Here are the Results

Mitt Romney  822 Votes = 39 % / 10 Delegates
Rick Santorum  673 Votes = 32 % / 9 Delegates
Ron Paul  439 Votes = 21 % / 6 Delegates
Newt Gingrich 165 Votes = 8 % / Delegate
Others 9 Votes / 0 %
Daniel G
From DSD….

ME-SEN: After Snowe Retirement Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME) and former Governor Baldacci (D-ME) TO RUN…Daniel

…..That is what the Portland Press Herald is reporting….

They saying that Congressman Michael Michaud (D-Maine) & former Governor John Baldacci (D-Maine) have filled papers with the Maine Secretary of State Office to run for the United States Senate….
Daniel G.
On a Sidenote: 
Boy-oh-Boy Chuck Todd was RIGHT Yesterday by saying Snowe’s Retirement increased the Odds that Democrats will control the Senate by a THOUSAND come 2013….


Nebraska Senate: Former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) has registered to vote in the Cornhusker State…Daniel

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….at least that’s what the Omaha World Herald is saying…
The filling Deadline to run for the United States Senate is tomorrow….
Sources in Nebraska and on Twitter saying that a formal Campaign Announcement from the former U. S. Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) is EXPECTED this Afternoon….
Looks like Kerrey has executed a MASTER PLAN…Why?
Here is the Reason:
By making up his mind this late and close to the Filling Deadline Kerrey has under State Law prevented popular Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R-Nebraska) who would have been the strongest Candidate for Republicans, for jumping into the Contest…
AND contrary to our frequent Dog Poster “My Name is Jack” I think Kerrey DOES NOT FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE in November….
In all LIKELYHOOD State Attorney General Jon Bruning (R-Nebraska) will be the Republican Nominee and Bruning in NO Heineman….
I’ll now give Democrats a 55-45 Chance holding the Nebraska Senate Seat….
Daniel G.
From twitter….

BREAKING: Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey says he will seek Democratic nomination for Nebraska seat after all. -EF

Ah, Bob Kerrey. We told you Monday you were running……


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.

2012 GOP Presidential Delegate Total as of 2/29/12


AP Delegate Tracker

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







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



Note.…. Different media outfits have DIFFERENT counts…


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Olympia Snowe’s shocking retirement turns ME-Sen into Tossup

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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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

McKernan seems extremely unlikely to me, though, since he’s Snowe’s husband. In any event, though it goes without saying, we’ll be following future developments in this race very closely.

Sean Trende from Real Clear Politics: Odds of brokered Republican Convention increased…Daniel

….That is what Real Clear Politics Writer Sean Trende wrote on RealClearPolitics this Morning…AND I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVIN IT…I WANT ROMNEY SO BRUISED AND SO WEAKENED THAT HE WILL NEVER EVER RUN FOR OFFICE AGAIN….

Odds of a Brokered Convention Are Increasing

We’re finally close enough to Super Tuesday to get a sense of how the overall delegate count might work out in the GOP primary. The end result: Assuming that none of the four candidates drops out of the race, it looks increasingly as if no one will be able to claim a majority of the delegates. The candidate with the best chance is Mitt Romney, but he probably wouldn’t be able to wrap up the nomination until May or even June. The other candidates will probably have to hope for a brokered convention.
What I’ve done to reach this conclusion is take the delegate calculator I put together a few weeks ago and put the RCP Averages for the upcoming states (where available) into it (I’ve allocated undecideds evenly among the four candidates). I’ve then allocated the congressional districts in the following matter…..

Economy in U.S. Grew at 3% Pace in 4th Qtr.

Housing gains reported a few days ago where confined to only a few cities  though……

From Bloomberg…..

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….


North Korea agrees to Nuclear and Missile freeze for Food…

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.



The Wash Post ‘The Fix’ breakdown of the 10 Super Tuesday GOP Contests….

They DO admit that they are NOT accounting for the ‘bounce’ that Mitt Romney will surely get from Arizona and Michigan wins…..

(And Wyoming)…..

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)….


At least thirteen killed as line of tornadoes rip across Midwest….


BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes lashed the Midwest early Wednesday, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to small towns in Illinois and Kansas. At least 13 people were killed.
An apparent twister rolled through Branson just before 1 a.m. and seemed to hopscotch up the city’s main roadway, ripping roofs off hotels and damaging some of the city’s famed music theaters dangerously close to the start of the heavy tourism season. More than 30 people were reported hurt, mostly with cuts and bruises.
“If it was a week later, it’d be a different story,” said Bill Tirone, assistant general manager for the 530-room Hiltons of Branson and the Branson Convention Center, where windows were shattered and some rooms had furniture sucked away by high winds. Hotel workers were able to get all guests to safety as the storm raged.



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.


Air Force Drops Super Tucano Light Attack Contract….


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.

Uh oh.

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….

Political Roundup for February 29th, 2012…Red Racing Horses

by: James_Nola
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??