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Blanche Lincoln Wins the Democratic Primary for her Senate seat in Arkansas!

The Dog is very Happy to be wrong…..

And is happy to see that the Democratic voters of Arkansas are smart enough to NOT have someone run… that absolutely had NO chance to win against Boozman in November…

The Dog salutes everyone…. including Daniel and myself who got this wrong!

My apologizes to Bill Clinton** who campaigned for her and finally got a win!


I might have got it wrong…

But I got it right…

Halter ran with Union, Progressive and left support….

I said it couldn’t be done…

It wasn’t…..

Damn Right!

Washington (CNN) – Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln has defeated Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in Tuesday’s Senate Democratic primary runoff, the Associated Press projects.

Democratic Senate primary runoff:
Blanche Lincoln (incumbent) – 112,811 51.7%
Bill Halter – 105,352 48.3%

80% of precincts reporting

*Vote totals compiled by the Associated Press

** The Dog just wasn’t thinking about Bill Clinton in Arkansas….This guy was FROM Arkansas……Duh!…

There’s a reason that Bill Clinton was making the closing argument for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) just days before today’s runoff, while the senator has made strides to separate herself from President Obama.

This is Clinton country.

Yes, Clinton is from the state, but it also went hugely for his wife in the 2008 presidential primary — 70 percent to 26 percent to be exact. The state was one of Obama’s worst showings in the general election too.

Arkansas is an extreme example, but many 2010 battles are being waged in similar territory. In fact, a majority of top 2010 races are being held in districts and states where Obama struggled in the Democratic primary fight two years ago.

Much has been made of Republican efforts to win the four dozen (or so) Democratic-held districts where Obama lost to John McCain in 2008. But looking at places where Obama lost to Hillary Clinton can also be instructive when it comes to understanding how the President, who is not on the ballot this fall, will nonetheless impact the fight for congressional control.

According to a Fix analysis, of the 27 Democratic-held House seats and 10 Senate races listed as toss-ups by the Cook Political Report, Obama lost roughly half of each by wide margins to Clinton during the primary season.

Obama lost to Clinton in seven of the 10 states with top Senate races, and in about 60 percent of the top 27 House districts. Five of those states and 13 of those House districts went for Clinton by double digits.

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June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 2 Comments

Daniel….. Welcome to "The Dogs" Super Tuesday MEGA Primary Night Coverage …..

Hello Dog Pound!

Here we go!

11 States are holding Primaries and Run-Off Elections Today.

A Special Election will also being held in Georgia  to determine the Replacement for U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) who resigned in March.

Our “Special Primary Night Coverage” is starting at 6pm ET One Hour before the first Polls are closing.

Here is an Election Guide for the competitive Races we’re following throughout the Night:

7pm ET Poll Closing (Virginia, South Carolina & Georgia 9th Congressional District Special Election)

In South Carolina we’re looking at both Governor Races as well as Republican House Primaries in SC-1, SC-2 & SC-4

ln Virginia we’re looking at the competitive Republican Primaries in VA-2, VA-5 & VA-11 to determine the GOP Challengers for U. S. Representatives Glenn Nye (D-VA 2), Tom Perriello (D-VA-5) and Gary Connolly (D-VA-11)

Georgia 9th Congressional District Special Election

John Thomas “Tom” Graves Jr. (R)
B. Lee Hawkins (R)

8pm ET Poll Closing (Maine & New Jersey Primaries)

In Maine we’re looking at both Governor Primaries. Governor John Baldacci (D-ME) is term-limited and can’t run for Re-Election.

In New Jersey we’re looking at the Republican Primaries for Congressional Districts NJ-3 and NJ-7

8.30pm ET Poll Closing (Arkansas Run-Off Elections)

We’re looking at the Arkansas Democratic Senate Run-Off between Lincoln and Halter. We’re also looking at the Democratic Run-Offs in AR-1 & AR-2 as well as the Republican Run-Off in AR-3.

9pm ET Poll Closing (South Dakota & North Dakota Primaries)

In South Dakota we’re looking at the Republican Governor Primary as well as the Republican At-Large House Primary to determine which Republican Candidate will face U. S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) in November.

In North Dakota we’re looking at the House At-Large Republican Primary between State Representative Richard A. Berg (R-ND) and J. D. Donaghe (R-ND). The Winner will face U. S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in November.

10pm ET Poll Closing (Iowa, Montana & Nevada Primaries)

In Iowa we’re looking at the Republican Governor Primary, the Democratic Senate Primary as well as Republican House Primaries in IA-2 and IA-3

In Montana we’re looking at the Democratic House At-Large Primary who will face U. S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) in November.

And in Nevada we’re looking at the Republican Primaries for Governor & Senate as well as Republican House Primary in NV-3

11pm ET Poll Closing (California Primary)

We’re looking at CA-SEN (R), CA-GOV (R) and the House Primaries CA-11 (R), CA-36 (D) and CA-42 (R)


Election Results Can be found Here…..

South Carolina

http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/16117/27055/en/summary.html

South Dakota

http://electionresults.sd.gov/applications/st25cers3/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

California

http://vote.sos.ca.gov/

Nevada

http://www.silverstate2010.com

Virginia

Hold on…..

We’ll be here for a while

Daniel G….You Host….

…….with a little help from SE and The Dog……

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Entertainment, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 82 Comments

Daniel….. Welcome to “The Dogs” Super Tuesday MEGA Primary Night Coverage …..

Hello Dog Pound!

Here we go!

11 States are holding Primaries and Run-Off Elections Today.

A Special Election will also being held in Georgia  to determine the Replacement for U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) who resigned in March.

Our “Special Primary Night Coverage” is starting at 6pm ET One Hour before the first Polls are closing.

Here is an Election Guide for the competitive Races we’re following throughout the Night:

7pm ET Poll Closing (Virginia, South Carolina & Georgia 9th Congressional District Special Election)

In South Carolina we’re looking at both Governor Races as well as Republican House Primaries in SC-1, SC-2 & SC-4

ln Virginia we’re looking at the competitive Republican Primaries in VA-2, VA-5 & VA-11 to determine the GOP Challengers for U. S. Representatives Glenn Nye (D-VA 2), Tom Perriello (D-VA-5) and Gary Connolly (D-VA-11)

Georgia 9th Congressional District Special Election

John Thomas “Tom” Graves Jr. (R)
B. Lee Hawkins (R)

8pm ET Poll Closing (Maine & New Jersey Primaries)

In Maine we’re looking at both Governor Primaries. Governor John Baldacci (D-ME) is term-limited and can’t run for Re-Election.

In New Jersey we’re looking at the Republican Primaries for Congressional Districts NJ-3 and NJ-7

8.30pm ET Poll Closing (Arkansas Run-Off Elections)

We’re looking at the Arkansas Democratic Senate Run-Off between Lincoln and Halter. We’re also looking at the Democratic Run-Offs in AR-1 & AR-2 as well as the Republican Run-Off in AR-3.

9pm ET Poll Closing (South Dakota & North Dakota Primaries)

In South Dakota we’re looking at the Republican Governor Primary as well as the Republican At-Large House Primary to determine which Republican Candidate will face U. S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) in November.

In North Dakota we’re looking at the House At-Large Republican Primary between State Representative Richard A. Berg (R-ND) and J. D. Donaghe (R-ND). The Winner will face U. S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in November.

10pm ET Poll Closing (Iowa, Montana & Nevada Primaries)

In Iowa we’re looking at the Republican Governor Primary, the Democratic Senate Primary as well as Republican House Primaries in IA-2 and IA-3

In Montana we’re looking at the Democratic House At-Large Primary who will face U. S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) in November.

And in Nevada we’re looking at the Republican Primaries for Governor & Senate as well as Republican House Primary in NV-3

11pm ET Poll Closing (California Primary)

We’re looking at CA-SEN (R), CA-GOV (R) and the House Primaries CA-11 (R), CA-36 (D) and CA-42 (R)


Election Results Can be found Here…..

South Carolina

http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/16117/27055/en/summary.html

South Dakota

http://electionresults.sd.gov/applications/st25cers3/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

California

http://vote.sos.ca.gov/

Nevada

http://www.silverstate2010.com

Virginia

Hold on…..

We’ll be here for a while

Daniel G….You Host….

…….with a little help from SE and The Dog……

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Entertainment, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 82 Comments

The Search for New fashion model's in Brazil….and the rise of a darker population….

They are searching all over Brazil for the next super-model…..

And the serach gets harder and harder…

While most of us would in vision the Brazillian female as the cocoa colored female with….’German and Italian ancestry, perhaps with some Russian or other Slavic blood thrown in.’…..

The fact is ………those traits are vanishing in the country….

The people of Brazil are getting darker……

Darker-skinned women have become more prominent in Brazilian society, challenging the notions of Brazilian beauty and success that Ms. Bündchen has come to represent here and abroad.

Taís Araújo just finished a run as the first black female lead in the coveted 8 p.m. soap opera slot. Marina Silva, a former government minister born in the Amazon, is running for president. And over the past decade, the income of black Brazilians rose by about 40 percent, more than double the rate of whites, as Brazil’s booming economy helped trim the inequality gap and create a more powerful black consumer class, said Marcelo Neri, an economist in Rio de Janeiro.

Even prosecutors have waded into the debate over what Brazilian society looks like — and how it should be represented. São Paulo Fashion Week, the nation’s most important fashion event, has been forced by local prosecutors to ensure that at least 10 percent of its models are of African or indigenous descent.

Despite those shifts, more than half of Brazil’s models continue to be found here among the tiny farms of Rio Grande do Sul, a state that has only one-twentieth of the nation’s population and was colonized predominantly by Germans and Italians.

Indeed, scouts say that more than 70 percent of the country’s models come from three southern states that hardly reflect the multiethnic melting pot that is Brazil, where more than half the population is nonwhite.

On the pages of its magazines, Brazil’s beauty spectrum is clearer. Nonwhite women, including celebrities of varying body types, are interspersed with white models. But on the runways, the proving ground for models hoping to go abroad, the diversity drops off precipitously. Prosecutors investigating discrimination complaints against São Paulo Fashion Weekfound that only 28 of the event’s 1,128 models were black in early 2008.

The pattern creates a disconnect between what many Brazilians consider beautiful and the beauty they export overseas. While darker-skinned actresses like Juliana Paes and Camila Pitanga are considered among Brazil’s sexiest, it is Ms. Bündchen and her fellow southerners who win fame abroad.

“I was always perplexed that Brazil was never able to export a Naomi Campbell, and it is definitely not because of a lack of pretty women,” said Erika Palomino, a fashion consultant in São Paulo. “It is embarrassing.”

Some scouts have begun tepid forays to less-white parts of Brazil. One Brazilian designer, Walter Rodrigues, recently opened Rio Fashion Week with 25 models, all of them black.

But here in the south scouts still spend most of their time hunting for the next Gisele, and offer few apologies for what they say sells.

More….

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

The Search for New fashion model’s in Brazil….and the rise of a darker population….

They are searching all over Brazil for the next super-model…..

And the serach gets harder and harder…

While most of us would in vision the Brazillian female as the cocoa colored female with….’German and Italian ancestry, perhaps with some Russian or other Slavic blood thrown in.’…..

The fact is ………those traits are vanishing in the country….

The people of Brazil are getting darker……

Darker-skinned women have become more prominent in Brazilian society, challenging the notions of Brazilian beauty and success that Ms. Bündchen has come to represent here and abroad.

Taís Araújo just finished a run as the first black female lead in the coveted 8 p.m. soap opera slot. Marina Silva, a former government minister born in the Amazon, is running for president. And over the past decade, the income of black Brazilians rose by about 40 percent, more than double the rate of whites, as Brazil’s booming economy helped trim the inequality gap and create a more powerful black consumer class, said Marcelo Neri, an economist in Rio de Janeiro.

Even prosecutors have waded into the debate over what Brazilian society looks like — and how it should be represented. São Paulo Fashion Week, the nation’s most important fashion event, has been forced by local prosecutors to ensure that at least 10 percent of its models are of African or indigenous descent.

Despite those shifts, more than half of Brazil’s models continue to be found here among the tiny farms of Rio Grande do Sul, a state that has only one-twentieth of the nation’s population and was colonized predominantly by Germans and Italians.

Indeed, scouts say that more than 70 percent of the country’s models come from three southern states that hardly reflect the multiethnic melting pot that is Brazil, where more than half the population is nonwhite.

On the pages of its magazines, Brazil’s beauty spectrum is clearer. Nonwhite women, including celebrities of varying body types, are interspersed with white models. But on the runways, the proving ground for models hoping to go abroad, the diversity drops off precipitously. Prosecutors investigating discrimination complaints against São Paulo Fashion Weekfound that only 28 of the event’s 1,128 models were black in early 2008.

The pattern creates a disconnect between what many Brazilians consider beautiful and the beauty they export overseas. While darker-skinned actresses like Juliana Paes and Camila Pitanga are considered among Brazil’s sexiest, it is Ms. Bündchen and her fellow southerners who win fame abroad.

“I was always perplexed that Brazil was never able to export a Naomi Campbell, and it is definitely not because of a lack of pretty women,” said Erika Palomino, a fashion consultant in São Paulo. “It is embarrassing.”

Some scouts have begun tepid forays to less-white parts of Brazil. One Brazilian designer, Walter Rodrigues, recently opened Rio Fashion Week with 25 models, all of them black.

But here in the south scouts still spend most of their time hunting for the next Gisele, and offer few apologies for what they say sells.

More….

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

Supreme Court Nominee Kagan comes out clean in Bill Clinton Library papers…..

Republicans have found little in Elena Kagan's public statements, private utterances and nonjudicial paper trail to make a major fuss about.

[ Republicans have found little in Elena Kagan’s public statements, private utterances and nonjudicial paper trail to make a major fuss about. ]

Oh, Well…..

The GOP needs to go find something else about her to complain about……

On Friday, the Clinton Library made a document dump of some 46,000 pages of memos from Elena Kagan’s time as a White House domestic policy advsier.  The wonks have had a weekend with the documents, so were they able to find a pubic hair in this can of Coke?

Short answer: No.  Kagan’s input on most of the documents is the odd handwritten notation, meaning that those looking to build a case against her were reduced to overanalyzing scribbles. The AP was happy to do this, calling their own findings “mysterious” in the headline. The strongest critique the Times could find was the phrase “fairly terrible idea,” in reference to a federal ban on assisted suicide, and a disagreement with the tone of a Social Security Administration letter. Politico managed to find a conflict in the documents: some say they show her to be a centrist, but others insist they demonstrate her pragmatism. Oh, can’t we all just get along?….

More…..

Politico does a piece on this also……

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 4 Comments

Mood Music Monday 6.7.10: Conscience Neo SOUL….From Up 4 Discussion…..

From JSin….

It’s Monday! The start of a new day, a new week and new music!

This week our musical selection is focused on Conscience Rap & Neo Soul music.

Enjoy!

Music Video’s from Common, Jill Scott, Talieb Kwell,  India Arie and More……

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Media, Music, Up 4 Discussion, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Daniel…….California Primaries: FINAL SURVEY USA Poll gives Brown, Whitman and Fiorina huge leads in their respective Races

Hello Folks!

The FINAL SURVEY USA Poll in California shows Brown, Whitman and Fiorina in command heading into today’s Vote.

KABC-TV, KFSN-TV, KGTV-TV, KPIX-TV California Survey USA Poll

Governor Race

Democratic Primary

Attorney General Jerry Brown  73 %
Richard Aguirre  4 %
Chuck Pineda Jr.  4 %
4 Minor Candidates combined for  8 %
Undecided  11 %

Republican Primary

Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman  59 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner  30 %
6 Minor Candidates combined for  6 %
Undecided  5 %

Senate Race

Republican Primary

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina  48 %
Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell  22 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore  16 %
Tim Kalemkarian  2 %
Al Ramirez  2 %

Analysis:

Whitman, Fiorina, Brown Headed to CA General Election; 36 hours until votes are counted in California’s 06/08/10 primary election, three candidates are poised to advance to the general election in November, according to this latest and final SurveyUSA election poll conducted exclusively for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno.

In the Republican primary for Governor, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman defeats state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner 2:1. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 2 weeks ago, the race is essentially unchanged.

In the Republican primary for US Senate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina defeats former Congressman Tom Campbell 2:1. State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore gets 16%; two other candidates are in single digits. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released 2 weeks ago, the race is essentially unchanged.

Filtering: SurveyUSA interviewed 2,400 California adults 06/03/10 through 06/06/10. Of them, 2,060 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 569 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 06/08/10 Republican Primary; 617 were determined to be likely to vote in the 06/08/10 Democratic primary. Early voting began 05/10/10.

Daniel G.

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia, Turkey and Iran get together to talk about the Middle East…..

[ Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, left, with Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday in Istanbul. ]

Remember the old complaints 20 years ago about the Russians trying exert influen=ce in the Middle East?

Probably not…

A lot of people here where babies when that was going on….

Well…anyways …

We’re back to history repeating itself….

In an obvious slap at the Obama Administration….

Putin has shown up (NOT Russian President Dmiitry Medvedev) to sit down and talk over the Middle East with Trurkey….Which isn’t too happy with Israel and the US right now…..and is having a muslim reawaeaking…..and Iran…which seems to be running circles around President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton….

With the help of Turkey and Brazil ( nuclear fuel deal ) the sanction policy against Iran is stalled….

Today the New York Times has piece about how the Iranian’s are getting around sanctions

And the Russian are now on board for larger International investigation of the Israeli raid on the shipping to Gaza…..

Things are not good for the American home team…..who are further distracted by North Korea and South Korea flexing on each other….

Hillary Clinton seems to be in worst shape and busier that Obama with the fuel spill….

I wonder if she still thinks taking the job was good thing?

In remarks at the gathering of regional leaders, the third of its kind dedicated to increasing cooperation and security in Asia, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadof Iran said a nuclear agreement brokered by Turkey and Brazil last month was a one-time opportunity and other countries had called to express their support for it.

“We’ve seen a lot of support from the international arena,” he said, according to the Turkey’s official Anatolian News Agency. “This is the voice of everyone’s heart.” Mr. Ahmadinejad also maintained a defiant posture toward the United States.

“If the U.S. and its allies think they could hold the stick of sanctions and then sit and negotiate with us, they are seriously mistaken,” he told a news conference, according to Iran’s state-run Press TV satellite broadcaster. European and American officials say the vote on sanctions could come as early as Wednesday.

Mr. Ahmadinejad said Iran would not repeat its recent offer to send part of its stockpile out of Iran for enrichment. The accord, supported by Brazil and Turkey, was designed to break the deadlock over its nuclear program, according to Iran.

“The Tehran declaration provided an opportunity for the United States government and its allies. We had hoped and we are still hopeful that they use the opportunity well,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said. “I must say opportunities like this will not be repeated again.”

Mr. Putin, speaking at the conference, said sanctions should not be “excessive” but gave no details on whether Russia would change its mind on the vote. He called Iran’s nuclear program peaceful, a characterization with which Washington disagrees.

“I hold the opinion that this resolution should not be unnecessary, should not put Iran’s leadership or the Iranian people into difficulty,” Mr. Putin said.

The conference reinforces the shifting alignments in this complicated area, where regional powers like Iran and Turkey, a NATO member, are emerging as bigger players.

Turkey, whose relationship with its longtime ally Israel is fraying, has been mediating in the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East in a new activist foreign policy that has sometimes placed it at odds with Washington, its closest diplomatic and military partner.

More…..

Note.….The Israeli’s  have set up an internal group to study the raid and its decision making…..

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Anyone that votes to take away my mortgage deduction…Does so at their own risk…..

I mean that shit!

I grew up in the projects in New York…

I am still in the first house I brought….

It’s small….

And I’ll be paying for it for the rest of my life…

But one of saving graces of this house is the fact that I get a nice deduction for paying the mortgage….

I give my congressmen a warning…

DON’T MESS WITH MY DEDUCTION!

Failure to heed that warning will insure dire consequences in the housing market….and your politcal career….

There are a awful lot of people with me on this one…..

Don’t f*#k this up!………

The new spotlight on the mortgage deduction and other tax expenditures comes as the Obama administration and Congress consider ways to reduce deficits the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects will average nearly $1 trillion over the next decade.

Policymakers seeking savings have tried to cap the mortgage interest deduction before — and failed. Five years ago, a bipartisan tax reform commission created by President George W. Bush proposed ending the mortgage tax break. But the commission’s plan stalled in Congress, partly because of popular support for the mortgage deduction.

Obama’s proposal, which would cut the deduction rate for itemized expenses for those making more than $250,000 to the rate paid by the middle class, was panned last year by members of both parties. They worried about its effect, during a recession, on charitable deductions and the housing market.

The White House says it was included in the president’s budget proposal again this year because it remains a good idea.

“The proposal will correct inequities in our tax code that allow millionaires to benefit from higher itemized tax deductions than middle-class families enjoy,” said Meg Reilly, spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Although the backers of the mortgage interest tax break defend it as a key incentive for people to own rather than rent their homes, some say that’s not so. A Brookings-Urban Tax Policy Center study found that the mortgage interest tax break costs more than $100 billion annually but does little to encourage the middle class and less wealthy to buy homes.

“I’m not sure that we need to subsidize homeownership at all through the tax system,” said Eric Toder, the study’s lead author.

This guy must live in an apartment…..

More…..

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Home, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , | 3 Comments