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  • Trump campaign has only $1.3 million in cash, to Clinton's $42.5 million

    06/21/2016 6:44:44 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 120 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/21/16 | Thoeodoric Meyer
    Donald Trump's campaign started the month with a paltry $1.3 million in cash — a mere fraction of Hillary Clinton's $42.5 million war chest — putting the GOP frontrunner at a sharp disadvantage heading into the general election against Clinton's money machine. … And it's not just money — the filings revealed a campaign staff of less than 70, a number was dwarfed by Clinton's nearly 700 paid employees, and few of the campaign's expenses suggested work had begun to build out a more robust operation. All together, it's the most lopsided fundraising start to a presidential election in the...
  • Trump’s Threat on Pledge Could Cost Him South Carolina Delegates (Break Pledge, Lose 50 Delegates)

    03/31/2016 12:23:51 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 66 replies ^ | 3/31/16 | Zeke J. Miller
    Donald Trump’s announcement that he no longer stands by a pledge to support the GOP has thrown his hold on South Carolina’s 50 delegates in doubt. The Palmetto State was one of several that required candidates to pledge their loyalty to the party’s eventual nominee in order to secure a slot on the primary ballot. Though Trump won all of the state’s delegates in the Feb. 20 primary, anti-Trump forces are plotting to contest their binding to Trump because of his threat on the pledge Tuesday. The loyalty pledge is nothing new in South Carolina, where it has been required...
  • Oscars Ratings: Return Of Chris Rock Sees Show Hit 8-Year Low

    02/29/2016 6:27:30 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 61 replies ^ | 2/29/16 | Dominic Patten
    Chris Rock came out swinging in one of the best opening monologues in years and took on the diversity controversy from the get-go at the 88th Academy Awards. Last night also saw Brie Lawson win Best Actress, Leonardo DiCaprio snag Best Actor in his fifth nomination, Alejandro G. Iñárritu was named Best Director and Spotlight won Best Picture. With all that, the Oscars themselves had a not such a great night with a 23.1/37 in metered market results. That’s down 6% from the 24.6/39 that the ceremony got last year in early results from the 56 markets across the country....
  • Woman Driver, Screaming "Allahu Akbar" Runs Over 40 people on Las Vegas Strip

    12/21/2015 11:45:42 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 236 replies
    A woman in a car with its windows down screamed "Allahu Akbar" as she ran up onto the sidewalk and ran-over upwards of 40 people in Las Vegas last night. According to one eye witness "As we were walking accross the street, this car comes flying through the red light. She ran up on the sidewalk and smashed into a group of people walking accross the street and into the group of people at the corner. She did not slow down and appeared to accelerate as she hit the sidewalk." According to that witness. there is a huge row of...
  • Karl Pierson – dead 18 year old Arapahoe High School shooter (hated Republicans)

    12/13/2013 9:01:58 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 90 replies
    In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith who through his invisible hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as "Keynesian." "...I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn't the market correcting itself?" he wrote. "If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn't it be able to overpower regulations?" Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing "you republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let 'em Die, Climate Change: Let 'em...
  • NPR Seeks to Reduce Staff by 10 Percent Via Buyouts

    09/13/2013 10:45:09 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 21 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | 9/13/13 | Perry Stein
    Tucked within a release naming its new president and CEO, NPR announced today that it would seek to reduce its staff by 10 percent through a voluntary buyout plan. (The Washington-based organization employed 840 people in 2012.) NPR's board of directors just approved a budget for fiscal year 2014, which includes a deficit of $6.1 million, or 3.1 percent of its $178.1 million in revenue. The buyouts are intended to help plug the spending gap and, according to the release, will be offered "broadly across the organization." The board named Paul G. Haaga, Jr. as acting president and CEO effective...
  • West Virginia Democrat (St. Senator Evan Jenkins) switches parties to challenge Rahall

    07/31/2013 5:19:04 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/31/13 | Aaron Blake
    West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins announced Wednesday that he is switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party and will challenge longtime Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) in 2014. “West Virginia is under attack from Barack Obama and a Democratic Party that our parents and grandparents would not recognize,” Jenkins said. “I am proud to join the Republican Party in fighting Washington’s assault on our state, our freedoms, and our jobs.” Jenkins is the latest in a growing number of Democrats from Southern state legislatures to make the switch — with many of them coming in Louisiana and Mississippi,...
  • Port Allen Democrat switches party, hands supermajority to Republicans in Louisiana State Senate

    07/16/2013 7:18:40 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 11 replies ^ | 7/16/13 | Lauren McGaughy
    State Sen. Rick Ward III of Port Allen has formally announced he is switching political parties, the third state lawmaker to defect to the Republican Party in as many months. With his move, the GOP now holds a supermajority in the state senate. "Overall, I feel like the Democratic Party has left where I'm at," Ward said Tuesday. "I'm conservative. My voting record shows that." Ward added that "based on the feedback" he's had in his two years in the state senate that his district would be better represented by a Republican. "Based on the direction that both the national...
  • Fairfax City abortion clinic, busiest in Virginia, closes

    07/15/2013 8:06:15 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/14/13 | Tom Jackman
    Abortion rights advocates have long maintained that abortion clinics are safe and that their procedures are no more invasive or dangerous than dental surgery or colonoscopies. Virginia recently passed regulations requiring abortion clinics to have wider hallways and doorways, expanded parking and entrance awnings. Supporters said the ­changes ensure the safety of women undergoing abortions. Opponents said the measure was a veiled attempt to shutter them. “NOVA Women’s Healthcare provided medical services to thousands of women,” Yarmosky said. “It was the largest abortion provider, but thousands of women also relied on them for birth control and other health care, and...
  • Republican wins Central Valley state Senate race (California - GOP pickup)

    05/23/2013 5:23:49 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 19 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 5/22/13 | DON THOMPSON
    <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A Republican has won a hotly contested state Senate contest in the southern San Joaquin Valley, with his top Democratic rival conceding Wednesday that the race will not go to a runoff.</p> <p>The special election victory by Hanford cherry farmer Andy Vidak will have no practical effect on the state Senate, where Democrats retain a supermajority, but serves as a psychological boost for the party after massive GOP losses in recent election cycles.</p>
  • Leah Cole Takes Stunning Win in Peabody State Rep. Race (Taxachusetts - GOP Pickup)

    04/03/2013 5:42:50 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 12 replies
    Peabody Patch ^ | 4/2/13 | Chris Helms, John Castelluccio, and Robert Gates
    A Republican will once again represent Peabody on Beacon Hill. That's the shocking outcome of Tuesday's special election in the 12th Essex District. There were three candidates vying for the seat left open by the death of Joyce Spiliotis last year. Republican Leah Cole, who is new to politics and was a longshot candidate until recently, scored a major upset and garnered 35 percent of the vote over 34 percent that went to Democrat Beverley Griffin Dunne and 31 percent for unenrolled candidate Dave Gravel. According to the City Clerk's office, total voter turnout was 20 percent or 5,351 out...
  • Arkansas' GOP-led Legislature passes voter ID law (Arkansas now has Voter ID)

    04/03/2013 5:35:44 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 11 replies ^ | 4/1/13 | ANDREW DeMILLO
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislators passed a law Monday requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, overriding Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill, which he called an expensive solution to a non-existent problem. The Republican-led state House voted 52-45, largely along party lines, to complete an override that started in the GOP-controlled Senate on a 21-12 vote last week. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber. "We are trying to protect the integrity of one of the most fundamental rights we have here in America," said state Rep. Stephen Meeks, a Republican...
  • Mississippi state Sen. Browning switches parties, gives Republicans super majority

    03/26/2013 7:52:21 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 17 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/26/13 | Phil West
    ACKSON – Veteran Democratic state Sen. Nicky Browning of Pontotoc switched political parties Tuesday, giving Republicans a 32-20 super majority in the 52-member Senate. Browning, 61, represents Senate District 3, which covers Pontotoc, Union and parts of Calhoun counties, and is chairman of the Senate County Affairs Committee. He has been in the Senate since 1996. “Conservatives in Mississippi are working to build a bright future for our state, and it is wonderful to have Senator Browning join our effort,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement. “I am very pleased to welcome him to the Republican Party.” Lt. Gov....
  • Boston Phoenix to close

    03/18/2013 5:45:24 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 18 replies ^ | 3/15/13 | Joseph P. Kahn
    In a poignant signal of a fast-changing media landscape, The Boston Phoenix sent out a short and simple tweet Thursday afternoon: “Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck.” With that terse dispatch, the ground-breaking, Boston alternative weekly, which only six months ago reinvented itself from tabloid newspaper into glossy magazine, put a final punctuation mark on its announcement that its current issue, dated March 15, will be its last. Sister publications in Providence and Portland, Maine, will stay in business, but, the Phoenix Media/Communication Corp.’s online radio station, will not continue in its present form, its fate to...
  • State Rep. Lindsey Holmes Surprises Democrats, Switches to GOP (Alaska)

    01/14/2013 4:14:23 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 17 replies
    APRN ^ | 1/13/12 | Alexandra Gutierrez
    For six years, legislator Lindsey Holmes has represented West Anchorage as a Democrat. But as of Saturday afternoon, she’s a Republican. The announcement that Holmes had switched parties came after a two-hour caucus meeting, where members of the House Majority hashed out what the change meant and occasionally tuned into the NFL playoffs. It was unexpected, and Holmes thinks she’ll get a wide range of responses from her district. “It’s going to come as a great surprise to some people,” Holmes said. “I think other people will not be as surprised. I think some people will have sort of seen...
  • Rep. Jason White (HD 48) making the switch to the GOP (Mississippi)

    12/13/2012 11:26:36 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies
    Yall Politics ^ | 12/13/12
    Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn, and a host of other Republican elected and party officials will welcome a new member to the ever growing GOP in Mississippi Tuesday. It appears that Freshman State Representative Jason White of House District 48 is set to announce that he is switching parties, pushing the Republican majority up to 65 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. House District 48 has long been primed to go red. If you will recall, the Democratic leadership under former Speaker Billy McCoy sought to eliminate HD 48 during redistricting back in 2011 because...
  • The Case of the Missing White Voters (7 Millions White Voters Stayed Home)

    11/08/2012 7:35:11 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 103 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/8/12 | Sean Trende
    One of the more intriguing narratives for election 2012 was proposed by political scientist Brendan Nyhan fairly early on: that it was "Bizarro 2004." The parallels to that year certainly were eerie: An incumbent adored by his base but with middling approval ratings nationally faces off against an uncharismatic, wishy-washy official from Massachusetts. The race is tight during the summer until the president breaks open a significant lead after his convention. Then, after a tepid first debate for the incumbent, the contest tightens, bringing the opposition tantalizingly close to a win, but not quite close enough. The Election Day returns...
  • Michigan Republicans welcome state Rep. Roy Schmidt to the GOP after he leaves Democrats

    05/15/2012 6:38:58 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies ^ | 5/15/12 | Nate Reens
    GRAND RAPIDS – Roy Schmidt’s filing deadline switch to the Republican party has been immediately embraced by GOP colleagues who credited the now-former Democrat from Grand Rapids with aligning for the people he represents and not a party platform. Schmidt, who served for 16 years on the nonpartisan Grand Rapids City Commission, said in a statement that his ideals and priorities remain the same. “I am a moderate dedicated as ever to representing the people of Grand Rapids, and will always fight for improving education, public safety and protecting children,” Schmidt said. He was not available for interviews on the...
  • Keith Olbermann Complained To Current TV That Car Service Drivers ‘Smelled, Talked To Him’

    03/31/2012 1:06:52 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 61 replies
    Mediate ^ | 3/31/12 | Tommy Christopher
    On the heels of Countdown host Keith Olbermann‘s firing from Current TV, the network and sources close to it have been quick to buttress their case for the dismissal with details of the temperamental star’s antics. One such source tells Mediaite, among other things, that Olbermann went through 8 different car services (he doesn’t drive), and complained to the network that some of the drivers “smelled,” and “talked to him,” the latter detail echoing a leak that once dogged then-Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Earlier, Howard Kurtz tweeted that he was “Hearing allegation that Olbermann switched car co’s and vendors...
  • Gov. Tom Corbett signs voter ID into law (Pennsylvania)

    03/14/2012 6:59:32 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 29 replies ^ | 3/14/12 | Mary Wilson
    After three days of floor debate, the Pennsylvania House has passed a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law Wednesday night. Opponents call it a "poll tax," while supporters insist it's "common sense." Counties are being told about the upcoming changes, according to Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Department of State. For the April 24 primary election, poll workers are supposed to request, but not require, that voters show photo identification. "And then we're asking that the poll worker hand that voter a small sheet of paper which...
  • Texas House Democrat J.M. Lozano becoming a Republican (Party Switch)

    03/05/2012 5:46:09 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 20 replies ^ | 3/5/12
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Democratic state Rep. J. M. Lozano will switch parties and become a Republican, further padding the GOP super-majority in the Texas House. A spokesman said Monday that Lozano plans to announce his decision Thursday in Austin and in his Gulf Coast home district, which includes Kingsville. The move gives the Republicans 102 seats of the House's 150, but that will only matter if a special session is called.
  • Alabama Rep. Alan Harper switches to Republican Party

    02/08/2012 5:51:23 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 11 replies
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | 2/7/12 | Robert DeWitt
    TUSCALOOSA | State Rep. Alan Harper of Aliceville is switching to the Republican Party. Harper, who was selected Monday night to be Northport’s economic development director, has been a Democrat throughout his time in the Legislature. He was first elected to represent District 61 in the House in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. “This is a decision that has taken many months of deliberation and thought,” Harper said. “In the end, I made the decision because it is best for District 61. I was elected to serve my district to the best of my ability and this decision reflects...
  • Indiana State House Passes Right-to-Work Bill — Measure To Become Law Soon

    01/25/2012 6:49:11 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/25/12 | JACK SPENCER
    Rep: 'How can this bill be radical when 22 other states have right-to-work laws?' INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State House on a 54-44 vote today passed House Bill 1001, paving the way to make Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state in the nation. The vote took place after House Democrats finally attended session Wednesday afternoon, ending their work stoppage over the issue. Under the legislation, unions would be barred from collecting mandatory representation fees. HB 1001 will now be sent to the Indiana Senate. If the Senate passes the bill without amendment, it would go the the desk of Gov. Mitch...
  • State of the Union Averages 37.75 Million Viewers, Down 12% From 2011

    01/25/2012 6:37:46 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 18 replies
    TV by the Numbers ^ | 1/25/12 | Robert Seidman
    38 Million Watch State of the Union Address for 2012 January 25, 2012 – On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The address was carried live from 9:00PM to approximately 10:15 PM on 14 networks.* The sum of average audience for those networks was 37,752,613 viewers, with a combined household rating of 24.0. The networks carrying the address were ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC, MUN2 and on tape delay on TEL, TF and UNI. p>
  • Portland’s Biggest LGBT Paper Folds

    12/27/2011 7:46:23 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 26 replies
    Mediabistro ^ | 12/26/11 | Rachel Kaufman
    ‘Just Out,’ the 28-year-old newsmagazine serving Portland’s LGBTQ community, is done for, according to a short announcement posted on the site. “Effective December 26, 2011, Just Out newsmagazine, serving Portland’s LGBTQ community since 1983, is no longer in business. Three years of recession have taken their toll. Please direct all inquiries to Marty Davis at Thank you for your many years of readership and support,” the statement read in its entirety. The paper had seven staffers on its masthead. According to the Washington Blade, “the demise of the most notable LGBT newspaper in the region is a significant development...
  • GOP takes over Mississippi State House for first time since Reconstruction

    11/14/2011 6:35:54 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies
    The ^ | 11/14/11 | Jeff Amy
    JACKSON, Miss. — Republicans will control the Mississippi House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction. Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will hold at least 63 of the 122 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3. Totals confirmed Monday show Republican Gene Alday defeated incumbent Democrat John Mayo in House District 25, putting the GOP over the top for control of the House. Also Monday, Perry County officials finished counting votes in House District 105, where Republican Dennis DeBar Jr. beat Democrat Dale Kimble and independent Latricia Cornelson in a seat formerly...
  • State Representative Donnie Bell switches to Republican Party (Mississippi)

    11/11/2011 5:44:46 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NEMS Daily Journal ^ | 11/11/11 | Bobby Harrison
    JACKSON - District 21 state Rep. Donnie Bell of Fulton, re-elected to the state House Tuesday with 58 percent of the vote as a Democrat, announced Friday morning he had switched to the Republican Party. Bell said he switched because he could do more to help his district as a Republican since the party will control state government after Tuesday's election. Republicans won the governor's office and will hold majorities in the House and Senate. The Republicans will hold a majority in the House for the first time since the 1800s. "I am still Donnie Bell," he said Friday morning....
  • State Senator Gray Tollison of Oxford jumps from Democrat to Republican (Mississippi)

    11/10/2011 6:48:14 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 11 replies
    Sun ^ | 11/10/11
    Longtime state Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford is switching from Democrat to Republican. The state Republican Party announced the change Thursday. Republicans already held the majority in the 52-member Senate. With Tollison's switch, the GOP will hold 31 seats and Democrats will hold 21. Republicans will hold a three-fifths majority - the margin needed to pass revenue bills. Tollison was elected Tuesday to his fifth term. His north Mississippi district includes all of Lafayette County and parts of Tallahatchie and Yalobusha counties. In mid-September, state election commissioners removed Tollison's Republican opponent, Todd Wade, from the ballot because Wade couldn't prove...
  • Houck concedes; Virginia Republicans assume control of State Senate (control all 3 branches)

    11/10/2011 6:14:20 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/10/11 | Steve Contorno
    Democratic Sen. Edd Houck announced Thursday he will not request a recount and conceded his race to Republican challenger Bryce Reeves, giving the GOP complete control of government in Richmond. Houck, a seven-term incumbent from Spotsylvania, was 86 votes behind Reeves on election night Tuesday, but the gap grew to 222 after localities tallied provisional ballots. The 0.5 percent difference in 45,077 votes was still close enough for Houck to ask for a recount, but he said he would decline that opportunity during a press conference Thursday. Reeves' victory gives the GOP a two-seat gain in the Senate and forces...
  • State Rep. Bert Jones now (officially) a Republican (North Carolina)

    09/22/2011 5:43:26 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 11 replies
    Rep. Bert Jones, a Reidsville lawmaker who ran in 2010 as an unaffiliated candidate, is now officially a Republican, according to the State Board of Elections database. "Welcome," said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. "He's been an invaluable freshmen member of the House." Jones, a Dentist and former county commissioner, ousted incumbent Democrat Nelson Cole in 2010. As an unaffiliated candidate, he had to collect signatures to get on the ballot and would have had to follow the same procedure in 2012 if he wanted to run as an unaffiliated member again. By registering as...
  • State Rep. Bert Jones now (officially) a Republican (North Carolina)

    09/22/2011 5:43:25 PM PDT · by LdSentinal
    Rep. Bert Jones, a Reidsville lawmaker who ran in 2010 as an unaffiliated candidate, is now officially a Republican, according to the State Board of Elections database. "Welcome," said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. "He's been an invaluable freshmen member of the House." Jones, a Dentist and former county commissioner, ousted incumbent Democrat Nelson Cole in 2010. As an unaffiliated candidate, he had to collect signatures to get on the ballot and would have had to follow the same procedure in 2012 if he wanted to run as an unaffiliated member again. By registering as...
  • Louisiana State House's second-ranking leader, Joel Robideaux, switches to the Republican Party

    09/01/2011 7:07:05 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    BATON ROUGE, La. — The number two ranking member of the state House is becoming a Republican. Rep. Joel Robideaux of Lafayette has been a lifelong independent, but he announced Thursday he's switching to the GOP. The change comes as Robideaux is hoping to become House speaker in the next term that begins in January — in a chamber that is majority Republican. Robideaux says he decided to become a Republican after discussing a possible switch with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal. "I have prided myself on being able to work with everyone, no matter their party affiliation, and to forge...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval Hits New Low - 39% Approve; 54% Disapprove

    08/14/2011 10:28:04 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 28 replies
    Gallup ^ | 8/14/11
    39% Approve, 54% Disapprove
  • Barras Newest State Representative To Switch From Dem To GOP (Louisiana)

    08/12/2011 2:12:56 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 6 replies
    One of the state’s most conservative Democrat legislators is no more. Rep. Taylor Barras of New Iberia is the latest to abandon the Democrats and become part of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. And the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority, which had targeted Barras for a party switch, is pretty happy about it. “The economy in southwest Louisiana has been devastated by the Democrat’s moratorium on oil and gas drilling,” said John Diez, the executive director of the conservative group founded by U.S. Sen. David Vitter. ”Led by Barack Obama and other Democrats in the U.S....
  • Arkansas State House Democrat switches parties

    08/10/2011 10:31:33 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 25 replies
    Arkansas News Bureau ^ | 8/10/11 | Rob Moritz
    LITTLE ROCK — State Rep. Linda Collins-Smith, a Democrat, announced today that she is switching parties and becoming a Republican. Collins-Smith, of Pocahontas, announced the switch during a news conference at the state Capitol. She did not take questions from reporters and did not say whether she would seek re-election next year as a Republican. “I have not changed. I have not left the Democratic party, but the party left me,” she said. Rep. Linda Collins-Smith Collins-Smith called Republicans “hard-working, commonsense people” and said the GOP “most closely holds to the principles that I and most Arkansans believe in.” The...
  • Whoa! Democrats Pass Strict Voter ID Law in Rhode Island

    07/06/2011 6:17:33 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 18 replies ^ | 7/6/11 | Katherine Gregg
    PROVIDENCE - The fight over Rhode Island's new voter identification law continued for three days after Governor Chafee quietly signed the legislation, with opponents saying they were led by the governor's office to believe they still had a fighting chance. A week earlier, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed a voter-ID bill passed by her state's Republican-controlled legislature, saying it would "unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters." But there was no such opposition from Chafee in Rhode Island, where Democrats overwhelmingly control the House and Senate. Democratic House Speaker Gordon D. Fox was one of the...
  • With eyes still on Miss. House speaker's post, Rep. Jeff Smith switches to GOP (Mississippi)

    06/02/2011 6:22:11 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | 6/2/11 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. — Longtime state Rep. Jeff Smith of Columbus switched to the Republican Party just before Wednesday's qualifying deadline for legislative races, and he said he still plans to run for the open spot of Mississippi House speaker in January. Smith has served in the House for 20 years as a conservative Democrat and unsuccessfully challenged populist Democrat Billy McCoy of Rienzi for the speakership in January 2008 — a nail-biter of a contest that McCoy won by a 62-60 vote. McCoy announced last week that he won't seek re-election to the Legislature, and his decision opened a race...
  • Governor Haslam Signs Voter Photo ID Bill (Tennessee)

    06/01/2011 8:23:15 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 6 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that requires Tennessee voters to show photo identification before they can cast ballots has been signed by the governor. Under the proposal, a person who can't show proper identification would be able to vote by provisional ballot, and individuals in nursing homes or group homes would be exempt. Supporters say the law is needed to protect the integrity of the ballot box, while opponents are concerned it might disenfranchise voters.
  • Scott Walker Signs Voter ID Bill (Wisconsin)

    05/25/2011 6:58:41 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 22 replies
    WHBL ^ | 5/25/11
    Madison, Wis. (WHBL) - Governor Scott Walker says he’s convinced that the voter I-D requirement he signed into law this afternoon is constitutional. But the liberal group “One Wisconsin Now” has its doubts – and its director, Scot Ross, says they’ll keep consulting with attorneys on a possible lawsuit. Three years ago the U-S Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s law that requires voters there to show photo I-D’s at the polls. But Ross said the Hoosier State makes it easier for those without I-D’s to get them. That’s because driver license offices in Indiana are located in every county, and they’re...
  • Hochul (D) leads Corwin (R) by 6 (NY-26 Special Election Poll)

    05/22/2011 7:40:48 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 44 replies
    PPP ^ | 5/22/11 | Tom Jensen
    Raleigh, N.C. – Democrat Kathy Hochul continues to appear poised for an upset victory in Tuesday's special election for Congress in New York's 26th Congressional District. She is polling at 42% to 36% for Republican nominee Jane Corwin and 13% for Tea Party candidate Jack Davis. Since a PPP poll of the race two weeks ago Hochul has gained 7 points of support and Corwin has gained 5 while Davis has dropped by 11. It appears that Hochul has done a good job of staying above the fray as the campaign has taken on an increasingly negative tenor in its...
  • Texas State House sends Voter ID to governor

    05/16/2011 6:04:54 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 4 replies ^ | 5/16/11 | Tim Eaton
    The Texas House today approved the conference committee report on the controversial voter ID bill and sent it on to the governor. The vote was 98-46. The Senate already approved the report from the committee of House members and senators that had gathered to reconcile the chambers’ differences over the measure. Now, the bill heads to Gov. Rick Perry, who had made the issue a legislative priority. On Monday, Democrats picked up where they left off when the bill originally was debated, arguing against the concept. Meanwhile, other members milled around the House floor, knowing full well that the Republican...
  • Peter Durant (R) wins in 6th District by 56 votes (Massachusetts - GOP pickup)

    05/10/2011 8:20:04 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 20 replies
    Republican Peter J. Durant won the 6th Worcester District seat in today's special election for state representative, beating incumbent Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, by 56 votes, 3,325 to 3,269. The two men have been sparring at the ballot box and in the courtroom since November when the razor thin election results put Mr. Durant ahead by two votes, and a Superior Court judge later ruled the election was a tie and ordered a new election. After the court ordered the new election, Peter J. Boria, a Charlton selectman, and Robert J. Cirba, of Spencer, a Spencer-East Brookfield school committee member, declared...
  • Voter ID now Kansas law

    04/18/2011 7:14:22 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 21 replies ^ | 4/18/11 | Tim Carpenter
    Gov. Sam Brownback made a fixture of Kansas politics Monday requirements voters present proof of citizenship and photograph affirmation of their identity as the price of participating in elections. The measures were long championed by conservatives who expressed apprehension that unauthorized voters were distorting elections through fraudulent means. The rules could spark a legal challenge from voters who feel disenfranchised by the new hurdles to electoral participation. "I think these are reasonable steps to protect the rights of our citizens," Brownback said at the Statehouse. Brownback long ago endorsed the voter ID and citizenship provisions incorporated into House Bill 2067....
  • State senator, Norby Chabert, jumps from Democratic Party to Republicans (Louisiana)

    03/21/2011 8:06:46 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    BATON ROUGE, La. — A Houma area state senator Monday became the Louisiana Legislature's newest party switcher to the Republicans. Sen. Norby Chabert, a first-term senator from Little Caillou, announced that he has moved from the Democratic Party to the GOP. The member of a longtime Democratic political family, Chabert holds the Senate seat once held by his father Leonard and brother Marty. He's the fourth Democrat in the Senate to switch parties in the last five months, as the fall elections near and the state continues a trend to the right. Chabert said the national Democratic Party and President...
  • Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize (2009)

    03/19/2011 3:03:12 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 27 replies
    Barely nine months into office, President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize — with the committee citing Obama’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy” and his support for nuclear arms reduction. "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee. But the prize shocked the White House and international observers — some of whom are already questioning what Obama has done in his short time as president to deserve the honor. The White...
  • Another Democrat state senator switches to GOP (Louisiana)

    03/17/2011 6:18:25 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies ^ | 3/17/11 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party's nascent majority in the state Senate continued to grow Thursday when a Democratic lawmaker from the Baton Rouge suburbs announced he is switching parties. Jody Amedee of Gonzalez, a trial lawyer first elected to the upper chamber in 2003, became the third Senate Democrat in the past five months to move into the Republican column. Amedee's move gives the GOP a 21-18 majority in the Senate and comes after two veteran lawmakers -- John Alario of Westwego and John Smith of Leesville -- switched parties last year. Republicans also picked up two seats in...
  • Cozart Wins District 24 Race, Becomes 45th Republican Member of Arkansas State House (GOP Pickup)

    03/12/2011 8:17:19 PM PST · by LdSentinal
    Progressive Arkansas ^ | 3/9/11 | Luke Hobbs
    Bruce Cozart won yesterday's special election for the District 24 seat in the state House of Representatives, giving the Republicans a 45th state representative and tightening the partisan balance of power a little more. Cozart, who hails from Hot Springs, defeated Democrat Jerry Rephan, also of Hot Springs, by an unofficial count of 1,861 to 1,219 (60%-40%). The special election was called by Governor Mike Beebe after Keith Crass, a Republican who died several days before the November general election, received the most votes in the race. The Republican and Democratic Parties chose to nominate their candidates via party caucus...
  • Lawmaker from central Louisiana becomes latest Democratic defection to the GOP (Rep. Billy Chandler)

    03/12/2011 10:32:37 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 14 replies
    BATON ROUGE, La. — A state lawmaker from central Louisiana has become the latest member of the Louisiana House to leave the Democratic Party for the GOP. Rep. Billy Chandler, of Dry Prong, announced his party switch Friday, adding another Republican to the House, which recently became a majority GOP chamber. Chandler says he's joined the Republican Party because the philosophy more closely matches his views and those of his constituents. He was elected in 2006 to the district representing parts of Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, and Winn parishes. The House has 53 Republicans, 46 Democrats, four independents and two vacancies....
  • Outrage, anxiety after Providence mayor fires almost 2,000 teachers

    02/24/2011 7:08:44 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 51 replies ^ | 2/24/11
    CNN) -- The firing of every teacher in the Providence public school system has set off a wave of anxiety, anger and uncertainty in the Rhode Island city, with a union leader blasting the mayor's decision as anti-union maneuvering along the lines of what's happening in the Midwest. Mayor Angel Tavares said in a online message Wednesday that he authorized the previous day's move to dismiss almost 2,000 teachers and staff to allow for greater flexibility once the budget process is complete. Tavares also said the final number of layoffs needed to balance a multimillion budget deficit will be determined...
  • Jimmy McMillan, Rent Is Too Damn High Guy, Switches to GOP

    02/23/2011 5:42:48 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 15 replies ^ | 2/23/11
    Jimmy McMillan has had it with sucky Dems, wants to help GOP (Newser) – Once upon a time, the rent was too damn high, but now the Democrats are just too damn sucky for Jimmy McMillan. The colorful onetime gubernatorial candidate is now a registered Republican, he tells Sal Gentile of PBS, mostly because "the Democratic Party sucked." And he's expanding his platform with a new slogan: "The deficit is too damn high." Other McMillan gems: * On what he brings to the table: Since 1995, “the Republicans have been in office, they just don’t know what to do. But...