Daily Archives: June 5, 2012

WALKER SURVIVES

Scott Walker Tom Barrett Recall Results

Apparently 30 million dollars can buy an election.

The Huffington Post

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was projected the winner of Tuesday night’s gubernatorial primary by NBC News.

The latest polls showed Walker leading Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett going into the contest.

The AP relays background on the race:

The first-term Republican was back on the ballot just a year and a half after his election. Enraged Democrats and labor activists gathered more than 900,000 signatures to force the vote after they failed to stop Walker and his GOP allies in the state Legislature from stripping most public employees of their collective bargaining rights.The recall is a rematch of the 2010 election in which Walker beat Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by nearly 6 points.

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Rachel Maddow – Romney unmoved to change ad despite fact-check smackdown

I enjoyed this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show, last night.  In fact I enjoyed it so much I just had to share it with you.

The gist of the segment:  Rachel caught Mitt Romney in a bold-faced lie the day he went to Solyndra  to discuss President Obama’s involvement with the now defunct company.

Now, to the video…

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Wisconsin Voters Report Receiving Robocalls Telling Them Not To Vote

Scott Walker’s campaign must be running scared…

Think Progress

From Eau Claire to Beloit, voters across Wisconsin are relaying stories via Twitter, Facebook and online message boards about anonymous “robocalls” from allies of Scott Walker, telling them–incorrectly–that if they signed petitions to recall Governor Walker, their vote in today’s crucial election has been recorded.

An NBC reporter tweeted that a family friend was one recipient of the call:

Dad just emailed, a WI friend of his got the ‘If you signed the petition you don’t have to vote tomorrow’ robocall 

Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee and the Democratic nominee to unseat Governor Scott Walker, told MSNBC host Ed Schultz last night that his campaign began receiving complaints yesterday that voters had been contacted with the misinformation. This morning, Salon reported on the robocalls too, and included comments from Carol Gibbons, a Wisconsin resident who got the call herself. And a local CBS affiliate is even reporting that the caller sounds eerily similar to Tom Barrett, suggesting the group behind the call may have hired a Barrett impersonator.

So far no recording of the call has surfaced, but the reports from voters was enough to prompt the Barrett campaign to make calls of its own, warning voters not to listen to the first call. For its part, the Walker campaign denied any involvement in or knowledge of the robocall or who was behind it.

Election day antics were a near certainty in Wisconsin. In the last week, reports of other campaign antics surfaced, including an attempt by Walker supporters to disable the Barrett campaign’s phone lines by flooding their call centers with spam phone calls.

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AP’s: 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

The Huffington Post

1. YEAR OF TURMOIL IN WISCONSIN LEADS TO TODAY

Both sides of the recall election targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are prepared for a razor-thin margin as the Republican tries to become the first U.S. governor to fend off a recall effort.

2. CHOOSING A JURY IN MOLESTATION TRIAL OF PENN STATE’S SANDUSKY

Jury selection begins in the trial of the former defensive coordinator for Penn State. He is expected to be in the courtroom for the start of the trial that is expected to last several weeks.

3. TARGET: AL-QAIDA’S NO. 2

A CIA drone strike targeted Abu Yahia al-Libi in Pakistan, but it was unclear whether he was among those hit, U.S. officials said.

4. POLITICS OF POT PLAY OUT ON NATIONAL STAGE

Colorado voters decide whether to legalize marijuana in November. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, who both oppose it, are finding themselves unwittingly ensnared in the legalization debate – and both may want to take it more seriously if their race in Colorado is close.

5. RAINS SLOW SEARCH IN NIGERIA PLANE CRASH

Emergency crews can’t yet return to the site of the crash because of a torrential downpour and heavy winds. It’s still unclear how many people on the ground died, in addition to the 153 passengers killed Sunday.

6. STARE WITH CARE: VENUS PASSES THE SUN

Venus won’t pass in front of the sun again until 2117. Says one expert: “`’In terms of rarity, to be here at a time when it’s happening, you almost have to look at it.” Just make sure to have a filter, not your bare eyes

7. SCHOOLS DON’T GIVE `PINK SLIME’ A PASSING GRADE

All but three states decide against ordering ground beef with the product known as “pink slime” for meals in the National School Lunch Program.

8. FATE OF CALIFORNIA GAY MARRIAGE CASE

A federal appeals court plans to announce if it will rehear a legal challenge to the state’s same-sex marriage ban or send the landmark case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

9. CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: QUEEN ELIZABETH II TO CAP JUBILEE WITH SPEECH

The queen will make the rare address to the nation after a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, a lunch in a medieval hall and a carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace.

10. PLAYER’S STRUGGLES FUEL STUDIES

Former NFL player George Koonce uses his own struggles – including depression and even a suicide attempt – to fuel a dissertation on the issues retired players face. He’s going for a doctorate in philosophy at Marquette University.

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Jesse Kelly Calls Gabrielle Giffords ‘A Hero Of Nothing’ In New Democratic Ad

Gabrielle Giffords

The Huffington Post

A Democratic super PAC is airing a new ad in the special election race to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that features Republican Jesse Kelly calling her a “hero of nothing.”

“And now she stands there with that smile and pretends to be some type of hometown hero,” Kelly says in the clip, which began airing Monday. “She’s a hero of nothing.”

Kelly made the comment at a campaign event in August 2010, less than half a year before the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and 13 wounded, including Giffords.

A call to Kelly’s campaign regarding the comments was not immediately returned.

The ad marks the first time in this election cycle that Democrats have sought to highlight Kelly’s past comments regarding Giffords, to whom he lost in 2010 by fewer than 2 percentage points.

The clip also highlights Kelly supporting a zero percent corporate tax rate and the abolition of a minimum wage, as well as his characterization of Medicare and Social Security as ponzi schemes.

Kelly is currently locked in a tight race with Democrat Ron Barber to finish Giffords’ term. Giffords will make a rare public appearance with Barber, a former aide whom she explicitly asked to run, at an event on Saturday.

The six-figure ad campaign, spearheaded by House Majority PAC, will run through election day.

Watch the ad here:

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