Thursday, October 30, 2008
Here are our latest numbers:
40% McCain (R)
55% Obama (D)
Asked of 658 likely & actual voters Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.8%
Our U.S. Senate race looks like a blowout at this point.
35% Chris Reed (R)
61% Tom Harkin (D)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Roadway Information Report
City of Des Moines
Office of Traffic and Transportation
Phone: (515) 283-4973
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
NOTICE OF STREET CLOSING
12th Street will be closed from Locust Street to Grand Avenue at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2008 to approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2008.
The North bound lane of 13th Street will be closed from Locust Street to Grand Avenue at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2008 to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2008 with both lanes closing at 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on October 31, 2008.
This closure is in preparation for the Barrack Obama Rally to be held Friday, October 31, 2008.
Local traffic will be accommodated as much as possible for the area businesses. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving in this area, and to obey all warning signs.
If there are questions, contact Traffic and Transportation, City of Des Moines, at 283-4973.
B-A-R-A-C-K will be here Friday at 11:30a.m.
Speaking of Obama... There's clearly an effort here to get people to the polls early. Obama's rally is called the "Early Vote for Change Rally with Barack Obama". Governor Chet Culver already voted early, so is Senator Tom Harkin, so is Rep. Dave Loebsack (I think it was. Maybe it was Rep. Bruce Braley).
The campaign also sent this out to supporters:
Barack is coming back to Iowa this week to rally on Friday, October 31st, because he knows how important this state is. What began in Iowa nearly two years ago has set off a chain reaction -- and now all across the country, something is stirring. You see it in the thousands of people who are casting early votes for change in Iowa and across the country. But time is running out for you to be part of it. The last day of Early Vote is coming up quickly, and this Saturday there are extended hours at your local county auditor's office.
Then, there's this:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here's the link:
Decide for yourself.
We'll have to see if either half of the McPalin ticket will return. McCain has been to Iowa four times in the last five weeks or so.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here's the poll:
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Total - 2,134,334
D - 733,478
R - 623,455
O - 847
Total Sent: 393,462
Dem - 188,749
Rep - 110,914
No Party - 93,572
Other (Green and Libertarian) - 227
Total Recieved: 255,884
Dem - 130,220
Rep - 72,105
No Party - 53,401
Other (Green and Libertarian) - 158
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
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(photo courtesy: time.com)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here's another example of how YouTube is part of the Decision 2008. It's supposed to be for "swing voters". It seems like there are more of these types of videos supporting Obama, rather than McCain. Does anyone know of some good ones for McCain?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The poll also found McCain could be in big trouble unless his latest message of "I'm a fighter" works really, really well. About four in five people surveyed think Obama will win the election. McCain sure needs some kind of fight these final three weeks.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Joe is a beer reporter in Pennsylvania. Of course, he is. Here's his website.
Cheers! And three cheers for my St. Louis Rams, who finally won a ball game. They should have fired their head coach long ago...look at the results!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
The campaign also made another push to get Iowans to vote early. Here's another email to supporters:
Iowa Voter Registration Deadline is October 24th Click here to register to vote. Our right to vote is one of the most important responsibilities we have as citizens of this great country. While many people might take this right for granted, much has been sacrificed for our democracy and it's up to us to exercise the right to vote. The first step is to make sure you're registered to vote. Please visit this page right now and mail in your application before October 24th. If you're not going to be home on Election Day, please don't forget to request an absentee ballot by visiting this page. It's easy: Visit this page and print out your application.
Mail it to the address listed on the website before October 24th. Vote on November 4th. If you're not going to be home on November 4th, request an absentee ballot here.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
It's just Al Gore this year, along with state democrats trying to get a little face time before the election. I'll be curious what kind of crowd it draws.
I doubt we'll get this kind of excitement though:)
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Why does Biden keep smiling like that from ear to ear when Palin is ripping on him?
Palin looked nervous to me when the debate began. Although, that seemed to disappear. She rarely engages Biden. Biden talks to the moderator. Palin talks to the camera. Perhaps, her time as a tv reporter pays off in this situation.
Palin is now praising Biden and his family (his son is serving in the National Guard) but she isn't even looking at him. She keeps looking ahead into the camera.
Palin is borrowing a George W Bush line: nuc-u-lar. She said it that way at least three times.
Biden will not say Sarah Palin. Well, he said it once and then right away corrected himself and said Governor Palin.
Biden seems to be holding back. This isn't the guy I remember covering so often before the caucus. He's stumbled a handful of times and almost sounds like he's whispering at times. Will he show the passion his supporters love?
Palin said she would disagree with McCain on ANWAR. In fact, she said it while winking at the camera. Biden said he would agree on every major plan of Obama. He didn't name any disagreement he would have.
Second Palin wink. This one was for her dad in the audience, she said, right after she broke out her first "doggoneit".
Palin had made the audience laugh at least twice so far, none for Biden that I remember. Does it matter? It might at least show Palin is feeling comfortable on stage.
Palin completely misunderstood the question on what her "achilles heel" would be, unless she is intentionally not answering it by giving her strengths instead. The moderator didn't call her out on it.
Biden started to choke up talking about how he knows what it's like to be a single dad.
He is now finally getting fired up a bit saying McCain voted with Bush 4 out of 5 times on the budget and skyrocketed the deficit.
My English teachers would have gone crazy to hear Palin say "have got" so many times.
O.K., that's it. It's over. Speaking of my English teachers, get out your red Sharpie pens and grade the candidates. What do you grade them for their performance tonight?
Will Palin stick to the talking points and the lines like she uses on the campaign trail in that folksy style? Will she avoid getting stumped like it seems she did numerous times by Katie Couric's interview? How will Biden strike the balance of the fiery guy his supporters love and the guy who can go on too long and get too fired up for his on good, especially on tv.
I'm not sure if this is a sign of organization or what...but I was checking through my emails this morning. Both prez campaigns sent out notices they'll be holding "debate watch" parties tonight. McCain's campaign holds two, one in Urbandale, one in Council Bluffs. Obama's is holding about 36, if my count is correct.