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Jon Huntsman to Boycott Las Vegas Debate

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- One candidate will be noticeably absent from Tuesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The GOP contender is ditching CNN’s Western Republican Presidential Debate, instead holding a “First-in-the-Nation” Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire.

“While Mitt Romney’s campaign has tried to game the system by encouraging Nevada to move to an earlier date, Gov. Huntsman is sticking up for the Granite State,” Huntsman’s campaign manager, Matt David, said in a written statement. “We call on all other campaigns to join us, avoiding typical hypocritical politics by paying lip service to New Hampshire, while campaigning in Nevada. New Hampshire plays a vital role in our nominating system in that -- unlike any other primary -- it gives voters the opportunity to engage substantively with the candidates on the myriad issues facing our country.”

Huntsman is placing all his bets on New Hampshire, moving his Orlando campaign headquarters to 1850 Elm St. in Manchester, once home to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Granite State base. The Huntsman campaign Thursday threatened to boycott the Nevada caucus if it jeopardized New Hampshire’s primary date, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum following suit.

As of now, Gingrich and Santorum will still participate in Tuesday’s event.

This isn’t the first time the Las Vegas debate has been an issue for Huntsman. CNN’s Washington bureau chief told the New York Times last month that unless Huntsman garnered at least two percent support in at least three of 17 accepted polls, he would not be allowed to participate. At the time, Huntsman had received two percent in only two of the polls. He has since reached the requirements with four percent in a Fox poll.

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Indiana Dems Boycott State House

Photo Courtesy - in [dot] gov/r88(INDIANAPOLIS) -- There won't be any new business in the Indiana House Thursday or Friday, according to Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma. 

Thursday morning in Indianapolis, Bosma said boycotting House Democrats told him they won't return to the Statehouse Thursday or Friday.  Bosma says House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer told him that Democrats have no intention of providing the quorum needed for House business this week.

Democrats are boycotting in an effort to derail bills they consider an assault on the working class. Most House Democrats are staying at a hotel in Illinois.  Bauer says Democrats won't return to Indiana until House Republicans are willing to negotiate their agenda, but Republicans are refusing to negotiate with lawmakers who have fled the state to shut down the House. 

Bosma says that when Democrats return, lawmakers can extend legislative deadlines for bills that would otherwise die Thursday. Those bills include a contentious private school voucher bill and the new state budget.

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