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  • Former Scozzafava campaign manager endorses Hoffman

    By Kerry PicketPublished November 1, 2009 Comments

    Since his former candidate, Dede Scozzafava endorsed the Democrat in New York's 23rd district race, Mr. Burns is now fully endorsing Conservative candidate Duug Hoffman. Mr. Burns is a Republican consultant who worked at the 2008 Republican National Convention last year. Former Scozzafava spokesman Matt Burns endorsed Doug Hoffman. He told the Washington Times,: "Dede is entitled to her own opinion, as is everyone, but I obviously disagree with her decision (to support Owens). I am supporting Doug Hoffman, because denying Nancy Pelosi another foot soldier is vital to restoring fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington."

  • New York upstate race more about labor politics

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 1, 2009 Comments

    The former Republican candidate for the 23rd district of New York Dede Scozzafava officially endorsed Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate for the 23rd District of New York.  Her endorsement comes after reports that her husband, Ron McDougall, publicly endorsed Mr. Owens earlier today. Below is the Mr. Owens's response to Ms. Scozzafava's endorsement of his campaign, where he goes after not only Mr. Hoffman but also the conservative leaning Club for Growth: "Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has been an honorable public servant for years now and I have a tremendous amount of respect for her and her commitment to her principles. While we disagree on certain issues, we share a dedication to serving the best interests of Upstate New York and the Obama administration's efforts to get our economy back on track.  Those interests will always be my highest priority." "I remain focused on my campaign.  Over the next 4 days I will ...

  • Was Watertown Daily Times endorsement about Dede's supporters just a big labor flip?

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 1, 2009 Comments

    The Watertown Daily Times reported this morning in their endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens for New York's 23rd District seat that former cadidate for the 23rd seat Republican Dede Scozzafava was "quietly" urging supporters to the Owens campaign.  The endorsement, however, could be self-serving in that it did not mention what kind of supporters are being sent over to the Owens campaign. The Washington Times Water Cooler spoke to Owens campaign spokesman Jon Boughtin who confirmed that Ms. Scozzafava's husband, Ron McDougall,  a known big labor supporter, publicly endorsed Mr. Owens campaign, but Ms. Scozzafava had not. He also confirmed union supporters who were helping Ms. Scozzafava's campaign are now helping Mr. Owens. Perhaps, The Watertown Daily Times may want to clarify what types of Scozzafava supporters are being "quitely" urged to back Mr. Owens, as it does make a difference if a so-called supporter of Ms. Scozzafava was a ...

  • NY report says Scozzafava sends supporters to Owens, former spokesman distances himself

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 1, 2009 Comments

    Republican New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava's bow out of New York's 23rd District special election race may not have have been executed so graciously after all. The Watertown Daily Times in their endorsement for Democrat Bill Owewns reports today (h/t Michael Patrick Leahy): In her statement Saturday morning, the assemblywoman explained the reasons behind her decision: “It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so.” During the day Saturday, she began to quietly and thoughtfully encourage her supporters to vote for Democrat William L. Owens. Ms. Scozzafava finished a distant third in the latest Siena Research Institute poll with 20 percent support of likely voters. Her opponents, Mr. Owens and Conservative Douglas L. Hoffman, garnered 36 percent and ...

  • Scozzafava out, Owens and Hoffman race to get out the vote

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 1, 2009 Comments

    New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava halted her campaign in the state's 23rd District on Saturday morning after announcing on her website she did not have the poll numbers nor the money to remain competitive with candidates Conservative Doug Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owens. However, Ms. Scozzafava's name will remain on the ballot when constituents go to the polls to vote on Tuesday. Off year elections generally do not get much attention, so it should not be surprising to political observers that Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Owens will have to work over time to not only get out registered voters but also remind those going to the polls that Ms. Scozzafava has dropped out of the race, though the ballot will say otherwise. The Washington Times Water Cooler is in the Upstate New York district and spoke to a handful of residents about the election. A Republican leaning motel staffer was ...

  • Markey keeps out minority's witness from hearing, GOP folds

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 30, 2009 Comments

    Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, held hearings yesterday to look into fraudulent letters which were sent on behalf of the coal industry to several members of congress. The original hearing was to take place on October 15, but was postponed until yesterday morning. The committee lined up the following witnesses: Rep. Tom Periello (D-Va.) Mr. Jack Bonner, Bonner & Associates Mr. Steve Miller, President and CEO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity Ms. Lisa M. Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, American Association of University Women Mr. Hilary O. Shelton, Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, NAACP Washington Bureau According to Chris Horner, an attorney and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the minority on the committee originally wanted him to testify but later acquiesced to the majority's rejection of the addition to the witness list. ...

  • Local news blogging: Virginia gubnatorial race a blowout

    by Anthony BowePublished October 30, 2009 Comments

    Four days away from Election Day in Virginia and the gubnatorial race looks like McDonnell's to lose.  According to polls McDonnell is leading Democrat Creigh Deeds by double digits. This has the makings of a historic landslide. Virginia bloggers comment: The Shad Plank: McDonnell and Deeds launch new campaign ads, send around Obama video“Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds are rolling out their final campaign ads for the gubernatorial election stressing the positive.” BLOGS ON MCDONNELL The Virginian Federalist: Why Bob McDonnell should and will be governor.Too Conservative: Upcoming McDonnell rallies.Star City Harbinger: McDonnell tells talk radio host he will de-fund Planned Parenthood. Blue Commonwealth: McDonnell videos.Too Conservative: Gays, Gays, Gays all the time at the WaPo. "For heaven’s sakes, the agenda of the WaPo is so transparent and constantly ridiculous!  They continue their near daily attacks on Bob McDonnell by leading with a gay controversy in this article, ...

  • Local news blogging: NJ gubernatorial race reaches final stages

    by Anthony BowePublished October 30, 2009 Comments

    New Jersey Election Day is four days out and the best indication of who will be the next governor just may be the New York Yankees game one World Series loss.  The polls are sharply contrasting and the gubernatorial race between incumbent Jon Corzine, Republican Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett, can go any way. New Jersey bloggers comment: BLOGS ON CHRISTIE Moremonmouth Musings: Christie responds to Corzine's toll hike plan.Dan Cirucci: Christie challenges Corzine to call him fat.The Save Jersey Blog: Christie on Imus show.Capitol Quickies: Candidates key on pre-schoolIn The Lobby: Have Christie ads blunted Daggett's rise? The Save Jersey Blog: “The corrupt Democrat establishment continues to fail the Hispanic community. “Chris Christie will be the advocate they need.” The Save Jersey Blog: Video footage from Christie bus tour.Capitol Quickies: The Republican Governors Association ad boosts Christie.PolitickerNJ: Christie galvanizes GOP base in Toms River "This was where Christie ...

  • Virginia race looks bright for GOP'er Comstock

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 30, 2009 Comments

    Virgnia's House of Delegate races are becoming just as exciting as the Deeds/McDonnell face off during this off-year election. McLean resident, Barbara Comstock is running on the GOP ticket and challenging first term incumbent Delegate Margaret G. "Margi" Vanderhye. Of all the House races, the Vanderhye v. Comstock race is said to be the most expensive in the state.  One million dollars is expected to be spent between them by November 3.  Virginia Republicans appear optimistic the McLean attorney's chances of taking the seat from Ms. Vanderhye and applying years of her political experience from the hill. Ms. Comstock served as a senior aide to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) during the 1990's and was later recruited to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee 

  • Nancy Pelosi's Halloween health care monstrosity

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 30, 2009 Comments

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) introduced a health care monstrosity of a bill yesterday right before the Halloween weekend. .  The House Republican Conference gives the heads up on some scary  factoids packed into the almost two-thousand page long bill.: Werewolf of Government-Run Insurance:  Experts agree that this monster would quickly devour the health coverage of millions of Americans—the Congressional Budget Office believes several million, the Urban Institute up to 47 million, and the Lewin Group as many as 114 million will lose their current coverage.  “Count Tax-you-la:”  This creature would suck the life out of the American economy, by imposing $729.5 billion in job-killing tax increases on all Americans—taxing people who can’t afford to purchase government-forced insurance, taxing businesses who want to hire new workers, taxing small businesses, even taxing health benefits.  According to a model developed by President Obama’s chief economic advisor, these new taxes would demolish or destroy up to 5.5 million ...

  • Off the beaten path online: 'MyCongressmanIsNuts.com', goes after Grayson...

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 30, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: 'MyCongressmanIsNuts.Com' is a website created by Floridians in Alan Grayson's (D-Fla.) district who are embarrassed by his antics in Washington, FNC's Major Garrett talks about his current relationship with the White House, and candidate for New Jersey governor Chris Christie demands that Governor Corzine man up and just call him "fat." MyCongressmanIsNuts.com:  Opponents of US Rep. Alan Grayson have started a new Web site. Central Floridians formed My Congressman Is Nuts PAC as a response to the outrage and embarrassment within Central Florida over Alan Grayson's liberal positions and childish approach in Washington, D.C.. The Hot Joints: Audio: Fox’s Major Garrett Gives Full Story On White House War Fox News’s Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett gives the full scoop on the White House war with Fox. Townhall.com: Christie stands up against Corzine's Personal Attack A recent CNN.com article noted ...

  • Local news blogging: Crist forgets how to hug?

    by Anthony BowePublished October 29, 2009 Comments

    From a bear hug to no contact at all?  Bloggers in Florida are asking what happened to the governor's chummy relationship with President Barack Obama. President Obama visited Florida Monday and Tuesday, but Gov. Crist never met with him, or even acknowledged his presense.  The governor told reporters he didn't even know the pop-star president was even in town.  Crist appears to be distancing himself from the democrat president in light of a tight primary race for senate against a conservative candidate. From The Washington Times: "...Gov. Charlie Crist was noticeably absent from all of the president's events in Florida on Monday and Tuesday. He did not appear once with Mr. Obama, and even went so far as to imply Tuesday that he had just found out that Mr. Obama was in his state. "'First I've heard of it,' he told local reporters of Mr. Obama's trip. A spokeswoman for ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Obama salutes slain soldiers return to U.S., won’t send reinforcements...

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 29, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama salutes slain soldiers...won't send reinforcements, conservative organizations rally behind Hoffman, and Democrats use rhetorical misdirection on the health care debate Gateway Pundit: Obama Salutes Slain Soldiers Return to US… But Won’t Send Reinforcements   But as US soldiers continue to serve in harm’s way the president continues to dither and waffle about sending more troops into Afghanistan to finish the job. October was the deadliest month for the US in Afghanistan.   Red State: National Conservative Campaign Fund Rallies Prominent Conservatives to Hoffman 15 prominent conservative leaders are out today joining RedState in making NY-23’s race between Doug Hoffman and the two leftists running against him a hill to die on for the conservative movement.  The American Spectator: Thin Reids The rhetorical misdirection of the Democrats on health care is impossible to exaggerate. Nancy Pelosi is now calling the public option the ...

  • Video: Rep.King grills Goodell on Limbaugh comments

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 28, 2009 Comments

    At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Steve King(R-Iowa) questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the public attacks on Rush Limbaugh. (h/t Radio Equalizer) (h/t Radio Equalizer)

  • Education Secretary Duncan pushes colleges to convert loan system

    by Kerry PicketPublished October 28, 2009 Comments

    The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) has passed the House, but has yet to be deliberated in the Senate. The bill, H.R. 3221 would make the federal government the sole provider of student loans and cut out private lenders. However, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played politics and took it upon himself to send a letter to thousands of colleges and universities across the countryurging them to prepare to use the government's Direct Loan Program for the 2010-2011 school year. Department of Education Secretary Duncan writes (bolding is mine): As this academic year moves forward, it is hard to believe we already need to consider the 2010-2011 year to come.  In doing so, I am writing to seek your assistance and offer mine in taking the necessary steps to ensure uninterrupted access to federal student loans by ensuring your institution is Direct Loan-ready for the 2010-2011 academic year. Eighteen ...

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