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From Daniel G……Michigan Governor: Hoekstra, Dillon lead Primaries; Republicans lead General Election Match-Ups with Dillon as strongest Democrat…..

Hello Dog!

On the heels of the News that Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-MI) will formally declare his Candidacy on Sunday comes this Survey out of the Wolverine State. Dillon leads among likely Primary Voters alongside Peter Hoekstra (R-MI 2) who leads among Republicans. Dillon is also the strongest Democrat in the General Election.

EPIC-MRA / Detroit Free-Press / WXYZ-TV Survey

Michigan Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Hoeskstra
U. S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra  27 %
Attorney General Mike Cox  21 %
Businessman Rick Snyder  12 %
’06 Sen. Nominee Mike Bouchard  10 %
State Senator Tom George  1 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  26 %

Democratic Primary

Dillon
State House Speaker Andy Dillon  17 %
Dan Kildee  12 %
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero  8 %
Alma Wheeler-Smith  7 %
Others  12 %
Undecided  45 %

General Election

U. S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R)  41 %
House Speaker Andy Dillon (D)  37 %
Undecided  21 %

U. S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R)  41 %
Dan Kildee (D)  37 %
Undecided  22 %

Attorney General Mike Cox (R)  43 %
House Speaker Andy Dillon (D)  36 %
Undecided  21 %

Attorney General Mike Cox (R)  46 %
Dan Kildee (D)  37 %
Undecided  17 %

Full Results can be found under http://www.freep.com

Daniel G.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Update…..Tsunami reported in New Zealand…….

CNN has reported that a Tsunami has occurred in New Zealand…and water is receding in Hawaii at this time….

That was one hour in the past from 4:45 EST Saturday afternoon…..

As of 4:57 EST ….water height has risen by 3 feet in Hawaii……..

As of 5:07 EST there has been two rises in water height……

As of around 6:00 PM EST…..there was a all clear……

For more info on live time viewing……..

Here’s the CNN link……

This is from the LA Times……

Hawaiian authorities were rushing to evacuate up to 100,000 residents and tourists from low-lying coastal areas Saturday morning as an estimated 3-to-8-foot tsunami raced toward the islands at the speed of a jet plane.

Radio stations were broadcasting civil defense alerts, and sirens sounded in the early-morning hours, well ahead of the expected arrival of the waves, estimated at about 11 a.m. Hawaii time, triggered by a massive earthquake in Chile.

“We are taking this very seriously. We have activated, and we think this is a real emergency,” said Jane Lovell, spokeswoman for the civil defense agency on the island of Maui.

Two hours before the expected arrival of the tsunami, Gov. Linda Lingle signed an emergency disaster proclamation, and said she was preparing to take a National Guard helicopter to survey any damage.

“My overall impression is that the state is well-prepared,” she said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a Pacific-wide warning. An advisory, the lowest level of notice, is in effect for most of the West Coast of the U.S., including Alaska. Hawaii was expected to be among the hardest hit.

Half an hour before the tsunami was forecast to hit, Waikiki Beach was an eerie, nearly deserted scene. Cars lined the roads on higher ground, with onlookers, many of them in an apparently festive mood, gathering in good viewing spots

The U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet sent four warships and three other support and research vessels steaming out to sea as a precaution against damage near shore at Pearl Harbor.

A fifth warship, the Port Royal, was in port for maintenance and unable to sail, so it was being towed into deeper waters, said fleet spokesman Capt. Jeff Breslau.

“Even though we don’t anticipate high surge waves here, we don’t know for sure, so we’re just going to take precautionary measures,” Breslau said.

“Now it’s just a matter of watching and waiting,” Breslau said.

More………

The Quake was a 400 Mile break……

From the NY Times……..

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning occurred along the same fault responsible for the biggest quake ever measured, a 1960 tremor that killed nearly 2,000 people in Chile and hundreds more across the Pacific.

Both earthquakes took place along a fault zone where the Nazca tectonic plate, the section of the earth’s crust that lies under much of the Eastern Pacific Ocean south of the Equator, is sliding beneath another section, the South American plate. The two are converging at a rate of about three and a half inches a year.

Earthquake experts said the strains built up by that movement, plus the stresses added along the fault zone by the 1960 quake, led to the rupture on Saturday along what is estimated to be about 400 miles of the zone. The quake generated a tsunami, with small waves forecast to hit the West Coast of the United States, and larger ones for Hawaii and elsewhere in the Pacific.

More………

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Other Things, Travel, Tsunami/Earthquakes | | 12 Comments

From Daniel G…… BREAKING NEWS; Announcement: Republican John E. Linder (R-GA 7) announces RETIREMENT…..

Hello Dog!

A lot of work this Saturday. Every time I finished a Post something new is popping up.

Congressional Quarterly (CQ) has learned that longtime Georgia Congressman John E. Linder (R-GA 7) announced his Retirement at the local Gwinnett GOP Headquarters this morning.

Linder first got elected to Congress in 1992. He was also the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman (NRCC) for 1998 Election Cycle under former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). Democrats won the 1998 Election because of backslash to the Clinton Impeachement. Gingrich resigned AND Linder lost his NRCC Chairmanship to Tom Davis (R-VA)

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/02/linder-announces-retirement-re.html

I’m sure POLITICO will have this up soon as well.

Daniel G.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

The Next New York State Governor…… Current Attorney General Andrew Cuomo….. is now in the spot light….

As the Dog posted yesterday…..with Paterson not running for the job he was moved up to with Eliot Spitzer’s resignation…… the spot light and power switches to Andrew Cuomo……

And with his numbers and expectations…he WILL be the next Governor of the State of New York……

For months, Andrew M. Cuomo has silently inhabited a world of grand assumptions: that he was by far the strongest Democrat to run for governor of New York; that his poll numbers were not merely overwhelming but durable; that his fund-raising prowess would turn his inevitable campaign into a juggernaut.

Those assumptions excited a lot of people, if for no other reason than that they made him seem an infinitely more attractive candidate than the man who happened to be occupying the governor’s office.

Now that Gov. David A. Paterson has abandoned his campaign, however, all those assumptions about Mr. Cuomo — not to mention his record — will be scrutinized and challenged, if and when he does what everyone expects he will in a matter of weeks: quickly wrap up his investigation of Mr. Paterson and officially enter the race.

But Mr. Cuomo, 52, is more than just a poll choice, or the payee on the checks of campaign contributors.

In three decades of public life, including two prior statewide races, he has grappled with how to present himself, and how much to change: whether to be more humble, or less contentious; how to calibrate his legendary aggressiveness to suit a shifting political climate; when to leap to the attack and when to lay low.

On Friday, as Democrats began falling into line behind him, Mr. Cuomo’s supporters pointed to late March or early April as the likeliest moment for him to declare his candidacy. Mr. Cuomo signaled that he would not be hurried into the fray.

More………

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 4 Comments

The Democrats look at the GOP offerings…..Give Bipartisanship a chance?

Has President Obama ‘s talking summit kindled the spirit of bipartisanship?

Or has the Republican’s grip singled that the Democrats need some GOP votes?

Whatever….

The Dog is happy both parties are talking…..true governance is both power centers working to gether…..

And that gives the Dem’s cover…..

There is a growing sense among Democratic lawmakers that an effort should be made to include GOP proposals in healthcare reform legislation in the wake of Thursday’s summit.

This has given an opening to centrist Democrats who want to take on trial lawyers by reforming medical malpractice law. These centrists say that Republican policy makers have made a strong case for lawsuit reform and it would be in the best interests of healthcare reform to meet them part-way.
News organizations have largely characterized the meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders as a stalemate.

But while some liberal activists say Democrats should ram legislation through the Senate using special budget rules that require only a simple majority vote, Democratic leaders have taken a different view.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that Obama “has a vision and he wants to build consensus.”

Pelosi noted that Democrats spent weeks negotiating with Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee to reach a bipartisan agreement, adding that Obama “still has the door open to that.”

“Hopefully, we can find some initiatives to incorporate into the bill,” she said.

Democrats acknowledge there is little chance that any Republicans will vote for the controversial health bill. But some argue that including GOP proposals will give the legislation more “bipartisan appeal” and make it easier for centrist Democrats to support.

More………

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

From Daniel G….BREAKING NEWS; Michigan Governor: State House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-MI) to formally declare Governor Candidacy on Sunday

Hi Dog!

Candidate Announcements flooding this Saturday. Just a couple of Hours after Politico reported that Hill wouldn’t be running for Senate in Indiana POLITICO has now learned that Michigan State House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-MI) will formally declare his Candidacy for Michigan Govenor on Sunday.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33633.html

More later

Daniel G.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | | 2 Comments

The U.S. Econnomy is growing slower than predicted….

President Barack Obama greets Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The government overestimated the pace at which the economy is growing.

[Obama and Geithner ]

While predictions are just that educated guesses about the future…the Commerce Department’s guess of a 5.9% growth rate was a bit too rosy……

But it is growing…….

The economy is now likely expanding at just half the brisk 5.9% pace at which the government Friday estimated it grew last quarter. Business spending will make up for some of a slowdown in consumer spending – but not likely enough to reduce the unemployment rate much, experts said.

All that adds up to a long slog ahead for an economy trying to get back on firm footing after the worst recession since the 1930s. While the economy continues to grow, it won’t feel like much of a recovery this year with jobs scarce, high home foreclosures and tight credit.

Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services, called the year-end growth spurt “a one-hit wonder.” In a fresh reading on the nation’s economic standing, the Commerce Department bumped up its growth estimate for the final quarter of 2009, from a 5.7% estimate a month ago. It would be the strongest showing in six years.

Roughly two-thirds of the growth came from a burst of manufacturing – but not because consumer demand was especially strong. In fact, consumer spending weakened at the end of the year, even more than the government first thought.

Instead, factories were churning out goods for businesses that had let their stockpiles dwindle to save cash. If consumer spending remains lackluster as expected, that burst of manufacturing – and its contribution to economic activity – will fade.

The signs aren’t hopeful. Consumer confidence took an unexpected dive in February, and unemployment stands at 9.7%.

The National Association for Business Economics predicts the economy will expand at just a 3% pace in the first quarter of this year. For the full year, the economy is expected to grow 3.1%, according to the association’s forecasters. Though modest, that pace would mark a big improvement from 2009, when the economy contracted by 2.4% – the worst showing since 1946.

Unlike past rebounds driven by the spending of shoppers, this one is hinging more on spending by businesses and foreigners.

A Gallup survey released Thursday found nearly six in 10 Americans say they’re spending less than they used to.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | | 2 Comments

From Daniel G……BREAKING NEWS; Indiana Senate: Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN 9) WON'T run clearing the way for Rep. Ellsworth (D-IN 8)…….

Hello Dog!

The Indiana Senate Democratic Nomination seems settled now.

Politico just moments ago reported that U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN 9) will not run for Senate clearing possibly the way for Rep. Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth)

[Elllsworth ]

BREAKING: Indiana Rep. Baron Hill will announce today that he is forgoing a run for Senate, two sources familiar with his plans confirm to POLITICO.

Hill, a 5-term congressman from Seymour, will make his plans known at a noon press conference.

Hill’s decision leaves Rep. Brad Ellsworth the strong favorite to capture the Democratic nod in the battle for the Senate seat that Democrat Evan Bayh is departing from after two terms. — Alex Isenstadt

Statement from Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN 9) that he won’t run for Senate:

“Evan has been a devoted public servant to Hoosiers and a fellow companion in pushing for Congress to curb its reckless spending,” said Hill. “And while I agree with him that the partisanship in Washington is alarming, to reference my athletic past – I opt to stay in the game and continue to serve as an independent voice for my Southern Indiana constituents.”

Hill also signaled his support for Ellsworth, a two-term House member and former Vanderburgh County sheriff.

“I believe my friend and colleague, Congressman Brad Ellsworth, is the right man to fulfill the task of ensuring a Democrat is elected to succeed Senator Bayh,” said Hill.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33635.html#ixzz0gl6hEEpn

Daniel G.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 1 Comment

From Daniel G……BREAKING NEWS; Indiana Senate: Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN 9) WON’T run clearing the way for Rep. Ellsworth (D-IN 8)…….

Hello Dog!

The Indiana Senate Democratic Nomination seems settled now.

Politico just moments ago reported that U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN 9) will not run for Senate clearing possibly the way for Rep. Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth)

[Elllsworth ]

BREAKING: Indiana Rep. Baron Hill will announce today that he is forgoing a run for Senate, two sources familiar with his plans confirm to POLITICO.

Hill, a 5-term congressman from Seymour, will make his plans known at a noon press conference.

Hill’s decision leaves Rep. Brad Ellsworth the strong favorite to capture the Democratic nod in the battle for the Senate seat that Democrat Evan Bayh is departing from after two terms. — Alex Isenstadt

Statement from Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN 9) that he won’t run for Senate:

“Evan has been a devoted public servant to Hoosiers and a fellow companion in pushing for Congress to curb its reckless spending,” said Hill. “And while I agree with him that the partisanship in Washington is alarming, to reference my athletic past – I opt to stay in the game and continue to serve as an independent voice for my Southern Indiana constituents.”

Hill also signaled his support for Ellsworth, a two-term House member and former Vanderburgh County sheriff.

“I believe my friend and colleague, Congressman Brad Ellsworth, is the right man to fulfill the task of ensuring a Democrat is elected to succeed Senator Bayh,” said Hill.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33635.html#ixzz0gl6hEEpn

Daniel G.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 1 Comment

From Daniel G……Maryland Governor: O'Malley has slight edge over fomer Governor Ehrlich…..

Morning Dog!

Today I’ll start with this: All Politics are Local AND that does really apply to the current Political Landscape in the State of Maryland. You’ve a very popular President in the State cobined with a very unpopular Governor. The middle thing combined is that you’ve a somewhat tight Race for Governor. According to a new Statewide Survey Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) leads his ’06 Republican Opponent, former Governor Robert “Bob” Ehrlich (R-MD) by only 6 Points.

The Governor’s Race wasn’t on Ehrlich’s mind early in the Cycle BUT as 2009 unrolled and the Political Climate began to shift Ehrlich became interested.

On Feb. 1st 2010 Republican Larry Hogan who was prepared to challenge O’Malley dropped out citing he’s convinced that Ehrlich will run. Ehrlich like NY State Andrew Cuomo is set to launch his Governor Bid in Mid March.

http://www.bobehrlich.com/

Rasmussen Survey

Maryland Governor 2010

[Ehrlich and O’Mally ]

Incumbent Governor Martin O’Malley (D)  49 %
Former Governor Robert “Bob” Ehrlich Jr. (R)  43 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  5 %

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  59 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Martin O’Malley (D)

Approve  53 %
Disapprove  42 %

Full Results can be found at Rasmussen Reports.com

Here’s another Governor Race in a Blue State Democrats could lose.

Daniel G.

From the Dog…..Yep…they could lose….. but right now O’Malley, the Democrat, is 6% ahead…….. with good approvals…..

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 10 Comments