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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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The Cost of Repeal: “In the neighborhood of a trillion dollars”

Yesterday, Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein took a look at the financial cost of repeal. In the process, he dismantled Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s argument that health reform increases the deficit. The explanation—though complex—is not complicated, as shown in the chart below: The take-away? “Roughly speaking, new spending is what counts as “benefits.” Those are the lines shooting up. New taxes are the lighter blue part of bars pointing down. In years one, two, and three, new benefits are larger than or matched with new taxes. In year four, that’s not true, but the difference is fairly small. And in the six years after that, even Cantor admits the benefits match or overwhelm the taxes. …As for the period “beyond the 10-year window,” the Congressional Budget Office — which is now comparing “apples to apples,” as the law is delivering full benefits for all 10 of the next 10 years — says the law saves vastly more money in its second decade: “The legislation will reduce federal deficits during the decade beyond the 10-year budget window relative to those projected under current law—with a total effect in a broad range around one-half percent of GDP.” That’s in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars.” Klein also addressed why this part of the debate is so important: “If, in the repeal fight, it becomes widely understood that the bill reduces...

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GOP Adds Anti-Abortion Funding Bill to Monday’s Agenda

House Republicans introduced legislation Friday that would prohibit abortion providers from receiving federal funds. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act rounding up the GOP’s pro-life agenda for this coming week. The bill has 122 co-sponsors. “I am grateful for the support of more than 122 original co-sponsors of this important legislation and look forward to voting to enact the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” Pence announced in a statement. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing family planning services such as screenings and preventative services such as emergency contraceptives, birth control and abortions for low-income families. Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the largest recipient of Title X funding. It is unclear how much PPFA has received from the family planning provision. However PPFA reported having received $363 million in government grants and contract in 2008. If passed, the legislation would likely take millions of dollars away from groups like Planned Parenthood. “The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act will prevent any family planning funds under Title X from going to Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions. It will ensure that abortion providers are not being subsidized with federal Article source: http://www.christianpost.com/article/20110109/gop-adds-anti-abortion-funding-bill-to-mondays-agenda/ Tags: christian news, christian post, freedom news, world...

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On Day Two, Cantor builds his brand

If Day One of the new Republican majority was John Boehner’s moment, Day Two was all about Eric Cantor. The No. 2 Republican blitzed five national morning TV shows all before 8 a.m., standing before the ring of cameras overlooking the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building. He also did local Richmond radio, read his piece of the Constitution on the floor, met with other senior GOP leaders and with his top aides. Continue Reading POLITICO 44 It’s an early sign Cantor is building his brand: He’s got the “Cantor rule,” in which he asks lawmakers, “Are my efforts addressing job creation and the economy?” He has eight “Cantor protocols” to guide legislation, including the requirement of constitutional authority for legislation, and so-called cut-go rules for new federal spending. And he has one of the most aggressive press shops on Capitol Hill. While Republicans insist that Article source:...

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Obama trumpets economic growth

President Barack Obama is trumpeting private-sector job growth and lower unemployment, telling the public that “the trend is clear” on the economy — and it’s encouraging. The president used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to discuss the latest economic news and press for bipartisan action in the newly divided Congress on measures to spur growth. He presented the December jobs report in a positive light even though it fell short of what economists had been looking for and even though the drop in unemployment came partly because some people stopped looking for work. The private sector added 103,000 new jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent to 9.4 percent. “Now, we know that these numbers can bounce around from month to month. But the trend is clear,” said the president, whose 2012 re-election prospects may well hinge on the condition of the economy. “We saw 12 straight months of private sector job growth — the first time that’s been true since 2006,” he said. The economy added 1.3 million jobs last year. And each quarter was stronger than the last, which means the pace of hiring is picking up, he said. Obama attributed increasingly optimistic economic forecasts in part to the tax cut deal he negotiated last month with Republicans to extend Bush-era tax rates for all, along with unemployment benefits, a payroll...

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