Archive for July 22nd, 2011
These are my links for July 22nd from 15:36 to 18:26:
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According to the latest CNN/ORC International Poll.
As Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes closer to jumping into the race for the White House, he’s also close to the top of a new national survey in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination.
A CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday indicates that 14% of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP pick Perry as their first choice for their party’s nomination, just two points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s making his second bid for the White House.
Romney’s two point margin over Perry is within the survey’s sampling error.
Both former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are at 13%, according to the poll.
My feeling is that the Texas Governor will become the anti-Romney candidate and replace Michele Bachmann with that regard by the South Carolina GOP primary election. But, make no mistake that Michele Bachmann has raised a ton of money and will be formidable in Iowa and South Carolina.
The wild card remains Sarah Palin.
Go over to Cal Watchdog and read John Hrabe’s excellent pieces about Dr. Gabino Aguirre, the Chairman of the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.
Gabino Aguirre’s Secret Political Past
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the 14-member independent panel of average citizens, was created to end partisan gerrymandering and draw political boundaries in an open process, without the influence of special interests.
An investigation by CalWatchDog.com reveals that at least one commissioner, Dr. Gabino T. Aguirre, has made multiple political campaign contributions to Democratic candidates — contributions that were previously undisclosed to the Commission; a long history of political activism in support of Latino causes; and an extensive web of connections to a special interest group that has submitted its own redistricting proposals to the commission.
Did Gabino Aguirre Flout Code of Conduct?
New evidence obtained by CalWatchDog.com raises new questions about whether Dr. Gabino Aguirre, a member of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, violated the commission’s code of conduct and possibly state law by failing to disclose his association with a redistricting special interest group. The Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), a politically active community-based organization, has submitted its own redistricting proposals to the commission and mobilized its staff members and volunteers to testify before the commission.
The Commission’s Code of Conduct, which is “considered binding on any person serving the California Citizens Redistricting Commission in any capacity,” sets forth restrictions on the behavior of commissioners. Among the code of conduct’s mandates, commissioners shall:
* “Speak the truth with no intent to deceive or mislead by technicalities or omissions”;
* “Disclose actual or perceived conflicts of interest to the Commission”;
* “Disclose information that belongs in the public domain freely and completely”
That second requirement, the disclosure of a perceived conflict of interest, appears to be a much higher standard of disclosure than the state regulations, which CalWatchDog.com initially cited in its first investigative report on July 15. State law requires all redistricting commissioners to complete a supplemental application, in which applicants must: “Describe the professional, social, political, volunteer, and community activities in which you have engaged that you believe are relevant to serving as a commissioner, as discussed in Regulation 60847.”
Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the commission, failed to respond to two emails and a phone call requesting clarification about the policy.
My feeling is that the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission is already a failure and they have not submitted final maps yet.
Let the California Supreme Court do the redistricting and mothball this commission and law.
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The unemployment rate increased in 28 states in June, reflecting the nationwide increase to 9.2% from 9.1% over the month, the Labor Department said. Some 14 states saw their unemployment rate hold steady while eight logged decreases.
The U.S. economy added a paltry 18,000 jobs in June, as measured by a separate national survey, and an average of just 21,500 over the past two months – a disappointing result that has raised big questions about the sustainability of the nation’s economic recovery. The regional unemployment data show that the states that were hardest hit by the recession continue to have the toughest road in recovery.
For instance, California, Florida and Nevada — all three of which were hit hard by the housing bust — all had unemployment rates well over 10%. Nevada, at 12.4%, continues to have the nation’s highest unemployment rate, as the near-halt in homebuilding activity and steep drop in construction jobs continues to weigh heavily on the state’s economy.
Meantime, states that are rich in natural resources continue to outperform the nation. The lowest unemployment rate, 3.2%, was in oil-rich North Dakota, followed by Nebraska (4.1%) and South Dakota (4.8%) – both big farming states.
The Obama Administration must be extremely worried with these results.
Hope is not on the way and President Obama’s re-election prospects will dim, should unemployment NOT dramatically improve.