22 Heroes: The ‘NO’ Votes

The Politico
Justin Amash (Mich.)
Michele Bachmann (Minn.)
Chip Cravaack (Minn.)

Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Scott Desjarlais (Tenn.)
Tom Graves (Ga.)
Tim Huelskamp (Kans.)
Steve King (Iowa)
Tim Johnson (Ill.)
Tom McClintock (Calif.)
Mick Mulvaney (S.C.)
Ron Paul (Texas)
Connie Mack (Fla.)
Jim Jordan (Ohio)
Tim Scott (S.C.)
Paul Broun (Ga.)
Tom Latham (Iowa)
Jeff Duncan (S.C.)
Trey Gowdy (S.C.)
Steve Southerland (Fla.)
Joe Walsh (Ill.)
Joe Wilson (S.C.)

Obama Sinking in Virginia

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Virginia voters’ attitudes about Barack Obama’s job performance have soured, according to results of a Democratic polling outfit’s recent survey which suggests more people now rate the president negatively.

Public Policy Polling found that 48 percent of Virginia voters disapprove of Obama’s job performance, while 47 percent approve of it.

While that’s a slim difference, it represents a significant decline from the 51-44 percent positive margin PPP reported Obama had after Osama bin Laden’s death.

Virginia: Kaine Leads Allen by 3 pts

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Real Clear Politics

Kaine edges Allen, 46 percent to 43 percent, among registered Virginia voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling (D). The difference between the two candidates, however, is within the poll’s margin of error. Both candidates have identical support (87 percent) from their political respective bases, but Kaine leads Allen among independents by 11 points.

What is the Lesson from ‘The Alchemist?’

The AlchemistImage by Cayusa via FlickrTo me, it is that you may have everything you are looking for right where you are, but you might not know it.
Therefore, you often have to get out into the wider world to realize that the treasures you are searching for are in the place you started. However, without the journey you may never realize this. You may spend your entire life jealous of people living in other parts of the world who you believe are better off than you.
So, to truly realize what you have, you have to leave where you are for a little while to have some adventures. Then one day, you will realize that it is time to go back home, because everything you need is already there.

Hoekstra Hopes to Finally Rid Michigan of Stabenow

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National Journal: 
Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., who earlier this year passed on the opportunity to challenge Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, has reversed course and will soon launch a campaign for the Republican nomination, a GOP source has confirmed to Hotline On Call. The development was first reported by MIRS, a Lansing-based legislative news service.
Sources say Hoekstra’s official announcement is expected very soon, within the next week or so.

Massachusetts: Scott Brown Likely to be Re-Elected

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National Journal:
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., leads Democrat Elizabeth Warren by a 53-28 percent margin among likely 2012 voters, according to a poll conducted for the senator and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Matched against Warren, who was passed over for the top job at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the face of GOP resistance and is considering a Senate run, Brown leads by a 25-point margin, with 18 percent undecided. He leads Newton Mayor Setti Warren, 57-21, and City Year co-founder Alan Khazei, 54-24.

Nevada: Brian Sandoval Enjoys High Approval Ratings

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 02:  Republican Nevada Go...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeLas Vegas Review-Journal:
The telephone survey of 501 likely registered voters statewide was conducted July 12-13. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.
Here’s the approval/disapproval breakdown by region, sex, ethnicity and political affiliation:
— Clark County — 51 percent/30 percent
Washoe County — 59/27
— Carson/Douglas — 57/27
— Rural Nevada — 58/27
— Men — 54/28
— Women — 53/30
— Hispanic — 51/26
Republicans – 73/10
— Independents – 53/26
— Democrats — 37/46

Sonsonate: Most Violent Region in a Very Violent Country

El Salvador - Diocesi di SonsonateImage via Wikipedia
From In Sight:

In recent years, Central American has become an increasingly important route for trafficking drugs from South America up to Mexico and the United States. El Salvador is a key location on this journey north, and is home to a vital cocaine pathway, known as El Caminito, which stretches from the Honduran border to the Guatemalan border.
Located on El Salvador’s Pacific coast, close to Guatemala, the province of Sonsonate is strategic territory for drug traffickers. Its main port, Acajutla, is a crucial hub for drug shipments, and its proximity to Guatemala ensures quick ground transfer to Mexico.

Obamaist Front Group Attacks Glenn Beck for Talking About Mexican Border Violence

Counties along the Mexico-United States borderSouthwest Killing Fields, via Wikipedia

Media Matters had this to say:

On his radio show, Glenn Beck fearmongered about violence along the U.S.-Mexico border to suggest that the government will confiscate Americans’ guns. In fact, the Justice Department has simply issued regulations putting in place a reporting requirement for multiple purchases of certain kinds of rifles, and, furthermore, violence in areas on the U.S. side of the border is dropping.