Posted by: reddiva | August 29, 2010

Very Strange Bedfellows

Apologies to you, my friends!  I can’t seem to get enough energy and whatever else it takes to get my updates done from the remainder of the primaries from August 24, 2010.  This included Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma (runoff) and Vermont.

In addition, primaries were held on August 28, 2010 for Louisiana and West Virginia.  I will also not be writing about Guam’s Primary.  I just don’t have the energy to get it done.  I am sorry, and I hope you don’t feel like I am letting you down too much.  As my health improves, I promise to try to do a much better job.  I’m setting my goal for September 11 – Virginia’s Primary.

Perhaps it’s time for some of the speculation to be ended.  I am fighting a recurrence of the breast cancer I experienced in 2005.  I had been doing wonderfully, but after the 5th year anniversary, something jumped back up to bite me on the back-side, and here I am.  I have been in the hospital more than I have been at home for the month of August.  I hope much of that if ended now.  I have completed all 13 radiation treatments, but I have two chemo treatments remaining.  It seems that the two were working against each other and causing major side effects.  I’m still trying to take things very easy because this is a serious situation in which I find myself.

Please just bear with me, and I’ll do the best I can to get back to “normal” – whatever that is – as soon as possible.

RD

Posted by: reddiva | August 29, 2010

Wyoming Results from August 17 Primary

I’m not really pleased with these limited results that I have been able to find.  If you have somewhere for me to get a more accurate vote count, please let me know.  For this special occasion, live links in the comments section are not merely accepted, they are requested.

Thank you!

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The current Governor, Dave Freudenthal, faces term-limits this year and will leave it to the voters to elect Democrat Leslie Petersen – 10,759 – or Republican Matt Mead – 30,272.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN AT-LARGE:

Incumbent Republican Congressman Cynthia Marie Lummis reflects having received 83,924 votes to Democrat challenger David Allan Wendt with 20,410.

Not very much information, Wyoming, but I hope it will help you.

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Originally written on or about August 14, 2010….

Wyoming Votes August 17

Think back as far as you can remember.  In my case, it is way too far to go back, but I think I remember how unfair I thought it was when I was learning in school about the make-up of the Senators and Representatives from each state.  Wyoming has its two Senators, but they only have one Representative – an at-large Representative.  I have since come to understand more about the census and how that plays into representation, but then it seemed very unfair.

The real detriment I see to that at-large Rep is that there is only one vote for that State in Congress.  I certainly hope the entire state agrees on the way they want the vote to go.

So, let’s elect one for you this year – or keep your incumbent.  In far too many States, the voters are doing just that.  If your voices are to be added to those who call for the incumbents to get pink-slipped, when is it that you think you’ll vote to do that?  In November, the selection process will have been complete.  Your choices will have been narrowed.

I cannot help wondering how many really good potential Congressmen we are leaving behind in the Primary because we are continuing to use that one elected chair – the “good old boy” – as the “nominee” again.  Oh well…. Onward and upward, I suppose.

Governor of Wyoming:

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES:

Incumbent Democrat Dave Freudenthal is reaching term-limits this year and will not be re-elected.  These Republicans – hopefully all Conservatives – are seeking the nomination.

Alan Kousoulos – No candidate description was given.

Matt Mead – Ex-U.S. Attorney & Rancher

Rita C. Meyer – State Auditor, Ex-Gubernatorial Chief of Staff & Afghan War veteran

Former State Representative Ron Mitcheli –  Ex-State Agriculture Director, Ex-State House Speaker Pro-Tem & Rancher

John H. Self – I found no campaign website.  Mr. Self is a retiree & ‘02/’06 Candidate

State Representative Colin M. Simpson – State House Speaker, attorney & Son of Ex-US Senator Alan Simpson

Tom A. Ubben – Energy company projects coordinator

U.S. CONGRESS AT-LARGE:

Incumbent Republican congressman Cynthia Marie Lummis has one Republican challenger in the Primary:  Evan Liam Slafter, an artist and musician for whom I could not find a campaign website.

There you have it, Wyoming.  Your candidates for Governor and U.S. Congress are waiting for your vote on August 17.

Posted by: reddiva | August 28, 2010

Playing Catch up with Washington’s Primary August 17

Thank you for your patience with me.  I can tell that you have been checking back to see if I am making any progress, and I am trying to.  So today, let me see if I can reprint the info I posted on the “Kick Them Out Page” for the August 17 Washington Primary with the results I was able to locate at the end of the initial report.

My research seems to be what is suffering the most.  I’ll just keep trying and I will eventually get my act back together.

Washington Votes August 17

“It’s all Bush’s fault.”  At least I think we ought to blame it on him.  Washington and Wyoming – yes, the two W’s – will be voting on August 17.

U.S. SENATE:

Incumbent Democratic Senator Patty Murray faces her kick-out selection against four other Democrats in the Primary.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES:

Paul Akers – Businessman and inventor

William Edward Chovil – Businessman and frequent candidate – I could find no political website

Cint Didier – Ex-Pro Football player, farmer and Tea Party Activist

Norma Gruber – Banker – I could find no political website

Michael Latimer – No candidate description given.

Dino Rossi – Ex-State Denator, realtor & ‘04/’08 Governor Nominee.  Does this make him a “career politician?”

U.S. CONGRESS:

DISTRICT 1:

Incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee.

Republican Challengers:

Matthew Burke – Financial planner – The website I have attached to this candidate is his “Dirty Laundry” page.  Why?  Because I respect his facing there bad judgment choices squarely from the front not trying to sweet them out the back door.  Does this mean he is the best candidate for your First Congressional District?  That isn’t for me to say.  I do feel, however, that I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t point out that he hasn’t tried to hide from these errors.  Whether or not you vote for him depends on you.  How he feels about himself is as important.  I respect him for confronting these “skeletons.”

James Watkins – Business development consultant & ex-bank manager

DISTRICT 2:

Incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen faces two Democratic challengers in the Primary.

Republican Challengers:

John Carmack – Businessman, industrial designer & USMC veteran

John Koster – Snohomish County Councilman, Ex-State Representative, business consultant & ’00 Nominee.

DISTRICT 3:

Incumbent Democrat, Brian Baird, is retiring in 2010.  He has two Democrats seeking his replacement.

Republican Challengers:

David Castillo – Ex-Deputy Assistant US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Ex-State Legislative Aide & Navy veteran.

David Hedrick – Accountant, Tea Party Activist & USMC veteran.

Jaime Herrera – State Representative & ex-congressional aide

DISTRICT 4:

Incumbent Republican Doc Hastings is challenged by Republican Shane Fast  in the Primary.  Mr. Fast is listed as a businessman & Tea Party Activist.

DISTRICT 5:

Incumbent Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers is unchallenged in the Republican Primary.

District 6:

Incumbent Democrat Norm Dicks has no challenger in the Democratic Primary.

Republican Challengers:

Doug Cloud – Attorney, ex-stockbroker & frequent candidate

Jesse Young – Business technology consultant

DISTRICT 7:

Incumbent Democrat Jim McDermott faces only Democrats in the primary.  There is only one Independent registered so far for the November General Election.

DISTRICT 8:

Incumebent Dave Reichert has two Republican challengers in the August Primary:  Tim Dillon, Yarrow Point Township councilman, software engineer & community activist and Ernest Huber,  Law school graduate, retired Navy officer & Ex-Issaquah Regional GOP chair.

DISTRICT 9:

Incumbent Democrat Adam Smith.

Republican Challengers:

Dick Muri – Pierce County Councilman, Ex0Steilacoom Historical School Board Member & retired USAF officer.

Jim Postma – Businessman, software engineer & ’08 Nominee

Of the candidates I listed here for you, here are the Republican Liberty Candidates – the RINO’s  who are more Libertarian than Republican.

Matthew Burke – U.S. CONGRESS – DISRICT 1

John Koster – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 2

Doug Cloud – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 6

Here is a list of candidates who go even further in their Libertarian roots by more-openingly pushing socially liberal causes.  They are sponsored by the Ron Paul Liberty Group.  Some may be seeking office as Libertarians and some as Independents or other parties.

David Hedrick – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 3

Mary Ruth Edwards – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4

Randayll Yearout – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 5

Rex Brocki – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4

RESULTS FROM WASHINGTON PRIMARY AUGUST 17:

U.S. SENATE: INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT SENATOR PATTY MURRAY won one of the “top two” spaces with 665,064 votes – 46.20%.  The other top spot went to Republican Dino Rossi with 480,082 votes – 33.35%.

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL:

DISTRICT 1:

Incumbent Democrat Congressman Jay Inslee was almost removed from office in the Primary:  63,205 – 57%.  It bodes well for possible results in the general election as Mr. Inslee faces Republican James Watkins in the November General Election:  29,725 – 27%.  Our fingers will be collectively crossed.

DISTRICT 2:

Incumbent Democrat Congressman Rick Larsen – 54,909 – 43% will be challenged by Republican John Koster – 52,317 – 41%.

DISTRICT 3:

No incumbent due to the retirement of Congressman Brian Baird.  The “Top Two” winners in the Primary were Democrat Dennis Heck – 44,740 – 32%; and Republican State Representative Jaime Lynn Herrera – 37,.434 – 27%.

DISTRICT 4:

Incumbent Republican Congressman Doc Hastings – 70,044 – 59%; Democrat challenger Jerame V. Clough – 27,059 – 23%.

DISTRICT 5:

Incumbent Republican Congressman Cathy Ann McMorris Rodgers – 80.918 – 62%; Democrat challenger Daryl Romeyn – 16,506 – 13%.

DISTRICT 6:

Incumbent Democrat Congressman Norman Dicks – 64,998 – 58%; Republican challenger Douglas Richard Cloud – 31,910 – 28%.

DISTRICT 7:

Incumbent Congressman James Adelbert McDermott – 75,777 – 79%: challenger who prefers Independent – no party – Bob Jeffers-Schroder – 6,408 – 7%.

DISTRICT 8:

Incumbent Republican Congressman Dave Reichert – 53,666 – 47%; Democrat challenger, Suzan Kay Delbene – 30,499 – 27%.

DISTRICT 9:

Incumbent Democrat Congressman David Adam Smith – 48,848 – 52%; Republican challenger Pierce County Councilmember Richard Walter Muri – 23,443 – 25%.

I do not really understand everything I know about your Primary system, Washington, but I think there are some parts that are absolutely wonderfully simple.  The “Top Two” vote getters regardless of party it seems continue to the General Election.  The candidates are allowed at that point to state their Party of preference.

There were times as I went down the list when only one candidate was indicated as a “Top Two” vote getter, yet the other candidate I found listed for the November General election did in fact have the 2nd highest vote total.  Even without the official designation, I added this candidate’s name and vote counts for you.

I see many areas of concern for Conservative Republicans in the results of your Primary.  For the most part, many times, the Republican turnout was simply not high enough to be the “Top Vote Getter” so if the race is now held between these two, does that mean that the Republican will automatically lose?  I do not think you.  I think it merely means Republicans must seek harder and work harder to secure every available vote for the conservative candidates.

You seriously have much work to do, Washington!

Washington Votes August 17

“It’s all Bush’s fault.”  At least I think we ought to blame it on him.  Washington and Wyoming – yes, the two W’s – will be voting on August 17.

U.S. SENATE:

Incumbent Democratic Senator Patty Murray faces her kick-out selection against four other Democrats in the Primary.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES:

Paul Akers – Businessman and inventor

William Edward Chovil – Businessman and frequent candidate – I could find no political website

Cint Didier – Ex-Pro Football player, farmer and Tea Party Activist

Norma Gruber – Banker – I could find no political website

Michael Latimer – No candidate description given.

Dino Rossi – Ex-State Denator, realtor & ‘04/’08 Governor Nominee.  Does this make him a “career politician?”

U.S. CONGRESS:

DISTRICT 1:

Incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee.

Republican Challengers:

Matthew Burke – Financial planner – The website I have attached to this candidate is his “Dirty Laundry” page.  Why?  Because I respect his facing there bad judgment choices squarely from the front not trying to sweet them out the back door.  Does this mean he is the best candidate for your First Congressional District?  That isn’t for me to say.  I do feel, however, that I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t point out that he hasn’t tried to hide from these errors.  Whether or not you vote for him depends on you.  How he feels about himself is as important.  I respect him for confronting these “skeletons.”

James Watkins – Business development consultant & ex-bank manager

DISTRICT 2:

Incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen faces two Democratic challengers in the Primary.

Republican Challengers:

John Carmack – Businessman, industrial designer & USMC veteran

John Koster – Snohomish County Councilman, Ex-State Representative, business consultant & ’00 Nominee.

DISTRICT 3:

Incumbent Democrat, Brian Baird, is retiring in 2010.  He has two Democrats seeking his replacement.

Republican Challengers:

David Castillo – Ex-Deputy Assistant US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Ex-State Legislative Aide & Navy veteran.

David Hedrick – Accountant, Tea Party Activist & USMC veteran.Jaime Herrera – State Representative & ex-congressional aide

DISTRICT 4:

Incumbent Republican Doc Hastings is challenged by Republican Shane Fast in the Primary.  Mr. Fast is listed as a businessman & Tea Party Activist.

DISTRICT 5:

Incumbent Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers is unchallenged in the Republican Primary.

District 6:

Incumbent Democrat Norm Dicks has no challenger in the Democratic Primary.

Republican Challengers:

Doug Cloud – Attorney, ex-stockbroker & frequent candidate

Jesse Young – Business technology consultant

DISTRICT 7:

Incumbent Democrat Jim McDermott faces only Democrats in the primary.  There is only one Independent registered so far for the November General Election.

DISTRICT 8:

Incumebent Dave Reichert has two Republican challengers in the August Primary:  Tim Dillon, Yarrow Point Township councilman, software engineer & community activist and Ernest Huber, Law school graduate, retired Navy officer & Ex-Issaquah Regional GOP chair.

DISTRICT 9:

Incumbent Democrat Adam Smith.

Republican Challengers:

Dick Muri – Pierce County Councilman, Ex0Steilacoom Historical School Board Member & retired USAF officer.

Jim Postma – Businessman, software engineer & ’08 Nominee

Of the candidates I listed here for you, here are the Republican Liberty Candidates – the RINO’s  who are more Libertarian than Republican.

Matthew Burke – U.S. CONGRESS – DISRICT 1

John Koster – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 2

Doug Cloud – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 6

Here is a list of candidates who go even further in their Libertarian roots by more-openingly pushing socially liberal causes.  They are sponsored by the Ron Paul Liberty Group.  Some may be seeking office as Libertarians and some as Independents or other parties.

David Hedrick – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 3

Mary Ruth Edwards – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4

Randall Yearout – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 5

Rex Brocki – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4

Okay, Washington, it’s all yours.  Light up those ballot boxes.

Posted by: reddiva | August 27, 2010

Playing Catch Up – Alaska

I wrote about Alaska’s Primary just as I would have done if I had not been ill, but I didn’t have time to get it posted.  I just re-read it, and I think some of it is valid enough even after the fact that it will be worth printing just the same.  Following the initial writing, I will post my brief response to the election.  I admit it isn’t my usual thorough job, but I know you’ll look over my shortcomings during this time.  Thank you.

Alaska, Arizona and Florida with Oklahoma (runoff) and Vermont for Good Measure

They all vote on August 24!

There is much to say about Alaska politics, but one of the most important things I want to be sure you know is that Alaska is neither more corrupt nor incorrupt than any other state in the Union – including my own.  It’s just that the Democrats wanted you to think it was by using every tactic they could surmount against Governor Sarah Palin.  Why?  Because they knew she could give the American people the very best class in Politics 101, and they did not want the American people to be knowledgeable about the facts.

Following the resignation of Governor Sarah Palin, the Leadership Position went to then Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell.  Although I haven’t followed Alaska politics as closely lately as I did following the events of the 2008 Presidential Race, I believe Mr. Parnell has done a good job since taking over the Governor’s office.  I hope you will consider giving him his first full four-year term in this election.  Start right – start with the Primary.

Having said that, there are other Republican Candidates you should know a little about.

ALASKA:

REPUBLICANS FOR GOVERNOR:

Sean Parnell – Lieutenant Governor in Palin administration, Constitutionally assumed Governor’s office upon Palin’s resignation.

Jerry Heikes – Drywall contractor, Minister, National Guard veteran, ’06 candidate & ’08 U.S. Senatorial candidate

Mercia Hlatcu – Engineer, photojournalist, ’06 candidate & ’09 Anchorage Mayor candidate

Sam Little – Musician, truck driver and National Guard veteran

Ralph Samuels – Ex-State House Majority Leader and airline executive

Bill Walker – Ex-Valdez Mayor, Ex-Valdez City Councilman & businessman

And just for funzies – have you had a good laugh today?  HOLLIS FRENCH THINKS THE DEMS ARE GOING TO ELECT HIM!  What a joke he is.

REPUBLICANS FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:

Incumbent Craig Campbell – retiring in 2010

Eddie Burke – Ex-Radio Talk Show host, businessman & Ex-State Legislative Aide – (I would ask your vote for Mr. Burke.  I have listened to his talk show several times; I believe him to be a truly conservative candidate who deserves your support.)

Bob Lupo – No campaign web site located – Retired Missile Systems technician, National Guard veteran & ’09 Anchorage Mayor Candidate

Jay Ramras – State Representative & hotel owner (This is for those who like jokes on the Republican Party.)

Mead Treadwell – Ex-US Arctic Research Commission Chair, Ex-Deputy State Environmental Commissioner & businessman

U.S. SENATE:

Incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski

Joe Miller – Attorney, Ex-US Magistrate Judge, Army veteran & ’04 State Representative nominee

(Senator Murkowski was not elected to her first post as Senator – she was HAND-PICKED by her father.  She is NOT a conservative, and Alaska has shown time and again that they are a very conservative State.  I ask your vote for the REAL conservative:  Mr. Joe Miller for U.S. Senate from Alaska.)

Alaska U.S. CONGRESS At-Large:

Incumbent Republican Don Young

Republican Candidates:

John Cox – Financial consultant & Navy veteran

Sheldon Fisher – Telecommunications executive & attorney

Congratulations, Alaska!  No Republican Liberty, socially liberal candidates endorsed for Alaska!  Furthermore, you have no Ron Paul-backed Liberty Candidates – You’re way ahead of the game. Alaska!

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Alaska Primary Winners:

I am sure we are all a little disappointed that we have no out-right winner in the Primary for U.S. Senate between incumbent Lisa Murkowski and Republican Joe Miller.  They are down to the counting of the absentee ballots which will probably take three days or so.  The results as of August 24 are:

Joe Miller – 47,027 – 50.90%

Lisa Murkowski – 45,359 – 49.10%

Hopefully, the absentee ballots total counts will provide clear and concise decisions of the Alaskan voters.

It appears that Congressman Don Young has won the re-nomination of his party with 62,590 votes – 70.40% to Sheldon Fisher’s 20,965 – 23.58%.

Governor Sean Parnell has won the Republican nomination with Mead Treadwell as the Lieutenant Governor’s candidate.  Mr. Parnell:  44,924 – 49.40%.  There may be a runoff between Governor Parnell and Bill Walker: 30,785 – 33.85%.  No Lieutenant Governor’s candidate was listed.  However leading in the next two spots for Lieutenant Governor are

Jay Ramras, 25,445 – 31.14% and Eddie Burke 11,480 – 13.52%.

I think this is an admirable showing for Mr. Burke.  He has stepped up to the plate to be counted, and while he may not have hit a home run, he did hit a triple.

Posted by: reddiva | August 20, 2010

Trying to Make Some Lemonade

We have all heard the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

That is what I am attempting to do now.  I am experiencing some health problems and it is requiring me to be away from my computer more than I would like.  I am not currently able to continue my writing, so until I have resolved my health issues, I shall have to put my attempts at writing to rest.

I hope to be back with you soon sharing all the things that irritate us and try to steal our freedoms.  In the meantime, keep checking back.  I will let you know if I have an update on an expected return date.

Red

Consider this a disclaimer:

I had a hard time locating any facts and figures for some of this information.  I have provided the links where I have taken the information, but I cannot confirm the accuracy of the information.  In fact, I have to admit, I am a little confused by some of the things I have seen today.

Connecticut Primary winners:

U.S. SENATE:

Linda E. McMahon – 58,206 – 49%  has been declared the Republican Nominee (Not as conservative as I would prefer, but work hard at being sure your voice is loud and clear to her.  She’s a millionaire in her own right, so she is accustomed to hearing money speak – you’ll have to be louder.)

Peter David Schiff – 29,956 – 23% (Good job, Connecticut!  Your first step toward being sure a RINO isn’t your Senate seat to replace Chris Dodd following November’s General Election)

Former congressman Rob Simmons – 33,358 – 28% (He was the one who doesn’t seem to want to represent you – remember?)

REPUBLICAN WINNERS:

FOR GOVERNOR:

Tom Foley – 49,493 – 42%

Michael Fedele – 45,637 – 39%

Oz Briebel – 21,753 – 19%

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:

Danbury Mayor Mark Broughton (running as Governor Candidate Fedele’s running mate.  I do not think there is much effect on that matter.) – 56,300 – 52%

Lisa Wilson-Foley – 51,197 – 48%

U.S. CONGRESS:

District 1:

Ann Brickey – 10,865 – 60%

Mark Zydanowicz – 7,271 – 40%

District 2:

Janet Peckinpaugh – 11,284 – 43%

Daria Irene Novak – 9,846 – 38%

Doug Dublitsky – 5,087 – 19%

District 3:

Incumbent Congressman Rosa DeLauro is to be challenged in November by Republican challenger, Jerry Labriola, Jr.  Both were uncontested in the Primary.

District 4:

State Senator Dan Debicella – 15,906 – 60%

Rob Merkle – 6,393 – 24%

Enrique Raul “Rick” Torres – 4,053 – 15% (Proud of you, Connecticut!  Another Ron Paul-backed Libertarian America doesn’t need.)

District 5:

State Senator Sam Caligiuri – 11,200 – 40%

Justin Bernier – 9.011 – 32%

Mark Daniel Greenberg – 7,974 – 28%

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COLORADO:

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WINNERS FOR GOVERNOR:

Dan Maes – 196,560 – 50.6%

Scott McInnis – 191,209 – 49.3%

U.S. Senate:

Unfortunately, the incumbent Democrat/Unity Party Michael Bennet – 183,521 – 54.2%

His Democratic opponent was Andrew Romanoff – 155,016 – 45.7%

Republican Candidates:

Ken Buck – 209,967 – 51.5%

Jane Bergman Norton – 197,143 – 48.4%

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WINNERS FOR U.S. CONGRESS:

District 1:

Republican Candidates:

Steven Barton – 0 votes

Mike Fallon – 13,639 – 100%

District 2:

Stephen Bailey – 23,346 – 69.3%

Bob Brancato – 10,305 – 30.6%

District 3:

Scott Tipton – 39,491 – 55.7%

Bob McConnell – 31,360 – 44.2%

District 4: unopposed in the Primary.

District 5:  unopposed in the Primary.

District 6:  unopposed in the Primary.

District 7:

Ryan Frazier – 26,693 – 64.3%

Lang Sias – 14,792 – 35.6%

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GEORGIA

Governor – Republican

Former Secretary of State Karen C. Handel (34% in the 20 July primary) – 288,091 – 49.8%

Former Congressman Nathan Deal (24% in the 20 July primary) – 290.580 – 50.2%

(In my opinion, which is worth exactly that much, Ms. Handel is the less conservative of the two on the stance of abortion, so I will congratulate you, Georgia, on perhaps electing your new Governor during the Republican Primary runoff.)

U.S. House CD 7 – Republican

Rob Woodall (36% in the 20 July primary) – 39,973 – 56.0%

Jody B. Hice (27% in the 20 July primary) – 31,413 – 55.08%

U.S. House CD 9 – Republican

Congressman John Thomas “Tom” Graves, Jr. (Incumbent) (49% in the 20 July primary) – 41,869 – 55.2%

State Senator B. Lee “Lee” Hawkins (27% in the 20 July primary) – 33,961 – 44.8%

U.S. House CD 12 – Republican

Raymond Louis “Ray” McKinney, Sr. (43% in the 20 July primary) – 14,246 – 62.1%

Lawton Carlos “L. Carl” Smith, Jr. (28% in the 20 July primary) – 8,711 – 37.9%

U.S. House CD 13 – Republican

Michael Robert “Mike” Crane (30% in the 20 July primary) – 15,277 – 67.5%

Deborah Travis Honeycutt (26% in the 20 July primary) – 7,345 – 32.5%

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MINNESOTA Primary

The webpage for the Secretary of State for Minnesota gives these unofficial results:

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:

Tom Emmer and Annette T. Meeks:  103,817 – 82.45%

Bob Carney Jr. and William McGaughey – 9,534 – 7.57%

Leslie Davis and Gregory K. Soderberg – 8,291 – 6.58%

Ole’Savior and Todd “Elvis” Anderson – 4,275 – 3.40%

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR U.S. CONGRESS:

DISTRICT 1: unopposed in the Primary

DISTRICT 2:

Incumbent Republican John 16,090 – 100%

DISTRICT 3: unopposed in the Primary

DISTRICT 4:

Teresa Collett – 6,807 – 67.34%

Jack Shepard – 3,301 – 32.66%

DISTRICT 5:

Joel Demos – 4,975 100.00%

DISTRICT 6:

Michele Bachmann – 15,440 – 100.00%

DISTRICT 7:

Lee Byberg – 10,910 – 61.00%

Alan Roebke – 6,975 – 39.00%

DISTRICT 8:

Chip Cravaack – 25,990 – 100.00%

Many of you may be aware that I am undergoing some medical treatments right now.  If my posting is not as updated as quickly as normal, please just look over it for now.  I’ll be back full speed very soon.

In the meantime, here are the results of the August 5 Tennessee Primary Election for your perusal.

Governor: With the term-limited Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen’s vacated seat, the November General Election Ballot will reflect the Democratic candidate, Mike McWherter hopefully falling to the Republican Primary Winner Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and several so-called “Independent” candidates.

U.S. CONGRESS:

District 1:

Incumbent Republican Phil Roe won his party re-nomination to face Democrat Mike Clark and an Independent candidate.

District 2:

Incumbent Republican John Duncan, Jr. will be matched against the Democratic Party candidate, Dave Hancock and several Independents.

District 3:

Incumbent Republican Zach Wamp lost his Primary bid for Governor and will apparently sit out the November General Election.

The Democratic Primary winner John Wolfe, Jr. is pitted against the Republican Primary Winner Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann and several Independent candidates for the District 3 seat.

District 4:

Incumbent Democrat Lincoln Edward Davis won re-nomination in the August 5 Primary for the right to face the Republican Primary Winner, Scott Eugene DesJarlais in November along with several Independent candidates.

District 5:

Incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper sought and won re-nomination and the ballot position against Republican Primary Winner David Hall and nine Independent candidates representing the Green Party, Libertarian Party and others.

District 6:

Incumbent Democratic Party Congressman Bart Gordon has retired leaving the District 6 seat vacant for the Democratic Primary Winner Brett Ryan Carter seeking to defeat the Republican Primary Winner State Senator Diane Lynn black and some Independent candidates.

District 7:

Incumbent Republican Marsha Blackburn won re-nomination to face off against Democrat Greg Robert Rabidoux and Independent Bill Stone.

District 8:

Incumbent Democrat John Tanner retired at the end of 2009 leaving the vacancy to be filled by State Senator Roy Brasfield Herron (D) or Stephen Lee “Steve” Fincher (R) and two other Independent challengers.

District 9:

Incumbent Democrat Steve Cohen sought and won his re-nomination against the sole Democrat candidate in the Primary former Memphis Mayor Willie Wilbert Herenton.  Mr. Cohen will be placed on the ballot in November against Republican Charlotte Bergmann and two Independent candidates.

REPUBLICAN VOTE TOTALS:

GOVERNOR:

Bill Haslam – 341,229

Zach Wamp – 210,332

Ron Ramsey – 158,960

Joe Kirkpatrick – 6,775

Basil Marceaux, Sr. – 3,508

U.S. CONGRESS VOTE TOTALS:

DISTRICT 1:

David Philip Roe – 76,540

Mahmood (Michael) Sabri – 3,449

DISTRICT 2:

John J. Duncan, Jr. – 91,567

DISTRICT 3:

Chuck Fleischmann – 26,860

Robin Smith – 24,451

Tim Gobble – 14,271

Van Irion – 10,483

Tommy Crangle – 5,149

Art Rhodes – 4,551

Jean Howard-Hill – 1,301

Rick Kemea – 739

Basil Marceaux – 655

Harvey Howard – 628

Grover Travilliam – 440

DISTRICT 4:

Scott DesJarlais – 27,810

Jack Bailey – 20,420

Kent Greenough – 11,411

Ronald L. Harwell – 9,236

Donald “Don” Strong – 5,992

DISTRICT 5:

David Hall – 11,930

Jeffery Alan Hartline – 10,005

CeCe Heil – 9,767

Vijay Kumar – 3,157

Bob Schwartz – 2,377

Lonnie Spivak – 1,529

Jarod D. Scott  1,382

Patrick Miranda – 1,210

Tracy C. Tarum – 1,128

Bob Ries – 561

Alvin M. Strauss – 320

DISTRICT 6:

Diane Black – 24,373

Lou Ann Zelenik – 24,089

Jim Tracy – 23,808

Dave Evans – 3,974

Kerry E. Roberts 2,481

Bruce McLellan – 694

Gary Dewitt Mann – 465

DISTRICT 7:

Marsha Blackburn – 115,512

DISTRICT 8:

Stephen Lee Fincher – 35,016

Ron Kirkland – 17,635

George Flinn – 17,309

Randy Smith – 1,546

Ben Watts – 719

DISTRICT 9:

Charlotte Bergmann – 13,285

Jim Harrell – 7,163

Kevin Millen – 1,199

DEMOCRATIC VOTE TOTALS:

GOVERNOR:

Mike McWherter – 284,200

U.S. CONGRESS VOTE TOTALS

DISTRICT 1:

Michael Edward Clark – 8,922

DISTRICT 2:

Dave Hancock – 9,738

DISTRICT 3:

John Wolfe – 7,005

Brenda Freeman Short – 4,526

Brent Davis Staton – 3,814

Alicia Mitchell – 2,646

DISTRICT 4:

Lincoln Davis – 41,256

DISTRICT 5:

Jim Cooper – 28,655

Eric Pearson – 2,212

Eric Schechter – 1,212

DISTRICT 6:

Brett Carter – 9,429

Ben Leming – 9,207

Henry Clay Barry – 8,914

Devora E. Butler – 2,777

George T. Erdel – 817

DISTRICT 7:

Greg Rabidoux – 23,087

DISTRICT 8:

Roy Herron – 27,132

Kimberlee E. Smith – 12,965

DISTRICT 9:

Steve Cohen – 63,343

Willie W. Herenton – 17,128

Posted by: reddiva | August 1, 2010

Oklahoma Primary Elections Results From 27 July

I have had a rather interesting week, and I suppose you have as well.  Let me try to catch us all up on your Primary Election Results.

Governor:

Incumbent – Democrat Governor Brad Henry – unable to run for re-election due to term-limits.  Your incumbent Lieutenant Governor, Jari Askins, defeated your Attorney General, Drew Edmondson, in the Primary on 27July.  Ms. Askins will face Congressman Mary C. Fallin who won the Republican Primary over State Senator Randy Brogdon, Robert Hubbard, and Roger Jackson.

The vote totals looked this way:

Democratic Candidates in the Primary:

Jari Askins – 143,591 votes – 50.28% of the vote defeated her opponent Drew Edmondson with 131,097 votes – 49.72% of the vote.

Republican Candidates in the Primary:

Mary Fallin – 136,477 votes – 54.79% of the vote

Randy Brogdon – 98,170 votes – 39.41% of the vote

Robert Hubbard – 8,132 votes – 3.26% of the vote

Roger L. Jackson – 6,290 votes – 2.53% of the vote

I think there may be a trend toward electing women candidates for the sole reason that they are women, and folks, I think that would be wrong.  I hope we are electing women because they are the best qualified for the job – not because they traditionally wear dresses instead of suits.

Lieutenant Governor:

Incumbent Democrat Jari Askins left the seat vacant to run for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Democratic State Senator Jim Corn was unopposed in the Primary.

The Republican Primary looked like this:

Todd Lamb – 156,834 votes – 66.84% of the vote

John A. Wright – 41,177 votes – 17.55% of the vote

Paul F. Nosak – 13,941 votes – 5.94% of the vote

Bill Crozier – 12,177 votes – 5.19% of the vote

Bernie Adler – 10,515 votes – 4.48% of the vote

U.S. Senator:

Incumbent Republican Tom Coburn accruing 223,997 votes (90.36% of the vote) overwhelmingly defeated his challengers, Evelyn Rogers with 15,093 votes (6.09% of the vote) and Lewis Kelly Spring garnering 8.812 votes (3.55% of the vote).

The November General Election will see Congressman Coburn facing the Democratic Primary winner, Jim Rogers with 157,955 votes – 65.36% of the vote over opponent Mark Myles with 83,715 votes – 34.64% of the vote.

U.S. CONGRESS:

District 1:

Incumbent Republican John Sullivan achieved re-nomination with 38,673 votes – 62.07% of the vote.

His Republican challengers collected:

Kenneth Rice – 10,394 votes – 16.68% of the vote

Nathan Dahm – 8.971 votes – 14.24% of the vote

Patrick K. Haworth – 1,737 votes – 2.79% of the vote

Craig Allen – 1,421 votes – 2.28% of the vote

Fran Moghaddam – 1,213 votes – 1.95% of the vote

Congressman Sullivan will face Libertarian Party Chair Angelia O’Dell running as an Independent/Libertarian in the November General Election.

District 2:

Incumbent Democrat Dan Boren with 66,439 votes (75.55%) defeated his Democratic Primary challenger, Jim Wilson with 21,496 (24.45%).

The Republicans voted in this way:

Charles Thompson – 8,161 votes – 33.56% of the vote – proceeds to August 24 runoff

Daniel Edmonds – 6,886 votes – 28.32% of the vote – proceeds to August 24 runoff

Daniel Arnett – 3,863 votes – 15.89% of the vote

Howard Houchen – 2,785 votes – 11.45% of the vote

Chester Clem Falling – 1,527 votes – 6.28% of the vote

Raymond Wickson – 1,095 votes – 4.50% of the vote

District 3:

Incumbent Republican Frank Lucas (Campaign Site) will face Democratic challenger Frankie Robbins, a Civil Engineer, retired Federal Employee and ’08 nominee, in the November General Election.  Both candidates were unopposed in the July 27 Primary Eleciton.

District 4:

Incumbent Republican Tom Cole with 32,589 votes (77.26%) defeated Primary Republican opponent R.J. Harris with 9,593 votes (22.74%).  Congressman Cole will be unopposed in the November General Election.

District 5:

Incumbent Republican Mary Fallin – candidate for Governor

Republican Candidates:

James Lankford – 18,760 – 33.58% of the vote – proceeds to August 24 Runoff

Kevin Calvey – 18,147 – 32.48% of the vote – proceeds to August 24 Runoff

Mike Thompson – 10,008 – 17.91% of the vote

Shane Jett – 5,956 – 10.66% of the vote

Johnny B. Roy – 1,548 – 2.77% of the vote

Rick Flanigan – 762 – 1.36% of the vote

Harry Johnson – 686 – 1.23% of the vote

Your vote is your own business.  I have no right, and I would never propose that I should, to tell you how to cast your vote.  I will provide the following information which I hope you will find helpful.

I write, read and research many political candidates.  I have read the platforms available on the websites for all three major political parties including the Libertarian Party and the Republican Liberty Caucus as well as the activist Green Party.  I have also researched some of the smaller national political parties such as the Constitution Party and others.

The more I read, the more convinced I become that the Conservative Party USA is the only truly Conservative political entity in the United States although the Republican Party platform is indeed strongly Conservative.  The fact is the Republicans have in many instances deserted the party planks in favor of electability.  That is wrong.  It is a disservice to the American voter.

This is a list of the candidates in your state who are endorsed by the socially liberal organizations related to the Libertarian Party.  You should very carefully consider the entire party platform before voting for one of these candidates. They are listed as Republicans, but they are not acting as Republicans standing on the Republican Party platform.

Endorsements by the Liberty Candidates organization for Oklahoma:

Randy Brogdon – candidate for Governor

Nathan Dahm – candidate for U.S. Congress District 1

Howard Houchen – candidate for U.S. Congress District 2

R.J. Harris – candidate for U.S. Congress District 4

Endorsements by the Republican Liberty Caucus organization for Oklahoma:

Randy Brogdon – candidate for Governor

Nathan Dahm – candidate for U.S. Congress District 1

Kenneth Rice – candidate for U.S. Congress District 1

Howard Houchen – candidate for U.S. Congress District 2

R.J. Harris – candidate for U.S. Congress District 4

Check back on this page for the results of the August 24 Runoff elections.  Until then, please get out there and go to work for the candidate of your Conservative choice!  We must elect good, solid Conservatives to get rid of the Socialistic/Marxist movement in our Federal Government.

Posted by: reddiva | July 24, 2010

Now What, Charlie?

How do you define the term “career politician?”  How about this definition: “Charlie Rangel.”  He states, as though it is something for the citizens of New York’s 15th Congressional District to be proud, that his “constituents of 40 years” will continue to support him.

I previously wrote about his money problems.  It amazes me every time I think that this is the same man who was in charge of the tax code in the United States.

I am also amazed that the Ethics Committee found him guilty of any violations at all much less all of the charges which have been well-documented.  I am certain he is convinced that nothing further will come of the decisions of the Ethics Committee.  People like Charlie Rangle just have such a high opinion of themselves that they think they are above the law – even the law of the body to which he belongs.

Since July 22 when the decision was announced there have been articles written from differing vantage points of the problems Mr. Rangel is now facing.

The first one tries to make the point that this could be detrimental to the Democrats as November nears.

Charles Rangel charged with ethics violations: How bad for Democrats?

Members of a House panel on Thursday charged Rep. Charles Rangel (D) of New York with violating a list of House ethics rules.

The subject of an 18-month investigation, Representative Rangel – a 40-year member of Congress and the House’s fourth most-senior member – now faces a House trial in which eight members (four Democrats and four Republicans) will rule on the findings.

The four-member panel of the House ethics committee did not lay out the alleged violations in detail. But they are reported to include at least some of the most serious.

The allegations range from misuse of rent-controlled apartments in New York City and failure to disclose income from a villa in the Dominican Republic to reports that he exchanged official favors – a tax loophole for oil driller Nabors Industries Ltd. – in exchange for a $1 million gift to the Charles Rangel Center at City College of New York.

Last year, Republicans failed to force Rangel to step down as chairman of the influential tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. But when the House ethics panel reported that Rangel had violated House gift rules by accepting corporate funding for trips to the Caribbean, he relinquished his committee chairmanship in March.

At the time, Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), an ethics watchdog in Washington, told the Monitor that “trips to the Caribbean are the least of his problems.”

“As we get deeper into election season, support is eroding for Rangel, because members know that ethics matters with voters,” she said.

With the latest turn in Rangel’s fight to avoid further political damage, Ms. Sloan’s organization called for the congressman’s resignation from the House.

“Today’s action demonstrates that the notoriously lax Ethics Committee has found substantial reason to believe that Representative Rangel has violated federal law, House rules, or both,” Sloan said in a statement. “Now the question is whether Representative Rangel will resign or endure a public trial that promises to be filled with detailed and undoubtedly embarrassing revelations of wrongdoing. Representative Rangel has toughed it out as long as he could, the time clearly has come for him to resign. He can no longer effectively represent the citizens of New York.”

Still, Rangel’s political and perhaps legal troubles are bad news for majority Democrats working to lose as few seats as possible in the November election. Rangel has long been a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) of California.

Last year, another ethics watchdog group, the Sunlight Foundation, examined Rangel’s financial record going back to 1978, the first year House members were required to detail their personal finances. The group “found 28 instances in which he failed to report acquiring, owning, or disposing of assets.”

“Assets worth between $239,026 and $831,000 appear or disappear with no disclosure of when they were acquired, how long they were held, or when they were sold, as the operative House rules at the time required,” the Sunlight Foundation reported.

Over the years, both parties have suffered political embarrassment – and each has lost its House majority – because of corruption scandals.

The last such case in which a member was expelled from Congress involved Rep. James Traficant (D) of Ohio. Mr. Traficant, who was charged with taking bribes and filing false tax returns, served a seven-year sentence. In a bid to return to Congress this year, Traficant failed to get enough valid petition signatures to get on this fall’s ballot.

Rangel recently announced a bid for a 21st term. One of his Sept. 14 primary opponents is Adam Clayton Powell IV, son of the former congressman – himself the focus of political scandal – whom Rangel defeated in 1970.

The interesting thing here is that Melanie Sloan and CREW, the same organization responsible for the complaint filed with the RNC about Sarah Palin and her “shopping spree” that she knew nothing about.  CREW is a George Soros entity heavily involved in anything and everything that they can find to make a Republican look bad in the eyes of the public.  For this reason alone, I am more than merely surprised that Sloan is the one who thinks it is time for Mr. Rangel to resign.

It’s all about saving face for the Democrats.  What they don’t know is, it is way too late for their face to be saved.  November elections will find many of them sitting on the outside looking in – exactly where they belong!  Charlie Rangel is on his way out!

Stay tuned for more on Rangel’s dodging tactics.

Posted by: reddiva | July 21, 2010

Georgia Election Results – Primary June 20, 2010

My apologies for being so long getting this information to you.  I’ll try to do better, but until they get a handle on a few nagging little medical problems, I may be a day late and a dollar short for a few weeks.

Georgia had their Primary Election on June 20.  Let’s take a quick look at the results as posted on the Georgia Secretary of State webpage.

U.S. SENATOR:

Not surprisingly, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, the incumbent Republican won his primary.  Does it matter that he was unopposed?  He received 100% of the votes for a total of 557,634 votes.  As a result, November’s General Election will be contended between Senator Isakson and Democrat Mike Thurmond.  Mr. Thurmond received 296,551 (84.4%) over his opponent R.J. Hadley with 54,997 (15.6%) votes.

Republican Candidates for Governor:

Karen Handel   231,713 (34.1%) – August 10, runoff

Nathan Deal   155,795 (22.9%) – August 10, runoff

Eric Johnson   136,652 (20.1%)

John W. Oxendine   115,253 (17.0%)

Jeff Chapman   20,594 (3.0%)

Ray McBerry   17,149 (2.5%)

Otis Putnam   2,542 (0.4%)

Democratic candidate and former Governor Roy E. Barnes garnered 258,873 votes or 65.6% and will face the Republican runoff winner in November.

Other Democratic Candidates for Governor:

Thurbert Baker   85,355 (21.6%)

David Poythress   21,762 (5.5%)

DuBose Porter   17,752 (4.5%)

Carl Camon   4,163 (1.1%)

Bill Bolton   3,566 (0.9%)

Randal Mangham   3,114 (0.8%)

Republican incumbent Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle 524,660 (100.0%) will face Democrat Carol Porter in November.  Ms. Porter received 227,740 (69.7%) to win over Tricia Carpenter McCracken with 99,098 (30.3%) of the votes cast.

U.S. CONGRESS:

District 1:
Republican incumbent, Jack Kingston (R) was unopposed in the Primary and will face Democrat Oscar Harris, a retired farmer, in November.

District 2 Results:

Republicans:

Mike Keown   23,936 (80.8%)

Rick Allen   3,285 (11.1%)

Lee Ferrell   2,395 (8.1%)

Democrat:

Sanford Bishop  31,202 (100.0%)

District 3: (both parties unopposed in the Primary)

Republican Lynn Westmoreland 63,714 (100.0%)

Democrat Frank Saunders 18,642 (100.0%)

District 4 Results:

Republican Candidates:

Lisbeth “Liz” Carter   9,528 (54.8%)

Larry Gause   4,439 (25.5%)

Victor Armendariz   1,734 (10.0%)

Cory Ruth   1,694 (9.7%)

Democratic Candidates:

Hank Johnson, Jr.   27,958 (55.3%)

Vernon Jones   13,295 (26.3%)

Connie Stokes   9,340 (18.5%)

District 5 Results:

Republican Candidates:

Fenn Little   8,729 (59.6%)

Kelly Nguyen   5,921 (40.4%)

Democratic candidate (unopposed in the Primary) John Lewis 44,262 (100.0%)

District 6:

Tom Price was unopposed in the Primary 69,963 (100.0%) and has no Democratic opponent for November.

District 7 Results:

Republican Candidates:

Rob Woodall   27,626 (36.3%) – August 10, runoff

Jody Hice   20,018 (26.3%) – August 10, runoff

Clay Cox   15,234 (20.0%)

Jef Fincher   4,606 (6.1%)

Tom Kirby   3,048 (4.0%)

Chuck Efstration   2,832 (3.7%)

Tom Parrott   1,646 (2.2%)

Ronnie Grist   1,083 (1.4%)

The Democratic candidate was unopposed: Doug Heckman 15,103 (100.0%)

District 8 Results:

Republican Candidates:

Austin Scott   22,180 (52.4%)

Ken DeLoach   13,216 (31.2%)

Diane Vann   6,953 (16.4%)

The Democratic candidate was unopposed: Jim Marshall 28,796 (100.0%)

District 9 Results:

Republican Candidates:

Tom Graves   38,823 (49.5%) – August 10, runoff

Lee Hawkins   20,947 (26.7%) – August 10, runoff

Steve Tarvin   11,522 (14.7%)

Chris Cates   5,047 (6.4%)

Bobby Reese   1,362 (1.7%)

Bert Loftman   782 (1.0%)

There were no Democratic Candidates in the Primary.

District 10:

With both parties unopposed, Republican Paul Broun took 56,606 (100.0%) to Russell Edwards’ 17,062 (100.0%).

District 11:

Unopposed, Phil Gingrey, the Republican received 58,384 votes (100.0%).  There was no Democratic Candidate.

District 12 Results:

Raymond Mckinney   11,700 (42.6%) – August 10, runoff

Carl Smith   7,672 (27.9%) – August 10, runoff

Jeanne Seaver   5,037 (18.3%)

Michael Horner   3,049 (11.1%)

Democratic Candidates:

John Barrow  19,483 (57.9%)

Regina Thomas  14,183 (42.1%)

District 13 Results:

Republican Candidates:

Mike Crane   7,230 (29.4%) – August 10, runoff

Deborah Honeycutt   6,532 (26.6%) – August 10, runoff

“Chip” Flanegan   4,137 (16.8%)

Dave Orr   3,112 (12.7%)

Hank R Dudek   2,322 (9.4%)

Rupert G. Parchment   1,256 (5.1%)

Democratic Candidates:

David Scott   34,335 (76.1%)

Mike Murphy   7,543 (16.7%)

Michael Frisbee   3,225 (7.2%)

If your candidate and/or District is to be part of the August 10 runoff, be sure to vote for him or her.  Otherwise you will have no voice in the nomination process.

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