Mid Alantic Political Round up-Budget Woes and World Attention 27 September, 2009Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
This time the whole world is paying attention to us with Pittsburgh and the G-20 and NY having its annual United Nations gabfest. I love New York or New Jersey or anywhere that will let me pitch my tent said Col. Qaddafi (dozen spelling variations). It is funny how hugging a terrorist in a hero’s welcome makes you unwelcomed in the Mid-Atlantic.
New York–This was actually a very good week substantively for NY Governor David Patterson so it figures he spent most of in a tiff with President Obama and overshadowed by leaders around the world. Poor guy even Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he felt for him. He had a major victory where the New York Court of Appeals (their highest court) overturned lower court decisions and validated his Lt. Governor. He called for eliminating the entire 2 billion dollar short fall with spending cuts and no tax or fee increases. We didn’t even have new women pop up, yet what will be remembered about the week for him was the Thursday night version of Saturday night live (use the whole program option). When you are Liberal and SNL treats you like trash, you are in trouble.
Pennsylvania The G20 deserves its own report Sunday evening or Monday. They finally got a budget deal. Governor Ed Rendell finally forced higher taxes on businesses and expanded the state sales tax to concerts and sports but could not get any income or sales tax hikes. He had to accept (gasp) a 1% spending cut. The bad news for Delaware and New Jersey is that he forced preliminary acceptance of table games. If the enabling legislation passes it may be back to the drawing board for next year’s revenue projections for both states and it may kill already shaky financing for some Maryland racinos. PA is a larger state with an older population.
Delaware Secretly reeling from two surprise blows to its gaming strategy. DEFAC won’t like this one. Speaking of the devil, DEFAC projected Delaware revenue to be 45 million dollars softer than July. Interestingly after the personal income tax rates were raised, the take fell over 20 million. In a bad economy, can you raise taxes faster than you kill activity? Hey, I am not the guy who wrote the book purportedly solving all of the state’s problems. They should elect him governor, oh we did.
New Jersey Chris Christie still leads. Now that he is on air he is holding his own. The Dems may actually lose the Assembly, but they think they will win it all. They actually hope to get enough anti-Corzine voters to vote for former Kean EPA administrator Chris Daggett to win. When that is the only hope that is desperation. It won’t sink in until November. The only hope for traditional marriage in New Jersey is to vote yellow dog Republican this one election. A word to the wise.
Virginia Most polls I findare before the big debate. The only one afterward shows the same result. McDonnell with a 4 point lead. Deeds is using radio ads featuring President Obama in areas with high minority populations and on targeted stations. He is using Senator Mark Warner on TV and statewide. With all that is said and done the base support of both candidates has hardened and it now appears McDonnell is ahead, narrowly, but the race is too close to call.
Maryland When VP Joe Biden has to campaign for health care reform in liberal Montgomery County (which has a tax revolt brewing under the surface), it is not a good sign for the administration.
It’s Official Bonini files for statewide office 25 September, 2009Posted by David Anderson in Action Item, Election 2009/2010.
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Get the whole story on Delaware state Senator Colin Bonini’s filing for state Treasurer. He already has my support.
37th District Special Election another GOP victory 14 September, 2009Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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2429 to 2105– just say Representative Elect Ruth Briggs King. Congratulations to all of the people who made it happen. I also congratulate Mr. Robinson on a strong race. Most of all I congratulate the voters for a strong turnout for a special election (close to 1/3 of the voters). They saw through the Acorn, Sierra Club, AFL-CIO nonsense and voted based upon the issues. Thanks to the 37th, we are still a two party state.
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Mid Alantic Region frought with pesimism about government 4 September, 2009Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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VirginiaIn an act of political desperation aided by the Washington Post Crowd, Senator Craig Deeds is trying to inflate a 20 year old master’s thesis from McDonnell into the central issue of the campaign. The paper was not some radical revolutionary dogma, but one which tackled the cultural revolution from an academic perspective. Attempts to lift some phrases out of it to make McDonnell appear to oppose wives working outside of the home will be interesting fodder, but the 15 year public record of McDonnell and his own daughters’ work and service to our country in the war zone will make it seem more like desperation on Deeds’ part. People want solutions to transportation, education, taxes, guns, protecting VA parental notification rights, and jobs.
What is more intriguing is an argument over abortion exceptions between former Senator Allen supporters and Ag McDonnell’s supporters. In practical public policy it is silly to have such an argument in public. There is no policy difference but the division is being used to attempt to say McDonnell is too far to the right for even George Allen. That is not what is being said, but I think that has more potential down side for McDonnell. A sabotage of McDonnell by the exceptions crowd could open a national wound in the pro-life movement.
New York We get to take a break from the usual dysfunctional government report. New York’s legislature passed a bill which would allow email notifications for sex offenders who move into any of three zip codes the user chooses. It “brings Megan’s law into the digital age”. The bill awaits the Governor’s signature.
Speaking of broken government, most New Yorkers believe their government is among the worst in the nation. 2% believe it is among the best. In other news (sarcasm alert) 3% believe the tooth fairy would make a fine state senator. As if on cue, a new analysis of the New York Senate shows that Democrats have only passed 1/3 of the legislation that Republicans did when they had control last year.
Governor Patterson is vetoing a series of spending bills that are special home district favors.
Considering the state has a 2.1 billion dollar short fall, one has to wonder about the legislature.
State Republicans will get a new leader. Joe Mondello is not seeking another term as state Chairman. Ed Cox and Henry Wojtaszek are the top competitors for the chairmanship.
New Jersey The Debate schedule has been established for the Governor’s race. The slime trust running the Corzine campaign rejoices in the fact that they have increased doubts about Chris Christie with their barrage of negative attacks during NJN’s On the Record this past Sunday. The problem is that they ignore that the public is having fewer doubts about their guy. Over 60% have now decided they don’t want him back. Corzine has even lost support among Democrats in what is beginning to become a backlash.
Democrats nervous about the looming Christie victory have decided upon a new strategy. They called in the House Judiciary Subcommittee (sarcasm moment) for political smears. The Cohen D-TN subcommittee has given Christie until September 4th to answer additional questions regarding deferred prosecution agreements.
Delaware The 37th district special election had its final debate. Both sides declared victory. Robinson supporters particularly praised the style of their candidate. Milton Police Chief William Phillips is back and he wants to arrest the political careers of his opponents including the mayor. Instead of a graceful victory lap, he called for their resignations.
Maryland Even House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is not exempt from public pressure on the healthcare front. He finally held a town hall, which he called the best attended in his career. Pro and con house health care reform participants were both heard. The Congressman was flanked by security (after seeing DNC ads he must have been concerned) but the constituents wanted to be heard not initiate an overthrow of the government which is forbidden under Title 18.2385 of the U. S. Code.
Pennsylvania The legislature is lazy said Governor Rendell. That is why PA is the last state without a budget. The fact the governor vetoed it because he wanted 300 million in more spending and higher taxes to make up for a couple billion dollar shortfall had nothing to with it. The governor has not met with legislative leaders for 52 days and counting, but they are the ones stuck with “ideology, partisanship and laziness”. It is small wonder that Pennsylvanians are not much more optimistic than New Yorkers.
Teachers in the Keystone state seem to need more education about economics and budgets. They are striking all over the state to demand more money. It makes one wonder if the students are missing much.
Other state’s teachers seem content with protecting what they already gained.
Sestack and Toomey had their own healthcare debate without Specter. It gained national attention in what may very well be the preview of the senate race. Toomey had a chance to get in the forefront of the issue by becoming the statewide voice against a government takeover of health care, while Sestack became the leading voice in the state for a public option. It showed Specter on both sides of the issue. It was a brilliant move by both men.