Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich won a court ruling yesterday that we guess is a mere fantasy in the minds of many politicians -- a U.S. District Judge dismissed the case brought by the Baltimore Sun seeking access to the governor and state employees. Ehrlich issued an order in December banning employees from speaking to Sun State House bureau chief David Nitkin and columnist Michael Olesker, saying that they weren't objectively reporting on the administration. Judge William Quarles Jr. said the newspaper was seeking special access. The Sun plans to appeal the ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. LINK
USA Today's Mark Memmott reports that a Poynter Institute study coming out today concludes that politics has faded from the landscape of local news -- local politics, that is. "In the month leading up to last Election Day, just 8% of the local evening newscasts in 11 of the nation's largest TV markets devoted time to local races and issues, researchers say. . . . Over the same period, 55% of the newscasts included reports about the presidential race." LINK
Here's a Los Angeles Times correction from today:
"An article Saturday in Section A about the resignation of Eason Jordan, CNN's vice president and chief news executive, said that a website called Easongate.com offered a clearinghouse of criticism related to Jordan's statements about journalists killed by U.S. troops in Iraq, including a link to 'mainstream columnists such as Roger L. Simon.' In fact, one link is to a website and blog by Roger L. Simon, a mystery writer and screenwriter, not Roger Simon, the columnist for U.S. News & World Report." LINK
Here's our draft for the Times for tomorrow's correction page:
"A correction yesterday referred to Roger Simon as "mainstream" -- and not as a current fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. Both the characterization and the non-characterization were grievous errors, which the Times regrets with all its might." LINK
Fixes to voting machines and administration saved a million votes in 2004 that would have been discounted, according to a new report by the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. LINK
Phillip Stutts, the RNC's 72-Hour Task Force guru for 2004, is forming his own political and public affairs firm. Stutts is a former top aide to Dan Quayle, John Thune, Bobby Jindal and has several cycle's worth of experience with the NRSC and RNC.
Aspiring '08 GOP hopefuls should give him a close look; the guy knows GOP coalitions and GOTV efforts better than almost anyone.