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Hot Damn!….Could Senator Harry Reid be coming back in Nevada?

MyDD has a post with Harry Reid ahead of Sue Lowdon in a poll….

Daniel is gonna be all over this….

But Lowdon has been dropping in the polls….

To be fair Realclearpolitics has Lowdon ahead by double digits…..But the polls are a few weeks old……

He, he, he……It isn’t April 1st…is it?

Harry Reid Leapfrogs Sue Lowden in Nevada

by Jonathan Singer

The last several weeks in the Nevada Senate race have seen leading Republican candidate Sue Lowden badly stumble on the issue of healthcare, speaking out in favor of a bartering system in which patients pay their doctors with chickens, and incumbent Democrat Harry Reid speak outforcefully in favor of reform. Lo and behold, Reid is now surging into the lead:

Harry Reid 42% (D)
Sue Lowden 35% (R)
Scott Ashjian 3% (T)
Tim Fasano 5% (IAP)
None of these 8%
Undecided 8%

These numbers do come from a Democratic pollster, and as such should be taken with a grain of salt. What is more, Reid does not lead the other Republican polled in the race, Danny Tarkanian, with both candidates pulling in 37 percent of the vote.

That said, other recent polling on the race has also shown Lowden tanking…….

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NOTE…..The Header on this is WRONG! (I originally wrote  Arizona ) ….The Dog was tired when he did the post!

No excuse……I’m changing it……

I make mistakes…..

I’m just a Dog…..

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , | 6 Comments

WA Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) will probably get the US Solicitor General job….

[ Governor Gregoire and Lt. Gov. Brand Owen ]

The moves start to fall in place….

Washington State’s Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D) would move up if Gregoire gets Senate confirmation…..

WA Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) leads a short list to replace Solicitor General Elena Kagan, the WH has told members of Gregoire’s home-state delegation.

Gregoire, a 2-term incumbent and a former WA AG, has been a rumored contender for other admin positions. But the WH has informed top aides to WA members that she is under serious consideration, according to several sources inside the delegation.

An admin official confirmed Gregoire’s name is one of those being considered. Gregoire endorsed candidate Obama just before the WA caucuses in ’08, offering a helping hand as Obama picked up two-thirds of the state’s delegates.

Gregoire’s appointment would elevate LG Brad Owen (D), a conservative Dem who has held his largely ceremonial post since ’96. Several more prominent Dems have been angling to run for the state’s top job in ’12, when Gregoire was expected to pass on a third term.

WA insiders put Rep. Jay Inslee (D) at the top of the Dem list. Snohomish Co. Exec.Aaron Reardon (D) and Rep. Adam Smith (D) are also mentioned as potential contenders. On the other side, ex-state Sen. Dino Rossi (R), who lost twice to Gregoire by narrow margins, is the most popular GOPer in the state, but Dem strategists are most worried about AG Rob McKenna (R), who covets the job.

If Gregoire makes the cut, she would immediately be in position to land on another short list — the solicitor general, who represents the government before the Supreme Court, is sometimes called the 10th Justice, and those who hold the job are often considered potential SCOTUS nominees……..

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

South Carolina Governor goes back to the Well….See's old girlfriend…..

I guess this guy really wants his old South American girlfriend…..

I hope she’s worth it…

Cause it’s costing him…..

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) admitted to reporters Wednesday that he spent last weekend in Florida with Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine woman whose yearlong affair with Sanford nearly cost the governor his job last summer.

[ Mark Stanford and Belen Chapur ]
Questions first arose about the governor’s whereabouts after the gossip website Gawker received numerous tips on Monday from people who claimed to have seen the couple together in the Florida Keys.

Asked about the trip during an unrelated news conference, Sanford didn’t flinch.

“As a matter of record,” Sanford said to the assembled reporters, “everybody in this room knows exactly who I was with over the weekend; that is no mystery to anybody, given what I said last summer.”

In late June of last year, Sanford admitted to carrying on a yearlong, extramarital affair with Belen Chapur after he was caught returning home from Argentina after telling his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. His wife, Jenny Sanford, divorced him earlier this year.

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Jenny Stanford leaving the Governor’s Mansion……after things went south in her marriage……
The purpose of the Florida trip, Sanford said, was to rekindle the couple’s romance and “to see if something could be restarted on that front given the rather enormous geographic gulf between us.”

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

South Carolina Governor goes back to the Well….See’s old girlfriend…..

I guess this guy really wants his old South American girlfriend…..

I hope she’s worth it…

Cause it’s costing him…..

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) admitted to reporters Wednesday that he spent last weekend in Florida with Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine woman whose yearlong affair with Sanford nearly cost the governor his job last summer.

[ Mark Stanford and Belen Chapur ]
Questions first arose about the governor’s whereabouts after the gossip website Gawker received numerous tips on Monday from people who claimed to have seen the couple together in the Florida Keys.

Asked about the trip during an unrelated news conference, Sanford didn’t flinch.

“As a matter of record,” Sanford said to the assembled reporters, “everybody in this room knows exactly who I was with over the weekend; that is no mystery to anybody, given what I said last summer.”

In late June of last year, Sanford admitted to carrying on a yearlong, extramarital affair with Belen Chapur after he was caught returning home from Argentina after telling his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. His wife, Jenny Sanford, divorced him earlier this year.

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Jenny Stanford leaving the Governor’s Mansion……after things went south in her marriage……
The purpose of the Florida trip, Sanford said, was to rekindle the couple’s romance and “to see if something could be restarted on that front given the rather enormous geographic gulf between us.”

More….

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Pictures of the Gulf Oil leak…. underwater……

After considerable pressure form the media and government agencies,BP tonight finally released a brief video showing for the first time the gushing stream of oil and gas leaking from the Deepwater Horizon oil riginto the Gulf of Mexico.

The video released by BP shows oil spewing from a broken pipe 5,000 feet (1,500m) below the surface. The stream of crude oil is interspersed with lighter-coloured natural gas.

The video was first posted on YouTube on Wednesday night by theDeepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Centre, which said: “This video is from the larger of two existing leaks on the riser. This leak is located approximately 460 feet from the top of the blowout preventer and rests on the sea floor at a depth of about 5,000 feet.”

The combined leaks are releasing an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico……..

From the Guardian.……

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | | 1 Comment

With the Democrats back in power….Rules and Regulations are back…..

The days of Republicans and laissez faire are behind us…..

When things go wrong these days….

New rules are done…..

Never mind that there isn’t enough people to enforce the old ones….

Not that law enforcement is gonna actually do that…

Damn if people followed EVERY rule …Nothing would get done!

(Actually….most rules are there so when you mess up they can come and take you away, right? )

And things have gotten sideways a lot these days, huh?

There will crys from those effected that there is cost involved in these enforcement actions…..

But The people who enforce the laws have never ran those businesses…..

People shouldn’t get too crazy….

The natural rhythm of politics will kick in…..

Obama will get another term and Congress will  split between the parties the money for enforcement will die…Congress will resend the rules…and more ever….the enforceers will meet resistance from the lawyers, politicos and the amount of work….

It always works this way…..

Wait and see………

Over the last year, the Obama administration has pressed forward on hundreds of new mandates, while also stepping up enforcement of rules by increasing the ranks of inspectors and imposing higher fines for violations.

A new age of regulation is well under way in Washington, a fact somewhat obscured by the high-profile debates over the health care overhaul and financial oversight system and by fresh calls for greater federal vigilance spurred by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the deaths of coal miners in West Virginia.

The surge in rule-making has resulted from an unusual confluence of factors, from repeated outbreaks of food-borne illnesses to workplace disasters. Some industry groups, wanting foreign competitors to adhere to the same standards they must meet, have backed new federal mandates. The push for some of the measures began at the end of the Bush administration, a tacit acknowledgment that its deregulatory agenda had gone too far.

Still, the new aggressiveness reflects the new cops on the beat, and the contrast with the Bush administration is an intentionally sharp one. While the Bush administration mostly favored voluntary compliance by industry, senior Obama administration officials argue that carefully crafted regulation can be a positive force……..

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 7 Comments

A small New York State Town makes English a requirement for town business…..

Ok…here we go!……

My wife is always grumbling……

If you come to America….

You have to learn to speak English…..

You know what?

If you go to France you’re gonna have problems not speaking French…

In Spain you’re gonna be hard pressed to do anything without knowing some spanish….

In China…you won’t far without understanding some Chinese…..

Me ….I agree…

I have no problem with different languages…

I game examples of language usage in Europe…

But I know near the borders of those countries people know SEVERAL languages…

But should we legislate the language policy????

It’s about 2,500 miles from this green, rural town in the rolling hills near Vermont to the Mexican border atNogales, but that hasn’t stopped Jackson from making a bid to be New York’s small version of Arizona in the immigration wars.

Or that’s how it is beginning to feel two months after Jackson — which has 1,700 people, no village, no grocery store or place to buy gasoline, no church, no school, two restaurants and maybe a few Spanish-speaking farm workers — decided it needed a law requiring that all town business be conducted in English.

One nearby town, Argyle, has since passed a similar resolution. A third, Easton, is likely to consider one at its Town Board meeting in June. The law has already put Jackson at odds with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which says it violates state and federal law. But in the great American echo chamber, every mouse gets to roar, so Roger Meyer, who proposed the law, feels he is making progress toward protecting the English language from threats near and far.

“For too long, the federal government has shirked its duty by not passing English as the official language of the United States,” said Mr. Meyer, 76, a Town Council member and retiree who runs Chains Unlimited, a sawmill and chain saw and logging supply company. “So seeing as this law couldn’t be passed from the top down, I felt I’d start a grass-roots movement to try to get it passed from the bottom up.”

The law designates English as the town’s official written and spoken language, “to be used in all official meetings and business conducted by the elected officials and their appointees.”

The civil liberties union has asked the board to rescind the ordinance.

“The English language is not under attack in Jackson or anywhere else in the state or country,” said Melanie Trimble, director of the civil liberties union’s capital region chapter.

The group said the law prohibited constitutionally protected speech and discriminated against anyone with limited English skills who tried to conduct business with the town, whether they wished to report a crime or to testify in local court or to obtain a building permit. It contains no exceptions for medical emergencies and police investigations, in which public health and safety are at stake, the group said………

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The question will probably be kicked up to the Federal Courts …who will hold that the issue of language IS a Federal issue…

The towns adopting this policy know that…..

The more basic question is…..

What’s right for a little town in  upstate New York ?…….  verses what should apply to New York City? ……

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

DSD…….Scott Brown's old State seat gets filled…….By another Republican….

From DSD…….

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:


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/

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 1 Comment

DSD…….Scott Brown’s old State seat gets filled…….By another Republican….

From DSD…….

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:


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/

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Daniel…..PM Polling Summary for Wednesday 12th, May 2010

Hello Folks!

Here is my PM Polling Summary for today:

North Carolina Senate Democratic Run-Off:

Elaine MarshallCal Cunningham
Marshall  36 %  ;  Cunningham  36 %  (Public Policy Polling)

Colorado Governor:

[ Hickenlooper and McInnis ]

McInnis (R)  47 %  ;  Hickenlooper (D)  41 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Alaska Governor:

American Politics Guide: American Governors, Senators, and Representatives
[[ Parnell and Berkowitz ]
Parnell (R)  58 %  ;  Berkowitz (D)  30 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Parnell (R)  62 %  ;  French (D)  24 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Parnell (R)  62 %  ;  Poe (D)  21 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Samuels (R)  43 %  ;  Berkowitz (D)  36 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Samuels (R)  48 %  ;  French (D)  26 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Samuels (R)  47 %  ;  Poe (D)  23 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Daniel G.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment