Friday, February 26, 2010
With Paterson out, the attention and spotlight are now on Attorney General and former Clinton HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Al Gore's former confidante is expected to enter the race in late March, early April, and with Paterson out, he is expected to face former Congressman Rick Lazio.
Cuomo is favored and will most likely be the next Governor of New York.
Crist is trailing Rubio up until a few months ago an obscure former state House Speaker by as much as 30 points and has come under the scorn of Republican activists through the state for his support of President Obama's stimulus plan.
Crist has until April 30th to reconsider an Independent run for the Senate. Polls in Florida show that Crist would win a three way for the Senate however Marco Rubio is heavily favored in the GOP primary.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Ben Quayle, the son of the former Vice President, a lawyer and businessman has announced intentions to run for John Shadeggs seat in the House. Shadegg an eight term Phoenix Republican is retiring.
A Quayle and Nixon in Congress, God help us!
Associates speaking on anonymity said the publisher is considering conducting a poll to test his viability in a US Senate race.
I doubt Zuckerman will run. This sounds like a Bloomberg, change parties and spends tons of money to get political power. Gillibrand is turning out to be a great Senator and will have my support in Nov.
Crist's media consultant stopped working for the campaign at the end of January and his political director is leaving at the end of the month.
Meanwhile the Florida Chamber of Commerce poll has challenger Marco Rubio leading by 18 points in the GOP primary.
Crist and Rubio have agreed to debate on Fox News next month and Crist wants to debate Rubio on "Meet the Press".
This has become a national primary. I am encouraging my Republican friends to become Democrats but if that's not an option, then I encourage them to vote for Crist then Kendrick Meek in the general.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I translated the article in English (sorry my English is not perfect....) as I found it pretty interesting.
By Gregoire Biseau and Jean Quatremer
What if Michael Moore and his film Capitalism: a Love Story, was far short of reality? What if the flagship of the "banksters" was at the heart of a case of subprime state in
We start in November 2009. The new Socialist government of George Papandreou is tearing its hair. How to convince the markets and
Already, between 2001 and 2004, Goldman Sachs is found in the room to help the Greeks to cover their debt. How? Two distinct ways. First, through foreign exchange swaps. Swaps, What is it? When a country sells its debt to the market, it has the ability to issue bonds denominated in euros or another currency. To hedge against currency risk, the government in question uses financial instruments (the so-called swaps). Until then, just very normal. Several countries have used this technique: quite basic. Where the case is complicated and can be illegal in the eyes of the European Commission is that the government and the bank board may decide to change the parity of the exchange rate of their coverage, without telling anyone. And then improve - artificially - the value of their debt. Another trick is to anticipate future revenue. That is what Goldman Sachs would have done by advising the Conservative government of the time to "anticipate the payment of airport charges, to enable it to reduce its debt amounting to 0.5% of GDP" , as a good connoisseur of the file told the newspaper. The bank would have earned, according to
Rumors of Bankruptcy
Was all that grub illegal in the eyes of Eurostat, which sets the rules of the game in terms of public debt? It seems that the Commission and
The end of 2009 turns to the nightmare scenario for
To go canvass customers,
This is the lull ... for twenty-four hours. On Wednesday, January 27, the Financial Times, the bible of market operators, says that China has refused to buy 25 billion euros of Greek loan, provided exclusively through ... Goldman Sachs. This is Gary Cohn, in person, writes the FT, which has proposed the deal to Greek Prime Minister. The news spread panic. For traders,
The bank recognizes only one thing: while it advised the Greek Government, it recommended to its clients (primarily hedge funds) to buy Greek CDS (Credit default swap). What is a CDS? A financial product, a kind of insurance to protect against the potential failure of a State. A piece of paper that can be highly speculative. Clearly, if Goldman Sachs advised buying the CDS, it means that it anticipates a price increase of that CDS. Therefore there is a risk on
The problem is that it is impossible to prove. For the CDS market is completely opaque and unregulated. And when we put the question to a spokesman for Goldman Sachs, it is always the same answer: "No comment." One thing is certain: the false information from the FT profited the bank by creating a climate conducive to speculation. According to the good old adage "you buy on the rumor and sell on the facts". Goldman Sachs speculated against the euro. According to
Temptation of conspiracy
Despite our repeated requests from the bank, it was impossible to have precise answers to our questions. Even the most banal. A flow diagram of Goldman Sachs in
So should we yield to the temptation of Anglo-Saxon "conspiracy" against the eurozone, driven largely by Goldman Sachs,? Not in the sense that it would be a planned and coordinated attack. As they say in the French government: "They make money, nothing personal in there." However, "many Anglo-Saxons economists and market operators are delighted that it happens, says a high French official, they have a sense of revenge after the collapse of the American liberal model, the problems of the eurozone are a divine surprise. "And of course for profits and bonuses for bankers Goldman Sachs...
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The New York Times reports that Paul won 31% of the vote followed by Romney who captured 22%.
"When Mr. Pauls name was announced in the packed ballroom of a Washington hotel, it elicited hoots and boos along with applause. Although Mr. Romney won fewer votes, he seemed to draw stronger applause".
This is too funny! CPAC is a serious conservative organization and there giving there votes to Ron Paul!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I think both seats are in contention especially District 25. Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz should jump into the race for District 21 against Mario Diaz Balart. Manny is a well respected former Mayor and would be a strong candidate against Mario Diaz Balart.
As for the Dist. 25 seat, a crowded Republican primary is expected however there aren't any names being mentioned on the Democratic side. This seat is winnable and Dems should come up with a candidate.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
According to the New York Times, The New York State Senate "expelled a senator convicted of domestic assault, the first time in nearly a century that the Legislature has forced a member from office".
"The Senate voted 53 to 8 to immediately oust the senator, Hirman Monserrate, a Queens Democrat convicted last fall of a misdemeanor for dragging his companion down the hallway of his apartment building."
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Sources say Franken "criticized Axlerod for the administration's failure to provide clarity or direction on health care and the other big bills it wants Congress to enact."
"Democratic Senator's are frustrated that the White House hasn't done more to win over the public on health care reform and other aspects of its ambitious agenda--and angry that, in the wake of Scott Brown's win in the Massachusetts Senate race, the White House hasn't done more to chart a course for getting a health care bill to the president's desk."
Franken and Senate Democrats are right. As Ron Gunzburger said on Twitter last week, this is mirroring a Carter Presidency. The Obama Presidency is becoming the best comedy show in Washington and I predict that if he continues on this path and unemployment continues to remain high, he will be a one term President. He has not shown progressive leadership, he has not shown any leadership. He's playing let's make a deal with Congress and he's still not getting anything done.
Landrieu's father, Moon Landrieu, left office as Mayor of New Orleans in 1978, his sister Mary is the senior Senator from Lousiana.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The conservative Republican Indiana Congressman is headed to New Hampshire which will host the first in the nation Presidential primary in 2012 and I think he could be a formidable contender for the nomination.
Pence is the number three Republican in the House and is well received by the conservative base. Pence had been viewed as a strong and formidable challenger to Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, leading Bayh by 3 points in a Senate poll, Pence ultimately decided against running most likely in order to prepare for a Presidential run.
Pence is a staunch Reagan conservative and a newcomer to the national political scene. He could be very formidable on the GOP side in 2012.
Pence is formidable but I think a Democrat will be elected in 2012, most likely President Obama, though I am still hoping for a Dean Presidency.
Lawyers for President Obama "have been working behind the scenes to prepare for the possibility of one, and maybe two Supreme Court vacancies this spring," ABC News reports.
"Court watchers believe two of the more liberal members of the court, justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could decide to step aside for reasons of age and health. That would give the president his second and third chance to shape his legacy on the Supreme Court."
If these retirements actually come to pass, Hillary and Deval Patrick would be great Supreme Court Justices. Hillary has already indicated that she most likely will not serve a second term as Secretary of State and Patrick was a deputy in the Clinton Justice Dept. Both should receive consideration and ultimate appointment.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Cox's mother is Tricia Nixon Cox and his father Ed Cox is a New York attorney and Chairman of the New York Republican Party.
Cox is a graduate of Princeton and NYU Law. He is an attorney, international business advisor and political analyst. Cox led John McCain's effort in New York in 2008.
I encourage everyone to get involved in this race. We cannot let a Nixon get into Congress.
That said, I firmly believe that Grayson should take on conservative Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012 Senate Democratic primary. Nelson has been a total disappointment in the Senate, he was a key Senator in killing the public option in the health care bill, the public option was never an option for the Senator from Florida.
Nelson is a DLC Democrat and I would love to see a great progressive like Grayson take him on in the 2012 primary. A Grayson for President run in 2012 is off the table most likely but a Senate run should be looked at with an eye on the White House in 2016.
I love Grayson and I think he would be great in the US Senate.
Zinn wrote one of the earliest books calling for with drawl from Vietnam. VietNam: The Logic of Withdrawal was published in 1967 by Beacon Press. Zinn was a member of the Advisory Board of the Disarm Education Fund.
Zinn opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq and wrote extensively about it.
Zinn died January 27th and said he would like to be remembered "for introducing a different way of thinking about the world, about war, about human rights, about equality," and "for getting more people to realize that the power which rests so far in the hands of people with wealth and guns, that the power ultimately rests in people themselves and that they can use it. At certain points in history, they have used it. Black people in the South used it. People in the women's movement used it. People in the anti-war movement used it. People in other countries who have overthrown tyrannies have used it".
"To date Obama eloquent/classier Carter. Time to grow a spine: more LBJ/Reagan strength, less Carter/GWHB wimpyness in 2010. Lead!".
Great quote, I couldn't agree with you more Ron. When W. Bush wanted to do something, he just did it, he didn't care if he violated the constitution, he bypassed Congress, the UN and just did it. He shoved his right wing conservative lunatic agenda down America's throat. Obama needs to get some of that Bush arrogance! As Nike says, "Just do it!". Threaten Congress on health care! Tell them that if they don't pass a health care plan, you will go into their districts and let them know their constituents know that they have failed you!! As I have said before, less hope and more audacity.
Obama is an eloquent speaker with a lot of optimism but I didn't vote for this guy so he could travel the country with an optimistic message. I voted for him because I wanted a progressive agenda implemented. I have no doubt that we would have been better off with John Edwards in the White House. I also think Hillary would have been slightly better. It's funny because the Democratic elders told us, you know nothing about this guy. Well they were right, so far he has sold us out!
Again HOWARD DEAN 2012!! PLEASE RUN HOWARD!
Hayworth hasn't formally announced yet but his soon to be campaign has made robust phone calls through the state informing Arizona voter's that Hayworth will soon jump into the race for the US Senate.
Polls in AZ show the race could be tight.
It's funny because Charlie Crist is an ally of John McCain. McCain endorsed Crist for Governor and Crist delivered Florida to McCain in the January GOP Presidential primary. Crist was on the short list for VP with McCain. Now both are facing challenges from the right and both are in trouble politically. It would be very funny to see McCain and Crist defeated in the primaries and would signal that the GOP is making a sharp turn for the right. It would be great for Democrats!
Rubio has been slowly climbing in polls and last week led Crist by 3 points in a Quinnipiac poll.
Things are not looking good for the governor. The legislative session which will keep the Governor busy in Tallahassee begins in a month. Florida's unemployment rate is above the nations and foreclosure rates continue to mound in Florida. Charlie is the CEO of Florida and will get much of the brunt for this.
I stick with my prediction that Rubio will win the primary in August and I think Kendrick Meek can beat Rubio.