March 4, 2011 |
Even before new Republican Gov. Scott Walker set off a national firestorm by proposing to strip most Wisconsin government workers of their collective bargaining rights, he had hit the ground running. He pushed $117 million in business tax cuts through the GOP-run statehouse, aggravating the state's deficit in hopes of creating jobs. Then he got the Legislature to agree to a measure requiring a two-thirds majority to raise taxes in the future, leaving fewer options to close the shortfall.
February 12, 2011 |
On a seeming collision course toward the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney spoke to cheering crowds Friday at the second day of a gathering of the nation's conservatives, blasting President Obama for what they said was his failure to lead on national security and the economy. While Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, and Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, have not formally declared their intentions, their White House ambitions appear more evident every day. Romney's wife, Ann, introducing him to the packed house at the Conservative Political Action Conference, came close to an admission, saying that she "hoped" to see her husband elected.
December 21, 2010 |
Republican Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi tried Tuesday to snuff out a racially charged brush fire of his own making that threatened to harm a potential 2012 presidential run. Barbour's damage-control effort followed recent comments in a magazine interview in which he praised the white Citizens Council in his hometown of Yazoo City for helping to integrate local public schools without violence during the civil rights era. "You heard of...
April 7, 2010 |
Nevada's Republican governor and Democratic attorney general are prime examples of the partisan bickering over the new healthcare law in recent weeks, with the pair publicly warring over whether the state should join a lawsuit attempting to thwart the legislation. On Tuesday, they took steps toward a potential constitutional cage match. Gov. Jim Gibbons announced he would sidestep Atty. Gen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who had declined to join more than a dozen states in challenging the healthcare law's constitutionality, and retain private counsel for the effort.
October 7, 2009 |
With congressional Republicans defying him on healthcare, President Obama is trolling for prominent GOP officials and independents outside Washington who will publicly endorse his plans as the legislative fight moves toward a crucial phase. On Tuesday, the White House rolled out its latest trophy -- a letter from Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger saying he shares many of the same healthcare goals as the president, including "slowing the growth in costs" and "enhancing the quality of care."
June 24, 2009 |
Gov. Mark Sanford finally phoned home Tuesday morning. The South Carolina Republican had been absent without leave since Thursday, when he left town and went off the grid to "decompress" after a difficult state legislative session, aides said.
June 3, 2009 |
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he wouldn't run for a third term, even though the state doesn't have term limits. Pawlenty, 48, said he'd impose them on himself. "Time marches on, and now it's time to give someone else a chance," he said. Pawlenty, whose term lasts 19 more months, also said he would follow the state Supreme Court's direction on whether to issue an election certificate in the disputed U.S. Senate race. Republican Norm Coleman, whose term expired in January, is contesting the recount that tipped the race to Democrat Al Franken by a few hundred votes.
May 17, 2008 |
State lawmakers approved a bill adding restrictions and requirements for illegal immigrants, the cities in which they live and the businesses that employ them. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt, who made passing the measure a priority, called it "extraordinarily strong." The legislation would require applicants for food stamps, housing and other public benefits to prove they are U.S. citizens or are legally in the country. It also would penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants; order the highway patrol to seek special federal immigration training; and bar Missouri cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
February 7, 2008 |
An election to fill former Sen. Trent Lott's seat in Congress will coincide with the general election in November, the state Supreme Court ruled in Jackson, saying a separate vote would be costly and unreasonable. Republican Gov. Haley Barbour had set the special election for Nov. 4. Atty. Gen. Jim Hood, a Democrat, had challenged the date.