthy donors, trouncing election opponents…

Jewish voters to play a key role in GOP primary

By Melissa Dribben, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Dressed in his tennis whites, Sid Dinerstein hunches over the Palm Beach Post’s scramble, Sudoku, and crossword, saying they’re…

Gingrich rode big debate skills and homeboy Southern style to S.C. victory

By William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s victory in Saturday’s Republican primary here is a testament to him sticking to an unconventional campaign strategy…

Gingrich wins huge come-from-behind victory in South Carolina

Gingrich wins huge come-from-behind victory in South Carolina

By Steven Thomma, David Lightman and Gina Smith, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLESTON, S.C. — Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday, a stunning come-from-behind upset that shook the contest…

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer: January 20, 2011

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer: January 20, 2011

We had a short, but busy and productive week at the Capitol.  In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Legislature did not convene until Tuesday. Demonstrating our commitment…

Supreme Court gives a win to Texas GOP on congressional lines

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave an early win to Texas Republicans in the fight over redrawing election districts and the balance of…

Obama expresses concern over crackdown on democracy-building groups by Egypt’s ruling military

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called the leader of Egypt’s ruling military council Friday to express U.S. concern about the government’s intensifying crackdown on…

At GOP retreat, leaders preach unity

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – BALTIMORE — A former plastics salesman, House Speaker John A. Boehner stood before the unwieldy GOP majority with a pitch: Members must stick together…

Gingrich blasts media as candidates meet for 17th debate

By Maeve Reston and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — With a narrowing window to stop front-runner Mitt Romney before South Carolinians cast their ballots Saturday, Newt…

Gingrich scolds media for spotlighting ex-wife’s complaint

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Newt Gingrich lashed out angrily at the news media Thursday night for fresh reporting on his failed second…

Gingrich surging in S.C., but cloud shadows his campaign

Gingrich surging in S.C., but cloud shadows his campaign

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WARRENVILLE, S.C. — Newt Gingrich was surging in South Carolina hours before the state’s crucial Republican primary Saturday, but in typical Gingrich roller-coaster fashion, a…

Misguided Obama blocks Keystone pipeline

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – It’s going to be a long, long year in Washington. The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will deny a permit to build the Keystone XL…

Perry drops out of presidential race, endorses Gingrich

By Anna M. Tinsley and Dave Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped his presidential bid Thursday, asking his supporters to instead stand behind former…

Santorum campaign urges Romney to concede on Iowa results

Santorum campaign urges Romney to concede on Iowa results

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – The final certified vote tallies from the Iowa GOP caucuses show Rick Santorum edging Mitt Romney by 34 votes, reversing the reported order of…