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Paterson makes it Official…he's not resigning……

From Azi Paybarah @ the Obsever…..

David Paterson is really trying to put and end to the speculation he’s resigning.

The only way I’m not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box. And the only way that I’ll be leaving office before is in a box,” Paterson said, at a press conference in Albany.

He also said he conducted an interview with The New York Times and they did not ask about extramarital affairs or drug use, which were two of the topics rumored to be part of the big Times piece that has yet to be published.

Paterson said he contacted an editor at The Times, who told him they’re not responsible for what other news outlets report. He also said he’s written a letter to The Times‘ public editor, addressing how the paper handled this story.

I guess that settles that……

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Paterson makes it Official…he’s not resigning……

From Azi Paybarah @ the Obsever…..

David Paterson is really trying to put and end to the speculation he’s resigning.

The only way I’m not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box. And the only way that I’ll be leaving office before is in a box,” Paterson said, at a press conference in Albany.

He also said he conducted an interview with The New York Times and they did not ask about extramarital affairs or drug use, which were two of the topics rumored to be part of the big Times piece that has yet to be published.

Paterson said he contacted an editor at The Times, who told him they’re not responsible for what other news outlets report. He also said he’s written a letter to The Times‘ public editor, addressing how the paper handled this story.

I guess that settles that……

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | 2 Comments

The Latest Storm is coming up the East Coast…..

[Commuters boarded one of the few bus routes operating in Washington on Tuesday amid the beginnings of a new snow storm.]

A major snowstorm charged in from the Midwest late Tuesday night toward major East Coast cities, forcing pre-emptive school and office closures and grounding hundreds of flights for the second time in less than a week.

The powerful storm dropped as much as a foot of snow in some parts of the nation’s midsection as it made its way toward the coast late Tuesday, sprinkling its first flakes on the eastern seaboard just before 10 p.m. Forecasters warned that it would deliver as much as 16 inches of fresh snow to the capital, which was still digging out from beneath the nearly two-foot thick blanket of snow that obliterated the city over the weekend. But unlike Saturday’s record-breaking blizzard, this one was expected to also hit New York, where Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ordered schools closed on Wednesday.

“The prognosis is for a very bad situation when these kids will be leaving school tomorrow afternoon,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a news conference. He cited forecasts calling for blizzard conditions with high winds and heavy snow by the afternoon, threatening to severely disrupt the evening commute.

“This storm is coming at precisely the wrong time to drive home tomorrow,” Mr. Bloomberg said. He urged people to use mass transportation instead of their cars on Wednesday.

As the first snowflakes touched the ground on the East Coast late Tuesday, it was clear that transportation up and down the east coast would be a mess. Several major airlines — including Southwest and Continental — announced Tuesday night that they had canceled all or many of their Wednesday flights out of Washington, New York, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and several other East Coast cities. Amtrak said that it would continue its Northeast regional train service but warned of service disruptions.

In Washington, government offices and schools were closed for a second day on Tuesday and were likely to be shut again on Wednesday; some suburban school systems in Maryland had already given up on classes for the rest of the week.

Ross Dickman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., warned of a one-two punch of hard weather.

“It may come in two bursts, a good burst in the morning hours, and then the wind will pick up in the afternoon,” Mr. Dickman said.

The Dog has his snow blower at the ready……

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Health, Home, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Weather | | 1 Comment

SE on the Rhode Island Races……

From SE……

Here’s a rundown of how I think the RI races will go:

Governor: Incumbent GOP Governor Donald Carcieri is term-limited. The GOP has unified behind former Gubernatorial Aide John Robitaille. On the Democratic side, General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch are in the running. The Cool Mooses have unified behind Attorney Bob Healey Jr. On the Independent side, former US Senator Lincoln Chaffee and General Contractor Todd Giroux are in the running. I expect Caprio to defeat Lynch 52-48, and lose to Chaffee 41-37, with Robitallie receiving 22%. INDY GAIN.

Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent Democratic Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Roberts. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

Secretary of State: Incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Ralph Mollis is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Mollis. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

Attorney General: Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Patrick Lynch is running fcr Governor. On the Democratic side, Smithfield City Councilman Steve Archambault, Providence City Solicitor Joe Fernandez, and State House Majority Whip Peter Kilmartin. The GOP has unified behind former Special Assistant Attorney General Erik Wallin. I expect Kilmartin to prevail big time, and defeat Wallin 59-41. DEM HOLD.

General Treasurer: Incumbent Democratic General Treasurer Frank Caprio is running for Governor. The Democrats have unified behind Software Engineer Tom Sgouros. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

RI-01: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Patrick Kennedy is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Kennedy. The GOP has unified behind State House Minority Whip John Loughlin. In this climate I expect Loughlin to narrowly prevail by about 491 votes. GOP GAIN.

RI-02: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin is running for re-election. On the Democratic side, Langevin and former State Representative Betsy Dennigan are in the running. On the GOP side, Attorney Michael Gardiner and former North Kingston Town Councilman Mark Zaccaria are in the running. I expect Langevin to thump Dennigan 60-40 and Zaccaria to defeat Gardiner 67-33. I expect Langevin to take Zaccaria out to pasture 64-36. DEM HOLD.

SE-779

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

Merlin Massachusetts Senate Special Election and House Special Election in FL-19…… election in

Hello Dog!

Here are the Special Election for this year:

FL – 19 (April 13th)

HI – 1 (likely May 1st)

PA – 12 (likely May 18th)

Merlin

Massachusetts Senate Special Election (19th January 2010)

General Election

Certified Results

Candidates Votes %
Attorney General Martha Coakley 1.060.861 Votes = 47,07 %
State Senator Scott P. Brown 1.168.178 Votes = 51,83 % * Winner
Joseph L. Kennedy 22.388 Votes = 0,99 %

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

http://www.marthacoakley.com/

House of Representatives Florida 19th Special Election (2nd February 2010)

Special Primary Election

Certified Results

Democratic Primary Candidates Votes % Republican Primary Candidates Votes % Winners proceed to 13th April Special Election

Ted Deutch (D) 23.959 Votes = 85,22 % Ted Deutch * Winner

Ben Graber 4.151 Votes = 14,78 %

Edward J. Lynch (R) Sr. 3.322 Votes = 40,70 % Edward J. Lynch Sr.* Winner

Joe Budd 3.274 Votes = 40,11 %

Curt Price 1.566 Votes = 19,19 %

House of Representatives Florida 19th Special Election (13th April 2010)

Special Election

Candidates Votes % Winner (To be held )

State Senator Ted Deutch (D)

Edward J. Lynch Sr. (R)

Merlin

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Merlin Massachusetts Senate Special Election and House Special Election in FL-19…… election in

Hello Dog!

Here are the Special Election for this year:

FL – 19 (April 13th)

HI – 1 (likely May 1st)

PA – 12 (likely May 18th)

Merlin

Massachusetts Senate Special Election (19th January 2010)

General Election

Certified Results

Candidates Votes %
Attorney General Martha Coakley 1.060.861 Votes = 47,07 %
State Senator Scott P. Brown 1.168.178 Votes = 51,83 % * Winner
Joseph L. Kennedy 22.388 Votes = 0,99 %

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

http://www.marthacoakley.com/

House of Representatives Florida 19th Special Election (2nd February 2010)

Special Primary Election

Certified Results

Democratic Primary Candidates Votes % Republican Primary Candidates Votes % Winners proceed to 13th April Special Election

Ted Deutch (D) 23.959 Votes = 85,22 % Ted Deutch * Winner

Ben Graber 4.151 Votes = 14,78 %

Edward J. Lynch (R) Sr. 3.322 Votes = 40,70 % Edward J. Lynch Sr.* Winner

Joe Budd 3.274 Votes = 40,11 %

Curt Price 1.566 Votes = 19,19 %

House of Representatives Florida 19th Special Election (13th April 2010)

Special Election

Candidates Votes % Winner (To be held )

State Senator Ted Deutch (D)

Edward J. Lynch Sr. (R)

Merlin

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Merlin on the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Senate race…..

Hi Dog!

The gap in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Primary has somewhat closed according to a new Statewide Survey of 425 Likely Primary Votes. Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter is barely over 50 % but leads his Main Rival U. S. Rep. Joseph A. Sestak by 15 Points. Last month Specter led Sestak by 22 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

Pennsylvania Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter  51 %
U. S. Rep. Joseph A. Sestak  36 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  9 %

Merlin’s Observation:

I don’t think Specter will just walk away with this. This thing will get tighter as Primary Election Day approaches. The Primary is May 18th.

Merlin

From the Dog……Ole’ Arlen Spector will be the Democratic nominee…The question will be the numbers (expected shortly) on Spector vs Toomey, who led both Democrats last month…..Spector now has the parties endorsement…..it’s nine months from election day…….

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | 3 Comments

Merlin on the Ohio Governor race…….

Hello Dog!

Since the latest Statewide Survey from Scott Rasmussen in Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) has gained 1 Percentage Point though he still trails his Republican Challenger John Kasich (R-OH) by 6 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

Ohio Governor 2010

former U. S. Rep. John Kasich (R)  47 %
Incumbent Governor Ted Strickland (D)  41 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  8 %

Merlin’s Observation:

No doubt this Race will be close in the end. Strickland’s fate will be decided by the Economy.

Merlin

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Merlin on the Texas GOP Governor Primary…..

Hi Dog!

Surprise, Surprise. Who would have thought Debra Medina would be such a strong Candidate in the GOP Primary. A new Statewide Survey in Texas shows Republican Party Activist Debra Medina closing in on Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Texas Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry  39 %
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison  28 %
GOP Party Activist Debra Medina  24 %
Undecided  10 %

Democratic Primary

White 49 %
Shami 19 %
Alvado 5 %
Aguado 2 %
Glenn 1 %

Full Results at http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com

Merlin’s Observation:

I really hope this goes into a Run-Off which would insure Republicans that a pending Special Election for Hutchison’s Seat (Should she resign) would be held in November and not in May where ANY REPUBLICAN would be favored over John Sharp.

Merlin

Man…. it looks like a run- off for sure…..I still think KBH should NOT resign her seat….to do so would be stupid…..Ah. I can’t wait for CD to show up later, and add his two cents to this post….he, he, he….

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , , | 17 Comments

Rep. Harold Ford Jr. had Rep. John Murtha's back…….

This little antidolal story come up the Observer…..

In November of 2005, shortly after Jack Murtha switched from being a supporter of the Iraq War to being one of its most outspoken critics, a newly-elected representative from Ohio, Jean Schmidt–who at that time had served for less than three months–stepped to the podium in the House of Representatives and assailed the 16-term congressman and Marine Corps vet. Ms. Schmidt said she had recently spoken with an Ohio legislator who was also a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.

“He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course,” Ms. Schmidt said. “He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: that cowards cut and run, Marines never do.”

At that, the Democratic side of the House erupted in boos and jeers, hissing for the comment to be stricken. But one representative was particularly upset, reported the Washington Post.

Just as matters seemed to calm a bit, Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) suddenly charged across the aisle to the GOP seats, jabbing his finger furiously at a small group of GOP members and shouting, “Say Murtha’s name!” Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.), who had led the chants for striking Schmidt’s comments, gently guided Ford by the arm back to the minority party’s side.

“The House will be in order! The House will be in order!” hollered presiding officer Mike Simpson, pounding his gavel. “The gentleman from Tennessee will take his seat! All members take seats!”

Ms. Schmidt then said her comments weren’t about any specific member, and asked they be withdrawn.

As the House temporarily moved to other matters, a calm Ford said in an interview that he confronted the Republicans because he was angry that they were using a ploy to avoid “a real debate” about the war. “I said, ‘If you believe it’s about Murtha, then talk about Murtha, don’t hide behind a resolution,’ ” Ford said.

Yesterday, through a spokesperson, Mr. Ford sent his thoughts on Mr. Murtha’s passing.

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Rep. John Murtha. He was one of the greatest patriots ever to serve in Congress and a man of deep compassion, commitment and courage. Rep. Murtha’s powerful advocacy on behalf of people who were powerless will be my lasting memory of his great legacy.”

In November of 2005, shortly after Jack Murtha switched from being a supporter of the Iraq War to being one of its most outspoken critics, a newly-elected representative from Ohio, Jean Schmidt–who at that time had served for less than three months–stepped to the podium in the House of Representatives and assailed the 16-term congressman and Marine Corps vet. Ms. Schmidt said she had recently spoken with an Ohio legislator who was also a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.

“He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course,” Ms. Schmidt said. “He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: that cowards cut and run, Marines never do.”

Here’s the link to that crazy moment in the House…..

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 3 Comments