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Friday, May 25, 2012

Stories to Watch: 5/25/12

Had to clean up the yard after a minor storm last night. No biggie, just a mess of branches. So that's why no roundup today. But here's the news...

A Democratic Governors Association poll has Scott Walker leading Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin recall 49%-46%. That's within the poll's margin of error and the trend has Barrett closing the gap by more than half since a week ago. Let's hope the trend continues. The pollster's report concludes, "In short, with eleven days to go, this election is very much up for grabs." Knock on doors, make calls, twist arms, put up yard signs -- this is entirely doable. In any case, we may be headed for a recount, so brace yourselves for that.

The bad news: CO2 emissions continue to rise, reaching a record 3.2% increase in 2011. This is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

The good news: most of the rise is attributed to China, offsetting reductions in the US and elsewhere. As a result, China will spend $27 billion "to promote energy-saving products, solar and wind power and accelerate the development of renewable energy and hybrid cars." My question to the "climate change is a hoax" crowd; there's obviously a market for dealing with CO2 -- real threat or otherwise -- does it make sense to sit this market out and let China dominate it, just to satisfy your religious belief that liberals are always wrong?

How to smoke weed like a teenage Barack Obama. Hey, it's 4:20 somewhere.

Former GOP Rep. Connie Morella isn't a fan of today's Republican Party or its War on Women. As to the base's RINO-hunting, she says that moderate Republicans have become "an extinct species."

Speaking of RINO's, at least 27 GOP congressional candidates have refused to sign Grover Norquist's straitjacket of an anti-tax pledge. Someone call the Tea Party.

In New Mexico, making sense is forbidden speech.

Are the folks in the conservative gay organization GOProud just completely insane?

Bill Clinton still has an eye for the (wrong) ladies.

Finally, it's eminently clear that rightwing billionaires are trying to by the presidency for Mitt Romney. That makes it a fair question to ask; what do they expect to get out of that investment?
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