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Gore is on a power trip…

From Drudge:

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions, issued a press release late Monday:

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.

“As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

For Further Information, Contact:
Nicole Williams, (615) 383-6431
editor@tennesseepolicy.org

February 27, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

Some new 2008 numbers

 Hat tip to Race for 2008.

 Quinnipiac
University
Poll. Feb. 13-19, 2007. N=1,536 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 2.5.

          .  
“If the 2008 election for president were being held today, and the candidates were [see below] the Democrat and [see below] the Republican, for whom would you vote?”
          .  
    Rudolph
Giuliani (R)
Hillary
Clinton (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 48 43 1 2 5
  3/2-7/05 44 43 2 1 10
  12/7-12/04 45 43 3 2 6
          .  
    John
McCain (R)
Hillary
Clinton (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 46 44 1 3 6
  11/28 – 12/4/05 44 40 3 3 11
  3/2-7/05 43 41 2 1 13
          .  
    Mitt
Romney (R)
Hillary
Clinton (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 37 49 2 4 9
          .  
    Rudolph
Giuliani (R)
Barack
Obama (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 47 40 1 3 10
          .  
    John
McCain (R)
Barack
Obama (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 43 43 1 4 10
          .  
    Mitt
Romney (R)
Barack
Obama (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 29 49 2 5 15
          .  
    Rudolph
Giuliani (R)
John
Edwards (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 48 40 2 3 8
          .  
    John
McCain (R)
John
Edwards (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 43 42 2 4 9
          .  
    Mitt
Romney (R)
John
Edwards (D)
Someone
Else (vol.)
Wouldn’t
Vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
  2/13-19/07 32 48 3 5 12

February 26, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vilsack’s out, McCain busy working, Romney on the TV.

Hotline says that Vilsack’s dropping out of the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination. (Big Deal)

McCain’s day job limits his campaigning. (Or so say’s MSNBC) Actually, I think McCain deserves some accolades fornot letting his Presidential aspirations get in the way of his job as a US Senator. 

Mitt Romney is taking his campaign to the tube in an attempt to improve his low name recognition.   Michigan Cooler has one of the adds.

February 23, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sen. John Thune in Michigan, and other stories

Greetings again bloggers…I had a few exams last week and did not have much time to track the news, but have no fear, I now have another 5 weeks of neglecting my school work until I have to cram for my next exam.

I know I missed some big events here in Michigan since the convention:

1)  Mitt Romney’s announcement in Dearborn.   From everything that I was able to follow on this I heard that it went off in a less than stellar fashion.  Everything I saw on the news look organized and well planned for the former Governor and what I heard of his speech sounded great.  However, weather and other campaigns might have gotten the best of Team Romney that week.

Michigan Cooler has some great insight into the matter if you have not already seen it.

2) Another story that seems to be picking up steam is that the Michigan Republicans seem to be putting up a good fight against the Granholm tax increases; I guess the Senate managed to defeat the budget, Saul’s blog has had good coverage of this continuing saga.

And in the most recent news Sen. John Thune was in Michigan this week, yesterday as a matter of fact, and spoke at the Kent County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Sen. John Thune is one of Swing Stater’s favorite Seantor’s.  He has apparently endorsed fellow Senator John McCain for President.  This is a big pick-up for Team McCain.

In other news Mitt Romney seems to be taking another lashing for what some view as a faltering position of gun control.  As I am sure many know from the now infamous 94′ Seante debate, Romney was an advocate for many gun control measures that were not exactly popular with the NRA and far right.

Since joining the NRA last August Romney has been a staunch defender of the second amendment on the campaign trail.

 The Boston Globe says this on the subject:

“Mitt Romney, who has touted his support of gun owners since launching his presidential campaign, yesterday acknowledged he did not become a member of the National Rifle Association until last August, campaign officials said.

A former advocate of gun control, Romney during his 1994 run for the US Senate backed measures the gun-rights group opposed, such as a five-day waiting period on gun sales and a ban on certain assault weapons.”

Romney’s campaign has this to say:

“He joined the NRA because, like millions of Americans, he supports the group’s advocacy of the Second Amendment and its commitment to education programs promoting the safe use of firearms by law-abiding gun owners…”

February 20, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

McCain Romney Proxy battle at the Michigan Convention

Eye on 08′ has a great article on an apparent proxy battle between the McCain people from Michigan and the Romney people from Michigan that took place at the convention.

Here are some the run down:

“Two sources at the Michigan Republican Party Convention report that John McCain’s campaign defeated Mitt Romney’s campaign in a clear proxy fight at the convention in the battle for Youth Chair.

While neither campaign endorsed in the race, staffers from both campaigns were managing the floor fights for their respective candidates. Matt Hall, supported by McCain, beat Trevor Tippsley, supported by Romney, by 8 votes out of approximately 2,000. For pictures and lists of supporters, see their facebook groups (Hall, Tippsley)”

Check out the full post over at Eye on 08′.

February 11, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Romney Protest at the Michigan Republican Convention

February 11, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

Live from the MIGOP Convention

It was a snowy and cold night hear in Grand Rapids, but that did not stop the hundreds of GOP delegates from around the state from turning out for a great time. 

There was some old familiar faces walking the halls of the Amway Grand and the Devos Convention center, but it was the bright fresh excited young faces that really stood out.  It is very promising to see so many young people taking an interest in politics.

It is clear from the turnout at this years convention that Michigan is a “hot spot” on the 08′ radar. 

 Mitt Romney’s brother Scott toured the Caucus rooms with a Blue T’shirted clan of young Republicans.

Sam Brownback was also seen making his way around tha halls with a crew of supporters.

I really did not notice much ofa Giuliani presence other than a small table in the from lobby, but with reports of a recent endorsement for the former Mayor by Congresswoman Candice Miller I would not be surprised if there was some talk around the halls about his candidacy.

The most vocal group of the night was definitely the supporters of Senator John McCain.  They had a large group of people in and out of caucus rooms with Chuck Yob and Holly Hughes.  Minnessotta Governor Tim Pawlenty was in town speaking on the Senator’s behalf and Team McCain managed to put together quite a show.

 I am about to make my way down to some of the parties downstairs, Governor Romney’s people have put together quite a spread for the Michigan delegates, and the McCain people have been handing invites out all day to there fiesta.

 I will give a more detailed account of today’s events tomorrow.

February 10, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

State of the State, Romney in Michigan, Pawlenty to speak for McCain, Convention

The State of the State was last night…our taxes are going up…I am too PO’d to talk about it.

Here are some articles: 

 Is this really what Granholm planned?

Granholm’s clouded vision

Granholm: We need tax boost to compete

This week is  also a big week for Michigan on the 08′ front.

First off the big news is that Romney look like he will be announcing his candidacy here in Michigan.  Romney is in town to speak at the Detroit Economic club today.  He will also be speaking at the convention this weekend.

Check out this postI saw on RedState about the importance of Romney’s EC speech.

According to Michigan for McCain, Gov. Pawlenty will be McCain’s surrogate at the MIGOP Convention.

Brownback will be there as well according to Saul and Giuliani will have his own surrogate speaker.

February 7, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

New Michigan Polls

Hat Tip to Michigan Cooler for this one.

Romney’s name doesn’t help him in poll

Here are the results from the Free Press polling on how the 08′ contenders are shaping up in Michigan.

According to the polls the leading Dems (Clinton, Obama, and Edwards) are slightly ahead of both John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.

On the other hand, the numbers for GOP hopeful Mitt Romney are well behind the rest of the pack.  Brownback and Gingrich were not included in the polling.

February 5, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

McCain digs his heels in South Carolina, The endorsement battle

Here is a great article on McCain and Romney:

Romney, McCain tout endorsements in each other’s backyard

February 1, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment