Archive for May 20th, 2008

CNN: John McCain’s chief media adviser said Tuesday he is stepping down rather than campaign against Barack Obama.

Mark McKinnon said last year that he would leave McCain’s campaign after the primary season if the Arizona senator were to run against Obama.

The Illinois senator is not the Democratic nominee, but he has accumulated a significant lead in the number of delegates required to claim the nomination.

In a 2007 interview with Cox News, McKinnon said he would vote for McCain, but “I just don’t want to work against an Obama candidacy.” He added that if Obama were to reach the White House, it “would send a great message to the country and the world.”

The McCain campaign says McKinnon will remain a “major supporter” of the McCain’s presidential bid.

CNN, as well the other networks, are calling Oregon for Obama. With 30%, he’s got a 20-point lead. Exit polls in Kentucky and telephone polls in Oregon show a stark contrast in which candidate wins based on education level, as has been demonstrated throughout the primary season. What’s downright creepy is 1 in 5 Kentucky voters based their votes on race.

While getting his clock cleaned in Kentucky, losing by a 2-1 margin, Barack Obama took to the stage in Des Moines tonight to essentially claim victory for the nomination. Clinton, of course, vows to fight on to the remaining June 3 contests.

CNN: Obama is expected to pick up at least 14 delegates in Kentucky, and by CNN estimates, that will give him 1,627 of the 3,253 pledged delegates at stake in all of primaries and caucuses.

Obama’s top strategist, David Axelrod, said this was an “important milestone,” but not the end of the trail.

Hamilton Jordan, best known as President Jimmy Carter’s chief of staff, died today of cancer.

Jordan was a key advisor and strategist for Jimmy Carter during the 1976 presidential campaign and during Carter’s administration, serving as White House Chief of Staff in 1979-1980. Jordan played a powerful role in the formulation of election strategies and government policies.

In 1986, he ran for the Democratic nomination for one of Georgia’s seats in the U.S. Senate. He lost the primary to Representative Wyche Fowler, who went on to win the general election.

In 1992, he worked on the campaign of independent candidate H. Ross Perot as a high level staffer. In recent times he has served both as a member of the founders council and as an important public advocate for Unity08, a political movement focused on reforming the American two party system.

  • CNN: Clinton claims victory in Kentucky, 65%-30%.

  • The campaign website for AL-05 Democratic candidate Parker Griffith is now online.
  • The first television ad by AL-05 Republican candidate Cheryl Baswell Guthrie, calling out Barack Obama for saying some people are bitter and cling to their guns and religion, and then talks about how she clings to her guns and religion. Sheer hilarity. Worth noting, Baswell Guthrie is the granddaughter of Edward deGraffenreid, who served Alabama in the U.S. House representing the 6th District from 1949-1953.
  • Barack Obama picked up 2 additional superdelegates today, garnering the endorsements of Guam Representative Madeleine Bordallo and Iowa DNC Chair Scott Brennan. Hillary Clinton picked up one, Massachusetts add-on Attorney General Martha Coakley.

The news of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s malignant brain tumor, and just how serious it is, has shocked Washington. The prognosis doesn’t bode well for Kennedy.

AMERICAblog:

What kind of tumor is this? From the Boston Globe.

More from the Globe:

One expert, Dr. Joseph Madsen, a neurosurgeon at Children’s Hospital Boston, said the diagnosis was “very sad news.”

“High-grade glio-malignancies” such as Senator Kennedy has “are unfortunately the most common kind of brain tumor in this age group, and they have a poor prognosis for long-term survival,” he said.

They can also be very debilitating during treatment, Madsen said, and Kennedy’s tumor is in an area where it may well eventually affect his speech.

Part of CNN’s coverage of Kennedy’s malignant brain tumor diagnosis. Their on-the-air doctor, Sanjay Gupta, takes a look at what all of this means.

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New York Times: After more than two weeks of damaging and scandal-filled headlines, Representative Vito J. Fossella of Staten Island has decided not to seek another term in Congress, according to several people close to him.

CNN: Decades after law enforcement raided the ranch where Charles Manson hid following a 1969 killing spree, detectives and scientists are returning to hunt for undiscovered graves.

A group of about 20 people, including scientists and law enforcement personnel, headed to the secluded ranch within Death Valley National Park early in the morning and started digging.

WCBSTV: NY Gov. David Paterson was diagnosed with acute glaucoma in his left eye, sources tell CBS 2. Paterson, who is legally blind, is undergoing an iridotomy, a routine, outpatient laser procedure to relieve pressure on that eye. A hosptial spokesperson said the operation will not have any long-term impact on the governor’s overall health.

ABC: Oh, my! George Takei and Ellen DeGeneres, two of Hollywood’s unambiguously gay actors are the first to announce they will marry their partners under California’s new same sex marriage law.

Cultural critics agree that most of America is ready for a gay Ozzie and Harriet or Ward and June Cleaver in their favorite stars and that the surrounding publicity will likely help their careers.

CNN: The seizure suffered by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was caused by a malignant brain tumor, his doctors say.

Virginia (R-open): Rasmussen, 5/8:

  • Gilmore (R) 37
  • Warner (D) 55

New Mexico (R-open): Rasmussen, 5/14:

  • Pearce (R) 37
  • Udall (D) 55
  • Wilson (R) 36
  • Udall (D) 57

New Hampshire (R-Sununu): Rasmussen, 4/30:

  • Sununu (R) 43
  • Shaheen (D) 51

Alaska (R-Stevens): Research 2000, 4/12-14:

  • Stevens (R) 43
  • Begich (D) 48

Colorado (R-Open): Rasmussen, 4/16:

  • Schaffer (R) 43
  • Udall (D) 45

North Carolina (R-Dole): Rasmussen 5/8:

  • Dole (R) 47
  • Hagan (D) 48

Texas (R-Cornyn): Research 2000 5/5-7:

  • Cornyn (R) 48
  • Noriega (D) 44

Oregon (R-Smith): Rasmussen 5/7:

  • Smith (R) 45
  • Merkley (D) 42
  • Smith (R) 47
  • Novick (D) 41

Minnesota (R-Coleman): Star Tribune, 5/12-15:

  • Coleman (R) 51
  • Franken (D) 44

Mississippi (R-Wicker): DSCC 5/15-5/18:

  • Wicker (R) 40
  • Musgrove (D) 48

Maine (R-Collins): Rasmussen 5/14:

  • Collins (R) 52
  • Allen (D) 42

Kentucky (R-McConnell): Research 2000 5/7-9:

  • McConnell (R) 48
  • Lunsford (D) 36
  • McConnell (R) 47
  • Fischer (D) 35

Lousiana (D-Landrieu): Southern Media & Opinion Research 3/26-4/9:

  • Landrieu (D) 50
  • Kennedy (R) 38

Kansas (R-Roberts): Rasmussen 5/3:

  • Roberts (R) 52
  • Slattery (D) 40

Nebraska (R-Open): Southern Media & Opinion Research 5/15:

  • Johanns (R) 55
  • Kleeb (D) 40

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, and his interview with the Anniston Star. This is only the beginning, my friends. This story keeps getting bigger and bigger, with the coverage its receiving from Scott Horton, Dan Abrams and my man Keith Olbermann.

For more on the Siegelman case: http://donsiegelman.com/

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, and his interview with the Anniston Star. This is only the beginning, my friends. This story keeps getting bigger and bigger, with the coverage its receiving from Scott Horton, Dan Abrams and my man Keith Olbermann.

For more on the Siegelman case: http://donsiegelman.com/

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, and his interview with the Anniston Star. This is only the beginning, my friends. This story keeps getting bigger and bigger, with the coverage its receiving from Scott Horton, Dan Abrams and my man Keith Olbermann.

For more on the Siegelman case: http://donsiegelman.com/

  • Following a Sunday Oregon rally attended by an estimated 75,000 people, Barack Obama picked up additional superdelegates Monday, including the endorsement of US Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Obama is now 109 delegates shy of the nomination.
  • Final polling numbers for tomorrow’s Oregon and Kentucky primaries: KENTUCKY (Suffolk Univ.): Clinton – 51%, Obama – 25%. OREGON (SurveyUSA): Obama – 55%, Clinton – 42%. OREGON (Public Policy Polling): Obama – 56%, Clinton – 38%. OREGON (Suffolk Univ.): Obama – 45%, Clinton – 41%.
  • CNN: Historically black Morehouse College has its first white valedictorian.
  • Politico: GOP fails to recruit a single black candidate for House, Senate and Governor 2008 races.
  • Florence TimesDaily: Gov. Bob Riley on Monday said he will veto a pension bill for retiring U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, after Cramer asked him not to sign the bill.
  • Huntsville Times: A bill that would implement a statewide public smoking ban still hasn’t been brought up, and time is running out as the legislative session winds down.

Downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Circa 1916.