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Republican National Convention
2:06 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Boehner to RNC delegates: Ill. key to maintaining GOP House majority

US House Speaker John Boehner.
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Reporting in this story from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky

Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa got a pep talk yesterday from US House Speaker John Boehner. He says Illinois is key to the GOP maintaining its House majority.

Illinois Republicans made gains in Congress two years ago, winning enough seats that more Republicans than Democrats now represent Illinois in Washington.  It's the opposite in Springfield, where Democrats outnumber Republicans in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

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It's All Politics
10:43 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Five takeaways from Wednesday at the Republican National Convention

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and his wife, Janna (at right), along with two of their children and his mother, Betty, on stage Wednesday in Tampa.
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Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:38 am

If you missed some of Wednesday's action at the Republican National Convention, when Rep. Paul Ryan accepted his party's vice presidential nomination, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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It's All Politics
5:52 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

As It Happened: Wednesday At The Republican Convention

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan waves with his family Wednesday at the GOP convention in Tampa. Also on stage: his daughter Liza, sons Charlie and Sam Ryan, wife Janna and mother Elizabeth.
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Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:37 pm

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Hello from Tampa, where tonight Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin accepted the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination and told the nation that if he joins Mitt Romney in the White House they will work to solve the nation's problems, not blame them on others.

"We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead," he said. "We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles."

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It's All Politics
9:53 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Five takeaways trom Tuesday at the Republican National Convention

Delegates showed their love for Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:38 am

If you missed some of Tuesday's action at the Republican National Convention, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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It's All Politics
1:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

As It Happened: GOP Kicks Off Its Convention; Makes Its Case To The Nation

Texas delegates cheer as Romney is formally nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:23 am

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With a program designed both to tell the American people more about Mitt Romney and to make the case that Republicans' ideas for solving the nation's problems are better than Democrats', the 2012 GOP National Convention got going today and Romney officially became the party's presidential nominee.

Delegates also officially made Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the party's vice presidential nominee.

We live blogged through the afternoon and evening. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how the story developed.

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Health Care
1:27 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

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(Update:  Judge Daniel Green ruled in favor of Lt. Gov. Kinder and changed the ballot language initially approved by Sec. of State Carnahan...an updated version of this story can be found here.)


A Cole County judge heard arguments today in a lawsuit that claims Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) deliberately used misleading language in a ballot initiative regarding the creation of a health insurance exchange.


The language in question asks in part if the law should “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.”  Attorney Jay Kanzler represents Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and a group of Republican legislative leaders who filed suit.

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12:11 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Some Minnesota Dems using Akin abortion remarks in congressional races

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Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's remarks on abortion and 'legitimate rape' are being used by politicians not only on the national stage, but also in congressional races outside the Show-Me state. Catharine Richert of Minnesota Public Radio explains via the link.
After saying last week that women "rarely" get pregnant if they are victims of "legitimate rape," GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin provided Democrats a chance to reignite their campaign theme and to make it local, including in several of Minnesota's congressional races.
Cellphone Tracking
11:49 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Mo. law on cellphone tracking gets busy signal with lawsuit

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Remember that law which would make it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies? Well, it went into effect today, and there is already a lawsuit filed challenging it.

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It's All Politics
11:26 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
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Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:09 am

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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Illinois Gambling
9:47 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Quinn vetoes gambling bill, says it included 'loopholes for mobsters'

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Will be updated. Reporting from WUIS' Rachel Otwell used in this story.

Updated 12:37 p.m. with reaction from Fairmount Park Race Track official

Updated 11:01 a.m. with additional comments from Illinois lawmakers and stakeholders.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a gambling bill on the grounds that it fell "well short of the standards of the people of Illinois."

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