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Republican Candidates Are No Shows

The filing deadline to challenge Mark Pryor for his US Senate seat was yesterday, and the Arkansas Republican Party announced that nobody will be running against him.

The GOP begins 2008 at a stark disadvantage already, having to defend 23 Senate seats; the Dems, 12. Except that we are not putting up a challenger at all in AR, DE, or RI, bringing that last number down to 9. Way to go, Republicans. (And where is Mike Huckabee when you really need him?)

[UPDATE: Steve Kirby, former Lt. Gov in South Dakota has now announced he will not run against Tim Johnson, in essence giving Johnson a free ride to re-election. This is a seat we should have been massively targeting… drop that number down to 8.]

http://race42008.com/2008/03/11/no-challenger-for-pryors-senate-seat-in-arkansas/   Matt C  10-11-2008

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Party Jumping in Cuyahoga County

There were more defections in the Cuyahoga County Republican Party (RPCC) on election day.

The latest party jumpers are as follows:

  • Mayor Jeff Lansky / City of Maple Hts
  • Mayor Kevin Patton / City of Solon
  • Mayor Sam Alai / City of Broadview Hts
  • Mayor Kathy Mulcahy / Orange Village
  • Judge Kristin Sweeney / Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court

It is reported by the Plain Dealer that some of the mayors claim after soul searching, disagreement with President Bush and a desire to support Hillary as being the reason for the party switch

http://kingsrightsite.blogspot.com/2008/03/more-party-jumping-in-cuyahoga-county.html   King 3-10-2008

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Democrat Super Delegates

About half the 800 superdelegates — elected officials, party leaders, and others — have committed to either Clinton or Obama, though they can change their minds until the convention.

Obama’s political action committee has doled out more than $694,000 to superdelegates since 2005,  and of the 81 who had announced their support for Obama, 34 had received donations totaling $228,000.

Clinton’s political action committee has distributed about $195,000 to superdelegates, and only 13 of the 109 who had announced for her have received money, totaling about $95,000.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/02/superdelegates.html  Foon Rhee  2-14-2008

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Voters Not Interested In Third Party

Recent Gallop Poll:”The American public does not appear to believe it is important or necessary for an independent candidate outside of the traditional two major parties to step into the race in order to save the nation.”

More specifically:

* A startling 84% of respondents think there’s a candidate running who would make a “good president.”* Nearly three in four — 72% — say that the candidates are talking about issues they “really care about.”

* A solid majority — 58% — feel that one more more candidates has come up with “good ideas for solving the country’s problems,” a finding that runs directly counter to Bloomberg’s frequent and self-serving criticism of the other candidates

http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/1/22/21119/0567  Todd Beeton 1-22-2008

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Nader Contemplating Another Run For President

“What I’m deciding on right now is whether we can get enough volunteers, enough financial resources to overcome the huge ballot access obstacles, which you don’t experience here in Canada, but which are the worst in the Western world in the United States,” said Nader.

Critics say he siphoned away enough votes from then Democratic Vice President Al Gore in the 2000 campaign — especially in Florida — to help Republican George W. Bush to win the White House.

http://www.propeller.com/viewstory/2008/01/21/nader-contemplating-run-for-the-white-house/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftoday.reuters.com%2Fnews%2Farticlenews.aspx%3Ftype%3DpoliticsNews%26storyid%3D2008-01-21T165807Z_01_N21413697_RTRUKOC_0_US-USA-POLITICS-NADER.xml&frame=true  Robert Melnbardis  1-21-2008

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Touch Screen Voting Machines Leaving Ohio

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has issued a directive to make the changeover to the new optical-scan system, in which ballots filled out by hand are tabulated by computer scanners effective by the November ballot.

Brunner is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday to discuss the report on touch-screen voting machines, which are used by 57 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080114/NEWS09/268854106  1-14-2008

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Absentee Voting Taking Place

Residents of 11 states — Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina and Utah — have been able to vote for their favorite candidates since December.

In January, sixteen other states make ballots available to their voters before the end of the month, including delegate-rich California on Jan. 7. Nearly 4 million voters in California are signed up as “permanent absentee voters

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/31/america/NA-POL-US-Absentee-Voting.php  12-31-2007

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