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  • Nevada 2012: Palin 50.1%, Obama 49.9% or Palin 42%, Obama 46.5% (W/O Assumptions)

    04/27/2011 7:50:35 PM PDT · by unseen1 · 25 replies
    Poll Insider ^ | 04/27/2011 | pollinsider
    In 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain in Nevada by a whopping 12%, 55%-43%. By analyzing a recent PPP release, we note that Palin is within 4% points, or even tied depending on how deep your analysis goes. First, the PPP results show that Obama leads Palin by 50%-39% in the state, which isn’t even bad by any measure. But, like always, that poll is incredibly skewed towards Democrats as they make up a whopping 45% of those polled, to just 35% Republicans and 20% Independents. (In 2010, the Democrats only accounted for 35% of the vote and in Democrat-heavy...
  • According to PPP, people who didn’t vote or remember if they voted don’t approve of Fla Gov. Scott

    03/30/2011 7:57:55 AM PDT · by Qbert · 4 replies
    Left Coast Rebel ^ | 3.29.2011 | Sam Foster
    A week ago, I called out Public Policy Polling as a political spin machine instead of credible pollster: Still, there are a number of things to consider before taking PPP at their word. After 2010 elections, which PPP did a good job polling, many have noticed a dramatic pull toward narrative building as opposed to informational reporting. Especially their Charlie Sheen/Sarah Palin gimmick (Nate Silver’s words, not mine). While PPP is associated with Daily Kos, they’re accuracy in 2010 elections won over my doubts. However, in a very new development, they are also teaming up with the SEIU and given...
  • Poll- Independents would support Charlie Sheen over Sarah Palin for President (BARF: PPP poll)

    03/17/2011 8:46:29 AM PDT · by Qbert · 28 replies
    Political Carnival ^ | 3/17/2011 | Paddy
    OMG, I’m dying here. We’ve found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few. But this has to be the worst- independent voters say they would support Charlie Sheen over Palin for President by a 41/36 margin. Seriously. Despite her deficit with independents Palin does lead Sheen 49-29 overall. We also tested Barack Obama against Sheen and the President leads 57-24. Sheen is one of the...
  • For Palin there's no place like home...in a bad way (PPP Survey says she has 33% favorability in AK)

    12/30/2010 7:11:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies · 835+ views
    It's a well known fact that Sarah Palin is the most unpopular major political figure in the country...one thing that may be less well known is that one of the states where voters have the dimmest view of her is her own home state of Alaska. We've polled Palin's favorability in ten states over the last couple months. In Alaska just 33% of voters have a favorable opinion of her to 58% with a negative one. The only place where fewer voters see her positively than her own home state is dark blue Massachusetts. Democrats hate Palin in Alaska...
  • A straw in the wind? (Michele Bachmann for Senate 2012?)

    12/14/2010 9:49:18 AM PST · by astyanax · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | December 13, 2010 | Paul Mirengoff
    A PPP poll shows that Michele Bachmann is easily the first choice of Minnesota Republicans to run for the Senate in 2012. 36 percent say they prefer her as the nominee, compared to 20 percent for Tim Pawlenty and 14 percent for Norm Coleman. I have no idea whether any of these three is interested in running for the Senate in 2012. But I think this poll adds credence to some of my speculation about what to expect in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. I've been suggesting that, if she runs, Sarah Palin might be able to attract 30 to...
  • Palin's Republican Problem (PPP Poll)

    12/08/2010 3:06:19 PM PST · by FTJM · 107 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 12/8/10 | Tom Jensen
    It's well documented that Sarah Palin has problems with Democrats and independents, but the first seven states where we've looked at the 2012 Presidential election make it clear that she has a Republican problem as well. It's not that Republicans don't like her- on our last national poll 68% rated her favorably, making her easily the most popular prospective 2012 candidate with Mike Huckabee at 63%, Newt Gingrich at 57%, and Mitt Romney at 56%. It's that a lot of the Republicans who don't like her- in contrast to the Republicans who don't like Huckabee, Gingrich, or Romney- aren't willing...
  • PPP Poll: Mixed Reviews in Missouri for Obama (PPP results show him trailing all but Palin!)

    12/02/2010 12:53:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 130 replies · 2+ views
    Barack Obama's best chance to win Missouri may have passed...unless the Republicans nominate Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. After losing the state by the smallest of margins in 2008 Obama is now unpopular in the state, with 52% of voters disapproving of him to only 43% who approve. He trails Mike Huckabee by 7 points (49-42) and Mitt Romney by 6 points (47-41) in hypothetical match ups. But Palin and Gingrich are even more unpopular in the state than he is and as a result he leads Palin by a 46-43 margin and trails Gingrich only 45-44. Huckabee is...
  • The 2012 Senate Class (polls look good)

    11/08/2010 1:28:14 PM PST · by bilhosty · 20 replies
    PPP ^ | November 8, 2010 | PPP Polls
    There were a ton of competitive Senate races in 2010 and the playing field could be even wider in 2012. Since the beginning of August PPP has polled on the approval ratings of 18 Senators who are up for reelection next time around. 9 of the 18 have an approval spread somewhere that's between +10 and -10, indicating the kind of ambiguous feelings toward an incumbent that can lead to a competitive race. The three least popular and conceivably most vulnerable Senators up next time that we've polled on are Joe Lieberman, Claire McCaskill, and Debbie Stabenow.
  • Fresh Senate Polls in W.V., Nev., Wisc., Wash., Conn., Del. (O'Donnell crushed)

    10/12/2010 10:48:00 PM PDT · by tlb · 163 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 12, 2010 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, shows West Virginia governor and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin leading Republican John Raese by 3 points (48% to 45%), just a couple weeks after trailing Raese by a few points. It will be interesting to see if other pollsters pick up the same movement. Last week, Rasmussen showed Raese leading Manchin 50% to 44%. Nevada race remains tight. PPP shows Harry Reid leading Sharron Angle by 2 points in Nevada (47% to 45%). But Fox News finds Angle with 2 point lead (49% to 47%). From Fox's other polls out today (GOP candidates...
  • Raese +3 over Manchin! Per PPP

    09/21/2010 10:17:29 AM PDT · by RedPriest73 · 14 replies
    Publinc Policy Polling ^ | 09-21-2010 | PPP
    Raleigh, N.C. – If the election were held today, Robert Byrd’s U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia would be held by a Republican and someone other than Byrd for the first time in 52 years. Though Governor Joe Manchin is still very popular, with a stellar 59-32 approval rating, second among those PPP has measured this year to Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, he is trailing Republican opponent John Raese, 43-46, among likely voters.
  • PPP on Delaware: Coons Up Big. Coons 50, O' Donnell 34

    09/15/2010 9:23:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 168 replies
    PPP ^ | 09/15/2010
    Republicans more than likely cost themselves a Senate seat last night. Chris Coons begins the general election in Delaware with a 50-34 lead over Christine O'Donnell. Mike Castle would have led Coons by a 45-35 margin. While O'Donnell may have ingratiated herself to Delaware's small group of registered Republicans over the last month she's turned off everyone else. An August Daily Kos/PPP poll in Delaware found her favorability rating at 23/33. It's now 29/50. If Castle had won he would have received more Democratic support than any other Republican Senate candidate in the country. Now our polling suggests with O'Donnell's...
  • Muslim Ideological Council: Obama to be named "Caliph of Muslims"

    09/03/2010 6:14:16 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 31 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 3 Sept 2010 | Pam Geller
    One billion muslims can't be wrong: Pak Minister wants Obama to be ''leader of all Muslims'' MSN Islamabad, Sep 2 (PTI) A Pakistani minister wants US President Barack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero in New York and become the "Amir-ul-Momineen" or Caliph of Muslims. Minister of State for Industries Ayatullah Durrani, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan People''s Party, said the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr festival, expected to be observed on September 11, would be a "golden opportunity" for Obama to offer Eid prayers and declare himself the leader of all Muslims. "In this way, all the problems of...
  • PPP poll: Sarah Palin leads GOP field — among Republicans who say they’ve smoked pot

    08/14/2010 8:04:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2010 | AllahPundit
    Who was it, remind me, who was ahead of the curve on this? Who was it who called on her to gently appeal to the legalization crowd weeks before she ended up dropping that mini-bombshell on Napolitano’s show about marijuana laws being overenforced?C’mon. I have, like, three good ideas a year. Give a man some props. Among Republicans who say they’ve smoked Marijuana:Palin 25 Gingrich 22 Huckabee 17 Romney 17 Paul 8Among Republicans who say they have not smoked Marijuana:Huckabee 24 Romney 23 Gingrich 21 Palin 21 Paul 3 The sample size was only, er, 83 people, but even so,...
  • Public Policy Polling (PPP): Democrats Now Trending Upwards

    08/02/2010 1:04:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 3+ views
    If you simply look at the national trends Democrats are in pretty bad shape right now. Barack Obama's approval numbers are hitting record lows in a lot of polling and the balance of the generic ballot surveys show Republicans in the lead. If you look at the trends in the actual races though things are getting sunnier for the Democrats. In June and July PPP polled eight Senate match ups that we had a previous poll to compare to- in all eight the Democratic candidate improved his/her position, by an average of 4.25 points. There's a variety of reason...
  • 2012 Florida/Nevada GOP Numbers (Wikipedia: "PPP Is A Democratic-Party Affiliated Polling Firm"

    07/27/2010 2:00:43 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Public Policy Polling (PPP) ^ | 7/27/2010 | Staff
    Mitt Romney's the favorite at this early stage in a couple key Republican primary states: Florida and Nevada. Romney came up short in Florida last time, but for now Republicans in the state prefer him to the other leading potential 2012 candidates. Romney gets 31% with Palin and Gingrich tied for second at 23% and Huckabee and Paul further back at 15% and 6% respectively. These numbers are good news for Romney and bad news for Huckabee and Palin...
  • Crist continues to lead Rubio in new PPP poll

    07/20/2010 4:14:21 PM PDT · by gumbyandpokey · 58 replies
    publicpolicypolling ^ | 7/18/10 | publicpolicypolling
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Crist Looking Good Thanks mostly to support from Democrats Charlie Crist is the leader in the Florida Senate race. In the most likely match up against Kendrick Meek he gets 35% to 29% for Marco Rubio and 17% for Meek. His lead expands with Jeff Greene as the Democratic nominee. In that scenario Crist gets 38% with Rubio still at 29% and Greene at only 13%. Crist has become the de facto Democratic nominee and that's where most of his support is coming from. He's currently getting 44% of Democrats in the Meek match up, along...
  • PPP: Obama, Palin tied 46/46 in 2012 polling

    07/15/2010 10:38:13 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 7/15/10 | Ed Morrissey
    No, this is not coming from Rasmussen or an internal GOP poll, but from the normally Democrat-sympathetic Public Policy Polling. PPP pitted Barack Obama against five potential Republican challengers for the 2012 presidential campaign, and the only one Obama beat was … Jan Brewer. Even that, PPP admitted, resulted from Brewer’s lack of name recognition. The headline, though, is Sarah Palin’s dead heat with the President:
  • The Obama Effect (Barry's endorsement now hurting Dems)

    06/18/2010 2:58:56 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies · 240+ views
    Public Policy Polling Blogspot ^ | 06/18/2010 | Tom Jensen
    Democrats are going to have to think really carefully about how they deploy Barack Obama for campaigning this fall. Polls we've conducted nationally and in several different states over the last few weeks have found that a candidate being endorsed by Obama is much more likely to elicit a negative response from Republican voters than a positive one from Democrats. PPP's most recent national survey found that while Obama had a positive approval rating at 48/47, only 33% of voters were more likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by him while 48% said support from Obama would make them...
  • Rut-Rohh...another poll on Fiorina has her up by 20. (Devore in 3rd).

    05/25/2010 4:28:06 PM PDT · by ak267 · 42 replies · 768+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 05/25/2010 | ak267
    Turning to California, we noted last week that a poll, this one by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), indicated Carly Fiorina had moved ahead of Tom Campbell, albeit the two candidates were both within the margin of error. Still, the poll was significant in that Campbell had consistently been narrowly ahead of Fiorina for weeks and this was the first poll to reverse that trend. We wondered at the time if the poll could have been an outlier. Late yesterday Survey USA released a poll which threw cold water on the idea that the PPIC poll was an...
  • Governor Palin Leads in Colorado

    05/18/2010 3:06:35 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 25 replies · 820+ views
    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_CO_518.pdf | May 18, 2010 | Public Policy Polling
    If the Republican candidates for President in 2012 were Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney who would you vote for? If Newt Gingrich, press 1. If Mike Huckabee, press 2. If Sarah Palin, press 3. If Ron Paul, press 4. If Mitt Romney, press 5. If you’re undecided, press 6 Gingrich ........... 16% Huckabee............ 18% Palin............... 29% Paul ................ 9% Romney ............. 25% Undecided............ 3% Compared to April's survey: Huckabee......... 17% Palin............ 25% Romney........... 44% Undecided........ 14%http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_FLCO_311.pdf April had no Gingrich or Paul as options It would appear that Gingrich played the Grinch, and took...
  • Brewer Gains Ground After Signing Immigration Bill [Goddard 47% ; Brewer 44%]

    04/27/2010 5:57:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 442+ views
    National Review ^ | April 27, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Brewer Gains Ground After Signing Immigration Bill [Daniel Foster] Public Policy Polling's latest shows that, in signing the immigration bill, Arizona governor Janice Brewer has shored up her support among Republicans in a difficult reelection bid against Democrat Terry Goddard: In the most likely match up for this fall Goddard leads Brewer 47-44. That represents a tightening since Goddard held a 46-36 lead over her last fall. Partisan preferences have hardened in the wake of Brewer's signing a tough immigration bill last week. Where Brewer was getting only 59% of the Republican vote in our last...
  • Arlington toll lanes lawsuit will go forward

    04/22/2010 10:54:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 320+ views
    WTOP ^ | April 22, 2010 | Justin Karp
    ARLINGTON, Va. - A lawsuit which could delay the Virginia HOT lanes project will go forward, a U.S. District Court ruled Thursday. The suit, filed by the Arlington County Board, says the high occupancy toll lanes planned for a stretch of Interstate 95/395 are intended to benefit mainly rich, white, suburban and rural residents of Stafford and Spotsylvania counties. The new toll road is planned to run between Spotsylvania County and the D.C. line. Arlington says the added traffic would come at the expense of the county's diverse urban population and constitute a violation of civil rights. "We'll find out...
  • Poll: Democrats Losing Middle America

    03/24/2010 3:35:18 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 23 replies · 1,145+ views
    NRO ^ | March 23, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling sums up their polling data in the "Big Ten" midwestern states. If the election were held tomorrow, Democrats would lose big: It's really looking like a brutal year for Democrats in the Big Ten states. Barack Obama's approval numbers in the two places we polled this week- Wisconsin and Ohio- tell the story. He won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008 but we find his approval there at a net -2 (46/48) for a 16 point drop since the election. It's a similar story in Ohio. He won there by four points in 2008...
  • Obama's Approval Decline

    02/19/2010 12:14:41 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 20 replies · 934+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 02/18/10 | Tom Jensen
    Barack Obama peaked in our national polling at a 55/38 spread last May. Now he's at 48/47. What's most interesting to note about that shift in his numbers is that it has come completely among white people. In May his approval with racial minorities was a 73/17 spread and now it's an almost identical 77/17. But with whites he's fallen from slightly positive ground at 48/45 to strongly negative territory at 37/58. That is part of the problem for Democrats this year in the midterm election. While white voters were only 74% of the electorate in 2008, they made up...
  • Looking at the Democrats

    01/22/2010 7:28:52 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 462+ views
    PPP ^ | January 22, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    You wouldn't know it from reading the blogosphere but liberal Democrats are actually pretty happy with the direction of their party right now. On our most recent national poll 76% expressed that sentiment. The other wings of the party are not that content- 58% of moderates say they like where the party's headed but only 39% of conservatives do. Those conservative Democrats unhappy with their party aren't complaining too loudly about it- they're just going out and voting for Republicans, as many of them did on Tuesday in Massachusetts. On the whole Democrats (60%) are happier with their party than...
  • Obama in North Carolina

    01/22/2010 7:43:52 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 619+ views
    PPP ^ | January 22, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    With Democratic fortunes declining nationally it should perhaps come as no surprise that Barack Obama has now hit his lowest level of approval yet in North Carolina. 44% of voters like the job he's doing to 50% who are unhappy with him. Obama's lower numbers are due largely to movement among independents. They've been pretty evenly divided about him through most of his first year in office but are now splitting against him by a 61/33 margin. As has always been the case most Democrats (73%) approve the job he's doing while most Republicans (88%) don't. Obama's health care plan...
  • Huckabee Bests Palin and Romney, Leads in 2012 Poll Against Barack Obama

    01/22/2010 7:09:12 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 116 replies · 2,220+ views
    LifeNews ^ | January 22, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee fares the best against pro-abortion President Barack Obama in a polling of voters previewing potential 2012 presidential election matchups. This is the first time in the PPP poll that any of the potential candidates has led Obama. The Public Policy Polling firm, which is Democratic by respected for fairly accurate results, found Obama trails a pro-life opponent for the first time. Huckabee has a 45-44 advantage over Obama, aided largely by a 44-38 lead with independents. The former governor's 35/29 favorability breakdown, with 35 percent of all voters saying they have...
  • Obama and the Massachusetts Election (Poll blames Zero)

    01/18/2010 8:30:26 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 23 replies · 1,029+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 1/18/2010 | Tom Jensen
    If Martha Coakley loses tomorrow it will certainly have a lot to do with her running a poor campaign, but ultimately it will be a repudiation of the President. Scott Brown is winning 20% of the vote from people who voted for Barack Obama last year, but these are not people who think he's doing a great job and just think Coakley is a duddy candidate. For the most part it's people who voted for Obama and aren't happy with how he's performed in office. Among the Obama/Brown voters just 22% approve of the President's work and only 13% support...
  • Toss up in Massachusetts

    01/09/2010 4:20:42 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 921+ views
    PPP ^ | JANUARY 9, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    The Massachusetts Senate race is now a toss up. Buoyed by a huge advantage with independents and relative disinterest from Democratic voters in the state, Republican Scott Brown leads Martha Coakley 48-47. Here are the major factors leading to this surprising state of affairs: -As was the case in the Gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia last year, it looks like the electorate in Massachusetts will be considerably more conservative than the one that showed up in 2008. Obama took the state by 26 points then, but those planning to vote next week only report having voted for him...
  • Trends in Governor Approval Ratings

    01/05/2010 6:38:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 223+ views
    PPP ^ | January 5, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    I spent some today compiling approval ratings on 33 different Governors- pollster.com averages when they were available and the most recent polls I could find when they weren't. Here's what I found on three different points of comparison: -The average approval on Governors from states with populations below the national median was 51%, while it was 42% for those from bigger states. A couple reasons for that I think- Governors in small states have fewer media markets to deal with and can maintain a higher level of visibility, which leaves voters feeling more connected with them. And although this is...
  • Republicans back in the fold?

    01/05/2010 6:41:48 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 598+ views
    PPP ^ | January 5, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    One underplayed aspect of this year's elections that I think could make an impact is the return of disaffected Republicans who didn't even bother coming out to vote in 2008 because they were unhappy about the nomination of John McCain. They may have felt it didn't make any difference who they voted for then, but feel differently about things now that they've seen the impact of Democratic control in Washington. On the Virginia exit poll 94% of respondents said who they voted for President last year and their responses average out to a 13.2% advantage for Bob McDonnell. Since McDonnell...
  • Thoughts on Massachusetts

    01/05/2010 7:10:54 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 571+ views
    PPP ^ | January 5, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    There's all sorts of speculation and back of the envelope math being done right now on the Massachusetts Senate special election and whether Republican Scott Brown might be able to pull off a surprise there. Dave Weigel reports that Rasmussen is going to be polling there tonight so that should give us a better idea but I thought it would be worth taking a look at what would happen if things played out in Masschusetts similarly to Virginia, which is a sort of Democratic worst case scenario. The Virginia exit poll showed the folks who turned out there voted for...
  • Poll: Romney’s Favorables Among Republicans Drop Below 50 Percent

    11/27/2009 1:27:00 PM PST · by Leisler · 187 replies · 5,345+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 11/24/09 | David Weigel
    This is a surprising result from Public Policy Polling, the occasionally partisan group which nonetheless called the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races accurately. Mitt Romney’s favorable rating among Republican voters has fallen to 48 percent–a plurality, but a weak one. And the trend lines are even more interesting. Since April, when PPP started asking the question, Sarah Palin’s favorable number has moved from 76 percent to 75 percent; Mike Huckabee’s has moved from 67 percent to 65 percent. Romney, alone, has seen a statistically significant drop from 60 percent down to 48. The results are so strange that PPP’s...
  • Pr. William declines to join [race-baiting] anti-HOT lanes lawsuit

    10/08/2009 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 930+ views
    The Washington Business Journal ^ | October 7, 2009 | Sarah Krouse
    Prince William County decided not to join Arlington County in its lawsuit against high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395, citing what it characterizes as race-baiting and class warfare in the suit. The county considered joining the suit because it shared concerns about the HOT lanes’ proceeding without a proper environmental study and their effect on traffic, but Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At large, said the board unanimously agreed Arlington’s suit raised too many concerns. “The board had a closer look at the suit and there are allegations in there about Pierce Homer, the secretary of transportation, and about...
  • State pulling final plug on [Trans-Texas] corridor

    10/06/2009 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 112 replies · 3,250+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 6, 2009 | Associated Press
    The Texas Department of Transportation is pulling the last plug on the Trans-Texas Corridor, Gov. Rick Perry's embattled plan to build a toll-road network across the state. The agency said earlier this year it was scaling down the project and dropping the name "Trans-Texas Corridor." Now, transportation officials say it's fully dead. Transportation Commissioner Bill Meadows told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of the decision in a report posted online Tuesday. The news comes a day after Perry's Republican primary opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, secured the coveted endorsement of the powerful Texas Farm Bureau — a vocal opponent of the...
  • Ready for 2012? Obama Leads (53-41 Over Sarah, Huck Trails 49-42, Mitt Down 50-39, Newt 52-39)

    04/23/2009 1:37:32 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 137 replies · 2,650+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | April 23, 2009 12:59 PM
    In a different take on President Obama's 100-day ratings, Public Policy Polling found Obama's job approval ratings lower than in a Pew Research poll released today, but decided to take things a step further (actually four years further) and match him against potential GOP opponents in 2012. And by that measure, he's doing a lot better than potential Republican contenders. Obama leads Newt Gingrich 52 percent to 39 percent with 9 percent undecided; Mike Huckabee by 49 percent to 42 percent with 9 percent undecided; Sarah Palin by 53 percent to 41 percent with 6 percent undecided and Mitt Romney...
  • Problems and Opportunity in Pakistan

    04/07/2009 9:30:19 AM PDT · by pakistanwatch · 4 replies · 289+ views
    04/07/2009 | Pakistanwatch
    Weekly StandardNY TimesThe recent media coverage in Pakistan regarding the film of a young woman being beaten by religious fanatics of Swat district has shocked and angered many around the world and within Pakistan. As a nation, Pakistan is a study in modernity and backwardness existing side by side, and coming into contact and conflict. The plight of the woman is one where the Taliban have come to dominate her area, and she was beaten for being in unescorted by a male family member while in the presence of an unrelated male. Of course, this was after she refused the...
  • Whose Side Is the GOP On?

    03/29/2009 11:31:12 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 17 replies · 721+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 29 | Jennifer Rubin
    Missed in the wake of the titanic battle over the president’s budget has been the reaction to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s plan for a public-private partnership to clean up the toxic assets still sitting on the books of many of the nation’s largest banks. The Financial Times reports: " The liberal backlash against President Barack Obama has begun with many prominent left-leaning economists in the US attacking the administration’s plans to bail out the banks. Paul Krugman describes the toxic asset purchase plan as “cash for trash.” Jeffrey Sachs calls it “a thinly veiled attempt to transfer hundreds of billions...
  • Treasury Department Releases Details on Public Private Partnership Investment Program

    03/23/2009 5:45:44 AM PDT · by cc2k · 38 replies · 1,031+ views
    To view or print the PDF content on this page, download the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®. March 23, 2009tg-65Treasury Department Releases Details on Public Private Partnership Investment ProgramFact SheetPublic-Private Investment ProgramView White Paper and FAQs at http://financialstability.govThe Financial Stability Plan – Progress So Far: Over the past six weeks, the Treasury Department has implemented a series of initiatives as part of its Financial Stability Plan that – alongside the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – lay the foundations for economic recovery: Efforts to Improve Affordability for Responsible Homeowners: Treasury has implemented programs to allow families to save on their mortgage...
  • Schwarzenegger says federal government should consider higher gas tax

    03/22/2009 2:45:06 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 59 replies · 1,387+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Mar. 22, 2009 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the federal government has to look at raising the gasoline tax to pay for public works improvements if the public supports paying for them, according to a "Meet the Press" interview that aired Sunday. The Republican governor appeared on the NBC show with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to advocate for more federal public works spending as part of a coalition they formed last year. The interview was taped Friday. Host David Gregory asked Schwarzenegger whether an increase in the federal 18.4-cent per gallon gasoline tax is an appropriate way...
  • California is a Poor State (Vanity)

    12/15/2008 10:05:00 AM PST · by buwaya · 7 replies · 580+ views
    Vanity | buwaya
    California is a poor state. Though it has an outsize economy even on a per-capita basis, because of its having some of the highest high price levels in the country, it gets very little bang for its buck, and arguably really can't afford public services on the level of most of the US. I was playing around with Gross State Product (Gross State Product, like national GDP) , population data from the US Census and the MERIC (Missouri Economic Research and Information Center) State Cost of Living figures, based on the ACCRA COLI data - ACCRA is a company that...
  • PPP-D Poll Unintentionally Reveals McCain steadily Ahead in NC!

    09/29/2008 1:48:55 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 20 replies · 1,184+ views
    More good news! Public Policy Polling, a Democrat Pollster, revealed a poll today showing Obama +2 in North Carolina. But one quick look at the internals reveals a steady McCain lead, when real numbers are applied. What do I mean? The Party turnout in the 2004 election? Republicans 40% Democrats 39% (GOP +1%) The Party breakdown in this poll? Democrats 48% Republicans 34% (Democrats +14%) Breaking down the poll by 2004 turnout numbers, we get these corrected numbers: McCain: 48.4% Obama: 41.0% Others: 10.6% (McCain by 7.4%!) Even if the Dems have relatively expanded their party, and even by a...
  • Obama 46, McCain 46, Barr 5 [NC, PPP (D), Try not to laugh]

    09/21/2008 3:06:02 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 56 replies · 315+ views
    News & Observer Under the Dome ^ | September 21, 2008 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    The presidential race in North Carolina is tied. According to a recent poll by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have 46 percent. Libertarian Bob Barr has five percent. Four percent were undecided. Other recent polls have shown McCain with a wider lead since the end of the Republican national convention, though several did not include Barr, the only third-party candidate who will appear on the ballot. "The more voters are concerned about the economy instead of things like immigration, taxes, and social issues the better Democrats are going to do in North...
  • Elevated transport rail imagined for city

    08/31/2008 6:03:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 392+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Edition ^ | August 31, 2008 | Brandy S. Chewning (Texarkana Gazette)
    TEXARKANA — The company selected to design Interstate 69 has revealed plans to also implement the world’s first air rail freight system in the corridor, possibly starting in Texarkana, Texas. “You [Texarkana ] have railroads here, you already have an interstate, bringing I-69 is another interstate, you’ve got Oklahoma, you’ve got I-49,” said Gary Kuhn, senior project manager for Zachary American Infrastructure. “This is what the logistics world likes to see — that opportunity to go from one mode to another very efficiently.” In a presentation to the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club, Kuhn said the freight shuttle is a new...
  • Schwarzenegger hopes to speed border crossings

    08/16/2008 9:02:59 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 221+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 16, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld
    Governors at an annual conference explore public-private toll lanes to cut wait times between the U.S. and Mexico. Hoping to cut down on wait times at the border, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he and other governors are exploring the idea of public-private partnerships to construct vehicle toll lanes at entry points between the United States and Mexico. Schwarzenegger raised the issue at the closing of the 26th annual Border Governors Conference, a three-day summit that drew four governors from the United States and six from Mexico. Among the problems the governors agreed to tackle next year was the...
  • Mexican border states join California in fighting climate change

    08/15/2008 7:03:39 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 31 replies · 152+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 08-16-2008
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Six Mexican border states pledged on Friday to strengthen cooperation with California in fighting climate change and increase green investment through Public Private Partnerships. As part of the cooperation, the six Mexican border states -- Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas -- and California have joined together with Pacific Gas& Electric (PG&E) and the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR)in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat climate change, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said at an annual U.S-Mexican Border Governors Conference being held in Hollywood, Los Angeles. California and the Mexican border...
  • Stupid Budget Tricks (Coming to Your State Soon)

    08/09/2008 11:46:14 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 8 replies · 705+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8 August 2008 | MICHAEL GRANOF
    But if history is a guide, governors and legislators across the country will seek to avoid the difficult choices that are required. Instead, they will likely pass the costs of the services that we enjoy today on to our children and grandchildren, through creatively deceptive budgeting. This is a time-honored practice. In 1991, the State of New York sold Attica prison to none other than itself. The buyer was a state agency that financed the $200 million purchase price by issuing bonds. The agency then leased the prison back to the state, with the lease payments being equal to the...
  • CA: GOP leader: Cuts alone won't close budget gap

    08/09/2008 11:30:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 205+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/09/08 | Ed Mendez
    SACRAMENTO – Seven years of deficits have left the state budget so far out of balance that a Republican legislative leader is saying that closing a huge budget gap with cuts alone is unworkable. Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill of Modesto said he remains staunchly opposed to tax increases and is now proposing that the state borrow – possibly from funds for local government, transportation and other programs – and quickly repay the loans with money from bonds backed by the lottery. “What we would like to do is see the state get its spending in line with its revenue,”...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger Throws Support Behind High-Speed Rail

    07/09/2008 6:43:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 965+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 7/9/08
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has placed his support behind a costly high-speed rail system in California. Schwarzenegger told NBC11 he wants California to lead the way in transporting commuters across the state at near-record speeds while reducing global warming at the same time. Critics have said the state's proposed high-speed rail system is too costly and too good to be true, NBC11's Mike Luery reported. On the very spot where the Transcontinental Railroad was established nearly 140 years ago, Schwarzenegger told Luery that a less-than-three-hour trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles represents the type of progress that...
  • Feds must green-light changes in I-69 route plan

    06/12/2008 6:19:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 233+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    State highway officials said Wednesday that the first step in carrying out their decision to build a controversial toll road along the present U.S. 59, and not through farm and ranch land, is to get federal approval. Although no federal funding has been sought for the Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor, the Texas Department of Transportation is bound by federal environmental law. The project has generated thick volumes about its likely impact on the natural environment and the communities in its path. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is expected to undergo public review late this year and then get sent to...