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  • Why voting irregularities could swing the Virginia AG recount to Republicans (Obenshain/Herring)

    12/12/2013 8:20:23 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 December 2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    If you’re wondering why Virginia Republicans are willing to fight over the attorney general’s race, it’s because the post has become almost as important as the governorship. Not only could the outcome impact continuing legal issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, it would likely impact the number of Republicans in the U.S. Congress. Right now, Virginia has eight Republicans and three Democrats in the U.S. House. Prior to the redistricting — which was controlled by a Republican General Assembly and signed by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell — Republicans held just a six-to-five majority. Democrat Mark Herring — should he become...
  • The VA AG race -- Vanity

    11/12/2013 5:45:36 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 40 replies
    Virginia State Board of Elections ^ | 12 November 2013 | ScottinVA
    As we've heard in news reports, "corrections" in absentee ballot totals in Fairfax County and Richmond City have wiped out what was a 1,262-vote lead for Republican Mark Obenshain and given Democrat Mark Herring a 117-vote lead. Now that I have that piece of misery out of the way, among the takeaways from this are a couple bad-news and good-news elements. First the bad news... as mentioned above, Obenshain now trails Herring by a razor-thin margin of 117 votes, and Fairfax isn't finished with its counting.. However... (and comes the good news) This morning, I did a county-by-county check on...
  • Ken Cuccinelli's Message to Virginia Voters

    11/01/2013 5:28:57 PM PDT · by ScottinVA · 19 replies
    Cuccinelli for Governor ^ | Ken Cuccinelli
    The hopefully deal-closing final message to voters from Ken Cuccinelli. It's an inspiring, uplifting, Reaganesque statement about his vision for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • McAuliffe Up By 4 Points, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds (CUCCINELLI ROARING BACK!!!)

    10/30/2013 6:10:59 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 118 replies
    Quinnipiac Poll ^ | 30 October 2013 | Quinnipiac University
    The Virginia governor's race is going down to the wire with Democrat Terry McAuliffe clinging to a slight 45 - 41 percent likely voter lead over Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and 9 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of an October 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing McAuliffe up 46 - 39 percent, with Sarvis at 10 percent. Today's survey shows that if Sarvis were not in the race, McAuliffe would have 47 percent to 45 percent for Cuccinelli, too close...
  • Ken Cuccinelli’s Window of Opportunity

    09/19/2013 8:38:28 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 19 September 2013 | Ben Domenech
    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has for much of the past few months been battling against a media narrative which frames him as some kind of Old Dominion Todd Akin – an extreme social conservative candidate who has split his party, dividing the moderate and conservative wings, and creating wedges vulnerable for exploitation by a centrist, pro-business Democrat. This narrative was sustained through most of August, fueled in part by the dramatically higher ad expenditures of Cuccinelli’s well-funded opponent, lifelong Democratic fundraiser Terry McAuliffe. Except this narrative has crumbled in recent weeks, at the same time that Cuccinelli has cut...
  • Oakland leaders have lost grip on violence (Tough gun laws = armed criminals)

    01/15/2013 1:29:53 PM PST · by ScottinVA · 46 replies
    CBS San Francisco (SFGate) ^ | 15 January 2013 | Chip Johnson
    Just before Oakland city officials held a news conference Monday in East Oakland to assure everyone that they've got a handle on crime, I took a little walk around the neighborhood to ask local residents if they felt safe. Vincent Peters, 32, who was waiting for a bus with his wife and their 2-month old daughter, definitely does not. He said he's preparing to move his family from the area because he values their safety. "You can hardly walk down the street without someone pushing a gun at you," Peters said. "These kids are scared, and that's why they're carrying...
  • The Free Republic "Elections Have Consequences" Repository

    11/08/2012 10:08:08 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 69 replies
    Self | 8 November 2012 | ScottinVA
    Fellow FReepers -- This is designed to serve as a single repository for layoff announcements, stories and other related news pertaining to the future dismantling of our economy due to the re-election of Barack Obama. The goal here is a one-stop source to bolster our argument that Obama's reelection is truly the detriment to our economic well-being.
  • Vanity: Game over. Ohio called for Obama.

    11/06/2012 8:22:01 PM PST · by ScottinVA · 83 replies
    Self | 6 Nov 2012 | scottinva
    Game over.
  • Vanity -- Voting line.. Gloucester Point, VA -- 6:18 a.m. -- Line is 75+ deep.

    11/06/2012 3:30:16 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 54 replies
    Self | 6 Nov. 2012 | ScottinVA
    Computer glitch requiring telephonic registration verification slowing the process a bit, but moving OK. It`s on!!
  • Vanity -- Romney Visit to Newport News, VA, 4 Nov 2012

    11/05/2012 1:22:47 PM PST · by ScottinVA · 5 replies
    Self | 5 Nov 2012 | ScottinVA
    Last night’s rockin’ Romney Rally in Newport News was great! Hard to tell how many were packed in and outside of the Smithfield hangar at Newport News-Williamsburg Airport, but officials were expecting more than 5,000. I’m quite sure that number was well-surpassed in temps dipping into the 30s. Got in the gate at about 6 p.m. and took my place about 30 ft. off the left side of the podium. Gov. Romney’s plane, due in NN at 8 p.m. was delayed leaving Philly for about 90 minutes, but the RR folks provided pizza and bottled water, and we had giant-screen...
  • Election 2012: Ohio President: Obama 49%, Romney 49%

    11/02/2012 11:47:47 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 186 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 2 November 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    With four days to go, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied in the critical battleground state of Ohio. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Ohio Voters finds Obama and Romney each with 49% support. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while one percent (1%) is undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Ohio remains one of eight Toss-Up states in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections. Obama won the Buckeye State in 2008 by a 52% to 47% margin. At the beginning of the week, Romney held a slight 50% to 48% advantage. It was...
  • Election 2012: Virginia PresidentVirginia: Romney 49%, Obama 47% (The Old Dominion!!!!)

    10/12/2012 9:40:03 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 13 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12 October 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Mitt Romney now has a two-point lead in Virginia. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Virginia Voters shows Romney with 49% of the vote, while President Obama earns 47% support. One percent (1%) likes another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) are undecided.
  • Election 2012: New Hampshire President New Hampshire: Romney 48%, Obama 45%

    09/19/2012 7:36:33 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 108 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 19 September 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Mitt Romney has now taken the lead in the swing state of New Hampshire. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in New Hampshire shows Romney with 48% support to President Obama’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Franklin & Marshall College Poll

    08/16/2012 6:21:26 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 35 replies
    Franklin and Marshall College ^ | 16 Aug 2012 | Yost, Madonna, Knittle, Huebner
    The August 2012 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds increasing voter interest in the presidential election. President Barack Obama continues to lead his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, although his advantage is smaller than in June.
  • Vanity -- Pics from the Romney/Ryan VP announcement

    08/11/2012 2:24:59 PM PDT · by ScottinVA · 37 replies
    Me | ScottinVA
    Fellow Freepers, Thought you might like seeing some pics from this morning's rally at which Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. The atmosphere was highly excited... it had a degree of enthusiasm reminiscent of the Palin rally I attended in Richmond in October 08. The place literally erupted when Ryan stepped out from the U.S.S. Wisconsin and walked toward the stage. It was a GREAT event!
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Ras: Mitt retakes the lead, +2 over Obama)

    07/02/2012 6:55:28 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 50 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting 46% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history. While the Supreme Court declared that the president’s health care law is constitutional, they were unable to make it popular. Fifty-two percent (52%) still favor repeal of the law. That’s little changed from a week ago and little changed since the law was passed more than...
  • Miss. Gov. Barbour pardons convicted murderer

    01/09/2012 11:45:04 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9 Jan 2012 | Holbrook Mohr
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's pardon of a convicted murderer who worked as an inmate trusty at the Governor's Mansion came two weeks after the man was denied parole by a state board. A letter to one of the victims in the case said the Mississippi Parole Board turned down 40-year-old David Gatlin on Dec. 27. The letter, dated Jan. 4 and obtained by The Associated Press, did not explain why the Parole Board rejected Gatlin's parole request. It said he was due for another parole hearing in October. Shannon Warnock, chair of the parole board, didn't...
  • Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (WTH? Hussein rising?)

    11/14/2011 6:56:26 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 157 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 14 November 2011 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15 (see trends). That’s the president’s best Approval Index rating in three months. Still, most voters continue to favor repeal of his primary legislative accomplishment, the health care law. The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign...
  • False pretense for war in Libya?

    04/14/2011 6:44:56 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 33 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 14 April 2011 | Alan J. Kuperman
    EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya. The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a “bloodbath’’ in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and last rebel stronghold. But Human Rights Watch has released data on Misurata, the next-biggest city in Libya and scene of protracted fighting, revealing that Moammar Khadafy is not deliberately massacring civilians but rather narrowly targeting the armed rebels who fight against his government. Misurata’s population is roughly 400,000. In nearly two months of war, only 257 people — including combatants — have died there....
  • Qaddafi Forces Bombard Rebels in East and West

    03/16/2011 5:42:43 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 21 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 16 March 2011 | Ryan Lucas and Maggie Michael
    <p>TOBRUK, Libya – TOBRUK, Libya -- Muammar Qaddafi intensified offensives in the east and the west Wednesday with relentless shelling aimed at routing holdout rebels and retaking control of the country he has ruled with an iron fist for more than four decades.</p>
  • Wisconsin 1, Illinois 0 (WI to IL biz: C'mon up here!)

    01/14/2011 6:09:39 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 53 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 14 January 2011 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Illinois this week earned the honor of becoming the first state in 2011 to sock it to taxpayers, passing a tax hike the size of Lake Michigan. Citizens cried out, legislators deflected, but the most interesting response came from neighboring Wisconsin, where newly elected GOP Gov. Scott Walker had three words for Illinois businesses: "Escape to Wisconsin." Across the country, dozens of new governors are taking office, fine-tuning state-of-the-state addresses, polishing budgets. With each event we are seeing a growing national divide. On one side are wide swathes of the country that this past midterm elected reformers intent on slashing...
  • Two Californias

    12/15/2010 12:31:51 PM PST · by ScottinVA · 103 replies · 2+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 15 December 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Abandoned farms, Third World living conditions, pervasive public assistance -- welcome to the once-thriving Central Valley. The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and...
  • Ras: Kentucky Senate: Paul (R) Enjoys Double Digit Lead (Ya stepped in it, Conway!)

    10/29/2010 5:46:21 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 35 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Friday, 29 October 2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    With a huge voter backlash to Democrat Jack Conway’s ad criticizing his opponent’s college antics and questioning his religious faith, Republican Rand Paul has now taken a 12-point lead in Kentucky’s bitter U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state, taken Wednesday night, shows Paul with 53% support to Conway’s 41%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) After narrowing somewhat last week, the race moves back to where it’s been for most of the year. As...
  • Blumenthal Up on McMahon By Double Digits

    10/04/2010 1:29:01 PM PDT · by ScottinVA · 21 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 4 October 2010 | Tom Jensen
    Raleigh, N.C. – Contrary to polls in the last week showing Linda McMahon closing to a single-digit deficit behind Richard Blumenthal in the Connecticut Senate race, PPP’s first measure of the race since January shows the Democrat still well ahead, though not by the 20-point-plus edge he had had in the spring. The state’s popular Democratic Attorney General leads the Republican WWE executive, 53-41, among likely voters.
  • Cesar Milan: President Obama needs to train Bo (tough for a beta male)

    10/04/2010 7:24:26 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 4 October 2010 | Patrick Gavin
    Given his experience as the "Dog Whisperer," Cesar Milan certainly knows how to keep four-legged friends in line. His major rule of dog training: Do not let the dog lead you. "Americans who allow their dogs to walk them is one of his biggest peeves," CBS's Lesley Stahl said during her "Sunday Morning" profile of Milan. "If your dog doesn't learn how to follow, you'll never have a disciplined pet."
  • Kaine: Dems still have 'mojo'

    08/11/2010 12:45:43 PM PDT · by ScottinVA · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | August 11, 2010 12:00 PM EDT | Mike Allen
    Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, says the primary victory by Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado shows the party still has “a lot of mojo.” And Kaine crowed that the GOP added to a crop of “flawed candidates” with Tuesday’s results. “In a whole series of these races in different states,” the former Virginia governor said Wednesday in a phone interview, “what we see is Democrats picking good candidates, Democrats coming together and Republicans picking flawed candidates and, frankly, candidates that are kind of continuing to divide their party.” The president’s political organization — including the DNC’s Organizing...
  • Brewer Sends Stimulus Money to Border for Illegal Immigration Fight

    07/20/2010 9:57:11 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News ^ | 20 July 2010
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, claiming to "reject" the Obama administration's assertion that the border is more secure than ever, announced Monday that she's directing $10 million in federal stimulus dollars to tackle smuggling and illegal immigration. On the same day the administration announced its plan to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the southwestern states, Brewer said she's sending the pot of stimulus money to more than a dozen border cities and counties -- as well as several tribes and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
  • ‘A Very Deep Hole’ (Bob Herbert wising up re: jobs)

    06/08/2010 6:41:27 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 21 replies · 115+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7 June 2010 | Bob Herbert
    I know the president has a lot on his mind, but the No. 1 problem facing the U.S. continues to fester, and that problem is unemployment. The jobs report for May, released on Friday by the Labor Department, was grim. President Obama tried to put the best face on it, but it was undeniably bad news, which is why the stock markets tanked. The private sector created just 41,000 jobs in May, a dismal performance. The government hired 411,000 workers to help with the census, but those jobs are temporary and will vanish in a few months. Unemployment is crushing...
  • CT Sen Poll: Blumenthal +25 (Vietnam non-service flap helped the liar)

    05/27/2010 5:42:41 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 87 replies · 2,443+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 27 May 2010 | Kyle Trygstad
    Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal still holds a commanding lead in the Senate race, despite more than a week of bad press regarding past misstatements of his military record. Blumenthal, the presumed Democratic nominee, leads Republican Linda McMahon by 25 points, a new Quinnipiac survey finds (May 24-25, 1159 RV, MoE +/- 2.9%). Blumenthal 56 (-5 vs. last poll, March 17) McMahon 31 (+3) Und 10 (nc) Blumenthal still enjoys a 61% favorability rating, with just 29% holding an unfavorable view of him. McMahon, who won the state GOP's endorsement Friday, saw her favorability rating turn negative, with 32% favorable,...
  • Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Pennsylvania Senate: Sestak 46% Toomey 42%

    05/20/2010 11:27:28 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 57 replies · 1,213+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 20 May 2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak’s victory over longtime Senator Arlen Specter for his party’s nomination Tuesday has given him a bounce in support in Pennsylvania’s general election for U.S. Senate. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Sestak picking up 46% support over Republican nominee Pat Toomey’s 42%. Only three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate while nine percent (9%) are undecided. Sestak’s support is up six points from earlier this month and is at its highest level yet measured in the race. Two weeks ago, Sestak and Toomey were in a virtual tie. In surveys conducted...
  • Latino Giant to Change U.S. Politics

    05/04/2010 7:07:10 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 51 replies · 1,201+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Tuesday, May 04, 2010 | Froma Harrop
    SAN ANTONIO -- It was over frozen lattes three blocks from the Alamo that Lydia Camarillo and I discussed the wave of Latino voters expected to change politics in Texas -- and America. Camarillo is vice president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, a group that signs up new Hispanic voters and spurs them to the polls. Some Texans predict that the "Latino giant" won't fully flex its political might until 2012. Some say 2014. Others see the tough immigration law in Arizona moving the impact to this year. All agree that when Latinos arrive at the polls in...
  • Only 37% job approval for Obama in VA (Bloom's off Boy Zero's rose in VA)

    11/28/2009 2:26:30 PM PST · by ScottinVA · 38 replies · 1,974+ views
    Survey USA Polling ^ | 23 November 2009 | SurveyUSA
    Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #16075
  • Corzine Up 5 Points In New Jersey Gov Race (Just In Time -- Anyone Really Surprised?)

    10/28/2009 6:35:01 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 89 replies · 3,765+ views
    Quinnipiac Poll ^ | 28 October 2009
    New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine leads Republican challenger Christopher Christie for the first time in their five-month slugfest, on top 43 - 38 percent among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Independent candidate Christopher Daggett has 13 percent, with 5 percent undecided. This compares to a 41 - 40 percent Christie lead, with 14 percent for Daggett, in an October 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Among Daggett supporters, 38 percent say they might change their mind: 43 percent say Christie is their second choice, while 27 percent say Gov. Corzine is number two....
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll -- 0bama now at -14!

    08/23/2009 6:35:52 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 465 replies · 20,809+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 23 August 2009 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. These figures mark the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. The previous low of -12 was reached on July 30 (see trends). Prior to today, the number who Strongly Approved of the President’s performance had never fallen below 29%. Some of the decline has come from within the President’s own party. Just 49%...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (0 fades to -8)

    08/09/2009 5:28:46 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 152 replies · 7,848+ views
    RasmussenReports ^ | Sunday, August 09, 2009 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 31% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8 (see trends). Check out our review of last week’s polls to see “What They Told Us.” The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available on Twitter. Overall,...
  • A Time, Again, for Bill Clinton (Barf Alert)

    07/30/2009 6:18:57 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 26 replies · 550+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 30 July 2009 | Joe Conason
    In his struggle to change the nation's health care system, Barack Obama again faces certain obstacles that almost stopped his amazing march to the presidency. Aside from the Washington chattering class and the right-wing media, which always oppose progressive reform, Mr. Obama is losing his grip on the middle class and working families in swing states. He is losing Democratic senators and members of Congress in places like Florida and Arkansas. He is losing the propaganda war with his professorial style of explanation. So perhaps he should stop trying to walk this treacherous path alone. Perhaps the time has come,...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (0 at -7)

    07/19/2009 5:14:33 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 5 replies · 768+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 19 July 2009 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 30% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –7 (see trends). Voters see cost, not universal coverage, as the biggest health care concern Sixty-seven percent (67%) say that people with chronic conditions such as diabetes should not pay higher health insurance premiums. Half (50%) now oppose creation of a public insurance company to compete with private insurers. Seventy-eight percent (78%) believe that health care...
  • Pirates Die From Possible Chemical Weapons on Iranian Ship

    07/16/2009 5:46:26 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 32 replies · 1,918+ views
    The Digital Journal ^ | 14 July 2009 | Christopher Szabo
    Pirates who hijacked an Iranian ship have become sick and some have died after coming into contact with the ships’ cargo. The 40 pirates hijacked the M.V. Deyanat in the Gulf of Aden. The Sunday Times reported that the pirates became ill, suffered apparent skin burns and lost hair. The Director of the East African Seafarer’s Assistance Programme, Andrew Mwangira, said We don’t know exactly how many, but the information that I am getting is that some of them had died. There is something very wrong about that ship. The ship, which is owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran...
  • Independents begin to edge away from President Obama (Euphoria at an end?)

    07/09/2009 8:25:48 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 50 replies · 2,104+ views
    Politico ^ | 9 July 2009 | Ben Smith
    In a potentially alarming trend for the White House, independent voters are deserting President Barack Obama nationally and especially in key swing states, recent polls suggest. Obama’s job approval rating hit a — still healthy — low of 56 percent in the Gallup Poll on Wednesday. And pollsters are debating whether Obama’s expansive and expensive policy proposals or the ground-level realities of a still-faltering economy are driving the falling numbers. But a source of the shift appears to be independent voters, who seem to be responding to Republican complaints of excessive spending and government control. “This is a huge sea...
  • VA Gov Poll: McDonnell +1 (KOS/Research 2000)

    06/18/2009 11:45:45 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 34 replies · 1,378+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 18 June 2009 | Kyle Trygstad
    Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds are virtually tied in the race for governor of Virginia, according to a new poll from Daily Kos/Research2000 (June 15-17, 600 LV, MoE +/- 4%). The survey finds McDonnell leading by just 1 point, 45%-44%, with 11% undecided. McDonnell appears more well-known around the state, with 55% holding a favorable opinion of him, 36% unfavorable and just 9% with no opinion. Twice as many people have no opinion of Deeds, while 47% view him favorably and 35% unfavorably. President Obama, who won Virginia in the primary and general election last year, holds a...
  • Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election Virginia Governor: Deeds (D) 47%, McDonnell (R) 41%

    06/11/2009 8:15:55 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 83 replies · 2,295+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11 June 2009 | Scott Rasmussen
    Newly chosen Democratic gubernatorial nominee R. Creigh Deeds leads his Republican opponent, former Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, by six points in the first poll of Virginia voters released since Tuesday’s Democratic primary. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey taken Wednesday night finds Deeds with 47% of the vote and McDonnell with 41%. Two percent (2%) favor of some other candidate and 10% are undecided. Forty-two percent (42%) say Deeds, a state senator from Bath County, is also more likely to win in November, while 34% give the edge to McDonnell. Deeds scored a come-from-behind win in Tuesday’s primary, turning...
  • Obama changed Lebanese minds (BARF Alert)

    06/10/2009 2:16:41 PM PDT · by ScottinVA · 9 replies · 477+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10 June 2009 | Cynthia Tucker
    Osama bin Laden was so worried that President Obama’s Cairo speech might win over Muslim hearts and minds that the jihadist sent out a pre-emptory audiotaped message denouncing the United States and warning against Obama’s “new beginning.” It turns out that bin Laden was right to be worried: The president did, it seems, change some minds in the Middle East. On Sunday, an American-aligned coalition won a surprising victory in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, pushing back a challenge by Hezbollah, which had been widely expected to win a majority of seats. There were undoubtedly many factors at play — Lebanon’s politics...