Daily 2012 Polling for March 31, 2012

This polling list is from Realclearpolitics…..

Saturday, March 31
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Gallup Tracking Romney 42, Santorum 27, Gingrich 11, Paul 10 Romney +15
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 46, Romney 46 Tie
General Election: Santorum vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 47, Santorum 42 Obama +5
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 43, Disapprove 50 Disapprove +7
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 47, Disapprove 52 Disapprove +5

Romney won’t have an easy time going after the President on Foreign Affairs…

This President consistently receives high marks on his foreign policy moves….

Unlike his presser when he goes around the world he gets GOOD crowds NOT protestors….

The United States is actually bringing soldiers home from far places….

And has strived to work WITH other countries NOT give them the finger and talk down on them…

Besides….

President Obama HAS demonstrated he CAN answer that 3AM Phone Call….

This Washington Post story on Mitt Romney’s plans to run hard against Barack Obama on foreign policy doesn’t persuade me that Romney has any especially clever new ideas on that front.

We already know that Romney will hammer Obama for pressuring Israel over settlements and its borders (although Romney has misled about Obama’s position on the latter). Those attacks could peel away some Jewish and pro-Israel  voters otherwise inclined to support Obama, but that pool of voters may be relatively small.

We also know that Romney is gung-ho about demonizing Russia and calling Obama soft on Putin. But on the list of issues the American voter cares about, Russia–and even related matters, like missile defense–might not crack the top twenty.

China? That’s something voters care quite a lot about. And Romney, free like all White House challengers to talk macho without fear of starting a trade war, has been on that case from the start. But Obama, too, is getting tougher on China. (Why, I even suspect that Obama has whispered to some Chinese leader or another, away from a hot mic, that to prepare for some sharper rhetoric in the next few months and not to worry too much about it.)

Iraq and Afghanistan? Americans seem barely to care about the former, alas. The latter is tricky for everyone involved. If Obama speeds up withdrawal, Romney can invoke the generals and attack him for it. But then Romney will be very much afoul of public opinion.

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Photo…handfulofsand.com

Minimum Wage Laws in the States – January 1, 2012

From the US Dept of Labor…..

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Minimum Wage Laws in the States – January 1, 2012

Historical Table

Consolidated State Minimum Wage Update Table (Effective Date: 01/01/2012)

> Federal MW

Equals Federal MW of $7.25

< Federal MW

No MW Required

AK – 7.75

DE

AR – 6.25

AL

AZ – 7.65

HI

GA – 5.15

LA

CA – 8.00

IA

MN – 6.15

MS

CO – 7.64

ID

WY – 5.15

SC

CT – 8.25

IN

TN

DC – 8.25

KS

FL – 7.67

KY

4 States

IL – 8.25

MD

5 States

MA – 8.00

MO

ME – 7.50

NE

MI – 7.40

NH

MT – 7.65

NJ

NV – 8.25

NY

NM – 7.50

NC

OH – 7.70

ND

OR – 8.80

OK

RI – 7.40

PA

VT – 8.46

SD

WA – 9.04

TX

UT

18 States + DC

VA

WV

WI

23 states

  • The state minimum wage rate requirements, or lack thereof, are controlled by legislative activities within the individual states.
  • Federal minimum wage law supersedes state minimum wage laws where the federal minimum wage is greater than the state minimum wage. In those states where the state minimum wage is greater than the federal minimum wage, the state minimum wage prevails.
  • There are 4 states than have a minimum wage set lower than the federal minimum wage. There are 18 states (plus DC) with minimum wage rates set higher than the federal minimum wage. There are 23 of the states that have a minimum wage requirement that is the same as the federal minimum wage requirement. The remaining 5 states do not have an established minimum wage requirement.
  • The State of Washington has the highest minimum wage at $9.04/hour. The states of Georgia and Wyoming have the lowest minimum wage ($5.15) of the 45 states that have a minimum wage requirement.
  • Note: There are 10 states (AZ, CO, FL, MO, MT, NV, OH, OR, VT, and WA) that have minimum wages that are linked to a consumer price index. As a result of this linkage, the minimum wages in these states are normally increased each year, generally around January 1st. On January 1, 2012, there were eight of the ten states that increased their respective minimum wages. The two exceptions were Missouri and Nevada.

Minimum Wage and Overtime Premium Pay Standards Applicable to
Nonsupervisory NONFARM Private Sector Employment
Under State and Federal Laws
January 1, 20121


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Mitt Romney begins his turn to the General election which HAS begun….

In a course correction us political junkies KNEW was coming….

The Romney campaign is beginning to focus on President Obama…

There will probably be no more mention of Rick Santorum anymore since Romney will win ALl three of this Tuesday’s Primaries and Rick Santorum NOW is getting message’s to to stop 

mentioning Romney if he wants to have a career in the party….

The Romney campaign is spending money on ads already in early primary states tom match the Obama campaign’s early lead in those places….

The General Election HAS begun folks….

POLITICO’s Ginger Gibson reports from Wisconsin:

Mitt Romney made clear he believes the general election has begun, delivering a speech in Appleton, Wisconsin that dealt little with the primary contest and overwhelmingly focused on President Obama.

Romney focused not only on the economy, but on what he called “Barack Obama’s Government-Centered Society,” stopping just short of calling it socialism.

“One must ask whether we will still be a free enterprise nation and whether we will still have economic freedom,” Romney said. “America is on the cusp of having a government-run economy. President Obama is transforming America into something very different than the land of the free and the land of opportunity.”

Romney detailed his start in the business world, explaining first that his grandfather had worked in construction and his father rise to the head of an auto company and later governor of Michigan.

He juxtaposed his business background to Obama’s record on the economy, which he said slowed the economic recovery.

“I don’t want to transform America. I want to restore the values of economic freedom, opportunity, and small government that have made this nation the leader it is,” Romney said, garnering his first round of applause more than halfway through his speech in front of the crowd of students and supporters at Lawrence University.

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Photo….politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com

Tom Barrett announces Democratic run in Wisconsin Governor recall….

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret will run against Kathleen Falk  for the Democrat right to ruin against Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walker….

My money’s on Barrett who Walker is ALREADY throwing at….

And who Walker beat  for the job in 2010….

He leads in the polling against Walker among the 4 or 5  Democrats lined up for the race…

By DAVID CATANESE @ Politico…

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the 2010 Democratic nominee for governor in Wisconsin, said Friday he will seek a rematch in the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

“I will be a candidate for governor,” he said in rare Friday evening statement designed to ride the wave of media coverage focusing on the recall certification.  “This was not a decision I made lightly.  We need to bring our state back.  Wisconsin needs a governor who is focused on jobs, not ideology; a leader committed to bringing our state together and healing political wounds, not pitting people against each other and catering to the special interests.”

Barrett’s announcement answers the final looming question that was hanging over Democrats ahead of the May 8 primary and ensures a potentially messy battle with former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk.

Just last week, Falk asked Barrett to support her bid noting that she worked hard for him in 2010 but “he fell short.”

A Democratic source said that public request irritated Barrett and only reinforced his decision to move forward.

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Photo of Barrett and Walker…..sheboyganhub.sheboyganpress.com

The Repercussions of the 5 Supreme’s Messing up the Nation’s Healthcare Law begin to sink in…..

Yes, people…..

Five guys sitting a room yesterday could have voted to screw up the ENTIRE nation’s health laws with a vote to throw it in the garbage….

It’s just THAT simple….

All the efforts of the President and Congress….

BOTH parties to find a compromise could be at jeopardy….

One can only hope that Thursday night…

Somehow these guys hard a conversation with themselves and realized what was at stake…..

Redoing what they may undo will take a Herculean effort AGAIN in the political poisoned air or a upcoming Presidential Election….

But it WILL have to be done…

While the Republican’s have come down to using the ‘mandate’ as a wedge issue to try to unseat the Democratic President….

The fact remains that MILLION’s of American’s would lose their ability to have healthcare if the provision’s of the bill are allowed to stop…..

(And might the nation’s economy billions)

All of this because a mandate which is only a tax penalty that effects 10% of American has been used as selling point to get rid go the WHOLE Law for political reasons….

Good Job Republican’s…..

You may succeeded beyond your wildest dreams….

With the wrong call here…

 The 5 guys on the court may expose themselves to withering criticism and ridicule unlike anything they’ve EVER known….

davidklion.wordpress.com….Scalia, Robers, Kennedy….

Although it would be folly to predict what the court will conclude, policy experts, insurers, doctors and legislators are now seriously contemplating the repercussions of a complete change in course two years after the nation began to put the law into place.

Their concerns were heightened after three days of court arguments in which some justices expressed skepticism about whether the full law could stand without the individual mandate requiring almost everyone to have insurance.

“Many of us did not get the bill we wanted, but I think having to start over is worse than having to fix this,” said Robert Laszewski, a health care industry consultant and former insurance executive who opposed the bill.

Others say, however, the last two years have made it easier for Congress or the states to revisit the issue. The effort was not a waste of time, said Christine Pollack, vice president of government affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, a trade group that represents large retailers and opposed the law. “There has been an important dialogue that has happened over the last three and a half years that has been a long time coming,” she said.

The most ambitious provisions would be nearly impossible to salvage, like the requirement that insurers offer coverage even to those with existing medical conditions and the broad expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor. Popular pieces of the legislation might survive in the market, like insuring adult children up to age 26 through their parents’ policies, along with some of the broader changes being made in the health care system in how hospitals and doctors deliver care.

Abandoning the efforts and billions of dollars invested since the law was passed in 2010 would result in turmoil for hospitals, doctors, patients and insurers.

Many insurers would have difficulty changing course. “The risk of repeal and starting from zero frightens them infinitely more” than having to comply with the law as written, said Michael A. Turpin, a former insurance executive who is now a senior executive at USI Insurance Services, a broker.

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Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Romney’s dilemma—good primary numbers, weak November numbers

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Steve Singiser

The main polling story today, though it is not the only data point on this Friday, is the new NBC/Marist poll out of the Badger State. Though there are some quirks (their downballot polling is a bit strange), the clear message is twofold: Mitt Romney might win the battle (the GOP primary this coming Tuesday), but he is in poor position to win the war (the state’s 10 electoral votes) in November.

In those national tracking polls, Gallup has Romney pulling away again in the primary sweepstakes, but the House of Ras reverses field today and puts the president back in front of Mittens in November.

I smell a pattern here.

GOP (PRESIDENTIAL) PRIMARY POLLS:

NATIONAL (Gallup Tracking): Romney 42, Santorum 27, Gingrich 11, Paul 10WISCONSIN (NBC/Marist): Romney 40, Santorum 33, Paul 11, Gingrich 8

WISCONSIN (Rasmussen): Romney 44, Santorum 34, Gingrich 7, Paul 7

WISCONSIN (WPR/St. Norberts College): Romney 37, Santorum 32, Paul 8, Gingrich 4

(PRESIDENTIAL) GENERAL ELECTION TRIAL HEATS:

NATIONAL (Rasmussen Tracking): Obama d. Romney (46-45); Obama d. Santorum (47-42)“CORE FOUR STATES”—FL, NC, OH, VA (Rasmussen): Obama d. Romney (47-44); Obama d. Santorum (49-42)

WISCONSIN (NBC/Marist): Obama d. Santorum (51-38); Obama d. Paul (51-36); Obama d. Romney (52-35); Obama d. Gingrich (56-31)

DOWNBALLOT POLLING:

WI-GOV (NBC/Marist): “Democratic candidate” 48, Gov. Scott Walker (R) 46WI-SEN (NBC/Marist): Tammy Baldwin (D) 45, “Republican candidate” 40

A thought or two about today’s numbers, right after the jump…

Mega Millions numbers drawn for record $640M jackpot: 2-4-23-38-46, Mega Ball 23…Update 3 Winning Tickets in Md, IL, KS

Good Luck Hope someone Wins!

As scores of wanna-be multi-millionaires held their collective breath, lottery officials in Atlanta drew the numbers at 11 p.m. ET. It might take a while to exhale: a confirmation where the winning ticket — or tickets — were purchased won’t come until early Saturday morning, due to the sheer volume of tickets sold, says Georgia Lottery CEO Margaret DeFrancisco

The payoff : a pre-tax, lump sum worth $462 million.

Much of the nation was gripped by Mega Millions fever this week, as hopefuls spent nearly $1.5 billion for a chance at the Friday jackpot. From Vermont to Louisiana and New York to California, a fast-strike to instant mega wealth had been the banter of TV talk shows, social media sites, office water coolers and dreamy high rollers for the past week, electrifying ticket sales with a frenzy that amped up in final hours ahead of tonight’s drawing.

 Photo…Mindy Schauer, The Orange County Register via AP

Daily 2012 Polling for March 30, 2012…Wisconsin is Romney and Obama’s….

Romney polls from 5% to +10% in Wisconsin of the Santorum and the GOP Pack….

Obama way out in front in Wisconsin for now….

This polling list is from Realclearpolitics…..

Friday, March 30

Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Wisconsin Republican Presidential Primary WPR/St. Norbert Romney 37, Santorum 32, Paul 8, Gingrich 4 Romney +5
Wisconsin Republican Presidential Primary NBC News/Marist Romney 40, Santorum 33, Paul 11, Gingrich 8 Romney +7
Wisconsin Republican Presidential Primary Rasmussen Reports Romney 44, Santorum 34, Paul 7, Gingrich 7 Romney +10
2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Gallup Tracking Romney 42, Santorum 27, Gingrich 11, Paul 10 Romney +15
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 46, Romney 45 Obama +1
General Election: Santorum vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking Obama 47, Santorum 42 Obama +5
Wisconsin: Romney vs. Obama NBC News/Marist Obama 52, Romney 35 Obama +17
Wisconsin: Santorum vs. Obama NBC News/Marist Obama 51, Santorum 38 Obama +13
Wisconsin: Gingrich vs. Obama NBC News/Marist Obama 56, Gingrich 31 Obama +25
Wisconsin: Paul vs. Obama NBC News/Marist Obama 51, Paul 36 Obama +15
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 44, Disapprove 47 Disapprove +3
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 48, Disapprove 52 Disapprove +4

Open Thread for March 30, 2012……

We have a trifecta GOP Primary coming at us tomorrow…..

The Republican Nomination race IS over…..

But Rick Santorum like the others are getting as much as they can….

So I see today that Mitt Romney is actually throwing down on President Obama now…

The Supreme’s have made their first round votes on the Healthcare we think…

Gotta wait for the written opinions

The $640 Million Mega Millions Questions….

The President comes in from Asia to campaign  in Vermont?

Tebowmania calms down and Jeremy Lin is out with a bad Knee….

Magic is the face of the Dodgers and can Ohio win?

It’s a quiet out there….

Good…

As of 4/3/12

Washington DC…….Tonight

Maryland

Wisconsin

Connecticut……Tuesday 4/24/12 
Delaware 
New York 
Pennsylvania 
Rhode Island
Countdown to Election Day: 216 days ( as of 4/4/12)

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New York State passes a $132.6 Billion Budget ON TIME…..

The last time this happened was during the first year of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Father’s administration as New York Governor in 1983…..

If Cuomo can continue to keep the political ball rolling with the ‘other’ two guys….

State Assembly Leader  Sheldon Silver  (D) and State Senate Leader Dean Seklos, (R)  he’s gonna be a very good place to run for President in 2016….

Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, after he signed the budget into law. At right, the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, left, and the Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders eagerly celebrated passage of the spending plan, which slightly reduces over-all spending from the current year, as evidence that Albany was finally behaving responsibly after years of scandal and disorder.

The voting on Friday marked the first time the Legislature had approved a state spending plan with more than 24 hours to spare since 1983 — when Mr. Cuomo’s father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, negotiated his first budget.

Saying that “at one time, this state government was a joke,” Mr. Cuomo lavished praise on lawmakers at a news conference in his ceremonial office, where the back-slapping among the assembled officials reached a level often seen in sports locker rooms following championship victories.

“It has been a dramatic and almost unbelievable turnaround in 15 months,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We went from a model of dysfunction to, I believe, a model of function.”

The daytime approval of the budget followed a period in which Mr. Cuomo and lawmakers had been criticized for a series of major votes taken in the middle of the night, and, at times, with little public notice. This week, the governor and the leaders of the Legislature said their actions reflected a newfound comity in the capital.

“This was a good budget substantively, and it was a good budget procedurally,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Mr. Cuomo and the leaders finished negotiating the bills that made up the budget on Tuesday. That gave them enough time to abide by a requirement in the State Constitution, often sidestepped for major legislation, that bills be made public for three days before they are voted on, so that legislators and the public can read the measures.

Note…..
I believe NYS has the SECOND biggest state budget behind Texas by about $15 Billion….
Texas is having problems though….
Governor Perry has refused some Federal Medicare Funds for political reasons (Planned Parenthood) and now must cover that short fall somehow….

Olbermann is out of a job Again…..Spitzer will Host on Current TV…

I wonder what happened THIS time?

Olbermann and Spitzer…Huffington Post…

By KEACH HAGEY  @ Politico….

3/30/12 4:50 PM EDT

Current TV has terminated its relationship with Keith Olbermann and will replace his show with a program hosted by Eliot Spitzer.

The complete memo:

To the Viewers of Current:

We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet.  We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.

Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.

We are moving ahead by honoring Current’s values.  Current has a fundamental obligation to deliver news programming with a progressive perspective that our viewers can count on being available daily — especially now, during the presidential election campaign.  Current exists because our audience desires the kind of perspective, insight and commentary that is not easily found elsewhere in this time of big media consolidation.

As we move toward this summer’s political conventions and the general election in the fall, Current is making significant new additions to our broadcasts.   We have just debuted six hours of new programming each weekday with Bill Press (“Full Court Press, at 6 am ET/3 am PT) and Stephanie Miller (“Talking Liberally,” at 9 am ET/6 pm PT).

We’re very excited to announce that beginning tonight, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will host “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.

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