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Firefighters just say no to contributions

The International Association of Fire Fighters union said on Tuesday it was turning off the tap on federal political contributions and putting its money into state and local campaigns. The union’s general president, Harold Schaitberger, said in a statement that “politicians from both parties have failed to address our issues in Washington, D.C.,” even as public worker unions were coming under attack at the state and local level. “They are attempting to take away basic American rights like collective bargaining and your right to negotiate for a good quality of life for your families,” Schaitberger said. With Wisconsin the most
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Barbour drops out of Presidential race

Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour — a long shot Presidential candidate at best — pulled the plug on his campaign for the White House Monday, saying he lacked the “absolute fire in the belly” to seek the office.   After making noises about a serious Presidential run, Barbour dropped his surprise announcement while at least one other long shot — twice failed Presidential wannabe Ron Paul — prepared to announce he was forming an “exploratory committee” for a third campaign. “I will not be a candidate for President next year,” Barbour said in a statement. “I’m just not ready to
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Former New Mexico governor running for President

Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing. Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary states but said he won’t be outworked when it comes to retail politics. “I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire,” he said. “So I’m going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from
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Romney tops new poll of GOP Presidential wannabes

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tops a new poll of potential GOP challengers for President, followed by Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.   And Romney is in a statistical dead heat with President Barack Obama.  A McClatchy-Marist poll shows Obama at 46 percent and Romney at 45 percent.  Obama holds a five point lead over Huckabee. Romney led Huckabee by one percentage point in the poll of 1,274 adults nationwide, Donald Trump by five points and former New York Mayor Rudy Giulani by nine points. Sarah Palin came in last. Related articles President 2012 Poll Watch: Barack Obama 46%
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Rand Paul files for re-election…in 2016

Freshman Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is filing for re-election — five years before his six-year term expires in 2016. The son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul — a twice-failed Presidential contender — the younger Paul is also flirting with the idea of a Presidential run. Paul beat the Kentucky GOP establishment in the 2010 election, upsetting the handpicked candidate in the primary and cruising to victory in the general election. The younger Paul says he might run for the GOP Presidential nomination if his father doesn’t but the senior Paul is already making noises about a potential run. Related articles
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Time for Mike Huckabee to get off the fence?

Potential Republican Presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee needs to make up his mind if he wants to be a contender for 2012. The former Arkansas Governor gets high poll numbers among likely GOP voters but time is running short and Huckabee is still on the fence. “Nobody knows what is going to decide,” Randy Davis, an rabid supporter of Huckabee in Iowa, told Reuters. “I’ve tried to encourage everyone to be patient.” But patience is wearing thin among the GOP faithful who are looking for someone — anyone — to become the standard bearer for a 2012 race against Barack Obama.
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Trump slams Romney’s business credentials

Comb-over king Donald Trump slammed GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney‘s business credentials Sunday, claiming he’s a better businessman. Trump, who may or may not seek the GOP Presidential nomination in 2012, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he has a “much, much bigger net worth. I mean my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney.” Romney, Trump says, is just  a “small business guy”  while the real estate developer and reality show star known as “The Donald” claims he’s created thousands of jobs and built a “great company.” Romney, a former venture capitalist with a record of
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Does Tim Pawlenty have the right stuff?

  Tim Pawlenty, the first senior Republican to take the formal step to seek the party’s presidential nomination, brings some advantages into the 2012 race but national recognition isn’t one of them. The former Minnesota governor’s low public profile puts him far behind other more established national party figures in the early courtship of voters, even though they remain undecided on whether to challenge President Barack Obama. But a strong team and a personal narrative that fits the key election issues of jobs and deficit reduction will likely make the soft-spoken Pawlenty a more serious contender. “He has a lot
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GOP wannabes pan Obama’s budget plan

The Republicans vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year are universally panning his budget proposal as political gimmickry and another example of his inability to lead. The likely candidates lined up Wednesday against Obama’s budget proposal, which would cut the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years by eliminating health care fraud, raising taxes on the wealthy and paring defense spending. Republicans cast it as a hollow response to spending outline proposed earlier by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. “It was as if Ryan was the president and (Obama) was a desperate challenger,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told
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The Trump Doctrine?

Call it the Trump Doctrine. The next time America is called upon to act as global policeman, expect a bill from Uncle Sam. Property developer, reality TV star and would-be Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’d apply his business acumen to geopolitics if he wins the White House. A cultural phenomenon known as “The Donald,” Trump is leveraging his reputation as a showy business mogul to set up a possible run for president. Some of Trump’s proposals fall way outside the political mainstream. But his message that America needs radical change draws support from some voters dismayed by diminished
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