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"Take it from this liberal Democrat: If you want an amazing leader, vote for Mitt Romney."

A nice endorsement, but at this stage in the game perhaps not an ideal one for the former Massachusetts governor who still hasn't quite been able to seal the deal with the GOP base.

The liberal Democrat is former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, and his 2002 seal of approval, which surfaced on the conservative website The Right Scoop on Tuesday, comes at a time when Romney is desperate to flee his more left-leaning past.

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Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY) is heavily favored to win re-election in a vote next Tuesday, with leads of roughly 2-1 in all the publicly released polls. Now his Republican opponent, state Senate President David Williams, is launching an attack against Beshear on a new front: Beshear participated in a Hindu religious ceremony!

This past Friday, Beshear attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, for a new factory run by FlexFilm, a company based in India that makes materials for packaging, printing, insulation and other purposes. The plant represents a $180 million investment, and is expected to create 250 jobs in Kentucky.

As the local newspaper the News-Enterprise reports, the groundbreaking included a Hindu ceremony, the bhoomi poojan:

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The South Carolina Republican Party on Tuesday announced that nine candidates qualified for the state’s GOP presidential primary. They are: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

“Presidential candidates and Republican activists across our nation know South Carolina’s 30-year tradition of successfully choosing the Republican nominee,” Chairman Chad Connelly said in a statement. “That tradition will continue on January 21, 2012, as South Carolina Republicans again live up to our motto, ‘We Pick Presidents!’”

The Wisconsin Senate’s Committee on Senate Organization has voted to allow guns in the state Capitol, but not within the Senate chamber while in session. From an email that went out to Wisconsin Senate legislative staff today:

“An individual may carry a weapon in any space within the State Capitol that is assigned to the State Senate and/or the State Senate’s members or officers, provided the individual is not prohibited by law or Senate policy from carrying the weapon.”

The Washington Post reports that one of Herman Cain’s sexual harassment accusers wants to tell her side of the story.

The Post reports that the accuser is barred by a confidentiality agreement, but her lawyer says it ought to be lifted.

Herman Cain promised the public would meet his wife in a soon-to-be-announced exclusive interview, and it looks like we’ve got a date: The Hill reports that cain’s wife, Gloria, will appear on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren Friday evening.

The Justice Department sent a letter to school districts in Alabama on Tuesday reminding them that they can't deny a child access to public education due to his or her immigration status.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez's letter comes after he expressed concern that Alabama's anti-illegal immigration law was keeping children out of school because their parents are scared about the impact of the law. A federal judge has blocked portions of the harsh anti-illegal immigration measure.

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