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August 22, 2012
He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens? … We’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.
Lubbock County Judge Tom Head • During an appearance on FOX34 in support of a measure, to raise the local tax rate by 1.7 cents, intended to generate the revenue needed to increase law enforcement’s budget. The DA has apparently been losing experienced prosecutors to counties with higher budgets, and the sheriff has said he needs an additional seven deputies. Good so far. So how did the discussion turn to civil war? Well, after the events described above take place, Head and the sheriff’s department will be ready to stop the UN and “stand in front of their armored personnel [carriers].”  When that showdown occurs, Head wants to be certain he has enough deputies to repel UN forces without relying on civilian fighters. A sound plan if we’ve ever heard one. source (viafollow)
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August 16, 2012
15:24 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2012

July numbers seal Mitt Romney’s Q2 fundraising dominance

  • $75 million donated to the campaign of President Obama and the Democratic National Committee during the month of July
  • $101.3 million was donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee last month source

» Three months straight: With his July fundraising, Mitt Romney finished an entire quarter with a higher donation total than President Obama. Considering his continued ability to out-raise Obama, is it any wonder that the two remain virtually neck-and-neck in pre-election polling?

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14:26 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012

Self-funding: Is it really worth it?

    • 58 political candidates gave $500,000 or more to their own campaigns in 2010
    • 11 of those 58 actually ended up winning their elections (roughly $19%)
    • $130Mtotal amount of self-donations to 2012 campaigns—so far source

    » Not much bang for the buck: Tons of money is needed to get a political campaign off the ground, but that doesn’t mean being rich out of the gate is a sure-fire win for wannabe politicians. In 2010, wrestling magnate Linda McMahon spent $50 million on her own Senate campaign only to be crushed by Richard Blumenthal, who’d raised a (relatively) modest $8.7 million. More recently, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost the GOP primary after giving $24 million to his own war chest—the most so far of any candidate this cycle. But this doesn’t seem to be discouraging wealthy candidates: McMahon is running for the Senate again this year, and her $8.8 million contribution constitutes 90% of what she’s raised so far.

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    7:22 // 1 year ago
    July 30, 2012
    zainyk:

AP sources: Obama campaign to use Bill Clinton in prominent role at Democratic convention

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton will play a prominent role at the Democratic National convention this summer, several Obama campaign and party officials say.
The former president will formally nominate President Barack Obama for re-election. And he will use a prime-time speech to argue that Obama has the strongest economic vision for the country’s future, the officials say.


Probably a good move, but will this convince anyone on the other side of the aisle?

    zainyk:

    AP sources: Obama campaign to use Bill Clinton in prominent role at Democratic convention

    WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton will play a prominent role at the Democratic National convention this summer, several Obama campaign and party officials say.

    The former president will formally nominate President Barack Obama for re-election. And he will use a prime-time speech to argue that Obama has the strongest economic vision for the country’s future, the officials say.

    Probably a good move, but will this convince anyone on the other side of the aisle?

    11:34 // 1 year ago
    July 29, 2012
    18:39 // 2 years ago
    July 25, 2012
    It’s got to be a referendum on, ‘Do you like or dislike, not just the president, but his policies?’ But there’s got to be something more. People don’t just vote somebody out — they’ve got to vote somebody in.
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker • Commenting on what he perceives as weak strategy from Mitt Romney’s campaign — tearing-down President Obama instead of promoting himself — during a discussion with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. Walker also rebutted the popular claim that Mitt Romney is disconnected from “normal” people, and cannot relate to everyday struggles. “When he was with Paul Ryan and I in Jamesville a few weeks ago, he was great,” said Walker, adding, “He relates to people well, relates to small-business owners well. I would like to see more of that.”  source (viafollow)
    14:06 // 2 years ago
    July 22, 2012

    Going to Tampa for August’s Republican National Convention? Safety first.

    • $50 million in funding from Congress went to the RNC and the DNC each to ensure that the two major political conventions this year are safe
    • $13.6 million was spent by the RNC on big safety items ahead of the conference — like 200 bicycles, 13 electric all-terrain vehicles and one armored truck source

    » Trying to learn from St. Paul: In 2008, the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul, Minn., where protesters often got violent and police confrontations were common. No one was seriously injured, but many were arrested (including journalists). Because St. Paul was one of the smallest cities to host a national political convention, its security and enforcement was slightly unprepared. Tampa is taking no chances this year. ”We’ve extensively studied St. Paul,” said Tampa City Attorney Jim Shimberg. “We’ve had meetings with folks in St. Paul, to find out what went well and what went wrong.”

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    16:21 // 2 years ago
    July 11, 2012
    Romney’s speech gets lukewarm reception at NAACP conference
Loud booing erupted after the Republican presidential candidate promised to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. Romney was forced to pause by the rejection of his statement, and also faced loud booing when he insisted that the President is incapable of solving our economic problems. “If I am president, job one for me will be creating jobs. I have no hidden agenda,” said Romney, adding, “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him.”  (Photo via Reuters) source
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    Loud booing erupted after the Republican presidential candidate promised to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. Romney was forced to pause by the rejection of his statement, and also faced loud booing when he insisted that the President is incapable of solving our economic problems. “If I am president, job one for me will be creating jobs. I have no hidden agenda,” said Romney, adding, “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him.”  (Photo via Reuters) source

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    14:04 // 2 years ago
    July 4, 2012
    Who had a better, more productive Fourth of July — Obama or Romney?

    Who had a better, more productive Fourth of July — Obama or Romney?

    21:01 // 2 years ago