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  • Republicans ready to move 2016 convention up two months

    01/23/2014 12:36:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2014 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Republicans on Friday are expected to remove all obstacles to holding their 2016 presidential nominating convention to the end of June, two months earlier than their 2012 convention in Tampa, The Washington Times has learned. “The party’s rules change moves the convention to an earlier date which will allow our candidate to begin the general campaign earlier,” said Republican National Committee member Bruce Ash, who is chairman of the RNC’s Standing Rules Committee. “I will be voting to create a level playing field for all candidates and to help vet and promote the best candidate to allow the GOP to...
  • Primary Repairs for a Broken Primary System

    01/19/2014 6:11:21 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 19 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Republican Party suffers from a terrible illness, and it goes on and on, season after season, without even attempts to cure it. This illness is our presidential primary system. Since the beginning of the New Deal, the Republican Party has only nominated two conservatives for the Presidency: Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Ronald Reagan in 1980. One suffered a huge defeat, the other enjoyed two huge victories. As this record shows the conservative ascendancy, one would expect this to mean that the party would keep nominating candidates like their greatest victor in a century, at least until it stopped...
  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment (time to move on)

    11/23/2012 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    DES MOINES, Iowa - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. Once a festive checkpoint on the road to the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. "It's just something that's gotten...
  • Santorum Unlikely To Make Indiana Ballot

    02/03/2012 12:16:22 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 116 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 3, 2012 at 2:21pm EST | Rosie Gray
    Rick Santorum is on the verge of being left off the ballot in the the Indiana primary, three sources told BuzzFeed Friday. The former Pennsylvania senator is more than 30 signatures short of the 500 needed in the 7th Congressional district, which includes Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, a source close to the Santorum campaign said. The Marion County chief deputy of voter registration on the Democratic side, Scott Carr, confirmed that Santorum had not submitted 500 valid signatures. An Indiana Republican source said Santorum is "a couple dozen" signatures short, but that Newt Gingrich will be on the...
  • Do straw polls matter? This one does

    09/22/2011 5:44:41 AM PDT · by Happy Valley Dude · 6 replies
    Broward GOP Insider ^ | 9/21/2001 | Kevin Cerino
    This week over 3000 Republican will gather in Orlando to meet presidential candidates, watch them debate, and then vote in a non-binding straw poll. Last year’s United States Senate campaign in Florida is highly instructive in how useful straw polls can be. Marco Rubio was trailing Charlie Crist in scientifically conducted public opinion polls early in the primary campaign. But several county Republican Executive Committees conducted straw polls of their members which showed overwhelming support for Rubio. County REC’s are composed of the grassroots activists who raise money, knock on doors, and make phone calls for political campaigns. They are...
  • State Moves Presidential Primary to June - California

    07/29/2011 8:46:55 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 6 replies
    Reuters via KTLA-TV ^ | Reuters via KTLA-TV
    California has moved its presidential primary to June, consolidating trips to the poll to save money in an election that most voters in the Democratic leaning state see as a foregone conclusion. Governor Jerry Brown signed the move into law on Friday. The state for years tried to raise its profile in the national presidential race, but its efforts have been diluted as other states have made similar moves. California spent nearly $100 million for its presidential primary on February 5, 2008, when 24 states, nearly half the nation, held nominating contests in a battle known as "Super Tuesday". The...
  • California moves presidential primary back to June

    07/29/2011 7:55:11 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 18 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | July 29, 2011 | 5:26 pm
    California’s next presidential primary will be one of the last in the nation thanks to a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown ...
  • Zen and the Art of Candidate Selection

    04/26/2011 4:26:25 PM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | April 26, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As a high school senior during the lead-in to the 1980 primaries, I did what I could for “The Early Bird” – Rep. Philip M. Crane. I wore his enormous button everywhere – the Fox Valley Mall and the Woodfield Mall, the movie theater, the pizzeria. I couldn’t do more than that, but I tried. He was the most conservative candidate in the field, a twelve-year congressman, author, and terrific speaker. Despite fine showings in straw polls, his conservative faithful weren’t enough; his campaign was eliminated early on in the primary season. Fortunately, the primaries worked out well for the...
  • Is a 2012 Clinton 45 Win Unthinkable?

    04/06/2011 3:17:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 35 replies
    Hillary Clinton would make a formidable 2012 presidential opponent running against any of the current crop of likely GOP candidates. Maybe that's why so many of them are keeping their powder dry, so far. They're waiting to see what she does. Political intelligence can be, like military intelligence, an oxymoron. (This I learned in both venues.) The two crafts are not dissimilar. Each collects and examines shards of possible evidence; rates the veracity of each piece; searches for connections; tests each against an unfiltered range of suppositions; sprinkles in magic dust made from the ground-up intuitive glands of a dozen...
  • 2012 GOP PRIMARY POLL (FReep this poll!)

    01/18/2011 1:56:37 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 40 replies
    The Patriot Caucus PAC ^ | January 18, 2011 | Patriot Caucus Team
    Out of the following potential candidates, who would you vote for in a Republican Presidential Primary? * Mike Huckabee * Sarah Palin * Mitt Romney * Newt Gingrich * Tim Pawlenty * Herman Cain * Mitch Daniels * Mike Pence * Other: Direct link to poll: http://polldaddy.com/poll/4409475/#
  • Al Franken for President

    12/07/2010 3:33:46 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 8 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | December 7, 2010 | Walter Hudson
    I imagine, were I to wrangle up a fluxed-out DeLorean and travel back to 1995, I would have a difficult time convincing my sixteen-year-old self that the actor then portraying Stuart Smalley would go on to be the United States Senator from Minnesota. Smalley, if you do not immediately recall, was Al Franken’s signature character on Saturday Night Live, a self-professed self-help guru with a show on cable access television. Franken’s shtick played off the irony that Smalley so obviously needed help himself. Each sketch would start with him gazing vacantly into a full-length mirror, reciting the then familiar affirmation....
  • How to avoid another RINO nominee? Eliminate primaries.

    11/05/2008 11:44:10 AM PST · by Brookhaven · 83 replies · 2,655+ views
    info please ^ | 2008 | Republican Party
    Iowa Rebublican Caucus Results: Mike Huckabee 34.3%, Mitt Romney 25.3%, Fred Thompson 13.4%, John McCain 13.1%, Ron Paul 10.0%, Rudy Giuliani 3.5%, Duncan Hunter 0.4% New Hampshire Rebublican Primary Results: John McCain 37.2%, Mitt Romney 31.6%, Mike Huckabee 11.2%, Rudy Giuliani 8.6%, Ron Paul 7.6%, Fred Thompson 1.2%, Duncan Hunter 0.5% Michigan Rebublican Primary Results: Mitt Romney 38.9%, John McCain 29.7%, Mike Huckabee 16.1%, Ron Paul 6.3%, Fred Thompson 3.7%, Rudy Giuliani 2.8%, Duncan Hunter 0.3% South Carolina Republican Primary Results: John McCain 33.2%, Mike Huckabee 29.9%, Fred Thompson 15.7%, Mitt Romney 15.1%, Ron Paul 3.7%, Rudy Giuliani 2.1%, Duncan...
  • Ohio GOP chair blasts McCain over primary plan (Another RNC fix for 2012)

    08/28/2008 7:35:40 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 30 replies · 304+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | August 28, 2008 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    (snip) A Republican National Committee rules committee in April gave initial backing to a plan to spread out the primaries to avoid the creation of a de facto national primary. But the plan approved by the RNC's full rules committee Wednesday in Minneapolis rejected the so-called Ohio Plan in favor of a system allowing most states to hold primaries in March. Bennett has been critical of such a system, which he says creates a national primary that focuses attention on a few big media markets. It also encourages early campaigning, more spending and less contact with the average voter, Bennett...
  • California election maneuver backfires (Morons at work, results well deserved though)

    06/04/2008 2:16:41 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 5 replies · 110+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 6-3-08 | Dan Walters
    "Given what later happened, California would have had more clout had it left its primary in June. One can only imagine the intensity that a June primary contest between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in California would have generated."
  • California Republicans Limit Their Primary To Those Registered In Party

    02/04/2008 11:43:32 PM PST · by Moral Hazard · 63 replies · 155+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, February 4, 2008 | Casey Stegall
    About 34 percent of voters in California are registered Republicans, and are the only voters allowed to cast ballots in the Republican presidential race on Tuesday. ... Political consultant Hal Dash said the decision to exclude independent voters could play to the Democratic Party’s advantage by allowing Democrats to argue that the GOP doesn’t want them.”Why would you want to shut the door at the beginning when you have the opportunity to be able and welcome some numbers? If I was the California Republican Party, I’d want anybody I could get given their shrinking numbers,” he said.
  • Calif. voter registration swells for early presidential primary

    02/01/2008 3:12:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 59+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/1/08 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    Voter registration for Tuesday's election is about 700,000 higher than during the last California presidential primary four years ago. In December, statewide registration already had set a record for a presidential primary. The current registration is 15.7 million voters, compared to just more than 15 million for the 2004 primary. The secretary of state's office released the figures on Friday. The registration jump comes after California's presidential primary this year was changed from June to February. The move gives California - for the first time in years - a stake in deciding nominees for the two major political parties. Secretary...
  • Caption NH Presidential Primary

    01/08/2008 8:57:00 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 40 replies · 28+ views
    A sign is seen outside a polling station in Nashua, New Hampshire, January 8, 2008. Voters in New Hampshire were casting ballots Tuesday in the nations first U.S. presidential primary election.
  • California vote could matter with early presidential primary

    01/01/2008 3:22:14 AM PST · by gondramB · 20 replies · 194+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/31/2007 | LAURA KURTZMAN
    SACRAMENTO—California's move toward the front end of the presidential nominating calendar means that for the first time in years, voters could be casting their ballots while the race is still very much in play. Well-funded candidates already are looking to California and the 21 other states voting on Feb. 5, including New York, to save them from potential losses in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Florida, which votes the week before, also could be important. Rudy Giuliani has embraced this national strategy as a substitute for winning the Republican caucuses in Iowa, where the former New York City mayor's...
  • Ron Paul Takes Unconventional Approach to Win California Delegates

    12/26/2007 6:34:48 PM PST · by BGHater · 9 replies · 136+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 25 Dec 2007 | Anita Vogel and Lindsay Stewart
    San Francisco Republicans reaching out to voters in overwhelmingly Democratic Bay Area districts may sound like a losing strategy for GOP presidential candidates. But supporters of White House hopeful Ron Paul say they know better. They’re taking advantage of a rule change in February’s California GOP primary under which the previous “winner-take-all” system has been replaced by one that awards three primary delegates for every congressional district a candidate wins — no matter how many or how few Republicans live there. “Our primary purpose is to help Ron Paul to get delegate votes in the primary,” said Paul supporter Stephanie...
  • Local GOP preparing for big choice

    12/19/2007 1:56:22 PM PST · by cold666pack · 8 replies · 110+ views
    The North County Times ^ | 12/19/07 | SUNANA BATRA
    Local GOP preparing for big choice By: SUNANA BATRA - For the North County Times A frequent commentator on politics, and the manager of John McCain's 2000 campaign for president, Mike Murphy's keynote speech at the Lincoln Club of San Diego County's annual dinner last week was witty, insightful and, at times, cutting. "San Diego has always been the spark plug in California and holds an important role nationally," he said. He spoke of the new ground California will break on Feb. 5, when we will hold our presidential primary. Murphy suggested that since we will have the most compressed...
  • GOP sniffs out delegates in California

    10/04/2007 4:29:52 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 18 replies · 354+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Oct 4, 2007 | GLEN JOHNSON
    LOS ANGELES - Republicans in California's heavily Democratic 35th Congressional District are a lonely lot, represented in the House by one of the nation's most liberal members, Maxine Waters. Nonetheless, GOP voters in gritty South Central are being treated like Hollywood celebrities in the presidential primary campaign, despite numbering only 15 percent of the area's registered voters. California Republicans have instituted new rules for awarding delegates to their 2008 national nominating convention, prompting their party's White House hopefuls to pursue a counterintuitive strategy of seeking GOP votes in Democratic strongholds like Waters' district. They're preparing to barrage the relative handful...
  • New York's Ultra-Open Primary

    07/29/2007 11:26:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 270+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 27, 2007 | Masthead Editorial
    <p>For far too long, New York’s presidential primaries have been an insider’s business, with political bosses from both parties deciding whose names went on the ballot. As recently as 2000, it took a lot of arm-wrestling and public outrage for Republicans to even include Senator John McCain, a strong contender that year.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger: Let Independents Vote in GOP Primary

    07/20/2007 11:31:54 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 33 replies · 716+ views
    AP via Newsmax ^ | July 20, 2007
    The Republican National Committee has told top California party leaders they can change their voting rules to allow independents to vote in the presidential primary. Party insiders say the change seems unlikely, however, given the GOP's long-standing antipathy to the idea. The issue may come up at the state party convention in September. Changing the rules could help a moderate Republican, such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, especially since California's Feb. 5 primary may come early enough to influence the nominating contest. Democrats already allow independents to vote in their presidential primary, and GOP moderates say they must...
  • MI, NV, and GA Move Up Primary Dates

    04/23/2007 7:53:03 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 18 replies · 517+ views
    Race42008 ^ | 4/23/07
    In what is quickly becoming the most ridiculous primary season ever devised by the hand of man, MI and NV have both moved their primary dates up and GA has taken a huge step forward in doing the same.Nevada State GOP officials voted this weekend to move the GOP caucus up to January 19 - the same date as the state Democrat caucus.Michigan State GOP officials voted last weekend to move the GOP primary up to February 5th, but also voted to move it to any date earlier than that if the Democrats should move their primary date before...
  • State's Presidential Primary moving to February (Mew York State)

    04/09/2007 9:12:23 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 37 replies · 665+ views
    WSYR ^ | 4/9/07
    Albany (AP) - Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a bill Monday moving New York's presidential primary to Feb. 5 - a move that could benefit the Democratic and Republican front-runners, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, both New Yorkers. About a dozen other states, including California and New Jersey, have already moved their primaries or caucuses to Feb. 5 or are about to do so. About a dozen more are considering such moves, setting the stage for what is quickly becoming known as "Super-Duper Tuesday" just 22 days after the leadoff Iowa caucuses. "Moving the primary date to February, we will...
  • California's GOP primary defies easy predictions

    03/25/2007 11:36:25 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 400+ views
    Deseret News ^ | March 25, 2007 | Mary Anne Ostrom
    No one would have guessed who's lining up behind whom in California's GOP presidential primary contest. It's got lots of people scratching their heads. Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, is getting endorsements from key California conservatives despite the fact he is pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-gay rights. Bill Simon, a dyed-in-the-wool conservative who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2002, is selling Giuliani to some of the state's most conservative leaders. Simon worked for Giuliani when he headed the U.S. Attorney's office in New York. The two were eating breakfast together in New York on the morning of...
  • Massed February 2008 Primaries Dangerously Favor Candidates With Huge Dollars

    03/20/2007 7:39:29 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 6 replies · 214+ views
    AIM Report ^ | 3/20/2007 | Paul M. Weyrich
    California did it. Governor Arnold "The Terminator" Schwarzenegger signed into law a measure passed by the ultra-liberal California Legislature which moves the Presidential primary to February 5, 2008. Many other States, including New York and Texas, may do so. New Hampshire, the nation's first primary election, is forced now to move its date up a bit so that it retains the status as the kingmaker of American politics. Depending how the New Hampshire Legislature legislates, the Iowa Caucuses may be moved up even earlier. Next thing we know we will all be casting our ballots on the way to church...
  • New York Eyes Super Dooper Tuesday

    03/21/2007 1:53:25 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 266+ views
    AP (via ktvu) ^ | March 21, 2007 | Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Legislature overwhelmingly approved a measure Wednesday to move the state's presidential primary up to Feb. 5. Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer is expected to sign the measure that would put New York with California and a host of other states opting for the new Super Tuesday showdown. The New York primary had been set for March 4, but the earlier date was sought by Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, and also supported by Sen. Hillary Clinton. The two New Yorkers lead national polls in the race for the Republican and Democratic presidential...
  • SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS EARLY PRIMARY BILL

    03/15/2007 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 9 replies · 347+ views
    New West Notes ^ | 03-15-2007 | Bill Bradley
    Odd as it may seem to some, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has actually signed a bill he proposed a few months ago, which moves California’s 2008 Presidential primary from June 3rd to February 5th.
  • California's New Muscle in Primaries

    03/14/2007 10:11:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies · 304+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2007 | JIM CARLTON
    California's move to an early primary in 2008 is likely to give Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greater cachet on the national stage next year, particularly in influencing which Republican is nominated for president. The governor is scheduled to sign a bill today moving the California primary to Feb. 5 next year from June. Even amid the rush of states also moving up their primaries, that puts the Golden State in the center of primary season, rather than serving mainly as a place for candidates to go raise cash. As the most populous state, California sends the most delegates to the conventions...
  • CA: State GOP split on who should vote in primary - Keeping independents out causes controversy

    03/10/2007 8:03:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 452+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/10/07 | John Marelius
    The California Republican Party is embroiled in controversy over its refusal to allow the fastest growing voter group – independents – to vote in presidential primary elections, even though Democrats do. The dispute pits Republicans who believe the party must preserve partisan purity at all costs against those who contend the party is undermining its long-range viability by stiffing nearly 20 percent of the state's voters when membership in both major political parties in California is at an all-time low. “At the end of the day, this really is an issue of who it is that should be choosing a...
  • The "Trojan Horse Primary"

    03/09/2007 4:24:46 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 3 replies · 359+ views
    New West Notes ^ | 03-08-2007 | Bill Bradley
    So, what about what’s “hiding” inside what some conservatives have taken to calling “the Trojan Horse primary,” i.e., California’s early presidential primary? It may not be all that fearsome. The great fear on the right is that California’s term limits law would be altered by voters next February 5th, when the state will all but certainly hold Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. (The bill has passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits the signature of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proposed the idea.) Presumably the right wing fear is that the vote to alter term limits would be unfair, due...
  • California schemin': The end of retail politics

    03/08/2007 1:17:07 PM PST · by Calpernia · 21 replies · 440+ views
    CALIFORNIA WANTS a piece of the Presidential primary action, and it is willing to harm the country to get it. On Tuesday California's legislature approved a bill to move that state's Presidential primary to Feb. 5, placing it just two weeks behind the estimated date for New Hampshire's primary (though New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner will have the final say on that). California is the most populous state. How could moving its primary from June to February hurt the country? It's all about how candidates reach voters. New Hampshire has about 860,000 registered voters. California has about 16...
  • CA: Early presidential primary would cost counties plenty

    03/07/2007 12:41:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 3/7/07 | Jim Miller
    SACRAMENTO - Riverside and San Bernardino counties are likely to hold four major elections within 12 months if a bill that moves up next year's presidential primary from June to February is signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. The Assembly on Tuesday passed the bill on a party-line vote, 46 to 29, and sent it to the governor for his signature. Schwarzenegger has not taken a formal position on the bill, spokesman Aaron McLear said. But the governor has recently promoted the idea of holding an earlier primary. Proponents, including the Legislature's majority Democrats, said the measure would give the state's nearly...
  • CA: Assembly expected to pass bill to move up California primary

    03/06/2007 1:26:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 400+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/6/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    California lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to move the state's presidential primary from June to February, positioning the state as a compulsory campaign stop for White House contenders. "California has 16 million voters who ought to get a first bite of that apple, not simply be the recipient of other states' legislative and electoral leftovers," Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, said during a Capitol news conference. The Assembly was scheduled to debate the bill Tuesday afternoon and was expected to pass it on a party-line vote. Republicans, who are in the minority in the 80-seat chamber, oppose the measure...
  • In California, lawmakers hope early primary will save their jobs (Self-serving Jerks Alert!)

    02/27/2007 1:39:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 332+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/27/07 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    California politicians say they want an early presidential primary so the nation's most populous state can play a greater role in the nominating contest. But it's an open secret here that what they really want is to keep their jobs a little longer. The early election, which could scramble the dynamics of the presidential race, is the fulcrum of a complicated deal between Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that has nothing to do with presidential politics and everything to do with term limits on state lawmakers. Moving California's presidential primary from June to February next year would give...
  • State aims for Feb. 5 primary to boost clout (A true Earthquake in the '08 election, if it happens)

    01/20/2007 9:35:51 PM PST · by jeltz25 · 34 replies · 887+ views
    The LA Times ^ | 01-20-2007 | Jordan Rau
    SACRAMENTO — With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's backing, state lawmakers from both parties are moving rapidly to make California a player in choosing the nation's next president by holding the state's primary four months earlier. A bipartisan group of state senators introduced legislation Friday to change the 2008 presidential primary from June 3 to Feb. 5. Another bill was introduced by an Assembly Republican on Thursday, the day after Schwarzenegger declared that moving up the primary date would make California "relevant" nationally and was "something to shoot for." The February date — the earliest the state can choose under national party...
  • CA: Governor says health reform, early primary will give state clout

    01/17/2007 6:04:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 392+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/17/07 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that California would be "an example for the rest of the country" if it adopted universal health coverage, something he insisted he wants done this year. "Let the rest of the country look at us in a jealous way and just say, 'How did they do it?'" the governor said at a luncheon meeting of the Sacramento Press Club. Schwarzenegger also said he wants to move the California presidential primary up, so the state has a role in the decision-making process. As it is, he said, candidates come here to raise money...
  • The Price of Not Caring

    11/27/2006 12:53:00 PM PST · by Keyes2000mt · 27 replies · 881+ views
    Renew America ^ | 11/26/2006 | Adam Graham
    Felicia Benamon, in writing her weekly internet syndicated column declared, "No sooner had the 2006 Mid-Term elections ended, Democrat and Republican Presidential hopefuls lined up to announce their intentions of running for President in 2008. And so, the race is on. But we are barely over the last election and are looking to another? The politicking never ends! I need a break already!" She expresses the thoughts of many Americans. She is nonetheless wrong. If her advice is followed, the results will be another unsatisfactory election with conservatives dazed by the speed at which the Republican nomination went to a...
  • (2008 Alabama Presidential) Primary, Carnival on track to clash

    04/19/2006 3:41:56 PM PDT · by AzaleaCity5691 · 5 replies · 503+ views
    The Mobile Press-Register ^ | 4/19/2006 | Dan Murtagh
    Primary, Carnival on track to clash Mobile officials horrified by bill that would put 2008 presidential primary on Fat Tuesday Wednesday, April 19, 2006 By DAN MURTAUGH Staff Reporter Mobile County officials said it would be a logistical nightmare if Alabama's 2008 presidential primary fell on Fat Tuesday, as a bill just out of the Legislature proposes. "Oh, it's going to be awful," said Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. "There's no practical way we can conduct an election on Mardi Gras Day." The bill, which would move Alabama's presidential primary from the first Tuesday in June to the first...
  • U.S. Newspapers Tread Lightly in Rumor of Kerry Infidelity

    02/16/2004 9:48:41 AM PST · by Bronc1 · 30 replies · 589+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 16, 2004 | bronc1
    <p>The story is being shushed around the family dinner table &#8212; and in newspaper city rooms &#8212; but all the neighbors are talking about it.</p> <p>What the neighbors are talking about are rumors of marital infidelity by Democratic White House front-runner John Kerry, and they have learned about them from the Internet, talk radio and the foreign press.</p>
  • {Satire} Wesley Clark to bypass all Presidential Primary States

    10/23/2003 12:31:25 PM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 8 replies · 142+ views
    Clark to Bypass All Presidential Primary States (2003-10-23) -- Democrat presidential candidate Wesley Clark announced today that he would withdraw his name from all state primaries in 2004. "When I said I would avoid the Iowa caucuses," said Mr. Clark, "I likened it to Gen. McArthur's World War II strategy of skipping over islands with heavy concentrations of Japanese military, and fighting on the poorly defended ones. Now I'm taking that to the next level by avoiding all primary battles. I will arrive at the Democrat convention fresh, and ready to receive my nomination."
  • 2004 Primary Fundraising numbers breakdown - Bush laps field in funds raised, cash on hand

    10/16/2003 10:48:14 AM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 5 replies · 143+ views
    Bushblog.us ^ | 10/16/03
    Just to give you some idea of what is going on Primary wide, the FEC's Third Quarter filings have been released. And the President has easily outpaced the entire Democrat field. Candidate - 3Q Funds Raised - Cash on Hand Bush - $50.0M - $70.4M Dean  - $14.8M - $12.4M Kerry - $4.0M - $7.8M Gephardt - $3.8M - $5.9M Lieberman - $3.6M - $4.1MClark - $3.5M - $3.4M Edwards - $2.6M - $4.8M Kucinich $1.7M - $800K Graham - $1.4M - $800K LaRouche $864K - $39K Braun - $125K - $30K Sharpton - $121K - $24KThis is sure to...
  • Caption Kucinich's Presidential "announcement"

    10/13/2003 1:35:01 PM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 56 replies · 707+ views
  • Democratic Debate - Did Clark really say there was $5 Trillion in Surpluses?

    09/25/2003 5:05:50 PM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 16 replies · 134+ views
    I've only been able to catch a transcript of the debate so far, and WashPost has him stating We started with $5 trillion surplus. We went to a $5 trillion deficit, projected over 10 years. Anyone else catch him really stating this? I don't think any economist in the world would state that we had a $5 trillion budget surplus over ten years planned out. Most wouldn't even say we had $1 trillion. Say nothing that I've see only the most feverent administration critics say that deficits could get that high.
  • Steelworkers Endorse Gephardt (10th Major Union Endorsement)

    08/05/2003 11:07:09 AM PDT · by Coop · 62 replies · 288+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/5/03 | John Mercurio
    <p>CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Missouri Democratic Rep. Dick Gephardt received his 10th major endorsement from organized labor Tuesday when the United Steelworkers of America announced its support for his presidential campaign.</p> <p>In a written statement, USWA President Leo Gerard singled out Gephardt as "unflagging in his allegiance to working families and unsurpassed as a leader in the fight against trade policies that are devastating American manufacturing workers."</p>
  • Streisand Alert: "Let's Unite!"

    06/20/2003 11:14:25 PM PDT · by lainie · 53 replies · 692+ views
    bs ^ | June 18, 2003 | bs
    I have reflected a great deal over the years about the need for dialogue and unity among various minority and progressive communities. The presidential primary process is underway, and this is the time when the candidates within the Democratic party work to differentiate themselves from one other. It is important, however, to keep in mind that the end goal for all of us is to elect a Democratic president who will work to provide a decent education for the most underprivileged children, pass tax cuts for the lower and middle classes rather than the wealthy, protect the environment and a...
  • Wanna help the Democrats nominate someone unelectable?

    06/20/2003 7:40:52 AM PDT · by Happy Valley Dude · 26 replies · 393+ views
    MoveOn.org
    The liberal PAC MoveOn.org is holding an Internet Primary to determine which Democrat they are supporting for President. Not only will the winner get some campaign cash, but they will also get some media attention. This vote is already getting some press, and whoever wins will likely get some positive press from this. I know that many of you would like to see Al Sharpton, Dennis Kucinich, or Carol Mosely Braun as the Democratic nominee, but that happening is about as likely as Satan ice skating in Hell on the 4th of July. Of the candidates that have a shot...
  • Order on primary next for governor [Arizona]

    02/09/2003 8:27:42 AM PST · by AzJohn · 202+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | February 9, 2003 | Associated Press
    Gov. Janet Napolitano plans to sign an executive order this week moving up the date of Arizona's 2004 Democratic presidential primary. Moving the date would put Arizona among states with high-profile early presidential primaries and would bring unprecedented attention to the state, said Kris Mayes, spokeswoman for the Democratic governor. Iowa will lead off the Democratic presidential selection process in late January, followed a week later by New Hampshire. If Arizona moves up the Democratic primary date, the state would join South Carolina and Missouri on Feb. 3. Several other states also are considering holding their primaries or caucuses earlier....