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Texas Gov. Perry to turn himself in Tuesday, on heels of indictment | Fox News



Just to clarify, I don’t find this news to be something to celebrate. I do not hate Rick Perry, and it is sad to see stories like this. Nonetheless, I am not a big fan of his political career, and this is big news. I hope that he has a wonderful life, and that he gets this behind him, and also that he stops having such influence in public policy that affects so many people.


Texas Gov. Perry to turn himself in Tuesday, on heels of indictment

Texas Gov. Perry to turn himself in Tuesday, on heels of indictmentPublished August 19, 2014FoxNews.com0 Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to turn himself into authorities Tuesday afternoon at a local Texas jail on the heels of his indictment for alleged abuse of power, a member of the governor’s legal team told Fox News. The governor is expected to be processed quickly and to leave. He is not subject to an arrest warrant. However, Fox News has learned Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken. He plans to arrive at the Travis County Justice Complex in Austin at about 5 p.m. local time. Fox News’ Casey Stegall contributed to this report.

via Texas Gov. Perry to turn himself in Tuesday, on heels of indictment | Fox News.

New Presidential Swing State Polls

We probably talk about these polls too much, but these races matter… So here we go.

C-SPAN: Full Vice Presidential Debate with Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden

C-SPAN: Full Vice Presidential Debate with Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden.




Sarah: “Hey, can I call you Joe?”

Joe: “You can call me Joe.”

Sarah: “Okay good, thanks.”


The time has come… I love this time, when caring about what’s going on doesn’t make me completely bothersome to my friends 🙂

Tonight the the Vice-Presidential debate, and I think that there are a few things to point out to those who seem to have short memories.

4 years ago Sarah Palin was said to have losed the Vice-Presidential debate to Joe Biden by the main stream media, but the McCain-Palin ticket was wildly happy with her performance… She spoke simply, and a lot of people liked what she had to say. I personally am glad that she was not ever given a real chance to be the President of this country, but I love hearing her as a part of the debate. As a governor she helped fight a lot of big oil companies on behalf of the people… People forget that.

On the flip side, Joe Biden does seem to say and to things that can very easily become a laugh line, but he is no joke… Vice-President Biden is incredibly smart, and practiced in what he’s doing. As the Chairman on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations he knows a lot about this world that we live in. Not to mention, the gaffes that he has made have been pretty honest mistakes for the most part… I haven’t seen too many “Freudian” slips of the tongue about him believing something other than what he claims to believe. He has done things like asked a man who sat in a wheelchair to stand and be recognized .. He dropped the F-Bomb in a microphone after the Affordable Care Act was passed (I actually kind of liked seeing him genuinely excited, we never see stuff like that from political figures).

And as for Paul Ryan, he has shown himself to be a formidable fighter and contender, but he also seems to be pretty deceptive and dishonest to me… I’m disappointed in how he’s campaigned since being selected, and I don’t want him to be the Vice-President. However, I am glad that he can be a spearhead to start conversation about actual changes that need to be made, and hopefully he can be that spearhead.

I think that underestimating either the Vice-President or Congressman Ryan would be unwise, but to get excited for tonight’s debate I’m going to have to watch the debate between then Senator Biden, and Governor Palin… Please join me 🙂

Mitt Romney’s Abortion Evolution – ABC News

Mitt Romney’s Abortion Evolution – ABC News.


So I’m posting this article mostly to point out that Mitt seems willing to make patently dishonest statements for political gain, this is yet another example. However, I think that he is actually a pragmatist for the most part, and I don’t think that he’d be the worst President. This feeling was reaffirmed for me after watching the Frontline special on the election… It was an amazing special. However, I will still not be voting for Governor Romney, but I am encouraged in a sense to see that him being a shape shifter to get elected has come with some great reward (like virtual universal healthcare in Massachusetts…). I don’t know which promises he would choose to keep, and which one’s he’d break, but I do believe that he would probably do a good job in the end.

Mitt Romney’s Abortion Evolution

Oct. 10, 2012

Mitt Romney’s stance on abortioncame under scrutiny this week after the GOP challenger said he would not make abortion-related legislation part of his agenda if elected president.

Some of his Republican primary rivals challenged Romney on his evolving stance on abortion, but the issue has been on the backburner for much of the general election. He is now the target of attacks by Democrats, who claim that Romney is trying to “cover up” his true position in order to win women voters, and abortion rights activists like Planned Parenthood, who said Romney was being “dishonest” about his stance.

Here is a rundown of Romney’s stances on all things abortion-related, from supporting Roe v. Wade in 1994 to disavowing it in 2011, to backing away from any legislative changes in 2012.

Tune in to Thursday for live-streaming coverage of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate moderated by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in Danville, Ky. Coverage kicks off with ABC’s live preview show at noon, and full debate coverage begins at 8 p.m.

2002: ‘I Will Preserve and Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose’

While running for Massachusetts governor eight years later, Romney assured voters in the moderate state that he was “not going to change our pro-choice laws in Massachusetts in any way.”

“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose,” Romney said during a 2002 debate against Democratic gubernatorial opponent Shannon O’Brien. “I am not going to change our pro-choice laws in Massachusetts in any way. I am not going to make any changes which would make it more difficult for a woman to make that choice herself.”

2005: ‘I Am Pro-Life’

After winning the governor’s mansion, Romney used his veto pen in 2005 to block a law that would expand access to emergency contraception.

In a Boston Globe Op-Ed explaining his veto, Romney said he was “pro-life” and opposed a “judicial mandate” that dictated a nationwide abortion law, arguing instead that the issue should be left up to the states.

“I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother,” Romney wrote. “I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.”

Romney said he would uphold his campaign promise not to change Massachusetts’ abortion laws, even though that campaign pledge was preceded by Romney’s statement that he would “protect a woman’s right to chose.”

2007: ‘We Should Overturn Roe v. Wade’

During his first presidential bid in 2007, Romney explained that he had “changed my mind” on abortion while serving his one term as Massachusetts governor.

After debate moderator Anderson Cooper showed the clip of Romney saying in 1994 that “we should sustain and support” Roe v. Wade, the Republican presidential candidate said that “on abortion, I was wrong.”

“I’m proud to be pro-life, and I’m not going to be apologizing to people for becoming pro-life,” Romney said during a GOP primary debate in November 2007.

Romney went on to say “we should overturn Roe v. Wade and return these issues to the states.” He also said he would be “delighted” to sign a bill as president that would outlaw abortion, if there “was such a consensus in this country that we said we don’t want to have abortion in this country at all, period.”

2011: ‘I Will Support Efforts to Prohibit Federal Funding for Any Organization Like Planned Parenthood’

Since 2005, Romney has consistently said that he is “pro-life” and believes abortion should be legal only in the case “of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.”

During the fiercely conservative Republican primary last year, Romney expanded that view to include cutting all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reversing Roe v. Wade “because it is bad law and bad medicine,” and ending funding for any international aid program that “promotes or performs abortions on women around the world.”

“If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America,” Romney wrote in a National Review Op-Ed in June 2011.

While Romney said repeatedly that abortion laws should be left up to the states, he told Fox’s Mike Huckabee in October 2011 that he “absolutely” supports a Constitutional amendment banning abortion.

2012: ‘There’s No Legislation With Regards to Abortion That I’m Familiar With That Would Become Part of My Agenda’

Less than two months after accepting the GOP nomination, Romney seemed to tack back toward the center on his abortion stance, telling the Des Moines Register this week that he would not make abortion legislation part of his agenda.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” Romney told the Des Moines Register Tuesday.

Such a stance seems to contradict the National Review Op-Ed Romney wrote in June 2011, when he named three pieces of legislation he would support if elected president.

“I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions,” Romney wrote. “I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy to ensure that nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from America refrain from performing or promoting abortion services.”

“I will advocate for and support a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion,” Romney added.

The GOP nominee’s spokeswoman Andrea Saul was quick to clarify her candidate’s remarks Tuesday, saying “Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life and will be a pro-life president.”

Ann Romney & Chris Christie Speeches at RNC

The Republican Convention is underway, and so far the 2 biggest speeches have been by Ann Romney and Chris Christie.

I still haven’t had the chance to watch both of these, but I did notice on Morning Joe that Ann specifically said that this is all about love, and Governor Christie specifically said that it’s not about love but respect. I find that to be kind of odd considering how planned out this event is. The big question here in the end though is which one of them will have more influence on voters.


Potential Vice Presidential Candidates Impacts Swing Votes

Swing states always seem so important, and I wonder if the Vice Presidential nominee will actually be picked according to swing state voting… We know that vice presidential nominees can be picked for purely political reasons (ie: Game Change/Sarah Palin), but what should we expect this time around?…




Romney Hits 50% In Likeability

This likeability number is really the one to watch throughout this election…




And Here’s The Big One (this is a big increase from what it was)


Governor Romney vs Presidential Candidate Romney

Governor Romney vs Presidential Candidate Romney

I can honestly say that I’ve been impressed with many things that I’ve heard about Mitt Romney and his governorship, but I am continually disappointed with the way that he has been dishonest on the campaign trail. I wish he would just own up on his past, and stop pandering to the far right (he said himself that he didn’t want to return to Reagan/Bush times when running for office). If the guy who ran for senate in 94 and was the governor later on showed up and honestly campaigned I’d consider voting for him, but the guy I see on TV everyday is just too dishonest for me to entrust with the nuclear codes, and our economic future.

If you think I’m wrong about this tell me why, I would like to hear why, honestly.

My Mental Dumping Ground

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