Results of an Aug. 3 primary in Missouri cannot be certified until a lawsuit filed against Sec. Of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt is resolved. Yes, the lawsuit was filed by the Democrats, and Blunt accuses his Democratic opponent Auditor Claire McCaskill of being the ring-leader. The lawsuit is over Blunt's interpretation of provisional ballot rules. The Kansas City Star's Hoover has the details. LINK
The St. Louis Post Dispatch's Jo Mannies chimes in, "At stake, in the short term, are hundreds of provisional ballots cast on Aug. 3 in Kansas City — many of which may be thrown out because of the polling-place rule, lawyers say. But the Democratic Party's broader interest is to eliminate that rule before the election in November, when Missouri could play a pivotal role in the presidential contest." LINK
The Washington Post 's ed board concludes the new ad and the new book by O'Neill "crosses the line in branding Mr. Kerry a coward and a liar." LINK
In New Hampshire yesterday, the Ralph Nader presidential campaign submitted more than enough signatures to put him on the ballot — if they pass muster. NH Dems will probably request copies of his signatures to begin the fine-tooth-comb review process (come les Democrats de Pennsylvania et Arizona). LINK
Meanwhile the New Hampshire Democratic Party filed an FEC complaint against the Nader campaign to investigate the gathering of petition signatures for Nader by a group of Republicans. The complaint names Norway Hill Associates, a New Hampshire-based consulting firm headed by Dave Carney, who served in the Bush 41 White House. Carney tells ABC News the pro-Nader effort "wasn't really a big deal" and explains he was inspired to help Nader's cause by "all of the unbelievable outrageous actions of Democrats keeping Nader off the ballot" in states like Illinois.
"Illinois? When was the last time Illinois was a battleground?"
The consulting firm recruited petition circulators who may have approached potential signers like this: "Excuse me Sir/miss etc. I was wondering if you could take a second to help President Bush?" according to scripts that have been circulating.
Carney told AP he hopes to get paid by a Missouri-based group called Choices for America, which requested the work. Colin Manning of Foster's Online reports that group is headed by Steve Wark who has been linked to pro-Nader effort in other states. LINK
Aaron Rizzio, Nader's New Hampshire coordinator says he didn't knowingly accept any signatures from Republicans who want to draw support from Kerry. Rizzio says the petitions were sometimes unloaded with a remark about "equal opportunity" for Nader.
Of due diligence for looking into the souls of Nader signers, Nader spokesman Kevin Zeese says, "We've done what we can, we've told Democrats and Republicans to stay out of our campaign." Zeese says they have had "no contact with Carney or the groups he has supposedly worked with."
Today Ralph Nader makes his first public appearances in the Florida since the 2000 election hold a mid-afternoon press conference, meeting with the St. Petersburg Times editorial board, and then delivering a speech at an evening rally. Nader's message will be the evils paperless e-voting, and voter disenfranchisement. LINK