“The Republican Party should consider pulling its 2012 convention from Florida if that state continues to insist on holding its primary so early in the schedule, state party leaders in Iowa and South Carolina said yesterday,” The Boston Globe reports. “The dispute is part of an ongoing disagreement over the presidential nominating calendar, which could prove crucial for which candidate wins. National GOP leaders had been seeking an orderly and extended primary season, in part by punishing states that scheduled their elections before March 1, 2012. They carved out an exemption for four states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. Florida has taken the most aggressive position, with a primary that is currently scheduled on Jan. 31, 2012 — before any other state.”
“The chairman of the Florida Republican Party is open to moving the date of his state’s presidential primary to fifth in the nation, he said in a statement Thursday evening,” Roll Call reports. “The party had scheduled its nominating contest for Jan. 31, touching off a battle with South Carolina and Iowa, which are authorized by Republican National Committee bylaws to go first in the process, along with New Hampshire and Nevada.”
COLORADO: “Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election,” The Hill reports.
FLORIDA: The standoff between the GOP and rogue states trying to move up their primary dates continues, now with Republican Party leaders from traditionally early states getting involved, the Tampa Tribune writes. “South Carolina and Iowa Republican Party leaders are calling for the party's 2012 national convention to be moved out of Florida if the state doesn't change its schedule-busting presidential primary date, a threat some Florida Republicans say should be taken seriously.”
IOWA: Two pairs of congressmen -- Republicans Tom Latham and Steve Kind and Democrats Dave Loebsack and Bruce Braley -- might have to go head-to-head in the primaries, as a new redistricting plan would consolidate their four existing districts into two, the Des Moines Register writes.
MISSOURI: “Democrats are attacking Missouri GOP Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman after news surfaced Thursday that four years’ worth of key records from her tenure as state treasurer are missing,” Roll Call writes. “Most of the documents — sent emails, schedules and travel information, among other content — are required by state law to be preserved in the state archive.”
NEVADA: The two-day Conservative Leadership Conference in Las Vegas will host a Republican presidential debate on July 10, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.