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Women's History month and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi……..

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton mark Women's History Month in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surely will rank for placement there someday. For now, they are making history, and on Thursday, at a reception in that hall, the two took an hour to celebrate together.

Pelosi opened her arms wide to Clinton and they hugged tightly, cheek to cheek, two brilliant red-lipsticked smiles. It was an exuberant display of girliness from two formidable women nearing the end of an extraordinary week for both.

“Whoever thought that on this day of all days, I’d be standing on this podium to celebrate Women’s History Month and sharing the stage with two of my role models and two of the greatest female pioneers and role models for all of us?” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), to cheers, applause and whistles from a crowd of 300 women and men.

Pelosi and Clinton are a testament to women’s capacity to compose their lives alongside, rather than distinct from, those around them. One is the first female speaker of the House, a woman who didn’t run for office until the youngest of her five children was a high school senior. The other is the first former first lady to become a U.S. senator, a woman who initially derived her political power from her husband and then went on to run for president, winning more than 17 million votes in primaries and caucuses.

One traveled to Mexico and Moscow in the past week and helped to negotiate a deal announced Wednesday that could slash the number of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia. The other finally brought her disputatious membership to heel and succeeded, where the first had so famously failed, at achieving the sweeping health-insurance reform Democrats had sought for half a century.

More……..

While both woman get kudos’ for their accomplishments……they still have to fight anti-female prejudice from makes and females …..Clinton could not get past the American condition that a female Head of State ‘is something we’re not ready for, yet’ and Pelosi has been criticized repeatedly for being  tough enough even though she was instrumental in getting Healthcare, Stimulus and other legislation thru the House……

We as a nation we WILL get there….We have a black mixed President….I know we’ll get there…..

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March 26, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Women’s History month and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi……..

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton mark Women's History Month in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surely will rank for placement there someday. For now, they are making history, and on Thursday, at a reception in that hall, the two took an hour to celebrate together.

Pelosi opened her arms wide to Clinton and they hugged tightly, cheek to cheek, two brilliant red-lipsticked smiles. It was an exuberant display of girliness from two formidable women nearing the end of an extraordinary week for both.

“Whoever thought that on this day of all days, I’d be standing on this podium to celebrate Women’s History Month and sharing the stage with two of my role models and two of the greatest female pioneers and role models for all of us?” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), to cheers, applause and whistles from a crowd of 300 women and men.

Pelosi and Clinton are a testament to women’s capacity to compose their lives alongside, rather than distinct from, those around them. One is the first female speaker of the House, a woman who didn’t run for office until the youngest of her five children was a high school senior. The other is the first former first lady to become a U.S. senator, a woman who initially derived her political power from her husband and then went on to run for president, winning more than 17 million votes in primaries and caucuses.

One traveled to Mexico and Moscow in the past week and helped to negotiate a deal announced Wednesday that could slash the number of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia. The other finally brought her disputatious membership to heel and succeeded, where the first had so famously failed, at achieving the sweeping health-insurance reform Democrats had sought for half a century.

More……..

While both woman get kudos’ for their accomplishments……they still have to fight anti-female prejudice from makes and females …..Clinton could not get past the American condition that a female Head of State ‘is something we’re not ready for, yet’ and Pelosi has been criticized repeatedly for being  tough enough even though she was instrumental in getting Healthcare, Stimulus and other legislation thru the House……

We as a nation we WILL get there….We have a black mixed President….I know we’ll get there…..

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Almost 2,000 of the 10,000 House staff members make six figure salaries…..

Let me see……435 memebers…right?

23 for each House member….average…

That equal’s more than $200 million just for 20% of the staff…..

I’m sure some of them work their tails off….but….

Damn!….the whole figure has to be a dozzie!

Starting salaries on Capitol Hill are still low — many entry-level congressional jobs pay less than $30,000 a year. And many of the most highly paid staffers could make several times the maximum by jumping to lobbying and consulting jobs in the private sector.

But the salary data, compiled for POLITICO by LegiStorm.com, show that it’s possible to make an enviable living in Congress, even without winning an election.

The 43 staffers who maxed out at $172,500 — the salary cap for leadership and committee staffers — include John Lawrence, chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Paula Nowakowski, the late chief of staff to House Minority Leader John Boehner; and House Parliamentarian John Sullivan. They earned only slightly less than rank-and-file members of Congress, who make $174,000.

All the salary data are part of the public record and are culled from congressional office disbursement reports.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35050.html#ixzz0jLEDZpd2

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Netanyahu finds himself in a jam at home also……

It seems that Binyamin Netanyahu has problems at home due from his troubles at the White House…..

While the right leaning partners in his collation government are happy to push for the start the settlements in part of Jeruslem…..a lot of others in Israeli’s aren’t…they are more uneasy with the ‘family fight’ going on between the American administration and Netanyhu’s….than people think……

The United States was happy to deal with Tzipi Livni as Israel’s Foreign Minister in the past Israeli governmenet…..the US never thought things where going to be good with Bibi Netanyahu’s ‘second coming……

And they haven’t been…..

BiBi is now going to have to figure out how to get out of the hole he’s in…..

Livni must be smiling…thinking the Israeli voters  made the wrong choice in the last election……

Over the past year, Netanyahu “pushed the envelope with Obama,” said Yossi Beilin, a former Israeli peace negotiator, referring to haggling over a full settlement freeze that had precluded a resumption of peace talks. Now that Obama has pushed back, Netanyahu “is worried and afraid,” Beilin said.

Some observers speculated that Netanyahu might be forced to consider bringing Kadima, the centrist party led by former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, his arch political rival, into his coalition to alleviate the tensions with the United States. But Gideon Ezra, a Kadima member, said that might not be possible because of resistance from within Netanyahu’s Likud bloc: Incorporating Kadima would mean concessions such as halting construction in East Jerusalem and dismantling unauthorized settlement outposts in the West Bank, steps that Likud members oppose, Ezra said.

More……..

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 5 Comments

The Amazing 'Sweet Sixteen' College Basketball Championship…….Fill in the Blanks……

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The Amazing ‘Sweet Sixteen’ College Basketball Championship…….Fill in the Blanks……

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CD…..Gov. Pat Quinn picks Shelia Simon to be his Lt. Governor in Illinois…..

[ Shelia Simon answers questions from Democratic Central Committee members during a hearing to interview potential Lt. Governor candidates in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, March 20, 2010. Simon was one of 17 downstate candidates who appeared before the committee. ]

Ok….I understand the racial angle…but doesn’t the Governor’s choice stand?…Even if the original guy quit?

Gov. Pat Quinn endorsed Sheila Simon, the daughter of an Illinois political legend, as his lieutenant governor running mate Friday, risking a split with black Democratic leaders as he courts women and downstate voters.

Despite Quinn’s recommendation, the ultimate decision on who gets the nomination for the state’s No. 2 job rests with the Democratic State Central Committee. Several committee members and many black legislators say the job should go to Rep. Art Turner, the second-place finisher in the February primary election.

Turner’s supporters argue that rejecting the veteran black lawmaker for someone who didn’t even run in the primary could alienate black voters from Quinn.

More……..
http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x1838110113/Turner-supporters-organize-bus-trip-to-Springfield

http://www.cb2chicago.com/
http://www.abc7chicago.com/
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/

From CD……More…..http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/good_day/20100329-mitchell-quinn-pick

Update...The Dog hears from Scott P over @ Poltitcs1 that The Democrats have approved Quinn’s choice of Simon….

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel…..Hawaii Governor & Senate: Abercrombie, Hannemann comfortably ahead of Aiona; Inouye clobbers Governor Lingle……

Hello Dog!

It’s rare Hawaii gets polled in an Election Cycle.

This year however might be different as we’ve an Open Governor Race. This is the second Poll in 3 months in Hawaii. A new Statewide Survey in the Aloha State shows Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D-HI) & Former U. S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) running comfortably ahead of Republican Lieutenant Governor James “Duke” Aiona Jr. (R-HI). Meanwhile in the Senate Race Incumbent Senator Daniel “Dan” Inouye (D-HI) running far ahead of Incumbent Governor Linda Lingle (R-HI). Lingle previously said she would run for some Political Office in the Future. The consensus is among Republicans that she’ll wait until 2012 when Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) is up for Reelection to launch a Senate Campaign. With that in mind she could serve out her current Term as Governor.

Rasmussen Survey

Hawaii Governor 2010

General Election

Former U. S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D)  54 %

Lieutenant Governor James “Duke” Aiona Jr. (R)  31 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  9 %

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D)  50 %
Lieutenant Governor James “Duke” Aiona Jr. (R)  29 %
Others  14 %
Undecided  7 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.neilabercrombie.com/
http://www.mufihannemann.com/
http://www.dukeaiona.com/

Hawaii Senate 2010

Incumbent Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D)  65 %

Incumbent Governor Linda Lingle (R)  25 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  6 %

http://www.daninouyehawaii.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  77 %
Disapprove  23 %

Governor Linda Lingle (R)

Approve  45 %
Disapprove  52 %

Analysis:

Whew, the President outperforms the sitting Governor among Job Approvals. Probably a very smart Decision that Lingle is not running against Inouye. However at this Point a Senate Challenge to Senator Akaka seems plausible.

Daniel G.

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 9 Comments

Daniel….Florida Senate: Some Thoughts and why I TRUST Mason-Dixon more than any other Pollster particular down in Florida…..

Hello Dog!

How far is is Marco Rubio really ahead of Governor Crist?.

Well, not by that huge margins you’re supposed to believe.
I KEPT SAYING patience folks AND there was a Reason behind it.
I knew at some Point this year One of America’s Leading State Pollster (Mason-Dixon) would sooner or later poll down in Florida. BTW, the other Golden State Pollster is Survey USA. You can all Toss these Robo-Polls like RAS or PPP.
We now have the first LIVE INTERVIEWER POLL and it shows Rubio only up by 11.!

Why I trust Mason-Dixon in their Polling PARTICULARLY when it comes to Florida:

1. They nailed the Bush-Gore Race in 2000.

2. They nailed the Bush-Kerry Contest as well as the Senate Race between Martinez and Castor.

3. They nailed Crist-Jim Davis in 2006 and the Senate Race Nelson-Harris

4. They nailed the McCain-Romney GOP Primary in 2008

AND

5. They nailed the Obama-McCain Contest in 2008

They BASICALLY did EVERY Statewide Race RIGHT over the last 8 years.

You need any more answers?

Probably not after I explained above.

Orlando Sentinel / Mason-Dixon Survey (PDF File to be included later in a Link)

Florida Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio  48 %
Incumbent Governor Charlie Crist  37 %
Undecided  15 %

General Election

Incumbent Governor Charlie Crist (R)  50 %
U. S. Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (D)  26 %
Undecided  24 %

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R)  44 %
U. S. Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (D)  29 %
Undecided  27 %

Link to be posted in the Comment Section of the Post later on.

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.marcorubio.com/
http://charliecrist.com/
http://www.kendrickmeek.com/

Analysis:

I am surprised at this Poll but I’ll take it.

I explained above.
Interesting: The Party Registration in this Sample is 43 D / 38 R / 19 I
I LOVE THESE Crosstabs. You’ll get them too after you post this Poll.
Here are the Crosstabs:

http://media.tbo.com/pdf/fl310pollpart1.pdf

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35090.html

Daniel G.

I glad you like Mason-Dixon Daniel…..Meek continues to run better against Rubio…..
The Dog

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Open Thread for March 26…….

This has been a busy Day!

People still lit up about Healthcare…..

Friends and family stopping by……

Daniel pushing a lot of polls….

And Good NCAA March Madness Basketball…..

Keep it up People….

The Dog pak gets bigger and better everyday……

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Nuff said!

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Open thread, Other Things, Politics, Updates | | 69 Comments