Tuesday marked the start of my daily focus on the 2012 election campaign, covering the latest news and controversies across a very wide range of races and issues that progressives care about. (See my preview and personal background here.) As the author of three books about influential political campaigns, I also bring a certain historical perspective to this very topical task. You can bookmark the blog by clicking my name at the top or by going here. Send tips to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Frequent updates, from the top.
The Thursday edition of this blog now posted. Sorry for the glitches that slowed the Wednesday edition.
1:35 CASINO ROYALE Sheldon Adelson gives cool $10 million to pro-Romney PAC.
12:55 QUOTE OF THE DAY Democratic operative Dave "Mudcat" Saunders told the Daily Caller he has signed up with Wayne Powell (D) to take on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). The campaign’s message: "He screwed us, and us is pissed." (h/t Taegan Goddard)
12:45 p.m. AFTERNOON DELIGHTS John King loses CNN show, returning to campaign beat…. Why does anyone in media even bother to cite never credible Rasmussen poll showing Romney suddenly topping Obama in Wisconsin? … PolitiFact scorecard for Joe (Sam) the Plumber in his race for House seat in Ohio so far: one statement mostly true, one false, one "pants on fire." Yes, Joe said Obama’s parents were both "communists."
DEMS HOLD GIFFORDS’S SEAT In special election yesterday, Democrats retained Representative Gabby Giffords’s seat as her aide Ron Brewer topped Jesse Kelly. Now, as the Blog for Arizona ponders, can the Dems hold it in November? GOP is now frantically looking for another candidate, since Kelly had previously lost to Giffords herself, but he’s not going away. In any case, a nice bounce back for Dems after last week’s Wisconsin debacle.
AIN’T THAT A SHAME Senator Sherrod Brown’s team sent out email blast today seeking funds to combat enormous PAC spending against him in Ohio race. They even mention recent ads by ex-rock star (and longtime GOP enthusiast) Pat Boone. Here’s one of them that I somehow missed:
DAKOTA BANNING Bunch of wacky right-wing-generated ballot measures in North Dakota voted on yesterday, such as eliminating property taxes (it was easily turned aside). Enjoyed this tweet from the AP: “BREAKING: North Dakota residents vote to let university scrap Fighting Sioux nickname, avoid sanctions.”