Archive for the ‘2008 Elections’ category

Obama Hoops Video

August 24, 2007

The man can shoot AND talk about education. I say we make him a candidate and see how it goes.

Michael

via – Matthew Yglesias

Sessions Gets a Challenger for US Senate Seat in Alabama

August 22, 2007

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures announced today that she will challenge Sen. Jeff Sessions for his seat in the US Senate.

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Hillary Closing On Top Republicans – In Alabama!

August 21, 2007

In some recent polls, Sen. Hillary Clinton is shown to be making some impressive gains over three of the Republican frontrunners in Alabama.

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Will Fred Thompson Finally Get Nailed on Campaign Finance?

August 20, 2007

There have been rumblings about this for some time now, but today a formal complaint was filed against Sen. Thompson with the FEC by Lane Hudson, the former Democratic staffer who broke Foleygate. Hudson posted his complaint on a new blog.

All I can say is, it’s about freakin’ time. In my view, Sen. Thompson has been in flagrant violation of the law for a long, long time now. The campaign finance law allows candidates to raise enough money to “test the waters” of a campaign before committing to run, thus coming under the jurisdiction of the campaign finance laws. But the law only allows candidates to raise “amounts reasonably required for exploratory activities.” Sen. Thompson has a full campaign staff, and has raised millions of dollars in campaign funds. Clearly, he’s not just “testing the waters.”

My question is, what’s he got to hide? The main advantage I can see in remaining “technically” not in the race is that Sen. Thompson doesn’t have to report his finances to the FEC, right? So, why doesn’t he want to do so?

My suspicion is that Sen. Thompson, being a former lobbyist himself, has received ample money from special interest groups, and would rather not be attacked over it just quite yet.

Michael

via – Bloggernista

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Mitt Romney Plans $1,000-A-Plate Fundraiser in Alabama

August 20, 2007

For anyone who’s interested in sitting down with the Right’s favorite Mormon, it’ll only run you a cool grand; unless of course you want your picture taken. Photos with Romney and his wives [He only has one. -Ed.] [What’s the point of being a Mormon, then? -MD] are running $2,300. They’re using expensive film, I guess.

In the interest of fairness, I should point out that this fundraiser is the result of Gov. Romney having the decency to cancel a political fundraiser in the wake of the tornado that destroyed Enterprise, AL last March.

Michael

via – AL.com

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We Have a Race in Alabama!

August 18, 2007

The Alabama first congressional district wouldn’t normally be making news. Alabama’s voting districts have been gerrymandered to hell, and incumbent Jo Bonner won the seat 68-32 last election. However, Congressman Bonner has been a staunch supporter of President Bush, who is becoming quite unpopular even in Alabama.

Democrat Benjamin Lodmell officially announced his candidacy today. Even with the Bush baggage hanging around Congressman Bonner’s neck, it’ll be an uphill battle for Lodmell. He’s not from the area, and he also co-authored a book calling for tort reform, which won’t go over well with trial lawyers, traditionally a big ally for Democrats in Alabama.

Still, if Lodmell can even make a good run at the seat it’ll be great news for Democrats in Alabama.

Michael

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Republican Newsflash: Fox News Sucks

August 14, 2007

I’m glad that some of our Republican friends are getting a small taste of the giant suckfest that passes for journalism at Fox News. It seems that Fox News has been censoring its coverage of the Iowa Straw Poll.

From Politics & Religion:

Here are the uncensored results from the Iowa Straw Poll:
1 Mitt Romney 4516 31.6%
2 Mike Huckabee 2587 18.1%
3 Sam Brownback 2192 15.3%
4 Tom Tancredo 1961 13.7%
5 Ron Paul 1305 9.1%
6 Tommy Thompson 1039 7.3%
7 Fred Thompson 203 1.4%
8 Rudy Giuliani 183 1.3%
9 Duncan Hunter 174 1.2%
10 John McCain 101 1.0%
11 John H. Cox 41 0.1% 

And then here’s the results as reported on Fox News:

Iowa Straw Poll Results

Yep, Congressman Tom Tancredo and Congressman Ron Paul are left out.  Coincidentally (or not?) both are in favor of disengagement in Iraq.

Michael