Those backing metro Atlanta’s transportation sales tax vote said Wednesday that they’re turning their focus to Republican women. From Jonathan Shapiro and WABE (90.1FM):
Speaking before about a hundred well-dressed women at Home Depot’s corporate headquarters in Vinings, former Atlanta city councilwoman Lisa Borders, who is now with the Grady Foundation, began her remarks with a very deliberate appeal.
“We are fixers as women. Don’t we fix everything everyday? Don’t we fix everything everyday? So we have a problem, so who do we come to? Women.”
David Hill, an Alabama consultant in charge of polling and strategy for the campaign, provided the numbers:
“We’re expecting to do poorly with Republican males. We’ve got a vote goal of only 35 percent because it’s a historically anti-tax position that Republican men take. If we can get the 50 percent from Republican women who we find more open to the arguments here, we can make it work,” said Hill.
According to his research, Hill said 70 percent of all women ages 18-50 are swing voters on the issue, and that’s the group he wants to focus on most.
Quick quiz: Name the two leaders in a Marquette Law School poll of Wisconsin voters. Answer: Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic President Barack Obama.
Both lead their opponents in that state, and both have positive job ratings. Explains Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
[I]n both elections, self-described independents will be closely divided, and will help tip the outcome.
In Marquette’s new poll of 600 likely voters, taken last Wednesday through Saturday, those independents broke in different directions for governor and for president.
Walker led Democrat Tom Barrett among independents, 53% to 38%. And Obama led Republican Mitt Romney among independents, 48% to 39%.
That helps explain how Walker could be leading Barrett by 7 points (52% to 45%) and Obama could be leading Romney by 8 (51% to 43%) in the same survey….
[T]he Marquette survey lends credence to an argument being made by Democrats in Washington, including those at the Obama campaign: that the outcome of the Walker recall fight doesn’t tell us much about which party will carry the state in November.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that Ann Romney has done her work well: GOP women are rallying to her husband, who now has a “best-ever” showing among female voters:
Overall, Romney’s favorability rating still trails President Obama’s, but the gap is far more narrow than it has been. In the new poll, 41 percent of all Americans express positive views of Romney; 52 percent do so for Obama. Just over a month ago, the president’s advantage on this score was 56 percent to 35 percent.
The man Georgia Republicans would most like to take out is taking aim at Google. From Bloomberg News:
Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., (D-N.J.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) want the DOJ to fully investigate Google for what they say could be potential violations of federal wiretapping laws. They cite a recently released Federal Communications Commission report on Google’s Street View cars spying on WiFi networks. The lawmakers issued their request in a May 24 letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The FCC report suggests the Wi-Fi snooping was a “deliberate, software-design decision,” Pallone said in a press release.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider