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Battleground Weather Forecast

While the candidates are scurrying about making their last-minute appeals to the anxious electorate, could the weather also have a vote in the final outcome? As Capital Weather Gang's Steve Tracton discussed last week, weather can indeed play a role in enhancing or suppressing voter turnout. So let's start our weather tour of the battleground landscape ...

Colorado: Dry weather with highs well into the 60s could favor higher turnout in the eastern half of the state, including the population-heavy Denver metro area. But the resort sections of western Colorado, including Aspen, are looking more on the cloudy side with rain and snow showers about.

Florida: The Sunshine State will have no weather excuses this year as its solar mascot will dominate the skies from Tallahassee to Jacksonville and all the way to Miami. The northern two-thirds of the state will be in the 70s and the southern third will be warmer -- in the 80s.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  November 3, 2008; 3:14 PM ET
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The GOP Rats are Deserting the USS McCain in Titanic Proportions

The Republican rats are all jumping the ship. The USS McCain/Titanic is in full sink mode and all the traditional Republicans, strategists and party faithful are running away as fast as they can.

All of these Republican water-carriers who faithfully parroted every lunacy and vicious Bush/Cheney lie of the last eight years are seeing their Propaganda Factory shut down and put out of business. They can't control the national conversation anymore, so they're all angling to be considered "one of the good ones" in the post-conservative era. I look for a lot of these guys to start avoiding Fixed News Channel like the plague the next few years as they seek to rehab their reputations.

Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama vs. jobs
By Ralph R. Reiland Pitts. Trib
Monday, November 3, 2008

I interviewed two plumbing company owners over the weekend about Barack Obama's economic proposals for small business.

One has 15 employees and 12 trucks. The other has 52 employees and 34 trucks. They're Joe the Plumber, writ large.

Both owners had the same reaction to Obama's proposed new taxes and mandates. To not have their bottom lines reduced by government fiat, both said they'd be forced to lay off employees.

pecifically, here's what the owner of the larger firm said regarding six of Obama's key proposals for the small-business sector: The average wage at his company, figuring the 52 paychecks of his office staff, installers and service workers, is $31,200, $15 an hour.

First, "Barack Obama and Joe Biden will require that employers provide seven paid sick days per year," states the Obama campaign's Web site. "I give three paid sick days," explained the business owner. His extra cost for this one new regulation would be $24,960 (4 extra days, 52 employees, at an average of $120 per day). "That's one of the women in the office," he said. "I can make up that cost by letting one of the office people go."

Second, Obama states that employers will be required to pay 100 percent of the cost of health insurance premiums for 100 percent of their employees or face a tax penalty. "I pay 75 percent of their coverage," explained the owner. "The family policy is about $11,000. For single guys, it's about $5,000." At an average annual cost of $7,000 per policy, his additional cost for 52 employees to cover the 25 percent of the premiums that he currently doesn't pay is $91,000. "That's the price of three installers," he said. "Just to stay even with where I am, I'd have to fire three more people or raise some prices and fire two."

The result is more unemployment or more inflation, or both.

Sixth, the increase in taxes on this small business owner from Obama's proposed hike in the income tax rate from 36% to 39.8% on incomes above $200,000 and the proposed increase in Social Security taxes comes to $32,000 per year. "That's another employee," he said, referring to the termination of another installer in order to just stay even.

As Obama explained in July: "We cannot continue to rely on our military to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."

As "well funded" as our Armed Forces personnel comes to $119 billion per year in paychecks for "community activism," a lot of money for registering dead voters, caulking windows, making sure that all the guns are locked up at the municipal buildings, and monitoring the airways to make sure that conservatives don't have too many talk shows.

Bottom line, Obama's economic plan doesn't hold water. Neither will our pipes.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse


McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.

*McCain - Founding Member of the Keating 5

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.

Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

McCain was not convicted of any crimes, though the Senate concluded that he exercised "poor judgment." (Furthermore, he got off on some charges by a technicality -- that he was still in the House when he took those vacation trips, and so the Senate couldn't prosecute him. The House concluded that THEY couldn't prosecute him because he had moved to the Senate.)

Here's some mavericky straight talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Soooo, Stooped to Controlling Content there have you Postal!

Therein, lies your end!

To think, You were once the Newspaper with Robert Novak!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I am hoping for heavy rains in San Francisco to help Proposition 8 get passed.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I am hoping for heavy rains in San Francisco to help Proposition 8 get passed.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I hoping for heavy rains in San Francisco to help Proposition 8 get passed.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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