Archives for May 2011
|NewsMax: Obama thugs plan attacks on potential rivals|
Are you better off than you were four years ago? When Americans go to the polls in 2012, the answer for too many voters will be a firm “No.” According to Republican candidate Newt Gingrich, “If he was on an equal playing field, he’d lose–on his record, on his values, on his beliefs.” Knowing that the president can’t run on his dismal record, Team Obama has formulated a plan to attack his opponents instead. Already, the Obama campaign is developing dossiers against GOP candidates and potentials. News broke this week that the Obama people are even digging up dirt on Chris Christie, who has committed himself against running in 2012. What else would Americans expect from the old-school campaign thugs that surround President Obama?
|Fox News – Dem. Kathy Hochul declared victory in NY-26 special election|
Democrat Kathy Hochul edged out Republican Jane Corwin in a special election in House District NY-26 yesterday. The heavily-Republican district would ordinarily be a cake walk for Corwin, but several factors broke against her. First, Democrats scared the hell out of old people by making the race a national referendum on Medicare reform. Second, Corwin faced an independent and wealthy Tea Party candidate that split her support base. And third, chaos struck when a member of her campaign kamikaze-attacked the opposition and was caught on camera. The Republican campaign machine went into overdrive to execute GOTV operations in the final days of the campaign, but efforts did not erase Corwin’s deficit. Hochul’s vote tally as of this morning stands at 47%-43% according to Fox News, although some 6,000 absentee and military ballots remain uncounted. Despite a GOP lawsuit to block certification, it appears clear that Hochul will head to Washington to fulfill the term of disgraced Congressman Chris Lee.
|NPR – Germans largely refuse to buy E10 ethanol gas blend|
NPR ran a story on today’s Morning Edition about Germany’s troubles integrating renewable energy into their society. The car crazy country has experimented with a 10 percent ethanol blend (E10) in thier gasoline comparable to America’s mix. But according to NPR, “[T]here are two problems: German car lovers are refusing to buy it and environmentalists say it’s no greener than regular gas.” Basically, Germans are afraid that the ethanol mix will hurt their engines.
On the power grid, Germany is moving backward on renewable energy over nuclear concerns. “In the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, more and more Germans have joined the long-active chorus of citizens calling for the country to phase out its nuclear power plants by at least 2021. So with more Germans saying no thanks both to nuclear power and biofuels, carbon dioxide emissions are likely to increase in Europe’s largest economy before they decrease. In fact, German companies are now building several new coal-fired power plants to help meet energy demand.”
|RCP: Pawlenty tells the hard truth to Iowa voters|
by Nick Stone of Drawnlines Politics:
Read my Monday column Their America, Our America on the Broward GOP Insider blog. This week, I talk about what Republicans can do to win in 2012. First, they must control the message. Second, they must draw clear contrast between the Democrats’ view of America and ours. This next election is going to be about the fundamental relationship between the people and their government, and it is one we cannot afford to lose. Read it here.
|Politic365 – Alvin Brown campaign for Jacksonville Mayor|
We warned you. As the news sets in that Jacksonville elected a Democrat mayor for the first time in 20 years, the partisan spin has heated up. In an email to grassroots supporters, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said, “While a mere 1,648 votes may seem like a small number, it’s representative of a huge swell of Democratic supporters in Jacksonville, in North Florida and across the entire state that are working together to elect Democratic leaders that share our values and ideals. It was truly a victory for us all.” As the race relates to upcoming elections, Smith added, “This momentum will help us as we work together to deliver Florida’s electoral votes to President Obama in 2012.” Expect more crowing by the FDP as Democrats struggle to claw back from debilitating losses in 2010.
|WaPo: Daniels will not seek the GOP nomination in 2012|
Marcelo Llorente is running for Miami-Dade County Mayor. Llorente has an impressive background as a Florida legislator. He also has a compelling personal narrative, which reminds us all of the American Dream. According to his web site, “One of his proudest accomplishments was an effort he spearheaded in 2009 to battle the growing “pill mills” plaguing the state, especially South Florida. The landmark legislation mandated the creation of a statewide prescription drug-monitoring database aimed at curbing the state’s flourishing prescription drug black market.”
If elected, Marcelo pledges to transform county government, with a focus on eliminating fraud and investments in the local economy. Polls show Llorente out ahead in the final days of the campaign. Election Day is May 24.