Monday, May 6, 2013

Virginia Governor's Race - #4484 - Washington Post Poll: Cuccinelli by 10 over McAuliffe - Bearing Drift (2) VIDEO: Jim DeMint: Immigration Reform: 'If People Read the Bill, It Will be Blocked' - National Review Online (3) Report: EPA Rules to Shut Down More Than 280 Coal-Fired Units, 5 Times Greater Than Predicted - (4) A Fraudster's Dream: Colorado to Allow Mail-in Voting - American Thinker

Washington Post Poll: Cuccinelli by 10 Over McAuliffe - Bearing Drift - The Washington Post poll we first learned was in the field via a Cuccinelli fundraising appeal finds that the AG has a 5-point margin over Terry McAuliffe — 46 -41 — among registered voters. The Post calls this margin “slender” — even though it’s outside the poll’s four point margin of error. The poll’s real story, though gets buried slightly, and it’s a doozy: [Cuccinelli has] a significant 51 to 41 percent lead among those who say they’re certain to cast ballots in November. Or, you can call them “likely voters.” Even further down in the write-up, we get indications as to why McAuliffe is not faring so well: Cuccinelli is up in the race because he has overwhelming support from the GOP base. Among all registered voters, he’s backed by 95 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of conservatives and 62 percent among white men. By contrast, compared with Obama’s win seven months ago, McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, is badly underperforming among key Democratic constituencies he would need to prevail — young voters, women, African Americans and those in the vote-rich areas of Northern Virginia. McAuliffe beats Cuccinelli by a big margin among nonwhite voters, 57 to 21 percent, but that is far from Obama’s tally of 83 to 16?percent in the state’s exit poll. Even state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) scored 76 percent among nonwhite voters in his unsuccessful 2009 gubernatorial bid.  Read more.........


(2) DeMint: Immigration Reform: If people Read the Bill, It Will be Blocked - National Review online - Former senator and current Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint on Sunday predicted that the Gang’s of Eight’s immigration reform bill would be blocked “if people read the bill.” “I think if people read the bill, that it will be blocked,” DeMint said on ABC’s This Week. “Because once you get into it, just like Obamacare, it is not the way it’s been advertised.” DeMint also previewed the results of a Heritage Foundation study coming out next week, which will highlight the “staggering cost” of the proposed legislation — potentially “in the trillions of dollars.” “Our country faces very difficult economic and financial problems,” DeMint said. Read more.....

(3) Report: EPA  Rules to Shut Down More Than 280 Coal-Fired Units, 5 Times Greater Than Predicted - New analysis shows that the coal industry is in for some tough years ahead, as more than 280 coal-fired generating units are slated to be shut down in part due to stricter Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a partnership of industry groups, reports that the number of coal plants slated for shutdown is fives times greater than the EPA predicted would be forced to shut down due to its regulations. Coal-fired electric generating plants will be shut down across 32 states, with the hardest hit states being Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana, according to the coalition.


(4) A Fraudster's Dream: Colorado to Allow Mail-in Voting - American Thinker - The Colorado Senate passed a bill Thursday that would provide a ballot by mail to every state voter, allow vote centers for those who choose not to use the mail ballot and -- controversially -- allow people to register and vote on Election Day. The bill passed 20-15 with the full support of Democrats and no Republican votes. The bill passed the House on a party-line vote last month. Before it can go to Gov. John Hickenlooper for a signature to become the new way elections are held in Colorado, the bill must return to the House for approval because of "technical" amendments added in the Senate. Read more........

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