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Ralph Nader rails against corporate involvement in the Democratic National Convention in an opinion piece in the Pasadena Star News: "Historically, conventions were newsworthy because there was a struggle over who would receive the nomination and what the parties would stand for in their platforms. Today there is a coronation for the nominee and inquiries about what would be on the menus of the 250 parties that corporations and their smooth-tongued lobbyists were throwing for their favorably positioned congressional bigwigs." LINK

Jon Stevens of the Observer-Reporter writes, "Two high-ranking Pennsylvania Democrats are preparing to challenge the petitions submitted Monday by presidential candidate Ralph Nader. " Pennsylvania House Minority Whip Mike Veon says, "We are having volunteers comb through the signatures to make sure the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed. But let's be clear about this. Our efforts this week have nothing to do with Ralph Nader, rather they are being done to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election when Mr. Nader's campaign drew enough votes from Al Gore to enable George W. Bush to win the election. We can't let that happen again." LINK

The Philadelphia Daily Inquirer reports Ralph Nader filed about 45,000 signatures yesterday in his bid to qualify as an independent candidate for president in Pennsylvania. Party volunteers and lawyers, and state House leadership, have until August 9 to "scrub the signatures for irregularities." With 21 electoral college votes, Pennsylvania is one of the most important battleground states in the nation. "We're ready to go to war," said Mike Manzo, chief of staff to House Minority Leader Bill DeWeese. LINK

Ralph Nader's campaign also submitted signatures in Massachusetts yesterday — "well over the 10,000 valid signatures required by Massachusetts," a campaign release states. The busy ballot access season is upon us. As the campaign counts it: "Nader met the deadlines of Arkansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and West Virginia in the last week. The Nader-Camejo campaign has filed signatures in fourteen states. In addition, the Reform Party includes the potential for seven state ballot lines." LINK

Politics: James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Notes a National Annenberg Election Survey conducted last month, finds audiences for the "conservative broadcaster" Rush Limbaugh and the "liberal filmmaker" Michael Moore were roughly the same size. LINK

John Ramsey, the father of JonBenet Ramsey, on Tuesday lost his bid to become the Republican nominee for a state legislative seat in Michigan, Denver's Rocky Mountain News reports. LINK

The Hill claims "Rev. Sun Myung Moon is undertaking an ambitious and diffuse campaign to influence members of Congress, their top foreign-policy staffs and United Nations ambassadors with an ongoing series of seminars and junkets." LINK

Hope you kept the giveaways: The Hill Notes that many items from the Democratic convention are "fetching more than $50" this week on eBay. LINK

ABC News NOW:

Yes, the Democratic convention is over, and so is the fab gavel-to-gavel coverage of all the excitement — for now. ABC News NOW is back with gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican convention beginning in just 26 days — Aug. 30, in New York.

But if you think NOW has gone dark in between, you are just wrong, wrong, wrong. And if you missed it during the Boston convention, you can still see it.

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