Daily Archives: October 13, 2008

>Florida Republicans cast blame as McCain trails in polls

>The Miami HeraldJohn McCain’s plunging poll numbers in Florida have top Republicans second-guessing and starting to distance themselves from the campaign.

For the first time in more than a decade, Florida Republicans are considering the almost unthinkable: Their presidential nominee could lose the state.

The economy, an unpopular president, a strong opponent, and the inability of John McCain to reverse poll numbers despite repeatedly revising his strategy has top state Republicans looking for someone to blame.

”There are a lot of folks who have never been in a foxhole before and are clearly nervous,” said Brian Ballard, a major McCain fundraiser. “There is some finger-pointing going on a little bit too soon.”

Even Gov. Charlie Crist, who helped deliver Florida for McCain during the primary, said he will be spending more time minding the state’s weak economy than campaigning for the Arizona senator in the final weeks before Election Day.

”When I have time to help, I’ll try to do that,” Crist said last week, after he flew around the state with McCain running mate Sarah Palin. Saturday, he skipped a McCain football rally and instead went to Disney World…..

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Florida Republicans cast blame as McCain trails in polls

The Miami HeraldJohn McCain’s plunging poll numbers in Florida have top Republicans second-guessing and starting to distance themselves from the campaign.

For the first time in more than a decade, Florida Republicans are considering the almost unthinkable: Their presidential nominee could lose the state.

The economy, an unpopular president, a strong opponent, and the inability of John McCain to reverse poll numbers despite repeatedly revising his strategy has top state Republicans looking for someone to blame.

”There are a lot of folks who have never been in a foxhole before and are clearly nervous,” said Brian Ballard, a major McCain fundraiser. “There is some finger-pointing going on a little bit too soon.”

Even Gov. Charlie Crist, who helped deliver Florida for McCain during the primary, said he will be spending more time minding the state’s weak economy than campaigning for the Arizona senator in the final weeks before Election Day.

”When I have time to help, I’ll try to do that,” Crist said last week, after he flew around the state with McCain running mate Sarah Palin. Saturday, he skipped a McCain football rally and instead went to Disney World…..

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Contamination Was Covered Up From Taxpayers


PRESS RELEASE

The fact that the Republican-controlled Middletown Committee covered up contamination beneath Town Hall and the Middletown Cultural Center, respectively, is not in dispute.

Beneath the Town Hall engineers say there is a vein of diesel oil that continues to migrate, Grenafege said. He noted that the Middletown Committee is trying to tell residents that oil moves up hill from an old Exxon station and not down hill from Town Hall. “That’s nonsense,” Grenafege said.

Walsh said there is also contamination at the Middletown Cultural Arts Center, formerly known as the Banfield Building, which existed prior to ownership or construction. “And yet nothing was done to inform the residents or remediate the problem. How much is this mistake going to cost our taxpayers?” she said.

The candidates said the state has determined a decade ago that both contaminated sites have to be remediated, and yet nothing has been done. “This could cost millions,” Walsh said.

Grenafege said these contamination issues are emblematic of the contamination that has existed on the governing body for the past quarter-century.

Walsh said that, in view of the administration’s view of conservation, addressing contamination should have been Job No. 1. “But the Republican-controlled Township Committee’s commitment to conservation is for public consumption, not an actual commitment,” Walsh said.

The candidates agreed that there has been a conscious cover up of the facts surrounding the contamination of these two public areas. “There is no other way to explain the total absence of information about these very important issues,” Grenafege said.

The candidates agreed that the governing body has to address this issue. “As members of the Middletown Committee, Jim Grenafege and I will join with committeemen Patrick Short and Sean Byrnes and not only disclose the facts about this cover-up but address this situation in a public way,” Walsh concluded.

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Contamination Was Covered Up From Taxpayers


PRESS RELEASE

The fact that the Republican-controlled Middletown Committee covered up contamination beneath Town Hall and the Middletown Cultural Center, respectively, is not in dispute.

Beneath the Town Hall engineers say there is a vein of diesel oil that continues to migrate, Grenafege said. He noted that the Middletown Committee is trying to tell residents that oil moves up hill from an old Exxon station and not down hill from Town Hall. “That’s nonsense,” Grenafege said.

Walsh said there is also contamination at the Middletown Cultural Arts Center, formerly known as the Banfield Building, which existed prior to ownership or construction. “And yet nothing was done to inform the residents or remediate the problem. How much is this mistake going to cost our taxpayers?” she said.

The candidates said the state has determined a decade ago that both contaminated sites have to be remediated, and yet nothing has been done. “This could cost millions,” Walsh said.

Grenafege said these contamination issues are emblematic of the contamination that has existed on the governing body for the past quarter-century.

Walsh said that, in view of the administration’s view of conservation, addressing contamination should have been Job No. 1. “But the Republican-controlled Township Committee’s commitment to conservation is for public consumption, not an actual commitment,” Walsh said.

The candidates agreed that there has been a conscious cover up of the facts surrounding the contamination of these two public areas. “There is no other way to explain the total absence of information about these very important issues,” Grenafege said.

The candidates agreed that the governing body has to address this issue. “As members of the Middletown Committee, Jim Grenafege and I will join with committeemen Patrick Short and Sean Byrnes and not only disclose the facts about this cover-up but address this situation in a public way,” Walsh concluded.

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Monmouth Republican Freeholder Candidates at Odds


Back on Sept. 25th I posted about the bad blood and animosity between the two Monmouth County Republican Freeholder Candidates, Lillian Bury and John Curly. I mentioned how Burry and Curly did not get along and that the both could not stand each other. I also mentioned that Curly was snubbed by Burry and was not invited to a fundraiser of hers.

Well, it seems as though the bad relations between the two have been noticed by others. The Asbury Park Press’s Bob Jordan wrote about it in yesterday’s paper:

“Republican Lillian G. Burry is running for another term as a Monmouth County freeholder, but don’t go to the Burry campaign Web site’s five pages of text and 21 pictures if you want to learn about her running mate.

That’s because John P. Curley isn’t mentioned on the site or included in any of the photographs. Indeed, there is no hint that the Republicans have a two-candidate ticket in the Nov. 4 county elections.

The county elections annually feature heated Democrat versus Republican contests, but this year’s version has added Republican vs. Republican fireworks.”

This obvious split between the republican ticket should be a boost to their democratic rivals Glenn Mason and Amy Mallet, dissention amongst the ranks this close to an election is never good. Lets see if Mason and Mallet can capitalize on it.

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Monmouth Republican Freeholder Candidates at Odds


Back on Sept. 25th I posted about the bad blood and animosity between the two Monmouth County Republican Freeholder Candidates, Lillian Bury and John Curly. I mentioned how Burry and Curly did not get along and that the both could not stand each other. I also mentioned that Curly was snubbed by Burry and was not invited to a fundraiser of hers.

Well, it seems as though the bad relations between the two have been noticed by others. The Asbury Park Press’s Bob Jordan wrote about it in yesterday’s paper:

“Republican Lillian G. Burry is running for another term as a Monmouth County freeholder, but don’t go to the Burry campaign Web site’s five pages of text and 21 pictures if you want to learn about her running mate.

That’s because John P. Curley isn’t mentioned on the site or included in any of the photographs. Indeed, there is no hint that the Republicans have a two-candidate ticket in the Nov. 4 county elections.

The county elections annually feature heated Democrat versus Republican contests, but this year’s version has added Republican vs. Republican fireworks.”

This obvious split between the republican ticket should be a boost to their democratic rivals Glenn Mason and Amy Mallet, dissention amongst the ranks this close to an election is never good. Lets see if Mason and Mallet can capitalize on it.

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>Paul Krugman Wins Economics Nobel

>Paul Krugman, a professor at Princeton University and an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Monday.

Mr. Krugman received the award for his work on international trade and economic geography. In particular, the prize committee lauded his work for “having shown the effects of economies of scale on trade patterns and on the location of economic activity.” He has developed models that explain observed patterns of trade between countries, as well as what goods are produced where and why. Traditional trade theory assumes that countries are different and will exchange different kinds of goods with each other; Mr. Krugman’s theories have explained why worldwide trade is dominated by a few countries that are similar to each other, and why some countries might import the same kinds of goods that it exports….

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Paul Krugman Wins Economics Nobel

Paul Krugman, a professor at Princeton University and an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Monday.

Mr. Krugman received the award for his work on international trade and economic geography. In particular, the prize committee lauded his work for “having shown the effects of economies of scale on trade patterns and on the location of economic activity.” He has developed models that explain observed patterns of trade between countries, as well as what goods are produced where and why. Traditional trade theory assumes that countries are different and will exchange different kinds of goods with each other; Mr. Krugman’s theories have explained why worldwide trade is dominated by a few countries that are similar to each other, and why some countries might import the same kinds of goods that it exports….

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Walsh Fights Back Against Petition Recall

PRESS RELEASE
Recall petition: partisanship wrapped around mistruths
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ): According to Middletown Democrat for Township Committee Patricia Walsh, she left Middletown Republican Chairman Peter Carton’s Republican party because of  “personal attacks, the likes of which he is launching against me right now.”

A petition drive, sponsored by Republicans James Cody, Kathleen Bjelka and Anthony Testa,
was begun Oct. 8. The petition erroneously claims that Walsh “accepted a $30,000 gift.” In addition, the petition singled out Walsh as having raised  “taxes more than any official in Middletown history.” In fact, the petition distored Walsh’s record, the candidate said, and is a typical “dirty trick” to distract the good people of Middletown from the real issues, such as taxes and affordability.

“I have in my possession sworn statements in depositions that show the personal loan
made to me by Cathy Sullivan has been repaid in full,” Walsh said.

The personal loan referred to by the petition was made when Republican Committeeman Tom
Stokes sued Walsh unsuccessfully for eight years in an attempt to “own what Pat Walsh owns.” Stokes used a Republican law firm, which represented him on a contingency basis, to conduct the failed lawsuit. Subsequently, Stokes was awarded a job on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, a well-known breeding ground for cronyism, and a seat on the Middletown Sewerage Authority, which is given by the all-Republican Middletown Committee.

Where it involves her voting record on the school board, Walsh said she has “dutifully participated as a member of that body for 11 years and is proud that she has worked for consensus to improve the education of township children ” as a volunteer. Consequently,
Walsh said she is proud of the quality of education for Middletown’s children. “As a group, Middletown’s children are some of the best-educated in the country, as testified to by where these kids go to college afterward,” Walsh said.

“The real reason for this petition is not because I participated on the school board, or because I won a lawsuit against Tom Stokes,” Walsh said. “The reason this petition is going on is because it is likely that, come Election Day, myself and my running mate, Jim Grenafege, are going to join committeemen Patrick Short and Sean Byrnes on the governing body.”

Walsh said the Republican-controlled Middletown Committee has “raped the township’s
coffers with partisan appointments and cronyism for more than a quarter-century.”

Walsh said that Middletown is witnessing the “death rattle” of 27 years of corruption, sponsored principally by Middletown Republican Chairman Peter Carton.

“To put it simply, the way of life for a handful of corrupt local Republican officials is about ready to come to a screeching halt in January, and Mr. Carton and his cronies are fighting it in every way they can—this petition included,” Walsh said.

However, despite the scurrilous Republican attacks, Walsh said she will not be deterred in reforming Middletown’s government, changing her hometown’s approach to spending, or cleaning up the evident corruption that has taken hold of Monmouth’s largest municipality.

“It has always been a case where Middletown will get “fixed some other day,” “ Walsh said. “Well, I have news for Mr. Carton and his flunkies: It’s some other day”

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Walsh Fights Back Against Petition Recall

PRESS RELEASE
Recall petition: partisanship wrapped around mistruths
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ): According to Middletown Democrat for Township Committee Patricia Walsh, she left Middletown Republican Chairman Peter Carton’s Republican party because of  “personal attacks, the likes of which he is launching against me right now.”

A petition drive, sponsored by Republicans James Cody, Kathleen Bjelka and Anthony Testa,
was begun Oct. 8. The petition erroneously claims that Walsh “accepted a $30,000 gift.” In addition, the petition singled out Walsh as having raised  “taxes more than any official in Middletown history.” In fact, the petition distored Walsh’s record, the candidate said, and is a typical “dirty trick” to distract the good people of Middletown from the real issues, such as taxes and affordability.

“I have in my possession sworn statements in depositions that show the personal loan
made to me by Cathy Sullivan has been repaid in full,” Walsh said.

The personal loan referred to by the petition was made when Republican Committeeman Tom
Stokes sued Walsh unsuccessfully for eight years in an attempt to “own what Pat Walsh owns.” Stokes used a Republican law firm, which represented him on a contingency basis, to conduct the failed lawsuit. Subsequently, Stokes was awarded a job on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, a well-known breeding ground for cronyism, and a seat on the Middletown Sewerage Authority, which is given by the all-Republican Middletown Committee.

Where it involves her voting record on the school board, Walsh said she has “dutifully participated as a member of that body for 11 years and is proud that she has worked for consensus to improve the education of township children ” as a volunteer. Consequently,
Walsh said she is proud of the quality of education for Middletown’s children. “As a group, Middletown’s children are some of the best-educated in the country, as testified to by where these kids go to college afterward,” Walsh said.

“The real reason for this petition is not because I participated on the school board, or because I won a lawsuit against Tom Stokes,” Walsh said. “The reason this petition is going on is because it is likely that, come Election Day, myself and my running mate, Jim Grenafege, are going to join committeemen Patrick Short and Sean Byrnes on the governing body.”

Walsh said the Republican-controlled Middletown Committee has “raped the township’s
coffers with partisan appointments and cronyism for more than a quarter-century.”

Walsh said that Middletown is witnessing the “death rattle” of 27 years of corruption, sponsored principally by Middletown Republican Chairman Peter Carton.

“To put it simply, the way of life for a handful of corrupt local Republican officials is about ready to come to a screeching halt in January, and Mr. Carton and his cronies are fighting it in every way they can—this petition included,” Walsh said.

However, despite the scurrilous Republican attacks, Walsh said she will not be deterred in reforming Middletown’s government, changing her hometown’s approach to spending, or cleaning up the evident corruption that has taken hold of Monmouth’s largest municipality.

“It has always been a case where Middletown will get “fixed some other day,” “ Walsh said. “Well, I have news for Mr. Carton and his flunkies: It’s some other day”

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