IOWA: The state’s Democratic Party announced its caucus campaign team yesterday, the Des Moines Register writes.
Real Clear Politics lays out the many reasons why the Iowa caucuses will be a total crapshoot this year -- and, as they always have, will pick a very different candidate than its early-primary cousin New Hampshire. “Will [Tim] Pawlenty fit all of the state's coalitions like a glove -- or is he trying too hard to appease too many different people? Where will Christian conservatives come down on economic issues and the elusive concept of electability -- and will evangelicals coalesce around a single candidate as they did in 2008? What about tea partiers?”
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Union-Leader: The state GOP held a fundraiser last night in honor of former state party chairman and former Gov. John H. Sununu, which was the first major event since Jack Kimball took over as party chairman. RNC Reince Priebus headlined the evening, saying of President Obama’s policies, “Here's the problem. Hope isn't hiring."
New Hampshire tea party groups are working with Iowa congressman and conservative kingmaker Steve King to plan a major event with presidential candidates in early June, Politico reports.
NORTH CAROLINA: “North Carolina is losing out on a congressional seat and future tax dollars because so many of its military personnel were deployed during the U.S. Census and counted in population totals for other states, according to an Associated Press review… North Carolina officials estimate more than 40,000 troops were deployed from the state's military bases around the time of the Census one year ago, but only 12,200 of the nation's overseas military personnel listed North Carolina as their home state, according to Department of Defense data provided to AP. The gap of some 28,000 troops was costly: The state was about 15,000 people shy of getting an extra congressional seat from Minnesota.”
The Republican-led state legislature has introduced a bill that would move the state’s presidential primary to the first Tuesday in March, electoral blog Frontloading HQ writes.