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Sunday, October 30, 2005
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: Some Notable Measures on Election Ballots.

Most interesting (to me, anyway) are the measures in California and Ohio to change the re-districting process by taking it out of the hands of legislatures.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: Virginia Governor’s Race Close, Polls Show

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Jerry Kilgore are in a tight race for governor, two new statewide polls show.

In a poll conducted by The Washington Post and published in Sunday’s editions, 47 percent of respondents said they would vote for Kaine, while 44 percent said they would vote for Kilgore. However, the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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A separate poll conducted by the independent Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. last week showed Kilgore at 44 percent and Kaine at 42 percent, well within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: N.J. Governor Race Costing Near $1M a Day

New Jersey’s two multimillionaire gubernatorial candidates burned through $14 million in 18 days this month, according to campaign finance reports released Friday.

Democrat Jon Corzine outspent Republican Doug Forrester more than 2-to-1 during that time, the reports show.

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Corzine has maintained a narrow margin over Forrester with less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election, according recent polls. Only New Jersey and Virginia are choosing governors this year.

Sounds like Forrester is getting more bang for his buck.

I must confess that I am somewhat surprised that the race is as close as it is–and not because of the money.

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By Steven L. Taylor

More on the Texas/Oklahoma State game: from the AP:

Young rushed for a career-high 267 yards and passed for 239 yards, setting a school record for total offense in a game, as No. 2 Texas scorched Oklahoma State in the second half for a third straight season in a 47-28 win Saturday night.

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Only a week after Missouri’s Brad Smith became the first player in Division I-A history to have at least 230 yards rushing and passing in one game, Young matched the feat and became the seventh player in NCAA history to throw and run for at least 200 yards in a game.

He also accounted for four touchdowns, two on the ground and two through the air.

One would think that this performance would have to have Young firmly in the race for the Heisman.

And, amazing (and what’s up with the first halves of these games?):

In the past three meetings with Oklahoma State, the Longhorns have outscored the Cowboys 118-0 in the second half and trailed at halftime in each game.

Texas came back from a 35-7 deficit last season, scoring 42 unanswered points in the second half of a 56-35 win in Austin. A year earlier, the Cowboys led 16-14 in Stillwater before the Longhorns reeled off 41 consecutive points.

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By Steven L. Taylor

The NYT has a nifty Timeline of the Leak Investigation.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005
By Steven L. Taylor

That was one lousy first half, but a far better second half (assuming, of course, one isn’t an OSU fan…).

If anything, OSU has been a major pain two years in a row.

Vince Young has a great game, ultimately, running and passing for over 200 yards-as well as passing for 2 TDs and rushing for 2 others.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Stallone in ‘Rambo IV’ After Next ‘Rocky’

I hate to say it: but it’s real.

(But when I first saw the headline, I thought it was a joke…)

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By Steven L. Taylor

Here’s a list.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Peggy Noonan seems quite depressed:

I think there is an unspoken subtext in our national political culture right now. In fact I think it’s a subtext to our society. I think that a lot of people are carrying around in their heads, unarticulated and even in some cases unnoticed, a sense that the wheels are coming off the trolley and the trolley off the tracks. That in some deep and fundamental way things have broken down and can’t be fixed, or won’t be fixed any time soon.

And that is one of the cheerier parts of the piece.

The thing is, I am not sure what she is talking about–i.e., what is going to go wrong and why does she feel that will be the case?

If you’re feeling depressed, please avoid this column.

And this is perhaps one of the gloomier things I have read in a while (if you really stop and think about the implications):

A few weeks ago I was chatting with friends about the sheer number of things parents now buy for teenage girls–bags and earrings and shoes. When I was young we didn’t wear earrings, but if we had, everyone would have had a pair or two. I know a 12-year-old with dozens of pairs. They’re thrown all over her desk and bureau. She’s not rich, and they’re inexpensive, but her parents buy her more when she wants them. Someone said, “It’s affluence,” and someone else nodded, but I said, “Yeah, but it’s also the fear parents have that we’re at the end of something, and they want their kids to have good memories. They’re buying them good memories, in this case the joy a kid feels right down to her stomach when the earrings are taken out of the case.”

Wow.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Lyle Denniston of SCOUTblog wonders if SCOTUSblog: a nomination is imminent:

Several news organizations were saying Saturday night that President Bush is expected to announce a new nominee to the Supreme Court either on Sunday or Monday, and that the President has narrowed the choice to two federal circuit judges: Samuel A. Alito, Jr., 55, of the Third Circuit in Philadelphia and J. Michael Luttig, 51, of the Fourth Circuit in Richmond.

Denniston has some interesting thoughts on the politics of the situation that are worth reading.

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