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Open Thread for May 11th…….

Greeting friends!

Daniel ‘s right…..

New Thread time….

Tonight he kicks off our second Special Primary and Special Election Coverage here at the Dog!

I’m looking forward to it!


I wanna take this moment to Thank Democratic Socialist Dave for his excellent coverage of the Elections across the pond…..

We also thank Manila for his Daily Manila rants….

I see the crew is now enjoying the afternoons here …Good Deal!

That’s what it’s all about…..

The Dog is in the process of a bringing more change to the site…

Stay tuned……..


Ok…..

It’s back to work….

Got a few more posts to do!


As Alawys

Keep the comments comin….

We are always looking for more!…and MORE!


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May 11, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Media, Open thread, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates |

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  1. James B, news anchors get stressed out so badly, they get ill on-air.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. Wow!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. And she ain’t bad looking either!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Is that all you care about these days, Jimmy boy?

      Comment by SE-779 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

      • I like to look at women…..

        Yes…..

        Skinny Women ?

        No

        I’m happily married…..

        But I can still LOOK…..

        You bet your A*#!

        Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010

  4. One thing…she’a a trooper!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

    • She also had a difficult time trying to keep things down in her stomach, poor girl.

      Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hello james,

    I’m back.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  6. Been knocking out posts….

    Check out the Hawaii one…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  7. Folks!

    New Quinnipiac University Poll for PA-SEN coming out early tomorrow morning.

    That should tell us how things stand.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  8. Ok…you have confessed me as well as I have you…..

    I have felt that Specter should be able to count on his rep and good will to win…

    Way back when I said Sestek was a better guy….

    You disagreed with me on that….fine

    Then you championed Sestak…

    You now seem to be for Specter….

    Is that because Sestek IS the better guy?
    And you want Toomey to run against the weaker?

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

    • For me it doesn’t matter.

      The SOLE REASON I WANT SPECTER OUT is because I DISLIKE HIM personally for his flip-flopping on sooooo many Issues. Look, today he flipped on Kagan. Last year he voted against her Confirmation as Solititor General.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

      • Ok….I can deal with that…

        Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010

    • And I NEVER WAS for Specter. I always were for Sestak. My Post below should explain.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

      • Gottcha!….

        Now let me post you up!

        Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010

  9. james,

    You got my West Virginia Mail about the Breakdown of the 1st District.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  10. Comin up!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  11. The Queen has accepted Gordon Brown’s tendered resignation as Prime Minister.

    Brown is saying goodbye to staff and campaign workers at the HQ of the Labour Party, whose leadership he also resigned with immediate effect. A leadership election process will begin, but will take some time. Presumably the acting Leader of H.M. Official Opposition in Parliament will be Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader who has said she would not seek to be permanent Leader.

    David Cameron will head to Buckingham Palace shortly to become the youngest Prime Minister, at age 43, since Lord Liverpool in 1812 (during the Napoleonic Wars and the start of a war with the U.S.)

    Brown resigned when it became clear today that a coalition with the Liberal Democrats was not possible.

    Although Cameron will become PM, it’s not clear what sort of government he will lead. It’s still theoretically possible that it will be a minority Conservative ministry. The Conservative negotiators are reporting to David Cameron, while the Liberal Democratic MPs’ caucus will meet shortly to hear and consider what their negotiators have to report.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  12. PA-SEN

    Two Polls out tomorrow morning and both will likely have Sestak ahead by around 5 Points.

    Yesterday I said I wanted a Franklin & Marshall Keystone Poll for the PA-SEN Primary.

    Well, I got my wish.

    Washington Previews the F & M Poll:

    Why Sestak might really pull it off

    Tomorrow, a third poll will come out finding Joe Sestak is leading Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Dem primary. The poll, from Franklin & Marshall College, will mirror others showing Sestak ahead by around five points, the poll’s director confirms to me.

    Anything can happen between now and next Tuesday. But Sestak might really pull it off.

    Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin & Marshall poll, just gave me an interesting overview of the race, explaining in a nutshell why Sestak could prevail, though he cautioned that a Specter win is still a very real possibility.

    Madonna’s take: Dem primary voters haven’t voted for Specter for decades. Why would they start now?

    Madonna pointed out that for most of the race, a huge bloc of Dem primary voters, perhaps as high as 40%, have been undecided. They are only focusing on the race just now, with both campaigns airing out their messages on TV.

    “If they hadn’t agreed to vote for Specter after 29 years, why are they going to change in a month?” Madonna asks, in a reference to Specter’s long career as a Republican in the Senate.

    In the home stretch, Specter is hitting Sestak for missing votes as a Congressman, and over criticism of his military record, while arguing that he’s delivered for the state and has the establishment on his side.

    But Sestak is countering with a brutal attack on Specter’s many years of support for Republican positions and politicians. He’s using Specter’s own claim that he switched parties to win reelection to paint him as an opportunist. That plays well amid anti-incumbent, anti-Washington fervor.

    What does Specter have to do to pull this out? Madonna says a lot of it turns on whether Specter can boost turnout among African American voters in Philadelphia, who are likely to support him because the Dem establishment, including Mayor Michael Nutter, is behind him. “Philly does not have exemplary turnout,” Madonna said.

    Also, Specter has to hope that conservative Democrats in western Pennsylvania turn out in larger-than-expected numbers, Madonna added.

    But tomorrow’s poll — coming after Rasmussen and Muhlenberg College polls both have Sestak ahead — is likely to show undecideds continuing to shift towards Sestak. “Underneath the establishment’s support lies a mass of voters who aren’t tied to any of this,” Madonna says. “They have swung overwhelmingly to Sestak.”

    Again, this is a really tight race, and Specter could still win. But it’s hard to overstate how sharp a rebuke to the Dem establishment that wired Specter’s party switch a Sestak victory would represent.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  13. – Google’s Android operating system edged out Apple’s iPhone operating system for the No. 2 spot in the U.S. consumer smartphone market in the first quarter, research firm NPD Group reported Monday.

    According to NPD, devices running Android accounted for 28 percent of the units sold to U.S. consumers in the first quarter of 2010.

    BlackBerry devices made by Research In Motion, which use RIM’s homegrown operating system, took the top spot with 36 percent of the U.S. market. Apple’s iPhone, which had been in the No. 2 spot previously, fell to third place with 21 percent of the market.

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  14. BREAKING

    WHEW, this is BIG. Is Obama giving up on Specter? POLITICO’S Jessica Taylor reports WH Press Sec Robert Gibbs said today at the Briefing Obama won’t Campaign for Specter ahead of next Tuesday’s Primary.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  15. Comment by Daniel G. | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  16. I’m off to vote for Bert Loftman for Congress. Later.

    Comment by SE-779 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  17. I’m off to vote for Bert Loftman for Congress. Later
    ———————

    you are not even 18

    WTF

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 11, 2010 | Reply

    • I mean me and my mother are going to the polling station to vote. I’m not voting, but she is.

      Comment by SE-779 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  18. OK

    I hope someone votes for Henry the Basset hound

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Henry Beauregard Pinion?

      Comment by SE-779 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  19. Leal, I felt bad for Eva Nazeson, who got sick bad on national TV like that, I’m going to assume it was either a stomach virus or a case of eating the wrong thing at a restaurant.

    Hopefully, I’ll be a Junior next semester since I’m done with finals this week.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  20. Vice President Biden’s office released this statement late Tuesday afternoon:

    “Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden remains in stable condition, alert, with full motor and speech skills after suffering a mild stroke. The Attorney General will be transferred this afternoon to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for further observation and examination. The entire Biden family offers its sincerest thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Christiana Care Health System who have provided tremendous care to Beau today.”

    A few hours earlier, the White House had released this statement from Dr. Timothy Gardner, the medical director at the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at the Christiana Care Health System:

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  21. Conervative Dmeocra

    Are most TV anchors as biased against non-heterosexuals in Texas???

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  22. lol, daniel you should ne the LAST person to question spector’s flip floppin when you flipped flopped all over the place on obama, mccain and hillary in 2008-09. the nerve.

    Comment by Terry Green | May 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Shut up Terry you Race baiting Liberal.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  23. Yo Terry I wasn’t gonna bring that up……

    He, he, he….

    Be we ALL know the truth!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  24. If politics is even partly about perception, this doesn’t look good for Gov. David Paterson. On Tuesday night came the news a handful of staffers are getting tens of thousands of dollars in raises — as fellow state employees face furloughs. He’s been called tone deaf, and now the cry against Gov. Paterson’s timing to approve pay raises for his executive office has reached a crescendo.

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Paterson is gone…..

      You just gave one of the reasons why….

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply

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  26. DEATH IN THE SKY the last three years

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37101483/ns/world_news/?GT1=43001

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  27. GOP plans Tampa ’12 convention

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  28. Hello folks!

    james,

    Are you here?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • I am now….

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  29. Daniel

    How come WE dont see more POLLS for SC??

    WE have really important races that INFLUENCE 2012

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  30. Bring them to us……We’ll try to get them in……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  31. james,

    I’ve sent you a Mail about an Endorsement I made. Please check.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  32. Gotcha!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  33. We’ve also some News out of Wisconsin. Check your Mail again.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  34. Got it…coming up!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  35. WHEW, big News out of your Home State Dog. Senate Candidate Jonathan Tasini has dropped his Senate Bid and will challenge Rep. CHARLIE RANGEL instead.

    http://capitaltonight.com/2010/05/tasini-gives-up-on-gillibrand-sets-sights-on-rangel/#more-3067

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  36. Daniel this is a non-story…a white guy running against Rangel?

    With two other guys running?

    Rangel is smilling…..

    If he can remember who he is…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  37. Here are the details of yesterday’s special election to fill the Massachusetts State Senate seat vacated by Scott Brown (R) when he became a United States Senator:

    Ross state Senate win boosts GOP
    Wrentham candidate takes office vacated by Brown

    By Jason Woods and Lisa Kocian
    [Boston] Globe Correspondent | Globe Staff / May 12, 2010

    Giving the state GOP another boost as November elections approach, state Representative Richard Ross, a Wrentham Republican, last night won the state Senate seat recently vacated by US Senator Scott Brown.

    Ross, 55, bested Needham physician Peter Smulowitz, a political newcomer who narrowly survived a bruising Democratic primary against state Representative Lida Harkins, a former House majority whip.

    According to unofficial results, Ross garnered 15,893 votes to Smulowitz’s 9,819, giving Ross about 62 percent of the votes. Ross won Needham, seen as a liberal stronghold in the 12-community district, by a vote of 2,717 to 2,495, according to unofficial results. Smulowitz won in the district’s precincts in Wayland, Wellesley, and Natick.

    The special election was one of what could be about 30 contests to fill open legislative seats this year. Although the exact number won’t be known until the filing deadline later this month, more incumbents than usual have said they will bow out. Buoyed by so many vacancies as well as multiple scandals among Democratic lawmakers, Republicans see a potential to make inroads in the Democrat-dominated state Legislature.

    In the other contest yesterday, Sal DiDomenico, an Everett city councilor, dominated a second special state Senate election, garnering 88 percent of the votes over independent John Cesan, according to unofficial election results.

    The results in the two races won’t alter the makeup of the state Senate, since a Democrat succeeded a Democrat and a Republican followed a Republican. Nonetheless, coupled with Brown’s stunning victory in the US Senate race this year, the Massachusetts Republican Party immediately seized on Ross’s victory as a harbinger of more wins in the fall….

    more at: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/05/12/ross_wins_browns_state_senate_seat_in_victory_for_gop/

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  38. The new Coalition Cabinet in Britain:

    PM: David Cameron
    Deputy PM: Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat)
    Foreign Sec: William Hague
    Chancellor: George Osborne
    Business/banking: Vince Cable (LD)
    Defence: Liam Fox
    Health: Andrew Lansley
    Energy/Climate: Chris Huhne (LD)
    Justice Sec: Ken Clarke
    Home Sec: Theresa May
    Education: Michael Gove
    Chief Sec to Treasury: David Laws (LD)
    Scottish Sec: Danny Alexander (LD)
    Communities Sec: Eric Pickles
    Culture/Olympics: Jeremy Hunt
    Work and Pensions: Iain Duncan Smith
    Tory chair: Baroness Warsi

    For more detail (e.g. who are these people?), see

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/8675705.stm

    Two of the three unsuccessful [i.e. never P.M.] former Tory leaders since John Major (William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith) hold posts under their successor, David Cameron. (The third, Michael Howard, did not stand for re-election to Parliament this month.)

    Baroness Warsi, as the new chairman of the Conservative Party, is the first Muslim woman to serve in a British cabinet.

    The five Liberal Democrats serving in Cabinet are:
    * Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister,
    * Danny Alexander, Sec. of State for Scotland,
    * Vince Cable, Business Sec.,
    * David Laws, Chief Sec. to the Treasury, and
    * Chris Huhne, Environment and Climate Change

    Note that even in a Tory-led coalition, Climate Change is a Cabinet portfolio. In the United States, many (even at the shadow-cabinet level) still doubt that it even exists.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  39. Agreed common programme of the Tory-Liberal Coalition (preliminary agreement, with a fuller one to follow later):

    Full text

    At a glance, (with brief BBC comments on which party’s view predominated on each point)

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  40. I know ya’ll love the political polls here at the dog, but today should be dedicated to knews…Energy Bill, Oil Spill, Supreme Court (which I saw an interesting post on), Obama /Karzai (check), And in the Media, Eminem is back (not a big fan of eminem, but will admit he certainly has talent), number one song on the charts first week may come close to going platinum.

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • BDog you wish is noted…..I’ll turn it into the wind a bit!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  41. HAPPY 5/13

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_13

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  42. Morning Partner.

    How are you?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  43. I’m real good….

    Just came back from a 12 mile bike ride and walk w/ the wife …she’s home for lunch……

    Back to the posting!…..

    It’s beautiful outside!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  44. I was petty cool outside here.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  45. Have you gotten my Hawaii & Oregon Posts?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  46. It’s up!….

    He, he, he

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • What about Oregon?

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  47. Coming!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  48. james,

    Get ready for MY BIGGEST POST since I’m here at “The Dog”. It took me 3 Days to finish it BUT it also will be one of the best Posts you’ve ever seen from me.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  49. Ok…send it when you’re ready….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m ready. It’s coming. Ok, here it comes.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  50. Ok, I’ve sent it. Deal with it…he…he

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  51. He, he, he…..

    You sound like you’re delivering a baby!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  52. Have you gotten it?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  53. Yes Sir!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Read it before you post it.

      Man, this thing took me nearly 3 Days to finish it. It has to be on the Front Page over the next 5 Days so that I can post Updates.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  54. He, he, he…front page for 5 days????

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Yes,

      like with the other ones from you know. The May 4th & May 11th Previews

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  55. I sent you info back channel…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  56. I’m very grateful

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  57. Any Chance you could do the Underlining & Bold in this Post?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  58. Check your mail again…

    Ofcourse I’ll restore the underlining…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I’ve checked. What do you want me to do?

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  59. Nothing…..

    Just let me know if you agree for me to make the cut at the Ky 6th district keeping the two top races….

    Then going to second post that will travel down and have a link in the first……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • That’s fine with me

      I’ve another Idea. Why not cut the Post in 4 Pieces State by State if that’s possible.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  60. The post will stay right below any Open thread till tuesday….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  61. check your mail…..

    That’s fine with me…

    check my reason why…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    • ok, I’ve cut the Post in 4 Pieces State by State.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  62. Morning Partner.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  63. Good afternoon……

    I’m not in the best of moods today….

    But what the heck!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  64. What did you think of the piece I sent you?

    We never know where the posts from here are going to end up…..

    Was the guy right?

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Which Piece?

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  65. Why are you in such a bad mood?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Happens very seldom…but …sometimes that’s that…..
      I’m fine now….

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  66. james,

    What’s wrong with you? Talk to me Partner.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  67. Ok,

    I’m now sign off as you don’t want to talk.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  68. Daniel……. sorry about that I turned of the sound on the computer…check your mail from last night I sent a link….

    let me know if you find it….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • I’ve found it BUT the Article is a week old published on May 8th.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  69. Yea…I just wanted you to see that our stuff goes everywhere…..

    And people DO count on our comments…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • WOW,

      I see. This was my Post. How great is that that I’m so well received. That’s really great, isn’t it.

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

      • We are out there check google

        Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010

  70. You don’t have to answer the guy….

    We’re always going to get poeple who don’t agree with out comments….

    Just be aware …
    especially when we comment on stuff in charged races…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  71. james,

    Have you checked my Mails?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  72. Yea…

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  73. Your stuff is up…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • I’ve also sent you an PA Post. Do you have that also?

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  74. Sorry wait a second…

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  75. this thread is now just housekeeping between james and daniel (look at the last 40 posts).

    why not start a fresh open thread for the rest of us?

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  76. DSD…..

    For last two days everyone has been away…

    I’m glad to have Terry and you back….

    Last week it was REALLY hopping!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 14, 2010 | Reply


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