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Grassley: Accountability Needed on Appointment

Grassley: Accountability Needed on Appointment

President Obama’s appointment of Richard Cordray is unacceptable because it violates both the letter and spirit of the Constitution.  The framers saw the dangers of power grabs by any one…

Extensive voter contact program propelled Romney to victory

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H. — An important element in Mitt Romney’s impressive win in New Hampshire was a sophisticated and relentless voter contact program that locked…

Top three revel in their N.H. primary victories

By Robin Abcarian and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the end, the only suspense Tuesday centered on just how big Mitt Romney’s margin in Tuesday’s primary…

Jon Huntsman trails Stephen Colbert in South Carolina poll

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Jon Huntsman, who initially staked his presidential campaign on New Hampshire, now heads to South Carolina, where a recent poll shows him…

Ron Paul says support growing beyond an ‘irate minority’

Ron Paul says support growing beyond an ‘irate minority’

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ron Paul, fresh from his second-place finish in New Hampshire, treated an adoring and cheering South Carolina crowd to a…

Romney rolls to victory in New Hampshire primary

Romney rolls to victory in New Hampshire primary

By Mark Z. Barabak and Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney rolled to a convincing victory Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, taking a broad stride…

Gov. Branstad appoints James C. Ellefson District Court Judge

(DES MOINES) –  Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed James C. Ellefson judge to the District Court in the 2B Judicial District. Ellefson, of Marshalltown, received his law degree from…

Governor delivers 2012 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

Governor delivers 2012 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today delivered his Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly. The governor outlined two major priorities this coming legislative session:…

Media frenzy shuts down Ron Paul event today

CONCORD, N.H. – Jesse Benton, national campaign chairman for the Ron Paul campaign, released the following statement today in regards to the media incident in Manchester, NH this morning: “Dr. Paul…

Santorum says cut taxes, rules to lift economy

Tim Buckland, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester – GOFFSTOWN — The economy would be better boosted by trusting business owners to use lower tax rates and fewer regulations to create…

OPINION: Super PACS will supply the dirt for the race in 2012

Mike Jones, Tulsa World, Okla. – The most important result of the Iowa caucuses was not the winners or losers – the Iowa vote does not make or break a candidate.…

Evangelicals turning from Perry to Paul

Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas –   Once, he led a prayer rally called The Response. Now, Gov. Rick Perry is The Reject. Five months after welcoming 30,000 believers to…

Rancor between Gingrich and Romney spills over in debate

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H.—Tensions between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney finally spilled onto the debate stage Sunday morning when moderator David Gregory gave Gingrich the opportunity…

Republican candidates remain firmly behind tough immigration laws

By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — When it comes to illegal immigration, Republican presidential candidates are talking like it’s 1999. Listening to the GOP White House aspirants, voters might…

Romney takes his lumps at last New Hampshire debate

Romney takes his lumps at last New Hampshire debate

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – CONCORD, N.H. — Republican rivals ganged up on front runner Mitt Romney in a nationally televised debate Sunday, their last high-profile chance…

South Carolina is more receptive to Romney this time

By Jim Morrill and Tim Funk, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLESTON, S.C. — By this time four years ago, Mitt Romney had given up on South Carolina, pulling his ads and ceding…

EDITORIAL: Bachmann must return to serving 6th District

St. Cloud Times, Minn. Jan. 08–Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign after getting about 5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses. Bachmann put a tremendous…

Branstad gives GOP vote process vote of confidence

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday gave his vote of confidence to the Republican Party of Iowa’s caucus process, saying party…

Ron Paul running a solid second in New Hampshire

By Maria Recio, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is pushing for a strong second-place finish in Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, where his Libertarian-style…

Rick Santorum’s ‘Google problem’ means ad space for rivals

Kim Geiger and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – It’s no secret that in Google land, Rick Santorum’s last name produces an embarrassing search result aimed at ridiculing the former Pennsylvania senator for his…

Obama tells consumer bureau to ensure Americans get ‘fair shake’

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday told employees of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that their job was to make sure that…

GOP presidential candidates quietly organizing in Florida

By Scott Powers, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Political ground troops are getting ready for the battle of Florida — which begins in earnest Jan. 22 for those Republican…

Obama revises rule on undocumented immigrants

By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama moved to repair relations with a crucial voting bloc and opened another battle with Republican lawmakers by easing rules…

Ron Paul running a solid second in New Hampshire

By Maria Recio, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is pushing for a strong second-place finish in Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, where his Libertarian-style…

Grassley: Presidential Appointment Upends Senate Practice, Legal Precedent

Grassley: Presidential Appointment Upends Senate Practice, Legal Precedent

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary, today made the following comment on President Obama’s appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial…

Obama’s recess appointment leaves legal questions lingering over consumer bureau

By Jim Puzzanghera and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the centerpiece in the overhaul of financial regulations 18 months ago, was billed…

Santorum again stresses social issues at event in N.H., criticizing gay marriage

By Michael A.Memoli and Mark Z. Barabak, Tribune Washington Bureau – MANCHESTER, N.H. — For the second time in as many days, Rick Santorum on Friday drew attention away from his…

Harkin Announces Over $37 Million for Missouri River Flooding Repairs

Harkin Announces Over $37 Million for Missouri River Flooding Repairs

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration has awarded a grant totaling $37,479,818.00 for the cost of repairing…

Congressman Tom Latham on December jobs report

Congressman Tom Latham on December jobs report

Washington, Jan 6 – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham issued the following statement on Friday in response to the latest unemployment report: “An improvement in the unemployment rate is always welcome news,…

Obama appointments could trigger court test case

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama’s decision to defy Senate Republicans and appoint four top agency officials on his own authority sets the stage for…

Analysis: Romney tax plan would most benefit wealthy

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cut taxes for fewer than half of U.S. households, with the wealthy getting most of the benefits, according…

Branstad-Reynolds administration unveils final recommendations for world-class schools

Branstad-Reynolds administration unveils final recommendations for world-class schools

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released their final recommendations for restoring Iowa’s standing as a leader in education and preparing all students to…

Santorum’s political evolution sparks scrutiny

Santorum’s political evolution sparks scrutiny

By Melanie Mason and Tom Hamburger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum first came to Congress from western Pennsylvania in 1990 after waging a grass-roots campaign against an opponent…

It’s Romney vs. the field in New Hampshire, and he’s way ahead

By David Lightman and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – SALEM, N.H. — New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary campaign evolved Thursday into two different races: Mitt Romney trying to expand his huge…

Harkin: Cordray Appointment Important for Middle Class Families

Harkin: Cordray Appointment Important for Middle Class Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after learning that President Obama will appoint Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In…

Branstad, Reynolds to take Condition of the State address to Iowa communities

(DES MOINES) –  Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that they will be embarking on a tour across Iowa to share the governor’s Condition of the…

Harkin Announces Nearly $6.5 Million in FEMA Funding for University of Iowa

Harkin Announces Nearly $6.5 Million in FEMA Funding for University of Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the University of Iowa has been awarded $6,488,130 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  …

Bachmann gives no indication of what’s in store for future

Bachmann gives no indication of what’s in store for future

By Kevin Diaz and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – DES MOINES, Iowa — As the reality of Michele Bachmann’s failed presidential bid set in on Wednesday, the Minnesota Republican…

Obama’s recess appointment leaves legal questions lingering over consumer bureau

By Jim Puzzanghera and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the centerpiece in the overhaul of financial regulations 18 months ago, was billed…

Obama circumvents Congress to make appointments

Obama circumvents Congress to make appointments

By Peter Nicholas, Lisa Mascaro and Jim Puzzanghera, Tribune Washington Bureau – SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — President Barack Obama kicked off the election year aggressively, picking a fight with congressional Republicans…