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  • Notes from VP Candidate Paul Ryan event at The Villages in Florida (POWERFUL!)

    08/18/2012 1:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News' Greta Wire ^ | August 18, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren and Joy Lin
    There were approximately 3000 people immediately here in the square, reporters noted there were more people at the events Palin and Gingrich held at The Villages. I’m told about 5K people were in the crowd when Romney spoke but I wasn’t here and can’t provide a comparison. One official told a reporter said there were 10K total today, outside the clean area, but we’re skeptical about that estimate. Here is a slightly tweaked version of the Medicare verbate I sent out earlier. **10:33:35 AM Like a lot of Americans, when I think about Medicare it’s not just a program, its...
  • The Strategic Failure of the Obama campaign: Chicago must be terrified

    08/17/2012 12:10:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | August 17, 2012 | Soren Dayton
    We are one week into Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan. A number of polls are coming out telling a variety of stories about what it means. But one thing is clear: Barack Obama’s campaign has had several significant strategic failures this summer. And they failed to define Paul Ryan out of the gate with their Mediscare tactics. And they failed to define Mitt Romney this summer with a huge campaign spend. The Obama campaign hoped to use the summer to define Mitt Romney. They spent $25 million in May ads. Obama spent $58m in June. What effect did it...
  • Paul Ryan Set to Appear With Mom at World’s Largest Retirement Community, Defend Medicare Plan

    08/16/2012 1:14:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 16, 2012 | Shushannah Walshe
    WARREN, Ohio—Paul Ryan is headed to a Florida retirement community with his 80 year-old mother on Saturday to make his argument about the need to change Medicare for future generations. He’ll appear at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community and a conservative stronghold that is a must stop for Republican candidates. In 2008, a massive crowd of between 30,000 and 60,000 seniors came out to a rally Sarah Palin held there. Despite the Republican-leanings it’s a clear sign the Romney campaign will continue to stay on the offense on Medicare, but with this trip they may be entering the...
  • Rasmussen Florida: Romney 45%, Obama 43%

    08/16/2012 9:54:41 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 14 replies
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | August 16, 2012 | staff
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Romney earning 45% support to the president’s 43%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • In Florida, 17% Change Vote Because of Ryan VP Pick; Vote Changers by 4:3 are Drawn To Romney

    08/15/2012 9:15:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | August 15, 2012
    17% of registered voters in the state of Florida say they will change who they will vote for in the election for President as a result of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as Vice President, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted statewide for WFLA-TV in Tampa. Of those who will change their vote, 57% say they are more likely to vote for Romney, 42% say they are less likely to vote for Romney. The state of Florida is one of the most important swing-states in the country. Florida’s 29 electoral votes are critical to Romney. Reaction to the Ryan...
  • To Stop Mitt, Obama Targets N.C., Florida, Ohio

    08/12/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Patriot Post / The Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Our presidential elections, pundits sometimes remind us, are not national contests, but rather contests in 50 states and the District of Columbia. And since most states lean heavily to one party or the other these days, the only real contests are in a dozen or so target states. Once upon a time, most states were in play. In the 1976 contest between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, 30 states with 396 electoral votes were carried by less than 10 percent of the votes. Three-quarters of voters lived in those states. In 2008, the field of play was much smaller. The...
  • Give Palin the microphone

    08/12/2012 12:24:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Tammany News ^ | August 12, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The GOP is slowly releasing the names of speakers for the upcoming convention in Tampa. This week it was announced that former presidential candidate Rick Santorum will address the delegates. Among the other confirmed speakers is former Republican Party presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). As the Republican Party prepares to challenge an incumbent president in November, it needs to have total unity in its ranks. One good way to solidify support from conservatives and Tea Party activists who are lukewarm toward presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is to invite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at the convention....
  • AARP FL seniors-Boomer poll: Obama 44%-Romney 46%, Sen. Nelson 39%-Mack 42% (Uh-oh, Chongo!)

    08/08/2012 4:16:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | August 8, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    Despite repeated attempts to paint Republicans as bad for Medicare and Social Security, President Obama and Sen. Bill Nelson are essentially tied with their Republican rivals when it comes to Florida retirees and baby boomers, a new AARP poll shows. Obama garners 44 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney's 46 percent and Nelson trails Republican Rep. Connie Mack by a 42-39 split. The Republican leads are well within the 4.4 percent error margin for the poll of the 503 registered voters surveyed by Hart Research Associates.** Indeed, the Nelson-Mack race might be even tighter, with 19 percent of voters...
  • Liberal Moderator outed at FL Rep Primary Debate Dist 23 (blabbermouth dist)

    08/02/2012 6:40:22 PM PDT · by lovesdogs · 5 replies
    My very own eyes and ears | vanity
    The Republican Primary debate for FL dist 23 was held tonight in Hollywood FL. Participants were Gineen Bresso, Ozzie deFaria, Juan Garcia and Joe Kaufman. Karen Harrington was scheduled but chose to speak at a Red State event in Jacksonville instead. The Moderator was local ABC affiliate politgical reporter Michael Putney (yes I know). Mr Putney stated several times in the beginning questions of the debate that he was a "registered independent" which is odd phrasing. He should certainly know as a political reporter that the legal term in FL is "no party affiliation" or NPA. Several questions into the...
  • The Next Big Star from Florida? Byron Donalds - Surprise Endorsement by Naples News

    Southwest Florida Republicans have two of them in the primary race for U.S. House District 19, now held by Connie Mack IV, R-Fort Myers, who is running for U.S. Senate. Voters have a chance for a fresh slate with a seat that is open for the first time in eight years. We recommend that they make the most of that opportunity by choosing a political newcomer who can be a leader in Washington as well as locally. Byron Donalds, 33, of Naples rises above a field that includes three veteran public servants, including the son of Mack's predecessor. Voters at...
  • Breaking: Sarah Palin Endorses Florida Congresswoman Sandy Adams

    07/12/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 12, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    From Congresswoman Adams: Governor Sarah Palin Endorses Conservative Sandy Adams for U.S. House Orlando, FL – Today, freshman Sandy Adams announced that she had earned the endorsement of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin. Governor Palin’s support is proof-positive that Sandy Adams is the conservative choice for Florida’s new 7th Congressional District. “Governor Sarah Palin has led the charge for conservatives,” said Adams. “While many politicians subscribe to the notion of the status quo, Governor Palin has risen above it. She knows that the true power of our country comes from the American people – not the...
  • Tea Party Groups Planning July 4 Comeback (Snarky yet informative)

    07/01/2012 12:45:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 30, 2012 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    On July 4, the tea party will dust off the tri-corn hats and head into the streets to fight the second revolutionary war against “Obamacare.” Tea party organizers tell TPM that the movement is planning a big Independence Day push in response to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of President Obama’s health care reform bill. The decision ruling the law constitutional — and the surprising vote of Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority — has breathed new life into the tea party, members say. But the tea party is also growing up. And that’s one of the reasons...
  • Racist Tweets Threaten Whites, GOP Convention

    06/26/2012 6:20:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Western Center For Journalism ^ | June 26, 2012 | Christopher Agee
    Just days after nationwide reports of a Minnesota-based initiative known as the Unfair Campaign, which seeks to illustrate the percieved advantage of being born white, at least one group took to Twitter to double down on the white-bashing with a series of hate-filled, violent messages. The St. Petersburg/Tampa New Black Panthers Party put the GOP Convention, scheduled for later this year in that area, in its crosshairs, promising a “showdown” with Republicans. A further study of the group’s Twitter account provides a deeper glimpse into what these blatantly racist thugs feel is acceptable fodder for the social media site. Quoting...
  • Forkless Friday at Obama event (Secret Service confiscates forks at Latino event!)

    06/22/2012 2:43:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 22, 2012 | Josh Gerstein and Reid J. Epstein
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama? One wouldn’t think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he’s attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit. However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons. “It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual...
  • Talk show host Cristina endorses Obama

    06/17/2012 11:32:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | June 17, 2012 | Erika Bolstad
    Television talk show host Cristina Saralegui announced her endorsement of President Barack Obama, saying this weekend that there's too much at stake not to speak up when Hispanics could "very well decide the next election." It is the first-ever presidential endorsement for the popular Miami media figure, often called the "Hispanic Oprah" for her two-decade run on Univisión. Obama for America released a video in English and Spanish with a message from Saralegui to the Hispanic community. "President Obama, I was very fortunate to live the American dream and I know that only you will make it possible for millions...
  • Jeb Bush endorses Adam Hasner in congressional District 22 (Florida)

    06/15/2012 6:37:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | February 28, 2012 | George Bennett
    Republican Senate-turned-congressional hopeful Adam Hasner has landed the endorsement of former Gov. Jeb Bush. The Bush endorsement could come in handy if Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca or some other Republican gets a notion to challenge Hasner in the primary. Hasner, the Boca Raton resident who was state House majority leader before he was term-limited in 2010, is running in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22. The seat is now held by U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, who bolted to new District 18 when District 22 was redrawn with a Democratic tilt. West is also backing Hasner. Says Bush in a...
  • West: Jobs Data Will Make Obama Fight 'Like a Cat in a Corner'

    06/03/2012 1:39:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 2, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter
    Friday’s dismal jobs report will back President Barack Obama into a corner and make him a “desperate person” with the election now five months away, says Florida Rep. Allen West. “When you’re a desperate person — much the same as a cat being cornered – you’re going to come out and really fight even stronger,” predicted West in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV shortly after the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers had created only 69,000 jobs in May. Watch our exclusive interview. (VIDEO AT LINK) That figure is the lowest in a year and led to the unemployment rate...
  • How Obama’s Support of Gay Marriage Could Lose Him Florida Come November

    05/28/2012 10:09:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Flagler Live ^ | May 28, 2012 | Michael Peltier
    With debate and votes taking place around the state and polls showing a growing acceptance, the issue of same-sex marriage and domestic partner rights will likely be among a host of second tier issues that could determine which presidential candidate takes Florida. In a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll released this week, a majority of voters said the candidates’ stance on same-sex marriage would not affect the way they would vote. But a significant minority say the issue is likely to move them away from President Barack Obama and toward his Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. One in...
  • Romney’s Electoral College prospects bright — still

    05/28/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | May 28, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Not too long ago pundits were arguing that Mitt Romney’s path to 270 electoral votes was “narrow.” We didn’t buy it. Lo and behold, conventional wisdom has now changed. The Associated Press writes: “Warning signs for Obama on tight path to 270.” The AP explains: Obama’s new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin offer opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 if he’s to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to oust the incumbent in November. Iowa, which kicked off the campaign in January, is now expected to be tight to the...
  • [Congresswoman] Corrine Brown, [GZ Prosecutor] Angela Corey now are at odds

    05/19/2012 6:12:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 19, 2012 | Rene Stutzman and Mark K. Matthews
    U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has made herself one of the central figures in the George Zimmerman case. The Democratic congresswoman got involved when the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, became national news. Soon after, the Department of Justice launched its probe into whether Sanford police mishandled the case, and Sanford police Chief Bill Lee stepped aside. Earlier this month, Brown — whose district spans from Jacksonville into Central Florida — got involved in another criminal case. She attended the sentencing of Marissa Alexander, a black defendant from Jacksonville who Brown said was unfairly sentenced to 20 years...