Michigan and Arizona primaries 2012


February 28, 2012, primaries in Arizona and Michigan GOP primaries in Michigan and Arizona today–and it will be mildly interesting to see which candidate Republican voters will be stuck with, if either. On the one hand they have the lurid imaginings of former Pennsylvania Rep. Rick Santorum, who is more and more coming to seem […]

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Florida primary, 2012


Florida primary 2012, yesterday and today In other news, Florida held its 2012 Republican primary Tuesday. Newt Romney defeated Mitt Gingrich, 46 percent to 32 percent. For perspective on the hullabaloo over the GOP primary, Republicans constitute 36 percent of registered voters in Florida. Total Florida voters: 11,053,664. Democrats: 4,604,373. Republicans: 3,962,406.   The former […]

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Ad wars in Florida not just money, ads


Ad wars in Florida not just money, ads  They couldn’t work without an element of verite. Talking Points Memo runs this piece on Florida today, reporting that Romney forces are outspending Gingrich forces there five-to-one. “The Dems think these figures suggest something else: that it’s not Romney who’s winning votes in Florida, but the size […]

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Revisiting the 2004 election, part 7: Florida


2004 election revisited, part 7: Florida further Following up previous posts President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night demonstrated again the greater quality of this president over the loon rhetoric coming from our current GOP debates. The quality gap is huge, and growing larger. As written before, the guys coming out of the […]

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Why did Freddie Mac have to hire more lobbyists post-Gingrich?


Why did Freddie Mac need more lobbyists after Gingrich departed?   Newt Gingrich’s 2006 contract with Freddie Mac offers little direct information. The contract runs 15 pages. Services to be provided by Gingrich appear in “Exhibit 2.” Here is the text from the page headed “Exhibit 2,” in its entirety: Exhibit 2 “Consultant will provide […]

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South Carolina primary, live blogging


South Carolina primary day live blog 10:25 p.m. As previously noted (below), the gender gap in SC voter turnout was men 53 percent; women 47 percent. The population of South Carolina is 4,625,364 as of 2010, up 15.3% from 2000 to 2010. Female 51.4% Registered voters 2,722,344 So somewhat more than half the state is […]

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New Hampshire primary results coming in


New Hampshire primary results coming in, reporting and periodic reactions– 8-oh-not-much-and 30 seconds p.m. New Hampshire polls now officially closed, NBC et al. can pronounce that Mitt Romney is the projected winner in the state’s primaries. Percentages about where they have been, with Romney well ahead of Ron Paul, the latter solidly ahead of everyone […]

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The Iowa caucuses–still looking for Brand X?


Live-blogging the Iowa caucuses, where participants may or may not be still looking for Brand X. 12:58 Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have now both given their ending speeches–34 votes out of 120K+ votes cast, separating them–and Santorum spoke more effectively. But he’s still calling the Affordable Care Act fascism. He just does it by […]

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Governor Palin’s Ride


Governor Palin’s Ride   Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of Palin’s requital for snubs severe From electable candidates, in 2008: Hardly a politico can now relate He remembers that famous time and year.   She said to her friends,–“If Romney announce By land or sea from the town tonight, Tweet a message, or […]

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What Really Happened in New Hampshire?


What Really Happened in New Hampshire? Serious discrepancies suggest a miscount in the New Hampshire primary. If the ballots counted by hand in part of the state are any indication, then Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) may have beaten Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for top spot in the Democratic primary, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) beat former […]

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