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The Healthcare Bill….Perceptions vs Reality……

From PoliticalWire…………

Mixed Signals on Health Care

A new Newsweek Poll shows that while “a majority of Americans say they oppose President Obama’s plan, a majority actually support the key features of the legislation. The findings support the notion that Democrats have not done a good job of selling the package and that opponents have been successful in framing the debate. The more people know about the legislation, the more likely they are to support major components of it.”

“When asked about Obama’s plan (without being given any details about what the legislation includes), 49 percent opposed it and 40 percent were in favor. But after hearing key features of the legislation described, 48 percent supported the plan and 43 percent remained opposed.”

Read more: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/02/20/mixed_signals_on_health_care.html#ixzz0g7QZVLfk

Say Whatttttttttt?!!!!!

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 7 Comments

Governor Paterson of New York launches his campaign……

Gov. David A. Paterson returned to his boyhood home on Saturday and defiantly proclaimed his candidacy for election, portraying himself as a champion of New Yorkers struggling with discrimination and economic hardship.

“So many people are saying I shouldn’t run for governor,” Mr. Paterson told a supportive but relatively subdued crowd of about 400 people who gathered at the Hofstra University student center on Long Island. “But you need to know that this is a governor that does not quit.”

Mr. Paterson, who faces a daunting task in building enough political support to win the Democratic nomination, compared himself to ordinary New Yorkers struggling against the odds: An unemployed sheet-metal worker from Rochester, a black single mother from Queens and a family forced out of East Harlem by gentrification.

Like them, Mr. Paterson said he knew what it was like to be told to give up. And like gays, minorities and other marginalized groups, Mr. Paterson, who is legally blind, said he understood what it was like “to challenge the institutions that were, unfortunately, bigoted and ignorant.”

He also denounced what he described as a smear campaign against him in the news media hatched by special interests in Albany and by his political rivals, a veiled reference to Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who is expected to challenge him for the Democratic nomination.

More………

The Dog is sorry…but it’s too little …toooooo late for Paterson……

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 8 Comments

From Talkandpolitcs……..Justice Obama and President Hillary ….

From Talkandpolitcs……

Finally – this scenario made good sense.

Obama is a perfect fit for the Supreme Court, with his cool temper and background. New seats are soon up for grabs, and he could easily be the greatest liberal justice of the 21st century. It makes perfect sense. And Prez Hillary makes the nomination.

More practicalities at WaPo’s.

Not a chance…….But Never say never.……

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, TalkandPolitcs, Women | , | 7 Comments

Charlie Cook on the 2010 Dem and GOP Senate races…..

The Insider's Choice for Election Analysis

Senate Lineup: 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans, 2 Independent(s)
Senators with names in parentheses are retiring.

The chart below provides a spectrum that analyzes the vulnerability (the chances of the seat switching parties) of the Senate races up this cycle.

Solid: These races are not considered competitive and are not likely to become closely contested.
Likely: These seats are not considered competitive at this point but have the potential to become engaged.
Lean: These are considered competitive races but one party has an advantage.
Toss Up: These are the most competitive races; either party has a good chance of winning.

  1. DEMOCRATS | 18 HELD SEATS

  2. SOLID D (7)

    Inouye (HI)

    Mikulski (MD)

    Schumer (NY-A)

    Wyden (OR)

    Leahy (VT)

    Murray (WA)

    Feingold (WI)

    LIKELY D (1)

    Gillibrand (NY-B)

    LEAN D (2)

    Boxer (CA)

    CT (Dodd)

    TOSS UP (5)

    Lincoln (AR)

    Bennet (CO)

    IL (Burris)

    Reid (NV)

    Specter (PA)

    LEAN R (1)

    IN (Bayh)

    LIKELY R (1)

    DE (Kaufman)

    SOLID R (1)

    ND (Dorgan)

    REPUBLICANS | 18 HELD SEATS
    SOLID D (0) LIKELY D (0) LEAN D (0) TOSS UP (4)

    KY (Bunning)

    MO (Bond)

    NH (Gregg)

    OH (Voinovich)

    LEAN R (0) LIKELY R (3)

    FL (LeMieux)

    Vitter (LA)

    Burr (NC)

    SOLID R (11)

    Shelby (AL)

    Murkowski (AK)

    McCain (AZ)

    Isakson (GA)

    Crapo (ID)

    Grassley (IA)

    KS (Brownback)

    Coburn (OK)

    DeMint (SC)

    Thune (SD)

    Bennett (UT)
    * = potential retirement Continue reading

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Charlie Cook on the 2010 Dem and GOP House Races…….

The Insider's Choice for Election Analysis

2010 COMPETITIVE HOUSE RACE CHART FEBRUARY 19, 2010

Likely: These seats are not considered competitive at this point but have the potential to become engaged.
Lean: These are considered competitive races but one party has an advantage.
Toss-Up: These are the most competitive; either party has a good chance of winning.

Democrats currently have 53 seats listed as Lean or Toss Up.

Republicans currently have 6 seats listed as Lean or Toss Up.

LIKELY DEMOCRATIC LEAN DEMOCRATIC
DIST. REPRESENTATIVE PVI
AZ-1 Ann Kirkpatrick R+6
AR-4 Mike Ross R+7
CA-18 Dennis Cardoza D+4
CA-20 Jim Costa D+5
CA-47 Loretta Sánchez D+4
CO-7 Ed Perlmutter D+4
CT-4 Jim Himes D+5
CT-5 Christopher Murphy D+2
FL-2 Allen Boyd R+6
FL-22 Ron Klein D+1
GA-8 Jim Marshall R+10
GA-12 John Barrow D+1
IL-8 Melissa Bean R+1
IL-11 Debbie Halvorson R+1
IN-2 Joe Donnelly* R+2
IA-1 Bruce Braley D+5
KY-3 John Yarmuth D+2
KY-6 Ben Chandler R+9
MA-10 Bill Delahunt D+5
MI-9 Gary Peters D+2
MN-1 Tim Walz R+1
MO-3 Russ Carnahan D+7
NM-1 Martin Heinrich D+5
NY-20 Scott Murphy R+2
NY-25 Dan Maffei D+3
NC-11 Heath Shuler R+6
OH-6 Charlie Wilson R+2
OR-1 David Wu D+8
OR-5 Kurt Schrader D+1
PA-3 Kathy Dahlkemper R+3
PA-4 Jason Altmire R+6
PA-17 Tim Holden R+6
SD-AL Stephanie Herseth Sandlin R+9
TN-4 Lincoln Davis R+13
TX-23 Ciro Rodriguez R+4
VA-11 Gerald Connolly D+2
WA-2 Rick Larsen D+3
WV-3 Nick Rahall R+6
WI-3 Ron Kind D+4
WI-7 Dave Obey D+3

40 DEMOCRATS
0 REPUBLICANS

DIST. REPRESENTATIVE PVI
AZ-5 Harry Mitchell R+5
AZ-8 Gabrielle Giffords R+4
CA-11 Jerry McNerney R+1
CO-3 John Salazar R+5
DE-AL OPEN (Castle) D+7
FL-24 Suzanne Kosmas R+4
HI-1 OPEN (Abercrombie) D+11
IL-14 Bill Foster R+1
IA-3 Leonard Boswell D+1
MO-4 Ike Skelton R+14
NJ-3 John Adler R+1
NY-1 Tim Bishop R+0
NY-13 Mike McMahon R+4
NY-19 John Hall R+3
NY-23 Bill Owens R+1
NY-24 Michael Arcuri R+2
NY-29 Eric Massa R+5
NC-8 Larry Kissell R+2
ND-AL Earl Pomeroy R+10
OH-13 Betty Sutton D+5
OH-16 John Boccieri R+4
OH-18 Zack Space R+7
PA-8 Patrick Murphy D+2
PA-10 Chris Carney R+8
PA-11 Paul Kanjorski D+4
SC-5 John Spratt R+7
TX-17 Chet Edwards R+20
VA-9 Rick Boucher R+11
WI-8 Steve Kagen R+2

28 DEMOCRATS
1 REPUBLICANS


DEMOCRATIC TOSS UP

DIST. REPRESENTATIVE PVI
AL-2 Bobby Bright R+16
CO-4 Betsy Markey R+6
FL-8 Alan Grayson R+2
ID-1 Walter Minnick R+18
IN-9 Baron Hill R+6
MD-1 Frank Kratovil R+13
MI-7 Mark Schauer R+2
MS-1 Travis Childers R+14
NV-3 Dina Titus D+2
NH-1 Carol Shea-Porter R+0
NH-2 OPEN (Hodes) D+3
NM-2 Harry Teague R+6
OH-1 Steve Driehaus D+1
OH-15 Mary Jo Kilroy D+1
PA-7 OPEN (Sestak) D+3
PA-12 VACANT R+1
TN-8 OPEN (Tanner) R+6
VA-2 Glenn Nye R+5
VA-5 Tom Perriello R+5
WA-3 OPEN (Baird) D+0
WV-1 Alan B. Mollohan R+9

21 DEMOCRATS
0 REPUBLICANS

REPUBLICAN TOSS UP

LEAN REPUBLICAN

LIKELY REPUBLICAN

DIST. REPRESENTATIVE PVI
IL-10 OPEN (Kirk) D+6
LA-2 Joseph Cao D+25

2 REPUBLICANS
0 DEMOCRATS

DIST. REPRESENTATIVE PVI
AR-1 OPEN (Berry) R+8
AR-2 OPEN (Snyder) R+5
CA-3 Dan Lungren R+6
IN-8 OPEN (Ellsworth) R+8
KS-3 OPEN (Moore) R+3
PA-6 Jim Gerlach D+4
PA-15 Charlie Dent D+2

3 REPUBLICANS
4 DEMOCRATS

DIST. REPRESENTATIVE PVI

AL-5 Parker Griffith R+12

AZ-3 OPEN (Shadegg) R+9

CA-44 Ken Calvert R+6

CA-45 Mary Bono Mack R+3

FL-12 OPEN (Putnam) R+6

LA-3 OPEN (Melancon) R+12

MN-6 Michele Bachmann R+7

NE-2 Lee Terry R+6

OH-2 Jean Schmidt R+13

OH-12 Patrick Tiberi D+1

SC-1 OPEN (Brown) R+10

SC-2 Joe Wilson R+9

TN-6 OPEN (Gordon) R+13

WA-8 Dave Reichert D+3

12 REPUBLICANS

2 DEMOCRATS

Bolded name denotes opposing party’s seat

Italicized name denotes Freshman member

* denotes possible incumbent retirement

# denotes possible serious primary challenge

http://www.cookpolitical.com

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Rep. Dingell (Ml 15 – D) will run……

Congressman John Dingell’s (D-MI 15) Future Plans aren’t in limbo anymore. The Detroit Free-Press reports that the longest serving Member in the House will seek a Record 28th Term in the House.

http://www.freep.com

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Democrats in the House and Senate hold fundraising edge……

From USAToday…..

The fundraising arm for House Democrats pulled in $4.7 million in January, slightly ahead of the $4.5 million raised by their Republican counterpart that month, figures released today show.

But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committeestarted February with $18.3 million in cash available after expenses — more than four times the roughly $4.1 million theNational Republican Congressional Committee says it had on hand.

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $5.1 million in January, giving it a modest financial edge over the fundraising arm of Senate Republicans, new figures released today by the national parties show.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee took in $5 million in January, a month in which Republican Sen. Scott Brown captured the Massachusetts seat held by a Democratic icon, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The Senate Democratic committee said it ended January with nearly $13 million cash on hand, compared to $10.7 million reported by Republicans. Detailed fundraising reports are due to the Federal Election Commission on Saturday.

In statements, each side said it would have the campaign money to prevail in mid-term congressional elections.

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February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

The Conservative's get fresh blood…..Keep same idea's……

The Conservetives are having their annual Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington and things are a bit differnt this year…….yet the same

A composite image of Marco Rubio, Andre Harper and James O'Keefe.

This from Politico.……

The quietest moment of this week’s Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington came Friday afternoon, when Jim Martin voiced his tribute to Pat Boone.

Boone, the “legendary entertainer” and “son of a gun” is spokesman for Martin’s conservative 60-Plus Association, and Martin’s first invocation of the singer and conservative activist drew applause from about a dozen of the thousands assembled in ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park. At his second attempt to raise a cheer for “the original American idol,” one person clapped.

The silence wasn’t reverent, or scornful – just uncomprehending.

With the revival over the past year of the conservative grassroots has come an infusion of fresh blood and fresh energy, and that generational shift was on display at CPAC, whose record 10,000 attendees skewed younger, organizers said, than ever. But the Boone moment was an extreme instance of the sometimes jarring contrast between a young, energized new rank and file and a Republican Party leadership that has yet to offer new ideas to match the moment.

“Republicans have an ideal (limited government, individual freedom, individual responsibility) that genuinely resonates with the public,” said Jon Henke, a Republican consultant and founder of the Next Right, which has been critical of the party on these grounds. “But Republicans don’t have viable, sustainable ideas that can actually solve the underlying problems. So, instead of making transformative changes and real progress on the size and scope of government, Republicans turn to tactical small-ball.”

Indeed, the ideas in circulation on the floor of the crowded conference were not exactly fresh.

Check the link for the full piece……..

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

The Conservative’s get fresh blood…..Keep same idea’s……

The Conservetives are having their annual Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington and things are a bit differnt this year…….yet the same

A composite image of Marco Rubio, Andre Harper and James O'Keefe.

This from Politico.……

The quietest moment of this week’s Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington came Friday afternoon, when Jim Martin voiced his tribute to Pat Boone.

Boone, the “legendary entertainer” and “son of a gun” is spokesman for Martin’s conservative 60-Plus Association, and Martin’s first invocation of the singer and conservative activist drew applause from about a dozen of the thousands assembled in ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park. At his second attempt to raise a cheer for “the original American idol,” one person clapped.

The silence wasn’t reverent, or scornful – just uncomprehending.

With the revival over the past year of the conservative grassroots has come an infusion of fresh blood and fresh energy, and that generational shift was on display at CPAC, whose record 10,000 attendees skewed younger, organizers said, than ever. But the Boone moment was an extreme instance of the sometimes jarring contrast between a young, energized new rank and file and a Republican Party leadership that has yet to offer new ideas to match the moment.

“Republicans have an ideal (limited government, individual freedom, individual responsibility) that genuinely resonates with the public,” said Jon Henke, a Republican consultant and founder of the Next Right, which has been critical of the party on these grounds. “But Republicans don’t have viable, sustainable ideas that can actually solve the underlying problems. So, instead of making transformative changes and real progress on the size and scope of government, Republicans turn to tactical small-ball.”

Indeed, the ideas in circulation on the floor of the crowded conference were not exactly fresh.

Check the link for the full piece……..

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

Is the Aerial Tanker decision going to be a decision or a political payoff to Boeing?

[Top is the Northrop-Grunman Airbus A-330….The Bottom is the Boeing 767 aerial tanker ]

The last time around Boeing lost it…..because they pitched an inferior product…..

This time a group of Governors want Boeing to get the contract….what competation?

One should note….if Northrop-Grunman (Airbus ) gets the nod…the aircraft will be made in United States also ( Alabama)…..

The Dog still doesn’t know why they don’t do a split buy….and make everyone happy…..The Air Force right now has two types of  tankers …what’s the big deal in a split buy?

Here’s the piece……

A bipartisan group of governors is getting behind Boeing in a politically charged competition to win a $35 billion Air Force refueling tanker contract.

Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) and Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson (D) are in Washington for the National Governors Association conference and will be lobbying while here. Their states have the most at stake, as Boeing has large operations in each.

Six other governors — Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D), Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell (R), Maine Gov. John Baldacci (D), Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D), Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) — are also advocating on behalf of Boeing.

The Air Force is expected to start its official selection process for the lucrative contract. The Air Force’s attempts to replace its Eisenhower-era tankers have been mired in controversy and political battles.

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have been going head to head for several years for the contract. Northrop Grumman partnered with EADS North America, the parent company of Airbus and Boeing’s rival in the commercial aircraft market.

The Northrop-EADS team won the contract last February, but Boeing successfully protested that award with the Government Accountability Office. The Pentagon subsequently decided to reopen the competition.

More………

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment