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Ken Cuccinelli: Christie should resign as Republican Governors Association chair

Gov. Chris Christie should resign as chairman of the Republican Governors Association as his administration deals with a pair of scandals, a former GOP candidate for governor of Virginia said on CNN tonight. “He does not serve the goals…  …

Texas grant recipients gave millions to Governor Perry

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – Businesses that won grants from a Texas economic development fund contributed $7 million to Governor Rick Perry and the Republican Governors Association, which supports him, a report by a watchdog group said on Thursday. Perry has made his job creation record in Texas a central…

Democrat narrowly wins West Virginia governor’s race

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin held on for a narrow victory in a special election for governor of West Virginia on Tuesday that had tightened after Republicans ran ads tying him to President Barack Obama. Tomblin, who has been acting governor, defeated businessman Bill Maloney, who has…

Perry aides told different stories in lawsuit

(Reuters) – Contradictions in sworn statements about Rick Perry’s fundraising for his 2006 reelection bid raise questions about whether aides to the Texas governor, who is now running for president, gave false or misleading testimony under oath. In a civil suit later filed by Chris Bell, Perry’s Democratic challenger in…

Billionaire tea party tycoons financed Wisconsin’s anti-union governor, records show

Who were among the financiers behind Wisconsin’s Republican Governor, now embroiled in a controversial attempt to destroy public sector unions? None other than reviled tea party financiers Charles and David Koch, is who. Turns out, the billionaire oil tycoons’ political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker (R) roughly $100,000 in…

GOP Gov. Barbour refuses to denounce license plate pitch honoring KKK leader

WASHINGTON – Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, declined to denounce a group’s proposal that the state issue a license plate honoring an early Ku Klux Klan leader. The idea, put forth by the white heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans, would create a state-issued license…

GOP Gov. Barbour lobbied for Mexico on ‘amnesty’ program: report

WASHINGTON – Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), a rumored 2012 presidential contender, lobbied on behalf of Mexico last decade for a program that would have assisted unauthorized immigrants with gaining permanent residency. That’s according to a report in TIME’s Swampland blog by Michael Scherer, who obtained State Department filings revealing that…

Battle over leadership of Republican Party heats up

In the wake of Republican successes in last week’s election, the party’s attention has turned to the question of whether the often-embattled Michael Steele is the best person to lead the Republican National Committee going into the 2012 campaign. During the last two years, Steele has come under fire for…

Sen. Sanders wants Comcast-NBC deal halted

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders thinks MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended for a “bogus” reason and wants to know: “What will prevent the same thing from happening to Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and other progressives?” The Independent senator, who caucuses with Democrats, explained that the whole fracas over Olbermann’s political…

Keith Olbermann returns to MSNBC on Tuesday: network president

The fracas over Keith Olbermann’s suspension is coming to an end. Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, announced Sunday night via email that the network’s lead liberal anchor, suspended after the disclosure of several political donations, will return to airwaves on Tuesday. “After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have…

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