Submitted by TJ Walker on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 6:01pm
One of the key issues framing the Republican primary race and one that will certainly be highlighted during the general election if Romney were to get that far is his role in Bain Capital.
The media lesson to be learned is that you must get out in front of issues that can hurt your reputation before your enemies, opponents, and in the world of business, your competitors frame the issue and you are left playing defense instead of offense.
Bain Capital has been discussed ever since Mitt Romney first entered politics in 1994. Many people believe that Bain Capital has done so many nefarious things in a complex manner and this in turn has left most voters confused by Romney’s Bain connection.
The danger that the Romney camp is now faced with is that the media and his opponents have framed the issue in the following way:
1. Bain Capital would plunge a company into massive debt.
2. Bain would pull out massive fees.
3. The company would be pushed into bankruptcy.
Submitted by Christian Dem in NC on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 5:21pm
Not surprisingly, Public Policy Polling's phone has been ringing off the hook today. However, based on their October polling, Erskine Bowles would likely be the strongest candidate against all-but-certain Repub nominee Pat McCrory. And the numbers for Democrats nationally have gotten a lot friendlier since October.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 2:53pm
Bold Progressives has jumped on the idea Brad Miller might consider a run for Governor if encouraged. They have already mailed out a link to their members in North Carolina and I'd like to promote it here.
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) is set to announce today that she will not seek reelection in 2012, according to two sources familiar with her plans.
Perdue, who turned 65 earlier this month, was set for a rematch of her 2008 race with former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory (R), but she has been plagued by low approval ratings and faced some tough odds this year.
Sources say she has labored over her decision about whether to seek a second term. One source said she plans to announce she will step aside in a statement this afternoon.
Update:Please see the following statement from Governor Bev Perdue:
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 8:28am
PETITION TO SUPREME COURT OF ALASKA TO BLOCK NDAA INDEFINITE DETENTION PROVIDES MODEL FOR CITIZENS OF ALL STATES
While the mainstream media blackout keeps millions of Americans clueless about the consequences of NDAA 2012 and Constitutional Rights groups do little more than milk the issue, in Alaska one bold patriot is taking action.
A Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus was filed with the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska on 20 December 2011 and accepted by the Clerk of Appellate Courts on 10 January 2012 in response to the "indefinite detention without trial of American citizens" provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2012) by Ms. Anna M. Riezinger-von Reitz and other unnamed Petitioners:
"My only two options are to run in a primary with David Price or not to run," Miller said. "I have talked to a lot of friends who have supported David and me. Some would support David. And some would support me. But none of them want to see a primary between us."
What is the customary period of mourning for this? Anyone know?
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 7:34am
This linked article is a good summary of why skeptics do not believe the theory that CO2 is causing global warming. The key assumption built into this theory are the huge feedbacks that have been asssumed. As can be seen in this paper, those feedbacks do not match reality. The author does a good job of presenting the science in layman terms.
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 9:18pm
Via e-mail from the Project On Government Oversight:
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and allies sent letters to the Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday,
asking them to come clean about water contamination at the U.S. Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune—where Marines, civilians, and their families were poisoned by the water they used and drank, but have yet to see justice after
years of secrecy. I saw that you covered the contamination cover-up earlier this month, and thought you might be interested in our action.
Submitted by TJ Walker on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 5:46pm
To Democrats, moderates, progressives, liberals and independents, i.e. 60% of America; it is, indeed, a confusing political time. While many of us want Obama to win re-election, most of us concede that any incumbent President running for re-election with 8.5% unemployment is highly vulnerable and likely to be defeated. So it just seems weird that that the Republicans don’t seem to be treating this whole election-thing seriously.
What’s going on?
Yes, Obama is vulnerable. But the Republicans are flocking to Newt Gingrich. A man with near 100% name ID among likely voters and near 60% unfavorable ratings. 60%! It’s almost as if Obama pulled a reverse Watergate, broke into the GOP headquarters, drugged the chairman and had a Mission Impossible style replacement mask put on James Carville who took over things just to screw with Republicans.
But that doesn’t quite seem plausible, so here are two other theories.
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