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Open Thread for May 18th…….

Today is the Gigantic Special Primary Day in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Oregon…..

This Post is going to be brief…..

Everyone wants space here for the next 24 hours…..

The Dog is HAPPY to announce that PoliticalDog 101 has passed 100,000 hits in 10 months!

We owe it all to our visitors and viewers out there who are part of the Dog pound!

And we are working at getting the Dog even better in the future!

Wether you catch us on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, or as a subscriber ……or just while surfing the net’

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And keep those comments coming….

They are what keeps us honest…and coming back for more!

Update

The Dog wishes to Thank Daniel for all the Work he has done with the

last few Primary Coverage Special’s…..

I also wish to thank everyone for helping out…..

The next Primary Special will be June 1st when Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico go to the Polls.

Our Hawaii Coverage of the Special Election starts tomorrow Night at 11pm ET. Votes in Hawaii will be counted just after Midnight.

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  2. ok i am a democrat thru and thru and i love dick blumenthal but wtf is doing claiming he fought in the vietnam war when he did not? whats he trying to do give the senate seat away to the gop here in connecticut. he is going to win but by a smaller margin if he keeps this shit up. he was in the reserves but never deployed. i heard this on the way home from work and my mouth dropped to the gas and breaks of my car.

    Comment by Terry Green | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. my yankees had a thriller walkoff win over the bosox. james, glad for u the mets finally stopped that losing streak.

    Comment by Terry Green | May 18, 2010 | Reply

    • thanks

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. i am off all day from work so i will follow the returns this eve here and other political websites. GO SESTAK AND CRITZ!!!

    Comment by Terry Green | May 18, 2010 | Reply

    • terry….. please jump in as much you can….

      thanks again

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  5. On this day 30 years ago:

    Comment by SE-779 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  6. yea SE…this planet…and its people ..are aLWAYS ACTIVE!……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  7. Another family values conservative Republican bites the dust!

    Rep. Mark Souder resigning after admitting he had affair with a staffer. The icing on the cake? He made a pro-abstinence video with said staffer. Oh the GOP, the gift that keeps on giving!

    Comment by Scott P | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  8. welcome back Scott!

    visit us tonight during the primary coverage….

    He, he, he……I’m not surprised with the Souder thing…
    They are ALL politicians…..

    We follow them…..and we should never expect more from them then who they REALLY are…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  9. No matter how much BS….

    They are just another human being..trying to get thru things….

    With abnormal wants and needs…..

    Sorry Daniel…..GOPer’s are included……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  10. Rep. Mark Souder resigning

    _———————–

    while I do think consensual sexual affairs should enter into public scrutiny

    I must say

    Thank You… oh sweetness

    lets us all drink to the end of the Souder era

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  11. They are just another human being..trying to get thru things….
    ————

    Robot Presidents ensuring the nuclear option isnt used

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 18, 2010 | Reply

    • One word TPL….

      Hypocrisy…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  12. Where is the Hyprocrisy??

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  13. read the new post from FOX…..read the last line of the link…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  14. the gift the so called family values crowd keeps giving. if these morality police gopers stop preaching how others live their damn lives i would not be so hard on them. STOP CLAIMING MORALITY TO US GOPERS!!

    Comment by Terry Green | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  15. this family values garbage all started in the 1990’s during bill clinton’s terms. the gop attacked him and dems with vigor on family values and patriotism. his attackers? gingrich, livingston, henry hyde and many other gop thugs. all of them adulters and some draft dodgers like dan quayle.

    Comment by Terry Green | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  16. I do remember several GOPer’s being outed themselves after going after Clinton….

    Newt WAS on that list!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  17. This isn’t really a Dem vs GOP thing….

    Most politician’s will stare you straight in the eye and lie to you for your vote….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  18. Polling Update:

    CO-SEN Primaries

    Dems

    Bennet 46 %
    Romanoff 31 %

    GOP

    Norton 31 %
    Buck 26 %

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_CO_518.pdf

    Looks like another RINO (Norton) is in the Crosshairs of the Tea Party. I like that.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  19. Terry…

    Actually the family values had an earlier start with Richard Nixon in RESPONSE to McGovernon’s view on social matters

    and LARGELY with Ronald Reagan through the HELP of Jerry Falwell

    Jerry Falwell sat down with Reagan Staff and created what was then known as the FOUR PILLARS of being a Republican

    1) strong Judeo-_Christian values

    2) A belief in the protection of Israel

    3) strong national defense

    4) Fiscal conservatism and supporting LOW taxes

    Jerry Falwell was then SENT OUT to recruit AS MANY as possible to the GOP

    and he WAS very successful

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  20. Rand Paul wins in Kentucky it’s just be called. Big defeat for the minority leader.

    Comment by Illinois Brandon | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  21. YAY! sestak is coming o strong in pa. critz got a huge head start over burns. lookin good so far. pulling for conroy in kentucky!!!

    Comment by Terry Green | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  22. Critz declared the victor in PA 12. The Democratic streak in special House elections continues. I think Republicans really had their hopes up they’d take this. Listened to Sean Hannity for a few minutes this afternoon and he seemed to think it was a done deal and predicted it would be a “political earthquake” for the GOP. Yeah, not so much.

    Comment by Scott P | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  23. Hannity has reality issues….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  24. Great little piece on short selling in the stock market…

    http://www.investopedia.com/university/shortselling/shortselling1.asp

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  25. Thanks……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  26. IL Brandon, Benjamin Dog and everyone else on the Dog:

    2010 NBA Playoff standings:
    Eastern Conference Finals
    Boston vs. Orlando (Celtics lead 2-0)
    Game 3 at Boston on Saturday night at 7:30 PM EST.

    My prediction: Celtics in 6

    Western Conference Finals
    LA Lakers vs. Phoenix (Lakers lead 1-0)
    Game 2 at Los Angeles tonight at 8:00 PM PST.

    My prediction: Lakers in 7

    Anyone else have any thoughts and James B, please post this NBA update thanks brother.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  27. It will be done…..and I agree with your picks…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  28. The next Primary Special will be June 1st when Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico go to the Polls.

    To the Dog Pound:

    Because it’s a weekend this week Daniel G. will be up late to bring you the latest Election Results for the Hawaii Special Election from Saturday to Sunday.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  29. MANILA

    Some of the nation’s largest banks have agreed to contribute enough money to save Chicago-based ShoreBank, the community lender with strong ties to the Obama administration, FOX Business has learned.

    The banks have agreed to contribute $140 million to bail out the bank, while the federal government will donate tens of millions more, according to people close to the talks. In addition to major Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs (GS: 139.13, 1.72, 1.25%), which agreed to contribute $20 million to the bailout effort, as well as Citigroup (C: 3.81, 0.09, 2.42%) and JPMorgan (JPM: 39.462, 0.442, 1.13%), General Electric’s (GE: 17.31, 0.08, 0.46%) GE Capital will also contribute $20 million to the rescue effort. All the firms have either received massive government assistance during the financial crisis or, in the case of Goldman Sachs, are facing multiple regulatory investigations into their business practices.

    The bailout has been controversial. Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett served on a Chicago civic organization with a director of the bank, and President Obama himself has singled out the bank for praise in lending to low-income communities.

    But the bank has made its share of bad bets, and some of the Wall Street firms that have given money have said they’ve received political pressure to contribute to the bailout of a business that under normal circumstances would have been left to fail.

    It’s still unclear how much the federal government will contribute to save the bank because it’s unclear exactly how much is needed to save the institution, which without the bailout would have been taken over by the FDIC.

    An announcement on the bailout is expected Tuesday morning.

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  30. Manila

    We still might be able to impeach Obama and prevent him from detonating a nuke on US soil

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  31. James B, Casey James will go back to Texas tonight on American Idol because he stunk up the joint last night in the Top 3 showdown,where the contestants only had to sing 2 songs.

    As for next week’s likely Final 2 showdown between Lee DeWyze of IL and frontrunner Crystal Bowersox of OH, I still do NOT see Crystal winning this thing for several factors:
    1. Anti-female sentiment
    2. Red State Fatigue (all 8 Idol winners have been from Red States and it might be time for a Blue Stater like Lee for a shot)
    3. Casey’s supporters are very unlikely to back Crystal due to her lack of connecting to the American voters and picking safe song after safe song.
    4. Lee has momentum.

    PS: Tell Corey Gross to get over to the Dog, here is his blog you can post your thoughts:
    http://cgpolitics.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  32. CD…Back a while ago I did one of his posts here…he indignantly asked me NOT to post anything from his blog…..

    So be it…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  33. James B, the Perry camp released a video attack ad against White this morning and also former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) will be hosting a fundraiser for Perry’s re-election campaign tonight in Houston:

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Attack…..Attack….Attack..huh?

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  34. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/london_2012/8690467.stm

    The Olympic mascots for 2012 in the UK

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Wenderville and Manlock?…..who dreams this stuff up?

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  35. James B, I got my final grades report:
    Intro Research-A* now I can take my History classes (HIST 1813-Civilization and HIST 1313-US to 1876)

    Math Basics-C* (now I’m allowed to get into College Algebra and the MyMath lab assignments saved me bigtime).

    Spanish II-D* I still passed the class though, thanks to the Spanish Lab assignments where I got 80s, 90s, and 100s.

    Health and Wellness-D (I have to take this course again in the fall).

    Microeconomics-D (also have to take this class again).

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Yo….. what’s with the D’s?

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  36. POLL STUNNER

    Overnight Research 2000 / DemocracyForAmerica Survey of Likely Run-Off Voters in Arkansas finds Bill Halter edging out Senator Blanche Lincoln 48-46 with 6 % Undecided

    http://www.democracyforamerica.com/activities/337-arkansas-poll-shows-bill-halter-ahead-in-runoff

    Oh my gosh. Will Lincoln be next after Specter?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Ok …let me see if I got this right?

      An overnighter has Halter up a measly 2% with 6% undecideds and you think Lincoln is finished?….The MOE has to be +4 at least…gimme a break!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  37. Been visiting your site james.Good job.Will comment occassionally.However wont pull any punches and unlike Leal, who refused to leave Politics1 when all asked him to, if at any time just give the word and I wont comment anymore.

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Jack we are happy to have you here…..

      I would hope that you bring your A game with ya!…..

      The Dog loves a good back and forth!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  38. Daniel G., it doesn’t matter because Boozman is likely the junior United States Senator from Arkansas on November 2nd.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  39. Closer US-Russian Ties may be coming…

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704912004575252842393481092.html?mod=dist_smartbrief

    Plus, it also doesn’t hurt that a Russian owns the Nets.

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  40. He, he, he…..

    I’d say it’s part good and part political…..

    The shuttle is/was the best delivery truck…..It will be missed…..

    The ONLY for the US to get there after January 1 will be in a Russian Space Craft…..

    They have a monopoly…..

    On the An-24….they are stuck….they don’t have the money…They are looking for a Western partner to get the venture going…..

    Always remember….Putin’s hand is never far away when there is a lot of money involed…and he ALWAYS has the final say……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  41. I’ll take the daughters version…..

    Eighth hours?

    Are you kidding me??????

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  42. james,

    Did you get my Utah Post? Bennett isn’t running as Write-In

    Check your Mail.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 20, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s up…as is you polling updates……..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

      • james,

        Check the Polling Summary because I’ve posted an Update.

        Good and bad News for your Party.

        The bad one first. In the CO-GOV Race Hickenlooper is now TIED with McInnis according to PPP down from an 50-39 lead he held in March.

        And now the good One.

        In PA-SEN newly nominated Dem Joe Sestak has surged into a 46-42 lead over Toomey according to RAS.

        Comment by Daniel G. | May 20, 2010

  43. done and posted……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  44. james,

    I’ve posted a new Arkansas Post and you may not like it BUT Local Politcal Observers saying now Run-Off leans towards Halter.

    Check your Mail.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  45. It’s up and running……

    I give it right back partner!

    I love it!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  46. going to my employee dinner tonite. good news about the ras poll on the sestak/toomey race. early but still nice to see sestak ahead. GO SESTAK!

    Comment by Terry Green | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  47. Listen guys…the dem’s are going to take their lumps in september..but I still hold that they’ll be Okay…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  48. I agree James. No way the Dems can avoid losing seats this fall. Midterms almost always favor the party out of power, esp. when one party has dominated the previous two cycles. But if the GOP was going to sweep to a 1994 style takeover you’d think they’d be able to win a seat like PA 12–which they lost by about 7 pts. This was the only house district in the nation that voted for Kerry in 2004 but for McCain in 2008.

    If you want the truth you have to go beyond the bluster of talk radio and the tea parties. Most voters still aren’t convinced they should give the keys back to the GOP. Doesn’t mean they are wild about the Dems, but unlike 1994 when the Republicans hadn’t held control of the House in 40 yrs. everyone remembers what happened when the elephants ran the show. And they don’t look back on it fondly.

    Comment by Scott P | May 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Amen……

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

    • While I’m hardly sanguine about the Democratic prospects this year, the rule about a new administration’s first mid-term election is hardly a universal truth. Two clear exceptions would be 1934 and 2002, both, it must be admitted, in extreme circumstances. (1962 was a wash, with the GOP losing 2 Senators and gaining 2 Representatives.) How extreme or urgent things will look to the average voter this year I don’t know: unemployment may increase, the disaster in the Gulf has every prospect of turning into a decades-long catastrophe, and neither the financial markets nor foreign affairs look at all certain. Which party those contingencies might favor I’m certainly not smart enough to predict.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  49. There is a lot of hype floating around……

    I guess they get paid by the word?

    He, he, he….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  50. DANIEL G

    Rand Paul will be OK as long his STAFF ensures that the entire show is known

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rand-paul-and-rachel-maddow-debate-the-civil-rights-act-in-theory-and-practice/

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

    • you miss the point TPL….

      the guys isn’t saying he is a racist…he’s using crazy logic

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  51. Those interested in some British electoral trends since 1945 can see some of my charts at:

    http://politicstwo.blogspot.com/2010/05/some-british-election-statistics-since.html

    Also see the more-sophisticated discussion, together with some of my rather raw numbers, at:

    http://www.libdemvoice.org/how-general-election-vote-shares-have-changed-over-the-years-19535.html

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  52. DSD

    You think you might be throw another chart up there showing the UK’s unemployment starting at 1945

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  53. Daniel G

    this is real Interesting

    Jupiter’s appearance from a telescope is changing

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/space/05/20/jupiter.cloud.belt.missing/index.html?hpt=C2

    2010..the year WE make contact

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  54. james,

    Did you get my Idaho Post?

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  55. Yep….It’s up!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  56. Vertigo 2903

    Here is the new UNEMPLOYMENT numbers

    many states on the brink of recording highest unemployment since 1976

    http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/lauhsthl.htm

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

    • There are like 14 states BELOW 9.9%

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  57. you miss the point TPL….

    the guys isn’t saying he is a racist…he’s using crazy logic
    ———

    I would say he is doing a service to national quorum on Government power in PRIVATE BUSINESS

    with ENDA and SCOTUS nominee hearings shortly underway Rand Paul has been placed in the limelight of public discourse on THIS TOPIC

    If RAND PAUL had the media FAVORITISM of Obama this could be his “Philadelphia moment “

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  58. PURE GENIUS out of the Obama re-election team

    Younger Obama film in production

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/20/little-obama-movie-coming_n_583759.html?page=2

    The Obama team has been hard at converting lil children to Obamaphiles

    book,comic books, toys, and now a NEW MOVIE

    Bush Jr Public Relations team should have done the same things

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  59. Scandal-hit NHS hospital ‘covered up botched operations’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7745897/Scandal-hit-NHS-hospital-covered-up-botched-operations.html

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  60. Peters

    “President Obama has asked to join Senate Republicans Tuesday for their weekly policy lunch Tuesday, May 25. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Policy Chairman John Thune agreed to host the President, and the Republican Conference welcomes his visit where they will have a wide-ranging discussion on the year ahead.

    “Sen. McConnell and his leadership team will hold their regular press avail following the lunch in the Ohio Clock Corridor

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  61. Illinois Jim

    Chicago Mayor Offers to Put Gun in Reporter’s Butt at News Conference

    http://www.infowars.com/chicago-mayor-offers-to-put-gun-in-reporters-butt-at-news-conference/

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  62. Someone should let Rahm know about this……

    He wants to succeed Daily as Mayor….

    It might happen sooner than he thinks…..

    And people think Blago was crazy????

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  63. Daily as Mayor….
    ———–

    It is OK he can join the posse to kick Larry Sinclair for sexually assaulting President Barack Obama

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  64. TPL…you need to get some rest……

    Really…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  65. james B

    Do you think it is possible for stress to lead to Tourette Syndrome

    I been blurting out things and I been under immense stress for some time

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  66. Yes…..

    Get some rest….

    Take it easy…..

    I’m out…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 21, 2010 | Reply

  67. So the latest Republican goof Rand Paul is “canceling” his appearance on Meet The Press

    Good move “libertarian”

    Here we have for all to see the inherent cowardice of the so called “Tea Party” movement

    Their hero is literally scared to go before the public and REALLY delineate his extremist views

    Much more fun to wave flags ,make a few racial jokes, and yell “freedom”

    Very very REPUBLICAN of you

    “Doc”

    Gutless coward

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 22, 2010 | Reply

    • I saw that……Yoy just saved me a post!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  68. yeah I thought the whole appeal of someone like Rand Paul was that he refused to be censored or handled by the likes of say, Mitch McConnell or Michael Steele.

    Funny, I see their fingerprints all over this one

    Comment by Scott P | May 22, 2010 | Reply

    • He, he, he…..ya gotta join the club……

      and play by their rules…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  69. Yeh so much for

    ‘Principles”

    All this is straight out of the “political handling “playbook!

    Come on Republicans

    Let Paul be Paul!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 22, 2010 | Reply

    • He ain’t gonna last being Paul…..

      You know that…don’t you?!!!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  70. Hello Folks!

    Our Hawaii Coverage starts today 11pm ET.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  71. Afternoon Daniel!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  72. james,

    I’ve sent you an Hawaii Post. Please Pre-Set it for 11pm ET.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  73. You got it!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  74. james,

    I’ve sent you a new Washington State Post. Rossi about to enter against Murray.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  75. Done and up!

    I’ll do a new thread when I get back from running around….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 22, 2010 | Reply


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