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May 21, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: NAACP supports civil marriages; Paul continues to collect delegates

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous (Photo courtesy of naacp.org).

NAACP Supports Civil Marriage
The board of the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, passed a resolution on Saturday in support of civil marriages. In a public statement, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said, “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law.”

This move comes in the wake of President Barack Obama voicing his support for same-sex marriage, and concern that such support may divide the black vote.

Obama’s endorsement has also catalyzed significant shifts in African-Americans’ view of same-sex marriage in North Carolina. After Obama’s announcement, African-American support for same-sex marriage or civil unions rose 11% in North Carolina. Such shifts, however, came too late to impact the vote on Amendment One — which passed overwhelmingly and wrote into the North Carolina constitution that the only legal domestic partnership is a marriage between one man and one woman.

Paulites Keep the Hope Alive
Ron Paul officially suspended any active campaigning in upcoming primary states last week. In his announcement Paul said, “Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future.”

Most see the cease and desist of active campaigning in new states as effectively making Mitt Romney the Republican nominee. However, many Paulites haven’t gotten the message.

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Comments | More in National, State | Topics: Amendment One, Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich

May 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Wisconsin recall; North Carolina Amendment One

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Tom Barrett (D) may go toe to toe in upcoming recall election on June 5, 2012 (Photo courtesy of http://www.scottwalker.org/ and www.barrettforwisconsin.com/).

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Tom Barrett (D) may go toe to toe in upcoming recall election on June 5, 2012 (Photo courtesy of http://www.scottwalker.org/ and www.barrettforwisconsin.com/).

May 8 = Decision Day
Tomorrow, May 8, voters in Wisconsin and North Carolina will take to the polls.

In Wisconsin, the ballot will include the next round of recall elections for four Republican state Senate seats and the gubernatorial Democratic primary. The recall elections stem from a larger campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) and six Republican state Senate seats that began in 2011 over Gov. Walker’s efforts to curtail union’s collective bargaining rights. In 2011, two of the six Republican Senate seats were recalled, leaving the four up for tomorrow’s election.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Amendment One, Equality North Carolina, Maine GOP convention

April 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Younger Republicans hedge their support of Romney at King County GOP Convention

Finding people under the age of 30 who support Romney is a challenge in the Seattle area. Most support Romney, now that Perry, Santorum and Gingrich are out. But it seems like the majority of them were Paul supporters from the start.

SEATTLE — While many Seattleites were outside enjoying the sunshine on Saturday, almost a thousand hard-core Republican Party members were gathering for the  2012 King County GOP Convention.

(Photo by Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

The meeting, which was held at the Washington State Convention Center, was full of enthusiastic Republicans sporting Mitt Romney, Michael Baumgartner, Rob McKenna and Shahram Hadain stickers and buttons. Ron Paul supporters were also on hand.

Those who visited the Paul campaign booth enjoyed free hard candy, while others enjoyed free doughnuts, courtesy of state Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s campaign. Baumgartner is running for Maria Cantwell’s U.S. Senate seat. Free doughnuts and candies might have off-set the $35 it cost delegates to attend the convention.

When I first entered the convention hall, I immediately noticed a lack of youth representation. I remembered how much youth involvement there was during the 2008 election season and it wasn’t just for Barack Obama. I was living in Arizona at the time and I remembered seeing a sizable amount of youth supporting U.S. Sen. John McCain’s campaign. I know Arizona is McCain’s home state and typically a red state, but there’s got to be some young Republican voters in the room who support Romney, right?

Well, sort of.

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: 37th Legislative District, Barack Obama, GOP Convention

April 30, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Gingrich Steps Back; Obama Plays it Cool

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich (Photo courtesy of newt.org/).

Gingrich Bids Campaign Adieu…Kinda
Newt Gingrich has not run the most conventional of presidential campaigns. And it seems that Newt isn’t going to be changing his ways, even as he exits the election.

In the wake of multiple primary losses last Tuesday, the Gingrich campaign did not publicly say they were stepping aside, but they did say it was “very clear” that Mitt Romney was the nominee, that Gingrich would campaign as a “citizen,” and that “we’re working out the details of our transition.” There is some talk that Gingrich will withdraw on Tuesday or Wednesday.

In the end, it looks like Newt’s campaign is neither completely dead nor remotely alive. This limbo status prompted John Marshall of Talking Points Memo to question: “Newt Of The Living Dead: Is His Zombie Campaign Finally Over?”

Is Obama Too Cool?

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, CISPA, George W. Bush

April 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Romney racks up endorsements; Women voters back Obama; Gingrich goes small; Tuesday’s primaries

Mitt Romney's latest round of endorsements include (from top left, clockwise) Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-R), Sen. Ron Johnson (WI-R), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL-R), and former president George H. W. Bush (photos courtesy of paulryan.house.gov/, ronjohnson.senate.gov/, www.rubio.senate.gov/, and http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/). Romney adding to his list of endorsements In the last few days, Mitt Romney has More

Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, DC primary, Election 2012

April 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Romney racks up endorsements; Women voters back Obama; Gingrich goes small; Tuesday's primaries

Mitt Romney's latest round of endorsements include (from top left, clockwise) Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-R), Sen. Ron Johnson (WI-R), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL-R), and former president George H. W. Bush (photos courtesy of paulryan.house.gov/, ronjohnson.senate.gov/, www.rubio.senate.gov/, and http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/). Romney adding to his list of endorsements In the last few days, Mitt Romney has More

Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, DC primary, Election 2012

March 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The Ron Paul Family Cookbook: The most delicious campaign material yet

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul with wife Carol Paul (Photo courtesy of RonPaul2012.com). The Ron Paul campaign calls it “one of the best campaign handouts you will ever find.” After finding the Ron Paul Family Cookbook (2011 edition, that’s right, there’s more than one edition) on the floor of the Taco Bell Arena…

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Brownies, Campaign literature, Campaign materials

March 27, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Republican delegate convention in Pierce County messy, long, and favored Rick Santorum

Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum (Photos courtesy of www.ronpaul2012.com, mittromney.com, newt.org, and ricksantorum.com)

Note: this is the second of two related posts on the state of the 2012 Republican presidential contest. Part 1 was posted yesterday morning.

TACOMA — The Republican presidential nomination is not over yet, Rick Santorum says. Part of his campaign’s argument is that delegates in caucus states will be allocated to him in greater numbers than the popular votes were on caucus day.

The Pierce County Republican Party convention on Saturday is one place to test Santorum’s view.

The results suggest Santorum might be right.

On March 3, Mitt Romney handily won Washington state’s presidential straw poll at the GOP caucuses, garnering 38% of the statewide caucus vote to 25% for Ron Paul and 24% for Santorum. In Pierce County specifically, Romney won 38% of the vote, Santorum won 26% and Paul received 23%.

That was the popular straw vote on caucus day. In Washington, as in many other caucus states, the official process of appropriating delegates to candidates begins at the precinct caucuses — but is entirely separate from the straw vote — and then moves to the county, and finally to the state level.

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Comments | Topics: conservatives, delegates, GOP

March 15, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Republican primary fight hurting candidates, not good for any of us

The final four Republican Party presidential candidates (photo by Politico)

The Republican Party presidential contest descended into schoolyard name-calling this week.

It began when Newt Gingrich on Sunday blasted Mitt Romney as “probably the weakest Republican frontrunner since Leonard Wood in 1920” — a classic I’m-the-smartest-on-the-playground insult for which Gingrich has no political peer. Romney responded the next day with his best blue-blood neener-neener: he pointed to his greater than 3-to-1 lead in delegates over the Georgian, and said, “If I’m a weak frontrunner, what does that make Newt Gingrich?”

On Tuesday morning before primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, Romney blustered that his closest competitor, Rick Santorum, was at the “desperate end” of his campaign. Santorum won both primaries that evening, and Wednesday morning a Santorum adviser lobbed his best your-mama comeback. He invoked a Romney vacation in which the candidate did something unusual, and said the Santorum campaign wasn’t about to listen to the “value judgment of a guy who strapped his own dog on the top of a car and went hurling down the highway.”

A double-dog dare is next, I’m sure.

This is not helping the GOP. Or any else, for that matter.

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Comments | Topics: Alabama, Barack Obama, Democrats

March 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

PerezHilton.com: A place for celebrity gossip and, on occasion, political news

Screen shot of PerezHilton.com poll for Republican presidential candidates One of the places I least expected to find a poll about the Republican presidential candidates was on PerezHilton.com. Yet, there it was. PerezHilton.com is a celebrity gossip blog, and its namesake has risen to fame for his biting words and eccentric…

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Election 2012, Michele Bachmann

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