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Month: January 2011

Rick Santorum prepares to launch presidential campaign The State

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Santorum is one step closer to announcing a run for president. Mr. Santorum’s political action committee announced on Friday the hire of two Iowa strategists, the clearest sign that Mr. Santorum intends to launch a bid for the presidency. Politico reports that Nick Ryan and Jill Latham, both of the Des Moines-based Concordia Group, are currently advising Mr. Santorum’s political action committee, America’s Foundation PAC. The revelation is the latest to his the 2012 Republican presidential primary. On Friday, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence announced he will not seek the presidency, instead opting to seek a run for governor in Indiana. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney noted on Wednesday that he is “deciding on a date.” Ms. Latham, who served as Mr. Romney’s Iowa political director, also worked for former President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. Mr. Santorum has thus far remained mum over a possible presidential run. The Pennsylvania Republican joins former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in hiring staff ahead of the Iowa caucus. Mr. Pawlenty’s PAC reportedly spent nearly $74,000 hiring staff during the third quarter of 2010. More from The State Column Amb. Jon Huntsman may resign in preparation for presidential campaign Jeb Bush prepares to advise Gov. Rick Scott, considers presidential run Rep. Mike Pence’s presidential deadline...

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Mitch Daniels Draft Group Releases Ad

As Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence nears a decision on his political future, a presidential draft group for another Hoosier looking at a White House bid has gone one better than the draft groups for Pence. Students for Mitch, a PAC organized by Yale students, announced on Thursday that they purchased TV time to air an ad to try and draft Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels into the Republican presidential primary for the coming campaign cycle. The ad features a Yale student speaking about President Obama, although she never names him. She alludes to things passed during Obama’s first term, including cash for clunkers and health care by noting, \”He bought me a car. He even subsidized my medical insurance.\” \”Everything was perfect,\” she continues, \”until I got my credit card bill. Turns out he was spending all of my money.\” The student goes on to promote Daniels, touting his concerns with fiscal responsibility. \”Mitch Daniels did not approve this message,\” the narrator says at the close of the spot. \”Tell him to.\” The ad buy is miniscule, but the spot will air in Iowa and New Hampshire. A draft movement for Barack Obama aired a longer TV spot in New Hampshire for the president after the 2006 midterms. ——————————————– Follow the RCP Blog on Twitter. Become a fan of RCP on Facebook....

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RIGHT SPEAK: Mike Huckabee in the News

And even likened Congress to refs officiating a football game “…when the guys in the striped shirts become a participant and not merely a regulator everybody loses and ultimately someone gets really really unhappy.” The Fix-Face Off: Mike Huckabee vs Mike Penceby Chris Cillizza January 18, 2011 Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post posted his Fix Face-Off video. Mike Huckabee is discussed at the 5:20 mark. Question: Who will capitalize more on Sarah Palin’s misstep, Mike Huckabee or Mike Pence? Cillizza: Huckabee can gain more easily. He is right there with Palin on the tea party/evangelical tea partiers. I think he could gain there. We have a tendency to write off Huckabee a little too quickly. This is a guy who is ahead in Iowa, demonstrated appeal in some of these early states. If he runs he will be a serious person He does not run Article source: http://www.rightspeak.net/2011/01/mike-huckabee-in-news.html Posted: 01|20|11 at 12:08 pm. Filed under: Mike Huckabee Feed. Tags: election 2012, mike huckabee, politics New here? Follow this entry via RSS 2.0. Comment |...

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House Zeroes Federal Campaign Subsidies

WASHINGTON – Eager to cut spending, the Republican-controlled House voted to end multimillion-dollar federal subsidies for presidential candidates and national political conventions on Wednesday, the first of what party leaders promised will be weekly, bite-sized bills to attack record deficits. The 239-160 vote sent the measure – and the fate of the familiar $3 check-off box on income tax returns – to the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats. “Eliminating this program would save taxpayers $617 million over ten years, and would require candidates and political parties to rely on private contributions rather than tax dollars,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. ‘No Brainer’ “In times when government has no choice but to do more with less, voting to end the Presidential Election Campaign Fund should be a no brainer,” he said. Democratic critics said it was anything but that, arguing the vote represented a step away from sweeping reforms enacted in response to the Watergate scandals of a generation ago. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said that in combination with a year-old Supreme Court ruling that loosened restrictions on donations by corporations and others, the legislation would result in “less transparency and less information for the voters” at a time when the public Article source: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2011/January/House-Zeroes-Federal-Campaign-Subsidies–/ Tags: cbn, christian news, world...

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Healthy pastors, healthy church | The Freedomist

It’s true, this year I did make some quiet half-verbalized resolution to be more healthy.  Too many hours at my desk or in my car is making me soft – and I was feeling it!  But for me, health is more than just exercise, it’s about ensuring that I put my priorities in order.  How do I spend my time?  Is ministry about desk-work?  Is the time I spend driving about town helping me Article source: http://christiannewstweets.com/2011/01/healthy-pastors-healthy-church/ Feed: christian news tweets feed See More Articles like this RSS NEWS READER Mike Pence is considering running for President, and people are URGING him to run. Do you want to show your support? GO TO this FaceBook page and hit “LIKE” then SHARE the page with your friends! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=59363348372#!/pages/The-Conservative-Champion/183472778341064 You can find out more about Article source: http://freedomist.com/2011/01/24/healthy-pastors-healthy-church/ Short URL: http://healthychurchnow.com/?p=1917 Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 26 2011. Filed under Healthy Church Article source: http://healthychurchnow.com/2011/01/healthy-pastors-healthy-church-the-freedomist/ Tags: church ministry, healthy church, healthy ministry, ministry...

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Mike Pence for President- 2012- Do you LIKE MIKE?

By Mike Sessler – January 19, 2011 – 00:27 UTC Article source: http://christiannewstweets.com/2011/01/tech-arts-network-%C2%BB-blog-archive-%C2%BB-church-tech-weekly-episode-30-%E2%80%A6/ Feed: christian news tweets feed See More Articles like this RSS NEWS READER Mike Pence is considering running for President, and people are URGING him to run. Do you want to show your support? GO TO this FaceBook page and hit “LIKE” then SHARE the page with your friends! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=59363348372#!/pages/The-Conservative-Champion/183472778341064 You can find out more Article source: http://freedomist.com/2011/01/26/tech-arts-network-%C2%BB-blog-archive-%C2%BB-church-tech-weekly-episode-30-%E2%80%A6/ Short URL: http://healthychurchnow.com/?p=1911 Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 26 2011. Filed under healthy church tech. You Article source: http://healthychurchnow.com/2011/01/mike-pence-for-president-2012-do-you-like-mike/ Tags: church ministry, healthy church, healthy ministry, ministry...

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Obama, Republicans to do battle on spending

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes geared up Monday to spurn his call for more spending to boost sputtering US job growth, calling instead for painful cuts to deflate the swollen US debt. Obama planned to use his yearly “State of the Union” speech to the nation on Tuesday to call for new investments in education and infrastructure to help the United States thrive in an increasingly harsh global economic jungle. “We’ll take a look at his recommendations. We always do. But this is not a time to be looking at pumping up government spending,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Sunday. “The investment needs to occur in the private sector,” Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told NBC television on Sunday, warning that even the Pentagon’s giant budget would not be spared as lawmakers seek savings. “The only way we’re really going to get unemployment down and get out of this economic trough is through private sector growth and development. I think excessive government spending, running up debt, making us look like a Western European country is the wrong direction,” said McConnell. But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, his party’s number-two in the Senate, noted that Obama had inherited the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s and that unemployment appeared to be on the retreat. “We’re at least moving...

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Obama speech may spur fight over pace of budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday is likely to ignite a clash with Republicans over the federal deficit and the pace of budget cuts, an issue that may dominate the political debate this year. The No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, said Sunday his party would demand “serious spending cuts” in an array of federal programs. Obama has signaled he will call for efforts to tackle the long-term problem of high annual U.S. deficits and surging debt in his nationally televised annual address at 9 p.m. Tuesday (0200 GMT Wednesday) but he and his advisers also want to calibrate the pace of the fiscal pullback. Obama plans to emphasize the need for U.S. global competitiveness in the speech and views investment in education and infrastructure as crucial to that effort. That goal may be at odds with Republican calls to cut spending now. The State of the Union address, which Obama will deliver to a joint session of Congress, is a roadmap to the president’s policy priorities for the coming year. In a preview of the address, Obama told supporters in a weekend video message the United States is going to have to “out-innovate,” “out-compete” and “out-educate” other nations. He did not spell out specific initiatives or budget plans. But he and his Democratic allies are wary of Republican...

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Salisbury News: Ryun Leads Push To 'Draft Pence for President'

A grassroots movement launched Monday is pushing Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) to run for president in 2012. America’s President Committee, led by former Congressman Jim Ryun (R-Kan.), launched its online effort at TheConservativeChampion.org. Pence is a favorite among some conservatives, winning the straw poll at the Family Research Council’s Values Voters summit – an annual gathering of social conservatives – last September. Pence, formerly the third ranking Republican in the House GOP caucus, announced his resignation from that leadership position on Nov. 3, 2010, the day after the midterm election. At the time, he said that he had “begun to look to the future” and decided he would not be able to fulfill his leadership duties over Article source:...

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