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RNC chairman rips Obama's gun proposals

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wasted no time in attacking President Obama's new gun control proposals.

"President Obama's series of gun control measures amount to an executive power grab that may please his political base but will not solve the problems at hand. He paid lip service to our fundamental constitutional rights, but took actions that disregard the 2nd Amendment and the legislative process," Priebus said, attacking Obama for including executive orders as part of the response.

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RNC chairman backs changes to electoral vote apportionment

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus supports Republican governors pushing to change the rules of how they apportion electoral votes in Democratic-leaning states, a gambit that would provide a huge boost for the GOP in the electoral college.

"I think it's something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at," Priebus said last weekend of a plan to change how electoral votes are granted from a winner-take-all system for statewide votes to one where each congressional district gets a vote.

He argued that system "gives more local control" to the states — but what it would do in effect is give Republicans a huge boost in the electoral college and make it much easier for GOP presidential candidates to win.

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Gov. O'Malley to lay out major gun-control legislation

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is set to lay out major new gun-control proposals that would include bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

The potential presidential candidate will lay out the proposals on Monday at an event with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). O'Malley said in December, after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that he'd seek out new gun-control regulations. He is the second potential presidential candidate to do so — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) released his own proposals last week.

"It will ban military-style assault weapons that have no place on the streets of Baltimore City or anywhere else in our state. And it will also limit the size of magazines to make it harder for criminals to gun down police officers or schoolchildren," O'Malley will say in the speech, according to CNN. "It will have a common-sense licensing requirements for handguns that respect the traditions of hunters and sportsmen and -women."

O'Malley's proposals will also include investing in mental health services.

The moves by the two blue-state governors hint that they might have an eye on the national political landscape and a 2016 Democratic primary, as neither waited to see what proposals would likely be approved by Congress before crafting their own plans.

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Rep. McIntyre's 2012 opponent mulling rematch

Former North Carolina state Sen. David Rouzer (R) is thinking about taking another shot at Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), who beat him by just 650 votes in 2012 in one of the closest House races in the nation.

"I'm still evaluating my options," Rouzer told the Charlotte News & Observer. He said that he would have won his 2012 race if Mitt Romney had done slightly better in the state, and expected Republicans would do better in the midterm election.

Rouzer blamed a late campaign start for some of his struggles, though he announced his House bid in August of 2011. He said that if he runs again, he'll get in even earlier this time.

McIntyre has proven to be a tough campaigner year after year, and his 2012 win came despite his district becoming much more Republican in redistricting — President Obama won just 40 percent of the vote there in 2012. McIntyre could face an even tougher race this time around, however — his district still has a significant African-American population that turned out in high numbers for Obama and will be harder to turn out in a midterm election.

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Santorum: 'Abysmal' tax deal highlights need for balanced-budget amendment

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is pushing for a balanced-budget amendment as a solution to the issues facing the nation's economy. 

"Following last week's abysmal attempt to avert the fiscal cliff, it is critical that Congress make passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution their first priority before any additional fiscal reforms are considered. Congress and the President have proven they do not have the will or the ability to limit the size and scale of an overreaching bloated federal government," he said in an email sent out by his nonprofit, Patriot Voices.

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