Here are the Results
…..That is what the Portland Press Herald is reporting….
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Bob Kerrey at Omaha Central’s basketball game Tuesday night, with Susie Buffett. Kerrey said he expected to make an announcement today about whether he will run for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
A Republican presidential candidate will become the party’s nominee by winning a majority of delegates to the GOP national convention this summer. Most of the delegates are awarded through state primaries and caucuses. Other delegates, mostly members of the Republican National Committee, are free to endorse any candidate they choose at any time, even before a primary. The Associated Press includes such delegates in its tally once they declare a candidate preference.
The first candidate to reach 1,144 delegates will win the Republican nomination.
No major candidate is challenging President Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, so Democratic delegates will not be tracked.
Candidate won majority of delegates
Candidate won at least one delegate
Candidate won no delegates
|TOTAL DELEGATES WON||GINGRICH
Caucuses; 28 Delegates
Primary; 12 Delegates
Primary; 25 Delegates
Primary; 50 Delegates
Caucuses; 28 Delegates
Caucuses; 36 Delegates
Caucuses; 40 Delegates
Primary; 0 Delegates
Caucuses; 24 Delegates
Primary; 29 Delegates
Primary; 30 Delegates
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Leading Off:• ME-Sen: Holy elections, Batman! I can still scarcely believe that GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe announced her retirement on Tuesday, but there it is! This absolutely nuclear development turns this Safe R race into a big Dem pickup opportunity, given Maine’s blue hue, and sharply sets back Republican hopes of recapturing control of the Senate.
All attention now will turn to plausible Republicans who might replace Snowe on the ballot—and big-name Democrats who are now going to be interested in the race with the seat open. And given Maine’s occasional tradition of electing independents, it’s not impossible that a legitimate third-party contender will emerge. So, putting on our Great Mentioner hat, we’ve come up with this preliminary list of possible names. (Note that an asterisk after a candidate’s name indicates he or she ran for governor in 2010, the most recent wide-open statewide race in Maine.)
Rep. Chellie Pingree
Rep. Mike Michaud
Former state House Speaker Hannah Pingree
Former Rep. Tom Allen
Author Stephen King
Ex-Gov. John Baldacci
State House Minority Leader Emily Cain
Former state Sen. Libby Mitchell (2010 gubernatorial nominee)
Former state AG Steve Rowe*
Businesswoman Rosa Scarcelli*
Former State Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan*
Gov. Paul LePage (note: not up for re-election until 2014)
State Senate President Kevin Raye
Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney
Former Sen. (and former Sec. of Defense) Bill Cohen
Former Susan Collins chief-of-staff Steve Abbott*
Businessman Les Otten*
State Sen. Peter Mills*
Ex-Gov. Angus King
Attorney Eliot Cutler (note: finished second in 2010 gubernatorial race)
And the Hotline lists several other Republican potentials
Attorney General Bill Schneider, former Ambassador Peter Cianchette, 2010 gubernatorial candidate… Bruce Poliquin (who serves as state treasurer), former Gov. Jock McKernan, and former state Rep. Josh Tardy
Odds of a Brokered Convention Are Increasing
Housing gains reported a few days ago where confined to only a few cities though……
The U.S. economy expanded more than forecast in the fourth quarter as companies rebuilt inventories in anticipation of growing demand.
Gross domestic product climbed at a revised 3 percent annual rate, the most since the second quarter of 2010, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for no change from the previously reported 2.8 percent gain, according to the median forecast in the Bloomberg News survey. The revision reflected fewer imports and a smaller drop in non-residential investment.
Income gains in the second half of 2011 were stronger than previously reported as employment growth accelerated, which may set the stage for a pickup in consumer spending that accounts for about 70 percent of the economy. At the same time, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, who testifies before Congress today, said earlier this month that bigger reductions in unemployment depend on faster growth.
“The economy seems to be advancing at a persistent, albeit still modest, pace,” said Richard DeKaser, deputy chief economist at Parthenon Group LLC in Boston. “The figure was buoyed to some extent by inventory rebuilding, but we’re returning to the 2.5 percent trend pace that the expansion enjoyed before things went off track at roughly this time last year.”
Stock-index futures held gains after the figures. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in March rose 0.1 percent to 1,373 at 8:50 a.m. in New York.
Growth forecasts from the 82 economists surveyed ranged from 2.2 percent to 3.2 percent. The world’s largest economy expanded at a 1.8 percent rate in the prior three months….Share on Facebook
The US will help supply 240, 000 TONS of food and has declared it has NO HOSTILE intent towards North Korea….
In addition to relaxing ‘other’ pressures measure against the regime….
The deal has been in the works for some time…..
The deal WILL NOT stop the suspicions between the two counties…
But could be an opening….
It IS a plus for the Obama White House and US State Department headed by Secretary Hillary Clinton…
U.S. officials cautiously welcomed the news on Wednesday that North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment, at its Yongbyon facility. The deal will also allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors back into the country. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it a “modest step” in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on the State Department budget Wednesday. But most diplomats warned not to expect a sudden opening of North Korea any time soon.
The agreement comes less than a week after U.S. and North Korean officials met in Beijing for the third time since July. That meeting had been scheduled for December but the death of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il delayed it. There had been some concerns that the succession of his son, 29-year-old Kim Jong Un, might derail or alter the talks, especially after North Korean put out a press release demanding 300,000 tons of food aid, well in excess of the 240,000 tons that had been on the table. But the mantra of Kim-the-younger’s transition has been continuity. And much of the agreement announced on Wednesday had already been in place before Kim-the-elder’s death, including the final figure of 240,000 tons of food aid.
As part of the agreement, the U.S. also reaffirmed it does not have hostile intentions toward North Korea, pledged to abide by previous armistices and to increase “people-to-people” exchanges to North Korea in the areas of culture, education and sports. “The United States still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas, but today’s announcement reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these,” said State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland in a statement.
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They DO admit that they are NOT accounting for the ‘bounce’ that Mitt Romney will surely get from Arizona and Michigan wins…..
Also I agree that Ohio will be the BIG DOG race for next Tuesday….
For Romney and Santorum, winning Ohio could make up for losing in a lot of other places on Super Tuesday. As a result, it’s where they will spend the lion’s share of their time and money over the next six days.
Below is our initial handicapping of where the presidential race stands in each of the 10 states set to vote on Super Tuesday. Before we get to it, a caveat: We are less than 24 hours removed from Romney’s Arizona and Michigan daily double. It remains to be see how much (if at all) those wins will impact the Super Tuesday states.
Alaska: In the world of low turnout votes, the Alaska primary may take the cake. In the 2008 Republican caucuses less than 14,000 people cast votes. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has kind of, sort of endorsed Gingrich but it’s not clear whether that’s a good, bad or indifferent thing as it relates to the former House Speaker’s chances in the Last Frontier.
Georgia: This is a must-win state for Gingrich. It’s his home state and by far his best chance to score a win in a Super Tuesday state. Polling suggests Gingrich is holding a steady though not insurmountable lead in the Peach State though it remains to be seen whether his nonexistent performance in Michigan and Arizona will impact — in a negative way — his chances in Georgia. If Newt loses Georgia, it’s hard to see how he can justify staying in the race.
Idaho: This may be the biggest battleground of the three caucus states holding contests on Super Tuesday. Romney should do well here because the state is about one-quarter Mormon, but Paul has eyed the state as one that he could potentially win. (It was his best state in 2008; he took 24 percent in what was then a primary). And Santorum and Gingrich have also visited the state in recent weeks. So there’s plenty of competition here.
Massachusetts: Romney will win. While he may have called Michigan his home state, this is the state where he was recently governor and where his more moderate politics make him a heavy favorite. But keep this in mind: He beat Arizona Sen. John McCain just 51 percent to 41 percent in Massachusetts on Super Tuesday 2008, so it’s not like this is a guaranteed blowout. (Then again, McCain was seen as the more moderate candidate in that race)….Share on Facebook
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Metal debris is wrapped around trees and windows are shattered at the Ozark Mountain Inn in Branson, Mo, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. A powerful storm system lashed the Midwest early Wednesday, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to a small town in Kansas.Share on Facebook
The Air Force does it again!
In action that brings back the Airbus/Boeing Ariel Tanker debacle….
The Air Force is dropping the purchase of a light attack propeller aircraft….
The whole thing is a mess…..
The Light attack aircraft SHOULD have been a US Army project in the first place…
Just like the C-27J light Cargo transport…..
The Air Force doesn’t want anything slow and small….
The attack aircraft was supposed to be for close in support for the Army’s foot solder’s…
But the Air Force REALLY didn’t want something with propeller on it so the idea was to give it to the Iraqi’s….
But I don’t think THAT’s an option anymore since the we can’t trust them…..
Now on top of that the contract price for a SIMPLE attack aircraft seems to have gone skyward per plane ….
So ALL the complaining about the Army purchase process seems to be misplaced, eh?
The Army gets screwed by the Air Force in getting an air asset that could be truly usfull….
Well, the Air Force just scrapped the $355 million contract it gave Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation for 20 Super Tucano light attack turboprops on Dec. 31.
Remember, the Brazilian Super T beat out Hawker Beechcraft’s AT-6 Texan in the light attack contest aimed at providing a counterinsurgency aircraft for the tiny Afghan air force.
Apparently, someone got something pretty wrong in the “documentation” for the deal. So wrong that the Air Force has contacted the Department of Justice about the matter.
Here are the details as reported by Marcus over at Defense News:
the U.S. Air Force plans to negate a decision to award Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer a $355 million contract for 20 light-attack aircraft for the Afghan military.
The move follows efforts to protest the award by Wichita, Kan.-based Hawker Beechcraft, whose AT-6 turboprop lost the bid in December. The company unsuccessfully protested the Air Force decision to the Government Accountability Office and has since filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Now the Air Force says it will “set aside” the contract award as of March 2 to Brazil-based Embraer and its U.S. partner, Sierra Nevada, for Super Tucano aircraft, according to Jennifer Cassidy, a service spokeswoman.
I REALLY DON’T see this as a ‘buy American story’….
But that’s what is gonna sound like….Share on Facebook
|Happy Leap Day! My theory is that since this is a bonus day, it should be a day off of work. Too bad no one cares about my theories……President
Romney: Rep. Dave Reichert endorsed Romney ahead of Washington’s Saturday caucuses.
Ohio Primary: The University of Cincinnati Ohio Poll shows Santorum leading Romney, Gingrich, and Paul 37-26-16-11. Of course, this was before Mitt’s big wins yesterday. Ohio is shaping up to be the most expensive and competitive Super Tuesday race.
More Ohio Primary: Need evidence that Ohio is going to be the most competitive and expensive Super Tuesday primary? Nearly $5 million has already been spent there.
Americans Elect: Former Oklahoma Governor and Senator David Boren has endorsed Americans Elect. Which brings me to an interesting thought: Snowe/Nelson??
For those of you who follow the Jersey Shore fireplug…..
That’s the news……
“I definitely do want kids, but I’m not pregnant,” Polizzi told “Good Morning America” co-host Lara Spencer earlier this month. “Being pregnant should be a real thing and a happy thing, and I’m not.”
On Tuesday, the 24-year-old reality star was spotted out on a Jersey City shopping trip with best friend Jenni (J-Woww) Farley, donning a black and leopard-print top with sky-high heels.
Though she didn’t appear to be sporting a baby bump, Polizzi did walk with large shopping bags strategically placed in front of her body – possibly to cover up her belly.
Though she has publicly denied she’s expecting, sources say trashy “Jersey Shore” guidette Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is indeed pregnant and has plans to bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming “the next Kourtney Kardashian.”
We’re told Polizzi, 24, is carrying her first child by boyfriend Jionni LaValle, and is roughly three months along.
Sources said the reality star, who denied being preggers earlier this month, has already brokered a deal to announce the news on the cover of Us Weekly after she shopped the story to several celebrity magazines.
But sources tell Page Six that MTV is worried about how to manage the news, given that Polizzi’s hard-partying, booze-swilling ways have just been turned into a “Jersey Shore” spinoff with Jenni “JWoww” Farley, which has begun shooting in New Jersey.
“MTV went into crisis mode after they found out,” said a source. “They’re trying to hide it because it would greatly affect the creative direction of the show. ” The untitled new show has just begun taping and focuses on the ladies’ relationship as friends and roommates — and whatever adventures come their way.Share on Facebook
It newer was serious….
But now WE KNOW that for sure…..
This IS a two man GOP race for sure…..
Please let the other two guys STAY IN…..
He, he, he……
Mitt Romney “fought back a vigorous challenge from Rick Santorum in Michigan on Tuesday, narrowly carrying his native state, and won the Arizona primary in a pair of contests that reasserted his control over the Republican presidential race as it advances to critical Super Tuesday contests next week,” the New York Times reports.
“His victory over Mr. Santorum here in Michigan was far from commanding, but it was most likely sufficient to dampen the rising clamor from across the Republican Party about his ability to win over conservatives and connect with voters. The tussle with Mr. Santorum highlighted ample concerns about Mr. Romney, but his win spared his campaign from deep turmoil.”
Politico: “By winning in Michigan and cruising in Arizona, the establishment darling has reasserted his status as the Republican favorite. It may be a slower and messier process than Romney and his aides would prefer, but the former Massachusetts governor still looks on track to eventually capture the GOP nomination.”
Chris Cillizza: “But, winning is winning. And when Romney needed to win — a loss in Michigan would have crippled his campaign beyond repair (or close to it) — he did. ”
Maggie Haberman: “This is a bit of a problem for a movement candidate: Ron Paul, whose strategy has been to amass delegates through a caucus-focused strategy, has become essentially an afterthought because of the way he is now viewed.”
“Theories abound as to what’s driving this. Among them: Paul wants his voice heard at the convention; he’s trying to get his son Rand on the ticket; he’s working to ensure Rand’s future in 2016. Whatever the reason, the narrative is taking root that Paul is essentially in this to take down Romney’s rivals, as he airs negative ads against them and siphons off votes. His aides vigorously deny this, but the claim is being repeated enough that it has overshadows the role Paul once played in the race.”
Interestingly, Paul goes on the air today with a new ad in Washington state that hits all three of his rivals.
Peter Hamby notes “the mechanics of the 2012 Republican race are beginning to resemble those of the 2008 Democratic nomination fight, a grind-it-out battle for delegates that could last through well into the spring.”
“Romney continues to lead his foes in the delegate hunt, adding at least three dozen to his total after beating Rick Santorum in Michigan and Arizona. But with 437 delegates on the table next Tuesday, and with most of them allocated according to each candidate’s share of the vote, all four of the GOP contenders are certain to boost their delegate counts, giving everyone in the field a rationale, however thin, to move forward.”
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When you have a candidate few people really like, whose support is a mile wide and an inch deep, whose raison d’etre (a 4am fancy word) is fixing an economy that is fixing itself without him, and who only wins his actual, factual home state by three percentage points against a guy no one took seriously only two months ago, there really is little reason for independent voters in the general election to choose him if the economy keeps improving.
Seriously, putting it bluntly, conservatives may not like Barack Obama, but most other people do. And when faced with a guy you like and a guy you don’t like who says he can fix an economy that no longer needs fixing, you’re going to go with the guy you like.
If Republicans in Washington are not panicked and trying desperately to pull Bobby Jindal in the race tomorrow, or someone like him, the party leaders must have a death wish.Mitt Romney continues to run an uninspiring campaign only able to win by massively outspending his opponents to tell voters how much worse the other guys are. That may work in the primary, but it will not work in a general election where the President of the United States won’t be outspent 5 to 1.
Three percentage points. In his home state. In his wife’s home state. In the state his father served as Governor. Three percentage points against a guy few took seriously two months ago and who just three weeks ago no one expected to give Romney a run for his money in Romney’s home state.
And this is our nominee — a guy who can only win in states with a home state advantage, New Englanders and New England transplants, and Mormoms…..
Maine GOP Senator Olympia Snowe announced that she would NOT run again yesterday….
That move will make it harder for the Republican’s to take over the nation’s Senate….
But her words as to WHY she was NOT running are on point as the problem for Grand Old Party….
“Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,” Snowe said. “So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate.”*
They are tearing their party apart by continuing something they have done since the November 2010 House election’s
They are moving so hard right that……
Moderate Republican’s are becoming an endangered species……
Even as a moderate Republican struggles to get the parties nomination….
As our friend here Daniel would point out….
There IS a concerted effort to rid the party of RINO’s….
The action is going to ensure that the current President gets four more years….
Because in the end…..
American IS not in the 1950’s…..
It’s 60 years later…..
And moving along….
And not going back……
Maybe Rick Santorum finally realizes that……
His speech last night praised his mother and wife who BOTH went to college…
And by Santorum’s admission are STRONG women….
Ironic isn’t it?
Snowe…… Like Rick’s most important women …..
Refused to JUST stay bear foot and pregnant….
But went out and worked …..
While making THEIR own decisisons….
Something Santorum refused to accept in speeches just weeks ago…..
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