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  • Queen Meg of California

    01/31/2010 6:54:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 879+ views ^ | January 31, 2010 | Paul Jacob
    Meg Whitman is running for the California governorship. Obviously, Whitman very much wants Californians to cast a vote for her this year. And then, apparently, she wants to stop Californians from casting a vote on much of anything else in the future. Repeatedly, the billionaire former CEO of eBay has attacked California's ballot initiative and referendum process. Last May, right after California voters clobbered a number of issues referred to the ballot by legislators, measures that would have raised taxes and played three card monte with parts of state spending, Whitman told an audience, "In many ways, the proposition process...
  • Gay dating site's Super Bowl ad rejected by CBS (Man Crunch)

    01/29/2010 3:38:54 PM PST · by TaraP · 41 replies · 1,424+ views
    CNN ^ | January 29, 2010
    NEW YORK ( -- Super Bowl network CBS rejected an ad Friday from, a gay dating Web site. "After reviewing the ad, which is entirely commercial in nature, our standards and practices department decided not to accept this particular spot," said CBS spokeswoman Shannon Jacobs. "We are always open to working with a client on alternative submissions." "It's straight-up discrimination," said Elissa Buchter, spokeswoman for the Toronto-based dating site.
  • Brown Taking A Pass On State Of The Union Speech

    01/26/2010 1:19:23 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 43 replies · 1,269+ views
    WBZ-TV ^ | 1/16/10 | WBZ-TV
    Scott Brown is showing up many places, just not the State of the Union speech. The Republican senator-elect says he doesn't plan to attend President Barack Obama's first speech on Wednesday because "I don't even have a business card yet." Brown says he wants to wrap up his work as a Massachusetts state senator and thank people who helped elect him last week to the Senate seat held by the late Edward Kennedy. He's also meeting with local leaders, Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston reporters, ABC-TV's Barbara Walters and doing a bit for Jay Leno's NBC comedy show. Brown says he'll...
  • PPP 2012 Presidential Poll : Huckabee 45, Obama 44 !!

    01/22/2010 9:06:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 693+ views
    2012 Presidential Poll For the first time in one of our monthly polls looking ahead to the 2012 Presidential election Barack Obama trails one of his hypothetical opponents, albeit by the smallest of margins. Mike Huckabee has a 45-44 advantage over Obama, aided largely by a 44-38 lead with independents. There continues to be no evidence of any negative fallout for Huckabee after murders of police officers committed by an ex-Arkansas inmate whose sentence he had commuted. His 35/29 favorability breakdown is actually slightly better than it was in November before that incident. Mitt Romney does the next best, trailing...
  • Perry for President? [Texas Governor]

    01/11/2010 7:37:03 AM PST · by deport · 52 replies · 1,312+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 1-11-10 | Jason Embry |
    In the weeks leading up to the long-awaited March primary, voters all over Texas will see this headline on the state’s most important magazine: “Perry for President?!?” And so we begin this week with the Texas Monthly cover story that, as it hit the Web over the weekend, quickly turned heads around the country. Never mind Gov. Rick Perry’s upcoming primary challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or, if he survives that, a general election challenge from a Democrat (likely Bill White). Paul Burka argues, with considerable evidence, that the governor is well-positioned to rise to the top...
  • GOP hopeful seen taking the middle road in race to succeed Gov. Schwarzenegger (Meg Whitman)

    01/03/2010 1:09:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 535+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/2/10 | Sean J. Miller
    Southern California Republicans are uneasy with the “middle of the road” strategy adopted by former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) in the race to succeed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). “We’ve seen that before. Case and point would be [Richard] Riordan’s strategy when he ran for governor,” said John Cozza, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County. A moderate Republican who served as mayor of Los Angeles, Riordan touted his business acumen during the 2002 gubernatorial Republican primary but lost to conservative Bill Simon. Riordan "ignored the base and focused on a general election strategy and we...
  • Nebraska governor to Ben Nelson: Keep the money

    12/24/2009 7:24:51 PM PST · by Irisshlass · 66 replies · 4,178+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/24/09 | Manu Raju
    Nebraska’s Republican governor has a stern message for Ben Nelson, the senior Democratic senator from his state: We don’t want Washington to cover all the costs of the proposed expansion of Medicaid under health care legislation. “The last few days have made Nebraskans so angry that now it’s a matter of principle,” Gov. David Heineman told POLITICO. “The federal government can keep that money
  • Google Chrome Browser: Mac Beta Almost Ready

    12/02/2009 8:18:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 425+ views
    PC World ^ | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Gregg Keizer
    Google is closing in on a beta for the Mac version of its Chrome browser, according to a list of still-to-be-addressed issues. Just eight bugs are holding up the release of Chrome for the Mac, Google's bug tracking database showed Monday morning. Of the eight, only two are marked as Priority 1: Both involve crashes when the browser tries to render content for Adobe's Flash media format. Three weeks ago, a product manager on the Chrome team said that Google would deliver a beta for the Mac in early December.
  • Obama Makes History: Thanksgiving Proclamation First Ever to Omit Direct Mention of God

    11/27/2009 3:25:59 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies · 3,400+ views ^ | Nov. 27, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 27, 2009 ( - President Obama's brief proclamation of Thanksgiving Day on November 26 was unique among all recorded Thanksgiving proclamations by his predecessors: it is the first one that fails to directly acknowledge the existence of God. The beneficence shown by God to America is a theme that traditionally defines the Thanksgiving holiday, and this theme is strongly emphasized in the original Thanksgiving Day proclamations and consistently acknowledged even by modern presidents. Obama's unprecedented proclamation, however, only makes indirect mention of God by quoting George Washington, stating: "Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our...
  • Grassroots Right Rejects Gingrich 2012

    10/26/2009 4:46:43 PM PDT · by pissant · 40 replies · 1,120+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/26/09 | Mara Gay
    Newt Gingrich appeared on talk shows this Sunday and flirted with the idea of a 2012 presidential bid. In a glaring example of just how wide the schism between Republican Party moderates and conservatives has become, pundits on the right were quick to shoot Gingrich down. The man who led the GOP to a 1994 revival is now dismissed being by some on the right as a RINO -- Republican In Name Only. Why? In a contentious New York State Congressional race that has split the Republican Party at the national level, Gingrich irked conservatives by endorsing moderate Dede Scozzafava,...
  • 2012 peek at Pawlenty's PAC fundraiser (mostly young Republicans with beer & pretzels)

    10/24/2009 7:08:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies · 1,517+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/23/09 | Jonathan Martin
    2012 peek at Pawlenty's PAC fundraiserJonathan Martin – Fri Oct 23, 12:26 am ET Hundreds of mostly young Republicans gathered Thursday night at a Washington brewpub to lend their support to, size up or just catch a glimpse of Minnesota Gov. and 2012 prospect Tim Pawlenty. Over beers and pretzels, the committed and the curious saw what amounted to an informal debut in the capital for the potential presidential candidate. The fundraiser was ostensibly to support the PAC Pawlenty opened earlier this month, yet for the after-work crowd of Republicans strolling around the terrace of the Capital City Brewing Company...
  • Mike Huckabee Writes Christmas Book

    10/20/2009 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies · 880+ views ^ | Oct 19, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    Two weeks before Sarah Palin's memoir hits bookstores next month, possible 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is publishing a new volume of his own: A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit. Huckabee's already taking presale orders—and orders for leather display boxes and for signed, numbered versions of the book that include certificates of authenticity.
  • McCain team gets behind Tim Pawlenty

    10/12/2009 5:53:09 PM PDT · by Al B. · 117 replies · 3,816+ views ^ | Oct. 12, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has enlisted a number of GOP strategists from John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, another sign that he’s planning a run for president in 2012. Pawlenty has snagged a stable of well-known Republicans to help host his first fundraiser for the Freedom First PAC, his new political action committee, according to an invitation to the kickoff event in Washington obtained by The Hill. ---SNIP--- “Lots of folks want to learn more about how Gov. Pawlenty successfully governed as a conservative in a traditionally liberal-leaning state,” said Alex Conant, Pawlenty’s spokesman. “His innovative, conservative leadership is drawing...
  • Muse To Conservative Talker Glenn Beck: Thanks, But No Thanks (Or Did They- Brit Indie Band)

    10/05/2009 12:01:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1,651+ views
    MTV News ^ | Oct 5 2009 | Gil Kaufman
    Band asks Fox News talking head to retract endorsement. British prog rockers Muse have made no secret of their desire to conquer America with their bombastic fifth album, The Resistance. From their over-the-top VMA performance to multiple magazine covers and countless interviews, the band has put the full-court press on to woo U.S. fans. But that doesn't mean they're willing to accept all comers. Take, for example, frequently weepy, left-wing-conspiracy-touting Fox News talking head Glenn Beck. It seems the man who earlier this year referred to President Obama as a "racist" is a huge Muse fan. Beck tweeted his love...
  • GOP’s next hope to unseat Barbara Boxer: Carly Fiorina

    09/28/2009 3:27:53 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 56 replies · 1,595+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Sept. 28, 2009 | Daniel B. Wood
    Carly Fiorina is emerging as a potential GOP challenger for the US Senate seat of Bay Area liberal Barbara Boxer next year, and the prospect has energized the California Republican Party. Not yet an official candidate, Ms. Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP) and was an economic adviser to Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid last year. Like Meg Whitman, who just announced her campaign for governor, Fiorina is a newcomer to politics with very deep pockets. She has registered a campaign committee that reportedly had a strong presence at the state GOP convention this past weekend in...
  • Pawlenty may be positioning himself for 2012

    09/22/2009 5:55:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 1,208+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 22, 2009 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is preparing to launch a national fundraising committee, another signal the Republican may be positioning himself for a possible 2012 presidential run. The 'Freedom First' political action committee will be formalized in the next few weeks, Pawlenty adviser Alex Conant said Tuesday. He described it as a logical step for the governor, who has been giving speeches and campaigning for Republicans around the country. While forming such committees is a typical step for politicians who aspire to higher office, Pawlenty downplayed any link between his new PAC and a 2012 presidential...
  • Boeing Co. employees vote to disband union

    09/14/2009 12:32:07 PM PDT · by Abathar · 61 replies · 2,044+ views ^ | September 14, 2009
    Boeing Co. workers in North Charleston voted overwhelmingly to disband their union in a move that could give the region an edge in landing an aircraft plant the company is looking to build. Of the 267 ballots cast, 199 were in favor of decertifying the election that made them members of the International Association of Machinists. The company was pleased; the union was disappointed. The local plant makes rear fuselage sections for Boeing's 787, a new fast-selling lightweight jet that has been delayed by snags with suppliers and an eight-week strike last year by the IAM. Boeing has said it...
  • Local School Districts Pass on Obama's Speech

    09/04/2009 6:40:17 AM PDT · by An American! · 41 replies · 2,514+ views
    NBC DFW ^ | Sep 4, 2009 | LITA BECK
    School districts across Texas are pondering whether they'll have their students watch a national address by President Barack Obama next week. The speech on the importance of education is aimed directly at the nation's school children at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Obama has asked school districts to carry the live webcast. Districts in North Texas have received complaints about the speech, and most are not broadcasting it to their students. "There appears to be a curriculum associated with the speech," said Fred Moses, chairman of the Collin County Republican Party. Parent Bobby Lochner said he wouldn't mind his children hearing a...
  • Angry parents get schools to shun Obama speech to students

    09/04/2009 11:03:26 AM PDT · by SlayerOfBunnies · 35 replies · 1,422+ views
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ^ | September 3, 2009 | Bill Bush
    Angry parents get schools to shun Obama speech to students Dublin, Hilliard, Olentangy districts decide not to show president's TV address Tuesday Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:22 PM By Bill Bush THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH School districts across central Ohio learned today that the list of things parents want their children protected from -- drugs, predators, violence -- now includes the president of the United States delivering a "stay in school" message. Faced with phone calls from angry parents who don't want their children to view the Tuesday address to the nation's students by President Barack Obama, several districts have decided...
  • Fox unlikely to air president's speech

    09/04/2009 11:47:49 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 41 replies · 1,416+ views ^ | 09/03/09 | Nellie Andreeva
    President Obama's televised primetime addresses are becoming a tougher sell to the broadcast networks than his sweeping health care reform has been to Middle America. A day after news broke of the president's plan to address a joint session of Congress on health care issues in primetime Wednesday, none of the Big Four networks have said it would carry the address live. Among other things, the nets have been waiting to hear when the address will start, with sources indicating Thursday night that the White House was leaning toward 8 p.m. After a brief honeymoon after Obama's January inauguration, the...