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US Economy creeps along At 1.5% Growth Rate

from Bloomberg….

Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 1.5 percent annual rate after a revised 2 percent gain in the prior quarter, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 1.4 percent increase. Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the world’s largest economy, grew at the slowest pace in a year.

Consumers are cutting back just as Europe’s debt crisis and looming U.S. tax-policy changes dent confidence, hurting sales at companies from United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) to Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) Cooling growth makes it harder to reduce unemployment, helping explain why Federal Reserve ChairmanBen S. Bernanke has said policy makers stand ready with more stimulus if needed.

“We have an anemic recovery with really no momentum,”


July 27, 2012 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Political Roundup for July 27, 2012….Red Racing Horses

by: Ryan_in_SEPA

Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 08:00:00 AM EDT


Attack Ads: Despite spending $100 million on attack ads, the presidential campaigns and allies have little to show for their spending spree.  Public opinion polls have shown little to no movement over the last few months despite the ad onslaught.

Electoral College Tie:  CNN has two good articles on the possibility of a tied Electoral College and how it is quite possible. CNN also provides 8 possible ways for the Electoral College involving some very plausible combinations of states.  Click here to view the maps.

You Didn’t Build That: Four words (well technically five depending how you count) are hurting President Obama’s campaign as they have become a favorite attack of Republicans and the Romney campaign.  Here is a breakdown of how it is hurting Obama.

Rubio-Giuliani: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has came out in favor of nominating Senator Marco Rubio for Vice-President.  Giuliani believes Rubio would be the strongest fit for Romney and for the GOP’s future.

Gun Control: President Obama has opened up on the gun control issue and Democrats are taking cover.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to enter the political minefield brought up by the President as he refused to discuss any attempts to bring forward gun control legislation next year and said the Senate already has a full schedule this year.

African-American Turnout: Democrats are worried about African-American turnout in Pennsylvania.  Specifically they fear high unemployment and the new voter ID law will cause African-American turnout to be lower than in 2008. I tend to disagree with this analysis.  African-Americans turned out in 2010 in Pennsylvania at near 2008 numbers.

Pentagon Cuts: Four days before the presidental election, tens of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees will receive layoff notices if the fiscal cliff is not addressed.  This is electorally significant as a disproportionate number of the notices will be sent to Florida and Virginia residents.


July 27, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Rush cries ‘voter suppression’ – creative little shit, isn’t he…Whatever Works….


In what may be the most breathtaking turn-it-on-its -head moment in political rhetoric, Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday claimed that the Obama campaign and all Democrats and all the pollsters and all the media are conspiring to suppress the Republican vote.

Here’s how it works. Diabolical pollsters ask questions in a dishonest fashion designed to show Obama leading. The media publish and pushes that narrative. The campaign seizes upon this (of course they’re actually behind it but that’s hidden behind an impenetrable veil of secrecy financed by George Soros and Warren Buffet) and it gloats. All of this combines to discourage Romney voters who are made to think there’s just no point in voting since Obama is sure to win.

Presto! Voter suppression.

He’s a marvel he is.


July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Tommy Thompson has an Obamacare shadow problem with the Tea Party types….

My friend Daniel here is high on Wisconsin Republican  (former Governor and HHS Secrtary), Tommy Thompson …

Thompson has a GOP Primary contest coming up on August 14…

And Tea Party people are after him for being a bit ‘moderate on Healthcare in the past’….



“While Tommy Thompson has always been at the forefront of health care reform, he has been an aggressive, consistent and outspoken opponent of Obamacare as it harms both the quality of care while introducing 21 new taxes further burdening businesses struggling to make ends meet in an economy driven to a low point by President Obama,” Nemoir said in a statement. “Any effort to say otherwise would be a gross misrepresentation of his position.”

A Marquette Law School poll earlier this month showed the race was tightening ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, with wealthy businessman Eric Hovde closing in on Thompson, and Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald well behind. Thompson still had a double-digit lead over his opponents and was the only Republican candidate ahead of Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.

The race has enormous implications nationally. A GOP victory in the state would give Republicans a major shot at regaining control of the Senate, which currently stands at 53-47 in favor of the Democrats.

Thompson’s tea party opponents believe that his health care stances give them an opening with GOP primary voters who detest the law. While Thompson has laid out an ambitious plan to replace the health care law, some comments he made before he became a Senate candidate are coming back to haunt him.

In 2006, he hailed the individual mandate included in the Massachusetts health care law. In 2009, he called a Democratic bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee an “important” step to expand coverage and provide “affordable, high-quality health care for all.” Eager to hear praise from a prominent Republican, Obama touted Thompson’s remarks.


July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo starts his march at 2016…..

His poll ratings are in stratosphere *…..

He has more money in the political bank than the majority of the countries Governor’s combined….

And just before the Democratic Convention he’s holding a get together for policy Democrats…..

Anderew Cuomo IS running for President in 2016 folks….

That is if Hillary Clinton DOES NOT run…..

Cuomo Plans Policy Summit

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “has studiously avoided talk of a 2016 White House run, but he has positioned himself on two fronts, amassing the nation’s largest gubernatorial war chest and organizing a series of August policy summits with Democratic leaders and academics,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Mr. Cuomo has raised nearly $1 million a month since he took office in January 2011 and has about $19.3 million to spend –more than 40 other governors combined… Meanwhile, just two weeks before his party gathers on Sept. 3 for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Cuomo is hosting a summit of his own, inviting Clinton administration veterans and others to Manhattan for a policy forum.”


*A new Quinnipiac poll finds New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) with a staggering 73% to 16% approval rating, an all-time high.

Perhaps even more striking, Cuomo holds a 69% to 19% approval rate among Republicans.


July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Daily 2012 Polling for July 26, 2012

Thursday, July 26

Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Nevada: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Reports Obama 50, Romney 45 Obama +5
Missouri: Romney vs. Obama WeAskAmerica* Romney 49, Obama 40 Romney +9
New Jersey: Romney vs. Obama Monmouth University Obama 50, Romney 42 Obama +8
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking Obama 46, Romney 46 Tie
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 44, Romney 48 Romney +4
New Jersey Senate – Kyrillos vs. Menendez Monmouth University Menendez 44, Kyrillos 35 Menendez +9
Pennsylvania Senate – Smith vs. Casey PPP (D) Casey 46, Smith 36 Casey +10
Hawaii Senate – Lingle vs. Hirono Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hirono 58, Lingle 39 Hirono +19
Michigan Senate – Hoekstra vs. Stabenow PPP (D) Stabenow 52, Hoekstra 38 Stabenow +14
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 47, Disapprove 47 Tie
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 48, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +3

These polling dates are from RealClearPolitics…..

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Congress WILL try NOT to shut down the Government over spending….

They’re gonna punt…..


Lets see if the can extract a little MORE drama out of this from the Conservatives in the House?

Senior House and Senate leaders voiced optimism that they could reach agreement on a stopgap spending measure that would prevent a government shutdown shortly before the November election.

Congress has more than two months to figure out how to fund the government this fall, but because lawmakers are only in session for less than three weeks during that time, discussions about a continuing resolution have heated up in recent days. The Senate has made little progress passing annual appropriations bills, necessitating a stopgap measure to keep the government’s lights on through the November election.

It could be political suicide to have a government shutdown before voters go to the polls — for both sides of the aisle. Congress’s approval rating is a scant 16 percent, according to a July Gallup poll.

The central issue has been the length of a stopgap, and both sides appeared to be moving toward a six-month bill, which would keep the government running into 2013.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday talks were occurring “at a high level” and had been “very productive.” Reid also suggested that he would support a continuing resolution that would extend into 2013, aligning him with House conservatives who have pushed their leadership for a six-month bill. “It would be to my preference that we do something that would alleviate this being an issue that we have during the lame duck,” Reid said….


July 26, 2012 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Politics, Projections, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

Romney disses the British on their Olympic operation ……

Good ole Mitt Romney….

Get’s off the plane and promptly inserts foot in mouth!

‘Only he can run an Olympics?”

He’s a great prospect for the President of the USA!

hosted2.ap.org….Romney stepping out of 10 Downing Street…The PM’s house

Mitt Romney jetted across the Atlantic this week, partly to escape the stature-diminishing grind of the daily campaign — but he arrived to find an adversary every bit as ferocious as President Barack Obama’s Chicago crew: the British press.

Romney’s critique of this country’s preparations for the Olympic Games caused a firestorm in the London-based media Thursday, putting the Republican presidential hopeful on damage-control duty and ensuring that a trip meant to remind American voters about his leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics and his diplomatic bona fides began on a sour note.

By the evening here, Romney had become part of a rallying cry, meant to fire up proud Britons.

“There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we are ready!” London Mayor Boris Johnson bellowed to a crowd in Hyde Park. “Are we ready? Yes we are!”

It wasn’t supposed to go like this.

After a day spent gripping and grinning with Great Britain’s past and present political elite, Romney was to have emerged from 10 Downing Street looking every bit the president-in-waiting.

But even before he began taking questions from reporters, the candidate knew he had to douse water on Fleet Street’s flames.

“I applaud the work the organizers did in bringing the Olympic experience right into the heart of London,” Romney said in his prepared remarks.

That was a touch more soothing to the Great British ego than what led to the trans-Atlantic flap.


July 26, 2012 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Political Roundup for July 26, 2012…Red Racing Horses

by: Ryan_in_SEPA

Romney/Bush/Rubio: Jeb Bush has urged Mitt Romney to select Florida US Senator Marco Rubio to be his vice presidential choice.  Bush has been making the push in public and private as of late, but ruled out himself being a candidate for vice president.  He recently admitted he should have ran for president this cycle.

More Romney/Rubio: In light of the Aurora shooting, the Romney campaign has cancelled the campaign visit featuring Marco Rubio.  While the Colorado visit has been cancelled, Rubio intends to still appear at a Las Vegas event.

Christie: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he would be interested in running in 2016 if Mitt Romney does not win in 2012 or elects to not serve a second term.  Christie has been courted for vice president, but interest has waned as of late apparently over a personality difference with Romney.  Who would have suspected.

O’Malley: Speaking of 2016, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has set up a federal PAC.  The Democratic Governor of Maryland is viewed as a favorite of progressive members of the party who are looking for a candidate to run in 2016.

Obama/Leaks: The Obama campaign seems to be on the defensive and changing its story regarding the leaking of classified information.  Senior campaign advisor David Axelrod said on Morning Joe that President Obama did not leak the information or authorized its leak.  This is a change in the White House’s previous stance that nothing was leaked from the White House.

Portman: Ohio US Senator Rob Portman is considered to be near the top of Mitt Romney’s short list for vice president, but even if he is not selected, he will be a valuable asset in the Senate.  Portman has a strong relationship with several moderate Democrats and could be a key ally for Romney in any budget deal.

North Carolina:  Is North Carolina trending right again or is still a competitive battleground? The Romney campaign is treating it as a Republican leaning state while the Obama campaign seems to still think its in play.  While I think Romney wins North Carolina, I am not sure it is completely in the bag.

Polling: The Hill provides an interesting analysis on the obscene nature of the amount of polling the Obama campaign is performing especially during June.

Enthusiasm: Republican voters have opened a significant enthusiasm gap over their Democratic counterparts.  Democratic Enthusiasm is lower than in 2004 and 2008 while Republican Enthusiasm is in line with 2004 and substantially higher than 2008.

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to Plan B for the Politicaldog101…..

For those of you who follow the Dog…..

I’ve had to switch to plan B…..

The Hosted website has been down for 25 or so hours….

The site has grown by leaps and bounds…

And my effort to stuff as much info into the site has caused a problem…

The Home page has gotten slow to load…

Timing out the server I use from my host hostgator….

My webmaster seems to be busy….

so I’m wait for her to fix the issue so host gator will put the site back up….

I apologize to everyone for the problems…

And it seems it was NOT your url….

But MY host that caused the problems with the site….

We’ll use this as our Open thread…..


When  ever my webmaster should be able get this taken care of ….

I’ll switch back over …


The Dog….

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Other Things, Updates | , , | 33 Comments