Politics & Government

It's All Politics
5:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

America 'Deserves Better,' And He Can Deliver, Romney Will Tell The Nation

This afternoon, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to see the stage where he will accept his party's presidential nomination.
Arnie Seipel NPR

Mitt Romney will tell Americans tonight that he understands why they voted for "hope and change" four years ago, but that President Obama has not delivered and that "my country deserves better."

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," he will say after accepting the Republican Party's presidential nomination, according to excerpts of his address released by the candidate's campaign.

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September Referendum
4:40 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Gov. Bentley Says No New Taxes If Vote Fails

Gov. Bentley says no new taxes if voters vote no on a budget proposal Sept. 18.
State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't propose any tax increases if Alabama voters reject a proposal to take more than $437 million out of a state trust fund to use for the state General Fund budget. Bentley said he made a promise to the people of Alabama that he wouldn't raise taxes on families and he intends to keep that promise. Bentley said he will also veto any broad-based taxes passed by the Legislature. Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur said the governor's no-tax position means it's almost certain the Legislature won't pass a tax.

Election 2012
3:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Republicans Still Need To Win Over Women

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:09 pm

For Mitt Romney to win the presidency, he'll have to close the gender gap. Polls show female voters favor President Obama over Romney by wide margins. Robert Siegel sat down with Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to ask her about women and the GOP.

It's All Politics
10:58 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Romney's Need To Please Tugs In Different Directions

Analysts say one of Mitt Romney's goals in tonight's speech as he accepts the GOP presidential nomination is to "establish some connection" with Americans who are struggling.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 11:57 am

Mitt Romney has a tough to-do list.

He has to walk an ideological tightrope. As he accepts the GOP presidential nomination tonight, Romney will try to fire up partisans in the convention hall and watching at home, without turning off moderates and independent voters.

He also has to convey certain intangible qualities. The former Massachusetts governor will want to appear presidential while also attempting to lift his low "likability" ratings.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Secret Service Agent Left Loaded Handgun In Bathroom Of Romney Plane

A secret service agent accidentally left her gun inside the lavatory of Mitt Romney's campaign plane.

CBS News reports that the loaded gun was found by one of its reporters who was travelling with the Republican presidential nominee from Tampa to Indianapolis, Ind., where Romney was scheduled to deliver a speech.

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Politics & Government
8:53 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Schools Resuming on Ala Coast After Isaac

Life is returning to normal on Alabama's coast after a brush with Hurricane Isaac, but not completely.

Schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties resume class Thursday after a three-day break for the storm, and seas are expected to continue falling as remnants of Isaac slowly move off the coast.

But forecasters say southwest Alabama could receive several more inches of rain before the tropical precipitation bands end. And storms could continue inland like the cells that prompted tornado warnings on Wednesday.

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It's All Politics
7:07 am
Thu August 30, 2012

In A Picture: Ryan's Speech Was Much Ado About Obama

Wordle.net

For those who like word clouds, here is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's speech Wednesday night at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, during which he accepted his party's vice presidential nomination.

This picture of how often he said something drew our eyes to:

-- "Obama." That would be the president, of course, who Ryan said has failed the American people.

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Election 2012
6:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Romney Courts Vets At American Legion Convention

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, as Isaac moves north from Louisiana, it could affect other parts of the country, and we'll be following that story as it develops.

The other big story we have been following this week is the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Today is the final day, and it's an important one for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He'll officially accept the nomination this evening. Yesterday, Romney took a break from the hubbub of the convention to do a little campaigning elsewhere. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on his getaway.

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Republican National Convention
6:20 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Follow the RNC Live - Wednesday Night

Political Comeback
5:15 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Acquitted Former Senator Makes Political Comeback

Acquitted former Sen. Larry Means has been elected mayor of Attalla.

A former state senator acquitted in Alabama's gambling corruption trial has made an overwhelming political comeback.

Former state Sen. Larry Means got elected mayor of Attalla on Tuesday night. He pulled in 69 percent of the vote in a four-way race.

Means got defeated in his Senate re-election bid in 2010 after getting indicted in Alabama's gambling corruption case. He was accused of voting for pro-gambling legislation in return for campaign contributions. He was cleared of all charges in two trials in 2011 and 2012.

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Election 2012
3:21 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Transcript: Gov. Chris Christie's Convention Speech

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 10:55 pm

Transcript of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's keynote speech as prepared for delivery at the Republican National Convention.

This stage and this moment are very improbable for me.

A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans.

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2:51 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Election Tweets

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NPR presents a list of some of the best election Twitter accounts to follow. Check them out and let us know if you agree by tweeting us @ALPublicRadio.
For news junkies like us, even NPR's extensive on air and online coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions is sometimes not enough. To help all you who can't get enough of the latest political news, insights, and even some behind-the-scenes photos from Tampa, Charlotte and other events during the election season, these are the Twitter feeds to follow from NPR reporters, hosts, producers and editors on the ground with the campaigns.
Election 2012
10:51 am
Wed August 29, 2012

GOP Platform Aims To Garner Female Votes

In her convention speech, Ann Romney talked about the role of women in America. Host Michel Martin caught up with Rep. Marsha Blackburn before the speech. Blackburn says the concerns of women voters were key in drafting the Republican platform. She co-chairs the GOP platform committee, and heads the Women's Policy Committee in the House.

The Two-Way
9:24 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Former Navy SEAL's Account Of Bin Laden Raid Differs From Govt. Version

This image courtesy of publisher Dutton, a member of Penguin Group USA, show the cover of the upcoming book "No Easy Day."
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:45 am

The Associated Press and The Huffington Post have gotten their hands on early copies of No Easy Day. As Mark wrote earlier this month, the book is a firsthand account of the secret military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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It's All Politics
9:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Convention Lineup Aside, Minority Votes Still A Tough Sell For GOP

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Earlier in the day, she said: "It's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority that Democrats can go and say, 'That party hates you,' and can get away with that."
Mark Wilson Getty Images

It's become a perennial problem for Republicans, but not one that the party yet knows how to solve.

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