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These are my links for March 29th from 18:38 to 19:01:


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These are my links for March 29th from 18:25 to 18:34:

  • California’s Red Lining – The San Diego GOP – The Sacramento Bee reports that only 31 percent of residents are registered Republicans and 44 percent Democrats.  
    No Republican holds a statewide office.
    In 2010, Gov. Jerry Brown won 53.1 percent of the vote, while Sen. Barbara Boxer was reelected with 52.1 percent.
    California has 34 Democrats in the House, compared with only 19 Republicans. Both of its senators are Democrats.
    The California State Assembly roster has 52 Democrats out of 80 representatives, and the Senate roster lists 25 Democrats out of 40 State senators. 
    Conservative victories in San Diego also include passing, by nearly 75 percent, Proposition A, which is a countywide ban of project labor agreements. Nearby Oceanside and Chula Vista passed similar bans. The old rules allowed unions were to control municipal construction projects and avoid competition.

    Republicans lead in voter registration, too. According to a February 10 report, Republicans have 3,053 more registered voters in San Diego.

    So what can the California Republican party learn from these victories?


    Read it all

  • Shocker: Organized labor mulling its own California ballot measure on taxes – The California Labor Federation is considering a ballot initiative on taxes after budget talks between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican lawmakers broke down this afternoon.

    Art Pulaski, the federation's executive secretary-treasurer, said his organization has made no decision on an initiative but that, "We're certainly not going to sit back and watch the state fall apart."

    He said, "We are going to move forward."

    A voter initiative is one alternative Brown is considering to put tax extensions on a ballot without Republican support in the Legislature. The Democratic governor has not said how he might proceed.


    But, the unions and Democrats, particularly Jerry Brown wanted political cover from the GOP.

    They could have done this from the beginning.

  • Maher, Palin and Arianna – Hey, Arianna! Andrew Breitbart called Van Jones a “punk.” Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a “cunt.” Which one did you ban again?


    Yeah Arianna….is Maher off the front page?


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Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) discusses the recession’s “silver lining” with Georgetown University College Democrats on March 28, 2011.

As if the Senators private airplane problems weren’t enough.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has been in the news lately for her failure to pay taxes on an airplane. McCaskill is not known as the most congenial member of the Senate. And every now and then her lack of tact comes out in public. A GOP operative passes on this clip of her speaking to a Georgetown Law School audience:

Well, it’s not “really good news” but just a “silver lining” that the recession has brought down emissions.

Aside from that gaffe (which she realizes along the way), there is something significant here. What she is saying that the recession did an even “better” job of bringing down emissions than cap-and-trade would have. Um, isn’t that the problem with cap-and-trade? Critics complain its’s going to increase costs and thereby suppress economic activity, and those emissions in the process. Now, McCaskill seems to agree.

I guess Senator McCaskill should call Michael J. Fox for some help.


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According to the latest PPP Poll:

  • 26% Romney
  • 20% Huckabee
  • 15% Gingrich
  • 12% Palin
  • 7% Paul
  • 5% Daniels
  • 3% Pawlenty
  • 3% Walker

But, Romney is not polling as well as iin 2008 – in a state where his father, George Romney was once Governor and where Mitt was raised.

On the surface Romney’s lead is good news for him. But in 2008 he took 39% in the primary in the state while Huckabee got only 16%. So compared to then Romney is down by 13 points while Huckabee’s improved by four. That sort of trend in Romney’s numbers compared to the support he got in his first bid is becoming common place in our polls.

Romney’s weakness continues to be with voters who describe themsevlves as ‘very conservative.’ With moderates he gets a strong 39% and with ‘somewhat conservative’ voters he’s at a respectable 28%. But with ‘very conservative’ folks he just ties Huckabee at 20%. More over his favorability with them is only 63% compared to 83% for Palin, 71% for Huckabee, and even 65% for Gingrich. Romney’s weak standing with the far right is his greatest hurdle to potentially winning the nomination.


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These are my links for March 29th from 14:19 to 14:25:

  • Eric Cantor raises stakes, nixes another budget stopgap: ‘Time is up’ – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) raised the stakes in the budget showdown on Capitol Hill Tuesday by ruling out another stopgap funding measure.

    “I want to see a long-term CR here,” he said. “We've got bigger things to deal with. Time is up here."


    Ten days and counting for the GOP and Dems to come up with a compromise budget or the government closes.

  • Sen. Charles Schumer coordinates Democrat Budget Attack on GOP – Caught on Open Mic – Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.

    Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate.

    He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as "extreme."

    "I always use extreme, Schumer said. "That is what the caucus instructed me to use."

    Someone must have finally told Schumer that the media were listening and he stopped talking midsentence.


    Well, how about that – the Democrats are political gaming the budget talks.

    Who would have known?


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