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Politicalwire Polling reports…….. Campbell (Ca), Whitman (Ca) and Brewer (Az)…….

From PoliticalWire…..

Campbell Keeps Lead Over Fiorina in Primary

A new DailyKos/Research 2000 poll in California finds Tom Campbell (R) leading the Republican U.S. Senate race with 37%, followed by Carly Fiorina (R) at 22% and Chuck DeVore (R) at 14%.

These results conflict with a poll earlier this week that showed Fiorina moving into the lead.

The primary is on June 8.

In general election match ups, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) leads Campbell, 47% to 40%, tops Fiorina, 48% to 39%, and beats DeVore, 47% to 38%.

Whitman Maintains Lead Over Poizner in Primary

A new DailyKos/Research 2000 poll in California finds Meg Whitman (R) leads Steve Poizner (R) in the Republican primary for governor, 46% to 36%, with another 18% still undecided.

The primary is on June 8.

In general election match ups, Jerry Brown (D) leads Whitman, 46% to 42%, and beats Poizner, 47% to 36%.

Brewer Gets Boost from Immigration Law

A new Rasmussen survey in Arizona finds Gov. Jan Brewer (R) leading Terry Goddard (D) by double digits for the first time, 52% to 39%.

Key finding: The new immigration law has gained support among Arizona voters, who now approve of it by 71% to 24%. Meanwhile, 69% of those who support the law prefer Brewer, while 91% who oppose the law prefer Goddard.

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May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

PoliticalWire Quickies…..Blumenthal, Spitzer, Whitman, Sestak and Giannoulias…..

Pieces from PoliticalWire…please click on thr headline for the link…..

Blumenthal Invents a War Record

At a ceremony honoring military veterans, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), who is running for U.S. Senate, recalled his own service, the New York Times reports.

Said Blumenthal: “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

“There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal… never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.”

Ben Smith: “That Connecticut Senate seat just got less safe for Democrats.”

Blumenthal is expected to be nominated at the Connecticut Democratic convention on Friday.

Spitzer Not Making Comeback This Year

In an interview with WPIX-TV, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) said he “is not returning to the political arena, at least not this year.”

Said Spitzer: “I don’t have any thoughts about running for political office right now. It is not what I am doing… People have been encouraging me to run for office. I am flattered, and I’m thankful. It feels nice, but it’s not happening.”

Poll Finds Whitman with Big Lead

A new M4 Strategies poll in California finds Meg Whitman (R) holds a 17 point lead over Steve Poizner (R) in the Republican primary for governor, 49% to 32% with 20% still undecided.

This finding conflicts with a poll last week that showed Whitman’s lead disappearing.

Bad Weather Helps Sestak?

The weather forecast tomorrow in PhiladelphiaPittsburgh and most of the rest of Pennsylvania is for rain during voting hours.

Conventional wisdom suggests this may dampen turnout for all but the most enthusiastic voters and will give an edge to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) in his effort to defeat Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Nate Silver notes that other intangibles seem to favor Sestak as well.

Giannoulias Claims He’s Back in the Race

An internal poll in Illinois released by Alexi Giannoulias (D) shows him even with Republican U.S. Senate rival Mark Kirk (R), 44% to 44%, “making up for ground lost after the failure of the Giannoulias family-owned Broadway Bank.”

Two weeks ago, the campaign’s internal numbers found Kirk leading by six points, 43% to 37%.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Primaries list…….

From PolitcalWire…..

A quick check of the congressional primary calendar shows we’re in for some exciting political weeks ahead:

May 4: Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina primaries
May 6: British parliamentary elections
May 8: Republican convention in Utah
May 11: Nebraska and West Virginia primaries
May 18: Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania primaries
May 18: Special election in PA-12
May 22: Special election in HI-1
May 25: Idaho primaries

More……..

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Some PoliticalWire Quickies……( Congress, 2012 Campaign, McCain, The Recession, Bayh and Reid )

From the people over @ PoliticalWire……

Americans Very Unhappy with Congress

A new Gallup Poll finds a record-low 28% of American voters say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. The previous low was 29% in October 1992.

“The same poll finds 49% of voters, a near-record low, saying their own member of Congress deserves to be re-elected. This marks only the second time since Gallup began asking this question in 1992 that the figure has dipped below 50%, and the first on the doorstep of a midterm election.”

The 2012 Campaign Begins

The early jockeying for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination steps up a notch tomorrow when the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference gets underway in New Orleans.

Featured speakers include Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty and Michael Steele.

C-SPAN will provide complete coverage of the event.

The Fall of John McCain

In case you missed it, Jon Stewart absolutely took apart Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on his show last night. Just brutal.

Read more…

Lawmakers Uninformed About Financial Crisis

In a very interesting interview with Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis talks about his new book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine and a meeting he had with 40 or 50 House Republicans late last year.

Said Lewis: “I was supposed to be there for an hour. I was there for almost three. And nobody left. And their questions were increasingly: ‘Oh my God, Goldman Sachs did what? A.I.G. did what?’ They didn’t understand it… The minute they started to understand, they were outraged. And I think the more things are explained, the more outraged people will get.”

Bayh for Governor?

When Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) announced his retirement from the Senate earlier this year, he gave few hints as to what he’d do next.

But a knowledgeable Washington, D.C. source tells TPM that Bayh’s intentions “are clear to national Democrats: in 2012, he’s planning to leverage the independent, outsider cred he’s accrued in the wake of his retirement to run for his old job as Indiana’s Governor.”

In fact, Bayh may have hinted at his plans in his Senate retirement speech when he said, “I am an executive at heart.”

Quote of the Day

“If the election were held today, I’d win.”

— Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), in an interview with the Nevada Appeal, rejecting the polls that show him running behind every potential Republican challenger.

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PolitcalWire Quickies……..GOP, Dodd, Healthcare and Congress isn’t popular…..

From PoliticalWire……

Big Republican Donors Bypassing RNC

Since Michael Steele became RNC chairman in January 2009, “a growing number of prominent GOP donors has stopped contributing to the RNC, choosing instead to direct their money to outlets such as the party’s Senatorial Committee,” the Daily Caller reports.

“According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, at least eight of the RNC’s top individual donors have declined to contribute in the past 14 months… Each of the individuals had a record of contributing thousands to the RNC in past years but since 2009 have chosen to direct their money to the NRSC, National Republican Congressional Committee or individual campaign committees.”

Ehrlich Confirms He’ll Challenge O’Malley

Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) confirmed rumors that he’ll try to reclaim his former job  and challenge Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), the Baltimore Sun reports.

Ehrlich hopes “to benefit from a national anti-incumbent sentiment that emerged since the last presidential election and has deepened during the health care debate.”

Quote of the Day

“We wrote checks to keep them alive…and then they turn around and we find they aren’t even paying taxes, they are getting rebates back. All the more reason why there is a sense of growing outrage to all this.”

— Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT), in an interview on the Fox Business Network, on banks that received bailout funds.

Push for Health Care Repeal Could Backfire

Top Republicans “are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that’s roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s new health care law,” the AP reports.

Pushing for outright repeal carries big risks: “Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade. More important, say strategists from both parties, a fiercely repeal-the-bill stance might prove far less popular in a general election than in a conservative-dominated GOP primary, especially in states such as Illinois and California.”

Plurality Not Happy with Their Representative

A new Marist Poll finds that 45% of registered voters nationwide are not satisfied with their elected officials in the U.S. Congress and would vote against them in the November election. By contrast, 41% would vote for the incumbent, and 14% are unsure.

Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “There is plenty of grumbling about Congress, and the winds of change are blowing.”


March 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , | 3 Comments

PolitcalWire Quickies……..GOP, Dodd, Healthcare and Congress isn't popular…..

From PoliticalWire……

Big Republican Donors Bypassing RNC

Since Michael Steele became RNC chairman in January 2009, “a growing number of prominent GOP donors has stopped contributing to the RNC, choosing instead to direct their money to outlets such as the party’s Senatorial Committee,” the Daily Caller reports.

“According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, at least eight of the RNC’s top individual donors have declined to contribute in the past 14 months… Each of the individuals had a record of contributing thousands to the RNC in past years but since 2009 have chosen to direct their money to the NRSC, National Republican Congressional Committee or individual campaign committees.”

Ehrlich Confirms He’ll Challenge O’Malley

Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) confirmed rumors that he’ll try to reclaim his former job  and challenge Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), the Baltimore Sun reports.

Ehrlich hopes “to benefit from a national anti-incumbent sentiment that emerged since the last presidential election and has deepened during the health care debate.”

Quote of the Day

“We wrote checks to keep them alive…and then they turn around and we find they aren’t even paying taxes, they are getting rebates back. All the more reason why there is a sense of growing outrage to all this.”

— Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT), in an interview on the Fox Business Network, on banks that received bailout funds.

Push for Health Care Repeal Could Backfire

Top Republicans “are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that’s roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s new health care law,” the AP reports.

Pushing for outright repeal carries big risks: “Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade. More important, say strategists from both parties, a fiercely repeal-the-bill stance might prove far less popular in a general election than in a conservative-dominated GOP primary, especially in states such as Illinois and California.”

Plurality Not Happy with Their Representative

A new Marist Poll finds that 45% of registered voters nationwide are not satisfied with their elected officials in the U.S. Congress and would vote against them in the November election. By contrast, 41% would vote for the incumbent, and 14% are unsure.

Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “There is plenty of grumbling about Congress, and the winds of change are blowing.”


March 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , | 3 Comments

PolitcalWire Quickies…….Sex and Healthcare…….

From PolitcalWire…..

Which Party Has More Sex Scandals?

The Daily Beast looks at 58 scandals over the past 20 years involving politicians and concludes Republicans have more scandals (32 to 26), but Democrats have bigger ones, based on their methodology (13 out of the top 20).

Democrats tend to have more problems with harassment, staffers and underage girls while Republicans tend to have more problems with prostitutes, hypocrisy and underage boys.

RNC Fires Staffer Over Sex Club Expense

The Hotline reports that Allison Meyers, director of the RNC’s “Young Eagles” program, was fired yesterday after reports that the RNC reimbursed a GOP operative nearly $2000 for an after party at a topless, bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood.

Quote of the Day

“I don’t think we would have ever gotten health care if we stayed on that 60-vote strategy. I really believe that that was a blessing in disguise.”

— House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), quoted by the AP, on Democrats losing the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts in January.

Americans Don’t Back Repeal

While a new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds 56% of Americans disapprove of the new health care reform law, just 47% agree with the Republican strategy to repeal major provisions in the bill and replace them with new ones.

Pollster Keating Holland explains: “That’s because opposition to the new law comes in many different forms and not all of them benefit the GOP. Some Americans continue to say that they disapprove of the bill because they want even more government involvement in health care than the bill created. Only a quarter are against the entire bill; one in three support at least a few proposals in the new law. And a handful of Americans appear to dislike the bill but don’t want Congress t


March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | | 5 Comments

Quote of the Week from PoliticalWire……

From PoliticalWire….

Quote of the Day

“I guess we’ll be considered smart again for at least another four weeks.”

— President Obama, quoted by ABC News.

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

PoliticalWire Bonus Quote of the day………

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Falling in love with you could really fuck up my plans for becoming President.”

— John Edwards, as recounted by his mistress, Rielle Hunter, in an interview with GQ.

It sure didn’t help…….

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sometimes people forget the sequence of events….conveniently……

This from PoliticalWire…..

Forgetting History

memo from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), head of the Senate Republican campaign effort, says of yesterday’s election result that “voters realize that there is only one party who bailed out the automakers and insurance companies…”

It’s interesting how soon Republicans have forgotten that it was actually President Bush who orchestrated the bailouts of both AIG and the automakers at the end of his term.

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , | 4 Comments