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  • Jay Rockefeller: Some Obama foes think he’s the ‘wrong color’

    05/06/2014 10:39:13 PM PDT · 62 of 69
    SweetWilliamsMom to piytar

    Two comments

    1. I’d make a campaign ad of his comments and play it against every Senate Democrat incumbent running for reelection with a very few words: “Had enough of this garbage? If your answer is yes, defeat _____ and vote for _______.”

    2. I’d take to the Senate floor and point out that many, including I’d guess Mr. Rockefeller, are very critical of Joseph McCarthy who said he had a list of communists in the State Department. [He may or may not have had a list, but of course he was substantially right about the infestation within the State Department.] Anyway, I’d point out the “McCarthyite” tactic and challenge Senator Rockefeller to start naming names.

  • Jay Rockefeller: Some Obama foes think he’s the ‘wrong color’

    05/06/2014 10:39:13 PM PDT · 61 of 69
    SweetWilliamsMom to piytar

    Two comments

    1. I’d make a campaign ad of his comments and play it against every Senate Democrat incumbent running for reelection with a very few words: “Had enough of this garbage? If your answer is yes, defeat _____ and vote for _______.”

    2. I’d take to the Senate floor and point out that many, including I’d guess Mr. Rockefeller, are very critical of Joseph McCarthy who said he had a list of communists in the State Department. [He may or may not have had a list, but of course he was substantially right about the infestation within the State Department.] Anyway, I’d point out the “McCarthyite” tactic and challenge Senator Rockefeller to start naming names.

  • Washer question ((VANITY))

    12/16/2013 10:17:22 PM PST · 87 of 104
    SweetWilliamsMom to Star Traveler

    I agree with almost every comment posted on this thread — and it’s a pretty long thread at the point at which I’m responding. But there’s one huge advantage of the front loaders, depending on your height. If you’re height challenged, top loaders are sent from the devil. You have the following choices in removing your clothes from a top loader: climb onto a ladder or step stool; rig up a clothes hanger and try to snag that sock; throw out your shoulder. I’ve tried all three. So I live with a front loader and when I bemoan all the problems associated with it (yup, had the guy here today to replace the gasket, which of course wasn’t in stock), I just remember to count my blessings: no thrown shoulder, no fall from ladder, no holes in clothes from rigged up hanger.

    Merry Christmas!

  • "Let's Unlose This war"

    10/12/2012 11:33:26 PM PDT · 8 of 12
    SweetWilliamsMom to TexasBarak

    Unfortunately, this book is NOT the middle volume of the Manchester biography of Churchill. It was supposed to be, but sadly Manchester died prior to completion of the 3d volume.

    I was a great fan of Manchester’s biographies and could hardly wait for the 3d volume to appear. Alas, it was not to be.

  • FACT CHECK: BIDEN VOTED FOR IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN WARS

    10/12/2012 1:55:51 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    SweetWilliamsMom to FlingWingFlyer

    My idea for Romney ad — also has to do with fact checking and refers to the Biden answer re the relative size of Syria and Libya. I think Biden said Syria was 5 times the size of Libya. He was off by a magnitude of about 50 — Libya being about 10 times the size of Syria. To top it off, I think that was the answer where Biden concluded by talking about sticking to “facts.”

    There’s lots of times when fact checking is boring and tends to be discounted by perspective. But I think this would terrific to use Biden language as the camera closes in on a map showing the relative size of the two countries and asking “Really, Joe?” And there’s some saying to the effect, “It’s not the things I don’t know that’s the problem, it’s the things I know that are not so.” Perhaps that could be added in, also. Just an idea.

    Actually, I’d make a series of ads that have the same general lead in (things I know that are not so) and Biden blowharding at his best followed by a clear demonstration that he’s just a bombastic goofball who tries to cover up his ignorance with forceful language. Biden’s really a perfect candidate for this kind of treatment. And in fact there’s even a time in the debate, I think, where he says he always means what he says or that he says what he means. I actually think he was telling the truth about that.

  • Andrew Sullivan: Tucker Carlson A 'Degenerate, Disgusting Racist Demagogue'

    10/04/2012 1:56:49 AM PDT · 70 of 72
    SweetWilliamsMom to Deb

    I went over to the article where Sullivan says he posted the entire (he has the word “entire” in italics) speech. So I started to read it. I’d listened yesterday to the speech and remembered that one of the controversial parts of the speech was where Obama said something about not building roads/highways to the suburbs. So I just did a search on the word “suburb.” Not to be found.

    It does appear that Sullivan posted the speech that was handed out, not the speech that was given.

    Wouldn’t you think that after Carlson had explained in some detail that the controversial parts were ad libbed that Sullivan wouldn’t have been so irate?? I don’t understand this reaction. He’s just making a bad situation worse for himself.

  • Supreme Court upholds West Virginia redistricting

    09/25/2012 8:04:46 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    SweetWilliamsMom to Bubba_Leroy

    Sorry about my typo. Towards the end, I should have said, “abolition” not “absolution.” On the other hand, there’s a certain amount of humor with the first version.

  • Supreme Court upholds West Virginia redistricting

    09/25/2012 8:01:22 PM PDT · 4 of 6
    SweetWilliamsMom to Bubba_Leroy

    I disagree with your conclusion. Believe me, I absolutely oppose abolishing the electoral college for a whole variety of reasons. BUT absolishing the electoral college would probably decrease, not increase, the influence of states like California and Texas. Look at it this way, California’s a majority Democrat state. They’re going to win under the current system and there’s no incentive for Republicans to challenge their win because under California law all the electoral votes are in a bundle and go to which ever party wins, whether it’s by 1 vote or 10 million votes.

    Suppose, however, the electoral college was eliminated and it was all according to popular vote. Then there might be an incentive for Republicans to go in and encourage California Republicans to vote. Look at it this way — under the current system Democrats get 100% of California’s votes; under a different system, Democrats wouldn’t get nearly that proportion.

    Now think about the states that get ignored because they might be mid sized and are incredibly one sided. There’s no incentive for even the winning party to go in to that state and encourage turnout. But if the electoral college is gone, then there’s much more incentive to go in and try to ramp up your winning margin because all those votes could be used to counter losses from other states.

    As I said, I oppose absolution of the electoral college — but for other reasons: It somewhat contains electoral fraud (think Chicago); it encourages a two party system (rather than a multi-party system, which is inherently destabilizing). There’s more but you get the drift.

  • Stockton bankruptcy case could test security of public pensions

    09/08/2012 10:46:09 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    SweetWilliamsMom to Jack Hammer

    Suppose the bond insurors lose. Wouldn’t that mean that in the future they’ll either (1) refuse to insure the bonds OR (2) just raise the rates incredibly.

  • A Reason I Need Obama Gone.

    09/07/2012 11:00:59 PM PDT · 54 of 60
    SweetWilliamsMom to USNBandit

    Consider it. Alaska has many features to recommend it as a place to live.

  • Belle Starr, The Bandit Queen

    08/11/2012 8:51:08 PM PDT · 11 of 24
    SweetWilliamsMom to gwjack

    It’s probably not relevant, but I have the equivalent of a baseball trading card that features Belle Starr; I guess they circulated near the end of the Civil War or perhaps shortly after.

    And not to be picky (and when someone says that you KNOW they’re being picky — so just forgive me): anyway, prior to 1907 statehood, what is now Oklahoma was divided into 2 parts. The Eastern part of the state was known as Indian Territory; the western part of the state was known as Oklahoma Territory. They were two distinct legal entities. Can’t remember the name of the John Wayne movie, but it involves a young girl who insists on tagging along with him to find her father’s killer. Anyway, they go into Indian Territory to find the killer; I believe she encounters him in Ft Smith Arkansas, which is right on the border.

  • Student loan defaults rise as job prospects dim

    09/21/2011 5:49:48 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    SweetWilliamsMom to DeaconBenjamin

    Aware that one of the “Top 10” in defaults was a historically black college, I thought I’d check on the others. I was amazed to find that at least half of the “Top 10” institutions were in a list of historically black and predominantly black colleges.

    When you think about the relatively small number of institutions that fall into this category (historically/predominantly black) and then you see that half of the “Top 10” are in this category, this is astonishing. Why???? This is a scandal within a catastrophe.

    Having been an educational counselor (a lifetime ago), I wonder how many of all those defaulting on loans may be caught in a double bind — not only do they owe a lot of money, they failed to get a college degree that MIGHT have helped them pay off the costs of that degree. Then I wonder if that situation might be even more of a problem at the historically/predominantly black institutions.

    Pray for these young people — a terrible economy, few jobs to begin with, debt impossible to get out of and with compounding interest, no degree. Lots of these young people were likely the first ones in their families ever to attempt post secondary education. Imagine the message this situation sends to their friends and family members.

  • Public high school grads struggle at college (Chicago)

    09/13/2011 10:58:49 PM PDT · 17 of 27
    SweetWilliamsMom to Clintonfatigued

    This is just a guess but I suspect that while high school GPAs might not be very predictive of later performance in college, SAT and ACT test scores might be.

  • Pat Caddell for VP! (kidding..am I?)

    09/01/2011 12:13:52 AM PDT · 23 of 38
    SweetWilliamsMom to American Dream 246

    I had to go online to listen. What a speech! I wish it could be heard by every American.

  • Biggest Middle Class Tax Increase in History Will Come in Five Months

    08/02/2011 4:56:54 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    SweetWilliamsMom to andy58-in-nh

    Do you really think Obama would let the Bush tax cuts expire when the folks who’d get zapped the worst wouldn’t be the so-called “rich” but rather the folks at the bottom end of the income spectrum? Most folks ignore the fact that the Bush tax cuts resulted in a system that was considerably MORE progressive than was the tax system created by Bill Clinton.

    Yes the so-called “rich” got more in dollars, but not percentage wise. AND the earned income tax credit was increased under the Bush tax cuts. So we have about half the adults in this country paying zero income tax and a good portion of those actually getting transfer payments in the guise of the earned income tax credit.

    I agree with those who say that we need more folks who pay their “fair share.” But I’d argue that if you’re an able adult under the age of 75 then you need to be paying something into the income tax system: perhaps its only 1% or perhaps a mininum payment of $100, but you need to pay something.

    How much in “tax spending” would we save if we just got rid of the earned income tax credit? I don’t know, but I suspect it’s fairly significant.

  • The Wolf The Republicans Just let In The Room

    08/01/2011 11:05:53 AM PDT · 17 of 30
    SweetWilliamsMom to ilgipper

    It’s hard for me to believe that Obama would let the Bush tax cuts expire simply because the Bush tax cuts created a MORE progressive tax system than was in effect under the Clinton taxes. Yes, everyone got a tax break. BUT the biggest tax breaks (in terms of percentages) occurred for those at the bottom — that’s why we have about half the country paying nothing and a good portion of those even receive transfer payments under the “Earned Income Tax Credit,” i.e., they actually have a negative tax.

    The Earned Income Tax Credit program was in effect before the Bush tax cut but I believe it was increased pretty heftily under the Bush tax cuts.

    I think this is why Obama always just wanted to raise taxes on the so-called “rich” but caved when it came to letting the Bush tax cuts expire. He was unwilling to let the Bush tax cuts expire because it clearly would have been a tax increase on those he’d absolutely promised wouldn’t have their taxes increased. He doesn’t have the ability to veto a portion of a bill, so either all the tax cuts expire or he has to accept or reject the totality of a bill that would revise the taxes.

  • McDonald's slams San Francisco ban on Happy Meals

    11/04/2010 2:38:59 AM PDT · 73 of 86
    SweetWilliamsMom to Califreak

    This seems so simple to me. Reduce the price of Happy Meals by 10 cents or 5 cents or whatever. Then have the toys available for that 5 cents or 10 cents. Surely they haven’t outlawed the sale of such toys. (Or better yet — DON’T reduce the price of the meals but have the toys available for sale.)

  • Oberstar's Out: Minn. House Dean Falls To GOP Tide (Chip Cravaack wins MN-08)

    11/03/2010 3:09:22 AM PDT · 22 of 39
    SweetWilliamsMom to goldstategop

    Did the Republicans really get 250 seats?

    I thought much of the coverage this evening (and I kept flipping from one set to the next) was OK on an individual seat basis, but I just wanted to know — how many seats did the Republicans win!

  • ALASKA: "Write-In" 39.7%, Miller (R) 34.4%

    11/03/2010 12:24:14 AM PDT · 34 of 36
    SweetWilliamsMom to bereanway

    Hi, Champ —
    I don’t think the folks you’re referring to as “two write-ins by name” are write-ins. They’re not write-ins; they were listed on the ballot by name although they’re neither the Republican or Democrat nominee; I think they’re Independents. There’s also a Libertarian Candidate whose name was listed.

    None of the write-in votes has been counted.

    When my daughter voted today she asked for “the list.” She said it was 3 pages front and back. She wasn’t allowed to take the list into the voting booth with her; that was in Anchorage. What voting officials did in other places in Alaska I don’t know.

    Actual counting of the write-in ballots begins on Nov. 18 and is expected to take about 3 days. I think that’s about the same time period when the last of the absentee ballots will be counted.

  • Intrade Betting Dems Lose The Senate

    10/31/2010 1:32:03 PM PDT · 13 of 19
    SweetWilliamsMom to redfog

    For those trading (or thinking about trading) on the Iowa Electronic Market — they have reached the odd decision that a Lisa Murkowski win in Alaska will be treated as a Democrat win. This, in spite of the fact that Murkowski is a registered Republican write-in candidate.

    The IEM has had a lot of success in the past. Although I really disagree with their decision (how can you count someone who registers as a Republican write-in candidate as a Non-Republican?), I hope this doesn’t come back to bite them — I’m actually concerned that someone will sue them.

    Of course one way to solve the problem is for Republicans to win 51 seats before they even get to Alaska.

  • AK Senate: Ignore Hot Air's Latest On Dittman Research & Communications Poll

    10/29/2010 9:50:29 PM PDT · 10 of 12
    SweetWilliamsMom to roses of sharon

    Well, Joe has made a lot of mistakes in the campaign, I think. For example, although he accepted responsibility for his mistakes during the time he worked for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, he only did so after the Court had ruled for a release of the records. I realize it’s easy for me to say — from the sidelines — but he got flak for weeks over this and really no credit for taking responsibility. If he’d acknowledged his error at the outset, he then could have taken Murkowski on for her own “lie” — that she’d support the winner of the Republican primary.

    Another example — years ago I said (and still believe) that one of my heroes — Judge Bork — lost support of the public because of his devil looking goatee. Joe’s light beard isn’t a winner. Shave it or grow one. Of course it should be totally irrelevant, but it isn’t to a lot of people.

    He has taken total flak about the funding from the Outside Tea Party Express, but he never really made a point about all the money Murkowski received from Outside lobbyists, etc. And his Outside money paled in comparison to hers. But she was the one running ads about money from Outside. [I assume you know that “Outside” in Alaska is a proper noun and just means someplace out of Alaska.]

    And he has faced a totally hostile press — The Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau papers all have very liberal editorial pages and news reporters. I’d be surprised if there’s a single Republican in the mix.

    As I’ve written this, I realize that your message was really to the point and that it, too, points out a mistake Joe made — she should have been hammered on this issue of the do-over. Not just that she lied, but on the whole process of the do-over. (It was actually the Outside money that she had in gobs that allowed her the option of the do-over for the supreme irony.)

    Nevertheless, I still think he has a chance to win. If he doesn’t win and the unlikely winner is the Democrat, then I think Murkowski may have some explaining to do. Actually, I don’t. I suspect that she will remain in Washington, DC if she doesn’t win and that will be that.

    Finally, Lisa Murkowski is a very likeable person. She has a nice smile, good manners, etc. I’d guess that well over 1/3 of the adults in Alaska have probably, at a minimum, been in the same room (and I don’t mean some gigantic hall) with her. So they feel that they “know” her and people like to vote for their friends.

  • AK Senate: Ignore Hot Air's Latest On Dittman Research & Communications Poll

    10/29/2010 8:38:28 PM PDT · 3 of 12
    SweetWilliamsMom to Rational Thought

    Have you read the Supreme Court decision that just came out this evening? It seems to give the election officials even more leeway than just handing out the list of write-ins. Does Miller have poll watchers? He’s going to need them. I just spoke with an election worker at an Anchorage precinct. She’s so angry about the additional write-in candidates!

  • G.O.P. Widens Targets for Picking Up House Seats

    10/12/2010 12:09:47 AM PDT · 29 of 30
    SweetWilliamsMom to sunmars

    CNN? No, no. MSNBC will be far more fun! That network probably needs to have ambulances on call for its folks. A tickle up the leg is no major medical problem, but apoplexy is.

  • Intrade Betting GOP Retakes The Senate

    10/08/2010 10:44:49 PM PDT · 43 of 43
    SweetWilliamsMom to Hieronymus

    You need to be careful with Iowa Electronic Market, also. I think it is their intent to treat a Murkowski win in Alaska as if it were a Democrat win. Now that may not happen; but knowing how the counting will be done is vital in these political markets.

  • New York’s property tax nightmare

    10/04/2010 12:18:19 AM PDT · 51 of 52
    SweetWilliamsMom to calex59

    Think further. Frequently, to be a voter you had to be a property holder. The theory being that the only people who should be allowed to vote were the people who would be paying the bills. Understanding that YOU would pay the bills for every government activity was an incentive to keep government activity to a minimum.

    There is an old adage that democracies fail when the people figure out that they can simply vote themselves bread and circuses and get someone else to pay for it. How close do you think we are to this situation?

    Still think the founding fathers were wrong?

  • A Man Who Cradled God in His Arms

    10/02/2010 2:49:06 PM PDT · 20 of 27
    SweetWilliamsMom to wmfights

    Isn’t Feb. 2 (40 days after Christmas) the Feast of the Presentation of the Christ Child? The article says this happened 8 days after His birth.

    Which is correct (according to tradition)?

  • Wesley J. Smith: Michael Kinsley Wants Baby Boomers to Submit to Death Panels

    10/02/2010 2:24:30 PM PDT · 26 of 40
    SweetWilliamsMom to wagglebee

    I honestly don’t know that this is true, but I heard some “expert” say that if you examine life expectancy, other than lives lost through murder or car accidents, that America’s life expectancy is as high as any other country’s. I have no idea where you’d verify that, but it’s certainly food for thought.

  • For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again (Hope & Change)

    09/20/2010 9:09:26 PM PDT · 18 of 71
    SweetWilliamsMom to Frantzie

    I wonder why she didn’t start her own business immediately? When you think of America 100 years ago, it was full of small businessmen, also known as “farmers.”

    Believe me, I’m not criticizing this woman — I haven’t walked in her shoes. But when laid off, she apparently took an extensive vacation, cashed in her retirement savings, etc. Obviously, she was planning on finding a job created by someone other than herself. And from the brief background in the article, one wonders why — it’s not like the business she’d likely set up would be one that required her to set up a factory or something else that required a big capital outlay. She’s clearly a brain worker. Plus she had the advantage of a practically free medical plan that keeps some workers from setting up their own business.

    I’m truly wondering. Why is it that we are this way, that we don’t create more small businesses? And especially when we are young? Have you ever noticed that even recent college graduates are almost all looking for a “job” rather than to create a businesses for themselves? Colleges even brag about the number of “placements” their recent graduates have obtained rather than the number of businesses they created.

    Someone has to create our jobs. If we don’t, who will?

  • What Happens If You Misspell a Write-In Vote? It depends how badly you messed it up.

    09/19/2010 10:03:53 PM PDT · 54 of 64
    SweetWilliamsMom to SunkenCiv

    I really do think Miller should approach this subject with humor. “Lisa M. . .” is a very common name.

    Why don’t all his supporters with that name announce that after a lot of consideration they, too, have decided to run for the Senate as write in candidates. Each should write a letter to her daily newspaper announcing her candidacy for the Senate race. It’s traditional for Anchorage candidates to stand at the busy intersections at rush hour with their signs. There should be twenty “Lisa Ms” with her own sign (handmade, naturally) — I’m Lisa Miller, vote for me. No, I’m the real Lisa M — Lisa Muldrow, vote for me.” After all, each could claim that she, too, was NOT elected in a primary and she, too, is a real Alaskan, etc., etc., etc.

    There could even be a “Lisa M” lunch group. And they could invite Joe Miller to speak (or to come listen to them). It really could be fun.

  • Murkowski Makes It Official: She's Back In The Race

    09/17/2010 8:31:02 PM PDT · 51 of 104
    SweetWilliamsMom to Koblenz

    If I were in Miller’s shoes, know what I’d do? Attack with humor. For example, while Alaska is a small state, there have to be a LOT of folks named “Lisa M....” What if a bunch of them announced they, too, were running for the Senate. They could write in letters to the editor, ask people to vote for them and declare that, after all, they were NOT defeated in a primary, and they, too, would like to be a Senator from Alaska and if all it takes to run for election is to ask people to write your name in, well they’re announcing!

    Already there’s talk about how to count a vote that was just written “Lisa M.” Well, if there were a bunch of folks with that name running, how could you possibly decide which one was the correct Lisa M? Especially in a state where I’ve been told the statute requires that the last name be spelled out.

  • If I Kill Somebody, It’s Not My Fault.

    09/01/2010 10:18:00 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    SweetWilliamsMom to freespirited

    Funny. I was just watching the movie “Chicago.”

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/25/2010 1:55:54 AM PDT · 54 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to no dems

    First let me apologize for misinformation. House District 6 is NOT Southeast — my mistake was in just looking at its State Senator who is from Angoon in SE (the panhandle) of Alaska. But it’s one of those huge, huge Senate districts — probably bigger than New England. The District 6 representative is from Beaver, which is in the eastern part of Alaska — Yukon river territory, Ft. Yukon, Chalkytsik, etc. It’s very, very, very rural — mostly Athabascan villages, such as Ft. Yukon.

    Anyway, the next batch of about 25 precincts has now reported AND 14 of those were from District 6. So here’s a summary:
    Previous pcts reporting: 288, or 65.8%
    Now reporting, 313, or 71.5%
    Miller’s previous percentage of the vote: 51.71%
    Miller’s new percentage of the vote: 51.83%
    Miller’s new margin: 3140 votes

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/25/2010 1:29:26 AM PDT · 49 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to no dems

    I honestly don’t know the answer to your question.

    The latest returns reported (288 precincts) added 21 to the previous report and Miller’s %age went from 51.46% to 51.71% — the %age of precincts reporting went from 61% to 65.8%.

    Those 21 precincts were about half from Anchorage (where Murkowski was “supposed” to dominate) plus 2 from Dillingham, 4 from Bethel, 5 from Nome.

    I suspect one surprise (among many) of the evening will be how well Miller has done in Anchorage.

    I’m guessing that his numbers in the Mat-Su Valley may not have been as high as expected.

    This is purely a guess on my part.

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/25/2010 1:19:09 AM PDT · 48 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to Bigtigermike

    Not only that — I’m looking at the precincts that have reported — looks like at least 1/3 of the Anchorage precincts are in. Am listening, also, to the returns as reported on KSKA (the local Anchorage public radio station). You can just tell that they are “shocked! shocked!” at what’s happening. They keep saying “We can’t tell where they’re from.” Well, if they’d just look at what’s being reported on the State’s election returns web site, they would know.

    Earlier in the evening, they reported that Lisa was supposed to win handily in Anchorage and of course in Juneau and the rest of Southeast. I wonder — don’t they know that Juneau & Southeast are the homes of lots of registered Democrats who can’t even vote in the Republican primary.

    There are still lots of Bush precincts that are out, however.

    Remember when they “found” all the ballots that put Hammond over 20+ years ago?

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/25/2010 12:59:20 AM PDT · 45 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to no dems

    With 61% of the vote counted, Miller has 51.56% of the vote to Murkowski’s 48.54%. His lead actually declined slightly percentage wise when the last 40 precincts were reported. As best I can tell those precincts were from Sitka (6 or 7), Juneau (2), a bunch of Anchorage precincts, some from Mat-su, etc. The precinct numbers I’m looking at indicate that there are fewer than a dozen Anchorage precincts out. There are still a few precincts from the Mat Valley & Fairbanks to report, but they are mostly in.

    However, there are still 43 out of 46 precincts left from House District 6 (Southeast) PLUS note the following outstanding precincts:
    Kodiak: 4 of 14 have reported
    Dillingham: 2 of 22 have reported
    Bethel: 0 of 27 have reported
    Nome: 3 of 27 have reported
    Kotzebue: 1 of 21 has reported

    All I’m saying is that like many Alaska races, this one isn’t over yet.

  • Alaska Primary Election Results Winner: Joe Miller Beats Lisa Murkowski?

    08/25/2010 12:57:40 AM PDT · 8 of 153
    SweetWilliamsMom to MaritS

    With 61% of the vote counted, Miller has 51.56% of the vote to Murkowski’s 48.54%. His lead actually declined slightly percentage wise when the last 40 precincts were reported. As best I can tell those precincts were from Sitka (6 or 7), Juneau (2), a bunch of Anchorage precincts, some from Mat-su, etc. The precinct numbers I’m looking at indicate that there are fewer than a dozen Anchorage precincts out. There are still a few precincts from the Mat Valley & Fairbanks to report, but they are mostly in.

    However, there are still 43 out of 46 precincts left from House District 6 (Southeast) PLUS note the following outstanding precincts:
    Kodiak: 4 of 14 have reported
    Dillingham: 2 of 22 have reported
    Bethel: 0 of 27 have reported
    Nome: 3 of 27 have reported
    Kotzebue: 1 of 21 has reported

    All I’m saying is that like many Alaska races, this one isn’t over yet.

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/25/2010 12:11:43 AM PDT · 36 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to NOBO2

    Here we are in the middle of one of the most exciting and unexpected possible upsets in the entire 2010 election season, and the radio station in the largest city in the state that was covering the election results just signed off! Welcome to Alaska! It never fails to amuse. They signed off here a couple of minutes ago (11 pm) with the advisement that there would be further updates tomorrow morning.

    I’ll keep posting results for another hour at least. No charge and no request for donations, memberships, or ridiculous statements that you really need to pledge because there are no commercials.

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/25/2010 12:02:46 AM PDT · 30 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to NOBO2

    With 224 precincts in, Miller’s % now 51.87 & Murkowski is 48.1%. Looks like the last few precincts in were 2 in Juneau, 1 in Fairbanks, 1 in Wasilla, & 2 in Anchorage.

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/24/2010 11:53:48 PM PDT · 27 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to Minus_The_Bear

    None of the 14 precincts in from Kodiak yet. Only 6 of the approximately 100 precincts are in from Dillingham, Bethel, Nome, & Kotzebue.

  • Joe Miller leads in a close race with Murkowski (upset special?)

    08/24/2010 11:10:51 PM PDT · 14 of 58
    SweetWilliamsMom to Bigtigermike

    Not only that — I’m looking at the precincts that have reported — looks like at least 1/3 of the Anchorage precincts are in. Am listening, also, to the returns as reported on KSKA (the local Anchorage public radio station). You can just tell that they are “shocked! shocked!” at what’s happening. They keep saying “We can’t tell where they’re from.” Well, if they’d just look at what’s being reported on the State’s election returns web site, they would know.

    Earlier in the evening, they reported that Lisa was supposed to win handily in Anchorage and of course in Juneau and the rest of Southeast. I wonder — don’t they know that Juneau & Southeast are the homes of lots of registered Democrats who can’t even vote in the Republican primary.

    There are still lots of Bush precincts that are out, however.

    Remember when they “found” all the ballots that put Hammond over 20+ years ago?

  • Byrd special election to be held in 2012

    06/28/2010 5:23:22 PM PDT · 44 of 50
    SweetWilliamsMom to centurion316

    “WEST VIRGINIA CODE

    §3-10-3. Vacancies in offices of state officials, United States senators and judges. Any vacancy occurring in the office of secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, United States senator, judge of the supreme court of appeals or in any office created or made elective to be filled by the voters of the entire state, judge of a circuit court or judge of a family court is filled by the governor of the state by appointment. If the unexpired term of a judge of the supreme court of appeals, a judge of the circuit court or judge of a family court is for less than two years or if the unexpired term of any other office named in this section is for a period of less than two years and six months, the appointment to fill the vacancy is for the unexpired term. If the unexpired term of any office is for a longer period than above specified, the appointment is until a successor to the office has timely filed a certificate of candidacy, has been nominated at the primary election next following such timely filing and has thereafter been elected and qualified to fill the unexpired term.”

    When I first read this statute, I agreed with your conclusion that the election couldn’t occur until 2012. However, I don’t anymore for this reason: It turns out that the filing dates for Democrats and Republican candidates — who are selected in primaries — is long gone. HOWEVER, the dates for filing for certificates of candidacy by independent and write-in candidates is STILL OPEN. In effect, their “primary” is simply their filing for a certificate of candidacy.

    I suspect that if someone — anyone — filed for a certificate of candidacy as a write-in candidate, that he’d have a good case for a 2010 election. What if this caused an atty. general opinion that yes, it’s a poorly written statute that seems to assume a candidate can only be chosen in a primary and therefore be a Democrat or Republican and since a write-in candidate has filed for the office in a timely manner, then we have to have a 2010 election. It’s a flawed statute.

    There was a WV Supreme Court opinion in the 90s that sort of addressed the subject BUT it was filed by a Republican and therefore the issue did not come up about write-in and independent candidates.

  • West Virginia Special to Be Held in 2012 (Byrd succession)

    06/28/2010 5:03:10 PM PDT · 12 of 25
    SweetWilliamsMom to Clintonfatigued

    It is just not true that the “normal filing period” has expired for all candidates. It has only expired for candidates who are nominated by primaries — i.e., the Democrats and Republicans. However, the “normal filing period” for candidacy is still open for independents and write-in candidates. What if one of them files for the office?

    Moreover, the 1994 WV Supreme Court Case was brought by Republicans, whose nominees are selected in primaries. So that case did not address the issue of timely filings for candidacy by independents and write-in candidates — whose “primaries” are effectively their filings of candidacy.

    Unfortunately, the WV law seems to have been written under the assumption that the candidates would have to be nominated in a primary, i.e., either a Democrat or a Republican. It’s a bad law and has obvious weaknesses with respect to independent and write-in candidates.

    If a write-in candidate filed timely (I think they have until Sept. 1), there could be a very interesting court case in WV.

  • Byrd 'seriously ill'

    06/27/2010 5:54:42 PM PDT · 118 of 137
    SweetWilliamsMom to Redmen4ever

    Well, I’ve just reread your post. And now I’m not so sure of my earlier response. The law seems to have been written on the assumption that all the candidates for a vacancy would be elected in a primary election. But that’s obviously discriminatory against write-in candidates.

    In the 1994 WV Supreme Court case, it was the Republicans who brought suit. So the issue of a candidate who was a write-in candidate wasn’t present.

    I rarely agree with Sen. Byrd, although I applaud his advice that everyone should read and understand our Constitution. But I certainly do not wish him ill. I hope he makes a full recovery.

    Having said that, suppose he resigns tomorrow — so that there is more than a 2.5 year period at stake. Then suppose candidates just say, well, I want to run as a write in candidate, the timely filing of a certificate of candidacy for me isn’t until September 21, and there is no primary for me. That would, I suspect, present a new issue to the WV Court.

    It would be interesting to see the legislative history on this provision. Did testimony — or debate in the legislature — indicate that if there was a vacancy of more than 2.5 years then there would be a quick election? If it did, I’d guess the WV Supreme Court might have to allow an election this fall. (And you can be sure that will be a good day for Cable News if there’s a case like this.)

    Well, obviously, I’m not an attorney, but it is fun to think about these things, isn’t it?

    Thanks so much for the info that you provided.

  • Byrd 'seriously ill'

    06/27/2010 5:19:08 PM PDT · 116 of 137
    SweetWilliamsMom to Redmen4ever

    I agree. See my post #71 — I found the WV Supreme Court case right after I asked the question.

    Thank you for your response.

  • Byrd 'seriously ill'

    06/27/2010 3:41:53 PM PDT · 106 of 137
    SweetWilliamsMom to Redmen4ever

    I don’t think so. See Post #71. If there should be a vacancy, I believe it will be for the full unexpired term.

  • Byrd 'seriously ill'

    06/27/2010 2:01:06 PM PDT · 71 of 137
    SweetWilliamsMom to deport

    I think I just found the answer to my question to you about the timely filing of a certificate of candidacy. There was a 1994 West Virginia Supreme Court Case, No. 22310, that seems to have addressed a similar situation. That case involved a judge who died in 1994, before the May 1994 primary, but after the time for filing a certificate of candidacy. The Republicans wanted the vacancy to be filled at the next general election. They lost.

  • Byrd 'seriously ill'

    06/27/2010 1:44:42 PM PDT · 61 of 137
    SweetWilliamsMom to deport

    Thank you for this. But I need help understanding the provision. “....if the unexpired term of any other office named in this section is for a period of less than two years and six months, the appointment to fill the vacancy is for the unexpired term. If the unexpired term of any office is for a longer period than above specified, the appointment is until a successor to the office has timely filed a certificate of candidacy, has been nominated at the primary election next following such timely filing and has thereafter been elected and qualified to fill the unexpired term.”

    Hasn’t the West Virginia primary election already been been held? Even if there’s a run off primary (I have no idea if there is), isn’t it likely that the time frame for “timely” filing of a certificate of candidacy for the 2010 primary election has already passed?

    Another question: Was the quote above “before” or “after” the amendment made in 2009 session that you refer to?

    Thanks again for your post.

  • Schwarzenegger Pushes Speed Cameras In California Budget

    02/08/2010 9:23:17 PM PST · 30 of 31
    SweetWilliamsMom to BigEdLB

    Amendment VII to the US Constitution:

    “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved . . . .”

  • Madison's highest paid city employee: bus driver earning $159,258

    02/08/2010 7:33:00 PM PST · 15 of 45
    SweetWilliamsMom to dalebert

    Ah, but the real rub is not that they earned $150k+. That’s pretty much a 1 year hit. No doubt what they are doing is getting that “high 3” average up, up, up so as to increase retirement benefits significantly — and that is very, very costly to states. It’s a good portion of the reason California is in such financial straits. I’m not sure exactly how the WI public system works, but for most states it’s based on a certain percent (usually around 2%) times the years of service times that all important “high 3 average.”

  • It's a sheep. It's a demon. It's ... Tom Campbell?

    02/04/2010 11:53:40 PM PST · 39 of 45
    SweetWilliamsMom to Clintonfatigued

    I looked at the ad last night when there was an article about it posted here. Aside from the fact that it was far too long, I didn’t think it was so bad. And in fact, I thought it had a very clear point: that her opponent was a wolf in sheep’s clothing — that seemed to me clearly to be the point of the glowing eyes of the sheep and the last image of something else wearing the sheep pelt.

    This is NOT because I’m a Carly Fiorina fan. I’m not. My impression is that she wasn’t really successful at HP. And I know less than nothing about Mr. Campbell. This is just a comment on the ad.

    Perhaps it was clearer to me (not weird) because I live in Alaska and am accustomed to seeing people wearing lots of animal skins.