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2008 Congressional, Statehouse Races

  1. Oct 28, 2008 #1

    Gokul43201

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    Use this thread to discuss local races for Congressional and Gubernatorial seats, and directly related issues.
     
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  3. Oct 29, 2008 #2

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    I was going to vote for Gordon Smith - US Senator [R] from Oregon - whom I've supported twice before, but when I learned of Rove's connections to advertising in Oregon, that was it. Smith denies any connection, but he chose not to explicity denounce the negative ads.

    Funny thing is, Smith has effectively been running as a Democrat - he specifically links himself to Obama in his campaign ads. And I do believe that he is better than most. He also denounced Bush for his abuses at a critical time, and for this I do respect him, but at this point he would have to file as an Independent and formally denounce Rove to get my vote.
     
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  4. Oct 29, 2008 #3

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    We have a local demcrat running for state representative (assemblyman). He's running against Bush and McCain though - at least according to his commercials. You'd think he was running for congress. Local politicians are so parochial, there is isn't much diff between a republican or democrat. There are a few for whom I'd vote on an individual basis - without regard to party affiliation.

    I could certainly vote for someone like Lincoln Chafee, who recently registered as an independent after being a lifelong republican.
     
  5. Oct 30, 2008 #4

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    N. Carolina Senate race in chaos over Dole's 'godless' ad
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/100/story/54930.html

    Dole is desperate - and bearing false witness. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Oct 30, 2008 #5

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    Good for her!!! It's about damned time that someone starts challenging this nonsense. The GOP is completely out of control.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2008 #6

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  8. Oct 31, 2008 #7

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    The fact that Dole would intentionally misrepresent the religious views of another Christian to the extent that she even has her voice faked for a commericial, is beyond belief. Many Christians might expect someone to go straight to hell for that one.
     
  9. Nov 3, 2008 #8

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  10. Nov 3, 2008 #9

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    Let's don't get carried away in disbelief. It's an election campaign. Machiavelli rules.

    The Republicans are gripping desperately by their fingernails and claws attempting to hold on by any means. The erstwhile Liddy Dole took her state for granted and looks about to get steam rolled.

    Apparently beneath the pancake makeup lies the heart still of someone desperate to hold power by any means. Look at McCain and Palin's frenetic rhetoric these last few days.
     
  11. Nov 3, 2008 #10

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    Not for a Christian.

    These over-the-line tactics and ads have to stop. This is out of control. And there is no reason why any of us have to accept this nonsense.

    If Dole wins, there could be a stong case here. If Dole loses, then it would be difficult to demonstrate that any damage was done.
     
  12. Nov 3, 2008 #11

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    Barney Frank ad:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF0U-si6ZSg
     
  13. Nov 3, 2008 #12

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    Latest polls in Alaska show Stevens behind between 10% and 20%.

    At least he got his home fixed up for when he gets out of jail.
     
  14. Nov 5, 2008 #13

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    Stevens still holds slim lead.
    http://www.adn.com/elections/story/579005.html
     
  15. Nov 5, 2008 #14

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    Looks like Stevens will win, just as Bachman did.

    Franken and Coleman may still be fighting when the snow begins to melt in Minnesota.
     
  16. Nov 5, 2008 #15

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    http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/33900844.html
     
  17. Nov 5, 2008 #16

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    Amazing that the polarizing, apparently ignorant Bachmann managed to hold on after her rather idiotic McCarthyesque remarks.

    Too bad the Democrats didn't have a stronger candidate for the district. It's kind of scary to think that such people get to have input as Congressional Representatives.

    As far as Stevens goes, if his appeals fail, he's gone anyway. Though likely that will be an opportunity for Palin to inject herself on the national scene.
     
  18. Nov 5, 2008 #17

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    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/11/04/georgia_us_senate_election.html
     
  19. Nov 5, 2008 #18

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    http://blog.oregonlive.com/elections/2008/11/ussenate.html
     
  20. Nov 5, 2008 #19

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    Similar situation with Marily Musgrave, a Representative in Colorado.

    Ideologically, she's a perfect match for her district, being pro-life, pro-guns, etc (she's close to being the most conservative member in Congress). In practice, she has completely ignored her district in favor of pursuing national pro-life, anti-gay agendas. In fact, she's managed to hurt her own district a time or two in her pursuit of her national agenda. That's turned off a lot of voters - even the ones that agree with her ideologically.

    She survived two re-elections that were extremely close considering she's representing a strong Republican district. A bad reputation and demographics finally caught up with her.

    The big surprise is she got absolutely clobbered! Ironically, she got the message sent by two close re-elections and actually started doing things for her own district during the last two years. It didn't help, since she'd already cemented her reputation. The down-ticket effect of a popular Democratic Presidential candidate probably just added to her margin of defeat.

    In spite of "cutting pork" being a popular Presidential campaign slogan, the job of a Congressman is to bring as many federal dollars into his/her district as possible. Those that forget it get punished.

    Unbelievable! Colorado has gone from being a rock-solid Republican state with a Republican Governor, two Rep Senators, and 5 Rep Representatives (out of 7 total) to a Democratic Governor, two Dem Senators, and 5 Dem Representatives in just 4 short years.

    Way to go, George Bush, Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, et al!
     
  21. Nov 6, 2008 #20

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    Previously Smith was ahead, but NBC is now declaring Merkeley as the winner, as I think he is leading by nearly 40,000 votes now.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a8u5QMpBXrEY&refer=us
     
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