2010 US Presidential Election

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New York Post,
Sunday, January 31, 2010

Walken jams with the Steve Miller Band in New York
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Saturday January 30, 2010: From Left:winkytongue:residential Candidate Glen Allen Walken, Billy Peterson, Jay Cruger, Gordy Knudtson, ; Background from left; Sonny Charles (dark skin on guitar), Joseph Wooten (drums) and Steve Miller(sunglasses behind Knudtson).

Saturday Afternoon, Presidential Candidate Glen Allen Walken put on his dancing shoes, and pulled out his saxaphone with the Steve Miller Band, as he and Senate- hopeful Jay Cruger took to Central Park, for festivities, for the Walken campaign event. After speaking tyo the New York crowd, on change and social issues, Walken, introduced the Steve Miller Band on stage.

The band invited Walken and Cruger on stage to play "Jet Airliner", with the band both of them donning their "Blues Brother's" Attire. The act certainly has helped Walken and Cruger in their respective campaign as the crowd was laughing and singing along with the band. The performance was so enjoyable the crowd asked for an encore.

Glen Allen Walken afterwards took to a jaunt on foot through Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge with Mayor Jesse Crase, Jay Cruger and Gubernatorial Candidate, and Former Mayor Blake Marshall.
 
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politicalbiographies.com, Monday February 1st

Senator Cody Riley

(Born September 2nd 1972, Decatur, AL) An American Politician currently serving as Governor of Indiana.

Cody Jackson Riley was born to parents Vince and Cheryl in Decatur General Hospital.

Riley attended Decatur High School graduating in 1990 gaining a scholarship to the University of Florida where he graduated summa cum laude in Political Science. Immediately after college he went to work for Congressman Robert Ritchie’s campaign for Governor. Ritchie’s son James is quoted referring to Riley, a junior staffer, as “the most energetic person on the campaign.”

After serving in Ritchie’s administration for two years, Riley left the campaign to write a book “Conservatives in the 20th Century and beyond”. The book was widely praised on the right upon its release in 1998, particularly by The National Review who called it “An indispensible guide for anyone who thinks of themselves as a conservative.”

In 1999 he married his high school sweetheart Sarah in their hometown of Burningtree Mountain, Alabama and in 2001 he became a father with the birth of his daughter Katherine.

Riley wrote a second book “The Lassiter Revolution” before serving as an advisor and speech writer to future Alabama Governor John McCrory, Florida Senator Rafe Framhagen and numerous other prominent Republicans between 1999 and 2002. In 2000 he established his own Political Consulting business Riley & Associates.

In 2002 he returned to Florida to work on Governor Ritchie’s campaign for President. He abruptly left the campaign after the tragic death of his wife in car accident.

Riley retreated from public life to look after his daughter, until suddenly reappearing in public life in 2006 leading a campaign against the closure of his local hospital amid. After the success of the campaign Riley was tapped by the local Republican Party to run for Senate seat vacated by the retirement of 82 year old Democratic Senator Dale Killy.

Riley, who was already something of a local celebrity, comfortably defeated Democrat Gale Moreton with 64% of the vote becoming, at 34 the youngest ever Senator from Alabama.

The National Journal ranked Clark as follows in its 2008 rankings, which are based on various key votes relating to economic policy, social policy, and foreign policy: "Economic: 6% Liberal, 94% Conservative; Social: 4% Liberal, 96% Conservative; Foreign: 0% Liberal, 94% Conservative. He is seen by many as a fervent Conservative but he has surprised some by working across party lines on Education Reform and most notably with Senator August Adair on Campaign Finance Reform.

In 2007 Riley married Rachel McCrory, daughter of Alabama Governor John McCrory and early announced in December 2009 that they were expecting twins.
 
politicalbiographies.com, Monday February 1st

Governor Michael Jack

(Born February 27th 1964, Bloomington, MN, US) An American Politician currently serving as Governor of Minnesota

Thomas Michael Jack was born to his parents Tom and Nicole in a suburb of Bloomington in Minnesota. In his early years he was known as Tom, but from his mid teens has been referred to as Michael. He is one of four children. His father Tom worked as a postman.

Jack attended Jefferson High School graduating in 1982.

In 1986, he received a B.A. degree in Political Science at the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. In 1989, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. In law school, he met his future wife, Kay Martin.

He started his career with local law firm Pinder & Young before moving into politics. He began his career as an advisor on Christian Hamilton’s failed bid gubernatorial bid in 1996. Shortly thereafter he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving until 2000 when he gave up his seat to run for Mayor of Bloomington. He served a mayor between 2000 and 2004 when he announced that he would not to seek new term and instead intended run for Governor.

He overcame a crowded primary, including strong favorite Congressman Janine Miller whose campaign collapsed after revelations about her husband’s financial dealings to challenge incumbent Governor Harry Kimble.

Jack edged out Kimble by the narrowest of margins 50.1% to 49.9%, in total the difference was less than 1100 votes.

On January 17th 2005 Jack was sworn in as Governor stating that “With such a slim margin of victory it’s clear that all Minnesotans must work together to move this state forward.”

As Governor, Jack has developed a reputation as a pragmatic and moderate Republican. He managed to reduce the deficit he inherited mainly by tackling the rate of funding increases for state services. Though Jack claims not to have raised taxes during his time as Governor critics point to numerous increases in fees claiming that he implemented “tax rises under a different name.”

In 2008, Jack won re-election with 56%, beating off the challenge of Beth Kimble the daughter of previous Governor Harry Kimble.

Jack and his wife Kay live in Vermillon, MN with their two children Ryan and Scott.
 
politico.com, Monday February 1st

Walken and Sullivan Campaigning Furiously Ahead of Super Tuesday

The leading contenders for the Republican nomination for President are racking up significant air miles in a last gasp grab for votes in key states ahead of tomorrow’s primary votes.

With polling in a number of states suggesting that there are eight races that remain extremely tight going with less than 24 hours to go.

Both candidates began the day in Minnesota, where Walken appears to hold a narrow lead. Sullivan told voters in St.Paul that they “could vote for a new direction in the party and then in the country”.

The candidates then diverged with Walken heading onto New York and New Jersey before ending the night at a rally in Illinois – a state many believed to be vital to his chances tomorrow.

Sullivan on the other hand headed south, visiting Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas. Some will question the wisdom of spending four hours in Georgia when he trails there by an average of 14 points across various polls.

After completing his time in Illinois, Walken is scheduled to return home to Missouri where he will campaign tomorrow. His senior team refused to confirm whether he intended to make any further “last minute” stops tomorrow.
 
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Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner was born in Montpelier,Vermont, on March 31, 1957, to Robert and Mary Skinner. Matt Skinner went to Montpelier High School (the only high school in the city), and graduated in the top 5 of his graduating class.

He attended Cornell University in 1975, where he studied political science, economics and business Management. He earned a B.A. in Economics, and went back in 1979 to Vermont to open a political consultant agency. Skinner became enamored with President Newman's political turmoil in the Middle-East and at home. Originally an independent, Skinner became the state's most influential strategist and furious critic of President D. Wire Newman, As inflation set in, a tempered Skinner joined the Vermont Republican Party in 1989 and started managing major campaigns, such as the Republican Congressman Daggett Phillips' Presidential Campaign of 1990. Even though Phillips lost, Skinner had become the go-to-guy in and outside of Vermont, for political strategy.

Skinner ran for Vermont City Councilman 1991, defeating Independent Carl Wolfe by 33% of the vote. Councilman Skinner then ran for Congress in 1994,and ran a harsh campaign, against Incumbent Democrat Michael Reise, and became Vermont's sole Congressman. On June 21, 1994, Matt Skinner, publicly came out as a homosexual, although the news shocked most of his fellow Republican Congressman no one had expressed any difference in opinion of the congressman as a credible member of the House. Indeed, Congressman Skinner had voted against, any Gay Marriage Bill on the House floor. When asked, why he voted against, the bill, he stated that "being homosexual did not have to dictate his professional life in the House". Skinner has voted with the Republicans on the Lassiter tax cuts of 1995/1996, health care,abortion, and the Mexican Bailout. Skinner strongly advocates for the use of vouchers, and worked closely with then-Minority Leader Glen Allen Walken, on the Walken-Skinner, voucher plan, an initiative to federally fund vouchers to D.C. children, especially minorities, in failing public schools.He is recorded on voting with the Democrats on certain environmental issues.

Skinner was opposed only by write-in candidates in 1998,2000,2002,2004 and faced a challenge by Montpelier Mayor Tim Hedges (incidentally his 1996 Challenger, Hedges was a City Councilman in '96), who he beat with 62% of the vote.

In December 2008, Matt Skinner announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Skinner became the first open-homosexual to seek the Republican Party Presidential nomination, and was welcomed b many other contenders. He came under fire on the "gay" issues by many conservatives in the party including, Tennessee Governor Edward Pratt, another contender for the nomination at the time, when he told Skinner to denounce the Legalization of Gay Marriage Act in his state.

Another major incident was Congressman Sam Wendt's drunken tirade against the Congressman, during his [Wendt's] presidential campaign. calling him a "fagot". Wendt later apologized for the inflammatory remarks, after he withdrew from the race, and Skinner graciously accepted. Skinner withdrew from the presidential race in October 2009, and endorsed GOP primary front runner Glen Allen Walken.

Matt Skinner, in December 2009, announced that he would run for the Vermont Senate.

Skinner, lives in Montpelier,Vermont with his partner Iain Thompson
 

Tuesday February 2nd 2010
Super-Tuesday - What to look out for tonight
So it is finally here, the day when some 25 states go to the polls in the race for the Republican nomination.
Some eleven million people are expected to cast there ballots, in what could be the defining night of this long race.
1202 delegates are up for grabs, at the current time Walken has 248 to Sullivans 87.
Although Walken can't win enough delegates tonight to actually clinch the nomination he could make it almost impossible for Sullivan to win.
Of course not all the states are competive, we guess that Walken has the following states "in the bag"
  1. Alabama 48 dels
  2. Conn 30 dels
  3. Georgia 72 dels
  4. Idaho 32 dels
  5. Kansas 39 dels
  6. Missouri 58 dels
  7. New York 101 dels
  8. Oklahoma 41 dels
  9. Utah 26 dels
  10. Wyoming 28 dels
A Total of 475 dels
Sullivan it looks like has
  1. Arizona 53 dels
  2. Calfornia 173 dels
  3. Colorado 46 dels
  4. Mass 43 dels
  5. New Mexico 32 dels
  6. Tennessee 55 dels
  7. West Virginia 30 dels
A Total of 432 dels
This gives eight states which are "Too close to call"
  1. Alaska 29 dels
  2. Arkansas 34 dels
  3. Delaware 18 dels
  4. Illinios 70 dels
  5. Minnestoa 41 dels
  6. Montana 25 dels
  7. New Jersey 52 dels
  8. North Dakota 26 dels
A total of 295 dels.
The above eight states are where to keep focused on, and where the race could be won or lost.

CNN Election Results coverage states 8 EST.
 
From a speech to the Reform Society, by the Rt Hon. James Taylor MP
...
Fourteen years ago, Ricky Meyer was swept to power promising, amongst many other things, reform of our political system. But his reforms were botched and shallow, change for change's sake. Nowhere has the Labour approach to the constitution been felt more keenly than in Parliament itself. Ricky Meyer stripped the House of Lords of valuble talent, and thought of nothing to replace it. He preferred to delegate, to the "National Council on Democracy", to kick the issue into the long grass in the hope that nobody would notice his inaction.
I am here to promise you that the next Conservative government will pick up the torch of reform that Ricky Meyer dropped all those years ago. The next Conservative government will, in the space of one Parliament, legislate to create a reformed Upper House. We will instigate the recommendations of the Johnson Report of 2001 and create a professional, responsible and accountable British Senate, to consist of around 300 members. Of these members, 40% will be chosen by a truly independant Appointments Commissions, free of the political cronyism that has marred Labour's time in government, 40% will be elected by the House of Commons, and the remaining 20% will be chosen from former office-holders; Cabinet ministers, regional First Ministers, the Mayors of London and Edinburgh. It is time to create a Parliament for the twenty-first century; one rooted in the history and tradition of our nation, but one ready to face the future.
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foxnews.com, Tuesday February 2nd

Breaking News: Walken wins tri-state region

Fox News is ready to call the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Republican primaries for former acting President Glen Walken.

With 42% of returns counted in New York, 55% counted in New Jersey and 50% counted in Connecticut it appears that the former House Speaker has opened up insurmountable leads in all three.
 
townhall.com, Tuesday February 2nd

Santos Facing Amazing Defeat in Wyoming Primary

In one of the most incredible stories of this election cycle, President Santos is facing the prospect of losing the Democratic Presidential Primary in Wyoming.

The only other Democratic candidate for President, former Wyoming Congressman Slane Collington, appears to have edged ahead in the state and may be set to inflict a humiliating defeat on the President.

Collington, 59, has campaigned almost exclusively in Wyoming and through a viral online campaign appears to have managed to tap into an anti-Santos feeling in the state and has dramatically closed the polling gap over the past few days.

Exit polling in the state is now suggesting that Collington may have sprung an incredible surprise.
 
CNN.com, Tuesday February 2, 2010

Breaking News: Walken wins Alabama

CNN estimates when all votes are in and counted Glen Allen Walken, will win the Alabama Primary, where calling it with 33% of the vote in.

ALABAMA PRIMARY in: 33%


WALKEN 53%
SULLIVAN 46%
 
Fox News Channel

Breaking News: Delaware calls for Walken

With 12% of precincts showing Glen Allen Walken has won the Delaware Primary, mounting a significant lead over Ray Sullivan in the state.

DELAWARE PRIMARY

WALKEN 50%

SULLIVAN 49%
 
CNN


Sullivan wins in Massachusetts Primary


MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY in: 23%​


SULLIVAN 52%

WALKEN 47%
 
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CNN PROJECTION

SUPER TUESDAY COVERAGE: February 2, 2010





Minnesota Caucus and Illinois Primary go to Glen Allen Walken; Both Candidates get home states.



MINNESOTA CAUCUS in: 25%

WALKEN 52%
SULLIVAN 47%​

ILLINOIS PRIMARY in: 66%

WALKEN 51%
SULLIVAN 49%​


MISSOURI PRIMARY in: 0%

WALKEN 89%
SULLIVAN 10%

WEST VIRGINIA PRIMARY in: 0%

SULLIVAN 88%
WALKEN 11%
 
CNN PROJECTION

SUPER TUESDAY COVERAGE




North Dakota and Montana Caucuses called for Sullivan


MONTANA CAUCUS in: 12%

SULLIVAN 50%
WALKEN 49%

NORTH DAKOTA CAUCUS in: 15%

SULLIVAN 50%
WALKEN 49%​
 
CNN PROJECTION

SUPER TUESDAY COVERAGE

Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee called for Sullivan

Georgia,Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming called for Walken

Alaska, Arknsas both still to close to call.

No news from California

STATES AS THEY STAND AT THIS HOUR


WALKEN
  1. New York 101
  2. New Jersey 52
  3. Conn 30
  4. Alabama 48
  5. Delware 18
  6. Minnesota 41
  7. Illinios 70
  8. Missouri 58
  9. Georgia 72
  10. Kansas 39
  11. Oklahoma 41
  12. Utah 26
  13. Wyoming 28
  14. Idaho 32
TOTAL TONIGHT SO FAR- 656
RUNNING TOTAL- 904

SULLIVAN
  1. Massachusetts 43
  2. West Virgina 30
  3. Montana 25
  4. North Dakota 26
  5. Arizona 53
  6. Colorado 46
  7. New Mexico 32
  8. Tennessee 55
TOTAL TONIGHT SO FAR-310
RUNNING TOTAL- 397


STATES STILL TO CALL
  1. Alaska 29
  2. Arkansas 34
  3. California 173
TOTAL- 236
 
politico.com, Wednesday February 3rd

Walken Proclaims Super Tuesday Triumph

Glen Walken took to the stage in his home town of Liberty, MO and proclaimed what he described as a “definitive victory” on Super Tuesday.

Walken, who appears to have won 15 of the 25 states that went to the polls yesterday, told supporters that “they had done themselves proud with an amazing performance” before thanking them for their work. The former acting President ended on a note of caution “We have come far along the road to winning the nomination but Governor Sullivan a tremendous candidate and we can not rest. We must focus on securing the votes of many more Republicans before we can plan for November.”

Sullivan’s team countered pointing out that Sullivan had now won twelve primaries as well and seems to have claimed the major prize of the day winning in California. Campaign manager Colt Marchant said “We still believe we are in this race, we’ve won some big primaries today and will keep fighting to win more.”

Former House Speaker Walken now has 933 delegates, only 300 short of the magical 1271 required to win the nomination. His campaign team were playing up that with the current momentum, and what appears to be an insurmountable lead in Texas, that the finish line is in sight.

It seems unlikely that Sullivan will consider dropping out yet. In this next week he has a strong chance of winning Washington, Maine, Virginia and Maryland and remains competitive in Louisana.
 

Super-Tuesday -Results
Alabama
Walken
53.2
188,535
48 Dels
Sullivan
46.8
165,854
Alaska
Walken
52.7
7,174
29 Dels
Sullivan
47.3
6,44O
Arizona
Sullivan
55.2
315,317
53 Dels
Walken
44.8
255,91O
Arkansas
Sullivan
5O.6
117,543
34 Dels
Walken
49.4
114,755
California
Sullivan
53.8
1,591,3O2
173 Dels
Walken
46.2
1,366,5O9
Colorado
Sullivan
58.8
5O,526
46 Dels
Walken
41.2
35,4O3
Conn
Walken
56.3
92,1O9
3O Dels
Sullivan
43.7
71,495
Delaware
Walken
5O.4
28,244
18 Dels
Sullivan
49.6
27,795
Georgia
Walken
54.7
538,872
72 Dels
Sullivan
45.3
446,269
Idaho
Walken
62.4
81,321
32 Dels
Sullivan
37.6
49,OO1
Ill
Walken
5O.2
515, 75O
7O Dels
Sullivan
49.8
511,642
Kansas
Walken
64.3
14,156
39 Dels
Sullivan
35.7
7,86O
Mass
Sullivan
52.1
27O,O81
43 Dels
Walken
47.9
248,3O9
Minn
Walken
5O.3
52,162
41Dels
Sullivan
49.7
51,54O
Missouri
Walken
89.7
553,988
58 Dels
Sullivan
1O.3
63,614
Montana
Sullivan
5O.8
3,266
25 Dels
Walken
49.2
3,164
New Jersey
Walken
51.1
547,816
52 Dels
Sullivan
48.9
524,232
New Mexico
Sullivan
58.4
82,892
32 Dels
Walken
41.6
59,O47
New York
Walken
52.3
368,885
1O1 Dels
Sullivan
47.7
336,441
North Dakota
Sullivan
5O.7
9,O17
26 Dels
Walken
49.3
8,768
Oklahoma
Walken
61.2
2O5,O53
41 Dels
Sullivan
38.8
13O,OO1
Tennessee
Sullivan
57.7
345,516
55 Dels
Walken
42.3
253,299
Utah
Walken
67.4
2O9,657
26 Dels
Sullivan
32.6
1O1,4O7
West Virginia
Sullivan
88.4
318,496
3O Dels
Walken
11.6
41,794
Wyoming
Walken
63.7
7,486
28 Dels
Sullivan
36.3
4,267
S-T RESULTS

Walken wins 15 states, Sullivan ten states
Walken wins 685 dels, Sullivan 517 dels
Walken vote 5,798,526
Sullivan vote, 5,6O1, 814
Walkens wins vote by 196,712 votes

OVERALL RESULTS
Walken has 933 dels 7,2O1,826 votes
Sullivan has 6O4 dels 6,744,91O votes
Walken leads vote by 456,918 votes






KEY RESULTS
  1. Walken wins Alaska by just 734 votes
  2. Sullivan wins Arkansas by 2,788 votes
  3. Walken wins Delaware by just 449 votes
  4. Walken wins Ill by 4,1O8 votes
  5. Walken wins Minn by 622 votes
  6. Sullivan wins Montana by 1O2 votes
  7. Sullivan wins North Dakota by 249 votes
  8. Good wins for Walken in New York and New Jersey.
  9. Good wins for Sullivan in Cal, Col, New Mexico and Tennessee.
Blue=Walken
Red=Sullivan
Grey=States yet to hold election
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Wednesday February 3rd
So S-T is over for another four years. The race for the nomination is not over, and it is much the same as we where before it.
Walken didn't do quite enough to kill off Sullivan's challenge all together, Sullivans narrow wins in Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota has prevented that, but on the other hand, he did not achieve the wins he needed to draw level with Walken, his narrow defeats in Alaska, Delaware, Minnestoa, and Illinois by a total of just 5,913 votes in these four states cost him 158 delegates, and the chance to move within just 13 delegates of Walken, instead he is 329 delegates behind, an increase in Walkens lead from 161 at the start of the day.
The good news for Sullivan is Mini-Saturday in just three days time is that those five states favour him, the lastest polls show he leads in three of them, (WA, ME and HA) and the other two Louisiana and Wisconsin have Walken holding the narrowest of leads within the margin of error.
He clearly needs to win three of the five, if not four to keep his dreams alive into "potomac Tuesday" where again leads in two of the three states, Viriginia, and Maryland with Walken leading DC.
Can Sullivan still win the nomination, we think yes but after yesterday the odds are clearly stacked against him, then again we said that about a certain Texas Congressman four years ago, and look what happended to him.
 
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Wednesday February 3rd
Lastest polls

Mini-Saturday States
  1. Hawaii Sullivan 56 v Walken 44
  2. Louisana Walken 51 v Sullivan 49
  3. Maine Sullivan 53 v Walken 47
  4. Washington Sullivan 51 v 49
  5. Winsconsin Walken 52 v 48
potomac Tuesday States
  1. Maryland Sullivan 54 v Walken 46
  2. Viriginia Sullivan 58 v Walken 42
  3. DC Walken 61 v Sullivan 39
 

Highlights of President Santos State of the Union address, delivered to Congress Wednesday night.

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Tripplehorn members of Congress,my fellow Americans:

Tonight, with a recovering economy, more Americans are going back to work, with our nation an active force for good in the world -- the state of our union is confident. Over the next several months, on issue after issue, let us do what Americans have always done, and build a better world for our children and grandchildren.

We are recovering from a global economic downturn , not just an American one. And we coming through it as always united.

We are carrying on building lasting peace in the Middle East.
The beginnings of reform and democracy in the Palestinian territories are now showing the power of freedom to break old patterns of violence and failure. Next week, Secretary of State Vinick departs on a trip that will take him to Israel and the West Bank for meetings with the Prime Minister of Israel and the President of Palestine. He will discuss with them how we can help the Palestinian people end terror and build the institutions of a peaceful, independent democratic state. To promote this democracy, I will ask Congress for $350 million to support Palestinian political, economic, and security reforms. The goal of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace is within our reach -- and America will help them achieve that goal.

In these three years, Americans have seen the unfolding of large events.
We have known times of sorrow, and hours of uncertainty, and days of victory. In all this history, even when we have disagreed, we have seen threads of purpose that unite us.

As Franklin Roosevelt once reminded Americans, "each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth." And we live in the country where the biggest dreams are born.
Thank you, and may God bless America.
 
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