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And now (drum roll, please), the confirmed speakers so far: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, and Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith and Ann Wagner, all of Missouri.
“Stay tuned,” Mr. Cardenas advises.
PARTY ON MILTON
From our Only-in-Washington Desk comes this soiree on Wednesday night, in celebration of the late economist Milton Friedman. Why, it’s Milton Friedman Legacy Day, proclaims the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, which is commemorating the event with a happy hour and celebratory poll, to be conducted at a tavern a mere three blocks from the White House.
Yes, there are free cocktails for fiscally minded revelers, plus a chance to vote on which fundamental tax reform change Congress should adopt. Flat tax? National transaction tax, value added tax or the current “progressive tax system”?
Yes, but are there, say, Milton Martinis and Friedman Fizzes?
“The types of cocktails are not Friedman inspired, but the low prices to incentivize good times might be,” spokesman Doug Kellogg tells the Beltway.
But wait, that’s not all folks. Washington-based Americans for Prosperity is staging — count ‘em — 35 local Friedman birthday parties, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and “patriot camps” around the nation. The Noble Prize-winning Friedman, incidentally, was born in Brooklyn on July 31, 1912; He at died at age 94 in 2006.
PERSISTENT PALIN POWER
A Public Policy Polling survey finds Sarah Palin is the “top choice” for U.S. Senate candidate among GOP primary voters in Alaska, commanding 36 percent of the vote, compared to 26 percent for Mead Treadwell, her nearest competitor. The candidate would take on Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat and former mayor of Anchorage. Ah, but it’s complicated.
“The problem for Republicans with a Palin candidacy is that even though she is in good standing with the party base, voters overall don’t like her at all,” notes pollster Tom Jensen, who says Mrs. Palin has a 39 percent favorability rating among all voters.
That’s interesting, and it’s interesting to the senator’s handlers. With this variable, Mr. Jensen ultimately gives the win to Mr. Begich, though. Still, a few deep numbers in the poll reveal how much Palin support remains entrenched among Alaskan conservatives. Keep in mind that 70 percent of the 890 voters who responded in the poll identify themselves as conservative, 24 percent were moderate and 6 percent liberal.
Of interest: 75 percent of “very conservative” and 56 percent of “somewhat conservative” primary voters favor Mrs. Palin. Another 66 percent of very conservative and 65 percent of somewhat conservative voters agree that Mrs. Palin is “still an Alaskan,” with identical numbers agreeing she should run for senator in Alaska, not Arizona, where she also has a residence.
POLL DU JOUR
• 65 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in New York say Anthony D. Weiner’s sexting troubles are a “legitimate issue” in the New York City mayoral race; 60 percent of women and 72 percent of men agree.
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