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Hawaii Special Election….Democrats will go with Case….They want Hanabusa to drop out….

[ Ed Case and his wife Audrey Nakamura ]

I keep saying one of the two Democrats in the race has to DROP OUT……

It appears the Rep. Ed Case is the stronger Democrat in the polling…

The hard part will be for Democrats on the Island, and the mainland, to get Hawaii State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa to drop her bid for the spot……..

The White House and top Democratic officials are circulating a new, private poll to suggest that only one of two Democrats splitting votes in a tightly contested Hawaii special election has a chance of winning the race.

The White House and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee see former Rep. Ed Case as a stronger candidate than State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa in a race that has divided Democrats. Hanabusa has the support of much of the state’s establishment, including both senators and key labor unions.

“Our April 24 to 26 survey among 506 likely voters in Hawaii’s 1st CD special election shows Democrat Ed Case virtually tied with Republican Charles Djou, but leading on every dimension over Democrat Colleen Hanabusa,” pollster Paul Harstad wrote in a memo accompanying the DNC survey, both obtained by POLITICO.

Harstad’s poll is the latest weapon in intense efforts to push Hanabusa out of the race, or at least move some of her institutional supporters to Case’s side.

“It is clear from this data — as from all the public polling – that Ed Case is the best chance that our party has of holding on to that seat,” said a senior White House official. “Given where Hanabusa is in al of this research, one has to be concerned about what the likely out come is if the dynamic remains unchanged.”

There are “a lot of conversations” under way between Washington Democrats and Hanabusa’s key supporters, the official said, though the official declined to make the White House’s goal explicit.

Harstad’s poll found Case the most popular candidate, with a 63% favorable rating to 55% for Republican Charles Djou and just 41% for Hanabusa.

The survey found Djou with 36% and Case with 34% to Hanabusa’s 20%, a Republican lead that widened among the most likely voters and “illustrate[s] the vulnerability of losing this seat to the Republicans,” Harstad wrote of the survey, which found Case more popular than Hanabusa even among women.

“The bottom line is that with a split-Democratic vote, this congressional is more likely than not to fall into Republican hands…….

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

In a publicity stunt….Rep. Steve Israel wants the Iranian President Arrested????

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be arrested and tried with war crimes while he’s in the United States, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said Monday.

Ahmadinejad is in New York for the United Nations nuclear summit, and Israel wants to use the opportunity to have the Iranian president taken into custody.

“Ahmadinejad shouldn’t just be protested in NYC, he should be arrested and tried for incitement to commit genocide,” Israel said on his Twitter feed.

In a statement following his tweet, Israel suggested Ahmadinejad be prosecuted under Article 3 of the UN’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which outlaws “incitement to commit genocide.”

“President Ahmadinejad isn’t merely a pundit whose words can be dismissed: he is the leader of a country developing nuclear arms,” Israel said. ” He has called for the destruction of Israel and its people.  Incitement to Genocide is a punishable act and instead of giving him another platform at the UN, he should be tried.”

Rep. Steve Israel isn’t that stupid……
He knows the United States Secret Service and The New York City Police Department along with other agencies Federal, State and local are working 24/7 to make sure that absolutely nothing happens to Ahmadinejad while he is on US soil…
And a whole of leaders of countries with nuclear bombs had a meeting in Washington  a month ago…..

This is a publicity stunt…

That’s all….

The United Nations has played host to many leader  who the United States didn’t agree to…or didn’t like…..

Including Idi Amin, Fidel Castro,and quite a few others*…..

The United Nation is the place where people come to air their grievances…..

We are thank full for that…..

Steve Israel knows that……
More……..….Check the comments…..
* Could  American President George Bush have been arrested for war crimes in connection with the actions of the United Sates since World War II?…
Things can really get silly if you want them to…….

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | 2 Comments

A New GOP player is in town….The Republican Governors Association…..

[ Miss. Gov Haley Barbour ]

Things are getting REAL interesting in the GOP…..

Tea party encroachments, Moderate Republicans getting shown the door, Right wingnuts carrying on, Not giving to the RNC…and now this……

While the Republican National Committee and its chairman, Michael Steele, have been mired in criticism this year, the RGA and its silver-haired chairman, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, have been muscling their way to the center stage of Republican politics. If their plan is credited with a string of new Republican governorships, many political strategists believe it will also lay the foundation for a 2012 presidential bid by Mr. Barbour, who chaired the Republican National Committee when his party swept into control of Congress in 1994.

Mr. Barbour has repeatedly said he wasn’t planning a run for the White House but wouldn’t rule out the possibility. He is blocked from running for re-election when his current gubernatorial term ends next year.

Governor’s races are a critical, and often underestimated, factor in which of the two major parties dominates any election cycle. Controlling the governor’s office in key swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida or New Jersey can give a big advantage to presidential nominees in local publicity for party policies, passage of state election rules and local fund raising and grass-roots support.

Moreover, governors elected this year will oversee the once-a-decade apportionment process, in which new congressional district boundaries are drawn, a key element in control of the House and the fate of the current White House agenda.

Republican strategists note that the vast majority of newly elected Republican senators since 1994 won office along with a new or re-elected Republican governor on the same ballot.

With 37 governorships up for grabs in November, almost equally divided between the parties now, Mr. Barbour’s group has raised more than ever before—$30 million this year. It has also been banking money for the past four years, rather than doling out its entire budget to candidates every year. It began 2010 with $25 million in cash on hand, and expects to rake in at least $10 million more between now and November.

By contrast, the Democratic Governors Association hopes to spend $40 million, also a record for the organization but about 40% less than its rival……

More…….

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

CD on American Idol……..

……..my Idol predictions so far this year:

5. Michael Lynche (sooner or later, folks are going to be  sick of his stuff ).

4. Casey James: the guitar trick is getting OLD.

3. Aaron Kelly: anti-Blue state bias that’s all.

2. Lee DeWyze: anti-Blue state bias as said above and note that Blue Staters do poorly in Final 2 showdowns (see Justin Giuarini, Katherine McPhee, Blake Lewis, Adam Lambert).

1. Crystal Bowersox: the ONLY girl left (see Allison Iraheta of last year) and it remains to be seen if she can avoid the curse and get knocked out from her throne in

what USED to be the Girls’ Year of Idol.

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CD….She should win…..I’m counting on it…..

The Dog…..

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Music, Other Things, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 5 Comments

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Won't Run for Arizona Governor….

That’s Arizona for Ya!

This guy woke up the next day and realized what he had to lose……….



“I feel that I owe it to the people of Maricopa County, my hard-working employees and others who believe in my office’s policies to continue as their Sheriff,” Arpaio said in a statement.

“To leave this office open to appointment by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors of an interim Sheriff may very well put us on a path that would be extremely displeasing to the voters of this county.”

Had Arpaio resigned, county supervisors would have had to appoint a successor, just as they did when Rick Romley was named interim county attorney to fill former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ seat when Thomas resigned to run for attorney general.

The prospect of supervisors appointing Arpaio’s successor, and the personnel changes that would follow in the Sheriff’s Office, was too much for Arpaio to risk if he were to run for governor.

Arpaio has battled the supervisors and county administrators for the better part of two years over budget issues, and launched criminal investigations into two members of the Board of Supervisors, Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox.

Arpaio said at a Monday afternoon news conference that he would have been more likely to run for governor if he could have a say in who would replace him as sheriff. Thomas tried that and failed with his Maricopa County Attorney post when he resigned to run for Arizona attorney general.

“This is tough this time around,” Arpaio said of his decision, adding that he feels relieved to have made a decision. “It’s almost like being elected today as Sheriff.”

Instead of running for governor, Arpaio will finish out his fifth term in office and begin preparing for a sixth sheriff’s campaign in 2012.

Arpaio already has more than $2 million in campaign contributions, according to his political consultant.

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 4 Comments

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Won’t Run for Arizona Governor….

That’s Arizona for Ya!

This guy woke up the next day and realized what he had to lose……….



“I feel that I owe it to the people of Maricopa County, my hard-working employees and others who believe in my office’s policies to continue as their Sheriff,” Arpaio said in a statement.

“To leave this office open to appointment by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors of an interim Sheriff may very well put us on a path that would be extremely displeasing to the voters of this county.”

Had Arpaio resigned, county supervisors would have had to appoint a successor, just as they did when Rick Romley was named interim county attorney to fill former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ seat when Thomas resigned to run for attorney general.

The prospect of supervisors appointing Arpaio’s successor, and the personnel changes that would follow in the Sheriff’s Office, was too much for Arpaio to risk if he were to run for governor.

Arpaio has battled the supervisors and county administrators for the better part of two years over budget issues, and launched criminal investigations into two members of the Board of Supervisors, Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox.

Arpaio said at a Monday afternoon news conference that he would have been more likely to run for governor if he could have a say in who would replace him as sheriff. Thomas tried that and failed with his Maricopa County Attorney post when he resigned to run for Arizona attorney general.

“This is tough this time around,” Arpaio said of his decision, adding that he feels relieved to have made a decision. “It’s almost like being elected today as Sheriff.”

Instead of running for governor, Arpaio will finish out his fifth term in office and begin preparing for a sixth sheriff’s campaign in 2012.

Arpaio already has more than $2 million in campaign contributions, according to his political consultant.

More……..

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 4 Comments

CD……The latest NBA Play-offs standings……

Western Conf. Semi-Finals


La Lakers vs. Utah
My prediction: Lakers in 6

San Antonio vs. Phoenix
My prediction: Spurs in 6


Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals
Cleveland vs. Boston
My prediction: Cavs in 7

Orlando vs. Atlanta
My prediction: Magic in 7

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Media, Men, Other Things, Projections, Sports, Updates | , | 3 Comments

Texas Governor Rick Perry…'The Oil Spill maybe an act of God'…..Warns against stopping Oil Drilling……

They make a lot of money from pumping Oil in Texas …..right?

Ok…..

I get it…….

Didn’t the President just talk about expanding Oil drilling on both coasts?

Are people now calling for stop in that policy?

Ok……

I get it…….

Perry warned against a 'a knee-jerk reaction' to the spill and said the government doesn’t know what caused the leak.

[ Perry warned against a ‘a knee-jerk reaction’ to the spill and said the government doesn’t know what caused the leak.  ]

“We don’t know what the event that has allowed for this massive oil to be released,” Perry said alongside several other governors on a panel Monday. “And until we know that, I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.”

Perry questioned whether the spill was “just an act of God that occurred” and said that any “politically driven” decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril.

“From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said.

His line of thinking offers a foil to liberal groups and lawmakers who are calling for an immediate halting in off-shore drilling, something that the Obama administration has championed. MoveOn called for President Barack Obama to reinstate the ban on off-shore drilling Monday.
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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Food, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Weather | 1 Comment

Texas Governor Rick Perry…’The Oil Spill maybe an act of God’…..Warns against stopping Oil Drilling……

They make a lot of money from pumping Oil in Texas …..right?

Ok…..

I get it…….

Didn’t the President just talk about expanding Oil drilling on both coasts?

Are people now calling for stop in that policy?

Ok……

I get it…….

Perry warned against a 'a knee-jerk reaction' to the spill and said the government doesn’t know what caused the leak.

[ Perry warned against a ‘a knee-jerk reaction’ to the spill and said the government doesn’t know what caused the leak.  ]

“We don’t know what the event that has allowed for this massive oil to be released,” Perry said alongside several other governors on a panel Monday. “And until we know that, I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.”

Perry questioned whether the spill was “just an act of God that occurred” and said that any “politically driven” decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril.

“From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said.

His line of thinking offers a foil to liberal groups and lawmakers who are calling for an immediate halting in off-shore drilling, something that the Obama administration has championed. MoveOn called for President Barack Obama to reinstate the ban on off-shore drilling Monday.
More……..

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Food, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Weather | 1 Comment

Kathleen Rice rolls out her first Video in her race for New York State AG…..

<br /> (Kathleen Rice's FaceBook)

[ Rice’s Facebook page ]

Listen….. I like the lady…..

Not because I’ve met her a couple of times…..

But because she started off running as a no-nonsense put drunk drivers in jail candidate ..that appeared to me as unplolished….the first time I heard her work a room….

The last time I saw her was remarkable….

A better speaker…

More confident…..

And pushing the fact that you CAN’T lock everybody up…..

Experience…is a wonderful teacher…..

Here’s a piece on her first video…and a staff follow-up on my point of her evolving as a mature politician…..


Here’s Kathleen Rice’s campaign kick-off video, in which she talks about her record of fighting crime and protecting victims.

Rice focuses on her work as a prosecutor, which, she said, is the “last line of defense against the worst elements of humanity. And I was good at it.”

Her message is a strong contrast to Eric Schneiderman‘s. He has spoken emphatically about the criminal justice system disproportionately locking up minorities. He is pushing for alternatives to incarceration that he says would work better and be cheaper.

And in case you’re wondering how many times Rice says the word crime, I counted 16.

UPDATE: Rice is not ceding the criminal justice / reform territory. Her spokesman, Shams Tarek, emails to say: “Despite the urge to set up this contrast, D.A. Rice is well known for her innovative diversionary approach in which she gets police, clergy, social service agencies and the community to all work together to stop crime before it happens……

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 13 Comments