(CNN) - Five new governors take their oaths of office Monday, helping to usher in a new balance of power in statehouses across the country.
Democrats are taking over from Republicans in California and Minnesota, while the GOP is seizing the reins in Wisconsin and Wyoming. One Republican is handing over power to another in Nevada.
Washington (CNN) - Call it one of the most demanding jobs in Washington: Communications Director at the Republican National Committee under the often-outspoken chairman Michael Steele.
Well, after nearly a year on the job, Doug Heye is moving on. His announcement comes less than two weeks before the RNC's Winter Meetings, where committee members will elect a chair for the next two years. Steele is running for what is considered to be a difficult re-election against four challengers. Heye has not been closely involved with Steele's bid for another term.
(CNN) – To many political watchers, it has long appeared clear outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been running for president for months.
So it was no surprise that the Republican's upcoming book tour includes stops in several key campaign states - like Iowa and New Hampshire.
But not so fast, Pawlenty says. This tour is about promoting his new book, "Courage to Stand," not launching a bid for the Oval Office.
(CNN) – With the Republican presidential race expected to officially gear up in the coming weeks, Sunday brought divergent predictions from two prominent Republicans on just how viable a Sarah Palin candidacy could be.
The divergent opinions are illustrative of the ongoing debate within the Republican Party - especially between the new and old guard - over whether Palin will prove to be more of a force for good or bad in the coming months as the party sets its sights on ensuring President Obama is limited to one term.
Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will be in the hot seat Monday when he faces, for the first time, the candidates seeking to replace him atop the cash-strapped party organization.
But Monday's debate at the National Press Club will also be a key hurdle for the man widely regarded as the frontrunner in the race: Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, a soft-spoken Milwaukee attorney who remains largely unknown to Washington's political class.
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CNN: Adviser: Debt ceiling must be raised
If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, the result could be "catastrophic" for the American economy, Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council for Economic Advisers, said Sunday. Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Goolsbee said that the debt ceiling was not something to toy with for political ends. "If we hit the debt ceiling, that's essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history," he said. "The impact on the economy would be catastrophic. I mean, that would be a worse financial economic crisis than anything we saw in 2008." The debt ceiling is one of the biggest budget fights facing the new Congress that convenes this week.
CNN: Health care in the hot seat again
Republicans on Sunday demonstrated a united front against health care reform passed by the Obama administration, an issue that is sure to fan the flames on the left and right when a divided Congress returns Wednesday. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said members in the House and Senate will try to "defund the Obama care bill and start over." "I think this fight is going to continue to 2012 and it will move from Washington to the states," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It will be one big fight over the role of health care and should Obama health care be in existence in 2012 the way it is today."