Mitt Romney’s Full Remarks To The RNC

screen shot 2012 08 30 at 11 07 06 pm Mitt Romneys Full Remarks To The RNCFull transcript:

Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.

I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.

Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future. By my side, I have chosen a man with a big heart from a small town. He represents the best of America, a man who will always make us proud – my friend and America’s next Vice President, Paul Ryan. Continue reading “Mitt Romney’s Full Remarks To The RNC”

Protesters Briefly Interrupt Mitt Romney’s RNC Speech

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Mitt Romney on stage at the RNC (Photo: Getty)

TAMPA, FL — Mitt Romney is currently on stage at the Republican National Convention. During his speech, a group of protesters attempted to interrupt the proceedings by shouting from the seats above the convention floor. Audience members drowned them out with chants of, “USA! USA! USA!”

Politicker was unable to hear the protesters from our spot on the convention floor, but, according to journalist Andrew Coyne, they were waving pink banners and shouting, “People over profits!” The protesters were quickly removed by security personnel. Dan Libit of the Daily said the protesters were affiliated with the activist group Code Pink, which staged a similar interruption during Paul Ryan’s speech yesterday. Continue reading “Protesters Briefly Interrupt Mitt Romney’s RNC Speech”

David Koch Discusses the Influence of Money in Politics

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David Koch (Photo: Getty)

TAMPA, FL — Billionaire Republican megadonor David Koch, who, along with his brother, Charles, is pumping an estimated $400 million into this presidential campaign, talked to Politicker about the controversial level of influence major contributors have on American elections in an interview on the floor of the Republican National Convention a few moments ago.

“We have a free society and people are free to do what they want, you know, as long as they don’t hurt others and they obey the law,” Mr. Koch said. “So, I believe in free speech and if people want to spend money in politics or something else, it’s their right, nothing wrong with that. So, I endorse that.” Continue reading “David Koch Discusses the Influence of Money in Politics”

Roundup: Mitt the Man

Mark Murphy released a cute web video highlighting Michael Grimm’s controversies.

Frank Seddio hired George Arzt to handle his communications effort. It’s an interesting contrast with Vito Lopez, who genuinely did not believe in the press.

Lopez’s scandal infiltrates Lincoln Restler’s district leader race.

Tom DiNapoli finally released a statement explaining his approval of the settlement.

Tim Bishop released an internal poll showing him with a solid lead.

NYC Votes! created an interactive map to illustrate voter turnout in the seven congressional races on June 26th.

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Piers Morgan Says Sarah Palin’s Welcome at CNN if Fox Won’t Let Her on Air During RNC

 Piers Morgan Says Sarah Palins Welcome at CNN if Fox Wont Let Her on Air During RNC
Piers Morgan manning his Twitter feed at the RNC.

TAMPA, FL — Sarah Palin took to Facebook yesterday to accuse Fox News of canceling all of her scheduled appearances on the network during the Republican National Convention, but CNN host Piers Morgan said he’d be glad to have her on his show during the RNC festivities. However, Mr. Morgan said Ms. Palin, who has a contract with Fox News through January, has yet to take him up on his invitation.

“I’m serious, if she’s fallen out with Fox, I’d love to get her on. It’s the one reason we haven’t had her since I’ve been on air, because of her contract with Fox,” Mr. Morgan told Politicker at the CNN Grill at the RNC last night. “Clearly, if she’s had an issue with them and can now do us, I’d love to interview her.” Continue reading “Piers Morgan Says Sarah Palin’s Welcome at CNN if Fox Won’t Let Her on Air During RNC”

‘Unity’ Coalition Has Some Ideas for City Council Redistricting

unity map city council Unity Coalition Has Some Ideas for City Council RedistrictingA coalition of Latino and Asian advocacy groups have released a proposal for the City Council’s consideration as they begin the decennial process of redrawing district boundaries for next year’s elections. The ‘Unity Map’ is of note because it can establish a baseline of maximizing minority representations and keeping communities of interest together. Indeed, when the New York State Legislature deadlocked over the the congressional redistricting lines, the courts intervened and implemented a map mirroring the Unity proposal.

Of course, the City Council, which is overwhelmingly Democratic and likely will aim for an uncontroversial incumbent-protection gerrymander that keeps almost everybody running for reelection happy, is unlikely to deadlock. Nevertheless, the map proposal that does emerge can be criticized by good government groups more effectively–for what it’s worth–when an alternative proposal is also out there.

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