The Rundown: Political Convention Updates, People Dumping Progressive And Kelly Ripa’s New Co-Host

August 22, 2012  |  

-Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is still in the race for Senate but he’s going to “respect wishes from party leaders who want him to skip the Republican National Convention in Tampa.” Also, the Republican Convention might be hit with a hurricane. And over on the Democratic side, we have the list of women who will be speaking in Charlotte, which will include Massachusetts Senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren; the subject of Rush Limbaugh’s rant earlier this year, Georgetown Law student (and now public advocate for birth control inclusion in insurance coverage policies) Sandra Fluke; Caroline Kennedy; and campaign co-chair Eva Longoria (?).

-Speaking of insurance, more than 1,000 people have gone on Twitter to say they’ve dropped Progressive Insurance after comedian Matt Fischer claimed the insurer defended the driver who killed his sister in an accident. Another 1,600 people have said they no longer want to work with the company. After Fischer wrote his column with his accusations, the story appeared in a number of media outlets including CNBC and Gawker.

-Word is that former New York Giants football player Michael Strahan will be in the co-host seat on Live! with Kelly Ripa. The Super Bowl winner will start his new job on September 4. In other morning TV news: After two weeks atop the rating due to its Olympics coverage, the TODAY show fell back to Earth, coming in behind Good Morning America last week. GMA beat TODAY in the five weeks leading up to the Olympics.

-President Obama is getting help from two huge groups: Political Action, which has seven million members, and Workers’ Voice, the superPAC side of the 12-million member AFL-CIO. The groups will be focused on grassroots, get-out-the-vote efforts.

-The debate over same-sex classes in public schools goes to court in West Virginia.

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