Presidential campaign ad spending tops $87M

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President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney and their allies already have spent $87 million on TV ads in the nine most hotly contested states.

UPDATE 1-Argentine farmers call strike as tax bill advances

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* Lawmakers in top grains province set to approve tax reform * Farmers say will halt grain, cattle sales * Soybean, corn growers say tax hike will erode profits BUENOS AIRES, May 31 (Reuters) – Growers in Argentina’sbiggest farming province will halt sales of grain and livestockfor nine days to protest a tax-hike bill advancing in theprovincial Congress, agricultural groups said on Thursday. Cash-strapped Buenos Aires province is the country’s topproducer of soybeans, corn and wheat, and the protest couldaffect grain shipments, though the level of disruption woulddepend on exporters’ stocks. …

Edwards found not guilty on one count; mistrial on others

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John Edwards arrives for the ninth day of jury deliberations at the federal courthouse in GreensboroGREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) – Jurors acquitted former U.S. Senator John Edwards on one count of taking illegal campaign contributions on Thursday and the judge declared a mistrial on five other counts because the jury was deadlocked. Edwards, who did not testify in the trial, was found not guilty of accepting illegal campaign contributions from supporter Rachel "Bunny" Mellon in 2008. …

House votes small boost in intelligence spending

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Lawmakers are voting to give the intelligence community a few billion dollars more than the White House wants in a bill that covers everything from the CIA to high-tech satellites.

Day of stunts, stagecraft on presidential campaign

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a news conference outside the Solyndra manufacturing facility, Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Fremont, Calif. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Stunts, stagecraft, scripts — and a touch of the surreal — shaped the presidential campaign Thursday as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama sought an edge on voters' No. 1 issue, the economy.

Day of stunts, stagecraft on presidential campaign

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a news conference outside the Solyndra manufacturing facility, Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Fremont, Calif. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Stunts, stagecraft, scripts — and a touch of the surreal — shaped the presidential campaign Thursday as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama sought an edge on voters' No. 1 issue, the economy.

Federal judge blocks Florida voter registration restrictions

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Florida voter reg application

Not all the voter suppression news out of Florida is bad. A federal judge has blocked the voter registration restrictions signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott last year. The judge ruled that the requirement that third-party voter registration groups, like the League of Women Voters, file new registrations within 48 hours of collecting them is “harsh and impractical.”

In his decision, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle found that the Constitution and federal law prohibit most of Florida’s recently-passed restrictions, and highlighted the law’s impact on the Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.

“Together speech and voting are constitutional rights of special significance; they are the rights most protective of all others, joined in this respect by the ability to vindicate one’s rights in a federal court. … [W]hen a plaintiff loses an opportunity to register a voter, the opportunity is gone forever,” U.S. Judge Robert L. Hinkle wrote in his opinion blocking most of the Florida law. “And allowing responsible organizations to conduct voter-registration drives—thus making it easier for citizens to register and vote—promotes democracy.”

This suit was brought by the League of Women Voters and other groups, who had halted their voter registration efforts in the state. Judge Hinkle let other provisions of the law remain, however, including restrictions on early voting and other registration restrictions. The Department of Justice has opposed those provisions under the Voting Rights Act, and a separate hearing is pending on those issues.

Now the Florida voter purge needs to be stopped. Sign our petition asking the Department of Justice to prevent Florida’s planned voter roll purge.

For more discussion, see alaprst’s diary.


Obama races the clock with summer economic numbers

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President Barack Obama finds himself in a political game of “beat the clock,” in which each successive economic report increases in electoral importance.

Recall news

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The following recall has been announced:

Obama Campaign Calls Romney Hecklers ‘Juvenile’

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Obama Campaign Calls Romney Hecklers 'Juvenile'The Obama campaign today offered a sharp rebuke to hecklers who tried to shout down senior strategist David Axelrod at a news conference in Boston, calling their tactics “juvenile” and “circus-like.” Axelrod took to the steps of the Massachusetts State House this morning to criticize…