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Poll: O’Malley under 6% in Maryland for 2016

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Martin O’Malley came in at 5.8% in the latest Maryland Poll which asked a question about 2016. O’Malley finished in fifth place behind Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Cuomo. Note the question was asked of all 954 respondents who were registered voters (regardless of party) and asks who “has the best chance of winning” in 2016.

The question wording:

[Q12]
Which of these five Democrats – (one) Elizabeth Warren, (two) Martin O’Malley, (three) Joe Biden,
(four) Hillary Clinton, or (five) Andrew Cuomo – has the best chance of winning the 2016 Presidential
election?
That’s 1 for Elizabeth Warren
2 for Martin O’Malley
3 for Joe Biden
4 for Hillary Clinton
5 for Andrew Cuomo

Here are the results in tabular form:

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Read the Obama and Biden tax returns for 2013

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The White House released the completed 1040 forms today for Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and for Joe Biden and his wife Jill.

As someone else said online earlier, time to get a new accountant.

Here are details:

For 2013, the Obamas reported adjusted gross income of $481,098 – no pauper’s salary, but a 21% drop from the $608,611 they reported in 2012.

With the smaller take home pay, their charitable contributions similarly shrank – from $150,034 in 2012 to $59,251 in 2013.

The big difference: book sales are down. The Obamas reported $273,739 income from publishers/agents in 2012, but only $116,180 in 2013.

Vice President Biden and wife Jill Biden also released their returns Friday, with adjusted gross income of $407,009, a small increase over the $385,072 they reported a year ago.

The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, up from just $7,190 in 2012. Conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly of Fox News have been critical of Biden in past years for not giving enough money to charity.

The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax for 2013 but the Bidens paid more: $114,492 in total federal and state taxes because they pay state taxes in both Virginia and Delaware.

The Obama family tax return:

Obama Taxes – 2013

The Biden family tax return:

Biden Taxes – 2013

Gay marriage has Democrats trashing their base in swing-state North Carolina

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama won the 15 electoral votes from the Old North State, but the popular vote was very tight. Obama only defeated Senator John McCain by less than 15,000 votes. The three top races on the ballot in NC that year were all won by Democrats, but the presidential ballot was the only thing that was so close.

With North Carolina poised to be an important swing state again this year and the Democratic National Convention set for Charlotte, things have picked up this week, and not in a way that’s helping the Democrats.

As I blogged about last weekend, Vice President Joe Biden either floated a trial balloon  on gay marriage or put the President in a bad spot, depending on who you believe.

Then, on Tuesday, the voters of North Carolina voted easily to pass Amendment One, which bans gay marriage. African-American voters supported that amendment by a 2-1 margin. In the days following the vote, North Carolina residents were ridiculed and reviled as a bunch of ignorant hicks and bigots and the President ended up saying he does indeed support gay marriage while also giving himself wiggle room by saying he also thought states had the right to ban it (and his poll numbers are already suffering.) There were calls by some on the left to move the convention elsewhere, although that is going nowhere.

Of course, outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue – who was elected easily in 2008 when Obama took over but is so shaky now that she didn’t even run for re-election –  is attacking not only residents of her own state but those of Mississippi:

“I think it’s wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply,” the governor said. “People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people.

“Folks are saying what in the world is going on in North Carolina. We look like Mississippi.”

See some video and further commentary on Perdue from Sister Toldjah.

Mississippi’s Lt. Governor was quick to fire back:

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, criticized Perdue’s policies and the Tarheel state’s higher unemployment rate. Reeves even made a pitch to N.C. businesses to come to Mississippi if they wanted to work in a “lower-taxed, less regulated state.”

“Governor Perdue should know that her administration has a lot of work to do to make her state’s business climate ‘look like Mississippi,’ ” Reeves said in a statement.

Now, the convention is having financial problems that are forcing its organizers to go back on their promise not to take corporate contributions and hopes of Obama and Democrats of winning the state are also seemingly in dire straits.

Mitch Weiss of the AP wrote a story today calling the state a “political headache” for Democrats and ticked off many of the same reasons from above:

Once a bright spot for President Barack Obama, North Carolina is now more like a political migraine less than four months before Democrats open the party’s national convention in Charlotte.

The causes are plenty.

Labor unions, a core Democratic constituency, are up in arms. Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue isn’t running for re-election; Democrats say she was likely to lose. The state Democratic Party is in disarray over an explosive sexual harassment scandal. Voters recently approved amending the state constitution to ban gay marriage, a position that runs counter to Obama’s. And unemployment in the state remains persistently high.

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Now traditional Democratic Party groups are threatening huge protests in part because they’re deeply uncomfortable that the convention is being held in one of the least union-friendly states. And thousands of Democrats across the country are calling for the convention to be relocated because of the gay-marriage vote.

The story goes onto discuss the union issues further while also pointing out the original desire by some to unveil a gay marriage plan at the convention this summer. The sexual harassment scandal involving a former NC Democratic Party official and a lower-level staffer is also detailed.

All in all, North Carolina appears to be unraveling right now for Democrats and Obama and if the attacks on Democrats who oppose gay marriage continue it may continue to get worse.

 

 

 

 

Biden supports gay marriage?

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In an appearance on Meet the Press Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden said he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women.” But, he added, “The President sets the policy.”

Biden’s comments mean he has gone further than President Obama in expressing support for marriage equality.

“I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far,” Biden said Sunday.

Is this Biden going off the policy reservation once again?

UPDATE: Here’s the video.

UPDATE
See the spin from David Axelrod and the White House trying to reconcile Biden’s statement with the President’s position.

Other blogging:
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VP Biden causes massive traffic jam during Friday rush hour on a holiday weekend for his vacation

Joe BidenVice President Joe Biden’s Easter vacation trip to Kiawah Island had a major impact on Friday afternoon rush hour in the Charleston area. Earl Capps points out that this isn’t the first time Biden has screwed up rush hour traffic in Charleston.

Additionally, Biden and his wife have caused headaches and delays for Amtrak and commuter rail passengers at Washington’s Union Station since late 2009.

From the Charleston Post & Courier:

The massive traffic snarl seen from North Charleston to Kiawah Island on Friday is being attributed to an Easter weekend visit by Vice President Joe Biden.

The VP’s Washington press office did not respond to several phone messages, but law enforcement and other officials said the blocked routes along Interstate 26 and other roads leading to Kiawah were done to accommodate the vice president’s motorcade.

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Biden’s plane landed on the Charleston Air Force Base side of the International Airport around mid-afternoon, contributing to the Friday rush-hour traffic snarl, witnesses said.

Biden’s official schedule shows no public events for the next few days, which means drivers can probably expect the same type of traffic tie ups to be repeated, possibly as soon as Sunday or Monday.