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Minnesota: Gay marriage amendment loses

Source: Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com

With a majority of the state's precincts reporting early Wednesday, Nov. 7, a proposed constitutional amendment to write man-woman marriage into the constitution has apparently lost.

The defeat is historic, making Minnesota the first state to turn back an attempt to write man-woman marriage into a state constitution.

Read more: http://www.twincities.com/elections/ci_21945639/gay-marriage-amendment-too-close-call

Minnesota's bigoted gay marriage amendment, loses! - Pioneer Press


Current Intrade Electoral Map = 303 EV's


303 appears to be somewhat of a consensus among many prognostications?

I'll take it!

Even RCP's NO TOSS UPS MAP is now at 303 EV's. :)


The map was 290, but Virginia just flipped to the (D) column.


Looks more and more like Nate Silver's projection, every day.

Michael Bloomberg Endorses Obama For Re-Election

Source: Huffington Post

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election on Thursday, Bloomberg TV reported and the Huffington Post confirmed.

The mayor, and Independent, did not endorse a candidate in the 2008 election and hadn't seem poised to do so this time around as well.

This is a developing story...check back for more information...

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/michael-bloomberg-obama_n_2059212.html

Mitt Romney Vetoed Flood Prep Funding In 2004, Blamed For Subsequent Flooding ~ Huffpo

Mitt Romney Vetoed Flood Prep Funding In 2004, Blamed For Subsequent Flooding

WASHINGTON -- In the spring of 2004, Peabody, Mass., got drenched with rain, which flooded the downtown area. After the storm, then-Gov. Mitt Romney asked President George W. Bush to declare Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties federal disaster areas, according to the Boston Globe.

That fall, the state legislature proposed spending $5.7 million on a flood prevention project to protect against future floods. Those funds would be matched by $22 million in federal money.

Romney vetoed it.
This week, Romney has come under fire for suggesting that the federal government get out of the business of disaster relief. But his record in Massachusetts doesn't lend much support to the suggestion that states can handle it alone.

During the time of the Peabody fight, John Barrett, then the Democratic mayor of North Adams, was the vice president of the Massachusetts Mayors Association. He said the issue of flooding in Peabody was critical and that local officials had reached out to the legislature for help. "Every time it rained, it wiped out their downtown," Barrett told HuffPost.

Barrett chalked Romney's veto of the Peabody project up to a lack of familiarity with infrastructure in the state.

"This was not unusual for him. He didn’t understand infrastructure improvements. It was just the bottom line. He never visited communities. He never understood the issues. He never sat down with mayors or city managers. He never understood why those things were in the budget," Barrett said. "That money was requested by locals. It was a major league problem.”

... More at link: Huffington Post

What is the Tea Party's answer to FEMA? TEMA! ~ A Mark Fiore political animation




[center][font size = 28]RECIPE FOR DISASTER[/font]
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Mitt Romney In GOP Debate: Shut Down Federal Disaster Agency, Send Responsibility To The States

... During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA's cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.

"Absolutely," he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?"

"Including disaster relief, though?" debate moderator John King asked Romney.

"We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids," Romney replied. ...

Full story at - HUFFPO

Nate Silver's analysis re: the controversial Ohio poll, indicating a tied race

The most consequential polls of the day were probably in Ohio and Virginia.

The Ohio poll was a good one for Mr. Romney. The survey, conducted by the University of Cincinnati for a consortium of Ohio newspapers, showed the tied race, 49-49, with almost no undecided voters left. The same survey had given Mr. Obama a 5-point advantage before the Denver debate.

Some liberals have critiqued the Ohio poll for being out of date — it was in the field between Oct. 18 and Oct. 23, meaning that some of its interviews were conducted before the final presidential debate in Florida.

I think this criticism is probably overdone. There is little evidence that the race has changed all that much since the final debate; the FiveThirtyEight model finds that Mr. Obama has perhaps gained half a percentage point nationally since then, but probably not much more than that.

And apart from the timing, the poll has a lot going for it: it has a good track record and collected a reasonably large sample size, meaning that it gets a lot of weight in the FiveThirtyEight forecast.

But the poll should not be used to imply that the race is tightening further in Ohio. There have been 12 other polls of the state that also conducted at least some interviews after the Florida debate, and they showed Mr. Obama up by two points there on average, which is about where the FiveThirtyEight forecast now shows the state. If a candidate holds a two-point lead in a state, it is normal for some polls to show him tied or trailing by a point or so instead in contrast to others that might put him four or five points up.

That is pretty much what we see in Ohio right now, with the edge in the polling average remaining with Mr. Obama. The new poll reduced his chances of winning the state to 73 percent from 76 percent in the forecast.

More: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

Snopes addresses Ohio voting machine controversy - paper ballots should prevent malfeasance.


The most comforting portion of the article is as follows:

... the potential for vote-tampering in Ohio through manipulation of Hart Intercivic's equipment is quite low. As the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported, the Hart InterCivic machines used in Ohio don't record voters' selections directly — they are merely standalone scanners that tabulate paper ballots, so any close or suspect results could be confirmed through a recount:

Elections officials in Ohio's Hamilton and Williams counties — the only two of Ohio's 88 counties that use equipment made by Hart InterCivic — as well as company representatives say there's no way such meddling could occur.

Both counties use a paper balloting system in which results are tallied by scanners made by Hart InterCivic. All programming of the machines, diagnostic testing, and vote tabulation is done by elections staff in each county and no vote tabulation is done over the Internet, county election board representatives say. The paper ballots are there as backup and can be recounted with Democratic and Republican party representatives on hand.

"There is no truth to the idea that anyone could get into our system and tamper with the results,"
said Hamilton County elections board deputy director Sally Krisel.

FYI - the company in question, Hart InterCivic owns voting machines in two Ohio counties: Williams County, which has 25,000 registered voters, and Hamilton County, which has 565,000 registered voters. For more on Williams County ballots, see here: http://www.co.williams.oh.us/BOE/index1.htm

Also note -

Hamilton County’s primary voting source is a paper ballot. At the polling place, the voter scans the paper ballot into Hart InterCivic’s eScan digital imaging scanner. Hamilton County also provides Hart InterCivic’s eSlate Disabled Access Unit, so voter’s with disabilities may vote independently at the polling place.


I understand the valid concern surrounding voting machines being owned by partisan Republicans, as I share them. But, I am hopeful that paper ballots and early voting, will allow for a fair election.

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