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Tea Party group looks to Obama reelection strategy for 2014 inspiration

The Tea Party group FreedomWorks, like many GOP organizations, will be taking some of its 2014 cues from President Obama’s successful reelection campaign.

“Internally, we certainly studied with admiration what the Obama campaign did in 2008 and in 2012. They took their messages to the next level in terms of mass customization,” President and CEO of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe told The Hill last week.

The Obama campaign has trumpeted the success of its vast digital messaging and fundraising effort, with emails alone bringing in most of the $690 million the president raised online during the cycle, according to Businessweek.

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Roseanne Barr announces Green Party presidential run

Television star Roseanne Barr is officially running as a Green Party candidate for the presidency, she announced Friday via Twitter.

Barr has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission. She tweeted that while she expects Jill Stein, the Green Party front-runner, to win the nomination and plans to support her, she wants to "bring press attention" to the party's platform "and speak at its convention. I want young people to know there is a new way for us to go."

Barr is best known for her hit 1990s show "Roseanne." She said in August on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" that she would run for the "Green Tea Party" nomination and has since appeared at Occupy Wall Street protests.

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Traficant files as independent to challenge Rep. Tim Ryan

Former Rep. James Traficant filed paperwork Monday to run as an independent against Rep. Tim Ryan (D) in Ohio's 17th congressional district.

Traficant, who represented the district until 2002, when he was expelled from the House following a conviction on corruption charges, had been deciding between challenging Ryan, or Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) in a neighboring district.

The flamboyant former congressman was released from a federal prison last September, and had been flirting with the prospect of a comeback in his native Youngstown area, where he remains somewhat personally popular.

Ryan has won reelection fairly comfortably over Republican opponents in the past few election cycles, though Traficant ate into his margin of victory when he was first elected in 2002, and Traficant ran again for Congress from his jail cell.

Ryan is a former staffer for Traficant, whose decision to challenge Ryan was first reported Monday by the Youngstown Vindicator.

Cross-posted to the Briefing Room.

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Third-party lines complicating GOP efforts in N.Y.

Republican efforts to take down Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) could be hitting a snag.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is reportedly looking to seek the Independence Party line -- and not a major-party line -- for the race.

Because of New York's balloting rules, a candidacy like Schneiderman's could steal serious votes from Republicans. Those seeking evidence should look no further than Doug Hoffman's effort in November's upstate special election while running on the Conservative line.

Schneiderman is a former Republican who defected to the Independence Party last year and won reelection without opposition.

"My intention is not to seek a major party backing,” he told Newsday. "l'm floating the idea to see the kind of response I get from voters. This is a race an Independent can win. You could see the first member of the Independence Party in Congress."

Businessman Randy Altschuler, attorney George Demos and Chris Cox, the grandson of former President Richard Nixon, are all seeking the GOP nomination to face Bishop.

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