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February 29, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
  With his presidential aspirations riding on support in the Deep South, Newt Gingrich opened his final one-week dash to the crucial Georgia primary on Wednesday with a states' rights appeal laden with racial symbolism. His setting was the ornate chamber of Georgia's House of Representatives, where Gingrich told lawmakers that he would fight for a "very strong" states' rights platform at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. "I want to return power back home to an extraordinary degree," said Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker who represented Georgia in Congress for 20 years.
February 29, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
With his presidential candidacy newly invigorated by donations from a casino billionaire, Newt Gingrich accused Mitt Romney's Wall Street supporters on Wednesday of trying to "brainwash" voters into backing the former Massachusetts governor. "It's just Wall Street pouring money in to try to buy the election," Gingrich told a few hundred supporters Wednesday evening at a rally here in northern Georgia. "In fact, I think eight of his top 10 sources are people who got money out of the U.S.  taxpayer.
February 17, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Wilshire Boulevard, which collides with many enclaves as it wends through Los Angeles, is the perfect thoroughfare for a presidential aspirant looking to woo niche voters. Newt Gingrich made his pitch Thursday to two distinctly different groups along Wilshire: Asian American business leaders in Koreatown, and Jewish voters who paid to lunch and pose for photos with the former House speaker in an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. Gingrich, who arrived in California on Monday, has trailed badly in polls and fared poorly in the last five states to hold voting contests.
February 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry
For the record: Yes, that was Newt Gingrich at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday for a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Gingrich was in the area raising money for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination but found time to visit the zoo, including feeding a young panda, looking at elephants, polar bears and tigers, and posing for pictures with zoo staffers. Gingrich has made other visits to the zoo and Safari Park, including a sleepover at the park's Snore and Roar program.
February 7, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
Republican long shot Rick Santorum poked holes in Mitt Romney's aura of inevitability Tuesday night with a trio of upset victories that shifted the dynamic of the 2012 presidential contest. The former Pennsylvania senator's wins in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and Missouri primary were setbacks for Romney, the national front-runner, who had been expected to cruise easily through a series of relatively minor February voter tests. He must now wait three weeks to regroup, when Arizona and Michigan hold what suddenly are shaping up as unexpectedly important primaries.
February 6, 2012 | By Paul West
Playing for time in the GOP presidential race, Newt Gingrich is employing a variety of tactics in an effort to revive a candidacy that seems headed for a sustained period of bad news. For example, Gingrich - who has twice rescued himself from the edge of elimination in the 2012 campaign - continues to promote the idea that another rebound is just over the horizon. But that horizon seems to be receding. “I run a campaign which twice now has made me the front-runner and I suspect will again by the Texas primary or so,”  he said over the weekend.
February 5, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
As Newt Gingrich was holding a news conference in Las Vegas on Saturday night to discuss the way forward for his campaign after another Mitt Romney victory, an alternate reality was playing out on the eighth-floor stage of "Saturday Night Live," a future in which Gingrich was president. Of the moon. Yes, the former House speaker's grand scheme to have the United States operating a lunar colony proved comedy gold for the NBC sketch comedy series. The cold open for Saturday's show imagined the year 2014, when President Obama had been reelected and "no longer hides his socialist agenda.
February 3, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
As he campaigned around the state the day before Nevadans cast their votes in the Republican presidential nominating contest, Mitt Romney exuded a front-runner's confidence. Keeping his eye on November, he aimed his rhetorical fire at the man he wants to replace in the White House. But Newt Gingrich, who is expected to finish second, kept his sights on caucus day here Saturday, slashing away at the former Massachusetts governor and hoping to make a decent showing after a stinging loss in Florida.
February 2, 2012 | By Kim Geiger and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
On a Strip packed with colorful, sometimes controversial gambling titans, Sheldon Adelson plays politics a little differently from the rest. The casino barons are a mostly pragmatic bunch, shifting campaign donations to favor the party in power. Not Adelson, the chief executive of Las Vegas Sands, whose family almost single-handedly funded the revival of Newt Gingrich's Republican presidential bid. Other executives may have sidestepped the risk of becoming campaign fodder. Adelson thrust himself into the race last month when he and his wife gave $10 million to a "super PAC" supporting Gingrich.
February 2, 2012
Mitt versus Newt Re "Florida win won't seal race," Feb. 1 Why is Mitt Romney smiling in your front-page photograph? In order to win Florida, he apparently had to lavishly outspend the thrice-married ex-House speaker whose second wife recently went public with new details of his adultery with the lady who succeeded her. Romney's may be a victory, but it's pyrrhic at best and does not speak well for his ability to prevail going...
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