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Maness gets Halloween treat in run versus Cassidy, Landrieu for Louisiana US Senate race

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mean-halloweenA Political Trick or Treat for you:  

While Tea Party favorite Rob Maness has little name-recognition and is far behind in the polls and in money raising, there is a legitimate question to ask—can and will he be a difference maker in the United States Senate race currently being led by democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu followed by Republican Bill Cassidy.

Some might have been surprised on Monday when republican Rob Maness received the endorsement of the Senate Conservatives, a political Super Pac, that endorses and raises campaign funds for their endorsements through the Senate Conservative Fund.
While this group is not well-known around the Louisiana kitchen tables, if a one-day-post-endorsement means anything, it looks like this support could be, if anything, an Halloween Omen of sorts. 
Specifically, in one day, the fund has raised 39,300 of its $100,000 goal.
This is not chicken-feed although it surely is dwarfed by the total campaign money banked by both Landrieu and Cassidy.  According to latest fundraising reports, Landrieu has $5.8M and Cassidy holds $3.4 in the campaign chest.   The latter had a relatively luke-warm quarter with Landrieu topping Cassidy by a 2-1 margin.
Still, it shows there is the possibility that Maness could tap into the money flow and the enthusiasm that Cassidy would obviously love to capture.  It also is evidence of the growing split between the Tea Party-ultra conservative factions and the regular mainstream GOP party base.  Cassidy, a Congressman, has been the favorite of the national and state party.
The PAC has also raised $173.6 thousand for Matt Bevin, who is running against Republican Senate leader, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).So, could Maness catch on and gain political and financial momentum? Possibly. But, if anything, at least for now, Mary Landrieu must be loving the latest development, regardless.


Keeping with the Halloween metaphors, no matter what side you're on in terms of the Affordable Care Act at this time, there are some frightening issues that must be addressed soon.  Here is a post found on Facebook:

Interesting point..on ACA

It seems that the Government site will be fixed and operational by the end of November. Will this be enough time for all those who need health care to sign up. It seems that less than 5% of Americans have been able to sign up with a fast approaching deadline. Beware that an extension to signup may come but from what is told is that extensions with your current insurance provider still may end as of December 31, 2013 leaving some wondering will they have insurance between then and the time the are able to sign up or get signed up? Still so many questions to be answered.

The Trick of Treat Special

Ron Faucheux of Clarus is presenting some really interesting poll numbers that puts the current national political climate into perspective:


(down 2 from yesterday; down 2 from a week ago)

Reagan at this point: 62%
Clinton at this point: 59%
Bush at this point: 41%

Average of three polls:
• Right direction 24%
• Wrong track 67%

(among adults nationwide)
"Now I'm going to read you the names of several public figures and groups. I'd like you to rate your feelings toward each one as very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative. If you don't know the name, please just say so."
(Total positive/Total negative)
• Chris Christie 33%/17%
• Hillary Clinton 46%/33%
• Barack Obama 41%/45%
• Ted Cruz 19%/30%
• Mitch McConnell 11%/28%
• Harry Reid 17%/34%
• John Boehner 17%/43%
(Total positive/Total negative)
• The Democratic Party 37%/40%
• The Tea Party Movement 23%/47%
• The Republican Party 22%/53%

(among adults nationwide)
"Do you think America is in a state of decline, or do you feel that this is not the case?"
In a state of decline 63%
Not in a state of decline 34%
"Thinking for a moment about our system of government and how well it works, do you feel generally optimistic as far as the future is concerned, do you feel generally pessimistic about it, or feel uncertain about our system of government and how well it works?"
Generally optimistic 30%
Generally pessimistic 28%
Uncertain 41%

(among likely voters statewide)
Rasmussen poll (Oct. 28-29):
Terry McAuliffe (D) 43%
Ken Cuccinelli (R) 36%
Robert Sarvis (L) 12%
Hampton University poll (Oct. 24-27):
Terry McAuliffe (D) 42%
Ken Cuccinelli (R) 36%
Robert Sarvis (L) 12%
Roanoke College poll (Oct. 21-27):
Terry McAuliffe (D) 48%
Ken Cuccinelli (R) 33%
Robert Sarvis (L) 10%
COMMENT: While his lead is bouncing around in the latest polls (between 4% and 15%), one thing is consistent: McAuliffe tops every poll. His average margin based on the last five public polls is 9 points.

(among likely voters statewide)
Gov. Chris Christie (R) over Barbara Buono (D) +24
COMMENT: Christie's average lead based on the most recent three polls is 27 points.

(among likely voters citywide)
Bill de Blasio (D) over Joe Lhota (R) +39

(among likely GOP primary voters statewide; R poll)
Republican Primary:
Chris Christie 19%
Ted Cruz 17%
Rand Paul 13%
Marco Rubio 12%
Paul Ryan 12%
Bobby Jindal 6%

Sen. Lindsey Graham's job rating:
• All: 40% approve, 44% disapprove
• Republican registered voters: 42% approve, 46% disapprove
Republican Primary:
Lindsey Graham 51%
Lee Bright 15%
Richard Cash 4%
Bill Connor 4%
Nancy Mace 4%
COMMENT: While Graham has a wide lead over lesser-known primary rivals, his job approval rating among Republicans is a scary (afterall, it is Halloween) 42%.

Common Good and the Regional Plan Association invite you to attend "Infrastructure Now: Reforming America’s Broken Infrastructure Approval Process" on Thursday, November 21 (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM; registration at 8:15 AM). The forum will be held at The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E Street, NW, Washington, DC., and will include presentations and panel discussions with experts from government, academia, the private sector, and the environmental movement, as well as international regulatory experts.

Presidential job rating average based on the four most recently reported nationwide polls.
Historic comparisons based on nearest chronological data points from Gallup polls.
* The Economist/YouGov, Oct. 26-28; NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Oct. 25-28; Rasmussen, Oct. 21-27
** NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Oct. 25-28
*** Rasmussen, Oct. 28-29; Hampton University, Oct. 24-27; Roanoke College, Oct. 21-27
**** Quinnipiac, Oct. 23-28
# Quinnipiac, Oct. 25-29
## Harper Polling (R) for Conservative Intel, Oct. 27-28
### Winthrop University, Oct. 19-27; Harper Polling (R) for Conservative Intel, Oct. 27-28
D poll = conducted by organization generally associated with Democrats
R poll = conducted by organization generally associated with Republicans

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