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Is a win in Iowa all that important?

With the Iowa caucuses set to officially open the primary election season just after the first of the year, a perennial debate rages inside Republican political circles:  Is Iowa all that important. The state’s convoluted caucus system, which allows a candidate with the best in-state organization to pack the results, produces a lot of hoopla but the winner in Iowa doesn’t always go on to capture the nomination. Mike Huckabee won Iowa in 2008.  Mike who?  Exactly.  Mitt Romney finished second and Fred Thompson finished in a third place tie with John McCain.  Huckabee, Romney and Thompson faded after Iowa.
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Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections. The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives targeted to benefit high-dollar GOP donors. For example, Kentucky GOP Senator Mitch McConnell and House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) have packed in several riders to benefit the coal industry.  McConnell, Rogers and House Speaker John Boehner have received more than $1.1 million in
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GOP contest now a two-man race between Newt, Mitt

For the moment, the Republican race for the presidential nomination is a two-man race with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney clearly distancing themselves from the rest of the pack. Gallup’s latest tracking poll has Gingrich with 33 percent at Romney 10 points behind at 23.  Ron Paul is a distant third with nine percent, followed by Rick Perry at six, Michelle Bachman at five and everyone else with two percent or less. Fox News shows Gingrich at 36 percent, Romney at 23, Paul at 12, Perry at eight and Bachmann at five.  The latest Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey puts
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Gingrich survives verbal bullets in Iowa debate

Republican presidential contenders went head-to-head Saturday night for the right to challenge Barack Obama‘s claim to a second term but the target for most in the latest debate but not Obama but current GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. Gingrich’s rivals portrayed him as a philandering, adulterous husband, money-grubbing Washington insider and lifetime political opportunist. “We don’t need folks who are lifetime Washington people,” said former frontrunner Mitt Romney. “When you’re taking money to influence the outcome of legislation, that the epitome of the establishment,” said Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, referring to Gingrich’s $1.6 million windfall from Freddie Mac. Texas governor Rick Perry,
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Ron Paul: God wants small government and no Fed

In Ron Paul‘s view of the world, God wants limited government and elimination of the Federal Reserve. That’s right.  The twice-failed Presidential candidate — once as a Libertarian and later as a Republican — says he finds his anti-government beliefs rooted in scripture, not politics. While some might find it a stretch to see God as a strict Constitutionalist, Paul finds a way to link most of his beliefs to his Christian faith. “Ron Paul is, first and foremost, a right-wing religious zealot,” a long-time GOP political consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “That is key to his hardcore, almost cult-like
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Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to jump start his stalled campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and is turning to outright homophobia and religious extremism in a last-ditch effort to do so. His latest television ad is a display of anti-gay sentiment and overt religious zealotry that Perry hoped would appeal to the core of the GOP.  Instead it’s creating a backlash even among the extreme right wing. In the ad, Perry stands before the camera and says: I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know
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Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Voters heading in 2012 face a serious dilemma: Which Presidential contender among a long list of flawed candidates do you dislike the least? Poll after poll shows a lack of real passion by a majority of voters on both sides of the political divide.  Democrats accept the fact — many of the grudgingly — that President Barack Obama is their incumbent and must be supported but the passion and enthusiasm that propelled him into office in 2008 is gone, replaced by fatalism. “Sadly, we don’t have a candidate that can generate buzz or passion,” a longtime GOP political operative admitted
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Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

President Barack Obama, under fire for some of  his own vacations, threatened Thursday to delay the end of the year vacation for Congress is they don’t extend Social Security payroll tax cuts. Obama said he would keep Congress in session “for as long as it takes.” “The President feels Congress cannot go home with unfinished business,” a White House aide told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday. Ironically, both sides support extending the tax cut but Republicans want to pack the bill with unrelated issues and Obama is threatening to veto any bill that isn’t clean. The veto threat makes some Republicans
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When Trump is a player, politics has entered the Twilight Zone

Once again, publicity hound Donald Trump has turned the Republican presidential primary race into a freak show. And, for reasons that defy logic and political sense, some of the wannabes seeking the GOP nod, are going along with the Donald’s circus. Even after his publicity-driven flirt with a Presidential run came to a close, Trump continues to command the spotlight. Some GOP candidates disgraced themselves with high-profile meetings with the real estate magnate and reality show host, apparently suffering from some drug-induced illusion that a nod from Trump is somehow worth seeking. Now Trump is hosting a “debate” in Iowa,
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Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying “we’ve been monitoring activity all over the Hill. Other targets included Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “We respect their right to voice their opinions,” a spokesman for Boehner told Capitol Hill Blue.  “The Speaker understand the American people
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