Archive for December, 2011

Boston Herald – “Working for Uncle Sam is a terrific deal” for workers, not for taxpayers

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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Iowa Republican caucus – 41% could change mind. Romney at 24%, Ron Paul at 22%, Rick Santorum at 15%

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Des Moines Register:

The poll, conducted Tuesday through Friday, shows support at 24 percent for Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts; 22 percent for Paul, a Texas congressman; and 15 percent for the surging Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.

But the four-day results don’t reflect just how quickly momentum is shifting in a race that has remained highly fluid for months. If the final two days of polling are considered separately, Santorum rises to second place, with 21 percent, pushing Paul to third, at 18 percent. Romney remains the same, at 24 percent.

“Momentum’s name is Rick Santorum,” said the Register’s pollster, J. Ann Selzer.

Another sign of the race’s volatility: 41 percent of likely caucusgoers say they could still be persuaded to change their minds.

 

End of year Obama approval rating, Rasmussen – 46% approve, 52% disapprove

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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“Seeking Clarity” — That’s what “Education Week” calls 6 suburban schools suing to stop kids from moving into district

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Six suburban Kansas City, MO, districts — Blue Springs, Center Schools, Independence, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Raytown — recently sued in order to stop children from attending their districts.  A judge blocked them.

Education Week:

Missouri Districts Seek Clarification on Kansas City Transfer Policy

By Christina Samuels

In January, the 17,400-student Kansas City, Mo. school district will lose its accreditation, beset by student achievement and leadership woes.

Missouri law allows students in Kansas City to transfer to nearby accredited school districts, at the expense of the Kansas City district.

 

Kansas City, MO, suburban schools sue to stop kids from transferring — judge blocks request

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Associated Press:

A Jackson County judge on Friday denied a request from six suburban Kansas City school districts to temporarily halt the transfer of students from the Kansas City School District, which loses its accreditation Sunday.

The districts _ Independence, Raytown, North Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs and Center Schools _ asked for a temporary restraining order to delay transfers until a number of disputes can be resolved.

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Six suburban Missouri K-12 districts sue to stop students from moving to their districts

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Fox 4:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A judge on Friday denied the temporary injunction to stop student transfers from the Kansas City School District to neighboring accredited schools.

RedState – A “public service message” from Sen. Rick Santorum, backing RINO Arlen Specter in 2004

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Via RedState.

 

Swing states of Nevada, North Carolina losing registered voters aged 18-25 — Jim Geraghty

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Jim Geraghty:

new analysis by researchers at Tufts University confirms what many suspected: young people are less interested in the 2012 race than the 2008 race, and that the young voters who supported Barack Obama by wide margins last cycle are not, at this point, inclined to back the incumbent president by the same margin.

North Carolina — Between November 2008 and November 2011, North Carolina saw a net gain of 93,709 in the number of overall, new registrations.  However, youth registrants (ages 18-25) lost a net of 48,500 new registrations, while older adults (ages 26 and over) gained over 142,000 registrants. Of the 48,500 net loss in youth registrants, 80.4% were lost among registered Democrats, a net loss of 39,049 young Democratic registrants.

Nevada — Nevada’s registration rolls have shrunk by a net of 117,109 people since the 2008 election, of whom 50,912 (or 43% of the decline) are between the ages of 18-24.  The significant challenge for Democratic candidates in Nevada in 2012, including the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, is not the ratio of Democrats to Republicans among Nevada youth, since Democratic young people still outnumber Republican young people on the registration rolls by 45,222 to 25,182. However, the potentially, negative electoral impact for the re-election campaign of President Obama is due to the decline in the youth share of all registrants — youth were 11% of Nevada’s registered voters in  2008 election but just 7.85% in October 2011.  Given the overwhelming support young voters showed President Obama’s 2008 campaign, with nearly two-thirds of young voters casting their ballot for Obama, this drop in the share of the electorate comprised of young voters could prove a major difficulty to the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama in Nevada.

Unsurprisingly, both states rank among the 11 highest in the nation in unemployed young people.

Gingrich, once a supporter of man-made “climate change,” removes section in his book, doesn’t tell author

Friday, December 30th, 2011

National Journal:

DES MOINES, Iowa — Newt Gingrich says he has killed a chapter on climate change in a post-election book of essays about the environment. But the intended author of the chapter, who supports the scientific consensus that humans contribute to climate change, says that’s news to her.

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech, confirmed in an e-mail interview that she had been asked to write a chapter on climate change for the former House speaker’s book. She said was approached by former Palm Beach Zoo CEO Terry Maple, Gingrich’s coeditor, at an annual meeting of Republicans for Environmental Protection. Asked to confirm her chapter was dropped, she replied, “I had not heard that.”

Top Scientific Discoveries of 2011 – Wired

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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Gallup – All Republican candidates viewed by Americans as closer to own views than Obama

Friday, December 30th, 2011

PRINCETON, NJ — Americans perceive Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul as closest to themselves ideologically, and Michele Bachmann and Barack Obama as furthest away.

A USA Today/Gallup poll asked Americans to rate their own ideology — and the ideology of the eight major presidential candidates — on a 5-point scale with 1 being very liberal and 5 being very conservative. Americans’ mean score on this scale is 3.3, meaning the average American is slightly to the right of center ideologically. Huntsman’s score matches that at 3.3, but that mean rating excludes the 45% of Americans who did not have an opinion of Huntsman. Of the better known candidates, Romney’s and Paul’s 3.5 scores are closest to the average American’s ideology.

New Iowa TV ads from Romney, Perry, Paul, and Santorum

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

National Review’s The Corner has the videos.

Jay Cost, Weekly Standard – Obama is a very beatable incumbent president, but Republicans can still blow it

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Cost:

Three issues in particular dominate the discussion, and none of them favors Obama. The most important is the economy, which has been struggling through a decade of weak growth. Consider that between 1951 and 2000, the American economy grew by an average of 37 percent every decade. Between 2001 and 2010, the pace of growth was less than half that, at just 15 percent.

Louis Woodhill, Forbes – Even climate alarmists don’t believe in global warming

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Woodhill:

The Progressives are well aware that their opposition to geoengineering experiments exposes their entire game, which is all about money, power, and central-planning control of people’s lives, and has nothing to do with concern about the earth. Unfortunately (for them), they have no choice. Geoengineering solutions might actually work, but they do not require that Progressives be given taxpayer money to hold lavish conferences in lovely places like Durban, South Africa.

Karl Rove – 2012 voter turnout will increase for fourth presidential election in a row, only 2nd time since 1828

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Karl Rove’s New Year predictions at The Wall Street Journal.

Church attendance and Obama approval rate – 38% of weekly church-goers approve, and 58% of rare attendees approve

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Rasmussen:  “Among those who attend more than one service a week, approval is even lower at 31%.”

Rasmussen approval index history:

Date  Presidential Approval Index  Strongly Approve  Strongly Disapprove  Total Approve  Total Disapprove
12/29/2011 -18 22% 40% 45% 55%
12/28/2011 -18 23% 41% 45% 54%
12/27/2011 -12 26% 38% 47% 52%
12/26/2011 No Polling
12/25/2011 No Polling
12/24/2011 No Polling
12/23/2011 -13 25% 38% 47% 51%
12/22/2011 -14 23% 37% 49% 50%
12/21/2011 -18 21% 39% 47% 51%
12/20/2011 -18 21% 39% 47% 51%
12/19/2011 -16 23% 39% 47% 51%
12/18/2011 -19 23% 42% 47% 52%
12/17/2011 -17 25% 42% 47% 53%
12/16/2011 -18 25% 43% 47% 52%
12/15/2011 -15 25% 40% 47% 52%
12/14/2011 -17 23% 40% 46% 52%
12/13/2011 -19 20% 39% 46% 53%
12/12/2011 -19 20% 39% 46% 52%
12/11/2011 -20 21% 41% 45% 53%
12/10/2011 -21 22% 43% 44% 55%
12/9/2011 -19 23% 42% 44% 55%
12/8/2011 -19 22% 41% 45% 55%
12/7/2011 -19 21% 40% 45% 54%
12/6/2011 -19 21% 40% 45% 54%
12/5/2011 -19 20% 39% 46% 53%
12/4/2011 -19 21% 40% 46% 52%
12/3/2011 -22 21% 43% 45% 54%
12/2/2011 -22 20% 42% 43% 55%
12/1/2011 -24 19% 43% 43% 56%

Keith Koffler – In Hawaii, fake middle class warriors Barack and Michelle spend $260 on wine and bacon wrapped pork loin

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

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CNN – Second worst ratings in 15 years

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

TV by the Numbers:

On a percentage basis, year/year might look better for CNN than its rivals MSNBC (which was up 2% with total viewers year/year and down 3% with adults 25-54 in primetime) and Fox News (down 8% in total viewers and down 14% with adults 25-54 in primetime) but CNN still was in third place behind MSNBC.  Fox  News was better than the combined CNN & MSNBC in primetime with total viewers and only ~37,000 viewers short of a combined CNN/MSNBC with adults 25-54.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, town bans non-residents from sledding

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

KDKA-CBS:

 

 

Leavenworth County Republican Party – Town hall on Monday, January 2, with Department of Corrections Sec. Ray Roberts

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Leavenworth County Republican Party

December 29, 2011

The Leavenworth County Republican Party will host a Town Hall Meeting on Monday evening, January 2nd , 7:00-9:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Lansing Community Center, 800 1st Terrace, Lansing, KS.

Our guest speaker will be Ray Roberts, Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections. His agency is charged with the supervision of nearly 9,000 inmates and 10 correctional facilities. It also oversees about 6,000 people on parole. Through academic and vocational education services, as well as its sex offender program, the department also assists offenders in becoming contributing members of society. His discussion should be very enlightening, considering that we have both a State and a Federal facility within Leavenworth County and a large workforce employed by these facilities. (more…)