According to the latest PEW Research Center public opinion survey:
"Barack Obama may be building an insurmountable lead in the Democratic primary race, but the public is sending a strong message to journalists and pundits: It is too early to declare, as some already have, that the race is over."
"Fully 72% of the public - including comparable percentages of Democrats, Republicans and independents - say that journalists should not be anointing Obama as the Democratic nominee at this stage in the race. Just 20% say that journalists should be doing this."
"Since mid-March, the amount of news coverage devoted to Clinton compared to Obama has fluctuated in concert with events on the campaign trail. However Obama has consistently been the more visible candidate to the public. On average, more than half of the public has pointed to Obama as the candidate they have heard the most about in the news recently. About 30%, on average, have named Clinton. Consistently, fewer than 10% have named John McCain as the most visible candidate in the news during this period."
In Kentucky, Clinton leads by 30.5 points:
RCP Average: Clinton - 60.3; Obama - 29.8
Oregon, however, is a different matter:
RCP Average: Obama - 52.6; Clinton - 40.2
ARG shows a much tighter race: Obama - 50; Clinton - 45
It seems that Hillary's supporters have a far different view of the nomination process than does Barack Obama:
COLORADO SPRINGS — The state's Democratic Party brought its convention to this Republican stronghold Saturday and demonstrated that the faithful are more divided in their support of presidential candidates than the state's caucuses suggested.
Though Coloradans gave Barack Obama 67 percent of the vote during the Feb. 5 contests, supporters of his rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made up close to half of the conventioneers. A record crowd of more than 6,000 delegates and alternates attended.
I think this was Chelsea's idea -- and as far as I know the contest is still going on. Got a great idea? Submit it for consideration.
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation that would renew billions of dollars in tax breaks for solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources and extend a proposed new tax credit for ethanol fuels not produced from corn advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday."
"The bill approved by the Ways and Means Committee by a vote of 25-12 would extend about $54 billion in expiring tax breaks for renewable energy sources, education and a number of business expenses including research and development."
"Tax breaks for investment in coal gasification projects would also be expanded under the legislation, which comes as oil hit a record just below $127 a barrel this week and hovered above $124 a barrel on Thursday."
"To help pay for the cost of extending those and other tax breaks, the bill would close a tax loophole that allows hedge fund managers to defer taxes on their pay by sheltering it in offshore tax havens. The bill also would raise money by delaying for 10 years proposed rules affecting the way multinational corporations account for interest expenses."
Touring rural areas in Kentucky, Montana, South Dakota and Oregon, Hillary has laid out a comprehensive 8-point plan to address numerous concerns specific to rural communities across the country, including access to broadband, investment in renewable energy research, development and use, expanding access to capital for small business entrepreneurs, expansion of tax credits and breaks to help family farms, and Farm Bill measures to keep the food supply safe.
"Clinton worked to include several provisions in the bill. She fought for Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat and produce in the United States; helped develop legislation that was the basis for the Healthy Food Enterprise Development (HFED) program, an initiative to bring healthier food to new markets and underserved parts of the country; worked to expand the Community Food Grants Program to $50 million; and helped push for a commission to create and implement a Comprehensive Rural Broadband Strategy, an idea Senator Clinton proposed as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative Act."
"The Senate Thursday night voted to nullify a Federal Communications Commission
rule that allows media companies to own a newspaper and a television station in
the same market."
"The unusual 'resolution of disapproval,' sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and 26 other senators, was approved by a voice vote. The measures sponsors include both Democratic candidates for president, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois."
"Dorgan said the FCC action opened a 'gaping loophole for more mergers of newspapers and television stations across the country.'"
"Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii opposed the FCC's action."
"'In recent years, we have seen an increase in coarse and violent programming, coupled with a decrease in local news and hard-hitting journalism,' Inouye said Thursday night. 'To say these trends are not in the best interest of the American people, and especially our youngest citizens, is clearly an understatement.'"
PRIMARIES ARE TUESDAY: Make Calls to Kentucky and Oregon Voters