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The Primary date for CD-8 has been set for April 17th, and the General is going to be on June 12th. Republican Jesse Kelly put his hat in the ring. If you remember, Kelly narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010: 47.2% to Gabby's 48.7% Link
Because I live in between the 7th and 8th district, (no joke, it depends on where I am standing in my apartment and I can either be 7th or 8th ;p) I really want the House to go back into the Democratic power so it is instrumental to keep AZ-8 blue.

Well, I may have found the next Democratic Congressman for her seat. More below the orange glazed croissant...

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Allen West, Tea Party Republican from Florida:

"We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, (audience boos) and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain't on the table," West said. "Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America."

Link to story

I don't know about you, but I'm sick of the constant right wing talking point that states that we should get out of our country. We have every right to be here! They use this talking point against the President all the time. He's un-American, he was born in Kenya, he puts mustard on his hamburger, etc. All pure and utter bullshit.

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Newt Gingrich won SC!

This will be a short diary.

Let's say my dreams come true. Universal health care, affordable higher education, a pink pony, and $10000. Oh...and a Brokered Convention.

According to Wikipedia,

A brokered convention is a situation in United States politics in which there are not enough delegates 'won' during the presidential primary and caucus elections for a single candidate to have a pre-existing majority, during the first official vote for a political party's presidential-candidate at its nominating convention.
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I AM!!! Jesus Christ, I can't believe how ridiculous this so called news channel is. I used to be able to watch it without going Office Space on fax machines but it is impossible now.

So they just reported that a Hillary Clinton write-in campaign was underway. I searched the 'nets couldn't find anything about it.
Why would people be writing Hillary Clinton in for the Dem. nom anyway? The one thing that I get from people  on the left who dislike Obama is his moderate views and corporate ties. Um HELLO, can we say Hillary! She's a great Sos but the notion that she may be replacing Joe Biden for VP has been thrown out the window by Debbie Wasserman Shultz & the Obama campaign.

Then they reported on Obama's speech where he said something to the effect of. Don't vote GOP because they aren't helping out minorities.(sorry I couldn't find the link, but if you turn on the TV right now you will can get the live coverage of this story) The guy who "broke" story, Eric Bolling, proceeded to demonize the President by calling him Barack instead of  President Obama. SERIOUSLY. WTF is up what that? I don't remember people calling Fmr. President Bush (see, even I write his appropriate name) George. He then turned to Bob Beckel and after Bob refuted the race baiting Bolling said, "his name is Barack isn't it, or would that be Barry, or Barry Sortero as he went by when he was a model?"
(This is an accurate depiction of what I looked like while watching FoxNews)

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Yes, I used the words Buck after Newt Gingrich but how else can I describe this awesome moment at the GOP debate.

Looks like Newt isn't going down without a fight (Yes, I used the words "going down" after newt ;D)!

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I live in AZ as you can tell by my lovely avatar and ambiguous name. I live in Tucson, on the border of the 7th & 8th district. (seriously I live smack dab in the middle of the border if I'm on my patio I'm in the 7th district, if I'm in my living room I'm in the 8th lol)


I see cookies on the SunTran all the time!

According to AZ Sos Ken Bennet:

Of the state's 3.1 million voters, 1,124,173 are Republicans, 974,892 are Democrats and 1,037,450 have either registered with independent parties or not designated a party preference.

The rule here is that you have to be aligned to a political party to participate in the  AZ primary. Arizona's Presidential Primary is Feb. 28th. Today I've driven by a bunch of Ron Paul signs and all I have to say to my fellow Arizonans is...Good luck with that! We have a substantial Mormon population and a pretty large social conservative block. So I'm guessing that if the Santorum/Perry/Gingrich fight is over, AZ Repubs will vote for Romney.

However, I wonder why people don't just choose a party? You can't decide what your choice is for either Dem or Rep so what's the point? It's not like an Independent candidate is going to win the Presidency anytime soon and the way that I look at the electoral "rules" it seems nearly impossible.

So shoot. Anyone want to explain this to me?

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Richard Carmona is running to take the seat from asshat Jon Kyl-R. He was Surgeon General under George W. Bush and a professor at the University of Arizona.

This video was taken on January 5, 2012 at the District 28 Democratic Club.

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Happy Friday! I've been doing some research on President Obama's favorability numbers. In addition to being active in local politics I have finally decided to write a diary about the underlying theme of the hatred of Obama: racism.

I know you have probably seen plenty of diaries on the topic, but I would like to add my own personal narrative to the politics of race in this country.

It's simple for Conservatives. The Tea Party began after Obama became President. Living in Arizona has given me the opportunity to observe Tea Party demonstrations first hand. I went to a Tea Party Rally for the first time when I was 18. I was freaked out but I wanted to see what all of this was about. I went with my friend and her parents who were the definition of Conservative Republicans. Obama's race wasn't an issue to them. I grew up with my friend; her family called me a member of theirs and was frequently called Aunt "Young Arizona Liberal" by my friend's nieces and nephews. The people at the rally were actually quite nice to me. I wasn't met with any animosity. These people opposed "higher taxes" and were against TARP (little did they know that it wasn't Obama that signed TARP, but whatever), they hated the bank bailouts, and refused to submit to universal healthcare. Yet, in the media they were constantly painted as racists. I started reading news articles online and analyzed the comments left after them to see what people actually thought. To my surprise it was a rude awakening. Logic did not exist to conservatives. It was a deep hatred for Obama that fueled their rants against the current President. Thoughtful discussions could no longer be found and I am still looking for valid debates left by people on the right. Images like the one pictured below were all the rage. I have given up trying to understand them, so I turned to the liberal/progressive/democratic wings of American Politics.

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I'm actually surprised that I didn't see a diary about this already. Anyway

The inevitable GOP nominee got mic checked by Occupy Protesters in Des Moines

Video:

The audience then shouted back at the protesters: "Go to work!" The OWSers got drowned out and Romney responded with, "Isn’t it great to live in a country where people can express their views?"

I wonder if the OWS Movement will take a more active role in criticizing the GOP. Nothing says Wall Street more than Mitt Romney. I've written a diary about this before. But I truly believe that if Mitt Romney wins the election, OWS loses.

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The GOP Iowa Caucus is here! I personally cannot wait for this to be over. Mitt Romney will win the nomination by February and the GOP can stop holding their nose about Mitt and finally rally behind him. I live in a Red State, have plenty of Republican friends & family, and frequently visit conservative websites just for a little self torture.

There is a stark difference between Republicans & Democrats. The Republicans will defend their guy to the the death while Democrats are often the first to criticize themselves.

Exhibit A

Here are 3 quotes from a Conservatives/Republicans:

You don't restore America by doubling down on the National debt like Obama has. Obama stands heads above Rove in being the worst thing for this country. I beg to differ, Obama tells lies that are so convincing, he makes YOU think he's NOT lying.
I agree Obama will be re-elected but it will be because of massive fraud that occurs(votes suddenly turning up in a car trunk) whenever a democrat is involved in a razor thin election along with the ‘mushy middle’ believing the propaganda the lefty media spews(blacks will riot if Obama loses).
Making the economy worse is exactly what they want. They are out to “fundamentally remake America”. To do that they have to “introduce greater uncertainty into the market”.
I hope the voters remember this in November, and in years–even decades–to come. We have to get rid of not only the politicians who want to destroy this country, but also the bureaucrats who support their plans.
If we do not remain strong economically, militarily, politically, and religiously, we are doomed. As soon as we are weak enough, or perceived to be weak enough, the attacks will come. Not only from the islamo-fascists, but from the other two-bit dictators such as Huge-o Chavez and (Ras)Putin, and the drug czars, and the eco-nuts, and any one else who envies our prosperity, or hates our freedoms

These two quotes make my stomach churn YET they are often the talking points of conservatives, the tea party, the House Majority Leader/Speaker of the House, etc.

You see, the GOP has cheerleaders. We can throw facts at them every which way but they still stick to their guns (literally). Once again, living in Arizona has given me a different perspective on the GOP. I see how their branding and messaging works on family and friends. It is frightening to me but it has helped them further their cause.

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And he strikes again!

Eau de Mittens was at a campaign stop in Whogives a Crap, Iowa

"I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama, then candidate Obama, going through Iowa making promises," he said. "I think the gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of til death do we part."

Look how "hip" he is with his cultural references! I'm sure that people my age are going to be very enthusiastic about voting for this silver fox. Because God knows, that if Mitt can't get 65 year old seniors to vote, he can at least get us to vote for him.

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I'm am sure that many of you on DKos are big fans of our current First Lady; I am one of them. There isn't a bad thing to be said about Michelle Obama. She is highlighting an issue(obesity) that needs to be dealt with. In my opinion, First Ladies are supposed to be the "better half". Laura Bush was a great buffer to George W. Bush's fallout.Barbara Bush...not so much.

In the light of Newt Gingrich's surge both Rick Perry and Mitt Romney attempted to make the conservative case...by highlighting their long marriages.

Here's Ann Romney

Here's Anita Perry

What do you think of these ads as tools to attack the less conservative candidates? Will it be effective in Iowa for Perry? Will anything that is said in these ads transcend to the general election to garner Independent voters?

I personally am more turned off, than on when candidates try to "win me over" using personal morality. Tell me what you think?

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