Haley Barbour Mulls White House Run After Midterms

Sunday, 12 Sep 2010 03:15 PM

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1. Haley Barbour Mulls White House Run After Midterms
2. Latest Ruling Adds to GPS Tracking Controversy
3. Podesta: White House Will Be ‘Soul-Searching’ After Elections
4. Rubio Notches Double-Digit Lead in Florida Senate Race
5. U.S. Loaned Mexico $1 Billion — for Gulf Drilling
6. Newsmax Still Growing on Twitter, Facebook
7. Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Both Eye Chicago Mayor Run
 

1. Haley Barbour Mulls White House Run After Midterms

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, often mentioned as a possible GOP candidate to challenge President Obama in 2012, says he’ll decide whether to run after the midterm elections.

“I’m not giving serious thought to running for president until after the November election,” Barbour said on Wednesday at a gathering sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

He did say he expects the Republican primary in 2012 “to be a very wide open nomination contest,” The Hill newspaper reported.

Politico recently called Barbour “the most powerful Republican in politics” because as head of the Republican Governors Association and several state-based PACs, he has more money to spend on the 2010 elections than any other GOP leader.

Barbour said on Wednesday that his focus now is on those midterm elections.

The two-term governor currently polls far behind potential 2012 contenders Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin, the Insider Report disclosed earlier. Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, and John Thune have also been mentioned as potential candidates.

But Barbour’s logic is “simple,” an adviser told Politico. “When he surveys what most Republicans consider to be a weak field, he sees no reason he couldn’t easily beat them.”

Barbour does have a national donor network he could call on to back his campaign. But he is aware his candidacy “might have a limited national appeal,” according to The Hill. He has described himself as a “fat redneck” and previously spent years as a lobbyist for the tobacco industry.

“I don’t shy away from my career,” Barbour said Wednesday.

“I’m a lawyer, a lobbyist and a politician — that’s the trifecta.”

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2. Latest Ruling Adds to GPS Tracking Controversy

A third court has handed down a ruling on the legality of using a GPS device to track a suspect’s movements without first obtaining a warrant.

As the Insider Report noted last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in January ruled in a case involving a suspected marijuana grower. The court, which covers California and eight other Western states, said Drug Enforcement Administration agents without a warrant did not violate the suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights protecting him from unreasonable search and seizure when they attached a GPS device to a Jeep parked in his driveway.

The three-judge court ruled that the California suspect’s driveway was not private property, and in August a larger group of judges decided to let the ruling stand.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that tracking a person for an extended period of time with a GPS is an invasion of privacy that requires a warrant.

Now the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled that police can use a GPS device to track a vehicle without a warrant.

The case involved David Foltz, a suspect in a series of sexual assaults, who was tracked using a GPS device and apprehended during an attempted assault on Feb. 6, 2008, the Washington Examiner reported.

In upholding Foltz’s conviction on charges of abduction with intent to defile, Judge Randolph Beales wrote that “police used the GPS device to crack this case by tracking the appellant on the public roadways — which they could, of course, do in person any day of the week at any hour without obtaining a warrant.”

Adam Cohen, an attorney and former member of the New York Times editorial board, wrote in Time magazine that the California decision brought the United States “one step closer to a classic police state.”

But the Virginia case differs from the California case in that the device was placed on Foltz’s vehicle while it was parked on a public street rather than in a driveway.

Foltz had no expectation of privacy on a public street, the Virginia court said.

The issue could ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

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3. Podesta: White House Will Be ‘Soul-Searching’ After Elections

John Podesta, who led Barack Obama’s presidential transition team, predicts there will be changes in the White House after expected Democratic losses in the midterm elections — and some “soul-searching.”

“After November, you’ll see some soul-searching and some changes particularly in the way [Obama has] talked to the American people and really communicated, particularly, I think with the business community,” Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress and formerly Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, told MSNBC on Tuesday.

“You’ll see, I think, at least a willingness to kind of listen to ideas to move forward with people.

“And I think that the president does level with people. He’s pretty straightforward about what he thinks works, and what he thinks doesn’t.”

Podesta also believes that after the elections Washington will see less partisanship and more cooperation in reaction to voter dissatisfaction.

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4. Rubio Notches Double-Digit Lead in Florida Senate Race

Republican Marco Rubio has opened up a double-digit lead over both of his opponents in the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Florida, a new poll reveals.

The Sunshine State News survey of more than 1,000 likely voters shows former Florida House Speaker Rubio with 43 percent of the vote, independent Charlie Crist — Florida’s governor — with 29 percent, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek with 23 percent. The remaining 5 percent are undecided.

Rubio garners 70 percent of the Republican vote to Crist’s 21 percent, while Crist trails Meek among Democrats, 35 percent to 45 percent.

Rubio even leads Crist among independents, 38 percent to 36 percent, with Meek getting just 16 percent.

“Rubio’s lead at this stage in the race is due to his fairly broad appeal across the political spectrum, primarily GOP voters and independents, the latter of which is what’s really hurting Crist,” said Jim Lee, president of Voter Survey Service, which conducted the poll.

“Crist can’t win this race if he doesn’t peel back some of Rubio’s support among independents. With only 5 percent of voters remaining undecided, there is not a lot of room to grow for any of the candidates.”

Another Sunshine State News poll released on Friday shows Democrat Alex Sink, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, with only a narrow 2-percentage-point lead over Republican businessman Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race. Previous polls had Sink comfortably ahead.

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5. U.S. Loaned Mexico $1 Billion — for Gulf Drilling

The U.S. Export-Import Bank, an independent federal agency, loaned more than $1 billion to the Mexican state oil company last year to fund Pemex’s drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

One $600 million loan financed the development of 18 oil and natural gas fields in the southern Gulf near the Yucatan Peninsula.

A loan worth $300 million funded the construction of oil production facilities in another part of the Gulf, and $150 million went to support Pemex’s Strategic Gas Program, which includes production in the Gulf, CNSNews disclosed.

The Export-Import Bank has another $1 billion in loans on tap for Pemex in 2010. They are currently awaiting congressional approval.

The Mexican projects are not affected by the ban on offshore drilling imposed by President Obama in May following the BP oil spill. The ban applies only to deepwater drilling and the Pemex ventures are shallow-water projects.

Pemex has agreed to contract with American companies and buy equipment from American manufacturers in return for the loans, which have totaled $8.3 billion from the federal government since 1998, according to CNSNews.

Mexico is the United States’ second largest source of foreign oil, after Canada, shipping 1.2 million barrels per day.

So in effect, the federal government is lending money to the Mexican government to produce oil so that Americans can pay to import it.

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6. Newsmax Still Growing on Twitter, Facebook

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Newsmax’s Twitter account now has more than 2,200 followers, up from 2,000 in August and 1,670 in June. Twitter enables its users to send and read messages known as “tweets,” text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to subscribers known as “followers.”

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Visitors can find links to Facebook and Twitter at the bottom of Newsmax’s home page.

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7. Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Both Eye Chicago Mayor Run

Rep. Jesse Jackson is once again considering a run for Chicago mayor, according to published reports — and so is his wife, Sandi.

“I’m considering it,” Sandi Jackson, who serves on the Chicago City Council, told the local NBC affiliate. “I love campaigns.”

She and her congressman husband, an Illinois Democrat, would sort out any potential conflict over the matter, Sandi added.

“My husband and I will sit down and decide if either of us will run.”

Incumbent Mayor Richard M. Daley announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2011 after serving for 21 years.

Jesse Jackson Jr. announced in September 2006 that he was exploring a campaign for mayor against Daley, but he ultimately decided not to run.

This time around, there is even a third Jackson eyeing a run — Jesse Jr.’s brother Jonathan Jackson.

“I had not seriously considered it before, but now I am,” Jonathan told the Chicago Defender. “I will take a strong look at it and make a decision fairly soon.”

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