WASHINGTON (Reuters -Feb. 1, 2012 - Republican presidential hopefuls face off in Nevada on Saturday, the next nominating contest in the race to challenge President Barack Obama in November. Take a look at key dates in the race. Some are subject to change.
With 96percent of precincts reporting as of 10p.m. EST, Romney had 46.4 percent of the vote, followed by Gingrich with 31.9 percent.
Rick Santorum and Ron Paul trailed badly, with 13.4 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Now, with Florida's 50 delegates under his belt and a friendly calendar ahead -- Nevada, Colorado and Minnesota will all hold caucuses in the coming week, and polls show all three states leaning in his direction -- Romney is firmly back in the front-runner's seat.
It takes 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination, and only a small fraction of that total has been awarded so far. In that sense, there is plenty of time for one of Romney's opponents to upset him. But in practice, Romney has several advantages that will be very difficult for anyone else to overcome: an "electable" image, strong organization and almost limitless money. Read more
WASHINGTON — Fresh off campaigning for Newt Gingrich in Florida, former candidate Herman Cain says he also would be comfortable supporting Mitt Romney if he's the one who wins the Republican presidential nomination.
Cain told NBC's "Today" show that he endorsed Gingrich and campaigned with him Monday because he found Gingrich's tax plan similar to his own proposal, dubbed his "9-9-9" plan. Cain said he would be "very comfortable" with Romney, too, but that both candidates carry negatives that would be attacked by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
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Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, issued the following statement endorsing Martha Zoller for Georgia’s 9th Congressional District. CUPVF has also contributed $5,000 for Zoller’s primary election.
“I have known Martha Zoller for nearly ten years and she has been a shining example for the conservative movement,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “Congress needs more people like Martha Zoller who have rock solid conservative credentials. Martha will bring a fresh perspective to Congress because she is not a career politician, and will help lead the fight to end Obamacare.”
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Martha Zoller, conservative radio host and candidate for Georgia's new 9th U.S. House District seat, became the first in the race to pull out the star power Saturday when she appeared with former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at the Gainesville Civic Center.
With qualifying for the new congressional seat in Georgia several months away, Cain endorsed Zoller, a friend in radio, because the two "align exactly in terms of our beliefs," he said.
"I hate that Martha's going to go off the radio, but I'm loving the fact that she's going to run for Congress, so we will have a voice in Washington who gets it," Cain said.
Zoller, too, said she supports Cain's "9-9-9" plan for tax reform, because she said it was a path to a plan known as the FairTax, which she supports. Read more
"Washington D.C. has disconnected from what we stand for, and we have got to take it back from the outside, and sending people like Martha to Washington is one of the ways we do that," said Cain. Read more
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The Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appears to be heading for defeat in the Florida primary on Tuesday despite picking up the endorsement of former pizza mogul and Tea Party favorite Herman Cain. Polls show Mitt Romney with a double-digit lead, though these were taken before Cain's surprise announcement of support for Gingrich on Saturday night. Pollsters predicted the intervention of Cain, who was the frontrunner in the race late last year until he was forced out by sexual harassment allegations, is unlikely to make much difference. (Wonder why Herman waited until today to do this???)
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Had Enough of Obama's Big Government Rhetoric? Fight Back Tonight!
by Martha Zoller, Candidate for Congress from GA 9th CD
After listening to tonight's 'State of the Union' address, one thing is abundantly clear - President Obama is looking to grow government even more!
Despite the failure of President Obama's massive experiment in massive government - Dodd-Frank, Stimulus and Bailouts, ObamaCare - the President is even more determined to grow the size, scope, and reach of the federal government in order to ensure that "everyone does their fair share and everybody plays by the same set of rules." Read more
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Diva: Newt Won't Attend Debates without Cheering Audiences
Townhall The Tipsheet by Kate Hicks
The Great Debater might be willing to self-deport from future rhetorical contests if the moderators silence the audiences, as Brian Williams did last night in Florida. On "Fox and Friends" this morning, the former speaker of the House threatened to boycott the debates if "the media" insists on "stifling free speech."His performance in last night's debate wasn't as sharp as in previous matchups, and even [Newt] Gingrich blames the lack of audience support. ... “We’re going to serve notice on future debates,” he told Fox. “We’re just not going to allow that to happen. That’s wrong. The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.” Read the original article at Townhall
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Rumors have it that while Newt Gingrich bashes on Mitt Romney for Governor Romney's healthcare bill in Massachusetts...in 2006, Gingrich, through his organization called The Center for Health Transformationendorsed AND applauded AND supportedRomney's plan. - Read more
Rumors have it that while Newt Gingrich tried to mislead people in tonight's debate that he was a "Barry Goldwater Conservative", in actuality, he admitted on TAPE in 1988 that he was a Rockefeller Republican: Read morehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJQsLFhuyOY
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Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, stands next to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich before a Republican Presidential debate Monday Jan. 23, 2012, at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Mitt Romney has enhanced his image as a front-runner by staying above the fray during a run of Republican debates, but in Tampa he sharply abandons that approach to unleash a withering attack on Newt Gingrich.
<Click on video at left to view and listen as Romney queries Newt on his role in Freddie Mac.
It's not often that Newt is at a loss for words, but one blow from Mitt Romney got his tongue at Monday's debate: What really went down when the former speaker was a consultant for Freddie Mac? We never thought we'd see the day.
The Truth-O-Meter Says: Pants on Fire!
Newt Gingrich says electric co-ops and credit unions are "government-sponsored enterprises" like Freddie Mac.
Newt Gingrich on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 in a Republican presidential primary debate. Gingrich repeats claim that Freddie Mac, credit unions are ‘government-sponsored enterprises.’
Often criticized for his lucrative work for Freddie Mac, Newt Gingrich has compared the mortgage giant
to government-sponsored enterprises such as credit unions and electric co-ops.
He said it again in a debate in Tampa on Jan. 23, 2012, in an effort to portray Freddie, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Association, as a benign entity that serves citizens -- not an out-of-control bureaucracy that brought down the housing market, as his rivals maintain. Once again, we rate Gingrich’s statement Pants On Fire. Read more
Participating in January 23, 2012 debate: Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul
. . . It appears that he is not paying his fair share of Medicare tax,’’ Robert E. McKenzie, a partner in the Chicago law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP concluded, in an email to Forbes, after reviewing Gingrich’s 2010 tax return. McKenzie, a past chairman of the Employment Tax Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section and a member of the IRS’ Advisory Council, added: “There are a multitude of cases where the IRS has successfully challenged the improper tax strategy of this candidate and his accountants. Service businesses are only allowed to distribute a fair return on investment from an S corp. as profits exempt from Medicare taxes. The remainder of profits must be paid as salary subject to a 2.9% Medicare tax levy.”
▪ Occupy to turn violent, says George Soros
Billionaire George Soros is predicting protests by Occupy Wall Street will turn violent, while warning the U.S. financial system may collapse.
"At times like these, survival is the most important thing," Soros says. Click here to read the full article.
Presidential Campaign moves on to Florida
Primary Vote on January 31, 2012
Participants (alphabetical order) Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Moderator Brian Williams Panel Beth Reinhard, National Journal Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times Sponsors MSNBC NBC News National Journal Tampa Bay Times Florida Council of 100 Live Stream nbcpolitics.com, nationaljournal.com, and tampabay.com
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(100% of precincts reporting Newt Gingrich - 243,153 - 40.4%
Mitt Romney - 167,279 - 27.8%
Rick Santorum - 102,055 - 17%
Ron Paul - 77,993 - 13%
Rick Perry - 2,494 - 0.4%
Other - 8,192 - 1.4%
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will throw his weight behind Mitt Romney Thursday, just two days ahead of the South Carolina primary."I had not planned on endorsing this early in the primary process," the first-term senator said in a statement. "However, I feel one candidate's policy positions, debate performances, and character make him the best candidate to take on President Obama."
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The Legislature was in recess this week as the Appropriations Committee held hearings on the FY2012 supplemental budget and the FY2013 budget. The various department heads testified before the committee describing their budget requests. Governor Deal's proposed budget can be found at this website. Beginning next week the Appropriations Sub-Committees will meet to discuss the Governor's proposal.
This week I joined Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and a coalition of law enforcement and industry representatives for a press conference on metal theft legislation. I have been working with Rep. Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland) on a bill in the House. We hope to craft a solution that doesn’t create burdensome regulations but gives law enforcement the tools they need to fight these crimes.
Also this week I joined Senators Chip Rogers and Bill Cowsert and Representatives Andy Welch, Lynn Riley, and Sam Teasley at a press conference calling for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment. Resolutions will be introduced in both the House and the Senate calling for a Constitutional Convention for the limited purpose of debating such an Amendment.
We'll be back in Session on Monday. Committee meetings for the three committees I sit on (Insurance, Governmental Affairs, and Children and Youth) will begin as Legislation has been assigned to those committees.
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(Gainesville, GA) - Former Republican Presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain will headline a rally for Martha Zoller, a popular radio talk show host and leading conservative candidate for U. S. Congress. The rally will be held Saturday, January 28th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gainesville Civic Center (830 Greene Street, Gainesville, GA).
"We are thrilled to have Herman Cain join us in Gainesville for this important and timely rally," said Martha Zoller, candidate for Congress in Georgia's 9th Congressional District. "Like Herman, I believe that we need to completely transform the U.S. Tax Code, restore common sense and accountability in government, and end 'business as usual' in Washington. It is an honor to have Herman support my campaign for Congress and I look forward to sharing the stage with such a remarkable leader again."
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Congratulations to Kris Yardley who was elected Chairman of the Hall County Republican Party on Saturday, January 14. He is replacing Charles Lewis who resigned in order to run for Tax Commissioner.
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"Governor Romney ran saying he created 100,000 jobs in the private sector. ... I believe it's fair to ask that records be clear." The hit on Romney backfired. Before Huckabee could finish trying to stop him, the audience drowned out Gingrich with boos. The rest of the GOP field didn't mention their Republican rivals but were equally peppered with questions from the undecided voters Read more on
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Evangelical minster Franklin Graham said voters should look past a candidate’s personal religion when considering whom they should support for office. Graham offered his advice in a recent interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network when asked if Christians could vote for omeone who is a Mormon.
“Yes, the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon doesn’t bother me at all,” Graham told CBN. Two candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president who are Mormons are Romney and Jon Huntsman. They are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Graham said voters should select a candidate who is most qualified, beyond anything else.
“You can have the nicest guy and he can be a Christian and just wonderful but have absolutely no clue as to how to run a country, you don’t want that … Mitt Romney is a very capable fellow, I know him. I know Newt Gingrich, another capable person; Michele Bachmann, a very capable lady; Rick Santorum, I like a lot, very gifted guy, a very sharp person and so there are some good candidates out there.” Graham’s primary concern about the 2012 election is that he feels the country is heading in the wrong direction, saying the next election is “the most critical election of my lifetime.”
Mitt Romney is now running away with the race in the latest Rasmussen Reports’ survey of the end-of-the-month Florida Republican Primary.
Coming off his decisive win in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary, Romney earns 41% support with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a distant second at 19%. A new telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters finds former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum running third with 15% of the vote. Read more
John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, endorsed Mitt Romney's bid to be the Republican nominee for president. "Of all the candidates, Mitt Romney possesses the strongest vision for America's leadership role in the world, and I am proud to endorse him," Bolton said. Read more
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama for his stance on Israel on Thursday, telling a Florida crowd that if elected he would "stand with our friends."
"This president has found it pretty sensible to be critical of our friends," Romney told a Palm Beach County crowd that included many Jewish voters.
The road to the White House is long. The path runs through Florida with the Republican primary on Jan. 31. Here are some concepts that have emerged from the campaign to date.
Every vote counts – Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum by eight votes in the Iowa caucus. A few more handshakes, a few more phone calls and Santorum may have pulled off an improbable victory over the well-funded, well-known front runner. Read more
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GA Legislature 2012: A session primer
from the AJC - Session
Monday January 9 was the first day of the Georgia Legislature’s new session. Here are some things to help guide you through the day-to-day actions of your lawmakers in the state House and Senate. Use this page on the AJC to help guide you through the session.
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Education and Jobs were two of the keywords in Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's State of the State Address tonight.
Deal announced a reduction to the revenue estimate on which the 2011 budget is based of $27.5 million but also proposed that 1% of the revenue shortfall reserve be appropriated for K-12 education. bothe the amended 2011 and the proposed 2012 budgets hold K-12 education as a top priority. Read more Read entire speech
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A new project, announced by Gov. Nathan Deal in his State of the State address this week, plans to convert the highway’s shoulder into a new travel lane between Holcomb Bridge Road and the North Springs MARTA station. The pilot project breaks a new path for easing congestion on Georgia’s highways. But it means the loss of a speedy bypass route for ambulances, police cars and firetrucks that drive on the wide right shoulder when the road is congested. Emergency services operators in the area expressed alarm.
“It’s the obvious,” said Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult, talking about the ability to quickly respond to calls or safely patrolling Ga. 400. “Where do you stop a car if everybody’s using that lane?” Read more
▪ South Carolina Primary: Romney 27%,
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney remains the most competitive Republican presidential contender as far as President Obama is concerned, with the two men running even again this week.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Obama and Romney each earning 42% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and another eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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This weekend, our longtime friend Martha Zoller officially kicked off her campaign for congress in her own hometown of Gainesville, GA. We welcome her decision to run for office, something people have been asking her to do for years and, because we know she supports the troops, we pledge our support to her candidacy.
Martha's kickoff event was well attended by veterans, military families, tea partiers and radio listeners, as she is a household name in the community.
"Every morning for the past 15 years, folks have turned on their radio and heard Martha's conservative message. People already know what she stands for." said her campaign manager Ryan Mahoney at the rally in downtown Gainesville.
At MAF we look for candidates who support the troops, that's our most important issue, and we know that Martha is a huge supporter of our military and their missions to keep America safe and free. She's so committed that she's traveled to Iraq TWICE to help the troops and Gold Star families that she cares for so much!
Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced that Georgia’s 2012 presidential preference primary will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Secretary Kemp was given the authority to set the presidential primary date via a modification to Georgia’s statutory code during the 2011 legislative session. Substantial rules changes by the RNC leading up to the 2012 Republican National Convention resulted in states that are “winner-take-all” states like Georgia not having the ability to hold their primaries without losing ½ of their potential delegates if the primary was held before April 1, 2012.
Behind the scenes, much planning and labor was completed by the Georgia Republican Party to facilitate this decision. Secretary Kemp worked closely with party leaders prior to his formal announcement. The GAGOP Rules Committee and State Committee convened to approve a rule change that allowed the Secretary Kemp the flexibility necessary to ensure that Georgia voters would remain a strong voice in the 2012 primary process as we select our next President.
Prior to the rules change, Georgia was a winner-take-all system and would have lost ½ of its delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa if the primary was held before April 1, 2012. The proposed change to the GAGOP allows Georgia’s delegates to be allotted on a proportional basis if the Georgia primary was held before April 1, 2012.
The GAGOP commends Secretary of State Brian Kemp for his efforts and diligence in the selection of March 6, 2012 as the presidential preference primary date in Georgia.
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Georgia Republican Party
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Base bails on Democrats in droves By Chris Joyner - AJC
Georgia Democrats enter the upcoming 2011 session of the General Assembly reeling from a series of defections and facing an uphill climb toward relevance. The once-dominant party holds 85 of 236 seats in the House and Senate, Democrats’ lowest ebb since Reconstruction. And the number has been slipping. Read entire article