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Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney may have strong ties to Michigan (the GOP Presidential candidate was born and grew up there, his father was Governor) but that hasn’t been enough to stave off the surging Newt Gingrich ahead of the state’s Feb. 28th Republican primary. Gingrich leads there in a new poll of the state conducted by GOP pollster Strategic National.


Gingrich was the choice of 30.75 percent of likely voters, passing Romney, the choice of 28.74 percent, according to the survey of Michigan voters likely to participate in the open primary, said John Yob, CEO of Strategic National, a Grand Rapids political consulting firm.

“If Newt Gingrich wins Michigan, the contest will be over and he'll win the nomination,” said Yob, who served as national political strategist for John McCain's come-from-behind primary campaign in 2007 and 2008.

Romney tells the DMR board that people “should remember that I was the guy who ran four years ago as the conservative alternative to John McCain… Four years ago I was seen as the conservative candidate… and nothing’s changed.”

Mitt Romney’s now appearing before the DMR editorial board and trying to draw distinctions between what he’s selling as his more practical ideas and Newt Gingrich’s odder flights of fancy. He reminds the board that Gingrich has floated the idea of “a permanent colony on the moon in order to mine precious minerals.” He also says Gingrich has proposed “a series of mirrors in space in order to light our highways at night.” He concludes, “I think we’ve got other priorities to worry about.”

Updated 11:50 am ET, Friday, December 9 Apple took a bad blow in the international mobile patent wars on Friday when a regional court in Germany ruled in favor of a preliminary injunction against Apple products, as requested by Motorola Mobility, FOSS Patents reported.

The injunction allows Motorola Mobility to post a $134 million bond to implement a ban on sales of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G and iPad2 3G in Germany. Apple had attempted to set the bond price much higher, at $2 billion, but to no avail.

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Wrapping up with the DMR board, Rick Perry is asked why they should endorse him, and he responds with a not-so-subtle dig at Romney (and also, let’s face it, Gingrich):

"I hope you are looking for a consistent individual. Not someone who would be questioned about, 'Where are you going to be on this issue?'"

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday night explained his now infamous encounter with a protestor, claiming he used his umbrella to shield himself because the man carrying a hi-definition camera while asking him about a Newt Gingrich fundraiser "could have had a knife."

O'Reilly claimed that Wisconsin activist Branden Lane (interviewed by TPM here) came up behind him screaming but implied he never hit the man with an umbrella.

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that he will work with legislative leaders to make changes to the state’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. In a statement, Bentley said:

“We recognize that changes are needed to ensure that Alabama has not only the nation’s most effective law, but one that is fair and just, promotes economic growth, preserves jobs for those in Alabama legally, and can be enforced effectively and without prejudice.”

Talking to the Des Moines Register ed board, Rick Perry says,

I readily admit our campaign didn't go as smoothly and positively as I'd have liked, and errors I've made whether on the debate or what have you. I've asked Americans to give me a second look. Have a look at my policies, and those weren't laid out till mid-September and at that point we were falling in the polls. But I really think Iowans and Americans are taking another look, and they're finding out about me. The reason I was the new kid on the block was because I didn't see anyone the Republican voters were really excited about and I was the one they became really excited about... for a while."