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Merlin with a New Florida Senate and Governor looks……

Game Over for Crist?

New Republican Poll in Florida puts Crist down 14.

Fabrizio & McLaughlin Associates (R)

Florida Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Rubio 44 %
Crist 30 %
Undecided 25 %

General Election (3-way Race with Crist as Independent)

Rubio (R) 31 %
Crist (I) 26 %
Meek (D) 24 %
Undecided 19 %

Rubio (R) 32 %
Crist (I) 29 %
Ferre (D) 19 %
Undecided 20 %

Crist (R) 47 %
Meek (D) 29 %
Undecided 24 %

Crist (R) 49 %
Ferre (D) 27 %
Undecided 24 %

Rubio (R) 42 %
Meek (D) 30 %
Undecided 28 %

Rubio (R) 43 %
Ferre (D) 27 %
Undecided 29 %

Florida Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Crist 39 %
McCollum 31 %
Dockery 4 %
Undecided 25 %

General Election

Crist (R) 48 %
Sink (D) 31 %
Undecided 22 %

McCollum (R) 41 %
Sink (D) 32 %
Undecided 27 %

Merlin’s Thought:

Crist is finished as Senate Candidate when you look at the Internals of this Poll.

Merlin

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

CD…on the Alabama Races……

For everyone on here:

The list of statewide candidates in Alabama:
http://www.politics1.com/al.htm

US Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) appears to be the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee at this point……

…….. while the AL GOP will have a NASTY primary to see who’s more conservative, which is heading to a July runoff.

Governor Bob Riley (R) is barred from seeking a 3rd consecutive term, and his term ends on January 17, 2011.

Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr., (D) will win BIG in his re-election bid to a 4th term (he’s won 5 statewide elections, including the Public Service Commission).

State Attorney General Troy King (R) will get re-elected to a 2nd full four-year term, in which he will become the state’s longest-serving State AG by 2014.

State Treasurer: former State Treasurer George Wallace, Jr., (R) will get his old gig back for a 3rd non-consecutive term.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Barack Obama is running for President…..again……

For all you that think Obama is done……

Read your History…….

……Clinton was in the same place…but he came back……

……while the Democrats lost the House…and he had a trial going on which took him outta it..

……and he still rolled the Republican’s…

…… Obama’s a smart guy..he’ll be there for another seven years….. He’s gotta be talking to Clinton..

…..and has started his re-election run as of last week…

… Freeze spending…..cut’s in the budget…..tax breaks for the middle class….raise taxes for the rick…..go after the banks…..and wish for Healthcare but let Congress hash it out if they can…… He hasn’t left the country in the last few weeks since he came back from vacation, right?

He’s put David Plouffe back in charge of the political machine right?

He’s running…

…… And he’ll make it….with Healthcare out of the headlines…

…..hopefully his democratic congressmen can go home and not get chewed on….

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , | 4 Comments

Merlin on the New York Senate primary's and general……

Hello Dog!

New York’s Junior Kirsten Gillibrand leads Harold Ford Jr. in a new Statewide Survey. She also leads her likely Republican Opponent Bruce Blakeman unless former Governor George Pataki jumps into this Contest.

Marist Poll

New York Senate Special

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  44 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr.  27 %
Jonathan Tasini  5 %
Undecided  25 %

General Election

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  49 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  43 %
Undecided  8 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  52 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  30 %
Undecided  18 %

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  52 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  35 %
Undecided  13 %

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  39 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  35 %
Undecided  26 %

Full Results at http://maristpoll.marist.edu

Merlin’s Thought:

One thing seems clear: Harold Ford is a much, much weaker General Election Candidate then Senator Gillibrand.

Merlin

The Dog agree’s that right now the undeclared candidate Harold Ford Jr. trails the appointed Senator Gillibrand……But the Dog is worried that Pataki and old GOP retread could still be leading the Junior Senator from New York…..Ford is not out it..being only 17% behind….he can easliy make the democratic primary close by declaring and campaigning…as I mention in the 17th Amendment post…let the voters decide….The Dog is all for Harold Ford Jr. primarying Kirsten Gillibrand……may the best person win…and go on to knock Pataki out…….

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

Merlin on the New York Senate primary’s and general……

Hello Dog!

New York’s Junior Kirsten Gillibrand leads Harold Ford Jr. in a new Statewide Survey. She also leads her likely Republican Opponent Bruce Blakeman unless former Governor George Pataki jumps into this Contest.

Marist Poll

New York Senate Special

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  44 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr.  27 %
Jonathan Tasini  5 %
Undecided  25 %

General Election

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  49 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  43 %
Undecided  8 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  52 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  30 %
Undecided  18 %

Former Governor George Pataki (R)  52 %
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  35 %
Undecided  13 %

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)  39 %
Bruce Blakeman (R)  35 %
Undecided  26 %

Full Results at http://maristpoll.marist.edu

Merlin’s Thought:

One thing seems clear: Harold Ford is a much, much weaker General Election Candidate then Senator Gillibrand.

Merlin

The Dog agree’s that right now the undeclared candidate Harold Ford Jr. trails the appointed Senator Gillibrand……But the Dog is worried that Pataki and old GOP retread could still be leading the Junior Senator from New York…..Ford is not out it..being only 17% behind….he can easliy make the democratic primary close by declaring and campaigning…as I mention in the 17th Amendment post…let the voters decide….The Dog is all for Harold Ford Jr. primarying Kirsten Gillibrand……may the best person win…and go on to knock Pataki out…….

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

The 17th Amendment….."The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years."

This piece @ PoliticsDaily…..goes in to many means the Democrats have tried to stack the deck for Senate candidates during the last two years that have failed……

The 17th Amendment does say that the voters shall pick their Senators by voting……

But that doesn’t always happen…right away these days anymore….and because of that…. sometimes things have unexpected results, when the vote does occur…….


The Democrats have had another hard week. On Monday, they learned that Beau Biden, son of the vice-president, has discreetly chosen not to run for the Senate seat they’d been keeping warm for him. Thus one more Senate seat the Democrats had thought of as safe is up for grabs in the fall. This comes after the loss of Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts and amid a growing sense that even President Obama’s old seat in Illinois could fall in November to a Republican, Mark Kirk.

Democrats may have shot themselves in the foot three times, each time by trying to game the Constitution. For those of you scoring at home, the 17th Amendment, passed in 1913, took the power to choose senators away from state legislators and gave it to the voters. It begins, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years.”

But it took 30 years for popular election to overcome the resistance of the political class, who would usually rather appoint than elect. (Southern states unsuccessfully demanded a change to exclude blacks from voting in Senate elections.) During that process, the amendment picked up some flaws. As finally passed, it says that “the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.” This is the precise language that governs House seats, which are filled in special elections as soon as possible. But the drafters added, “the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.”

This sounds deceptively like the 1787 provision allowing temporary Senate appointments. But those appointments were allowed only “until the next Meeting of the Legislature.” The new language had no “until” clause. And therefore many state legislatures granted the governor power to name a temporary replacement to serve until an election was convenient. Today, in many states, an appointee may legally serve for up to 30 months.

Most states also allow the governor to make the appointment on his own. As near as I can tell, this is the only place in the Constitution where important federal office is made the gift of one man, without the need for confirmation or election. Under similar circumstances, the Emperor Caligula named his horse consul of Rome. We’re not there yet, but close. Two governors have named their own wives to the Senate. Gov. Frank Murkowski of Alaska appointed his daughter in 2002 (in response, voters approved a measure eliminating the governor’s appointing power). New York Gov. David Paterson flirted with gifting Caroline Kennedy with Hillary Clinton’s seat, before bestowing it on the obscure Kirsten Gillibrand.

But what’s worse is that the legislators have so much discretion. They can require special elections, or they can give temporary appointing power to the governor, or they can do both.

And they can rewrite the rules anytime they want.

And it hasn’t worked out quite as good as advertised…..

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Education, Government, Law, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

The 17th Amendment…..”The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years.”

This piece @ PoliticsDaily…..goes in to many means the Democrats have tried to stack the deck for Senate candidates during the last two years that have failed……

The 17th Amendment does say that the voters shall pick their Senators by voting……

But that doesn’t always happen…right away these days anymore….and because of that…. sometimes things have unexpected results, when the vote does occur…….


The Democrats have had another hard week. On Monday, they learned that Beau Biden, son of the vice-president, has discreetly chosen not to run for the Senate seat they’d been keeping warm for him. Thus one more Senate seat the Democrats had thought of as safe is up for grabs in the fall. This comes after the loss of Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts and amid a growing sense that even President Obama’s old seat in Illinois could fall in November to a Republican, Mark Kirk.

Democrats may have shot themselves in the foot three times, each time by trying to game the Constitution. For those of you scoring at home, the 17th Amendment, passed in 1913, took the power to choose senators away from state legislators and gave it to the voters. It begins, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years.”

But it took 30 years for popular election to overcome the resistance of the political class, who would usually rather appoint than elect. (Southern states unsuccessfully demanded a change to exclude blacks from voting in Senate elections.) During that process, the amendment picked up some flaws. As finally passed, it says that “the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.” This is the precise language that governs House seats, which are filled in special elections as soon as possible. But the drafters added, “the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.”

This sounds deceptively like the 1787 provision allowing temporary Senate appointments. But those appointments were allowed only “until the next Meeting of the Legislature.” The new language had no “until” clause. And therefore many state legislatures granted the governor power to name a temporary replacement to serve until an election was convenient. Today, in many states, an appointee may legally serve for up to 30 months.

Most states also allow the governor to make the appointment on his own. As near as I can tell, this is the only place in the Constitution where important federal office is made the gift of one man, without the need for confirmation or election. Under similar circumstances, the Emperor Caligula named his horse consul of Rome. We’re not there yet, but close. Two governors have named their own wives to the Senate. Gov. Frank Murkowski of Alaska appointed his daughter in 2002 (in response, voters approved a measure eliminating the governor’s appointing power). New York Gov. David Paterson flirted with gifting Caroline Kennedy with Hillary Clinton’s seat, before bestowing it on the obscure Kirsten Gillibrand.

But what’s worse is that the legislators have so much discretion. They can require special elections, or they can give temporary appointing power to the governor, or they can do both.

And they can rewrite the rules anytime they want.

And it hasn’t worked out quite as good as advertised…..

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Education, Government, Law, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

Chaos Theory – The Obama Whisperers………

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Political Satire, Politics | Leave a comment

From Digg…… U.S. Female soliders have male soliders to watch out for……if this is true…..

The Dog doesn’t know if the numbers are verifiable…but if this story is true??…………

According to NPR“In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving. And a 1995 study of female veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually harassed.”

The BBC recently reported on The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict. This book examines the extreme difficulties female soldiers have in serving abroad. Benedict interviewed several women in the military to get a deeper understanding of the issue, and some of their stories were real eye openers.

Army specialist Chantelle Henneberry spoke of some of her experiences in Iraq, “Everybody’s supposed to have a battle buddy in the army, and females are supposed to have one to go to the latrines with, or to the showers – that’s so you don’t get raped by one of the men on your own side. But because I was the only female there, I didn’t have a battle buddy. My battle buddy was my gun and my knife.”

Another study concluded that 90% of all women serving are sexually harassed. Another one estimates that 90% of all the rapes do not get reported, despite supposedly easier ways to report the crime with confidentiality since 2005. Either way, this appears to be an epidemic that needs to be dealt with.

An online discussion from a former soldier whose identity is being protected had this to say, “At least a rape ends. It’s the day-to-day degradation that eats at you. None of my friends who were raped on active duty reported it. Or if we tried, we were told to shut up for ‘morale.’ Working with your rapist on a daily basis isn’t a lot of fun, believe me.”

How the military is dealing with this appears to demonstrate a pattern of sweeping it under the rug. In 2008, 62% of those that were convicted of sexual assault or rape received very lenient punishments such as demotion, suspension, or a written reprimand.

If this story is true…something needs to done…..females are here to stay in the miltary…..some poeple want to address the gay issue…but this needs to looked into and dealt with first…

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Mood Music Monday 2.1.10……from Up 4 Dicsussion……

Enjoy the Music!

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Music, Other Things, Up 4 Discussion, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment