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Things get nasty in South Carolina Governors race…..2nd Affair alleged for Nikki Haley….

Well…..

It seems that Larry Merchant (A lobbiest, who up until today worked for LT. Gov. Andre Bauer’s campaign ) alleges he had a one stand with Haley….( he left Bauer’s campaign )

But admits he can’t offer ANY evidence to prove it…..

WTF?

Is this for real…Or another way the ‘Good Ole Boys’ are trying to stop Haley’s rise in the polls?

Haley…Whose parents are from India…Was born in South Caroline, and is a married mother of two and Tea Partier, She has been endorsed by Sarah Palin…..And  has surged in the polls* and seems good to take the GOP  nomination….

She just had another affair rumor shot down RedState….A Conservative Blog site that does’ t like SE too much and is ran by Erik Erickson who also works on John Kings new daily CNN program…..

Unless things get too stupid ……

And they already are…..

Lobbyist Larry Marchant admitted he had no proof to back up his allegation of a one-night stand with state Rep. Nikki Haley in 2008 and her campaign vehemently denied the allegation. The claim became the latest political drama for a state that was roiled when Gov. Mark Sanford made a tearful confession last summer to sneaking out of the country to rendezvous with an Argentine woman.

Earlier in the day, Marchant resigned from the campaign of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is competing with Haley for the GOP nomination in the June 8 primary.

“It never happened. Absolutely not,” Haley said emphatically about Marchant’s claim during a debate with Bauer and the two other Republican candidates in Charleston. “This is just disgusting politics. Two or three months ago I was Nikki who? and nobody was saying anything and a couple weeks ago we started going double digits up in the polls and now we have had everything thrown at us.”

Haley’s campaign manager had the same message.

“As Nikki Haley rises in the polls, the good old boys in Columbia see their taxpayer-funded fraternity party coming crumbling down, and they will say or do anything to hold onto their power,” Tim Pearson said earlier. “This is South Carolina politics at its worst.”

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* In Daniel’s latest Polling post she leads the GOP field by at least 10%…..That includes Lt Gov Bauer…..

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June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 20 Comments

Tea Party members are overwhelmingly Republicans!…..

Yea…..

Tell me something the Democrats, Republicans and I ….DON’T KNOW!

That conclusion, backed by numbers from a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, also suggests that the tea party may have little room for growth. Most Americans — including large majorities of those who don’t already count themselves as supporters — say they’re not interested in learning more about the movement. A sizable share of those not already sympathetic to the tea party also say that the more they hear, the less they like the movement.

Overall, the tea party remains divisive, with 27 percent of those polled saying they’re supportive but about as many, 24 percent, opposed. Supporters overwhelmingly identify themselves as Republicans or GOP-leaning independents; opponents are even more heavily Democratic. The new movement is also relatively small, with 8 percent of supporters claiming to be “active participants” — about 2 percent of the total population.

But from a political standpoint, the most important cleavage is within the Republican Party.

The percentage of people who say the Democratic Partyrepresents their personal values and is in tune with the problems of people like themselves hasn’t changed since November. The percentage siding with the GOP, however, has dropped by almost precisely the numbers now siding with the tea party.

More….. .

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Republicans will try to pick off Tea Partyer’s by bringing them into the fold…..

Realizing that the budding movement is primarily drawing its members from within the conservative wing of the GOP……the Republicans are trying to get those same Tea Partyer’s back into the Republican camp by doing voter outreach banks and having GOP candidates show up and work Tea Party events……

In Nevada, the Clark County Republican Party is opening a phone bank in Las Vegas later this week specifically for Tea Party members to conduct voter outreach, party officials said.

And from Tennessee to Arizona, Republican candidates are turning up at Tea Party-sponsored events to rail against government spending.

The debate over healthcare and the stimulus program galvanized conservative activists to become politically active much earlier this cycle.

“I think the RNC should be talking about those issues and making sure that the Tea Party folks know they have a home at the Republican Party,” said Chip Saltsman, a Republican consultant who ran for the RNC chairmanship last year.

Observers note that the lack of a robust party infrastructure to capture the Tea Party’s energy could hamper the GOP’s chances in November. Democrats don’t have fond memories of the 2004 cycle, when groups such as America Coming Together (ACT) and MoveOn.org drained money and volunteers away from Democratic campaigns. The liberal groups worked to defeat President George W. Bush and other Republican candidates, but they frequently duplicated the party efforts and were ultimately unsuccessful.

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March 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Republicans will try to pick off Tea Partyer's by bringing them into the fold…..

Realizing that the budding movement is primarily drawing its members from within the conservative wing of the GOP……the Republicans are trying to get those same Tea Partyer’s back into the Republican camp by doing voter outreach banks and having GOP candidates show up and work Tea Party events……

In Nevada, the Clark County Republican Party is opening a phone bank in Las Vegas later this week specifically for Tea Party members to conduct voter outreach, party officials said.

And from Tennessee to Arizona, Republican candidates are turning up at Tea Party-sponsored events to rail against government spending.

The debate over healthcare and the stimulus program galvanized conservative activists to become politically active much earlier this cycle.

“I think the RNC should be talking about those issues and making sure that the Tea Party folks know they have a home at the Republican Party,” said Chip Saltsman, a Republican consultant who ran for the RNC chairmanship last year.

Observers note that the lack of a robust party infrastructure to capture the Tea Party’s energy could hamper the GOP’s chances in November. Democrats don’t have fond memories of the 2004 cycle, when groups such as America Coming Together (ACT) and MoveOn.org drained money and volunteers away from Democratic campaigns. The liberal groups worked to defeat President George W. Bush and other Republican candidates, but they frequently duplicated the party efforts and were ultimately unsuccessful.

More……..

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Senator Reid is going to win re-election…Thanks’ to the Tea Party……

Daniel G and all the GOPer’s over at Politics1 where sooooo confident that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was going to go down in flames…..

Well they can think again…..

There is very…very good chance Reid will be right where he is come January…. thanks to the Tea Party in Nevada…..atta boy!

Here’s the scoop……

From PoliticalWire…….. …..

Tea Party Will Cause Headaches for Nevada GOP

Nevada political guru Jon Ralston interviewed Tea Party Senate candidate Scott Ashjian and notes in an email that “beyond the rehearsed lines about Majority Leader Harry Reid and the exposure of his business problems (he responded with some aplomb even then), Ashjian’s candidacy is still a question mark. He may not get to the double-digits forecast in two recent polls — POS and Mason-Dixon — but he did not look like a whack-job, either. If he is willing to put money behind his candidacy, he could cause some severe problems for the GOP nominee, even if he spends his time attacking Harry Reid.”

CQ Politics notes Ashjian “also confirmed that he has put his own money in the race and is prepared to spend ‘whatever it takes’ to beat Reid, though he refused to say whether he could afford to put millions of his own into the campaign.”

Update……Is the Dog being too optimistic here?……I will give this lead a second thought after reading this……..Daniel might be right after all if Reid can’t get more traction with the voters……Median in Teaxs never rose to her billing…..and Perry sweep that race……if the Tea Partier doesn’t catch on…..Reid would still be in trouble….

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Senator Reid is going to win re-election…Thanks' to the Tea Party……

Daniel G and all the GOPer’s over at Politics1 where sooooo confident that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was going to go down in flames…..

Well they can think again…..

There is very…very good chance Reid will be right where he is come January…. thanks to the Tea Party in Nevada…..atta boy!

Here’s the scoop……

From PoliticalWire…….. …..

Tea Party Will Cause Headaches for Nevada GOP

Nevada political guru Jon Ralston interviewed Tea Party Senate candidate Scott Ashjian and notes in an email that “beyond the rehearsed lines about Majority Leader Harry Reid and the exposure of his business problems (he responded with some aplomb even then), Ashjian’s candidacy is still a question mark. He may not get to the double-digits forecast in two recent polls — POS and Mason-Dixon — but he did not look like a whack-job, either. If he is willing to put money behind his candidacy, he could cause some severe problems for the GOP nominee, even if he spends his time attacking Harry Reid.”

CQ Politics notes Ashjian “also confirmed that he has put his own money in the race and is prepared to spend ‘whatever it takes’ to beat Reid, though he refused to say whether he could afford to put millions of his own into the campaign.”

Update……Is the Dog being too optimistic here?……I will give this lead a second thought after reading this……..Daniel might be right after all if Reid can’t get more traction with the voters……Median in Teaxs never rose to her billing…..and Perry sweep that race……if the Tea Partier doesn’t catch on…..Reid would still be in trouble….

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel G on the Nevada Senate and Governors Races…….and the Tea Party…..

Hello Dog!

According to a new Glen Bolger Poll the Tea Party Challenger in Nevada could help Senator Harry Reid BIG Time

Glen Bolger (R) Survey

Nevada Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Lowden  35 %
Tarkanian  28 %
Angle  8 %
Christensen  4 %
Amodei  1 %
Chachas 0 %
Undecided  23 %

Nevada Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Sandoval  38 %
Gibbons  32 %
Montandon 9 %
Undecided  19 %

Nevada Senate 2010

General Election

Sue Lowden (R)  42 %
Harry Reid (D)  37 %
Jon Ashjian (TP)  9 %
Undecided  12 %

Danny Tarkanian (R)  40 %
Harry Reid (D)  39 %
Jon Ashjian (TP)  11 %
Undecided  11 %

Nevada Governor 2010

General Election

Brian Sandoval (R)  50 %
Rory Reid (D)  34 %
Undecided  15 %

Rory Reid (D)  47 %
Jim Gibbons (R)  36 %
Undecided  14 %

The Poll is from Public Opinion Strategies (R)

http://media.lasvegassun.com/media/pdfs/blogs/documents/2010/02/22/Ne

http://media.lasvegassun.com/media/pdfs/blogs/documents/2010/02/22/NevadaStatewideInterviewSchedule1.pdf

Daniel G.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | 3 Comments