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Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill, Moving Deadline for a Newly-Qualifying Party from April to August
(from: Ballot Access News @ April 27, 2012, 09:03 PM)

On April 25, the Tennessee legislature passed SB 3700, which moves the deadline for a newly-qualifying party to submit a petition from April to August. Parties that qualify by the August deadline nominate by convention. The bill has an urgency clause, so it goes into effect as soon as the Governor signs it.

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 22-9 on August 16, and passed the House 98-1. The bill does not reduce the number of signatures, which continues to be 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote. In 2012 that is 40,039 valid signatures.

Goode Tells Virginia Newspaper He?s In It To Win It, Lauds Ron Paul?s ?will to cut?
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 27, 2012, 08:36 PM)

Congressman Virgil Goode is considered a dark-horse candidate for the Presidency of the United States, and that’s putting it kindly, but that does not mean he doesn’t have hopes of running a competitive candidacy and even winning.

Virgil Goode said his bid for the presidency is an ?uphill battle,? but it is one he can win.

Goode, 65, of Rocky Mount, was nominated Saturday by the Constitution Party to run for president in November. The party?s vice presidential candidate is Jim Clymer, who has been the party?s national chairman. Goode is a former state senator and U.S. congressman from Virginia. He has held public office as a Democrat, Republican and independent. He is running for president, he said, because ?my position on the issues are exactly what this country needs.? For instance, he said, ?the National Democratic Party will never, in my view, address the balanced budget.? President Barack Obama?s proposed budget has a $1.3 trillion deficit, and the House Republicans? budget plan, crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has a deficit of more than $600 billion, Goode said. House Republicans are leaving it up to the House committees to decide what to cut and how changes in the tax law would help balance the budget, Goode said. He added that of the Republicans who have sought the party?s nomination for the November race, only Rep. Ron Paul of Texas ?has the will to cut? spending.

Goode later suggests he’s hoping to pick up support amongst tea partiers and Republicans disaffected with their party’s nomination of Mitt Romney.

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Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Don't call it a comeback!
(from: Swing State Project @ April 27, 2012, 08:00 PM)

Another day, another wild round of ping-ponging numbers from our ever-changing daily tracking polls for the presidential showdown. If you buy stock in the House of Ras (I know ... I know), then Barack Obama has had a sudden and marked surge of support, propelling him back into the lead for the first time in their tracker in well over a week. But if you buy stock in the venerable crew at Gallup, then Barack Obama has a solid lead, and has had it for several days now (of course, they had their whiplash moment last week).

I'd normally chalk all this up to the typical bit of float, but six points in three days is a pretty dramatic float.

Here are those numbers on this Friday lite edition of the Wrap:


NATIONAL (Gallup Tracking): Obama d. Romney (50-43)

NATIONAL (Rasmussen Tracking): Obama d. Romney (47-46)

FLORIDA (Rasmussen): Romney d. Obama (46-45)

AR-01--D (Talk Business/Hendrix College): Scott Ellington 15, Clark Hall 10, Gary Latanich 4

AR-04--R (Talk Business/Hendrix College): Tom Cotton 39, Beth Anne Rankin 39, John Cowart 4

FL-SEN (Rasmussen): Sen. Bill Nelson (D) 47, Connie Mack (R) 36; Nelson 44, George LeMieux (R) 30; Nelson 48, Mike McCallister (R) 29

A thought or two, as always, is after the jump.

In Ohio, Romney Hails Two Entrepreneurs Named John
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ April 27, 2012, 06:33 PM)

Mitt Romney recounts two success stories - Jimmy John's and Papa John's -- to college students in Ohio.

Romney to Students: Consider the Record Not Rhetoric
(from: Washington Wire @ April 27, 2012, 06:08 PM)

Associated Press
Mitt Romney shakes hands with students at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, Friday, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio–On a day when the news seemed to be going Mitt Romney‘s way, he decided not to address it.

Campaigning at Otterbein University Friday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee made no mention of his support for a plan to temporarily freeze the interest rate on student loans, though the House passed a Republican version of the bill. President Barack Obama has also advocated for the rate freeze but the two parties are in a standoff over how to pay for the measure.

And amid worrisome signs that economic growth is slowing, Mr. Romney ignored the new gross domestic product numbers even though he’s made Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy his top campaign issue.

In fact, the candidate rarely even uttered the president’s name as he focused instead on reintroducing himself.

“I suggest that in the campaign ahead and in the campaigns of various officers running for various positions ahead, that you consider not just the brilliance of their words, but also the facts of their record,” Mr. Romney said.

Mr. Romney, who faces a wide likability gap in his match up against Mr. Obama, encouraged the Otterbein students to look beyond striking speeches and dig deeper into candidates’ records. Mr. Romney also told tales of his background — his work building up office supply company Staples Inc., his tenure as governor of Massachusetts and his experience running the 2002 Winter Olympics.

“I have a very different record than does the president when it comes to these matters, even though in some cases our words may seem similar,” Mr. Romney said. “I want small business to grow and create jobs. If your priority is to punish people, President Obama’s the right guy to vote for. If your priority is to get more good jobs, I’m right guy to vote for.”

As he tried to offer a more positive alternative to Mr. Obama, Mr. Romney highlighted his plan to cut taxes and he talked up entrepreneurship.

“I believe you’re watching a president who is trying to deflect and divert from his record by trying to find ways to, if you will, attack fellow Americans,” Mr. Romney said. “This kind of divisiveness, this attack of success, is very different than what we’ve seen in our country’s history. We’ve always encouraged young people, take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”

Prior to delivering his speech, Mr. Romney held a roundtable lunch with a group of seven college students who chatted with him about their job prospects or plans for graduate school. A number of students said they would like to see the next president spend more on education issues.

He was joined by Ohio Gov. John Kasich who noted the progress Ohio’s economy has made and the jobs available in the state.

“Mitt Romney’s Ohio roundtable today made a compelling case for President Obama’s re-election,” said Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign. “As Ohio Gov. John Kasich touted the economic recovery under way in Ohio, Otterbein students said that we need a president who will make investments in key, job-creating sectors like education and research. That’s exactly what President Obama is pursuing.”

Daily Kos Elections Weekly Open Thread: What races are you interested in?
(from: Swing State Project @ April 27, 2012, 06:00 PM)

Ohio Provisional Ballots, Counted at Last, Reverse the Original Outcome
(from: Ballot Access News @ April 27, 2012, 05:42 PM)

On April 27, the Hamilton County (Ohio) Board of Elections finally counted the disputed provisional ballots from the 2010 election for a Juvenile Court Judge. The count shows that the Democratic nominee, Tracie Hunter, defeated the Republican nominee, John Williams. This reverses the original count. The original count did not include certain contested provisional ballots. See this story.

Obama Campaign Raises Money for Hillary Clinton
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ April 27, 2012, 02:56 PM)

Bill Clinton agrees to headline major fund-raisers for Mr. Obama, and Obama donors are asked to help retire Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign debt.

A Dinner Date That Presidents Wish They Could Skip
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ April 27, 2012, 02:35 PM)

The White House Correspondents' Association dinner is an odd mix of celebrity and wonkdom.

Senate Candidates in Massachusetts Release Their Tax Returns
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ April 27, 2012, 02:15 PM)

Senator Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts and his likely challenger, Elizabeth Warren, are much wealthier than most voters.

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