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

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[ 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..

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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

Daniel…..Utah Senate: POLL STUNNER; Republican Convention Delegates appear ready to throw out longtime Incumbent Senator Robert "Bob" Bennett (R-UT) according to a new Salt Lake Tribune Mason-Dixon Survey …..

Hello Folks!

Man, this is REALLY STUNNING.

Utah Incumbent Senator Robert “Bob” Bennett (R-UT) appears to be heading for a resounding DEFEAT at the Utah Republican Party State Convention on May 8th. Bennett is in FREE FALL according to a new Salt Lake Tribune / Mason-Dixon Survey. He’s only running third and would the FIRST MAJOR SENATOR to be ousted by either Party since Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT) lost the Democratic Primary for Senate against Edward M. “Ned” Lamont (D-CT) in August 2006.

Salt Lake Tribune / Mason-Dixon Survey

Utah Senate 2010

Republican State Convention

[ Lee, Bridgewater and Bennett ]

Attorney Mike Lee  37 %
Business Consultant  Tim Bridgewater  20 %
Incumbent Senator Robert “Bob” Bennett  16 %
Businesswoman Cherilyn Eagar  11 %
Former U. S. Rep. Merrill Cook  1 %
Undecided  15 %

Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.mikelee2010.com/
http://www.timbridgewater.com/
http://www.bennettforsenate.com/
http://www.eagarforsenate.com/
http://www.merrillcookforsenate.com/

Analysis:

WOW, I mean I’m still shaking my Head.

This is incredible BUT I told you that the Conservatives wouldn’t tolerate RINOS anymore.
I’m right AND mark  my words……..IF Bennett loses on May 8th ……..John McCain (R-AZ) over in Arizona might be in some SEVERE TROUBLE too.

Daniel G.

That’s it Republican’s keep turning to the right……The Dog…..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 9 Comments

Daniel…..Utah Senate: POLL STUNNER; Republican Convention Delegates appear ready to throw out longtime Incumbent Senator Robert “Bob” Bennett (R-UT) according to a new Salt Lake Tribune Mason-Dixon Survey …..

Hello Folks!

Man, this is REALLY STUNNING.

Utah Incumbent Senator Robert “Bob” Bennett (R-UT) appears to be heading for a resounding DEFEAT at the Utah Republican Party State Convention on May 8th. Bennett is in FREE FALL according to a new Salt Lake Tribune / Mason-Dixon Survey. He’s only running third and would the FIRST MAJOR SENATOR to be ousted by either Party since Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT) lost the Democratic Primary for Senate against Edward M. “Ned” Lamont (D-CT) in August 2006.

Salt Lake Tribune / Mason-Dixon Survey

Utah Senate 2010

Republican State Convention

[ Lee, Bridgewater and Bennett ]

Attorney Mike Lee  37 %
Business Consultant  Tim Bridgewater  20 %
Incumbent Senator Robert “Bob” Bennett  16 %
Businesswoman Cherilyn Eagar  11 %
Former U. S. Rep. Merrill Cook  1 %
Undecided  15 %

Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.mikelee2010.com/
http://www.timbridgewater.com/
http://www.bennettforsenate.com/
http://www.eagarforsenate.com/
http://www.merrillcookforsenate.com/

Analysis:

WOW, I mean I’m still shaking my Head.

This is incredible BUT I told you that the Conservatives wouldn’t tolerate RINOS anymore.
I’m right AND mark  my words……..IF Bennett loses on May 8th ……..John McCain (R-AZ) over in Arizona might be in some SEVERE TROUBLE too.

Daniel G.

That’s it Republican’s keep turning to the right……The Dog…..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 9 Comments

The Indiana Senate race and not advertising your party affiliation….

Evan Bayh’s state is a little strange, huh?

People run..but are not in a hurry to say which party they are running in?

With Indiana’s primary coming up May 4, political ads crowd broadcast airwaves and yard signs decorate the Hoosier landscape. Except in rare instances, though, these messages refrain from identifying the party of the candidate seeking nomination to run in the fall’s general election.
This state isn’t alone in trying to solve today’s partisan puzzle. At a time when we read and hear about hyper-partisanship leading to more pronounced polarization, politicians seem reluctant to inform the electorate what party they represent.


Though this strategy might make sense to appeal to swing-voting independents in November, masking the candidate’s party for a primary like Indiana’s results in a strange situation. Voters here have to declare their party preference to receive a ballot — which lists office-seekers who decline to provide their party affiliation in their public appeals.
Lewis Carroll’s language in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” provides an appropriate description for such a state of political affairs. It seems “curiouser and curiouser.”


One way to try to figure out what’s happening is to probe the relationship between campaigning and governing. In the past at party meetings or conventions with their fabled “smoke-filled rooms,” Democrats and Republicans selected candidates for specific offices, and there was continuity (in terms of strategy and agenda) between running for office and serving in that office.Today, with the proliferation of primaries and their emphasis on self-selected candidates who decide on their own to try to gain a party’s nomination, there’s much less of a party role in the equation.


Now, however, the intense partisanship occurs almost exclusively on the governing level — with party discipline and party-line voting becoming more prominent in that realm. Exhibit A in this regard is, of course, what takes place in Washington on a daily basis.


Back home in Indiana, one finds a contemporary case study, with multiple candidates running in the primary without unfurling any party’s banner.
The Senate race for the seat Evan Bayh decided to relinquish in February tops the ticket this year, and potential successors aren’t (shall we say) terribly forthcoming in declaring their party allegiance.


Dan Coats, a former senator, leads in fundraising in a five-person contest for the GOP nomination. His red, white and blue yard signs boldly announce his slogan, “Dan Coats for Indiana,” and you also find in smaller type the address for
his website, the company who made the sign and who paid for it. Nary a word about party affiliation.

More……..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Another Joe Biden story……'Sleeping with a teacher'….

VP: 'Sleeping with a teacher'

The teacher happens to be Dr. Jill Biden……

Vice President Biden likes teachers enough to go to bed with one – literally.

Hosting a National Teacher of the Year reception at the Naval Observatory Monday night, Biden reminded a crowd of some 70 attendees just how intimately familiar he is with education.

“I’ve been sleeping with a teacher for a long time,” Biden said, according to the pool report, alluding to his wife Jill. “But it’s always been the same teacher.”

Biden had a more serious message for the attendees, too, emphasizing that the White House has pledged billions to education to “create momentum for education in America.”

More……..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Another Joe Biden story……’Sleeping with a teacher’….

VP: 'Sleeping with a teacher'

The teacher happens to be Dr. Jill Biden……

Vice President Biden likes teachers enough to go to bed with one – literally.

Hosting a National Teacher of the Year reception at the Naval Observatory Monday night, Biden reminded a crowd of some 70 attendees just how intimately familiar he is with education.

“I’ve been sleeping with a teacher for a long time,” Biden said, according to the pool report, alluding to his wife Jill. “But it’s always been the same teacher.”

Biden had a more serious message for the attendees, too, emphasizing that the White House has pledged billions to education to “create momentum for education in America.”

More……..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel….North Carolina Primaries: One week before the Primary Democrats appear to be headed for a Run-Off; Senator Burr is cruising according to a new WRAL-TV / Survey USA Poll…..

Morning Folks!

One week before OUR first big Primary Night with multiple States holding Contests the North Carolina Democratic Primary appears to be headed for a Run-Off between Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D-NC) and former State Senator Calvin “Cal” Cunningham (D-NC) as neither of the two is likely to break the 40 % to avoid it according to a new WRAL-TV Survey USA Poll.

Meanwhile in Republican Primary Incumbent Senator Richard M. Burr (R-NC) is cruising.

WRAL-TV / Survey USA Poll

North Carolina Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

[ Marshall and Cunningham  ]

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall  23 %
Calvin “Cal” Cunningham  19 %
Kenneth Lewis  10 %
Susan Harris  7 %
Marcus Williams  4 %
Ann Worthy  4 %
Undecided  34 %

Republican Primary

[ Burr ]
Incumbent Senator Richard M. Burr  59 %
Brad Jones  6 %
Larry Linney  6 %
Eddie Burks  3 %
Undecided  26 %

Analysis:

Democratic Runoff Likely in NC Senate Primary; Burr Coasts to Victory in GOP Contest: In a Democratic Primary for United States Senator from North Carolina held today, 04/26/10, 8 days until votes are counted, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and former State Senator Cal Cunningham advance to a June runoff election, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WRAL-TV Raleigh.

Today, Marshall gets 23% of the vote; Cunningham gets 19%. Attorney Ken Lewis gets 10%; Accountant Susan Harris gets 7%. 2 other candidates, 2008 candidate Marcus Williams and minister Ann Worthy each get 4%. 1 in 3 voters are undecided. Any outcome remains possible.

Today, Cunningham edges Marshall by 4 points among men; among women, Marshall leads by 10. Among whites, Marshall leads by 6; among blacks, the contest is tied. Marshall holds a clear lead in Charlotte and Western NC; Cunningham is ahead in Greensboro; neither candidate has a clear advantage elsewhere. Early voting began on April 15; among the 11% included here who have already cast their ballots, Marshall leads by 9 points, 25% to 16%. Susan Harris gets 14% among early voters, effectively tied with Cunningham … but Harris takes 6% among those likely voters who have not yet cast ballots, compared to Cunningham’s 19%.

Burr Opposition Stuck In Single Digits: Incumbent Republican Richard Burr wins a Republican primary for US Senator from North Carolina today, 04/26/10, with 59% of the vote. Opponents Larry Linney and Brad Jones each receive 6% of the vote; Eddie Burks gets 3%. 1 in 5 voters are undecided. Linney, who is African American, leads 2:1 among the small number of African American likely voters in the Republican primary.

Filtering: SurveyUSA interviewed 2,600 North Carolina adults 04/23/10 through 04/25/10. Of them, 2,277 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 520 were determined by SurveyUSA to have already voted or to be likely to vote in the 05/04/10 Republican Primary; 511 were determined to have already voted or to be likely to vote in the 05/04/10 Democratic primary. Early voting began 04/15/10. Incumbent Republican Richard Burr is seeking a second term.

Daniel G.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 8 Comments

Home prices are staring to rise……..

New homes in the Library Commons development are shown in Boca Raton, Florida April 22, 2010. March new home sales results are scheduled for release on April 23. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Good news for those of us who own their homes……

Prices in 10 major metropolitan areas were up 1.4% in February from a year earlier, while the index for 20 major metropolitan areas rose 0.6%. Compared with January, the 10-area index declined 0.6% and the 20-area index fell 0.9%. Adjusted for seasonal factors, the 10-city index rose 0.1% on the month in February, while the 20-city composite slid 0.1%.

The recovery in the U.S. housing market has been fragile. And while the government last week reported March new-home sales data surged nearly 27% to a 411,000 annual rate, well above expectations, the report was likely fueled by a government tax credit aimed at driving home buying. The credit, which expires Friday, has helped portray a housing sector that may be turning a corner, although there are some concerns it is taking away from future sales.

“Existing and new home sales, inventories and housing starts all show tremendous improvement in their March statistics,” said Mr. Blitzer. He attributed the strength to the homebuyer tax credit, which could flow through some of S&P Case-Shiller’s data in the next few months.

More……..….. from the Wall Street Journal

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Home, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | 2 Comments

Daniel……South Dakota At-Large House of Representatives: Incumbent U. S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) clings to a 4-Point lead over Secretary of State Chris Nelson (R-SD)…..

Hello Folks!

Like U. S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) South Dakota’s Incumbent U. S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) could face MAJOR TROUBLE this November. The only good News for her: Unlike Pomeroy (who trails by 4) Herseth-Sandlin leads her Main Challenger, Secretary of State Chris Nelson (R-SD) by 4 Points.

This is about the ONLY good News she has.

In 3 Surveys in the State she has never climbed past the 45 % mark which is bad considering that she VOTED AGAINST Health Care and occupies this Seat for now nearly 6 years.

The current Results may also have to do because Nelson is in a Primary Fight with two other Challengers and hasn’t fully the Republican Base behind him.

Herseth-Sandlin though does lead the two other Republicans in the Race by 12 and 15 Points.

Rasmussen Reports Survey

South Dakota House of Representatives

Incumbent U. S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D)  45 %
South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson (R)  41 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  9 %

Incumbent U. S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D)  48 %

South Dakota State Representative Blake Curd (R)  36 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  9 %

Incumbent U. S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D)  50 %
South Dakota State Representative Kristi Noem (R)  35 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  9 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.stephanieforsouthdakota.org/
http://www.nelsonforsd.com/
http://www.curdforcongress.com/
http://www.kristiforcongress.com/

Job Approval

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  45 %
Disapprove  53 %

Analysis:

Unusually high Approvals here in SD like in ND for the President. Maybe RAS just does have a bad sample. I think both Congressional Seats in ND & SD to have a shot at the House Majority.

Daniel G.

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