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  • GOP candidate in Cook County, IL discovers voting machine casts his vote for [Opponent]

    10/21/2014 6:57:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan....
  • Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

    10/21/2014 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | Jordan Michael Smith
    ... Though it’s a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, “National Security and Double Government,” he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term “double government”: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover...
  • Abortion CEO committed to keeping Tiller’s legacy alive endorses Greg Orman for U.S. Senate in Kansa

    10/20/2014 6:24:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life Site ^ | 10.20.14 | Ben Johnson
    FULL TITLE: Abortion CEO committed to ‘keeping Tiller’s legacy alive’ endorses Greg Orman for U.S. Senate in Kansas A longtime associate of abortionist George Tiller, who is now the CEO of her own Wichita abortion facility, has thrown her support behind Greg Orman in his bid to defeat Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas. “As CEO of South Wind Women’s Center, an organization that provides reproductive health care to Kansas women, I am disheartened that, once again, the lives of women are up for debate,” Julie Burkhart wrote in The Wichita Eagle. “We live in a time when...
  • Military to deploy Ebola response team within U.S. [Martial Law Precursor?]

    10/20/2014 5:38:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    KFOX-TV ^ | 10/19/14 | Meghan Lopez
    In response to fears of Ebola spreading within the U.S., the Pentagon is forming a “quick strike team” consisting of 30 people. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Sunday that the medical support team will feature 20 critical care nurses, five doctors and five trainers who specialize in infectious disease protocols. The team is composed of civilian health care providers though no names have been released at this point. The team was created in response.....
  • American Conservatives of Color

    10/19/2014 8:30:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    The principles of conservatism – personal empowerment, less government intrusion into private lives, a strong national defense, greater individual freedom & liberty, fiscal responsibility from our elected officials – make sense and work for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity. The chasm between black (and brown) and conservative America is unhealthy for both sides, and at B&C.com we are dedicated to helping bridge that gap. Our deepest desire is to aid in bringing both sides to a place of mutual understanding and respect. Black America, we have got to change the way we operate. Automatically running to one political...
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Niece: 'Moral Bankruptcy' Ruling Washington D.C. Under Obama

    10/19/2014 8:27:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/18/14 | 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...
  • Florida unemployment falls to new multi-year low of 6.1 percent [99% of media ignores]

    10/18/2014 12:31:46 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 10/17/14 | Jeff Harrington
    After being stuck in the same range all year, Florida's unemployment rate finally broke through in September to fall to a fresh, multiyear, post-recession low. At 6.1 percent, Florida's jobless rate is now at its lowest point since June 2008.... Florida added 13,400 jobs over the month with trade, transportation and utilities, a broad category that includes retail jobs, leading the way.... In a news release, Gov. Rick Scott emphasized the addition of 12,800 private-sector jobs last month... "Together since December 2010, Florida job creators have created 651,300 private-sector jobs," Scott said in a statement. "Our policies are working in...
  • Supreme Court rules Texas can enforce voter ID law [Sotomayor, Kagan and Bader dissented]

    10/18/2014 6:52:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    The Supreme Court will allow Texas to use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election, the court said Saturday morning, despite a lower court’s ruling that the law unfairly targets minorities. By a 6-3 vote, the majority of justices rejected emergency appeals from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots in the state. “The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax...
  • Dems put prayers in ground game (unprecedented effort to get grievance groups to polls)

    10/18/2014 6:52:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    An American from Wink, Texas: From the 1966 MGM album "The Orbison Way" The sun on the rim of the hill Overlooking all that I love Lights up every leaf and blade Birds circling high above With trembling hand I reach down and say This is my land This land will pass on to my child When he's grown To love it as much as I For all the sons gone by And when he's a man He'll do what he can For this my land This is my land When young men die in glory And for freedom take...
  • Hispanics Seem to Be Souring on Obama Democrats

    10/17/2014 2:52:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 9 replies
    Hispanics voted 71 percent for Barack Obama in 2012, 20 points above his national average of 51 percent. According to Gallup, Hispanics' latest Obama job approval has sunk to 44 percent, just 3 points above the national average.
  • The truth of #fangate and why Charlie Crist absolutely hates to sweat

    10/17/2014 5:40:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Terrence McCoy
    To understand why Florida gubernatorial candidate Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on having a fan blowing on him during the yesterday’s debate with Republican Rick Scott, which almost stopped the whole show in its tracks, thus earning the hashtag #fangate, you need to know something about Crist and sweat. One of the stranger moments of my reporting career arrived at 6 a.m. on a day in late 2012 in St. Petersburg, Fla. I was doing a lengthy profile of Florida governor Charlie Crist.... ....Charlie Crist, burdened with an almost pathological disdain for humanity’s untidiness, hates to sweat. This trait runs deep,...
  • All eyes are on Tennessee

    10/15/2014 9:35:02 AM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Susan Allen
    All eyes are on Tennessee. Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, Music City USA, home of Elvis Presley, Beale Street, the buckle of the Bible belt, and the Great Smokey Mountains. Now it has another moniker…abortion destination of the Southeast. Tennessee ranks as the third state nationally for out of state women coming to get their abortions. This occurred because the ACLU and Planned Parenthood sued the people of Tennessee in a lawsuit known as Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquidst. Planned Parenthood sued to remove three regulations around abortion that had been voted into place by bi-partisan legislators. These were...
  • Douglas Butzier, Libertarian Senate Candidate from Iowa, Dies in Plane Crash

    10/14/2014 10:59:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 59 replies
    reason.com ^ | 10/14/14 | Brian Doherty
    Sad news via Radio Iowa regarding the passing of Libertarian Party Senate candidate Douglas Butzier: The pilot who died in a plane crash near Dubuque late last night was the Libertarian candidate for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat. The family of Douglas Butzier has confirmed Butzier was piloting the plane that crashed near the Dubuque Regional Airport at about 11 p.m. Monday. No one else was in the plane. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine plane took off from the Ankeny Regional Airport at about 10 p.m. and crashed at about 11 p.m., about a mile north of the...
  • 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.
  • Federal judge strikes down Alaska same-sex marriage ban

    10/12/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    KTUU-TV ^ | 10/12/14 | Chris Klint
    U.S. District Court Judge Tim Burgess issued a summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs arguing that Alaska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, days after their case began to be heard in court. In his decision for Matthew Hamby and Christopher Shelden, Burgess found that previous Supreme Court decisions have shown that “rights not explicitly mentioned in the Bill of Rights can be protected by substantive due process.” He likened his decision to a ruling by the high court allowing interracial marriage, in which justices relied on inherent characteristics of marriage to allow interracial unions instead of decreeing them to be...
  • Claws Come Out in First Debate Between Scott and Crist

    10/11/2014 6:33:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/10/14 | Allison Nielson
    ...Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist arrived at WSCV-Telemundo 51 in Miramar Friday for their first of three televised debates.... ....Scott criticized Crist for "sitting on his hands" and "doing nothing" while he was governor as well as making decisions based on "political expediency." When it came to Medicaid, Crist said he’d support its expansion -- a promise he has made repeatedly on the campaign trail. Scott, on the other hand, said he’d oppose such an expansion, saying the state couldn’t afford it, but vowed he was committed to helping Floridians get jobs -- a step he says...
  • North Miami mayoral runoff beset by campaign sign vandalism, theft [White Candidate Targeted]

    10/11/2014 6:06:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    wsvn.com ^ | 10/10/14
    A candidate in North Miami's mayoral runoff election is claiming he's the victim of dirty politics after, he said, dozens of his campaign signs were either defaced or stolen. Block after block, Kevin Burns' signs have been slashed, and in some cases, are completely gone. "Most likely [they used] a box-cutter, and they just, it takes two seconds. It's only corrugated plastic," he said.
  • EXCLUSIVE — Wolf of Wall Street Scammer Pours Cash Into Congressman Patrick Murphy’s Campaign!

    10/09/2014 9:56:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 10/8/14 | Jose Lambiet
    For the second time this year, one of the characters in the massive investment fraud portrayed in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street is involved in a Palm Beach area political race. Convicted felon Danny Porush, Jordan Belfort‘s main sidekick in the $200 million-boiler room scam that sent them both to prison, and his wife have become major donors to U. S. Congressman Patrick Murphy‘s reelection campaign, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively. Together, husband and wife have contributed $12,500 over the past two years to ensure that the rookie Democratic politician Murphy keeps his seat....
  • Joe Biden plans two public events for Charlie Crist

    10/09/2014 6:43:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 10/8/14 | Anthony Man
    ....iden is expected at two public events for Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist on Monday. Democratic clubs have started to alert supporters about one of the events, at Omni Auditorium at Broward College, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Doors for that event open at 2:15 p.m. ....Later Monday, Biden will headline a fundraiser for Crist at the Parkland home of Mike Moskowitz, a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser.
  • 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.
  • GOP Suddenly Looks Vulnerable in South Dakota Senate Battle

    10/09/2014 5:25:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 10/9/14 | Bob Garver
    The strange three-way Senate race in South Dakota heated up this week with a new poll showing the GOP nominee’s lead shrinking — and with the revelation that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will commit $1 million to the race, largely to fund ads attacking him. The Republican frontrunner, former Governor Mike Rounds, is competing with Democrat Rick Weiland and the state’s former Republican Senator, Larry Pressler, who now identifies as an Independent....
  • Celebrities embarrass themselves in effort to get young people to care about the midterms

    10/08/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    It is possible to count on two hands the number of politically active celebrities who demonstrate thoughtfulness and substance in their activism. The rest, a great horde of marginally famous mediocrities, can be counted on to reduce politics to the parochial frivolities that capture only their relatively constrained imaginations. The youth voter advocacy group Rock the Vote can be counted on every two years to put the trivial concerns of those celebrities on parade. Rock the VoteÂ’s latest effort to patronize young voters was released this week in the form of a music video featuring luminaries ranging from Whoopi...
  • Group to spend $1M to support Democrat Weiland [South Dakota Senate]

    10/07/2014 5:45:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 10/7/14
    A political action committee says it will spend $1 million to support Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Rick Weiland. Mayday PAC says it'll begin running TV ads Tuesday in Sioux Falls and Rapid City media markets. The super PAC has the self-proclaimed goal of getting "big money" out of politics. It was founded by Harvard University professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, who was born in Rapid City.
  • Southern Democrats Walk a Tightrope With Black Voters

    10/06/2014 3:41:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/5/14 | Beth Reinhard
    Senate Hopefuls Try to Appeal to Key Constituency While Keeping President at Arm’s Length In Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu says President Barack Obama ’s energy policies are “simply wrong.” In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan has criticized the administration’s handling of veterans’ benefits. And in Georgia, Senate candidate Michelle Nunn won’t say whether she would have voted for the Affordable Care Act. These Democrats, like others running in races across the country, are trying to distance themselves from a president who is deeply unpopular among white voters. But if they have any hopes of winning, they also must try to...
  • 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.
  • Republicans Maintain Edge in Senate Races, Poll Finds [Kansas Senate Race is Tied]

    10/05/2014 5:07:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/5/14 | Nate "Bury the Lead" Cohn
    ....control of the Senate is stable and tight, with Republicans maintaining the inside track to a majority in the latest round of data from the New York Times/CBS News/YouGov online panel of more than 100,000 respondents.
  • Man with 42% approval rating: This midterm election is all about my policies

    10/02/2014 5:09:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via the Standard, my mental image of Democratic incumbents and their strategists reacting to this clip is of Toht’s face melting off after the Ark is opened in “Raiders.” He’s saying this, mind you, on a day when Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent in Kentucky refused to answer a question about whether she voted for him in 2012. A study released a few days ago found that barely more than a third of the Democrats running for Congress this year have expressed support for ObamaCare. The GOP made more noise yesterday about the one-year anniversary of the federal O-Care exchange opening...
  • 5 Reasons to Ignore Negative Polling on Sen. Pat Roberts

    10/02/2014 11:09:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/2/14 | JOHN FEEHERY
    A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll has his challenger, Greg Orman, beating him by five points, 46% to 41%. Here are five reasons that won’t happen: ....Obama is widely disliked in Kansas. His approval rating is 33%... ....Roberts is a known quantity. ...3. Nobody has ever heard of Greg Orman. (He would have a better chance of competing if his last name started with an “N.”) 4. Democrats can’t really help Mr. Orman.... ...5. The tea party has nowhere else to go. Tea partyers don’t want to be blamed for losing the Senate to Harry Reid.... ...Polls are a snapshot...
  • republican oberweis courting votes in african-american community

    10/02/2014 8:49:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    ABC CHICAGO ^ | 9/30/14 | Charles Thomas
    In the race for the Illinois United States Senate seat, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is reaching out again to the African-American community in Chicago, which has traditionally voted Democratic. State Senator Oberweis says he cannot win the U.S. Senate seat without votes cast by African Americans, so he's pulling out all the stops to get his share.
  • Can It Happen Here?

    10/02/2014 8:34:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Can it happen here? It is happening in Europe where French polls show that the National Front's Marine Le Pen would win the election for president if elections were held tomorrow. Something like it has happened in Italy where an anarchist comedian, the happily named Beppe Grillo, garnered 25 percent of the vote last year. Most spectacularly, it almost happened in the United Kingdom last month. What am I talking about? An election in which the lowly voters overcome the professional pols and vote their minds. Now there is evidence that it can happen here. In the United...
  • Rubio, Paul back Enzi's 'Penny Plan'

    10/01/2014 5:46:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/28/14 | Molly K Hooper
    ...GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) are co-sponsors of Sen. Mike Enzi’s “Penny Plan,” formally titled “One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2014.” “If we just stopped spending one cent out of every dollar that we spend currently, and according to [the Congressional Budget Office], they say that would balance the budget in three years,” the Wyoming Republican Senator told The Hill.
  • newest florida chamber poll...voters continue to support governor scott’s reelection

    10/01/2014 8:29:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    flchamber.com ^ | 9/30/14
    According to the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll released today at the Future of Florida Forum in Orlando, likely voters continue to have a more positive view of the future and favor Governor Rick Scott in the state’s top leadership race. Jobs and the economy (29 percent) continue to be the number one issue among voters, followed by education (19 percent) and healthcare (6 percent). “Florida voters are smart. They continue recognizing Governor Scott is doing what he said he would do,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of the Florida Chamber Political Institute. “More than 640,000 private-sector...
  • Florida to mail out $200 million in college refunds, week before election

    10/01/2014 6:35:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    yahoo/reuters ^ | 9/30/14 | Bill Cotterell
    Just before Election Day, thousands of Florida families who participate in prepaid college savings plans will receive refunds, or major cuts in their monthly payments, and Governor Rick Scott is not shy about taking credit for the windfall. ....political observers say the governor is well within campaign ethics boundaries.... Scott is seeking re-election... A bipartisan higher-education package approved by the state legislature this spring slashed the annual tuition increases at state universities, eliminating them altogether for most colleges. The reductions mean refunds totaling nearly $200 million for about 18,000 families with paid-up tuition plans purchased since 2008, when the differential...
  • Supreme Court rules 5-4 for Republican plan to limit early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/29/14 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start. The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new plan, passed by the Republican-led legislature. But the court’s four liberal justices said they would have stayed out of the case and left those decisions in place. Ohio argued that the new plan--reducing from 35 to 28 the number of days voters could cast an early ballot--could not be seen as violating the rights of
  • Florida officials want to implement ‘voluntary’ gun-control

    09/29/2014 5:08:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 6/6/14 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Thanks to state preemption law, only the Florida Legislature can enact measures regulating the sale, possession, transfer of firearms in the Gunshine State. But that’s not going to stop some city and county officials from attempting to implement ‘voluntary’ gun-control, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Under a proposal backed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, city and county officials would ask gun shops and ammo suppliers who have sales contracts with law enforcement departments around the state to follow certain “sales and marketing safeguards,” when conducting business. Those safeguards include asking the stores to run background checks on employees, train personnel to...
  • High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 1:32:47 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    wncn ^ | 9-29-2014
    A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday. The justices' order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from state officials, who have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting and restrict weekend and evening hours. The moves prompted a lawsuit from black churches and civil rights groups that the new rules would make it difficult for residents to vote and disproportionately affect low-income and black voters Early voting in the swing state now will start on Oct. 7, under a state...
  • The Mysterious Case of Charlie Crist

    09/29/2014 6:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    This week, all across the state of Florida, absentee ballots are being distributed, signaling the beginning of voting for the 2014 elections. Obviously, the most closely watched race is the one for Florida governor between Republican incumbent Rick Scott and the Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist.
  • Sarah Palin says Greg Orman trying to 'snooker' Kansas voters (VIDEO)

    09/26/2014 5:46:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    kansas.com ^ | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Kansas Republicans on Thursday to unite behind U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, alleging his independent opponent is trying to “snooker” voters in what has become a surprisingly close race. Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, donned an apron and flipped pancakes alongside Roberts, once considered a near lock for re-election but now facing a tough battle....
  • Scots Vote Against Independence, but Controversy Continues in Britain

    09/26/2014 1:32:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was a relatively close-run thing: 45 percent voted for an independent Scotland, just 383,000 fewer than voted for Scotland to remain part of the now-not-necessary-to-be-renamed UK. Had Queen Elizabeth II not allowed herself to be overheard telling a churchside crowd that Scottish voters should "think very carefully" about the issue, the...
  • With black vote crucial in Florida governor's race, Charlie Crist hopes to ignite support

    09/20/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 9/20/14 | Mary Ellen Klas
    Mary Wilkerson is aware there's a governor's race on the November ballot, but "it's not on my radar,'' says the 60-year-old from Jacksonville. Wilkerson, a black Democrat and reliable supporter of Barack Obama, is the kind of voter who is pivotal to the candidacy of Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor turned Democrat. His campaign has put a premium on building a field operation aimed at turning out the vote in key communities and has crafted a careful message of inclusion that aims to avoid the mistakes that imperiled Alex Sink, the Democrat who lost to Gov. Rick Scott four...
  • Kelly Ripa to raise money for Camden County Democrats: The Auditor

    09/19/2014 6:14:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    nj.com ^ | 9/2/14
    If you want to join the audience of the daytime television show "Live with Kelly and Michael," the tickets are free. But if you want to go see an evening with Kelly and George (Norcross) — an event that won’t be televised — it’ll set you back $1,000. Kelly Ripa — the daytime television personality — is the special guest at the Camden County Democratic Committee’s 27th Annual Seafood Gala on Oct.1.
  • The Other Scottish Decision

    09/19/2014 3:55:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September19, 2014 | Mark Davis
    While Scotland’s voters weighed whether to separate from the United Kingdom Thursday, another decision involved its most famous institution separating from 260 years of tradition. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews voted overwhelmingly to admit women, echoing a similar decision at the far younger Augusta National Golf Club in 2012. In both cases, a private organization made a decision it was entitled to make. But the environment surrounding both decisions, and the reactions thereafter, paint a disturbing portrait of a thickening cultural fog. Let us begin with a premise that will drop jaws on both sides of...
  • Scott widens lead in gov's race in latest exclusive WFLA TV poll

    09/17/2014 8:05:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    WFLA-TV ^ | 9/16/14 | Lauren Mayk
    Play With Closed Captions Gov. Rick Scott widened his lead in the gubernatorial race, taking a 5-point lead over Charlie Crist, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll. Scott pulled 44 percent compared with 39 percent for Crist in the poll. Scott actually dropped a point from the 45-44 tally last week, but fared better as Crist lost support and dropped below 40 percent for the first time since the poll started this spring. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie more than doubled his share, taking 7 percent in the survey. Nine percent were undecided. Crist's lead has slipped in Southeast...
  • Kansas Senate Candidate Greg Orman Would be “Just Another Pro-Abortion Democrat”

    09/17/2014 5:53:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Lifenews.com ^ | 9/16/14 | Steven Ertelt
    A new poll today in Kansas shows independent Senate candidate Greg Orman faring well against pro-life Sen. Pat Roberts, who has a long and extensive pro-life voting record in Congress. One national pro-life group says Kansas voters who don’t know much about Orman need to be aware that, though he is an independent, he would be just another pro-abortion Democrat working with Harry Reid to stop pro-life legislation in the Senate.
  • In Iowa, attacks on Republican Ernst change dynamics of tight Senate race

    09/17/2014 12:40:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/16/14 | Philip Rucker and Dan Balz
    When Joni Ernst burst into public consciousness here this past spring, she was talking about castrating hogs as a child on an Iowa farm. Another ad showed her wearing a leather jacket and stepping off a Harley-Davidson to point a pistol at the camera. Well, meet the new Joni Ernst. Iowa’s Republican Senate nominee went on the air this week with an ad in which she sits at a kitchen table, speaks directly to the camera, and says she cares about protecting Social Security, good schools, good-paying jobs and affordable health care. Ernst’s effort to project a more moderate image...
  • Few Americans Want More Gov't Regulation of Business [Gallup Poll: Republicans Ignoring the Issue]]

    09/16/2014 3:56:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Gallup ^ | 9/15/14 | Frank Newport
    About half say there is too much regulation; 22% say there is too little .....From 2003 through the remainder of the George W. Bush administration, however, these attitudes settled into a pattern in which Americans were more likely to say there was too much rather than too little government regulation of business. After Barack Obama took office in 2009, the percentage saying "too much" regulation rose into the high 40s, including a reading of 50% in 2011, and has remained at these relatively high levels since. Less than a quarter of Americans have perceived in the last two years that...
  • With five Senate contests on 'knife's edge,' GOP donors give more

    09/15/2014 2:20:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/11/14 | Maeve Reston
    With less than two months...Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was out in California last week hustling for dollars and briefing Republican donors about what he said was the party’s critical need for resources to compete in the tossup states that could determine control of the U.S. Senate. “There are probably five states on the knife’s edge,” Portman, the vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a potential 2016 presidential contender, said in an interview during his California visit.
  • Texas nationalists see hope in possible Scottish secession

    09/14/2014 1:55:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    My SA ^ | 09/12/14 | Joshua Fechter
    "Centralists in America fear that, if Scotland votes yes, it may set a chain of events in motion that could affect many more western regions," the movement organizers wrote. "Suddenly, the impossible seems possible." With some new attention on Texas nationalism comes repeated arguments for independence: Yahoo columnist Rick Newman notes that — with its GDP of $1.6 trillion and population of 27 million — Texas would be the 13th largest country in the world if it obtained independence from the United States. He also wrote Texas could lure companies away from the United States and survive on the strength...
  • Obama tells leaders he doesn´t need their vote for ISIS campaign

    09/09/2014 5:05:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/9/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Monday he wouldn’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists. The president offered the assurance at a private White House meeting one day before a primetime address he’s scheduled to give to the nation. Wednesday’s address is a pivotal moment for the president just months before a midterm election in which the Senate’s majority hangs in the balance. Polls show that confidence in Obama’s foreign policy is eroding just as anxiety over the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has...
  • Britain says not making contingency plans for Scottish independence

    09/08/2014 3:33:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 8, 2014 | reuters
    Cameron's spokesman said: "No. There has been no change here. The government's entire focus ... is on making the case for the UK staying together."