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Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind-D) will consider running for Evan Bayh's Senate seat in Indiana……

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said today he will consider running to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

In a statement released shortly after Bayh announced his decision, Ellsworth said he will discuss the matter with his family before making a decision.

“I heard about the news during my annual Open Door Listening Tour this morning, and I appreciate the support of those Hoosiers who have already encouraged me to run for Senator Bayh’s seat,” Ellsworth said. ”

“The next step will be taking a few days to talk to my wife and to folks in Indiana about where I can best serve our state. In the meanwhile, I will continue to travel throughout the 8th District this week listening to Hoosiers about the challenges they face and their ideas for getting our economy back on track.”

Ellsworth will almost certainly not be able to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by tomorrow’s noon deadline, but he could be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party after the deadline has passed.

Ellsworth, a former sherriff, is a centrist, pro-life Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008 with 64% of the vote.

This from Merlin…..

Hi Dog!

It seems Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth) is the early Frontrunner to be picked as Democratic Nominee for the November Election CNN & MSNBC reporting though an Official Statement hasn’t been made.

Indiana Democrats have until June 30th to pick their Candidate.

Merlin

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February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind-D) will consider running for Evan Bayh’s Senate seat in Indiana……

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said today he will consider running to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

In a statement released shortly after Bayh announced his decision, Ellsworth said he will discuss the matter with his family before making a decision.

“I heard about the news during my annual Open Door Listening Tour this morning, and I appreciate the support of those Hoosiers who have already encouraged me to run for Senator Bayh’s seat,” Ellsworth said. ”

“The next step will be taking a few days to talk to my wife and to folks in Indiana about where I can best serve our state. In the meanwhile, I will continue to travel throughout the 8th District this week listening to Hoosiers about the challenges they face and their ideas for getting our economy back on track.”

Ellsworth will almost certainly not be able to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by tomorrow’s noon deadline, but he could be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party after the deadline has passed.

Ellsworth, a former sherriff, is a centrist, pro-life Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008 with 64% of the vote.

This from Merlin…..

Hi Dog!

It seems Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth) is the early Frontrunner to be picked as Democratic Nominee for the November Election CNN & MSNBC reporting though an Official Statement hasn’t been made.

Indiana Democrats have until June 30th to pick their Candidate.

Merlin

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 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 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 Washington State’s Senate race…..

Hello Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Evergreen State shows that longterm Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) maybe vulnerable this year. Murray is barely over the 50 % Mark at which Incumbents considered to be vulnerable. She also leads 3 3rd Tier Opponents by double digits. However she trails ’04 & ’08 Republican Governor Candidate Dino Rossi (R) by 2 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

Washington Senate 2010

Murray and Rossi

’04 & ’08 GOP Governor Nominee Dino Rossi (R)  48 %
Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  46 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  5 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  50 %
State Senator Don Benton (R)  38 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  9 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  49 %
former NFL Professional Clint Didier (R)  34 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  48 %
Businessman Chris Widener (R)  33 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  14 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  51 %
Disapprove  48 %

Governor Christine Gregoire (D)

Approve  41 %
Disapprove  57 %

Full Results at Rasmussen Reports.com

Merlin’s Observation:

Murray holding barely over 50 % against unknown Opponents isn’t good. Obama is barely over water in the State & Governor Gregoire with a dismal 41 % JA. The Republicans should play here.

Merlin

From the Dog…..Murray is really cruisin here….

This from Rasmussen…..

‘Certainly the best-known of the Republicans, Rossi attracts 48% of the vote in a match-up with Murray while the incumbent earns 46%. One percent (1%) like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

But Rossi, despite encouragement from many Republicans, says so far that he’s not interested in running for the Senate.’

So Rasmussen is polling a GOP person that isn’t a candidate.…….

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

Merlin on the Washington State's Senate race…..

Hello Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Evergreen State shows that longterm Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) maybe vulnerable this year. Murray is barely over the 50 % Mark at which Incumbents considered to be vulnerable. She also leads 3 3rd Tier Opponents by double digits. However she trails ’04 & ’08 Republican Governor Candidate Dino Rossi (R) by 2 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

Washington Senate 2010

Murray and Rossi

’04 & ’08 GOP Governor Nominee Dino Rossi (R)  48 %
Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  46 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  5 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  50 %
State Senator Don Benton (R)  38 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  9 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  49 %
former NFL Professional Clint Didier (R)  34 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia “Patty” Lynn Murray (D)  48 %
Businessman Chris Widener (R)  33 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  14 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  51 %
Disapprove  48 %

Governor Christine Gregoire (D)

Approve  41 %
Disapprove  57 %

Full Results at Rasmussen Reports.com

Merlin’s Observation:

Murray holding barely over 50 % against unknown Opponents isn’t good. Obama is barely over water in the State & Governor Gregoire with a dismal 41 % JA. The Republicans should play here.

Merlin

From the Dog…..Murray is really cruisin here….

This from Rasmussen…..

‘Certainly the best-known of the Republicans, Rossi attracts 48% of the vote in a match-up with Murray while the incumbent earns 46%. One percent (1%) like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

But Rossi, despite encouragement from many Republicans, says so far that he’s not interested in running for the Senate.’

So Rasmussen is polling a GOP person that isn’t a candidate.…….

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

Merlin on the Iowa Governor race……

Hello and good morning Dog!

Current Iowa Governor Chet Culver and Fmr Gov. Terry Branstad

Could Iowa Governor Chet Culver (D-IA) be the next Incumbent Democratic Governor to retire? A new Selzer & Co. Des Moines Register Poll shows the Incumbent trailing former Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) by 20 Points.

Selzer & Co. Des Moines Register Survey

Iowa Governor 2010

Former Governor Terry Branstad (R)  53 %
Incumbent Governor Chet Culver (D)  33 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  9 %

Businessman Bob Vander Plaats (R)  43 %
Incumbent Governor Chet Culver (D)  40 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  12 %

Incumbent Governor Chet Culver (D)  41 %
State Representative Christopher Rants (R)  37 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  14 %

Incumbent Governor Chet Culver (D)  41 %
State Representative Rod Roberts (R)  36 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  15 %

Job Approval Iowa Governor Chet Culver (D)

Approve  36 %
Disapprove  53 %

Full Results at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/ Then click on Iowa Poll.

Merlin’s Observation:

This is really getting ugly for Culver. Those Numbers are even more worse than Ritter’s before the Colorado Governor announced his Retirement.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

America’s Cup Update…….

My Name is Merlin and I’ll talk you through this.

Update: Everything looks go. Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett plans to lower the AP Postponement Flag at 16.14 Local for a Start at 16.25 Local.

Update: AP Flag is down

Update: Looks like on time start at 16.25 Local

Update: Inside 6 Minutes

Update: Horrible Start from the Alinghi again and again with a Penalty

Update: Alinghi now leading. Unbelievable. They clawed back nearly 500 Meters.

Update: Alinghi now leading by 500 Meters. This is incredible. Man, I never thought this would be possible after the first Race.

Update: Now Oracle has clawed back to 300 Meters

Update: Oracle rounds First Mark by 28 Seconds

Update: Now it’s Race 1 all over again. Oracle leads by over 1,5 kilometres.

Update: Oracle rounds 2nd Mark by 2 Minutes 44 Seconds ahead of Alinghi

Update: Oracle now leads by over 2000 Meters

Update: Inside 3 Minutes

Update: BMW ORACLE WINS Race 2 and the 33RD AMERICA’S CUP.

The Tropy Presenation will be available here.…….

Update:.…..The Italian Team will  be the Challangers to Oracle in the 34th America’s Cup race!…..


February 14, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Weather | , , | 22 Comments

America's Cup Update…….

My Name is Merlin and I’ll talk you through this.

Update: Everything looks go. Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett plans to lower the AP Postponement Flag at 16.14 Local for a Start at 16.25 Local.

Update: AP Flag is down

Update: Looks like on time start at 16.25 Local

Update: Inside 6 Minutes

Update: Horrible Start from the Alinghi again and again with a Penalty

Update: Alinghi now leading. Unbelievable. They clawed back nearly 500 Meters.

Update: Alinghi now leading by 500 Meters. This is incredible. Man, I never thought this would be possible after the first Race.

Update: Now Oracle has clawed back to 300 Meters

Update: Oracle rounds First Mark by 28 Seconds

Update: Now it’s Race 1 all over again. Oracle leads by over 1,5 kilometres.

Update: Oracle rounds 2nd Mark by 2 Minutes 44 Seconds ahead of Alinghi

Update: Oracle now leads by over 2000 Meters

Update: Inside 3 Minutes

Update: BMW ORACLE WINS Race 2 and the 33RD AMERICA’S CUP.

The Tropy Presenation will be available here.…….

Update:.…..The Italian Team will  be the Challangers to Oracle in the 34th America’s Cup race!…..


February 14, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Weather | , , | 22 Comments

Merlin on the Texas Governor GOP Primary and General…..

Hi Dog!

Yes I know we already have a lot of those Surveys but here is another Texas Republican Governor Primary Survey.

Research 2000 / DailyKos Survey

Texas Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry  42 %
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison  30 %
Debra Medina  17 %
Undecided  11 %

General Election

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry (R)  46 %
former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  42 %
Undecided  12 %

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)  47 %
former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  41 %
Undecided  12 %

GOP Tea Party Activist Debra Medina (R)  44 %
former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  43 %
Undecided  13 %

Full Results can be found here:

http://www.dailykos.com/statepoll/2010/2/10/TX/444

Merlin’s Observation:

There will be many more Primary Polls coming in the next 2 weeks.

Ah, Perry still not above 50%….The Dog smells a run-off in the making!

Merlin

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 6 Comments