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Texas Governor Rick Perry addresses L.A. anti-abortion rally

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, viewed as a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, ventured far from his home state on Sunday to address a largely Hispanic group at an anti-abortion rally in Los Angeles. The governor’s English-language remarks to a crowd of about 5,000 came as part…

Texas Governor Rick Perry to host prayer summit that calls upon Jesus to solve America’s problems

Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance” and has invited governors from across the nation to join his Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. “Given the trials that beset our nation and world,…

New Jersey Gov. Christie takes state helicopter to son’s baseball game

Cameras caught Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Tuesday arriving at his son’s baseball game in a State Police helicopter. Photographer Christopher Costa snapped several pictures of Christie as he exited the $12.5 million aircraft. After touching down at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, the governor got in…

Florida to require drug testing for all welfare recipients

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed legislation into law on Tuesday that requires anyone applying for temporary government assistance to pay for and undergo drug screening. Under the new law, applicants for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who test positive for illegal drug use won’t be eligible…

Obama: Joplin tornado ‘a national tragedy’

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Sunday called last week’s tornado that claimed scores of lives here “a national tragedy,” ahead of a memorial service for the dead. “This is not just your tragedy. It is a national tragedy and there will be a national response,” Obama said…

Texas Gov. Perry signs voter restrictions into law

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) signed a bill into law Friday morning that would require voters to present a photo identification before casting a ballot, capping a years-long legislative battle with Democrats, who allege the measure is a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress votes from their core constituencies. The law contains a provision…

Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty formally announces 2012 campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty acknowledged on Monday that his presidential campaign will not match Republican rival Mitt Romney’s fund-raising prowess, saying his candidacy would be more like “a good solid Buick” than a BMW. Trailing in national opinion polls, Pawlenty hopes to become a leading candidate…

Republican Mitch Daniels says he won’t run for president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said on Sunday in an email to supporters he had decided not to seek the Republican presidential nomination because of family considerations. “The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national…

Hospital visitation rights for same sex couples under threat in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) this week asked a judge if the state may stop defending a law that gives citizens in same sex relationships the right to visit their partner if they’re in a hospital. Passed by Democrats in 2009, the state’s domestic partnership registry was meant to give…

Schwarzenegger reveals he secretly fathered child over 10 years ago

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to reporters that he fathered a child over 10 years ago with a longtime member of his household staff. Breaking the news of this to his wife, Maria Schriver, largely contributed to their split. “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife…

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