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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Cain tops field again in Nevada GOP straw poll

The good news continued for Herman Cain on Friday as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and leaving Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a distant fifth place. Published October 21, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry runs to deliver a keynote address during the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Revived Perry presses Romney, pushes for flat tax

Texas Gov. Rick Perry followed up a feisty debate performance with a pledge Wednesday to fight for a flat tax and with another round of thinly disguised jabs at rival Mitt Romney — the man he sees as his chief obstacle to winning the GOP presidential nod next year. Published October 19, 2011

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Herman Cain, speaks with the media after an interview on NBC's Meet the Press at their studio in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Cain: Lobbyist heads are exploding over tax plan

Presidential contender Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 tax plan, saying that vested interests in Washington are fighting to block what taxpayers are demanding, so much so that their heads are about to burst. Published October 19, 2011

Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain, left, shakes hands with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks on before a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

GOP front-runners hit hard in debate

Republican presidential candidates sharpened their attacks on the front-runners as they took the stage Tuesday for the latest GOP debate, taking turns slamming Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax-reform plan and calling former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's health care reform the model for the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act. Published October 18, 2011

'9-9-9' tax plan raising Cain, doubts

Herman Cain's signature "9-9-9" tax-reform plan has been the battle cry accompanying his meteoric rise through the Republican presidential ranks. But political insiders in New Hampshire say the simple formula that has helped propel his candidacy also could derail it. Published October 17, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks about energy and environmental regulations at the United States Steel Mon Valley Works Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pa., Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Perry plan: Boost energy, curb EPA

Rick Perry rolled out part of his long-awaited economic plan Friday, saying the nation could create more than a million jobs in the energy industry by opening up federal lands and waters to drilling, scrapping federal regulations and overhauling the Environmental Protection Agency. Published October 14, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. campaigns Thursday in Greenland, N.H. The former Utah governor said he'd boycott Nevada's caucuses if they try to upstage New Hampshire's primary. (Associated Press)

GOP hopefuls to Nevada: Don't leapfrog N.H.

Vying for the support of New Hampshire voters, several Republican presidential contenders threatened Thursday to skip the Nevada caucuses if the state GOP sticks with jumping the line by moving its contest into early January. Published October 13, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses New Hampshire state lawmakers at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Wednesday. Mr. Cain is surging in Republican presidential-preference polls. (Associated Press)

Cain parries GOP rivals' attacks on '9-9-9'

Fresh off the first GOP presidential debate in which he was considered a top contender — and a top target — Herman Cain urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support him over Mitt Romney, saying his rivals' attacks on the Cain plan to scrap the tax code show he is headed in the right direction. Published October 12, 2011

GOP rivals target Cain's '9-9-9' plan

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain learned last night what it’s like to sit among the top tier of candidates in the GOP presidential race, as his rivals poked fun at and dismissed his "9-9-9" tax plan, which he argues would kick-start economic growth. Published October 11, 2011

Tea partyers scoff at 'Occupy' comparisons

Leaders from the anti-spending tea party movement are openly rejecting attempts to liken the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters to their grass-roots movement, saying that the two groups are running in opposite directions. Published October 10, 2011

GOP hopefuls clash over Perry attack ad

Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off Columbus Day with a sharply critical new Web video that lights into presidential rival Mitt Romney's support of a universal health care law in Massachusetts, suggesting it is evidence that the former governor's attempts to cast himself as a successful conservative businessman ring hollow. Published October 10, 2011

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Sarah Palin rules out run for president

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin closed the door on a presidential run Wednesday, removing the last big question mark in the Republican presidential field one day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he would take a pass on a White House bid. Published October 5, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces on Tuesday at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., that he will not run for president in 2012. "I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon. That's the promise I made to the people of this state when I took office 20 months ago, to fix a broken New Jersey," he said. (Associated Press)

Christie pass on bid brings clarity to GOP field

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision — apparently definitive — Tuesday to pass on a 2012 presidential bid has brought a little more clarity to the fluid GOP primary race and potentially boosted the fortunes of front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, both of whom stood to suffer if Mr. Christie had jumped in. Published October 4, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich outlines his 2012 campaign platform on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Gingrich's new 'Contract': More U.S. oil, fewer jobless

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich rolled out his "21st Century Contract with America" on Thursday that he says would make the United States the world's biggest oil producer, cut unemployment by more than half and gain control of the southern border — all within a matter of years of him taking office, and without cutting government benefits or raising taxes. Published September 29, 2011