Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds a unique title: the nation's longest-serving governor.
The Republican became the state's chief officer in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned as governor to assume the presidency. Perry, who was lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the role, successfully ran for office in 2002 and has remained there since.
(CNN) – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has acknowledged he missed a big opportunity to go after a political rival during a CNN GOP primary debate earlier this week, but he's now attempting to go back on the offensive and raise some cash.
The presidential hopeful blasted out a fundraising letter to supporters early Friday, a day after he renewed his attacks on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his role in shaping a health care reform law in Massachusetts that served as a model for the federal law passed last year.
In a tweet on Thursday, and later during an appearance on Fox News, Pawlenty acknowledged that he erred during the debate when he seemingly backed down from comments he had made on Sunday attacking Romney for his role in passing a health care reform law in Massachusetts that served as a model for the federal law passed by President Barack Obama.
New York (CNNMoney) - Hey rich folks, Tim Pawlenty wants to cut your taxes. A lot.
Under the terms of his recently revealed economic plan, Americans in the top 20% of earners would see their taxes cut by an average of $23,500, an 8.6 percentage point drop in their tax rate, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
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CNN: Weiner resigns after sexting scandal
Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner heeded calls from across the political spectrum by resigning from office Thursday, saying the sexting scandal he first lied about and then admitted caused such a distraction that it was impossible for him to continue his work in Congress.
Washington Post: White House’s Daley seeks balance in outreach meeting with manufacturers
It was supposed to be the White House’s latest make-nice session with corporate America — a visit by Chief of Staff William M. Daley to a meeting with hundreds of manufacturing executives in town to press lawmakers for looser regulations. But the outreach soon turned into a rare public dressing down of the president’s policies with his highest-ranking aide.