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  • Rendell on Obama: "Not all of us are there yet"

    07/28/2008 11:28:12 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 15 replies · 256+ views
    The Sen. Barack Obama campaign held a conference call this morning on one of the key battleground states in this race: Pennsylvania. Team O, led by Gov. Ed Rendell, stressed the importance of registering and winning over the one-million-plus, un-registered voters spread out over the Keystone State.
  • Cornering Pennsylvania

    07/27/2008 3:10:58 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 30 replies · 177+ views
    It's complicated. Pennsylvania is a "purple" state that must go Democrat blue instead of Republican red for Barack Obama to win the November election. John McCain does not need Pennsylvania to win the White House, but Obama sure does.
  • Dan Walters: McCain sees California hopes dim

    05/30/2008 8:12:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 40 replies · 139+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/30/8 | Dan Walters
    Just before and just after California's Feb. 5 presidential primary election, polls of voters indicated that Sen. John McCain would have a fighting chance to recapture a state that Republican presidential candidates had owned for decades after World War II, only to see it taken away by Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992. McCain trailed Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton by single digits in the January and February polls. As he locked down the GOP nomination, he visited the state frequently, both for fundraising and public appearances, and vowed to mount a full-fledged campaign here. "There are 53...
  • America's 21st Century Civil War - by Gary Wiram

    03/28/2008 2:40:35 PM PDT · by GaryWiram · 4 replies · 188+ views
    A Few Days With Figgins ^ | Friday, March 28, 2008 | Gary Wiram
    When asked about the state of the U.S. economy, Hillary Clinton first takes the opportunity to imply some similarity between John McCain and Herbert Hoover. At the same time, Senator McCain delivers a speech addressing, “Senator Obama's fantasy plan for making us safer." Meanwhile, Barack Obama compares Senator Clinton to Walter Mitty, in responding to her "mistake", in recounting her visit to Bosnia, as First Lady. I understand that these tactics are common, for providing political leverage but how do they help our nation? None of the three current Presidential Candidates mentioned are perfect but, though their approaches differ, I...
  • California epicenter of Dems' epic balloting

    02/04/2008 7:54:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 76+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/4/8 | Carla Marinucci,John Wildermuth
    An army of star spouses and entertainers - propelled by a down-to-the-wire struggle for the trove of California's delegates - turned the final weekend before Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary into a fevered showdown between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The candidates themselves were stumping for votes in other Super Tuesday states Sunday, but neither campaign slowed efforts to seize victory in the nation's most populous state. "The symbolic nature of who carries California will ring throughout the nation," said pollster Mark DiCamillo. At Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus, California first lady Maria Shriver appeared alongside media mogul Oprah...
  • Virginia Senate: Warner 53% Gilmore 38%

    01/08/2008 5:16:50 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 84 replies · 45+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 08, 2008
    In the 2008 Virginia Senate race, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Democrat Mark Warner leading Republican Jim Gilmore 53% to 38%. Both men are former governors of the state of Virginia.
  • Mitt Romney: A Changed Man--Ideological Turnabout Has Critics Wondering: Who Is This Guy?

    10/10/2007 10:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 719+ views
    CBS News ^ | October 10, 2007 | David Segal
    Like every great sales pitch, Mitt Romney's case for Mitt Romney is low on the hard sell. At the Sheraton Hotel here one recent morning, the boasting is handled by a former governor of South Carolina, who opens this "Ask Mitt Anything" session with a precis of the candidate's career. This includes academic achievements (Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School "in four years!") and election as governor of Massachusetts in 2002, which is described in a tone befitting a miracle. "He ran for governor in the bluest state of all blue states," says James Edwards, "the bluest state you...
  • Poll: Ohio looks bluer for 2008 White House race

    09/06/2007 6:24:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 106 replies · 1,743+ views
    The Swamp ^ | September 6, 2007 | Frank James
    Ohio is important state in presidential politics. Just ask Sen. John Kerry who might now be finishing up his first term in the White House had he won Ohio. So it’s worth noting that the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has a survey which shows Democratic front runner Sen. Hillary Clinton leading former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Republican front runner, by seven points, 47 percent to 40 percent. They were tied in an August poll done by the same organization. Her lead against former Sen. Fred Thompson was even greater at 12 points, 49 percent to 37 percent....
  • Prius Preening: Is my hybrid turning my kids into eco-snobs? (Liberal Navel-Gazing Alert)

    07/12/2007 11:54:59 AM PDT · by mojito · 75 replies · 2,188+ views
    Slate ^ | 7/11/2007 | Emily Bazelon
    On an average Saturday morning, there are five blue Toyota Priuses in the parking lot of our synagogue. I know because my children count them, starting with ours. They could do this with any popular item they own, of course (not that they have too many chances in our late-adapting household). But their hybrid love made me cringe last week, when the New York Times ran a story about the success of the Prius (purchase required), and I saw myself in it. Why are Prius sales surging when other hybrids are slumping, the Times asked? Because buyers "want everyone to...
  • CALIFORNIA Race for '08: State looks blue in 2008

    04/04/2007 8:07:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 563+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/4/7 | Dan Smith
    Giuliani leads GOP pack, but survey says he'd lose to Clinton or Obama. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani holds a strong lead among California Republicans likely to vote in the GOP presidential primary Feb. 5, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday.But the survey found Giuliani's chief opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, would fare better in California against the Democratic front-runner, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a potential November 2008 general election match-up.Each of the three Democratic top-tier candidates -- Clinton, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards -- held leads over either...
  • The Rise of the Metro Republicans How McCain, Romney, and Giuliani may redraw the red-blue map.

    02/11/2007 5:15:12 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 141 replies · 2,462+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 19, 2007 | Noemie Emery
    Here are the three leading candidates for president in the Republican party, a party based in the South and in the interior, rural in nature, and backed in large part by social conservatives: the senior senator from Arizona, a congenital maverick with friends in the press and a habit of dissing the base of his party; the former governor of deep-blue Massachusetts, son of a Michigan governor, a Mormon who looks, sounds, and comes across as a city boy; and the former mayor of New York, the Big Apple itself, ethnic and Catholic, pro-choice and pro-gun control, married three times,...
  • Achieving Socially Conservative Ideals Through Liberal Means: Making The Case for Rudy (2008)

    02/04/2007 11:08:45 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 280 replies · 2,488+ views
    Red State ^ | February 4, 2007 | D.M. Eaton
    For this reason, contrary to conventional wisdom, a victory by Rudy Giuliani would strengthen even the socially conservative agenda in the long run. As the new Fox Dynamics Poll shows, 65 percent of Americans would be “comfortable” with a Rudy Giuliani administration. Being comfortable is a major step in the right direction. Americans might actually listen to him when gives the State of the Union (without a teleprompter no less, as he usually speaks with note cards or does so extemporaneously). A Giuliani administration that would focus on fighting the Islamic Extremists, reducing the size and scope of government, handling...
  • New Yorkers Want Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani

    01/31/2007 7:42:57 PM PST · by ensignsj · 11 replies · 374+ views
    Rochester Pundit ^ | 1/31/2007 | Rochester Pundit
    I guess the results of this poll from Siena College shouldn't be surprising. In short, Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton have big leads among registered voters in our great state. Rudy Giuliani having a 47-20 lead over John McCain is to be expected.
  • GENTLE PEOPLE WITH FLOWERS IN THEIR HAIR (San Francisco Area is No. 1 for Regular Illegal Drug Use)

    01/08/2007 9:59:18 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 1,126+ views
    National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | January 8, 2007 | National Center for Policy Analysis
    GENTLE PEOPLE WITH FLOWERS IN THEIR HAIR January 8, 2007 The San Francisco metropolitan area has a higher percentage of people who are regular drug users than any other major metropolitan area in the United States, a study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found. According to the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health 2002-05: Nearly 13 percent of San Francisco residents reported using some type of illicit drug, such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin, in the previous month; the national average is 8.1 percent. Other areas with drug-abuse rates higher than the national average included...
  • A Foreign Language

    12/11/2006 3:40:27 AM PST · by theothercheek · 2 replies · 379+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | December 11, 2006 | The Stiletto
    Slate’s media critic Jack Shafer reports on scholarly research about media bias by two University of Chicago economics professors, Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse M. Shapiro that analyzes Congressional floor speeches to link specific phrases to Republicans or Democrats based on frequency of use: "Prior to reading this paper I would have associated "reform" with Democraticspeak, but Republicans have so completely co-opted the word that it doesn't appear on the Dems' list in any form. ... As you might suspect, the Democrats own the word "cuts" in all its variations: "budget cuts," "Medicaid cuts," "bill cuts," "spending cuts," "cut food stamps,"...
  • Dan Walters: California's voting gap widened

    11/14/2006 8:00:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 739+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/14/6 | Dan Walters
    The single most powerful factor in California's politics -- one that underlies its chronically dysfunctional government -- is the ever-widening division between Californians as a whole and those who vote. California's population is growing strongly, and with virtually all of that growth stemming from immigration and the state's economy continuing to mutate, it has become the globe's most complex society. Ironically, however, little of that complexity is reflected in the body politic, as last week's election confirmed anew. Ever-fewer Californians are voting, creating a widening gap between the characteristics and priorities of voters and those of the overall population. The...
  • EDITORIAL: Election 2006 - The Chronicle Recommends

    11/03/2006 12:45:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 673+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/3/6 | Editor
    U.S. Senate - Dianne Feinstein (D)* Governor - Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)* U.S. House of Representatives 1 Mike Thompson (D)* 6 Lynn Woolsey (D)* 7 George Miller (D)* 8 Nancy Pelosi (D)* 9 Barbara Lee (D)* 10 Ellen O. Tauscher (D) * 11 Jerry McNerney (D) 12 Tom Lantos (D)* 13 Fortney "Pete" Stark (D)* 14 Anna G. Eshoo (D)* 15 Mike Honda (D)* 16 Zoe Lofgren (D)* Statewide Offices Lieutenant Governor - John Garamendi (D) Secretary of State - Debra Bowen (D) Controller - John Chiang (D) Treasurer - Bill Lockyer (D) Attorney General - Jerry Brown (D) Insurance Commissioner...
  • Insults, injuries: Mass. man beaten at N.Y. stadium

    10/31/2006 8:53:51 AM PST · by Risha · 44 replies · 1,314+ views
    bostonherald.com ^ | Oct. 31,2006 | By Jessica Heslam
    Insults, injuries: Mass. man beaten at N.Y. stadium By Jessica Heslam Boston Herald Media Reporter Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - Updated: 04:29 AM EST While his helpless, pregnant wife watched in horror, a Woburn man says, he was viciously beaten outside the Buffalo Bills’ football stadium last week by a liquored-up mob of New York fans embittered after the Pats crushed their team. “I thought they were going to kill him,” a pregnant Diane Donaghey said yesterday of the booze-fueled ruffians who allegedly attacked her husband, Barry, 30. The couple filed a police report and have retained a lawyer. They...
  • S.F. supe goes ballistic over police officers' anti-Daly T-shirt

    09/24/2006 6:58:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 673+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/24/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    . . . Party hearty:The state Republican Party is so emboldened by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's surge in the polls that it's turning its attention -- and money -- to the down-ticket races such as lieutenant governor and attorney general. The first beneficiary of the newfound GOP largesse was Tom McClintock, the conservative GOP nominee for lieutenant governor whom the new, more moderate Arnold seems to be avoiding like the plague. He got a GOP-paid TV ad slamming rival Democrat John Garamendi. Next up was attorney general candidate Chuck Poochigian, who got a radio ad labeling Democratic rival Jerry Brown...
  • School Board Member Charged

    06/20/2006 3:16:16 PM PDT · by rightgrafix · 8 replies · 664+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | June 20, 2006 | By DAN UHLINGER And JIM FARRELL
    EAST HARTFORD -- A Manchester Board of Education member is facing criminal charges, including driving under the influence and resisting officers, after his arrest outside the Venus Lounge, an East Hartford strip bar known for prostitution and drug activity, police said. John M. Rowe, a Democrat elected in November to a three-year term, refused to submit to sobriety tests and threatened recrimination to the officers during his June 2 arrest, police said. Rowe, 41, of 31 Gerard St., Manchester, was so inebriated that an officer had to hold him up to keep him from falling over during his arrest and...
  • Superheroes Span Red-Blue Divide ("Comic Book Icons Like Superman & Spiderman Tackling Politics")

    05/28/2006 6:44:43 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 35 replies · 947+ views
    CBS News.com ^ | 05/28/2006 | Randy Dotinga (Christian Science Monitor)
    POW! (How far should I go to protect my rights?) BAM! (What's my position on gay marriage?) ZING! (Look out for that embedded reporter!) In today's comic books, superheroes aren't just thinking about how to defeat the usual kryptonite-wielding villains. They're also tackling topics such as terrorism, war, and civil liberties as a heavy dose of 21st-century reality seeps into their alternate universe. In Civil War, a sprawling new Marvel series, superheroes like Spider-Man and Captain America must choose sides over whether the government should be allowed to register them. In a comic book called Ex Machina, a 9/11 hero-turned-mayor...
  • Albany has failed us; now, progress relies on citizen groups pestering our leaders

    05/03/2006 8:01:18 AM PDT · by qam1 · 15 replies · 364+ views
    Press Republican ^ | 5/2/06 | staff
    What a disturbing statistic: Between 2000 and 2004, about 183,000 more people left New York state than moved here from other states. If that isn't seen as a signal that something has to change in the way this state conducts its affairs, then no signal at all will be recognized. While New York was losing all those people in a mass exodus, Florida was gaining a like number. The repercussions of that kind of exchange are numerous, but the most important and crippling effect is economic. We are losing tax revenue. The loss of residents indicates a loss of jobs....
  • The urban angle (Profound differences from city to country in Canada)

    01/25/2006 1:16:23 PM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 24 replies · 1,375+ views
    David Warren's blog/Ottawa Citizen ^ | 01/25/06 | David Warren
    January 25, 2006 The urban angle It’s when you no longer know where your milk comes from, let alone where you got your opinions, that you have become over-urbanized. I note, with Allan Gregg, that the Conservatives did not win a single seat in Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver -- our three largest cities. Let me enlarge on remarks I have made in many previous columns, applying the famous Red State/Blue State division in the U.S. to circumstances in Canada. I disagree with Mr Gregg that the inner urban constituencies should be assuaged. The future of Canada, as the U.S., is...
  • Successful Democratic Blogger Can't Afford Blue State

    12/25/2005 8:26:32 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 766+ views
    News alert ^ | December 24, 2005 | Steve Bartin
    Markos Moulitsas Zúniga the man that runs the most successful political blog in America can't afford the Blue state of California: "So I'm getting a little frustrated with the Bay Area real estate market, and for the first time in years I'm casting about the rest of the nation to see if there's anywhere else where I could possibly live." How ironic,a guy who supports a party that promotes Fannie Mae,Freddie Mac,land-use restrictions,zoning,open space laws,and unions is unable to buy a house in the very Blue area of Northern California. All this from a guy who's got a law degree......
  • Census estimate a concern for state (Taxachussetts losing a House seat)

    12/23/2005 10:09:58 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 32 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/23/05 | Scott Helman
    Massachusetts lost residents for the second year in a row, new federal Census estimates show, underscoring an accelerating population shift from the Northeast to the South and West that threatens to erode the state's political and economic clout. Only two other states, along with the District of Columbia, lost population from July 1, 2004, to July 1 of this year, according to US Census estimates released yesterday. The Bay State lost about 8,600 residents, or .1 percent of its population, according to the estimates. If the trend continues, specialists say, the state will face serious consequences: fewer seats in Congress,...
  • The poverty of American cities and French suburbs

    12/06/2005 3:19:31 PM PST · by Sonny M · 16 replies · 690+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 01, 2005 | Patrick Chisholm
    A hurricane exposes the poverty of America's inner cities, and the champions of big government make political hay out of it. Riots lay bare the underclass in Paris's suburbs, and the French are astounded that such a thing could exist in their country. Bill Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards, and others seized on the New Orleans issue to blame the Bush administration for causing or exacerbating that city's poverty. This took an amazing amount of chutzpah, considering that New Orleans and Louisiana are longtime strongholds of their own political party. In fact, Democrats have long controlled almost all of America's...
  • Truman Capote's Dark Visitation To a Red State

    11/04/2005 7:48:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies · 1,196+ views
    Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | November 4, 2005 | Daniel Henninger
    ...I saw "Capote" on a recent Saturday evening, and got more than I bargained for. The film is built around Gerald Clarke's 1988 biography and "In Cold Blood"--Capote's "non-fiction novel" about the brutal murders, by drifters Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, of the four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kan., in 1959... This is not a Hollywood message movie like George Clooney's Edward R. Murrow film, waving warnings about McCarthyism. One can take from "Capote" what one wishes, and what I took away was how far the distance was in 1959 from New York's Upper East Side to...
  • 'Weak Growth' Is Forecast for California Economy

    09/27/2005 9:26:30 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 4 replies · 322+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7:57 PM PDT, September 27, 2005 | Bill Sing
    California's housing boom appears to be peaking, and the resultant slowdown is expected to produce "weak growth" in the state's economy during the next two years and a possible recession by the end of 2007. That's the view of economists at UCLA Anderson Forecast, which plans to release its widely watched quarterly outlook this morning. "There are some signs that the housing party is ending," said Christopher Thornberg, senior economist at the University of California, Los Angeles group and author of its California forecast. Thornberg points to an almost doubling of homes on the market in the past six months,...
  • Among Voters in New Jersey, G.O.P. Sees Dead People

    09/16/2005 3:39:47 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 82 replies · 2,161+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 16, 2005 | DAVID W. CHEN
    TRENTON, Sept. 15 - The joke has long been that dead people vote in Hudson County, New Jersey's legendary enclave of machine politics. But now the joke may be on New Jersey, according to a new analysis of voter records by the state's Republican Party. Comparing information from county voter registration lists, Social Security death records and other public information, Republican officials announced on Thursday that 4,755 people who were listed as deceased appear to have voted in the 2004 general election. Another 4,397 people who were registered to vote in more than one county appeared to have voted twice,...
  • Letter From the Blue States to the Red States ( BARF ALERT)

    08/29/2005 3:12:38 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 29 replies · 409+ views
    E-mail From a Liberal Friend | August 29,2005
    Dear Red States...  We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us.  In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon,Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.  To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.  We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.  We get Intel,...
  • Red state blue state

    08/25/2005 9:00:48 PM PDT · by minus_273 · 14 replies · 236+ views
    The Dragon's Tear ^ | 8/26/05 | Anu
    It is strange how the media can play tricks on you. I don't know how this happened, but all of a sudden, GOP states are being called red states. I think we should give red back to the left, it is a color that suits them. One can only wonder if the media was conscious of the connection between the left and the color red when they decided to make red the color for the GOP. This is not like it is some kind scred tradition, it is something that was made up for the 2000 presidential election and should...
  • Blagojevich signs gun bill

    07/30/2005 4:22:42 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 558+ views
    Springfield State Journal-Register ^ | July 30, 2005 | Maura Kelly Lannan
    CHICAGO - Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed on Friday legislation that requires background checks on potential firearms buyers at gun shows, closing a loophole police and others contend has been exploited by gangs and other illegal buyers. Background checks are already required for people buying guns at licensed stores to ensure they don't have a criminal record that would bar them from possessing firearms. The new law, which applies to unlicensed dealers, has long been sought by gun-control advocates and police. "Today is a step in the right direction," Blagojevich said. "It's a step for sane and commonsense gun laws, gun...
  • Hillary Tries to Best Dickey Durbin and Howie Dean - ("Queen of New York" screeching again!)

    07/12/2005 9:16:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 32 replies · 739+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JULY 13, 2005 | SHER ZIEVE
    In her best ''I’m-a-liberal-first-even-though-I’m-trying-to-fool-the-red-state-rednecks-that-I’m-not'' mode, Sen. Hillary Clinton tried to vanquish two of her colleagues on Monday. Although it will be very hard to come up with anything beyond the continuing ''Dean-Screams'' or Durbin’s ''I hate the military guards at Gitmo (but I’ll apologize so that I get away with it)'' songs, Hillary is still working on it. Speaking at the initial Aspen Ideas Festival (organized by the Aspen Institute--billed as a ''non-partisan'' think tank--which in Dem-speak means liberal or leftist), Sen. Clinton said of President Bush: ''I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman is in charge in Washington.'' I...
  • Baldacci's 'favorability' at 29 percent (Maine)

    05/28/2005 7:35:57 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 18 replies · 715+ views
    Portland Press herald via AP ^ | May 28, 2005 | CLARKE CANFIELD
    Saturday, May 28, 2005 Baldacci's 'favorability' at 29 percent By CLARKE CANFIELD, Associated Press ©Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.   E-mail this story to a friend   GOVERNOR'S APPROVAL RATING One year ago: 54 percent Last fall: 61 percent This month: 43 percent A telephone survey that tracks what Mainers think of their political leaders has given Gov. John Baldacci a favorability rating of 29 percent, half that of Maine's two U.S. senators and lower than that of President Bush. Eighteen months before Baldacci seeks a second term,...
  • Executives give state's economy failing grade (Maine)

    05/27/2005 10:10:27 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 16 replies · 416+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | May 27, 2005 | EDWARD D. MURPHY
    Friday, May 27, 2005 Executives give state's economy failing grade By EDWARD D. MURPHY, Portland Press Herald Writer Copyright © 2005 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc. E-mail this story to a friend Maine business executives have a dour view of the economy, the business climate and the state's ability to tackle economic problems, a new study of senior managers in the state has found. "The results are not very encouraging," said Verne Kennedy, whose Florida-based Market Research Insight company conducted the survey of 502 business leaders for the Maine Economic Research Institute. "From the employers' perspective, they're giving the economy an...
  • WSJ: Grassley's Head Start (on the AMT--the Fed's ATM)

    05/25/2005 5:36:05 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 25, 2005 | Editorial
    Give Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley credit for enthusiasm. On Monday, he and three colleagues introduced a bill to repeal the hated Alternative Minimum Tax, well before President Bush's tax reform commission reports its findings in late July. For readers unaware because they're lucky enough to live in low-tax states, the AMT is the parallel tax system designed some 35 years ago by Democrats to make sure the rich can't exploit too many loopholes. But because it isn't indexed for inflation it is sweeping up more and more middle-class taxpayers, especially in New York, California and other liberal states....
  • Pa. Man Accused of Trying to Sell Bomb (Thought undecover FBI Agent was Al-Qaida!)

    05/23/2005 11:35:35 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 44 replies · 1,438+ views
    HOUSTON - A 68-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested on charges he tried to build a bomb and sell it to an agent he thought was a member of Al-Qaida, officials said Monday. Ronald Allen Grecula of Bangor, Pa., was arrested Friday in Houston during a meeting with undercover FBI agents, U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby said. During that meeting, Grecula indicated willingness to build and sell an explosive device that was to be used against Americans, officials alleged in court documents. Grecula was set to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. He has been charged with attempting to provide material...
  • Olympia Snowe is for keeping War-Machine running?

    05/16/2005 11:08:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 642+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/16/05 | Jessica Rinaldi
    Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) speaks out against plans to close the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during a rally held at the shipyard in Kittery, Maine, May 16, 2005. Last week the Pentagon recommended the closure of 33 major domestic U.S. military bases and the realignment of 29 more, threatening a hard economic blow to many communities across the country. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
  • Maine takes big hit (Base closures)

    05/14/2005 10:10:44 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 43 replies · 1,110+ views
    Portland Press Herald ^ | May 14, 2005 | BART JANSEN
    Saturday, May 14, 2005 Maine takes big hit By BART JANSEN, Washington Correspondent Copyright © 2005 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc. E-mail this story to a friend Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette Maine Sen. Susan Collins rips into the base-closure recommendations at a Friday press conference in Brunswick. With her, from left, are U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Gov. John Baldacci, U.S. Rep. Tom Allen and U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. With Maine bearing the brunt of a plan to restructure the nation's military, lawmakers and community leaders vowed Friday to fight plans to close Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery and halve...
  • MAINE TAX BURDEN RANKED HIGHEST IN THE NATION

    04/14/2005 1:27:46 PM PDT · by Fido969 · 22 replies · 2,117+ views
    Maine Republican Party ^ | April 11, 2005 | Maine Republican Party/Barry Flynn
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: April 11, 2005 CONTACT: BARRY FLYNN (207) 622-6247 Media Advisory MAINE TAX BURDEN RANKED HIGHEST IN THE NATION Maine Republican Party points to an honor John Baldacci truly earned AUGUSTA: Coming off of the news that Maine has earned top honors as the highest-taxed state in the nation according to the Tax Foundation's recent findings, the Maine Republican Party announced its disappointment in Governor Baldacci and majority Democrat efforts to claim meaningful tax-relief for the people of Maine. Maine Republican Party Chairman Randy Bumps made the following statement: "As Mainers prepare this week for April's dreaded...
  • Steelcase announces plans to cut 600 jobs

    03/28/2005 2:49:14 PM PST · by Willie Green · 12 replies · 792+ views
    The Centre Daily Times ^ | Mon, Mar. 28, 2005 | Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Steelcase Inc. announced Monday that it will cut 600 jobs over the next two years as it shuts down its remaining manufacturing operations in the city and consolidates work at other plants. The furniture maker said it will vacate the remaining factories at its sprawling Grand Rapids campus. Much of the work from the chair and panel plants will be moved to plants in Kent County's Gaines Township and Kentwood. About 30 jobs will move to Steelcase's plant in Mexico, The Grand Rapids Press reported. One hundred...
  • The Two-State Solution [a view from the Left]

    03/11/2005 10:12:10 AM PST · by Publius · 68 replies · 1,431+ views
    The Stranger (Seattle) ^ | 10 March 2005 | Sandeep Kaushik
    Residents of Eastern Washington want to split Washington in two. Why not cut the rubes loose?State Senator Bob Morton, a Republican from the Eastern Washington town of Orient (pop. 115), has a crazy idea. It's laughable, really. Unless you've been studiously ignoring our local newspapers in recent weeks (and who could blame you), you've probably heard about it. The senator from Ferry County wants to split Washington State in two. A clean break, along the line of the Cascades. The 19 counties to the west, mostly urban and suburban, with a hefty majority of the state's population and a strong...
  • Study predicts Boston will be flood threat due to Global warming

    02/15/2005 7:56:18 AM PST · by Jimmyclyde · 41 replies · 766+ views
    Boston.com ^ | February 15, 2005 | By Susan Milligan
    Study predicts city flood threat due to warming By Susan Milligan, Globe Staff | February 15, 2005 WASHINGTON -- By the end of this century, global warming threatens to raise the sea level enough that a heavy storm would send flood waters into Boston's downtown waterfront, the Financial District, and much of the Back Bay, based on projections in a federally funded report to be released today. The five-year study, commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency and completed by university researchers, indicates that the mildest impact of global warming would leave local landmarks such as Massachusetts General Hospital, the...
  • Look trash in the eye (Blue State Lament)

    02/15/2005 4:02:09 AM PST · by ninonitti · 25 replies · 951+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 15, 2005 | By Brian McGrory
    | It's time for Boston to own up to the ugly reality: We are a city of pigs. Drive around town and see for yourself. Up and down Dorchester Avenue yesterday, the gutters were clogged with every kind of debris imaginable: men's shoes, fruit, beer bottles, losing lottery tickets, Dunkin' Donuts cups, cigarette butts. But it's not just a Dorchester problem. Charles Street on Beacon Hill, the bastion of upper-crust boutiques, low-key restaurants, and gaslit street lamps, looked as if it had just been attacked. A half-eaten take-out meal spilled from a plastic bag in a snowbank outside the 7-Eleven...
  • What got so many counties to shift from blue to red?

    02/01/2005 3:37:05 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 44 replies · 1,679+ views
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  • [BitPig] A Future We Can Live With

    01/28/2005 10:55:36 PM PST · by B-Chan · 9 replies · 318+ views
    BitPig Online ^ | 2005.01.29 | BitPig [B-chan]
    A Future We Can Live With2005.01.29 A recent correspondent writes concerning the ongoing European population crash:It reminds me of things in the mid 5th century in Europe. After a long history of bad economic policies which stifled development and made child rearing expensive, and the growing use of foreigners to man the military, when the immigrants from the German areas began to move down to the Roman empire, it couldn't assimilate them or even stop the flow and the German elites took over, and the social disruption destroyed the Empire in the west.Very interesting. I agree. I too have wondered...
  • "American Nazi Party" adopts a rural road, upsetting residents

    01/28/2005 8:33:17 AM PST · by TBarnett34 · 36 replies · 3,763+ views
    OregonLive.com ^ | 1/27/2005 | Niki Sullivan(AP)
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two green Adopt-A-Highway signs reading "American Nazi Party" have popped up on a rural road a few miles from downtown, and it's got people upset with the county for agreeing to put up the signs and worried about their neighborhood. "I know we live in a free world. But that's not part of freedom, anything to do with the Nazis," said Barbara Hamblin, a 64-year-old who lives in a mobile home park just down the road from one of the signs. "They had to have been off their rocker," she said. The two signs were erected...
  • Minn. Group Denounces 'Whorehouse Days'

    01/27/2005 3:11:37 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 9 replies · 620+ views
    KC star ^ | 1-27-05 | ap
    GILBERT, Minn. - Promoting this town's proud history is one thing. Naming the town's festival Gilbert Whorehouse Days is another thing entirely. A group of angry citizens showed up at a City Council meeting Tuesday to protest the event. The festival's name refers to a time when Gilbert was known for its bars, gambling and "working girls" during Prohibition. "The damage has been done," resident Fran Marolt said. "This is not a family-oriented activity." The event doesn't include any of the activities that gave the festival its name, but City Council members still don't approve. "It would give us a...
  • No Name Calling Week?

    01/14/2005 7:31:37 AM PST · by EdReform · 99 replies · 4,038+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 1/12/2005 | Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.
    No Name Calling Week?     1/12/2005By Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.Yes, name-calling is wrong. But this event’s sponsors reveal the agenda behind banning it. “There is a special place in hell for people like you!” These words were directed at me by a teacher during this past summer’s National Education Association (NEA) convention in Washington, D.C. This delegate to the NEA convention made his prediction in response to my presence at the NEA’s Ex-Gay Educators’ Caucus booth in the convention exhibit hall. His cheery salutation caught me off-guard given the message of tolerance and acceptance I had been hearing around the exhibit hall....
  • 2 charged in scheme to recruit prostitutes

    01/19/2005 11:12:18 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies · 907+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/19/05 | Mac Daniel and Joanna Weiss
    SALEM -- They met her in a restaurant, told her she was "really cute," and offered her a chance to make easy money, police said. Within weeks, she was visiting a Salem apartment, watching videos about prostitution. And soon afterward, she found herself on a Boston street, using the name "Lovey" and getting into the car of a man who wanted to pay her for sex. The allegations were outlined in Salem District Court yesterday after police arrested two men on charges that they recruited teenagers as young as 14 to be prostitutes, allegedly training them in a Salem apartment...