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November 19, 2012

Daily Kos: Lead Grows for Young Challenger in Alaska Legislative Upset

With today's absentee ballots counted, the young Democrat from Sitka, age 23, who cut his political teeth a few years back working for Howard Dean's campaign, is now up by 28 votes over established Republican incumbent and co-chair of Alaska Legislative House Finance Committee and aspiring Speaker of the House, Rep. Bill Thomas.

Yes this is a big deal in this newly created Southeast Alaska district that was actually gerry-mandered to the extent possible for the Republican incumbent's benefit.

How did Jonathon do it in a district of multiple communities, most on islands separated by large bodies of water in Alaska's Inside Passage? And in a year when the Alaska legislature went from a 10-10 bi-partisan Senate to a 13-7, Republican dominated Senate?

First of all, he has youth, brains (attended Yale), passion, vision, policy ideas, physical strength (mountain climber), talent (cellist) and most importantly strength of character.
He's also a bit of a community organizer.

Secondly, in a few short months since he announced his candidacy, he knocked on most doors in all the SE communities in his district, listened, and apparently made an excellent impression one person, one vote at a time.


November 19, 2012

OFA gearing up for 2014!!!!!

DEMS GETTING DATA JUMP ON 2016: The Obama campaign continues to refine, update and expand its vast database, working the muscle to increase its value for 2014 and 2016. The organization wants to avoid a post-2008 lull, when Obama’s high command was so focused on building a government and staving off a depression that some in the grassroots network felt neglected. This time, supporters are already being asked if they are interested in running for office, and “how many hours per week” they would be willing “to volunteer in your community as part of an Obama organization.”

Campaign manager Jim Messina blasted a 24-question email to the campaign’s tens of millions of supporters and eavesdroppers last evening, with the subject line, “Your feedback needed: Take this quick survey.” Participants must enter email address, first and last name, ZIP code, birthdate and gender. This question makes it clear that Obama’s brain trust will keep the machine oiled and cranking: “What would you choose as the top priority for this organizations [sic] in the weeks and years to come?” Choices are: 1) “Passing the President's legislative agenda”… 2) “Supporting candidates in upcoming elections” … 3) “Training a new generation of leaders and organizers” … 4) “Working on local issues that affect our communities.”

Other questions: “Is there anything that could have encouraged you to get involved earlier? … Which of the following campaign activities did you participate in? Select all that apply. [Among the choices: ‘Did data entry or worked with Votebuilder’] … How close was your nearest Obama campaign office? … Were you a member of a Neighborhood Team? … What issues would you be interested in volunteering or organizing around in the future? … In your own words, how would you like to see this organization move forward in the months and years ahead? And how would you like to be engaged as a volunteer and organizer? … Which of the campaign's online tools did you use or share? … Are there any stories or anecdotes you would like to share from your campaign experience? … What is your general feedback on the Obama campaign online, including barackobama.com, call tool, Dashboard, social media such as Facebook and other online tools?” See the survey. http://my.barackobama.com/Survey


November 18, 2012

One general liked wearing ribbons, the other won World War II. (PHOTO)

Can you guess which ones?


November 18, 2012

Murdoch slams 'Jewish owned press' on Israel

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Saturday blasted what he called the "Jewish owned press" for their "anti-Israel" coverage.

Murdoch did not elaborate. News Corp. has not yet responded to a request for comment.


November 18, 2012

Marco Rubio takes message to Iowa

ALTOONA, Iowa — And so it begins again.

Thirty-eight months before the next presidential vote is cast, Marco Rubio on Saturday night became the first of the potential 2016 contestants to swoop in to this first caucus state and test the GOP’s new rallying cry to broaden its appeal.

Seven hundred people turned out to see the Florida senator at the annual birthday fundraiser bash for GOP Gov. Terry Branstad. Rubio had the spotlight all to himself — he said he was merely here to help the governor mark his 66th birthday, but no one believed it for a minute.

The appearance of the Republican Party’s most prominent Latino face in Iowa — a state President Barack Obama won by six points on Election Day — was no casual drop-by after the drubbing Mitt Romney took among Hispanics nationally.


November 17, 2012

Steve King doesn't rule out 2014 Senate bid

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), fresh off a hard-fought reelection battle, isn't ruling out running for the Senate in 2014.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has not said whether he's running for reelection. King, a Tea Party favorite and strong fundraiser, could make a strong run for the seat, whether it's against Harkin or another Democrat.

"I know that’s something that is on the horizon ... but I think there are some decisions that need to be made before I could comment on that," King told local reporters.

The congressman said he is keeping his options open but doesn't "want to raise expectations unnecessarily."


November 17, 2012

Firefox no longer "protects" my IOS.

I just got a pop-up notification from my Fiefox that it no longer "protects" my current IOS X 10.5.8. Is this something I should be concerned about? I don't feel like buying a new imac to accommodate a web browser. Is there a browser that is compatable and just as effective?

November 17, 2012

George Allen Adviser Dumps On Romney’s ‘Worthless’ Virginia Operation

Boyd Marcus, a Republican consultant and senior adviser to GOP Senate candidate George Allen, criticized former presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "worthless" organization in the state of Virginia for failing to boost Allen in the final days of the campaign, the Washington Examiner reports.

"It was a lot of activity going on," Marcus said at a panel discussion in Arlington. "Most of it was pretty worthless."

Marcus also attributed Allen's loss due to a contentious debate over social issues began by the state GOP, such as women's reproductive rights.


November 17, 2012

RNC Source: Romney used even more 'grotesque' language about Latinos.

JOSH MARSHALL NOVEMBER 16, 2012, 3:26 PM 24896

I’ll spare the jokes since Jennifer Rubin was possibly the most fulsomely pro-Romney person on this planet. And the love seems to have gone, gone away. But here’s what she hears about what else Romney’s been saying about Hispanics. And it’s apparently not pretty.

From the Post …

Frankly there have been whispers at the Republican National Committee and elsewhere that Romney has used even more grotesque language, suggesting that the loss is due to Hispanic voters who have become enamored with Obamacare.


November 17, 2012

Ted Cruz: Mitt Romney ‘French-kissed’ Barack Obama

en.-elect Ted Cruz believes Mitt Romney got a little too close to Barack Obama in the third presidential debate.

“I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama,” Cruz said in a speech at the Federalist Society’s annual conference Friday.

Cruz said that conservatives failed to make their case to the American people, leaving Romney no choice but to move toward the president. “We didn’t win the argument, we didn’t even make the argument” throughout much of 2012, Cruz said.

But in the first debate, he argued, that changed.


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