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News Tidbits You Might Have Missed

by: DocJess

Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 07:10:05 AM EST

My coffeemaker is on the fritz. This is neither news, nor likely of much interest to you. However, since I had to go out yesterday (and today) to buy my coffee, I picked up a copy of the USA Today. Here are the tidbits from yesterday, I'll have today's tidbits tomorrow since I don't read the paper until the evening. 

First, a South Carolina update. We told you back in December the state legislature wanted license plates to be able to sold with a cross and "I BELIEVE" on them. (Link and image of plate here.) Judge Cameron Currie, who had slapped an injunction on the state last year to preclude the plate sales, has now ruled that the license plates violate the separation of church and state, and cannot be sold.

Next up, if you live in Kent, CT, Bill O'Reilly is coming your way. A town resident who lost a son at the Twin Towers went to a local Selectwoman about putting up a plaque, inscribed with words including "Muslim terrorists." The Selectwoman, and the rest of the board, felt that would be inflammatory and rejected the request. O'Reilly is planning on marching on Kent.

If you don't live in Kent, do you live in any of the following towns?

  • Grand Rapids, MI*
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Noblesville, IN*
  • Cincinnati, OH*
  • Columbus, OH*
  • Washington, PA
  • Rochester, NY*
  • Roanoake, VA
  • Fort Bragg, NC*
  • Birmingham, AL*
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • The Villages, FL
  • Orlando, FL*
  • Springfield, MO
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Plano, TX
  • Sioux City, IA
  • Sioux Falls, SD*
  • Bloomington, MN*
  • Albuquerque, NM* 

First thing: the asterisks indicate cities in counties won by President Obama last year. All the cities comprise the current list of Spunky's book tour. You'd think she'd play to the base...but it looks like she's headed to blue country, too.

And finally, today's money fact. I hadn't known this. While we often look at lobbyist money in terms of how much is spent by individual industry, I'd never looked at which single entity spent the most on lobbying. Turns out it is the Chamber of Commerce, which has spnet $65.2 million so far this year, and $527.5 million from 1998-2009. This dwarfs everyone else. For example, this year, the 3 next largest lobbyists were ExxonMobil ($20.8 million), Pharmaceutical Research of America ($20.2 million) and General Electric ($19.7 million). Over the prior 10 years, the runners up were the American Medical Association ($212.6 million) General Electric ($191.3million) and AARP ($169.8 million).

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Dear lord... (0.00 / 0)
Yes, I live in Fayetteville, AR. When is she going to be here? I'm not looking forward to that day, it will be all anyone talks about for days on end. Oh, the humanity.

"Is profit and greed the only conceit on a scale between mere prosperity and inhumanity? It may well be." -Bad Religion

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It should actually read Fayetteville, North Carolina, not Arkansas. I'm not disappointed, lol.  

"Is profit and greed the only conceit on a scale between mere prosperity and inhumanity? It may well be." -Bad Religion

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Honest... (0.00 / 0)
Per the paper -- Arkansas, 3 December...If they got it wrong, I'm going to re-think my current thought process regarding reinstating my subscription!

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Ah (0.00 / 0)
I was looking at the dates in November, I think. I couldn't find any dates for December yet, but I'll take your word for it then. Well, my earlier comments stand then, I won't be showing my face around town that week, lol.  

"Is profit and greed the only conceit on a scale between mere prosperity and inhumanity? It may well be." -Bad Religion

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That's strange (0.00 / 0)
That's strange that the paper had included the places/dates that also occur after Thanksgiving, because Sarah has only released the places/dates (13 of them) up thru Thanksgiving on her FaceBook and Twitter pages.

That's a good paper ya got there Jess  ;)

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RNC ins plan covers abortion (0.00 / 0)
From Politico.com via DU

Source: Politico

The Republican National Committee's health insurance plan covers elective abortion - a procedure the party's own platform calls "a fundamental assault on innocent human life."

Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna. Two sales agents for the company said that the RNC's policy covers elective abortion.

Informed of the coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told POLITICO that the policy pre-dates the tenure of current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

"The current policy has been in effect since 1991, and we are taking steps to address the issue," Gitcho said.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/s...


Owen's margin narrows (0.00 / 0)
November 12, 2009, 11:47AM

Owens' Margin Over Hoffman Narrows -- But His Win Does Not Appear In Serious Danger

Could Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate who conceded the NY-23 special election last week, still end up pulling ahead and ejecting the newly sworn-in Democratic Rep. Bill Owens from office? The answer is that it's mathematically possible, but simply not likely in real terms.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that Owens' lead over Hoffman had shrunk from about 5,000 votes, as it was on election night when Hoffman conceded, to only 3,000 votes. With up to 10,000 absentee ballots to be counted, this left the possibility of Hoffman pulling ahead. Hoffman spokesman Rob Ryan admitted to Dave Weigel that the odds of such an upset were not too good: "Even if the margin had been 3,000 votes on election night, we would have conceded. We just might have done it later."

The most up to date numbers from the Watertown Daily Times show the picture even bleaker for Hoffman than that. With only 5,400 absentees left to count, Owens' lead is holding steady at 3,176. "Are they going to change the result? I don't know, I wouldn't bet the mortgage payment on it," Rob Ryan just told me. "But since this has been such a bizarre race, who the hell knows?"

Read full article here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo...

Here's the link to the current vote count:

But.... (0.00 / 0)
Absentee ballots are typically needing to be mailed or filed by a certain date. Not sure what that cutoff date would have been for NY-23, but if you look at the pre-election polls, then Hoffman and Owens, along with Scusfoffa(sp) would split the absentee votes pretty equally.

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