Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Is Barbara Boxer in serious trouble in California?

    boxerCalifornia Sen. Barbara Boxer is quickly becoming one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents ahead of the November midterms. A new Field Poll finds Boxer narrowly leading former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina in her bid for re-election, 47 percent to 44 percent. That’s slightly up from the last Field survey in March, when the Boxer led by just a point, but it’s a huge downward lurch from the 15-point lead Boxer held in the race in January.

    A year ago, Boxer had been considered a safe bet for re-election. But she’s now facing many of the same difficulties that  are dogging her colleague Harry Reid in his re-election campaign in Nevada: Voters are increasingly unhappy with her job performance, and personally, they don’t like her.

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  • Will Lindsay Lohan be an issue in Florida Senate race?

    Lindsay Lohan and Jeff Greene

    Florida Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene has already gotten attention for fraternizing with celebrities who have run afoul of the law, such as Mike Tyson and ex-Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.

    But the St. Petersburg Times' Adam Smith blogs about another Greene pal who is now bound for a tour in the hoosegow: troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan, who partied with the Palm Beach financier this past New Year’s Eve in St. Barts. The two were photographed by paparazzi leaving a yacht and later at a nightclub along with Lohan’s 16-year-old sister, Ali.

    Greene, who has spent nearly $5 million of his own cash on his campaign, is waging a tougher-than-expected challenge to Rep. Kendrick Meek in the state’s Democratic Senate primary. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Meek leads Greene by just two points. So you have to wonder: Will Meek make an issue out of Lohan and Greene’s other celeb friends?

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  • Palin touts ‘mama grizzlies’ in new ad

    palinSarah Palin isn’t on the ballot this year, but that doesn’t mean she’s not working to establish her brand. Her political action committee, Sarah PAC, is out Thursday with its first campaign video of the year. Titled “Mama Grizzlies,” the ad doesn’t endorse any specific candidate, but rather seeks to build up the Palin image as a fiercely independent mom who isn’t going to stand by and let the government run her down.

    The 90-second ad includes a vocal track of a speech Palin delivered in Washington in May, touting the rise of “mama grizzlies” and conservative women ahead of the November midterms.

    [Photos: Sarah Palin, from hairstyles to family moments]

    “This year will be remembered as the year that common-sense conservative women get things done for our country,” Palin says.

    Later, she says: "You don't want to mess with the mama grizzlies." You can watch the video below:

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  • Obama loses more ground with independents

    obamaJust last week, we told you about a Gallup poll that found President Obama’s approval rating among so-called independent voters at a historic low. Well, it has dropped again, hitting, yes, another historic low.

    According to Gallup, just 38 percent of independent voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president. That’s the first time Obama’s rating among independents has dropped below 40 percent. Last week, he was at 42 percent approval. (By comparison: Obama was at 56 percent approval a year ago.)

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  • Angle repeats her threat to sue Reid over site

    anglleNow that Harry Reid has re-posted Sharron Angle's original campaign website, Angle has repeated her threat to sue for, well, something.

    As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent first reported, Angle appeared on a Nevada radio station Wednesday morning to explain why she thinks Reid is breaking the law. “Well, your website is like you. It’s your intellectual property,” the GOP Senate candidate told radio host Heidi Harris. “So they can’t use something that’s yours, intellectual property, unless they pay you for it or get your permission. ... And he didn’t ask for it, and he didn’t pay me for it. I would have sold it to him."

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  • Senate candidate Alvin Greene's jobs plan: 'toys of me'

    GI GreeneAlvin Greene knows exactly how to create jobs in this struggling economy. “Make toys of me,” he says.

    In an interview with the Guardian, the reliably eccentric South Carolina Senate candidate pitches his jobs plan, which involves creating a tiny army of Alvin Greene action figures.

    “Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an Army uniform, Air Force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids,” the Palmetto State's accidental Democratic nominee says. “That's something that would create jobs.”

    And really, Greene insists, he’s not kidding. “I think out of the box like that. It's not something a typical person would bring up,” he tells the Guardian. “That's something that could happen, that makes sense. It's not a joke."

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  • Levi Johnston apologizes to the Palins

    bristol leviRemember how Levi Johnston said that Todd and Sarah Palin were on the verge of divorce? Or how he said Sarah Palin had referred to her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, as “retarded”? Well, he may have been fibbing just a little bit.

    In a statement to People magazine, Johnston says he was so angry over his breakup with Palin’s daughter Bristol that he may have said some things that, well, weren’t entirely accurate. “Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry,” Johnston tells People. “Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true. I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize.”

    In particular, Johnston apologized to Sarah Palin. “Please accept my regrets and forgive my youthful indiscretion,” Johnston says. “I hope one day to restore your trust.”

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  • Reid reposts Angle's original website

    Remember how Nevada GOP Senate hopeful Sharron Angle threatened to sue Harry Reid's campaign for posting a copy of her original campaign website? After initially removing it, Reid has now reposted the site at therealsharronangle.com. It now includes a caveat that it's not the real Angle site and removes some of the sign-up boxes that the GOP candidate's campaign said could be used to collect information about her supporters.

  • Who gets paid what in the Obama White House

    gibbs rahmPresident Obama didn’t get a raise last year — nor did most of his senior staff.

    That’s according to the White House’s latest salary list, which reports a nearly $39 million annual payroll. This year, the White House has made the report, which it files with Congress every year, available online for the first time. The list itemizes the salary and title of every employee of the White House, except for the vice president’s office, which is technically an arm of the Senate. The pay sheet also doesn’t include Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is regulated by Congress. According to the latest study, the White House currently employs 469 people — down 17 positions from 2009.

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  • Biden: Dems are 'vulnerable' but will still win in 2010

    bidenVice President Joe Biden isn’t buying into all the doom and gloom that polls and pundits forecast for Democrats this November. But he acknowledges Democrats are currently “in the most vulnerable position we can be” as voters openly fret about the nation’s struggling economy.

    In an interview with Politico’s Mike Allen, Biden admits voters are leaning against Democrats amid worries about the direction of the country. But he predicts that once people start paying closer attention to the election, things will turn around.

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