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Barbour on ‘RomneyCare’: ‘We don’t want that’

At a health care hearing Tuesday, Gov. Haley Barbour slammed what he calls “RomneyCare,” saying, “We don’t want that…Massachusetts has a state health insurance program that they’re happy with. And that’s their right.” This video is from CBS, broadcast March 1, 2011.…

Richard Burr: Newt Gingrich won’t be the GOP nominee in 2012

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) bluntly predicted that Newt Gingrich would fail to secure the Republican nomination in 2012, after the former House speaker declared he was exploring a presidential bid. Burr was first elected to the House in 1994 on the coattails of the Gingrich-led Republican takeover of…

Walker under fire from progressive TV campaign in Wisconsin

Progressive groups in Wisconsin are taking their case against Governor Scott Walker (R) to the airwaves. Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA) are sponsoring a new ad that features the voices of public workers who would be affected by Walker’s plan to make unions pay more…

Wisconsin GOP lawmaker calls protesters ‘slobs’

Wisconsin’s Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman called protesters in the Capitol “slobs” for demonstrating against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan, which strips the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. The Capitol is “becoming a pigsty,” he said, claiming the protesters were largely “college students having a fun party.” Grothman…

Florida governor sued over high-speed rail funds

MIAMI — Lawmakers in Florida filed suit in state Supreme Court against Governor Rick Scott seeking to force him to use funds approved by the White House for high-speed rail. The complaint put forward by Republican Thad Altman and Democrat Arthenia Joyner argues that a 2009 law approved construction of…

Exclusive: Gov’t shutdown will help Obama politically, former Clinton aide says

WASHINGTON – A former aide in the Clinton White House tells Raw Story the politics of a government shutdown will be good for President Barack Obama, and warns that the nature of today’s Republican caucus will make negotiations more difficult. Progressive strategist Mike Lux served as Special Assistant to the…

Americans split over government shutdown: poll

WASHINGTON — Americans are split over a looming government shutdown, with a slight majority viewing it as a positive step towards reining in runaway debt, a poll found Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 46 percent view a shutdown as a “good thing” while 44 percent oppose it because…

California urges US court to unfreeze gay marriages

LOS ANGELES – California’s attorney general called on a US federal court Tuesday to suspend a ban on gay marriages in the western US state, pending a long-running appeals process. Kamala Harris urged the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals to dismiss its order prohibiting same-sex marriages in California until…

Thousands rally in Ohio against ‘union busting’ bill

Thousands of demonstrators converged on the state Capitol in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday as the state legislature began hearings on a bill that targets public sector unions. The Reuters new agency estimated over 8,000 attended the protest and the AFL-CIO claimed a whopping 20,000 people were present. The bill would…

US could reach debt limit by April 15: Treasury

WASHINGTON – The United States is likely to hit its $14.29 trillion debt limit a little later than expected, the US Treasury said Tuesday, as lawmakers worked to avert a government shutdown. “The Treasury Department now estimates that the United States will reach the debt limit between April 15, 2011,…

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