West Palm Beach, Fla. - Firebrand Republican Rep. Allen West was defeated by Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, according to the state´s vote count Saturday, but the incumbent won´t concede. The state issued complete but unofficial results showing Murphy with a lead of 2,442 votes, or 50.4 percent. That´s beyond the half-percent margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. A handful of overseas and military ballots remain outstanding, but under state law the decision for a recount is based on Saturday´s count. Murphy declared victory early Wednesday morning and has held
Comments: This article is through the Star Tribune This is the only man in this election that won´t give up. We fisherman here in Florida love him. You should too. I work in the Ocean Product business, he stands up for us, get ready to pay 20 bucks for a pound of fish.
Allen West is my congressman; he has every right to question the ballot count, since there are many egregious problems with the machines in Florida as well as the way ballots are handled. If Rep. West sees that the ballots have been fairly counted, he will concede with grace. Given the fact the machines have eaten ballots in some precincts, he deserves a respectful chance to check it out.
THe local CBS affiliate is reporting a voter turnout of 141% (not a typo) of the registered voters in St. Lucie County which is (FTA)´the only one of the three" the opponent won. Darn straight I´d want to see the votes add up properly.
Post 6, I agree. The RNC elites undermined Allen West. Apparently the RNC is also to blame for the presidential debates which set up GOP candidates for failure. Bias liberal "journalists" have.moderated every debate since 1996. Town hall formats are a travesty. Enough is enough. The RNC must be fumigated before we have any chance to win a national election.
Romney crushed Obama in the debates. My sad sense from talking to some people in Chicago, and maybe the sample size is too small, is that many who did not like Obama just would not vote for a Mormon. It saddens me deeply. I honestly feel in my bones that Romney would have been one if the great Presidents of the United States of America. Instead, our descent quickens, and the world darkens.
Not voting for Mitt cuz he´s a Mormon is an assinine attitude. Whatever you want to say about Mormonism and some strange beliefs, every one I´ve ever known is a model citizen, has liberty in their DNA, is clean cut, polite, generous and hard working.
Gee, we wouldn´t want any of that in the White House, now would we?
Rumblehog - you are correct. I told my wife this summer that if you are not paying income taxes, you should not have a say in who spends your money. That would clean out all of those on the dole who do not help fund this country, including those on social security who do not pay taxes any longer. No dog in the race. Then you don´t get to pick who makes the rules.
The republicans in NY State approved a redistricting that would have flushed Ann Marie Burkle down the toilet, but a brave NYS lady judge threw out that betrayal, and a better redistricting was created. Even at that, though, Ann Marie appears to have lost to charlie rangel´s boy, dan maffei. But it was relatively close. If the republican party gets its act together, there could be a huge resurgence of republicans in the House and Senate. That is, if the republican candidates stop saying stupid stuff about abortion. Just answer the question about such matters by saying the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the matter. Man, a 10 year old would be wise enough to do that.
#17, you should meet some of my Mormon acquaintances here in PHX. They will bend over backwards for their Mormon friends because to do otherwise would be a sin in their eyes and every ward in the state would know about it, they are that clannish. They will also be nice if they think they can convert you but otherwise, screw you. If you ever looked at some of the parallels between Mormons and Muslims, they are very similar. They expect the wives to obey their husbands in all things. I have worked with some of them. They are not happy women. Of course having 6-10 kids each doesn´t help either.
Thank you Congressman West! I was hoping he would have a place in the Romney administration if he lost his seat. Still, he was originally elected by Tea Party people, and can be put back in office in 2014 by same (if the actual vote count leaves him out this time).
Col. West was kicked out of the military for having the stones to do what was necessary for the lives of his troops. That fighting spirit, that willingness to fight to the finish, clearly has not abated in his time as a civilian.
Does he need money to fight this fight? Send every dime the RNC is asking for straight to West.
St. Lucie county is to recount votes next week. Personally I think Palm Beach county screwed up their recounts too, and the supervisor was getting very testy with West´s attorney. We were so disappointed when West chose to run in 18 and not 22 again but guess he had his reasons. I do hope he comes out of this on top. His opponent is a jerk. Go Allen go.
Poster #26, it looks like that to me, too. By the way, how many is "a handful"? How can a winner be declared without military votes counted? It´s as if government is only going through the motions with the military vote. Could their votes put it in under 1/2 percent needed for a recount?
Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of Istanbul´s Taksim Square, hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan demanded an immediate end to 10 days of demonstrations. Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu appeared on television, declaring that police operations would continue day and night until the square, focus of demonstrations against Erdogan, was cleared. Police fired volleys of tear gas canisters into a crowd of thousands - people in office clothes as well as youths in masks who had fought skirmishes throughout the day - scattering them into side streets and nearby hotels.
A Democratic campaign office here usually would be quiet this time of year, a few weeks after the state´s legislature wrapped up work and lawmakers headed off to summer vacations. But even though it´s not an election year, the office is in full campaign mode, with volunteers working the phones and reviewing maps in anticipation of a new front of modern campaigning -- the recall phase. A handful of Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado face recall petition efforts in what looks to be the first wave of fallout over legislative votes to limit gun rights.
President Barack Obama will join New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday for a tour of the Jersey Shore damaged by Superstorm Sandy, replaying a scene from last year that some observers believe helped Obama win re-election. Christie, a Republican, gave Obama, a Democrat, blunt praise (Snip "I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and his compassion," Christie said during an October 31 tour together of the damaged areas. Though Christie supported the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, in the 2012 race, his compliments to the Democratic incumbent were seen as a boost to Obama.
The farm state of Michoacan is burning. A drug cartel that takes its name from an ancient monastic order has set fire to lumber yards, packing plants and passenger buses in a medieval-like reign of terror. The Knights Templar cartel is extorting protection payments from cattlemen, lime growers and businesses such as butchers, prompting some communities to fight back, taking up arms in vigilante patrols. Lime picker Alejandro Ayala chose to seek help from the law instead. After the cartel forced him out of work by shutting down fruit warehouses, he and several dozen co-workers, escorted by Federal Police
President Obama plans to open a new phase in the nation’s long struggle with terrorism on Thursday by restricting the use of unmanned drone strikes that have been at the heart of his national security strategy and shifting control of them away from the C.I.A. to the military. In his first major speech on counterterrorism of his second term, Mr. Obama hopes to refocus the epic conflict that has defined American priorities since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and even foresees an unspecified day when the so-called war on terror might all but end, according to people briefed
President Obama holds a brief news conference Monday morning with British Prime Minister David Cameron, but he is likely to be asked about pressing domestic issues: Benghazi and the IRS. As Republicans call for a select committee to investigate the administration over the Sept. 11 attack on a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Obama and his aides must also deal with reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups. Obama and Cameron are scheduled to face the press at 11:15 a.m. in the White House Rose Garden. Obama has not commented publicly on the IRS (Snip)
An ice wave flowing from Millie Lacs Lake in Minnesota has been captured on amateur video, showing an expanding wave of frozen water engulfing gardens and threatening people´s homes. The video was filmed by Darla Johnson on Saturday morning and shows the wave of ice visibily advancing on her house near Millie Lacs Lake in the northern state of Minnesota. The peculiar phenomenon is caused by high winds pushing ice off the surface of a lake. Over the weekend, a 29ft wall of ice from a lake just over the border in Canada destroyed at least 12 homes
CHICAGO — Anna Tabakh didn’t know a word of English. At age 5, a stranger in a strange land, she was en route with her parents from the Soviet Union to a new home in Kansas City, Mo. But she understood the intent when security guards at a New York City airport suspiciously eyed her stuffed animal, a rather rotund plush toy pig. “They thought we were smuggling diamonds in my stuffed animal friend,” Tabakh, now 27, says, recalling how her mom, pleading in broken English, persuaded the guards not to tear apart the toy to search its contents.
Former Sen. Jim DeMint said on Sunday immigration reform will cost the country trillions of dollars, neatly encapsulating the conservative opposition (Snip). “This Week” that the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis that it would help economic growth is wrong, and “Heritage is the only organization that has done an analysis of the cost.” “Unlawful immigrants make up about 2 percent of our GDP, and they consume most of that,” DeMint said. “And if you consider all the factors of amnesty and unlawful immigration, the cost will be in the trillions of dollars in the lifetime of these unlawful immigrants.”
NEW YORK — Ex-CIA director David Petraeus (peh-TRAY’-uhs) is replacing one kind of intelligence work with another. Macaulay (muh-KAHL’-lee) Honors College at City University of New York said Tuesday the retired four-star general has been named a visiting professor for public policy. (Snip) Petraeus has a doctorate from Princeton University and has written widely on international relations, military strategy and tactics and national security issues. He says in a statement released by Macaulay he’s pleased to teach at the college, where most students are children of immigrants. He says he looks forward to leading a seminar on the global economic slowdown. Headline and source corrected by Staff.
First lady Michelle Obama slipped up in a local TV interview Thursday and accidentally called herself a “single mother.” “Believe me, as a busy single mother– or, I shouldn’t say single, as a busy mother. Sometimes, you know, when you’ve got a husband who is president (Snip) “But as a busy working mom, and before coming to the White House, I was in that position, you know, as well. Working, driving kids to practice, not having enough time to shop or cook, not having the energy, you know, the resources weren’t the issue but time and energy is key,”
The White House has released a photograph of President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David -- some proof for critics skeptical about whether Obama, amid efforts to tighten gun control, saying he takes target practice at the presidential retreat and that he has a “profound respect” of the tradition of hunting. The official photo apparently depicts Obama – wearing protective glasses and earmuffs -- firing the shotgun Aug. 4, 2012. It was released Friday on the White House’s Flickr account.
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, actor Matt Damon recently weighed in with his thoughts on how President Barack Obama has handled the scandals that have engulfed his administration since the spring. Damon, a vocal supporter of the president since his 2008 campaign for national office, said that Obama is overcompensating for his lack of military background with his tough response to controversies like how the government is responding to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The actor said that Obama is allowing himself to “get bullied” and is acting as though is “manhood”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Preibus said in a statement. In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt,
The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential
Oprah Winfrey on Monday said the killings of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the "same thing." This transpired during an interview with The Grio that aired on NBC´s Today show. OPRAH WINFREY: It´s so easy during this time: Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin parallel to Emmett Till, let me just tell you. In my mind, same thing. But you can, you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we´ve come. Really? Martin and Till are the same thing?
In an exclusive interview for The Grio, NBCUniversal’s African-American news and opinion website, Oprah Winfrey weighed in with her unvarnished thoughts on the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Winfrey said that, in her mind, Martin’s murder and that of Emmett Till in 1955 – whose killers were also acquitted – were the “same thing.” However, she added that it is important to keep in mind how much race relations in America have progressed over the last half-century. In a clip of the interview which aired on NBC’s Today, Oprah told The Grio’s Chris