Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) won a straw poll at Saturday’s Republican Leadership Conference, gaining nearly 40 percent of the votes. Of 1,542 votes, Rep. Paul garnered 612, while GOP candidates Jon Huntsman and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) placed second and third with 382 and 191 votes respectively, according to Ron Paul’s fan site.
Professional Barack Obama Impersonator Reggie Brown was told to leave the stage at the Republican National Conference Saturday, after making several offensive jokes about the President’s biracial ethnicity. According to a POLITICO article, the act “came just one day after two high-profile Republicans — Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal — urged activists to focus only on going after Obama on policy and not engage in personal attacks.”
A number of prominent political figures have already declared their intentions to run for the Republican nomination for President. However, one man who some believe has a good shot at the nomination — Texas Governor Rick Perry — is still exploring the possibility.
Parents are outraged at Massachusetts school officials, after middle school students were forced to take a survey that included graphic questions about sex — without parental knowledge or consent. Arlene Tessitore claims her daughters were deeply disturbed by the content of a Youth Risk Behavior Study they were forced to take.
The National Security Agency and Internet service providers are working together to monitor Internet traffic, with the reported goal of preventing foreign cyberattacks against defense firms. The program uses sophisticated NSA tools to scan email and other digital traffic.
Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney feels a strong connection to America’s unemployed. After all, he counts himself among their numbers. On Thursday, Romney told a group of unemployed Floridians gathered in a coffee shop: “I’m also unemployed.”
Statewide polling reveals that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is not very popular in his home state — which may explain a statement Romney made in the Republican primary debate Monday night: “I am not running for governor of Massachusetts. I am running for president of the United States.”
While innovation and technology are vital to the modern world, that didn’t stop President Barack Obama from passing some of the blame for the floundering economy onto unsuspecting ATMs and other such machines.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who enjoyed a fair amount of popularity during his run for the Presidency in 2008, is concerned about his friend, former Minnesota Governor and current Republican Candidate Tim Pawlenty. Of Pawlenty’s campaign advisers, Huckabee said, “He needs to get rid of some of his consultants.”
Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require companies that manufacture mobile devices to receive express consent from consumers before sharing information about those users’ locations with third parties.