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Friday, March 6, 2015
613 Days Until Election Day 2016It's Friday, March 6, 2015, I'm Gabe Fleisher for Wake Up To Politics, and reporting from WUTP world HQ in my bedroom - Good morning: THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!
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- Michigan Rep. Candice Miller to Retire Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) announced plans to retire Thursday, saying she will not seek an eighth House term in 2016.
- Before being elected to Congress in 2002, Miller served as Michigan Secretary of State for two terms.
- Miller is one of 22 Republican women currently serving in the U.S. House, and is the only female committee chair in the lower chamber. She holds the gavel of the obscure House Administration Committee, which “has jurisdiction over election changes, daily House operations and oversight over legislative branch agencies and Capitol security,” according to Roll Call.
- Weekend Preview: Presidential Candidates to Iowa for Forum Seeking to make agriculture, Iowa’s top industry, a major issue in the 2016 election, GOP donor Bruce Rastetter has invited potential presidential candidates of both parties to the first-ever Iowa Agriculture Summit, to be held Saturday.
- Potential Republican presidential candidates former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santourum, business tycoon Donald Trump, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will all speak at the event.
- The summit gives the candidates an excuse to visit Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state key to winning the presidential nomination, and many are attending separate events as well over the weekend.
- A number of Democrats who are thought to be mulling White House bids were also invited, including Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, but none accepted.
- Each speaker will sit for 20 minutes of questioning by Rastetter on stage, as he asks questions of the potential candidates on issues like crop insurance, food safety, farm subsidies, and ethanol that rarely receive press attention.
White House Watch
- The President’s Schedule At 10:15 AM, President Obama will leave the White House for Columbia, South Carolina, where he arrives at 11:50 AM.
- At 2:15 PM, the President will participate in a town hall event at Benedict College.
- This is Obama’s first visit to South Carolina since taking office, leaving just two states (South Dakota and Utah) that he has never visited in his presidency.
- At 4:00 PM, Obama will depart Columbia, arriving back at the White House at 5:30 PM.
- Weekend Preview: Obamas in Selma The President and First Lady visit Selma, Alabama on Saturday, to mark the 50th anniversary of the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
- Obama will attend a ceremony on March 7, the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when civil rights protestors were beaten by state troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, hosted by the Faith and Politics Institute. Former President George W. Bush and a 95-member congressional delegation will also attend the event. The event is co-hosted by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who was a leader of the Selma marches in 1965, and Rep. Teri Sewell (D-AL). A record 23 Republicans will join the delegation, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
- A re-enactment of the march will leave from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Sunday, March 8, and is set to arrive at the state Capitol in Montgomery on March 13.
- While in Selma, Obama will be interviewed by CBS White House correspondent Bill Plante, who covered the voting rights marches in Selma for CBS in 1965.
- LINK: What Obama’s trip to Selma means from Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/what-obamas-trip-to-selma-means-115816.html?ml=tl_5
- LINK: Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley writes an opinion piece for CNN, saying Selma’s historic bridge should be renamed for John Lewis, instead of Confederate General Edmund Pettus: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/05/opinions/brinkley-selma-bridge-john-lewis/index.html