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McCain's upwards political trajectory was jolted when he became enmeshed in the Keating Five scandal of the 1980s. In the context of the Savings and Loan crisis of that decade, Charles Keating, Jr.'s Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, a subsidiary of his American Continental Corporation, was insolvent due to some bad loans. In order to regain solvency, Lincoln sold investment in a real estate venture as a FDIC insured savings account.
While I don't buy into Ron Paul mania I do think that his fund raising effort deserves discussion. So Don what do you make of Ron fund raising? Unless you can prove that some of Ron cash come from the same old crowd doesn't that mean that CFR isn’t needed?
Umm I think Ron would have the states do the likes of inspecting toys and food etc rather then the Federal government . Global Warming is a fraud enough said. Plus I am still curious as to your thoughts concerning Ron fund raising and the need for CFR.
-- Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have claimed victories in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses
Huckabee's victory can be attributed to his overwhelming support among evangelical voters and women, the polls indicate.
With 92 percent of Republican precincts reporting, Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, had the support of 34 percent of voters, compared to 25 percent for Romney. Fred Thompson had 13 percent, McCain had 13 percent and Ron Paul had 10 percent.
Originally posted by TKainZero
How did Rudy only get 3% in Iowa?
It seems strange to have people voting at this time of the year I'm more inclined to think about the beach rather then politics this time of year. In the US I would expect peoples minds to be on winter activity's rather then politics but such is life.
Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have claimed victories in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses . . Huckabee's victory can be attributed to his overwhelming support among evangelical voters and women, the polls indicate . . Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, had the support of 34 percent of voters, compared to 25 percent for Romney. Thompson had 13 percent, McCain also had 13 percent and Ron Paul had 10 percent. There is still a long way to go in the race. The fastest out of the starting block doesn't always win the race. Surely how a candidate does on Super Tuesday will be a better indicator of there chances then Iowa?
posted by xpert11
Don I come back to our discussion on MMP. MMP of course complicates things by ensuring minority representation the urban areas where the majority of population lives still have a large impact on the outcome of elections because the party vote plays a big part in the outcome of the elections. Note if a minor party wins seat in a rural area they could still effect the make up of government. So the effect is that geographical location/population and electoral seats can and cannot be less of a factor . For example ACT only made it back into parliament because Rodney Hide won an electoral seat.
Well MMP is certainly complex every election there is usually a poll that comes outside that says a good percentage of voters don't understand MMP. MMP is also used in Germany so it isn’t unique to NZ. Rather then too much democracy the US has democracy is in the wrong places. I would be much inclined to have the leader of a country in this the case the president and vice president elected by [direct] popular vote.
I thought that the three year electoral cycle was bad but a two cycle is just somewhere beyond absurd. Locally we have both income tax and a sales tax just be grateful that you aren't being strung twice unfairly. There is nothing wrong with voting for your representatives at council level.
As for Fred it doesn't look like that he will have the resources to compete with the big boys in the key states . Fred and his team must think that he has enough grass roots support to win the war without having gotten on a roll in the likes of Iowa.