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Alison Lundergan Grimes trails Mitch McConnell
by just 4 points
PPP's second Kentucky poll of the cycle paints a very similar picture to their first: Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in weak shape for reelection. McConnell sports a 36-54 job approval rating, virtually unchanged from his 37-55 score in December. He's also slipped a bit against his most talked-about potential opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, whom he now leads by just a 45-41 margin, down from 47-40 at the end of last year. And notably, that's despite Grimes remaining mostly unknown and with her negatives inching up a bit, from 29-15 to 28-22.

PPP also pitted McConnell against ex-Rep. Ben Chandler, who narrowly lost reelection to the House last year. The results are similar to Grimes', with McConnell ahead 46-41. However, Chandler said shortly after his defeat that he wouldn't run for Senate next year, though I suppose minds can always change. But just as notably, McConnell only manages a 46-35 lead over Some Dude Ed Marksberry (the only declared candidate so far), showing that he can't crack 46 percent no matter whom he faces.

(By the way, if you're wondering about Ashley Judd, the actress's favorability numbers took a real hit over the past few months, dropping from 42-36 to 34-41 after continuous GOP attacks and criticism from some local Democrats. However, Chandler also earns negative favorables of 25-34, so I suspect Judd wouldn't have performed too differently had PPP tested her against McConnell. But since she's not going to run, it's all moot.)

Yet despite these very soft numbers, McConnell is still favored for reelection. That 46 mark is not a hard ceiling. Rather, we're still a long way off from election day, and if nothing else changes, there are a bunch of voters out there who will ultimately hold their noses and pull the lever for McConnell. That's just a reality in a red state, where undecideds are simply going to lean to the right. But of course, this is why they play the games. Things can change, and while it won't be easy, a relentless, high-energy campaign that makes the race all about McConnell could keep those undecided voters at home or even convince them to switch their allegiances.

It's a high-risk, high-reward play, though, particularly since McConnell's warchest is very intimidating. He just announced that he raised another $1.8 million in the first quarter of the year, bringing his warchest to a massive $8.6 million. But it's not like this is news, since McConnell was always going to be exceptionally well-funded. The question is whether Grimes wants to take this gamble. Given the head start McConnell has, I'd want to ante up sooner rather than later.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Here's crossing my fingers. (17+ / 0-)

    Mitch McConnell is a serious drain, on every level, to anything positive or constructive in Washington. He needs to go.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:39:54 AM PDT

  •  ANyone else? Pittino want to run? (1+ / 0-)
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    Jerry Abramson? Anyone?

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:54:50 AM PDT

  •  We have to challenge Mitch. (10+ / 0-)

    I am certain individual donors like myself will be more than happy to contribute directly to the Democratic challenger with the kinds of polling numbers that McConnell has been showing.

    Mitch is the past.  Allison Grimes is the future.  That type of campaign worked for Bill Clinton in Kentucky when he beat George Bush I, and George Bush I is nowhere near as unlikeable as Mitch.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:56:33 AM PDT

  •  McConnell's approval rating is 9 points lower (1+ / 0-)
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    than the percentage of people who say they will vote for him. WTF is wrong with the 9% who want to vote for an asshole that they don't approve of?

    The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

    by shoeless on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:57:41 AM PDT

    •  Self-described "Very conservative" (7+ / 0-)

      people who are just pissy towards politicians and the establishment of their party in general, but aren't about to let a Democrat get elected.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

      by ArkDem14 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:21:25 AM PDT

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    •  ok (0+ / 0-)

      There are probably a fair number of voters who see him as the lesser of two evils, and disapprove of the Dem even more than they disapprove of him.

      We didn't ask what was wrong with the thousands of Nevada voters who disapproved of Harry Reid but still voted for him because the alternative was Sharron Angle.

      SSP poster. 43, new CA-6, -0.25/-3.90

      by sacman701 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 03:40:37 PM PDT

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  •  Weak Numbers, True. (4+ / 0-)
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     I'm kind of surprised McConnell can have a 36% approval rating and still take 46% of the vote against anyone. Grimes will have to beat McConnell, and it may take a slightly Democratic-leaning year. But I don't think it would require a wave.

    http://www.snappac.org/ Students for a New American Politics!

    by redrelic17 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:01:03 AM PDT

  •  old Mc. was going to use mental health issues (4+ / 0-)
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    against Judd.  Lets hope that sane folks in KY will have some morals!

    http://www.motherjones.com/...

  •  Is it me, or did anyone else see "warchest" ... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... and ponder, "What does 'warch' mean, and what does it mean to be 'the most warch'?"

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:09:54 AM PDT

  •  read the mojo transcript (1+ / 0-)
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    And Sen. McC is preparing his "whack-a-mole" mallet against candidate Grimes. Shes...shes...a.. DEMOCRAT! And she supported the national Democratic presidential candidate in 2012!  Regardless of which Democratic candidate runs against Sen. McC, anticipate the ole "Nancy Pelosi..Obamacare...LIBERAL" tags.

    Hope Ms. Judd remains engaged on issues when time allows. She brings a lot of energy and effort.  

  •  Is she another Blue Dog? (1+ / 0-)
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    Considering the national party leaders ran Ashley Judd out of the race, I'm guessing she is.

    Have any Dems in these states considered the benefits of actually selling Dem policies to their voters instead of aping the GOP?

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:24:50 AM PDT

    •  NO!!!! (4+ / 0-)
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      Jesus this blue dog crap has to stop.

      SSP alumni, 27, Male, Democrat, TX-22 ('10); TX-14 ('12)

      by trowaman on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:33:29 AM PDT

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      •  Help us out, then (0+ / 0-)

        Tell us how a young politician with little experience is going to take millions from corporate donors and not turn into a Blue Dog?

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:38:15 AM PDT

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        •  two points (11+ / 0-)

          1) She ain't a blue dog, she's a populist

          2) As a southerner from conservative areas trying to get any dem elected we can, we deserve the right to nominate people who try and represent their district as a whole, and sometimes it's a tad more moderate than any of us like.

          Purge blue dogs out of YOUR part of the country.

          SSP alumni, 27, Male, Democrat, TX-22 ('10); TX-14 ('12)

          by trowaman on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:41:16 AM PDT

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          •  That's where selling the Dem agenda is critical (0+ / 0-)

            Kentucky is conservative because the GOP has done a good job selling the majority of voters on their agenda.

            Their agenda isn't working anymore for people in Kentucky.

            Kentucky needs candidates who can sell the voters on a Dem agenda.  If you can't sell voters on what your party stands for, you shouldn't be running.

            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

            by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:49:30 AM PDT

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            •  Kentucky is conservative because (7+ / 0-)

              the people there are conservative.  The changing fortunes of parties in different states that aren't undergoing dramatic demographic change has more to do with the changing of the party's ideology than the states.  Democrats were more competitive (in fact dominant) in the South when Democrats running in those states were more conservative.  Republicans in the Northwest and Northeast were more competitive when the candidates they ran were liberals.  The states in the Northwest and Northeast were always liberal, the states in the South were always conservative.  What has changed has been the ideological persuasion of the party & its candidates, not the state.

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:27:50 PM PDT

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              •  It's not much different than Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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                and we have a progressive Dem senator who knows how to talk to voters in rural areas.

                It's a myth to assume red states have always been steeped in Rush Limbaugh style attitudes.    If you study some political history, especially races in the Depression and post-Depression area, you would be very surprised at the political beliefs of people in rural areas.

                Someone has been doing diaries on the topic here, really good stuff - analyzing issues and candidates by county and Congressional district in national races back in the 30's, 40's and early 50's.  Interesting stuff.

                I'll see if I can find a link for the diaries for you.

                It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:41:18 PM PDT

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                •  Ohio is not a red state (3+ / 0-)
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                  and rural areas in different places are, well, different.  Some are Democratic, some are Republican, some are swingy.  The people and circumstances are different.  Just because something works well in some parts of rural Ohio doesn't even mean they'll work in other parts of Ohio, much less other parts of the country.

                  ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                  by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:48:42 PM PDT

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                  •  Yeah, it is (0+ / 0-)

                    Perhaps not as red as KY, but still pretty red.

                    You have to sell your party's ideas if you want to change minds.  Nothing is permanent.

                    Enjoy the diary and link below.  

                    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                    by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:50:39 PM PDT

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                    •  a black guy with a funny name won it twice (2+ / 0-)
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                      it may not be a blue state, but its certainly not a red state.

                      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                      by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:56:53 PM PDT

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                      •  Focus on issues (0+ / 0-)

                        Kentuckians have voted for Dem issues in the past, they can again.

                        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                        by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:02:37 PM PDT

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                        •  Example (1+ / 0-)
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                          Sherrod Brown focuses on jobs, Social Security & Medicare - very popular issues even with wide swathes of  conservatives, especially during a bad economy.

                          You don't need to run to the right on those issues - the Republicans already have a record of failure (if Obama isn't careful, we'll be joining the GOP in the dog house on those issues).

                          It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                          by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:10:01 PM PDT

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                          •  well now you're not even responding to me. (2+ / 0-)
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                            I agree that we don't need to run people who are right wing on economics in Kentucky.  

                            ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                            by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:11:26 PM PDT

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                          •  Then you don't need to run a Blue Dog (0+ / 0-)

                            who has to rely on money from corporations who are bad for jobs and bad for SS & Medicare.

                            Ashley Judd would have been just fine, and she wouldn't have needed to rely on corporate cash to run her campaign.  There's nothing the GOP could have said about her that was worse than what was said about Sen. Barack Obama, yet we backed him when he ran.  

                            Why is there a different standard when it comes to Dem women candidates?  Why do Dems only support women candidates if they're quiet, obedient and don't advocate strongly for issues?  Dems used to support bright, outspoken women candidates who ran for and won elections.  Now they seem to only support cookie cutter types who will do as they're told.  

                            The days of great Dem women leaders like Pat Schroeder and Bella Abzug are over.

                            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                            by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:29:10 PM PDT

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                          •  its not different because Judd was a woman (2+ / 0-)
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                            we backed Obama, but Obama lost Kentucky with only 41% in 2008, and did worse in 2012.  Running a candidate like Obama is a non-starter.  They could not even make it competitive.  As the polling shown here demonstrates, once McConnell's allies started hammering Judd's beliefs, her numbers tanked.

                            And there's plenty to distinguish KY Dems from Republicans on besides economic issues.

                            ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                            by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:10:42 PM PDT

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                          •  You have to do the ground work (0+ / 0-)

                            You have to sell Dem values and candidates 24/7, every year to rebuild support.   Charismatic candidates every 8 years or so doesn't get the job done.

                            That's why Howard Dean's 50 state strategy was so brilliant.  Unfortunately, it was anathema to the corporate donors and their quisling Dems.

                            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                            by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:28:23 PM PDT

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                          •  What the hell are you talking about? (2+ / 0-)
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                            Many of us backed candidates like Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren, as far as I can tell, neither of them have ever been accused of being wallflowers or not staking out their positions. What you're basically saying is that we would have had no problem whatsoever if instead of Ashley Judd who was considering a run it was George Clooney instead.

                            Throwing around sexism as a reason why many of us didn't support Judd in Kentucky is insulting when you have no evidence to back it up other than we didn't support Judd, and she happens to be a progressive woman (like I said before, I'm absolutely happy with progressive women, we need more of them, not less of them, not just for women, but for progressive politics in general).

                            Politics and more Formerly DGM on SSP. NM-01, 26 (chairman of the Atheist Caucus)

                            by NMLib on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:39:17 PM PDT

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                •  Here's one of the diaries (0+ / 0-)

                  How Democrats Won Back the House in 1954 (and how they lost it in 1952): Various Perspectives.

                  Here's a great link from the diary that has historical data on elections

                  Link

                  It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                  by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:49:32 PM PDT

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                •  and btw, I have a degree in political science (4+ / 0-)
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                  I have studied political history.  Many of the Democrats elected in the 1930s and 1940s in places that are now considered conservative were conservative Democrats.  States were more willing to consider someone with a different ideological bent in some periods more than now (see Frank Church), but they tend to elect people who reflect their views.

                  ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                  by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:55:54 PM PDT

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                  •  Then why do you think KY can only elect (0+ / 0-)

                    conservatives and GOP-like Democrats?

                    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                    by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:31:06 PM PDT

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                    •  perhaps because it is true, (1+ / 0-)
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                      or at least I've seen enough evidence suggesting so that I believe it.

                      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                      by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:03:26 PM PDT

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  You'll never know unless you try (0+ / 0-)

                        and there's nothing to be gained by caving to Republicans.

                        Remember what Harry Truman said "Give voters a choice between a real Republican and a fake one and they'll chose the real one every time".

                        I'm a Harry Truman Democrat, I believe in supporting my party, selling its values and fighting the GOP.

                        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                        by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:24:03 PM PDT

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                        •  Sure, we can try. (1+ / 0-)
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                          But look at Republicans.  They ran pretty solid conservatives in 2010 in places on the opposite end from Kentucky in places like California (Carly Fiorina) and Washington (Dino Rossi).  Republicans have yet to knock off a Democrat in a blue state with a conservative.  What makes you think we can knock off a Republican in a red state with a liberal?

                          And if we try, it's not just a scientific experiment.  We more likely than not do worse than we would have otherwise and we potentially drag down the Democrats in the State Legislature, which we partially hold right now.

                          20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
                          politicohen.com
                          Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
                          UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

                          by jncca on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 08:36:01 PM PDT

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                          •  It's the bad economy (0+ / 0-)

                            Conservative voters focus less on wedge issues when the economy is in trouble, when they have to worry about making ends meet.

                            The ongoing bad economy also makes GOP voters question their own party and its candidates.  They're upset that their party is focusing on BS issues instead of trying to get the economy back on track.  They're beginning to question conservative doctrine on trickle down economics as their families, friends and communities are being devastated by a recession that grinds on without relief.

                            Failure of any party to resolve pocketbook issues is always a threat to voter loyalty.

                            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                            by Betty Pinson on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 05:56:17 AM PDT

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              •  well I think Grimes is a Wendell Ford type dem (2+ / 0-)
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                which would play well there. Its not like Ed Markey is running in KY

                RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

                by demographicarmageddon on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 02:03:46 PM PDT

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              •  yup (6+ / 0-)
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                There seems to be this idea that the parties can just focus on a state and change the people from liberal to conservative or vice versa.  It has never, ever happened like that.  The parties have always been helpless in the face of ideological shifts in the states.  The parties are reactive, not proactive.

      •  ^^ Here's how I know (5+ / 0-)

        that this story was posted to the main page...

        David, why do this to yourself?

    •  subtracting one Mitch McConnell and adding (9+ / 0-)

      another moderate Dem senator would be a huge improvement to the senate.  And who could they choose as their next leader who would be as effective an obstructionist as McConnell has been?

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:37:13 AM PDT

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      •  Years ago, that may have been true (0+ / 0-)

        But recent years have shown those Blue Dogs have taken down and weakened most of the creditable and critical public policy initiatives in DC.

        Would she be willing to stand up for legislation to make elections publicly funded with caps on spending?  Would she stand up against the WH efforts to cut SS and Medicare? Would she vote for legislation to protect US jobs and stop outsourcing and insourcing?  

        Those are the real litmus tests. If she can't do that, she's no more helpful than McConnell.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:46:15 AM PDT

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        •  your first proposal would probably (1+ / 0-)
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          require a constitutional amendment.  I don't really know about the others.  She has taken few positions in public because the only office she's campaigned for and held has been the Secretary of State, which mostly is controversial for regulating elections.  So we know she supports laws making it easier for people to vote.  She took a stand in her campaign on promoting access to voting, including the homeless, while her Republican opponent said they shouldn't be able to vote.  She just got a bill passed to help people in the military vote.  We really don't know much else.

          Those are important economic issues which you bring up, which I'd expect her to talk about if she runs.  

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:02:41 PM PDT

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          •  No constitutional amendment necessary (0+ / 0-)

            and while supporting fair voting rights is nice, thats her job as SOS. It doesn't help, though, when the only choices to vote for are politicians who take corporate money and go to DC to implement their agenda.

            As to my earlier point, she appears to be a novice politician who hasn't taken strong stands on issues.  She's also going to need the corporate wing of the Dem party to give her money for her race.  That financial obligation combined with her soft stance on issues and her need to please GOP leaning voters instead of selling a Dem agenda doesn't bode well.

            Good luck. I'm lucky to live in a purple/red state where my Dem senator isn't afraid to stand up for traditional Dem values.  He can do that because he knows its important to sell voters on Dem ideals.  Sherrod Brown.

            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

            by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:20:08 PM PDT

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            •  supporting voting rights is only your job (2+ / 0-)
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              if you're a good Democrat.  Republicans don't believe in it.  Some Democrats don't either, like in Rhode Island where the Democrats passed voter ID.

              You can say she hasn't taken positions on some issues, but give her credit where its due.

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:30:00 PM PDT

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        •  Fortunately she isn't totally irresponsible (4+ / 0-)
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          so she won't advocate wasting tax money to make all elections publicly funded.

          Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

          by tommypaine on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:10:29 PM PDT

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        •  LOL! (4+ / 0-)

          That last statement is really weird.

          Mitch McConnell has voted against SCHIP, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Stimulus, the Hate Crimes bill, the Supplemental Appropriations Bill in 2009, the Public Lands bill of 2009, Wall Street Reform, health care reform, small business tax relief, job creation bills, unemployment insurance, healthcare for 9/11 responders, repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, against food safety and against just about every other Democratic legislation that has ever come before the Senate. Getting rid of McConnell and his talking points from the Senate is a victory. And plus ALG would likely be supporting most of these bills.

    •  She is not a blue dog. (6+ / 0-)

      At least not that we know of here in Kentucky.  She ran for Secretary of State on a platform of no photo id for voting.  She made fun of the other candidate for trying to prevent the  homeless from voting.  She believes strongly in the right to vote.  Where she is on other issues is anyone's guess.  The position she ran for did not force her to take stances on social issues.

      "This isn't for the ones who would gladly swallow everything their leaders would have them know". Mary Chapin Carpenter

      by malenda on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:35:14 PM PDT

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  •   Mother Jones: Audio Wasn't Product Of 'Watergate- (1+ / 0-)
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    @Progress2day Mother Jones: Audio Wasn't Product Of 'Watergate-Style Bugging Operation' livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/mother-j… via @davidtaint #wipolitics

  •  Ashley Judd Responds To Secret Tape: (6+ / 0-)

    TPM Livewire @TPMLiveWire  

    Ashley Judd Responds To Secret Tape: I Expect 'Nothing Less From Mitch McConnell And His Camp' livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ashley-j… via @TomKludt

    Judd, who announced last month she won't be challenging Kentucky's senior senator, blasted McConnell in a statement read on MSNBC for being so flippant with a "personal struggle such as depression."

    "This is year another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C," Judd said in the statement. "We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter."

    McConnell's camp has asked the FBI to investigate the recordings of the secret meeting, which were obtained and reported on by David Corn of Mother Jones. Corn later countered the GOP charges, asserting that the audio wasn't the product of a "Watergate-style bugging operation" as some Republicans have contended.

    •  Judd would be a great candidate (0+ / 0-)

      Too bad she was pushed out of the race. It looks like McConnell will keep his seat, but some Dems somewhere probably made a bundle in donations for getting her out.

      It will be interesting to see who did the taping.  Whoever it was is likely linked to the Dems who pushed Judd out of the race.  

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:36:20 AM PDT

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  •  Alison Lundergan Grimes (2+ / 0-)
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    could be a real life Livia Drusilla from I, Claudius and I'd still support her over McTurtle.

  •  Vaguest story ever (1+ / 0-)
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    bumiputera

    titled: "Tompkins Democrat to announce congressional candidacy"

    One Tompkins County Democrat is eying U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s place representing the 23rd U.S. Congressional District, though the election is a year and a half away.

    The candidate said an official announcement about the congressional bid will come on Thursday. A celebration of the candidacy announcement is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Corks ‘N More, 708 W. Buffalo St.

    so is it Shinagawa?
    Tompkins County Legislator Nate Shinagawa, D-City of Ithaca, lost to Reed in 2012. Shinagawa announced in March that he would not run in 2014.
    Nope?

    They did a 7 paragraph story about a candidate announcing for Congress, including an official announcement on Thursday. But didn't include the candidate's name?

    Really?

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:33:12 PM PDT

  •  This man MUST go down. He must go down. (1+ / 0-)
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