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By KENNETH P.  VOGEL and TARINI PARTI |  6/15/12 4:35 AM EDT

The Koch brothers’ political operation has increasingly come to resemble its  own political party — and later this month in San Diego, it will hold what  amounts to its most ambitious convention to date.

Many of the dozens of rich conservative invitees are expected to write huge  checks to a pool of cash distributed among Koch-approved groups, potentially  boosting the Kochs’ 2012 spending plan beyond their historic $395 million goal. And it’s also a chance for the Kochs to  show off their increasingly robust political machine, including a growing voter  database project called Themis that played a major role in conservatives’ recent efforts in Wisconsin and in which  POLITICO has learned Koch operatives have discussed investing $20 million.

It’s part of an ambitious expansion of the billionaire brothers’ political  operation that includes the recruitment of new donors and fundraisers into their  network by a development team led by summit emcee Kevin Gentry, and their recent  hiring of in-house political operative Marc Short to oversee the spending of  funds raised at the summits.

The expansion is also reflected in Charles and David Kochs’ bid to take over the libertarian Cato Institute as well as  their operations steering cash to groups that aren’t commonly thought of as Koch affiliated. The 60 Plus Association, American Energy  Alliance, American Future Fund, Americans for Limited Government and National  Right to Life have all received funds through the Koch donor network.

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President Obama was in Ohio today to deliver the first in a series of speeches that lay out the clear choice in this election between a vision that moves us forward and creates an economy built to last, and one that would send us backward to the failed policies of the past decade.

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Daily Kos
Public Policy Polling, 1000 registered voters, MoE ±3.1%, June  7, 2012 – June 10, 2012.

If the candidates for President this fall were Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, who would you vote for?

Barack Obama Mitt Romney Undecided
All 50 42 8
Women 53 39 8
Men 48 44 8
Democrat 86 9 5
Republican 8 84 8
Independent/Other 48 40 12
Liberal 79 13 8
Moderate 64 27 9
Conservative 21 72 7
White 43 49 7
African-American 84 13 3
Asian 79 19 2
Hispanic 53 32 15

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Think Progress

By Josh Israel  on Jun 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Mitt Romney dismissed criticisms that he does not want to hire more teachers, firefighters, and police officers as “absurd” on Tuesday morning, telling Fox News Channel that if elected president, he would not have the ability to control the hiring decisions of local governments:

ROMNEY: Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd.

But Romney’s comment demonstrates a disturbing lack of understanding of both federal funding and his own published plans. While it is true that teachers, firefighters, and police are hired at the local level, a significant portion of their funding, recruiting, and training comes from the federal government.

Here are just some of the ways the federal government funds:

Teachers

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CNN Politics
Political Ticker
June 11th, 2012
08:55 PM ET

(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Monday said he hopes the Supreme Court does the “right thing” and overturns President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care reform.

“Gosh I hope they do the right thing and turn this thing down,” Romney told donors in Atlanta, according to pool reports. “And say it’s unconstitutional because it is.” – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

This month, the high court is expected to announce its decision on the legality of the Affordable Care Act, a measure passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by Obama in 2010.

While Romney has not recently made comments about the decision, he has long maintained he would overturn the law through an executive order in his first day in office.

“This piece of legislation is bad policy, it’s bad for our health care, and I can tell you if I’m president I’m going to stop it in its tracks on day one,” he said Monday.

Democrats have frequently targeted Romney over the health care issue by pointing to a similar plan he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts in 2006. In his defense, Romney says the plan was tailor-made for Massachusetts residents and he would oppose a federal mandate.

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Mitt Romney’s Economic Plan? He wants to cut jobs for firefighters, police, and teachers. It’s the same thing he did in Massachusetts. The plan didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

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MSNBC.com

By NBC’s Ali Weinberg

6/8/12

Swiss bank accounts. Money hidden in the Cayman Islands. Bain capital income.

The Obama campaign warned Thursday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will have full access to those three pots of money and more unless he puts his investments in a federally-recognized blind trust.

Seizing on the Romney campaign’s announcement Wednesday that the candidate would only turn his holdings over to a federal trust if and when he becomes president, the Obama campaign claimed that Romney’s decision not to do so sooner underscores the point they’ve been trying to make about him: He’s wealthy, which makes him out of touch, and sometimes evasive about his wealth, which makes him untrustworthy.

Because Romney’s current blind trust isn’t recognized by federal standards, under which trusts are overseen by the Office of Government Ethics, it isn’t really “blind” because Romney’s personal attorney, with whom Romney can easily communicate, oversees it, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt asserted today during a conference call with reporters.

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HuffPost  Posted: 06/05/2012  8:09 pm

The Wisconsin recall election results have all eyes on the Badger State.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) challenged Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Tuesday’s gubernatorial contest.

HuffPost’s Mark Blumenthal reports:

The final round of polls on Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election are something of a puzzle, although the uncertainty is more about the margin separating the candidates than the outcome. While virtually all show Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, they disagree about the size of Walker’s lead.Six polls completed in the last 10 days have shown everything from a 12-percentage-point Walker lead to a dead-even race. One explanation for the difference is sponsorship: Internal polls sponsored by the Democratic campaigns have typically shown a closer contest. Beyond that, although the polls differ considerably in their methods, nothing stands out to explain why some show Walker doing better than others.

Five additional contests were held in Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold.

LIVE BLOG & MORE HERE

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Published on Jun  4, 2012 by    

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Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts promising more jobs, decreased debt, and smaller government. By the time Romney left office, state debt had increased, the size of government had grown, and Massachusetts had fallen behind almost every other state in job creation. Romney economics didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.

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Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts promising more jobs, decreased debt, and smaller government. By the time Romney left office, state debt had increased, the size of government had grown, and Massachusetts had fallen behind almost every other state in job creation.
Other Republicans agree: Romney economics didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.

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