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Talking Points Memo does a synopsis about the Republican National Committee's threat to ban CNN and NBC from its 2016 primary debates if the networks do Hillary Clinton documentaries.
Then there's The Hillary Project, a New Hampshire-based PAC intent on keeping Clinton from running, that released a “Slap Hillary” game. And yes, it's as misogynist as it sounds.
We don't have a good way to embed the game, but if go to their website, you'll find it there.
“The Idaho State GOP enthusiastically welcomes Governor Mitt Romney as our Party’s presumptive nominee. Starting on March 6 when Idaho Republicans selected Governor Romney as their nominee through Idaho’s first Republican Caucus, and running through the November elections, we look forward to playing a leading role in working with Governor Romney, the Republican National Committee and other state parties around the country to secure his election. Barack Obama has taken our country and Idaho down the wrong direction and Governor Romney is the only candidate to get us back on track. Americans and Idahoans deserve a president who is serious about creating jobs and turning around the economy. They don’t have that right now – but they will when Mitt Romney is President”/Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko, from news release.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele walks off stage after announcing that he would drop his re-election bid today, during the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in Oxon Hill, Md. Story here. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Fundraising letters sent to Eastern Washington voters from the national Republican Party are receiving a review by the U.S. Postal Service and bipartisan criticism from members of Congress who view them as a deceptive and potentially illegal infringement on the U.S. Census.
Two Democratic House members wrote the postmaster general, calling for an investigation into whether the April 12 mailings violate a law that passed unanimously this year and was signed by President Obama on April 7. The letters, signed by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, were also sent to residents of several other states.
One Republican congressman says the letters “violate the letter as well as the spirit” of that law and another is proposing yet another law to try to stop the RNC’s long-standing money raising tactic.
The national GOP organization is unfazed. A spokesman insisted Monday the mailings are “in full compliance” with the law and designed to raise money to beat incumbent Democrats. Jahan Wilcox wouldn’t say how many districts around the country were sent mailings: “We don’t get into details on our fund-raising practices.”
As reported Sunday in The Spokesman-Review’s Spin Control, the fund-raising letter comes in a letter marked “Official Document/Do Not Destroy” and bold words above the address say it contains a “Census Document Registered To” the recipient. Lighter type above the Census notation says “This is not a U.S. Government Document”.
Some Eastern Washington voters diligent about returning their U.S. Census form may have been surprised last week when what seemed like another Census form arrived in the mail.
An official looking letter – its envelope, after all reads DO NOT DESTROY/OFFICIAL DOCUMENT – says it is carrying a “Census Document” registered to the addressee, with one of those cool line codes that just reek of officialdom.
The document inside isn’t from the Census Bureau. But it is someone you might’ve heard of: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
The nation’s top GOP official took time out from his busy schedule of trying not to get fired to get input from “a select few” in Washington’s 5th Congressional District. How select isn’t clear, but chances are not very. The copy forwarded to me came from a friend’s spouse who is in no way a Republican. Nonetheless, the information sought is described as absolutely critical to building what Steele’s calls “a state of the art grassroots organization” to win races up and down the ballot.
To do that, Steele sent out a “2010 Congressional District Census”, which masquerades as an in-depth survey, but is really just a way to raise money. A sample of the questions:
This is a commercial produced for the Republican National Committee, but it probably will air more on the Web than on your local TV stations.
It’s got some cute bits, but how much longer are folks going to rely on the American Express “priceless” theme as a crutch for their ideas?
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