Saturday, October 25, 2014

SHOCK POLL!! Libertarian Republican Paul LePage now up 10 points in Maine Gov's race

Gay Dem's recent "Blow-job-gate" partly responsible for LePage's rise? 

From Eric Dondero: 

Over the summer he was down by double digits, and all-but-given-up for walking dead. A mini-scandal erupted in early September involving Democrat Michael Michaud and a young gay rapper friend. 

The rapper - M's Spouse from Massachusetts - cracked a joke in a video towards Senator Susan Collins about the distinguished Senator giving "good head." Polls in late September started showing some weakening. (Photo of Michaud and Spouse below) 

See LR article from Sept. 20 - 

Spokesman for homosexual Congressman from Maine now claims he doesn't even listen to rap music, so he couldn't have possibly known about the blow job reference in the video mocking Sen. Susan Collins

Meanwhile perennial Independent candidate Eliot Cutler picked up some steam, taking votes out of the Michaud column.  Last week two polls showed LePage inching ahead by 2. 

And now this, just breaking from the Portland Press-Herald, "Poll shows LePage has a new lead":
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has opened a lead over Democrat U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in the closing weeks.... 
The findings mark a significant shift from previous polls showing both candidates running in a virtual dead heat. LePage leads Michaud 45 percent to 35 percent, with independent Eliot Cutler at 16 percent and 4 percent undecided, according to the poll of 639 likely voters conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. 
The landline and cellphone poll has a 3.8 percent margin of error and was conducted from Oct. 15 to 21, a period that coincided with three televised debates, leaving questions about whether the forums affected the results.
Maine Democrats "dispirited" says pollster

The enthusiasm difference is reflected in a question about who will win. The poll found 50 percent of voters, including 20 percent of Michaud’s supporters and 31 percent of Democrats, now think LePage is going to win Nov. 4, compared to 34 percent for Michaud and 2 percent for Cutler. 
In the Telegram’s September poll on the same question, Michaud and LePage were virtually tied while 5 percent thought Cutler would win. 
In the June poll, 43 percent thought Michaud would win, 31 percent picked LePage and 7 percent said Cutler. The who-will-win question is used by polling firms because it measures party enthusiasm and has proven to be a better predictor than asking voters their preferred choice. 
“The perception among voters, and even among Democrats, is that LePage is going to win,” Smith said. “That feeds into that dispiritedness among Democrats, who aren’t that happy in the first place. The job approval of the president is way down. They’re seeing Republicans doing well across the country, which isn’t going to make them enthusiastic.” (Emphasis added.)

1st nurse released from hospital

by Clifford F. Thies 

The first person to have contracted ebola in this country, Nina Pham, has been released from the NIH-affiliated hospital in Bethesda to which she has been evacuated. The second, Amber Vinson, remains in the CDC-affiliated hospital in Atlanta, although her family has shared with us that she has tested free. These two brave women, nurses at a general hospital in Dallas, volunteered to treat a Liberian who came here and subsequently became symptomatic. With each passing day, the likelihood that there were any tertiary infections (i.e., from people exposed to the nurses) grows increasingly small.

In terms of our health security, we have made progress but possibly not yet enough. The CDC has reconsidered how infectious ebola victims become as the disease spreads through their bodies. It no longer considers general hospitals appropriate for the care of ebola patients, and now recommends that ebola patients be evacuated to more specialized units. As to how the U.S. would handle an outbreak, as opposed to mere isolated cases, would be a problem, as the capacity of such specialized units is small. The number of points of entry into the U.S. allowed persons who originate in, or who have traveled through places suffering ebola epidemics has been limited. And, at these points of entry, Border Patrol agents put people through a series of screens. 

The problem with this strategy is that ebola cannot be detected during its earliest stages. People only start to become symptomatic after the passage of time. Some in as few as two days and most within four. As a result of passing people through who do not register symptoms, we are getting a trickle of individuals who subsequently develop symptoms. The most recent case involves a medical doctor in New York City who had been in west Africa as a medical missionary. Being a medical doctor, this person monitored himself regularly and quickly reported that he had developed a fever. He was subsequently found to have contracted the disease and was admitted to a special biohazard unit in Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. But, did he spread the disease to others as he made his way about the city? 

As a further precaution, it is reported that a period of quarantine for persons arriving from places with ebola epidemics is under discussion. At some point, the inconvenience a quarantine poses for a few has to be balanced against the public health risk. We do not expect any acknowledgment from the Obama administration that the critics were correct. But, we did not appreciate the arrogant dismissal of the criticism. And, until the administration started to take the threat of ebola seriously, it could not be trusted with exercising good judgment in weighing the costs and risks involved.

Boortz: Obama sent here to the US to destroy this country


From Eric Dondero:

Libertarian Republican retired radio talk show host Neel Boortz sent out a series of Tweets today urging his fellow Georgians not to vote for Democrat Michelle Nunn. 

Among the Tweets, this gem:
Boortz going Dondero-an?

New Hampshire Governor's race moving into the "anything could happen" category

From Eric Dondero: 

This has been a sleeper. Republican Walt Havenstein has been consistently behind by upper single digits. But a new poll shows him closing to withing 4 points. And the Big Man from Jersey has been in to campaign for him as of late, and is dropping some campaign funds on ads in the final days. 

Will it be enough? Or does Havenstein lose by a hair?

Exit question - And will the New Hampshire Legislature, both the House and Senate, switch back to Republican control?  

Live Republican or Die!

The Choice is Clear

"Don't let anybody tell you that its corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed." Hillary Clinton (campaigning for Martha Coakley) 

by Clifford F. Thies

It is not clear which way America will go. The odds are that, in the next election, the Republicans will win control of the Senate, retain control of the House, and keep a majority of the Governorships and control of state legislative chambers. But, this doesn't mean that the future of the country is secure. Majorities of the same voters who indicate they favor the Republican candidates indicate they want an increase in the minimum wage. They oppose Obamacare and illegal aliens because these threaten middle class entitlements. They want the government to spend more money on everything but foreign aid (which constitutes 1 percent of the federal budget). On the issues, they're socialists. Does it really matter that Republicans might slow us down on road to serfdom?

Well, yes, it does matter. Every year we forestall the collapse of the country into Argentine-stype socialism is a year that more countries will overtake us in terms of economic freedom and standard of living. Just as ours has been an immigrant country, the emerging free countries of the world may become the immigrant countries of the future. Whereas there weren't even statistics pertaining to emigration from the U.S. in the past, it is now increasingly commonplace, with millions of Americans living overseas and thousands renouncing their citizenship each year, and with dozens of multi-national corporations re-flagging overseas. America is fast becoming a debtor country, with our land and corporate ownership in the hands of foreigners. 

As standards of living continue to fall, with an increasingly intrusive police state, and with a government waging a culture war against those holding to traditional values, the U.S. is at risk of collapse, Detroit-style, and devolution, Soviet-style. The countries of the world, like Germany, Japan and Saudi Arabia, that have depended on the overwhelming force of the U.S. military, should consider what this future means for them. 

But the upcoming elections matter in another way. It is not clear that Hillary Clinton, who is, it must now be admitted, as much a Marxist as Barack Obama, will be elected President in 2016. If she is, the fate of the country might well be sealed. Especially if she has fifty votes in the Senate. The replacement of just one of the aging conservatives on the Supreme Court will mean that the Constitutional protections against an imperial president and big government in general will mean nothing. If she is not elected, but a Republican is, it is possible that we could begin dismantling the welfare-warfare state, and return domestic policy to the states and Constitutional liberties to the people. And, with a vibrant economy, instead of immediately losing in the next election, we may be able to expand our majority. 

Our friends in the Libertarian Party, in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia in particular, but also elsewhere in the country, should seriously consider what Hillary Clinton has revealed.

Libertarian Party of Illinois candidate for Governor gets a Big Union stamp of approval, not too mention some Big Bucks to go along with it

$30,000 campaign contribution just for starters

From Eric Dondero: 

Wow. Just Wow! You have to assume that Chad Grimm, the Libertarian nominee for Illinois Governor against Republican Bruce Rauner (supported by this website), and incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, supports the LP platform position in favor of Right-to-Work. So, what's up with this? 

From the Chicago Sun-Times, "Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for gov, gets boost from union":
Chad Grimm, the Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois governor, said Monday he welcomes any financial support headed his way from a labor union that has dedicated itself to defeating Republican Bruce Rauner. Grimm, who sees himself as the only legitimate candidate for change in a race featuring Rauner against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, said he doesn’t know exactly how much the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 is prepared to spend on his behalf in the final weeks before the election. 
But with an initial donation of $30,000 in hand and more expected, Grimm isn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth. “I thought it was genuine, and I don’t see it as being a problem,” Grimm told me late Monday on his way to a meeting where he was hoping to learn more about the extent of the union’s help.
Rauner of course, is a right-to-work candidate. 

Union President Jim Sweeney declined my request for an interview Monday, but the union released a statement to explain its actions in support of Grimm. “While a majority of our Illinois membership has indicated its support for Governor Pat Quinn, we are committed to offer a viable choice for members who do not support Democrats,” the statement said. 
“Nearly half of our members in Illinois pull Republican ballots in a typical primary election, so it is important that these members have the opportunity to back a candidate that will not attack their livelihood.“
Editor's comment - "Genuine" support indeed. No monkey business going on out of Cook County, Illinois.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Republican candidate for Governor calls Democrat incumbent a "whore" at campaign rally for white voters in the Deep South

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ahh, geez. Did we say it was a "Republican" candidate in the headline. Darn gremlins. We meant to say it was a Democrat. So sorry for the error. 

From Eric Dondero:

Vincent Shaheen running for Governor of South Carolina against incumbent Republican Niki Halley called South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley a "whore."  Shaheen is 15 points behind in the polls. At a rally last night for the Democrat ticket with black voters, he was caught on tape using the slur. Haley is a Sikh-American. 

But not to worry.  A spokesperson for the Democrat Party of South Carolina just put out a statement. It was just a slip of the tongue.  

Via TPM:
"If you take a look at the actual video it’s really clear that he got tongue tied and did not say anything like what folks are tweeting online," Kristin Sosanie, the communications director for the South Carolina Democratic Party.
Again, so sorry for the error in the headline. We'll run get rid of those gremlins one of these days.

BOOM! BOOM!! BOOM!!! Republican David Perdue ahead by 2 over Democrat Michelle Nunn in AJC Poll

Nathan Deal by 5 over Carter Jr. in Guv's race 

Breaking from Jim Galloway, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Exclusive AJC poll: Nathan Deal opens small lead, Senate race in virtual tie": 
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Gov. Nathan Deal opening up a small lead over Democrat Jason Carter , while fellow Republican David Perdue has an advantage within the margin of error over Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race. 
The poll, conducted by Abt SRBI of New York of 1,170 Georgians from Oct. 16-23, shows no candidate in Georgia’s top two races approaching 50 percent of likely voters.  
With Libertarian candidates pulling away a small but significant chunk of voters, runoffs loom for both races.  
The toplines: 
For governor:
– Deal, 46 percent;
– Carter, 41 percent;
– Libertarian Andrew Hunt, 5 percent;  
For U.S. Senate:
 – Perdue, 44 percent;
– Nunn, 42 percent;
– Libertarian Amanda Swafford 6 percent