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Daylight Savings Time…..This Sunday Morning Folks…..

Daylight Saving Time – 2010

In the US and Canada
Daylight Saving Time always begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.

This means that, on March 14, 2010, at 2:00 a.m. – you set the clocks ahead one hour. (Spring forward)

And on Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 2:00 a.m. – you set the clocks back an hour. (Fall back)

Click on the Related Link below for more information on DST times around the world.

From Wiki Answers…….


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March 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Government, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

The Zeigeist ( economic data ) for the week of March 14 th……

Pollster.comObama Favorability
52.3%
Pollster.comRight Direction / Wrong Track
34.1% / 59.9%
Pollster.comCongressional Approval
13.7%
National Federation of Independent BusinessesSmall Business Optimism Index
88.0 (down 1.5% from January)
ABC News/Washington PostConsumer Comfort Index
49 points below zero
U.S. Department of LaborInitial Weekly Jobless Claims
462,000 (down 116,000 since 1/20/09)
RealtyTracNewly foreclosed properties in January
308,524
U.S. Department of LaborUnemployment
9.7%

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Media, Other Things, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Afghanistan…..First the 'stick'….Then after….. the 'carrot'……

The United States….. feeling that they are taking the war in Afghanistan to the Taliban …and emboldening Pakistan to do the same….. finds itself in position to start thinking about an end game…even as the ‘surge’ troop levels continues to climb…..

The Dog implores everyone to stop and think about this…..

I don’t care what people say…’surges’ work….and their use by Obama has only served to reinforce the fact the then Defense Secretary Rumsfield was a miserably bad director of this country’s first campaign in Iraq…..

By disregarding the ‘Powell Doctrine’of using overwhelming force…. he wasted lives and caused billions of dollars of waste to occur…..

The guy was a failure ….it took Bush to long to relieve him from office…..and Obama to clean the mess up…..

Bush simply never got to this point…conceptually and ideologically….

Anyways…

The President and Commander-in-Chief will discuss possibility reaching out to the Taliban leadership that is still alive for peace negotiations….

Here’s something on the move which was used wholesale in Iraq with good success….

President Obama met with his war cabinet on Friday, and the issue of reconciling with the Taliban is gaining traction, even as administration officials debate whether the time is right.

A senior administration official pointed to recent successes by American and Pakistani forces in capturing and interrogating senior Taliban leaders in Pakistan. In addition, administration officials have sought to maintain a full-court press to persuade their Pakistani counterparts to keep attacking Taliban operatives, the official said.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, and Adm.Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have all traveled to the region recently to try to keep the pressure on both Afghan and Pakistani officials.

“It is now more a question of ‘when’ than a question of ‘if,’ ” the administration official said, when asked about the idea of reconciliation talks with senior Taliban officials.

Another official, who like the senior administration official spoke on condition of anonymity because internal administration discussions were still at an early stage, said, “There’s been a lot of energy applied to the reconciliation issue in the last few weeks.”

But both officials added that, for now, there are no plans for reaching out soon to high-ranking Taliban leaders. That effort, they said, is likely to wait until after the United States takes on Taliban insurgents in Kandahar in what is expected to be the next major military offensive in Afghanistan.

The effort was also brought up by the British who have troops in country….

Mr. Gates, traveling in Afghanistan this week, said that despite the success of the Marja offensive, it was too early to expect reconciliation with some senior Taliban members, cautioning not to get “too impatient.” He said that Taliban leaders would not be interested until “they see that the likelihood of their being successful has been cast into serious doubt,” adding, “My guess is they’re not at that point yet.”

The momentum behind reconciliation got a major boost this week from Britain, the key American ally in Afghanistan. In a speech in Boston, the British foreign minister, David Miliband, called on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to make as concerted an effort to reach out to disaffected Taliban leaders as British and American troops are making to integrate lower-level Taliban soldiers.

“Without a genuine effort to understand and ultimately address the wider concerns which fuel the insurgency,” Mr. Miliband said, “it will be hard to convince significant numbers of combatants that their interests will be better served by working with the government than by fighting against it.”

The issue — brought up by Mr. Obama himself — was discussed during the 90-minute session in the White House on Friday, administration officials said. But no decisions were made. Participants included General Jones, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Admiral Mullen, and Richard C. Holbrooke, the special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.


March 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

Afghanistan…..First the ‘stick’….Then after….. the ‘carrot’……

The United States….. feeling that they are taking the war in Afghanistan to the Taliban …and emboldening Pakistan to do the same….. finds itself in position to start thinking about an end game…even as the ‘surge’ troop levels continues to climb…..

The Dog implores everyone to stop and think about this…..

I don’t care what people say…’surges’ work….and their use by Obama has only served to reinforce the fact the then Defense Secretary Rumsfield was a miserably bad director of this country’s first campaign in Iraq…..

By disregarding the ‘Powell Doctrine’of using overwhelming force…. he wasted lives and caused billions of dollars of waste to occur…..

The guy was a failure ….it took Bush to long to relieve him from office…..and Obama to clean the mess up…..

Bush simply never got to this point…conceptually and ideologically….

Anyways…

The President and Commander-in-Chief will discuss possibility reaching out to the Taliban leadership that is still alive for peace negotiations….

Here’s something on the move which was used wholesale in Iraq with good success….

President Obama met with his war cabinet on Friday, and the issue of reconciling with the Taliban is gaining traction, even as administration officials debate whether the time is right.

A senior administration official pointed to recent successes by American and Pakistani forces in capturing and interrogating senior Taliban leaders in Pakistan. In addition, administration officials have sought to maintain a full-court press to persuade their Pakistani counterparts to keep attacking Taliban operatives, the official said.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, and Adm.Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have all traveled to the region recently to try to keep the pressure on both Afghan and Pakistani officials.

“It is now more a question of ‘when’ than a question of ‘if,’ ” the administration official said, when asked about the idea of reconciliation talks with senior Taliban officials.

Another official, who like the senior administration official spoke on condition of anonymity because internal administration discussions were still at an early stage, said, “There’s been a lot of energy applied to the reconciliation issue in the last few weeks.”

But both officials added that, for now, there are no plans for reaching out soon to high-ranking Taliban leaders. That effort, they said, is likely to wait until after the United States takes on Taliban insurgents in Kandahar in what is expected to be the next major military offensive in Afghanistan.

The effort was also brought up by the British who have troops in country….

Mr. Gates, traveling in Afghanistan this week, said that despite the success of the Marja offensive, it was too early to expect reconciliation with some senior Taliban members, cautioning not to get “too impatient.” He said that Taliban leaders would not be interested until “they see that the likelihood of their being successful has been cast into serious doubt,” adding, “My guess is they’re not at that point yet.”

The momentum behind reconciliation got a major boost this week from Britain, the key American ally in Afghanistan. In a speech in Boston, the British foreign minister, David Miliband, called on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to make as concerted an effort to reach out to disaffected Taliban leaders as British and American troops are making to integrate lower-level Taliban soldiers.

“Without a genuine effort to understand and ultimately address the wider concerns which fuel the insurgency,” Mr. Miliband said, “it will be hard to convince significant numbers of combatants that their interests will be better served by working with the government than by fighting against it.”

The issue — brought up by Mr. Obama himself — was discussed during the 90-minute session in the White House on Friday, administration officials said. But no decisions were made. Participants included General Jones, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Admiral Mullen, and Richard C. Holbrooke, the special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.


March 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

There will no Public Option….House Speaker Pelosi……could be finished in 10 days….

Ah, this isn’t news…tell us something we didn’t know……

The Public Option was gone months ago……

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that the public health insurance option will not be included in a package of fixes to healthcare reform legislation.

Pelosi’s comments throw a wrench into liberal efforts to reintroduce it to the bill. She shut the door on a possible pathway opened by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who said earlier on Friday that he would “aggressively” push senators to vote for the plan if the House included it in the fixes.

“We had it, we wanted it … it’s not in the reconciliation,” Pelosi said at her weekly press briefing. “It isn’t in there because [the Senate doesn’t] have the votes to have it in there.”

Momentum had been building to reintroduce the government-run plan. Over 40 senators have endorsed a letter sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) that called for senators to pass the public option using the budget reconciliation process.

But the number of senators who backed the plan falls short of the 50 needed to pass the package, assuming Vice President Joe Biden votes to break a tie.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a public option supporter, said last week that he will push for a public option in a separate bill should it not be included in the current legislation.

House Democrats are planning to pass the Senate bill and a package of fixes to it, which the Senate will pass using the reconciliation process, allowing them to sidestep a Republican filibuster with a simple majority vote…

From The Hill…..

More…….

Update…...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi mobilized House Democrats on Friday for a final effort to pass an overhaul of health care, predicting approval in the next 10 days with help from President Obama, who delayed a trip abroad to try to win over wavering Democrats.

At the same time, members of both parties struggled to decipher a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian about how they would have to navigate through the complex rules governing the legislative technique being used by Democrats to win final approval of the bill. While their interpretations differed, Democrats said they believed they could meet its requirements with this sequence of events:

As soon as Thursday or Friday, the House would pass the health care bill approved by the Senate in December. The House would immediately approve a package of changes in a separate bill, using a procedure known as budget reconciliation, to avoid the threat of a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

Mr. Obama would sign the Senate health care bill, making it the law of the land. The budget reconciliation bill would go to the Senate, where Republicans intend to offer dozens of amendments and points of order in an effort to alter or stop it. Assuming they are able to fend off the Republican blocking efforts, Democrats could pass the reconciliation package with a simple majority vote, amending the health bill in a way that makes it acceptable to Democrats in the House and the Senate and to Mr. Obama. The president would then sign the reconciliation bill, completing the process.

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said Democrats were “twisting themselves into pretzels trying to figure some way to get this health care bill passed.”

“The reason all of this arm-twisting and deal-making and parliamentary maneuvering is going on is that people hate this bill,” Mr. McConnell said. “They are trying to convince their members, within eight months of an election, to ignore their constituents and do something that the public is opposed to.”

Pelosi has added  changes to the nation’s student loan program and educatioal financial support additions to the bill to bring along more support…..

Ms. Pelosi said a proposed overhaul of the student loan program would be included in the reconciliation bill, a decision that cheered many Democrats. The education bill is popular in the House, and some Democrats said it could help win support for the overall package, in part because it cuts off subsidies to big banks at a time of populist anger against Wall Street.

“This is a controversial, difficult vote for a lot of people, me included,” said RepresentativeRobert E. Andrews, Democrat of New Jersey. “The more things that you can go home and say are in the bill that are sort of universally popular, yeah, it helps.”

He noted, for example, that the bill would provide additional money for community colleges and Pell grant scholarships.

The House is also leary of the Senate……

House Democrats dislike the Senate health bill and do not want to vote for it without an assurance that the Senate will pass the budget reconciliation bill to eliminate politically unpopular provisions, like one giving Nebraska extra Medicaid money.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

Google and China……again….

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Bloomberg News

[ Li Yizhong, China’s minister of Industry and Information Technology, speaks at a news conference at the media center for the National People’s Congress ]

Google and China are having problems with the western countries insistence that they NOT continue to accede to the China Government policy of censorship and filtering of its content in its country…..

I don’t how long or how far this is going to go….But Google with 30% of the market there has practically no chance of changing the Chinese policy with is a heart of the Chinese policy  of tight controls on what it populus hears, sees and does……

While China is a Economic powerhouse..it is still at heart a comunist country……

One must never lose sight of that fact……

From a Wall Street Journal piece.….

At a news conference Friday, Li Yizhong, Minister of Industry and Information Technology— the main regulator of China’s Internet industry—was asked by a reporter how China would react if Google does stop censoring Google.cn.

“I hope Google can respect Chinese rules and regulations,” responded Mr. Li. “If you insist on taking this action that violates Chinese laws, I repeat: You are unfriendly and irresponsible, and you yourself will have to bear the consequences.”

U.S. officials said Friday they were closely watching Google’s negotiations with China over the censorship issue, as the outcome could have a “significant” impact on U.S.-China relations.

Those relations have deteriorated in recent months due to other trade and foreign policy disputes. Beijing has protested President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama and the announcement of new U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. The U.S., meanwhile, has publicly rebuked Beijing for opposing so far new efforts at the United Nations to sanction Iran for its accelerating nuclear program.

On Friday, China fired back at the U.S. for meddling in other countries’ affairs—its standard response to the U.S. State Department’s annual review of Beijing’s human rights record, which was released Thursday.

The U.S. officials said the Obama administration wouldn’t get involved in the Google dispute at this stage at it remains at its heart a commercial issue. But they suggested Washington could be forced to take a much harder line with Beijing on the issue of Internet freedoms and human rights if Google is forced to end its China operations.

The Chinese gambit for all Western businesses working in its markets…

Google’s threat to stop censoring challenges the core premise of engagement with China for the last several decades: that the country is so big and its market so important that it must be accepted on its own terms.

Google is also a giant in its own right…..

Google’s challenge to Beijing stunned the business world. It is unusual for a company to publicly take issue with China’s policies—particularly something as sensitive as censorship—and even rarer for one to talk about the possibility of scaling back its business or leaving a market that is so important.

China will rely on its size and market strength in the end…..

“If Google does indeed get shut down, it is not the end of the story—it is the beginning,” said Xiao Qiang, the director of the China Internet Project at University of California at Berkeley. OIt is the beginning of the ‘Chinternet,’ which is under Chinese government regulation. It will control so much that even Google cannot exist. ther companies will have to face the same choice of whether to continue to operate under China’s heavy regulation or leave the country.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

New York Politics…..Sen. Gillibrand trys to figure out why Mayor Bloomberg doesn't like her and will help anyone who wants her job…..

Mayor Bloomberg met with Sen. Gillibrand during his trip to Washington on Wednesday.

Mike has his arms folded in the above picture….
Kirsten Gillibrand is smiling……Bloomberg seems to be saying ‘nope’…and sticking to  that……

What’s that saying?….’a picture is worth a thousand words’?…….

Kirsten Gillibrand while being accepted in most of the state of New York…..really has has her work cut for her downstate….
And while Harold Ford, Jr. got taken out by the democratic liberals, progressives and the media…The New York City Mayor…Mike Bloomberg is too old  and rich to be effected by those three……..

And he doesn’t really think much of the Junior Senator from New York State in the US Congress…..

The last two men who got up and announced that they where going to run against her got sit-downs and initial help from Bloomberg or his staff…and Bloomberg offered each money if they decided to run against Gillibrand…..

……Like I said …Bloomberg doesn’t care for Gillibrand….

Maybe he thinks she isn’t helping New York City enough?…..( well she IS from Upstate …right? )
Maybe it’s her 180 degree turn on everything she once stood for?……(Ford tried that and fell on his face )
Maybe the specific policy is guns……(she supported gun rights until she became a US Senator..then backed away from them…..maybe Bloomberg doesn’t trust her on this? )

Anyawys…Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City…isn ‘t her friend…..Nope…and his arms..are crossed…..

Here’s some of the piece on the two from the New York Times….

Which seems to have it in for politicians these days…..

He gripes about her in private conversations with his aides and her colleagues on Capitol Hill. He has yet to take up her invitation to sit down for dinner. And his political team is constantly shopping for potential candidates to oust her.

As New York experiences a tumultuous election season, one question is captivating political insiders: Why does Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg so dislike Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand?

It is more than a passing concern for Ms. Gillibrand, who is still working to win over New York voters, especially downstate. The mayor’s top political advisers, with Mr. Bloomberg’s tacit support, worked behind the scenes to assist her biggest potential Democratic rival, Harold E. Ford, Jr., as he considered challenging her in the Democratic primary.

If that were not provocative enough, the mayor met with one possible Republican opponent, the billionaire Mortimer B. Zuckerman, to discuss his running, and his top political strategist sat down with another, Dan Senor, to talk about his potential campaign.

After Mr. Ford and Mr. Zuckerman decided not to run, Mr. Bloomberg — as if to taunt Ms. Gillibrand — declared that they both could probably have beaten her.

Such behavior has puzzled Ms. Gillibrand and outraged some prominent Democrats.

“I don’t get it,” Ms. Gillibrand said in a recent interview, when asked about the efforts of the Bloomberg team on behalf of her possible challengers.

Those who know both the mayor and the senator say there is a personal dimension to Mr. Bloomberg’s unhappiness with Ms. Gillibrand: Ms. Gillibrand, 43, is a relentless — and often successful — striver, eager to please and highly solicitous of potential supporters. She grew up in a political family and learned old-school campaigning early on, from her grandmother, a Democratic leader in Albany. Mr. Bloomberg, 68, can be chilly and dismissive, professes a disdain for traditional politics and favors directness over diplomacy.

For more…….

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New York Politics…..Sen. Gillibrand trys to figure out why Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t like her and will help anyone who wants her job…..

Mayor Bloomberg met with Sen. Gillibrand during his trip to Washington on Wednesday.

Mike has his arms folded in the above picture….
Kirsten Gillibrand is smiling……Bloomberg seems to be saying ‘nope’…and sticking to  that……

What’s that saying?….’a picture is worth a thousand words’?…….

Kirsten Gillibrand while being accepted in most of the state of New York…..really has has her work cut for her downstate….
And while Harold Ford, Jr. got taken out by the democratic liberals, progressives and the media…The New York City Mayor…Mike Bloomberg is too old  and rich to be effected by those three……..

And he doesn’t really think much of the Junior Senator from New York State in the US Congress…..

The last two men who got up and announced that they where going to run against her got sit-downs and initial help from Bloomberg or his staff…and Bloomberg offered each money if they decided to run against Gillibrand…..

……Like I said …Bloomberg doesn’t care for Gillibrand….

Maybe he thinks she isn’t helping New York City enough?…..( well she IS from Upstate …right? )
Maybe it’s her 180 degree turn on everything she once stood for?……(Ford tried that and fell on his face )
Maybe the specific policy is guns……(she supported gun rights until she became a US Senator..then backed away from them…..maybe Bloomberg doesn’t trust her on this? )

Anyawys…Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City…isn ‘t her friend…..Nope…and his arms..are crossed…..

Here’s some of the piece on the two from the New York Times….

Which seems to have it in for politicians these days…..

He gripes about her in private conversations with his aides and her colleagues on Capitol Hill. He has yet to take up her invitation to sit down for dinner. And his political team is constantly shopping for potential candidates to oust her.

As New York experiences a tumultuous election season, one question is captivating political insiders: Why does Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg so dislike Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand?

It is more than a passing concern for Ms. Gillibrand, who is still working to win over New York voters, especially downstate. The mayor’s top political advisers, with Mr. Bloomberg’s tacit support, worked behind the scenes to assist her biggest potential Democratic rival, Harold E. Ford, Jr., as he considered challenging her in the Democratic primary.

If that were not provocative enough, the mayor met with one possible Republican opponent, the billionaire Mortimer B. Zuckerman, to discuss his running, and his top political strategist sat down with another, Dan Senor, to talk about his potential campaign.

After Mr. Ford and Mr. Zuckerman decided not to run, Mr. Bloomberg — as if to taunt Ms. Gillibrand — declared that they both could probably have beaten her.

Such behavior has puzzled Ms. Gillibrand and outraged some prominent Democrats.

“I don’t get it,” Ms. Gillibrand said in a recent interview, when asked about the efforts of the Bloomberg team on behalf of her possible challengers.

Those who know both the mayor and the senator say there is a personal dimension to Mr. Bloomberg’s unhappiness with Ms. Gillibrand: Ms. Gillibrand, 43, is a relentless — and often successful — striver, eager to please and highly solicitous of potential supporters. She grew up in a political family and learned old-school campaigning early on, from her grandmother, a Democratic leader in Albany. Mr. Bloomberg, 68, can be chilly and dismissive, professes a disdain for traditional politics and favors directness over diplomacy.

For more…….

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David Petraeus…….

From Foriegnpolicy.com……

COMMANDER, CENTRAL COMMAND | TAMPA, FLA.

Petraeus (who is a Four star General ) is a man of the pen and the sword, an expert on counterinsurgency, a student of history, a Princeton doctorate-holder, and an avowed intellectual, committed to revolutionizing how the military conceives of war and tailoring its strategies for the 21st century. As the war in Iraq went disastrously awry, Petraeus resurrected the lost military art of counterinsurgency while waging his own insurgency inside the Pentagon to win control of the war effort. Having co-authored the new bible of counterinsurgency — the FM 3-24 — and having successfully put it to use during the troop surge in Iraq, Petraeus has been working methodically to reshape the armed forces to fight conflicts of the future that look startlingly like those conflicts of the past he has studied so carefully. In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, the United States followed the Powell Doctrine, dedicated to the idea of striking only with overwhelming force; today, it’s being supplanted by the Petraeus Doctrine, which recognizes the primacy of the civilian and the importance of hearts and minds in modern warfare. But Petraeus faces a severe test of his ascendancy in Afghanistan, where this great thinker about small wars comes face to face with a long war that, no matter how necessary, may not be worth winning.

Reading list: Eastern Approaches, by Fitzroy Maclean; Butcher & Bolt, by David Loyn; To Live or to Perish Forever, by Nicholas Schmidle.

Wants to visit: Iraq (after the 2010 elections).

Best idea: That countering terrorism requires more than counterterrorist forces (i.e., that it requires whole-of-government approaches).

Worst idea: That the New York Yankees wouldn’t make it to the playoffs.

Gadget: Secure and nonsecure laptops, wherever we are.

Note.……

Petraeus Makes Trip to New Hampshire

Expect the 2012 buzz to get louder: Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command and earlier the top U.S. general in Iraq, will visit Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire later this month, the St. Anselm Crier reports.

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Daniel…..Wisconsin Governor & Senate: Now we know we T. Thompson (R-WI) is likely challenging Russ Feingold; Walker leading Governor Race…..

Hello Dog!

WHOA. This is incredible. I think now we know why Tommy Thompson (R-WI) is seriously considering running against Democratic Incumbent Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI). These Results are AWSOME but I’ll come to that later. Meanwhile the Wisconsin Governor Race is an awful lot closer with Walker, Neumann in a statistical Dead Heat with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D-WI).

Wisconsin Policy Research Institute / University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey

Wisconsin Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker  46 %
Former U. S. Rep. Mark Neumann  27 %
Undecided  27 %

General Election

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R)  36 %
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D)  32 %
Undecided  31 %

Former U. S. Rep. Mark Neumann (R)  34 %
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (R)  34 %
Undecided  30 %

Major Candidates Websites:

Wisconsin Senate 2010

General Election

Incumbent Senator Russell D. “Russ” Feingold (D)  47 %
Real Estate Developer Terrence Wall (R)  32 %
Undecided  20 %

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson (R)  51 %
Incumbent Senator Russell D. “Russ” Feingold (R)  39 %
Undecided  9 %
http://www.wpri.org/polls/March2010/March2010Poll.html

http://www.wpri.org/polls/March2010/March2010_Final_Marginals.pdf

Major Candidates Websites (so far):

U.S. SENATOR:

http://www.russfeingold.org/
Terrence Wall (R) – Real Estate Developer
Dave Westlake (R) – Businessman & Army Veteran
Rob Taylor (Constitution) – Cumberland City Alderman & Software Engineer

Analysis:

The Governor Race is close and that might be expected because all 3 Candidate have very low Name ID. But I’m still shaking my head about those Thompson – Feingold Numbers. Most importantly to Thompson he leads among Independent Voters 53-35. This is very bad for Feingold. Also we probably know now why the NRSC and Thompson himself is so strongly considering a Run. Thompson can win this AND he knows it.

Daniel G.


March 12, 2010 Posted by | Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 11 Comments