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Keep in mind, Michigan is Romney's ancestral home (well, other than Mexico). So Romney should be having this hard of a time winning. Also, I'd heard the other day that a lot of the early-voting went Romney's way, so that Santorum needs more than "breaking even" today in order to win the state tonight. Ah ok, it was PPP, our favorite pollsters:
Even though things seem to be moving back in Santorum's direction, there's one big reason to think that Romney will still come out as the winner tomorrow night. 18% of the electorate has already cast its ballots and with those voters in the bank Romney has a 56-29 advantage. Santorum's likely to win election day voters, but he''s going to have to do it by a wide margin to erase the lead Romney has stored. We see Santorum with a 40-33 advantage among those who have yet to vote.I'm still not sure I like this early voting thing. I get that it helps more people vote. But elections aren't about voting a week or a month early. They're about voting on election day. Lots of polls have one guy or another winning "today." But it's election day that matters. I'm just not so sure I like this idea of election day being a fluid thing. I'm all for making it easier to vote, since apparently we're so lazy, but we need to find a way to make it easier THAT SAME DAY.
At 11am (PT)-- 1pm in Arkansas-- Blue America will be hosting a live blogging session at Crooks and Liars with Ken Aden, our newest endorsee for Congress. Ken Aden is the only progressive candidate for Congress Blue America has endorsed this year in a deep red district. Arkansas' third CD, in the northwest corner of the state, has always been Republican as far as anyone can remember. The last Democrat who almost won was Bill Clinton... in 1974. And Ken is undaunted. As Digby hopes to explore with him at the live chat today is Ken's startling grassroots campaign. In fact, his effort should be a model for working class candidates-- who the DCCC refuses to support (they exclusively pick rich candidates or candidates with access to big money; i.e., not school teachers or truck drivers or almost anyone who's undergoing the same financial straits as the rest of us). Ken sees all the classic negatives, of course... and turns them into strengths and opportunities:
There is no question that our campaign will likely be outspent significantly. However, of all the races in the country today, few offer the kind of opportunity this race does. Our district offers the opportunity to run a true grassroots campaign that will engage voters, inform voters, and make headlines in a district that hasn?t seen a credible Democrat run for Congress in decades. Plus, the fact that it has been so long since voters have had a real choice combined with the fact that we will run visible field and media operations mean that this will not be just an ordinary Congressional campaign, but one that gains significant attention not just from local media but national media as well.
In the post-Citizens United environment, there are not a lot of candidates willing to face the kind of odds we face in this district. There are even fewer who do elect to run in races like this who even plan to mount a legitimate campaign-- much less run an aggressive field operation.
I?m running not just because I believe this race can be won, but because I believe voters deserve a choice between a Congressman in the pocket of every special interst from the Koch Brothers to the poultry industry and a person who will, when elected, actually look out for the people and not his corporate cronies.
A second co-chair of President Obama’s re-election campaign, former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), has come out in favor of including marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, the Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel reports. A spokesman for Feingold, who has supported same-sex marriage since 2006, says the former senator supports Freedom To Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do campaign. This morning, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who is also co-chairing the re-elect, joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in backing the effort. At least 13 of Obama’s announced co-chairs have publicly endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has added to his growing list of out-of-touch moments about his wealth while campaigning this week, telling voters that his wife owns “a couple Cadillacs” and that he is friends with multiple wealthy NASCAR team owners. At a press availability in Michigan this morning, Romney made reference to “multiple mistakes” he has made but wouldn’t clarify what those mistakes were. Later, when asked if he was aware that his references to his wealth had hurt his campaign, Romney responded simply, “Yes. Next question.” Watch it:
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) said she would be happy to take her “shoulder length bob” to a new stylist, after Antonio Darden publicly refused to cut her hair in protest of her opposition to marriage equality. “First of all, if reporters would ask me the first question, which would be ‘Is he my hair stylist?’ The answer is no,” Martinez told reporters after a meeting with the White House. “He did my hair three times when I first moved to Santa Fe. But frankly he talked too much … I just went, ‘You know, I go here to relax.” Darden told local news reporters that Martinez shouldn’t return to his hair salon until she respects the right of gay and lesbian people to marry.
by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, reposted from NRDC’s Switchboard
Bullying American landowners and stockpiling pipe for a rejected project show the arrogance of the Canadian pipeline company TransCanada as it tries to reanimate the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The latest news is that TransCanada is proposing to split the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in two in order to get around the U.S. process to review international pipelines for their national interest. TransCanada says that it will seek the presidential permit for the border crossing, but move ahead separately with the southern portion of the rejected Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Oklahoma to the Gulf. This is a ploy to avoid a review that will show how the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will raise U.S. oil prices, send tar sands overseas, endanger U.S. homes and waters, and contribute to worsening climate change.
What part of ?no? does TransCanada not understand? Texans, Nebraskans, and folks all across the country are saying that whether in a hundred pieces or one piece, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest. At a time of public worry about rising gas prices, lawmakers should be concerned about a project that will in diverting oil from the Midwest gasoline refining operations to Gulf Coast diesel refining operations thereby raising U.S. oil and gas prices.
So what exactly has TransCanada proposed? TransCanada announced that it has let the State Department know that the company will submit a new application for a presidential permit for the northern portion of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from the border crossing in Montana to Steel City, Nebraska on the Kansas border where an already existing part of the pipeline starts. TransCanada would supplement this application with the proposed route through Nebraska after that has been determined in cooperation with Nebraska. But there is some question as to how long this would take since Nebraska does not currently have laws in place to do this assessment. TransCanada will then apply separately to the various federal and state permits for the southern portion of the pipeline from Cushing Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.
Raw tar sands oil going from the Midwest to the Gulf for refining means serious pipeline safety issues for landowners and environmental justice impacts of tar sands refining. Concerns of Texas landowners over TransCanada’s high-handed attempts to take their land through eminent domain will all remain the same in the case of an Oklahoma to Texas tar sands pipeline.
And the southern route pipeline will still provide the main service to oil companies that Keystone XL would provide: it will divert tar sands from the Midwest to the Gulf, raising American oil prices and likely also gasoline prices. An Oklahoma to Texas tar sands pipeline will mean more tar sands converted to diesel and available for export overseas. It will mean less tar sands remaining in the US, even while Americans bear the risks of the pipeline.
TransCanada is clearly trying to circumvent the process that we have in place for approving international pipelines by now going around the presidential permit national interest determination requirement for the part of this pipeline that will hurt the U.S. economy. Whether in pieces or as a whole, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest.
Here is a video clip of a recent protest of Texas landowners in reaction to TransCanada?s bullying and the threats that the tar sands pipeline would pose to homes and waters.
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz is the director of the International Program at the National Resources Defense Council. This piece was originally published at NRDC’s Switchboard.
Campaigning in Georgia today, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said fellow candidate Mitt Romney “is the kind of guy who would have fired Christopher Columbus.” Gingrich was responding to Romeny saying he would fire an employee who proposed some of Gingrich’s more outlandish ideas, like moon colonies, leading the former speaker to say Romney lacks the vision to be president. Romney is such an anti-visionary, Gingrich said, that a voter in Tennessee told him the Columbus quip, which Gingrich relayed today. Watch it: