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The New York State Senate Leader Silver (D ) pushes back against Andrew Cuomo running against Albany…..

Sheldon Silver<br /> (Azi Paybarah)

[ Sheldon Silver ]

Andrew Cuomo is running against the unions and Albany for Governor of New York State….

Well the guy he’s gonna have to go in a room to settle the state spending……when he wins…

Is a little pissed at being the ‘bad’ guy……


During his speech to the state Democratic Party this week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver went out of his way to defend his legislative body, and emphasize the importance of the Legislature.

“One body of Democrats has been the consistent leader and unrelenting voice for hard-working middle-class families,” he said.

“We look forward to new leadership that appreciates and respects the legislative process for what it is: the very heart and soul of Democracy.”

More……..

Note….At some point Cuomo will have to make nice to the Union’s and Silver……The support of both are essential to have smooth sailing while governing as apposed to RUNNING for office….

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Talkandpolitcs…… Sestak to the wolfs…..

The hoards were on him at capitol hill steps just now, shown on Ratigan/Spitzer MSNBC.

But for a rookie senator candidate – he did great. Kept calm and repeated the simple answers. This seems largely like a non-story, as a job-offer really is neither a threat or a bribe. The new RandPaul interviews on Russian Tv could probably spin more…..

More……..….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, TalkandPolitcs, Updates | , , | 8 Comments

The War Funding Bill passes the Senate…..Feingold loses on Afghan Deadline……

The Bill passes….

The Senate goes home…

Feingold strikes out on trying to get a firm date for a US Troop …..Afghan withdrawal…..

The Senate approved a $58.8 billion wartime spending bill Thursday night even as House Democrats ordered still more cuts from their jobs and economic relief package in a desperate triage operation to save core provisions before Memorial Day.

President Barack Obama is promised broad discretion — and funding — to pursue his expanded military commitments to Afghanistan and its neighbor Pakistan under the war appropriations, approved 67-28. But as many as 26 Republican senators—more than half the party’s conference—opposed the measure, reflecting deficit concerns. And the path ahead will get rockier given the fallout in the House from the fight over jobs and domestic spending.

The latest round of cuts would eliminate $31 billion to pay for health-related benefits for the unemployed and federal aid to cash-strapped states to maintain Medicaid services. A third $21.9 billion Medicare provision, protecting physicians from deep cuts in their reimbursements over the next 19 months, will be made subject to a separate up-or-down vote.

Left intact is $56.9 billion in tax-cut extensions and revenue offsets that pays for itself — as well as new infrastructure investments and summer jobs programs. This minimizes the deficit impact to about $40 billion in emergency funding to cover jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed through Nov. 30.

“I feel comfortable that we will have something that will reach our goals,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi in anticipation of floor votes Friday before the House recesses for the holiday. But with senators already heading out the door, there’s no longer any real chance of enactment this week. And even when the Senate returns June 7, the whole effort will have lost the momentum Democrats once hoped to harness this week.

“We’re going to do our best but it’s just going to take time,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D—Mont.) told POLITICO.

The Feingold story…..

Just two Democrats, Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Ron Wyden of Oregon, opposed the wartime appropriations, and a Feingold amendment, requiring Obama to spell out more fully his long-term expectations for a U.S. troop withdrawal, was earlier defeated 80-18.

House Democrats are expected to impose more conditions on Afghan and Pakistani aid when they deal with the same bill next month. But in light of the jobs debate now, the bigger issue may be how much domestic spending will be added in the process.

“Its chaos,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, who abruptly postponed his own markup of the war bill, scheduled for Thursday evening. The Wisconsin Democrat denied he was buying time to better judge the fallout from the jobs fight. But Obey is already proposing to add about $30 billion in domestic spending on top of the Senate totals and could become a target for governors seeking lost Medicaid funds.

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

The 'Ragin Cajun' Carville…goes after the Obama White House……They push back….

Here’s the video.…..From a few days ago…..

Carville is pissed….He’s from…… and still has a house in Louisiana

The White House pushes back…….

Obama Oil Spill

[ Gibbs……Carville ]

The White House defended itself againstJames Carville’s scathing criticism of the federal response to the BP oil spill Friday.

During an Air Force One flight after the President’s visit to Louisiana, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that Carville, a Democratic strategist, didn’t have his facts straight. A pool report included a transcript of Gibbs’ remarks:

Reporter: What does the President have to say about the fact that some of his staunchest supporters like James Carville have essentially turned on him, have some strong things to say about the way he’s been handling the oil spill?
Gibbs: Truthfully, I think the President answered this yesterday. I think people — I don’t think James understands all of what we’re doing. I don’t think James understood the facts.

On Thursday, Carville continued to criticize the federal response and told Campbell Brown that he believes President Obama’s advisers aren’t relaying to the President the gravity of the disaster.

“I know I’m not a Harvard law… guy, professor of law at the University of Chicago,” Carville said. “People down here know what they’re seeing. It seems the President is madder at his critics than he is at BP.”

Carville wanted to know why the Minerals Management Service, the agency in charge of doling out offshore leases and regulating the industry, was not better managed before the spill.

Carville: “I really do take real issue here and I’d like to know from the Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar) what was going on, because we knew this was a corrupt thing,” said Carville. Referring to an Inspector General’s report suggesting a corrupt relationship between MMS employees and the oil industry, Carville described the findings as “One of the most devastating things ever. Why this place wasn’t fumigated, cleaned out? I don’t know.”

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 15 Comments

The ‘Ragin Cajun’ Carville…goes after the Obama White House……They push back….

Here’s the video.…..From a few days ago…..

Carville is pissed….He’s from…… and still has a house in Louisiana

The White House pushes back…….

Obama Oil Spill

[ Gibbs……Carville ]

The White House defended itself againstJames Carville’s scathing criticism of the federal response to the BP oil spill Friday.

During an Air Force One flight after the President’s visit to Louisiana, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that Carville, a Democratic strategist, didn’t have his facts straight. A pool report included a transcript of Gibbs’ remarks:

Reporter: What does the President have to say about the fact that some of his staunchest supporters like James Carville have essentially turned on him, have some strong things to say about the way he’s been handling the oil spill?
Gibbs: Truthfully, I think the President answered this yesterday. I think people — I don’t think James understands all of what we’re doing. I don’t think James understood the facts.

On Thursday, Carville continued to criticize the federal response and told Campbell Brown that he believes President Obama’s advisers aren’t relaying to the President the gravity of the disaster.

“I know I’m not a Harvard law… guy, professor of law at the University of Chicago,” Carville said. “People down here know what they’re seeing. It seems the President is madder at his critics than he is at BP.”

Carville wanted to know why the Minerals Management Service, the agency in charge of doling out offshore leases and regulating the industry, was not better managed before the spill.

Carville: “I really do take real issue here and I’d like to know from the Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar) what was going on, because we knew this was a corrupt thing,” said Carville. Referring to an Inspector General’s report suggesting a corrupt relationship between MMS employees and the oil industry, Carville described the findings as “One of the most devastating things ever. Why this place wasn’t fumigated, cleaned out? I don’t know.”

More….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 15 Comments

Daniel….. Polling Summary for Friday, 28th May, 2010

Hello Folks!

Here is my Polling Summary for today:

Washington Senate:

Murray (D)  48 %  ,  Rossi (R)  47 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Note: This is the first Poll after Rossi announced his Candidacy. Cook did a great, great accessment by pegging this Race as a Toss-Up because it’s TRULY a Toss-up Race.

Alabama Governor:

Byrne (R)  47 %  ,  A. Davis (D)  33 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Byrne (R)  45 %  ,  Sparks (D)  32 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Bentley (R)  46 %  ,  A. Davis (D)  33 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Bentley (R)  45 %  ,  Sparks (D)  32 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
James (R)  45 %  ,  A. Davis (D)  39 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
James (R)  42 %  ,  Sparks (D)  37 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Moore (R)  43 %  ,  A. Davis (D)  40 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Sparks (D)  40 %  ,  Moore (R)  38 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

South Dakota Governor:

Daugaard (R)  51 %  ,  Heidepriem (D)  36 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Knudson (R)  49 %  ,  Heidepriem (D)  34 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Heidepriem (D)  46 %  ,  Howie (R)  39 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Heidepriem (D)  46 %  ,  Munsterman (R)  38 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Heidepriem (D)  47 %  ,  Knuppe (R)  34 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Ohio Governor:

Strickland (D)  49 %  ,  Kasich (R)  44 %  (Ohio Poll / University of Cincinnati)

Ohio Senate:

Fisher (D)  47 %  ,  Portman (R)  46 %  (Ohio Poll / University of Cincinnati)

SC-GOV GOP Primary:

Haley  31 %  ,  Bauer  21 %  ,  G. Barrett  14 %  ,  McMaster  14 %  (Insider Advantage / Majority Opinion)

SC-GOV DEM Primary:

Sheheen  26 %  ,  Rex  17 %  ,  Ford  12 %  (Insider Advantage)

Pennsylvania Senate:

Sestak (D)  43 %  ,  Toomey (R)  40 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)

Connecticut Senate:

Blumenthal (D)  52 %  ,  McMahon (R)  33 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)
Blumenthal (D)  52 %  ,  Simmons (R)  37 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)

CT-SEN GOP Primary:

McMahon  48 %  ,  Simmons  44 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)

NH-SEN GOP Primary:
Ayotte  38 %  ,  Binnie  29 %  ,  Lamontagne  9 %  ,  Bender  4 %  (Magellan Strategies (R))

Daniel G.

Interesting…..The Democrats are shown a head in half of the polls listed…..I like that….
The Dog

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

Reid closes in Nevada……

Daniel’s Mason-Dixon poll shows that the Senate Majority Leader has closed on the GOP Senate race runners…

A new Mason-Dixon poll in Nevada shows Sue Lowden (R) barely edging Sharron Angle (R) for the Republican Senate nomination to challenge Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), 30% to 29%, followed by Danny Tarkanian (R) at 23%.

In general election match ups, Lowden leads Reid, 42% to 39%, and Tarkanian leads Reid, 42% to 41%. However, Reid leads Angle, 42% to 39%.

It’s the first poll of this cycle that shows Reid could win re-election.

More….

The Washington Post also does the story……

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 11 Comments

Ooops!…Here's Bill Clinton…again…….

Bill Clinton and Blanche Lincoln speak at an event. | AP Photo

[ Clinton helps an ally and delivers a broadside against powerful interests in the Democratic Party. ]

The ex-President is taking up Blanche Lincoln’s cause…

He’s going back to Arkansas to campaign for her….

She’s in trouble….

I don’t think one person that he camapigned for (Including his wife ) has won anything…..

Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.

Using unusually vivid language to describe the threat against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Clinton urged the voters who nurtured his career to resist outside forces bent on making an example out of the two-term Democratic incumbent.

He pounded the podium with Lincoln at his side, warning that national liberal and labor groups wanted to make her a “poster child” in the June 8 Senate run-off to send a message about what happens to Democrats who don’t toe the party line.

“This is about using you and manipulating your votes to terrify members of Congress and members of the Senate,” Clinton said in the gym of a small historically black college here.

Clinton didn’t mention Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s name – the lieutenant governor worked in the former president’s administration – or single out any specific liberal groups. But he didn’t need to.

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Up 4 Discussion, Updates, Women | , | 14 Comments

Ooops!…Here’s Bill Clinton…again…….

Bill Clinton and Blanche Lincoln speak at an event. | AP Photo

[ Clinton helps an ally and delivers a broadside against powerful interests in the Democratic Party. ]

The ex-President is taking up Blanche Lincoln’s cause…

He’s going back to Arkansas to campaign for her….

She’s in trouble….

I don’t think one person that he camapigned for (Including his wife ) has won anything…..

Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.

Using unusually vivid language to describe the threat against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Clinton urged the voters who nurtured his career to resist outside forces bent on making an example out of the two-term Democratic incumbent.

He pounded the podium with Lincoln at his side, warning that national liberal and labor groups wanted to make her a “poster child” in the June 8 Senate run-off to send a message about what happens to Democrats who don’t toe the party line.

“This is about using you and manipulating your votes to terrify members of Congress and members of the Senate,” Clinton said in the gym of a small historically black college here.

Clinton didn’t mention Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s name – the lieutenant governor worked in the former president’s administration – or single out any specific liberal groups. But he didn’t need to.

More….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Up 4 Discussion, Updates, Women | , | 14 Comments

Sestak….On many fronts…..and……..Bill Clinton is back…..

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa. was not interested in the job Bill Clinton had to offer.

Whew EEEeeeeee!

Joe Sestak is back with a BANG!

They guy runs his mouth complaining about business as usual…..

Giving the media a bite…

The clams up….

Now has to sing his song…..

Point of Fact……Politicians get offered shit all the time…

Ask Steve Israel in New York…who dropped out running against Kirsten Gillibrand…..

On top of this he WON the Seat!

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) confirmed on the steps of the Capitol on Friday that former President Bill Clinton did call him last summer about a “presidential board” appointment if he didn’t jump into the Senate Democratic primary versus new Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.).

Sestak told reporters that had not previously brought up Clinton’s involvement when alleging that he was offered a job by the White House because he “honestly didn’t feel that it was right” to bring the former president into it.

“President Clinton had called me last summer” at the urging of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sestak said. “I just didn’t feel it was right for me to talk about that conversation.”

“During the conversation he talked about how tough the primary might be if I got in,” Sestak said, adding that Clinton had told the retired vice admiral that his military background could be of use.

“I almost interrupted the president and said I am going to decide to get in this or not depending only on what’s good for Pennsylvania working famlies, not on an offer,” the congressman said, later gesturing toward the Senate and declaring, “I’m hoping to go right over there and work very well with people.”


Oh, yea….

Joe Sestak is now running ahead of Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate race….

Guess they all know who he is in that state, Huh?


A new DailyKos/Research 2000 poll in Pennsylvania finds Rep. Joe Sestak (D) leading Pat Toomey (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 40%.

A similar poll earlier this month had Toomey leading by five points.

Meanwhile, The Fix tries to argue that the controversy about Sestak being offered a job to leave his Senate primary was a “momentum killer.”

Chris…….. I’ll betcha your wrong buddy…..If I win you gotta list the Dog on your site….If I lose…Well…….He, he, he…You’re already listed on my site!

Last but not least…..

William Jefferson Clinton never really left the Spot light…Did he?

He gets a play in this and……

A composite image of Bill Clinton and President Obama. | AP Photo

[ Bill Clinton is a fixture on cable news, Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor. It feels like 1997—but it’s 2010. And Barack Obama can’t be happy. ]

Bill Clinton’s picture is again a fixture on cable news.

Republicans are sternly demanding a special prosecutor.

And legal commentators are bickering over the finer points of federal criminal statutes on bribery and graft.

It feels like 1997—but it’s 2010. And Barack Obama can’t be happy.

The White House’s confirmation Friday that it enlisted former President Bill Clinton in an effort to get Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary has sent the regular players in Washington’s scandal industry to their battle stations – to pick over the very sort of insider special dealing that Obama had promised to make a thing of the past.

“That’s not the image he wants to project right now with all the things that are going on,” said Mark Rozell, a George Mason University professor who has written at length on the Clinton-era scandals.

The use of Clinton as the conduit to offer Sestak an advisory board position is like catnip for cable television and for Republicans who have plenty of experience painting the former president as ethically challenged.

Prediction.…..If the Sestak story has legs…..don’t stand too close to Rahm Emuanel…..He’s the one they are going to reach for and throw under the bus…..You heard it here first……President’s don’t get thrown…They have Secret Service protection….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | 13 Comments