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What Do CA, AZ, FL, IL, MI, NV, NJ, OR, RI, and WI Have in Common?

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 12th, 2009 2:25 PM |

No, these states are not holding a Powerball Lottery . . . although the states themselves could use the winnings.

These states, amongst others, are barreling toward economic disaster.  Don’t take my word for it. None other than the Pew Center on the States produced a report entitled Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril:

(High five to MC for bringing this to our attention)

California’s financial problems are in a league of their own. But the same pressures that drove the Golden State toward fiscal disaster are wreaking havoc in a number of states, with potentially damaging consequences for the entire country. (more…)

What Did We Learn Last Night in NY, NJ, and VA?

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 4th, 2009 8:30 AM |

Off year elections are always interesting in terms of getting a pulse on the American public. Yesterday’s elections, with the primary focus on the gubernatorial elections in VA and NJ, the mayoral race in NYC, and the Congressional race in upstate NY, strike me as having some similar themes. What were they?

1. A rising tide of discontent with incumbents.

I sense that not only in the NJ gubernatorial election but primarily in the mayoral race in NYC. Michael Bloomberg spent over $100 million, was estimated to hold close to a 20 point lead, and won by only 5 points.

I definitely sense this anti-incumbent discontent in Connecticut, as well. Both Senators Dodd and Lieberman are under real pressure.

2. An inability of the Obama administration to turn out the vote that brought him to Washington.  (more…)

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