Politics & Government

It's All Politics
1:16 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 2:42 pm

Florida voters in 2010 approved constitutional amendments by nearly 2-to-1 margins that forbade state legislators from coordinating with political parties or favoring incumbents when drawing new congressional districts.

So what did lawmakers in Tallahassee do? The Republican leaders in charge of drawing new maps coordinated with Republican Party consultants to protect Republican incumbents.

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Politics
10:43 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Overhauling Immigration: Asians Matter Too

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, if you're planning something special this Valentine's Day, here's another question you might want to ask that special someone first: What's your credit score? In our Money Coach today, we'll hear about why some singles are asking this question pretty early in the dating game these days.

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Political Junkie
10:40 am
Tue February 5, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 3:22 pm

So what did you do during the blackout on Super Bowl Sunday? Other than, say, apply some deer antler spray?

For most Americans, it was trying to figure out the ScuttleButton puzzle on Super Bowl Sunday. Actually, it's always difficult trying to solve ScuttleButton while watching the game on Super Bowl Sunday. But now it's time to focus on the new puzzle.

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2013 Legislative Session
10:33 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Expert: Alabama to See More Money for Education

The Legislature's top financial expert is forecasting lawmakers will have more money to appropriate for education programs, but less for other state operations.

The director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, Norris Green, gave legislators a forecast Tuesday showing that revenue for the education budget should grow by $238 million in the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. That means the budget could grow from $5.55 billion this fiscal year to $5.79 billion in the new year.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Obama Calls For Small Package Of Cuts, Tax Changes To Head Off 'Sequester'

President Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 6:02 am

(We updated the top of this post at 1:30 p.m. ET.)

Looking to head off deep, automatic spending cuts set to kick in on March 1, President Obama on Tuesday afternoon said that to avoid the negative economic effects that come with "political disfunction," Congress should move quickly to pass "a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms" that won't hurt the economy.

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It's All Politics
8:03 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lonely And Frustrated: These May Be The Worst Jobs In Politics

Democrats have dominated Rhode Island's Capitol building in Providence for decades. One state Republican says it's an "uphill battle" to sell voters and candidates on the GOP's message.
Myles Dumas iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 1:56 pm

Politics is filled with thankless jobs.

It's the nature of the business that plenty of people have to work for highly demanding egomaniacs. Among elected officials, few relish having to spend big chunks of their time asking other people for money, one of the essential chores.

There are certain jobs, however, that appear from the outside to be so hopeless that you wonder why anyone agreed to take them on.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:37 am
Tue February 5, 2013

3 Ala. Lawmakers Support Religious Freedom Bill

A crew prepares the Ten Commandments monument for movement from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003. Roy Moore fought attempts to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Bu
Mobile Register file/Mike Kittrell

A handful of Republican Alabama lawmakers are pushing a bill to make it legal to display the Ten Commandments in any public building in the state.


WAFF-TV reports a pre-filed bill sponsored by Republican state Sen. Gerald Dial and has gained support from Sen. Shadrack McGill and Sen. Clay Scofield.


Dial says the bill — titled the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment — could act as a safeguard for constituents who have expressed concerns over being sued for displaying the Ten Commandments in public places.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:31 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Alabama Legislators to Get Financial Forecasts

Alabama finance officials will give lawmakers an overview of the state's financial situation before the start of the 2013 legislative session.
montgomeryalrealestate.org

Alabama legislators will get an overview of the state's financial situation before they begin their 2013 legislative session at noon.

The director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, Norris Green, and the state finance director, Marquita Davis, are scheduled to address legislators at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Capitol. The financial overview is the traditional kickoff for each year's session.

Politics
5:26 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Obama Speech Expected To Flesh Out Climate Proposals

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:47 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

President Obama delivers his State of Union address a week from today. That speech is expected to expand on proposals the president put forth at his inauguration. One surprise in his inaugural address was a call to do more on climate change - that after a campaign that mostly ignored concerns about the environment. NPR's Ari Shapiro looks at what environmental groups are expecting now.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: President Obama's inaugural address spent a full eight sentences on climate, more than any other subject.

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NPR Story
5:26 am
Tue February 5, 2013

In Minn., Obama Appeals For Movement On Gun Background Checks

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:47 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, on the same as that funeral, President Obama continued his push for tougher gun laws. He was talking yesterday in Minneapolis on a subject he is expected to address in next week's State of the Union speech.

NPR's David Welna reports.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Obama: Lawmakers Must Feel Like They Have To Act Against Gun Violence

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 9:29 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

President Obama took his case today for revamping the nation's gun laws to the frozen streets of Minneapolis, in the first of what will likely be a series of similar events in the coming weeks. The president urged voters to turn up the pressure on Congress and take action to curb gun violence. NPR's David Welna has our story from Minneapolis.

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Governor-Roads
4:50 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Bentley Announces 302 Road Projects

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced 302 road and bridge projects that the state will finance with bond sales.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced 302 more road and bridge projects that the state will finance with bond sales.


The 302 projects announced Monday total $398 million. That boosts his Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to 439 projects totaling $613 million.


The largest projects include $18.7 million in Tuscaloosa to extend Fifth Avenue to Hackberry Lane at the University of Alabama campus and $16.6 million in Foley to extend Pride Drive from Alabama Highway 59 to County Road 20.

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Party Switch
4:17 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Rep. Laird Leaves Democrats To Be Independent

Rep. Richard Laird of Roanoke has switched parties from the Democratic Party to an independent.
Credit http://www.legislature.state.al.us/house/house.html

One of the veteran Democrats in the Alabama House, Rep. Richard Laird of Roanoke, has announced he's becoming an independent.


Laird said Monday the Democratic Party today is much different than it was when he was first elected to the House in 1978. He said the party has lost its conservative core.


Laird said he will meet with the Republican caucus in the House, even though he's not joining the House's majority party.

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It's All Politics
1:42 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Romney 2013? Tagg Weighs Massachusetts Senate Bid

Republican Tagg Romney reportedly is considering a bid for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in the June 25 special election.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 1:58 pm

The Boston Herald caused a bit of a stir Monday, reporting that Mitt Romney's eldest son, Tagg, is considering a bid for the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by new Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Political Junkie
10:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Ed Koch, New York City, And The Politics Of Resentment And Race

Koch served as mayor for three terms (1978-89).
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:19 pm

For anyone who lived in New York during his tenure — and even if you didn't — Ed Koch was a larger-than-life figure, a feisty, combative and mostly-successful mayor who, for better or worse, dramatically changed the city and left his mark in the history books.

But how will history judge him?

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