links for 2010-09-20

  • The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, in partnership with former United States Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, has launched the Election Day Tea Party, a project to raise awareness and participation in the 2010 mid-term elections this November 2.

    "I joined the Election Day Tea Party project because — perhaps more than at any other in my lifetime — the results of this election cycle will determine the future of the United States as the leader of the Free World," said Ambassador John Bolton. "Election Day Tea Party is a great way for people to become involved in a substantial, productive way, no matter where you are in the country."

    The project's website,, identifies the 50 contests for seats in the House of Representatives where an individual's efforts can help the challengers win their elections on November 2, 2010. The seats in all 50 of these races are currently held by members of Congress who have supported the Obama-Pelosi agenda.

  • Since the economic collapse, there are not enough jobs being created for the population as a whole, much less for those in the twilight of their careers.

    Of the 14.9 million unemployed, more than 2.2 million are 55 or older. Nearly half of them have been unemployed six months or longer, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate in the group — 7.3 percent — is at a record, more than double what it was at the beginning of the latest recession.
    Can you hear us now?

    Change the government in November.

    After other recent downturns, older people who lost jobs fretted about how long it would take to return to the work force and worried that they might never recover their former incomes. But today, because it will take years to absorb the giant pool of unemployed at the economy’s recent pace, many of these older people may simply age out of the labor force before their luck changes.

  • Republicans will unveil their new "Contract with America" in Virginia on Thursday, less than two months before election day.

    The GOP, which appears poised to win back the House this fall according to several independent projections, is culling the list of election-year agenda items from its "America Speaking Out" program. A spokesman for that project confirmed House and Senate GOP leaders will introduce the new contract on Thursday.

    The new contract, modeled after the 1994 "Contract with America," is intended to highlight what the Republican party would stand for if it returns to power in Congress. For much of the last two years, Republicans have won points from voters chiefly by opposing the Obama administration's agenda.
    As was the case in 1994, the GOP will recapture the House.

  • A Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin — which will be released tomorrow by DailyKos — will show Sen. Russ Feingold (D) trailing challenger Ron Johnson (R) by double-digits due to a "massive" enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans.

    If true, Republicans once again have a chance at taking control of the U.S. Senate.

    Boxer is up but Feingold is way down. Will Dems only survive California?

  • A lot of Senate races are heading in the wrong direction for Democrats right now but California is not one of them. PPP's newest poll there finds Barbara Boxer continuing to hold onto a 50-42 lead over Carly Fiorina.

    Republicans showed in Massachusetts they could win in a state as blue as California but Carly Fiorina isn't proving to have nearly the appeal to Democratic and independent voters that Scott Brown did. Fiorina is winning independents 50-38, a solid margin but well short of the 32 point advantage Brown achieved with those folks against Martha Coakley. And Fiorina is winning only 11% of Democrats, barely half of the 19% Brown got.

    Californians are pretty ambivalent toward Barbara Boxer and ambivalence is usually going to get an incumbent in a deep blue state reelected- it takes Jon Corzine sorts of approval numbers to lose in those places. 46% of voters approve of the job Boxer's doing and 46% disapprove.
    Carly will need to go "ON AIR" very soon. The race is closer

  • Californians are already wary about reelecting their state’s junior senator, one of the chamber’s most liberal Democrats. But this week, Campaign Spot will dust off some of the misdeeds and ethical troubles, the sense of entitlement, and aspects of Boxer’s record that will probably infuriate Golden State voters across the political spectrum.

    You’re probably familiar with Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who’s under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that she used her position in Congress to ensure the U.S. Treasury Department would help out a bank where her husband was a stockholder and former director.

    What you probably didn’t know is that Boxer has been sending large amounts of cash to Waters’s daughter for the past two cycles, and in exchange, Waters has been featuring Boxer prominently on her “slate mailer,” a sample ballot used by many voters in Waters’s South Central district.
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  • Sfla Conservative, a local Tea Party group, says its "proudly partnering with The Liberty and Freedom Foundation" to bring the former Alaska governor to the American Airlines Arena Oct. 6 — five days before President Barack Obama comes to town to raise money for imperiled congressional Democrats.

    "Governor Palin is in Miami to raise funds to help elect principled grassroots conservatives," the announcement reads. "You are invited to get involved in this, the most critical midterm election in our Republic's history."

    Tickets for the event go on sale Wednesday.
    Sarah looks like a Presidential contender. She will need to finish off Mitt Romney in Florida after South Carolina.

    And, who will help her?

    Rudy Giuliani and Marco Rubio – the newly elected Senator