December 12: News Roundup

Mitt “the moneyroll” Romney appears to owe $10,000 bucks to Rick Perry, the record shows, after Saturday’s Iowa debate bet. There’s more at Reuters.

Newt’s bet on Mitt’s $10,000 bet, “I wonder if he had the cash in his pocket?” There’s more at TPM.

Mitt Romney turns to Ann Coulter for help. There’s more at TPM.

Gingrich storms into a big lead against Romney in South Carolina and Florida, while President Obama has opened up a lead against the Republican contenders in both states, the NBC/Marist Poll finds. There’s more at MSNBC.

Trends spell big trouble for Mitt Romney. There’s more at TPM.

Nationally, momentum shifts toward Democrats, says The Hill. Read more at The Hill.

U.S. Attorney alerts FBI to Susana Martinez Expo deal. There’s more at Democracy for New Mexico.

New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-3) is in the running for a high-profile national position.There’s more at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Earmark probe identifies $834 Million in pork including pet projects from Republican freshman who campaigned against the practice. There’s more at the Washington Post.

Another national poll gives Congress record low marks for honesty and ethics. There’s more at Politico.

More economic “leading indicators” show promise as sales figures show increase. There’s more at NPR.

Foreign-owned companies are backing away from Alabama over draconian anti-immigration law. There’s more at ThinkProgress.

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) calls consumer protection “something out of the Stalinist era.” There’s more at Politico.

The Colorado Secretary of State proposes changes to voting machine security, making the equipment more vulnerable to hacking. There’s more at the Denver Post.

California’s new non-partisan citizens’ committee redistricting map jeopardizes as many as five Republican seats. There’s more at the Los Angeles Times.