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BLOG ARCHIVE: OCTOBER 1-15, 2006

WEEKEND OPEN THREAD.

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Anything and everything.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.14.06 | Permalink |

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

P2008: WARNER WON'T MAKE WHITE HOUSE RUN IN '08.
Nextel co-founder and former Virginia Governor Mark Warner (D) surprised
everyone by announcing Thursday he will not be a candidate for President in 2008. The news was so unexpected because Warner had done everything needed over the past two years to position himself as a likely contender. He launched a leadership PAC, contributed to numerous Democratic congressional hopefuls around the nation, and made repeated trips to key early contest states. In fact, Warner still appeared at a previously scheduled fundraiser in Iowa on Thursday evening. "Forward Together has contributed more money this year to Democratic candidates and party organizations than any other federal leadership PAC. Our effort raised over $9 million. I headlined 86 events in 25 states to help raise or directly donate $7.3 million to Democrats this cycle ... But this has also been another kind of journey -- one that would lead to a decision as to whether I would seek the Democratic nomination for President ... After 67 trips to 28 states and five foreign countries, I have made that decision. I have decided not to run for President. This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dadís 81st birthday, and then we took my oldest daughter Madison to start looking at colleges. I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what Iíd been thinking about for many weeks -- that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge -- at this point, I want to have a real life. And while the chance may never come again, I shouldnít move forward unless Iím willing to put everything else in my life on the back burner. This has been a difficult decision, but for me, itís the right decision," explained Warner. In the short term, Warner's exit will likely benefit other Dem hopefuls like fellow Southerner and former US Senator John Edwards (D-NC), or one of the other centrists contenders like US Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA). As for Warner, he is still viewed as a possible candidate for either US Senate if incumbent John Warner (R) retires in 2008 or for the open Virginia governorship in 2009.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.13.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
MISSOURI: State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 51%, US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 42%, Frank Gilmour (Libertarian) - 3%. (KSDK-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW JERSEY: US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 49%, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 45%. (Quinnipiac University).
NEW JERSEY: Menendez (D) - 44%, Kean (R) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 54%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 40%. (WCPO-TV/SurveyUSA).
TENNESSEE: Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 48%, former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 46%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.13.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 60%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 32%, retired college professor Bill Peirce (Libertarian) - 2%, newspaper editor Bob Fitrakis (Green) - 1%. (WCPO-TV/SurveyUSA).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.13.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
PENNSYLVANIA - CD-12: Congressman John Murtha (D) - 57%, Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey (R) - 30%. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/Susquehanna Polling).
SOUTH CAROLINA - CD-5: Congressman John Spratt (D) - 56%, State Representative Ralph Norman (R) - 42%. (WLTX-TV/SurveyUSA).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.13.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) had been riding high in recent polls as voters seemingly moved away from his GOP opponent after the recent corruption conviction of former GOP Governor George Ryan. Well, Blagojevich much be more nervous now that a top adviser and fundraiser was indicted Wednesday on corruption charges by the feds related to a pay-to-play scheme for state government contracts. The prosecutor says the actions were undertaken in support of an unnamed "political figure." Blagojevich said he believes his friend's claim of innocence, but would "feel betrayed" if they prove true ... An AP report alleges US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) failed to disclose a profit of over $700,000 (from a roughly $400,000 investment) on a land deal a few years ago. Reid denies wrongdoing, but says he may file a "technical correction" to his Senate disclosure forms.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.12.06 | Permalink |

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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
CONNECTICUT: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent) - 53%, businessman Ned Lamont (D) - 40%, former State Representative Alan Schlesinger (R) - 4%. (WABC-TV/SurveyUSA).
CONNECTICUT: Lieberman (Independent) - 48%, Lamont (D) - 40%, Schlesinger (R) - 4%. (Hartford Courant/University of Connecticut).
FLORIDA: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 61%, Congresswoman Kathryn Harris (R) - 33%. (Quinnipiac University).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.12.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ALASKA: Former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin (R) - 47%, former Governor Tony Knowles (D) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
ALASKA: Palin (R) - 48%, Knowles (D) - 37%, former State Representative Andrew Halcro (Independent) - 7%. (Ivan Moore-D).
MASSACHUSETTS: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick (D) - 52%, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) - 34%, businessman Christy Mihos (Independent) - 9%, affordable housing activist Grace Ross (Green) - 1%. (WBZ-TV/SurveyUSA).
TEXAS: Governor Rick Perry (R) - 33%, State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (Independent) - 20%, musician Kinky Friedman (Independent) - 14%, former Congressman Chris Bell (D) - 14%. (Texas Trial Lawyers/Opinion Analysts).
WISCONSIN: Governor Jim Doyle (D) - 46%, Congressman Mark Green (R) - 43%. (Strategic Vision-R).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.12.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
OKLAHOMA - CD-5: Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin (R) - 62%, surgeon David Hunter (D) - 33%, kayaking instructor Matthew Woodson (Independent) - 3%. (WDBJ-TV/SurveyUSA).
VIRGINIA - CD-5: Congressman Virgin Goode (R) - 56%, winemaker Al Weed (D) - 40%, freelance writer Joe Oddo (Ind. Green) - 2%. (KFOR-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.12.06 | Permalink |

TEXAS: BELL ASKS KINKY TO QUIT GUV RACE, KINKY SAYS "NO WAY."
Former Congressman Chris Bell (D) left a private message on author/musician
Kinky Friedman's cellphone, asking the colorful Independent candidate to quit the gubernatorial race. Friedman's campaign let reporters know about the message. "I had hoped to talk to Kinky privately, but now that it's been reported by the Dallas Morning News, I'm going to ask him publicly: Please join me in defeating Rick Perry," said Bell. "He's taking from both [GOP Governor Rick Perry and me], but he's taking more from me," explained Bell. Friedman -- who acknowledged to the newspaper he performed poorly in the recent debate -- said he had no intention of quitting the race. "I'd be letting a lot of people down," said Friedman, who boasted he still plans to win the race.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.12.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Two things. FIRST: My postings on the specific races this fall are -- generally -- much more passive than past years. Yes, candidates are debating, fundraising, advertising, etc., but most of it is routine, boring stuff. The polls speak for themselves, without need of my comments. When a story merits comment or extra notice, I write it up as separate item. External national matters like Foley, Iraq, Abramoff are also greatly influencing federal races, regardless of what some candidates are doing to distance themselves from the problems. Thus, this is what you're seeing. SECOND: Regardless of the November results -- anything from "Dems win a record shattering victories in all 50 states" to "GOP turns back Dem takeover bid" -- I plan after Election Day to cut back the postings to just once or twice a week for while (and take a week entirely off here or there) so I can have some more free time to travel, relax, hang with friends, etc. I'll return to daily postings by sometime in Spring 2007. Why am I explaining this now? So there won't be any thought that the pulling back is based on the actual results.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

CONGRESS: CULTURE OF CORRUPTION UPDATE.
We all know disgraced Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH) entered into a plea deal last month with the federal prosecutors whereby he admitted accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars of unlawful gifts and trips from convicted felon lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for official actions. He also hastily quit his race for re-election. But, has anyone noticed this crook has yet to resign his seat. Yup, he's still finishing out his term of office. That line of reasoning next points to Congressman Bill Jefferson (D-LA). So, what's taking so long for the feds to indict Jefferson on the looming bribery charges. It's been over a year since the FBI search warrant uncovered nearly $100,000 of cash hidden in Jefferson's home freezer. Or -- let's get back to the Abramoff scandal -- I thought we'd see the indictment of at least one other top Abramoff confederate like Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) or Congressman John Doolittle (R-CA). The criminal charges against resigned House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) remain pending -- and he looks like a possible fed target for more charges in the Abramoff probe. Finally, there is the whole cesspool of the Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) House Page sex scandal and the lengthy failed Hastert-Shimkus-Kolbe-Reynolds cover-up of the sexually predatory conduct. Speaking of the Foley matter, several of the Dem and gay political blogs are publishing not-so-veiled references to imminent pre-election "outings" of closeted Republicans in Congress. The rumor mill has it that 1-3 House members (including a very senior House member) and one Rocky Mountain region Senator will be outed between now and Election Day. Another persistent rumor coming from inside the Beltway is that another Congressman -- this one being a straight Republican -- will be named for engaging in actions similar to Foley, but involving female pages. Also, I understand from direct conversations a newspaper reporter is "close" to having detailed info and names to out a prominent Southern GOP candidate for Governor -- but the reporter is unsure whether or not he'll be able to line everything up to get it all verified and printed before the end of this month. It looks to be a very bumpy final month for a bunch of politicos!
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.11.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
FLORIDA: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 55%, Congresswoman Kathryn Harris (R) - 37%. (WFLA-TV/SurveyUSA).
OHIO: US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 42%, Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 42%. (University of Akron).
RHODE ISLAND: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 40%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 37%. (Rhode Island College).
TENNESSEE: Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 48%, Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 46%. (WBIR-TV/SurveyUSA).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.11.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ALABAMA: Governor Bob Riley (R) - 54%, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley (D) - 36%. (Rasmussen Reports).
FLORIDA: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 54%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 41%. (WFLA-TV/SurveyUSA).
FLORIDA: Crist (R) - 53%, Davis (D) - 43%. (Quinnipiac University).
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 47%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 34%. (University of Akron).
TENNESSEE: Governor Phil Bredesen (D) - 63%, State Senator Jim Bryson (R) - 32%. (WBIR-TV/SurveyUSA).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.11.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
COLORADO - CD-4: Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave (R) - 46%, State Representative Angie Paccione (D) - 36%, Reagan Administration EPA official Eric Eidsness (Reform) - 7%. (Denver Post/Mason-Dixon).
COLORADO - CD-5: State Senator Doug Lamborn (R) - 37%, retired USAF officer Jay Fawcett (D) - 37%. (Denver Post/Mason-Dixon).
COLORADO - CD-7: Former State Senator Ed Perlmutter (D) - 45%, State Higher Education Commission Rick O'Donnell (R) - 39%, Others - 5%. (Denver Post/Mason-Dixon).
KENTUCKY - CD-4: Congressman Geoff Davis (R) - 47%, former Congressman Ken Lucas (D) - 44%, financial consultant Brian Houillion (Libertarian) - 6%. (WHAS-TV/SurveyUSA).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.11.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
It's starting to look like the much-hyped North Korea N-bomb underground test was a failure. Most reports indicate now it was either a dud that failed to properly detonate, was a very tiny device, or the North Koreans simply detonated a huge amount of conventional explosives in the test to simulate the seismic effects of detonating a very small device in order to save face with the world media after years of boasting.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.11.06 | Permalink |

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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
MICHIGAN: US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 53%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 42%, UAW local president David Sole (Green) - 1%, attorney Leonard Schwartz (Libertarian) - 1%, retired automotive engineer Dennis FitzSimons (US Taxpayers) - 1%. (WDIV-TV/SurveyUSA).
PENNSYLVANIA: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 46%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 41%. (Allentown Morning Call/Muhlenberg College).
PENNSYLVANIA: Casey (D) - 52%, Santorum (R) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.10.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ALABAMA: Governor Bob Riley (R) - 57%, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley (D) - 32%. (Mobile Press-Register/University of South Alabama).
MICHIGAN: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 50%, businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 45%, engineer Doug Campbell (Green) - 1%, hospital worker Greg Creswell (Libertarian) - 1%, engineer Bhagwan Dashairya (US Taxpayers) - 1%. (WDIV-TV/SurveyUSA).
PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 56%, former pro football player Lynn Swann (R) - 35%. (Allentown Morning Call/Muhlenberg College).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.10.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
INDIANA - CD-9: Former Congressman Baron Hill (D) - 48%, Congressman Mike Sodrel (R) - 46%, college professor Eric Schansberg (Libertarian) - 2%. (WHAS-TV/SurveyUSA).
MINNESOTA - CD-6: State Senator Michele Bachmann (R) - 47%, child safety activist Patty Wetterling (D) - 44%, college student John Binkowski (Independence) - 7%. (WHAS-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.10.06 | Permalink |

CATALONIA: UNIQUE EXPOSURE FOR UNDERDOG EURO-CANDIDATE.
Albert Rivera, a 26-year-old attorney, is using a unique strategy in his campaign for President of the Catalonia region in Spain. To gain attention for his fledgling Ciutadans (Citizens) Party, he appears nude on party posters and flyers (with his hands modestly positioned). Sure, he concedes it is "pure marketing" designed to challenge conventions, earn free media coverage worldwide, and attract the support of young voters. In this strongly proud region where Catalan is the spoken language and Spanish is not widely spoken in local schools, Rivera's party openly downplays nationalism in support of bilingualism. The party also supports housing assistance for young people and a generally progressive platform. Rivera is not expected to have any shot at winning, but his small new party will earn a seat in the 135-seat Catalan Parliament if he scores at least 3% of the vote. Observers believe he may succeed at that goal, and the party is expected to tap Rivera to serve in the parliamentary seat. ADULT CONTENT WARNING: Click here to view Rivera's campaign poster (which we translated for you into English), plus two other risqué political items from recent European campaigns. BTW, I'm not suggesting that US campaigns copy this idea, as I certainly wouldn't want to ever see Denny Hastert (for example) doing a Rivera-style poster.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.10.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) endorses controversial congressional nominee Randy Graf in Arizona's open CD-8. McCain and Tancredo-ally Graf are at opposite ends of the spectrum on immigration issues. Retiring Congressman Jim Kolbe (R) yet again "declined" to endorse Graf. Kolbe told the Arizona Daily Star that he "didn't think the McCain endorsement [of Graf] was very significant" ... Plus, of course, you can post on the ongoing Foley page scandal, North Korea N-bomb stories, the Iraq War, or anything at all.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.10.06 | Permalink |

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

FOLEY SCANDAL: AIDE CONFIRMS HASTERT KNEW ... AND REYNOLDS APOLOGIZES.
The New York Times reported Saturday that a staffer who worked for House Speaker Denny Hastert (R-IL) -- who asked to remain unnamed in the article because he is cooperating with the US Justice Department and House Ethics Committee investigations -- apparently confirmed the story told by former Foley Chief of Staff Kirk Fordham. According to the Hastert aide, Fordham notified Hastert Chief of Staff Scott Palmer in 2003 that there was problem of improper conduct between Foley and House pages. In response, Palmer purportedly quietly warned Foley three years ago to cease the conduct. "Palmer, who shares a townhouse with Hastert when they are in [DC], is more powerful than all but a few House members. Members know that he speaks for Hastert," explained the Washington Post. Regardless of the GOP's electoral results next month, that news probably seals Hastert's demise as the House Republican leader immediately following the 2006 elections. Fordham later went to work for NRCC Chair Tom Reynolds, who was also apparently aware of the Foley problem at least a year ago but still talked Foley into seeking reelection in 2006 and giving $100,000 to the NRCC. Reynolds appears to be the most likely direct electoral victim of the Foley bombshells, as he is now running TV spots in his district apologizing for his handling of the matter. Wealthy retired industrialist Jack Davis (D) is trying to hammer Reynolds on the Foley issue. Some top Democratic challengers in several other states -- including Mary Jo Kilroy in Ohio and Baron Hill in Indiana -- are already airing spots trying to link GOP Congressional incumbents to Foley and Hastert. In more related news, a former House page has come forward to say he had sex with Foley -- but not until he was 21 years old and was several years beyond his participation in the House Page program. The interesting question is how was Foley able to get access to the Secretary of the House's database of email addresses of former pages so that he could initiate his contacts.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.09.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
MARYLAND: Congressman Ben Cardin (D) - 54%, Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R) - 39%, Others - 1%. (USA Today/Gallup).
MINNESOTA: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (D) - 56%, Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MISSOURI: State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 48%, US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 45%, Others - 2%. (USA Today/Gallup).
NEW JERSEY: US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 46%, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 43%, Others - 3%. (USA Today/Gallup).
RHODE ISLAND: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 50%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 39%. (USA Today/Gallup).
RHODE ISLAND: Whitehouse (D) - 51%, Chafee (R) - 42%.(Rasmussen Reports).
TENNESSEE: Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 50%, Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 45%, Others - 1%. (USA Today/Gallup).
VIRGINIA: US Senator George Allen (R) - 48%, former Navy Secretary Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 45%, Others - 2%. (USA Today/Gallup).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.09.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
COLORADO: Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter (D) - 50%, Congressman Bob Beauprez (R) - 35%. (Denver Post/Mason-Dixon).
IOWA: Congressman Jim Nussle (R) - 45%, Secretary of State Chet Culver (D) - 44%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MARYLAND: Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) - 53%, Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) - 41%. (USA Today/Gallup).
MASSACHUSETTS: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick (D) - 49%, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) - 28%, businessman Christy Mihos (Independent) - 6%, affordable housing activist Grace Ross (Green) - 1%. (WHDH-TV/Suffolk University).
MINNESOTA:
Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) - 50%, Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) - 46%. (Rasmussen Reports).
RHODE ISLAND: Governor Don Carcieri (R) - 47%, Lieutenant Governor Charlie Fogarty (D) - 46%. (USA Today/Gallup).
TENNESSEE: Governor Phil Bredesen (D) - 66%, State Senator Jim Bryson (R) - 26%. (USA Today/Gallup).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.09.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
NEW YORK - CD-26: Businessman Jack Davis (D) - 48%, Congressman Tom Reynolds (R) - 33%. (Buffalo News/Zogby).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.09.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
US Senator John Warner's (R-VA) new perspective on the Iraq War suggests current movement in Iraq is "sideways" and hints he's thinking of calling for a US withdrawal if the situation doesn't improve by the end of this year ... US Senator George Allen's (R-VA) latest controversy involved his undisclosed stock transactions omitted from financial disclosure forms for the past five years ... Dem gubernatorial nominee Deval Patrick in Massachusetts apologized for not fully disclosing the extent of his advocacy on behalf of convicted rapist Benjamin LaGuer ... and Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) described himself last week as "a lawyer" even though he has yet to pass the bar exam in any state.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
ARIZONA: US Senator Jon Kyl (R) - 40%, former State Party Chair Jim Pederson (D) - 34%, former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack (Libertarian) - 2%. (Behavior Research Center).
CONNECTICUT: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent) - 53%, businessman Ned Lamont (D) - 33%, former State Representative Alan Schlesinger (R) - 4%. (Reuters/Zogby).
MARYLAND: Congressman Ben Cardin (D) - 45%, Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R) - 37%, attorney Kevin Zeese (Green) - 2%. (Reuters/Zogby).
MICHIGAN: US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 56%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN: Stabenow (D) - 48%, Bouchard (R) - 35%, Others - 2%. (Detroit News/EPIC-MRA).
MISSOURI: US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 43%, State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 39%, Frank Gilmour (Libertarian) - 6%. (Reuters/Zogby).
MONTANA: State Senate President Jon Tester (D) - 46%, US Senator Conrad Burns (R) - 42%, businessman Stan Jones (Libertarian) - 2%. (Reuters/Zogby).
NEW JERSEY: US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 46%, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 35%, former State Party Chair Len Flynn (Libertarian) - 3%. (Reuters/Zogby).
NEW JERSEY: Menendez (D) - 46%, Kean (R) - 39%. (Fairleigh Dickinson University).
OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 41%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 41%.
(Reuters/Zogby).
PENNSYLVANIA: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 48%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 36%.
(Reuters/Zogby).
RHODE ISLAND: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 45%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 41%. (Reuters/Zogby).
TENNESSEE: Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 40%, Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 40%, journalist Chris Lugo (Green) - 1%. (Reuters/Zogby).
VIRGINIA: US Senator George Allen (R) - 48%, former Navy Secretary Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 37%. (Reuters/Zogby).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.06.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
CONNECTICUT: Governor Jodi Rell (R) - 58%, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano (D) - 33%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 49%, businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 42%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN: Granholm (D) - 46%, DeVos (R) - 40%. (Detroit News/EPIC-MRA).
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 52%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TEXAS: Governor Rick Perry (R) - 38%, State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (Independent) - 18%, former Congressman Chris Bell (D) - 15%, musician Kinky Friedman (Independent) - 14%. (Dallas Morning News).
WISCONSIN: Governor Jim Doyle (D) - 48%, Congressman Mark Green (R) - 42%. (WISC-TV/Research 2000).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.06.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
NEW YORK - CD-26: Businessman Jack Davis (D) - 50%, Congressman Tom Reynolds (R) - 45%. (WGRZ-TV/SurveyUSA).
WASHINGTON - CD-2: Congressman Rick Larsen (D) - 60%, businessman Doug Roulstone (R) - 35%. (KING-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.06.06 | Permalink |

FOLEYTIO PAGE SCANDAL THREAD.
US House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) held a press conference Thursday to announce he will not step aside as speaker and will in fact seek another term as Speaker (Editor's Comment: or Minority Leader) during the next Congress. DC is buzzing that more Members of Conrgess are soon to be named to in the page sex scandal -- but this is pure gossip. Dems? Republicans? Nobody at all? Stay tuned.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.06.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
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for me (including a speech Thursday evening), so just a short bit of postings today.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

FOLEY-GATE: SHIMKUS SAID EMAILS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO TELL PAGE BOARD.
House Speaker Denny Hastert (R-IL), NRCC Chair Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and House Page Board Chair John Shimkus (R-IL) continue to defend their respective actions in the Foley page sex scandal. Hastert has President Bush's solid support, so he's not quitting anytime before the November election. Possible future Hastert rivals Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) continue to, essentially, point fingers of blame at Hastert for dropping the ball with the non-investigation of Foley's conduct. Conservative columnist Robert Novak reported Reynolds talked Foley into seeking reelection this year, when Foley wanted to retire because he was tired of whispering attacks on his sexual orientation. Meanwhile, ABC News reported Reynolds fired Chief of Staff Kirk Fordham -- who used to be Foley's Chief of Staff -- for his role in trying to keep the details of the Foley emails hidden for the past year. ABC reports Hastert demanded that Fordham be fired. However, Fordham told the AP late Wednesday that "alerted" Hastert's office "two years ago about worrisome conduct by" Foley with teenage pages. Fordham said he had "more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene." Hastert's office denied they received any early warning from Fordham. As for Shimkus, he acknowledged Wednesday he didn't tell the other two member of the House Page Board -- one Dem and one GOP -- about the Foley emails when he learned of them last year. In a phone interview with the Springfield State Journal-Register, Shimkus said he didn't tell the other House Page Board members "because it didn't rise to the level of what I needed consensus for on the Page Board. It did not rise to the level of ... when we have to do big things." While Shimkus said he immediately confronted Foley, he had no regrets about not telling the other Board members. "What I regret is that now it's used for the political expediency, for a political agenda by the Democrats," said Shimkus.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.05.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
CONNECTICUT: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent) - 50%, businessman Ned Lamont (D) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
FLORIDA: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 54%, Congresswoman Kathryn Harris (R) - 37%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MISSOURI: State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 47%, US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 46%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEW JERSEY: State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 46%, US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 41%. (Strategic Vision-R).
OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 49%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 41%. (Rasmussen Reports).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.05.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
NEW YORK: Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) - 73%, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso (R) - 21%. (Quinnipiac University).
OREGON: Former Portland School Board Member Ron Saxton (R) - 39%, Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) - 37%, retired TV news anchor Mary Starrett (Constitution) - 2%. environmental activist Joe Keating (Pacific Green) - 1%, retired accountant Richard Morley (Libertarian) - 1%. (Riley Research).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.05.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
ARIZONA - CD-8: Former State Senator Gabrielle Giffords (D) - 45%, former State Representative Randy Graf (R) - 37%. (Reuters/Zogby).
COLORADO - CD-7: Former State Senator Ed Perlmutter (D) - 45%, State Higher Education Commission Chair Rick O'Donnell (R) - 34%. (Reuters/Zogby).
CONNECTICUT - CD-2: Congressman Rob Simmons (R) - 44%, former State Representative Joe Courtney (D) - 41%. (Reuters/Zogby).
CONNECTICUT - CD-4: Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell (D) - 46%, Congressman Chris Shays (R) - 41%. (Reuters/Zogby).
ILLINOIS - CD-6: Iraq War disabled veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) - 43%, State Senator Peter Roskam (R) - 38%. (Reuters/Zogby).
INDIANA - CD-2: Attorney Joe Donnelly (D) - 49%, Congressman Chris Chocola (R) - 39%. (Reuters/Zogby).
INDIANA - CD-9: Former Congressman Baron Hill (D) - 46%, Congressman Mike Sodrel (R) - 38%. (Reuters/Zogby).
IOWA - CD-1: Restaurant chain CEO Mike Whalen (R) - 47%, attorney Bruce Braley (D) - 34%. (Reuters/Zogby).
KENTUCKY - CD-4: Congressman Geoff Davis (R) - 42%, former Congressman Ken Lucas (D) - 36%. (Reuters/Zogby).
MINNESOTA - CD-6: State Senator Michele Bachmann (R) - 46%, child safety activist Patty Wetterling (DFL) - 43%. (Reuters/Zogby).
NEW MEXICO - CD-1: Attorney General Patricia Madrid (D) - 50%, Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R) - 40%. (Reuters/Zogby).
NORTH CAROLINA- CD-11: Former pro football player Heath Shuler (D) - 51%, Congressman Charles Taylor (R) - 40%. (Reuters/Zogby).
OHIO - CD-18: Dover Law Director Zach Space (D) - 45%, State Senator Joy Padgett (R) - 36%. (Reuters/Zogby).
PENNSYLVANIA - CD-6: Attorney Lois Murphy (D) - 43%, Congressman Jim Gerlach (R) - 41%. (Reuters/Zogby).
VIRGINIA - CD-2: Virginia Beach Revenue Commissioner Phil Kellem (D) - 46%, Congresswoman Thelma Drake (R) - 42%. (Reuters/Zogby).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.05.06 | Permalink |

NEW YORK: DEM "PHONE SEX SCANDAL" FIZZLES OUT AS WRONG NUMBER.
In the wake of the Foley scandal, Republicans thought they discovered a silver bullet to derail Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri, the Dem nominee against State Senator Ray Meier (R) for the open CD-24 swing seat. The conservative publication Human Events trumpeted a frontpage "exclusive report" on its website Wednesday alleging Arcuri "billed taxpayers for several questionable expenses, including a call to a phone-sex hotline ... A close examination of those expense reports reveals that Arcuri billed taxpayers in 2004 for a call to a phone-sex number. The phone number appears on Arcuri’s hotel bill. He was attending the New York State District Attorneys Association conference in New York City at the time." Several blog sites quickly billed this as a Foley-type scandal for the Dems. Forget the fact that, if true, was purportedly just one call to an adult working on a sex line. Arcuri's campaign quickly responded that the number in question (800.457.8462) was accidentally dialed instead of (518.457.8462) the number for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Arcuri's calling card requires him to dial a 800-prefix to place calls. The mistake with the 800-prefix instead of the correct 518-prefix happened simply by mistake and he hung up as soon as he realized it was a wrong number. That was the entire scandal? No, wait ... there's more! In response to the rebuttal, Human Events also attacked Arcuri for using office funds to pay for his membership in the US Supreme Court Bar Association and for spending several thousand dollars to attend fifteen New York State District Attorneys Association conferences over the past seven years. That was it? Am I missing something here? Swing and a miss for Human Events!

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.05.06 | Permalink |

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
CALIFORNIA: US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) - 57%, former State Senator Dick Mountjoy (R) - 23%. (Field Poll).
NEW MEXICO: US Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) - 65%, physician Allen McCulloch (R) - 16%. (Albuquerque Journal).
TENNESSEE: Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 43%, Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 42%. (Middle Tennessee State University).
UTAH: US Senator Orrin Hatch (R) - 62%, internet executive Pete Ashdown (D) - 25%, university official Scott Bradley (Constitution) - 1%, Dave Seely (Libertarian) - 1%. (Deseret News/KSL-TV/Dan Jones & Assoc.).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.04.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ARKANSAS: Attorney General Mike Beebe (D) - 53%, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R) - 35%, musician Rod Bryan (Independent) - 2%, former State Representative Jim Lendall (Green) - 1%. (Arkansas News Bureau/Stephens Media/ORA).
CALIFORNIA: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) - 46%, State Treasurer Phil Angelides (D) - 33%. (San Jose State University).
FLORIDA: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 54%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEW MEXICO: Governor Bill Richardson (D) - 60%, former State GOP Chair John Dendahl (R) - 28%. (Albuquerque Journal).
TENNESSEE: Governor Phil Bredesen (D) - 63%, State Senator Jim Bryson (R) - 22%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
TENNESSEE: Bredesen (D) - 59%, Bryson (R) - 21%. (Middle Tennessee State University).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.04.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
CONNECTICUT - CD-4: Congressman Chris Shays (R) - 46%, Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell (D) - 41%. (Stamford Advocate/University of Connecticut).
MONTANA - AT-LARGE: Congressman Denny Rehberg (R) - 53%, State Representative Monica Lindeen (D) - 33%. (Billings Gazette/Mason-Dixon).
PENNSYLVANIA - CD-10: Naval Reserve officer Chris Carney (D) - 47%, Congressman Don Sherwood (R) - 38%. (Lycoming College).
NEW MEXICO - CD-2: Congressman Steve Pearce (R) - 58%, minister Al Kissling (D) - 27%. (Albuquerque Journal).
NEW MEXICO - CD-3: Congressman Tom Udall (D) - 68%, engineer Ron Dolin (R) - 20%. (Albuquerque Journal).
UTAH - CD-1: Congressman Rob Bishop (R) - 62%, engineer Steve Olsen (D) - 20%, corporate trainer Mark Hudson (Constitution) - 2%, Lynn Badler (Libertarian) - 2%. (Deseret News/KSL-TV/Dan Jones & Assoc.).
UTAH - CD-2: Congressman Jim Matheson (D) - 60%, State Representative LaVar Christensen (R) - 24%, Bob Brister (Green) - 3%, former Draper City Councilman David Perry (Constitution) - 2%, investment banker Austin Lett (Libertarian) - 1%. (Deseret News/KSL-TV/Dan Jones & Assoc.).
UTAH - CD-3: Congressman Chris Cannon (R) - 53%, attorney Christian Burridge (D) - 26%, Jim Noorlander (Constitution) - 4%, Phil Hallman (Libertarian) - 3%. (Deseret News/KSL-TV/Dan Jones & Assoc.).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.04.06 | Permalink |

CONGRESS: MORE ON THE FOLEY SCANDAL.
Was it alcohol or child molesting clergymen or Denny Hastert/John Shimkus or possible even an childhood alien abuduction to blame? Will more embattled House GOP leaders call press conferences to candidly answer media questions about the Foley scandal and then surround themselves with young school kids to stop the reporters from asking hard questions? Y'all can debate it all in this thread.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.04.06 | Permalink |

MOVIE REVIEW: RED STATE.
Self-proclaimed San Francisco liberal Michael Shea awoke depressed the day after the 2004 Presidential elections and decided he wanted to get a better understanding of how President Bush won re-election. He cut his hair short and took off on a cross-country roadtrip to 22 "Red States" to make a documentary film entitled Red State. While the idea initially sounded like a elitist demonstration of Blue State patronizing of Red State voters as buffoons. Maybe that was his first thought, but Shea's earnest approach -- which only seemed to find his voice and true narrative theme as the movie developed -- seems to work. Some of the brief interviews produced little of interest, while others were interesting. In Arkansas, Shea spends quite a while chatting with a struggling, working-class family angry about Wal-Mart destroying local businesses and not fairly treating workers -- who explain they voted for Bush because of social issues. The scariest person in the film was the Mississippi state director of the social conservative Concerned Women of America group. In the course of the interview, she bashed gay rights (and civil rights laws in general), fondly reminisced about the South circa 1950s, and seemingly spoke in praise of racial segregation. The lady went so far as to explain she wasn't exactly seeking a return of segregation -- but opined people should have the right to legally practice "discernment" in deciding who to allow into business establishments, in hiring decisions, and in housing sales. Shea doesn't really draw definitive conclusions by the end of the film, as he remained conflicted and baffled as to how so many likable people he met could hold such conservative views. Overall, a fairly entertaining documentary.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

CONGRESS: FOLEY SEX SCANDAL COVER-UP ALLEGATIONS GROW.

THE COVER-UP ALLEGATIONS: Despite GOP Leadership claims that the Mark Foley sex scandal matter was referred last year to the House Page Board for review, two of the three members say the Hastert/Shimkus story is not true. Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and NRCC Chair Tom Reynolds (R-NY) all knew of the emails ten months ago -- and Boehner and Reynolds essentially said Hastert was handling the matter. Hastert says he referred the matter to the Page Board for review. This account was confirmed over the weekend to the media by Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), Chair of the House Page Board. Shimkus said the Board investigated in late 2005 the initial emails between Foley and the 16-year-old boy, but they had no knowledge of the explicit IM's that subsequently surfaces. In fact, Shimkus said the Board warned Foley to cease further private communication with the boy. On Monday, the other two members of the Board -- Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI) and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) -- said Shimkus' account was not truthful. "There’s only three of us on the Page Board. I feel that we should have been informed. I’m absolutely disgusted by what I’m hearing," said Capito to the Charleston Gazette. Kildee -- a 15-term incumbent respected on both sides of the aisle for his integrity -- issued a written statement Monday saying the matter was "never investigated" by the Page Board. Kildee said he was "outraged to learn that the House Republican Leadership kept to itself the knowledge of Mr. Foley's despicable behavior toward the House Pages ... the House Republican leadership [is] more concerned with finding political cover for themselves than with the safety and wellbeing of the House pages." So now we know -- as confirmed by Board members from both parties -- why the House Republican Leadership is able to claim it "never knew" about the explicit emails and IM's: because they covered-up the matter and never investigated it. Late on Monday, the Washington Post and other news sites reported that Reynolds' Chief of Staff -- who formally worked for Foley -- tried to get ABC News correspondent Brian Ross to kill the Friday story with the sexually explicit IMs in exchange for getting an exclusive on Foley's resignation. Ross, however, rejected the cover-up trade-off: "I said we're not making any deals." In the wake of all this, the conservative Washington Times newspaper is publishing an editorial on Tuesday demanding that Hastert "resign his Speakership at once ... Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation, an investigation that must examine his own inept performance."

WHITE HOUSE REACTION: Meanwhile, the White House was largely dismissive of the entire Foley sex scandal. Presidential Press Secretary Tony Snow brushed off the scandal and cover-up on Monday as no big deal. "There have been other [Congressional] scandals, as you know, that have been more than simply naughty emails," said Snow.

FLORIDA CD-16 RACE: In more related news, Foley checked himself into an alcohol rehab clinic on Monday -- and the FBI announced it had opened a formal criminal investigation into Foley's activities. In other related news, State Representative Joe Negron was selected to be the GOP replacement nominee for Foley. However, spokespersons for both Florida Secretary of State Sue Cobb (R) and the Florida Republican Party agree that Foley's name must remain on the ballot in November under state law. Voters who wish to support Negron must actually cast their ballots for Foley's name. "Holding the seat is the least of my concerns right now, but it'd be tough to hold that seat. Look at the shame [Foley] brought on the institution," said Congressman Adam Putnam (R-FL), chair of the House Republican Policy Committee.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.03.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
CALIFORNIA: US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) - 50%, former State Senator Dick Mountjoy (R) - 33%. (Los Angeles Times).
CALIFORNIA: Feinstein (D) - 53%, Mountjoy (R) - 23%, Others - 3%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
FLORIDA: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 58%, Congresswoman Kathryn Harris (R) - 31%. (Miami Herald/Zogby).
MARYLAND: Congressman Ben Cardin (D) - 47%, Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R) - 41%, progressive activist Kevin Zeese (Green) - 1%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
MISSOURI: US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 43%, State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 43%, Others - 1%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
NEW JERSEY: State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 42%, US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 37%. (WNBC-TV/Marist College).
NEW JERSEY: Menendez (D) - 44%, Kean (R) - 41%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
NEW YORK: US Senator Hillary Clinton (D) - 59%, former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer (R) - 27%, Others - 2%. (CBS News/New York Times).
OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 45%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 43%, Richard Duncan (Independent) - 2%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
PENNSYLVANIA: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 49%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 40%, Others - 1%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
RHODE ISLAND: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 42%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 41%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
TENNESSEE: Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 48%, former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TENNESSEE: Ford (D) - 43%, Corker (R) - 42%, conservative activist Bo Hayward (Independent) - 1%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
VIRGINIA: US Senator George Allen (R) - 50%, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 44%, USAF veteran Gail Parker (Indep. Green) - 2%. (WUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
VIRGINIA: Allen (R) - 43%, Webb (D) - 43%, Parker - 2%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
VIRGINIA: Allen (R) - 49%, Webb (D) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
WASHINGTON: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 50%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 40%, Others - 1%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.03.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
CALIFORNIA: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) - 49%, State Treasurer Phil Angelides (D) - 36%, Others - 3%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
FLORIDA: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 51%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 30%, term-limits activist Max Linn (Reform) - 2%. (Miami Herald/Zogby).
GEORGIA: Governor Sonny Perdue (R) - 53%, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor (D) - 34%, computer consultant Garrett Hayes (Libertarian) - 2%. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Mason-Dixon).
KANSAS: Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) - 48%, State Senator Jim Bennett (R) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MARYLAND: Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) - 47%, Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) - 43%, Others - 1%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
MASSACHUSETTS: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick (D) - 55%, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) - 30%, businessman Christy Mihos (Independent) - 7%, affordable housing activist Grace Ross (Green) - 1%. (Boston Globe/UNH).
NEW YORK:
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) - 64%, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso (R) - 18%, Others - 2%. (CBS News/New York Times).
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 53%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 36%, Others - 2%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
OREGON: Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) - 47%, former Portland School Board Member Ron Saxton (R) - 42%. (Rasmussen Reports).
PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 54%, former football player Lynn Swann (R) - 37%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
RHODE ISLAND: Governor Don Carcieri (R) - 50%, Lieutenant Governor Charlie Fogarty (D) - 34%. (MSNBC/McClatchy Newspapers/Mason-Dixon).
TENNESSEE: Governor Phil Bredesen (D) - 63%, State Senator Jim Bryson (R) - 28%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.02.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
KENTUCKY - CD-3: Congressman Anne Northup (R) - 50%, former newspaper publisher John Yarmuth (D) - 44%, State Party Chair Donna Mancini (Libertarian) - 2%, State Party Chair Ed Parker (Constitution) - 1%. (WYTV-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW MEXICO - CD-1: Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R) - 44%, Attorney General Patricia Madrid (D) - 44%. (Albuquerque Journal).
OHIO - CD-6: State Senator Charlie Wilson (D) - 54%, State House Speaker Pro Tem Chuck Blasdel (R) - 41%. (WYTV-TV/SurveyUSA).
PENNSYLVANIA - CD-7: Retired Navy Admiral Joe Sestak (D) - 45%, Congressman Curt Weldon (R) - 44%. (Keystone Poll).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.02.06 | Permalink |

IRAQ: DID CIA DIRECTOR WARN WHITE HOUSE ABOUT AL-QUEDA ATTACK BEFORE 9/11?
In Bob Woodward's new book, he alleges CIA Director George Tenet and CIA anti-terrorism expert Cofer Black warned then-White House National Security Advisor Condi Rice on July 10, 2001 that al-Queda was planning an imminent attack on US soil. According to the book, Rice "brushed off" the pre-9/11 warning. The White House is in spin mode, making general denials about the damaging claim. Tenet and Black have made no public confirmation or denial since the book was released. Will either Tenet or Black end the silence and tell the US public whether the liar is Woodward or the White House/Rice? Former NSC Staff Director Roger Cressey, who attended the July 2001 meeting, told MSNBC on Monday evening that Woodward's account is accurate ... but still only silence from Tenet and Black.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.02.06 | Permalink |

NEVADA: HUSBAND ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF NEVADA STATE CONTROLLER.
Nevada State Controller Kathy Augustine (R) died of an apparent heart attack -- under suspicious circumstances -- less than three months ago in the
midst of her campaign for State Treasurer. Within days her husband, former critical care nurse Chaz Higgs, was a suspect. Higgs initially told police he discovered Augustine unconscious on the floor and not breathing after she apparently collapsed from a massive heart attack at their second home in Reno. The toxicology tests, however, identified what really happened. According to police, Higgs administered succinylcholine, a muscle relaxant that he believed should have been undetectable after Augustine's death. However, the test results found it in her system. Higgs was previously the hospital nurse who cared for Augustine's second husband, Charles, when he died following an apparent stroke in 2003 at age 63. Higgs and Augustine were married about one month later. Higgs was arrested on Monday in Virginia, where he was visiting relatives.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.02.06 | Permalink |

OBITUARY: FORMER IDAHO CONGRESSWOMAN DIES IN CAR CRASH.
Former Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth-Hage (R-ID) was killed in a one-car accident in Nevada on Monday, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Chenoweth-Hage was elected to the US House in the 1994 Republican wave, defeating incumbent Larry LaRocco (D) by 11 points. Known as one of the most conservative and controversial members of the House, Chenoweth-Hage insisted on being addressed as "Congressman Chenoweth" and once served endangered salmon at a fundraiser to make a point of what she thought of protection laws. Chenoweth-Hage was also a major critic of President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, although her vocal stance was questioned once she admitted to her own affair with a married man in the mid-80's. Chenoweth-Hage pledged to serve only three terms in her first campaign and retired in 2000, despite having renounced her support for term-limits.
Writer: Mike Hatchett - 10.02.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Here's another follow-up to a past story we previously reported. On Monday, a criminal court jury in New Mexico acquitted former State Treasurer Robert Vigil on 23 counts of extortion and racketeering in his public corruption case.
The jury convicted him of one count of attempted extortion. In his first trial on these same charges, the jury deadlocked and was unable to reach a verdict.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 10.02.06 | Permalink |

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