Murkowski Collecting Lawyers
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is leaving no stone unturned in her
role as an incumbent underdog write-in candidate in Alaska.
She has a slogan ("Fill it in, write it in") to remind voters they
have to fill in the bubble as well as writing in her name. She is
distributing tens of thousands of bracelets with her name spelled
correctly: M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I. And most important, she is hiring lawyers
for hand-to-hand combat over each ballot in the event of a close
election. Shades of Franken vs. Coleman in Minnesota.
One possible complication for her is that the head of the Alaska
Division of Elections has said that while "Lisa" would not count as
a vote for her, "Lisa M." would count because Alaska law says the
"intent of the voter" is primary. However, if the Republicans can find
a Lisa Murphy or Lisa Montgomery or Lisa MacDonald to register as
a write-in candidate, then "Lisa M." would not be good enough and votes
for "Lisa M." would be discarded. You can imagine the legal fighting
that will ensue if another Lisa M. registers as a write-in but
does not campaign.
Obama Enters Attack Mode
After remaining aloof for months, President Obama has finally decided
to become more partisan and is starting to
Republicans and their allies.
In particular, he is going after the Chamber of Commerce, which is spending
tens of millions of dollars attacking Democrats. There are widespread
reports that the Chamber is using funds obtained from foreign corporations
(including corporations controlled by foreign governments) to pay for
ads against Democrats. The use of such funds is clearly illegal.
The Chamber claims that it segregates foreign money from domestic money
but money is fungible, of course. Even if the Chamber used its foreign
funds for paying, say, the salaries of secretaries (which is legal),
that would free up domestic funds for attack ads. Up until now, Obama
has refrained from attacking Republicans and their allies, but apparently
the scale of the looming disaster is begining to dawn on him and he is
starting to get serious about fighting back.
GOP Women in California Use Different Tactics
California has two top races in which female former top
corporate executives are battling for office. Former eBay CEO Meg
Whitman (R) is facing off against former California governor Jerry Brown (D)
for the governor's mansion. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R)
is up against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in the Senate race. The two
women challengers are
very different strategies. Whitman is running as a moderate and claiming
she is a better manager than Brown. Fiorina is running as an unabashed
conservative and claiming Boxer is too liberal. However, polls show
both of them currently trailing.
Today's Polls: GA NC OK
|| Mike Thurmond
|| Johnny Isakson*
|| Oct 06
|| Oct 06
| North Carolina
|| Elaine Marshall
|| Richard Burr*
|| Sep 25
|| Sep 30
|| High Point University
|| Jim Rogers
|| Tom Coburn*
|| Oct 03
|| Oct 07
|| Sooner Poll
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