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  • Romney’s Rust Belt Surge Threatens Obama’s Firewall

    10/18/2012 8:13:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies ^ | Published October 18, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    “I hear Pittsburgh is very nice this time of year.” -- A senior Romney campaign staffer talking to Power Play about the strategy for the closing weeks of the campaign. Two weeks ago, Mitt Romney trailed in five Rust Belt battleground states by an average of 6.9 points in the Real Clear Politics Average of polls. This morning, his average deficit was just 3.2 points. While all 11 swing states have moved his direction since the Republican nominee’s boffo performance in his first debate with President Obama, Romney has seen the most significant improvement in the core column of the...
  • Why has the Wisconsin Senate race, once a lock for Democrats, tightened?

    10/17/2012 10:49:48 PM PDT · by radpolis · 8 replies
    Christian Science Montior ^ | 10/17/2012 | Mark Guarino
    The US Senate race in Wisconsin, between former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) and US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), is now in a dead heat. The polarization is true to the state’s political character, but what also might be playing a role is the neck-to-neck race between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney’s bump in the polls follows a successful performance in the first presidential debate earlier this month. The tightening up of that race has been shadowed in key battleground contests like the one in Wisconsin, which was once considered a lock for Ms. Baldwin. While Baldwin...
  • Romney pulls within 1 in *WISCONSIN* (O - 49, R - 48)

    10/17/2012 10:35:14 AM PDT · by The G Man · 26 replies
    Marquette University Law School poll | 10/17/12 | Marquette University
    No link yet. Obama was up by 11 in same poll 2 weeks ago.
  • Romney campaign sues over absentee ballots in Wisconsin

    10/17/2012 8:10:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/15/2012 | Mark Guarino
    The Mitt Romney campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin seeking a five-day extension for absentee voters overseas and in the military. The campaign for the Republican presidential candidate is concerned about 44 ballots that the state’s Government Accountability Board says were sent out by local election officials after the Sept. 22 deadline. Under federal election law, all ballots are to be returned by Nov. 9 (three days after the general election); the Romney campaign wants that deadline pushed back to Nov. 14 for overseas absentee ballots. Ahead of Friday's action in Wisconsin, the Romney campaign had filed similar...
  • Romney campaign files federal suit to ensure all military ballots count in Wisconsin

    10/15/2012 8:14:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:53 PM 10/15/2012 | Caroline May
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin to extend the amount of time military and overseas absentee ballots can be returned. The federal suit came on the heels a campaign request to the state’s Government Accountability Board to extend the deadline after at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send overseas ballots 45 days before the election, which is required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA). The campaign proceeded with the suit against GAB after their initial request was denied. “Because members of the military are often stationed in remote,...
  • Romney campaign files federal suit to ensure all military ballots count in Wisconsin

    10/15/2012 8:45:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies ^ | October 15, 2012 | Caroline May
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin to extend the amount of time military and overseas absentee ballots can be returned. The federal suit came on the heels a campaign request to the state’s Government Accountability Board to extend the deadline after at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send overseas ballots 45 days before the election, which is required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA). The campaign proceeded with the suit against GAB after their initial request was denied. “Because members of the military are often stationed in remote,...
  • Tommy Thompson's son calls for sending Obama back 'to Kenya'

    10/14/2012 8:05:57 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 32 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10/14/12 | Daniel Bice
    Like father, like son. Jason Thompson, the son of former Gov. Tommy Thompson, was caught on video Sunday suggesting at a Republican event that voters this fall could send President Barack Obama back "to Kenya." "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago - or Kenya," Jason Thompson, an attorney at Michael Best and Friedrich, said during a fall brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party.
  • An opening for Romney in foreign policy debate (grudging support from Wisc JS)

    10/14/2012 4:44:14 AM PDT · by Be Careful · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10/13/12 | Op-Ed
    Obama's risk-averse course was a welcome change from Bush, but in key theaters more leadership would be a plus. Romney could deliver it.
  • Biden brings fight to Wisconsin with appeal to women voters (Wisconsin?)

    10/13/2012 1:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 12, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    LA CROSSE, Wis. - A day after going toe-to-toe with Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a spirited and oftentimes feisty debate, Vice President Joe Biden took the fight to his GOP rival's home state. Speaking to a crowd packed with 2,000 people at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Biden tried to follow up on his Thursday night performance. This time, with a particularly direct appeal to women. "If anyone had a doubt about what's at stake in this election, when it comes to women's rights, and the Supreme Court, I am sure they were settled last night," Biden...
  • Poll: Romney edges Obama in Colo., narrows gap in Wis.

    10/11/2012 10:19:35 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 11 Oct 2012 | Sarah Dutton,
    On the heels of last week's presidential debate, Mitt Romney has emerged with a one-point edge over President Obama in Colorado and has cut the president's lead in half in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll. In Wisconsin, where Mr. Obama led Romney by six percent last month, the president now holds just a three-point advantage, with 50 percent to Romney's 47 percent support. Last month, the president led Romney 51 to 45 percent. In Colorado, the two remain locked in a dead heat, with Romney leading Mr. Obama 48 percent to 47 percent, within...
  • Dane Co. (Madison, WI) Sheriff says he won't stop felon voters

    10/09/2012 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 35 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 10/08/12 | Brian Sikma
    In a battleground state where voter fraud has been an issue in previous presidential elections, one leading county sheriff is saying his office won’t stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot. An internal memo from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office instructed deputies and other staff assigned to the county jail to facilitate the absentee ballot requests of inmates. Sent from Lt. Mark Twombly, the memo specifically instructed law enforcement officials to not check on the felony status of inmates and to help everyone vote regardless of their criminal record. In Wisconsin an individual serving jail time for a felony...
  • NRA launches new anti-Obama ad campaign in battleground states

    10/08/2012 1:28:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Rifle Association is airing a new television ad in four battleground states urging voters to defeat President Obama. The pro-gun-rights group is spending $1.3 million to air the ad in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. A spokesman said the group will be on the air with ads through election day November 6. The NRA ad suggests Obama is "attacking our Second Amendment rights" and says a vote against the Democrat...
  • The Wisconsin Voter: Swing voters to watch in Wisconsin: those who approve of both Walker and Obama

    10/06/2012 8:55:51 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 14 replies
    The Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel ^ | 10/6/12 | Craig Gilbert
    One intriguing surprise from last June’s recall election was the exit poll finding that one in six Scott Walker voters planned to vote for President Obama this November. It wasn’t just a polling blip. Surveys throughout the year have identified a small but steady fraction of Wisconsin voters who seemingly defy both the pessimism and polarization of the times in approving of two lightning-rod incumbents from opposing parties, Republican Gov. Walker and Democrat Obama. Who are these voters? Could they be a key to the presidential contest here? Can Obama count on their votes? Can Mitt Romney peel them away?...
  • Election 2012: Wisconsin Tightens Considerably (O49, R47)

    10/06/2012 5:25:15 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 57 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 6 October 2012 | PPP
    PPP's newest Wisconsin poll finds a big debate bump for Mitt Romney in the state. Two weeks ago he trailed Barack Obama by 7 points there, 52-45. Now he's pulled to within two points, with Obama's lead now just 49-47.
  • Obama lead down to 2 in Wisconsin

    10/06/2012 4:59:34 PM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 27 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 10/6/12 | staff
    PPP's newest Wisconsin poll finds a big debate bump for Mitt Romney in the state. Two weeks ago he trailed Barack Obama by 7 points there, 52-45. Now he's pulled to within two points, with Obama's lead now just 49-47. There's not much doubt it was Romney's strong debate performance on Wednesday night that's given him this boost. Voters think he won the debate by a 61/25 margin, including a 60/19 margin with independents. 95% of Republicans think Romney won the debate, while only 50% of Democrats claim to think Obama was the winner. Romney's image has seen significant improvement...
  • U. Wisc. Requires Students to Give Phone Numbers to the Obama Campaign

    10/03/2012 2:18:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | October 3, 2012
    Students at the University of Wisconsin who want to attend an upcoming speech by Obama are being required to hand over their phone numbers which are being turned over to the Obama campaign. Ann Althouse broke the story in a guest post at Instapundit. October 2, 2012 THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN REQUIRES STUDENTS TO GIVE THEIR PHONE NUMBERS TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN in order to get access to the central campus zone where Obama will be giving a speech this Thursday. Here‘s the University’s website — attempting to frame the event as a historical presidential visit — which links to...
  • Another Massive Problem with Military Ballots in Wisconsin

    10/01/2012 5:52:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 32 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 1, 2012 6:09 PM | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] At least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military voters before the 45 day deadline, according to former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, and he's demanding the Government Accountability Board address the problem immediately. As reported by the website, Principi sent a letter to the GAB on Monday pointing out the failure to meet the 45 day deadline is in violation of Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act. "This violation is particularly unsettling in light of the fact that, only six months ago, a federal court entered a consent decree against...
  • Obama’s 1st Stop After the Debate is Wisconsin … I Guess it’s Not As Safe as the Polls Say

    09/29/2012 1:41:56 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    Could be those union members have long memories after getting stiffed by a President who said he’d march the picket lines with them and then found himself too busy in every state around Wisconsin to stop in to support their recall efforts: President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail following the Wednesday presidential debate, stumping in four states rated on the CNN Electoral Map as toss ups, according to schedules released by his campaign and the White House. On Thursday, Obama will hold an event in the debate host city – Denver - then continue on to Madison, Wisconsin,...
  • New Contract Earns Chicago Schools 2nd Credit Downgrade – In One Quarter

    09/29/2012 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Sound financial management clearly wasn’t a concern to any party involved in the recent contract negotiations in Chicago Public Schools. They were warned that new labor expenses might result in a credit downgrade for the financially-strapped school district, and they chose to ignore it. Now it has comes to pass. The credit rating agency Moody’s has downgraded the school district for the second time in one quarter. Moody’s wrote: “The negative outlook reflects the school district's budgeted depletion of reserves to fund ongoing operations in fiscal 2013; the moderate additional unbudgeted salary costs of labor contract negotiations, which have not...
  • Military Voters in Wisconsin Told to Submit Ballots a Week After Deadline

    09/25/2012 3:46:56 PM PDT · by madameguinot · 23 replies
    MacIver News Service ^ | 9/25/12 | Breitbart
    "The Federal Voting Assistance Program website published an incorrect deadline for the return of returning military ballots in Wisconsin." "The FVAB website incorrectly stated ballots must be returned by November 16. The actual deadline is 4 p.m. November 9. Any military ballots received in that intervening week would not have been counted by local and state election officials. MacIver News Service contacted the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board about the error on Tuesday and requested comment. "All Wisconsin absentee ballots are due by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election. The FVAP site was incorrect.." See rest of article at source.
  • The other Ryan: the candidate’s wife, Janna

    08/12/2012 2:59:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 12, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    An interesting glimpse at Paul Ryan’s wife, from the Washington Post: Janna Ryan, wife of Republican vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan, is the poster girl for Generation X women who wanted to have it all.Ryan, 43, like many of her 40-something peers, is a stay-at-home mother with an impressive resume. She prefers her husband’s hometown, Janesville, Wis., to Washington and remains out of the political limelight.But Janna Christine Little Ryan hails from Oklahoma, a state known for its Will Rogers’s common-sense ideals mixed with a smidgen of Wild West attitude.She grew up Madill, Okla., in the southern part of...
  • Walter Dalton Claims McCrory Would Govern North Carolina Like Scott Walker

    09/20/2012 8:03:31 AM PDT · by 92nina · 13 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-17 | Patrick Gleason
    Walter Dalton, North Carolina’s current Lt. Governor and Democratic nominee to be the state’s next governor, has been stepping up his attacks on Republican nominee Pat McCrory lately. On the campaign trail in Raleigh last Thursday, Dalton sought to tie McCrory to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But a review of Walker’s record makes one wonder why Dalton finds this comparison to be a negative. Chief Executive magazine’s annual survey of CEOs on the best and worst states for business had Wisconsin making the biggest improvement of any state following Walker’s regulatory and labor law reforms in 2011, rising to 24th...
  • Kal Penn speaks to young voters at Marquette for Obama campaign

    09/18/2012 7:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Marquette Tribune ^ | September 18, 2012 | Jennifer Zahn
    When Kal Penn visited Marquette Saturday, he wasn’t just stopping by on his way to White Castle. Best known for his parts in the series “House M.D.” and the “Harold and Kumar” movies, Penn also stars for the White House under another role: associate director of public engagement. He spoke before a crowd of more than 100 in the Alumni Memorial Union. “I got a phone call in 2008 asking if I could serve in a much bigger way in youth outreach,” Penn said. “I am honored to serve my country. I’m happy to do this. I thought it was...
  • Farmer's raw milk sales trial is on hold

    09/17/2012 8:18:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies ^ | 17 Sept 2012 | Rick Barrett
    The trial of a Sauk County dairy farmer accused of crimes stemming from the sale of raw milk has been postponed until January. Previously scheduled to begin next week, Vernon Hershberger's trial will be closely watched by raw-milk advocates who have argued for the right to buy unpasteurized dairy products straight from the farm. Hershberger, an Amish farmer near Loganville, has become the poster child for a controversy that's pitted farmers against state government and has boiled over to other states where raw milk sales are illegal or restricted. "It is a shame to see him prosecuted as a criminal,"...
  • Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Restricting Union Rights [Union Thugs Are Now Judges?]

    09/14/2012 6:01:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 14, 2012
    Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Restricting Union Rights By NBC News staff and news services A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates the state and U.S. constitutions and is null and void. The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year. For city, county and school workers, the ruling returns the law to its previous status, before...
  • Wisconsin judge strikes down Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining law (Again)

    09/14/2012 6:26:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/14/2012 | AllahPundit
    We've been here before, remember? A left-wing judge struck down the law on a procedural technicality in May of last year. The Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a month later. Bet heavily that this will be reversed too, just because I suspect America's not quite ready to start throwing up constitutional roadblocks to fiscal reforms while states are already teetering on a fiscal cliff. Especially after Wisconsin held an election just three months ago where voters had a chance to effectively decide that issue. The law remains largely in force for state workers, though a federal judge struck down part of...
  • It’s never really over in Wisc, is it? Dane County Judge tosses collective bargaining reform law

    09/14/2012 4:27:17 PM PDT · by Kolath · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-14-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    And the wheel keeps turning in Wisconsin. The long, strange trip is not over. First it was Dane County Judge Sumi who interjected herself into the legislative process by striking down the collective bargaining reform law, only to be overturned by the State Supreme Court which rejected challenges to the process used to pass it Now a different Dane County judge has struck the law down again, this time on the ground that state employees have a constitutional right to collectively bargain, and has reinstated the law as if the legislature never passed the reforms.
  • Jupiter Has Taken a Massive Meteor Hit (So Earth Didn’t Have To)

    09/12/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 9/12/12 | Jamie Condliffe
    On Monday, Jupiter took a massive hit from a meteor, which was spotted by amateur astronomers based in the US—and if previous evidence is anything to go by, it could have saved Earth from a massive collision in the process. Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin, was gazing at Jupiter on Monday when he saw a bright, white flash on the surface of the planet. When he posted his observation online, another astrophotographer, George Hall, discovered he'd unknowingly captured the massive explosion on video. Turns out it was probably a meteor striking the surface of the planet—and you can watch the...
  • Former Obama supporters say they back Romney this time (Wisconsin)

    09/11/2012 9:12:58 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 4 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Sept. 6, 2012 | By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel
    In 2008, Matthew Brewer said he voted for hope, change and Barack Obama for president. But this fall, he said, even though he said he doesn't agree with every policy proposed by Mitt Romney, he'll be voting for the Republican for president. "I think he has the right skill set," Brewer said Thursday, as Romney's Wisconsin campaign rolled out what it called an advisory board of Wisconsin Democrats for Romney. The group is comprised of 39 people from 29 cities...
  • Walker, Barrett in dead heat in recall showdown, poll says (Putting Perspective on the Polls)

    09/10/2012 4:01:15 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 2, 2012 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are locked in a dead-even race for governor, according to a poll released Wednesday by Marquette University Law School. The poll also showed Barrett leading his Democratic rivals in Tuesday's primary. The primary winner will face the Republican governor in the June 5 recall election.
  • Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Two Distinct Approaches to Governance

    09/10/2012 12:12:37 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-04 | Joshua Culling
    [Last week] in the 7:00 hour Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will address the Democratic National Convention. Why he was chosen to speak I have no idea; he is probably the worst governor in America. Illinois' budget is an absolute mess, even after Quinn's $7 billion tax income tax hike. He has shown no appetite for difficult political decisions and has ceded much of his governing authority to the unions who financed his election. But his speech is useful in that it will tie Gov. Quinn to another prominent Illinois Democrat - President Barack Obama. And it will contrast their strikingly...
  • In new ad, Romney promises 240K new jobs in Wis.

    09/09/2012 5:48:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he plans to create 240,000 jobs in Wisconsin if elected. He's airing a new commercial statewide starting Sunday. It's the first his campaign has paid for in Wisconsin. In the ad, he says Wisconsin isn't better off today under Democratic President Obama....
  • Flush with cash, Romney moves into Obama territory, upper Midwest states (Michigan and WI)

    09/09/2012 1:52:08 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Flush with cash, Mitt Romney plans to open a new front in the White House race by challenging President Barack Obama in upper Midwest states where he might not have dug in otherwise. Obama is intensifying his efforts to cast his Republican rival as out of touch, which he's already been working pretty hard at doing. This is the beginning of the homestretch to Election Day, when everything in the two campaigns goes into overdrive and a September or October surprise could upend it all. -snip- In the coming weeks, Romney's team is expected to pay for...
  • Romney Airs Ad in Wisconsin, Expands Electoral Map

    09/09/2012 11:25:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-8-12 | Tony Lee
    Mitt Romney’s campaign went on the air in Wisconsin on Sunday, expanding its advertising offensive against President Barack Obama and making a play for a state that would give Romney some much-needed breathing room on the electoral map. The commercial is the 16th “Better Future” advertisement Romney has released in nine swing states since Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in an attempt to blunt any momentum Obama may have received coming out of the convention. Each ad is specifically tailored for each state and various demographics. “This president can ask us to be patient,” Romney says in the...
  • Romney Begins Wisconsin Ad Campaign

    09/09/2012 6:21:57 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 15 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 09/08/2012 | CAC
    When the Badger state comes in red, you can all have what I'm having: Wisconsin is a big target. It has been the whole damn time. All the groaning and eeyoring by folks over it's absence in the first release was weak-kneed silliness, as much as the fretting over "120% turnout in Madison" was for the recall. Team Romney is going to attack a vastly larger map than what McCain was desperately trying to win avoid embarrassment and hold in 08. Enjoy that bounce from the convention while you can, President Obama. The ads and GOTV rollout begins now, and...
  • Romney WILL play in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

    09/07/2012 10:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | September 7, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    When the Romney-Ryan ticket announced a major ad campaign in eight states last night, the media noted that Wisconsin and Michigan were not among them and then jumped to the conclusion that these states are no longer in play. Wrong. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told Right Turn that the campaign is “definitely not” abandoning these states. She told me: “Stay tuned.” The Romney-Ryan camp, I was told, has expensive ground games in these states, as well as in Pennsylvania. Saul provided the stats: Michigan * 21 offices across the state * More than 1 million voter contacts * Sixth most...
  • Is Team Obama spinning itself or us?

    09/05/2012 9:51:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    <p>My colleague Greg Sargent had a revealing interview with Obama political adviser David Plouffe. Plouffe asserted that President Obama is two to three points ahead in swing states and that, unlike past years, those undecided voters won’t break overwhelmingly for the challenger. The Obama team also thinks the Romney-Ryan welfare ad attack is no big deal. Obama’s approval and ballot numbers are under 50 percent with 100 percent name recognition? Not problematic. Sargent couches the sentiment as “cautiously optimistic,” although the underlying pronouncements are brash, to put it mildly.</p>
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • Three-Fifths of Milwaukee’s Black Voters Have Vanished Without a Trace

    08/31/2012 7:40:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 85 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 31,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Democrats have feared for years that one of the particular challenges of running campaigns in 2012 would be simply locating their voters. The party’s constituencies (young people, immigrants, minorities) tend to be among the most mobile demographic groups. And as NPR speculated this week in an analysis of battleground-state foreclosure figures, the housing crisis will likely only have made things more difficult for Democrats looking for their supporters. But the voter file represented a fiction, or at least a reality that had rapidly become out of date. During those eight weeks, canvassers were able to successfully find and interact with...
  • Cheese Lovers Rejoice: Recently Discovered 40-Year-Old Cheddar To Be Sold (Oconto, Wisconsin)

    08/30/2012 7:42:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | August 30, 2012 | BARRY ADAMS
    Cheese lovers rejoice: Recently discovered 40-year-old cheddar to be sold When Edward Zahn decided in May to close his cheese shop in Oconto, he made a discovery that is going to drive cheese lovers more bonkers than the 15-year-old cheddar released by Hook's Cheese in Mineral Point in 2009. In the back of his walk-in cooler, Zahn, 73, found several wooden boxes of cheddar cheese from the now-closed County Line Cheese in Oconto that over the years had repeatedly been buried by incoming cheese products. The result is 40-year-old cheddar that makes up part of what is likely the oldest...
  • Ohio and Michigan Battleground State conservatives hold key to Obama Loss

    08/29/2012 10:29:53 AM PDT · by Kfobbs · 23 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 29, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    America is at a crucial tipping point in its illustrious history. The socialist minded presidential principles of Obama have joined with millions of illegal aliens who have been given a presidential pass to demand entry through your gates to rights and privileges given citizens. They can ignore federal and state citizenship laws, and walk openly into your cities to demand housing in your neighborhoods. Illegal aliens can insist upon free health care at your hospitals and soon sue for the right to the keys to your child’s college education. This is not the future in America…This is America today, this...
  • Congressman Breaks Hip at Constituent Meet-and-Greet (Jim Sensenbrenner)

    08/26/2012 4:09:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | August 26, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    One congressman won’t be able to attend the Republican National Convention after taking a nasty fall that required surgery. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was greeting constituents at a community event in Butler, Wis., yesterday when he “caught his foot on wires, tripped, and fell,” according to a statement from his office. The 69-year-old congressman suffered two bone fractures, one near his elbow and another at the hip socket. He underwent orthopaedic hip surgery today. “According to his surgeon, the Congressman is doing very well and is resting comfortably at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, WI,” Sensenbrenner’s office said. “As a result,...
  • Romney has made gains in all 11 swing states over the past few weeks

    08/23/2012 9:14:59 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 24, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    Good news for the GOP heading into their convention: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made gains in recent weeks in all 11 competitive swing states. This is based on data from RealClearPolitics, which computes a polling average for both candidates in each state based on recent surveys.
  • University of Colorado model predicts Romney win in November

    08/22/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 Aug 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — A University of Colorado economic model that has correctly predicted the last eight presidential elections shows Mitt Romney emerging as the victor in 2012. Ken Bickers, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Michael Berry, political science professor at the University of Colorado Denver, announced Wednesday that their state-by-state analysis shows the Republican capturing a majority of electoral votes. "Based on our forecasting model, it becomes clear that the president is in electoral trouble," said Mr. Bickers, who also serves as director of the CU in DC Internship Program. The results show President Obama...
  • Academic model: Romney will take 52.9% of the vote, 320 electoral votes

    08/22/2012 6:01:28 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 83 replies
    HotAir ^ | 08/22/2012 | Allahpundit
    Three reasons why: Economy, economy, economy. Supposedly, the model’s been accurate to within 20 or so electoral votes in every election since 1980. Dude? Using a state-by-state analysis of unemployment and per-capita income, academics Kenneth Bickers and Michael Berry of the University of Colorado project that Romney will win 52.9% of the popular vote and 320 electoral votes. The political scientists discuss their findings here. Their forecast suggests that President Obama will lose in almost all of the swing states, including North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida… Bickers said much of the polling thus...
  • Romney Camp Sees Upper Midwest Coming Into Play

    08/22/2012 5:08:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 22, 2012 | Erin McPike
    Lost amid the daily uproar over embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin's refusal to drop his Missouri bid is a growing effort by the GOP to spotlight a tightening presidential race in the Upper Midwest. The Republican National Committee has pounced on new polling data in Michigan and Wisconsin that show President Obama losing ground to Mitt Romney after the latter announced Paul Ryan as his running mate. And in what may -- or may not -- have been a coincidence, Vice President Joe Biden made a pair of campaign stops in Minnesota on Tuesday and will make several more in...
  • Bounce: New polls show Romney leading in Michigan, Wisconsin after Ryan pick

    08/21/2012 6:28:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2012 | AllahPundit
    We need some good news. Second look at stealing the midwest right out from under Obama's nose? PPP's first Wisconsin poll since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate finds him taking a small lead over Barack Obama in the state, 48-47. That represents a 7 point shift from PPP's last look at the state in early July, which found Obama ahead 50-44.The biggest change Ryan's selection seems to have brought about is the unification of the GOP. Romney's gone from a 78 point lead with Republicans on our last poll (87-9) to now an 88 point lead...
  • Romney pulls ahead in Michigan; Wisconsin a toss-up

    08/21/2012 2:55:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 21, 2012 | John Hayward
    Fox News in Detroit reports that a new poll shows Mitt Romney pulling substantially ahead of Barack Obama in Michigan. Romney is a native of the state, but it looks from this poll as if adding Paul Ryan to the ticket pushed him over the top. The poll, produced by Foster McCollum White Baydoun, showed Romney leading Obama in Michigan by 47 to 43 percent, which is just outside the poll’s 2.35 percent margin of error. Paul Ryan was said to make Michigan voters more likely to vote for Romney by an 8 percent margin. Ryan’s budget proposals, which are...
  • Ryan helps Romney to small lead in Wisconsin (SEVEN POINT jump since last month!)

    08/21/2012 2:38:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | August 21, 2012
    PPP's first Wisconsin poll since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate finds him taking a small lead over Barack Obama in the state, 48-47. That represents a 7 point shift from PPP's last look at the state in early July, which found Obama ahead 50-44. The biggest change Ryan's selection seems to have brought about is the unification of the GOP. Romney's gone from a 78 point lead with Republicans on our last poll (87-9) to now an 88 point lead with them (93-5). There's also been a tightening with independents. Obama still has a 4 point...
  • Poll to FReep

    08/21/2012 11:59:22 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 3 replies
    Madison.Com ^ | 8/22/2012 | not given
    Who will you vote for in the US Senate Race? Tammy B Tommy T I'm not sure I don't plan to vote