Republican Voter Registration Surges in Riverside County CA, Voter Fraud?

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Republican Voter Registration Surges in Riverside County CA, Voter Fraud? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the Republicans pushing for voter suppression using the excuse that a lack of proper identification could lead to voter fraud, it’s laughable that they are the ones engaging in possible voter fraud, as evidenced from 10 Florida counties and possibly Riverside County, Calif.

LA Times:  Formal complaints filed with the state by at least 133 residents of a state Senate district there say they were added to GOP rolls without their knowledge, calling into question the party’s boast that Republican membership has rocketed 23% in the battleground area.

More than 27,700 residents of the legislative district have become Republicans since January, according to the California secretary of state’s office — erasing a registration edge long held by Democrats.

The complaints have also shined a light on the political committee behind the registration drive, Golden State Voter Participation Project, and its biggest donor, wealthy GOP activist Charles Munger Jr. Other donors include the California Apartment Assn., Farmers Group Inc. and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing of America.

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Paul Ryan to Fox News’ Chris Wallace: “I Don’t Have Time” to Explain How We’ll Pay for Tax Plan

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is still ducking on answering tough questions, even after he was given an opportunity to finally talk about the details of Mitt Romney’s tax plan. He told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that he didn’t have the time to get into the nuts and bolts of the proposal. Um, that’s saying he doesn’t have the answers or he is hiding Mitt Romney’s plan. This comes 36 days to election day and Gov. Chris Christie thinks Mitt Romney will have phenomenal debate on Wednesday that will skyrocket in the polls. Here’s the exchange between Chris Wallace and Paul Ryan:

WALLACE: So how much would it cost?

RYAN: It’s revenue neutral…

WALLACE: No no, I’m just talking about cuts. We’ll get to the deductions, but the cut in tax rates.

RYAN: The cut in tax rates is lowering all Americans’ tax rates by 20 percent.

WALLACE: Right, how much does that cost?

RYAN: It’s revenue neutral.
WALLACE: But I have to point out, you haven’t given me the math.

Ryan: No, but you…well, I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all of the math. But let me say it this way: you can lower tax rates by 20 percent across the board by closing loopholes and still have preferences for the middle class. For things like charitable deductions, for home purchases, for health care. So what we’re saying is, people are going to get lower tax rates. Source:  Think Progress

What if we were to tell Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan we don’t have time to listen to their jive talk about how they plan to turn this country around, while surrounded by former advisers to George W. Bush? Funny, Paul Ryan has been on the ticket for quite some time, but still can’t find time to really level with American voters like you and I, instead dancing around the issue.

Watch Chris Wallace grill Paul Ryan:

Columbus Dispatch Poll Shows President Obama Leading Mitt Romney by 51% to 42% in Ohio

A new Columbus Dispatch poll shows Mitt Romney trailing President Obama by nine percentage points — 51% to 42%. This comes after the Dispatch’s last poll in August, showing the two candidates were in a dead heat, just before the Republican National Convention. The survey is the fifth major poll, including conservative-leaning Fox News, to show Obama leading Romney by five to 10 points. Ohioans will start casting their ballots for the presidential election in two days.

National Journal: “After nearly six years of running for president, millions of dollars spent on ads, a massive political convention and hundreds of rallies in swing states such as Ohio, Florida, and New Hampshire, Mitt Romney’s bid to become the next president could come down to a few hours onstage on Wednesday night.”


John McCain: Mitt Romney Trailing President Obama Because Americans Feel Better About Jobs, Ecomony

John McCain told Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” that Mitt Romney is trailing President Obama because Americans feel better about jobs and the economy, in other words, they see see a “glimmer of hope” that things are improving. Um, not quite Mr. McCain. Mitt Romney is trailing President Obama because he cannot connect with the mainstream and he has insulted the majority of Americans as deadbeats living off the government. He can’t make a plausible argument as to why people should vote him in as the next president instead of re-electing President Obama. To put it bluntly, Mitt Romney is trailing because he’s an idiot, who has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth. It’s just that simple.

‘Hotel Transylvania’ Trounces Weekend Box Office With $43 Million, With ‘Looper’ in 2nd Place

Hotel Transylvania leads weekend box office

‘Hotel Transylvania’ Trounces Weekend Box Office With $43 Million, With ‘Looper’ in 2nd Place

North American Weekend Box Office results: Sony Pictures’ 3D animation Hotel Transylvania, which stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Fran Drescher, leads with weekend box office with $43 million, followed by TriStar’s Looper in second place with $21.2 million. Open Road Film’s End of Watch snags the third spot with $8 million, followed by Warner Bros.’ Trouble with the Curve with $7.5 million in fourth place, with Relativity’s House at the End of the Street rounding out the top five with $7.2 million.

Hotel Transylvania, which also stars Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg, saw the biggest opening since The Dark Knight Rises and is also the best performance to date for the studio’s animation unit. According to Sony, Looper, which was released by Sony’s TriStar label in conjunction with FilmDistrict and Endgame Entertainment, propelled the company to first place in domestic market share with $1.3 billion, edging out Warner Bros. Looper was directed by Rian Johnson and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

North American Weekend Box Office Results (09/30/12):

1. Hotel Transylvania $43 million
2. Looper $21.2 million
3. End of Watch $8 million
4. Trouble with the Curve $7.53 million
5. House at the End of The Street $7.12 million
6. Pitch Perfect $5 million
7.  Finding Nemo (3D) $4.1 million
8.  Resident Evil: Retribution $3 million
9. The Master $2.75 million
10. Won’t Back Down $2.7 million

Rolling Stone: If You Want to Understand Mitt Romney’s Game Plan, Look at Activities of Congressional Republicans

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Rolling Stone: If You Want to Understand Mitt Romney’s Game Plan, Look at Activities of Congressional Republicans (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Rolling Stone Magazine has a great article out about Mitt Romney’s game plan if he were to become our next president, saying just look at what the Republicans have been doing in Congress, specifically the Tea Party darlings:

Rolling Stone:  It was tempting to dismiss Mitt Romney’s hard-right turn during the GOP primaries as calculated pandering. In the general election – as one of his top advisers famously suggested – Romney would simply shake the old Etch A Sketch and recast himself as the centrist who governed Massachusetts. But with the selection of vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the shape-shifting Romney has locked into focus – cementing himself as the frontman for the far-right partisans responsible for Washington’s gridlock.

There is no longer any ambiguity about the path that Romney would pursue as president, because it’s the same trajectory charted by Ryan, the architect of the House GOP’s reactionary agenda since the party’s takeover in 2010. “Picking Ryan as vice president outlines the future of the next four or eight years of a Romney administration,” GOP power broker Grover Norquist exulted in August. “Ryan has outlined a plan that has support in the Republican House and Senate. You have a real sense of where Romney’s going.” In fact, Norquist told party activists back in February, the true direction of the GOP is being mapped out by congressional hardliners. All the Republicans need to realize their vision, he said, is a president “with enough working digits to handle a pen.”

The GOP legislation awaiting Romney’s signature isn’t simply a return to the era of George W. Bush. From abortion rights and gun laws to tax giveaways and energy policy, it’s far worse. Measures that have already sailed through the Republican House would roll back clean-air protections, gut both Medicare and Medicaid, lavish trillions in tax cuts on billionaires while raising taxes on the poor, and slash everything from college aid to veteran benefits. In fact, the tenets of Ryan Republicanism are so extreme that they even offend the pioneers of trickle-down economics. “Ryan takes out the ax and goes after programs for the poor – which is the last thing you ought to cut,” says David Stockman, who served as Ronald Reagan’s budget director. “It’s ideology run amok.”

I don’t know how anyone can think Mitt Romney would be the ultimate representative of the middle class and the poor, considering his sidekick’s record in Congress shows a willingness to violate the basic rule of thumb of his Catholic faith — take care of the poor. Add the 47 percent insult to the mix and you see the true contents of Mitt Romney’s heart. He doesn’t care about the 100 percent, just the one percent.

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Poll: Rand Survey Shows Obama Maintaining National Lead Over Romney 50 to 43 Percent

President Obama continues to lead GOP rival Mitt Romney nationally, with the latest Rand survey stating Obama has a seven point lead over Romney — 50 – 43 percent. The polls confirms what other polls have found, which the Republicans are decrying — LOL, Obama has been rising, while Romney has been falling.

Rand Survey Obama Leads Romney

Poll: Rand Survey Shows Obama Maintaining National Lead Over Romney 50 to 43 Percent (Photo credit: Rand Survey)

Rand Corporation’s methodology was different than tradition polls, but the results were the same — Obama leads Romney:

Rand’s 2012 Presidential Election Poll involves a single panel of voters who are asked the same three questions over and over. Since July 11, each of its 3,500 participants has answered the questions on a weekly basis — but staggered so that one-seventh of the results come in every day. They answer the questions online, and those who didn’t have Internet access before the poll are given computers to use.

The results have been more or less in line with those of other major polls. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama were running neck and neck — until Sept. 7, the day after former President Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Ever since then, Obama has been rising and Romney falling in the poll.

The Rand Survey results are comparable to a recent Gallup tracking poll which shows Obama leading by six points, 50% to 44%, and a Reuters/Ipsos poll which shows the president leading by five points, 47% to 42%.

President Obama’s Re-Election Within Reach as Romney’s Path to 270 Electoral College Votes Very Narrow

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President Obama’s Re-election Within Reach as Romney’s Path to 270 Electoral College Votes Very Narrow(Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Obama’s re-election? I must admit, I am dying for November 6, 2012, because the vitriol being spewed by both Republicans and Democrats is getting to be a bit much. An analysis from the Associated Press found that “if the election were held today, Obama would win with at least 271 electoral votes, with Ohio and Iowa now among the states he would carry.””To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing hardest.”

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President Obama Focuses on Housing Market in Weekly Address, Mitt Romney Wanted Bank Foreclosures to Continue

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President Obama Focuses on Housing Market in Weekly Address, Mitt Romney Wanted Bank Foreclosures to Continue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama focused on the housing market during his weekly address September 29. Um, the same housing market Mitt Romney preferred to see banks continue their foreclosure campaign and not help struggling homeowners. President Obama called on Congress to act and pass a mortgage refinance measure and help responsible homeowners.

CNN:  “The truth is, it’s going to take a while for our housing market to fully recover,” he said. But it’s going to take a lot more time – and cause a lot more hurt – if Congress keeps standing in the way.”

He urged Congress to pass the Home Affordable Refinance Program measure that would triple the number of homeowners who would be eligible to refinance their mortgage, according to data from the White House.

And Obama included a jab at Mitt Romney, who said in a 2011 interview with a Nevada newspaper that the housing market would be served best by not trying “to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.”

Obama said, “I know that there are some who think that the only option for homeowners is to just stand by and hope that the market has hit bottom. I don’t agree with that.”

The president has made a theme of calling for Congressional action in his recent weekly addresses, while Republicans typically use theirs to argue that Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate is sitting in the way.

Watch President Obama calling for mortgage refinance measure:

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GOP Operatives Conceding Ohio to President Obama as Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Insult Sticks

Walter Shapiro: “Many of the well-known Ohio Republicans I interviewed offered their blunt assessments only after they were guaranteed complete anonymity. That is often the Faustian bargain of political journalism in 2012: robotic talking points on the record or something resembling honesty with no names attached. The reason, though, that I am emphasizing the don’t-quote-me part of the equation is that I was stunned by the vehemence of the thumbs-down-on-Mitt Romney verdict. All but conceding the state to Obama, these Republicans were offering what may be the biggest rejection of Ohio since Philip Roth wrote Goodbye Columbus.”