My friends traveling far from their Cailfornia home base aboard the Tea Party Express Bus are celebrating the newest polling in Virginia today.
It shows that Ken Cuccinellli, their hand-picked candidate, has pulled within even of Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Governor's race.
Cuccinelli is a true conservative. Do what you can to help. I will.
"...As the polls tighten in the Virginia gubernatorial race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is dropping his front-runner swagger and warning that he could lose.
In an email to supporters meant to inspire them to vote, he said simply: “Ignore the polls.”
Some polls show that the race is getting close, with Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli getting to as close as three points in one poll, though most still show McAuliffe with a significant lead.
But the former Democratic Party chairman is worried about turnout in a year when voters are turned off by both candidates and there is no other headline-grabbing election dragging voters to the polls.
“In off-year elections like this one, Tea Party voters turn out more reliably than Democrats. For 45 years, the political party that controls the White House has lost our governor's race the next year. In 2009, fewer than 40 percent of Virginia voters cast a ballot for governor, despite the fact that nearly 70 percent voted in the presidential election the year before,” he explained.
“That's why we absolutely CANNOT afford to fall short of our $250,000 Get Out the Vote Fund Goal at tonight's midnight deadline — right now we're $48,345 away,” he said in his latest push for more money.
Campaign officials said that McAuliffe is focused on get out the vote initiatives, even bringing in former President Clinton and President Obama this week to urge voters to show up on Tuesday.
“If we allow ourselves to be complacent for any part of the next five days, Election Day will not be pretty,” he said.
But no one in the administration has been willing to tell us how many policies have been purchased, and this may be the reason: CBS News has learned enrollments got off to an incredibly slow start.
Early enrollment figures are contained in notes from twice-a-day "war room" meetings convened within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website failed on Oct. 1. They were turned over in response to a document request from the House Oversight Committee.
The website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say "six enrollments have occurred so far."
They were with BlueCross BlueShield North Carolina and Kansas City, CareSource and Healthcare Service Corporation.
By Wednesday afternoon, enrollments were up to "approximately 100." By the end of Wednesday, the notes reflect "248 enrollments" nationwide.
The health care exchanges need to average 39,000 enrollees a day to meet the goal of seven million by March 1. The war room notes give a glimpse into some of the reasons customers had problems:
- "Direct enrollment (signing up directly on an insurer's website) is not working for any issuers."
- "Experian" credit reporting agency is "creating confusion with credit check information."
- "Issuer phone numbers are not appearing correctly on the Pay Now page."
The notes leave no doubt that some enrollment figures, which the administration has chosen to keep secret, are available.
"Statistics coming in," said notes from the very first meeting the morning of Oct. 2. Contractor "QSSI has a daily dashboard created every night."
But head of CMS Marilyn Tavenner would not disclose any figures when Rep. Dave Camp, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, asked earlier this week.
"Chairman Camp, we will have those numbers available in mid-November," she said.
Health and Human Services told CBS News Thursday it's in no position to confirm or discuss enrollment figures because it doesn't have any. A spokesman suggested the numbers obtained by CBS News may not include all the different ways to enroll, such as paper applications. The spokesman also said that enrollment figures in Massachusetts' health care plan started off negligible but then skyrocketed as a deadline neared.
President Barack Obama’s job approval has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows that a mere 42 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, down five points from a poll conducted in early October. The president’s disapproval rating stands at 51 percent, tying an all-time high for Obama.
Yes, it is supremely ironic that as one of the loudest voices against Obamacare (standing on the steps of the nation's capitol with Michelle Bachman in '09) I am going to be slammed into the morass that passes for health care insurance in two months.
Imagine my surprise (NOT) when my options are narrowed to a 100 percent price increase and a 50 percent cut in benefits.
Well, the rest of California is waking up to our new normal. From the LA Times today:
"....Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see.
These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.
Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation.
Thirty years ago today, we lost many of our warriors in a terrorist attack. The U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was attacked. Terrorists detonated car bombs killing 241 Marines and many more civilians. For those Marines who survived that day, the toughest thing is that Americans seem to forget.
Move America Forward and our supporters never forget the sacrifice of our military. We honor our troops and support them in all they do. Right now we have troops serving in Afghanistan and we can't forget about them!
SHOW THE TROOPS YOU WILL NEVER FORGET ABOUT THEM
At the time, future Move America Forward Co-Founder Melanie Morgan was just a newly-hired reporter for ABC. She traveled to Beirut to cover the bombing. It was to be the first major story she ever covered.
Learn the lesson of Beirut!
For too many Americans it is easy to forget days like today, or the memory of those troops who gave their lives. "The worst part for me is that nobody remembers," retired Marine Mark Nevells told the Bangor Daily News. Nevells was a Marine in Beirut when the attack happened and lost many friends that day. The greatest shame would be to forget the sacrifice of those 241 Marines who were lost in that bombing. As a nation, our biggest weakness is that people forget. As Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." He meant that if we do not fight the threats to our freedom, if we become complacent and blind to the dangers around the world, if we let our guard down, we will lose our freedom. We can't let America forget. Please use the social media links to share this message with your friends and family and remind them what happened in Beirut. It was because of Beirut and countless other terrorist attacks that Melanie Morgan decided to help found Move America Forward and build a grassroots movement to support our troops and stand against the terrorists ideology that seeks to destroy the American way of life.If you can, please make a donation to Move America Forward to help us keep reminding the American people and spreading the message of support for our troops in their fight against the terrorists.
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