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The Most Popular Republican? Ohio Gov Kasich ahead by 30 points in new poll

The Most Popular Republican? Ohio Gov Kasich ahead by 30 points in new poll | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
With Ohio Democratic voters apparently sitting on their hands this election, the party could be headed for an epic defeat in the governor’s race. Republican Gov. John Kasich leads Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald by a 2-to-1 ratio, the first Dispatch Poll of the 2014 election shows. Kasich is favored 59 percent to 29 percent.
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The McDonnell verdict’s lesson: Politicians beware

A word of warning to politicians across the country: Don’t think you’re off the hook because you’re not Bob McDonnell. The former Virginia governor’s conviction on 11 counts of corruption Thursday could send a chilling message to other lawmakers, ethics experts say, because the verdict was rooted in an unusually broad definition...
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Ex-Va. Gov. Robert McDonnell guilty of 11 corruption counts

Ex-Va. Gov. Robert McDonnell guilty of 11 corruption counts | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

The jury returned convictions against former Va. governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife.

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Tough-Guy Pols Let Wives Take the Fall, Maureen McDonnell Edition

Tough-Guy Pols Let Wives Take the Fall, Maureen McDonnell Edition | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Like so many politicians before him, ex-Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is blaming his wife. And though she may have signed off on the strategy, she doesn’t seem happy about it.
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I have known Eleanor Clift for many years and know that her wit goes right to the "heart" of the matter.

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Coakley Slips in Massachusetts

Coakley Slips in Massachusetts | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

What's happening in Massachusetts? Martha Coakley's (D) "seemingly insurmountable lead has dwindled to a dozen points in the Democratic race for governor. Coakley now holds just a 42% to 30% advantage over Steve Grossman (D) with just 15 days left before the Sept. 9 primary.

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Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell at trial: Rolex watch ‘big, gaudy’

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell at trial: Rolex watch ‘big, gaudy’ | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
RICHMOND, Va. — Rolex watches aren’t Bob McDonnell’s style. The former Virginia governor and his wife face a 14-count indictment, centered on the question of whether they traded official favors to an area businessman in return for at least $165,000 worth of gifts and loans — including a Rolex watch. But McDonnell, a Republican,...
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Perry Grand Juror Was A Democratic Party Delegate During Proceedings

Perry Grand Juror Was A Democratic Party Delegate During Proceedings | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Rho Chalmers, a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the state Democratic party during jury proceedings.
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Andrew C. McCarthy: Politics as Combat Where Anything Goes

Andrew C. McCarthy:  Politics as Combat Where Anything Goes | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

It has come to this after six years of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style community-organizer governance: The hard Left no longer believes it necessary to pretend that the rule of law matters. It is politics as combat. The devolution can be measured from the trumped-up indictment of Tom DeLay to the trumped-up indictment of Rick Perry.

Back in 2005, the idea of exploiting prosecutorial power to criminalize one’s political opposition was still sufficiently noxious that Democrat apparatchiks in Austin understood the need for camouflage. Tom DeLay of Texas was among the GOP’s most effective leaders and fundraisers, having risen to congressional leadership not long after he helped Newt Gingrich lead the 1994 GOP takeover of the House. Democrats decided he had to be sidelined. They also knew they had the raw power to make it happen: a political operative ensconced as the chief prosecutor in a reliably Democratic county. In politics as combat, raw power is all you need — just cause has nothing .....


 

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Perry Indictment May Become Asset by Rallying Republicans

Perry Indictment May Become Asset by Rallying Republicans | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment, initially seen as a political dagger in his 2016 presidential aspirations, could turn into an asset -- especially if he beats the abuse-of-power charges.
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A defiant Rick Perry calls felony indictment a “farce,” vows to fight back

A defiant Rick Perry calls felony indictment a “farce,” vows to fight back | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The Texas governor fires back over Friday’s grand jury action, saying the real abuse of power in this case is the Travis County indictment.
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Exclusive Poll: Republican Rauner seen as reform candidate, opens big lead on "reformer" Quinn

Exclusive Poll: Republican Rauner seen as reform candidate, opens big lead on "reformer" Quinn | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn has spent a political lifetime fine-tuning his image as a government reformer, but a new Early & Often Poll shows Republican Bruce Rauner may have wrested that mantle away from the governor. The incumbent Chicago Democrat also has spent months trying to portray the multimillionaire private equity investor from Winnetka as an out-of-touch “billionaire,” yet voters in Illinois appear evenly split about which gubernatorial candidate best understands their everyday concerns. 
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In Stunning Defeat, Hawaii Governor Loses Primary With Less Than 32% of The Vote

In Stunning Defeat, Hawaii Governor Loses Primary With Less Than 32% of The Vote | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, became the first incumbent governor in the state’s history to be defeated in his party’s primary.
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The new Rick Perry: Is it more than the new glasses?

The new Rick Perry: Is it more than the new glasses? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

This is a guy seen as having mailed it in the last time he ran for president, stumbling and bumbling his way to disaster. This time around, whether it's finding the time for an exacting ophthalmological discussion, making repeat visits to Iowa, or offering self-deprecating jokes about his 2012 belly flop, Perry wants everyone to know that he is ready—gung ho, even—for the nitpicking and hoop-jumping and all-around hard work that a serious White House ...

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Six months before she was charged, Maureen McDonnell told her manicurist that her husband would go to jail

Six months before she was charged, Maureen McDonnell told her manicurist that her husband would go to jail | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The federal case against the couple took months to build and could have ended with a plea agreement.
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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and Wife Found Guilty

Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and Wife Found Guilty | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
A jury rejected the argument that the couple didn't break the law by accepting lavish gifts in exchange for backing a wealthy donor's business.
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4 reasons why Rick Perry's exercise of power got him in trouble

4 reasons why Rick Perry's exercise of power got him in trouble | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted on accusations he abused his power, even though DA Rosemary Lehmberg was the one convicted of DWI.
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Ohio: The remarkable implosion of Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald

Ohio: The remarkable implosion of Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Democrats are basically giving up in the Ohio governor's race.
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Self-inflicted wounds.

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Walker Says He Was Unaware of $700K Donation

Walker Says He Was Unaware of $700K Donation | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said that he played "no role in soliciting cash from a mining company for the Wisconsin Club for Growth during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections, adding that no one should be surprised that the pro-business governor backed legislation helpful to the firm.

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Why the conventional wisdom in the Rick Perry indictment story might be incomplete

Why the conventional wisdom in the Rick Perry indictment story might be incomplete | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom following Rick Perry’s indictment on charges of abuse of power has been strikingly uniform in the national media – the governor’s getting a raw deal. Newspapers, on-line…
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Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats, Especially House Members Facing Rematches

Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats, Especially House Members Facing Rematches | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Illinois Democrats could see Gov. Pat Quinn hurt their chances this fall during an already tough election cycle.
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Who would have thought that an indictment could end up helping Rick Perry?

Who would have thought that an indictment could end up helping Rick Perry? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Republicans-- and several possible 2016 foes -- are rallying behind Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) after his indictment Friday on charges of coercion of a public official and abuse of official capacity.

 

While the charges have provided fodder for Democratic attacks, the indictment could actually give the Texas governor an unintentional boost within the GOP field..

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He's always had the hat. Maybe this will provide a few cattle.

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Gov. Quinn wants opponent's running mate to apologize to cows

Gov. Quinn wants opponent's running mate to apologize to cows | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD --- Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is milking an Upstate-Downstate kerfuffle with Republican Bruce Rauner 's running mate over an udderly moooo-ving issue: Cow Tipping.
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Another reason why the Illinois government is in such a mess.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted for Coercion over Veto Threat

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted for Coercion over Veto Threat | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century. ...
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Cuomo’s Slow-Mo Disaster

Cuomo’s Slow-Mo Disaster | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Andrew Cuomo is in serious trouble. Preet Bharara, the hard-charging U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has turned up the heat on his administration’s alleged interference with an anti-corruption commission he appointed, and for the first time in the New York governor’s four-year tenure, he’s lost control of a situation....
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Stu Rothenberg Rating Change: Pennsylvania governorship slipping away from Gov. Tom Corbett (R)

Time is running out for Tom Corbett, the Republican governor of Pennsylvania. The incumbent’s ballot-test poll numbers have been mired in the 30s for mo
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