President Obama is in Texas today to give a speech laying out his plans on immigration policy. His visit is primarily interpreted as part of a grander outreach to Latinos before his re-election campaign, but there are indications that he may want to put the Lone Star State into play for 2012. The Dallas Morning Newsquotes one Texas representative whom Obama told, "'You better believe I'm not going to write off Texas.
Newt Gingrich is set to launch an official 2012 campaign for the presidency. He’ll be the first major contender with an official campaign; the other candidates have generally setup exploratory committees rather than full-bore presidential bids.
Stories covering Senate gridlock border on the redundant by this point, but Republican senators are once again arbitrarily posturing against President Obama’s nominees. The Washington Postreports that 44 Republicans sent the president a letter pledging to block whomever Obama nominates to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). At the same time, 19 Republican senators vowed to oppose Obama's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after the panel issued a ruling against Boeing.
During the 2004 election, the GOP pushed anti-same-sex marriage amendments onto the ballot across the country to turnout their base voters for George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. LGBTQ civil rights may once again be at stake in the 2012 election season if a series of connected state-level conservative organizations have their way. At The Minnesota Independent Andy Birkey details an extensive effort underway called "Ignite an Enduring Cultural Transformation," which seeks to fund ballot initiatives against same-sex marriage in 15 different states next year.
At the risk of adding to the overabundance of coverage devoted to a fringe candidate, it looks like Donald Trump's joke of a campaign is finally dead in the water. Two polls out today show that the reality TV star has lost his support among New Hampshire Republican voters. In the last poll of the state conducted at the beginning of April, Trump drew 21 percent support. Today, he only gets 8 percent and 11 percent in two different polls.