Perhaps some of you who have a liberal bent saw the following about Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney:
According to government documents reviewed by Mother Jones, Romney, when he was in charge of Bain, invested heavily in a Chinese manufacturing company that depended on US outsourcing for its profits—and that explicitly stated that such outsourcing was crucial to its success.
But maybe you didn’t see this tagline at the end: “Research assistance: James Carter.”
We’re reliably informed that the above Carter is James Earl Carter IV, son of Chip Carter and grandson of the former president. According to his Twitter profile, Carter IV is an “Internet investigator / oppo researcher; political junkie; news sponge; policy wonk. Currently looking for work.”
The Associated Press passes on word that legislative opposition to increased penalties for boating under the influence is melting away:
House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge said he has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal in the effort to lower the limit from .10 percent to .08 percent. The lower figure is the limit for operating a vehicle on Georgia roads. Ralston said he believes the different limits for boats and automobiles represent a gap in Georgia’s law.
Two boys died when a fishing boat collided with a pontoon boat last month. Two more children were badly hurt last week, when a personal watercraft struck their inner-tube as they were being pulled by a boat.
Over at Fox5 Atlanta, Dale Russell and crew report that a formal complaint against Adjutant General Jim Butterworth has been filed with the U.S. Army over his use of helicopters last year, shortly after his appointment as head of Georgia’s National Guard.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press unveiled a massive poll on Thursday that says Republican Mitt Romney has been unable to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s new characterization of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as a tax increase:
Despite the stagnant economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, Barack Obama holds a significant lead over Mitt Romney. Currently, Obama is favored by a 50% to 43% margin among registered voters nationwide. Obama has led by at least a slim margin in every poll this year, and there is no clear trend in either candidate’s support since Romney wrapped up the GOP nomination.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted June 28-July 9, 2012 among 2,973 adults, including 2,373 registered voters, finds that Romney has not seized the advantage as the candidate best able to improve the economy. In fact, he has lost ground on this issue over the past month.
But before you Democrats celebrate, consider the year’s first formal prognostication by Alan Abramowitz, the Emory University political scientist. In essence, he downgraded Obama’s chances in an article posted at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball:
Growing partisan polarization has important implications for forecasting the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. With the American electorate both closely and deeply divided along party lines, we can expect another close election this year — probably closer than the 2008 election and possibly as close as the 2000 election.
Of course, the winner of the 2012 presidential election will actually be determined by the electoral vote. There is a very close relationship between the national popular vote and the electoral vote — the correlation between the two for the 16 elections since World War II is .97.
The 2000 election is the only one since 1888 in which the winner of the popular vote did not also win the electoral vote. However, given the expected closeness of the popular vote in 2012, another Electoral College misfire has to be considered a possibility. In the end, the outcome could come down to one or two closely contested battleground states. And the next Florida might not be Florida — it might be Colorado, Ohio or Virginia.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s statement that under the new health care overhaul, “everybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider