Last week's Republican primaries in Alabama and Mississippi drew some attention to the nature of politics in the deep, deep south. But some commentators misread the religious overtones.
With the exception of Colorado, each contest is getting some attention.
The president of the Queensland branch of the Young Labor Party is a staunch supporter of conservative Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, using leave from the AWU to campaign in the US.
Republican Mitt Romney tried to be casual, relaxed and engaging in New Hampshire. It didn't work. Crikey's Guy Rundle begins his US roadshow in the bellwether state to report on this week's crucial primary.
Staying out of the formal race does not appear to be doing Sarah Palin any harm in her efforts to become the Republican Party presidential nominee. She is currently the third most popular choice, writes Richard Farmer.
Rick Santorum is running for president? Hah! The religious right of the Republicans might reckon they've found their man in this confrontationist conservative former senator from Pennsylvania, but did they check Google?
The base has spoken: Mitt Romney is the man most likely to win America's Next Top Republican and challenge Barack Obama in 2013. Harley Dennett reports on the influential Conservative Political Action Conference.