Obama: The President is actually campaigning in Ohio today. So far in 2012 we have not seen the President speaking, as he has been attending fundraiser after fundraiser. Today the President has attacked the gridlock in Washington, in other words the Republican-controlled US House, for the economic woes of the country. Of course the economy really did poorly while the Democrats controlled DC during the 2009-2010 period. The President has been in DC for 3 1/2 years now so if Washington's gridlock is hurting the economy what exactly has his role been? The economy has improved since the GOP won the House in 2010 so I am not sure how successful this line of argument will be.
Romney: Was today a preview of a line of attack during Presidential debates? Romney was also in Ohio today and he attacked the policies of the President as related to business and job creation. Romney has an easier line of attack as he can just say the economy is bad and it is the President's fault. I do not want to use this roundup to argue politics but we seeing where political news is starting to be dominated by policy arguments.
New Jersey: This poll has Obama ahead of Romney 56-33. The poll has a generous helping of Democrats in it and not many Republicans. Either way this state is not likely to be a top target for the GOP this fall.
Economy: First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed to 386K this week. The previous week's numbers were also adjusted upward to 380K. The direction of the claims upward is nearly as important as the number itself as clearly the economy is weakening. I also note that 140,000 fewer people are receiving benefits this week as 99 and 73 week extensions are running out.
SC7: My crystal ball was right as a lawsuit was filed this afternoon to force a runoff between the two top Democrats. The lawsuit was filed in Horry County and yes the matter needs to be rushed ahead as the runoff date is June 26th.
California: How about a little less news but more analysis this afternoon? This article discusses how last week's primary dimmed the hopes of Democrats to retake the US House.
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