Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice top a brief list of speakers released today for the Republican National Convention, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.
Other featured speakers also include Govs. Rick Scott of Florida, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, John Kasich of Ohio; Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.
No mention of Sarah Palin so far.
Politico this morning notes a dog that didn’t bark — the Democratic decision to include support for same-sex marriage in its national platform resulted in near silence from official national GOP outlets:
There were no statements blasted out from Mitt Romney’s campaign. The same was true for the Republican National Committee. Romney has yet to address the fact.
The pushback came largely from social conservatives and evangelicals, who pledged to make same-sex unions an issue going forward and insisted the stand will hurt Democrats….
And it marks a dramatic change among some of the top Republican donors and opinion-makers, who are supporting same-sex marriage in state-based gay legislative and legal fights, even as the official GOP platform will remain centered on traditional marriage.
He didn’t actually use the word “government,” but President Barack Obama, in a White House statement released early this morning, noted that Curiousity’s successful landing on Mars was a victory of publicly funded research:
”[T]onight’s success reminds us that our preeminence – not just in space, but here on Earth – depends on continuing to invest wisely in the innovation, technology, and basic research that has always made our economy the envy of the world.”
This is now August, so look for this Washington Post piece to have some legs:
David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.
A subsidiary of MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company, paid Plouffe for two speeches he made in Nigeria in December 2010, about a month before he joined the White House staff.
The Chicago Sun Times quotes the wife of Jesse Jackson Jr. as saying her husband had been “completely debilitated” by depression and has been in a “news blackout” since mid-June.
Walter Jones of Morris News Service notes the divide between rural and suburban Georgia on the Republican ballot question that asked primary voters whether they would favor casino gaming:
The statewide total was almost evenly divided, 50.24 percent for and 49.76 percent against. However, a map showing the counties’ support or opposition offers a clearer picture.
Most metro Atlanta counties favored expansion of legalized gambling to fund education, with the exceptions of Hall, Gwinnett, Coweta, and Carroll, where it failed by 1 percent or less.
The state’s other cities rejected it, with the exception of Athens and Columbus. Rural counties across the southern, eastern and northeastern parts of the state that opposed it also stand in sharp contrast to the metro Atlanta counties.
Ashley Bell, the Hall County commissioner who in 2011 became the state’s most prominent African-American official to switch his party affiliation, says last week’s defeat in the GOP primary marked the end of his local political career.
But Bell told Ashley Fielding of the Gainesville Times:
After his loss to Jeff Stowe.., Bell discussed plans for a political action committee that would support conservative candidates who are minorities or women. He said he hopes to use it to stamp out what he calls “hyphenated Americanism” that seems to use race to determine party affiliation….
“A lot of times in politics, people try to divide us by these hyphens — be it African-American, Asian-American or whatever — and I always try to put that aside and talk about being American first and talk about American values,” Bell said.
Center Forward, a group formerly known as Blue Dog Research Forum, is reserving $357,000 in TV time in September on behalf of U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, the National Journal reports.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at whether Gov. Nathan Deal will bring down the tolls on Ga. 400 as quickly as he promised.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider