Updating Hotline’s RNC Chairman’s Race Whip Count

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Republican National Committee members now have a total of six candidates from which to choose as they contemplate their next chairman. And, slowly, the 168 members of the committee are making their decisions public.

So far, at least 39 committee members have said they back a candidate. We consider an endorsement either a comment in a publication or a release from a candidate’s campaign. Missing any names? Email us and let us know.

The Hotline‘s latest RNC whip count:

REINCE PRIEBUS (12)
Henry Barbour, Mississippi national committeeman
Pat Brady, Illinois Party chair
Mary Buestrin, Wisconsin national committeewoman
Sharon Giese, Arizona national committeewoman
Curly Haugland, North Dakota national committeeman
Mark Hillman, Colorado national committeeman
Bruce Hough, Utah national committeeman
Steve King, Wisconsin national committeeman
Alec Poitevint, Georgia national committeeman
Reince Priebus, Wisconsin Party chair
Steve Scheffler, Iowa national committeeman
Tony Sutton, Minnesota Party chair

MICHAEL STEELE (9)
Peter Ada, Guam national committeeman
John Frey, Connecticut national committeeman
Holly Hughes, Michigan national committeewoman
Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal, USVI committeewoman
Holland Redfield, USVI national committeeman
Pat Rogers, New Mexico national committeeman
Herbert Schoenbohm, USVI Party chair
Norm Semanko, Idaho Party chair
Bob Tiernan, Oregan Party chair

SAUL ANUZIS (9)
Saul Anuzis, Michigan national committeeman
Morton Blackwell, Virginia national committeeman
Gio Cicione, Rhode Island Party chair
Mark Fahleson, Nebraska Party chair
Dana Randall, South Dakota national committeewoman
Tom Ross, Delaware Republican Party chair
Heidi Smith, Nevada national committeewoman
Mike Stuart, West Virginia Party chair
Dick Wadhams, Colorado Republican Party chair

ANN WAGNER (7)
Lance Beshore, Missouri national committeeman
David Cole, Missouri Party chair
Chris Devaney, Tennessee Party chair
Ann Dickinson, Missouri national committeewoman
Peggy Lambert, Tennessee national committeewoman
Randy Ruedrich, Alaska Party chair
John Ryder, Tennessee national committeeman

GENTRY COLLINS (2)
Chris Healy, Connecticut Party chair
Matt Strawn, Iowa Party chair

MARIA CINO (0)

UNDECLARED (129)

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Media Matters’ Body Count? Awaiting Eric Boehlert’s Apology

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Video of Clay Duke threatening Florida school board members with a gun:

Did he have “caps” and not real bullets as someone in the video claims? According to the AP as of this writing, after being wounded by a security guard, Duke killed himself with his own gun. If correct, then at least some of the rounds were real. At a minimum, he intended to terrorize these people before he died.

But it’s going to be hard to spin Clay Duke into a Tea Party terrorist. His Facebook page contains a kind of suicide note which references the movie V for Vendetta (a film in which the “hero” blows up Parliament). His religion is listed as “humanist” which means he was an atheist. He also quotes part of Shelley’s poem Masque of Anarchy. (click for full size)

Also interesting is the list of favorite websites he provides, including Media Matters and The Progressive Mind along with about a dozen others.

Clearly this guy was mentally unbalanced. He had a history of trouble with the law going back at least 10 years. In fact, he has a lot in common with “freeway shooter” Byron Williams. Williams was a two time felon who set out to kill some folks at the Tides Foundation. He never got there and no one was killed thanks to timely police intervention. But his story became big news when he later listed Glenn Beck among his favorite television programs.

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters, made much of the Beck connection saying that Beck had come close to having a “body count.” In addition to Media Matters, Boehlert’s article was picked up by major liberal sites including Current TV, Huff Post, Salon, Alternet and Truthout. But it was distributed much more widely by blogs. A Google search for the title of his piece, in quotes, yields 57,000 results. The left ate it up like cotton candy.

And Boehlert inspired others in the media to follow his lead. Just a few days after his piece made the rounds, Dana Milbank at the Washington Post (who was about to publish a book on Beck which relied heavily on Media Matters) did what amounted to a sloppy rewrite of Boehlert’s piece.

And that was really just the beginning. Over succeeding weeks, Media Matters put up dozens of stories (1,600 search results) about Byron Williams, all of them mentioning Glenn Beck. Boehlert himself returned to the topic several months later using the same extended network of liberal sites. He once again blamed the shootings on Beck. He also wrote in a separate piece that the right’s “silence” about the supposed connection spoke volumes, saying:

Not even Andrew Breitbart and his bloggers, who are incessantly whining about supposed left-wing violence, and who ritually parade around the Kenneth Gladney story as proof that political violence is looming, even they won’t touch the cut-and-dry Byron Williams story. Even they can’t seem to find any opening to extricate Beck from his man-made mess.

As one of Andrew’s bloggers, let me just say…I think I found an opening, Eric. Would you like to comment on being among the Florida school board shooters favorite websites? Or would you prefer to admit that the actions of a disturbed individual with a police record, who was thousands of miles away at the time have nothing to do with you. You’re free to choose the latter, but you need to offer Glenn Beck one helluva big apology first.


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Count Penguins among those excited for ’24/7′ debut - NHL.com

December 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

CBC.ca
Count Penguins among those excited for '24/7' debut
NHL.com
PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby doesn't think he'll even have to rush back to his new suburban Pittsburgh home after Wednesday night's game against the Rangers in order to catch the first episode of the highly anticipated HBO "24/7" show.
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Evgeni Malkin returns to Penguins lineup tonightProBasketballTalk
Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Jeremy Roenick to Appear on 'The Price is Right'FanHouse
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Count Penguins among those excited for ’24/7′ debut - NHL.com

December 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

CBC.ca
Count Penguins among those excited for '24/7' debut
NHL.com
PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby doesn't think he'll even have to rush back to his new suburban Pittsburgh home after Wednesday night's game against the Rangers in order to catch the first episode of the highly anticipated HBO "24/7" show.
Crosby, Letang continue to lead All-Star votingSportingNews.com
Evgeni Malkin returns to Penguins lineup tonightProBasketballTalk
Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Jeremy Roenick to Appear on 'The Price is Right'FanHouse
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review -SB Nation Philly -UPI.com
all 339 news articles »

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When dems can’t count: From Wisconsin to Sanders

December 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

I was surfing aimlessly, and came across two interesting stories from the same organization - PoltiFact.  The first story railed Wisconsin dems over the refusal of the incoming Republican gov to take the federal bribe for high-speed rail; the second nailed Sen. Sanders (Socialist caucusing with dems - VT) for his claim that ExxonMobil not only paid zero in income taxes but they received over $ 150 million from the feds as a tax rebate or something.  In both instances, PoltiFact nailed the claimants to the cross.  Let’s review how the dems can’t count and the implications of that.

The first story - denying the fed bribe on high-speed rail:

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin joined in with the highest figure, declaring that Walker had “killed 13,000 Wisconsin jobs.”

One nice things about numbers is that they are so exact.  ”13,000″ is not 12,999 nor 13,001.  It is and always shall be 13,000.  How did they get there?  Some outfit, the WISPIRG Foundation, published (and since retracted because it overstated the job impact)this estimate of jobs that would be created if the bribe was accepted:

  • Year 1: 1,281
  • Year 2: 4,060
  • Year 3: 5,535
  • Year 4: 1,847
  • Year 5: 621
  • Year 6: 250
  • These are the only hard numbers available, and the Wisconsin dem party admitted basing their claim upon them.  We’ll set aside the most glaring aspect - that the numbers add to 13,594, which is not and never shall be 13,000.  The somewhat more, um, nuanced aspect is that each year is viewed in isolation.  Think of a company that has a five year run - in the first year they hire 1,281 folks.  In the 2d year, they hire 2,779 additional folks, for a total of 4,060.  You see?  The most we can discern from these data is that the bribe may have resulted in as much as 5,535 temporary jobs.  You all do the math when the project bribe was $ 810 million.

    Slicing this mathematical injustice, PoltiFact concluded:

    Perhaps thousands of jobs were at stake, but there is no evidence that 13,000 jobs were lost. What’s more, that has been clear for some time — and most everyone else has stopped using the figure.

    We rate the party’s claim as Pants on Fire.

    Seems an appropriate conclusion.

    Sen. Sanders’ diatribe is even easier to trash:

    “These people want to cut back on the powers of the EPA and the Department of Energy so that ExxonMobil can remain the most profitable corporation in world history while oil and coal companies continue to pollute our air and our water. Last year, ExxonMobil made $ 19 billion in profit. Guess what. They paid zero in taxes. They got a $ 156 million refund from the IRS. I guess that is not good enough. We have to give the oil companies even more tax breaks.”

    You can read the details, but here’s the summary:

    According to the 10-K, ExxonMobil paid $ 110 million in state income taxes, $ 6.3 billion in sales taxes, and $ 1.5 billion in “other taxes and duties.” All told, the company’s tax liability according to its 10-K was $ 7.7 billion. (These numbers are not necessarily totals actually paid but derived using generally accepted accounting principles.) And that only counts taxes paid in the U.S. It paid an additional $ 70 billion-plus in taxes to foreign governments in 2009, $ 15 billion of which was for income taxes.

    ExxonMobile added that their 2009 federal tax bill was roughly $ 500 million.  PoltiFact graded Sanders’ claim as “false.”

    In the high-speed rail story, we had a political party trying to gain traction with the public (they even did billboards!). In the latter, we have a dithering idiot on the floor of the United States Senate citing false information as a basis for passing legislation.

    What we learn from these stories is that democrats will say anything anywhere if it may further what they consider to be their goals.  They will demonize corporations and opposing politicians with false information to achieve their objectives.  They are, in short, pathetic little trolls that infect society.  They do nothing to further discourse.  They offer no value in their putative facts.  Everything they say must be presumed a lie until proven otherwise.

    Democrats and the people that vote for them are a net loss to society.  The CO2 they exhale is the primary source of global warming.  We should carbon credit them out of existence.

    Liberty Pundits Blog

    ‘Birther’ Army Doctor Pleads Guilty On One Count At Court Martial

    December 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

    Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an Army doctor who refused to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S., pleaded guilty to one of two charges against him at a court martial proceeding on Tuesday.

    Lakin pleaded guilty to a charge that included not meeting with a superior when ordered to do so and not reporting for duty at Fort Campbell, reported The Republic. He’ll face up to 18 months in prison and dismissal from the Army, the newspaper reported.

    Lakin pleaded not guilty on another charge that he missed a flight he was required to be on, and his court-martial at Fort Meade in Maryland is continuing on that count.









    TPMMuckraker

    Count one for Cam in Heisman race - New York Post

    December 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

    Globe and Mail
    Count one for Cam in Heisman race
    New York Post
    The four Heisman Trophy finalists strolled into a conference room at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and posed behind the little bronze statue of their dreams. As fate would have it, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was directly behind the Heisman.
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    Hotline Whip Count: The RNC Chairman’s Race

    December 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

    Republican National Committee members are being inundated with promotional material, phone calls and even personal visits from candidates who want to be their next chairman.

    Some of the 168 voters are already making up their minds, but the majority are keeping their options open. The race is viewed as a free-for-all, with at least five serious contenders battling for votes. That means the five weeks between now and the January 14 election day will be a furious sprint for votes. And we at The Hotline will track every voter.

    Here’s our initial look at voters who have publicly committed to backing a candidate:

    SAUL ANUZIS (8)
    Saul Anuzis, Michigan national committeeman
    Morton Blackwell, Virginia national committeeman
    Mark Fahleson, Nebraska Party chair
    Dana Randall, South Dakota national committeewoman
    Tom Ross, Delaware Republican Party chair
    Heidi Smith, Nevada national committeewoman
    Mike Stuart, West Virginia Party chair
    Dick Wadhams, Colorado Republican Party chair

    ANN WAGNER (6)
    David Cole, Missouri Party chair
    Ann Dickinson, Missouri national committeewoman
    Peggy Lambert, Tennessee national committeewoman
    Randy Ruedrich, Alaska Party chair
    John Ryder, Tennessee national committeeman
    Jan Staples, Maine national committeewoman

    REINCE PRIEBUS (5)
    Henry Barbour, Mississippi national committeeman
    Pat Brady, Illinois Party chair
    Mary Buestrin, Wisconsin national committeewoman
    Alec Poitevint, Georgia national committeeman
    Reince Priebus, Wisconsin Party chair

    GENTRY COLLINS (3)
    Tom Fetzer, North Carolina Party chair
    Chris Healy, Connecticut Party chair
    Matt Strawn, Iowa Party chair

    Hotline On Call

    Holine Whip Count: The RNC Chairman’s Race

    December 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

    Republican National Committee members are being inundated with promotional material, phone calls and even personal visits from candidates who want to be their next chairman.

    Some of the 168 voters are already making up their minds, but the majority are keeping their options open. The race is viewed as a free-for-all, with at least five serious contenders battling for votes. That means the five weeks between now and the January 14 election day will be a furious sprint for votes. And we at The Hotline will track every voter.

    Here’s our initial look at voters who have publicly committed to backing a candidate:

    SAUL ANUZIS (8)
    Saul Anuzis, Michigan national committeeman
    Morton Blackwell, Virginia national committeeman
    Mark Fahleson, Nebraska Party chair
    Dana Randall, South Dakota national committeewoman
    Tom Ross, Delaware Republican Party chair
    Heidi Smith, Nevada national committeewoman
    Mike Stuart, West Virginia Party chair
    Dick Wadhams, Colorado Republican Party chair

    ANN WAGNER (6)
    David Cole, Missouri Party chair
    Ann Dickinson, Missouri national committeewoman
    Peggy Lambert, Tennessee national committeewoman
    Randy Ruedrich, Alaska Party chair
    John Ryder, Tennessee national committeeman
    Jan Staples, Maine national committeewoman

    REINCE PRIEBUS (5)
    Henry Barbour, Mississippi national committeeman
    Pat Brady, Illinois Party chair
    Mary Buestrin, Wisconsin national committeewoman
    Alec Poitevint, Georgia national committeeman
    Reince Priebus, Wisconsin Party chair

    GENTRY COLLINS (3)
    Tom Fetzer, North Carolina Party chair
    Chris Healy, Connecticut Party chair
    Matt Strawn, Iowa Party chair

    Hotline On Call

    National Unemployment Rate At 9.8 Percent In November; Some Say Numbers Fail To Count Christmas Retail Jobs

    December 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

    The latest numbers show that the national unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in November.

    That was an increase from the previous rate of 9.6 percent, and some are questioning the official statistics that show that retail jobs actually declined. Retail employment usually peaks at the Christmas season as stores need more workers to help in the aisles and at the check-out counters with the larger volume of shoppers.

    Rising unemployment is also a bad sign for the state budget deficit, which is projected at $ 3.4 billion for the fiscal year that starts in July 2011.

    Capitol Watch

    Hotline Whip Count: Deficit Commission Looks Dead

    December 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

    A presidential deficit commission is struggling to win the votes necessary to pass a sweeping austerity plan as members get set to vote on a final draft today. Despite lobbying efforts by commission chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, five of the 18 members have said they will vote against the plan, effectively scuttling its chances.

    Bowles and Simpson have secured ten votes, while five commissioners have said they will vote against the proposal. Commission members include: Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Dave Camp (R-MI), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Paul Ryan (R-WI), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and John Spratt (D-SC), Honeywell International CEO David Cote, former Young & Rubicam Brands CEO Ann Fudge, Brookings Institute senior fellow Alice Rivlin and former SEIU president Andy Stern.

    The vote will be held today.

    VOTES IN FAVOR
    Bowles
    Simpson
    Coburn
    Conrad
    Cote
    Crapo
    Fudge
    Gregg
    Rivlin

    VOTES AGAINST
    Baucus
    Camp
    Ryan
    Schakowsky
    Stern

    UNDECLARED/UNDECIDED
    Becerra
    Hensarling (May vote no)
    Spratt

    Hotline On Call

    Hotline Whip Count: The Deficit Commission

    December 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

    With less than 24 hours to go before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility meets for a final vote on a draft proposal, commission chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are scrambling to secure the 14 votes they need for a formal endorsement. And, despite early skepticism they would ever reach that goal, there is a path, albeit a narrow one, to pull out the political miracle.

    Bowles and Simpson have secured nine votes, while two commissioners have said they will vote against the proposal. Commission members include: Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Dave Camp (R-MI), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Paul Ryan (R-WI), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and John Spratt (D-SC), Honeywell International CEO David Cote, former Young & Rubicam Brands CEO Ann Fudge, Brookings Institute senior fellow Alice Rivlin and former SEIU president Andy Stern.

    The vote will be held tomorrow.

    VOTES IN FAVOR
    Bowles
    Simpson
    Coburn
    Conrad
    Cote
    Crapo
    Fudge
    Gregg
    Rivlin

    VOTES AGAINST
    Ryan
    Schakowsky

    UNDECLARED/UNDECIDED
    Baucus
    Becerra
    Camp
    Durbin
    Hensarling
    Spratt
    Stern

    Hotline On Call

    Guilty of one count? Try acquitted on 284 counts. Nice job, Barry

    November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

    A little perspective:

    After deliberating for five days, a jury of six men and six women found Ahmed Ghailani, 36, guilty of conspiracy to damage or destroy U.S. property but acquitted him of multiple murder and attempted-murder charges for his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.

    The Obama administration had hoped that a conviction on most, if not all, of the charges would help clear the way for federal prosecutions of other Guantanamo detainees - including Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The administration did not want to rely exclusively on the military commissions that the George W. Bush administration had made a centerpiece of its detention policy.

    Hey, Barry, maybe W had it right.  Think?

    BTW, your spin sucks:

    “He was convicted by a jury of a count which carries a 20-year minimum sentence,” the official says. “He will very likely be sentenced to something closer to life. (The judge can, and very likely will, take into account things that the jury did not, and he can and will consider conduct that the jury found him not guilty of — e.g., murder). He will never be paroled (there is no parole in the federal system). There are very few federal crimes that carry a mandatory MINIMUM of 20 years. What that means is that he was convicted of a crime that is a very big deal.”

    Yeah, whatever.  You lost on 284 counts.  Admit it.  You were incapable of proving your case.

    Liberty Pundits Blog

    Latest on Maffei (D-NY25) vote count: He’s still down

    November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

    Dan Maffei’s race was one to watch this year, and it’s proven to drag on two weeks later.  Here’s the latest info:

    Maffei picked up 182 votes over Buerkle after the Onondaga County Board of Elections counted 1,612 absentee ballots, according to Maffei’s count.

    That is about 26 percent of the absentee ballots returned to the Onondaga County Board of Elections.

    Elections commissioners have decided to release vote totals only when all absentee ballots are counted, which could take days.

    Earlier in the day, Buerkle picked up 95 votes in Monroe County.

    Buerkle received 154 votes among Monroe County’s absentee ballots.Maffei got 59.

    That brings the total across all four counties at 5 p.m. Wednesday to 101,183 for Buerkle and 100,541 for Maffei. Buerkle leads by 642 votes.

    Liberty Pundits Blog

    Alaska vote count drama offers potential for family feud

    November 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

    Juneau, Alaska (CNN) - As the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. But is it thicker than politics?

    In Alaska’s undecided Senate race, two fierce competitors are battling for every vote: he wants Republican Joe Miller to win. No way, she says - the seat should stay in GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s hands.

    With steely eyes, they watched as election workers counted write-in ballots on Thursday. If they had to fight each other for a vote for their respective side - so be it. But unlike other election observers hawkishly watching over the counting in the last Senate race in the nation, Tanja Cadigan and Jack Cadigan are unique rivals.

    He is the father. And she is his daughter.

    In an odd pairing, both observed the ballot counting at the same table for a while on Thursday.

    They’d have a “hugging war” in the end, they playfully said, to resolve any fights.

    As the serious drama unfolds over the undecided contest, the Cadigan versus Cadigan match-up provided for a unique and light-hearted backdrop.

    How did father and daughter end up on opposite sides of the ballot-counting table?

    “She voted one way. And I voted the other way,” the father playfully said.

    The daughter told CNN how she felt when she first learned of the potential face-off with her dad.

    “Last night I heard that he was going to be observing today and I thought, ‘Oh dear, I’m observing today as well,’” Tanja Cadigan said. “So there’s that moment of awkwardness - just a fleeting moment of that funny emotion that we’re on opposite sides. But then I thought, ‘Oh this is fantastic. It’s a moment in history, really to share together with my dad. It’s really special.”

    The father also described his initial reaction.

    “Well I knew she was doing this and I thought it was great,” Jack Cadigan said. “Because I’ve always encouraged my kids to vote and vote however they want…and to involve themselves in the whole process as much as they can.”

    Then, just as the ballots were being laid out, the dad intoned, “The fight is about to begin.”

    “I’m going to challenge,” he said.

    “And I’m going to counter-challenge,” she replied with a grin.

    Before long, after observing and challenging ballots, the dad-daughter duel was done.

    There was no major beef, they said.

    So what does Tanja’s mother, Jack’s wife, think of the situation?

    “I think my mom was a bit… stirred last night. But excited that we would both do it together,” Tanja said.


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