September 28, 2011 Sunshine State Republicans have long been expected to throw the 2012 GOP presidential primary-and-caucus season into its usual chaos.Reports Wednesday that legislators will schedule the state's primary on Jan. 31, a week earlier than the tentative date for the usual first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, would accomplish that.
September 23, 2011 Death penalty opponents seized on the execution of Davis, whose conviction of killing a police officer was based on questionable eyewitness accounts, as an event that could turn the tide against state-sponsored executions. History, however, suggests that despite outrage in some quarters over the killing of Davis and other executions, public opinion will remain firmly supportive.
September 12, 2011 The former Minnesota governor was the first major candidate to drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. He says Romney has "the unique qualifications" to be president. Tonight, GOP contenders debate in Florida.
September 8, 2011 National Journal provides more evidence of the long odds President Obama faces in trying to get his jobs proposals through Congress. Many inside the Beltway Republicans polled by the news outlet say jobs legislation just isn't a priority for them.
September 7, 2011 The debate, the first for the Texas governor, is set to get started at 8 p.m. ET.
September 2, 2011 House Republicans say no to Obama's address Wednesday night, and yes to the "Civilian Service Recognition Act" and Special Olympics torch run contemplation.
August 24, 2011 The election of 2012 is now less than 15 months away, and it is clear that elements of the Republican Party have not locked in on a candidate. But it is worth remembering that in the late 1970s, as the GOP sought just the right opponent for incumbent Jimmy Carter, plenty of party people were not satisfied with a field that included Ronald Reagan.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) during a speech at a Boy Scout ceremony on June 29, 2011, aboard the USS Midway in San Diego.
July 11, 2011 The Republican and some of his associates have been sounding out GOP leaders in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — three states that play big roles in the nomination process.
July 6, 2011 Such rootedness to a single place would be a fairly common occurrence in, say, the 18th and 19th centuries. But people who have the kind of success Pawlenty has — becoming governor of one a large Midwestern state — tend to be a bit more migratory than Pawlenty as they get schooling and establish their careers.
June 14, 2011 Officials familiar with the former Utah governor's thinking say he'll make the news official on June 21, the wire service reports.
June 3, 2011 Only one in four Americans is favorably impressed with the Republican challengers to President Obama.
May 10, 2011 Should Democrats gain a vacant House seat in New York State on May 24 it would be: one) a major embarrassment for Republicans and two) a significant moral victory for Democrats. Republicans are kicking into high gear to keep that from happening after a recent poll showed the Democrat leading.
March 16, 2011 The Economist provided a wry take on the potential Republican presidential field.
March 11, 2011 NPR's Don Gonyea found that Iowa's Christian, fiscal and Tea Party conservatives each think the important early state nod for a GOP presidential candidate goes through them.
March 10, 2011 Wisconsin now appears to be a state of dysfunction with no trust between the GOP and Democrats. While lawmakers in the Democratic minority try to figure out their next moves, Republicans may have figured out how to make Democrats irrelevant.
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