TRAIL MIX for Tuesday: Highlights from the Campaign Trail

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Highlights of today?s stories from the campaign trail, courtesy of newspaper Web sites.

Texas Democrats Dance Around Their Nominating Two-Step
Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal
By June Kronholz

The Texas two-step might become a one-step if some Texas Democrats get their way. The state holds a primary as well as caucuses — a system that proved mighty complicated during the Clinton-Obama face-off. “Hillary Clinton won the primary on March 4, while Barack Obama won the caucuses later that evening. But nobody knew who’d won the most delegates until the state’s Democrats went through a round of regional conventions in late March and then a state convention in June,” said June Kronholz in a post at Wall Street Journal’s The Washington Wire. Kronholz serves up the recently disclosed final tally, showing Obama emerging with 99 delegates and Clinton with 94.

Google and the Anti-Obama Bloggers
The New York Times
By Miguel Helft

The word on the street: over at the “corner of the blogosphere” people are wondering if Google has done something shady to silence critics of Obama. Recently, several anti-Obama bloggers were unable to update their sites — sites which are hosted on Google’s Blogger service. Read more about the allegedly fishy situation on Miguel Helft’s post at the New York Times’ Bits.

FBI to Descend on Denver for Dem Event
Politics West (Democratic National Convention)
The Denver Post

“Hundreds” of FBI agents will “descend on Denver” during the DNC, according to the Denver Post’s Politics West. But citizens of Denver, have no fear. Citing a Colorado Public Radio interview, the post quotes FBI special agent James Davis: “We don’t have any information right now about any credible threat to the convention on a terrorist level.”

John McCain’s ‘Straight Talk Express’ Goes to Air
Top of the Ticket
Los Angeles Times
By Robin Abcarian

The boys and girls of McCain’s campaign bus have officially been given wings. The press, Secret Service, and the rest of the presidential-hopeful’s entourage will travel via the airborne ‘Straight Talk Express’ — a 95-seat Boeing 737-400 modeled after McCain’s signature campaign bus and featurming a banquette for “free-wheeling discussions with reporters,” said Robin Abcarian in a post at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket.

Obama’s Latest Ad Touts ‘The Dignity That Comes From Work’
On Politics
USA Today
By Mark Memmott

Obama launched ad numero dos of the presidential campaign, which hammers home the importance of remembering “the dignity that comes from work,” said Mark Memmott in his post at the USA Today’s On Politics. The ad, which looks back on Obama’s decision to “turn down big-money offers” and help “lift neighborhoods, will run in these 18 states: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

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