Posts tagged ‘2012’

December 22, 2012

Daily Scoop: When you don’t vote…

How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

Gerrymander_In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Instead, despite getting fewer votes, Republicans have maintained a commanding control of the House. Such a disparity has happened only three times in the last century.

Analysts and others have identified redistricting as a key to the disparity. Republicans had a years-long strategy of winning state houses in order to control each state’s once-a-decade redistricting process.

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October 15, 2012

Obama’s Debate To Do List

Given the President’s disappointing performance during the first presidential debate and Mitt Romney’s approval bounce, it is quite clear that Obama needs to regain his focus. He needs to locate the master debater we witnessed in the 2008 campaign. But what is also clear is the President has to both challenge Romney on the multitude of his false claims and call him out over the Republican candidate’s continual flip-flopping.

August 20, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Are ‘Swift Boat’ attacks on Obama bogus?

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A group of former U.S. military and intelligence officers, including retired Navy SEALs, appear in a 22-minute documentary that was released on Wednesday asserting that the Obama administration has leaked considerable classified intelligence about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden for political gain.

They also claim that the administration has given itself too much credit for this feat of American arms and intelligence gathering. The film even makes the dramatic charge that the Obama administration is “purposefully putting lives in jeopardy” because of its purported leaks about national security.

The charges bear some resemblance to the “Swift Boat” tactics used against Sen. John Kerry in the tight 2004 presidential election against President George W. Bush in which Kerry’s service in Vietnam, seemingly a strength of the candidate, was turned into a weakness.

August 8, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Romney Spokeswoman admits Romneycare (aka Obamacare) benefits

by Steve Kornacki (Salon.com)

Mitt Romney’s campaign press secretary, Andrea Saul, has kicked up a bit of a storm with her response to a new ad from a pro-Obama super PAC.

The spot, which was unveiled Wednesday, features a man who lost his job when Bain Capital shuttered the Kansas City steel plant he worked at in 2001.  “When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant,” he says in the ad, “I lost my health care and my family lost their health care. And a short time after that my wife became ill.” Some vital context is missing, and the Romney campaign is on solid ground in crying foul.

August 8, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Romney Welfare Ad found to be…. [video]

Forget, for a moment, tax cuts and the fiscal cliff. Mitt Romney wants to talk about welfare.

A Romney ad opens with a picture of President Bill Clinton signing the 1996 landmark welfare reform act, which shifted the program from indefinite government assistance to one based on steering people toward employment and self-reliance.

The words “unprecedented success” flash on the screen [This, despite frequent claims from Republicans welfare programs are failures and contribute to the "nanny state"] . Clinton and a bipartisan Congress, a narrator says, “helped end welfare as we know it by requiring work for welfare.”

August 3, 2012

Why We Will Vote for Obama Again

August 2, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Another ‘They didn’t built it’ Ad shows business helped by government

The Romney campaign is up with a new billboard touting another small business owner upset with President Obama’s out-of-context remark that businesses don’t succeed on their own but rather with help from federal government programs.

But like so many of the small businesses that the Romney campaign has trotted out in recent weeks, Tanya L. Burns & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm in Florida, is yet another beneficiary of federal spending. And not just any spending: Burns’ firm has helped clients reduce their health insurance premiums thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal.

August 2, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Twitter Political Index

Want to see who is ahead in the presidential race based on tweets and only tweets?

Today Twitter launched its Political Index, a dedicated site at http://election.twitter.com/, which will show whether President Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney is in the lead based on millions of 140-character messages.

August 1, 2012

Poll Update: Obama’s hefty lead in swing states

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has a majority of voters backing him in three critical battleground states, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll showed Obama leading his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in:

  • Florida 51%-45%,
  • in Ohio 50%-44%, and
  • in Pennsylvania 53%-42%.
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July 4, 2012

4th of July in a small Northern California Town

Downtown Festivities

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