Politics

9:24am

Wed May 18, 2011
The Two-Way

'Nice To Live In A Free Country,' Gingrich Says After Getting 'Glittered'

Saying that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich needs to "feel the rainbow ... stop the hate, stop anti-gay politics!" a protester showered the former House speaker and his wife with glitter Tuesday at a book-signing in Minneapolis.

Gingrich took it in stride, saying "it's nice to live in a free country" as he swept away some of the glitter.

The protester was quickly removed from the room.

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5:41pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Politics

Colorado Legislative Redistricting Begins Amid Bi-Partisan Promises

The state legislature may have failed to redraw Colorado's U.S. Congressional districts. But a separate commission now taking its shot at redrawing state legislative house and senate districts says its ground rules are different and thus partisan fights could be minimized. 

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5:21pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Education

State Sen. Heath Proposes ‘Tourniquet’ To Help Education Funding

Rollie Heath

At the State Capitol today, State Senator Rollie Heath unveiled “Support Our Schools for a Bright Colorado,” a ballot measure campaign he hopes will bring more funding to higher education and K-12 schools.

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011

12:01am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Spark

A Glimpse Of The Great War Shaped A Young Gingrich

Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds up a copy of the Republican Party's "Contract with America" during a rally to celebrate the first 50 days of the Republican majority in Congress in 1995.
Joshua Roberts AFP/Getty Images

NPR has been profiling some of the Republicans who are considering a presidential run in 2012, to find out what first sparked their interest in politics. Read more of those profiles.

When you ask many politicians what inspired them to a life of public service, you often hear familiar words about a commitment to helping people, or perhaps a desire to run government more like a business.

Newt Gingrich has a different story to tell.

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