“A Massachusetts solar company to which Mitt Romney personally delivered a $1.5 million loan when he was governor has gone belly up, leaving him vulnerable to the same ‘picking winners and losers’ charges that he's been lobbing at President Barack Obama over Solyndra,” Politico writes. “The president's reelection campaign wasted no time noting Romney's support for Lowell-based Konarka Technologies, which announced Friday it had filed for bankruptcy protection with plans to lay off more than 80 workers and liquidate its assets.”
The Boston Globe looks at Utah’s key role in the Romney campaign: “Campaign officials consider the state - with its prime location, its large number of highly motivated volunteers, and a population that shares Romney’s Mormon faith - a staging area for battles across the country, particularly in Western swing states such as Colorado and Nevada.”
More: “Utah has also disproportionally financed his rise on the national stage. In 2008, Romney raised more money in Utah than any other state except California. His fund-raising is down through April of this year compared with the same period in 2008, mainly because he has broadened his national fund-raising network. Yet he still has raised $3.6 million, making the state - 34th in population - the sixth-highest in Romney donations.”
“The 2010 U.S. Religion Census, released May 1 on the Association of Religion Data Archives, found that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gained the most regular members in the last 10 years, growing by nearly 2 million to a total of 6.14 million adherents in 13,600 congregations,” the Huffington Post’s David Briggs wrote earlier this month. “Some of the church's largest percentage gains were in places such as Tazewell County, Va.; Bath County, Ky., and Big Horn County, Mont.
“Mitt Romney has promised to consolidate redundant government agencies if he becomes president, a larger scale version of a pledge he made as governor of Massachusetts in 2003,” USA Today writes. “But his success in Massachusetts was limited, in part due to the Legislature — a problem he could again encounter should he win in November.” And the consolidation he did accomplish in Massachusetts, “did very little to change the government's bottom line.”
Romney would save himself $5 million a year if he’s elected and his tax plan is enacted.
Politico profiles Mike Leavitt, tasked with heading up Romney’s transition.