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Capitol Digest 2-22-12

Capitol Digest 2-22-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012: GOOGLE PRIVACY CONCERNS: Attorney General Tom Miller joined by…

Online poker bill clears Senate committee

Online poker bill clears Senate committee

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – A measure aimed at bringing illegal online poker under state regulation rolled through a Senate committee Wednesday evening. Members of the Senate State…

Romney blows call on Obama’s budget-deficit record

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Throw the flag against: Mitt Romney. Call: Offsides. What happened: Romney claimed that President Barack Obama has doubled the federal budget deficit. “He…

California Democrats want guaranteed retirement benefits for millions of workers

By Jon Ortiz, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One day after Republicans sided with California Gov. Jerry Brown on public pension reform, Democrats on Thursday said they want millions of…

Romney and Santorum attack each other on spending records

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – MESA, Ariz. — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum clashed over which of them is the true conservative steward of taxpayers’ money as…

Obama administration proposes cutting corporate tax rate, ending breaks

Obama administration proposes cutting corporate tax rate, ending breaks

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Wednesday unveiled its framework for overhauling the corporate tax code, offering an election-year proposal that would pay for a…

Supreme Court hears arguments in Branstad line-item veto case

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES —The legality of an order by Gov. Terry Branstad that effectively closed 36 workforce development centers last year was argued Tuesday night before…

Capitol Digest 2-21-12

Capitol Digest 2-21-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012: NOBEL RECOGNITION: Iowa State University Professor Dan Shechtman of…

Romney, Santorum neck and neck in Michigan, new poll shows

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – WASHINGTON — At least one new poll released Tuesday suggested that Mitt Romney has erased Rick Santorum’s lead in Romney’s home state of Michigan.…

Romney peppered with questions at Michigan plant

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wanted to compare his positions on the economy and jobs with those of President Barack Obama and even give…

Robocalls swamp, annoy Michigan voters

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Swarms of political robocalls are sounding private Michigan phones in advance of Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary — and many folks find themselves…

Romney renews attacks on Santorum

By Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Stung by Mitt Romney’s accusation that he’s a big-spending Washington insider, Rick Santorum responded Tuesday by calling himself an…

For Rick Santorum voters, it’s character that counts

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Suburban mom Judy Dlugosielski is a liberal Republican who favors abortion rights. Yet as a crucial set of primaries nears,…

Obama campaign: Romney, Santorum policies would grow deficit

By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In yet another sign of Rick Santorum’s rising status, President Barack Obama’s campaign is taking aim at the…

Romney starts big week with Wednesday night GOP debate

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney will face his three Republican rivals Wednesday in a debate that marks the start of a crucial week for his presidential…

Race clouds battle over photo IDs for Minn. voters

Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The volatile issue of requiring every voter to show a photo ID at the polls boiled over Monday in a dispute over race. Opponents of…

Capitol Digest 2-20-12

Capitol Digest 2-20-12

James Q. Lynch – CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, Feb. 20, 2012: $376 MILLION CLIFF: Iowa could face a $376…

Sheriff’s ‘outing’ pushes Arizona to top of states with gay candidates for Congress

By Dustin Volz, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s weekend confirmation that he is gay makes him the fourth openly gay or bisexual candidate seeking a…

Santorum, Romney fight it out in Michigan

By Paul West, Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg, Tribune Washington Bureau – MUSKEGON, Mich. — With a new poll hinting at a tightening race in the pivotal Michigan primary, Republican presidential…

Santorum again hits Obama on energy, drops ‘phony theology’ barb

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum blamed the “radical environmental policies” of the Obama administration Monday for rising gas prices, and said…

Super PAC supporting Romney adds $6.6 million to the coffers last month

Super PAC supporting Romney adds $6.6 million to the coffers last month

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Restore Our Future, the independent group supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, raised $6.6 million last month, ending January with $16.3 million in…

5 things you’ll hear about Mitt Romney

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – WASHINGTON — Through dozens of debates, TV spots, spin room appearances and more, the case for and against Mitt Romney has taken shape. With…

5 things you’ll hear about Rick Santorum

By Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press – LANSING, Mich. — For most of the first year Rick Santorum was running for president, nobody said anything bad about him. Of course, no…

Santorum says he does not question Obama’s faith

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday denied questioning President Barack Obama’s Christian faith but said the president has an environmental belief “that elevates…

Romney plays family card in Michigan

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney likes to tell people in Michigan he’s one of them — and whether voters see him that way could be crucial…

Internet retail tax puts state GOP in a bind

Baird Helgeson, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – An increasingly tense fissure is opening among Republican legislators over a proposal to require Internet retailers to collect state taxes. The issue pits behemoth Internet…

Santorum goes after Romney and Obama in appeal to conservative base in Ohio

Santorum goes after Romney and Obama in appeal to conservative base in Ohio

By Mitchell Landsberg and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – COLUMBUS, Ohio — As he bounded from one cheering throng to the next in the battleground state of Ohio, Rick Santorum…

Obama calls election ‘make or break’ for the middle class

Obama calls election ‘make or break’ for the middle class

By Jim Brunner and Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — President Barack Obama called the 2012 election a “make-or-break moment” for the middle class Friday during a campaign swing…

Obama’s lucrative fundraising trips are criticized by the opposition party

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – EVERETT, Wash. — President Barack Obama spent the better part of the last week rubbing elbows with the Hollywood and tech…

Casino mogul Adelson to donate another $10 million, boosting Gingrich

By Peter Stone, Center for Public Integrity – WASHINGTON — Casino owner Sheldon Adelson is expected to send another $10 million donation within days to the outside group that has provided…

Santorum tells Michigan: I’m the one who can beat Obama

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he may not be from Michigan, but his Pennsylvania roots make him at least close to…

After tussling for months, Congress passes extension of payroll tax cut

After tussling for months, Congress passes extension of payroll tax cut

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Congress swiftly passed a bill Friday extending the payroll tax cut through the end of the year, ending a months-long tug-of-war with…

Bill establishing wireless network for first responders is expected to pass

By Herb Jackson, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – WASHINGTON — Emergency workers would get their own $7 billion national wireless network under a bill that Congress is expected to approve Friday,…

Republican image on taxes takes a hit

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Along the way to deciding whether to extend President Barack Obama’s payroll tax cut, something damaging happened to the Republican Party’s once-dominant…

Leading GOP contenders stump for votes in Michigan

Leading GOP contenders stump for votes in Michigan

By Paul West and Seema Mehta, Tribune Washington Bureau – DETROIT — With a new poll showing a virtual dead heat in Michigan’s presidential primary, the leading Republican candidates veered Thursday…

House approves amendment to pay for Gulf Coast restoration

By Maria Recio, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved an amendment by Gulf Coast lawmakers to dedicate 80 percent of the fines collected from the BP oil…

House committee OKs bill to outlaw abortions based on race, gender

House committee OKs bill to outlaw abortions based on race, gender

By Stephanie Snyder, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — A House committee Thursday approved a bill to ban abortions based on the gender or race of the child, a practice that…

Secretary of State Provides Information Regarding Iowa Senate Races

Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced today that the redistricting and reprecincting based on the 2010 Census changes will impact the 2012 Primary and General elections for the Iowa Senate.…

Text of Gov. Branstad’s remarks at USDA agriculture symposium

Text of Gov. Branstad’s remarks at USDA agriculture symposium

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today addressed the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) U.S.-China Agricultural Symposium. The following is Gov. Branstad’s speech, as prepared for delivery this…

Sen. Rand Paul stalls Klobuchar bill on synthetic drugs

Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – WASHINGTON – A broadly popular bill by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar to outlaw synthetic recreational drugs across the nation has run into an increasingly common…