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Taking a beating on budget compromise, Boehner turns up heat on...

Conservative celebrity Sarah Palin and right-wing blogger Erick Erickson are just two of the high profile far-right leaders disparaging Speaker of the House John Boehner for the budget deal he hammered out with President Obama and Democratic Senate leaders last week. Colorado "liberty movement" talk radio hosts are unhappy. Colorado Tea Party freshmen Congressmen Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner as well as Colorado Springs conservative Doug Lamborn broke with the Speaker and voted against the budget. But Boehner can't go back on the deal and he won't likely win over the Tiptons and Palins and Ericksons with a lecture on the delayed gratification of budget cutting and the difference between outlays and spending. On the contrary, it would just make him seem more establishment. So instead, Boehner followed the lead of GOP presidential hopefuls and took a provocative and distracting stand against gay rights.

VIDEO: Minnesota’s two (count em, two) presidential hopefuls offer more fodder...

Minnesota’s potential presidential candidates are giving Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert plenty of material these days, from Tim Pawlenty letting news of his candidacy slip on CNN (before backpedaling on the topic) to Michele Bachmann telling Iowa conservatives that the earth is 5,000 years old.

Pawlenty: Human contribution to climate change still up for debate

Science is still unclear how much humans contribute to global climate change, but the consensus seems to be “it’s a modest amount,” former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Friday in an interview with WHO-AM’s Jan Mickelson.

Colorado GOP presidential straw poll: If not Romney, then Bachmann!

Last weekend Colorado Republicans huddled at their annual Centennial Dinner and took a presidential election straw poll. To their credit, perhaps, attendees at the party seemed as uninspired by the GOP candidate choices so far as does the rest of the nation. They liked Mitt Romney best, a safe choice. Runner up was not a safe choice. Maybe it was the late hour and the flowing champagne, but after Romney came Minnesota Congresswoman wingnut Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party U.S. history fan who announced she was contemplating a run at the White House the same day she put the battles of Lexington and Concord in New Hampshire instead of Massachusetts. Also strange is that Colorado Republicans also liked Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty. The former governor came in third in the poll. He was the first candidate to formally announce for president but few Americans outside of Minnesota and the Centennial Dinner crowd could pick him out of a line up.

Pawlenty proposes slashing benefits for federal employees

On Saturday Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, speaking to Republicans attending the Arapahoe and Denver county Republican Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser, proposed cutting the...

Sarah PAC denies Palin polling in Iowa

Welcome to the Möbius strip that is the Iowa presidential caucus. Our Iowa Independent colleague Chase Martyn has the skinny on recent pre-, pre-, pre-caucus favorability polling on Sarah Palin.

Romney comes out snarling at secretive GOP lair in Denver

McCain is expected to name his VP pick on Friday, in part to dull any post-convention bounce the Obama-Biden ticket might get. Romney, along with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is considered a front-runner for the ticket. Pawlenty is scheduled to arrive in Denver on Thursday to join the Republican attack, organized at Not Ready '08. On Wednesday, failed Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to rip apart the Dems on national security at the undisclosed, secretive location — 2810 N. Speer Blvd., to be exact — in North Denver.

GOP “Ministry of Truth” ready to spin back-alley contortions

In a secretive brick building off an alley in Northwest Denver, behind a metal gate secured by a guard, top Republican operatives have gathered to bash the Democrat National Convention across the river.
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