Gingrich announces presidential candidacy

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich became the first person to officially announced his candidacy in the Republican presidential nomination race Wednesday.

GOP debate: Release bin Laden photos

GREENVILLE, S.C., May 6 (UPI) -- Four of the five presidential hopefuls participating in the first GOP debate of the campaign said they would release photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse.
Key contenders missing from GOP debate

Key contenders missing from GOP debate

GREENVILLE, S.C., May 5 (UPI) -- The first debate among Republicans hoping to nab the presidential nomination, in Greenville, S.C., will be noted for who didn't show up as much as for who did.
Pawlenty only top name at 1st GOP debate

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WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- The 2012 Republican presidential primary's first debate will go on Thursday, regardless of who shows up, organizers of the South Carolina event said.
Ron Paul to create exploratory committee

Ron Paul to create exploratory committee

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Ron Paul joked he'd decide on a third U.S. presidential run based on "what kind of reception I get" on conservative host Sean Hannity's TV show.

Paul, Romney top CPAC straw poll

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were the only candidates pulling ahead of the pack Saturday in the CPAC straw poll.
GOP gives Huckabee high favorable rating

GOP gives Huckabee high favorable rating

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has the highest favorable rating among possible Republican 2012 presidential candidates, Gallup reported.
Ex-N.M. Gov Johnson to speak at pot gala

Ex-N.M. Gov Johnson to speak at pot gala

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Organizers of a marijuana-legalization fundraiser in Washington say former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will appear along with comedy legends Cheech and Chong.

Former N.M. governor injured paragliding

SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson must stay in bed for the next six months after breaking his back in a paragliding accident.

Texas convict kills clerk, then himself

KARNES CITY, Texas, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Officials say an inmate stabbed a clerk to death at a South Texas prison and then killed himself. Gary Laskowski, 38, attacked Rhonda Osborne at the John B. Connally Unit on Thursday and then fatally stabbed himself, the San Antonio Express-News reported

Clinton's boyhood home for sale on E-Bay

HOPE, Ark., March 17 (UPI) -- President Bill Clinton's boyhood home in Arkansas is for sale on E-Bay.

Anaheim (ss) 8, Arizona 3

TUCSON, March 6 (UPI) -- Byung-Hyun Kim tossed four scoreless innings before a split squad of Anaheim Angels rallied for six runs in the seventh Thursday to down the Arizona Diamondback

New Mexico cuts taxes to stimulate economy

SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- New Mexico has cut taxes at the same time most states are facing record budget deficits and considering spending cuts or tax hikes.

Romney takes reigns in Mass.

BOSTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney, a rising star in Republican national circles, was inaugurated Thursday as governor of Massachusetts with a vow to meet the state's fiscal crisis "head on." New Mexico and Michigan inaugurated new governors on New Year's Day, while 20 other st

Cubs obtain Damian Miller from Arizona

CHICAGO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Catcher Damian Miller, whose playing time diminished toward the end of the season, was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Chicago Cubs Wednesday for a
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Gary Johnson

Gary Earl Johnson (born January 1, 1953) is an American businessman, former Governor of New Mexico, and candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 election. He served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, and is known for his low-tax libertarian views and his regular participation in triathlons.

Founder of one of New Mexico's largest construction companies, Johnson entered politics for the first time by running for Governor of New Mexico in 1994 on a conservative, low-tax, anti-crime platform. He beat incumbent Democratic governor Bruce King by 50% to 40%. He cut the 10% annual growth in the budget by using his gubernatorial veto on half of bills in the first six months. His use of the veto over his two terms gained him the nickname "Governor Veto".

He sought re-election in 1998, winning by 55% to 45%. In his second term, he concentrated on the issue of school voucher reforms, as well as campaigning for marijuana decriminalization. During his tenure as governor, he adhered strictly to an anti-tax, anti-bureaucracy program, and set state and national records for his use of veto powers: more than the other 49 contemporary governors put together. Term-limited, Johnson retired from politics at the end of his second term.

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