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Water Cooler Archive: January 2012

  • PICKET: Rep. West switches districts to run in W. Palm Beach area

    Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, is leaving his redrawn Fort Lauderdale district to run in the smaller West Palm Beach district. Published January 31 2012

  • PICKET: Palin says she would vote for Newt in FLA primary

    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared on The Fox News Channel's "Hannity" on Monday night and urged Florida Republican voters to vote for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the state's primary tomorrow. Published January 30 2012

  • PICKET: Michael Reagan joins Gingrich on campaign trail

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was joined by President Ronald Reagan's son Michael on Monday morning in Jacksonville, Florida. Published January 30 2012

  • PICKET: Newt swipes back at Rep. Connie Mack?

    During a campaign rally at The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addressed thousands of his supporters and asked for their help on his campaign for Tuesday's Florida GOP primary. Published January 29 2012

  • PICKET: Newt - I am 'legitimate heir' of Reagan movement not Romney

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addressed a massive crowd of thousands at The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida. Mr. Gingrich worked the cheering attendees with comments that included the promise of getting rid of the Obama administration's czar bureaucracy and taking on the president for not supporting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Published January 29 2012

  • PICKET: Newt ditches own traveling press before Cain endorsement

    The Gingrich campaign's press embeds who travel to each of Speaker Gingrich's campaign events were left off his itinerary on Saturday night, when he was endorsed by former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Mr. Gingrich's press bus watched the Cain endorsement via web-video stream while riding towards Tampa on the Gingrich press bus. Published January 29 2012

  • PICKET: Newt-iny among Gingrich press embeds over cost of flights

    Reporters embedded with the Newt Gingrich campaign informed Gingrich campaign officials between Friday and Saturday they would not be traveling via charter plane, a Boeing 737, that the campaign arranged for the press, as a result of the exorbitant cost per reporter. Published January 28 2012

  • PICKET: (video) Sparks continue to fly at Newt events with Romney surrogates-Gingrich calls surrogates' attendance sign of 'desperation'

    Romney campaign surrogates originating from Capitol Hill are stepping up their own campaign that includes following former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to each of his campaign stops in Florida. Published January 28 2012

  • Picket: (audio) Fireworks erupt between Gingrich spokesman and Rep. Chaffetz, a Mitt supporter, at Newt event

    Prior House Speaker Newt Gingrich taking the stage at a gathering for the Republican Jewish Coalition in Del Ray, Florida on Friday afternoon, his spokesman, R.C. Hammond, confronted Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican and Mitt Romney supporter (who was also with Romney supporter and conservative movement leader Bay Buchanan) for attending the Gingrich event. Published January 27 2012

  • PICKET: Gingrich '87 - Reagan 'blew it' over Iran Contra affair

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is defending his political relationship with President Ronald Reagan today as a slew of articles have dropped questioning if Mr. Gingrich was as close to the conservative icon as Mr.Gingrich has described. One such criticism Gingrich had toward Mr. Reagan was the president's handling of the Iran-Contra arms for hostage affair. Published January 26 2012

  • GABL: National school choice week comes at bleak time for NYC charter school

    Educators and legislators across the country celebrated National School Choice Week from January 22-28 in all 50 states with over 400 events including lectures, documentary showings, and even group twitter happy hours. Over 200 organizations partnered with National School Choice Week, which on its website champions “effective education options for every student” as its mission. The cause garners support from charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling groups, among others who value educational options. Published January 26 2012

  • PICKET: New FL GOP primary poll - Mitt ahead of Newt by 7- want Rubio as VP

    A Monmouth University poll that was released Thursday shows likely Florida Republican primary voters giving former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney a 7 point lead over former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Published January 26 2012

  • PICKET: Gingrich hit with slew of political missiles

    The Drudge report is a chock full of missiles aimed at former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich today. The Republican candidates will be sparring with one another in Jacksonville, Florida tonight at the CNN debate. Wolf Blitzer will be the moderator and one can only wonder if he will bring up any of the Gingrich issues the authors of the stories below are talking about. Published January 26 2012

  • PICKET: (audio) Newt to Pelosi - 'Put up or shut up...bring it on'

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich responded to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, who said on Tuesday night on CNN's John King that Mr. Gingrich would never become President of the United States. Published January 25 2012

  • PICKET: U.S. Auto dealerships turning away Chevy Volts

    According to numerous auto trade reports, a number of U.S. car dealerships are turning away the Chevy Volt. Despite the fact that General Motor's Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson who will testify to Congress on Wednesday and tell lawmakers that the Volt is a safe plug-in hybrid vehicle, there is little confidence his testimony will do much in terms of a bottom line for the Volt at local dealerships across America. Published January 24 2012

  • PICKET: Obama ignores call from Americans to build Keystone Pipeline

    Rasmussen is reporting that the majority of voters want to see the building of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas happen. Published January 24 2012

  • PICKET: Gingrich debate performances bring victory in SC to speaker

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary on Saturday night and according to exit polling data compiled by CBS, 2/3 of South Carolina voters said that the debates were an important factor to them in their final decision at the polls today. Published January 21 2012

  • PICKET: Santorum says he's going to FL regardless of results in SC

    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was hoping his long campaign effort in South Caroiina would reignite the surge his campaign had back in Iowa. However, after a delayed win in Iowa and media coverage of his opponents throwing political bombs at each other between New Hampshire and South Carolina through their Super Pacs, Mr. Santorum has found it difficult to pick up traction in the polls. Published January 21 2012

  • PICKET: Newt uses GOP debate to slam media over second wife interview

    When ABC announced on Wednesday it would air on Thursday a controversial interview of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s second wife Marianne Gingrich, many wondered if the potentially damaging information about Mr. Gingrich would hurt his recent rise in the polls both nationally and in South Carolina before the state’s primary on Saturday. Published January 20 2012

  • PICKET:Perry decided to drop out of race at a Wendy's

    The Republican presidential field has been whittled down to four candidates. Texas Governor Rick Perry's withdrawal from the race leaves former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to spar tonight at CNN’s debate in North Charleston, South Carolina. Published January 19 2012