- 'Fierce' Obama to meet BP execs (USA Today/The Oval - Tracking the Obama Presidency) The Democratic National Committee distributed a memo about the results of a focus group of white male independent voters who watched the president's speech. The memo, written by David Binder Research, said the voters liked the president's call for alternative energy and viewed Republican opposition as partisan.
- The Arnold Factor (William Bradley, Huffington Post) Indeed, a group of former governors, including Brown, who endorsed an open primary last year in a speech to the California Newspaper Publishers Association, agreed to sign a letter backing the initiative. But in the end, Schwarzenegger's team decided that the initiative campaign -- blessed with a raft of editorial endorsements and a ton of money raised by Schwarzenegger -- was doing just fine without political events. Whitman opposes an open primary.
- Jennifer Foster: Legal and ethical are not one and the same (Opelika Auburn News - AL)
- California, Louisiana now have open primaries in common (John Maginnis, NOLA.com Times Picayune)
- Phil Power: Primary shake-up could reshape political scene (Livingston MI Daily)
- Jindal sent open primaries legislation (By JORDAN BLUM, Advocate Capitol News Bureau)
- Should we ditch the primary election system? (By Bill Minor, Desoto Times Tribune MS)
- Our View- Prop 14 rids the need for political training wheels (Daily 49er)
- La. returning to 'open' congressional races (KEVIN McGILL, The Associated Press, NOLA.com)
GOV/ STATE/ MIDTERM RACES
- FL: Gov. candidate Bud Chiles: BP should offer bounty for oil (Dave Helle, WTSP/10 Connects.com Tampa Bay)
- MA: Gov. candidates debate (By John J. Monahan Worcester TELEGRAM & GAZETTE) On education standards, Mr. Baker and Mr. Cahill said they objected to the state signing on to meet new federal educations standards, saying they do not want to lower the state's MCAS testing standards. The governor said the state has not signed on to those standards because they have not yet been established, and he would not lower current standards.
- IL: Independent candidate Will Boyd Jr. makes it on ballot (Chicago Political Buzz Examiner, Philip Houdesheldt) Will Boyd Jr., an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois has achieved what few other Independents have been able to. He has secured a place on the ballot for this November’s election by gaining the necessary 25,000+ signatures on petitions.
- A DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN NEW ENGLAND: ELIOT CUTLER'S INDEPENDENT BID FOR GOVERNOR OF MAINE (by Damon Eris, CAIVN) n an interview for Third Party and Independent Daily last week, I asked the candidate why he opted to run for governor as an Independent rather than within one of the major parties. He struck a note that will likely ring true for many an Independent voter: "I am running as an Independent because I am one . . . the leadership of both parties has become captive to the various special interests that control them and . . . they are both incapable to governing from the moderate center. I am committed to doing that and to giving voice and representation to what I believe is an overwhelming majority of independent and moderate Maine voters who want to see Maine government work again."
- Exclusive: Interview with Eliot Cutler, Independent Candidate for Governor of Maine (Independent and Third Party Daily)
- Questions Remain To Be Answered In The Haggerty Case (John Toscano, Queens Gazette/Political Page)
- Elex board to probe Indies' $$ (By DAVID SEIFMAN City Hall Bureau Chief, NY Post)
- Manhattan DA Cy Vance goes after embattled state Independence Party as Andrew Cuomo awaits nod (BY CELESTE KATZ AND ADAM LISBERG, DAILY NEWS)
- Hizzoner 'bilked' by bud (By DAVID SEIFMAN, City Hall Bureau Chief, NY Post)
NYC CHARTER REVISION
- 'Integrity' the watchword at Charter forum in Harlem (Peter N. Spencer, Staten Island Advance)
- Charter Commission Takes On Member Items At Harlem Hearing (By: Grace Rauh, NY1 Manhattan)