Right To Work House Democrats

Right To Work House Democrats: House Democrats brought state lawmaking to a halt in Indiana for much of this week, refusing for a third straight day on Friday to come out to their chamber floor in a procedural effort to stop “right to work” legislation at the center of a mounting battle over unions here. But by Friday afternoon Republicans in the Senate succeeded in moving the measure out of a committee to the full Senate, where passage is likely next week. And by the end of the day, even Democrats in the House — who could face steep fines for not attending the session in the coming days — seemed to hint that there was only so much they could do to stop the provision from eventual adoption. Read More…

Gingrich Accuses Romney of Pious Bbaloney

Gingrich Accuses Romney of Pious Bbaloney: Newt Gingrich accused Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney of “pious baloney” Sunday for saying he’s not a career politician, demanding in campaign debate that Romney “just level with the American people.”

Romney denied the accusation briskly. “Politics is not my career,” he said. “My life’s passion has been my family, my faith, my country.”

The exchange — and another one in which Rick Santorum swapped jibes with Romney — marked in the opening moments of the second half of a weekend debate doubleheader in the run-up to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Read More…

Republican Debate Sunday Serves 2012

Republican Debate Sunday Serves 2012: The Republican presidential candidates came live Sunday morning during their second debate in 12 hours, trading verbal blows and taking on frontrunner Mitt Romney in a way that had been expected the previous evening.

 

Romney deftly swatted back the attacks, showing once again how slick a debater he has become. Nonetheless, a new overnight tracking poll showed signs of slippage in the formerMassachusettsgovernor’s lead in theGraniteState, with two days left before the first-in-the-nation primary.

 

The Suffolk University/7 News poll showed Romney’s support inNew Hampshiredown to 35 percent from 43 percent last Tuesday, although Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was still double digits away at 20 percent. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was surging in the survey to third place, with 11 percent. And former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) was also moving backwards to 8 percent, down from 11 percent just two days ago. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) was at 9 percent. Read More…

Romney Under Fire In Second New Hampshire Debate

Romney Under Fire In Second New Hampshire Debate: Front-runner Mitt Romney came under attack Sunday in the second Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire in two days, with rivals saying he would be unable to defeat President Barack Obama.

In heated exchanges with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Romney defended his record when he was governor in neighboring Massachusetts and said he is a consensus-builder who would be able to withstand the rigors of a “billion-dollar” campaign by the president.

Gingrich, however, accused Romney of speaking “pious baloney” by claiming he left politics in the 1990s to try other things, noting Romney lost a Senate election and his first presidential bid since leaving the governor’s office. Read More…