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Friday, October 24, 2014

WAPOs Glen Kessler: KY Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes Should Be Ashamed of Herself

Washington Post" fact checker Glenn Kessler ripped apart Kentucky's Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes for running an ad that not only contained a debunked claim but added another falsehood for good measure. Kessler wrote,"We realize that the game of politics is sometimes played rough in Kentucky, but this ad is beyond the pale. Indeed, it is likely the worst ad of a nasty campaign year. Grimes should be ashamed of herself."

The advertisement in question (embedded above) claims that Grimes' opponent, incumbent Mitch McConnell, took $600K from anti-coal interests, including former NY Mayor Bloomberg, a claim the fact checker already gave his worst "Four Pinocchios" rating. Grimes stated:
I am Alison Lundergan Grimes and this is the Big Sandy power plant in Louisa, Kentucky. They are shutting down half the plant and laying off their workers because Mitch McConnell didn’t fight to get the scrubbers it needs to reduce coal emissions. Instead, Mitch and his wife pocketed $600,000 from enemies of coal, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I approve this message because the difference between Mitch and me is I will fight for these jobs and no New York anti-coal billionaire will ever buy me off.
According to the communications director for the company which owns Big Sandy, Mitch McConnell had nothing to do with the scrubber decision. It is true that McConnell voted against the bill which designed to make scrubbers cheaper, but the bill passed anyway and the company decided against retrofitting Big Sandy anyway:
Retrofitting the plant for the new coal regs “was not in the best interests of our customers” because of the potential rate increase, said Melissa McHenry, AEP’s director of external communications. She said there is nothing that McConnell could have done to help the company get the scrubbers, since it is a state regulatory issue. When a company makes a decision like this, it makes a filing that seeks recovery of the costs of investment. “There is no involvement of a senator in that process,” she said.

The Grimes campaign defends this language on the grounds that McConnell voted against budget plans that would have boosted funding for clean coal technology — research that the campaign claims might have made scrubbers less expensive. But, despite McConnell’s negative vote, the spending bills were approved and the investments were made anyway. Most of the votes cited by the Grimes campaign took place after AEP’s decision to close the plant, so there’s really no justification for this statement.
The way Grimes gets to the $600k is truly unique. McConnell's wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao joined the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ advisory board in 2012 (for which she was paid $9,400/year). The year before Chao joined the board, Bloomberg Philanthropies committed $50 million over four years for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, which aims to retire one-third of dirty coal plants by 2020.
“The decision to provide funding to Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative took place before Elaine Chao joined the board,” spokeswoman Meghan Womack told The Fact Checker. “Bloomberg Philanthropies’ board members do not vote on individual initiatives or program spends.”

Womack disputed the description of Bloomberg as an anti-coal group. “The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation and the arts,” she said. “In 2013, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $452 million.
”Even if you don't believe Womak, Chao only received $9,400, so how did Grimes get to $600K?
 Apparently Chao was also on the board of directors of Wells Fargo, the megabank. According to the bank's proxy statement for the 3 years she has been on the board, Chao (and all board members) received $685K. Grimes added $685K and $9,400 and got a total of $600K.
Wait a second. Wells Fargo is a bank. Why does Grimes lump it among “enemies of coal”? The Grimes campaign justified this on the grounds that in a 2013 report Wells Fargo said that it had been curtailing its financing of “mountain top removal” (MTR) coal operations.

But Jennifer G. Dunn, a Wells Fargo spokeswoman, said Wells Fargo adopted this policy in 2006 — five years before Chao joined the board. It was just not formally mentioned in a Wells Fargo external document until 2013, she said.
Even worse is Grimes' contention that Wells Fargo is anti-coal, since the bank still finances coal companies. They finance coal companies to such a huge extent that environmental groups have given the bank a "D" rating for financing coal-fired plants.

Kessler ends with words that seem more like condemnation of the Democratic Party candidate than a conclusion:
So let’s review. Grimes first makes a nonsense claim that McConnell should have somehow arranged for scrubbers in a privately-owned plant that would have sent utility rates soaring.

Then, in a desperate effort to somehow cite Bloomberg’s name, she accuses McConnell of being bought off by a $9,000 payment to McConnell’s wife (who is independently wealthy). Citing a $600,000 number from “enemies of coal” is especially silly, as it mostly involves money from a bank that continues to finance coal companies.

Most striking, Grimes puts her own credibility on the line by uttering these recidivist claims herself, rather than relying on an unseen narrator.

We realize that the game of politics is sometimes played rough in Kentucky, but this ad is beyond the pale. Indeed, it is likely the worst ad of a nasty campaign year. Grimes should be ashamed of herself.

Is Anthony Weiner At It Again? It Looks That Way

Weiner's homepage as it looked earlier today notice the tweet is filed under favorits

“Realistically, my political career is probably over,” Weiner told in an interview published Tuesday. “The only job I ever wanted more than Congress was mayor, and I don’t think that either of those two jobs are going to be available.” If his political career wasn't over on Tuesday, it certainly may be on Friday as a picture from an attractive woman was Favorited by the former congressman on his verified twitter account @AnthonyWeiner

Close Up of the Tweet

The picture was sent from the account @JoslynSteven whose account home page is captioned "filling in for your wife since 2001"

Tweets such as the one from Ms Stevens are sent intermittently to most twitter accounts as spam, however normally people don't favorite the tweet except if they are legitimate tweets or if people expect to act on them (Note: the tweet was removed from Mr. Weiner's favorites when the pictures were first published on Gawker and Ms Stevens account has since been suspended by Twitter).

Ms Stevens Twitter Homepage

A post on Ms. Stevens' website begins:
I've been receiving emails from many of you looking to have an affair for the first time but who don't know where to start. Stepping out on your partner can be scary especially considering what's at stake if your affair is discovered but don't worry, you can be successful. Millions of men (and women) around the world are rediscovering themselves through affairs and no amount of moral shaming from society is going to change that.
If putting this woman's tweet in his favorites was anything but an "innocent mistake" this would make Mr. Weiner a three-time loser. Even if he did not contact Ms Stevens, with his "twitter" track record, and knowing that people are following his account perhaps it would be best if the former congressman addressed his need for racy pictures in more of a low-tech manner.

Perhaps Michelle Obama Should Use A Teleprompter-She Screws Up Again

Perhaps its time for Michelle Obama to borrow her husband's teleprompter or if she does use one maybe it's time for an upgrade because yesterday at a campaign appearance for Mark Udall she quoted from the biography of his Republican opponent Corey Gardner.

At a campaign appearance in Denver on Thursday night Mrs. Obama referred to Senator Mark Udall of Colorado who was born in Arizona, as a “fifth-generation Coloradan.” Obviously Udall doesn't fit into the 5th generation category but his opponent does. That  phrase that appears in the online versions of both the congressional and campaign biographies of Representative Cory Gardner.

“As a fifth-generation Coloradan, Mark understands what makes this state special,” Mrs. Obama said. “He understands the values of independence and fairness — all the things here folks believe in.”
Recently the first lady botched the name of Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley throughout a campaign appearance. And during her next Iowa appearance someone in her office sent out the transcript claiming that Braley was running for Governor instead of Senator.

Maybe from now on she can say "Vote for Good Ole Whatshisface" Who is running for "office."

Newsbusted: Economists Predict A 3rd Obama Term Would Result in Free Gasoline

Even though it is prohibited by the Constitutions economists have looked at the trends and predict that if Obama was allowed a third term gasoline would be free. As explained by Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller (see video below) the recent drop in gasoline prices is a result of the weak economy which leads to people purchasing less gas causing a buildup of supply. These economists questioned by Ms Miller believe an additional four years of Obama's economic policy would damage the economy and build up the supply to such a great extent that gasoline would be given away.

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the twice- weekly faux news feature from (embedded below) include; Chris Matthews and MSNBC's low ratings; the Midterm elections; Bruce Jenner; and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. Last week Jeanne Shaheen forgot to press play and yesterday she had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Debate. So if you don't want your campaign to fall apart you better press play.

Oh and if you cannot see the video player below please click here

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Debate

If Jeanne Shaheen’s goal in her debate with Scott Brown today was to create more material for Brown's campaign ads she had a great night.  But assuming the incumbent Democrat wants to win her reelection campaign it was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Debate. 

In a rare moment of candor, Jeanne Shaheen admitted that she and every other Democratic senator on the ballot this fall was the deciding vote for ObamaCare. And as if that wasn’t a big enough problem on its own, Shaheen said she was proud of her record of supporting President Obama 99 percent of the time and waffled on whether she wanted the President to come campaign for her....Yikes... watch her multiple gaffes below.

Jeanne Shaheen Admits She Was The “Deciding Vote” For ObamaCare

Jeanne Shaheen: I’m “Proud” Of My 99% Voting Record With Obama

Jeanne Shaheen Waffles On If She Wants Obama Campaigning For Her