POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/13

Heller Barely Leads in Nevada

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Nevada finds Sen. Dean Heller (R-NC) barely leading Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 44% to 43%.

How Campaigns Can Target You on the Internet

“Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services,” ProPublica reports.

“The Web giants provide users no notification that their information is being used for political targeting.”

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare.”

— President Obama, quoted by Politico, accusing Republicans of running a campaign focused on blame.

Obama Will Lose Unless He Shifts the Narrative

James Carville and Stan Greenberg sound the alarm in a new Democracy Corps memo:

“What is clear from this fresh look at public consciousness on the economy is how difficult this period has been for both non-college-educated and college-educated voters – and how vulnerable the prevailing narratives articulated by national Democratic leaders are.[1] We will face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative, one that contextualizes the recovery but, more importantly, focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class.”

“It is elites who are creating a conventional wisdom that an incumbent president must run on his economic performance – and therefore must convince voters that things are moving in the right direction. They are wrong, and that will fail.”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Everybody knows that government creates jobs.”

— Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), quoted by Greg Sargent, citing infrastructure programs and the hiring of private contractors.

Do Dead People Vote?

Rolling Stone: “In most cases, allegations arise from flawed matches of death records and voter rolls. Sometimes a voter turns out to have died after voting; in other cases, a living voter might be mistaken for a dead one with the same name.”

“Typical case: In Georgia in 2000, 5,412 votes were alleged to have been cast by dead voters over the previous 20 years. The allegations were based on a flawed match of voter rolls to death lists. An investigation turned up only one instance, and even this was later found to have been an error: One Alan J. Mandel was alleged to have voted in 1998, despite having died in 1997. It turned out that another Alan J. Mandell (two “l”s) – very much alive – was the guy who’d voted, but election workers simply checked the wrong name off of their list.”

Romney Grabs Lead in North Carolina

A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds Mitt Romney leading President Obama by two points, 48% to 46%.

Key finding: “It’s a small lead but still significant in that it’s the first time we’ve found Romney ahead in our monthly polling of the state since October Romney’s gained 7 points on Obama in North Carolina since April, when the President led by a 49% to 44% margin. Since then Romney’s erased what was a 51-38 lead for Obama with independents and taken a 42% to 41% lead with that voting group. He’s also increased his share of the Democratic vote from 15% to 20%, suggesting he’s convincing some more conservative voters within the party to cross over.”‘

Presidential Race Remains Close Nationally

A new Tarrance Group (R) poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney nationally, 47% to 46%.

Obama’s approval rating is similar to the ballot, with 49% approving and 46% disapproving of his job performance.

The Science of Political Gaffes

Jon Stewart looks at the life cycle of the modern political gaffe.

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Romney Blocked Guide Over Term “Bisexual”

An email shows that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney blocked an anti-bullying guide from publication because it contained the terms “bisexual” and “transgender,” theBoston Globe reports.

At the time, Romney aides said that publication of the guide “had been delayed because it was a lengthy document that required further review.”

Lawmaker’s Son Outed in Primary Battle

The Denver Post reports that a GOP primary battle between two Colorado state legislators has gotten so heated that one campaign outed their own candidate’s gay son to show that she was more anti-gay than her opponent by voting against civil unions for gays and lesbians.

Said Rep. Marsha Looper (R): “I am disappointed that my campaign manager forwarded an e-mail that would include any member of my family in policy discussions.”

The Chicago Citizenship Test

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gives Conan O’Brien the Chicago citizenship test.

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Special Election in Arizona

Arizona voters head to the polls to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D). The race pits former Giffords aide Ron Barber (D) — who was injured in the January 2011 shooting of Giffords and others — against Jesse Kelly (R), who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010.

First Read: “After Dems lost in last week’s Wisconsin recall, a win for them here would stop some of the party’s bleeding over the past couple of weeks. But a loss would be yet another blow for Democrats. That is what’s on the line tonight.”

The Fix:  “If Democrats do win Tuesday, it’s going to be in large part because they defined Kelly early and successfully as being anti-Medicare and anti-Social Security in the 11th-oldest district in the country — in large part by running footage and quotes of Kelly himself talking about getting rid of the entitlements.”

Polls close at 10:00 pm ET but the Arizona’s secretary of state won’t start reporting results until 11:00 pm ET.

Net Worth Shrunk Dramatically During Recession

“The Great Recession shrank Americans’ wealth so much that in 2010 median family net worth was no more than it had been in 1992 after adjusting for inflation,” the AP reports.

“Median net worth declined from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010, a Fed survey of family finances found.”

Wonk Wire: Is the United States economy entering a new recession?

Commerce Secretary Takes Medical Leave

Commerce Secretary John Bryson “is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests after suffering a seizure connected to two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area over the weekend,” CBS News reports.

Jake Tapper: “The position of Commerce Secretary has been extremely problematic for the Obama administration. Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who was said to be the president’s initial choice for the post, took herself out of the running. (It was reported that her business ties would not pass the vet). His first official pick, then New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, pulled his name from consideration due to an ongoing campaign finance investigation back in his state. His second pick, then New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, a Republican, withdrew his name citing ‘irresolvable conflicts’ with the president over policy. His third pick, Gary Locke, got it, and then left to become U.S. Ambassador to China. Now all this. No wonder the White House wants to get rid of the position! It’s cursed!”

Police Officer Posted Photo of Obama with Bullet Holes

Arizona police officer Pat Shearer tells the Arizona Republic that he wasn’t thinking when he posted on his Facebook President Obama’s image on a T-shirt with bullet holes.

Shearer is now appealing his demotion and two-week suspension without pay on grounds that it is excessive.

Said Shearer: “I was an idiot for putting it on Facebook, but to have all the pluses in my career forgotten over this one incident, which harmed no one, I think, is taking things too far.”

Nearly Half Think GOP Stalling Economic Recovery

A new DailyKos/SEIU/PPP poll finds that 49% of registered voters nationwide think Republicans are “intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy” to ensure President Obama’s defeat for re-election.

Nearly Half Think GOP Stalling Economic Recovery

A new DailyKos/SEIU/PPP poll finds that 49% of registered voters nationwide think Republicans are “intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy” to ensure President Obama’s defeat for re-election.

Christie Approval Remains High

A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Chris Christie (R) with his highest favorability ratings — 50% among registered voters — since he took office two and a half years ago, compared with 39% who hold an unfavorable opinion of him.

Key finding: “The numbers are bolstered largely by the male voters who favor Christie — up seven percentage points from March — to 56 percent. The percentage of women who favor him rose just two points, however, to 45 percent. The result is an 11 percentage point gap, compared with 6 points six months ago.”

Obama Leads in Pennsylvania

A new Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six points, 46% to 40%.

Said pollster Tim Malloy: “While almost four-fifths of voters, including 58% of Republicans, say the President is a likable person, where the rubber meets the road on the campaign trail – the economy – Romney has the lead. Pennsylvanians may like the president more than they like Mitt Romney, but the warm and fuzzy feeling gives way to the cold hard truth of a still shaky economy.”

Obama Attacks Romney’s Record

For the second straight week, President Obama’s re-election campaign takes aim at Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts record with a new television ad.

The new ad will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The campaign describes the ad buy as “significant.”

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