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Gordon Brown is in trouble….as he goes hunting for votes…..

[ Prime Minister Gordon Brown, back in London on Monday after a day of campaigning in the south of England. National elections will take place on May 6 ]

The Dog doesn’t follow the English politics…..

But has heard of the rise of the English Obama….Nick Clegg (below )

And it does seem as if Gordon Brown’s Labour government is about to get sent home…..

Here’s a piece in Mr. Brown’s camapigning around the South of England….USA style…..

Something Mr. Clegg has brought to England……

Along with promises to move away a bit from Tony Blair’s tight relationship with America and to deal with the countries immigration problems…..

In the newspapers, cataclysm was looming for Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s faltering Labour government. Cabinet ministers were reportedly scheming, squabbling and snapping “Shut up!” at one another in panicky strategy sessions. The question was not whether Labour would lose the election on May 6, but how thoroughly.

But none of this seemed to penetrate the eerily positive parallel universe that is Brown-world. Cocooned in a nest of sealed-off calm with his aides and his wife, Sarah, as he finished a day of campaigning on Monday, the man who might not be prime minister for much longer dismissed the alarming reports as the sound and fury of the news media trying to stir things up.

“It’s the usual story at some point in the election campaign,” Mr. Brown said in an interview, flashing a strained smile. “I don’t think these stories last very long. I think people’s minds are focusing much more on the issues.”

So he hopes. Mr. Brown’s premiership has never been popular with a public that preferred his predecessor, Tony Blair, and has grown weary after 13 years of Labour government. Chronically behind the Conservative opposition in polls over the last two years, the Labour Party is now, humiliatingly, also polling behind the third-party Liberal Democrats with little more than a week left before the election.

But the margins that separate the parties are small, and many voters say they are still undecided. No one is giving up yet. “I will keep fighting to the last minute of the last day of this campaign,” Mr. Brown told the assembled reporters in what constituted his campaign vehicle for the moment — the economy-class, rear car of a train otherwise full of commuters. (The reporters would switch to a bus, and the prime minister to a car, for part of the trip.)

He showed good Scottish pugilism as he sped around several campaign stops in the south. At a nurses’ convention in Bournemouth he drew a standing ovation, albeit a slowly rising one, and from only two-thirds or so of the audience. In Weymouth, he basked in the approval of a garden party-ful of supporters and gamely shook hands with pleasantly startled shoppers in front of the banana and the bread displays at an Asda supermarket.

And in Southampton, the prime minister submitted to sharp questioning at a live radio show, impressing the audience with his detailed, unscripted answers, even if the answers sometimes veered off topic……

More……..

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April 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Daniel……Pennsylvania – 12 Special Election: Cook moves the Seat from "Toss-Up" into "Leans Republican"

Hello Folks!

Looks like the Pundits falling in Line for the Pennsylvania – 12 Special Election:

Charlie Cook just moved the Race from “Toss-Up” into “Leans Republican”

Cook’s Write-Up:

[ Critz and Burns ]

Three weeks out, most polls show the PA-12 race to replace deceased Democratic Rep. John Murtha a dead heat, with GOP businessman Tim Burns and former Murtha district director Mark Critz hovering around 40 percent of the vote. But polls don’t always paint the whole picture, and for special election watchers who think this is the same kind of animal we saw in NY-20 and NY-23 last year, it’s time to think again. In this climate and corner of Pennsylvania, Democrats’ path to 50 percent is considerably more uphill than Republicans’, and the GOP is well-positioned to snap its disheartening string of special election losses.

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

Daniel G.

Here’s a CNN piece on the race…….

Two hard-hitting new ads are heating up the Pennsylvania battle for the late Rep. Jack Murtha’s congressional seat.

Republican Tim Burns is facing off against Democrat Mark Critz in a the May 18 special election. The race has stepped up in intensity in recent weeks, with both campaigns as well as national party committees going up with television ads.

The Burns campaign came out Tuesday with a new television commercial that questions the ethics of Critz, a longtime aide to Murtha, a Democrat who represented the district for 18 terms until he passed away earlier this year.

“Mark Critz. A Washington bureaucrat bankrolled by Pelosi. Critz was investigated by the congressional ethics office and Critz was in charge of the finances for a company caught on paying their taxes,” says the narrator in the ad.

More……..….Check the comments…Daniel could be on to something..although the District was solid Democrat…..



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

Daniel……Pennsylvania – 12 Special Election: Cook moves the Seat from “Toss-Up” into “Leans Republican”

Hello Folks!

Looks like the Pundits falling in Line for the Pennsylvania – 12 Special Election:

Charlie Cook just moved the Race from “Toss-Up” into “Leans Republican”

Cook’s Write-Up:

[ Critz and Burns ]

Three weeks out, most polls show the PA-12 race to replace deceased Democratic Rep. John Murtha a dead heat, with GOP businessman Tim Burns and former Murtha district director Mark Critz hovering around 40 percent of the vote. But polls don’t always paint the whole picture, and for special election watchers who think this is the same kind of animal we saw in NY-20 and NY-23 last year, it’s time to think again. In this climate and corner of Pennsylvania, Democrats’ path to 50 percent is considerably more uphill than Republicans’, and the GOP is well-positioned to snap its disheartening string of special election losses.

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

Daniel G.

Here’s a CNN piece on the race…….

Two hard-hitting new ads are heating up the Pennsylvania battle for the late Rep. Jack Murtha’s congressional seat.

Republican Tim Burns is facing off against Democrat Mark Critz in a the May 18 special election. The race has stepped up in intensity in recent weeks, with both campaigns as well as national party committees going up with television ads.

The Burns campaign came out Tuesday with a new television commercial that questions the ethics of Critz, a longtime aide to Murtha, a Democrat who represented the district for 18 terms until he passed away earlier this year.

“Mark Critz. A Washington bureaucrat bankrolled by Pelosi. Critz was investigated by the congressional ethics office and Critz was in charge of the finances for a company caught on paying their taxes,” says the narrator in the ad.

More……..….Check the comments…Daniel could be on to something..although the District was solid Democrat…..



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

Daniel……North Dakota Senate: The most populous Governor in the Nation John Hoeven (R-ND) leads his Democratic Rival by 45 Points !

Hello Folks!

No surprises in the North Dakota Senate Race. Popular Governor John Hoeven (R-ND) leads his Democratic Rival State Senator Tracy Potter (D-ND) by a whopping 45-Point margin.

Rasmussen Reports Survey

North Dakota Senate 2010

General Election

[ Hoeven ]

Incumbent Governor John Hoeven (R)  69 %
State Senator Tracy Potter (D)  24 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  5 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.hoevenforsenate.com/
http://tracypotterforsenate.com/

Job Approval

Governor John Hoeven (R)

Approve  83 %
Disapprove  15 %

Analysis:

Can Hoeven carry Berg over the Finish Line? That’s the only Question that remains here.

Daniel G.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

Daniel…..Michigan Governor Primaries: Hoekstra leads among Republicans, Dillon among Democrats …….

Hello Folks!

A new Statewide Survey in the Wolverine State surveying Likely Primary Voters finds that U. S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) still leads among Republicans while Michigan State House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-MI) leads among Democrats.

Meanwhile a whopping 51 % of the Electorate among Democrats is still Undecided.

Rasmussen Reports Survey

Michigan Governor 2010

Republican Primary

[ Hoekstra ]

U. S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra  28 %
Rick Snyder  14 %
Mike Cox  13 %
Mike Bouchard  9 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  32 %

Democratic Primary

[ Dillon ]

Andy Dillon  13 %
Virg Bernero  12 %
Alma Wheeler-Smith  9 %
Others  15 %
Undecided  51 %

Daniel G.

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

Daniel……Arizona Governor: Public Policy Polling contradicts RAS; Has Goddard ahead of all Republican Challengers …..

Hello Folks!

A new Statewide Survey in Arizona contradicts the Rasmussen Reports Survey from a week ago and shows State Attorney General Terry Goddard (D-AZ) leading all of his Republican Challengers though some very narrowly.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Arizona Governor 2010

General Election

[ Goddard and Brewer ]

State Attorney General Terry Goddard (D)  47 %
Incumbent Governor Jan Brewer (R)  44 %
Undecided  9 %

State Attorney General Terry Goddard (D)  47 %
Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. “Joe” Arpaio (R)  44 %
Undecided  10 %

State Attorney General Terry Goddard (D)  47 %
State Treasurer Dean Martin (R)  36 %
Undecided  17 %

State Attorney General Terry Goddard (D)  45 %
Owen “Buz” Mills (R)  37 %
Undecided  18 %

State Attorney General Terry Goddard (D)  46 %
Former State GOP Chair John Munger (R)  31 %
Undecided  23 %

Job Approval

Governor Jan Brewer (R)

Approve  35 %
Disapprove  46 %
Not Sure  18 %

Survey Link:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_AZ_427.pdf

Daniel G.

Hey Daniel…… could this be a pushback on the Immigration Bill?…when did the polling finish up?

We did do a  post on how crazy things have been in the state…..

Answer……

PPP surveyed 813 Arizona voters from April 23rd to 25th………

From the New York Times….. Arizona Enacts Stringent Law on Immigration By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD Published: April 23, 2010 PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration into law on Friday. Its aim is to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.

Damn Daniel….. she’s taking a beating in her own State after signing the Bill!

Things ARE crazy in that state.…..


April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 5 Comments

Sen. Reid gets help from two who could get his job……

Senators Durbin (ILL – D ) and Schumer ( NY – D ) will fight for election from their fellow Democratic Senator ‘s for the position as Senate Majority leader if Reid loses in November and the Democrats hold on to the Senate…..

Being good party people….The two have doubled down and are helping the current Speaker of the House raise campaign money…..


Sen. Chuck Schumer invited Harry Reid to spend Monday morning with him in Brooklyn, where some of Schumer’s well-heeled friends opened their checkbooks to help the Senate majority leader’s struggling reelection bid.

Democratic Whip Dick Durbin has invited Reid to join him next week in Chicago, where he’ll connect the Nevada Democrat with Windy City business leaders who’ll pour even more money into Reid’s campaign.

For Schumer and Durbin, it’s all part of a delicate dance. While Capitol Hill insiders say the two men appear to be jockeying to show their fellow Democrats that they’d be the logical successors to Reid, they’re also showing Reid unyielding loyalty where it counts: campaign cash.

So, there Schumer was Monday morning, introducing Reid to the big-money developers of the New Jersey Nets’ new $4.9 billion facility in Brooklyn. Schumer told the developers that he and Reid had been “through war together,” and he called the Nevadan his “foxhole buddy,” according to someone who was there.

“He is beloved by our caucus, from the most conservative to the most liberal,” Schumer told the fundraisers on Monday, the source said. “He does a great job of bringing together 59 Democrats of such broad philosophical and geographic diversity. And the egos are not small. What Harry does is amazing.”

Monday’s fundraiser was headlined by Bruce Ratner, the real estate mogul who owns the Nets — and who has donated more than $127,000 to Democrats in recent years.

While Schumer’s office won’t say how much money the event raised for Reid, cash poured in from a number of developers and real estate types. The event came just hours before a procedural vote on a plan to rewrite the rules for Wall Street, but Reid’s office stressed that the donors who turned out Monday weren’t bankers or Wall Street officials — and that, in fact, many work for Ratner’s company as well as for electrical and construction companies.

More……..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , , , | 5 Comments

Daniel……South Dakota Governor: Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard (R-SD) now enjoys a 20-Point lead over State Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem (D-SD)

Hello Folks!

South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard (R-SD) has expanded his lead over State Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem (D-SD) according to a new Statewide Survey in the State.

Heidepriem though runs very competitive against 2 other Republican Candiates who are running in the June 8th Primary. He leads State Senator Gordon Howie (R-SD) by 15 Points and is TIED with State Senate Majority Leader Dave Knudson (R-SD) at 41 % each.

Rasmussen Survey

South Dakota Governor 2010

General Election

[ Daugaard and Heidpriem ]

South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard (R)  53 %
State Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem (D)  33 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  9 %

State Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem (D)  41 %
State Senate Majority Leader Dave Knudson (R)  41 %
Others  9 %
Undecided  10 %

State Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem (D)  46 %
State Senator Gordon Howie (R)  31 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  14 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.dennisdaugaard.com/
http://www.knudsonforgovernor.com/
http://www.howie2010.com/
http://www.scottheidepriem.com/

Job Approval

Governor Mike Rounds (R)

Approve  64 %
Disapprove  34 %

Analysis:

Daugaard seems to a have two legs up in this one.

Daniel G.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Daniel…..Rhode Island Governor: State Treasurer Frank Caprio (D-RI) closes gap; Moves into a tie with former Senator & Independent Candidate Lincoln Chaffee (I-RI)

Hello Folks!

Rhode Island State Treasurer Frank Caprio (D-RI) has closed the once double digit gap with former Senator & Independent Candidate Lincoln Chaffee (I-RI). Both now running neck-and-neck with 33 % of the Vote according to a new Statewide Survey in the Ocean State. Republican John Robitaille (R-RI) who is a former Aide to current Governor Donald L. “Don” Carcieri (R-RI) trails with 21 % of the Vote.

Rasmussen Survey

Rhode Island Governor 2010

[ Chaffee and Caprio ]

State Treasurer Frank Caprio (D)  33 %
Former Senator Lincoln Chaffee (I)  33 %
John Robitaille (R)  21 %
Undecided  13 %

Former Senator Lincoln Chaffee (I)  35 %
John Robitaille (R)  26 %
State Attorney General Patrick Lynch (D)  24 %
Undecided  15 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.frankcaprio.com/
http://www.lynch2010.com/
http://www.chafeeforgovernor.com/
http://www.robitailleforgovernor.com/

Job Approvals:

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  57 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Donald L. “Don” Carcieri (R)

Approve  53 %
Disapprove  45 %

Analysis:

To be honest I’m a little bit surprised that Chaffee’s lead has vanished considering the still strong Public Anger at both Major Parties.

Daniel G.

So am I ……I want Chaffe to win……

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | 5 Comments

New York State Governor Paterson caution's Cuomo…'You will fail'……..

PATTERSON

[ Gov. David Paterson contends that without the power to declare a fiscal emergency or unilaterally freeze wages, New York governors are at the mercy of the Legislature. ]

In an sit down with the Wall Street Journal….The embattled and now casted aside New York State Governor laments his relationship with the state’s legislautre….and it’s unwillingness to tackle spending problems……and also the way the state government works…….

Paterson from the jump has been over his head and out of his league….

Eliot Spitzer’s Lt. Governor…he was a responsible for virtually nothing until Spitzer left and he assented to the Governorship…..

He went on to get in trouble with his personal past, a botched senate appointment and more problems with action’s he took for a close aide….

His rein as governor has been one miscue after another….

He now will not run for election to his job….

Leaving Andrew Cuomo as his likely successor….

Having Cuomo in this position so early…… has robbed him of any political power he might have still had…..

Mr. Paterson, whose administration has tried fruitlessly to pass a budget, accused lawmakers of using him as an excuse. “They have perpetuated this rumor that I’m waiting all year and don’t care,” he said. “Every week, I try to get them together and nobody wants to come. Then they turn around and actually try to pretend that it’s me who doesn’t want to have these meetings. It’s completely political.”

Democrats in Albany said they sympathized with Mr. Paterson—but only to an extent. “Right up until the last day that George Pataki was in office, he was the governor. No one doubted that. And with Gov. Paterson, it’s almost as if he’s already gone,” said Sen. Diane Savino, a Democrat from Staten Island.

“The executive in New York has a tremendous amount of power, but it requires political will and the desire to use it,” she said.

Mr. Paterson’s remarks come at a pivotal moment for New York. The gubernatorial race is about to begin in earnest as Mr. Cuomo, the Democratic attorney general, readies to announce his candidacy and square off against a fractious but emboldened Republican Party determined to end Democratic control of Albany.

And the state is bracing for what could be the roughest patch of the fiscal crisis.

It’s also a tense moment for Mr. Paterson, 55, who is expected to testify soon before an independent counsel probing allegations that he lied under oath about soliciting tickets to the 2009 World Series and interfered with a witness in a domestic-abuse case involving a staffer.

More……..

Note …….the author of the piece mentions a ferocious GOP challenge to Cuomo…..it he kidding?

The New York State GOP is fighting among themselves….they have Rick Lazio as their leading candidate…with a just newly switched over  (from the Democratic Party ) Steve Levy trying to get a toe hold into things….he can’t get more than 25% of his parties vote right now…..

At this time….. Cuomo is a lock..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , | 13 Comments