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South Carolina

DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan to Keynote South Carolina Democratic Convention

by: Oreo

Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:33:08 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE – Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 South Carolina Democratic Convention this Saturday, May 12, at 1:15 p.m.
 
The South Carolina Democratic Party will elect 62 delegates this Saturday to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Charlotte, N.C., the week of September 3.  Kerrigan will discuss South Carolina’s role in the Democratic National Convention and provide an update on convention planning. 
 
The SC Democratic National Convention will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
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Notice Anything about the SC Returns?

by: DocJess

Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 06:00:20 AM EST

This is the chart of the most up-to-date South Carolina returns. If you click on it, you'll be able to read it better.

Do you see what I see? Add 494 +1161 +213 +2491...if my math is right, you'll get 4359. Which is about two-thirds of 6324. 

What you're then looking at is that Stephen Colbert (as Herman Cain) got more votes than Michele, Jon, Gary and Rick together. It's also more votes than the estimated attendance at the joint Cain-Colbert rally last Friday. And yet, no one is talking about it...

Sure, we don't know how much of that vote was for Cain and not Colbert, but likely not much. (Remember what Any Borowitz said: Perry dropped out, endorsed Newt, Cain endorsed Newt's lifestyle...sorry, I digress.) Seriously, Stephen Colbert is very much against Citizens United, and has put his money where his mouth is. He also has testified before Congress (then on the subject of migrant workers). Certainly Colbert is not running for the presidency, much as Ron Paul is not: each is endeavoring to sound a message. Colbert is, despite his on-air persona, the furthest left wing of any of the candidates, real or imagined. 

Before you think that someone who has made his living from comedy cannot be a voice for intellectualism, or, um, a US Senator, I give you Al Franken. 

But still, I'm concerned about the fact that Colbert's 5th place finish was not mentioned by any mainstream media outlet. It goes along with all the other stories they don't cover: like the Occupy Movement (except when people are arrested) or the Chester-Upland School District (which has won a recent reprieve through the end of the year, but is part of a 3-town area that is going to end up like a giant ghost town over the next 10 years) or any of the other political stories that indicate what is really going on in America today. 

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Whither South Carolina: Primary or Caucus?

by: DocJess

Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 06:20:07 AM EDT

Last week, we reported that South Carolina might cancel its primary. The State is now writing about some of the more interesting ramifications of that decision.

Switching to a caucus would end the state’s three-decade tradition of holding the first-in-the-South primary. That primary’s importance has been bolstered by state Republican voters’ record of picking the eventual GOP nominee in every race since Ronald Reagan in 1980. The state also would lose national exposure, prestige and millions of dollars that campaigns, media and others spend during the event.

Further, South Carolina primaries allow for Independent votes, while caucuses would be Republican-only.

So here's today's question, and don't overlook "other" - a South Carolina caucus might be a very happy place for a person like Spunky. 

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What if there were no primaries?

by: DocJess

Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 06:00:00 AM EDT

Last month, with nary a yawn, the state of Washington cancelled its 2012 presidential primaries. They'll still hold a primary for top-two non-presidential races in August of 2012, but no presidential primaries: caucuses instead.

[S]tate leaders agreed that it would be better to save the $10 million it costs to manage the vote. Democrats and Republicans in the state typically rely on caucuses, not the primary, to choose candidates and allocate delegates for their national conventions.  - Spokesman Review

It's not a big deal from a political perspective: it's generally a late primary. Plus, it's a "off" presidential year, with the incumbent running for re-election.  The last time this happened, in 2004, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Washington cancelled their primaries.

But now comes word that South Carolina won't fund their February primary. Remember that in de facto land, President Obama is the Democratic candidate: if there were no Democratic primaries, all of us junkies would miss the fun, but it doesn't affect the outcome. On the Republican side, it's important to them this year.  

The SC primary will cost about $1.5 million. The state Republicans have about $137,000 cash on hand, plus about $160,000 in filing fees.  Even with Paul Ryan as their official mathematician, they can't make these numbers work, as they'll need to write checks that don't bounce. In 2012. Perhaps Newt, with all the free time he's about to have on his hands, will be able to parlay a few VISA lines equal to his two Tiffany credit lines....just kidding. 

But here's what I'm wondering - primaries run under party rule, not completely under state or Federal law. Poll taxes are illegal, but could the Republicans make people who want to vote in their primaries have to pay $2534.20 to do so?  I came up with that number using the number of Republicans who voted in the 2008 Republican primary. See page 17 of this report.

It's unlikely that the RNC would fund the primary, if they do it for South Carolina, they'd have to do it for every state that cancels its primary, and how many states do you think would jump on the bandwagon if that option were a possibility? Right -- most of them. 

An interesting situation. 

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South Carolina and Iowa ask RNC Chair to Pull Convention From Florida

by: Oreo

Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 13:19:19 PM EDT

Wow.

The chairs of the Iowa and New Hampshire South Carolina Republican parties are calling for the Republican National Committee to consider moving its 2012 convention from Tampa because Florida is threatening to break RNC rules by jumping to the head of the line in the GOP presidential nominating contest.

In a letter to other members of the RNC, South Carolina Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd said that the convention should not be awarded to a state that is flouting RNC rules.

“Simply put, if Florida does not respect the process by which our primary calendar was set, the RNC should not be bound to the process by which the convention site was selected,” Floyd said in the letter.

Following the release of that letter, Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn said he agrees.

“If Florida refuses to move its primary date into compliance with RNC rules, that consequence should be the re-opening of the process to select the site of the 2012 RNC Convention,” Strawn said in a statement.

...

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has already warned Florida that it is in violation of RNC rules, but hasn’t gone so far as to threaten any kind of sanctions.

The national committee can threaten to strip states of their convention delegates if they cut in line in the primary process, but in 2008, that didn’t prove to be an iron-clad deterrent. - The Fix

Maybe they could hold it in Madison. They'd get plenty of support there. 

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Census 2010 -- Last Week (Week 8)

by: tmess2

Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 18:57:33 PM EDT

With about a week to spare, the Census Bureau completed its statutory obligation to release redistricting data to the states before April 1, 2011.  In this post, I am going to cover the "smaller" states -- Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia -- leaving Michigan and New York for a separate post.

Maine stayed at two representatives. The target population for each district is 664,000. In Maine, both seats are relatively safe Democratic seats.  Currently, the First District covers the central and southwestern coastal region and the Second District covers the remainder of the state.  With the current lines, the First District is about 9,000 residents larger than the Second District, but that represents about a 1% deviation from the target.  Even with the Tea Party controlling the Governor's mansion in Maine, I would be shocked at any significant changes to the lines.

Massachusetts lost one representative to go down to nine members.  After the last election, all ten of the current seats were held by Democrats, though the Tenth barely stayed Democratic in an open election.  From a numbers standpoint, there is no obvious seat to save or seat to cut.  The gap between the smallest district (the First in western Massachusetts) and the largest district (the Third in east central Massachusetts) is less than 20,000.  Even the Third is about 63,000 short of the target populaton of 728,000.  As the numbers do not lead to any district that stands out as an obvious cut or an obvious keep, that leaves local politics, geography, and the concerns about keeping all nine seats safe as the factors driving redistricting. 

A natural candidate for cutting (when you have ten incumbents of the same party) would be the newest member.  That would Bill Keating who won the Tenth in 2010.  The Tenth is also the most marginal of the district with Mr. Keating winning by only 4% (and with less than 50%) of the vote.  The argument against carving up the Tenth is geographic.  The Tenth is in southeastern Massachusetts and only borders two districts.  From a geographic standpoint,  Geographically, something like the Seventh (the area to the north and west of Boston) would be easier to splice up as it borders four districts).  However, Ed Markey is the senior member of the delegation having been around since 1977.  What the folks in Boston would like to see is one of the ten volunteer for the task of taking on Scott Brown allowing their district to be carved up and keeping the other nine members of the delgation happy.

  

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Alvin Greene Should Quit the SC Senate Race. Now.

by: DocJess

Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 05:23:02 AM EDT

Alvin Greene has a right to run for the US Senate. Lots of people have the right to do all sorts of things. But he should quit the race, and he should do so for the good of the Democratic Party. I have felt this way since the night he won the election, but couldn't quite explain why. Now I can.

Watch this: 

Most Americans can't name a Supreme Court Justice, nor five Senators, and we'll skip the state capitals. All they know is what they get from TV ads, and the local news. That's it. Alvin Greene is, for many Americans, the Senate candidate they know. If you showed them a card with a bunch of head shot photographs of any 10 US Senators, there's a chance they'd get Al Franken if they remember SNL, but likely wouldn't know he was a Senator. Any nine others would provoke blank stares.

But the sound of a man wailing in his house, afraid to come out and talk to a reporter? That's something that people will remember. And not in a positive way. If I worked for the dead tree press, my headline would be "The Cowering Candidate."  This is NOT the image I want for the most prominent candidate of my party.

If you think I'm joking about what people know, consider this. People who read DCW tend to know more about the races and the candidates and the issues than most people. They also tend to read other blogs, and keep up with the polling numbers. So, offhand, do you know how many open Senate races there are this year? There are 13, and they are CT, DE, FL, IL, IN, KS, KY, MO, ND, NH, OH, PA, and UT. How many of the candidates can you name? The incumbents are from the following states: Democrats - AR, CA, CO, HI, MD, NV, NY (two), OR, VT, WA and WI. Republicans - AK, AL, AZ, GA, ID, LA, NC, OK, SC, and SD. Could you name all of them and their challengers?

Those are rhetorical questions. I assume you can name all the incumbents, all of the major party challengers, and even most of the third party candidates. Do you think most people could? What about Alvin Greene? Do you think they've heard of him? And that's why he should drop out of the race today. Because the face and sound of our most prominent candidate should not be some guy with no experience currently under a felony indictment. The obscenity charge may well be specious, but the obscenity of him staying in the race is not. 

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North Carolina, South Carolina, & Utah Primary/Run-Off

by: Matt

Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 18:03:48 PM EDT

In NC-Sen, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is in a run-off against former state Sen. Cal Cunningham. Marshall came in first in the original primary, and is considered a favorite to get the nomination.

In the SC-Gov, GOP run-off,  state Rep. Nikki Haley should win easily.

And in UT-Sen (R), former Utah County GOP chair Tim Bridgewater is running against Mike Lee to see who can be the wingiest and nuttiest. 'Cause current Senator Bob Bennett was neither wingy or nutty enough for Utah Republicans.

We'll have results here later.

8:00: Haley and Marshall both ahead in early results.
8:15: Over 20% in, Haley and Marshall both over 60%. Only question is which race gets called first.
8:25: Haley wins.
8:30: Marshall wins. Utah polls close at 10 Eastern.
11:20: Slow counting in Utah. Lee is up 52-48 with 18% in. We'll have final results in the morning.
7:30 AM: Lee won 51-49.

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SC Senate: What if it Happens Again?

by: DocJess

Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 05:48:50 AM EDT

South Carolina has ruled: Alvin Greene gets to stay on the ballot. There is an attempt to get Linda Ketner to run as an independent. She's a Democrat who ran (and almost won) for the House in 2008. Some of her former staffers have launched a petition drive. She hasn't committed one way or another, but if she runs, she can self-fund. 

Everyone is saying that Jim DeMint is a shoe-in in November: I guess his name being first on the ballot cements it for South Carolinians. But I'm thinking about something else: what if it happens again and Alvin Greene ends up as the junior Senator from South Carolina? I do not accept that he won because people just voted for the first name on the list. Nor that there is an "e" on the end of his name. I don't buy it because in general people who don't care enough to find out who's running don't bother voting in off-year primaries. 

Here's my hypothetical: some teenager with the skill set of Kevin Mitnick, an interest in politics, and a desire to do something that would look great on his college applications if he can avoid jail decided to see if he could rig a statewide election. He chose South Carolina because their voting machines were easy to connect to the internet, easy to override on the cassettes that go into each machine, and then all he had to do was sit back and watch. So now, he sits back, waits, and does it again in November. And Senator Alvin Greene goes to DC in January.

Let's talk about some logistics. Where does he live? DC is an expensive city, so he's probably going to have to share quarters. He won't end up at C Street with the good rent because, well, he's African-American, and those guys only let blacks in the building to clean and cook. Will he bring an Aerobed and live in his office?

He'll need staffers: while it would seem that no career-oriented political type would want that job, it would be an opportunity for the right person to become Alvin's Chief of Staff and actually BE a shadow Senator.

How will he fare at orientation? In the Senate, each party has their orientation programs in either November or December, and they coincide with the leadership elections. There are sessions on parliamentary procedure, and Senate rules, and overall "life in the Senate". What if, like campaigning and various promised interviews and yesterday's hearing, Alvin just plum decided not to show?

What about constituent services? DeMint has offices in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, and Graham has offices in Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Mt. Pleasant, Pendleton and Rock Hill. Will Alvin have offices in the state? Will he be able to have a staff that provides constituent services? 

There's no rule that says Senators must make speeches on the Senate floor. No requirement that they vote. He actually wouldn't have to show up. At all. Ever. Except to get sworn in. So maybe he shows up for orientation, checks out the DC museums and nightlife, goes home to spend Christmas with his dad, comes back to check out his new office and take the oath, and then goes home. He'll be hard to reach since he doesn't have a cell phone: no tests to him, no email on an iPhone or Crackberry...people will just have to wait until he makes his daily run to the public library to check his email. He would never have to go back to DC. 

There's good and bad to this. The bad is that it would be mortifyingly embarrassing to have a Senator who would be so incredibly unqualified. Yeah, yeah, he makes the Constitutional minimum but I expect that Senators can speak publicly, know issues, read at a 12th grade level, carry on a conversation using complete sentences, things like that. Alvin Greene will never write a piece of legislation, nor even contribute to one. I don't say this out of cruelty: the guy is limited. It's no crime. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but he is in over his head. 

The good is that the count of senators effectually lowers to 99, and that lost vote is a Republican vote.  

I know what you're thinking: this can't happen. And perhaps it won't happen, but it certainly could.   

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Today's Alvin Greene Moment

by: DocJess

Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 12:57:19 PM EDT

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Alvin Greene Wins South Carolina Primary
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
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South Carolina Update

by: DocJess

Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:00:00 AM EDT

Statement by the Vic Rawl for US Senate Campaign

“South Carolinians would rather be 100% right than 90% uncertain.”

As we stated yesterday, our campaign began examining election data on early Wednesday morning. Over the course of the next 24 hours, our staff found several results that seemed unusual to us. We stress that, then and now, we very much hope that Tuesday’s primary was conducted fairly and that nothing untoward happened.

Expert Data Analysis

No one on our staff is a statistics expert or mathematician. As the unusual information began to accumulate, several unconnected people and teams who are far more expert in election forensics than our staff contacted the campaign and volunteered to look at results from Tuesday’s primary.

One of the teams was Dr. Walter Mebane of the University of Michigan and Dr. Michael Miller of Cornell University. Dr. Mebane is a professor of political science and statistics and a recognized expert in detecting election fraud. As of August 2010, Dr. Miller will be professor of political science at the University of Illinois, Springfield, and specializes in the analysis of election data.  Neither is affiliated with the Rawl campaign.

Dr. Mebane performed second-digit Benford's law tests on the precinct returns from the Senate race.  The test compares the second digit of actual precinct vote totals to a known numeric distribution of data that results from election returns collected under normal conditions.  If votes are added or subtracted from a candidate’s total, possibly due to error or fraud, Mebane’s test will detect a deviation from this distribution.

Results from Mebane’s test showed that Rawl’s Election Day vote totals depart from the expected distribution at 90% confidence.  In other words, the observed vote pattern for Rawl could be expected to occur only about 10% of the time by chance.  “The results may reflect corrupted vote counts, but they may also reflect the way turnout in the election covaried with the geographic distribution of the candidates' support,” Mebane said.

Dr. Miller performed additional tests to determine whether there was a significant difference in the percentage of absentee and Election Day votes that each candidate received.  The result in the Senate election is highly statistically significant: Rawl performs 11 percentage points better among absentee voters than he does among Election Day voters.  “This difference is a clear contrast to the other races.  Statistically speaking, the only other Democratic candidate who performed differently among the two voter groups was Robert Ford, who did better on Election Day than among absentees in the gubernatorial primary,” Miller said.

These findings concern the campaign, and should concern all of South Carolina. We do not know that anything was done by anyone to tamper with Tuesday’s election, or whether there may have been innocuous machine malfunctions, and we are promoting no theories about either possibility.

However, we do feel that further investigation is warranted.

Voting Machine Examination

With that in mind, another expert volunteer traveled today to the SC State Board of Elections in Columbia to conduct an examination of selected voting machines that were employed in Tuesday’s election. When we have the results, if any, of that examination, we will release them immediately.

Gathering of Anecdotal Accounts

While we believe, and urge others to note that “the plural of anecdote is not data,” our campaign is receiving calls and e-mails from people – voters and poll workers – who experienced significant problems with voting for whom they intended. We are looking into these reports and will release any information we find.

Judge Rawl and the campaign stress again that no one knows exactly what happened on Election Day. South Carolinians would rather be 100% right than 90% uncertain.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) began an investigation on Friday afternoon into the election. Likely it will center on the statistical anomolies details in the Rawl press release.

People keep asking why would someone bother to knock Vic Rawl out of the race? An internal poll for the Raw campaign showed a DeMint-Rawl match-up at 50%-43%, which is pretty good considering Rawl is a virtual unknown outside of political circle. (Or was, it's likely he's much better known in South Carolina now.) Even according to PPP, DeMint wasn't a shoe-in against Rawl.

What chance does Greene have? Well, it's now a sure thing for DeMint if Greene stays the challenger. He's going to have a lot of trouble proving where that $10,000 filing fee came from. He SAVED it over 2 years? That would mean that he saved about $100/week consistently for two years. The max you can make in South Carolina on unemployment is $326/week. Seems tough. There will be bank records: when he filed, he used a personal check, there are records of deposits. There is an issue of him never filing with the FEC. Plus that pesky morals charge. Amazingly, a sex conviction won't keep you out of Congress, but it's a no-no for any South Carolina state elected office. Plus, he's created a lot of bad blood amoungst the Democrats: it will be hard for him to garner any logistics or financial help. Greene's candidacy made sure that DeMint would win re-election: he is at best a spoiler.

I have always contended that US Senator is not an entry-level position, and I still hold to that. There are rare, exceptional people, who have spent their lives related to politics in some way, but they are the exception. I'm thinking of Al Franken, with his polisci degree from Harvard, and a life dedicated to a lot of political comedy, which actually DOES require understanding politics. Not some young man who just "feels like it".

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Alvin Greene: Sex Offender?

by: DocJess

Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 14:36:42 PM EDT

Alvin Greene has got his problems:

Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.

Greene said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter.

The unemployed veteran posted bond after his arrest. He has yet to enter a plea or be indicted.

In addition, rumour has it that there might be some irregularities about the vote count that have yet to come to light. Will keep you posted.

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Why not just keep DeMint?

by: UplandPoet

Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 12:45:28 PM EST

Here is another case of spending money to help elect another Democrat who will not advance the Democratic Party's agenda, on any front that i can see.
 
I know we have had discussions about sitting senators and congressmen, but here is a case where the Party is looking at this guy as "our best hope"
 
What is the point of giving this guy a dime? i understand some bluedogs are worthless on some issues and stand with the party on others, making it a "hold your nose and vote" situation, but this guy seems to be a sleeper cell GOP to me.
 
 
Posted: December 1st, 2009 12:30 PM ET

From
Democrat Chad McGowan is hoping to unseat Republican Jim DeMint next year.
Democrat Chad McGowan is hoping to unseat Republican Jim DeMint next year.

(CNN) – The Democrat who wants to be South Carolina's next United States Senator might not see eye to eye with President Obama if he's elected next November.

In fact, Chad McGowan - a Rock Hill trial attorney who national Democrats see as their best hope to unseat conservative Republican Jim DeMint - appears to oppose the bulk of the White House's economic agenda, including the stimulus package and "a government takeover of healthcare."

McGowan's campaign outlined those stands Tuesday in a statement disputing the DeMint team's claim, made Monday, that McGowan supports Democratic health care reform legislation in Washington.

"DeMint's folks get their facts from the same place they've gotten their imaginary economic figures," McGowan spokesman Tyler Jones said in an e-mail to CNN. "The accusation that Chad McGowan has endorsed President Obama's health care plan is blatantly false. And Chad is on the record opposing the stimulus, opposing the bailouts, and opposing a government takeover of healthcare.

"This is the second time in as many months DeMint and his folks have outright fabricated Chad's positions," Jones continued. "Those games may work in Washington, but they won't work here in South Carolina. Instead of making up positions, Chad will continue to present real ideas to fix our economy, create jobs and help South Carolina's hard working middle class families."

That McGowan might not march in lockstep with other Democrats in Washington isn't exactly a surprise: He told CNN in October that he was once registered as a Republican and voted for Lindsey Graham in last year's Senate election. McGowan also called himself "a gun person."

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Sanford is Charged with 37 Counts

by: DocJess

Mon Nov 23, 2009 at 14:06:31 PM EST

From WaPo:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces ethics charges he broke state laws more than three dozen times by violating rules on airplane travel and campaign money, according to details of the allegations released Monday.

It's up to the state attorney general to decide whether to file criminal charges. Sanford's lawyers have claimed the allegations involve minor and technical aspects of the law.

It's about time.

My only question is, given the way both South Carolina and the IIE works, is THIS enough to get him impeached?

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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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