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Obama’s Plan To “Bankrupt the coal Industry” Costing Some Voters

November 3, 2008

The two presidential candidates stomped into the other party’s territory Sunday, with Sen. Barack Obama making a run for “red” Ohio, while Sen. John McCain battled to put “blue” Pennsylvania in his column with the aid of automated calls using Mr. Obama’s own words to accuse him of planning to bankrupt the coal industry.

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The Washington Times

The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, targeted voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other coal-producing states with “robocalls” saying that “coal jobs, which are so important to our community, are in jeopardy. … Listen to Barack Obama’s plans to bankrupt the coal industry.”

Republican US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks ... 
Republican US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio. White House front-runner Barack Obama dueled with John McCain on the penultimate day of the epic 2008 campaign, presenting a tableau of his loving family and vowing to change America.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Hondros)

The call then plays an excerpt from a January interview that Mr. Obama gave the San Francisco Chronicle in which he defends his proposal for a cap-and-trade system to limit emissions of carbon dioxide by requiring power plants and others to buy the right to emit the harmful gas.

Listen to Obama’s plans for the coal states.

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted,” he said.

The Obama campaign denounced the RNC calls as taking his quote “wildly” out of context, saying that elsewhere in the interview, Mr. Obama calls the idea of banning coal burning “an illusion.”

“The point Obama is making is that we need to transition from coal-burning power plants built with old technology to plants built with advanced technologies – and that is exactly the action that will be incentivized under a cap-and-trade program,” an Obama spokesman told ABC News.

In a town-hall meeting Sunday night in New Hampshire, where environmentalism is a strong force, Mr. McCain was asked whether he would oppose coal-burning plants that don’t have carbon-sequestration technology.

“I want to tell you that I would, but I can’t,” he said, noting that the technology is still in its infancy and raises the cost of power. He also noted that current coal-burning plants, which are mostly old but provide half of the nation’s electricity, would need to be handled differently under any climate-control rules.

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Late Friday: McCain claims he has momentum as Obama expands ads

October 31, 2008

Democrat Barack Obama confidently broadened his advertising Friday into two once reliably Republican states and rival John McCain‘s home state of Arizona even as he chastized the Republican candidate for what he called “say-anything, do-anything politics.” The GOP candidate, nevertheless, insisted to audiences in hotly contested Ohio that momentum has swung his way in the final days of the presidential campaign.

Obama’s campaign, capitalizing on his vast financial resources and a favorable political climate, announced that it was going back up with advertising in Georgia and North Dakota, two GOP states that it had teased with ads earlier in the general election campaign but then abandoned.

By MIKE GLOVER and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writers
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In Iowa, where his campaign took off with a caucus win Jan. 3, Obama told supporters to expect McCain’s campaign to end in a crescendo of attacks on him. “More of the slash and burn, say-anything, do-anything politics that’s calculated to divide and distract; to tear us apart instead of bringing us together,” Obama told 25,000 in Des Moines.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. shakes hands with supporters at the end of a campaign stop in Steubenville, Ohio., Friday, Oct. 31, 2008.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The Illinois senator said he admired a presidential candidate who said in 2000, “I will not take the low road to the highest office in this land.”

“Those words were spoken eight years ago by my opponent, John McCain,” Obama said. “But the high road didn’t lead him to the White House then, so this time, he decided to take a different route.”

McCain was spending a second straight day touring economically ailing Ohio, a swing state with 20 electoral votes that McCain aides acknowledge is central to a victory on Tuesday. McCain was behind Obama in polls in the state.

In Ohio’s hard-pressed southeast, McCain whipped up a crowd of several thousand at the county courthouse in Steubenville, telling them, “You’re going to be the battleground state again. You’re going to be the one who decides. I need Ohio and I need you.”

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AP Poll: Obama leads or tied in 8 crucial states

October 29, 2008

Barack Obama now leads in four states won by President Bush in 2004 and is essentially tied with John McCain in two other Republican red states, according to new AP-GfK battleground polling.

The results help explain why the Democrat is pressing his money and manpower advantages in a slew of traditionally GOP states, hoping not just for a win but a transcendent victory that remakes the nation’s political map. McCain is scrambling to defend states where he wouldn’t even be campaigning if the race were closer.

BY Ron Fournier And Trevor Tompson, Associated Press Writers

Less than a week before Election Day, the AP-GfK polls show Obama winning among early voters, favored on almost every issue, benefiting from the country’s sour mood and widely viewed as the winning candidate by voters in eight crucial states — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

“If you believe in miracles,” said GOP consultant Joe Gaylord of Arlington, Va., “you still believe in McCain.”

Despite a mounting chorus of Republicans predicting their nominee’s demise, McCain aides insist their internal surveys show victory is still within reach.

Indeed, polls are mere snapshots of highly fluid campaigns, and this race has been unusually volatile. McCain was written off prematurely last year, and Obama seemed poised for victory in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary just before Hillary Rodham Clinton thumped him.

Even this close to Election Day, racial tensions and….

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Obama 49.0%, McCain 44.7% Says Zogby October 28; Rasmussen Says Little Change in Swing States

October 28, 2008

UTICA, New York – The race for President of the United States continued to tighten, as both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain lost ground in a contest that is now a four–point game, the latest Reuters/C–SPAN/Zogby daily tracking telephone poll shows.

Obama lost 0.9 points and now stands at 49.0% in the tracking poll, while McCain lost 0.4 points and now stands at 44.7% support in a head–to–head match–up. Another 6.3% said they were undecided, up from 4.9% the day before.

McCain wins 87% of the Republican support, and Obama 84% of the Democratic support, and each candidate wins 11% of the opposing party’s support. Obama continues to lead among independent voters – his advantage now stands at 16 points, 51% to 35%.

McCain leads among men, 48% to 45%, while Obama leads among women by a larger 53% to 42% margin. Among white voters, McCain leads by a 53% to 41% margin. Among Hispanics, Obama leads, 66% to 28%, and among African Americans, Obama wins 88% to McCain’s 9%.

Week Four

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Tracking Poll

10–27

Obama

49.0%

McCain

44.7%

Others/Not sure

6.3%

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Fox News/Rasmussen Reports polling this week in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia shows some modest movement in a few states, but the overall dynamic of the race is little changed and still favors Barack Obama.

In fact, a review of all Fox News/Rasmussen Reports polling conducted in October shows a race that has remained quite stable despite the frenetic pace of campaigning, massive amounts of campaign ads, and daily media coverage of the latest campaign tactic or gaffe.

In Missouri, Obama is up by a single percentage point, 48% to 47%. That’s the strongest showing yet for McCain in polling conducted during October and comes just after his weakest showing of the year when he trailed by five a week ago. However, as we noted at the time, last week’s survey was conducted the day after Obama held two massive rallies in the state. Despite these ups and downs, Obama has held a very slight lead—from one to five points–in all four Fox News/Rasmussen Reports Missouri polls conducted during October.

In Ohio, it’s Obama 49% McCain 45%. That’s an improvement for Obama compared to a week ago when McCain led by two. In the Buckeye State, Obama’s support has been between 47% and 49% in each of the past five weekly Fox News/Rasmussen Reports polls. This is the first time that McCain’s support has fallen below the 47% level since weekly polling of the state began in early September.

In Florida, Obama is also back on top this week, 51% to 47%. A week ago, the two candidates were essentially even but the current results are very similar to those from polls earlier in October.

In North Carolina, McCain attracts 49% of the vote while Obama earns 48%. This is the third time in four weeks that the candidates have been within a single point of each other. Last week, Obama was up by three.

In Colorado, it’s Obama by four, 50% to 46%. Obama has been at 50% or 51% in each October Fox News/Rasmussen Reports poll of Colorado voters while McCain has been at 45% or 46% each time.

Stability reigns in Virginia as well where Obama leads 51% to 47%. As in Colorado, the results for each candidate have been virtually identical in four consecutive Fox News/Rasmussen Reports polls of Virginia voters.

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ACORN Cesspool: Obama Calls For Independent Prosecutor Amid Fraud, Embezzlement, Death Threats, Vandalism, and hatred

October 18, 2008

The furor over ACORN‘s national voter registration drive exploded with new controversies Friday, including a call by Barack Obama for an independent prosecutor, a Supreme Court ruling over voter access and the disclosure of a death threat against an ACORN worker.

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers

What remains unclear is whether the campaigns of Obama and John McCain will reach a truce over voter access to the polls by Election Day or whether their legal and rhetorical battles will persist to the finish line — or beyond.

Republicans allege that the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now is engaged in rampant voter fraud, but they’ve offered no proof of such a systematic effort. The GOP does have evidence that some of the group’s 13,000 canvassers submitted fraudulent applications, but ACORN says it alerted authorities to most of the phony forms.

Democrats counter that the GOP is trying to whip up fears of voter fraud so it can knock students and low-income minorities off the voter rolls to enhance McCain’s chances of victory.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled an attempt by Republicans to challenge the validity of 200,000 voter registrations in Ohio , saying that the party lacked the standing to sue.

The Republicans had sued to force Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner , a Democrat, to provide county election officials with lists of registrants whose personal information did not exactly match Social Security or driver’s license data, a step that would leave those voters vulnerable to eligibility challenges.

Tensions began to escalate Thursday with disclosures that the FBI is investigating ACORN and the possibility that it’s engaged in a vote-fraud scheme.

On Friday, Obama’s legal counsel, Robert Bauer , wrote Attorney General Michael Mukasey , charging that the inquiry is politically motivated and that it risks repeating the 2007 scandal over the Bush administration‘s politicization of the Justice Department.

Related:
ACORN Board of Directors Meet Amid Internal Lawsuit, $1M Embezzlement Caper, Leadership Struggle

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Thousands Face Mix-Ups In Voter Registrations

October 18, 2008

It is impossible to know how many voters are affected nationwide.  The trouble is cropping up in many states including Ohio, Alabama, Michigan, Wisconsin and other states….

By Mary Pat Flaherty
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 18, 2008; Page A01

Thousands of voters across the country must reestablish their eligibility in the next three weeks in order for their votes to count on Nov. 4, a result of new state registration systems that are incorrectly rejecting them.

The challenges have led to a dozen lawsuits, testy arguments among state officials and escalating partisan battles. Because many voters may not know that their names have been flagged, eligibility questions could cause added confusion on Election Day, beyond the delays that may come with a huge turnout.
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Above: A basic system of voting

The scramble to verify voter registrations is happening as states switch from locally managed lists of voters to statewide databases, a change required by federal law and hailed by many as a more efficient and accurate way to keep lists up to date.

But in the transition, the systems are questioning the registrations of many voters when discrepancies surface between their registration information and other official records, often because of errors outside voters’ control.

The issue made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which yesterday blocked a challenge to 200,000 Ohio voters whose registration data conflicted with other state records.

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Obama: In Hotly Contested Ohio, What’s in The Leading Newspaper?

October 15, 2008

From: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Well, here they go again. Like the election-time plethora of political punditry touting one candidate or issue over another, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, is back in the news with the usual stories about fraudulent activities.

It is time to put a stop to ACORN’s (or any other group’s) voter fraud. We need a national law banning solicitation of voter registrations. If a person is ignorant of the registration process or just doesn’t care enough to take the time to register to vote, I don’t want him or her on the list of eligible voters just because some solicitor knocked on his door or stopped her on the street or, worse, copied a name and address out of the phone book and forged the signature.

Even ACORN officials admit they have little control over the process. In a Plain Dealer article Wednesday, “Kris Harsh, ACORN’s head Cleveland organizer, blamed the elections board for not scrutinizing ACORN’s suspicious cards. He said the group can’t be expected to catch everything.”

Since the elections board may miss what ACORN admits it can’t catch, then just prohibit the whole process. Elections are too critical to the well-being of this nation to be polluted by fraud for funds.

William M. Niro, Brunswick Hills
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Here are a few numbers to consider: The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the 2006 Cuyahoga County population count was 1,314,241, a 5.7 percent dropoff from the 2000 census. The census also reports that 30.7 percent of the population is under the age of 18. That leaves about 910,000 voting-age adults. The number of eligible voters is even lower, if you subtract illegal aliens.

But ACORN’s Cleveland spokesman reports collecting 100,000 voter registration cards, according to the New York Post! How?

Are we really to believe that ACORN not only found but registered 100,000 legitimate, previously unregistered Cuyahoga County voters? It’s prima facie fraud.

This is what Barack Obama did as a “community organizer.”

Terrence Martau, Lakewood
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October 13, 2008
Ohio’s Fraternal Order of Police will come out today for Republican presidential candidate John McCain at press conferences in Cleveland and Columbus. The organization represents more than 24,000 police officers and backed President Bush in 2004. While its hardly going to shift the dynamic in the Ohio race, the effort is one of almost daily events planned by the campaign to keep McCain in front of voters.

It’s a safe bet that at today’s events, police officials will attack Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over his loose ties to Bill Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago who belonged to the radical antiwar group, Weather Underground, which advocated violence and placed bombs at police stations and the Capitol.

The McCain’s press release about the FOP hints to it. Law enforcement officials will “discuss Barack Obama’s unwillingness to speak truthfully about some of his troubling associations,” it says.

UPDATE: The FOP endorsed McCain last month with overwhelming support from its members. Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby, a former police officer of 19 years, and Ohio FOP president Nick DiMarco, blasted Obama Monday for his positions on everything from drug and pornography to sentencing laws. They did indeed raise Ayers’ ties to Obama and called for Obama to more fully explain the relationship, the same line of attack pushed last week by both McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin.

Hruby also used the event to join the GOP’s attack on Obama for his ties to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which has submitted fraudulent voter registration cards to election boards, including Cuyahoga County’s.

Indian call center lands in Ohio

August 4, 2007

By Jia Lynn Yang, Fortune writer-reporter


(Fortune Magazine) — It would be easy to imagine Reno, Ohio, as the type of place that would be hit hardest by outsourcing – a small American town losing out to the invisible hand shifting jobs to places like Bangalore and Guangzhou. Instead, outsourcing is bringing the jobs to Reno. Across the street from an Army Reserve center and next to a farm, a customer-service call center hums, its 250 workers answering phones for online travel agency Expedia. The center’s owner? Indian conglomerate Tata Group.

The phenomenon has a name: “insourcing,” the term experts are starting to use when foreign multinationals open offices on U.S. soil and hire Americans, at a higher price, to do the very jobs they once lured overseas. In this case the center in Reno is targeted toward companies willing to pay a premium – its workers there cost up to 40 percent more than their counterparts in India – to give their U.S. customers a more culturally fluent, less frustrating 1-800 experience. (No more hearing someone read from a script ten time zones away.)

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