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Gingrich: Obama will lose in ‘fair’ fight, House should investigate Holder’s beliefs

By | 05.12.11 | 9:49 am | More from The Iowa Independent

Hours after officially throwing his hat into the 2012 presidential contest via Twitter, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a national news outlet that he doesn’t expect to “get a break from elite media,” President Barack Obama will lose in 2012 if it is a “fair” fight, and More…

Vander Plaats: ‘I am not the voice of the tea party’

By | 05.12.11 | 9:27 am | More from The Iowa Independent

Image by Matt MahurinAs GOP presidential prospects prepare to announce their candidacies and eye the Hawkeye State for supporters, members of Iowa’s tea party movement are vetting which candidates will best carry their message of regaining fiscal responsibility and limiting government.

Yet, a highly decentralized movement and diversity of political interests within Iowa’s More…

Report: U.S. House budget plan would mean deep cuts to Florida Medicaid

By | 05.12.11 | 9:01 am | More from The Florida Independent

A report issued last week by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured shows that Florida would suffer some of the deepest cuts in federal Medicaid spending under a plan proposed by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. #


National group targets Steve King for GOP budget vote

By | 04.25.11 | 12:30 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

On April 15 U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) voted in support of House GOP budget plan authored by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee. For most of this week he’ll be strongly criticized for that vote by a new television ad campaign More…

Former Social Security recipient Paul Ryan called out for proposed cuts to gov-assistance programs

By | 04.20.11 | 12:44 pm

PoliticsUSA points out that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), whose 2012 budget proposal (PDF) presents significant cuts and alterations to welfare programs, put himself through college using, in part, Social Security benefits he received following the death of his father.

“Representative Paul Ryan is one example of the millions of More…

Republican opposition mounts to budget deal ahead of congressional vote

By | 04.14.11 | 10:37 am

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told POLITICO he would “get there” on corralling Republican votes for the budget deal that averted a government shutdown last weekend, but since the details of the plan were made public, conservatives have grown increasingly agitated.

The National Review editorial board More…

Americans United for Life raises money ahead of budget votes ‘to battle Planned Parenthood head to head’

By | 04.13.11 | 5:45 pm

In a recent email newsletter, Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest urged the group’s supporters to contribute money before the final votes are cast this week in the U.S. Senate and House on the 2011 federal budget in one last attempt to convince legislators to reject any More…

Once again, Planned Parenthood president disputes argument its federal funds are fungible

By | 04.13.11 | 5:23 pm

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards briefly joined a debate on WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show Wednesday, where she refuted the notion that the federal money Planned Parenthood currently receives funds abortions indirectly.

“We have very, very strict federal auditing rules,” Richards said. “Federal funds are reimbursed for specific More…

Colorado senators uniquely positioned in budget battle, analyst says

By | 04.11.11 | 4:20 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

In a column published today at CNN/Money, Maya MacGuineas, director of the fiscal policy program at the New America Foundation, takes a sharp look at Washington’s budget problems and concludes that Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall seem to be two of very few actual adults More…

Sen. Harkin: ‘We don’t want a shutdown’

By | 04.07.11 | 2:04 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

As last-ditch negotiations between the White House and U.S. House Republicans appear to head south, federal lawmakers seem poised to allow a Friday deadline pass without agreement on a temporary continuing resolution. Without the bill, or something similar in place, a government shutdown looms.

“We don’t want a shutdown,” U.S. More…