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The group that posted the ad on-line, Texans for Truth, says that "time has come for America to learn the truth about Bush's shadowy past." The group was established by Glenn W. Smith, who is also director of
Vehicular expression of opinion
A man has been charged with aggravated assault after Florida's former Secretary of State — who infuriated Democrats with her role in President George W. Bush's victory there four years ago — said a car had tried to run her down.

According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Barry Seltzer does not deny threatening Katherine Harris with his car but denies doing anything wrong. "I was exercising my political expression," he told officers after being invited to come to the Sarasota police station.

Ms. Harris says that she was campaigning at an intersection in the central Florida city, on the sidewalk, when the driver of a silver Cadillac mounted to the sidewalk and headed straight for her. She told police that she felt her life was in danger and that she could not move. The car swerved to miss her "at the last minute" and sped off.

When interviewed by police, the official report continues, Mr. Seltzer "was adamant about wanting to discuss the matter" and "spontaneously" began discussing traffic issues that bothered him. He said that Harris supporters had been impeding traffic and that he acknowledged trying to "intimidate" them.

The explanation by Mr. Seltzer that he had scared the pedestrians only "a little" was interrupted when an officer stopped the account and read him his rights.
Student eyes 2020 presidential election
A university student in California hopes his 16-year campaign will pay off when he runs for U.S. president in 2020, the earliest election he will legally be allowed to contest.

Matthew Cooper cannot run for the top slot in the United States because of regulations barring candidates under the age of 35. But that doesn't mean he can't lay the groundwork.

"The Cooper 2020 campaign plans to redefine the term 'grassroots' by spending over 15 years familiarizing America with Matt Cooper," his website explains.

The liberal-leaning candidate promises "progressive reforms" and the elimination of the Electoral College, according to his site.

Mr. Cooper says he could offer a "Generation Y style" of reform, but the site adds the caveat that the positions outlined are those the candidate holds currently, not necessarily those he will implement in the event that he actually reaches the Oval Office.
Readers' Choice 'Best Blog' awards
With each election the Internet has a greater effect on the democratic process. Opinions are more widely disseminated, news is more critically examined and anyone with something to say can start up a web log, more popularly known as a 'blog'.

But the populist nature of blogs means that some are far more useful than others. While some are interesting and informative, many others are little more than partisan ranting. But collectively, the good and the bad, they form the blogosphere that has hovered over this election.

The Washington Post recently asked it readers to vote on their favourite blogs and the results are in.

National Review won several categories — including best campaign dirt, best party coverage and best 'inside the Beltway' information — and took honours as the blog most likely to survive past election day next week.

The full list of winners is available here.
U.S. election for sale on eBay
A New Mexico man has offered the entire U.S. electoral system for sale on eBay — "Every office and official in America" — and wants euros, precious metals or oil certificates he can easily leave the country with.

The seller admits to being disillusioned with every party, candidate and official but the Libertarians. He currently enjoys a 100 per cent rating from the on-line auction house, based on a single piece of positive feedback.

The seller appears to be a middle-aged man from Farmington named Barry Digman.

"This offer is open to foreign citizens, multinationals, drug cartels, secret brotherhoods, dictators, royal families, religious organizations, and anyone else with the cash," the eBay description reads.

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