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Bill White fights his past membership in a New York based anti-gun group….

FILE - In this April 30, 2010 file photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White responds to a reporters question following a news conference in Grand Prairie, Texas. The former Houston mayor heads into the 2010 governor's race playing defense on a powerful political issue. The biggest liability for White is his past membership in a New York-based gun control group. White says he resigned after finding its positions too restrictive, but his participation in Mayors Against Illegal Guns riled up those who live to preserve Texas' pro-gun culture. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Houston Mayor Bill White is running against a Governor that made headlines shooting a coyote once while taking a run…..

In Texas belonging to a anti-gun group is certainly gonna cost you votes…..

As Al Gore….

He was the last Democrat to embrace that policy….

And it hurt him bad in the South and Western states..

So bad that NO….Nationa Democrat has touched the issue since…..

Look at Bill White’s problem with voters on the issue….

You can see why……

But this is Texas, where incumbent Rick Perry recently shot a coyote while out jogging and enjoys hunting deer with a bow and arrow. The love of weaponry is so ingrained in state culture that having a legal permit to carry a handgun will get you waved through the Texas Capitol security lines without going through a magnetometer.

Against that backdrop, the former Houston mayor heads into the 2010 governor’s race playing defense on a powerful political issue. The biggest liability for White is his past membership in a New York-based gun control group. White says he resigned after finding its positions too restrictive, but his participation in Mayors Against Illegal Guns riled up those who live to preserve Texas’ pro-gun culture.

“Anywhere in the civilized world you would be able to make the argument that everybody should be able to be against illegal guns. But we’re not in the civilized word. We’re in Texas,” said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.

White only needs to look a few years back to find candidates who have lost campaigns over the issue. The last Democrat who was elected governor, Ann Richards, lost her re-election bid in 1994 in part after opposing concealed handgun legislation and vetoingreferendum on it.

George W. Bush signed the bill into law in his first year after defeating her to become governor

There is really no such thing as a moderate position on guns that’s going to help in Texas,” said Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

As mayor of Houston, White joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that supports individual gun rights, but wants more controls on gun show sales, restrictions on the reach of conceal-and-carry laws and more oversight of federal gun purchase records.

White said he joined the gun-control group in 2006 at the urging of its founder, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That year, Houston’s crime rate hit a 12-year high…….

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June 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Governor Patrick of Massachusetts is up 13%……….

While some had written off after the Scott Brown GOP win….

It hasn’t worked that way…

Deval Patrick, the Democrat,  is comfortably ahead in his state..and should sail on to re-election…..

From Politicalwire…..
A new Suffolk University poll in Massachusetts finds Gov. Deval Patrick (D) leading the three-way race for governor with 42%, followed by Charles Baker (R) at 29% and Tim Cahill (I) at 14%.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Martha Coakley…..will run for re-election for another term as the Mass. Attorney General…

This from the Boston Globe Newspaper…….

Despite being stung by her devastating loss to Republican Scott Brown in the US Senate race, Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley will return to work this week and seek reelection in the fall, aides said.

“She loves her job,” said Coakley spokesman Corey Welford. “It allows her to take on issues she feels passionately about, to fight for people in the state.”

I hope she decides to campaign harder this time……..

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Bill Thompson will run for New York City Mayor in 2013…..

Thompson (the ex-NYC Controller), who just bearly lost to Mike Bloomberg has decided to not primary Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running for her spot for the first time this year…This will leave the field open for Harold Ford Jr. to run against her in the democratic primary and leave Thompson time to get a leg up on anyone running for New York City Mayor four years from now…….

When asked about Cuomo running for the  New York State Governor spot, which Governor Paterson was not elected to he answered…..“People could have used that same line and said, when I was running, ‘Don’t you think it’s wrong to run against Mike Bloomberg?’ I don’t think there are any goods or bads. Everybody has to be held to their own decision.”

He did say that the current junior senator from New York still needs to introduce herself to voters…..

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Another Democtaric Senator will retire!…..Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND)….

This is the second Democratic Senator to retire in 24 hours…..not a good day for the Democratic Party and it’s majority in the Senate….This from Merlin…..

Here’s the story from Politico’s Scorecard by Josh Kraushaar……..

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced this evening that he’s retiring at the end of his term, a shocking development that threatens Democratic control of his Senate seat next year.

Dorgan was up for re-election in 2010, but the third-term senator wasn’t facing any strong Republican opposition– but was facing the growing possibility of a serious challenge from popular Gov. John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

In his statement, Dorgan said his retirement was borne out of the desire to spend more time with his family.

“Over this holiday season, I have come to the conclusion, with the support of my family, that I will not be seeking another term in the U.S. Senate in 2010. It is a hard decision to make after thirty years in the Congress, but I believe it is the right time for me to pursue these other interests,” Dorgan said in a statement.

“Let me be clear that this decision does not relate to any dissatisfaction that I have about serving in the Senate. Yes, I wish there was less rancor and more bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate these days. But still, it is a great privilege to serve and I have the utmost respect for all of the men and women with whom I serve.”

Here’s how he annouced his decission…..

Democratic Senate campaign officials only found out about Dorgan’s decision within the last 24 hours. Dorgan began calling Senate leaders on Tuesday afternoon to inform them of his decision to retire, according to Senate insiders.

He had previously given no sign that he wasn’t going to run for re-election or was even considering retirement and had been raising money for his 2010 campaign.

“It caught us totally by surprise,” said an aide to one top Senate Democrat. “We had no idea this was coming. Total stunner.”

this the story with the possible replacement for his seat…….

A December Rasmussen poll showed Hoeven leading Dorgan by an astounding 22 points, 58 percent to 36 percent.  Both candidates, according to the poll, held very strong approval ratings within the state.

Hoeven, a third-term governor, has rock-star appeal in North Dakota, with a majority of voters (53 percent) viewing him “very favorably” in the Rasmussen survey.

On the Democratic side, all eyes will be on Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), who represents the entire state in the House and has won his share of tough campaigns.  But if Pomeroy ran for the Senate, his vacancy would mean House Republicans would have an excellent opportunity to pick up his seat..

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics | , , , | 3 Comments

A Blue dog Democrat, Rep. Parker Griffith will make the switch to the GOP in Alabama…..

Freshman Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Ala.) will go ever to the GOP which shouldn’t be too hard in Alamaba…the thing is the seat has been in Democratic hands since 1866…..oh, well!……..

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Cory Booker for 'Money Mike' Bloomberg?……Why?

Cory A. Booker, the Mayor of Newark New Jersey…the one with the ‘D’ for Democrat behind his name, spend Sunday in Queens, New York campaigning with Michael Bloomberg, who has at various times had a ‘D’ , ‘R’ and now a ‘I’ behind his name, but is on the GOP line, and the Independent line, in the upcoming vote for the Mayor of the City of New York……………

Now when I saw this…… I wondered……Why is a democrat from Jersey coming over to Queens, New York to campaign for the NY City Mayor?……Why?

Could one of the reasons be the fact that Mr. Booker has received $26,000 in  campaign donations from the right hand accountant of Bloomberg, Martin J. Geller… the contribution has to be perfectly legal……but ?????

Now, to be fair, Geller is allowed to give money to whoever he wants to…in New York, New Jersey or China for that matter…but after receiving the money in April of this year…..Booker shows up in a majority black area with the Mayor, give us a break…even the little kids around the way can figure this one out…….

All that money…….all that money…maybe that’s why Anthony Weiner didn’t run…..not because he got engaged to you know who………

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cory Booker for ‘Money Mike’ Bloomberg?……Why?

Cory A. Booker, the Mayor of Newark New Jersey…the one with the ‘D’ for Democrat behind his name, spend Sunday in Queens, New York campaigning with Michael Bloomberg, who has at various times had a ‘D’ , ‘R’ and now a ‘I’ behind his name, but is on the GOP line, and the Independent line, in the upcoming vote for the Mayor of the City of New York……………

Now when I saw this…… I wondered……Why is a democrat from Jersey coming over to Queens, New York to campaign for the NY City Mayor?……Why?

Could one of the reasons be the fact that Mr. Booker has received $26,000 in  campaign donations from the right hand accountant of Bloomberg, Martin J. Geller… the contribution has to be perfectly legal……but ?????

Now, to be fair, Geller is allowed to give money to whoever he wants to…in New York, New Jersey or China for that matter…but after receiving the money in April of this year…..Booker shows up in a majority black area with the Mayor, give us a break…even the little kids around the way can figure this one out…….

All that money…….all that money…maybe that’s why Anthony Weiner didn’t run…..not because he got engaged to you know who………

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New takeoff on Mac vs PC ad campaign…Democrat vs Republican political ad…….

He, he, he……here’s the Democrat vs Republican ad video……courtesy of the people at Politicalwire……it’s funny!

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Florida Gov Charlie Crist in trouble?

It might seem so…early on people kinda laughed off his primary opponent, Marco Rubio,  in the race for one of the Florida US Senate seats as ‘too conservative’…..Well, not any longer…..Governor Charlie Crist, who appeared with President Obama in Fort Myers, Florida, in connection with the earlier Stimulus program (a GOP no-no),  might have done well with moderates in both parties…but lost face with GOP conservatives…….

Crist now finds himself in a bit an of a problem…Politics 101 has always been that Republicans run to the right for the primary ,then track back to the middle…Crist started in the middle….so much so, that in recent GOP polling he has lost out to his opponent , former House Speaker, Marco Rubio, in several straw polls……and his state wide polling has shown a steady slide with his parties voters…All of this has earned Rubio more campaign funds, and tighten up the race for senator……

My hope is that maybe, with all this blood letting …the Democratic front leader for the Florida Senate, Kendrick Meek, will find a weaken Republican to run against, and win the seat in a ‘steal’ for the democrats…..

Stay tuned……….

October 20, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment