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26  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Generic Congressional Ballot Polls Thread on: April 06, 2014, 06:51:28 pm
AP poll points to GOP edge ahead of midterms

By Kate Tummarello
April 06, 2014, 04:22 pm


According to the poll, which was conducted last month, 36 percent of respondents would rather see Democrats controlling Congress, while 37 percent said they would refer Republicans be in charge.

This is a change from a poll in January, when 39 percent of respondents said they wanted Democrats to control Congress, and 32 percent said they favored Republicans.

Voters who are most strongly interested in politics are more likely to favor Republicans, according to the poll, with 51 percent favoring Republicans and 37 percent favoring Democrats.

Overall, the Republican Party is viewed more favorably than it has been in the past, with 38 percent of respondents saying they “hold a favorable impression” of the GOP, the poll found.
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Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/202778-ap-poll-points-to-gop-edge#ixzz2y9ZECqhh


27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Jeb Bush Outlines His Campaign Strategy on: April 06, 2014, 06:33:30 pm
Jeb Bush Outlines Campaign Strategy, Should He Choose to Run

By PETER BAKER
APRIL 6, 2014


COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he ran for president: one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.

Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thought that with a “hopeful” message, he could avoid “the vortex of a mud fight.”

“We need to elect candidates who have a vision that is bigger and broader, and candidates that are organized around winning the election, not making points,” Mr. Bush told an audience at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum here. “Campaigns ought to be about listening and learning and getting better. I do think we’ve lost our way.”

28  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: raw milk on: April 06, 2014, 12:23:48 am
One of the roles of government is to make sure that the health of the public is in good hands, and raw milk can lead to many illnesses that are very preventable.
It should be illegal to drink at home, from your own cow?

It should be illegal for the use/sale of raw milk.

Very funny some of you are voting yes who have also said that parents who don't give their children vaccines is child abuse. The diseases caused by raw milk can be prevented if we don't allow it here.
False equivalence is false. Not vaccinating your child endangers others. Drinking raw milk only endangers yourself.

So I guess let's let people die because it doesn't affect anyone else.

What I find more hypocritical is that you’re willing to ban raw milk, yet support marijuana legalization.

Raw milk can lead to disease, marijuana doesn't. Raw milk can lead to death, marijuana doesn't. Marijuana just gives you the munchies.
Marijuana can lead to accidents, much like drinking can. Raw milk does not cause contagious diseases,  and is not a threat to others. I really find it hilarious that you seriously support legalizing something you enjoy but don't want to extend the same rights to individual farmers because you apparently know what is better for them.

Is that a fact?
Since when did salmonella become contagious, Dr. Frodo?

Since when was tuberculosis wasn't, Dr. Sanchez? 
Unless you have had tuberculosis for a long time, it is hard to catch from one person to another. TB still exists, but mass outbreaks don't occur often, and it hardly seems like a justifiable reason to tell a farmer what he is allowed to do with his cow.

"Although tuberculosis is contagious, it's not easy to catch. You're much more likely to get tuberculosis from someone you live with or work with than from a stranger. Most people with active TB who've had appropriate drug treatment for at least two weeks are no longer contagious."

It is not a justifiable reason to put yourself (and your family) at risk from consuming bacteria that causes it.  There is a reason why milk was pasteurized in the first place. 
29  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: raw milk on: April 06, 2014, 12:20:34 am
And to answer the poll, absolutely not.  There are no benefits to raw milk that you cannot get from your regular pasteurized milk, and instead you get all the downsides that pasteurization was intended to prevent.  

I will gladly take the CDC's word over some internet know-it-all. 
30  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: raw milk on: April 06, 2014, 12:16:51 am
One of the roles of government is to make sure that the health of the public is in good hands, and raw milk can lead to many illnesses that are very preventable.
It should be illegal to drink at home, from your own cow?

It should be illegal for the use/sale of raw milk.

Very funny some of you are voting yes who have also said that parents who don't give their children vaccines is child abuse. The diseases caused by raw milk can be prevented if we don't allow it here.
False equivalence is false. Not vaccinating your child endangers others. Drinking raw milk only endangers yourself.

So I guess let's let people die because it doesn't affect anyone else.

What I find more hypocritical is that you’re willing to ban raw milk, yet support marijuana legalization.

Raw milk can lead to disease, marijuana doesn't. Raw milk can lead to death, marijuana doesn't. Marijuana just gives you the munchies.
Marijuana can lead to accidents, much like drinking can. Raw milk does not cause contagious diseases,  and is not a threat to others. I really find it hilarious that you seriously support legalizing something you enjoy but don't want to extend the same rights to individual farmers because you apparently know what is better for them.

Is that a fact?
Since when did salmonella become contagious, Dr. Frodo?

Since when was tuberculosis wasn't, Dr. Sanchez? 
31  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: raw milk on: April 06, 2014, 12:07:34 am
One of the roles of government is to make sure that the health of the public is in good hands, and raw milk can lead to many illnesses that are very preventable.
It should be illegal to drink at home, from your own cow?

It should be illegal for the use/sale of raw milk.

Very funny some of you are voting yes who have also said that parents who don't give their children vaccines is child abuse. The diseases caused by raw milk can be prevented if we don't allow it here.
False equivalence is false. Not vaccinating your child endangers others. Drinking raw milk only endangers yourself.

So I guess let's let people die because it doesn't affect anyone else.

What I find more hypocritical is that you’re willing to ban raw milk, yet support marijuana legalization.

Raw milk can lead to disease, marijuana doesn't. Raw milk can lead to death, marijuana doesn't. Marijuana just gives you the munchies.
Marijuana can lead to accidents, much like drinking can. Raw milk does not cause contagious diseases,  and is not a threat to others. I really find it hilarious that you seriously support legalizing something you enjoy but don't want to extend the same rights to individual farmers because you apparently know what is better for them.

Is that a fact?
32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Opposite Party Presidential Candidates You'd Consider Voting For on: April 05, 2014, 10:46:23 am
Scott Brown, Jeb Bush, Jon Huntsman Jr, or Susana Martinez are all reasonably acceptable to me -at least I wouldn't stay up at night worrying about the future of this country if any of them became my President.  
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Majority of Americans Prefer Energy Conservation Over Production -Gallup on: April 03, 2014, 12:08:12 am
Gallup poll finds majority favor energy conservation over production

By Laura Barron-Lopez
April 02, 2014, 03:49 pm


A majority prefer conservation of U.S. energy sources as opposed to production, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll, released on Wednesday, found 57 percent say the United States should encourage conservation when tackling the country's energy problems and establishing a central policy, over pushing more production of oil, gas, and coal supplies. 

That's up from 51 percent in 2013.

On the other hand, roughly one-third say more emphasis should be placed on production of the nation's fossil fuel supply.

The poll contradicts the common refrain offered by Republicans that President Obama's goals to transition the nation to more climate-friendly energy sources is out of touch with the public.

Gallup also found 64 percent of those surveyed favor increasing development of alternative energy production like wind and solar power over further production of traditional fossil fuels, up from 59 percent last year.
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Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/202473-gallup-majority-favor-energy-conservation-over-production#ixzz2xnShjqwJ
34  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2014 D.C. Mayoral Election on: April 01, 2014, 11:36:38 pm
Mayor Vincent Gray has lost the primary to Council member Muriel Bowser, and by more than 8,000 votes.

Here are the preliminary totals (71.3% precincts reporting):

Vincent Gray (incumbent): 33% (~24,000)
Muriel Bowser: 44% (~32,000)
Tommy Wells: 12% (~8,900)
Jack Evans: 5% (3,650)
35  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What is the best Australian state? on: April 01, 2014, 08:32:46 pm
In terms of visiting, definitely Queensland.  The Whitsundays (particularly Whitehaven Beach), Airlie Beach, Fraser Island, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree rainforest -what's not to like?  
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 7 Million people sign up for insurance plans via state/federal exchanges (!) on: April 01, 2014, 08:27:43 pm
Excellent news!  Smiley

What was the percentage for young people who enrolled?  Was the final number close to the 40% ideal? 
37  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Electoral Strategy for GOP on: March 30, 2014, 11:31:11 pm
There are really three areas that gave the GOP trouble in 2012 that cost them the election:
I. The Southeast Atlantic Coast(Florida to Virginia)
II. The West(NM, CO, and NV; to a lesser extent OR)
III. The Rust Belt(PA, OH, WI, MI/MN to a lesser extent)

A Hispanic-centered strategy (pro-immigration reform/pathway to citizenship) would help most in region II and work decently in region I(especially in Florida, not so much in Virginia and the Carolinas).

A socially moderate strategy (moderate on abortion; support gay marriage and embryonic stem cell research) would play well in parts of II, especially Colorado, as well as parts of I in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina(NoVa, S Florida, Research triangle).

Then, there's the populist strategy - ditch the anti-auto bailout stuff, moderate the economic message.  This could have a significant impact in III, which has the most electoral vote rich swing region(when counting only states that have a reasonable chance of flipping.

Which strategy would do the best to deliver electoral votes back to the GOP?  Obviously doing all 3 would have the most effect, but most hard-core conservatives would have a hard enough time stomaching 1 of 3, let alone all 3.   So, the idea is to find the best strategy for gaining electoral votes with the least amount of ideological compromise. 

I would guess they would probably pick option 3 -it is the path of least resistance, and the least likely to cause them problems with their existing base. 
38  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush on: March 29, 2014, 10:44:32 pm
Discuss with maps.
39  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GOP Establishment Trying to Recruit Jeb Bush on: March 29, 2014, 10:37:35 pm
Smart move.

It's also smart for Bush to hang back and see what happens with regard to Chris Christie and Scott Walker this year.  Chris Christie is likely damaged goods by this point regardless of whether he is directly linked to the Bridge scandal, and Scott Walker is in danger of losing his bid for re-election in a key swing state.  Even if he somehow wins, it will be by a margin so narrow that it undermines whatever hopes the GOP has of using him to appeal to a broader electorate.  Ultimately I am not expecting either to run.  

In February 2015 we can expect both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to officially announce their candidacies.  
40  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / GOP Establishment Trying to Recruit Jeb Bush on: March 29, 2014, 09:58:52 pm
They're clearly underwhelmed by everyone else running or likely to run:

Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa,
Updated: Saturday, March 29, 6:04 PM


LAS VEGAS — Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.

Bush’s advisers insist that he is not actively exploring a candidacy and will not make a decision until at least the end of this year. But over the past few weeks, Bush has traveled the country delivering policy speeches, campaigning for Republicans ahead of the fall midterm elections, honing messages on income inequality and foreign policy, and cultivating ties with wealthy benefactors — all signals that he is considering a run.

Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the “vast majority” of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.
41  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What would Hillary's top 3 issues be? on: March 29, 2014, 03:23:15 pm
immigration reform
Rebuilding America's infrastructure
Entitlement & tax reforms
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Biofuels Do More Harm Than Good, Leaked UN Report Warns on: March 24, 2014, 10:19:40 pm
I've always had my doubts about ethanol:

Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns

By Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter
8:45AM GMT 23 Mar 2014


The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose.

A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.

The draft report represents a dramatic about-turn for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Its previous assessment on climate change, in 2007, was widely condemned by environmentalists for giving the green light to large-scale biofuel production. The latest report instead puts pressure on world leaders to scrap policies promoting the use of biofuel for transport.

The summary for policymakers states: “Increasing bioenergy crop cultivation poses risks to ecosystems and biodiversity.”

The report into the impact of man-made climate change is the most authoritative of its kind. For the first time, it considered the impact of biofuels on the environment.
43  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are the chances Hillary Clinton wins the white vote in 2016? on: March 23, 2014, 12:57:38 pm
Practically none considering the candidates most likely to win the GOP nod -if she gets between 40 and 45 percent, we're in good shape. 
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Be honest: How do you feel about people who left after the opebo ban returning? on: March 23, 2014, 12:55:54 pm
I don't care one way or the other. 
45  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: South Australian Parliamentary Elections Thread (March 15, 2014) on: March 23, 2014, 12:23:28 pm
Now that we know the future make-up of the lower house (or the House of Assembly), what were the election results in the upper house, namely the Legislative Council?  
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The weather right now on: March 22, 2014, 01:01:52 pm
Balmy now, but one last winter blast early next week before spring really begins towards the end of March.  
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of brtd on: March 22, 2014, 02:17:42 am
He is a knowledgeable and valued poster when he's not obsessed about opebo.
48  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who was our best President? on: March 22, 2014, 02:10:25 am
Abraham Lincoln, though I was tempted to put Franklin D. Roosevelt instead. 
49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How much stimulus $ did your CD get? on: March 22, 2014, 02:03:16 am
VA-08
Jim Moran (D) -now retiring:

$1,445 per capita

nearly $950 million total stimulus
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Within Virginia, only Rep. Bobby Scott's district received more -about $2.8 billion worth.
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: March 2014 Elections on: March 20, 2014, 11:23:40 pm
Assembly Election:

[1] Inks.LWC
[2] TheRileyKeaton
[3] hifly15
[4] Cassius
[5] outofbox6


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