Sen. Bob Graham remains the running, according to the St. Petersburg Times. LINK
The Chicago Tribune's Anastasia Ustinova reports that Jim Johnson recently met "for an extended discussion" with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. LINK
Tomorrow in Portland, Nader-Camejo will hold a nominating convention for the Oregon ballot for President. Nader will keynote. A similar event was planned in in April but according to the Nader campaign site, the event "was organized at the last minute and we fell short of the 1,000 registered voters we needed." (And it might have had something to do with Howard Dean's urgings to stay away . . .)
But two conservative groups are pitching to help this time by telemarketing for supporters to attend -- in hopes of putting Nader's name on Oregon's presidential ballot. "We disagree with Ralph Nader's politics, but we'd love to see him make the ballot," Russ Walker of Citizens for a Sound Economy tells AP. The other group is the Oregon Family Council. "We aren't bashful about doing it," said Mike White, the group's director. "We are a conservative, pro-family organization, and Bush is our guy on virtually every issue." LINK
For some reason, Democrats who are hopping mad about this don't seem to see any difference between their efforts to stop Nader from getting on the ballot and GOP efforts to help him.
Kerry pollster Mark Mellman tells Bill Straub at Scripps Howard News Service the campaign is taking Ralph Nader "very seriously."
"I think at the end of the day most of these Nader voters will see a substantial and significant difference between Nader and John Kerry and they will see that the effect of their vote was to give them their least-preferred alternative." Mellman says the plan is to convince Nader supporters that they "need to look the facts squarely in the eye and vote for John Kerry." LINK
A medicine-like must-read on ballot access for Nader by Julie Hinds, in today's Detroit Free Press. In 2000, Nader was on the ballot in 43 states and Washington, D.C. Ballot access guru Richard Winger predicts this time Nader will match, or top that. LINK
Tomorrow is decision day for Green Party delegates in Milwaukee, Wis. LINK
Ralph Nader has said he will not actively seek the Green Party's support, but tonight Greens in favor of the Nader-Camejo ticket will hold a rally in Milwaukee.
Josh Gerstein writes about the Green Party and a process that harkens back to the days of ye olde time political conventions: LINK
Susannah Rosenblatt and The Los Angeles Times Notes Ralph Nader's unlikely rival: LINK
The Hartford Courant's Janice D'arcy Notes the toll the KerryGreens vs. NaderGreens dichotomy could take on a party that has come so far in the last decade. "Greens are the most significant third party in the country, with 205 elected officials in 27 states." The worst case scenarios both ways: "'If they go with Nader, they could go down in flames with him,"' . . . "'or if they don't, they could lose too much visibility to hang on.'" LINK
Also tomorrow, the Nader campaign begins a series of "rolling conventions" on five different street corners around Seattle. The plan is to collect all 1,000 in one go round the block. LINK
AP reports Ralph Nader may not have enough signatures in Indiana by the June 30 deadline. He was a write-in candidate there in 2000. LINK