President Obama will travel to Kenya in July….

The GOPer’s are gonna go batshit crazy on this….

 

The White House announced on Monday that Obama would attend the 2015 global entrepreneurship summit that will take place in July in Kenya. It will be his first trip to Kenya as president. An official announcement with the anodyne title “Reinforcing the US-Africa partnership” trotted out various government-related excuses for why Obama, whose father was Kenyan, would make the trip.

But a former Republican governor saw an alternate explanation: Obama is “just inciting some chatter” on the question of where he was born.

“I think his trip back to Kenya is going to create a lot of chatter and commentary among some of the hard right who still don’t see him as having been born in the US,” John Sununu, who has a record of knocking Obama as un-American, told Fox News on Monday….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 3/31/15…Tammy Duckworth will take on Mark Kirk

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Tammy Duckworth, an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, jumps with the U.S. Army?s Golden Knights parachute team, February 2010. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who received a Purple Heart.  REUTERS/Handout/Courtesy of Tammy D

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Democratic Senate candiate Tammy Duckworth

Leading Off: IL-Sen: As expected, Rep. Tammy Duckworth formally kicked off her campaign against GOP Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday, making her the first Democrat to enter the race. (She’s posted a welcome video here.) Duckworth comes in to the contest with a reputation as a strong fundraiser who’s well-connected to the political establishment, and she also has a singular biography as an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs in service to her country. However, she represents just a small slice of the Chicagoland area and still has to introduce herself to most of the state.

She might also still face a contested primary, though at least one potential rival is sounding less interested. Following Duckworth’s announcement, Rep. Cheri Bustos told Roll Call she was “unlikely” to run (that’s the paper’s phrasing) and offered kind words for her House colleague, though she was careful to say she was not making a formal endorsement. On the other hand, an aide to Rep. Robin Kelly says she’s still “considering” and will decide “soon.” But we still haven’t heard from Rep. Bill Foster as to whether his calculus has now changed.

Senate:

FL-Sen: On Monday, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio said that he will announce on April 13 whether he will run for president or for a second term in the U.S. Senate, with most signs pointing to option A. Assuming Rubio departs, it’ll likely set off a fiercely contested Republican primary to succeed him, as several big names are considering the race. Democrats, meanwhile, have largely united around just one candidate so far, Rep. Patrick Murphy, who picked up his third endorsement from a fellow member of Florida’s delegation Monday, Rep. Lois Frankel. Interestingly, Murphy and Frankel spent most of 2011 competing against each other for the right to take on then-Republican Rep. Allan West, but redistricting led them to successfully run for two different seats.

NC-Sen, Gov: Most Democrats looking for a challenge to two-term Republican Sen. Richard Burr have ex-Sen. Kay Hagan at the top of their wish list, but we haven’t gotten a clear sign from Hagan that she’s doing moving toward the race. The News & Observer checks in with some of the second-tier options for the Dems, but none of them sound terribly interested (at least for now). Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker says he’s considering a run for statewide office, but not against Burr. Back in 2013, Meeker talked about taking on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in next year’s contest, but he’s been very quiet about his plans since then, and he may not be willing to oppose Attorney General Roy Cooper for the Democratic nod.

State Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue has “no immediate plans,” and is more focused on trying to win back control of the state Senate, while state Sen. Jeff Jackson says hasn’t “even considered it.” Ex-Rep. Brad Miller, currently working for a New York-based law firm, says he has “no desperate need to return to electoral politics.” Finally, Treasurer Janet Cowell continues to say nothing about her plans, though Roll Call recently told us that she’s met with the DSCC.

Gubernatorial:

KY-Gov: When you make an initial splash as a candidate who’s against something, it’s hard to reimagine yourself as a candidate who’s for something when that thing that you’re against is no longer relevant. That’s the takeaway from a new piece by National Journal‘s Karyn Bruggeman about tea-partying businessman Matt Bevin, who got a lot of attention for his GOP primary challenge to Mitch McConnell in 2014’s Senate race, but hasn’t been able to parlay the name recognition from that run into much traction in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

National groups that backed him last year aren’t interested this time (largely because they ordinarily don’t play in state races), and the main thing he seems to be accomplishing is splitting the tea party lane with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, which is letting former Louisville Councilor Hal Heiner — the sole occupant of the establishment lane — pull ahead. Like Heiner, Bevin is capable of self-funding, and says he’ll put “some” of his money into this run, but he’s mum on how much….

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Hillary Clinton hits some bumps in few places…Poll….

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released on today?

Hillary Clinton has taken a hit over the last months email issue….

While none of any other polls have shown as much slippage….The Hill’s piece has tried to tie the slippage TO the emails….

In each state Hillary Clinton still remains at or slightly below 50%….

The poll’s author’s admit the email issue is NOT a deal breaker for Clinton….

She still leads ALL of the Republicans everywhere except in Florida , where the poll shows Jeb Biush  slides ahead by 3% points ….

We all know that Hillary will slip in the polling ….

But all of the other recent polling has Hillary ahead of ALl of the Republicans everywhere…

Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings have plunged in two key battleground states that will be critical to determining the 2016 presidential election, a new poll finds.

In addition, about half the voters in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania say they don’t trust the former Secretary of State.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Tuesday, 50 percent of voters in Florida say Clinton is not honest or trustworthy, compared to only 41 percent who say that she is. Clinton’s favorability rating in the Sunshine State has shrunk from 53 percent positive and 39 percent negative last month, to 49 percent positive and 46 percent negative this month.

In Pennsylvania, 49 percent of voters say they don’t trust Clinton, against only 44 percent who say that they do. Clinton’s favorability rating in the Keystone State plummeted from a 55-38 split in February, to 48 percent positive and 47 percent negative in March.

Clinton’s image has held the best in Ohio, where a slim plurality, 47 percent, say they find Clinton to be honest and trustworthy, against 46 percent who say they don’t. Her favorability remains nearly unchanged here, at 51 percent positive and 43 percent negative….

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Political Roundup for March 31, 2015…Red Racing Horses

by: shamlet

Senate:

IL-Sen: With Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) now in the race to take on Sen. Mark Kirk (R), we have three different reactions from the other three Democratic Illinois House members who had been considering the contest. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) seems all but ready to get behind Duckworth, shifting from her prior consideration of a bid to now say such a run is “unlikely”. At the other end of the spectrum, Rep. Robin Kelly (D) reiterated that she is still considering the race. And the final possible contender, Rep. Bill Foster (D), is taking yet another route by keeping his mouth shut entirely on the matter.

NV-Sen: Though outgoing Sen. Harry Reid (D) has made it clear in no uncertain terms that he wants ex-AG Catherine Cortez-Masto (D) to succeed him, Rep. Dina Titus (D) is considering a bid. Titus has a history of battling with Reid, beating back his prefered candidate in both 2006’s Gov and 2012’s NV-1 nomination contests, and she would likely start out as a formidable primary candidate if she ran.

Governor:

KY-Gov: Here’s a good recap on 2014 Senate candidate Matt Bevin’s (R) attempts to remake himself into a credible gubernatorial candidate, which so far are falling quite flat. Whereas Bevin got steam last year by being the only serious opponent to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), he also incurred the wrath of McConnell’s campaign apparatus. Thus, Bevin now has high name recognition, but also a highly unfavorable image, which has kept him from getting much traction against the other major candidates in the race, ex-Louisville councilman Hal Heiner (R) and Ag Commissioner James Comer (R). Ex-State Supreme Court Justice Will Scott (R) is also running but trails the field. The primary winner will face AG Jack Conway (D) in the general.

LA-Gov: The Louisiana Democratic Party has voted to back State Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) as their official endorsed candidate. The move is important as it reduces to near-zero the likelihood that a bigger-name Democrat (read: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D)) would make a late entry into the race. The biggest beneficiary of the move, though, might be overall front-runner Sen. David Vitter (R). That’s because if Edwards is the only Democrat, he is likely to make the runoff. And Vitter, who is likely to come in first place overall, would much rather face the liberal Edwards one-on-one in the conservative state than either LG Jay Dardenne (R) or Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R), who each could build a successful anti-Vitter coalition of Chamber-of-Commerce Republicans and Democrats far better than Edwards.

MO-Gov: Ex-State House Speaker Catherine Hanaway (R) has resumed her gubernatorial campaign, which she suspended after the suicide of her main primary rival, Auditor Tom Schweich. Instead of Schweich, Hanaway is now facing veteran and nonprofit founder Eric Greitens (R) in the primary, and the field looks likely to grow. In a new twist to the increasingly weird story, Schweich’s spokesman, Spence Jackson, has also killed himself as well….

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Obama tops George W Bush’s numbers up to now…

For those who are comparing President Obama to George W Bush?

Forget it…..

Even with the Affordable Healthcare rollout?

Barack H. Obama has better approval rating’s up to now than Bush did during his second term…

For all of 2007, Bush never saw his approval rating rise above 38 percent, and, for the first three months of that year, received an average Gallup approval rating of 34.75 percent. In January of that year, Bush notched approval ratings of 37, 34, and 36 percent in three separate surveys. In February, he registered approval ratings of 32 and 37 percent, while in March he saw ratings of 33, 35, 34 percent. For the first three months of 2007,

Obama, by comparison, Obama has averaged an approval rating of 46.33 in the first three months of 2015. He received Gallup approval ratings in January of 2015 of 46, 46, 49, and 47 percent. In February, Obama registered the approval of 46, 47, 46, and 45 percent of the voters, and in March he received respective approval ratings of 46, 47, 45, and 46 percent.

While Obama, who averaged an approval rating of 42.6 percent in 2014, has seen his numbers rise since the summer of late, Bush, by and large, watched his own continue to fall throughout much of the last two years of his time in office….

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Rahm Emanuel opens a HUGE lead in Chicago runoff….Poll

This was NEVER a problem for Emanuel…..

Once people got their anger out of their system against their Mayor, they came to realize that Rahm was the only choice here….

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s lead over his rival in next week’s mayoral runoff, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, has swelled to a commanding 28-point advantage, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll released this morning.

Emanuel leads Garcia, 58 percent to 30 percent, according to the poll, which was conducted March 25-29 by APC Research. Nine percent of voters were undecided.

The poll represents a shift toward Emanuel over the past two weeks. In the previous Tribune/APC Research poll, conducted March 6-11, Emanuel led, 51 percent to 37 percent.
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The incumbent is propelled by massive margins among white voters, who back him, 72 percent to 25 percent. Emanuel also leads by a nearly-two-to-one margin among black voters, 53 percent to 28 percent. Garcia outpaces Emanuel among Hispanic voters, 52 percent to 36 percent.

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Republicans see Obama as bigger threat than Putin and Assad, says poll…

…from Talk and Politics….

An imminent threat is very silly of course… and in large part driven my personal dislike probably.. but the damage from Obama’s amateurish and embarrassing foreign policy might harm America a whole lot more in the coming decades than a little despot in the Middle East will.. Putin is a different story though.. he’s out to build an empire, and will target the US the second he feels confident enough..

US President Barack Obama departs his residence to board the Marine One helicopter. An online poll has suggested a third of Republicans see him as an imminent danger to the United States.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/30/republicans-see-obama-as-bigger-threat-than-putin-and-assad-says-poll

A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organisations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.

There are over 500,000 federal, state, and local elected officials in America…

Betcha had NO IDEA there was THAT  many….

And just think….

They are elected by you me….

With Tax Day only two weeks away (haha, happy Monday morning!), it seems like an appropriate time to entertain a common non-Tax-Day-specific gripe: government is expensive and big and pays for things I don’t want. Very good; complaining about taxes and the size of government is timeless, if recently very much in vogue.

But how big is government, you might wonder? In a post at the liberal blog Daily Kos over the weekend, David Nir cited a 2012 book by Jennifer Lawless, “Becoming A Candidate,” to answer the question. We’re not going to spoil it for you. Instead, we’ll walk through it…

….over 500,000 federal, state, and local elected officials, meaning that 0.2 percent of the country holds elected office of some kind. Nir at Daily Kos points out that this doesn’t include other elected positions, like party leadership roles. But you get the point.

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Indiana Republican Legislator’s to ‘clarify’ their Relgious Freedom Law…Live-Blog Update

Stung by the outcry against the vagueness of the law that people believe could be a free pass for discrimination against gays….Republican legislators in Indiana have announced that despite their Governor pledge to NOT change anything in the Law….They WILl go ahead and lay down some specifics to address the perception that the law makes it ok to deny Gay people in that the state their civil right…

The Out cry against the language in the law has gotten so much attention that Other states have backed away from following Indiana’s lead in passing Religious Freedom Laws altogether…

Republican lawmakers in Indiana promised Monday to amend a religious liberties bill that critics have labeled as anti-gay, bowing to protests that have rapidly spread to several other states considering similar measures.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) said the legislature would act as soon as this week to “clarify” the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which grants individuals and businesses legal grounds to defend themselves against claims of discrimination. The fix, Bosma said, would make clear that the law does not allow people to discriminate against gays, as critics contend.

Opponents of the measure say the fix suggested by Bosma and other Republicans is vague and probably insufficient. Meanwhile, criticism of the act, signed into law last week by Gov. Mike Pence (R), continued to mount….

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Marco Rubio Update…Announcement April 13th to Run…

And on April 13 there could be two offical GOPer’s running for President as the secret is out that Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio will announce he’s running for President…..or the Senate….

“I’ll be very excited about April 13 and talking more about that with my friends and supporters and I just encourage everyone to go to MarcoRubio.com to get more details in the days to come.”

Rubio laughed and deflected the point-blank questions from the group of panelists sitting alongside him as they asked whether he’d announce a presidential bid.

There’s been widespread speculation that Rubio would announce at the Miami event, but Rubio hadn’t confirmed it. He added that his team is still working out a location, despite media reports that he’s booked the city’s Freedom Tower on that date.

Fellow GOP Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is expected to announce his presidential bid a week earlier on April 7, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his presidential campaign last week.

Many pundits have questioned whether the GOP White House field has room for two Floridians, Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. Rubio wouldn’t address that head on, but used the question to underscore the importance of the upcoming election….

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Sen Warren will vote for Schumer to lead Senate Democrats…

The Progressive/Lefty rookie Senator is supporting New York Senator Chuck Schumer for the leadership role in the Senate next year….

We should know that with the touch evidently going to Schumer , he will now be essentially the co-US senate Majority leader for the next 18 months….

Since Reid announced his decision Friday not to seek reelection, Schumer has received endorsements from his top colleagues in the Senate, including potential challengers Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Reid himself quickly pushed Schumer as his replacement, hours after announcing his retirement.

Some liberal groups were quick to push Warren to challenge for the post, but the freshman senator and big bank critic quickly shot down the notion.

Some outside liberal groups had suggested Schumer was too close to the financial industry that plays a major role in his home state, but Warren dismissed the idea when asked about it Monday.

“Look, I worry about everyone being too close to Wall Street,” she said. “But there are people who have said, ‘I’m going to fight for middle class families. I’m going to get out there and make this happen.’ ”

Warren ran down a number of areas where she sees common ground with Schumer. In addition to the consumer bureau, she mentioned providing student loan relief and protecting Social Security…

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