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  • The Blue-State Model Collapses in Connecticut

    03/07/2017 8:24:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/07/2017 | Stephen Eide
    Government finance is now the greatest source of controversy in Connecticut, owing to billion-dollar deficits and an epic debt load that ensures high taxes for many years to come. In national politics, Connecticut is deep blue: Its entire congressional delegation is Democratic, and it hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 28 years. But the GOP has recently notched strong gains in the state legislature. Though it’s far from clear which party will prevail, the fight for control of state government will depend on who can better respond to broad public recognition that Connecticut needs a new fiscal model....
  • DRUDGE - NEW MEXICO TURNS TOSS UP Trump only down by 2.

    11/07/2016 9:05:20 AM PST · by IVAXMAN · 47 replies
    This might be a surprise, Trump continues to trend up !!!
  • NeverTrumpers Are Wrong: A Blue State Conservative's Take

    09/03/2016 9:16:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/03/16 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    I have grave concerns when elected officials declare outright #NeverTrump, especially when they are Republicans. I am voting for Donald Trump, and I hope more "NeverTrumpers" do, too The United States is a great country. For too many Americans, though, they are not feeling it: sluggish economy, rampant terrorist attacks, defeated morale, both here and abroad. Corrosive, subversive scandals have engulfed the Obama administration (IRS, DOJ, Fast and Furious). Special interests are gaming the system in an unprecedented, disturbing fashion. Look what happened to Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Primary. The DNC (with disgraced Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schulz) was actively—illegally!—colluding to...
  • Trump's New York Values (Tim Russert NBC interview)

    01/15/2016 3:37:10 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 187 replies
    NBCNews via Youtube ^ | 1/14/16 | Jerry Livingston
    Trump singing a different tune just a short while back. FLIP FLOP campaign conservative.
  • Trump’s Trump Card: Blue-State Republicans; Reagan Democrats make him a force in the primaries

    01/13/2016 7:49:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Journal ^ | 01/13/2016 | Josh Kraushaar
    Even as Donald Trump holds commanding leads in presidential polling, I've maintained that an establishment candidate still has the inside track to winning the nomination. As my Cook Political Report colleague David Wasserman outlined, the rules of the game are designed to favor the success of more-moderate candidates. If Trump or Ted Cruz wins the early-state contests, the proportional rules of allocating delegates will prevent either from running up the score. And the winner-take all rules for many of the more moderate "blue" states on March 15 and beyond should favor a more pragmatic Republican down the stretch--at least on...
  • Narrow support for Trump (Massachusetts)

    10/11/2015 10:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Westborough News ^ | October 11, 2015 | Zachary Comeau, Daily News Staff
    At an event in Norwood in August, real estate mogul and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embraced Maureen Maloney, the mother of Matthew Denise of Milford. In August 2011, Denise was killed on his motorcycle when he was hit and dragged by a pickup truck driven by a drunken man, here in the country illegally. Denise was dragged a quarter mile, authorities said. His death became a lightning rod on the subject of undocumented immigrants. “Will you close the borders?” an emotional Maloney asked Trump at the event via an arranged meeting. Trump replied, “We’ll get them closed, believe...
  • Nearly 1,000 People Move From Blue States to Red States Every Day. Here’s Why.

    10/10/2015 8:05:43 AM PDT · by upchuck · 36 replies
    daily signal ^ | October 9, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    The so-called “progressives” love to talk about how their policies will create a worker’s paradise, but then why is it that day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states? The new Census data on where we live and where we moved to in 2014 shows that the top seven states with the biggest percentage increase in in-migration from other states are in order: North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. All of these states are red, except Colorado, which is purple. Meanwhile, the leading exodus states...
  • Breaking the Democrats' Electoral College Blue Wall Advantage

    05/11/2015 7:20:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/11/2015 | Richard Baehr
    Many savvy political analysts believe the Democrats have a built in advantage in the Electoral College. Democrats have won four of the last six Presidential elections, and in all six races, they have won a collection of 18 states plus the District of Columbia, now totaling 242 Electoral College votes. These states include all of the New England states except New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Democrats have won 5 of the last 6 Presidential contests in New Hampshire, Iowa, and New Mexico, three...
  • It’s not red state vs blue state. It’s city vs country

    04/11/2015 12:31:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As a resident of the upstate portion of New York (not the Big Apple) I have written frequently about the depressing, negative effects which liberal tax and spend policies combined with strangling regulatory burdens have had on the state, as well as the economic death spiral which has followed. Many of the complaints I hear from residents of the more rural, upstate region center on the unbalanced power held by New York City and the complete disconnect between the government and the more conservative, rural communities to the north and west. But even as a person studying and experiencing...
  • Solved: Why Poor States Are Red and Rich States Are Blue

    01/05/2015 2:34:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/05/2015 | Tim Worstall
    One of the great conundrums of the American political scene is why the poorer states, colloquially known as “red” states, tend to vote Republican or conservative, while the richer states, the “blue” ones (and let it be said that this is very confusing for this European, for over here the colours tend to work the other way around, red is Labour, or left wing) tend to vote Democrat. We would think that it should be the other way around, the poor people voting for more from that Great Big Pinata which is government. But it seems that there’s a simple...
  • Blue State Leftists Destroying Red States?

    12/07/2014 5:44:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | December 7, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Occasionally an analysis so turns your head that you have to do your own investigation to determine whether that analysis makes any sense. When it comes from the New York Times (the daily bible of the Left), one needs to take an extra hard look. Before the mid-term election two Times reporters asserted that blue-state voters are moving to red states and making them purple. Robert Gebeloff and David Leonhardt of the Times took a look at the people flooding out of blue states and moving to red states. They assert that this population flow has been going on for...
  • OR High Schools Adding ‘13th Grade’ to Boost State's On-Time Graduation Rate

    10/24/2014 11:52:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Joseph Perticone
    ( -- Some high schools in Oregon are creating an optional “13th grade” in order to provide students with another year of academic support while boosting the state's on-time graduation rate. Starting with the Class of 2014, hundreds of students who have completed four years of high school but have not received their diplomas will be considered “graduates" for statistical purposes. At 69 percent statewide, Oregon had the second-lowest graduation rate in the nation for the Class of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Congressmen: Obama Using 'Cloward-Piven Maneuver'

    06/12/2014 5:47:50 AM PDT · by aj2me · 33 replies
    WND ^ | June 12, 2014 | JEROME R. CORSI
    wo U.S. congressmen tell WND they believe the flooding of America’s Southwest border with thousands of illegal-alien children seeking government handouts and citizenship is the intended outcome of policies by the Obama administration derived from a strategy by radical sociologists to transform America into a socialist state. Read more at
  • Proof that conservatives don't hate government (like libs say) and NOBODY trusts liberals to run it

    04/08/2014 4:03:17 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-8-14 | The Looking Spoon
    True story... I actually took the liberty of color coding this chart to illustrate just how crappy the blue states are when it comes to trust. The top ranked blue state is 17th place New Jersey, AND it's governor is a Republican (Chris Christie) embroiled in a trust-violating scandal (Bridgegate).Liberals will look at this and see contradiction, because they're not very smart. In reality the red state governments receive more trust probably because they are LESS intrusive instead of MORE in the lives of the people in those states.A government that governs less governs best.
  • Ed Gillespie Announces U.S. Senate Run in Virginia

    01/16/2014 4:33:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Republican political consultant and former White House aide Ed Gillespie announced his plan to run for U.S. Senate in Virginia Thursday morning. He will run against incumbent Mark Warner, a Democrat. Gillespie previously served as chairman of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2009 campaign and as a Republican National Committee chairman. He also co-founded government relations firm Quinn Gillespie and Associates. However, he faces a challenge of name recognition -- or lack thereof. "I don't think anybody in Virginia knows who Ed Gillespie is," said Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat representing Fairfax County. "I'll bet you if you check name...
  • Obamacare's Rocky Rollout Improves Republicans' 2014 Outlook

    12/13/2013 6:56:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 13, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Obamacare will be a vote-winner for Democrats in 2014. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the same thing. Perhaps they really believe that. But the numbers in polls conducted since Oct. 17, when the end of the government shutdown put the spotlight on the rollout of Obamacare, tell a different story. Democrats currently hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win a majority there. This looks to be within reach. Seven Democratic-held seats are up in states carried by Mitt Romney. And four...
  • America’s Coastal Royalty: The real national divide isn’t between red and blue states.

    11/28/2013 11:38:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America’s big decisions are made.</p> <p>They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. Those in Boston, New York, and Washington determine how our government works; what sort of news, books, art, and fashion we should consume; and whether our money and investments are worth anything.</p>
  • Lt. Gov. Dewhurst: Texas could turn blue if you get complacent

    09/30/2013 7:16:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/201 | Jazz Shaw
    I haven’t heard much from (or about) Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst since he came in second in his Senate primary race with Ted Cruz. But he’s still on the job in the Lone Star state and taking an active role in state politics. He probably raised eyebrows yesterday when he issued a potentially dire warning to his fellow Texas Republicans. AUSTIN, Texas — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said here on Saturday that Texas could turn blue if Republicans get “complacent.”“If we’re complacent, yeah, it could happen,” said Dewhurst, who last year lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the...
  • Philly schools begin rehiring after $50M promise

    08/17/2013 9:51:21 AM PDT · by haffast · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 8-17-2013 | KATHY MATHESON
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nearly broke Philadelphia schools will open on schedule next month thanks to $50 million in emergency aid. But will they be worth going to? That's the question parents are asking as the district begins to rehire about 1,000 pink-slipped workers, from assistant principals to guidance counselors. Many say the cash infusion is a paltry bandage on a district hemorrhaging red ink, and that the buildings will simply be shells — without sufficient resources or staff to offer students a safe and adequate learning environment. About 2,500 workers remain laid off. "We're all just kind of stunned...
  • 13 corrections officers indicted in Md., accused of aiding gang’s drug scheme

    04/24/2013 5:57:38 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2012 | Ann Marimow & John Wagner
    More than a dozen Maryland state prison guards helped a dangerous national gang operate a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars that involved cash payments, sex and access to fancy cars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment. The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon — one on her neck, the other on a...
  • President Blue State Flies to a Red State

    04/23/2013 4:03:00 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 24 replies ^ | April 23, 2013 | Greg C.
    President Obama is slated to fly to Texas Wednesday to attend a memorial in West, TX for the victims of the plant explosion there. On Thursday, he will attend the dedication of George W. Bush's Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  This will mark the President's third trip to a so-called "red state" since being re-elected. In contrast, he has made 18 trips to states that voted for him in the last election, what we are calling "blue states." To be fair, several of these blue states qualify as purple, such as Virginia...
  • Wal-Mart shopper accused of hunting deer in parking lot

    03/28/2013 5:11:27 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 46 replies
    cbs news ^ | 3/27/13 | cbs news
    A Pennsylvania man is facing several charges after wildlife officials say he went deer hunting in a Wal-Mart parking lot, according to CBS Pittsburgh station KDKA-TV. The Indiana Gazette reports 40-year-old Arcangelo Bianco Jr. fired several rounds from a handgun at a 10-point white-tailed deer from within the Burrell Township store's parking lot, and then bagged the animal. The alleged shooting happened last November, while Bianco was shopping at the store and then saw the buck in the parking lot. The deer ran around a corner of the store, and Bianco hopped out of his truck, gun in hand, and...
  • Recovery Leaves One Red State With the Blues

    03/08/2013 10:49:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 8, 2013 | Matt Towery
    Being a native of Atlanta, I always resented media depictions and popular culture images of Georgia as a state where everyone wore overalls, had three teeth in their head, and liberally used terms like "ain't" and "gonna" in their daily vocabulary. The problem is when reality programs like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" depict exactly that, well, it starts to become a losing battle. In the past, I would have written how metropolitan Atlanta has a population of nearly 6 million, many of whom are from somewhere other than Georgia. I would have noted that race relations in the state...
  • A Way Out of the Wilderness for the GOP

    02/06/2013 12:54:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 6, 2013 | Ed Lasky
    Republicans hold a weak hand in Washington but a stronger grip in states where voters have entrusted them with power. Performances there can boost not just the Republican image but bring the party back to power in Washington. More importantly, they can show conservative principles work. The "Red State Model" can, in the Wall Street Journal's words, "Drive Republican Revival." Walter Russell Meade, one of our most brilliant thinkers, has written quite perceptively about the collapse of what he calls "the blue model." These are states that have been firmly in the hands of the Democratic Party and their allies...
  • New York Mayor Warns Of "Waco-Style Standoff" Over Gun Control Laws (King-R)

    01/18/2013 11:31:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 81 replies
    RCP ^ | 18 JAN 13 | staff
    "Most people are law-abiding citizens and may go ahead and sell those or turn those over, but you're going to have a fraction of people that are going to take a stand, and I can just predict a Waco-style standoff in some rural area and it's not going to end well," Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King (R) said about New York state's new gun control laws that Gov. Cuomo recently signed into law.
  • When Will Death Spiral States Impose Taxes On Fleeing Citizens? (coming to a Blue State near you)

    12/18/2012 8:57:46 PM PST · by Be Careful · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 17, 2012 | By Bill Frezza
    One of the most fascinating characteristics of government borrowing - whether at the local, state, or federal level - is that debts contracted over time are obligations tied to specific geographical boundaries but not to the citizens living there when those debts were incurred. For example, while it's customary to say that each of the 210,000 residents of Stockton, California, are on the hook for their share of the bankrupt municipality's estimated $700 million in unpaid bills, the day one of them picks up and moves, personal responsibility for that debt drops to zero.
  • Ohioans’ Food Stamp Aid to be Reduced

    11/12/2012 11:50:23 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 71 replies
    Blade ^ | November 12, 2012 | Kate Giammarise
    Benefit to fall $50 a month starting in January Ohio families receiving food stamps could get an unwelcome surprise come January: $50 less every month in assistance. For the 869,000 households enrolled in the program for the poorest Ohioans, that could amount to about $520 million annually out of the grocery budgets. Because of the way the federal government calculates utility expenses for people receiving the benefit, a mild winter nationwide last year, and a lower price for natural gas, many families could experience a significant cut in aid, those familiar with the program say. Recipients should get a letter...
  • ’13 health premium will top $2,000

    11/11/2012 4:37:28 AM PST · by gotribe · 60 replies ^ | 11/11/2012 | Ben Sutherly
    As local employees sign up for their 2013 benefits, many are learning that they’ll lose a bigger chunk of their paychecks to health-care costs. For the first time, central Ohio employers will deduct, on average, more than $2,000 from their workers’ paychecks next year to help pay ever-pricier health-care premiums, according to a recent survey by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. The survey included 113 employers in the Columbus area that represent 79,000 employees. Cost-shifting is just one way that employers have long tried to handle higher health-care costs. Local health-benefit experts say they’re seeing several other strategies emerge, too. For...
  • Fox: Staten Island people in the streets fighting one another for food, water, clothing

    11/02/2012 7:13:59 AM PDT · by pabianice · 160 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/2/12
    The excremental liberal press is boycotting coverage of this to protect Obama but Fox is covering it. Staten Island has received zero help after four days. Bloomberg has stolen three huge generators to power marathon tents and given no help to the people of Staten Island. The entire borough is a ruined disaster. No food, no water, no gasoline, the homeless wandering across the island with no shoes, no socks, injured, starving, crying for help from camera crews. People fighting one another over dumpster garbage. Death toll rising. Another Liberal success story.
  • Looters 'swipe' up the mess in chaos zones (NYC: Post-Sandy Looting Starting)

    10/31/2012 4:20:09 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 104 replies
    New York Post ^ | 31 October 2012 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER, FRANK ROSARIO and JOSH SAUL
    <p>Hurricane Sandy brought out the worst yesterday in some sleazy New Yorkers, who looted stores and homes across the city.</p> <p>Some posed as Con Ed workers to dupe their victims.</p> <p>Police arrested more than a dozen looters in the Rockaways and Coney Island, which had been evacuated, and stood guard outside ravaged stores at the South Street Seaport. “This morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets],” said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach. “Guys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick.” Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers...</p>
  • Red State, Blue State: To The New Republic’s Cohn, red states are “a social Darwinist’s paradise

    10/22/2012 6:53:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/22/2012 | William Voegeli
    Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic argues that it’s getting easier, but more alarming, to differentiate Blue from Red America. The one “looks more and more like Scandinavia, while the other increasingly resembles a social Darwinist’s paradise.” In TNR’s current issue, Cohn examines, with the help of some academic researchers, the strength of the safety nets in blue and red states. The former he defines as those states carried by the Democratic presidential nominee in each of the past three elections. (That roster comprises California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey,...
  • Obama to lose Illinois?

    10/06/2012 2:47:45 PM PDT · by dialup_pundit · 117 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10/06/2012 | Bruce K.
    When an incumbent Democratic president is virtually tied in a congressional district he carried by high double digits in 2008, and is losing in the suburbs of his hometown, there could be trouble brewing. In August, a poll by the Joliet, Ill.-based polling firm of McKeon and Associates, found President Obama leading challenger Mitt Romney in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, by a 12-point margin 49-37. That would seem to be a comfortable edge, but it is significantly smaller than traditional margins needed to outweigh the more Republican downstate vote... Now comes a new poll from WeAskAmerica...
  • CALIFORNIA: Stunning vote gap in Contra Costa supervisor race traced to multiple factors

    06/09/2012 8:20:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/9/12 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    The 32˝-point margin of victory in Danville Mayor Candace Andersen's win Tuesday over college board President Tomi Van de Brooke in the Contra Costa supervisor election is a stunner. Internal polling reportedly showed Andersen's strong ballot designation -- mayor and attorney -- gave her a boost but "not 30 points worth," one political consultant observed wryly. Some of those points were undoubtedly due to Andersen's higher name recognition in the San Ramon Valley, where she has held public office for nearly a decade and where the population outnumbers the northern part of the district in Lamorinda. But other than a...
  • Whispering the Truth in Obama's America

    05/22/2012 6:22:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-22-12 | Stella Paul
    The other day, I called a friend and interrupted her mid-cry. She'd just returned from putting her only son on a plane to China, where he was moving after giving up on getting a job here. The next day in the supermarket, I bumped into another friend, looking downcast. She told me her only son was planning his move to Hong Kong, after a fruitless year-long search for a job in the financial sector. "Obama's destroying the economy," she told me; then she looked nervously around at our hyper-Blue State neighbors. "I feel like I have to whisper, or they're...
  • Shock Poll: Obama only Leading Mitt Romney by 4-Points in the Very Blue State of Oregon – 5/11/12

    05/11/2012 3:42:58 PM PDT · by Justaham · 43 replies
    A new Survey USA Poll shows President Barack Obama only leading Gov. Mitt Romney by four-points in the very blue state of Oregon. The new poll puts Obama ahead 47%-43% over Romney, in a state where Obama won in 2008 by 16%. In a Survey USA Poll done in Oregon in mid-March 2012, Obama held an 11-point lead, 50%-39%.
  • CALIFORNIA: 12 seek House seat in District 2, liberal sanctuary

    04/15/2012 11:22:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/15/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    The redrawn congressional district that stretches along the Pacific Ocean from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border is a political world like no other. The open seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma is one of the few places in the United States where all but the two Republican candidates are running to the left of President Obama.For the eight Democrats and two left-leaning candidates who decline to state a party preference, the district is a progressive sanctuary where longtime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart headlines a fundraiser and campaign trail visits from liberal icons...
  • Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party

    04/01/2012 2:26:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | MARCH 31, 2012 | Tom Joslin
    Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party Marketing research company Strategic Vision recently completed a study that sought to identify what new vehicles found the most favor with Democrats and Republicans. After 38,000 responses the study revealed some rather interesting results. The most popular vehicle of those who self identified as members of Republican Party was the not so conservative Ford Mustang Convertible, followed by the Audi A8, Mercedes GL, Ford Expedition and Ford F-150. In fact it seems convertibles are a big hit with members of the Grand Old Party, who were responsible for 69% of...
  • Why do so many people hate California?

    02/23/2012 1:31:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 131 replies · 2+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/23/12 | Emily Wilkins, Hearst Washington Bureau
    Surf. Sun. Disneyland. What’s not to love about California? Well, apparently, a lot of things. In a poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Polling, California was the least popular state in the United States. Only 27 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Golden State compared to the 44 percent who view it unfavorably. “There’s this arrogance about Californians,” said Patrick Dorinson, a radio host in California who refers to himself as the Cowboy Libertarian. “Californians still think it’s this great star. It’s a tarnished star at this point.” The gap of 17 points puts California far...
  • Obama widens lead over GOP rivals in California

    02/23/2012 7:44:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/23/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    With the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in increasing disarray, Democratic President Obama has significantly strengthened his hand in California, where his margin over his strongest GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, has doubled in the past three months, a new Field Poll shows. Obama leads the former Massachusetts governor by 20 percentage points, 55-35, in the nation's most-populous state. Independent voters, who will be critical in the November election, prefer the president 59 to 27 percent, the poll found. The president has an even more commanding lead - of 28 points - over former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania,...
  • Caterpillar won't build North American plant in Illinois

    02/09/2012 6:52:11 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 33 replies
    PEORIA -- Caterpillar Inc. will not be building its new North American plant anywhere in the state of Illinois, officials with the company told local leaders Tuesday, with part of the reason being continued concerns about the business climate in the state. The company will instead focus on a location closer to its division headquarters in Cary, N.C., Peoria County officials were told in an email sent to them shortly after the close of business and later obtained by the Journal Star. The plant stood to bring with it from Japan roughly 1,000 jobs manufacturing track-type tractors and mini hydraulic...
  • California GOP chief eyes statewide election strategy to boost initiatives, candidates

    01/26/2012 8:19:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/26/12 | Torey Van Oot
    While blue California is almost certain to go for President Barack Obama come November, California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro sees opportunity for the GOP to be a major force from the presidential race down.Del Beccaro laid out his strategy and expectations for the 2012 election in a Wednesday interview with The Bee Capitol Bureau.>Can the Republican Party play at all against Obama in California? The Republican Party historically in California has sent money to other states. So we do have an impact, regardless of whether this particular state is in play. … It will look like a competitive...
  • Fortress Blue, Fortress Red, The partisan bedrock of the new House

    10/20/2011 4:40:02 PM PDT · by randita · 16 replies
    Center for Politics ^ | 10/20/11 | Kyle Kondik
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said that “There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.” If so, he would’ve hated where the House is headed for the next decade, because by and large it likely won’t have all that many good fights. Instead of looking at the House through the competitive races, consider instead the uncompetitive races — the large number of seats that should be safe for one party or the other for the foreseeable future. Based on the latest Crystal Ball ratings, less than one in four of the 435 House seats will be competitive next...
  • Older Democratic politicians clogging up the waiting line

    08/22/2011 1:17:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/22/11 | Dan Walters
    The new congressional, legislative and Board of Equalization districts drawn by an independent commission made a long-evident political reality official: California, once a Republican bastion, is now solidly, even overwhelmingly, Democratic. Democrats will control the Legislature – with two-thirds majorities in reach – and the congressional delegation. And while it may not be impossible for a Republican to win statewide office, as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Poizner demonstrated, it's at best unlikely, even when lavishly self- financed, ŕ la Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. California's most important political contests will either be over the state's biennial spate of ballot measures,...
  • CALIFORNIA: New political boundaries released

    08/15/2011 3:12:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    For the first time in state history, an independent group of citizens has redrawn California's political districts, approving a set of maps this morning that are expected to help Democrats garner more power in the solidly blue state. The 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district boundaries for the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization on a 13-1 vote, with one Republican - Michael Ward of Anaheim - opposing the lines. Another Republican member, Jodie Filkins Webber of Norco, joined Weber to vote against the Congressional boundaries. In a written statement, Weber charged that the commission broke the law...
  • New Orleans Cops Guilty of Conspiracy in Katrina Shooting

    08/06/2011 6:43:05 AM PDT · by bkopto · 7 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | August 5, 2011 | Adam Martin
    A federal jury in New Orleans on Friday handed down all guilty verdicts on 25 counts in the infamous Danziger Bridge shooting case, in which current and former New Orleans police officers were charged with civil rights violations, conspiracy charges, and weapons charges in the shooting deaths of unarmed civilians following Hurricane Katrina. In the infamous debacle in the chaotic days after the 2005 storm, police allegedly opened fire on a group that was crossing the bridge out of town, then lied after the fact, saying they had been fired upon and planting a gun on one of the victims....
  • Will California remap give Democrats two-thirds majorities

    07/19/2011 9:09:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/19/11 | Dan Walters
    Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature were frustrated this year in seeking a few Republican votes to close the state's budget deficit by asking voters to approve billions of dollars in tax extensions. Support from at least two Republicans in both legislative houses was needed for the two-thirds majorities required to pass the special election constitutional amendment that Brown and Democrats sought. As the months-long talks collapsed, the Democrats said they'd try to pick up enough seats in the 2012 elections to secure two-thirds margins, thereby cutting the GOP out of future tax issues. And the...
  • Latest report: Obama's REALLY big donors come from CA, Bay Area

    07/18/2011 6:00:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 7/18/11 | Joe Garofoli - Chronicle Political Writer
    The Obama re-elect campaign has released a list of its top bundlers -- think big-money donors who also arm-twist their pals into giving -- and no surprise, roughly a quarter of the $34 miiiiiiiiiiiiilllion raised this way came from California. Of the 244 individuals who have harvested millions for The O re-elect, 56 were from California. Any wonder why the guy visits so often? And we thought it was because of the views...
  • GOP candidates court votes in blue Maryland

    06/19/2011 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 19, 2011 | John Fritze,
    ....Four years ago, in an effort to increase the region's influence during the presidential campaign, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia held their nominating votes on the same Tuesday in February, creating what came to be known as the "Potomac primary." Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain won in Maryland en route to capturing their parties' nominations. But under pressure from the national parties, the Maryland General Assembly moved the 2012 primary back to April. The later date will also help elections officials comply with a new federal law giving military and overseas voters more time to receive and...
  • CALIFORNIA: Kamala Harris claims victory in attorney general race

    11/30/2010 12:44:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/30/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris claimed victory in the hard fought race for state attorney general today, the deadline for counties to finish counting votes. "We did it," said the Democrat, who will be the state's first female, first African-American and first Indian-American attorney general when she is sworn in next month. Speaking in front of a room full of supporters in Los Angeles, Harris listed tackling mortgage fraud, the state's 70 percent recidivism rate, environmental issues and civil rights as some of her priorities.
  • Dan Walters: A pent-up agenda awaits Jerry Brown

    11/14/2010 9:02:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/14/10 | Dan Walters
    Consider this factoid of California political history: In the last 70 years, just one governor finished his term of office and handed it off to someone of the same party. Voters' habit of switching parties in gubernatorial elections has created a cycle. While governors must work with the Legislature to achieve their policy goals, they can unilaterally veto bills and appropriations. Thus, while liberal interest groups can usually achieve their aims in a reliably Democratic Legislature, they are often thwarted by a Republican governor's vetoes, creating a pent-up agenda that bursts forth when a Democratic governor is installed. We saw...