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North Carolina Senate Poll……Marshall expands lead, many still undecided……

A shift among black voters has allowed Elaine Marshall to expand her lead in the closing days of the North Carolina Democratic Senate primary, but with 33% of voters still undecided it remains unclear who will come out ahead on Tuesday night.

Marshall leads Cal Cunningham 28-21, a week after she led 26-23. Marshall is now up 21-12 with black voters, a turnaround after Cunningham had led the previous three polls in that demographic including a 19-13 advantage in last week’s survey. Cunningham has been under attack by the leading African American candidate in the race, Kenneth Lewis, and whether the change in the last seven days is because of that or Marshall going on the air with television advertisements it’s made a difference in the race.

The news isn’t all bad for Cunningham though. 70% of his voters are firmly committed to him, compared to 60% of Marshall’s who say the same of her. In what’s likely to be a very low turnout race having the most passionate supporters could really make a difference. Also, the largest amount of undecided voters are in the greater Charlotte area where Cunningham is running television ads and Marshall is not.

It continues to be clear that this is a two person race. Lewis leads the second tier contenders with 9%, followed by Marcus Williams at 4%, Ann Worthy at 3%, and Susan Harris at 2%…….

[ Marshall and Cunnigham ]

PPP Poll…..

North Carolina Senate Democratic Primary  Race….

Elaine Marshall ……………………………………….. 28%

Cal Cunningham……………………………………… 21%

Kenneth Lewis ………………………………………… 9%

Marcus Williams………………………………………. 4%

Ann Worthy…………………………………………….. 3%

Susan Harris …………………………………………… 2%

Undecided………………………………………………. 33%

The piece suggests that Cunnigham is in a better position to win this primary……

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 7 Comments

United and Continental Airlines will be merged into a new larger United Airlines……..

Continental Airlines

The nation’s airlines continue to merge to grow stronger……..

Leaving mega carriers and low-cost carriers……

The merger will see little layoff’s in operation people since the carrier ‘s don’t really fly much to same places…

the new company will be headquartered in Houston and it’s ops center will be Chicago……

The deal is the culmination of a lengthy search by Glenn Tilton, chief executive of United parent UAL Corp., for a partner that would bolster his carrier’s global network and that would promote consolidation in a badly fragmented industry plagued by chronic losses.

Continental Airlines Inc. CEO Jeff Smisek will be named CEO of the new carrier, while Tilton will move to its board as non-executive chairman for a two-year term, said a person familiar with the deal.

The new airline, to be named United, will retain its world headquarters in Chicago, where United currently employs about 700 people, sources said.

Its operations center will be based in Chicago’s Willis Tower, which was formerly known as the Sears Tower. The carrier will move forward with plans to place its nerve center and 2,800 staffers in the skyscraper starting in October, sources said.

Unlike the merger that United had contemplated with US Airways, this deal isn’t expected to involve large-scale cuts, because United’s and Continental’s networks have little overlap. The carriers expect to keep serving the 370 cities where United or Continental currently fly.

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Other Things, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Barack H. Obama…..Birth Certificate…..

Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961[4] at Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States,[5] to Stanley Ann Dunham,[6] an American of predominantly English descent from Wichita, Kansas,[7] and Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang’oma KogeloNyanza ProvinceKenya Colony. Obama is the first President to have been born in Hawaii.[8][9] Obama’s parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at theUniversity of Hawaii at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship.[10][11] The couple married on February 2, 1961,[12] but separated when Barack Sr. went to Harvard University on scholarship, and divorced in 1964.[11] Obama Sr. remarried and returned to Kenya, visiting Barack in Hawaii only once, in 1971. He died in an automobile accident in 1982.[13]

After her divorce, Dunham married Indonesian student Lolo Soetoro, who was attending college in Hawaii. When Suharto, a military leader in Soetoro’s home country, came to power in 1967, all Indonesian students studying abroad were recalled, and the family moved to the Menteng neighborhood ofJakarta.[14][15] From ages six to ten, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta, including Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School.[16][17]

In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Armour Dunham, and attended Punahou School, a privatecollege preparatory school, from the fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.[18] Obama’s mother returned to Hawaii in 1972, remaining there until 1977 when she went back to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker. She finally returned to Hawaii in 1994 and lived there for one year, before dying of ovarian cancer.[19]

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Education, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , | 5 Comments

Sen. Chuck Schumer backs up on his criticism of the White House about Israel and the Palestinian's….

[ Schumer and Netanyahu ]

In a suprising announcement a few weeks ago……

New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer lost himself and had a Israel moment…..

Schumer who IS Jewish..and needs to stay on point if he wants to succeeded Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader….

Blasted the White House for playing hardball with Benjamin Netanyahu on the settlements issue…..

Well Schumer has gone to the mountain….

And has changed his tune….

He now UNDERSTANDS the White House position…..

Damn right he does!

While I’m sure the story about the White House explaining their policy is a nice cover…

One would think that it would occur to Schumer that he’s going to running against the senior senator from Illinois for the Senate Majority position…

The President and most the White Staff is from?

Illinois…..

Right…..

Schumer needs to be on good terms with the White House…..

Schumer made big news last week when he said on said on the Nachum Segal Show that Obama’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “counterproductive.” He also said there was a battle going on about the policy inside the Obama administration and that if his side didn’t win, “we’ll have to take it to the next step.”

Backing off those comments Tuesday, the New York senator said that he now sees changes in the White House’s approach to dealing with pro-Israel groups in the United States and can envision the “possibility” of changes in the administration’s policies toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Schumer referred to a letter Obama sent to the Conference of Presidents, a coordinating body representing several dozen U.S. Jewish groups, on April 21 (note: this was before Schumer leveled his harsh critique) and said he had several “productive” discussions with White House officials over the last week that assured him they got the message.

“The interactions we’ve had are bringing people together and people in the pro-Israel community are feeling a sense that they’re being listened to and there might be some changes,” Schumer claimed.

National Security Advisor James L. Jones seemed to roll out a new tone last week, talking simultaneously about what the Obama administration wants to see from the Israelis and the Palestinians during remarks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that were overshadowed by the controversy over a Jewish joke Jones told (and for which he has subsequently apologized).

“In any sense they are asking Israel to do something, they want it to be closely interwoven with things they are asking of the Palestinians,” WINEP’s executive director Robert Satloff said after the speech.

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Note….Schumer must be careful not to convey the impression that he is too beholding to Isreal…..While that plays good in his Brooklyn Home District…

It will not fly with Senator’s from the rest of country even though they understand why Schumer would be that way……

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sen. Chuck Schumer backs up on his criticism of the White House about Israel and the Palestinian’s….

[ Schumer and Netanyahu ]

In a suprising announcement a few weeks ago……

New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer lost himself and had a Israel moment…..

Schumer who IS Jewish..and needs to stay on point if he wants to succeeded Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader….

Blasted the White House for playing hardball with Benjamin Netanyahu on the settlements issue…..

Well Schumer has gone to the mountain….

And has changed his tune….

He now UNDERSTANDS the White House position…..

Damn right he does!

While I’m sure the story about the White House explaining their policy is a nice cover…

One would think that it would occur to Schumer that he’s going to running against the senior senator from Illinois for the Senate Majority position…

The President and most the White Staff is from?

Illinois…..

Right…..

Schumer needs to be on good terms with the White House…..

Schumer made big news last week when he said on said on the Nachum Segal Show that Obama’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “counterproductive.” He also said there was a battle going on about the policy inside the Obama administration and that if his side didn’t win, “we’ll have to take it to the next step.”

Backing off those comments Tuesday, the New York senator said that he now sees changes in the White House’s approach to dealing with pro-Israel groups in the United States and can envision the “possibility” of changes in the administration’s policies toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Schumer referred to a letter Obama sent to the Conference of Presidents, a coordinating body representing several dozen U.S. Jewish groups, on April 21 (note: this was before Schumer leveled his harsh critique) and said he had several “productive” discussions with White House officials over the last week that assured him they got the message.

“The interactions we’ve had are bringing people together and people in the pro-Israel community are feeling a sense that they’re being listened to and there might be some changes,” Schumer claimed.

National Security Advisor James L. Jones seemed to roll out a new tone last week, talking simultaneously about what the Obama administration wants to see from the Israelis and the Palestinians during remarks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that were overshadowed by the controversy over a Jewish joke Jones told (and for which he has subsequently apologized).

“In any sense they are asking Israel to do something, they want it to be closely interwoven with things they are asking of the Palestinians,” WINEP’s executive director Robert Satloff said after the speech.

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Note….Schumer must be careful not to convey the impression that he is too beholding to Isreal…..While that plays good in his Brooklyn Home District…

It will not fly with Senator’s from the rest of country even though they understand why Schumer would be that way……

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Hillary Clinton weighs in on the Arizona Bill…..

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an interview on “Meet the Press” ]

The bill is going to effect an upcoming state visit by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon to Washington DC……

“Clearly, as I understand the way the law is being explained, if you’re a legal resident, you still have to carry papers,” she ( Clinton ) said. “Well, how is a law enforcement official supposed to know” whether someone might be an illegal visitor, she asked.

The topic was raised in the context of Mexico’s new travel alert to its residents and citizens, which criticizes the “negative” political environment for immigrants, due to the new law. “It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time,” Mexico’s foreign ministry warned last week.

Arizona last month enacted a law that makes it a crime to be present in the state without legal immigration status, and authorizes police to question people suspected to be illegal immigrants about their status.

The law has become a lightning rod for immigration advocates, who rallied in cities across the country on Saturday, urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling immigration policy.

Clinton said that although there were legitimate concerns about securing the borders, the state of Arizona didn’t have the authority to usurp federal immigration laws and impose its own.

The new law poses some delicate diplomatic issues for Mexico President Felipe Calderon’s upcoming state visit with President Barack Obama. The two sides have been working to combat violent drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We don’t want to make his life any harder,” Clinton said…….

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Hillary Clinton on a Supreme Court appointment…….

Quote of the Day

“I do not and have never wanted to be a judge.”

— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an interview on Meet the Press, shooting down suggestions she could be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Nuff said!

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 6 Comments

Northern New York Democrats straw poll pick Eric Dinallo for AG……Kathren Rice comes in second….

The important part of this story is NOT first place ….

It’s second…..

[ Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, buoyant. ]

Kathleen Rice, the current Nassau County DA is only in her second term in office…..

If Dinallo is all right upstate ..That’s ok…..

But  the majority of votes in New York State are DOWNSTATE……

Get my point?

This is very good news for Rice, who has improved herself tremendously since the DOG first met her….. right after she got elected the first time……….

One more thing….

The last two people to become Attorney General in this state will have become Governor…….

Get my point?

Oh, yea Andrew Cuomo was nominated for the Governor’s job by acclamation…….

[ Dinallo ]

“I’m very, very happy,” Mr. Dinallo said. “As a first-time candidate, I can’t imagine a better outcome, a better momentum for the campaign.”

Thomas J. Poelker, chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee, took to the podium to nominate Mr. Cuomo. “Republicans want him to announce and jump into the political fray,” he said. “I say, let them fight amongst themselves.”

Through a spokesman, Mr. Cuomo issued a statement saying he was gratified by the Democratic group’s “show of faith and deeply appreciates its continued support.”

Though he was not in the room during the straw poll, Mr. Cuomo’s presence was keenly felt as talk swirled at the conference that he favored Ms. Rice, a woman from a suburban county, as the Democratic nominee.

“Andrew Cuomo is neutral right now but has said he’s going to openly back someone at some point,” said Josh Vlasto, a Cuomo spokesman. “When he does, it will be obvious to all.”

The rural conference is made up of Democratic officials from 47 low-population counties that have historically been Republican bastions. For New York Democrats, the straw poll is one part New Hampshire primary, one part Iowa caucuses. Although most votes in the Sept. 14 primary will be cast downstate, this poll, like New Hampshire and Iowa in the presidential contests, is an election year’s first real test of political strength. And it has rules confusing enough that several candidates brought lawyers to help decipher them.

In recent years, the contest has also been the scene of notable surprises: Eliot Spitzer won the poll as an underdog during his successful 1998 bid for attorney general, and Mr. Cuomo scored an upset during his unsuccessful 2002 campaign for governor. In 2006, he won the straw poll for attorney general and went on to win the primary and the general election.

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This from the ( Albany ) timesunion.…..

This is an unexpectedly strong showing for Rice, who told me it was a “huge victory.” She said it was the resonance of her message, and that she had been “humbled” by the support she received. Many other delegates attributed it more to support she received from Andrew Cuomo’s allies and Democratic State Chairman Jay Jacobs.

Rice’s staffers — including former Democratic Party Executive Director Frank Hoare — lobbied hard among delegates in recent days, and Rice won a critical backing from many from Oswego County, where Democratic Chairman Mike Kunzwiler gave seconded her nomination.

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Crist will support who he thinks is right……..

Florida Governor Charlie Crist with Florida first lady Carole Crist, left, announces that he will run as an independent for U.S. Senate at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

If elected Charlie Crist is clear that he will got with who he thinks is right on an issue…..

Clearly this an outreach to truly independent votes in Florida …and democratic ones also…

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) would not say Sunday which party he’d caucus with if elected to the Senate.

Crist, who left the Republican Party this week to pursue an independent bid for the state’s open Senate seat, said he would be open to voting for a Democrat as majority leader.

“I’ll caucus with the people of Florida,” Crist said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Crist had vowed until this past week to run as a Republican, but abandoned that bid after polls showed his conservative primary challenger, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, set to beat him in a Republican primary.


But the centrist governor said he might end up caucusing with neither party, unlike the Senate’s two current independents, Sens. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.), both of whom caucus with Democrats.

“I might not vote for either one,” Crist said of which party’s member he might support as majority leader. “I’m going to vote for who I think is going to be best for the people of Florida. If is happens to be a Democrat, so be it. If it happens to be a Republican, so be it.”

Crist framed his noncommittal response as being directed toward best representing Florida.

That of course in non-sense…since by doing so…. it would deprive Crist opf any chance of being appointed to a chair on any committee in the senate….

Which, of course would rob him of any spot light and extra bennies….

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May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 8 Comments

President Obama's visit to Louisiana…..

Obama's visit comes as the administration tries to curb criticism of its initial response to the oil spill. | AP Photo

With Bush II and Katrina in mind…..

President Obama paid a visit to Louisiana to spend time there getting a personal briefing on State Federal and local actions…..

And to make sure the word gets around that this president feels their pain

And will make sure there is a follow-thru on support and Federal help……

Oh, yea…he did repeat several times that the BP Oil company…the owners of the rig*….was gonna get a bill…….

After receiving his first in-person assessment of the increasingly worrisome situation caused by the oil spill off the Gulf Coast, President Barack Obama said the leak is “unique and unprecedented” and “could take many days to stop.”

“We’re dealing with a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster,” Obama said, standing in a driving rain outside the Venice Coast Guard Center in Louisiana. “The oil that’s still leaking from the well could seriously damage the economy and the environment of our Gulf States and it could extend for a long time. It could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home.”

The president put blame for the disaster squarely on the shoulders of British oil giant BP, calling it “the BP oil spill,” and he presented a tough and assertive front amid criticism of his administration’s initial response and questions over whether the federal government or the oil company is in charge of leading it.

“We’ve made preparations from day one to stage equipment for a worst case scenario,” Obama said. After reemphasizing his administration’s “all hands-on-deck” response “from day one,” he turned to BP.

“Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill,” Obama said. “But as president of the United States I’m going to spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues and we will spare no resource to clean up whatever damage is caused.”

While in Louisiana to observe the response to the crisis in the Gulf, Obama is also monitoring the aftermath of an attempted car bombing late Saturday night in New York City’s Times Square. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday morning it appears to be an isolated incident and is being treated as a “potential terrorist attack.”

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Comment….My wife pointed out the fact nobody realized from the jump that this was not gonna be just a search for 11 lost oil workers..but a problem with an massive oil leak……She was right…

* Actually their Insurance company………

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | 4 Comments