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Monday Morning Politics: Cain Stained, Super Committee Struggles

Monday, October 31, 2011

This is part of a vetting process for a candidate who has done better than any of us expected. Herman Cain has really defied the expectations of political reporters who didn't take him seriously even as he was rising in the polls. We were slow to recognize the appeal he had with the Republican electorate. Now he's beating Rick Perry in a poll in Texas.

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Rick Perry Revives Debate on Flat Taxes

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

When Herman Cain introduced his 999 plan, it put him in the spotlight and helped vault him to the top of the polls. It was just a matter of time before another Republican presidential contender offered something similar. Within days, Newt Gingrich proposed a 15 percent flat tax. Now Governor Rick Perry has responded with a flat tax plan of his own. Perry's plan centers around a 20 percent flat tax, and offers a choice. Taxpayers can either file under the current system, or opt to use Perry's flat rate.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: The Future of Transportation Funding, Confederate License Plates in TX Pose Political Problem for Perry, and What Happened to Transit on the

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top stories on TN:

Senate Democrats are teeing up an infrastructure jobs vote. (Link)

The MTA wants to pick up garbage from NY's subways more frequently. (Link)

Daimler is expanding its car sharing program both here and in Europe. (Link)

The Tappan Zee Bridge (photo by Joseph A. via Flickr)

House Republicans are pitching a six-year transportation construction plan as a major jobs bill that can win bipartisan approval before next year’s election. (AP via Washington Post)

The battle over transportation funding is focusing on bikes, pedestrians, and wildflowers. (Washington Post)

What happened to transit on the new Tappan Zee Bridge? (Streetsblog)

Funding transportation through VMT won't solve the "political will" problem. (Politico)

California's Napa County rolled out a real-time bus information system named -- wait for it -- Vine. (Napa Valley Register)

Some Texans want to introduce a Confederate flag vanity license plate, which means governor -- and presidential hopeful -- Rick Perry has a decision to make. (Christian Science Monitor)

A look at Hudson Yards, the redevelopment of Manhattan's West Side. (DNA Info)

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Fresh Endorsements: Sununu Supports Romney, Forbes Favors Perry

Monday, October 24, 2011

Former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu announced today that he would endorse Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, while business mogul Steve Forbes came out in support of Rick Perry over the weekend.

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What do Iraq and Wall St. Mean for 2012?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Republicans just sort of rolled [the Iraq withdrawal] into the way they've been talking about Obama: That he's been campaigning rather than governing, suggesting that this was political as opposed to on the advice of military leaders.

—It's A Free Country political peporter Anna Sale on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

A Look at GOP Voters in South Carolina

Friday, October 21, 2011

In South Carolina, Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back-and-fourth between the leading GOP candidates. Mitt Romney is still floating in the background as the standby front-runner and presumptive nominee. Two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry and last week all the hype was about Herman Cain. It is unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters. 

where Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back and fourth between the leading GOP candidates. 
Mitt Romney is always floating there in the background as the standby frontrunner...and two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry.  Last week all the hype was about Herman Cain.
It's unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters...to find out Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's political website It's a Free Country went to a particularly Red state to talk to voters.  

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Is the GOP Losing the Latino Vote?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Immigration was a hot topic at the GOP debate on Tuesday. First, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attacked each other on the issue. Representative Michele Bachmann also jumped into the fray to attack President Obama. "I think the person who really has a problem with illegal immigration in the country is President Obama," she said. "It’s his uncle and his aunt who are illegal aliens who’ve been allowed to stay in this country despite the fact they're illegal." 

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Podcast: 2012 GOP Candidates Sink With Latinos

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In this podcast, Fi2W Executive Producer John Rudolph speaks with La Opinión senior political writer and columnist Pilar Marrero about the first poll measuring how Latino voters are responding to the GOP presidential field. Listen:

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Opinion: In Last Night's Debate, Mitt Show Kills Hermentum, Shuts Down Perry

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In last night's Republican Debate, which we all anticipated would shine a bright light on Cain - the latest to surge in the ABR (Anyone But Romney) race - Romney took center stage.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Debate Immigration and Other Issues in Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Republican presidential contenders took their latest debate to Las Vegas on Tuesday night, where they discussed immigration, health care, and the economy. The debate was tense at times as Rick Perry tried to regain his momentum, and Mitt Romney defended his Massachusetts health plan. Candidates also briefly weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Did Herman Cain prove to be a viable opponent to Mitt Romney? And did Rick Perry help his chances, or further sink his campaign?

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Five Things to Watch For in the Las Vegas GOP Debate

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Republican candidates will meet yet again this evening in Las Vegas, capping off a marathon of debates that began in early September. The primary landscape looks very different now than it did back then, when Rick Perry was ascendant and 9/9/9 wasn't a catch phrase. Here's what to look for.

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Opinion: Herman Cain Dismisses Racism, Making Him Easy to Dismiss

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The legacy of racism is visible everywhere to anyone who wishes to see it. Herman Cain does not. This is why I refuse to support him.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Jobs Bill is Defeated as GOP Candidates Talk Economics

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday night in New Hampshire, candidates for the Republican nomination for president sat around a table and traded visions of how to fix the ailing economy at a debate sponsored by Bloomberg. While the Republican presidential hopefuls were pillorying President Obama's response to the recession, their compatriots in the Senate were busy defeating the president's $447 billion jobs bill. Two Democrats also joined the majority. So where is the jobs bill going next? And what alternatives, if any, are the Republicans offering?

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Opinion: Instead of Econ Fixes, Tonight's Debate Will Show GOP Infighting

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Despite tonight's debate being billed as a focus on the economy, we won't see any real plan for creating jobs. We won't see any support for the American Jobs Act, but we also won't see any realistic alternatives. We won't hear about investment in our country. We won't be offered a plan to cure economic injustices. We won't get beyond bromides about "job creators." These candidates are better at running against than running on.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Can Republicans Win Latino Voters in 2012?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I think the hope in the Obama administration is that in fact the Republican rhetoric will drive Latinos to vote for Obama...It's not clear they'll have many places to go besides Obama.

—  President and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, Angelo Falcón, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Cain, Ron Paul and the Ever-Shifting GOP Sands

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The GOP political season is littered with special interest organizations that sometimes trump and overshadow the established GOP party organizations. As I watch all of this I’m again not sure that’s a good thing.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: In GOP Field, Line Between Contenders and Pretenders is Now Clear

Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Tonight the light of love in your eyes, but will you still love me tomorrow?"

Primaries are exposing and embarrassing for the party involved. They inevitably lead to infighting, dirty revelations, and from the outside resemble a scrum in rugby. Who is winning is not clear until someone, finally, comes up with the ball.

Even then, the winner this week may not be the winner next week. It's all about timing.

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Flexing the Money Muscle: Candidates Disclose Fundraising Totals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Here comes the money! Candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have reported their earnings from the three-month fundraising quarter that ended last week.

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Opinion: What Rick Perry's Racist Rock Says About his Judgement

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

One question everyone has been asking me, since the story surfaced, is whether this story is a death knell for Rick Perry with black voters? Honestly, I don't think Rick Perry was counting the black vote.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Car, Truck Sales Up; Perry Dogged by Trans-Texas Corridor

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Top stories on TN:

Transit ridership is up in 2011. (Link)

FAA workers will get back pay for this summer's shutdown. (Link)

(photo by Kate Hinds)

Following Transportation Nation story, Politico says, yeah, Rick Perry's campaign could be sidetracked by the Trans-Texas Corridor. (Politico).

Car sales soared for GM and Chrysler...(Los Angeles Times)

...and Hyundai's benefiting from an ad campaign that plays into people's worries about the economy. (NPR)

AND sales of trucks and SUVs are up. (AP via Boston.com)

Meanwhile: Ford, UAW reach tentative agreement. (Detroit Free Press)

Some Chinese are questioning whether infrastructure growth is worth a tradeoff for safety. (Marketplace)

NY's MTA said it will increase service on the L train after one politician said it has not kept pace with the line’s “meteoric” increase in ridership. (DNA Info)

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel held an 'aviation summit.' (Chicago Sun Times)

Chicago bicyclists can now be ticketed for biking while texting or talking on cell phones. (Chicago Sun Times)

Lobbyists for the Trans-Canada pipeline and staffers from the State Department appeared to have a cozy email relationship. (NY Times)

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