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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
November 15, 2012

Mitt Romney 'Gifts' Remark Criticized By Kelly Ayotte, Bobby Jindal

Mitt Romney is receiving criticism from both sides after he claimed Obama won the 2012 election because of "gifts" he gave to black, Hispanic and young voters.

"The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift," Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday. "He made a big effort on small things."

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who endorsed Romney for president and was once mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that she doesn't agree, but also doesn't know the "full context" of the comments.

"I don't agree with the comments," Ayotte said.


November 15, 2012

Democrats win supermajority in California Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Democrats have gained a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature for the first time since the 19th century, after the Assembly reached the critical two-thirds threshold Wednesday.

That gives California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose. The party already had secured a two-thirds majority in the state Senate after last week's election.

Voting results in two key Assembly districts announced this week will give Democrats 54 seats in the 80-member Assembly, for a bare two-thirds majority. On Wednesday, The Associated Press called the 65th Assembly District race in Orange County for Democratic challenger Sharon Quirk-Silva.

She unseated incumbent Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby, 51.3 percent to 48.7 percent.


November 15, 2012

Rather: We may be seeing the Obama we wanted in 2008.

Dan Rather was on Rachel Maddow and suggested that we already see a more forceful, confident Obama than we saw during most of the first term. To paraphrase "We may be seeing the Obama everyone thought they were getting in 2008". I sure hope so!

November 15, 2012

Maine DUers: What's the difference between Snowe and King?

I know he will sit with the Democrats and I'm not trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I just don't know a lot about Angus King. What are the policy differences between King and Olympia Snowe?

November 14, 2012

Would Luke Russert have brought up Stenny Hoyer's age?

Or did Nancy's age come up because she is a woman?

November 14, 2012

If *I* were DNC chair in 2014...

Yeah right, I can't organize a lunch wagon. Anyway, if i were the DNC overseeing the party's 2014 election efforts, I would zero in on our voters who showed up in 2008 and 2012, but did not come out in 2010. We have solid data now. We know who they are, It's simply a matter of persuading them to vote. If I or anyone else could pull this off, we could take down a number of Republican governorships. I'm thinking about Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico and Iowa as well as protecting seats in Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon. I hope someone is thinking about that.

November 14, 2012

Good riddance, Petraeus.

I will never forget the daily stream of lies from the Pentagon about "progress on the ground" in Iraq when news sources and soldiers' account clearly contradicted their words. And there were Andrea Greenspan, David Gregort, David Gergen and the rest of the MSM Beltway cocktail circuit gushing over what a great man he was. My only regret was that he ever attained the position of CIA Director.

November 14, 2012

What were your biggest election surprises?

1. Obama winning Florida.
2. The margins with which Romney and Flake won Arizona.
3. Shelly Berkely not getting elected to the senate in Nevada.
4. Heidi Heitkamp's election in North Dakota.
5. Steve King's re-election in Iowa.
6. The 4 for 4 sweep of marriage equality questions.
7. Mayor Janice Daniel's recall in Troy, MI.
8. Prop 30's passage in CA.
9. The speed at which Ohio was called for Obama. I expected the election to be called (with Colorado, Iowa and Nevada) before they were done with Ohio.
10.Significant Democratic gains in the Texas House of Representatives.

November 14, 2012

Almost 1K ballots found in Broward elections warehouse

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) -- Nearly a thousand ballots that were not included in Florida's final count have been found in a warehouse in Broward County.

Tuesday morning and into the night, there was a buzz of activity at the Voting Equipment Center in Lauderhill, a week after the general election. There was a recount going on for two commission seats that were too close to call, one in Hallandale Beach and another in Dania Beach. Workers had to count those votes manually.

Also keeping elections officials busy is the fact that 963 filled ballots were found in a warehouse. The supervisor of elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, said this happens all the time, especially when dealing with paper ballots. Her department is not the only one to have seen more ballots added to the final number after the election, and they have until Nov. 18 to certify all the votes.

Snipes noted that it is a routine thing to look for these kind of mishaps after election night and she is just glad that they are now being tallied into that final count.


November 12, 2012

Carmona Camp: We Havenít Given Up On The Senate Race

The Arizona Senate race has already been called by networks for Republican Jeff Flake, but with many votes still to be counted, Democrat Richard Carmona isn’t ready to give up yet.

“We’re watching it very closely, and we’re going to make sure every vote is counted,” Carmona’s spokesman Andy Barr told TPM on Monday.

He said the campaign has not ruled out taking action if the race tightens.

The latest figures show Carmona trailing by some 78,000 votes with nearly half a million ballots still uncounted. Victory for the Democrat would be uphill climb by any reckoning, but it’s mathematically possible. His campaign notes that there are up to hundreds of thousands of uncounted provisional ballots that could also affect the race.

Carmona conceded the race on election night, telling his supports, “We didn’t win tonight, but when you look at the results it’s clear that Arizona is moving toward moderation.”

Now his campaign is wondering if it was too soon.


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