Arizona. There's one word niggling at the minds of Arizona Democrats, and that word is "Nader." At 3 P.M. on Wednesday, June 9, the Nader for President campaign filed 22,056 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State in order to get the independent candidate and former consumer advocate on the Arizona ballot for November.
Minnesota. John Kerry will head here on Friday to unveil a new nationwide network of military veterans who support his presidential bid. The stop in the Gopher State is part of an 11-day trip to beef up Kerry's national-security platform, and it will include intensive voter outreach in the veteran-heavy battleground states of Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania, among others. In Minnesota, Kerry will hitch his wagon to the honored legacy of the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who used his position on the Veterans' Affairs Committee to push for increases in veterans' benefits.
Iowa. The state that propelled John Kerry into front-runner status is sticking with its man, at least according to the first post-primary-season poll conducted by The Des Moines Register. The poll reports that 49 percent of likely Iowa voters prefer Kerry, while 42 percent say they'll vote for George W. Bush. That's good news for Kerry, considering that Al Gore won Iowa in 2000 by one-half of a percentage point.
ARIZONA. This desert state has been won by a Democratic president only once since 1948 (Bill Clinton in 1996), but the success of statewide Democratic candidates in 2002 and the strong leadership of popular Governor Janet Napolitano has made some optimistic that John Kerry may have a shot at flipping this red state to blue come November. Right now, Kerry and George W. Bush are about even here. A Behavior Research Center, Inc. "Rocky Mountain Poll" conducted between April 29 and May 4 found a higher percentage of Arizona respondents -- 36 percent -- saying Bush is doing a “poor” or “very poor” job than at any other point in his presidency.