It looks like Mitt’s fund raising and spending 12 million dollars over the last quarter to push his name recognition has finally paid off. People now know who Mitt is and we see the results. Mitt Romney 54% John McCain 47% Rudy Giuliani 40% If you are scratching your head and wondering why those numbers don’t add to 100 percent, well it’s not exactly a primary poll. It’s a question that asks if candidate X won the party nomination would you definitely NOT support the candidate. From the ABC News/Washington Post Poll (pdf): It’s worse still for Mitt Romney; a majority of Americans, 54 percent, say they definitely wouldn’t vote for him, including a third of Republicans – a particularly broad level of rejection within his own party. Mitt does better with independents though. It’s only 53 percent of independents say they definitely would not support him for president (hey, it’s better than 54%). If you are wondering what the numbers are for definitely would support: Hillary Clinton 27% Barrack Obama 20% John Edwards 18% Rudy Giuliani 17% John McCain 12% Mitt Romney 7% Also, what were the the real primary numbers? Well, poor Mitt is fighting it out with [...]
Guess who has a Myspace page? Well, I’m sure this isn’t big news since all the candidates seem to have mypsace pages now – but honestly, who let this square into the Myspace club?
You want to hear from me and get my views? Oh, reeeaaally Mitt? You didn’t seem all to interested in my vies during your four year tenure as my governor!
“Guns in the Home – A Greater Risk to Family and Friends ? For every time a gun is used in a home in a legally-justifiable shooting there are 22 criminal, unintentional, and suicide-related shootings. ? The presence of a gun in the home triples the risk of homicide in the home. ? The presence of a gun in the home increases the risk of suicide fivefold.“ Brady Group
NPR News is reporting that the Virginia Tech shooter been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility as an “imminent danger to himself or others” in 2005. Then, of course, he lied about it on a form he filled out in order to purchase the gun he used to murder over 30 people. Virginia law, you see, prohibits the sale of guns to people who have been involuntarily committed. But, apparently, Virginia doesn’t think it prudent to check whether applicants answer those questions truthfully before they sell them high-powered weapons. Because such people can be relied upon to tell the truth at all times, right? I can’t find a link yet, though you can hear the story at the “hourly news summary” link on NPR’s front page. But if the report holds up, it’s an absolute outrage. I dare anyone, even the most ardent gun nut, to defend selling guns to people without at least checking to see whether they’ve been involuntarily committed. There are reasonable arguments to be made on both sides of the gun control debate — for the most part. But for God’s sake, can everyone please agree that it’s just common sense to be sure that [...]
A good move.
Joined by Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Sal DiMasi, Governor Deval Patrick today issued an Executive Order setting higher standards for energy efficiency and mandating greater use of renewable energy throughout state government.
The “Leading By Example – Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings” Executive Order raises the Commonwealth’s clean energy and efficiency goals in the operation of state buildings. State agencies are responsible for consuming over 1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, 22 million gallons of heating oil, and 46 million therms of natural gas annually, resulting in emission of 1 million tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of 200,000 automobiles.
Given the need to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global climate change, as well as cut electricity costs, throughout the Commonwealth, Governor Patrick insisted that state government “lead by example.” That, he said, means doing far more to constrain energy consumption and make use of renewable energy sources.
“In my administration, we intend to practice what we preach,” said Governor Patrick. “This Executive Order supersedes all previous administrative actions on energy conservation, and sets the clean energy bar far higher than ever before.”
The rest of the press release is after the flip.
If you recall back from February, there was a big brouhaha an almost party line vote that defeated a proposal to have committee votes displayed on the legislature’s website. I finally got a response back from my state rep about it. His response and my analysis of the legislature’s website after the flip…
I would like to post a very sad piece of news. Shame on the Virginia Legislature! Shame on “Virginia Tech Spokesman” Larry Hincker!
From the Roanoke Times; Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Gun bill gets shot down by panel
HB 1572, which would have allowed handguns on college campuses, died in subcommittee.
By Greg Esposito
A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.
Getting this factory is great. Patrick is giving them 44mln in grants etc. A more efficient way for doing this is to lower corporate and personal taxes rather than having the state house pick and choose what industries we want in the Mass.
Jim O’Day, overwhelming wins seat vacated by now Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s Chief of Staff, Jim Leary according to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette at 9:27 pm [http://telegram.com/...] The seat does not affect the # of Democratic seats held. O’Day, finished strong in all parts of the district and will represent the 14th Worcester well on Beacon Hill.