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Still lacking a county's votes, Maine GOP sticks with Romney as winner

Still lacking a county's votes, Maine GOP sticks with Romney as winner

02/14/12 01:52PM

Maine Republicans, who've set themselves up as the state's guardians of electoral integrity, held their own electoral contest last weekend. As Steve noted on Sunday, Mitt Romney won the state GOP caucus by an underwhelming three points, beating Ron Paul 39 percent to 36 percent with a margin of 194 votes. The victory gave Romney the chance to look like a winner again after a string of losses to Rick Santorum the week before.Here comes the asterisk -- one county delayed its caucus until March this Saturday* because the forecast called for snow. read more

Hatch's not-so-factual statement

02/14/12 01:10PM

Last year, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) got into a little trouble with a false claim about Planned Parenthood. Speaking from the Senate floor, during a GOP push to defund the health organization, Kyl said "over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does" is perform abortions.When reminded that the actual number is 3 percent, Kyl's office said his claim was "not intended to be a factual statement."Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) must have missed this story. read more

Scott Brown takes both sides of the contraception issue.

Scott Brown's contraception confusion

02/14/12 12:41PM

We learned last week that six Republican senators and 15 House Republicans co-sponsored an interesting bill in 2001. Though it seems hard to believe now, these 21 GOP lawmakers backed a measure to require insurance plans to cover contraceptive prescriptions.As it turns out, they weren't the only ones. Igor Volsky takes a closer look at Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) background on this issue.Massachusetts already requires insurers to carry contraceptive coverage for women and Brown voted for the provision as a member of the Massachusetts Assembly on Jan. 30, 2002, ThinkProgress has learned. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

02/14/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* By next week, a super PAC affiliated with Mitt Romney will have spent more than $700,000 in Michigan in support of the former Massachusetts governor. Recent polls show Romney trailing in the Wolverine State.* Rick Santorum hasn't been much of a force when it comes to television advertising, but he has a new spot out today that pushes, oddly enough, an electability line.* In Massachusetts' closely watched U.S. read more

Social Security's alleged champions

Social Security's alleged champions

02/14/12 11:26AM

Congressional Republicans used to be enthusiastic supporters of the payroll tax break. But as we've seen with an individual health care mandate, cap-and-trade plans, the DREAM Act, and a host of other issues, GOP support evaporated once Democrats said they agreed with the idea.What's harder to understand is why, exactly, so many Republicans are now opposed to an idea they used to like. One of the more common talking points is kind of amusing, but wrong."We need to stop bowing to political pressure and do the right thing and make sure we don't bankrupt Social Security even further," Sen. read more

Romney still wishes policymakers had let Detroit go bankrupt.

Romney condemns auto-industry rescue

02/14/12 10:49AM

Looking back over the last three years, there's arguably no better example of a policy Republicans got wrong than the rescue of the American auto industry.When President Obama launched his ambitious policy in 2009, he was taking a major gamble -- not only with the backbone of American manufacturing, but with his presidency and its ability to use the power of government to repair a private industry facing collapse. As First Read noted at the time, "As the GM bailout goes, so goes the Obama presidency."We now know the gamble paid off. read more

Those who 'expect' sexual assault in the military

02/14/12 10:05AM

Fox News' Liz Trotta commented the other day on the frequency with which U.S. military personnel are the victims of sexual assault. The on-air discussion did not go well.Trotta was not only critical of new Pentagon rules to support those who've been attacked, but also argued that the attacks themselves are to be expected. "Well, what did they expect? read more

Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

Santorum, Romney moving in opposite directions

02/14/12 09:33AM

Yesterday's Gallup daily tracking poll showed Mitt Romney's national lead over Rick Santorum dropping from 20 to 2 points since early February. As Tricia noted earlier, a New York Times/CBS News poll released this morning found Santorum taking the lead from Romney nationally, 30% to 27%.The Pew Research Center's latest survey helps bolster the trend.Rick Santorum's support among Tea Party Republicans and white evangelicals is surging, and he now has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. In polling conducted Feb. read more

Snowe, Collins break ranks on contraception coverage.

Republican divisions emerge on contraception

02/14/12 08:43AM

Last week, President Obama unveiled a compromise on contraception coverage at least in part because he'd been pushed into making a change. The White House wasn't especially concerned about criticisms from the right, but it was Democratic discomfort with the administration's policy that led Obama to look for an alternative.In the wake of Friday's announcement that accommodates religiously-affiliated employers, Dems are on the same page -- and now it's Republicans who are divided.The problem is with the GOP's proposed response to Obama's policy. Congressional Republicans, led by Sens. read more

Will the leaders lead or follow?

The payroll cut's clouded future

02/14/12 08:00AM

It certainly looked like a breakthrough. Mid-day yesterday, House Republican leaders, who'd insisted for months that the payroll tax break be fully paid for, made an unexpected reversal, abandoning their central demand.So, is it a done deal? Time to move on to the next fight? Not just yet.GOP leaders surrendered yesterday -- and incidentally, stepped all over their own Budget Day message about the deficit -- but they have not yet won over their own members. read more

Morning Maddow: February 14

02/14/12 07:42AM

Holy crap, "cashmobs" are awesome.Santorum is the Republican frontrunner in another national poll.More people are noticing Ron Paul's delegate strategy.Study finds voter rolls are full of inaccuracies.Reason #524 that Speaker John Boehner is bad at his job.No Sharia law in South Carolina!Uzbekistan cancels Valentine's Day.NASA pulls the plug on its last mainframe computer. read more