Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Connecticut walks back ban on WWE clothing at the polls

    vince lindaConnecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz is walking back a directive from her office that would have blocked voters from wearing World Wresting Entertainment  clothing and memorabilia to the polls on Election Day.

    In a statement to reporters Tuesday night, Bysiewicz said that her office's statement on WWE clothing had been misconstrued and that voters would not be turned away or asked to cover up WWE memorabilia on Election Day.

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  • Laura Bush calls Palin an ‘effective’ campaigner

    laura bushAdd Laura Bush to the list of those wondering whether Sarah Palin will run for president in 2012.

    In an exclusive interview with Deborah Roberts for Yahoo! News and ABC News at the Women's Conference 2010, the former first lady calls Palin an "effective" campaigner but, just like everyone else, she's not sure the former Alaska governor will ultimately run for the White House.

    "I have no idea," Bush says of Palin's 2012 ambitions. "I really don't know. You know, she's out there. She's speaking everywhere, but I don't know if that's because she wants to run or just -- I have no idea."

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  • Connecticut bans WWE memorabilia at the polls

    mcmahon wweIf you're planning to vote in Connecticut next Tuesday, leave your World Wrestling Entertainment replica championship belt at home.

    Connecticut's Secretary of State, Susan Bysiewicz, has ruled that voters wearing anything WWE-related will either be asked to remove the item or be turned away from the polls on Election Day. The reason: Officials believe WWE memorabilia is too closely aligned with Linda McMahon, the company's former chairman, who is running for Senate. As such, Bysiewicz found the attire would violate rules limiting politicking at the polls.

    McMahon and the state GOP have trashed the ruling as a violation of voters' First Amendment rights. McMahon's husband, Vince, echoed the sentiment, saying in a statement issued through the WWE that the ruling was "blatantly discriminatory." The company filed suit today to overturn the restrictions.

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  • Forget Zagat. Restaurants pack in diners with the Bill Clinton stamp of approval

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    Bill Clinton has proven to be a valuable surrogate for Democrats facing tough re-election prospects this fall, but did you know he is also single-handedly boosting restaurant business around the world?

    As the New York Times' David Segal writes today, the 42nd president's dining exploits almost always result in major business for the restaurants he chooses to visit. Clinton's name is frequently mentioned in reviews for restaurants written up in international guidebooks. And some patrons even go so far as to request the specific table where Clinton and his party sat.

    One restaurant now playing up the Clinton buzz is Bukhara in New Delhi, India, which serves a Bill Clinton platter commemorating the former president's two visits to the restaurant many years ago. (While the restaurant tells Segal the special isn't advertised, that's not exactly true. This reporter, along with two other media colleagues, shared the Clinton platter at Bukhara with a Bush White House official when the 43rd president visited India in 2007. At the time, the dish was displayed prominently on Bukhara's menu, along with a picture of Clinton.)

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  • Fiorina hospitalized for infection related to breast cancer surgery

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    California GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina was hospitalized Tuesday morning for an infection related to her treatment earlier this year for breast cancer.

    Fiorina, who learned she had breast cancer in 2009, underwent breast reconstructive surgery this summer and remains cancer-free, according to a statement issued by her campaign Tuesday. But the former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat an infection related to her surgery. Her campaign offered no other details and canceled her schedule for the day.

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  • More personal cash for California governor bid? Whitman won’t say

    whitman moneyAfter spending more than $141 million of her own cash on the California governor's race, GOP nominee Meg Whitman is pointedly refusing to say whether she'll write another check to her campaign.

    Polls show Whitman trailing her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, with just seven days to go before Election Day. In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Whitman insisted she's still competitive. And when Sawyer asked Whitman whether she regrets spending so much of her own money, the GOP contender said no.

    "Is it possible that at some point, it's just too much money?" Sawyer asked Whitman.

    "Well, I think that people need to understand the unions … pour money into politics in this state. They run Sacramento," Whitman replied. "Because I have invested my own money, I don't owe anyone anything. I only owe the voters of California."

    Asked whether she'll spend more, Whitman was noncommittal. "We'll see how it goes," she told ABC.

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  • Sharron Angle dodges the media in Nevada (again)

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    A week before Election Day, Sharron Angle is still dodging the press in Nevada.

    The GOP Senate nominee hasn't held one public event since her Oct. 15 debate with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In response to Angle's latest media lockdown, reporters have started to stake out her closed-press events in hopes of getting the candidate to talk to them on the record. On Monday, local reporters got word of an Angle event at a Microsoft licensing office in Reno. While the press wasn't allowed inside, several TV crews and reporters still showed up hoping to get Angle on camera.

    But as the Las Vegas Sun's Anjeanette Damon reports, Angle ditched the media. Just before she departed, reporters heard a campaign staffer in a nearby car say loudly into his cell phone, "She's ready? She's coming out now?"

    Unbeknownst to the media, Angle had already escaped through a side door. Thinking she was still inside the building, reporters and producers waited outside for another half an hour, until one reporter asked a Microsoft employee if she could use the bathroom. Inside, she confirmed that Angle was no longer there.

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  • Rand Paul supporters attack MoveOn activist before debate

    After last week's tense showdown, Kentucky's final U.S. Senate debate Monday between Rand Paul and Jack Conway offered few real fireworks. But it was a different story outside the event, where cameras captured a Rand Paul supporter stepping on the head of a woman who was participating in a stunt for the liberal group MoveOn.org. Footage of the incident appears below -- but readers should be advised that it is not for the squeamish.

    The altercation happened just minutes before Monday night's debate in Lexington. Activist Lauren Valle, wearing a blond wig in her sendup as a representative of the fictitious "RepubliCorp," approached Paul to give him an "employee of the month" award, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Paul supporters crowded in on her; one man pulled off her wig, and another man pushed her to the ground and stepped hard on her head and shoulder area.

    Valle apparently sustained no serious injury. She has filed assault charges with the Lexington police, who say they are reviewing video and photographic evidence from the debate to establish the identities of Valle's assailants. Talking Points Memo's Brian Beutler is reporting one of the assailants is Tim Profitt, a volunteer for Paul who was let go from the campaign today. In an interview with the Associated Press, Profitt apologized, though he said the camera angle made the confrontation look worse than it actually was.

    News cameras on the scene captured the confrontation, which reportedly led Monday night's newscasts in Kentucky, ahead of the actual Paul-Conway debate footage.

    You can watch footage of the altercation below:

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  • New Reid ad claims Angle would kill jobs in Nevada

    reid adCan Harry Reid convince Nevada voters that he's a better steward of jobs than Sharron Angle?

    That's the message of the embattled Senate majority leader's latest—and possibly final—ad in Nevada's closely watched Senate race. The 30-second spot, which began airing over the weekend, features the testimony of top executives from the state's leading employers, including Harrah's Entertainment and MGM, all of whom say Angle would be a disaster for Nevada's economy.

    "Electing Sharron Angle would cost thousands of jobs," Jan Jones, a vice president at Harrah's, says in the ad, which is called "A Better Choice."

    "She will be the knockout punch for Nevada's economy," says Larry Ruvo, senior managing director at Southern Wine and Spirits.

    The ad ends with an endorsement for Reid from Jim Mullen, CEO of MGM Resorts, who begins by telling viewers that he's a Republican. "Nobody has done more for the state" than Reid, he says.

    You can watch the ad after the jump:

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  • Fiorina, GOP add $4 million in California’s Senate race

    fiorinaSenate Republicans are placing another big bet on Carly Fiorina, kicking in $3 million to boost her bid against Barbara Boxer in California's Senate race. That means the National Republican Senatorial Committee has now spent $8 million on the race since September--one of its biggest investments in the country.

    But that's not the only cash infusion Fiorina is getting. After weeks of speculation, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO kicked in $1 million of her own money to her campaign, marking the first significant investment she's made to her general election bid against Boxer.

    (Last week, Fiorina reinvested a $40,000 refund she had received from the campaign related to her $5.5 million in spending during the GOP primary.)

    All of this comes on the heels of a Los Angeles Times/USC poll released Sunday that found Boxer leading Fiorina by 8 points among likely voters. While Democrats seized on the survey as evidence that Boxer is pulling away in the race, the poll seems to be an outlier against other recent surveys, which have found the race virtually tied.

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