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Obama to Nevada for Harry Reid in July

1. President Obama will head back to Nevada to campaign for Harry Reid (Nev.) early next month, a sign that the Senate majority leader believes more good than harm will come out of a visit from the chief executive in one of the most evenly divided states along partisan lines in the country.

Obama's visit -- first reported by Fix friend Jon Ralston -- is the second time this year that the president will travel to Nevada to support Reid. In February, Obama held a town hall in Henderson in which he effusively praised Reid.

And, last summer the president guest-starred at a fundraiser benefiting the majority leader at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

On cue, the Republican National Committee bashed Reid for the scheduled Obama trip. "President Obama's trips to Nevada have only reminded Nevadans of Harry Reid's failed economic policies and motivated more than 28,000 Democrats to vote against Reid in his primary," spokesman Jahan Wilcox said.

(Democrats argue that Republicans have plenty of their own problems to deal with -- starting with the fact that former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, who will be in Washington today, is a candidate outside of the political mainstream.)

Although Obama carried the Silver State by 12 points in 2008, his numbers have fallen since then. In an April Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review Journal, 41 percent of Nevadans regarded Obama in a favorable light, while 46 percent viewed the president unfavorably.

A February Mason-Dixon poll showed that while Obama's approach to fixing the economy wasn't popular with Nevadans, three-quarters of those tested said the president's visit for Reid would make no difference in how they would vote in the fall.

By all accounts, Reid and Obama have a close relationship -- don't forget, Reid secretly encouraged Obama to run for president against then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- and the majority leader assumes, probably rightly, that whether or not Obama actively supports his candidacy, Republicans will tie the two together.

That calculation is far less simple for Democrats such as Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), who hosted Obama at a trio of events in mid-February; Missouri Secretary of State -- and Senate candidate -- Robin Carnahan, who was absent when Obama visited the state in March; or even Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), who touted the president's endorsement during her primary fight against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

In each of those situations, Obama could/will attract massive sums of money with relatively little effort by the campaign. At the same time, the president carries middling approval ratings, and the candidates may not want to link themselves with those numbers in the minds of voters.

2. South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster will endorse state Rep. Nikki Haley's gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday, one week after he placed a distant third behind her and Rep. Gresham Barrett.

McMaster came to the decision "after a lot of thought and deliberation about the candidate best suited to lead the Republican Party into the November general election" and lead the state thereafter, said his communications director, Rob Godfrey. Both McMaster and Haley are scheduled to be at Tuesday's event at 10 a.m. at McMaster's campaign headquarters.

The endorsement means that the four rivals in the campaign are now split into two factions: McMaster is backing Haley, while Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R), the fourth-place candidate, has lined up behind Barrett.

The endorsement game may not matter all that much given that the June 22 runoff comes just two weeks after Haley trounced Barrett 49 percent to 22 percent.

The Republican Governors Association has all but endorsed Haley, and her campaign released polling last week that showed her with a massive lead over Barrett.

The winner will face state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) in the November general election.

3. Vice President Biden will campaign this month for Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias's Senate campaign, a boost for the Democratic nominee, who has faced repeated questions about how strongly the White House -- and Obama in particular -- is supporting him.

Giannoulias's campaign announced Monday that Biden will come to town June 21 for a fundraiser. The candidate will also receive visits by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina and former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe this month.

It's more welcome news for the Illinois Democrat, who had been beset early in his campaign by his family bank's problems and the early stages of the Rob Blagojevich trial, but has benefited of late from Rep. Mark Kirk's (R-Ill.) repeated misstatements about his military service.

Kirk continues to battle against charges of resume inflation that surfaced over Memorial Day weekend. In an e-mail to supporters Monday, he pitted himself against the media and said Giannoulias is going too far. "The negative campaign being waged against my 21 years of service in the United States Navy Reserve turned from dirty to ridiculous," Kirk wrote.

Democrats, who had grown pessimistic about their chances in Illinois before the Kirk revelations, have a newfound hope in the race -- believing that the Republican congressman's handling of the resume issue gives them a ready response to attacks on Giannoulias' family bank.

4. Former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charlie Baker (R) launched his first television ad of the general election today, featuring Baker talking straight to the camera with a basketball court in the background.

"Today, Beacon Hill is broken," Baker says in the ad. "With too many people out of work, they continue to spend what they want, tax what they can. We can change the status quo, and I have a plan to do it and the will to make it happen."

The commercial was produced by Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens.

Baker is facing Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and state Treasurer Tim Cahill (I) in a three-way race for the governor's mansion. The ad comes as Patrick has moved up in the polls and Cahill has moved down -- following an onslaught of TV ads by the Republican Governors Association hitting him and trying to tie him to Patrick.

The ad, which also features a shot of Baker playing hoops with his son, Charlie Jr., is an effort to introduce Baker to voters as a problem solver who hasn't been part of the Beacon Hill status quo. Despite winning the GOP nod resoundingly at the state GOP convention in April, Baker has yet to make inroads with many of the state's voters. In a May Suffolk University poll, only 37 percent of voters knew enough about Baker to have an opinion of him.

5. Oregon Democratic Rep. David Wu is among the more unlikely GOP targets, but a new internal poll for his opponent's campaign suggests he might be in a real face-off this fall.

Wu takes 46 percent to 40 percent for sports business consultant Rob Cornilles in the Moore Information survey, which was obtained by the Fix.

The narrowness of the race somes in spite of Wu's large edge in name identification. More than four in five voters know Wu and can rate his favorability (50 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable), while less than one in five knows Cornilles well enough to even rate him.

Cornilles has impressed the national GOP with his personal style, but his fundraising isn't particularly strong; he had less than $200,000 on hand at the end of April. Wu, meanwhile, is dealing with marital troubles -- he separated from his wife in December -- and is seen as a lower-tier GOP target.

Wu's saving grace may well be the Democratic underpinnings of his suburban Portland district, where President Obama won 61 percent in 2008.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

"Is it really true that the electronic voting machines are NOT auditable? I've heard that from their opponents, but I can't believe there isn't some kind of audit trail. Posted by: 12BarBlues"

Many early touch screen machines stored only totals, with no paper or other storage to show actual votes. Some may still be in use, but the current electronic machines have to print a paper copy of the votes cast. The old flip lever mechanical machines stored only vote counts, but programming them to mis cast ballots was awfully difficult and they would always miscount if it was done so fraud was easy to detect. electronic machines can be set to mis cast some percentage of the vote, say 5%, where every fifth vote for a democrat might go to a republican, or vice versa. the paper tapes are supposed to prevent this.

A better system would be to have the machine produce three punched ballots, one to be cast, one to be retained, and one to be given to your party's poll watcher if you so chose. Before you turn your ballot in you run it through a verifier. That gives you the best of both worlds, electronic voting with verifiable ballots.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, dawd, he seems like a nice guy and didn't expect the braindead fury of the Drudge harpies.

Posted by: drindl | June 15, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

3) Rep Kirk may have succeeded at putting the 'resume inflation' behind him. Unfortunately for him, the story that's taken over is about a Pentagon reprimand for politicking while on active duty. Whoops.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ju2VUx2YjhbyG5Obd_oP9PGUME-AD9GBMBTO0

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Heh, looks like Weigel had one of his first experiences with being a Drudge link. And Drudge linked to Weigel's coverage of the Bob Etheridge saying Weigel called it a hug.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/bob_etheridge_the_morning_afte.html

Posted by: DDAWD | June 15, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Is it really true that the electronic voting machines are NOT auditable? I've heard that from their opponents, but I can't believe there isn't some kind of audit trail.

that is precisely why Florida changed their systems to require a printable copy

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

sorry, leichtman -- i haven't been here much lately -- the spamming is too boring.

but here's an interesting piece about the teabaggers:

"A new strain of populism is metastasizing before our eyes, nourished by the same libertarian impulses that have unsettled American society for half a century now. Anarchistic like the Sixties, selfish like the Eighties, contradicting neither, it is estranged, aimless, and as juvenile as our new century. It appeals to petulant individuals convinced that they can do everything themselves if they are only left alone, and that others are conspiring to keep them from doing just that. This is the one threat that will bring Americans into the streets.

Welcome to the politics of the libertarian mob."


http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/may/27/tea-party-jacobins/?pagination=false

I also recommend Dave Wiegel, poor guy, tries to cover this increasingly unhinged group honestly [far better than here] and gets Drudged on a regular basis.

He's surprised by the venom on the right. I'm not.

Posted by: drindl | June 15, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

If the $10k didn't come from Alvie's personal savings, then it's a violation of several laws. Notably, the $2400 contribution limit to any individual candidate as well as failure by Alvin Greene to disclose the contribution to the FEC. One might add perjury to that if he testifies under oath and is proven to be wrong.

This poor shmuck is in waaaaay over his head.

J3D

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 15, 2010 11:46 AM
---------------------------------
Poor Alvin. Now, the state will be after him for the cost of his public defender for his upcoming felony charge. And, thanks JakeD3, for the reminder on the FEC rules.

I have a feeling that he will 'fess up the whole story once the lawyers get hold of him.

Is it really true that the electronic voting machines are NOT auditable? I've heard that from their opponents, but I can't believe there isn't some kind of audit trail.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

what is next for the GOP, starting a full
fledged military war against Mexico with tanks and F-17s?

"The Republican nominee for a northern New Mexico congressional seat suggested during a radio interview that the United States could place land mines along the Mexican border to secure the international boundary"

unbelievable

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

So are Republicans like really worried about the Nevada race or just really interested. George Will had a column the other day and Marc Theissen, noted national security expert, put out his second on Nevada mainly talking about how everyone is a Reid plant or something like that. I think that's what George WIll's column was about too. How Reid inflated Angle to eliminate Lowden. I'm guessing Reid hypnotized her to make the chicken comments multiple times.

Not much of a show of confidence towards their chosen nominee.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 15, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

@leichtman,

The reason 37th isn't here jamming the blog, is because he was still posting at 3 am. If he ever left his keyboard and could put his obsessive behaviour to good use, he could actually change the world.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

jake we shouldn t beat up on Greene, he was
likely a tool of some out of control GOP
operative the same kinds who were sentenced
to county jail time in the New Hampshire
election day telephone jamming.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

drindl I reported the Whitman assault story and LA times link earlier hoping to hear 37th's mantra that Whitman must drop out of the race immediately.

he's been kind of quiet today with his spammming.

kind of funny that the righties today want to
give Whitman a pass are the exact same ones
whining yesterday about the Congressman and demanding that he resign.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Bob Etheridge layeth the smacketh down on Meg Whitman.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 15, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If the $10k didn't come from Alvie's personal savings, then it's a violation of several laws. Notably, the $2400 contribution limit to any individual candidate as well as failure by Alvin Greene to disclose the contribution to the FEC. One might add perjury to that if he testifies under oath and is proven to be wrong.

This poor shmuck is in waaaaay over his head.

J3D

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 15, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"Washington (CNN) - She ran as an outsider, but on Tuesday, Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle will meet with some top GOP insiders in Washington.

Angle will sit down with Republican senators on Capitol Hill at the Republican policy lunch, as the guest of Sen. John Ensign, which appears to be creating some controversy."

As soon as they get a little power, the baggers fall right into establishment arms leaving their supporters in the dust.

Posted by: drindl | June 15, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The latest twist in Meg Whitman's campaign:

On Monday, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) had to apologize for an altercation on a Washington street in which he swatted at a camera and grabbed a man by the wrist and neck. But now push has come to shove, and word of a Republican politician's rough-housing has come to light.

The New York Times reports that Meg Whitman, who at the cost of $80 per vote became the Republican gubernatorial nominee in California, is accused of shoving an employee when Whitman was the head of eBay.
This reportedly led eBay to pay a six-figure settlement to the employee, who was preparing her boss for an interview about Second Life, an online fantasy world not unlike California politics."

Posted by: drindl | June 15, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know about South Carolina's voting machines? Can they be audited?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Mark: Sorry about the bad 538 link. I just cut and pasted it from the address bar. Glad you found the piece, though. And thanks for the update, 12Bar.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 15, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

the real mystery is where an unemployed man
struggling with his rent came up with $10,400.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 11:13 AM
-------------------------------------
Is it illegal for someone to give this guy the money for filing? It would be interesting to know how he got the money, and potentially embarrassing, but probably doesn't change a thing.

What I am more curious about is what Tom Schaller is talking about--very strange voting in several precincts. This COULD indicate machine malfunction or even hacking. That possibility should be investigated, and eliminated as a possibility, otherwise voters' confidence in the system is seriously undermined.

If, in the end, poor Alvin Greene is the Democratic candidate, so be it. I feel sorry for him because he's somebody's patsy.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"President Barack Obama will head back to Nevada to appear with Harry Reid (Nev.) early next month, a sign that the Senate Majority Leader believes more harm than good will come out of a visit from the chief executive..."

A freudian slip perhaps?

Posted by: RobT1 | June 15, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

how is that BIG GOVT SOCIALIST Tri Care
doin for you Vet. Presumably you are one of those who feel that only you are entitled to
any of that Big Gubernet H.C., right and the hell with the rest of us peons.
$3 p/prescription, pretty sweet socialist
deal dunt u think.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Who's paying for all these trips he is taking to promote these losers, Reid for one.
thanks

Posted by: sderf | June 15, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Who's paying for all these trips he is taking to promote these losers, Reid for one.
thanks

Posted by: sderf | June 15, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"President Obama will head back to Nevada to campaign for Harry Reid (Nev.) early next month, a sign that the Senate majority leader believes more good than harm will come out of a visit from the chief executive in one of the most evenly divided states along partisan lines in the country."

Hint: writing the obvious does not make for fun reading unless you intended a backhanded slam. ???

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 15, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Barry will use all the skills of Mass, VA, NJ, PA elections to win another for the Republicans! The recognition of the wild spending, leftist leaning, big gov't thinkin is catchin up to 'them good ole boys."
Perhaps Barry can invent another Czar post for Harry....say the Clean Beaches Act of 60 Days ago.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | June 15, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"After a rough few weeks for Illinois Senate candidate Mark Kirk, his poll numbers have dipped slightly--and 63 percent of those surveyed found the scandal surrounding his military record to be at least somewhat important"


the real mystery is where an unemployed man
struggling with his rent came up with $10,400.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

538 has a later update on the Alvin Greene mystery, which debunks the Greene=black name, based on census data which maps names to ethnicity. Not true that Greene is a black name, actually the reverse.

That leaves only the "first name on the ballot" or machine manipulation. Suspicious voting results in three precincts. Schaller advocates investigation.

link:

6.14.2010
More Developments in South Carolina D-SEN Primary
by Tom Schaller @ 7:13 PM

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

.Illinois will be a tough state in 2010. Republicans, for the 1st time in a while, have a great shot to win the Gov. & Senate race. Democrat's will fight hard, but Republicans have a huge edge right now"


huge edge?? based upon What your objective analysis?
Illinois hasn't elected a R US Senator in ages.
While they routinely elect progressives Rs
to the governor's office, the same can not be
said for the US Senate. And Kirk's hypocrisy
about military service is playing better in Conn then in Illinois where Kirk has recently taken a huge hit.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

1. Obama's trip to Nevada will help Reid in 2 ways: fundraising and energizing the Democratic base. Both are important, and Reid already has a huge fundraising advantage but there are alot of outside groups that will bash Reid for Angle. Reid must energize the D base to vote and bash Angle so badly that people don't come out to vote against Reid as their fed up.

2. It looks like Nikki Haley will be the 1st female Governor of South Carolina. She will likely win the GOP primary and the GE fairly easily. So SC will still have a very conservative governor, and Haley will have a big say in the Presidential race in 2012.

3.Illinois will be a tough state in 2010. Republicans, for the 1st time in a while, have a great shot to win the Gov. & Senate race. Democrat's will fight hard, but Republicans have a huge edge right now.

Posted by: reason5 | June 15, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0615-whitman-20100615,0,3139793.story

Why not that same outcry against your Ca. Gubenatorial candidate?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod, thanx. The link you provided is broken, however. I found the article at 538 - you can find it at 6-11 on 538's blog.
-----------------
SC Democratic Primary Getting Weirder By The Hour
by Tom Schaller @ 8:59 PM
-----------------

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 15, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

LarryG62 -- class and integrity? I don't think those words apply to anyone in the Nevada GOP.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 15, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

another idiotic comment by zouk or whatever
today's name is.
Angel proposes abolishing alcohol for Las Vegas
that should play well in Nevada; what is next for her, opposing gambling?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

This should drag dingy Harry polls down into the 20s

Posted by: Moonbat | June 15, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Gulf oil disaster diverts attention from Homeland "fusion center" abuses

JOURNALIST EXPOSING U.S. MICROWAVE TORTURE GASSED WITH INSECTICIDE

• Call to police chief demanding hate crimes probe goes unreturned.

• Plea to DOJ Civil Rights Division: "The rule of law has broken down in Bucks County, PA., mid-Atlantic states centcom of the MAGLOCLEN Homeland-run fusion center. Please come to the aid of citizens nationwide who are being extrajudicially persecuted by a multi-agency, police-protected, Homeland-coordinated vigilante Gestapo."

WHEN WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA GET A GRIP ON A ROGUE BUREAUCRACY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/journo-exposing-u-s-microwave-torture-gassed-insecticide
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories")

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 15, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

andy: why would Haley even want Sanford's endorsement?; that seems kind of strange; politically you would think she would want to distance herself from his scandal?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I sure hope Odumbo's record of unsuccessful endorsements continues. Time for Nevada to elect someone with class and integrity to replace dirty Harry Reid.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 15, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Obama to help Reid? Based on Obama's record to date in helping Dem candidates, I'd tell him to stay in LA and plug the hole!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | June 15, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Alvin Greene isn't in the Morning Fix today, but FiveThirtyEight has some useful commentary and analysis on the South Carolina Democratic Senate primary here: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/sc-democratic-primary-getting-weirder.html.

Item 4 is particularly interesting.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 15, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Actually Yesterday's NY Times and Congress take Cheney/Halliburton Off the Hook-

Documents Detail Risky Decisions Before BP Well Blowout
By HENRY FOUNTAIN
Published: June 14, 2010 in NY Times

"Among the decisions relating to the cement, the congressmen said, BP opted to use far fewer “centralizers,” devices to keep the final string of casing centered in the well hole and help assure that cement flows evenly around the outside of the casing. BP used six instead of the 21 recommended by the cement contractor, Halliburton, which warned of a potential for a “severe gas flow problem.” "

Posted by: thecannula | June 15, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

tHIS MORNING'S (6-15-10) ny tIMES AND cONGRESS TAKE CHENEY OFF THE HOOK-

"Among the decisions relating to the cement, the congressmen said, BP opted to use far fewer “centralizers,” devices to keep the final string of casing centered in the well hole and help assure that cement flows evenly around the outside of the casing. BP used six instead of the 21 recommended by the cement contractor, Halliburton, which warned of a potential for a “severe gas flow problem.” "

Posted by: thecannula | June 15, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

leichtman, Sanford was openly backing Haley before his fall from grace.

Also the idea that Portland would vote in a Republican is laughable. Rep Wu will be fine.

Also I am interested to see what the poll numbers look like after Obama's speech tonight. Throughout his presidency, whenever Obama has been in a bind he has given a big speech and the mood of the nation has turned in his favor. I think he will push for comprhensive reform including a carbon tax and continued off-shore drilling with the proper safeguards (which BTW should be that the they have to drill a relief well in advance of tapping the main well).

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 15, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

leichtman1,
“we are all anxiously waiting to see who Governor Mark Sandford will be endoring in the Governors' race.”

No, I think we are more anxious about Bob Etheridge next smack down opponent.

Posted by: sliowa1 | June 15, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA AND HIS LYING ADMINISTRATION IS A DISGRACE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THIS ARROGANT STEAMING PILE HAS THE GALL TO SAY THE GULF SPILL WILL BE BETTER THAN IT WAS DOWN THERE ??? ARE YOU FN KIDDING ME HOW THE F OBAMA IS IT GOING TO BE BETTER YOU STUPID DUMB S^&T OUT POLITICKING WHILE ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER LOOMS WHAT AN A$% THIS pRESIDENT (SO CALLED) IS

VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT AND THEN THIS LYING TELEPROMPTER USERPER IN 2012 !!!!

TAKE BACK AMERICA PEOPLE !!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 15, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Every candidate that Obama stumps for goes down like a lead balloon. If Obama wants to stump for Harry, I say more power to him. I will happily welcome Sharron Angle to the Senate next fall.

Posted by: flintston | June 15, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

we are all anxiously waiting to see who Governor Mark Sandford will be endorsing in the Governors' race.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

we are all anxiously waiting to see who Governor Mark Sandford will be endoring in the Governors' race.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama will head back to Nevada to appear with Harry Reid (Nev.) early next month, a sign that the Senate Majority Leader believes more harm than good will come out of a visit ...

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This sentence makes no sense.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 15, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

It is now obvious that Rs and TeaPartiers
once claiming they support strict construction
of the US Constitution have absolutely no
respect for it and are prepared once again
to shred its provisions where ever its stands in their way of their agenda:

"A proposed Arizona law would deny birth certificates to children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents."

"The bill comes on the heels of Arizona passing the nation's toughest immigration law."

"Under federal law, children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship, regardless of their parents' residency status.

"Unlike (Senate Bill) 1070, it is clear this bill runs immediately afoul of the U.S. Constitution," she said"

If this what the GOP now wants, then why is John McCain not sponsoring a constitutional amendment in the US Senate rather than standing by and letting state legislators like Arizona's contine to make fools of themselves?
The Texas GOP has similarly taken this position. Apparently they are intent on further
alienating the hispanic community before November. Even Karl Rove understand that this is political harry caray but the GOP obviously has not received or understood that memo.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

"President Barack Obama will head back to Nevada to appear with Harry Reid (Nev.) early next month, a sign that the Senate Majority Leader believes more harm than good will come out of a visit from the chief executive..."

Is this a typo? Reid has Obama appear with him in Nevada for a THIRD time and you see this as sign that Reid thinks Obama's presence in Nevada hurts him?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 15, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

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