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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stories to Watch: 10/16/10

Indian summer? I wish there were another term for it, but it looks like that's what I'm getting today. Fall really is my favorite time of year. Now here's the news...

How the mortgage meltdown led to a foreclosure meltdown.

Taking the "liberty" out of "Libertarian." Rand Paul comes out against lesbian motherhood. "I would rather have the local school districts decide things," explained Paul at a debate against Democratic rival Jack Conway. "I don't like the idea of Suzie has two mommies being an appropriate family situation to talk about to kindergartners. That's what happens when it gets to the federal level." So, it's much better that government dictate our moral beliefs at the local level and that's why we should get rid of the Dept. of Education. This is what gets me about half-assed tenther Libertarianism -- if the federal government oppresses you, that's bad. If your local government oppresses you, it's what the founders intended.

In California, Barbara Boxer leads Carly Fiorina by a mere one point in a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Still, Ipsos pollster Cliff Young says that California races are pretty stable and "California is trending Democratic although the races are close." In other words, margin of error be damned. Boxer really is in the lead. Her campaign can't be real comfortable with those numbers, though.

RUSS!! Wisconsin GOP senate hopeful Ron Johnson's plan for the "re-education of America."

More news from America's Dairyland: Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, a cancer survivor, promises to protect our healthcare system from a "government takeover." The problem: Kleefisch's insurance when she had her cancer surgery was a state-run program. In other words, "I got mine, now fuck y'all!"

Obama again calls for an end to tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

Finally, will there be a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives? Who knows? Nate Silver argues that, while Republicans are certain to make gains, everything is in such a state of flux, so many seats are in play, and pollsters are using so many different models that "such disparate outcomes as a 70-seat Republican gain or a mere 30-seat gain are not exceptionally unlikely." Still, Silver's model has dems holding the House at about 1 in 3. Not good, but nothing close to impossible.

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