Kentucky Republican Candidates for Secretary of State Disagree on Whether Independent Voters Should be Allowed to Vote in Republican Primary (Ballot Access News) Here is a four-minute you tube, in which Michael Lewis, calling in, asked each candidate whether independent voters should be allowed to vote in major party primaries. Johnson said “yes”; Legg said “no.”
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- About That Speech - Mr. Obama's budget speech makes more sense when one realizes that his sinking poll numbers indicate an erosion in support with his liberal base. (By JOHN FUND, Wall Street Journal/John Fund On the Trail) The more that Mr. Obama feels he has to haul out class-warfare rhetoric and avoid offering serious proposals to stave off a fiscal crisis, the more he is endangering his standing with independent voters who remain unsettled by a sluggish recovery. The latest Gallup Poll pegs Mr. Obama's support among independents at just 35%. Right now, Mr. Obama is more concerned with shoring up his liberal base than with wooing independents. That's a sign of weakness.
- Iowa called vital component of Obama re-election strategy (Written by JENNIFER JACOBS, Indianapolis Star) Des Moines lawyer Jerry Crawford, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser and adviser, said it's crucial that Obama wins Iowa, a state with 696,061 active independent voters.
- NYC mayor forms campaign group for self-paid ads (Associated Press, WCAX)
- NYC mayor Bloomberg not running but registers campaign committee to declare self-paid ads (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS as posted in The Republic) They attempt to brand him as an independent-minded politician and sell his position on the city's budget. Bloomberg has said he has no plans to run for office again… Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said last month that the first week of the mayor's ads was costing the billionaire in the "upper six figures." Since then, Bloomberg has also sent mailers to many residents' homes.
Redistricting commission to hold Southern California hearings (LA Times) The meetings will allow residents to provide input about their communities, information that will be used along with new census data as the commission draws political boundaries for the state's 53 members of Congress, 40 state senators and 80 Assembly members.
DONALD THE DUMPSTER
- Here's why The Donald is not The Answer for The GOP (By: Cal Thomas, The Washington Examiner) In bridge, a trump card is held in reserve for winning a trick. In politics, Donald Trump is anything but reserved and appears to think he might trick enough voters to win the next presidential election.
- Trump Candidacy for White House Gaining Ground (By NEIL KING JR., Wall Street Journal) Mr. Trump's near-daily barrage of TV interviews in recent weeks—he did at least three on Tuesday—has diverted attention from the rest of the potential GOP field and propelled him higher in national polls.
ANTIWAR MOVEMENT REVITALIZED BY INDEPENDENTS AND THIRD PARTY GROUPS (by Damon Eris, CAIVN) Numerous third party leaders spoke at the events in New York City. Among them were Howie Hawkins, a former Green Party nominee for governor, Charles Barron, a local elected official and leader of the Freedom Party, and prominent antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who waged an unsuccessful bid for Congress as an Independent against Nancy Pelosi in 2008, coming in second in the race with just over 16% of the vote. Sheehan pulled no punches in her remarks.