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  • Mitt Romney Losing Ground in Swing States

    With the general election just a few short months away, it's critical for Mitt Romney to reach out to the important swing states, focus on talking to the people who live there and allow the voters there to get to know him.

    Unfortunately, that carries with it certain dangers. Such as the danger that the voters there might get to know him

    Among the voters in our poll living in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Obama's lead over Romney increases to 50%-42%.

    Also in these swing states, Romney's favorability numbers have dropped: A month ago, Romney's fav/unfav score stood at 34%/38% nationally and 36%-36% in these 12 swing states. But in this latest survey, his national fav/unfav score is 33%-39% (that 39% unfav is tied with his all-time high) and 30%-41% in the swing states.

    It's probably for the best to keep him away from swing staters for a little while longer. Like maybe just four or five months. After that, definitely get him out there.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mitt Romney, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Polls, Virginia, Wisconsin
  • New Hampshire Republicans More Progressive on Marriage Equality Than Barack Obama

    Let's talk about New Hampshire.

    It's a place where State House Republicans command a 3-1, 189-seat advantage over the Democrats. Its legislature takes time out to consider bills that would enshrine the Magna Carta as an authority on civil rights legislation, promote creationism in schools and make it more difficult to prosecute domestic violence. It's a state where a legislator recently dropped one of his loaded guns during a committee hearing — it's all good, he carries two at all times! — after donating blood had made him "loopy."

    Yet to their credit, Granite State Republicans recognize some ideas, like denying gay and lesbian couples the right to be as miserable as the rest of us, are too crazy, even for New Hampshire

    After two hours of debate and 10 votes, the House Wednesday decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place. After voting down several amendments and a motion to table the bill, the House members finally decided to kill House Bill 437 on a 211-116 vote…

    "These folks are just people just like you are, they want the same things you do," said Rep. Michael Ball, R-Manchester. "This bill needs to be put down. Put this dog down like it deserves to be." But supporters said the bill would simply return the state to the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

    "Who is next in line? The animal lovers can't be too far behind. Once you open the word to redefinition, it's open to redefinition," said Rep. Warren Groen, R-Rochester. "We are indeed on a slippery slope and we are indeed at the edge of the cliff."

    Rick Santorum has a potential running mate in Warren Groen, but it's also true that an astounding 119 votes in favor of preserving equality came from Republicans  (the state's Democratic governor and Democratic legislators also overwhelmingly opposed repealing marriage). Which would place many New Hampshire Republicans in a more progressive position than President Barack Obama, whose views on the issue are still "evolving." It's all part of his natural selection-inspired 2012 campaign slogan, Very Gradual Change We Are Forced to Believe In Because the Alternative Is Mitt Romney.

    Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, New Hampshire, State Legislature
  • This Week's Top Five Hot State Legislative Actions

    Florida State HouseFederalism is among America' s most fundamental practices. Unfortunately, when someone says "leave it to the states," it means we have to leave it to these states…

    1. A New Hampshire bill that would have required all new legislation addressing individual rights to quote its authority from the Magna Carta was killed in committee by an 11-1 vote, leaving residents bereft of regulatory reforms based on dictates such as, "If a man dies owing money to Jews, his wife may have her dower and pay nothing towards the debt from it." Should have gone with the Code of Hammurabi or just mandate that all legislation be drafted using only the letters R-O-N-A-L-D R-E-A-G-A-N.

    2. Creeping Sharia, which also happens to be the name of my favorite garden vine, is crawling into South Dakota where the state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 against a bill to regulate the use of foreign law in South Dakota courts.

    3. The Virginia legislature is set to repeal a 19-year-old state law that forced residents into dangerous, illicit, back-alley gun purchases by preventing residents from purchasing more than one handgun a month. They also defended the 2nd Amendment right to carelessly leave guns in any damn place

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    Tags: Education, Florida, Guns, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, New Hampshire, Religion, South Dakota, State Legislature, States' Rights, Virginia, Washington
  • New Hampshire Legislators Introduce Freedom to Beat Your Spouse Bills

    One thing to keep in mind whenever a presidential candidate suggests that some issue is best handled at the state or local level is the fact that this relegates lawmaking to state and local legislators and absolutely nothing about the history of governments suggests that is a good idea. Our "laboratories of democracy" are basically 50 self-contained arguments against federalism.

    Take New Hampshire, which in some populist conceit has decided that every dozen residents need their own severely under-resourced and under-paid state legislator, who will somehow remain "close to the people." Of course, the natural conclusion of "citizen legislatures" isn't home-spun wisdom and incorruptibility, insomuch as a bunch of part-time real-estate agents throwing monkey feces at a wall and calling the result a "House Bill."

    The latest in the New Hampshire legislature's attempt to beclown their state as the Arizona of New England is House Bill 1581, which would stand up to lobbyists from Big Battered Spouse and prevent police officers from making an arrest in a domestic violence case without first getting a warrant unless the officer witnessed the crime. The Concord Monitor explains

    An officer is called to a home where she sees clear evidence that an assault has occurred. The furniture is overturned, the children are sobbing, and the face of the woman of the house is bruised and bleeding. It's obvious who the assailant was, but the officer arrived after the assault occurred. It's a small department, and no one else on the force is available to keep the peace until the officer finds a judge or justice of the peace to issue a warrant. The officer leaves, and the abuser renews his attack with even more ferocity, punishing his victim for having called for help.

    And — even though abused spouses have already been told once! — a related bill, which was rejected in committee on Wednesday, would have restricted judicial authority to issue domestic violence protective orders to a few select circumstances.

    The legislative mastermind behind H.B. 1581 is Republican Representative Dan Itse, whose own political philosophy he explains in ways only a guest on the Glenn Beck and Alex Jones Shows can…

    Today our nation, though still the freest in the world, is in danger of sliding into tyranny.  The reason is best explained in the prelude to the movie "Fellowship of the Ring."  The elf queen Galadriel is giving a discourse on the history of the ring, and man's lust for power over other men. Near the conclusion she states "…and some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend, legend became myth…"

    Naturally, Itse's conclusion is that Galadriel should shut her elf queen mouth and go back to making him a Lembas bread sandwich.

    Tags: Crime, Nerdiness, New Hampshire, Republicans, State Legislature, States' Rights, Women's Rights
  • Set the "Days Without a Joe Biden Gaffe" Counter Back to Zero

    It's not really in Vice President Joe Biden's nature to let a nice-sized captive audience go to waste. So, earlier today, when he found himself standing before a group of fired-up Democratic voters in Rochester, N.H., he just had to show off his spot on "call center" voice.

    Yes, you know what those quotes around "call center" are there for. Unfortunately

    My favorite part is how even he gets frustrated and annoyed with himself about midway through the impression. You can almost see him thinking "Goddamnit, Joe!"

    Just like the rest of us.

    Tags: India, Joe Biden, New Hampshire