Your morning jolt: John McCain, Condoleezza Rice top RNC speakers

Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice top a brief list of speakers released today for the Republican National Convention, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.

Other featured speakers also include Govs. Rick Scott of Florida, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, John Kasich of Ohio; Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

No mention of Sarah Palin so far.

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Politico this morning notes a dog that didn’t bark — the Democratic decision to include support for same-sex marriage in its national platform resulted in near silence from official national GOP outlets:

There were no statements blasted out from Mitt Romney’s campaign. The same was true for the Republican National Committee. Romney has yet to address the fact.

The pushback came largely from social conservatives and evangelicals, who pledged to make same-sex unions an issue going forward and insisted the stand will hurt Democrats….

And it marks a dramatic change among some of the top Republican donors and opinion-makers, who are supporting same-sex marriage in state-based gay legislative and legal fights, even as the official GOP platform will remain centered on traditional marriage.

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He didn’t actually use the word “government,” but President Barack Obama, in a White House statement released early this morning, noted that Curiousity’s successful landing on Mars was a victory of publicly funded research:

”[T]onight’s success reminds us that our preeminence – not just in space, but here on Earth – depends on continuing to invest wisely in the innovation, technology, and basic research that has always made our economy the envy of the world.”

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This is now August, so look for this Washington Post piece to have some legs:

David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.

A subsidiary of MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company, paid Plouffe for two speeches he made in Nigeria in December 2010, about a month before he joined the White House staff.

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The Chicago Sun Times quotes the wife of Jesse Jackson Jr. as saying her husband had been “completely debilitated” by depression and has been in a “news blackout” since mid-June.

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Walter Jones of Morris News Service notes the divide between rural and suburban Georgia on the Republican ballot question that asked primary voters whether they would favor casino gaming:

The statewide total was almost evenly divided, 50.24 percent for and 49.76 percent against. However, a map showing the counties’ support or opposition offers a clearer picture.

Most metro Atlanta counties favored expansion of legalized gambling to fund education, with the exceptions of Hall, Gwinnett, Coweta, and Carroll, where it failed by 1 percent or less.

The state’s other cities rejected it, with the exception of Athens and Columbus. Rural counties across the southern, eastern and northeastern parts of the state that opposed it also stand in sharp contrast to the metro Atlanta counties.

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Ashley Bell, the Hall County commissioner who in 2011 became the state’s most prominent African-American official to switch his party affiliation, says last week’s defeat in the GOP primary marked the end of his local political career.

But Bell told Ashley Fielding of the Gainesville Times:

After his loss to Jeff Stowe.., Bell discussed plans for a political action committee that would support conservative candidates who are minorities or women. He said he hopes to use it to stamp out what he calls “hyphenated Americanism” that seems to use race to determine party affiliation….

“A lot of times in politics, people try to divide us by these hyphens — be it African-American, Asian-American or whatever — and I always try to put that aside and talk about being American first and talk about American values,” Bell said.

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Center Forward, a group formerly known as Blue Dog Research Forum, is reserving $357,000 in TV time in September on behalf of U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, the National Journal reports.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at whether Gov. Nathan Deal will bring down the tolls on Ga. 400 as quickly as he promised.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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119 comments Add your comment

hiram

August 6th, 2012
9:22 am

What about Newton Leroy McPherson?

Tom

August 6th, 2012
9:29 am

Smart move by the Dims on the same-sex platform plank. They realize that if they can keep the GOP having to talk about social issues, many of the independents and moderates that made the Tea Party movement so influential in the 2010 midterms won’t re-materialize for November…..and they’re right.

And….sadly….too many in the mainstream GOP are just stupid enough to take the bait.

Last Man Standing

August 6th, 2012
9:49 am

“David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.”

This is news? I have come to expect no less from the most corrupt administration in recent history.

DannyX

August 6th, 2012
9:50 am

“No mention of Sarah Palin so far.”

President George W Bush was set to make his triumphant return on the center stage and make a prime time speech at the Republican Convention. Mitt Romney was furious, “Keep that poison as far away from the arena as possible,” he said. “The last thing the public needs is to be reminded of all the failed Republican policies. W was a disaster, we must continue to pretend his 8 years never happened.”

Romney was so irate he got a restraining order against W that orders Bush to not come within a mile of the arena during convention week . “The best thing right now is to keep that dummy in his self imposed exile, just like my tax returns,” said Romney.

Ex-VP Cheney was also ordered to stay away.

Marlboro Man

August 6th, 2012
9:51 am

If the state is going to run gambling rather than just regulate it and tax it, may as well endulge in prostitution and drug sales and do it right. No reason to leave that money on the table.

double

August 6th, 2012
9:58 am

As recent as Bush,Cheney history.

Road Scholar

August 6th, 2012
10:21 am

Hey Mitt, release your tax returns. What are you hiding? You aren’t even half the man your father was! Prove Reid is a liar!

Old Hippy Tea Partier

August 6th, 2012
10:25 am

Republicans are the target of all this class warfare by the Great Divider Obama… but at least they come to the political arena with their own funds from private equity, business success etc… Dems come from Gov’t and make money AFTER they get in office from the taxpayers ( You and me )…

InAtl

August 6th, 2012
10:38 am

Another glaring question is why anyone in their right mind would pay David Plouffe $100K to speak anywhere. What a weasel.

Attack Dog

August 6th, 2012
10:39 am

Great lineup. McCain will speak on birth certificates. Dr. Rice on smoking guns and mushroom clouds. Scott on how he made millions on gaming the healthcare system before Obamacare. Kasich on creating jobs with stimulus money. Martinez on not traveling to AZ without her papers. And, Huckabee on saying your prayers before wolfing down a Chick-FilIA sandwich. Amen.

DannyX

August 6th, 2012
10:40 am

“Dems come from Gov’t and make money AFTER they get in office from the taxpayers ( You and me )…”

Do you know where I can get one of those Graves/Rogers no collateral, “I could never pay it back,” loans?

I am also interested in A Tea Party Special. I want my own reality show and want to appear on Dancing With the Stars.

Attack Dog

August 6th, 2012
10:48 am

After looking at the credentials of Bell and Stowe, and the election outcome, you have to shake your head.

Auntie Christ

August 6th, 2012
10:57 am

“David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.”

If this is the most egregious ’scandal’ the repubs can conjure, they’re in trouble (but obviously not with people like last man standing and the other ditto heads). Iran exports 2 Mil bbls a day of oil, with 80% of it going to China, Japan, the EU and India. So, If your’re shopping at WalMart, your’re doing business with “an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.” If you’re banking with an international bank, or if you have Swiss accounts, like a certain repub Presidential Candidate, you’re doing business with “an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.”

Aand since last man standing doesn’t follow stories that aren’t part of rush limbaugh or hannity’s agenda, he may want to look up this story at the link I provided or check it out in CBS, NBC and ABC archives. It was covered extensively by every major new org except rupert murdoch’s organizations, who apparently didn’t think the dick, cheney’s machinations were worthy of coverage.
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http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/2-halliburton-charged-with-selling-nuclear-technologies-to-iran/

According to journalist Jason Leopold, sources at former Cheney company Halliburton allege that, as recently as January of 2005, Halliburton sold key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company. Leopold says his Halliburton sources have intimate knowledge of the business dealings of both Halliburton and Oriental Oil Kish, one of Iran’s largest private oil companies.

Last Man Standing

August 6th, 2012
11:00 am

DannyX:

I do not find fault with Romney for not releasing his income tax returns. If he releases them, the dims will pore over them, lie whenever possible and hurl thousands of questions at him. The very last thing they want is to have obama run on his record and diversion is their scheme. The way it is now, Romney has only to deal with ONE issue, and with idiots like Harry Reed.

On the other hand . . . when obama ‘unseals’ all of his records and makes them public, then Romney could release his tax returns.

Do you think obama will make that move? I seriously doubt it.

DannyX

August 6th, 2012
11:15 am

“Do you think obama will make that move? I seriously doubt it.”

Why would he? The only people calling for Obama to “unseal” all off his “records” are the far right wacko Fox News watchers.

Romney is being encouraged to release his tax returns by many members of his own party. Every day another Republican jumps on the release the tax return bandwagon, they understand the issue will be important to voters, mainly undecided independents.

This idea of “you release this then I’ll release that” as if they are of equal importance is far from reality.

Marlboro Man

August 6th, 2012
11:22 am

If Harry is an idiot, why does he rule the US Senate ? Who’s calling who what ?

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

August 6th, 2012
11:29 am

They need to add Sarah Palin to that list of speakers to talk about family values and seeing a job through to the end no matter what.

honested

August 6th, 2012
11:29 am

DannyX,

If repugs told the truth, they wouldn’t win elections.
So millions are spent on deflection, distortion and distraction.
All for at best a second place finish.

Last Man Standing

August 6th, 2012
11:31 am

Marlboro Man:

Reed rules the U. S. Senate because idiots are the majority party there. An idiot elected by idiots!

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
11:37 am

So Last Man Standing is on the whole “Obama needs to release his records” bandwagon. That confirms that he has hopped on the GOP crazy train. There are no records that Obama needs to release.

td

August 6th, 2012
11:37 am

Now in important news:

Romney raises $101.6 million during July and Obama raises $75 million. This is just money coming into the campaign. 94% of the money comes from $250 or less donations.

This does not include the money being raised by the RNC or the Super PACs.

td

August 6th, 2012
11:40 am

BTW: Romney has released two years of tax returns and does not need to release any other unless and until the day that we know how Obama went from Occidental college and was accepted into Colombia University when in is own words that he partied hard and did not care about his grades while at Occidental.

honested

August 6th, 2012
11:41 am

td,

No doubt ro(MONEY) will raise and spend the largest amount ever for a second place finish.

td

August 6th, 2012
11:42 am

Even if Romney did release his tax returns about 99% of you libs would not understand them because he paid taxes and did not run up a deficit.

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
11:42 am

Add TD to the list of GOP whackos. Why is the right so obsessed with Obama’s grades and college transcripts? We already know that the birther idiots still won’t let the birth certificate issue go.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

August 6th, 2012
11:45 am

More than 100 dollars of that 101.6M Romney raised came from his BFFs across the pond who were central to the LIBOR scandal.

td

August 6th, 2012
11:45 am

honested

August 6th, 2012
11:41 am

td,

No doubt ro(MONEY) will raise and spend the largest amount ever for a second place finish.

Same type of predictions I saw from you libs in 2008 saying Obama would win Georgia and 2010 when most all of you were predicting Barnes would be our next Governor and Thurmond would defeat Isakson.

DannyX

August 6th, 2012
11:47 am

“Romney raises $101.6 million during July and Obama raises $75 million.”

No big deal. Obama has plenty of money which he is using in the swing states. Obama has increased his lead in the swing states, and a look at the current swing state polls paints a very bleak picture for Romney.

the cat

August 6th, 2012
11:48 am

I think it is obscene the amount of money being spent on this election on both sides. Think what that money could do other than being squandered on buying the White House. I am disgusted.

td

August 6th, 2012
11:50 am

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
11:42 am

” Why is the right so obsessed with Obama’s grades and college transcripts? ”

And why are you leftest so obsessed about Romney’s tax returns except for the purposes of being “a wacko”?

We all know Romney has made a lot of money.
We all know Romney has paid taxes according to the law because he said he has been audited and the Chicago democratic thugs would have had the IRS all over him in the past two years if he had done anything illegal.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

August 6th, 2012
11:51 am

Romney has problems with latinos/hispanics in Fla, auto workers in Ohio, & women everywhere. Just not enough old white rich guys in those swing states to get the job done for the GOP.

Auntie Christ

August 6th, 2012
11:53 am

So typically republican, when the apples are rotten, make an argument against oranges. Tax returns that show how the “job creating” republican has stashed millions in the Bahamas, the Caymans and Switzerland instead of investing in the US, how he has dodged taxes on the millions, is somehow equivalent, the repubs would have us believe, to the college transcripts of a 22 year old student. What is known of Obama’s academic record, is that he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law, and was editor of the Harvard Law Review, achievements he accomplished without the benefit of daddy’s money andinfluence, which for the majority of the repub leadership was the means of attaining admission to prestigious schools, ie bush, mccain, romney. Or maybe Obama benefited from Affirmative Action, as that great Amerkin donald trump pejoratively implied. That should resonate well when condaleeza rice steps to the podium to give her speech on repub values and self sufficiency, this lady who benefited two-fold from AA, as an Afro American and a female

And the modus operandi so typically repub. Have one of the right wing henchment put out a lie about academic records or birth certificates, have their other henchmen on pox and the moonie Times keep repeating it, and soon enough the ignorant and uninformed are sending the fwd fwd fwd emails to their equally ignorant and uninformed brethren until it has become a “fact” to the right wing.

td

August 6th, 2012
11:58 am

DannyX

August 6th, 2012
11:47 am

“Romney raises $101.6 million during July and Obama raises $75 million.”

No big deal. Obama has plenty of money which he is using in the swing states. Obama has increased his lead in the swing states, and a look at the current swing state polls paints a very bleak picture for Romney.

According to whom? Oh yes, according to polls that are getting more responses by Democrats by a 6 to 9% average and hence give Obama a 3 to 5% lead. Are these not the same polls that predicted Walker would lose in Wisconsin right up to two weeks before the election?

The best predicting poll in 2008 was Rasmussen and they have Romeny ahead or tied right now in most of the swing states and this is even before 50% of the electorate does not even know who he is and before he can spend any of his money. You do know that Romney can not spend most of his money before he is officially nominated?

Uncle Billy

August 6th, 2012
11:59 am

The “Last Man Standing” is Jerry Lee Lewis. Can you play the piano? If not, call yourself anything but insightful.

td

August 6th, 2012
12:00 pm

the cat

August 6th, 2012
11:48 am

I think it is obscene the amount of money being spent on this election on both sides. Think what that money could do other than being squandered on buying the White House. I am disgusted.

Why? That money is creating 1000’s of jobs right now. Just think what the jobs numbers would look like if it was not for the campaign.

the cat

August 6th, 2012
12:05 pm

td-What jobs are you talking about?

td

August 6th, 2012
12:09 pm

Auntie Christ

August 6th, 2012
11:53 am

“Tax returns that show how the “job creating” republican has stashed millions in the Bahamas, the Caymans and Switzerland instead of investing in the US,”

You just proved my earlier point. Thank you. You typical libs do not understand how taxes work and how investments work and are hypocrites on top of everything else.

Most all American’s (Including most of the Dems that have been checked) invest some of their money overseas. Have you libs never heard the saying “do not put all your eggs in one basket”? This is the reason people like Romney and most the Democratic HOR’s, Senators and members in the Obama administration are wealthy. Hypocrites.

This overseas accounts that Romney has his money is are LEGAL and the IRS is aware of them because he put them on his tax returns that you have seen.

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
12:09 pm

Yea, I wanna know about those jobs as well. As for Romney tax returns, why is he being so secretive? Releasing several years of tax returns has been standard operating procedure for presidential candidates for years, but now Romney wants to hold back. Nobody knows for sure what’s in those returns, but there’s obviously something rotten in Denmark.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 6th, 2012
12:10 pm

Well, count me in as one that would like Romney to release his tax returns. Heck, even if they’re nobody’s business but his own, he might as well put a boot heel on the libruls that say he don’t pay any taxes. And even if I saw he never paid any taxes over 9 or 10 years, I wouldn’t be mad, long as he obeyed the law and never done nothing wrong in making up the returns. No, I’d say what a smart fellow he is AND THEN I’D LOOK AT ALL THE BUCKS THEY TAKE OUT OF MY PUNY PAYCHECK AND THEN I’D WANT TO GET MY HANDS AROUND ROMNEY’S PUNY NECK AND JUST SQUEEZE AS HARD AS I COULD . . .

Excuse me, folks. I must be getting hungry. All of a sudden I don’t feel so good.

td

August 6th, 2012
12:13 pm

the cat

August 6th, 2012
12:05 pm

td-What jobs are you talking about?

Campaign staff, advertising jobs for writing and producing all the TV ads. All the additional hotel workers, rental car workers, food workers and printing company workers in these swing states. Geez, open your eyes. Do you think they can run a massive campaign and spend $200 million without creating any jobs?

DannyX

August 6th, 2012
12:16 pm

“The best predicting poll in 2008 was Rasmussen and they have Romeny ahead or tied right now in most of the swing states and this is even before 50% of the electorate does not even know who he is and before he can spend any of his money.”

Baloney. Rasmussen got the last presidential poll right, and at the very end came in line with the others.

In fact Rasmussen tied for the most accurate final poll with Pew who now have Obama up by 10. The best indicator/predictor has been the Real Clear Politics average, they balance the Pew’s and Rasmussen’s out.

One thing is the same, in 2008 Republicans only hope leading up to the election was Rasmussen.

td

August 6th, 2012
12:17 pm

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
12:09 pm

Yea, I wanna know about those jobs as well. As for Romney tax returns, why is he being so secretive? Releasing several years of tax returns has been standard operating procedure for presidential candidates for years, but now Romney wants to hold back. Nobody knows for sure what’s in those returns, but there’s obviously something rotten in Denmark.

Liberal BS lie. McCain released two years, GWB- 0, GHWB-0, Clinton-0, Reagan-0. Obama is the only one that released any tax returns.

Now go back and look at past Presidents and see how many released their college transcripts? Is it more or less then tax return?

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
12:22 pm

Where are you getting that information from? I don’t recall college transcripts ever being an issue until a certain person of color got elected? We all know that’s why the birthers won’t let their issue gu.

the cat

August 6th, 2012
12:23 pm

td

August 6th, 2012
12:13 pm
the cat

August 6th, 2012
12:05 pm

td-What jobs are you talking about?

Campaign staff, advertising jobs for writing and producing all the TV ads. All the additional hotel workers, rental car workers, food workers and printing company workers in these swing states. Geez, open your eyes. Do you think they can run a massive campaign and spend $200 million without creating any jobs?

You are delusional if you think all those jobs are being created. The bulk is going to commercials-air time and possibly the company that created the commercials.

I reiterate-it is obscene the White House is for sale.

John

August 6th, 2012
12:28 pm

If our President truly believed in public backing of the space program, he wouldn’t have forced an end to the space shuttle program and manned flight in space.

Carol

August 6th, 2012
12:29 pm

Hmm, I guess that old party-switching thing didn’t work out too well for Ashley Bell in spite of his comments that Repubs. in the area had been courting him for some time. Courtship over. Beat out by someone with NO political experience.

TransportationRealist

August 6th, 2012
12:29 pm

Deal should shut the toll down for a few days, then turn it back on at double the price to pay to fix the 285@400 interchange that T-SPLOST would have funded.

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
12:29 pm

TD, your information is wrong. According to the Tax History Project, here is a list of returns that have been released by candidates.

Reagan: 81,82, 83, 85, 86, 87
Bush 1: 89, 90, 91
Clinton: 92-99
Bush 2: 2000-2007
Obama: 2000-2011

DannyX

August 6th, 2012
12:35 pm

Poor td doesn’t even have Rasmussen to give him hope today!

Rasmussen….Obama +2 over Romney

td

August 6th, 2012
12:37 pm

DJ Sniper

August 6th, 2012
12:29 pm

TD, your information is wrong. According to the Tax History Project, here is a list of returns that have been released by candidates.

Reagan: 81,82, 83, 85, 86, 87
Bush 1: 89, 90, 91
Clinton: 92-99
Bush 2: 2000-2007
Obama: 2000-2011

Take a close look at the years you just put out. Presidents are required to release their tax returns WHILE IN OFFICE. Reagan elected in 1980 (no previous tax returns released). Bush 1 elected in 1988 (no previous tax returns released). Clinton elected in 1992 (No previous tax returns released). Bush 2 elected in 2000 (No previous tax returns released).

Thank you for proving my point that this is a totally contrived lie by the Liberals.