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Morning Briefing for April 16, 2012

RedState Morning Briefing
April 16, 2012

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1. 3…2…1… Blast Off!

For those of you in Washington, D.C. today, I’ve got a deal for you — free empanadas. For breakfast, go to the Capitol South metro station.For lunch, head to Farragut Square.Did I mention they are free?The empanadas will be from the food truck, DC Empanadas. You’ll get coffee and other beverages too.This is so exciting and long overdue. Our sister publication, Human Events, is going through a whole sale makeover and relaunch today. It is important and I am excited about it.I have seen the new site and printed page. They are gorgeous.Why all the fuss? Because Ronald Reagan’s favorite newspaper is headed back into actual, full time news gathering and generation. If you ask me, we charting a redirected course away from one of the singularly major, yet unheralded, accomplishments of President Bill Clinton.You can read that last sentence again. Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Romney takes an early lead

Romney takes an early lead over President Obama.The FOX News poll released Friday, Romney leads Obama 46% to 44%.The Rasmussen Reports 2012 Daily Presidential Matchup Tracking poll has Romney leading Obama 48% to 43%.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. David Axelrod Endorses Mitt Romney for President

David Axelrod, Chief Strategist for President Barack Obama, endorsed Mitt Romney for President on Fox News Sunday this morning. He told Chris Wallace, “The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead and an economy that continues down the road we’re on.”That is precisely right and precisely what Mitt Romney’s campaign has been telling people. Good to see David Axelrod agrees.I couldn’t have said it better myself. Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Cook: State Republican parties gave national GOP 9 seats for 2012.

Cook Political Report has more or less formalized their 2012 redistricting scorecard; their final score is a gain of one Republican seat, based solely on redistricting. Cook notes that this total actually represents about 10 to 15 seats being fortified for the GOP, given that the majority of legislators who benefited from redistricting were Republicans. This will no doubt infuriate Democrats, but then: elections matter.In particular, state legislature elections matter.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. A Little Perspective, Please.

From Business Week:Exxon’s top exec got a 17pct. pay raise in 2011Please click here for the rest of the post.

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