Here are the latest 2008 stories from around the country, including a few long shots:
A $1B race?: ["2008 Presidential Race May Cost $1 Billion"]. Yikes. This is enough to make anyone sick to death about the influence of money on our political process. All the free television and radio interviews in the country aren't going to make up the difference. There has to be another way of doing this without shutting off anyone's free speech while at the same time, giving all the candidates the opportunity to compete no matter how much money they can raise.
Nevada tries to get serious: ["Nevada Democratic Party Hires 2008 Caucus Team"]. Good for them. We in the Granite State should applaud them for taking their process so seriously. However, they should prepare to be third in the process, not second. :-)
Being the anti-moderate and anti-McCain, Brownback stumps in Iowa: ["Kansas Senator setting up 2008 presidential campaign"]. I interviewed Brownback in 2005 before a New Hampshire visit where he talked extensively about the raging war in Iraq and stem cell research, which was a big issue at the time. Brownback is playing to the conservatives and Christians in the Republican Party. But unlike Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee, who seems to be focusing on the words of Jesus, Brownback and others seemed to be distracted with the Old Testament, which isn't really the gospel of Christ.
On the flip of that, we have Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who actually seems to be promoting the gospel of Christ: ["Kucinich for President?"]. Kucinich doesn't have a chance to win the nomination but like 2004, he represents different ideals which most of the "top level" candidates won't come near. A Department of Peace? That should be a no-brainer to most. And who can forget that freaky California couple in the dayglow clothes doing advance work for him at events. Hilarious. For new readers who may have missed it, here is what I said about Kucinich in 2003: ["Kucinich candidacy extremely intriguing"]. I still believe that he would have been in a better position to win the nomination had he stayed pro life in 2004 and galvanized those votes, along with the peace votes.
Back over to the GOP, there is this: ["Former Virginia Governor Gilmore 'Intends' To Run in '08"]. With the way things are shaping up, a candidate really only needs 15 or 20 percent in a bunch of primaries to close in on the nod. At this point, why not run?
And then, there is this: ["Global orgasm for peace"]