Ann Romney Likes Idea of Female VP

Jul 5, 2012, 12:45 pm EDT
Ann Romney Likes Idea of Female VP

We’ve stated months ago that Mitt Romney should consider a woman for the VP spot, and it looks like his wife might agree with us.

In a interview with CBS This Morning that aired Thursday, Ann Romney said she and Mitt have “been looking at” the possibility of choosing a woman to fill the VP spot.  “And I’d love that option as well,” she continued.

Although Ann Romney has limited involvement in discussions regarding the presidential candidate’s No.2 pick, she told CBS that she’s given the matter a lot of thought. Read 

Same-Sex Marriage Endorsement Worth $9M to Obama

Jul 4, 2012, 6:01 pm EDT

President Barack Obama’s May announcement that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage earned him a lot of political capital with gay rights groups and criticism from some conservative organizations. Perhaps more importantly, it helped him bolster his campaign coffers.

According to a report by NPR, in the three days following his endorsement of gay marriage, his campaign donations almost tripled. He pulled in $9 million over those three days, compared to $3.4 million for the prior three days.

This figure doesn’t even factor in donations of $200 or less, which are not required to be documented in the Federal Election Commission reports the figures were pulled from. Read 

Future of Fracking In N.C. Decided By Legislator’s Error

Jul 3, 2012, 5:32 pm EDT

In North Carolina politics, there are no do-overs. That’s what one unfortunate state representative discovered Monday, when a voting mistake decided the future of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state.

State Rep. Becky Carney, D-Charlotte, meant to vote against a bill legalizing fracking in North Carolina. Instead, she pressed a button indicating she supported the bill, and was unable to change her vote once she realized her error. Her vote allowed the measure to pass with enough votes to override a veto by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue.

Under North Carolina House rules, a vote cannot be changed if it would alter the overall voting outcome, and the House Speaker, Republican Thom Tillis, refused to waive the rules so that she could change her vote, despite her protests. Read 

How Much White House Staffers Get Paid

Jul 3, 2012, 12:45 pm EDT
How Much White House Staffers Get Paid

Working at the president’s humble abode is definitely something to write home about, but does it pay as great as it sounds? Sometimes.

Every year, The White House gives a report to Congress listing the title and salary of every White House Office employee, a requirement that began in 1995. With the recent release of the 2012 report, now you can see which White House workers are bringing home the most dough (salaries rounded to the nearest thousand). 5. $40,000-$70,000

    Countless researchers, assistants and analysts ($40,000 or so) Scheduler ($58,000) Speechwriter ($60,000)
4. $70,000-$100,000
    Director of White House Operations ($85,000) Special Assistant / Personal Aide to the President ($95,000) Head calligrapher ($96,000)
3. $100,000-$130,000
    Special Assistant to the President and Director of Research ($100,000) Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council ($120,000) Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling ($130,000)
2. $130,000-$160,000
    Clearance Advisory ($132,000) Ethics Advisor ($140,000) Deputy Assistant and Counsel to the President ($158,000)
1. $160,000+
    Senior Policy Advisor ($165,000) Assistant to the President and Press Secretary ($172,000) Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady ($172,000)

— Alyssa Oursler, InvestorPlace Editorial Assistant Read 

Romney Adviser Says Obamacare Is Not A Tax

Jul 2, 2012, 11:54 am EDT
Romney Adviser Says Obamacare Is Not A Tax

For those who thought Thursday’s Supreme Court decision would be the last we heard of Obamacare for some time, the days following the decision have been disappointing. In the aftermath of a surprising 5-4 vote to uphold the bill, supporters and detractors have been speaking out.

House Republicans have planned a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act on July 11, a mostly symbolic and futile gesture given the Democrats’ control of the White House and Senate (for now, anyways). Romney has also expressed support for repealing Obamacare.

In the wake of this windmill tilting, both sides have seized upon an important part of Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion: the law was constitutional because the fee for not having insurance was a tax, which Congress has the right to levy. Not surprisingly, Democrats have hit back on this. Surprisingly, a Romney adviser agrees with them. Read 

SCOTUS Affirms Obamacare: 4 Consequences for the Presidential Election

Jun 29, 2012, 8:43 am EDT
SCOTUS Affirms Obamacare: 4 Consequences for the Presidential Election

The Supreme Court surprised almost everyone Thursday by upholding President Obama’s signature piece of domestic legislation, the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare.” While the political fallout will be felt for the next five months, at least four things are immediately clear. 1.) The Tea Party Rises Again

During all of the GOP hand-wringing over whether Mitt Romney was acceptably conservative to the base, the Republican leadership fretted over their potentially unenthused voters in November. Primary voters that strongly identified with the Tea Party were particularly unhappy with Romney’s candidacy and tried hard to select anyone else. In fact, it was the passage of Obamacare that gave birth to the Tea Party movement two years ago.

Thursday’s decision ensures that these voters who chased after the non-Romneys from January through March are lukewarm no more. The fact that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare immediately created a new sense of urgency to this election. If the court had struck down the controversial law, the GOP would not have been able to run on the notion that they alone could deliver us from the tyranny of “socialized medicine.” Read 

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