For the first time since April 2003, a majority of Garden Staters (51 percent) say the country is headed in the right direction, up from a low of 13 percent before November’s elections, according to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.
Two in three Garden State voters (66 percent) say they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing as President, including 89 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independent voters and 36 percent of Republicans. Obama’s approval ratings are down slightly from measures taken before his inauguration, but are still more than triple the figures former President Bush received in his last months in office. Both liberals and moderates hold very positive views of Obama, with 86 percent and 74 percent approving of his job performance along with 41 percent of self-described conservatives.
Students Watch History Being Made — Third, fourth and fifth grade students of St. John the Apostle School watched the swearing in of President Barack Obama Tuesday.The rest of the 366 students viewed this historical event in other designated parts of the building.Students in Miss Tooker’s fourth and fifth grade social studies classes spent the morning on scavenger hunts obtaining answers to questions regarding the Presidency. (Photo courtesy of St. John the ApostleSchool.)
On Tuesday, fifth graders at Roosevelt School in Rahway crowded into the school library to watch live coverage of the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony and Inaugural Address. Students sat quietly as the watched President Barack Obama place his hand on the Bible, once used by Lincoln, as he took the Oath of Office at 12:05 p.m. (Photo courtesy of RooseveltSchool)
A massive stimulus package of nearly $600 billion holds promise for the economy, and could mean more federal spending on infrastructure and energy efficiency projects. An estimated $400 billion in that bill will repair lots of bridges and roads, but what will they all lead to? Nothing—unless we first start building bridges and roads between our economic, climate, and education concerns, and start appreciating the way they’re all connected.
New policy and stimulus needs to take into account that we’re not just trying to save our economy with roads, bridges, and buildings: We’re trying to save ourselves.
Early Election—Election Day came a week early at Grover Cleveland School in Rahway.Faculty and students participated in a mock election.Students in Ms. Burke and Ms. Bechelli’s class worked the polls, as students in the school voted online for their favorite candidate.Who won?Democratic candidate, Barack Obama received 90.3 % of the vote.
Is my vote for you worth tens of millions? I guess I’ll soon see.I am, not Joe the Plumber, but Steve the charitable fundraiser. That’s my profession. I’m one of those the press labels an independent because sometimes I vote Democrat, sometimes Republican. This time, however, I still do not know and, frankly, that’s a little frustrating to me because we’re just days away from election.
In the last election, I voted Republican. For reasons beyond the scope of this letter, I have regretted that. The foreign and economic policies have brought our country to its lowest level of international respect in as long as I can remember. Furthermore, the current financial crisis has left me wondering what legacy we’re leaving for our children. I’m fifty-three and I’ve lost nearly half the value of my retirement. I do not know if I have enough years before retirement to recover from this, much less reach my goals. And yet, I am grateful for what we have and I know there are many Americans who are worse off than we are.
ATLANTA, Ga. – Strategic Vision, LLC, an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency, announced the results of a three-day poll of 800 likely voters in New Jersey on Oct. 1.The poll showed that the Obama/Biden ticket leads McCain/Palin ticket 48% to 39% with 3% for other candidates; and 10% undecided.The Democrats increased their lead dramatically over the past two weeks with the Republican ticket losing four percent.
The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points.In the poll, 320 respondents identified themselves as Democrats (40%); 224 respondents identified themselves as Republicans (28%); and 256 identified themselves as independents or other party affiliation (32%).
“New Jersey is returning to its traditional Democratic moorings,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision.“The economy has hurt McCain dramatically and white females have shifted back to the Democrats.”
During the past few weeks, both John McCain and Barack Obama have begun speaking with possible candidates for the vice presidency.They are presumably looking at a variety of factors as well as a background dossier on each individual to ensure to the greatest degree that there are no skeletons in the candidate’s closet.What should McCain and Obama each be looking for in a vice-presidential running mate?
Citizens only have real power over party bosses when serious candidates seek party nominations in primary elections, where voters and not power brokers get to decide who is going to hold public office.
The marathon competition for the presidency being waged by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is one example how things get done in a democracy.
This June, Democrats will face a host of choices that really test whether the party is ready to end “politics as usual” and elect new leaders who will make real changes for New Jersey. (more…)
Anti-Obama videos posted on websites are previewing what could be avenues of attack from Republican strategists intending to exploit voters’ fear of the unknown.
The first is the launch of a new website, CanWeAsk.com, and a video from the Republican National Committee.
A voice-over in the video asks pointed rhetorical questions on issues that Obama has taken heat for over the past few months. Among other things, they concern his “voting present” record in the Illinois legislature; his controversial comment at a San Francisco fund-raising event about down-and-out people clinging to their guns and religion; and his relatively brief experience, having served only three years in the U.S. Senate. (more…)
Somebody sent me the link to a video that portrays Sen. Barack Hussein Obama in the most sinister light, using images and words to invoke fear and loathing because these emotions are more likely to stop a good man from becoming president than cool logic.
After all, fear and hate are deeply rooted feelings that have compelled men to do far worse than elect the lesser of two candidates. (more…)