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Harold And Kumar Run For Congress

Okay, just Kumar. And not that one, this one.
Jun 12, 2008 6:32 PM

Find The Good Donors And Praise It Solicit Them

Will Alexander shares a moving story about his dad, Senator Lamar Alexander, and then asks you to share your story after filling out a long online form so that they can email, direct mail and otherwise solicit your donation.
Jun 12, 2008 6:14 PM

The Name You Know

Sean Braisted pokes a hole in the conventional wisdom that John McCain is a more known quantity to the American public than Barack Obama:
What does America know about McCain? In 2000, his campaign ended only a about a month and a half after the Iowa caucus. Most Americans know little about their own Senator, let alone one from Arizona, and this year's Republican primary did little to reintroduce him to the majority of Americans who don't follow politics and know the co-sponsors of immigration legislation or any such issues. Obama has been the subject of intensive media scrutiny over the past few months, more so than any other primary candidate in history. McCain has been a side note in the battle between Hillary and Obama. And while I'm sure there are many Americans who don't know all the positions of Barack Obama, its equally true for John McCain, who most people know as a "maverick," but fewer know why exactly.
Jun 12, 2008 6:07 PM

So He's Not Planning On Actually Winning The Presidency Then?

Mike Huckabee will follow in the footsteps of Pat Buchanan by biding his time  between Presidential runs by doing TV commentary:
The deal keeps Huckabee in the spotlight as he contemplates a second run in 2012, a tactic perfected by Pat Buchanan, who hosted CNN’s “Crossfire” between presidential campaigns.
Jun 12, 2008 5:37 PM

A "No Show" Fundraiser

The campaign of Tom Leatherwood could have some creative fun with this one.
Jun 12, 2008 5:18 PM

The Other Fred

Marsha Blackburn on John McCain's Veep choice:
It would not surprise me to see a female. It would not surprise me to see a person of color. It would not surprise me to see a businessman - maybe someone like Fred Smth, who is the head of FedEx, who knows how to run a business. I think that you're going to see somebody outside of the box. McCain has always been a maverick, and I think you're going to see that come through as he chooses a running mate.
Jun 12, 2008 5:06 PM

It Ain't Her Fault

Calvin Rye seems almost willing to believe that Marsha Blackburn's FEC problems are due not to evil intentions but rank incompetence.
Jun 12, 2008 4:31 PM

Huey Long And The News: Padgett On The Minimum Wage

Sean Braisted thinks some might find Mike Padgett's proposal of an elevated minium wage of 50% of the average American (or $8.40/hr) "extreme":
While support for the minimum wage is strong all across America, including in the more conservative South, there might be a limit to how much people would like to see it raised (though that limit is much higher in a Democratic primary). Setting it against the average of all wages could be problematic, as increasing the minimum wage would likely have a ripple effect on other wages, thus hastening a higher annual increase. The question ultimately comes down to what you believe the minimum wage exists for. If you think it should be there to help a person make a living off of a 40 hour work week on the minimum wage, Padgett's plan might be closer to your thinking. If you think it exists more as a labor protection, to prevent exploitation of labor...this might be a little extreme.
UPDATE: A clarification has been added in the plan on this point via a link to the Center For American Progress. [poll=3]
Jun 12, 2008 4:00 PM

DNC To Chi-Town

R. Neal blogs that Obama will be moving the DNC's act to Chicago:
People familiar with the plan said that state party staffers paid for under Howard Dean's 50 State Program would be shifted to working for the presidential campaign, at least in targeted battleground states.
Jun 12, 2008 3:48 PM

The Revolution Is Dead. Long Live The Revolution

Ron Paul will officially end his campaign for President tonight in a speech from Houston:
The new phase of the revolution officially begins with a speech tonight in Houston and a Web video to be posted on his site, officially ending Paul's presidential campaign and freeing up the more than $4.7 million in campaign cash for investment in a new advocacy group, The Campaign for Liberty. The new entity will be used to push a slate of libertarian-minded Republican candidates for public office in local districts nationwide, according to a description provided to ABC News by the Paul campaign.
Jun 12, 2008 3:44 PM