Alabama. Having introduced crushing legislation targeting undocumented aliens – and anyone who looks like them, just in case – now it turns out so many workers have left the state that … well, it’s hurting business because no-one wants to do all those exciting low-paid jobs.
A genius move by the governor of
Mobile’s Press-Register reports that an emergency jobs summit has been called for today:
In the wake of the Alabama’s new immigration law, this afternoon in Montgomery Gov. Robert Bentley plans to announce a new temporary jobs commission.
The governor’s office called the initiative an effort by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations “to enhance the process by which temporary jobs available today are matched with those looking for temporary work.”
The department is “devoting additional resources to help employers cut through federal red tape to hire additional workers to meet work force needs,” according to the governor’s office.
Really, what did Alabama think would happen?
the tensions between New Hampshire and Nevada over election timing that could lead to diplomatic relations being severed.
The excellent Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun speaks to New Hampshire‘s militant leader Bill Gardner, who is holding Nevada hostage by threatening to cancel Christmas:
“I’m just asking Nevada for 72 hours,” Gardner said by phone from New Hampshire, hours after he had declared Nevada should move back to accomodate New Hampshire in this post.
But, I told him, Nevada Republicans want to caucus on a Saturday because it is a multifaceted, time-consuming affair – not simply like voting in a primary.
“There is a Saturday available,” he said.
“After South Carolina,” he said, referring to the fourth-in-nation event now slated for Jan. 21.
Chances of Nevada giving up third to go fourth: Zero.
I suggested to Gardner that to fulfill the New Hampshire seven-day rule, he could schedule his primary on the 7th.
No good, he said.
It’s Christmas on the Julian calendar. Really. He has been visited by priests.
He also said he only today talked to an Orthodox Jewish state lawmakers who urged him not to schedule the New Hampshire primary on a Saturday. It has always been on a Tuesday, but Gardner previously told me he would consider another day.
“You are bluffing,” I told him. “You will not go into December.”
Silence for a few moments, followed by: “I’m just asking Nevada to move 72 hours.”
The UN may have to intervene.
part of protests against Alabama’s harsh laws aimed as undocumented immigrants:
Some 200 businesses in Birmingham have closed today as
Jose Antonio of the Aqui Manda La Jefa Spanish radio station, which is helping organize boycotts designed to showcase the economic impact of Alabama’s Hispanic community, said the station has gotten support for its efforts.
“It’s going good. We have businesses participating in cities across the state,” Antonio said. “They will be closed just for today. The next few days, we are asking Latinos to support only Latino-owned businesses.”
Several Hispanic-owned restaurants across metro Birmingham were closed. On Lorna Road in Hoover, a sign posted on the front door of Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant said, “We will be closed 10/12/11. We will reopen 10/13/11.” In Homewood, the Acapulco Bar Grill on Greensprings Highway, had a similar sign.
It has been a hundred years since the US last had a civil war – but New Hampshire and Nevada are getting close with the battle over the crucial issue of whether or not Nevada holds its caucus on 14 January.
Nevada governor Brian Sandoval fires verbal shots at New Hampshire and its secretary of state Bill Gardner:
We certainly respect Secretary Gardner’s position, but we have a similar responsibility to protect our state’s rights. A caucus is not the same as a primary election. Nevada has chosen January 14 and New Hampshire could easily choose January 10 for its primary and still preserve the intent of its seven-day rule as it applies to primary elections. This issue is really about Florida, not Nevada. Perhaps the Secretary should be asking Florida to change its position.
The last one was about “state’s rights”.
Herman Cain has taken to telling journalists to call him “Haagen-Daz’s Black Walnut” because “it tastes good all the time”. Really.
Asked if he’s just the latest Republican flavour of the month,
Well it turns out … black walnut was a flavour of the month:
When contacted by ABC News, Hazel, at the Haagen-Daz customer service line, said, “We don’t sell black walnut. The sales nationally did not meet our expectations, unfortunately. It did not behoove us to continue with the product.”
“It did not behoove us”? Hats off to Haagen-Daz for employing time travellers from the 19th century.
NBC and the Wall Street Journal, showing Cain at the top of the Republican heap:
Another national poll, this time from
Cain checks in as the first choice of 27% of Republican voters in the poll, followed by former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney at 23% and Perry at 16%. After those three, it’s Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 11%, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8%, Bachmann at 5% and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 3%.
In the previous survey, conducted in late August, Perry led the field at 38%, Romney stood at 23%, while Cain was at only 5%.
So Romney hasn’t moved while Perry and Cain swapped about. Again, the suggestion is that Republicans are looking at the alternatives to Romney. They may end up marrying Romney but they sure are having a few one-night stands until then.
Leadership Requires Leadership. No, I am not making that up.
Herman Cain has a booklet for sale for $5, entitled
been arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of a gun while under the influence:
Department of Karma – Curry Todd, the Tennessee legislator who introduced a controversial law allowing handguns to be carried in bars, has himself
Todd was coming toward town in a GMC Envoy at about 60 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone and swerving in and out of his lane, according to Metro Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said.
Todd allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer.
A loaded Smith Wesson .38 Special was found in a holster stuffed between the driver seat and the center console.
The Tennessean website has a charming police arrest photograph of Todd here.
wriggling on the hook of his 9-9-9 plan, while insisting that it is simple:
Herman Cain, meanwhile, seems to be
Mr Cain made it clear Wednesday his plan remained a work in progress. Visiting Concord, NH, he added several new wrinkles. He would preserve the deduction for charitable donations, making the flat income tax not so flat; he would exempt any used goods, including previously-owned homes and cars, from the national sales tax; and he would allow businesses to deduct new equipment purchases from their 9% corporate income tax, as long as the goods were US-made.
Asked how that would apply to a computer designed domestically but containing Malaysian components and assembled in China, he replied, “I have no idea.”
It’s always nice to have a candidate say that they have “no idea” about their sole campaign plank.
But the other detail here: saying that “previously-owned homes” would be exempt from the 9% national sales tax implies that new homes would be hit with a 9% sales tax.
By itself, exempting used goods from sales tax is fairly standard procedure, since the sales tax would have been paid on the original purchase. But on new homes? Unusual – and terrible politics. And given the state of the US housing market, terrible timing.
Obama says he’s confident that the will prove the US case against the plotters:
What we can say is that there are individuals in the Iranian government who are aware of this plot. And had it not been for the outstanding intelligence work of our intelligence officials, this plot could have gone forward and resulted not only in the death of the Saudi ambassador, but also innocent civilians here in the United States.
We believe that even if at the highest levels there was not detailed operational knowledge, there has to be accountability with respect to anybody in the Iranian government engaging in this kind of activity.
Switching to the jobs bill – Obama again blames the Republicans for their obstruction of his jobs package:
The Republicans haven’t given a good answer as to why they have not agreed to wanting to rebuild our roads and our bridges and our schools. They have not given us a good reason as to why they don’t want to put teachers back in the classroom.
And so what we’re going to do is we’re going to break each of these bills apart. We’re going to say, let’s have a vote on putting teachers back in the classroom. Let’s have a vote on rebuilding our infrastructure. Let’s have a vote on making sure that we are keeping taxes low for small businesses and businesses that are willing to hire veterans, provide tax breaks for further investment that can create jobs. And each time we’re going to ask Republicans to support the bill. And if they don’t want to support the bill, they’ve got to answer not just to us, but also the American people, as to why they wouldn’t.
President Obama is holding a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart.
There’s a question to Obama on the subject of Iran’s involvement in an alleged plot in Washington DC, as revealed earlier this week. Obama described the plot as a “serious escalation” by Iran and again vows tough sanction:
Now those facts are there for all to see and we would not be bringing forward a case unless we knew exactly how to support all the allegations that are contained in the indictment. So we have contacted all our allies, the international community.
We’ve laid the facts before them and we believe that after people have analyzed them, there will not be a dispute that this is in fact what happened. This is not just a dangerous escalation. This is part of a pattern of dangerous and reckless behavior by the Iranian government.
The question – from Ed Henry of Fox News – included a quote from Mitt Romney from the campaign trail (“If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your president. You have that president today.”) “I didn’t know that you’re the spokesman for Mitt Romney,” Obama replied with a chilling grin.
It was a typically dumb question from Henry. Don’t blame Fox News: he was just as bad at CNN.
poll of Republican voters from Rasmussen:
On the other hand, Herman Cain is doing pretty well in the latest opinion polls, for what they are worth (not much). The latest national
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Republican Primary voters shows Cain and Romney each attracting 29% of the vote while Gingrich is a distant third at 10%. Texas Governor Rick Perry was the frontrunner when he entered the race and has suffered through a series of poor debate performances while sliding to fourth place at 9%.
Other candidates include Congressman Ron Paul who earns 5% and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann who earns 4%. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman trail at 2% each. Three percent would prefer some other candidate and 7% are not sure.
In a two-way race, 43% would prefer Cain and 42% Romney. Cain leads Perry 54% to 29% in a two-man match and Romney leads Perry 54% to 30%.
The trouble with national polls: they tend not to catch those who actually vote in state-level primaries.
Why Herman Cain can win,” complete with the sight of bets being hedged:
Horse-race politics from the dear old Washington Post: “
[Cain] is set to embark today on a two-day bus tour from Memphis to Nashville, according to the Post’s Amy Gardner. A trip to Tennessee — not an early state — is not the sort of thing a candidate working to build his credibility and electability would embark on.
In a nutshell: if Herman Cain had a lot of money and a proper campaign organisation he might win! But he doesn’t.
going on between New Hampshire and Nevada over … well it’s quite silly really.
So when will the first Republican presidential primary be held? There’s a fight (fight!)
Nevada is allowed to go “early” for its caucus – and when big, nasty Florida moved up to 31 January, Nevada shuffled up to 14 January. That forced Iowa to shunt its caucuses along to 3 January, leaving New Hampshire – so proud of its “first in the nation” primary status – to either go somewhere between Iowa and Nevada – or go nuclear.
All power resides in the hands of the New Hampshire secretary of state Bill Gardner – who has just written a statement on the subject, threatening a December election:
My job as NH Secretary of State is to follow our law, which mandates that I set our election seven days or more before any event that would threaten our traditional lead-off status. So if Nevada does not adjust its caucus date to a later time, I cannot rule out the possibility of a December primary.
We cannot allow the political process to squeeze us into a date that wedges us by just a few days between two major caucus states. Our primary will have little meaning if states crowd into holding their events just hours after our polls have closed.
The date of our primary is decided by state law, not by the rules or desires of political parties. Since Nevada’s caucus is similar in the eyes of our statute, it means the New Hampshire primary can be set no later than Saturday, January 7th.
IT’S REALLY UP TO NEVADA. If Nevada does not accept a date of Tuesday, January 17th or later for its caucus, it leaves New Hampshire no choice but to consider December of this year. The dates of Tuesday, December 13th, and Tuesday, December 6th are realistic options, and we have logistics in place to make either date happen if needed. Candidates have been campaigning here, and elsewhere, for months, and it is about time we begin the next stage of the presidential nominating process.
Sounds like he’s not kidding.
commissioned by Time magazine – showing that the Occupy Wall Street movement appears to be more popular than the Tea Party. The poll asked:
Here’s a poll
Q11. IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, A GROUP OF PROTESTORS HAS BEEN GATHERING ON WALL STREET IN NEW YORK CITY AND SOME OTHER CITIES TO PROTEST POLICIES WHICH THEY SAY FAVOR THE RICH, THE GOVERNMENT’S BANK BAILOUT, AND THE INFLUENCE OF MONEY IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. IS YOUR OPINION OF THESE PROTESTS VERY FAVORABLE, SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE, SOMEWHAT UNFAVORABLE, VERY UNFAVORABLE, OR DON’T YOU KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE PROTESTS TO HAVE AN OPINION?
VERY FAVORABLE 25%
SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE 29%
SOMEWHAT UNFAVORABLE 10%
VERY UNFAVORABLE 13%
DON’T KNOW ENOUGH 23%
NO ANSWER/DON’T KNOW 1%
Contrast that with this question in the same poll on the Tea Party:
Q8. IS YOUR OPINION OF THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT VERY FAVORABLE, SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE, SOMEWHAT UNFAVORABLE, VERY UNFAVORABLE, OR DON’T YOU KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE TEA PARTY TO HAVE AN OPINION?
VERY FAVORABLE 8%
SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE 19%
SOMEWHAT UNFAVORABLE 9%
VERY UNFAVORABLE 24%
DON’T KNOW ENOUGH 39%
NO ANSWER/DON’T KNOW 1%
In political terms, OWS has a +21 favourability, while the Tea Party has -6.
The other big political news of the day is the $70m raised between July and September by the Democratic party for the 2012 general elections.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told AP that more than 600,000 people donated to the campaign in the third quarter, with 98% of the donors giving $250 or less, with an average donation of $56:
Getting to a million grassroots donors isn’t just a huge accomplishment this early in the campaign. It’s our answer to our opponents, the press, and anyone who wants to know whether the president’s supporters have his back.
The total includes $43m for Obama’s re-election campaign and $27m for the Democratic National Committee, which will help Obama’s re-election effort next year. Obama raised $86m combined during the April-June quarter.
It’s a good tiotal for a quarter that includes summer and the holidays – not the best time for political fundraising, especially this year.
The figures show the advantage an incumbent president has in raising money earlier in the campaigning season while his rivals are still competing in their party’s primary. And it overturns any suggestions that the Democratic base is disenchanted.
Herman Cain wakes up to more good news today: polls showing him vaulting into the lead of the GOP presidential field while his book I Am Herman Cain! enters the New York Times best-seller list at number four.
But is Cain a credible contender? Many people inside and outside the Republican party say no: for good reason.
Elsewhere, in Alabama protests continue against the state’s stringent new anti-immigrant laws, with the Hispanic community holding a “sickout” protest closing many businesses that rely on their labour.
And the first voiting in the 2012 presidential primaries could still happen in 2011. New Hampshire officials are insisting that they may hold the Granite State’s primary on 6 December – and deny this is an empty threat.
And we will be folloiwng all the other political events of the day, including President Obama’s joint press conference with South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak.
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