Washington (CNN) -Texas Gov. Rick Perry is using social media sites, like Facebook, to round up support at the polls via a raffle that includes lunch with Karl Rove, former senior advisor to President George W. Bush.
The Perry campaign launched the raffle as part of a recruiting effort to register more voters likely to show their support for the Texas Governor at the polls during early voting, said Texans for Rick Perry press secretary Alejandro Garcia.
The effort is centered around a program called "Perry Home Headquarters" that allows Perry supporters to reach out to other like minded voters through social media.
The groups then take their online interaction to the street, gathering in small groups across the state of Texas. The first meetings took place last weekend in Austin, Midland, Galveston, Dallas, San Antonio, Arlington, Lubbock, Amarillo and El Paso.
And what's the incentive for voters to gather? Great prizes, of course.
Prizes up for grabs are prizes include having lunch with Rove, according to the Perry website.
Washington (CNN) – Chasing Latino votes in the neck and neck California race for governor, Republican candidate Meg Whitman's new Spanish language ad details a better, brighter future for California's Latino kids.
Whitman's new ad, "Mejor Educación," or "Better Education", highlights her stance on education and the importance of education for Latino children.
"California has been blessed with the most beautiful natural resources in the world. But our most important resource is our young people," says Whitman in the ad.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former GOP presidential hopeful running for re-election debuted a new TV ad Friday, but instead of targeting his opponents he focused directly on Washington attacking President Barack Obama.
"President Obama has made protecting our border incredibly difficult," the ad's narrator says. "But, Arizona has a senator with the courage and character to stand up to a president who is wrong: John McCain."
McCain's new ad highlights endorsements from Arizona sheriffs, including Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, who is a Republican candidate also up for re-election in November.
"A president versus a senator," says Babeu in the ad. "Doesn't seem like a fair fight. Unless that senator is John McCain."
Washington (CNN) – The Republicans got their "groove back" after the Democrats began to get "cracks in their foundation" following a year and a half of governing, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday in a highly-partisan speech at the Young Republicans Leadership Conference.
The Kentucky Republican said the "Democrats were flying high" in 2009 when President Obama was inaugurated and that "the American people were eager to see their plan for addressing the nation's problems."
Meanwhile, McConnell said his party was portrayed as "beaten down, demoralized, and despondent." He said Republicans "were more likely to be a late night punch line than a relevant part of Obama's Washington."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced Wednesday he will not support Elena Kagan's nomination for the Supreme Court.
"Solicitor General Kagan's testimony before the Judiciary Committee did not assure me that she agrees with the traditional understanding of the proper role of a judge," Cornyn said in a statement. "Judges should strictly interpret the written Constitution, which means both enforcing written limitations on the scope of government power, such as the Second Amendment and the Commerce Clause, as well as not inventing new rights or imposing their own policy views on the American people."
Cornyn is the second Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose Kagan's nomination. He joins Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch who announced his opposition earlier this month.
Cornyn said Kagan's explanations of her judicial philosophy were "vague and open to multiple interpretations" and that she was "unable to articulate limits on the federal Commerce Clause power."
(CNN) – Republican candidate Meg Whitman is sign-posting her desire for Latino voters in the California gubernatorial race - literally, with billboards and bus stop advertisements.
The new outdoor advertising campaign includes Spanish language ads opposing Proposition 187 and the Arizona immigration law.
Proposition 187 was the California initiative passed in 1990s that would have cut off public services to illegal immigrants but ultimately was killed in the courts. Arizona's new immigration law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason suspect they're in the United States illegally.
Washington (CNN) - On the day of President Obama's immigration reform speech, several advocacy groups launched a campaign urging Major League Baseball move next summer's All-Star Game from Phoenix.
The 2011 All-Star Game is currently scheduled to take place in Arizona, a state that signed its controversial immigration bill into law this past April. Arizona's immigration law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason suspect they're in the United States illegally. The law also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.
The campaign, directed at MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, was launched as a joint effort by some civil rights groups such as the National Council of La Raza, Asian American Justice Center, Center for Community Change, League of United Latin American Citizens, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition.
Washington (CNN) - The Federal government is the world's largest purchaser but taxpayers don't get the most value for their buck as Uncle Sam isn't saving the way Aunt Thelma does with her regular trips to Costco-by buying in bulk.
The government's top purchaser is trying to change exactly that.
Federal agencies usually rely on hundreds of separate contracts for commonly used office supplies that vary in price, White House Budget Director Peter R. Orszag's said in a blog post Wednesday. Purchasing supplies through separate contracts does not leverage the government's buying power across all agencies, providing the cheapest prices, said Orszag.
While the federal government is the world's largest purchaser, its spending is traditionally fragmented across many agencies, Orszag added.
(CNN) - Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign is losing hair over fundraising, literally.
Perry's Political Director David White and Central Texas Field Director Jon McClellan challenged each other to see who could raise the most money for the Perry campaign in a 24-hour period. The loser had to receive a buzz-cut.
In last 24 hours, White and McClellan raised more than $15,000 together, said Perry's press secretary, Alejandro Garcia. Garcia could not specify how much each participant raised individually but confirmed that McClellan did receive a buzz-cut.
On Tuesday, the Perry campaign started a "money cannon" in the hope of raising $300,000 in one day, according to the Perry campaign's website. Wednesday was the fundraising deadline for the "money cannon."