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October 30, 2011

Politico: Herman Cain accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

  • allegation Today, Herman Cain got grilled by a Politico reporter who asked him about detailed sexual harassment allegations dating back to the 1990s: “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?”
  • response Cain denied the allegations, then as things got tense and the question was repeated, Cain asked the reporter: “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?” Expect this to follow him throughout the week. source
21:15 // 2 years ago
mauricecherry:

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Someone’s sucking up in an effort to be the VP candidate.

mauricecherry:

Presented without comment.

Someone’s sucking up in an effort to be the VP candidate.

(Source: rainbreath, via mauricecherry)

16:49 // 2 years ago

The heat is off: Michele Bachmann’s Iowa polling numbers fall flat

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11:34 // 2 years ago
October 28, 2011

More on Herman Cain, Mark Block and his checkered past

jeffmiller says: To be fair, the election board counsel felt he was railroaded. From Time: “George Dunst, the Board’s former general counsel, recalls that the evidence was shaky. ‘[Block] got screwed,’ he says. ‘They really did a number on him.’”

» SFB days: Fair enough. The AP story didn’t bring up that particular detail. But it’s also worth noting that the sentence directly before the one you pulled said this: "Former board member David Halbrooks remembers it as a slam dunk case." We changed the story slightly to reflect the non-open-and-shutness of the case. But we do recommend you read the whole story, which also notes that within the past few years, he’s been nailed for sketchy robo-calls in Wisconsin. — Ernie @ SFB

11:29 // 2 years ago

Herman Cain aide Mark Block’s checkered past, abridged edition

  • rise Mark Block started his career in 1974, becoming, at age 18, the youngest elected official in Wisconsin’s history. He spent much of the 1980s coordinating Republican political campaigns in the state.
  • fall In 1997, Block was blocked from Wisconsin politics for a few years for allegedly doing some sketchy stuff with a special interest group. During this time, he worked at Target and his personal life unraveled.
  • recovery In 2005, Block got his mojo back by getting hired as Americans for Prosperity’s director in Wisconsin. He then met a young whippersnapper named Herman Cain, and the rest is chain-smoking historysource

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11:04 // 2 years ago
October 27, 2011
This is his first rodeo, so people make mistakes. But I wish he would have called and said ‘Bill, I’m going in another direction.’ But he never did.
Tea Party supporter Bill Hemrick • Discussing how Herman Cain blew him off during a fundraising event a few months back … and in the process cost Hemrick a position in his campaign. The way it happened is super tone-deaf: First, Cain spoke at an event, and was supposed to show up a private club dinner for businessmen, where roughly 200 rich guys were planning to donate the maximum $2,500 each to Cain’s campaign. (Do the math.) When Hemrick called and said “I’ll see you upstairs,” Cain responded, “Well, I’m at the airport.” That’s right, he didn’t show up. “I thought, wow, good communication there,” Hemrick noted. Not long after Hemrick, learned he wouldn’t be the financial chair of Cain’s campaign in Tennessee, a position promised to him by Cain. That’s just one example of Cain’s apparent poor campaigning style, according to The New York Times. source (viafollow)
10:02 // 2 years ago
October 26, 2011

dcdecoder:

Decoder gave you Herman Cain’s greatest campaign commercials yesterday and, even though Colbert’s riffs are talented, we don’t think he can hang with Cain original “He Carried Yellow Flowers.”

Worth it for the slow-delay Colbert smile, which emphasizes how creepy Cain’s own smile was.

11:38 // 2 years ago
Herman Cain didn’t pay his state taxes in 2006: The Daily Beast just scored an exclusive about the 999 Plan advocate, which shows that he was a couple years late in paying off his taxes in the state of Georgia. He had an understandable reason, however: He was getting treated for cancer at the time. He filed for an extension on his federal taxes, but never paid off his state taxes, forcing the state to later put a tax lien on him. Cain’s lawyer at first fought the allegations, but finally settled in late 2008. “The experience serves as an example of how broken our federal and state bureaucracies are with respect to the collection of revenue,” said Cain’s spokesman, J.D. Gordon. “The entire process is driven by automated letters generated in response to deadlines.”

Herman Cain didn’t pay his state taxes in 2006: The Daily Beast just scored an exclusive about the 999 Plan advocate, which shows that he was a couple years late in paying off his taxes in the state of Georgia. He had an understandable reason, however: He was getting treated for cancer at the time. He filed for an extension on his federal taxes, but never paid off his state taxes, forcing the state to later put a tax lien on him. Cain’s lawyer at first fought the allegations, but finally settled in late 2008. “The experience serves as an example of how broken our federal and state bureaucracies are with respect to the collection of revenue,” said Cain’s spokesman, J.D. Gordon. “The entire process is driven by automated letters generated in response to deadlines.”

11:04 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2011

That weird Herman Cain/Mark Block ad from last night, minus all the boring crap at the beginning. Seeing it on loop a bunch of times somehow makes it more effectively weird. More Cain campaign weirdness over this way.

8:31 // 2 years ago
October 24, 2011
Cut, Balance and Grow strikes a major blow against the Washington-knows-best mindset. It takes money from spendthrift bureaucrats and returns it to families. It puts fewer job-killing regulations on employers and more restrictions on politicians. It gives more freedom to Americans to control their own destiny. And just as importantly, the Cut, Balance and Grow plan paves the way for the job creation, balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility we need to get America working again.
Rick Perry • Discussing his new plan for taxes, “Cut, Balance and Grow,” which has a name clearly worded to evoke the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan that House Republicans tried to push through earlier this year. Perry’s plan, in simple terms: An optional 20 percent flat tax, with benefits for lower-income people who would not necessarily benefit from such a flat tax. Don’t like it? Keep your current tax rate. Unlike Herman Cain’s 999 Plan, this might actually have a shot at getting through Congress. And would you look at that? Right on cue, Perry suddenly has an endorsement from Steve Forbes, the guy who banked his entire campaign on the flat tax — twice! Cain’s gonna have some gimmicky tax plan competition at the next debate. source (viafollow)
22:37 // 2 years ago