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California to block access to welfare cards from casinos and cruise ships…..

Why do I find this NOT hard to believe?

The Schwarzenegger administration is cutting off use of state-issued welfare debit cards at casinos across the country and on cruise ships, following a Times report that the aid cards have been used to spend or withdraw millions of dollars in benefits at popular vacation spots.

More than $69 million meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children was accessed in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam between January 2007 and May 2010, according to data from the California Department of Social Services.

Department Director John Wagner instructed the vendor that administers the debit card program to make the changes Monday afternoon, in response to a story that ran in The Times’ Monday edition. The move is part of the Schwarzenegger administration’s commitment to “rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in these programs” and to ensuring “these resources are going to the people they are intended for,” Wagner said.

More than $11 million was spent or withdrawn in Las Vegas, about $1 million of that at shops and casino hotels on or within a block or two of the famous strip. The data show $8,968 accessed at the Tropicana and $7,995 at the Venetian and its Grand Canal Shoppes…….More….

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October 5, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Food, Government, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Daniel…….Polling Summary for Tuesday, 25th May, 2010

Hello Folks!

Here is my Polling Summary for today:

Georgia Senate:

Isakson (R)  57 %  ,  Thurmond (D)  30 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Arkansas Governor:
Beebe (D)  53 %  ,  Keet (R)  38 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Oregon Governor:

Dudley (R)  45 %  ,  Kitzhaber (D)  44 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Note:

When RAS polled this Race before the Primary and had both Candidates tied at 41 % I first thought this was a joke. Hell no folks, it isn’t. Athough I still seriously doubt Dudley is going to win this Poll bodes very well for Rossi in neighboring Washington State. Sounds like Democrats having real difficulties in their Western Base States.

SC-GOV GOP Primary:

Haley  39 %  ,  McMaster  18 %  ,  G. Barrett  16 %  ,  Bauer  13 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

SC-GOV DEM Primary:

Sheheen  36 %  ,  Rex  30 %  ,  Ford  11 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

CA-GOV GOP Primary:

Whitman  51 %  ,  Poizner  26 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

CA-SEN GOP Primary:

Fiorina  41 %  ,  Campbell  21 %  ,  DeVore  16 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

Note:

This morning I said SUSA seemed to be a little erratic on their California Survey. Well folks, maybe not. PPP finds similar Results to SUSA.

Daniel G.

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Student achievement as a Partial basis for teacher raises is coming……

Gov. Bill Ritter

[ Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is backed by members of the Legislature as he signs a teacher’s tenure bill at the Capitol. ]

Colorado is the first state to put into law the policy…..

Several states will follow….

The Dog whole hearty endorses the policy…

Having seen first hand the horrible results of teachers that decide that they give a s*#t about teaching anymore while they hide behind tenure….

While I don’t like the current ‘school report cards’ policy which has teachers ‘teaching to the test’…..

There simply has to be evaluations of teachers to catch the horrible actions of children wasting time in classroom of teachers that fail to teach…..

This deprives the child of an education and places an added burden on teachers who get kids who have not learned in earlier classes……

Where I live…..Teachers make darn good salaries…..They deserve them….But we need to rid the system of the ones that don’t teacher but collect those salaries….

A landmark Colorado law that ties teacher evaluations to the progress of their students on achievement tests could help build momentum for a national movement that seeks to overhaul how instructors’ tenure and pay is earned, education leaders say.

Colorado’s law will hold teachers accountable for whether their students are learning, with 50% of a teacher’s evaluation based on students’ academic growth as measured partially by test scores. In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing legislation that will change the way teachers are evaluated, but its prospects are less certain; the state’s teachers union strongly opposes it.

Colorado’s action comes amid a national debate over how to get the best teachers into the classroom and remove the ones who aren’t doing a good job.

Similar legislation emphasizing teacher performance over job security is pending in Louisiana and Minnesota, and bills overhauling tenure protections and/or evaluation systems have already passed in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington, Tennessee and Michigan.

“It’s impossible to overstate just how significant this [Colorado] bill is,” said Tim Daly, president of the New Teacher Project, a national nonprofit that released a report last year revealing how the vast majority of teacher evaluation systems fail to distinguish effective teachers from ineffective ones.

Under Colorado’s law, passed with bipartisan support and signed by Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. on Thursday, even tenured teachers who are found to be “ineffective” for two consecutive years could lose job protections, and possibly their jobs.

Support from Democrats and, at the last minute, from a teachers union in Colorado represents a major political shift at a time when states are facing huge budget cuts that could mean thousands of teacher layoffs.

Colorado’s law also reflects a wholesale change in attitudes toward evaluating teachers. Like many states, Colorado is hoping to bolster its chances in the Race to the Top grant competition before second-round applications are due June 1. The program rewards states for assessing teacher effectiveness, and Colorado has $175 million at stake.

More……..

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Merlin on Barbara Boxer's California Senate race……

Hi Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Goden State shows Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D) may very well have the Race of her Political Life in 2010. She is well under 50 % and barely leads her Republican Challengers.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate 2010

Boxer, Fiorina and Campbell……..

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  45 %
former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  46 %
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R)  42 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  5 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  47 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  42 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  58 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  27 %
Disapprove  72 %

Merlin’s Observation:

Despite a horrible JA from the “Governator” and decent Numbers from the President Senator Boxer’s Numbers are pretty underwhelming. That should be concerning.

Merlin

This from Rasmussen on the race…….

The Democratic-leaning political gravity of California will certainly give Senator Boxer a boost in that effort.”

Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 46% to 42%, virtually unchanged from January. Another seven percent (7%) would vote for some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided. Boxer led Fiorina by nine points in November and 10 points in September.

The incumbent also holds a four-point lead over former Congressman Tom Campbell, 45% to 41%. Four percent (4%) like another candidate, and 10% are undecided. Boxer held the same lead over Campbell, just after he joined the race in January.

The fact that Boxer’s support has been stuck in the mid-40s for several surveys no matter which Republican she is matched against continues to suggest that the race for now is about her rather than about those who are running against her.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merlin on Barbara Boxer’s California Senate race……

Hi Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Goden State shows Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D) may very well have the Race of her Political Life in 2010. She is well under 50 % and barely leads her Republican Challengers.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate 2010

Boxer, Fiorina and Campbell……..

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  45 %
former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  46 %
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R)  42 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  5 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  47 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  42 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  58 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  27 %
Disapprove  72 %

Merlin’s Observation:

Despite a horrible JA from the “Governator” and decent Numbers from the President Senator Boxer’s Numbers are pretty underwhelming. That should be concerning.

Merlin

This from Rasmussen on the race…….

The Democratic-leaning political gravity of California will certainly give Senator Boxer a boost in that effort.”

Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 46% to 42%, virtually unchanged from January. Another seven percent (7%) would vote for some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided. Boxer led Fiorina by nine points in November and 10 points in September.

The incumbent also holds a four-point lead over former Congressman Tom Campbell, 45% to 41%. Four percent (4%) like another candidate, and 10% are undecided. Boxer held the same lead over Campbell, just after he joined the race in January.

The fact that Boxer’s support has been stuck in the mid-40s for several surveys no matter which Republican she is matched against continues to suggest that the race for now is about her rather than about those who are running against her.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merlin on the new PPP California Governor and Senate Races…….

Hi Dog!

A new Poll from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) finds the General Election Races for Governor & Senate closer than the Field Poll from last week. As time goes on this could get interesting in the Golden State.

PPIC Survey

California Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman  41 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner  11 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  44 %

General Election

Attorney General Jerry Brown (D)  41 %
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R)  36 %
Undecided  23 %

Attorney General Jerry Brown (D)  44 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R)  29 %
Undecided  27 %

California Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Former Rep. Tom Campbell  27 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina  16 %
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore  8 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  44 %

Note: Campbell’s Entry has really transformed this Primary Race. This is the second Poll showing Campbell ahead of Fiorina. She now isn’t the odds on Favourite to win the Primary anymore.

General Election

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  45 %
Former Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Undecided  14 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  48 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  40 %
Undecided  12 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  47 %
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  39 %
Undecided  14 %

Full Results can be found here:

http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/survey/S_110MBS.pdf

Merlin’s Thoughts:

It’s definitely interesting in the Golden State. Who have thought Republicans would be competitive in California a year ago. All of the sudden Brown & Boxer find themselves in close Races. They both need to work for it this time otherwise they’ll lose.

Merlin

He, he, he….The Dog isn’t surprised…..After all they do have a Republican governor….Don’t they?

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 19 Comments

Merlin on California…..Democrats are struggling everywhere……or is it just Barbra Boxer?

Hi Dog!

I promised you late last week that I would give you some numbers for the California Senate Race …..which confirms that Democrats, are Not only struggling in “Swing States” like Colorado & Nevada….. But also struggle in “Deep Blue States” like California.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate 2010

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
Fmr. HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R)  43 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  8 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  40 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D)  46 %
Fmr. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  42 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  9 %

As always Full Results can be found at Rasmussen Reports.com

Note to our Readers:

Because of Upgrades to the Rasmussen Premium Sector the Rasmussen Reports Home Page maybe currently unavailable.

Merlin

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 3 Comments

Gov. Schwarzenegger probably couldn't run for Dog catcher right at this moment……..

And the PolitcalDog means it……Public Policy Institute of California pegs California’s Governor Arnold Schwarenegger’s approval rating at 27%…..With the Economy on the minds of 60% of the respondents…….

He now joins New York’s Governor Paterson, and South Carolina’s Gov. Stanford on the bottom of the  list of  Governors not liked  by their voters……at least Arnold isn’t a Democrat…..(Jerry Brown is)…….

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | 2 Comments

Gov. Schwarzenegger probably couldn’t run for Dog catcher right at this moment……..

And the PolitcalDog means it……Public Policy Institute of California pegs California’s Governor Arnold Schwarenegger’s approval rating at 27%…..With the Economy on the minds of 60% of the respondents…….

He now joins New York’s Governor Paterson, and South Carolina’s Gov. Stanford on the bottom of the  list of  Governors not liked  by their voters……at least Arnold isn’t a Democrat…..(Jerry Brown is)…….

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | 2 Comments

California will begin paying IOU's a month earlier than planned……..

The State of California will begin honoring IOU’s as of September 4, which is a month earlier they anticipated. The state will borrow the $10.5 Billion they need for the fiscal year and be all right due to the budget deals approved recently……the IOU’s have been for vendors, tax returns and other creditors………

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Politics, The Economy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment