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The Healthcare Bill….. already law…is finished…and done…..

President Obama discusses health insurance reform at the University of Iowa on Thursday.

[ President Obama out selling the Bill at the University of Iowa ]

Note the presidential grey hair process starting………

From the Hill……

The House put the finishing touches on healthcare reform Thursday night by passing a “fixes” bill that finally will allow President Barack Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill to declare final victory on what had been one of the Democratic Party’s biggest pieces of unfinished business.

The bill encompasses the White House-brokered compromises between the Senate-authored healthcare reform law Obama enacted Tuesday and the version the House passed in November.

The House passed the bill on a 220-207 vote, with 32 Democrats voting with every Republican against the measure.

Little over six hours after the Senate tweaked and approved the reconciliation package, lawmakers in the lower chamber sped through a Rules committee meeting and several votes to send the “fixes” to the healthcare bill to the floor.

The scene unfolding in the House chamber was starkly different than on Sunday. Instead of protesters and packed galleries, lawmakers spoke to a sparsely attended chamber.

A handful of members discussed the merits of the amended reconciliation bill, which includes a student loan program to help offset the cost of the president’s billion-dollar healthcare plan, while others attacked the healthcare law and the philosophical differences of the parties.

Most, though, wanted to go home and did — quickly.

Though the healthcare reform bill is already law, Congress had some work left to do after Obama’s signing ceremony Tuesday.

More……..

Enough already!

Move on…..

Let the diehards keep complaining and fighting ….the public seeing it passed and life still going on..is tired and wants to move on…..

Finally…The Democrats led by Obama have proved that they can do something when they dig in…..

We’ll see how it plays in November…..

The GOP maybe surprised…….

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March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

Duke needs to win……

[ Kyle Singler and top-seeded Duke (31-5) face No. 4 seed Purdue on Friday in the South Region semifinals. ]

My favorite College Basketball team goes to the dance everyear…and goes home early…..

It’s not that coach Mike Krzyzewski does not do a good job….he does….

It’s just that Duke teams simply do not have the killer instict……to tell the truth….they never do…..

That is hard thing to carry around….

But that’s the way it is……..

“Your standard as a program is always your best season,” Painter said. “And for him and Duke basketball, that’s a national championship. If they don’t win the national championship, people look at it as a failure. With that being said, I think that’s a backhanded compliment.”

The Purdue senior guard Chris Kramer said he believed that Kentucky now had that distinction as the gold standard program. His fellow senior guard Keaton Grant said teams like Kentucky are now getting the recruits that the Blue Devils once attracted.

“Back in the day when they had the Jay Williamses and Carlos Boozers, it was almost like looking at Duke in awe,” Grant said. “I think less teams are doing that now and just looking at it more as an opportunity to knock off Duke.”

When asked about Duke’s not making the Final Four since 2004, Krzyzewski said there were two words that were interesting in competition: “since” and “never.”

“Try to look at those words and see which category you would rather be in,” Krzyzewski said.

He added: “You’re not always going to win a national championship and you’re not always going to get to a Final Four. Those are difficult things to do.”

And while Krzyzewski said he did not feel any increased pressure this season, he jokingly dismissed whether his team’s senior class struggled to lived up to expectations by comparing himself to not being able to live up to his wife’s former boyfriends when he dated her.

“We’re not the Yankees,” Krzyzewski said. “Thank goodness we’re not the Cubs. It’s different. It’s college. They’re different kids. Just give them an opportunity.”

More……..

Update……Duke beats Purdue 70 to 57…..to play Baylor next……

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Syracuse loses to Butler in the NCAA March Madness!

Butler forward Willie Veasley celebrates with guard Shelvin Mack (1) and teammates after defeating Syracuse.

Butler forward Willie Veasley celebrates with guard Shelvin Mack (1) and teammates after defeating Syracuse.

What a game!

Butler schooled Syracuse the first half…staying at least 10 points up on them most of the time….then fell behind in the beginning of the second half only to pull ahead towards the end and hold on ……..Jim Boeheim goes home early another year……

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Final Healthcare Vote Tonight………

From PoliticalWire..

Final Health Care Vote Expected Tonight

After the Senate approved a budget reconciliation bill — by a 56 to 43 tally — containing fixes to the recently passed health care bill, the bill heads back to the House.

Roll Call: “It’s almost over. The House is expected to finish voting Thursday night on the health care and student loan reconciliation bill and other legislation, according to leadership sources.”

“The House Rules Committee is meeting at 4 p.m. to report out the rule on the reconciliation package.”

Soon……Lets get this done and move on…….

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Daniel…. North Dakota House At-Large: First Fallout from the Sunday Health Care Reform Vote: Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)….

Hello Dog!

It looks like we’ve the first Fallout after the Health Care Vote. A new Statewide Survey in North Dakota finds longtime U. S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) is trailing his Republican Challenger, State Senator Rick Berg (R-ND) by 7 Points. More worrisome for Pomeroy: The Poll was taken after Sunday Nights Vote and shows ONLY 36 % of North Dakota Voters support the Presidents Health Care Plan.

Rasmussen Survey

North Dakota U. S. House of Representatives

General Election

State Senator Rick Berg (R)  51 %
U. S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D)  44 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  4 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.bergforcongress.com/
http://www.pomeroyforcongress.com/

Note: Rasmussen is supposed to release a new North Dakota Poll for the Open U. S. Senate Race tomorrow. Anyone want to make Predictions how far Hoeven will be ahead?

Job Approvals will follow with that Poll.

Analysis:

That 36 % on Health Care hurts BIG TIME as Pomeroy voted in FAVOR of the Bill. Might we see two different fates in the Dakotas? Over in South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) voted AGAINST the Health Care Bill. She has also a stronger Opponent in SoS Nelson. Pomeroy is definitly on the ROPES here.

Daniel G.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Daniel…….Florida Governor: RAS Poll confirms PPP Poll from 2 weeks showing McCollum leading Sink by 11 Point….

Hi Dog!

A new Survey for the Open Governor Seat in the Sunshine State to replace Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) who is running for U. S. Senate shows State Attorney General William “Bill” McCollum (R-FL) leading State Chief Financial Officer Adelaide “Alex” Sink (D-FL) by 11 Points. This is in line from a PPP Poll 2 weeks ago which showed McCollum beating Sink by 13 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

Florida Governor 2010

General Election

State Attorney General William “Bill” McCollum (R)  47 %
State Chief Financial Officer Adelaide “Alex” Sink (D)  36 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  12 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.billmccollum.com/
http://www.alexsink2010.com/home


Analysis:

Has McCollum endangered his Election Chances by sueing over President Obama’s Heath Care Reform Bill? Time will tell. Personally I think it wasn’t the smartest Decision by him to do it. Look, AG’s Abbott, McMaster, McKenna,etc. living either in more conservative States or aren’t up for Election this year so they’ll more leverage to do it.

Daniel G.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 7 Comments

The Match-up will be Kentucky vs Cornell tonight in the NCAA Basketball Sweet Sixteen……

Yea everyone is hyping the Brainiac’s from Cornell ……..

Lets see if they can cut it against Kentucky’s not so smart..but very well financed athletic five?

With No. 12 Cornell in the Round of 16 of the N.C.A.A.tournament and facing No. 1 Kentucky on Thursday, the matchup creates a near-laughable contrast. Kentucky’s and Cornell’s talent, budget and pedigree are worlds apart. Cornell’s biggest edge may come from a togetherness forged by floors covered in Gummy Bears, trash cans overflowing with Krispy Kreme cartons and hallways filled with salt-stained work boots.

All eight Cornell seniors live in the same 15-bedroom house, where rents are $520 to $600 per month. But the priceless part is that the Big Red can boast a unique veteran experience and togetherness to combat Kentucky’s starting lineup of three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.

“I think that’s why they’ve done what they’ve done over the course of their careers,” said Randy Wittman, the father of the senior star guard Ryan Wittman and a former college star at Indiana and N.B.A. coach. “The closeness and caring they have for one another.”

Kentucky players are leery of the news media’s angle projecting the Big Red as the heady players against the talented but less savvy Wildcats.

DeMarcus Cousins, the star Wildcat freshman big man, said the game would not be determined by “who can read the fastest.”

Cousins added: “We’re here to play basketball. It’s not a spelling bee.”

The game is on CBS tonight……. I believe at 10:00 or so DST……

More……..

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Daniel……Charlie Cook makes some notable Governor & House Rating changes…….

Hello Dog!

One of the two leading Political Handicappers in the Nation Charlie Cook made some notable Chances on some Governor & House Races this morning
New Governor Race Ratings:

Maine Governor

“Likely Democrat” into “Lean Democrat” (Open Seat)

Massachusetts Governor

“Lean Democrat” into “Toss-Up” (Deval Patrick)

Michigan Governor

“Toss-Up” into “Lean Republican” (Open Seat)

Wyoming Governor

“Lean Republican” into “Likely Republican” (Open Seat)

Alaska Governor

“Likely Republican” into “Solid Republican” (Sean Parnell)

South Dakota Governor

“Solid Republican” into “Likely Republican” (Open Seat)

http://cookpolitical.com/governors

New House Ratings:

Arizona – 1

“Likely Democrat” into “Lean Democrat (Kilpatrick, D)

Florida – 24

“Lean Democrat” into “Toss-Up” (Kosmas, D)

Illinois – 11

“Likely Democrat” into “Lean Democrat” (Halvorson, D)

New York – 24

“Lean Democrat” into “Toss-Up” (Arcuri, D)

Oregon – 5

“Likely Democrat” into “Lean Democrat” (Schrader, D)

Pennsylvania – 3

“Likely Democrat” into “Lean Democrat” (Dahlkemper, D)

Virginia – 11

“Likely Democrat” into “Lean Democrat” (Connolly, D)

With these Changes Democrats NOW at least have to defend 54 Seats who are either in the Lean or Toss-Up Column.

http://cookpolitical.com/races/house/chart.php

Obviously the biggest price today for Republicans was the Michigan Governor Race. Republicans are now projected to win at least 4 Democratic Held State Houses (Wyoming, Kansas, Tennessee and Michigan).

Daniel G.

I’m still doubtful the dem’s lose the House…Call me crazy…..That’s my call…..

The Dog

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 16 Comments

Daniel……California Governor & Senate: YET another Poll showing Democrats in Major Trouble here….

Hi Dog!

Second Poll in a row showing Republicans Whitman, Campbell ahead of Democrats in the Golden State. Folks, there is now a Trend developing and it doesn’t look good for Democrats. POLITICO’s Josh Krausharr also tweeted today that the CA-SEN Race will be indeed in play for Republicans in November.

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Survey

California Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Former EBAY CEO Meg Whitman  61 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner  11 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  25 %

General Election

Former EBAY CEO Meg Whitman (R)  44 %
Former California Governor Jerry Brown (D)  39 %
Undecided  17 %

Former California Governor Jerry Brown (D)  46 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R)  31 %
Undecided  23 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.megwhitman.com/
http://www.stevepoizner.com/
http://www.jerrybrown.org/

California Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina  24 %
Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell  23 %
State Senator Chuck DeVore  8 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  44 %

General Election

Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  44 %
Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  43 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  44 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  43 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
State Senator Chuck DeVore (R)  40 %
Undecided  14 %

Major Candidates Websites:

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

Full Poll Results here:

http://www.ppic.org

Analysis:

So, two of the best known California Pollster have now polled the State, Field and PPIC and both find STRIKINGLY SIMILAR Findings. Both Republican Candidates for Governor & Senator leading Democrats. Might there be something BIG coming out of California this year? Time will tell.

Daniel G.

I can’t argue with you there Daniel…..Who would think that Jerry Brown would lose his lead while Arnold leads the state?
Let’s see

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 9 Comments

Daniel……Tennessee Governor: First Poll in the Volunteer State shows all Republicans with a Clear Advantage ….

Hello Dog!

The first Election Poll in the Volunteer State for the Open Governor Race to replace Term-Limited Governor Phil Bredesen (D-TN) shows Republicans with a Clear Advantage.

Rasmussen Survey

Tennessee Governor

General Election

[ Haslam, Ramsey and  Wamp ]
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R)  46 %
Former State House Majority Leader Kim McMillan (D)  26 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  23 %

Lieutenant Governor & State Senate Speaker Ronald Ramsey (R)  43 %
Former State House Majority Leader Kim McMillan (D)  25 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  24 %

United States Representative Rep. Zach Wamp (R)  42 %
Former State House Majority Leader Kim McMillan (D)  29 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  25 %

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R)  45 %
Businessman Mike McWherter (D)  27 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  23 %

Lieutenant Governor & State Senate Speaker Ronald Ramsey (R)  43 %
Businessman Mike McWherter (D)  29 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  23 %

U. S. Rep. Zach Wamp (R)  41 %
Businessman Mike McWherter (D)  31 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  22 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.billhaslam.com
http://teamronramsey.com/
http://www.zachwamp.com/
http://www.kimmcmillan.com/
http://www.mikemcwherter.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  36 %
Disapprove  62 %

Governor Phil Bredesen (D)

Approve  70 %
Disapprove  28 %

Analysis:

Bredesen with an astounding 70% Job Approval  compared to the President who is only at 36. Republicans will likely pick up this Seat.

Daniel G.

You think?!…….He, he, he

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments