Sweet: Louisiana Headed Toward Republican Domination

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What cannot be disputed is that Hines changed parties on his own, without lining up concessions from the GOP or even consulting Republican mullahs beforehand. He did call several party leaders immediately afterward, he says.
Hines’ conversion puts Republicans within two votes of a majority in the state House of Representatives, which already is run by Republican Speaker Jim Tucker of Algiers. It’s a safe bet that as more conservative, pro-life Democrats digest the impact of the midterm elections, the GOP will have a majority in the House when the spring session begins in April.
In the Senate, Democrat John Alario of Westwego let it be known that he, too, is contemplating a party change. Ever the pragmatist — and the dean of the Louisiana Legislature — Alario makes no secret of his ambition to become Senate president in 2012. Current Senate President Joel Chaisson, D-Destrehan, is term limited.

WWLTV.com

Women Leaving Democrat Party

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Ever since the abortion debate burst on the American political scene in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, women have voted more Democratic than men. Particularly unmarried women have since typically backed Democratic candidates — attracted by their pro-choice positions — by between 10 and 20 points in each election.

But now the trend has stopped! In one of the most important findings in the post-election polls, the McLaughlin and Associates polling firm has found that men and women both voted for Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm elections! Pollster John McLaughlin — one of the best — noted, “The Republican candidates for Congress had a 12-point advantage among men (53-41) and a 7-point advantage among women (50-43).” This finding is historic.

The Republicans won married women by 57-38, suburban women by 55-38, and independent women by 51-40. Democrats maintained reduced margins among single women, poor women and minority group women. 

The National Ledger

Missouri: Talent Looking to Oust McCaskill

Fewer than 50,000 votes separated Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill and Republican incumbent Jim Talent in Missouri’s 2006 U.S. Senate race — a difference of only about a dozen votes from each precinct. McCaskill won.

Now McCaskill and Talent may be headed toward a role-reversal rematch in the 2012 elections. This time, McCaskill will be the incumbent. And Talent could be the challenger.

Although no one is officially a candidate yet, the 2012 political season already is quietly under way as potential candidates are calling around to prospective contributors and party stalwarts to gauge their support. The candidacy intrigue centers mainly on the Republican Party, because Democrats already have incumbents in the U.S. Senate, governor’s office and most other statewide offices up for re-election in Missouri.

KansasCity.com

Connecticut: How Bridgeport May Have Helped Democrats Steal Governors Race

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It would be two more days before Bridgeport reported its final results, forcing the state to wait to find out who would be its next governor. And that canceled moderator’s report, obtained by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, would become the first of three different tallies produced by or attributed to Bridgeport election officials as they counted votes during a sleep deprived, pressure filled period between Nov. 2 and Nov. 5.
None of differing tallies showed Democratic Gov.-elect Dannel Malloy losing to Republican Tom Foley or reduced his margin of victory to the threshold that would trigger an automatic statewide recount.

CT Post.com

”Recovery“ a Big Lie to Most Americans

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More than three-fourths of Massachusetts residents surveyed say the recession has not ended, a compelling sign that benefits of the 17-month economic recovery have yet to reach a vast number of households, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll.

Although the recession officially ended in June 2009, the poll portrays Massachusetts families as struggling with layoffs, uncertainty, and diminished circumstances. Many said they are spending less, saving less, and expecting to work longer before they retire. The reason most frequently given: “No money.’’

And they don’t expect conditions to get better any time soon. More than half said the recession would last at least another two years. More than 60 percent said neither the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick nor the Republican ascendancy in Congress would help the economy.
Boston.com