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    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    Cromo is the only reason I’d even consider voting for her. That might be enough of a reason.
    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra View Post
    Cynthia Nixon would get my vote. I can't stand Cuomo.
    I'd consider Marc Molinaro if he got the GOP nom, but he may not be hyper-partisan enough to get it.

    Nixon? I'd like to put her in a car with no GPS and tell her she's got 7 hours to find Geneseo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    I'd consider Marc Molinaro if he got the GOP nom, but he may not be hyper-partisan enough to get it.

    Nixon? I'd like to put her in a car with no GPS and tell her she's got 7 hours to find Geneseo.
    She might even have a problem finding Staten Island or Queens.

    That Molinaro isn't hyperpartisan might help him garner votes in NYC. But, like you said, I'm not sure if he's conservative enough for the rest of the state.

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    Hillary Clinton got $7K less than Snooki for Rutgers speech. Does it get any worse?



    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/inde...ch_snooki.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    I'd consider Marc Molinaro if he got the GOP nom, but he may not be hyper-partisan enough to get it.

    Nixon? I'd like to put her in a car with no GPS and tell her she's got 7 hours to find Geneseo.
    If she had any political smarts, she’d do a Hillary-style listening tour. She might learn enough to become a credible candidate, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra View Post


    Hillary Clinton got $7K less than Snooki for Rutgers speech. Does it get any worse?



    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/inde...ch_snooki.html
    As someone who worked for a company that used to book events at a college, I know a lot of times college organizations are able to negotiate discounts for speaker fees compared to what those people would be able to charge elsewhere so I'm not sure if that is a fair comparison. That being said Hillary probably should take a break for a while, I think she's overexposed right now.

    Does Rutgers sell tickets to these events to recoup the speaker fees? If not, I would be pissed that they spent more than $30k to bring in Snooki. That is a complete waste of money.

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    As someone who worked for a company that used to book events at a college, I know a lot of times college organizations are able to negotiate discounts for speaker fees compared to what those people would be able to charge elsewhere so I'm not sure if that is a fair comparison. That being said Hillary probably should take a break for a while, I think she's overexposed right now.

    Does Rutgers sell tickets to these events to recoup the speaker fees? If not, I would be pissed that they spent more than $30k to bring in Snooki. That is a complete waste of money.
    For that event, tickets were free and they had to move it to a bigger venue to accommodate the over 5000 people that wanted to attend. She was payed through an endowment, not by the school itself. And I think she should do whatever she wants. If people don't want to hear what she has to say, they don't have to listen. Love her or hate her, I think she is an historic figure whose perspective matters and whose experiences should be heard. Or, as she put it herself in that speech at Rutgers when asked why she wouldn't just go away, "They never said that to any man who was not elected."
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    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...ther-treatment

    Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Not Seeking Further Treatment

    After a series of hospitalizations, former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, is focused on "comfort care," according to a statement released by the office of George H.W. Bush.

    Bush is the wife of former President George H. W. Bush, and the mother of former President George W. Bush. She established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy decades ago, promoting reading skills across America, particularly for young children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra View Post


    Hillary Clinton got $7K less than Snooki for Rutgers speech. Does it get any worse?



    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/inde...ch_snooki.html
    A) Hillary doesn't need the money as much as Snooki.
    B) What Texsahara said


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    For that event, tickets were free and they had to move it to a bigger venue to accommodate the over 5000 people that wanted to attend. She was payed through an endowment, not by the school itself. And I think she should do whatever she wants. If people don't want to hear what she has to say, they don't have to listen. Love her or hate her, I think she is an historic figure whose perspective matters and whose experiences should be heard. Or, as she put it herself in that speech at Rutgers when asked why she wouldn't just go away, "They never said that to any man who was not elected."
    Mitt Romney is running for the Senate and nobody is batting an eye.

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    Maynerd take notice.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/15/o...nsibility.html


    The Democrats Are the Party of Fiscal Responsibility
    Sometimes, though, one party really is doing a better job than the other. To refuse to admit it is to miss the story.

    So it is with budget policy. Get this: Since 1977, the three presidential administrations that have overseen the deficit increases are the three Republican ones. President Trump’s tax cut is virtually assured to make him the fourth of four. And the three administrations that have overseen deficit reductions are the three Democratic ones, including a small decline under Barack Obama. If you want to know whether a post-1976 president increased or reduced the deficit, the only thing you need to know is his party.

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    Hey look, more evidence that the baby boomer generation is the cause of most of the country's problems.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/b...ce-oregon.html

    Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System has told cities, counties, school districts and other local entities to contribute more to keep the system afloat. They can neither negotiate nor raise local taxes fast enough to keep up. As a result, pensions are crowding out other spending. Essential services are slashed.

    “You get to the point where you can no longer do more with less — you just have to do less with less,” said Nathan Cherpeski, the manager of Klamath Falls, a city of about 21,000 in south-central Oregon.

    Klamath Falls’s most recent biennial bill from the pension system, known as PERS, was $600,000 more than the one before. PERS has warned that the bills will keep rising. Mr. Cherpeski has had to cut back on repairing streets and bridges.

    Even as the American economy is humming, many states and cities are still hurting from the 2008 financial meltdown. The crash hammered their pension funds and tax revenues, but didn’t reduce the amounts they owe retirees.
    Starting in 2003, the tracking accounts were phased out. But workers who already had the accounts were allowed to keep them. New hires got a more modest retirement plan.

    “The cost of this pension system is not caused by the people we are hiring today,” said Steven Rodeman, executive director of the Public Employees Retirement System. “This is a legacy problem from the 1980s and 1990s.”

    For workers with the tracking accounts, PERS dialed back the annual returns to 8 percent, then to 7.5 percent in 2016. That is still more than what PERS’s investments have generated over the last decade. And so the pension fund’s financial hole continues to deepen.

    Across Oregon, local officials have been told to brace for 15 to 20 more years of rising pension bills. That’s when the current generation of retirees will start dying out.

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    Maynerd take notice.
    Nothing there I haven't railed against since the Reagan years. The Democrats are the party of tax-and-spend. The GOP is the party of of tax-less-but-still-spend.

    Neither party represents my personal preference of small government, increased state and local responsibilities, maximum individual freedoms, and a balanced budget.

    That's why I base my vote on the individual candidate, rather than his or her party.

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    the party of finance and security stopped being the GOP a long time ago. if you voted for them because of those two things, you've been misled.
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    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/16/gop-...-wsj-poll.html


    The tax cut for Wall Street now down to a 27% approval rating. So much for that to campaign on!
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    Surprised it took this long but bravo.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/b...imes&smtyp=cur

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhodyYanksFan View Post
    Surprised it took this long but bravo.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/b...imes&smtyp=cur
    Yeah, I'm not sure what will actually come of it but good for them. Alex Jones is a cancerous tumor.
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    The Special Election in AZ to fill Trent Franks seat may be in play next week according to a new poll out today...Franks won the last election by 37 points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeePride1967 View Post
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/16/gop-...-wsj-poll.html


    The tax cut for Wall Street now down to a 27% approval rating. So much for that to campaign on!
    I predict that poll will eventually shrink to 1%.
    Let the kids play.

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    I predict that poll will eventually shrink to 1%.
    Good one and very accurate.
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    The "Direct Pay" page on the IRS website crashed this morning. People trying to get there got this message instead:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Tripper View Post
    The Special Election in AZ to fill Trent Franks seat may be in play next week according to a new poll out today...Franks won the last election by 37 points.
    I can't imagine Lesko losing. That district has a large population of old white people. 90% white and includes Sun City, all retirees. (No, John, it's not my retirement community.) Other polls have Lesko ahead by double digits.

    https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.c...ead-heat%3famp

    Arizona special election in dead heat: poll

    The special election for an Arizona House seat is in a statistical dead heat in the final week of the race, according to a poll released on Monday.

    A poll from Emerson College found physician Hiral Tipirneni (D) narrowly leading with 46 percent, compared to former state Sen. Debbie Lesko (R), who is at 45 percent - well within the poll's margin of error.

    Monday's poll is an outlier and a huge swing in the direction toward Democrats, with other recent polling showing Lesko winning by double-digit margins. The latest public poll on Friday from OH Predictive Insights and ABC 15 Arizona found Lesko leading by 10 points, 53 to 43 percent.
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    I hate just about everything that Scott Pruitt does (or thinks, or is). But I think it’s kind of hilarious, in a twisted sort of way, that he spent $43,000 on a Cone of Silence.

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    I hate just about everything that Scott Pruitt does (or thinks, or is). But I think it’s kind of hilarious, in a twisted sort of way, that he spent $43,000 on a Cone of Silence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlw1980 View Post
    I can't imagine Lesko losing. That district has a large population of old white people. 90% white and includes Sun City, all retirees. (No, John, it's not my retirement community.) Other polls have Lesko ahead by double digits.

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    Arizona special election in dead heat: poll
    Does Kyrsten Sinema have any chance, do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    Does Kyrsten Sinema have any chance, do you think?
    I think the Senate seat is much more in play because of the large and rapidly growing Hispanic population of the state. The question remains, "Will they turn out for the midterms?" Historically the turnout is low, but people are fired up this year. I hope that leads to turnout and, in turn, Democratic victories.

    Sinema also may be good at gaining some more conservative votes, because she's essentially a Republican, herself. She's voted more with Trump than some of our GOP congress members. I'm not a fan, but I'll vote for her over any of the yikes Republicans who are running for the seat. March and April polls have it as a toss-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlw1980 View Post
    Sinema also may be good at gaining some more conservative votes, because she's essentially a Republican, herself. She's voted more with Trump than some of our GOP congress members. I'm not a fan, but I'll vote for her over any of the yikes Republicans who are running for the seat. March and April polls have it as a toss-up.
    I was going to mention this but held back and am glad you brought it up first ... she is not an "ideologically pure" Democrat. I know the HuffPost/DailyKos crowd consider her something of an apostate. But ideological purity is part of why Democrats lose so damned much.

    Kind of like the alleged conversation between LBJ and Hubert Humphrey in the 1950s when LBJ, Senate majority leader, bottled up a piece of civil rights legislation Humphrey was pushing but LBJ thought was too sweeping and politically dangerous. Hubert, you're from Minnesota and I'm from Texas. How can I help you if I don't get re-elected?

    If elected, I think you'll see some degree of left-swing from her. Not Gillibrand-like -- she's from Arizona, not New York -- but some. Just my guess.

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