From the daily archives: Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I love a good political poll as much as the next guy. Especially when they show us winning back the whitehouse next year.

But, as a reminder of how wrong early polls can be, I present you with this little gem from January, 2006:

In dramatic results that could settle the Ohio GOP primary, the Wall Street Journal?s Zogby Poll today showed Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell leading Democrat Congressman Ted Strickland in a head to head general election survey by 4.5% (45.9% to 41.4%).

?This is conclusive evidence that Ken Blackwell is the best candidate to […]

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You might remember this tea leaves post. It showed the widest gap in 20 years between those surveyed who identified with Democrats versus Republicans. 50 to 35. Well, Pew has more good news for those who might seek to elect a Democrat to the Office of the President of The United States:

A year before the 2008 presidential election, most major national opinion trends decidedly favor the Democrats. Discontent with the state of the nation is markedly greater than it was four years ago. President Bush’s approval rating has fallen from 50% to 30% over this period. And […]

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The AP is reporting that Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating a bunch of Christian media ministries.

Grassley sent letters to the half-dozen Christian media ministries earlier this week requesting answers by Dec. 6 about their expenses, executive compensation and amenities, including use of fancy cars and private jets.

It’s no big surprise that the letters were sent to the big names in tv preaching- the ones easily tempted by the cash…

Kenneth Copeland, the tongues-speaking charismatic preacher from Newark, Texas, gave himself a “personal gift” of more than $2 […]

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Now that the sentiment in Canton has clearly changed from 13 years of Republican rule to a new era of Democrat leadership under Mayor Healy, will the focus become the 2008 Presidential election and what this Mayor’s race might mean?

I think it should. The New York Times did a great piece back during the ’04 election and indeed deemed Stark to be a bellwether county:

Stark County, which went narrowly for Mr. Bush in 2000, has voted for the winner in every election since 1962, save in 1976, when it supported Gerald Ford over Jimmy Carter. In […]

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from Canton Rep:

Republicans used Canton as a testing ground for get-out-the-vote techniques that could be repeated in the 2008 presidential election. The Democrats also identified Canton as a target race in Ohio.

Let’s hope they DO repeat these techniques again! This Canton Mayoral race is no bellwether though. No! Bennett and company are now spinning this race as something the Dems should have never lost because Canton is 2-1 Dem. Funny, i was always told there were more Indy voters there than either side, but I don’t have any official numbers. The question still remains in terms of […]

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Will pigs fly next?

Okay, I have to quickly say that I live in Virginia and our Democratic party had a great night last night – we took back control of the state senate, again emphasizing that Virginia is not really a “red” state.

Back to the subject of this post…seriously, Pat Robertson is endorsing Rudy Guiliani? What happened to all his “preaching” against gay marriage, abortion rights, etc.? Looks to me as though the thought of Hillary Clinton as president is making Robertson crazy. I guess he’s looking anywhere for someone who might be able to beat her […]

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In a post last night on the Ohio GOP Blog, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett claims that the ?Republicans took some key races tonight.”

And by key races he means the mayoral races in Tiffin (population 18,135) and Newark (population 46,279).

And why, you might ask, can’t Republicans win in larger cities like Columbus (population 733,203) ?

According to Bob, Republican voters have all “moved out of the inner cities to avoid the festering school and safety problems.”

Nice one, Bob. Way to alienate the city dwellers and drive them further away from the GOP.

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DELAWARE, Ohio ? Voters yesterday chose Andrew Brush to serve as the City Council’s 4th Ward representative.

Brush, 19, captured the nonpartisan seat with 335 votes, or 29 percent of votes cast, according to final, unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections. He will take office Nov. 19 and serve a four-year term.

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