Thursday, November 1, 2012

Who Will Control The Senate? A Look at the 7 Most Hotly Contested Races

 Updated - 11/2/2012

According to Rasmussen tracking, conducted through telephone surveys, seven of the thirty-three Senate races are hotly contested and too close to call at this time.

Toss Up Races


Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy now holds his biggest lead yet over Republican Linda McMahon–Murphy with 51% of the vote to McMahon’s 45%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.


Incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson is ahead by three-points in Florida’s U.S. Senate race. Nelson has earned 49% support with 46% going to his Republican challenger, Congressman Connie Mack.  Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.


Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and his Republican challenger, Congressman Denny Rehberg, are now tied in Montana’s U.S. Senate race. Tester and Rehberg have each garnered 48% support. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided.


Incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has clinched 50% support for the first time in his bid for reelection in Ohio. Brown has 50% support to Republican challenger Josh Mandel’s 48%. One percent (1%) prefer another candidate in the race, and another one percent (1%) are undecided.


The U.S. Senate race is tied in Pennsylvania. Incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey, Jr. has 46% of the state’s support, while Republican Tom Smith has 45%. Nine percent (9%) are still undecided.


Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen are still neck-and-neck in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race. Kaine has gained 49% support to Allen’s 48%. Three percent (3%) are still undecided.


Former Governor Tommy Thompson and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin are tied in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race. Thompson holds 48% support to Baldwin’s 47%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.


Much is at stake in the battle for Senate control. The GOP has 37 seats not up for grabs while the Democrats have 30.  Republicans are expected to win 10 of the 33 seats up for grabs while Democrats are expected to pick up 16.  In order for the GOP to gain control of the senate, they must win at least 4 of the 7 toss up races, in addition to all the races they are projected to win.

3 Year Old Without Brain Dies

Three year old Nicholas Coke, of Pueblo, Colorado, died on October 31.

Nicholas was born with anencephaly, and most babies that are born that way do not survive days, let alone years.

Babies with anencephaly are born without a full brain, only the brain stem is present.

His family considered him a miracle, and say that he taught them true joy whilst he was alive.

The family will always remember his laughter, the action he did the most.

Taylor Swift's Red Sells 1.2 Million Copies in First Week

Taylor Swift's new album Red, gave her yet another record.

Only one week after it's debut, the album has sold over 1.2 million copies.

It's her second album in a row to sell over a million in the first week, Speak Now did so as well.

That makes her the only woman to have two albums that each sold that many.

Only one group has ever had two albums sell more than one million in their first weeks, that was NSYNC with their albums No Strings Attached and Celebrity.

Celebrity almost sold two million albums, in it's first week.

Noah's Ark Damaged by Sandy

Filming for Russell Crowe's film, Noah was stopped Saturday by a visit from superstorm Sandy.

Heavy rains in the area of filming, in New York, caused all filming to be halted.

Some of the set was actually damaged by the waters.

Yes, enjoy that irony for a minute, Noah's ark stopped and damaged by modern rains.

Production on the film is expected to resume within two weeks.

Noah is scheduled to come out in March of 2014.

Colorado Police Looking for Missing Nineteen Year Old

The El Paso County Sheriffs Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing nineteen year old.

Kara Nichols, was last seen October 9, and last heard from October 10.

She left Colorado Springs to seek work in Denver.

Nichols is described as being five foot eight, one hundred and twenty pounds, and blonde with green eyes.

It is not clear why police have waited til now to become involved.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Cliff Porter at 719-520-7227.

Parents Kill 15 Year Old With Acid

A fifteen year old girl was killed in Pakistan, because her parents caught her looking at a boy.

Monday, the girl's parents saw her looking at a boy on a motorcycle, and accused her of having a relationship with him.

As punishment her father beat her, and then with the mother's help he poured acid on his own daughter.

Thirty-five percent of her body was burned by the acid.

The parents took her to the hospital, Tuesday morning, but she died from her injuries, that night.

Her older sister reported the incident to police, who have arrested the parents, who will face murder charges on Friday.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, nearly a thousand women are killed in such "honor killings" each year.

Wedding Celebration Turns Tragic as 23 Die

Twenty-three wedding guests were killed in Saudi Arabia, late Tuesday night.

Celebratory shooting into the air, hit electrical lines, dropping it onto metal that the guests were near.

All twenty-three, most of who were women, were electrocuted.

Just a month ago, the kingdom banned the use of firearms in celebration, due to risks that they pose.

The government is investigating the incident.

23 Killed in Riyadh Blast

Twenty-three people were killed when an explosion took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.

Another one hundred and thirty-five were injured, in the blast.

A fuel truck crashed into a flyover, then exploded bringing down an industrial building, as well as starting other fires.

Emergency personnel are expected to be working through at least Friday, searching for missing people and hoping to find survivors.

Some had worried that it was a terrorist act, but officials are extremely sure that it was an accident.

Virginia Police Seek Pipe Bomber

Police in Virginia are looking for Laurence Alan Stewart, twenty-five, after three pipe bomb attacks, on Tuesday morning.

The bombs targeted a county deputy, a county detective, and Stewart's ex girlfriend's.

All three went off within minutes of each other.

He is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, two of arson, and one of using a weapon or device for a terror act.

The Stafford County Sheriff's Office considers him armed and dangerous, as they don't know if he has more bombs.

Anyone with information should call the Stafford County Sheriff's Office at 540-658-4400, Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020, or by texting STAFFORD and their tip to CRIMES (274637).

Eighty People in US Dead From Sandy

Two days after Sandy hit the US, the death toll has reached eighty. Combined with the total from the Caribbean, 149 people lost their live to the storm.

More than four and a half million people are still without power, in twelve different states, and fuel is becoming scarcer. The cost is still being estimated near fifty billion dollars.

Subway service began, in New York City, though some tunnels are still under water. For now, all public transportation fees have been waived. Amtrak is hoping to have their east coast service back up, on Friday. Mayor Bloomberg placed a block on any cars, with less than three people in them, from entering Manhattan.

Some areas are still seeing flooding. Mountainous parts nearby saw as much as five feet of snow, when Sandy collided with a winter storm coming down from the arctic.

National Guard units have continued search and rescue operations in New Jersey and parts of New York. They are also delivering food and water to communities that have been devastated by the storm.

Cases of Meningitis Rises to 386

Total cases of meningitis has risen to 386, with nine of those being joint infections.

In good news, officials have dropped the death toll, back to twenty-eight, saying that the twenty-ninth that had been reported was a duplicate report.

Meningitis can take forty-two days to surface, leading to the still growing epidemic. 
All of the illnesses and deaths were caused by a contamination in anti inflammatory steroid shots, most of which were given via the spine.

Seventy-six locations, in twenty-three states, were sent the shots, which were given to as many as fourteen thousand people.

New England Compounding Center made the shots, and has complied completely with government officials who are conducting the investigation.

Officials are investigating at least two other drugs, made by NECC, for possibilities that they too may have been contaminated.

Things are only getting worse for the company, and now the government, as evidence comes out that they had been under investigation, for issues in their processing, since 2002.

Their sister company, Ameridose LLC, which has the same owners, is voluntarily recalling all of their products.

Prepare for Taxmageddon

Taxmageddon is a dreadful combination of expiring pro-growth tax policies from 2001 and 2003, the end of the once temporary payroll tax cut, and some of Obamacare’s 18 new tax hikes. It will be the largest tax increase to ever hit the U.S. This drastic tax increase begins on January 1 and represents $500 billion over the course of just one year.

Here’s a per person breakdown of that $500 billion, from The Heritage Foundation:
  • Families with an average income of $70,662: tax increase of $4,138
  • Baby boomers with an average income of $95,099: tax increase of $4,223
  • Low-income workers with an average income of $24,757: tax increase of $1,207
  • Millennials with an average income of $23,917: tax increase of $1,099
  • Retirees with an average income of $42,553: tax increase of $857
And, there’s more…

Another recession has been forecast by the  Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In addition to that, the tax hikes will have major impact on  small businesses, specifically small businesses that create jobs!

Curtis Dubay, writing for The Heritage Foundation explains:
“The businesses that would pay the higher tax rates proposed by President Obama earn almost all the income earned by small businesses that employ workers. According to President Obama’s own Treasury Department, these job creators earn 91 percent of the income earned by flow-through employer-businesses. These are the biggest, most successful small businesses. They employ more than half the private workforce, according to an Ernst and Young study. Raising their taxes would destroy more than 700,000 jobs.”
Taxmaggedon needs to be reversed but Congress has failed to sufficiently address it.  The house did pass a bill that would circumvent most of Taxmaggedon but the Harry Reid led Senate failed to complete the process.

The Senate passed a bill as well, but it only stops a small portion of Taxmageddon. And, the bill is far from being ideal–it continues the Bush tax policies only for those taxpayers earning less than $250,000 a year. In essence, it is a tax increase on job creators.

The responsibility now falls on the next Congress which will take office on January 3rd. But, there is no guarantee that it will be reversed.

Be sure to check out this infographic on how Taxmaggedon will impact you.