Monday, July 16, 2012

I can has votes?

In our top story this noon, Alaska City Elects Cat As Mayor. Hey, Wasilla did worse. His name is Stubbs, because he's part Manx. And it appears there's a drug scandal involving catnip. What else I got here:
  • Mitt Romney is a lot of things but he ain't dumb. There's a REASON he's not releasing the tax returns: releasing them is worse than not. John Cassidy:
    "Mitt is doing what he always does: acting on the basis of a careful cost-benefit analysis. But what information could the earlier tax returns contain that would be so damaging if it were brought out into the open? Here are four possibilities..." 1. Extremely high levels of income. 2. More offshore accounts. 3. Politically explosive investments. 4. A very, very low tax rate.
  • Schultz looks to find voter fraud in Iowa... whether it exists or not. In other news, Ponce de Leon looks to find Fountain of Youth in Florida, Potter looks to find unicorn in Forbidden Forest.
  • Craig Robinson has a must read on the upcoming Republican special nominating convention in This Is Where Your District Went (Ankeny's HD37, where none of the six candidates made it to the required 35%)
  • Listkeepers and Erik Helland will love these thumbnail sketches of the 44 congressional incumbents to lose primaries since 1992. Well, only 43; Cynthia McKinney shows up twice Grover Cleveland style.
  • Remember Americans Elect? The fizzled third party effort had an interesting strategy: get the ballot access first, find the candidate later. Well, they never did find the candidate and they closed up shop... ...but not after gaining official party status in 30 states. It's a status they no longer want, prompting third party guru Richard Winger to ask: "Can a Ballot-Qualified Political Party Commit Legal Suicide?" If not, the empty shell could become a home for any nut case who wants to take it over, the way Pat Buchanan took over the remnants of the Reform Party circa 1999 after Ross Perot got bored with it.
  • Speaking of Teh Crazy, I'll be on the Fallon Forum tomorrow where I have a tough act to follow: lower case u united States Senator Randi-Kaye: Shannon!!!!1!
  • 1 comment:

    Richard said...

    Two of us in Arizona are running for Congress in the Americans Elect party primary on August 28. Stephen Dolger is on the ballot and unopposed in Arizona's Eighth Congressional District, and I am a write-in candidate for the AEP nomination in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District. (I need only one write-in vote to win; in 2010 I secured the Green Party nomination for Congress with just 6 write-in votes.) The Arizona Americans Elect Party will also be on the ballot in 2014, as it will in other states, so we encourage others to run, too. In the quarter ending June 30, we were the fastest-growing party in Arizona.