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The Caucus Click: Planes and Buses
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ October 5, 2012, 05:35 PM)

Mitt Romney boarded his campaign bus after arriving in Clearwater, Fla., on Friday for a campaign event in the swing state.

Early Voting Is Restored in Ohio
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ October 5, 2012, 05:32 PM)

Early voting in Ohio for all residents was restored on Friday by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, giving President Obama's campaign another victory in its legal battles with Republicans over voting issues.

Santorum Defends Killing Big Bird
(from: Political Wire @ October 5, 2012, 05:26 PM)

Rick Santorum got philosophical when asked about Mitt Romney's pledge to cut off PBS funding, the Washington Post reports.

Said Santorum: "I've voted to kill Big Bird in the past. I have a record there that I have to disclose. That doesn't mean I don't like Big Bird. You can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don't know. That's probably that. Can we -- can we go back on that one?"

Rocky Anderson?s Ballot Access
(from: Independent Political Report @ October 5, 2012, 04:55 PM)

Found at Note that there are quite a few states where they are still seeking qualified write-in status.

Anderson is behind Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and Virgil Goode in ballot access, but is the only one of those candidates participating or planning to participate in every forum with the other candidates known so far: A Democracy Now! counter-debate with Jill Stein this past Wednesday, a panel on the economy with Gary Johnson and Reform Party candidate Andre Barnett yesterday, and a Free and Equal debate on October 23 with Gary Johnson, Virgil Goode and Jill Stein.

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Americans Elect Spent $11,316,047 on Ballot Access in 2010 and 2011
(from: Independent Political Report @ October 5, 2012, 04:45 PM)

Ballot Access News:

According to the Americans Elect Mission Report, published this year, the organization spent $1,157,723 for ballot access in 2010, and $10,158,324 in 2011. Those total $11,316,047. The report does not have the 2012 figure.

Americans Elect eventually qualified itself in 29 states. The last state in which it qualified was Oregon. It had collected signatures in some states that it never submitted.

The report also says that on June 26, 2012, Americans Elect?s Board of Directors approved a plan of dissolution. The report says the dissolution will be completed by the end of 2012. However, the organization?s ballot status will survive in 2014 in twelve states.

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Obama Camp Tries to Keeps Heat on ?47%?
(from: Washington Wire @ October 5, 2012, 04:20 PM)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have reversed himself on his controversial "47%" comments that labeled many Americans as victims and freeloaders, but the Obama campaign isn?t ready to accept his clarification.

In New Madison Square Garden Exhibit, It's All About the Presidents
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ October 5, 2012, 04:17 PM)

The Madison Square Garden Company, which runs the arena bearing its name in New York City, will honor presidential visits as part of its continuing renovation of the arena.

D.C. May Have to Decide Between Pastimes
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ October 5, 2012, 03:58 PM)

The Washington Nationals, the National League East champions, could be playing elimination games during the vice-presidential debate on Thursday and the final presidential debate on Oct. 22.

Brian Irving: All Candidates Should Debate
(from: Independent Political Report @ October 5, 2012, 03:42 PM)

From Brian Irving for Congress. As an IPR writer, Brian is not publishing his own editorial per IPR policy, but submitted it to IPR as any other candidate or opinion writer would.

Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers is apparently unwilling to debate her Democratic opponent in the 2nd Congressional District, according to the News & Observer. Steve Wilkins told the newspaper that Ellmers has turned down an invitation to debate on WTVD-TV.

I feel your pain Mr. Wilkins. I believe all ballot-qualified candidates should agree to debate, anywhere and in any venue, and that the media has a duty and obligation to cover all candidates fairly and equally. I think all ballot-qualified candidates should be invited to debates by the sponsors and organizers.

Unfortunately, WTVD and WRAL apparently don’t believe that. I wasn’t invited to take part in the WTVD debate. Nor will WRAL allow me to tape a video for their online candidate guide, a service they?ve offered to the Republican and Democratic candidates.

I believe anyone in office, or seeking office, has a duty and responsibility to accept any and all invitations to speak to groups and especially to debate. Mrs. Ellmers herself has noted that she’s new to the district due to redistricting. That should make such personal contact even more important.

The model I’m using for my campaign is the same model I will use if elected, that of the citizen-servant envisioned by our nation’s founders when they wrote the Constitution.

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Steve Martin Endorses Bob Kerrey
(from: Political Wire @ October 5, 2012, 03:40 PM)

Comedian and "home crafts expert" endorses Bob Kerrey (D) in his Nebraska U.S. Senate race in a very original and bizarre video.

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