Thursday, January 31, 2008
From: John McCain Major Endorsement
Thursday, January 31, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
WHO: John McCain and Major Endorsee
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 9:50 a.m. PST
Press Set Up Time: 9:20 a.m. PST
WHERE: Solar Integrated Technologies1837 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90058
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
From Chris Hedges: Northwest Indiana
The National Organization for Women blasts Ted Kennedy for not supporting Hillary Clinton and instead backing Barack Obama, reports James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal
The House of Representatives adopted Rep. Chet Dobis' funding
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The McCain Romney battle may take all nite to sort out. I am projecting a very tight McCain win but the 1 million absentee ballots will play a major role, and who knows how long they take to count?
Heading further down the results, Huckabee will come in third due to failing support for Mayor Guiliani. Basically his support will evenly split between Romney and McCain. This fourth place finish will render Guiliani's campaign ended.
Fast forward to Super Duper Tuesday - McCain will win a ton of states, with Guiliani gone he picks up New Jersey, New York and California Now here's the upset ... I think Huckabee has a surge coming too in southern states. Wouldn't it be insteresting if Romney fails to a southern surge by Governor Huckabee?
While most high school seniors were putting the finishing touches on their
He’s currently a member of the private equity practice, but he’s done “a little
Monday, January 28, 2008
But it goes so much further, since you then can respond to those same comments posted by people you watch or follow. Politweets allows you to see what people saying about candidates raw and unfiltered
Question: What's all the craziness about the Chicago South Shore all about?
Answer: As you know we already have a commuter rail line from Northwest Indiana that run basically along the shoreline from Chicago all the way to South Bend airport. The current debate raging in Northwest Indiana is about some possible extensions to this line.
The extensions would descend from the lakeshore through Lake County down through Munster and all the way to Lowell, and through Porter County down to downtown Valparaiso.
Cost: The estimated cost for this project were set at $1 Billion. The Federal government with the help of our U.S. Rep Pete Visklosky will contribute $500 million of this amount. The Regional Development Authority, RDA, would be asked for $150 million, and then the debate rages over where we get the $350 remaining needed to fund the project.
RDA: The Regional Development Authority has not authorized the $150 million yet, but the entire concept behind the formation of that entity was for a project such as this. The political willpower exists to fund the $150 million with a bond or series of bonds issued by the RDA based on the annual income already in place from taxes that come from the counties already. The RDA also gave $130,000 to a group (Connections) that will work to help the public with information about this project. This initial investment created some controversy as those aligned against this project felt that tax dollars shouldn't have been used to "sell" the idea to the public.
So, the key to the funding really comes down to the last $350 million. One option proposed that seems to have the best chance would be the state allowing the affected counties to "capture" a percentage of the sales taxes collected in those counties and direct those dollars directly to this project. Basically, these taxes are already being charged, we'd just direct them to this project.
Well, of course, when this idea was floated downstate other entities affected by the South Shore rose up and asked for other improvements to be added to the project: South Bend for an improved access to the airport, and some major snarl closer to Chicago that needs to be fixed. This increased the $350 million to over $550 million but appears to have influenced a few more legislators to support the project if their improvements could be included. At this point it looks like the project will make it through the state legislature.
At home here in Porter County we have some people who are against the project. I am for the project so I have a hard time explaining their thoughts, perhaps theyll comment once they notice this post The project would create 26,000 jobs and unlock potential economic development for Northwest Indiana, and help the environment.
Some of those against the project seem to be taking the neo-conservative approach that all projects are a bad idea since the government can't be trusted to spend the money, or that it will eventually cost a lot more to actually operate the new lines. Arguably the South Shore doesn't make money, and I would highly recommend that Toll Road tolls be increased faster so that it becomes relatively cheaper to take the commuter line.
I stand alone on this demand side idea, no one else seem to like the idea.
In essence we're talking about the chance to create 20,000 or more jobs, to create tons of construction activity, to further connect us to Chicago. Seems like an easy decision to me, since there are no new taxes.
I added a couple updates and revisions due to errors in initial numbers, thanks to Northwest Indiana Forum and Connections flyer which helped me get my numbers right.
Good morning all. Please see statement below from Senator McCain on Mitt Romney’s latest negative attacks:
“Mitt Romney's campaign is based on the wholesale deception of voters. On every one of the issues he has attacked John McCain on, Romney was for it before he was against it.
“He was for campaign finance reform, and even proposed taxing political contributions.
“He was for cap and trade, and even supported a tax that increased the price of gasoline at the pump.
“He called our immigration bill ‘reasonable’ and ‘not amnesty.’
“The truth is, Mitt Romney was a liberal governor of Massachusetts who raised taxes, imposed with Ted Kennedy a big government mandate health care plan that is now a quarter of a billion dollars in the red, and managed his state's economy incompetently, leaving Massachusetts with less job growth than 47 other states.”
--Sen. John McCain
Some other conservative bloggers though are voicing some discontent at the process and possibly even shying away from the project. Will the real cost of the south shore expansion please stand up from Team Hammond asks a series of questions that should indeed be answered to unite those supporting this economic development project.
I have said all along that informing the electorate and the public is the key. When the Illiana Expressway was proposed, all we got was the "opinions" of the naysayers, and then the politicians lost their nerve. I fully support the $130,000 invested by RDA in the educational effort conducted by the Northwest Indiana Forum to expand the voice of those in favor of this economic development project. The fact that there is a debate, means the educational effort is working.
As for those that will be against anything, ie Commissioner Bob Harper of Porter County, he and his cohorts have probably stood against progress one too many times to matter much anymore. I can debate with Team Hammond, they are actually concerned about jobs and construction and the continued growth of NW Indiana. Harper and the "taints" could care less, they just want to keep Porter County small, rural, and white.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The Cow still supports McCain's chief rival, but I'm beginning to realize that the reason the Republican field is so open is because Republicans have two excellent candidates for President. Say what you want about Mitt's embracing of Reagan-style conservativism at a relatively late stage, he's got an incredible track record leading businesses and a refreshing lack of ideology. Realistically this is McCain's last shot at the White House while Mitt is still young, so if one believes his rhetoric about being a leader while Mitt is a manager, it might suggest an interesting match-up: McCain-Romney '08. A war hero and a brilliant technocrat are impressive headliners.
Over on the Democrats' side, it seems that Slick Willy is putting to rest (see also) any fears Republicans had of a pairing of Billary-Hussein '08 (as in Barack Hussein Obama). Hillary's divisiveness is at a record high and may have wiped-out her "softer side" appeals to centrists a year ago. Hussein has made impressive gains with black Democratic preachers who didn't like his failure to mention slavery as the root of all their problems, but lunchpail Democrats rightly distrust the kid who went to the tony Punahou prep school and then Harvard. Them Dems just keep digging their holes deeper to throw mud.
If you are Barack Obama, do you feel like everytime you turn the Billary camp is manipulating the situation to gain delegates or money or media?
All the candidates agreed to stay away from Michigan and Florida, at the request of the party. Then Hillary wins those two states, most probable. Then she tells her delegates from legal states to support adding the delegates from the two illegal states. The ones where Barack didn't even campaign.
Problem? Not in the Clinton world. Now here's the issue for me, I want John McCain to face Hillary. So, frankly although I feel bad that Barack is being lapped, it's going to work out.
Maybe Barack in 2012?
clipped from http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=01&year=2008&base_name=clinton_tries_to_reinstate_mic
CLINTON TRIES TO REINSTATE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA'S DELEGATES.
I hear all the time from people in Florida and Michigan that they
But if this pushes her over the edge, the Obama camp, and their supporters,
I had a little back and forth with a twitter friend about the Thompson withdrawal, she suggested that it may have even helped McCain?
Friday, January 25, 2008
Now the voters have a very key and important choice.
Also: McCain recieved the endorsement today of State Rep. Clay Ford of Gulf
Let's shoot straight, Romney has no business leading this nation he can't make up his mind, and for me the security and national defense is more important to me from my President.
Of the many stark differences between John McCain and Mitt Romney, the one that
The state of our state is CRISIS! This week is it! We have an opportunity to win
The Indiana Property Tax Repeal Alliance
In my opinion, it's a good thing, this is perhaps one of the most highly contested and closely watched races in the country. The votes are literally 50-50 down the line Dem vs. Rep.
If we even stand a chance of winning back the House, it will take wins in tight districts like this!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
John McCain Wins Louisiana Caucus
Today, The Republican Party of Louisiana announced that John McCain won the
don't blame crooked politicians, or even those pols who may not be "crooked"
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
After reflecting on WSJ article by Fred Barnes
The irony is that McCain's most important qualification - his readiness for
commander-in-chief - is being discounted precisely because his signature support
for the war in Iraq has been vindicated.I think the real threat to the
Republican Party is the continued demonization campaign waged
against McCain. The dynamic of momentum has turned nearly irrevocably in
McCain's favor. Fred Thompson's on the way out, and Mitt Romney's hanging on largely on account of personal wealth.
Public opinion has not only elevated McCain to the status of GOP frontrunner, he's clearly seen as the most competent candidate of either party on leadership qualities.The longer conservatives hammer McCain - delaying the party rally that's necessary to showing a unified parisan front in the general election - the deeper the damage will be.
I spoke with one of Fred's advisors a little while ago. We should note that
Fred Thompson has not and will not be endorsing any of the other candidates. My
understanding is that with no strong clearly conservative person in the race, he
saw no point in endorsing.
But, this is not the end of Thompson. I'm told we'll be hearing much
more from him in a few days. His mother is recovering from an illness and he is
with her. But, I suspect he'll be engaging in forums around the country to talk
about conservatism and make sure we hold the other candidates to some
consistency -- no more talking populist in Michigan, Mitt Romney.
it would not surprise me in the least to start seeing Fred showing up and
engaging in Republican primaries where a corrupt Republican who has lost his way
might find Fred supporting an opponent in the primary.
The race for the Presidency is over for Thompson, but the fight for the
party might just be beginning for him.
Frankly, I totally understand his desire to be the conservative conscience, but his ability to affect the race will now diminish quickly. He may only have a day or two to make some comments about his friends running for office, and then he won't have much impact.
Senator Thompson - please consider joining with your friend and fellow senator McCain in continuing this process.
First quote I could find:
McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson today issued the following statement
about his campaign for President: "Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for
President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have
benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful
for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."
It's hard to imagine how the news could have been any better for him. Senator McCain must be walking on air.
First, a victory in New Hampshire. Then, a second in South Carolina. And finally, a front-page report in USA Today revealing that his surge is working and 75% of Baghdad's neighborhoods (356 of 474) are now secure (can we say the same of Detroit's, or Camden's?). Michael Weiss has a great blogger roundup discussing the thrilling report over at Slate. He quotes one blogger as follows: "Democrat friends, come over to the winning side now. Come on, guys. We're beating the tar out of al-Qaeda. Iraqis who, 13 months ago lived with little hope now are welcoming their neighbors home, regardless of their sectarian affiliation. The Iraqi parliament, emboldened by our wilingness to stay and do the hard work on their behalf has passed the first of what is likely to be several reconciliation laws."
Meanwhile, African-Americans are turning on Bill Clinton as their new standard-bearer goes after him big-time. Who would McCain prefer to run against, the lightweight Obama (who admits he inhales deeply and plays footsie with those who play footsie with Farrakhan) or the decimated, despised Hillary? Hard choice. Either way, he's all smiles
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
In his esteemed opinion we should buy tons of buses. Well, for my side, I won't be riding any buses, but I will ride a brand new South Shore. That's just me. Thoughts?
"A source working with the John McCain campaign says U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez
is set to appear with him in Miami-Dade on Monday, swinging crucial Hispanic
support to his fellow senator who suffered with him in trying to push an
immigration reform bill that was despised and decried by many on the right as
"amnesty."Putting aside the strange-sounding hatred of an otherwise
noble-sounding word, the "amnesty" attack won't have good legs in Miami-Dade
where 70 percent of Republicans are Hispanic, and many are concerned with the
tenor of the debate over immigration.A Martinez endorsement could help pull
Hispanic supporters away from Rudy Giuliani because the senator, though he's
from Orlando, is revered by many abuelas. Consider this: Martinez got almost 10
-- that's right TEN -- times as many votes as opponent Bill McCollum (now the
state's AG and a Giuliani supporter) in their 2004 primary. Martinez helped
drive Miami-Dade's otherwise low turnout up to 37.5 percent.Martinez has refused
to say whom he will endorse. And Melissa Shuffield, a Miamian who has worked for
both senators in their offices and on the campaign trail, wouldn't comment.Gov.
Charlie Crist, meantime, has been asking advice from others on the campaign
trail over whether he should endorse McCain, who was an early-and-often Crist
supporter. Crist also has close ties to Martinez, whose election he strongly
backed in 2004"
Thursday, January 17, 2008