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  • Could undocumented immigrants decide tight battle between Rep. Michael Grimm and Domenic Recchia?

    10/22/2014 3:04:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Staten Island Advance ^ | October 22, 2014 | By Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Voter registration drives in immigrant-heavy neighborhoods here have raised concerns about how the city Board of Elections makes certain that only U.S. citizens be allowed to vote, as mandated by law. But there is little that the BOE does to ensure that. The issue is a pressing one given the neck-and-neck House battle between Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/New York) and Democratic challenger Domenic M. Recchia Jr., a race that many believe will hinge on a relative handful of votes. Given that those in immigrant populations are seen as more likely to vote Democratic, some Republicans...
  • Final Florida governor’s debate

    10/22/2014 9:26:33 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE ^ | STEVE BOUSQUET AND MARY ELLEN KLAS
    JACKSONVILLE In a fast-paced final debate Tuesday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist displayed their mutual contempt to a national TV audience in the home stretch of the costliest and meanest campaign in the country. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article3213936.html#storylink=cpy
  • Thousands of Gov. Walker-Related Emails Released

    10/21/2014 11:08:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2014 | By SCOTT BAUER
    Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was a county executive were released Tuesday, prompting allegations from Walker and other Republicans that the timing two weeks before the election was politically motivated. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office made public the nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized from county and personal computers during the investigation that ended in 2013. Walker was never charged but six of his aides and associates were convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office. The documents' release...
  • WaPo Describes Charlie Crist's Bizarre Obsession With Sweat

    10/21/2014 7:31:46 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 21, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Sweat. It is one of the great afflictions of our era and must be prevented at all costs, even in humid Florida weather. Fortunately we have a visionary who is leading the way in combatting the appearance of even one sweat bead on the skin...Charlie Crist. While most of the mainstream media was inferring that Florida governor Rick Scott was somehow unreasonable for objecting to Charlie Crist breaking the rules to place a fan between his legs during last week's debate, Terrence McCoy of the Washington Post describes Charlie Crists bizarre obsession with preventing sweat at all times. So let...
  • Clinton: Midterm Elections Should Motivate Women

    10/20/2014 5:12:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 20, 2014 | By LISA LEFF
    Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying Monday that working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. The former secretary of state made the remarks during a sold-out women's luncheon in San Francisco that raised $1.4 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "It's truly regrettable that despite all the great work Nancy did and President Obama, given what was inherited when the president came into office that we are having to work so hard to elect and...
  • Obama's Ebola Czar Is A Dangerous Mistake: Here Are Three Who Could Do The Job

    10/20/2014 11:28:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 19, 2014 | by Steve Forbes
    President Obama made a monumental mistake in appointing a political hack, Ron Klain, as the Ebola czar. He must undo his error now and give the job to someone of stature and genuine ability. In alphabetical order, here are three individuals the President should consider immediately for this crucial post: –Michael Bloomberg. He’s not a physician, but from his extensive work with (and donations to) the medical school and hospital at Johns Hopkins University and other medical institutions, he has gained an enormous amount of knowledge. –Ben Carson. A gifted neurosurgeon and former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins...
  • 2014’s ‘Clinton Democrats’ crashing and burning

    10/19/2014 5:57:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 19, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    For all the analysis which correctly notes that associating with President Barack Obama is no relief for Democrats running in 2014, particularly those in red states, it is those Democratic politicians running as “Clinton Democrats” who are watching their campaigns implode. “Self-proclaimed Clinton Democrats are struggling this election cycle, and not even their powerful namesakes may be enough to save them,” The Hill reported on Sunday. “Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have tried to turn on their charms to help centrist Democrats in Kentucky and Arkansas. But as candidates in both states are slipping, help from the party’s preeminent power...
  • Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

    10/19/2014 3:18:17 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 69 replies
    reuters ^ | – 19 minutes ago | By Jeff Mason
    Reuters/Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives for a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (R) at a High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland October 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin L …more UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats,...
  • NRSC Shifts Resources to Six States

    10/19/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Updated: October 18, 2014 | Alexis Levinson
    With less than four weeks until Election Day, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure arm is shifting resources to increase its investment in six states, including South Dakota and Georgia. The NRSC has moved $1 million to South Dakota, plus another $1.45 million to Georgia. In South Dakota, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a $1 million television ad buy this week, on the heels of tightening poll numbers that showed its candidate, Rick Weiland, gaining ground. In Georgia, a new poll suggests a runoff is likely. The NRSC also is upping its investment in four other states: Alaska,...
  • 'Obama Hasn't Had Your Back': Priebus Zings Wasserman Schultz With Reference to Politico Story

    10/19/2014 12:52:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Non-political junkies might not have noticed, but Reince Priebus got in a real zinger against Debbie Wasserman Schultz today. In a joint appearance on Fox News Sunday, DNC Chair DWS claimed that the key question for voters will be "who has my back?" Shot back RNC Chairman Priebus: "the President hasn't had anybody's back: not even your back." That was a reference to the Politco story "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz" reporting on President Obama's disdain for Debbie. Since 2012, the White House has wanted to dump DWS as DNC Chair. She is so shut out of meetings with...
  • martin luther king, jr. niece: 'moral bankruptcy' ruling washington d.c. under obama

    10/19/2014 12:45:55 PM PDT · by tinyowl · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    There is a “moral bankruptcy” that’s settled into leadership of America in the White House and throughout Washington, D.C., Dr. Alveda King—the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.—said in an interview Friday morning. “All of our leaders—or many of our leaders—are just morally bankrupt right now,” King said when asked if President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have helped or hurt the black community in America. “They’re not calling on God. We still stay ‘In God We Trust’ and ‘One Nation Under God’ but we’re not practicing that. We need to call on God. There’s a moral bankruptcy in...
  • Rasmussen: Connecticut Governor: Foley (R) 50%, Malloy (D) 43%

    10/19/2014 9:38:22 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 24 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 19, 2014 | Rasmussen Reports
    Republican challenger Tom Foley still leads Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy in their Connecticut gubernatorial rematch as voters continue to grumble about the job Malloy has done over the past four years. Foley now picks up 50% of the vote to Malloy’s 43% in a new statewide telephone survey of Likely Connecticut Voters. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
  • As midterm campaigns enter stretch run, Ebola and other twists set stage for drama

    10/19/2014 2:01:06 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 18, 2014 | Phillip Rucker
    Republicans are bullish that they will win control of the Senate, make small gains in the House and retain many governor’s offices this year. But just over two weeks from Election Day, fears about Ebola and Islamic State militants, along with sudden, surprising scrambles in key states, have added new volatility to the 2014 campaign. The political climate clearly favors Republicans, buoyed by President Obama’s record-low popularity and a voter-enthusiasm advantage. However, the kind of wave that lifted Republicans in 1994 and 2010 has eluded them, in part because the GOP brand also is damaged. Voters are restive and dissatisfied...
  • The Democrats’ embarrassing attempt to blame Republican for Ebola collapses

    10/19/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Projection is a powerful phenomenon, and the American people have been subject to a perfectly cynical display of psychological projection from Democrats this week as the increasing likelihood that the party in power is going to endure a stinging censure from the voters on November 4. Democrats have spent the better part of the week insisting that Republicans who have urged the president to take stronger measures to contain Ebola in the United States, which he did on Friday with the creation of a federal Ebola response coordinator, are stoking unwarranted fears among the public. At the same time, liberals...
  • Pat Roberts Finds No Place Like Home

    10/19/2014 1:45:35 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 17, 2014 | Alexis Levinson
    Dozens of cows trumpeted in the pens out back as Sen. Pat Roberts made his pitch to attendees at a livestock market. Pat Roberts Finds No Place Like Home“When we get a Republican majority, I’ll be chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and we are gonna put the livestock producer first,” Roberts told the crowd from a room behind the then-empty cow pen, where the auctioneer had briefly paused his chant to allow the state’s senior senator to address the crowd. The lone man in a suit jacket in a crowd of denim, plaid, cowboy hats and baseball caps, Roberts...
  • Why Mary Landrieu’s Vaunted ‘Charm’ Is Failing

    10/19/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | October 15, 2014 | Ellen Carmichael
    Much has been made of the charisma deficit between Louisiana’s Democratic senator Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Representative Bill Cassidy. Beltway media have long suggested that her family ties and New Orleans accent could insulate Landrieu from attacks on her record. They’ve noted, too, that Cassidy, a public-health doctor who specializes in the treatment of liver diseases, appears robotic and rigid, unlike the vivacious Louisianans he’d like to represent in the U.S. Senate. Cassidy’s strong debate performance Tuesday evening surprised friends and foes alike who thought meeting Landrieu, a 34-year political veteran and member of a New Orleans...
  • Kay Hagan's October Surprise

    10/19/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Campaigning for the Senate in 2012, former Harvard law professor cum left-wing populist Elizabeth Warren touched down in North Carolina and told voters, “The game is rigged.” She was more right than she knew. As it turns out, North Carolina’s Democratic senator was doing some of the rigging. Now, Kay Hagan’s political future may depend on how voters react to the story. Hagan’s vote for the 2009 stimulus, coupled with revelations that the legislation resulted in taxpayer funding for her family’s businesses, has emerged as an October surprise in a race hitherto marked by her unexpected resilience in a difficult...
  • Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to 2 Vice Presidents, Is Named to Lead Ebola Response

    10/17/2014 3:46:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | by JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama on Friday named Ron Klain, a seasoned Democratic crisis-response operative and White House veteran, to manage the government’s response to the deadly virus as public anxiety grows over its possible spread. Mr. Klain, a former chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joseph R. Biden Jr., is known for his ability to handle high-stakes and fast-moving political challenges. He was the lead Democratic lawyer for Mr. Gore during the 2000 election recount, and was later played by Kevin Spacey in the HBO drama “Recount” about the disputed contest. Mr. Klain’s appointment, announced by a White House...
  • Texas Health Care Workers Who Treated Ebola Patient Told to Stay Out of Public Places

    10/17/2014 3:04:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014 | By GILLIAN MOHNEY
    Hospital workers who treated the Ebola patient who died at a Texas hospital are being asked to stay away from any public space for 21 days. The Texas Department of State Health Services has asked the approximately 70 health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who entered the room of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan to stay home while they are being monitored during the 21-day Ebola incubation period.
  • Watch Joni Ernst Thoroughly Embarrass Bruce Braley When He Tries to Lecture Her About Iraq

    10/17/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    <p>Last night trial attorney Bruce Braley and Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst squared off in a final debate before voters heads to the polls in November and choose their next U.S. Senator from Iowa.</p>
  • First lady to headline Charlie Crist rally [Friday, 10/17]

    10/17/2014 4:16:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 10/14/14 | Anthony Man
    ....ama is headlining a South Florida rally on Friday to gin up enthusiasm for Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist. She's the latest top tier political celebrity to come to the Sunshine State to boost Crist is his campaign to unseat Gov. Rick Scott. Doors open for the event, at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex Gymnasium, 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens, at 2:45 p.m. The event doesn't start for another two hours.
  • Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate: 14-Year-Olds Can Have an Abortion Without Parental Consent

    10/16/2014 4:51:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16 | Ky Sisson
    Attention parents in Arizona: Fred DuVal is totally okay with your child (14-years-old, for example) to have an abortion unbeknownst to you. Why? DuVal believes "reproductive freedom" should lie solely in the hands of your children, not you. DuVal was being interviewed at a private event in a church where he shared his stance on abortions for minors: Host: "Notarized parental consent? Parental notification?"DuVal: "[sigh] Uh, consent, no. Because I believe that then gives the choice of reproductive freedom to the parents and not to the expectant mother and I believe the expectant mother has that…"Host: "And she’s 14…"DuVal: "Yeah." Watch how nonchalant he is...
  • Debate organizers say Crist broke the rules by insisting on fan

    10/16/2014 11:20:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 10/16/2014 | Steve Bousquet
    The organizers of Wednesday's statewide TV debate between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist released a statement Thursday saying that Crist's insistence on having a portable electric fan was a violation of debate rules. Crist adviser Dan Gelber hotly disputes the organizers' accounts and said FPA president Dean Ridings accepted a document with a handwritten notation that included the words "with understanding that debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary." The statement from Leadership Florida reads in part: "Both campaigns received a letter in advance from the debate organizers (FPA and LF) stating the format,...
  • Crist vs. Scott debate, backstory and Scott update [title amended for length]

    10/16/2014 5:33:24 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/16/2014 | Aaron Blake
    Update 8:17 a.m.: Scott's campaign now says he didn't refuse to take the stage and that it was a mix-up -- though it acknowledges that the fan was at issue in the moments before the debate. From Scott campaign manager Melissa Sellers: "So, let's get one thing clear: Rick Scott never refused to take the stage and debate. In fact, our campaign was not notified Charlie had even taken the stage because the last we heard, Crist was in an 'emergency meeting' with debate organizers pleading for his precious fan. "But Charlie Crist can bring his fan, microwave, and toaster...
  • Florida TV: Crist ads ALL MORNING are right after Scott ads. By design?

    10/16/2014 5:43:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    10/16/14
    Yesterday was the governor's debate....Today I tune in to local Miami TV....and though I haven't been watching all morning and every channel all the time (I have a life), I am noticing something new. Every Rick Scott commercial I have seen has been IMMEDIATELY followed by a Charlie Crist commercial....as if the Crist campaign has arranged for special "rebuttal" time after every Rick Scott ad. Am I being kooky?
  • Charlie Crist Violates Debate Rules, Forces Debate Delay

    10/15/2014 6:25:22 PM PDT · by South40 · 80 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    In violation of debate rules agreed to by both political campaigns, the ideologically-fluid Charlie Crist had his podium modified with a foreign object in order to keep him more comfortable at the beginning of the Florida gubernatorial debate, causing a delay until both sides could come to a resolution. The Scott campaign eventually acquiesced to Crist's "request" that the debate rules be changed in order for Crist's comfort. The Crist campaign, for their part, maintains that they always requested a modification to the rules - but it's a modification clearly unseen and not agreed to by the Scott campaign.
  • President Obama, Ebola and the total collapse of credibility

    10/16/2014 5:49:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2014 | By Monica Crowley
    Less than two weeks ago, the government told us that the Ebola virus couldn’t spread here. Also, the Internal Revenue Service isn’t targeting, the Islamic State is JV, Iraq is secure, the National Security Agency isn’t eavesdropping, Benghazi was about a video, the economy is getting better and you can keep your health plan. The crisis of confidence in government has now reached epidemic levels, just in time for the government to bungle a possible actual epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to be among the few government agencies that were supposed to be incorruptible by...
  • Mayor: More Immigrant Families Freed Than Deported

    10/16/2014 5:20:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 15, 2014 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA
    One of three centers used for detaining Central American families who have entered the U.S. illegally this year has started releasing many more detainees than it deports, a New Mexico city official said. Federal immigration authorities reported 61 releases and no deportations last week at the Artesia Family Residential Center in southeastern New Mexico, Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch said. The numbers show a dramatic change from the center's first two weeks, when 135 people were deported and 12 were released, according to figures provided to Burch by ICE officials.
  • Republicans Are Pressing the ISIS Fear Button Hard for Midterm Votes

    10/15/2014 6:58:11 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 15, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    Republicans Are Pressing the ISIS Fear Button Hard for Midterm Votes Jihadis pouring across the border. Obama powerless to respond to the chaos. Democrats out to lunch. That’s the picture GOP campaigns and political groups are painting—and it’s working . As the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria flails, Republican congressional candidates and political action groups are spending at breakneck speeds to attach the calamity to Democratic incumbents in vulnerable seats, and the worse it gets overseas, the worse it gets for those Democrats.
  • Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election

    10/15/2014 2:11:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2014
    Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1. Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, said in a Monday column in USA Today that “when it comes to a lack of openness and transparency about Obamacare, this administration has no...
  • President Obama Stuck as Bystander With Senate in Balance

    10/15/2014 1:41:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 15, 2014 | By Rick Klein
    President Obama’s agenda is on the ballot next month. This we know from the president himself. Now we also know where that same president will actually be during the three weeks before Election Day. Barring last-minute additions, he will be nowhere near where the election is actually playing out in the most important manner: the races that will determine control of the Senate. Based on polls, it’s hard to question the decision to relegate Obama to bystander status. The new ABC News-Washington Post poll out today puts the president’s approval rating at a career-low 40 percent; he’s almost certainly nowhere...
  • Opponents ask U.S. Supreme Court to block Texas voter ID law

    10/15/2014 11:03:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | BY LAWRENCE HURLEY
    Civil rights lawyers on Wednesday asked a U.S. Supreme Court justice to block a Texas law requiring voters in the state to show certain forms of identification in order to cast a ballot. The request, made to Justice Anton Scalia, was filed by lawyers representing various plaintiffs who challenged the law, including the League of United Latin American Citizens.
  • Obama weighs Ruemmler, Verrilli for attorney general job

    10/15/2014 7:11:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | BY STEVE HOLLAND
    President Barack Obama is unlikely to name a new attorney general until after the Nov. 4 elections, and White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler and Solicitor General Don Verrilli are two of the leading candidates for the job, sources close to the White House said.
  • Time for Conservative Cultural Surrender?

    10/15/2014 5:15:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On Oct. 12, the Sunday edition of The Washington Post reported their "Election Lab" estimate that the Republicans will win six more seats in the House and eight more Senate seats, and projected it was 95 percent certain that Democrats will lose the Senate. But on NBC's "Meet the Press" that morning, newly installed host Chuck Todd stubbornly persisted in the usual Republicans-in-deep-trouble narrative. Based on the judicial failure to take up gay marriage cases, Todd previewed the program by asking, "Is it time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?" Later, Todd underlined his point: "Whether it's on...
  • Rick Scott invites Obama to campaign in Florida for Charlie Crist

    10/14/2014 6:58:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Florida's race for governor may be heading deeply into the if you vote for Charlie Crist you are voting for President Obama territory. With the President deep into the barrel of public disaprroval, turning him into a surrogate candidate has been a popular ploy in House and Senate races around the country.
  • Will Blacks in North Carolina, and Elsewhere, Continue to Buy the Liberal Line?

    10/13/2014 6:26:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Star Parker
    Republicans need to pick up six seats in November to gain control of the Senate. Consensus to date points to good prospects of this happening. But one state where the picture remains unclear for Republicans is North Carolina. Republican challenger, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis, has failed to pull ahead of Democrat incumbent Senator Kay Hagan and average of latest polling shows him behind 3 to 4 points. Mitt Romney won North Carolina in 2012 by three points. In the last ten presidential elections, Republicans prevailed in North Carolina eight times. North Carolina is anything...
  • The Washington Post’s election model gives Republicans a 95% chance of winning the Senate. Um, what?

    10/11/2014 9:47:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    The Washington Post's Election Lab -- our statistical model designed to predict outcomes of the various races on the ballot this fall -- is currently showing Republicans with a 95 percent chance of winning the Senate.
  • Plagiarism report unlikely to affect Senate race (Montana)

    10/11/2014 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 11, 2014 4:29 AM EDT | Matthew Brown and Matt Volz
    Sen. John Walsh’s name has been removed from the U.S. Army War College’s academic rolls and grinded (sic) from a plaque listing the members of the graduating class of 2007 after the college stripped him of his degree for plagiarism. The announcement that the war college revoked the Montana Democrat’s 2007 master’s degree on Friday marked the end of a swift-moving controversy that began with a newspaper story in July and led to Walsh’s withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race weeks later. The lingering question is what effect the academic review board’s plagiarism report will have on the Senate race...
  • House homestretch: 5 key dynamics

    10/10/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/8/14 | Alex Isenstadt
    The battle for the House has turned into trench warfare, with Republicans trying to scrape out enough wins to give them a historic majority and Democrats doing everything they can to minimize GOP gains. If the election were held today, strategists from both sides say, Republicans would expand their current majority by between six and eight seats ... Republicans head into the final weeks of the campaign almost exclusively on offense. Of the 31 or so races seriously in contention, 22 — over 70 percent — are in districts held by Democrats. Twenty of the 31 districts were won by...
  • Lawsuit: Gov. Rick Scott Shields More Than $200 million In Assets

    10/09/2014 6:08:26 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 29 replies
    Tampa BayTimes ^ | October 8, 2014 | Mary Ellen Klas
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has failed to report more than $200 million in assets on his state financial disclosure form in violation of the Florida Constitution, Democratic attorney general candidate George Sheldon alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Sheldon, a former deputy attorney general under Bob Butterworth, is running against Republican Pam Bondi. His lawsuit, filed in Leon County just weeks before Election Day, accuses the governor of relying on a "web of complex financial arrangements" to shift investments and hide his "financial interests from public view." Sheldon is asking a judge to order Scott, Florida's wealthiest governor, to...
  • Charlie Crist’s Strip Club Cash

    10/09/2014 6:34:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has received $40,000 in campaign contributions from strip clubs, according to the Florida politics news website Shark Tank. Charlie Crist for Florida campaign finance reports show that two companies that operate strip clubs, SB Productions and J.W. Lee Properties., contributed a total of $40,000.
  • Obama Says His Policies, That Have Kept You in the Unemployment Lines,

    10/08/2014 12:06:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    Legendary GOP campaign strategist Lee Atwater was guided by a political maxim he called the Napoleonic rule: Never interfere with the enemy when it is in the process of defeating itself. Atwater, a master political infighter without peer, would be jumping up and down with glee if he had lived to see what is now happening to President Obama and his party in the 2014 midterm elections. To say the Democrats, led by Obama's many blunders, are tearing themselves apart is putting it mildly. Some of his top advisers are blowing the whistle on him. Consider what has happened in...
  • Federal Official: Fever Screening at 5 US Airports

    10/08/2014 11:32:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 8, 2014 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and MIKE STOBBE
    The government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic. At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said an additional layer of screening would begin at New York's JFK International and the international airports in Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago and Atlanta. He said the new steps would include taking temperatures and would begin Saturday at JFK. Earnest said the five airports cover the destinations of 94 percent of the people who travel to the U.S. from the three heavily hit countries in...
  • Obama Pushes Dems Into Midterm Meltdown

    10/07/2014 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 34 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 7, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Democrats are panicking, and rightly so. Going into the November congressional elections, voter opposition to Obama is worse than it was for George W. Bush and for Bill Clinton at their respective six-year marks, and Democrats can’t unyoke themselves from him. It’s not just that Gallup’s latest polls show Obama’s policies are unpopular but that voters are planning to make a statement to that effect in November. Since 1998, Gallup has included a question to determine whether the voters are intending to use their vote to “send a message” that they either support or oppose the sitting president. Gallup found...
  • Health Care Website Fix Cost Mass. Additional $26M, Patrick Says

    10/07/2014 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    WBUR (NPR Boston) ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Gintautas Dumcius
    BOSTON — With the next open enrollment period set for Nov. 15, Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday said the state’s troubled health care exchange website is fixed, at a cost of an additional $26 million to the state, bringing the federal and state total to $254 million in information technology costs. The $254 million covers calendar years 2011 to 2015, and is $80 million higher than the original $174 million estimate to build the site, according to a Patrick administration spokeswoman. The state’s share of the cost is $42 million, up from the original $16 million. Addressing attendees of a...
  • HealthCare.gov Still Suffers From Lack of Transparency

    10/07/2014 9:06:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | by Margot Sanger-Katz
    The new chief executive of HealthCare.gov, Kevin Counihan, is setting expectations really high for the website’s performance during its second year of open enrollment, set to begin in mid-November. But here’s one big hurdle: The site still won’t have any tools to allow consumers to see which doctors and hospitals are covered by individual insurance plans. Plans that limit patients’ choices of doctors and hospitals have turned out to be the signature product of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. That may be a welcome development for cost-conscious consumers, but only if they know what they’re buying. The proliferation of these...
  • Obama guidance, schedule, Oct. 7, 2014: NYC for Dem fundraisers

    10/07/2014 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | by Lynn Sweet
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday travels to New York City to headline fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Saving the Democratic Sentate majority is a White House political priority. Illinois Democrats are organizing folks to use the various ways to vote: vote-by-mail, early voting and absentee voting, as well as showing up on election day and casting a ballot.
  • New Mexico Debate in Spanish Part of Growing Trend

    10/07/2014 6:39:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 7, 2014 | By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    The moderator gave New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the nod to start her opening statement. She smiled, then looked at the camera. "Welcome. And thank you very much for the opportunity to talk to the Hispanic people of my community," Martinez said in Spanish. It marked Martinez's entry in an emerging trend as Republicans and Democrats around the U.S. court Hispanic voters. From California to Texas, colleges and Spanish-language networks are hosting similar Spanish debates regardless of candidates' fluency amid the growing influence of Latinos as swing voters in key races.
  • Rick Scott wedding dress ad clad in controversy [Liberals Upset @ College Republicans!]

    10/05/2014 6:45:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 10/2/14
    Of the many things that could be compared to candidates for governor, a wedding dress has to rank pretty low on the list. But the College Republican National Committee did just that with its series of “Say Yes to the Candidate” ads, spoofs on the “Say Yes to the Dress” reality show that airs on TLC. First up was an ad comparing the “Rick Scott,” a modern dress favored by the bride, to the “Charlie Crist,” an “outdated” model favored by the bride’s mother.
  • Last Two Election Cycles, Unemployment Dropped Drastically Right Before Election, Rose Soon After

    10/03/2014 1:35:03 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/3/14 | Aurelius
    In an odd coincidence, the last two election cycles have seen a drastic, unexpected drop in the unemployment rate immediately before the election. And in 2012 and 2010, the unemployment rate increased the month or the next after the election. Just as big a coincidence, both 2014 and 2012 saw the drop come in September, but reported in October, the best time to report supposed good news on the economy. This comes on the heels of this election cycle's surprise news that the unemployment rate decreased .2% to 5.9%., a mere two months after the unemployment rose to 6.2%. For...