Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
12 Stops – Book Tour/Salary- $40,000
12 Stops – Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Book Sales- $700
12 Stops – Cooper Institute Honoraria - $2,500
12 Stops – Cooper Institute Book Sales - $599
12 Stops – Hope for America PAC (Huckabee’s PAC) Book Sales - $7,700
12 Stops – Crystal Cathedral Book Sales - $4,070
12 Stops – McBride Agency Book Royalties - $148,750
12 Stops – Ankeny Free Church Honoraria - $1,500
12 Stops – Thomas Road Baptist Church Honoraria - $2,500
12 Stops – Liberty University Honoraria - $500
12 Stops – International Speakers Bureau/CA Assoc of Health Plans Honoraria - $17,000
12 Stops – Washington Policy Center Honoraria - $10,000
12 Stops – International Speakers Bureau/Public Health Institute Honoraria - $13,000
12 Stops – Castle Partners Honoraria - $13,000
12 Stops – International Speakers Bureau/Grant Makers in Health Honoraria - $4,000
12 Stops – International Speakers Bureau/Novo Nordisk Honoraria - $17,500
12 Stops – Keppter Speakers/Utah League of Cities & Towns Honoraria - $10,000
12 Stops – Prestonwood Baptist Church Honoraria - $1,500
12 Stops – International Speakers Bureau/Novo Nordisk Honoraria - $17,500
12 Stops – International Speakers Bureau/Institute for Health & Productivity Honoraria -$13,000
12 Stops – International Speakers Bureau/Washington University - $13,000
Brownback gets supporter
This must mean Brownback is not shying away from social security privatization because McLaughlin wouldn't have it any other way.
Wait a second
In an attempt to stop the bleeding with the social conservatives Romney made two key hires in that community. From the Hotline...
Beset by questions about his committment to social conservatism, Gov. Mitt Romney today adds two validators to his team. Gary Marx, the current exec. dir of the Judicial Confirmation Network and formerly the Bush-Cheney campaign's chief staff liaison to social conservatives, will join Gov. Mitt Romney's PAC as an adviser. Also, Jay Sekulow, a constitutional lawyer who's argued numerous cases of import to social conservatives before the Supreme Court, has endorsed Romney and will serve as an adviser.
Meanwhile over at the Fix.
McCain hires another Bush insider. (yawn.)
Everywhere I turn its Mitt Mitt Mitt
While the AP focuses on his support for how Dubya has carried out the war...
"Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he supports the way President George W. Bush has carried out the war in Iraq. But Romney is declining to discuss whether more troops should be sent."
Tom Beaumont takes a stab at the Romney topic du jour- gay marriage. Romney said...
"I feel very strongly that we should preserve traditional marriage and at the same time preserve our heritage of respect for people who make different choices in their life," said Romney, governor of the only state to have legalized gay marriage. "I know there are some people who would say, 'Your position is inconsistent,' but I don't believe it is."
Meanwhile on the left coast, the Washington Post has a feature story on Romney's journey to the right and is makes note of Romney's opposition to Reagan administration policies.
"Twelve years ago, Romney boasted that he would be more effective in fighting discrimination against gay men and lesbians than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), distanced himself from some conservative policies of the Reagan administration, and proudly recalled his family's record in support of abortion rights."
With regards to the Post, the plus side for Romney is that he's dealing with this in December 2006 not December 2007. The minus though is that the problem isn't seeming to go away. It was two weeks ago now that the letter to the log cabin Republicans broke and the Washington Post is still doing stories on it. The reason? New quotes keep coming up. Romney needs to take full stock of the opposition research he has on himself and dump it out now. If new quotes continue to trickle out every day for the next few months. Well, then it's going to be a long few months for the Govnah.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Believe it or Not
Everyone say it in unison now... "NO CAR TAX!"
Back with more shortly.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The hotline reports that Rudy will announce an Iowa staff after the new year. We have heard some whispers about a couple people, but nothing solid. It will be interesting to see who Rudy secures in the Hawkeye state. We'll let you know if we hear anything beforehand.
Also Krusty received an email from team Rudy announcing the start of a new website. www.joinrudy2008.com
- Jim Gilmore was the speaker at the RPI Christmas gathering last night. The word from RPI HQ is that he was joined by Polk County activist and former state central committee member Dale Blair, journeyman political operative Troy Bishop, and telecomm lobbyist Stephanie Millie. Gilmore is really beefing up his Iowa efforts in his attempt to find a constituency to the right of Romney and McCain. The Cooler has been on the Gilmore story from the start...
- Sam Brownback will be in Dubuque and Davenport today. If any of the minions are in attendance, send us a report to the tipjar and we'll post it tomorrow. (Notice the Brownback mention is just a sidebar to another Vilsack article).
- According to Steve Scheffler, Rudy Guiliani has not even attempted to court the Iowa Christian Alliance (go to page 2 of this story). Word around the Cooler is that he has at least talked to Romney, Brownback, and McCain about joining forces.
All for now...
Monday, December 18, 2006
Cooler Exclusive- Laudner Leaves
What is known is that Mr. Laudner is actively seeking support in an attempt to become either the state Chairman or the executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa.
Laudner is widely considered to be one of the top remaining "free agents" in the state when in comes to 2008 campaigns. He has not made his intentions clear with regard to that race.
A source close to Rep. King said that the Congressman is not supporting or opposing Chuck's bid for State Chair/ED..
More as this develops.
Roosevelt High TP Awards
Sunday, December 17, 2006
- The biggest move comes from Tommy Thomson. Tommy has regional advantages when it comes to the Iowa caucus and he's shown that he's serious about a run. He also hired seasoned caucus advisor Steve Grubbs. With that Tommy goes from the also rans, to tier two and hops from 75-1 to 40-1.
- The next two moves come at the top. Rudy Giuliani has shown he's serious about putting together an organization. He did so by hiring one of the best organization guys in the GOP, Mike Duhaime. Meanwhile, John McCain keeps building his Iowa team. From Nelson and Larson to Popma and Roederer and many more- McCain has continuously built a plethora of heavy hitters. He's also hired a field and organizational staff with Iowa experience. Romney had the advantage on the organizational side during the fall months, but the staffing race has evened up- with possibly a slight edge to McCain. So with that Rudy goes from 7-1 to 6-1 and McCain from 9-2 to 4-1.
The Cooler Line
Mike Huckabee 10-9
Mitt Romney 3-1
Fred Thompson 9-1
John McCain 9-1
Rudy Giuliani 12-1
Ron Paul 12-1
Duncan Hunter 98-1
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