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  • McMahon Leads In Connecticut GOP Senate Primary...But Shays Runs Better Against Democrats

    03/22/2012 3:09:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 44 replies · 5+ views
    Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon leads former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays 51 - 42 percent in the Republican primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, but Shays runs better against possible Democratic candidates, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 50 - 35 percent McMahon lead September 16. U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy leads the Democratic primary for Senate with 37 percent, followed by former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz with 25 percent and State Rep. William Tong with 4 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. In possible November matchups: •Murphy tops McMahon 52 -...
  • Romney, Obama and Economic Freedom

    03/21/2012 6:55:20 PM PDT · by johnatures · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | John A. Tures
    ANALYSIS | A day before the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for "assaulting" economic freedom in a University of Chicago speech. Was he right? Using the style of Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago economist and co-author of the book Freakonomics, I evaluate that claim by Romney. What is economic freedom? Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner, go beyond the politics, bias, and hubris to ask the questions and test the results. For example, what is economic freedom? The Cato Institute has come up with the Economic Freedom of the World...
  • Romney, Obama and Economic Freedom

    03/21/2012 6:55:05 PM PDT · by johnatures · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | John A. Tures
    ANALYSIS | A day before the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for "assaulting" economic freedom in a University of Chicago speech. Was he right? Using the style of Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago economist and co-author of the book Freakonomics, I evaluate that claim by Romney. What is economic freedom? Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner, go beyond the politics, bias, and hubris to ask the questions and test the results. For example, what is economic freedom? The Cato Institute has come up with the Economic Freedom of the World...
  • Jeb Bush endorses Mitt Romney as supposed rivalry with Sarah Palin intensifies

    03/21/2012 3:40:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Examiner ^ | Michael Essany
    On Wednesday, former Florida Governor and Republican Party heavyweight Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. But some believe the Bush endorsement may actually have more to do with Sarah Palin (and her tacit endorsements of Newt Gingrich) than Mitt Romney. "I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party¹s nomination," Bush announced Wednesday. "We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed." To state categorically that some in...
  • Herman Cain endorses Hoogendyk (MI)

    03/21/2012 3:13:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Niles Daily Star ^ | March 16, 2012
    Remember Herman Cain? Well, Jack Hoogendyk certainly does. The Kalamazoo Republican, who is running for Fred Upton’s 6th District Congressional post, has been endorsed by the former presidential candidate. Cain sent out a press release Thursday, welcoming Hoogendyk into the “Army of Davids.” In the release, Cain said Hoogendyk has committed to his so-called “9-9-9 plan,” calling for a 9 percent tax rate on personal income, 9 percent on corporate income and 9 percent on national sales tax. “The current tax code is confusing and counter-productive. It stifles prosperity,” Hoogendyk said in the release. Cain praised Hoogendyk’s limited government conservatism....
  • The GOP strategist behind 'Game Change' [Steve Schmidt]

    03/21/2012 12:39:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 21, 2012 | Dan Morain
    Some conservatives speak volumes as they try to pillory Steve Schmidt, the strategist who helped run John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and lately has been getting attention thanks to Woody Harrelson's portrayal of him in the movie, "Game Change."Pay a visit to Conservatives4Palin.com. There, you'll find everything critical about Schmidt. There's a link to a Washington Times piece that denounces him as "a longtime loser," and a broadcast by an angry New York-based radio talk show host, Mark Levin. "Steve you're quite the punk. You really are a punk," Levin said, incensed that Schmidt would dare to belittle McCain's vice...
  • Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in Illinois's 16th Congressional District Primary

    03/20/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | Scott Bland
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has defeated fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo in the state's 16th District GOP congressional primary. The AP called the race for Kinzinger just after 11 p.m. Eastern time. With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Kinzinger led Manzullo 56 percent to 44 percent. The race between Kinzinger and Manzullo, forced because Illinois lost a congressional seat and state Democrats controlled the redistricting process, followed a common tea party-against-establishment trend in recent GOP primaries. But the script flipped here, with 10-term veteran Manzullo garnering the bulk of the tea party and movement conservative support while Kinzinger, a freshman,...
  • Romney's got the numbers but is a GOP surprise coming? (Thinks Jeb or Mitch will be 2012's Palin)

    03/20/2012 6:21:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 1+ views
    KSAZ-TV ^ | March 20, 2012 | Douglas Schoen, Democratic pollster
    With Mitt Romney increasing his lead over Rick Santorum with a victory in Puerto Rico over the weekend, it is likely, that at the very least, Romney will hold his own or increase his lead over Santorum in Tuesday’s Illinois primary. Mitt Romney now holds a lead of more than 2-1 over Rick Santorum (521-253) -- positioning him as the clear and indeed most likely Republican nominee for president. But while Romney has won 55% of the delegates thus far – and indeed, it seems clear that neither Santorum on his own or Gingrich will be able to individually stop...
  • Republican Dan Lewis drops out of race for Congress (New Mexico)

    03/20/2012 6:17:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 2+ views
    KOB,com ^ | March 20, 2012
    Albuquerque city councilor Dan Lewis has dropped his bid for Congress. Lewis, a Republican, announced his decision in a news conference Tuesday. In a statement, he said he was quitting the race in part to avoid a contentious primary that could damage the eventual GOP nominee. His departure from the race for the 1st Congressional District race leaves Republican Janice Arnold Jones to face one of three Democratic challengers in November. The Democratic field includes former ABQ Mayor Martin Chavez, former state legislator and city councilor Eric Griego and current Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham. The congressional seat is...
  • Bristol Palin Sets Perfect Catch-22 for President Obama

    03/20/2012 4:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | March 20, 2012 | L. Vincent Poupard
    Bristol Palin believes President Barack Obama should call her to apologize for the comments made about her by Bill Maher just as he called Sandra Fluke about the comments made about the law student by Rush Limbaugh, according to ABC News. Palin has blogged about how the cases are similar, but the president is not calling her since she is a Republican and Maher made a $1 million contribution to the Democrat-run super PAC. As a political scientist, I have to applaud Palin for setting up a perfect catch-22 for the president. Palin used her blog to point out how...
  • The Absurdity of ‘The War On Women’ And How It Backfired On The Democrats

    03/20/2012 3:35:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Sparkle Blog ^ | March 20, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    From NRO: At a House Republican press stakeout today, Washington state’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers said: "Over the last few weeks as the Republicans have been focusing on economy and jobs the Democrats have been trying to change the subject, and they’ve been trying to distract America from the real issues. They call it a “war on women.” And, as a woman, I’m here to tell you that the Democrats are off base and the polls back us up. CBS News poll recently shows that the American women actually support, a majority of them, support the Republican position on the conscience...
  • Obama Can't Run on Record, Falls Back on Lame Blame Game

    03/20/2012 2:36:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Stir's Cafe Mom ^ | March 20, 2012 | Lori Ziganto
    "The buck stops here." That is, evidently, a teachable moment that President Obama failed to learn at Harvard. He can't be held responsible for anything, you see. It's all somebody else's fault, as evidenced by his latest campaign ad disguised as a "documentary." I'm a little annoyed that the President has stolen my idea; for years I've conveniently deflected personal responsibility for things by saying "I blame cramps." Of course I'm not, you know, the President of the United States. And forgetting to pay the cable bill is a tad different than destroying the economy. This "documentary" is breathlessly narrated...
  • Indiana: Dem Poll Shows Lugar Leads Mourdock by 6 Points (Dem polls GOP primary)

    03/19/2012 4:54:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 19, 2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is barely leading his primary opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, less than two months before the primary, according to a Democratic poll released today. The numbers showed the six-term Senator in rough shape but still ahead of Mourdock, 45 percent to 39 percent. Lugar faces the toughest re-election campaign of his career in the May 8 primary. Since the start of this cycle, Republicans viewed him as vulnerable in a primary, but polling of his race has been scarce in part because Indiana law restricts automated calls, including polling. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) will run against...
  • Palin vs. Romney, as told by Nikki Haley (Ouch!)

    03/19/2012 2:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 2+ views
    The Politico ^ | March 19, 2012 | Alexander Burns
    MJ Lee gets an early look at Nikki Haley's memoir, in which the South Carolina governor relates the difference in the way Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney handled allegations of infidelity that surfaced against Haley: She describes Palin in her memoir as someone with whom she enjoyed an “instant rapport” and an immediate “kinship,” as they talked about everything from their children and shoes to the hardships of being on the campaign trail. “She was very friendly and gregarious. She signed books and took pictures with people. There was not one thing about her that was high maintenance,” Haley says....
  • Brokered convention could energize base, boost nominee, say some insiders

    03/18/2012 6:25:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 18, 2012 | Niall Stanage
    A brokered convention is more plausible this year than it has been for a generation, as the fight drags on for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. The scenario leaves many GOP insiders petrified of the damage the party could suffer. Yet some dissenting voices insist there would be a silver lining to the cloud. They hold out the possibility of a convention of such drama and intrigue that it would energize party activists and mesmerize the broader public. “It could turn into a free-for-all, and be somewhat unseemly, and no-one wants that,” Keith Appell, a Republican strategist who is not...
  • Maureen Dowd: Is Elvis a Mormon?

    03/18/2012 1:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    TRUST Mitt Romney to be on top of the latest trend of the superrich: the trophy basement. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported on the new fashion to look low-key on the outside while digging deep for opulence — carving out subterranean spaces for Turkish baths, Italianate spas, movie theaters, skateboarding ramps, squash courts, discos and golf-simulation centers. The Journal reported that Romney has filed an application to replace his single-story 3,000-square-foot beach house in La Jolla, Calif., with a 7,400-square-foot home featuring an additional 3,600 square feet of finished underground space. It’s a metaphor alert, reinforcing the two...
  • Utah: Senate Race Could Be Won or Lost Today

    03/18/2012 10:56:45 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 14, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Today may be the most important day of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) bid for a seventh term. The Hatch campaign, fending off state GOP convention challenges from conservative opponents, has recruited and trained thousands of people to run as delegates for Hatch in tonight’s local caucuses being held around the state. The 4,000 delegates elected will go on to vote at the April 21 convention, where a nominee can emerge with 60 percent of the vote. If no one cracks that mark, the top two finishers go on to a June 26 primary. “The campaign has been working toward caucus...
  • Will Millennials Vote for Barack Obama Again in November 2012?

    03/18/2012 12:15:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1+ views
    PolicyMic ^ | March 16, 2012 | Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais
    Millennials (born 1982-2003) were crucial to Barack Obama’s 2008 election. Other than the state of the economy, the most pivotal factor in determining the outcome of the 2012 general election is likely to be whether or not America’s youngest voters repeat their 2008 electoral performance in 2012. In November 2008, Millennials comprised about 17% of the electorate and voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama over John McCain (66% to 32%). With older generations dividing their votes almost evenly between the two candidates, Millennials accounted for about 80% of Obama’s national popular vote margin over McCain, turning what would have been a...
  • Newt Should NOT Drop Out, Period.

    03/17/2012 10:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 1+ views
    RedState ^ | March 16, 2012 | mswalnut
    I am writing as a Newt supporter so there are bound to be many who will disagree with my assessments; but these are my personal opinions with little room for argument. Here are the reasons why Newt should stay put: 1. Santorum v. Obama, the best we can do? I thought the number one goal for most people here is to beat Obama, i.e., ABO, not ABR (anybody-but-Romney). It makes sense for us to rally behind a candidate ONLY IF that candidate is the best we can muster to match up with Obama, not because he is the current non-Romney...
  • Police Intervene, Arrest Ron Paul Backers at Missouri Caucus

    03/17/2012 6:50:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo! News / ABC News ^ | March 17, 2012 | Chris Good
    Police and organizers shut down proceedings at one of Missouri's largest caucuses today, as Ron Paul supporters feuded with local GOP leaders. "It's like the Hatfields and the McCoys around here," St. Charles County's former GOP chairman told ABC News, after police arrived on-scene with a helicopter and removed Paul backers. In St. Charles, an exurb of St. Louis and one of the state's largest GOP counties, Paul supporters sought to elect their own chairman and adopt their own rules when proceedings opened - both of which are part of standard caucus rules and procedure. But as they argued with...