Political Capital

Daily Archives: January 25, 2013

Haley Barbour

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Haley Barbour

Barbour: Dividing Electoral Votes Wrong

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour is not a supporter of Republican proposals to allocate electoral votes in some states by congressional district rather than winner-take-all. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” he says in an interview on...

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss gets on the Senate subway as he leaves after a hearing on the Benghazi attack on Nov. 16, 2012 on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss gets on the Senate subway as he leaves after a hearing on the Benghazi attack on Nov. 16, 2012 on Capitol Hill.

Georgia’s 2014 Senate Race May Test Democratic Competitiveness Claims

Among the Republican-leaning states where Democrats are hopeful of reversing a string of statewide election defeats, Georgia nears the top of the list. With Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss declining to defend his seat in 2014, Georgia will play host to...

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A barge is filled with coal on the Mississippi River in Chester, Illinois.

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A barge is filled with coal on the Mississippi River in Chester, Illinois.

Alleged Victims of Obama’s ‘War on Coal’ Heading Back to the Mine

Workers are returning to an Ohio mine its owner said was closing because of President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.” During the height of the presidential campaign, Murray Energy Corp., which bills itself as the largest privately-owned coal company in...

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, on the Capitol.

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, on the Capitol.

Reid’s Tax, Economic Adviser: Via G.E.

The official biography of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s newest senior staff member is just a bit incomplete. The Nevada Democrat announced today the hiring of Cathy Koch, former chief tax counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, as his adviser...

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Second Amendment supporter and gun enthusiast, Derek Ringley, displays an unloaded pistol that was being sold in an impromptu auction across the street from a gun buy back program at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas on Jan. 19, 2013 in Texas.

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Second Amendment supporter and gun enthusiast, Derek Ringley, displays an unloaded pistol that was being sold in an impromptu auction across the street from a gun buy back program at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas on Jan. 19, 2013 in Texas.

Guns Like Light Bulbs: Texan Lawmaker

A Texas lawmaker wants to help the Lone Star State get around federal regulations of guns and other weapons made and used within the state. The state’s 132 weapons manufacturers could sell to Texans without interference from federal regulation under...

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Rick Santorum at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

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Rick Santorum at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Friess Checkbook Ready for Santorum

Investor Foster Friess’s $2 million in contributions to the super-political committee backing Rick Santorum was crucial to allowing the former Pennsylvania senator to continue his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. If Santorum runs in 2016, Friess says, he’ll...

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Pedestrians fill gas cans at a Sunoco Inc. station in Bloomfield, New Jersey, days after Hurricane Sandy.

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Pedestrians fill gas cans at a Sunoco Inc. station in Bloomfield, New Jersey, days after Hurricane Sandy.

Obama’s Caller ID: ‘Unknown’ — Christie’s 12 Million Gallons of Gas

Here’s hoping that we’re not revealing a sensitive national-security matter, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put it out there, so what the heck. When the president of the United States phones, Caller ID flashes not a name or number,...

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The Capitol building in Washington.

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The Capitol building in Washington.

The Meaning of ‘The:’ Makes ‘All the Difference’

We’ve already been through the meaning of “is” in Washington. So what is the meaning of “the?” It definitely is different from “a.” So said the federal appeals court in Washington today, rejecting President Barack Obama’s recess appointments of members...

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in Iowa.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in Iowa.

Jindal’s Warning to ‘The Stupid Party’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a “shining star” of the Republican Party, “someone you can believe in,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said last night in Charlotte as he introduced the RNC winter convention’s keynote speaker. Jindal proceeded to...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, at the Capitol.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, at the Capitol.

Paul Ryan: ‘Running Mate Doesn’t Make a Huge Difference’

Every four years, the announcement of a vice-presidential nominee yields significant speculation about how the candidate might boost the political fortunes of the party’s White House candidate. The talk of a No. 2 delivering this state or that state for...

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