Missed your earlier e-mail, but I checked after getting this one and see that you did send it.
Bob Gunnell is a respected and admired political consultant who understands his role as an analyst is separate from any campaign contribution he has made.
His analysis of the Senate poll is a reflection of decades of experience and professionalism. I sought his opinion based on his reputation, talent and frankly, because he understands how to boil down campaign nuances into concise and insightful statements.
Regarding his analysis Wednesday, you will notice that several other analyses have reached very similar conclusions as to the Conway's ascent in the poll.
Finally, by virtue of interviewing strategists who have a real world knowledge and connections to campaigns, it is understood that these people are expressing opinions.
It is my job to represent those opinions in a balanced way, and I believe that I have done that. Granted, every story is usually met by grumbling from one campaign or another, but that comes with the territory.
Cash Advances Cash Advances are typically small, unsecured, short-term (until payday) cash loans of up to $2,000. These loans are usually payable in a single payment. Requirements for Cash Advances include a regular source of income, an active checking account, and valid driver's license or state ID. To learn more about Cash Advances, please visit the Community Financial Services Association of America website at http://www.cfsa.net/about_payday_advance.html.
Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. is the largest provider of payday cash advance services in the United States, as measured by the number of payday cash advance centers operated. Source: http://investors.advanceamerica.net/
This election cycle has been a little different for me.A few physical ailments (isn’t aging wonderful) has limited my activity.
Because of these ailments, I have been watching more political ads on TV than I have had in years.Strangely, I must admit that I have had much fun watching them.
For each candidate, I have tried to discern his/her media image vis-à-vis the commercials.As they say, image is everything in politics.
Jack Conway (D), with his central casting looks and carefree manner, reminds me of either Surfer Joe in those 60s surfing movies or Jack Tanner in the old HBO series—Tanner’88.Jack Tanner, at times, has seemedmore real to me than the Jack Conway does in his commercials.
Daniel Mongiardo (D), with his intensely sincere and friendly look, appears to be a cross between judge on “Law and Order” and an overly serious pitchman for a public service announcement.I can hear him say—“Do the right thing, give to….”
Trey Grayson(R), with his gray face, looks like a medical examiner on Forensic Files or Herman Munster.I go for Herrmann Munster without the smile or the bolts in his head.
Rand Paul(R), the curly locks dude,comes across as either a country doctor in those old western movies or a gambler that continuously loses to Bret Maverick.
I don’t mean to infer that my images represent these candidates’ personalities.
I am just having fun with their commercials. Boy, I have been watching way too much television in the last few months…
For more info on this and other ads for Mr. Tandy click Joe Arnold of WHAS-TV
When I think about what Louisville needs from its next mayor, I think about a mayor who builds bridges between neighborhoods, who challenges our communities to step up and work together. When I think about who would be that mayor, I think of David Tandy. Don't vote for David because he would be the first African-American mayor in our city's history. Vote for David because he's qualified and he "gets it." I'm Carolyn Tandy and I ask that you vote for my husband because Louisville needs to move forward.
I'm David Tandy. We all need to be in this together, business and labor, blacks and whites, citizens and police. As mayor, I'll be a role model. I'll meet with our students and encourage them to graduate, work and raise their families, right here in Louisville. But first, we have to have jobs. I have a vision for the future and I'll be fearless in achieving it.
I'm David Tandy. And on May the 18th, I ask for your vote to ensure that all of Louisville is treated equally. Paid for by Tandy for mayor.
From Financial News USA of May 9, 2010:TheCFPA Bill, known as financial reform act, is very likely to pass. (Financial) Lenders of all varieties will have business models scrutinized once the CFPA gets up and running. You can bet that under the Obama Administration, subprime lenders from auto financiers to pawn shops to payday lenders will be shot on sight. This will be particularly true if Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken critic of predatory lenders, is named to run the agency. Particularly vulnerable are Advance America (see info on Conway in the next post), QC Holdings Dollar Financial, Cash America, EZ Corp, and First Cash Financial Services.http://www.financialnewsusa.com/finance/archives/14914-payday-lenders-in-danger-from-financial-reform-bill-
A majority of states reported cuts in state funding to public libraries and to the state library agencies that support libraries and statewide library programs. But even after making deep cuts, states continue to face large budget gaps, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. New shortfalls opened up in the budgets of at least 41 states for fiscal 2010, which in most states began July 1, 2009. And when the ALA surveyed members of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies in November 2009, the public-library funding landscape continued to look bleak. Of states reporting decreases in local funding to public libraries, the majority were in the 5-10 percent range. Seventeen respondents reported they believed a majority of libraries in their states had sustained cuts in local funding in fiscal 2010, compared with fiscal 2009, while only two reported that a majority of libraries in their state had received funding increases.
State libraries also reported that state funding, usually in the form of state aid packages, had declined. Twenty four respondents reported cuts in state funding for public libraries from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2010. Seven states and the District of Columbia do not provide state funding. Furthermore, cuts at the state level frequently were compounded by cuts at the local level and cuts in the state library agency budget, and there was a significant increase in the number of libraries reporting that they are open fewer hours each week
The ALA participated in the January 2010 Harris Poll Quorum conducted by Harris Interactive. The survey was conducted by telephone within the United States between January 20 and 24, 2010 among a nationwide cross section of 1,025 adults (aged 18 and over). Eighteen questions were asked by Harris for the ALA.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of employed adults had used their library in the past year, 62% of unemployed adults, and 53% of retired adults.
• Eighty percent (80%) of those ages 18‐24, 73% ages 35‐44 and 70% ages 25‐34 have used their library in the past year
96% of Americans (223.7 million) agreed that because it provides free access to materials and resources, the public library plays an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.
• 94% of Americans (219.0 million) agreed that the library improves the quality of life in their community.