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Daniel G. to have exclusive NBC NEWS / Wall Street Numbers out this evening!……

Hello Dog Readers!

While the Dog will be off to work at some point during the next Hour please STAY TUNED with the Dog. I’ll be having new Poll Results exclusive from a BRAND NEW NBC NEWS / Wall Street Journal Poll at 6.30pm ET.

The NBC NEWS / WSJ Poll IS BEEN considered the most RELIABLE National Poll in the States:

Obama Job Approval

Health Care Numbers

Generic Congressional Ballot

and much more.

Daniel G.

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March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel….. North Carolina Primaries: Cunningham now within 4 Points of Marshall in Democratic Primary; Burr leads among Republicans……

Hello Dog!

Since last month the North Carolina Democratic Primary has gotten an awful lot closer with former State Senator Calvin “Cal” Cunningham (D-NC) pulling within 4 Points of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D-NC). Incumbent Senator Richard M. Burr (R-NC) leads among Republican Primary Voters.

Public Policy Polling Survey

North Carolina Senate 2010

Democratic Primary


Secretary of State Elaine Marshall  20 %
Former State Senator Calvin “Cal” Cunningham  16 %
Attorney Kenneth W. Lewis  11 %
Accountant Susan Harris  4 %
Attorney Marcus Williams  2 %
Minister W. Ann Worthy  0 %
Undecided  47 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.elainemarshall.com/
http://www.calfornc.com/
http://kenlewisforsenate.com/

Republican Primary

Burr

Incumbent Senator Richard M. Burr  58 %
Vietnam War Veteran Brad Jones  5 %
Asheboro City Councilman Eddie Burks  4 %
Former State Representative Larry Linney  1 %
Undecided  33 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.burrforsenate.org/
http://burks4senate.com/

Full Results including Candidates Favorables can be found here:

http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/

Analysis:

A long time ago I said Cunningham is the stronger General Election Candidate. I’m proven right. At this Rate although currently trailing he’ll likely win the Primary.

Daniel G.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Virginia Attorney General doesn't want to sign his kids up for Social Security……

This guy is on his seventh kid…and he’s worried about the Government tracking them?

Link……..

WTF?…he is the Government!

Link……..

This is scary!

This from the New York Times today…..

Backing Away: Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Republican attorney general, looks to be walking back his statement that it “doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility” that Mr. Obama was born outside the United States.

On Monday, Not Larry Sabato, a blog that concentrates on Virginia politics, posted audio of an exchange where Mr. Cuccinelli discussed how the president’s place of birth could be legally challenged. The attorney general has since released a statement saying that he had been answering a hypothetical question and that he “absolutely” believed that the president had been born in America.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Virginia Attorney General doesn’t want to sign his kids up for Social Security……

This guy is on his seventh kid…and he’s worried about the Government tracking them?

Link……..

WTF?…he is the Government!

Link……..

This is scary!

This from the New York Times today…..

Backing Away: Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Republican attorney general, looks to be walking back his statement that it “doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility” that Mr. Obama was born outside the United States.

On Monday, Not Larry Sabato, a blog that concentrates on Virginia politics, posted audio of an exchange where Mr. Cuccinelli discussed how the president’s place of birth could be legally challenged. The attorney general has since released a statement saying that he had been answering a hypothetical question and that he “absolutely” believed that the president had been born in America.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Justice John Paul Stevens considers retiring from the Supreme Court…..

PHOTOGRAPH: STEVE PYKE

[ Stevens, asked if he regrets any recent Court decisions, says, “There are a lot I’m very unhappy with. ]

This will mean that President Obama will have to appoint a judge in the Stevens  policy realm just to keep the court with it’s present balance…

Stevens tells The New Yorker magazine that he definitely will retire in the next three years. His comments suggest that President Barack Obama, whom Stevens says he admires, will likely nominate his successor.

The leader of the court’s liberals, Stevens is the second oldest justice in U.S. history and fourth longest-serving. He says that breaking those records doesn’t interest him.

Republican President Gerald R. Ford nominated Stevens to the court in 1975. Stevens turns 90 in April.

From The New Yorker piece……

After Stevens

What will the Supreme Court be like without its liberal leader?

by Jeffrey Toobin

Supreme Court Justices are remembered for their opinions, but they are revealed by their questions. For many years, Sandra Day O’Connor chose to open the questioning in most cases, and thus show the lawyers—and her colleagues—which way she, as the Court’s swing vote, was leaning. Today, Antonin Scalia often jumps in first, signalling the intentions of the Court’s ascendant conservative wing, and sometimes Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., makes his views, which are usually aligned with Scalia’s, equally clear. New Justices tend to defer to their senior colleagues, but Sonia Sotomayor, in her first year on the Court, has displayed little reluctance to test lawyers on the facts and the procedural posture of their cases; these kinds of questions had generally been the province of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, at times, has not seemed entirely pleased by the newcomer’s vigor. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., often says little; Clarence Thomas never says anything. (Thomas has not asked a question at an oral argument since 2006.)

John Paul Stevens, who will celebrate his ninetieth birthday on April 20th, generally bides his time. Stevens is the Court’s senior Justice, in every respect. He is thirteen years older than his closest colleague in age (Ginsburg) and has served eleven years longer than the next most experienced (Scalia). Appointed by President Gerald R. Ford, in 1975, Stevens is the fourth-longest-serving Justice in the Court’s history; the record holder is the man Stevens replaced, William O. Douglas, who retired after thirty-six and a half years on the bench. Stevens is a generation or two removed from most of his colleagues; when Roberts served as a law clerk to William H. Rehnquist, Stevens had already been a Justice for five years. He was the last nominee before the Reagan years, when confirmations became contested territory in the culture wars (and he was also, not coincidentally, the last whose confirmation hearings were not broadcast live on television). In some respects, Stevens comes from another world; in a recent opinion, he noted that contemporary views on marijuana laws were “reminiscent of the opinion that supported the nationwide ban on alcohol consumption when I was a student.”

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 8 Comments

Tiger Woods to Return to Pro Golf at Masters Tournament…..

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Yes….Finally……

Mr. Woods apologized in a public statement Feb. 19, and since then speculation has focused on when and where he would make his return.

Mr. Woods said that while he’s returning to competition, he still has a lot of work to do in his personal life. “I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment,” he said in Tuesday’s statement.

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played,” Mr. Woods said in the statement. The Masters begins on April 8.

The PGA Tour, which runs the three major men’s professional golf tours in the U.S., said it welcomed Mr. Woods’s decision to play at Augusta. “He has invested a lot of time taking steps, both in his personal and professional life, in order to prepare for his return,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

When Mr. Woods won the Masters in 1997, he was the youngest-ever winner of the tournament, at age 21, and set records for 72-hole score (270) and victory margin (12 strokes). He also won at Augusta in 2001, 2002 and 2005. His other major championships include four PGA Championship titles and three U.S. Open and British Open titles.

Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to professional golf at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in early April, ending a five-month hiatus spurred by revelations of extramarital affairs.

“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Mr. Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”

Mr. Woods, 34 years old, last played in a tournament in mid-November. Over Thanksgiving weekend, he was injured after crashing his sport-utility vehicle into a fire hydrant and a tree near his home outside of Orlando, Fla. In subsequent weeks, at least a dozen women claimed or were reported to have had affairs with him. On Dec. 2, Mr. Woods said via his Web site that “I have let my family down,” and nine days later he said he would take an indefinite break from golf.

Maybe we can put his other past problems to rest……

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

Daniel…… Maryland: For which Office will former Maryland Governor Robert "Bob" Ehrlich Jr. (R-MD) run: Governor or Senate???

Hello Dog!

Could we’ve another close Senate Contest in a DEEP BLUE State this year? Former Maryland Governor Robert “Bob” Ehrlich (R-MD) who lost a close Governor Contest in the big 2006 Democratic Year was long viewed for planning a Rematch against current Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) this year. His Main Republican Rival dropped out in early February because he believed Ehrlich would run and a Rasmussen Poll in February had O’Malley up over Ehrlich 49-43 that month.

BUT now POLITICO a short while ago surprsingly for EVERYONE reported that Ehrlich is also considering a Senate Run against Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34494.html

This really, really took by surprise. I was well aware Ehrlich is mulling a Run for Office in 2010 but I well thought that would be a Race for Governor not Senate.

Should Ehrlich jump into a Senate Race this would be a Battle Royal, a Battle Maryland hasn’t seen in a long, long time.

Daniel G.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 17 Comments

Daniel…… Maryland: For which Office will former Maryland Governor Robert “Bob” Ehrlich Jr. (R-MD) run: Governor or Senate???

Hello Dog!

Could we’ve another close Senate Contest in a DEEP BLUE State this year? Former Maryland Governor Robert “Bob” Ehrlich (R-MD) who lost a close Governor Contest in the big 2006 Democratic Year was long viewed for planning a Rematch against current Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) this year. His Main Republican Rival dropped out in early February because he believed Ehrlich would run and a Rasmussen Poll in February had O’Malley up over Ehrlich 49-43 that month.

BUT now POLITICO a short while ago surprsingly for EVERYONE reported that Ehrlich is also considering a Senate Run against Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34494.html

This really, really took by surprise. I was well aware Ehrlich is mulling a Run for Office in 2010 but I well thought that would be a Race for Governor not Senate.

Should Ehrlich jump into a Senate Race this would be a Battle Royal, a Battle Maryland hasn’t seen in a long, long time.

Daniel G.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 17 Comments

Daniel…..California Senate: Could Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) lose her Senate Seat; Have the Republicans finally found the 10th Senate Seat to take over the Chamber?

Hello Dog and good morning!

Democrats getting into precarious Situations even more. After an R 2000 / DKOS Poll indicated California Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) might be in serious Trouble another Pollster confirms it now showing Boxer ahead by only 2 Points (R2000 had her ahead 47-43). At the beginning of the Cycle this would have been impossible to think. With that in mind I’m beginning to think the following: Have Republicans finally found their 10th Seat to take over the Senate? More Analysis later.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate

[ Campbell, Fiorina and Boxer ]
General Election

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  43 %
Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  40 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  40 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  9 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://barbaraboxer.com/
http://www.campbell.org/
http://www.carlyforcalifornia.com/
http://www.chuckdevore.com/n/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  58 %
Disapprove  42 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  24 %
Disapprove  75 %

Analysis:

Despite bad Approvals I don’t Arnold has hurt Republicans (as the Dog claims over and over again). This Race is now a TOSS-UP and mark these (my words): If Democrats are losing the California Senate Race come November they’ll lose their Senate Majority too – GUARANTEED.

Daniel G.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 6 Comments

Kentucky…The NCAA Basketball team projected to win March Madness has 31% graduation rate for it's team members…..

Going to college is about learning and getting the education to get a rewarding job that should earn you money…..right?

The age old argument still exists for college athletes….

Are they there to spend a little time making their college rich and developing their ‘brand’ before moving on to make themselves rich?

And the ones that don’t make the big time?

Do they finish school and get jobs?

Or is the whole thing just a big shame?

The Dog is bothered by a 31% graduation rate figure…..

That’s just a big disservice to the school, the athletes and NCAA*…..

EARLY THIS basketball season, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association released its 2009 Division 1 Graduation Success Rate report, interim president Jim Isch boasted how the overall graduation rate for basketball was up nearly 10 percentage points over the last eight years. “Be assured, the NCAA’s commitment to academics is as strong as it has ever been,’’ Isch said.

Walter Harrison, president of the University of Hartford and chairman of the NCAA’s academic performance committee, added, “At the ground level of academic reform on our campuses, there has been monumental change.’’

There is no assurance of monumental change until the NCAA finally grounds its worst programs. However, there is no sign of that as top-power Kentucky made the Division 1 tournament with a Graduation Success Rate of only 18 percent for its black athletes and 31 percent overall.

This program single-handedly betrays the NCAA as toothless on the exploitation of athletes. Kentucky’s graduation rate scorecard for its black players for the last six years reads like this: 18, 17, 9, 17, 17, zero. Over the last 10 years, its black player graduation rate has never risen above 29 percent. Its overall graduation rate passed 50 percent only once, in 2001.

Yet, who do we see hawking March Madness on Direct TV? Why none other than Kentucky’s $32 million coach, John Calipari. He remains one of the faces of college basketball despite Final Four appearances at UMass and Memphis that were struck from the record books for violations that damaged the reputations of the schools and its players, but somehow, not him.

This is particularly outrageous as the NCAA no longer penalizes schools in graduation-rate reports for players who leave early for the pros, as long as they were in good academic standing. Between that statistical adjustment and the schools that on their own elevated their game in the classroom, renegade programs are more exposed than ever.

The NCAA says 56 percent of black basketball players now graduate from Division 1 teams, continuing a slow increase. White players have an 81 percent graduation rate. There is plenty of praise to go around among the 65 teams that made this year’s tournament. Top-tier seeds Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Pittsburgh, and Georgetown have black player graduation rates between 67 and 100 percent. Marquette, Wofford, Brigham Young, Wake Forest, Utah State, and Notre Dame had a 100 percent graduation rate across the board.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 7 Comments