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April 8, 2011
4) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) made a trip to Florida Thursday, but he wouldn't answer the question of whether Florida should be punished for having an early primary. "I'm going to run in the Florida primary whenever they have it," Barbour said, declining to give a yes-or-no answer. "And I'm going to run in the Florida primary if I run for president. I'm going to run to win the Florida primary whether they have any delegates or have as many delegates or twice as many delegates or no delegates. So it's up to Florida, what they want to do." 3) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) administration went to the state Supreme Court late Thursday afternoon in an effort to implement its controversial collective bargaining measure. State Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch petitioned the Court to vacate a temporary restraining order issued by a Dane County judge that blocked the state from implementing the bill. Meanwhile, organizers in the effort to recall state Sen. Randy Hopper (R) filed what they said were more than 22,500 signatures -- making them the second campaign to claim enough signatures to force a recall election involving a GOP state senator in the Badger State. 2) As we reported Thursday evening, an error in GOP-heavy Waukesha County caused thousands of votes in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race to go uncounted on Tuesday. The new tally from the county will net Justice David Prosser, the Republican-backed candidate, over 7,500 votes, putting him ahead of labor and Democratic-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. Counties are still in the process of readying official results. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that once the final official numbers are in, either candidate -- but no one else -- can request a recount. If the margin between the candidates is less than 0.5 percent, the state charges nothing to conduct the recount. But the added votes from Waukesha County could push the total far enough toward Prosser that a free recount would no longer be available to Kloppenburg. If the final margin of victory is between 0.5 percent and 2 percent of the vote, the candidate asking for the recount must pay $5 per ward. 1) After two rounds of talks at the White House on Thursday, there is still no deal between congressional leaders and Obama to keep the government funded past midnight Friday. But House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said more progress had been made and talks would continue. Later on Thursday night, the White House announced that Obama's scheduled trip to Indianapolis on Friday was postponed. -- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post.
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