Politics

It's All Politics
11:24 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

Most GOP Candidates Begin 2012 Where They Spent Lots Of Time In 2011: In Iowa

Originally published on Sun January 1, 2012 12:04 pm

Most of the Republican presidential candidates are stumping in Iowa on this last Sunday before the state's caucuses.

The only major contenders not in the state are Rep. Ron Paul, who is spending New Year's Day at home in Texas but returning to Iowa for several events Monday, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who remains ensconced in New Hampshire, where the scene shifts after Tuesday night.

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Mitt Romney
8:31 am
Sun January 1, 2012

Romney Meets Friendly Crowd In Ice Cream Capital

Supporters seek autographs from Mitt Romney during a campaign event at the Family Table Restaurant Saturday in Le Mars, Iowa.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 1, 2012 5:37 am

A little over three hours outside Des Moines, Iowa, in the northwest corner of the state, is the city of Le Mars. A sign proclaims this is the Ice Cream Capital of the World.

Saturday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke in Le Mars at the Family Table restaurant. His speech, like all Romney campaign speeches, was about President Obama.

"This is an election to decide whether we're going to go further and further down the path of becoming more and more similar to a European welfare state, or whether instead we're going to remain an exceptional nation," he said.

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It's All Politics
8:31 am
Sun January 1, 2012

What Does Santorum's Iowa Rise Mean? Likely Not Much

Rick Santorum with news media after a campaign stop in Indianola, Iowa.
Chris Carlson AP

Originally published on Sat December 31, 2011 9:04 pm

Because the news media abhor the absence of drama as much as nature supposedly detests vacuums, Rick Santorum's rise in recent polls of likely Iowa Republican presidential primary caucus voters definitely scratches a journalistic itch.

Santorum's ascent to the top three in Iowa polls, along with Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, has spiced up the race, especially after the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania spent so many months stuck in the caboose of GOP candidates.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Reflects on Year

Congress broke a record this year, but hitting the lowest approval rating of all time isn’t what the region’s lawmakers had hoped to accomplish.

Correspondent Matt Laslo talked with the New Hampshire congressional delegation and has a look back at this year’s wild ride in Washington.

Republicans took over the lower chamber at the start of the year…hoping to drastically slash the federal debt. But it now sits at more than $15 trillion dollars.

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It's All Politics
10:06 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Gingrich Ballot Stumble In Virginia Could Be Sign Of Delegate Fight Ahead

A supporter takes a photo with a cell phone as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich greets supporters Dec. 22 in Richmond. Gingrich said then that he would gather enough signatures to make the Virginia ballot, but over the weekend he failed to qualify.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 9:12 am

Every four years, a small subset of political junkies starts salivating over the prospect that no one candidate will garner enough delegates to win his or her party's nomination for the presidency. That would lead to the junkie's greatest fantasy: a brokered convention.

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Hard Times: A Journey Across America
7:04 am
Sat December 24, 2011

In Camden, S.C., A Family's Generations Talk Race

Sisters Ernestyne James Adams (right) and Althea James Truitt are concerned about the economy and today's political climate.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Sun December 25, 2011 12:07 am

Part of a series

With the 2012 presidential election on the horizon, NPR's Debbie Elliott heads to Camden, S.C., to hear from the close-knit Gaither-James family. Like other African-Americans — considered the political base for President Obama — they're concerned about the economy and today's political climate.

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Cirtronics Voters
4:17 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Taste Test at the GOP Primary Buffet

Printed circuit board at Cirtronics
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

In the last presidential primary, Democrat candidate Bill Richardson ran ads that cast running for president as nothing more glamorous than showing up for a job interview -- with citizens doing the vetting.

A voter’s task is at least that complicated and at a certain point, the decision comes down to a gut level preference.   NHPR’s Jon Greenberg has been talking with scores of voters to see how they add things up.  His most recent trip took him to a manufacturing plant in Milford.

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Ron Paul
7:38 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Ron Paul Has Support In Iowa, But Old Issues Linger

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 12:01 am

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is anything but an establishment GOP candidate. Yet, he is at the top of the polls in Iowa, largely because his message appeals to more than just the typical Republican caucus-goer. That was made clear when he met John McCarthy and Michelle Godez-Schilling, both of whom attended a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa.

"I would like to say I'm an independent, and for the first time in my life I'm affiliated with one of the two major parties because of you," McCarthy told Paul.

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It's All Politics
7:07 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Tweeting All The Way, Buddy Roemer Continues His Quixotic White House Bid

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer files candidacy papers to run in the New Hampshire presidential primary in Concord, N.H. in October.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 1:00 pm

You may not have heard of Buddy Roemer. But he's running for president. And despite an impressive resume and gift for turning a phrase, Roemer barely registers in the polls. He's conducting his quixotic run for office without accepting campaign contributions that exceed $100.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:57 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Last of The Retail Politicians ?

Photo by: blackburnlabour.org

The non-profit organization Americans Elect is making waves by petitioning for a national, online nominating process that would offer an alternative to the state-by-state primary nominating process. This isn’t the first – nor the only conversation about the relevance of holding early contests in small states, but brings to light a conundrum for lesser known and lesser funded candidates.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Log on to Nominate Your Candidate

American's Elect logo

Americans Elect is an organization aiming to hold a national on-line nomination for a third-party ticket in the 2012 presidential race. The group is making headlines not just because of what they aim to do, but also because of conspiracy theories about why the group exists and who is funding it.

Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman says American’s Elect isn’t a political party.

Undecided voters
6:53 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Getting Inside the Heads of Undecided Voters

Planet Fitness in Manchester, NH
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

With the New Hampshire primary only about three weeks away,  as many as two-thirds of GOP voters are keeping their options open.  Their influence on the outcome is large but you are unlikely to meet them at a town meeting or a rally.   We  went looking for them in a place where the emphasis is on the body, rather than the body politic.

“I’m Jon Greenberg NHPR.  Are either of you thinking of participating in the Republican primary

Maybe, but I’m going to do cardio.”

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

The expiring tax breaks you might NOT have heard about

(Photo by Brian J Matis via Flickr Creative Commons)

Over the weekend, the Senate overwhelmingly approved extending the payroll tax cut for two months...but before earners could count their thousand-dollar chickens, house speaker Boehner announced the extension would be DOA at the House, sparking a fierce public debate on a week better known for empty halls on Capitol Hill. But with all the kerfluffle over the payroll tax, there are a number of smaller, targeted tax cuts set to expire this year you probably haven't heard about.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:23 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Why They Love Their Oppressive Leaders

(Photo by Joseph A. Ferris via Flickr Creative Commons)

South Korean troops are on high alert today after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong iI. Kim’s chosen successor and third son, Kim Jong Un, now becomes the figurehead of an exalted dynasty that is revered by the citizens, despite a dismal quality of life inside of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea or D.P.N.K.

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Newt Gingrich
11:38 am
Mon December 19, 2011

To Win Over Iowans, Gingrich Aims At Judges

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 4:16 pm

In the final leg of the campaign in Iowa, the Republican presidential candidates are talking about judges. No one has made them a bigger issue than Newt Gingrich.

Overhauling the judiciary has become one of his key proposals on the stump.

Conservatives have used "activist judges" as a battle cry for many election cycles now. But in Iowa, the issue has special resonance since the judiciary became a potent political issue two years ago.

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