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It is a match made in heaven. You simply take unlimited money from developers, mixed with the ability to manpower elections, join them together,…. and you get whatever you want.

But the question I’m about to ask, is whether this what WE want? WE as in WE, the people.. That is the question….

What I’m about to show is not news…. Everyone connected already knows it. Even the News Journal knows it, but this “arrangement” sort of sits out there, completely hidden from most voter’s views…. Idealistic first time candidates are usually caught off guard, when they get sucker punched.

It is known by the euphemism: The Delaware Way…

It is how we explain to outsiders why here in Delaware, labor backs Republicans; even to the point of assisting Mike Castle,… protecting him by running interference among the Democrats to insure that only a weak candidate like Mike Miller, or KHN, or another patsy Democrat ever gets the opportunity to climb into the ring…. I understand that Liz Allen is up for the next round.

It also explains why UDC (Unified Development Code) laws get watered down in New Castle County, by those who won their various primary contests, through importing out of state labor to man the polls on election day.

There is nothing scandalous about this… It is the way things are done… and if it served to benefit the interests of New Castle County citizens, or the state of Delaware, then more power to them….

But the goal of turning our state into another Harlem (as we are slowly starting to realize), is not in our states’ long term interest. Today, one city stretches from Washington to Boston. Wisdom dictates that only if Delaware is unique from its neighbors, such as being the only green diamond showing up on Google maps of the East Coast, will we be able to maintain control over our destiny, to keep residential property values high…..and keep our quality of life…even higher.

Obviously, if Delaware’s quality of life becomes rated as the best place to live on the East Coast, more people will want to move here… more businesses will settle here; more investment will come here…. But to achieve that high mark of quality, we need to understand our state’s need to build housing slowly, leveraging the increased demand for our houses to our advantage, thereby keeping our prices a little higher than housing developments of surrounding states.

But that is not how it works… The Delaware Way, often a way rejoiced by Delawareans promoting congenial bipartisanship, simply means that a handful of people are really pulling the strings of both parties. They pull just enough strings to get things done… That is, the things THEY want done… And THEY want to build, build, build.

The smoking gun of all this interactivity is embedded within our state’s campaign finance reports… A simple cross referencing shows some illuminating patterns… Obviously those who receive developer’s funds, will support developers… Equally obvious, is that those who receive labor’s support …will support labor….In the comparisons illuminated below, we see similarities between Republican candidates who always seem to miraculously have a weak candidate running against them, and Democrats who have tons of unionists lined up at every poll….. Whereas much effort is spent by us and the press hounding our politicians, in truth, they are just supporting those who actually put them there…. The campaign finance reports show us, it’s just a handful of men who are running our politicians ragged.

It is this mysterious connection which provides the first insight into the inexplicable foot dragging done on Bluewater Wind…. It also explains to outsiders exactly why the eminent domain bill was first passed, then vetoed, and finally defeated by those who passed it the first time…… Furthermore, it is this connection that explains to outsiders, the watering down of the UDC codes to allow workforce housing to flood lower New Castle County….

This connection is hard to trace by the unconnected; but here is a smoking gun….

Since many of you are facing this for the first time, let us begin by opening this can of worms… “the Hammer and Nails” Club… Here is how they describe themselves….

It is operated solely for the purpose of influencing the nominations, elections, or appointments of candidates for local, county, and state public offices in the State,.. and to assist and promote incumbent elected officials by raising funds

(Keep in mind the maximum amount allowed in state legislative races is $600.)

Here is their 30 day primary report.
Here is their 8 day primary report.
Here is their 30 day general election report.
Here is their 8 day general election report

If you have never read these before, here is a brief primer… The first page is the cover;..the second is the financial synopsis. The next group covers the contributors: whereas the fourth group covers the expenditures… If there are loans, they are covered by the fifth group… (One has to say “group” instead of page, because on large statewide campaigns, it takes quite a few pages to fill out a group, since everyone contributing over $100 is listed…)

So if one clicks on the 30 day primary report, one sees that the large amounts were given to:
Terry Spence, Republican
Sean Lynn, Levy Court
Senator Bonni, Republican (incidentally not recorded by him)
Senator Adams, Democrat (report not available)
Rep Joe Booth, Republican
Mr. Pam Scott, Democrat (listed under Home Builders Association, same address)
Chris Coons, Democrat (also not listed by him… but if you want to see how to hide things..)
Senator Tony DeLuca, Democrat
Bill Carson, (also not listed by him)
Rep. Dick Cathcart, Republican
Rep. George Carey, Republican
Rep. Gerald Hocker, Republican (listed under Home Builders Delaware, same address)
Deborah Hudson,
Findley B Jones, (who?)
Rep. Greg Lavelle, Republican
Rep Greg Hastings, Republican
Rep Pam Maier, (no report filed)
Rep. Nick Manolakos. Republican
Rep. Miro, Republican
Outten’s Campaign,
Lynn Rogers, (no report filed)
Sorenson, Republican (not listed on her report)
Again Terry Spence, Republican ($250 over maximum)
Donna Stone, Republican
Pam Thornburg, Republican
Bob Valihura, Republican
Nancy Wagner, Republican
Bob Walls, Republican
Bob Gilligan, Democrat (listed as Home Builder’s Assc. of Delaware)
Ben Ewing, (no report filed)

And on the 8 day report…

Mark Baker… Republican.

Notice both Republican and Democrats are heavily funded.

Here are similarities among the financial reports of those “Labor Endorsed” candidates… Carney, Coons, Clark, Bell, Smiley.

x John Carney: Mario Capano, David’s Floor Coverings, DELPAC, Lawrence DiSabitino, EDS, First Brandywine Investment Group, Local 3384, MAPAC, Bill McCloskey, Toll Bros.,

x Chris Coons: (my neck hurts) Petrucci and Assoc.,John Petrillo, Lawrence DiSabitino, Local 74 PAC, Local 19 PAC, Apex Engineering, Local 42 PAC, (and as noticed above, the Hammer and Nails entry was missing)

x Mr. Pam Scott: Stoltz, Home Buiilder’s Association of Delaware (same address as Hammer and Nails Club), Y,C,S,Taylor LLC, Emory Hill Real Estate, Frank Capano, ABC Merit Shop PAC, Bancroft Construction, AFL-CIO AFSCME, CCS Investors, Artesian Water, Laird Stabler III, Stanley Builders

x Bill Bell Lorraine Ferrara, Lester Reality, DiSabitino, Mario Capano, Francis Julian. Robert Lee Maxwell. Artesian Water

x George Smiley(What’s up with Commerce Bank’s $19,515 and a mysterious $13,000 Certificate of Deposit?) Robert Lee Maxwell, Delaware Building Trades PAC, Lorraine Ferrara, Local 19, Saul Ewing, John McGrellis III, Local 42 PAC, Artesian Water

Ok, now so pick some candidates who would be the political exact opposite of the Clark, Coons, Smiley, and Bell contingent?

x-Gerald Hocker: Artesian Water, ABC Merit Shop PAC, Home Builders Delaware Association (same address as Hammer and Nails Club),

x-George Carey ABC Merit Shop PAC, Artesian Water, Hammer and Nails Club,

x-Charlie Copeland ABC Merit Shop PAC, Artesian Water, Mark Baker, Bancroft Construction, Bancroft Homes, BPGS Construction, Brendon T. Warfel Construction, Christiana Properties, DE Citizens for Economic Development, Delaware Valley Development Company, EDIS, First State Manufacturing Housing Assoc., Francis Julian, Laird Stabler III, Luke Real Estate, Nason Construction, Non Partisan Citizens for Business Expansion, Petrillo, WILMPAC, Y,C,S,Taylor LLC,…

One sees a lot of the same people (organizations) pulling the strings attached to both parties.

It is unlikely that the euphanism, The Delaware Way, will ever mean the same. What we thought were politicians putting self interests aside and working for the Delaware People, are instead, putting the Delaware People aside, and working for these few selfish interests…

But where do these groups collude?

Here is one: The Delaware Workforce Investment Board.. Check out their minutes. (Or for different players, here.) The other is in Legislative Hall.

The way to break the chain of always doing what we always did, and always getting what we always got…. is to apply enough force to snap this chain, despite their money and the amount of support that flows through Delaware’s Way.

The clearest example is to rally sufficient troops (voters) to make their money irrelevant. Essentially by telling the truth about how our government works, we will rectify the balance needed for the people’s will to prevail… Instead of their buying votes in secret, these Delaware Waypersons will have to argue their case like the rest of us, and if their argument is sound, they can still prevail… If their argument is faulty, then we should hold our politicians accountable for choosing the better alternative… But the first step is identifying and campaigning against their toadies.

For example, last season electing Bill Dunn would have stopped the greased slide of money from “out of our pockets“. Voting for Northington, could have shaken up things on the national level… Voting for Gordon, despite his previous record, could have put a slight dent in our county’s slide towards the Harlem Shuffle….Our vote for Markell over Carney, does the same…Likewise, each vote for Scherer or Laura Brown, or Joan Deaver down south….certainly doesn’t hurt….

An example of what is possible, actually has already taken place in the middle of our state. Kent County didn’t receive the funds and manpower provided by PA & NJ union workers. Because of that, citizen voters were able to flip their Levy Court out of control of its developer bought flunkies…

Bottom line is this: If we are truly serious about taking care of Delaware first, it means putting, at least for a while, our local developers and their dedicated union flunkies… last at the feeding trough….

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Today the Superior Court certified all returns in Delaware… Of course that includes the contested Paradee/Thornburg race in the twenty-ninth district…

As we saw in 2000 at some point finality has to set in… A decision has to be made so things can move on…. The decision has to be made on the facts that are present at that time, and a moral decision has to be made whether those facts presented have credibility…

The Superior Court, led by James T Vaughn, today provided that finality… Thornburg is in.

But the issue of having Paradee “Gored” by a Diebold machine, does not need to disappear into history. Lessons can be learned to insure that it does not happen in the future…

Remember the Diebold scare of Ohio and again in Clinton’s surprise in New Hampshire?… In Delaware all machines scanning our absentee vote are Diebold… and as we see, are easily exploitable…. The voter fills out an absentee ballot on a punch card, circling little dots as one does on the SAT… Those are then fed into a scanner which spits out the total….

Now with the infusion of a large number of anticipated persons who would vote early, additional ballots were ordered from the vendor… It is those ballots which caused the error… Out of the entire state, only those of three districts were affected… the 28th, 29th, and 33rd. The tiny lines alongside of those extra ballots… a bar-code… had lines in the wrong places… thereby programming the scanner to search for votes in the wrong places on those ballots… The ballots looked perfectly normal to the voter… They looked perfectly normal to human election officials…But to the Diebold scanner programmed to read them in just a certain way….. the votes on the ballot did not match the selections of where they were to be recorded…

Republican State Chairman Tom Ross got it wrong on WDEL Votes from Obama were not given to Paradee..

The scanner looked for votes exactly where it was programmed to investigate, and recorded those totals that it saw, as the total of votes cast…

Delaware State law mandated a recount because of the closeness of the race… As the recount progressed, the combined total of new votes for just that race, was twenty five additional votes… As human beings logged the correct totals, the adjustment in the vote that we are now given…. was the result…. (which incidentally is 12 higher than any other absentee total of any other race).

Who are these human beings?.. Get this… an assortment of bankers and lawyers…. bankers because they can add totals together, and lawyers because they can decipher what a voter meant… This anachronism from our colonial past, is still in effect today… Therefore all we have is the faith that an assortment of bankers and lawyers told the truth and were not inclined to put one or the other candidates into that position… and we all know how far we can trust bankers and lawyers… both pillars of morality of our social fabric….

The original idea that a group who was independent of the Department of Elections, would do the recount was to insure the integrity of the Election process… In other words Election volunteers could not skew a race’s results and then cover up their own error during the recount.. Probably a good thing… And having banker and lawyers would be not issue, if the results were easily checked and verified by independent trustworthy sources…the colonial town pastor for example….(lol)

Who were the bankers in question? My sources don’t know, but I certainly hope that it was no one from Wilmington Trust (Thornburg $200), Bank of America (Thornburg$150), or DELBANKPAC (Thornburg $250), or lawyers representing clients Chesapeake Utilities(Thornburg $300), Civic Affairs Construction Council (Thornburg $450), Blue Water development(Thornburg $200), Delaware Hotel Association (Thornburg $300), Sunoco (Thornburg $300), Verizon (Thornburg $300), Comcast (Thornburg $300), First State Manufactured Housing (Thornburg $200), or Astra Zenica (Thornburg $200): certainly we can hope that none of these interests were on that select group that secretly recounted the ballots…”Pick a number, just so Thornburg wins….(laughter around the room…)..”

So there are apparently fuzzy issues with our voting process, and whether or not Paradee had his election stolen away from him by actual votes, or by sloppy accounting by some drunk lawyer or banker….. we may never know…

The votes are kept on file for 22 months and if not needed for any pending a lawsuit… are then destroyed forever… Sot there is still time, but it will take a court order to investigate….

Even then it will be too late for “Trey” Paradee….

For as of today, all the results have been certified….

ADDENDUM: The Department of Elections was still unaware that the Comptroller’s race of the t29th District had very few absentee votes registered similar to the Presidential race…( see the several posts below this one)….However that race was so lopsided, those missing votes would have no impact.

Perhaps next month you might be able to read this story in the News Journal. lol

…. on who I will cast my vote tomorrow… Perhaps he will yours as well…

His site is here… Recommend reading the entire first page to the bottom… You will understand much more than you did before….

Well done, Brian. Well done.

As we race toward tomorrow, and blue maps of the US are on every blog, and if you want to find the Republican party these days, you must search the bars….. it would be wise to remember that we faced the same jubilation in 2004, when even as late as 17:00 hours on Election Day, we were ecstatic over what we assumed would be the outcome….

We face the same confidence in 2000, that a cocky Republican stalwart would be slapped down by the greatest human being to ever walk the planet…(lol, I kill me)….

And to be honest we are there today…. again… waiting in trepidation… hopefully anticipating our nation’s move past the doldrums of Reaganomics and Phil Gramm’s destruction of the global economy…

We have one reason to be optimistic… Eight years of failed Republican policy which took a nation, poised to do great things, and bankrupted it… Eight years of failed Republican foreign policy, which took a nation esteemed and emulated…. from Communist China to Pitcairn Island…. and turned its reputation into that of a crazy old Uncle Sam…. Eight years of failed Republican moral leadership, who scrambled to play footsie under bathroom stalls….or romp with underage Congressional pages… or prostitute their agencies at the bidding of corporate giants….have given us a distaste for all incumbents who we once esteemed… We can change it this year for good….

Bottom line: everything Republicans have promised they got to implement… their tax philosophy, their foreign policy, their moral superiority…..

And we are much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much worse off.

So perhaps Americans will be a little wiser this time around…. Republicans they will say?..”Forget about it!”

But there is hope for Republicans this time around as well.. Actually Republicans have a very good chance of winning every seat they want… For you see, while we were campaigning and chanting “yes, we can”; while we were scrambling to find new voters, while we were canvassing neighborhoods, while we were combating the misstruths told on Republican blogs with cold hearted truth, our nation, under its fringe Republican Leadership, was using the powers enabled by the Patriot Act, to splice into fiber optic lines under San Francisco, where Yahoo, AOL, Google, all intercept, store and monitor every single phone call and or electronic data transmission, and be able to change whatever comes in………..into what they wish to go out……… We have that potential. They can do it………. I’ve seen it done……

It’s simply a question of “Will they?”

I think we saw with Dick Cheney’s endorsement of John McCain just lately….. that all the processes are in place and that at least that Dick Cheney believes, he has the capacity to change the totals irregardless of what every voter thinks…

America needs every citizen to stand up on that day… Voting is just one half… The other half is being on the lookout for voter fraud…  If “We The People” are going to run this country, our vote needs to matter…  If someone can make up vote totals, then what’s the point… we might as well live in Myanmar….

The potential to steal the election is huge, because of our reliance upon electronics…..The potential to keep it honest and above board… is also huge…again because of electronics….

Manipulating votes is illegal… People serve time in jail for doing so… Therefore it must take place where there is no public scrutiny…  Just like roaches, vote manipulation takes place in the dark… or in black boxes…

Here are steps all geeks should take to monitor those who monitor elections…

First… use your camera phone to record your voting experience… if you have data that is even something slightly suspicious… YouTube it…  email others to the link….  Some things you should be aware of… someone setting the machine before you vote… whether your vote is totaled in the counter, whether the vote you push is the one you want…(especially on miscalibrated machines), whether election officials arrive to “check” the machines and replace cartridges, record anyone who is challenged in front or behind you (it could be legit, record it and post it)…

There is great fear among extremists that they will lose all links to representation… Some may believe they are doing their patriotic duty to throw the election…..  But Americans have the right to elect who they wish… Violating that principle goes against the basis of freedom itself… That is why it is against the law…

Being caught is their greatest fear….A lengthy trial, and prison term will decimate their finances, basically ruin any good that would have come from the election’s changed outcome…..  With electronic data on file in every voters cell phone, if something were to be investigated at a later date…(five years from now even.)….a wealth of evidence could be solicited…. and with certainty, they could serve their sentence….

Small digital Cameras, with video functions, are also a great asset…  Make sure you have a spare set of batteries if your lines are long….

Special attention needs to be paid to districts with low turnout… That is where manipulation will occur due to the few number of witnesses..

No election official has the right to take your camera… if someone is filming you to intimidate you, (you can tell by their demeanor) that too is illegal.. Film him doing so and report that act of intimidation to an official of the Department of Elections… That intimidator can serve jail time too.

Finally after all voting is over…. fight “black box control”.  Remember that everywhere across this great nation, our elections are staffed and run by citizen volunteers… People for whatever reason gave up one day of their lives to insure that we all get the opportunity to do our civic duty… Of course some of those can be plants, but on a national scale, the number of those that get through… will be small at best… As we saw in Ohio 04, the election will be stolen from where the totals accumulate… Geeks everywhere need to monitor pivotal states… No matter from which partisan side you are monitoring… If the server address changes…. record it… report it on a live forum.. Allow others to witness it in real time…  (Some may remember that Ohio’s Department of Elections header switched to SmartTechCorp.net during tabulations of Ohio’s Kerry votes, and SmartTechcorp.net held the servers for the White House email account of gwb43.com as well as the RNC files of Ohio, New Hampshire, and several other closely contested states…)

Watch for it, record it, post it…

Electronic monitoring is a voter’s best defense…  As long as the law is still on our side, we can prosecute those who wrongfully violate the principles of America’s freedom….

So as a citizen of this great nation…. do you duty…. give them nowhere to hide……

Wind is not an “all to be all”.  But those who supported Wind early, showed themselves to be visionaries, which is what this country and state will need right now… Those who opposed wind found themselves winding up on the wrong side of 90% of our citizens… If they got it so wrong once… why give them a chance to screw up again?

Many of you have asked for a comprehensive list covering each race of this state as regards to wind… Here it is… You have also asked me for advice… on who would do the better job if elected… For some of those who are running unopposed, I am recommending leaving their position blank…by not voting for them at all and skipping down to the next one.. Consider it a vote of no-confidence.,,  Here we go…

President  and VP —  Barack Obama and Delaware’s Joe Biden

US Senator  —  Delaware’s Joe Biden (His opponent never got past spray-painting “VOTE” on her big signs.)

US House of Representatives — Karen Hartly-Nagle (Obama/Biden need new blood in the House)

Governor  —  Jack Markell (first champion of Bluewater Wind)

Lieutenant Governor  —  Matt Denn (early champion of wind);  his opponent was one of the 4 wind killers.

Insurance Commissioner  —  John Brady supports wind

State Senate 2 — Margarette Rose Henry  —  unopposed…. vote no confidence by leaving her office blank

State Senate 3 — Bob Marshall  — unopposed…. (he voted yes to release the bogus McDowell report)  blank

State Senate 4 — Michael Katz  —  his opponent is for oil drilling off Bethany Beach

State Senate 6 — Liane Sorenson — loyal to her, because she was early pioneer for wind… .

State Senate 10 — Bethany Hall-Long — More in tune with wind than her opponent

State Senate 11 — Tony DeLuca — unopposed — vote no confidence; one of 4 wind killers

State Senate 16 — Colin Bonini — one of the first Republican wind supporters

State Senate 17 —

State Senate 18 — Gary Simpson– one who favored wind rather early

State Senate 21 — Robert Venebles — unopposed– voted to release tainted McDowell report– NC; blank

State Rep  1 — Dennis Williams — voted for HCR 38; pro-wind

State Rep 2 — Hazel Plant —  Which way am I supposed to vote?  Unopposed… definately leave blank.

State Rep 3 — Helene Keeley unopposed —  Signed letter with Harris McDowell

State Rep 4 — Tyler Nixon — very early supporter of wind; while his opponent was behind NRG.

State Rep 5 — Melanie George Marshall — unopposed– voted “not voting” on HCR38

State Rep 6 —                                        — unopposed, special election to follow

State Rep 7 — Bryon Short —  his opponent was for NRG, Connectiv and is an XOXOXO Delmarva lover

State Rep 8 —

State Rep 9 — Richard Cathcart — early Republican wind supporter

State  Rep 10 — Robert Valihura — wrote the bill HCR 38 to force-push wind through the House

State Rep 11 — Gregory Lavalle  — supported Wind early

State Rep 12 — Debbie Hudson — unopposed — voted against HCR38 — leave blank for no confidence

State Rep 13 —

State Rep 14 — Pete Schwartzkoph — early (one of the few Democratic) wind supporter

State Rep 15 — Valerie Longhurst — unopposed– Absent for HCR 38 vote.. no record.

State Rep 16 — James Johnson — unopposed — wind supporter; voted yes on HCR 38

State Rep 17 — Mike Mulrooney — voted for Bluewater Wind on HCR38

State Rep 18 — Terry Spence — signed on to wind early; voted for HCR38

State Rep 19 –Robert Gilligan– voted for HCR 38

State Rep 20 — Nick Manolakos — unopposed– voted for HCR 38

State Rep 21 –Pat Creedon —

State Rep 22 — Rebecca Young — one of the first to twist Democratic arms in favor of Bluewater Wind

State Rep 23 — Theresa Schooley — voted yes to Bluewater Wind on HCR 38.

State Rep 24 — Bill Oberle — voted for Bluewater Wind on HCR 38.

State Rep 25 — John Kowalko — Bluewater Champion.  His opponent is primarily sponsored by wind killers

State Rep 26 — Jeremy Filliben — His opponent was strongly NRG

State Rep 27 –Vince Lofink — was in favor of wind early

State Rep 28–“Johnny” Carson — unopposed

State Rep 29 — “Trey” Paradee — his opponent was bought and paid for by the demons of Delmarva Power.

State Rep 30– William Outten — unopposed — voted “not voting” on HCR38…

State Rep 31– Darryl Scott — his opponent was to busy with nepotism to worry about wind power

State Rep 32–Brad Bennett — his opponent was a Delmarva Stoolie; voted against Bluewater Wind

State Rep 33–Harold Peterman — his opponent voted against wind on HCR 38.

State Rep 34– Donald Blakely — voted yes to Bluewater Wind on HCR 38

State Rep 35–

State Rep 36–George Carey– unopposed– vote no confidence (leave blank) anti- wind

State Rep 37– Helan Truitt — her opponent was one of the roadblocks in the House

State Rep 38– Mary Ryan — her opponent was firmly in the pockets of Delmarva Power…

State Rep 39–Jerry Semper– his opponent voted against HCR 38 to approve Bluewater Wind

State Rep 40– Barbara Hudson– her opponent was not helpful to wind…he voted “NO”

State Rep 41– Greg Hastings– his opponent ran against wind and lost in a special election

New County Council District 12 — Laura Brown– her opponent spent the whole term  at Hooters

Kent County Levy Court 3 — David Anderson — was a protagonist for wind early (was on TV!!!!)

Sussex County 3 — Joan Deaver– Early supporter of wind — her opponent wants to develop the seafloor.

Those of you who are still worried about going to hell and need to do all you can just to stay out…you especially should not vote for these people:  Charlie Copeland, Tony DeLuca, Pam Thornburg, George Carey, Joe Booth, John Atkins, or Gerald Hocker….

All of these thought Delmarva’s profits mattered more than what you were paying for electricity… All of their opponents strongly deserve your support.

Cheaper power for all.

It probably matters little that crowds lining the street literally booed three persons wearing a McCain mask, and cheered uproariously was one person wearing an Obama mask passed by…

And  it probably means nothing that during trick or treating, a Republican friend came up to me….and said…. Remember…we are all voting Democratic…and I shocked him when I started talking about making an exception for John Brady…..

It probably matters little.

Below are a series of talking points culled from the pages of very conservative Republican Papers, endorsing Barack Obama over Republican John McCain…..

A subtle reminder: these words come from the “Conservative Media”…..

Obama appears to possess the tools to confront our myriad and daunting problems. He’s thoughtful and analytical. He has met his opponents’ attacks with calm and reasoned responses. Viewers of the debates saw a poised, well-prepared plausible president with well-articulated positions on the bread-and-butter issues that poll after poll indicate are the true concerns of voters. While Arizona Sen. John McCain and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have struck an increasingly personal and negative tone in their speeches, Obama has continued to talk about issues of substance….. Perhaps the worst mistake McCain made in his campaign for the White House was the choice of the inexperienced and inflammatory Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. Had he selected a moderate, experienced Republican lawmaker such as Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison with a strong appeal to independents, the Chronicle’s choice for an endorsement would have been far more difficult. The Houston Chronicle

The Arizona senator quieted many of his early Republican critics by naming Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 44, as his running mate. She ignited the base with “drill, baby, drill” speeches and unapologetic social conservatism, as evidenced by her pro-life, teach-creationism stands…….
But that brilliant short-term tactic has proved a flawed long-term strategy. Palin’s once-captivating newness and tough-gal persona have given way to serious questions about her understanding of checks-and-balances governing on a national level. While she may be an entertaining master of the politician’s fine art of the memorable one-liner, she inspires little confidence in her readiness to be commander in chief
. Fort Worth Star Telegram

In the third and final debate last week, John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona, tried to bait him into the gutter, but Obama refused to get down there. Political wisdom dictates that candidates who are attacked return double the fire directed at them. Obama responded calmly, defending himself but declining to respond in kind. Now that’s change. Austin American Statesman.

Obama represents what we all profess to love about our country: an intelligent youngster who grew beyond his family’s modest circumstances to earn an Ivy League education and eventually win a seat in the U.S. Senate and from there launch a bid for the presidency. That experience makes him best suited to show the world that the United States is still the shining city on the hill that President Reagan envisioned. Austin American Statesman.

In unsteady times, it may seem obvious to gravitate toward the veteran politician, but in this campaign, it’s been the newcomer who has had the steady hand. The Denver Post

Republicans love to mock Obama’s history as a community organizer. But here was a man with no money to offer, no patronage to dispense, no way to punish his opponents. All he could do was to work with people from all walks of life, liberals and conservatives, business people and the unemployed, and bring them together in common cause for a better community. Could there really be better preparation to reunite a worried and divided America to again pursue our “more perfect union”? The Denver Post

Many Americans say they’re uneasy about Obama. He’s pretty new to them. We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready. Chicago Tribune

This endorsement makes some history for the Chicago Tribune. This is the first time the newspaper has endorsed the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Chicago Tribune

The Republican Party, the party of limited government, has lost its way. The government ran a $237 billion surplus in 2000, the year before Bush took office — and recorded a $455 billion deficit in 2008. We might have counted on John McCain to correct his party’s course. It is, though, hard to figure John McCain these days. He argued that President Bush’s tax cuts were fiscally irresponsible, but he now supports them.Chicago Tribune

McCain failed in his most important executive decision. Give him credit for choosing a female running mate–but he passed up any number of supremely qualified Republican women who could have served. Having called Obama not ready to lead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. But it’s clear she is not prepared to step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president. McCain put his campaign before his country.Chicago Tribune

But McCain has been a less impressive candidate this year than when he ran for president in 2000. Although claiming to be a change agent, he is following in Bush’s footsteps on everything from the war in Iraq to tax breaks that favor the wealthy over the middle class. The Kansas City Star

Despite his age and previous health problems, McCain chose a vice presidential candidate who is so clearly unqualified for high office that the thought of her stepping into the presidency is frightening. That irresponsible decision casts serious doubt on McCain’s judgment at this point in his political career. The Kansas City Star

Obama wants judges who won’t favor the strong at the expense of the weak. He offers hope for a Supreme Court that would reject excessive executive power and protect precious freedoms. The Kansas City Star

We have thrown our support behind Obama, 47, because he is the candidate who is best equipped to face the challenges that the 21st century has brought. While his eloquence and oratory skills are well documented even by his critics, he also has the ability to reach out to average Americans in an effort to help improve their lives. Southwest News Herald (IL)

But what we find refreshing about Obama is his ideas. He spoke against the Iraq War while many of his current colleagues meekly went along with the brass-knuckle tactics of the Bush administration. He is right in saying that we lost our focus in the fight against terror — mainly not concentrating on Afghanistan and the borders along Pakistan. Our chances of capturing Osama bin Laden, who is acknowledge as the guiding force behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, would have been better served if we focused on the area where Taliban and al-Qaida originally thrived. Southwest News Herald (IL)

In the past eight years, the policies and ideologies that have animated the Bush administration have proved disastrous in almost every field of endeavor, from foreign policy to economics to relatively straightforward tasks such as responding to natural disasters…However, in his current role as Republican nominee, McCain has yet to explain how most of his proposed policies and approaches differ from those of the current president. From deregulation of Wall Street and tax cuts that favor the richest 5 percent of Americans to a more aggressive foreign policy, McCain’s approach now reflects the same Republican orthodoxy that has governed this country since 2000. Time and again, he has been offered chances to explain how his philosophy differs from that of the current president, and he has not been able to do so. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A third term under another Republican president would inevitably be populated by much the same cast of GOP staffers, executives and bureaucrats that has run Washington for so long and with such disastrous results. McCain’s campaign staff illustrates that problem perfectly because it is populated by many of the same people who ran previous Bush campaigns. They are also still trying to run the same basic Republican playbook that the party has used since 1980. In fact, the competence of McCain’s campaign staff is itself cause to question the candidate’s executive abilities. To some degree, the rigors of creating and running a campaign organization can be a test of the skills needed to create and run an administration. And even many Republicans acknowledge that the McCain campaign has been poorly organized and erratic, lurching from one crisis to another without the sense of a strong hand at the tiller. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

And of course, the most unfortunate evidence of that “strategic incoherence and operational incompetence” was McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a person utterly unprepared for the high post in question. The contrast with the campaign run by Barack Obama could not be more stark. More than a year ago, when he was still a long shot without much money, Obama somehow managed to attract a staff talented and disciplined enough to defeat Hillary Clinton and the Clinton machine in the Democratic primaries. It has since gone on to demonstrate a great deal of political discipline, skill and innovation, running a 21st century campaign that appeals to 21st century America. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Obama mounted an extraordinary grass-roots campaign, raised gobs of cash, and showed great fortitude and equanimity in the face of the Clinton juggernaut. He endured, and once the nomination was his, he set about uniting his divided party with an impressive display of magnanimity and diplomacy. John McCain, meanwhile, crushed Mitt Romney to gain his party’s nomination, but then blundered badly by not bringing the business-savvy Romney onto the ticket. Romney would have shored up. The Salt Lake Tribune

Then, out of nowhere, and without proper vetting, the impetuous McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She quickly proved grievously underequipped to step into the presidency should McCain, at 72 and with a history of health problems, die in office. More than any single factor, McCain’s bad judgment in choosing the inarticulate, insular and ethically challenged Palin disqualifies him for the presidency. The Salt Lake Tribune

Still, we have compelling reasons for endorsing Obama on his merits alone. Under the most intense scrutiny and attacks from both parties, Obama has shown the temperament, judgment, intellect and political acumen that are essential in a president that would lead the United States out of the crises created by President Bush, a complicit Congress and our own apathy. The Salt Lake Tribune

Indeed, we see too many of Bush’s failed policies in McCain’s recipe for recovery. The country desperately needs a new and well-defined road map for the 21st century and leadership that can unite the country behind it. We believe that Barack Obama can give us both. The Salt Lake Tribune

Running a campaign is similar to running an administration. It requires that the leader set the tone; that he manage a complex organization; that he chart a nimble course in the face of changing circumstances; that he choose subordinates judiciously; that he exercise good judgment under pressure. An effective campaign is the prelude to a well-run office.  Sen. Obama has acquitted himself superbly, masterminding a marathon run with focus, discipline and a knack for assembling a talented team. He communicates across lines of age, class and ethnicity. He listens and he learns. His ability to beat the Clintons, past masters of electoral politics, showed tough leadership and organizational qualities. The Times-Picayune

And, yes, consider Senator Obama’s culturally complex national and international background, and that he has known both affluence and poverty. He has, in short, been informed by a very rich set of experiences, some very challenging emotionally and intellectually, that should strengthen his capacity for national and international leadership. The Providence Journal

John McCain, of course, is an impressive leader — with a record for bravery and independence. But in his effort to gain the support of the Republican base, he has cast off some of the ideals that for a long time made him so attractive to us. While he used to be a deficit hawk, who warned about the effects on our over-indebted society of federal budget deficits, in this election cycle he has backed continued big tax cuts weighted to the wealthy. He has also supported some of the Bush administration’s constitutionally flawed policies in the “War on Terror.” The Providence Journal

It has been a historic campaign, and Sen. Obama’s would be a presidency unimaginable not so long ago. But there is more, much more, than race as a defining fact in his unique ability to unite the disparate threads of this country. He represents a departure from the political model that casts fear like a net over the country, paralyzing us and our better angels into submission. That’s the legacy of the Bush years. New Jersey Star-Ledger

His opponent, on the other hand, has employed a variety of what can only be called gim micks. Rather than pandering to voters, Sen. Obama has leveled with us. New Jersey Star-Ledger

A year ago, John McCain, the Republican candidate for president, would have had our vote. In terms of experience, political courage and willingness to work with political opponents, McCain’s record towered above that of Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate. But this admirable man has transformed himself into a partisan Republican at a time when the public temper demands a change of political climate, and his unregulated market beliefs lay in shambles along with many of the world’s financial systems. New Haven Register

Palin’s opposition to abortion, even in the case of rape or incest, is a reminder of the Republicans’ willingness to use government to intrude on deeply personal choices when they controlled Congress. McCain shares her abortion stance. New Haven Register

Equally troubling is McCain’s choice of a running mate who thinks creationism should be taught as an alternative to evolution, invokes God to justify political decisions and suggested banning books from her town’s library.New Haven Register

McCain now wants to make permanent the Bush tax cuts that he once opposed. Those cuts have largely favored the rich and helped fuel the federal budget deficit. Obama would shift the balance to put more of the tax burden on the rich, where it belongs. Under Obama’s tax plan, a married couple with two children and a gross income of $1 million would pay $35,500 more in taxes. Under McCain’s plan, they would pay $6,100 less,New Haven Register

Obama has the brighter view on education, breaking with his party on charter schools and merit pay, and proposing AmeriCorps-style civic duty and tax credits to help pay for college. Naples Daily News

Obama has the intellect needed to comprehend the complexities of the times and the ability to articulate his positions clearly and eloquently. He can inspire, and we believe he will be able to bring out the best in the American people at a time when our best will be needed. He also offers the best hope for building coalitions and winning back the support of our friends abroad, which he recognizes is critical, not only to help win the war on terrorism but to restore order in the world financial markets. McCain has burned too many bridges to lead at home or in the international arena. His abrasiveness and that of running mate Sarah Palin during the debates, at their rallies and in their barrage of attack ads have been in sharp contrast to the respectful presidential manner of Obama. Asbury Park Press

While Obama’s résumé may be thin, his talents and abilities are anything but. In the nearly two years since his announcement, Obama has inspired a flock of new voters who are excited about the U.S. political system for the first time in their lives. He has demonstrated steady leadership and a keen intellect at a time when those qualities are most needed. La Cruses Sun News

The election of Obama on Nov. 4 does not guarantee that he will be able to deliver immediately on the ambitious agenda of change that he has been discussing and developing with Americans for the past 20 months. Nor will his selection solve the world’s economic crisis. But electing Obama next month does declare to the entire world that a new, positive and optimistic course has been set for America, with attainable and desirable goals that will lift up the 305 million people who call this country home. Hamilton Journal News

We have squandered the sympathy, support and respect that the rest of the world offered us on Sept. 12, 2001. We have gone from fretting pompously about our role as the “world’s policeman” in the post-Cold War era to being the world’s most prominent debtor. Our policies and direction must change.Hamilton Journal News

Some great signal of a new beginning is needed. Obama, far more than his opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain, can send that signal. And then President Obama can get down to business. In addition to wanting to see a new tone in Washington, we have more confidence that an Obama administration can steer the country onto a sounder course than a McCain administration can. The Repository Canton OH

Obama is much more in tune with the struggles of the middle class, and his tax plan would benefit many more Americans than McCain’s proposals would. According to the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, middle-class families would save about $1,118 a year under Obama’s plan, but only $325 under McCain’s. Obama’s plan also would increase the deficit less than McCain’s — $3.5 trillion by 2018, compared to $5 trillion, the center calculates. The Repository Canton OH

This editorial board found two things that should be marginal concerns kept coming up as make-or-break issues. And they added plenty of heat to the discussion. McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for a running mate seems as shockingly amateurish and ill-advised today as it was in August. Nothing that has happened on the campaign trail has changed this. The spirit of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove seems to be the energizing force of the McCain/Palin Express, and it’s the opposite of straight talk. Slimy campaigning is headed for another all-time high. While the nation is seeking guidance on economic and national defense problems of momentous proportion, this election seems to hinge on the guilt-by-association grenades that Republicans keep lobbing up, hoping to bring down Obama. The Express Times – Easton PA

If this is a manual for how a McCain/Palin partnership would guide the nation out of a morass, we’d opt for Bob Barr or Ralph Nader first. Their campaigns look like beacons of integrity in comparison.The Express Times – Easton PA

But as we examined leadership qualities of both men, we saw Obama’s massive strides in uniting his own Democratic party, even reaching beyond his party to speak to all Americans. McCain, in stark contrast, continues to slog through a fractious Republican Party that often is his worst enemy. It takes strong leadership skills to enlist record numbers of volunteers and to continually explore new heights in the polls, as Obama methodically demonstrates. The Columbian (WA)

As for judgment, Obama chose a running mate who neither hurt him in the polls nor diverted the spotlight from the main man on the ticket. McCain’s choice has done both. McCain tries to masquerade this recklessness as the virtue of a maverick. Would he use that same recklessness in appointing Supreme Court justices and Cabinet members? Which candidate in recent weeks has shown a presidential demeanor? Which could best restore worldwide respect for the U.S.? Which man has tried to soothe — not stoke — rancor in the homestretch of this campaign? Clearly, that man is Obama. The Columbian (WA)

Beyond these issues, let’s review two popular but empty charges against Obama. His supposed lack of experience, history reveals, is a red herring. His 12 years in elected office are more than Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan each brought to the presidency. Too young at 47? Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton were younger. (Also on the subject of age, is McCain too old at 72? Certainly not.) The Columbian (WA)

America’s comparison between the upstart reformer and the venerable war hero inexorably returns to the qualities of leadership and judgment. Obama wins that comparison, and his message of partnerships at home and abroad seals the deal for us. The Columbian (WA)

Sarah Palin. The governor of Alaska took the national political scene by storm, and by surprise, when McCain picked her as his running mate. Palin has obvious appeal to the conservative wing of the Republican party, and her outspoken, folksy ways brought her a lot of attention for a while. But her 15 minutes of fame in the national spotlight are over. On the campaign trail, we’re not seeing the kind of substance, depth and breadth of experience that’s necessary in someone a heartbeat away from the presidency. Obama’s pick, veteran Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, is head and shoulders above Palin. His years of experience and expertise in foreign affairs are strong complements to Obama. Obama may be the least experienced of the two presidential candidates, but he has demonstrated the savvy, reasoned countenance and willingness to look at new ideas that are sorely needed in the White House. The nation has had enough of the shoot-from-the-hip policymaking that has seemed so much a part of the Bush II presidency. In short, Obama/Biden is a much stronger ticket than McCain/Palin. Yakima Herald (WA)

Obama is convincing in his call for a new kind of politics in Washington. His life story and history-making bid for the White House also have forced the rest of the world to view America in a new and more positive way. An Obama presidency will immediately give America more clout and credibility around the globe. It will immediately win over and win back allies and friends. As much as other nations may fear American power and influence, they fear our potential decline even more. American must not decline. America must remain a beacon of freedom, democracy, innovation and prosperity. And that’s why voting for the first-term senator is worth the risk. Wisconsin State Journal

These Conservatives looked deep in their hearts, and found Obama actually represents their vision of Conservatism… better than McCain…. If the brightest of America’s conservatives feel that way….. shouldn’t you do as well?

Consider Obama… He is what both sides feel this country needs….

Are you still making up your mind, perhaps wondering whether to trust Obama’s wisdom, or still fear his inexperience? Are you skeptical that both sides are throwing up ads touting their own attributes and negatively diminishing the attributes held by the other?

Well, you are in luck.. I have given you the editorial pages of Republican Papers who backed Bush in 2004 and 2000, who have always been conservative, and who are rejecting the campaign of John McCain and supporting Barack Obama for President…. Just stop for a moment and think…. Republican papers endorsing Obama… Republicans…Republicans… who after looking at all the evidence, made their choice for Obama….

Now you must ask yourself… If the editorial boards of Republican Newspapers are endorsing Obama, and telling everyone within their areas of circulation TO VOTE FOR OBAMA, just how harmful can he be? Obviously, not very… If Republican newspapers think he is the better candidate,….. should you not too? Remember, it is very hard to admit you were wrong… So for these editorial boards to even consider endorsing Obama, means that they looked over every tiny piece of evidence out there to justify John McCain…. and in doing so, they unequivocally voted hands down to give their public approval to Obama….

And I want to stress, just one more time if you did not catch it… THESE ARE NOT LIBERAL MAIN STREAM MEDIA OUTLETS… They are very strict conservatives: in their eyes, it is Obama who holds hope out for our nations future… McCain is four more years of Bush….

Some of the best awe inspiring writing read all year… is included below…..

The Houston Chronicle

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Austin American Statesman

The Denver Post

The Chicago Tribune

Kansas City Star

Southwest News-Herald (Ill.)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Salt Lake Tribune

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans

Providence Journal

Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

The New Haven Register

Naples (FL) Daily News

Asbury Park Press

Las Cruces Sun News

Hamilton (OH) Journal-News

The Repository (Canton OH)

The Express Times (Easton PA)

The Columbian (WA)

Yakima Herald-Republic

Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)

WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON? MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS ARE GOING OBAMA’S WAY:

ALMOST THREE TO ONE….. 160-59

Here is the full list comprised by Editor and Publisher.

(B) = Bush; (K) = Kerry; (N) = No Endorsement Represent the view during 2004’s Election

BARACK OBAMA
134 daily newspapers total (not updated this weekend)
More than 15 million daily circulation total

ALABAMA (1)
Tuscaloosa News (K): 32,768

CALIFORNIA (26)
The Argus (Fremont) (K): 26,749
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek) (K): 183,086
Daily Breeze (Torrance) (B): 66,599
Daily News (Los Angeles) (K): 137,344
Daily Review (Hayward) (K): 30,704
The Fresno Bee (K): 150,334
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario) (B): 53,903
La Opinion (Los Angeles) (K): 114,892
Long Beach Press Telegram (B): 85,595
Los Angeles Times (N): 773,884
Marin Independent-Journal (K): 31,909
Merced Sun Star (K): 15,015
The Modesto Bee (K): 78,001
The Monterey County Herald (K): 28,933
Oakland Tribune (K): 96,535
Pasadena Star-News (B): 27,894
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (B): 40,051
San Mateo Daily Journal: 14,800
The (Stockton) Record (B): 57,486
The Sacramento Bee (K): 288,755
San Bernardino Sun (B): 54,315
San Francisco Chronicle (K): 370,345
San Jose Mercury News (K): 234,772
San Mateo County Times (K): 25,982
Santa Cruz Sentinel (K): 23,290
Tri-Valley Herald (B): 29,759

COLORADO (9)
Aspen Daily News (K): 12,500
The Aurora Sentinel (K): 46,000
Boulder Camera (K): 28,994
Cortez Journal (K): 6,700
The Denver Post (B): 225,193
The Durango Herald (K): 8,870
Gunnison Country Times (N): 4,000
Ouray County Plaindealer (K): 3,000
Vail Daily: 10,525

CONNECTICUT (1)
New Haven Register (B): 72,613

DELAWARE (1)
The News Journal (Wilmington) (K): 110,171

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (1)
The Washington Post (K): 673,180

FLORIDA (6)
Daytona Beach News-Journal (K): 99,627
Miami Herald (K): 240,223
Naples Daily-News (B): 66,272
Orlando Sentinel (K): 227,593
The Palm Beach Post (K): 164,474
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (K): 114,904

GEORGIA (1)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (K): 326,907

HAWAII (1)
Honolulu Star-Bulletin (K): 64,305

IDAHO (1)
Idaho Statesman (K): 61,927

ILLINOIS (6)
Chicago Tribune (B): 541,663
Chicago Sun-Times (K): 312,274
Daily Herald (Arlington) (K): 143,152
>>> Lake County News-Sun (Waukegan) (B): 16,899
Rockford Register Star (K): 55,913
Southwest News-Herald (K): 9,300

INDIANA (2)
The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) (K): 64,304
Palladium-Item (Richmond) (B): 15,453

IOWA (3)
The Hawk Eye (Burlington) (K): 18,921
Mason City Globe Gazette (B): 17,666
The Storm Lake Times (K): 3,200

KENTUCKY (2)
The Ledger Independent (Maysville)
Lexington Herald-Leader (K):109,624

MAINE (2)
Bangor Daily News (K): 55,627
Brunswick Times-Record (K): 9,317

MASSACHUSETTS (3)
The Boston Globe (K): 350,605
North Adams Transcript: 5,949
The Standard-Times (New Bedford) (K): 30,306

MICHIGAN (3)
Detroit Free Press (K): 308,944
Michigan Chronicle (Detroit) (N): 31,872
The Muskegon Chronicle (K): 41,114

MINNESOTA (1)
St. Cloud Times (K): 25,868

MISSOURI (3)
Columbia Daily Tribune (K): 18,131
The Kansas City Star (K): 252,785
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (K): 255,057

NEVADA (1)
Las Vegas Sun (K): 174,341

NEW HAMPSHIRE (2)
Concord Monitor (K): 19,885
Nashua Telegraph (K): 24,272

NEW JERSEY (1)
Asbury Park Press (Neptune) (B): 140,882

NEW MEXICO (2)
Las Cruces Sun-News (B): 21,341
Santa Fe New Mexican (K): 25,249

NEW YORK (4)
Buffalo News (K): 178,365
Daily News (B): 703,137
The Daily Star (Oneonta) (K): 14,391
el Diario (K): 53,856
The New York Times (K)

NORTH CAROLINA (5)
Asheville Citizen-Times (K): 50,160
The Daily Reflector (Greenville) (K): 21,703
Durham Herald-Sun (N): 32,845
News & Observer (Raleigh) (K): 176,083
Wilmington Star-News (K): 47,620

OHIO (9)
Akron Beacon-Journal (K): 119,929
The Blade (Toledo) (K): 119,901
Dayton Daily News (K): 116,690
Hamilton Journal-News (B): 19,432
Middletown Journal: 17,285
The Repository (Canton) (B): 65,789
The Times-Reporter (New Philadelphia) (B): 22,428
Springfield News-Sun (K): 24,684
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (N): 330,280

OKLAHOMA
Muskogee Phoenix (K)

OREGON (7)
>>> Corvallis Gazette-Times: 12,092
The Daily Astorian (Astoria) (K): 8,263
Mail Tribune (Medford) (K): 30,349
The Oregonian (Portland) (K): 304,399
Register-Guard (Eugene) (K): 67,400
Statesman-Journal (Salem) (K): 47,152
Yamhill Valley News-Register (McMinnville) (B): 10,921

PENNSYLVANIA (5)
The Daily Item (Sunbury) (N): 24,879
The Express-Times (Easton) (B): 44,561
>>>Philadelphia Daily News (K)
Philadelphia Inquirer (K): 334,150
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (K): 214,374

TENNESSEE (3)
Chattanooga Times (K): 71,716
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) (K): 146,961
The (Nashville) Tennessean (K): 161,131

TEXAS (5)
Austin American-Statesman (B): 170,309
The Eagle (Bryan-College Station): 21,654
Houston Chronicle (B): 494,131
Longview News-Journal (K): 27,590
The Lufkin Daily News (K): 12,225

UTAH (1)
The Salt Lake Tribune (B): 121,699

VERMONT (1)
Burlington Free Press (K): 41,901

VIRGINIA (1)
Falls Church News-Press (K): 30,500

WASHINGTON (8)
The Columbian (B): 44,623
The News Tribune (Tacoma) (K): 111,778
The Olympian (Olympia) (K): 30,755
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (K): 129,563
The Seattle Times (K): 220,883
Tri-City Herald (K): 40,830
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (K): 13,624
Yakima Herald-Republic (B): 38,077

WEST VIRGINIA (2)
The Charleston Gazette (K): 48,061
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (K): 27,463

WISCONSIN (3)
The Capital Times (Madison) (K): 16,335
Stevens Point Journal
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (B): 87,930

JOHN McCAIN
52 daily newspapers total
More than 4,139,700 daily circulation total

CALIFORNIA (5)
Bakersfield Californian (B) 59,433
Napa Valley Register (B): 16,283
Riverside Press-Enterprise (B): 164,189
The San Francisco Examiner (B): 80,000
San Diego Union-Tribune (B): 288,669

COLORADO (4)
Mountain Valley News (Cedaredge): 2,000
The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction) (B): 31,349
The Pueblo Chieftain (B): 49,169
Daily Times-Call (Longmont) (B): 21,127

CONNECTICUT (1)
The Register Citizen (Torrington) (B): 8,217

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (1)
The Washington DC Examiner (N): 100,073

FLORIDA (4)
Bradenton Herald (K): 48,618
Cape Coral Daily Breeze: 2,015
Palatka Daily News: 11,000
Tampa Tribune: 220,522

IOWA (1)
The Messenger (Fort Dodge) (B): 16,355

MARYLAND (1)
The Baltimore Examiner (N): 50,000

MASSACHUSETTS (2)
Boston Herald (B): 182,350
The (Lowell) Sun (B): 44,439

MICHIGAN (1)
The Detroit News: 188,171

MINNESOTA (1)
The Journal (New Ulm) (B): 7,920

NEBRASKA (1)
McCook Daily Gazette: 5,903

NEW HAMPSHIRE (2)
Foster’s Daily Democrat (B): 22,547
Union Leader (Manchester) (B): 51,782

NEW MEXICO (1)
Roswell Daily Record: 11,700

NEVADA (1)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (B): 174,341

NEW YORK (1)
New York Post (B): 702,488

NORTH DAKOTA (1)
Fargo Forum (B): 48,303

OHIO (2)
Columbus Dispatch (B): 199,524
The (Findlay) Courier (B): 22,319

OKLAHOMA (1)
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: 18,400

OREGON (1)
Bend Bulletin (B): 32,455

PENNSYLVANIA (2)
Public Opinion (Chambersburg) (N): 16,679
The Sentinel (Lewistown) (B): 11,863

SOUTH CAROLINA (1)
>>> The State (Columbia) (B)

TENNESSEE (3)
The Chattanooga Free Press (B): 71,716
The Jackson Sun (K): 32,121
The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville) (B): 20,354

TEXAS (9)
Amarillo Globe-News (B): 44,764
Beaumont Enterprise (B): 45,684
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (K): 53,368
Dallas Morning News (B): 368,313
Kerrville Daily Times: 8,971
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (B): 49,094
San Antonio Express-News (B): 225,447
Times Record News (Wichita Falls) (N): 28,888
Tyler Morning Telegraph: 35,598

VIRGINIA (3)
The Daily News Record (Harrisonburg): 30,908
Daily Press (Newport News) (K): 91,508
The Winchester Star (B): 20,218

WASHINGTON (1)
(Spokane) Spokesman-Review (B): 89,779

WEST VIRGINIA (1)
Wheeling News-Register (B): 12,821

WEEKLIES / COLLEGE

OBAMA (18)
Arkansas Times (Little Rock)
The Bowdoin Orient (Bowdoin College)
The Chronicle (Duke University)
Cincinnati CityBeat
City Newspaper (Rochester, NY)
EPG News
Hoy
Hunterdon Review (Clinton, NJ)
Independent Weekly (North Carolina)
New York Observer
News-Register (McMinnville, OR)
The Pacific Northwest Inlander (Spokane, WA)
San Diego CityBeat
Santa Barbara Independent (California)
Santa Monica Mirror (California)
The Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg)
Windsor Beacon (Colorado)
Metro Santa Cruz (California)

JOHN McCAIN (4)
The Garden City News (New York)
Lampasas Dispatch Record (Texas)
River Falls Journal (Wisconsin)
Wharton Journal-Spectator (Texas)

CHOOSING NOT TO ENDORSE (7)

Abilene Reporter-News
Colorado Springs Gazette
Fort Meyers News-Press
Mountain Home News (Idaho)
Springfield News-Leader
The Record Searchlight (California)
Waco Tribune Herald (Texas)

In reading… the key determinations throwing support to Obama were the three following.

1) McCain’s choice for Vice President. (did I say she was hot?)

2) Obama’s cool and steady hand throughout both his primary and general election campaign.

3) The cadre of intelligent and respected men surrounding Obama, advising him on economics, foreign policy, environment, etc…… compared to those running McCain’s campaign.

“If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”

If Fox News is so disgusted that IT says this about McCain when the reports first came out…… then I guess it’s over.