Headline Roundup: primaries, gay blood and the national debt
Headlines and interesting items...
Turnout in primaries is good news for Republicans (Michael Barone)
One thing public opinion polls can’t do is to predict turnout; you need to have an actual election to find out who is going to turn out and in what numbers. That’s why I’ve been looking at turnout in this year’s Democratic and Republican primaries, to see which side’s backers are motivated enough to vote. Comparative turnout is particularly helpful in states without party registration, since all voters there can choose to vote in either party’s primary. ... READ MORE>>>
FDA considering a policy change that would allow gay men to donate blood (yes, really) (WashTimes)
A federal panel on blood safety will make a recommendation Friday about whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should change its blood donation policy for gay men.
The FDA is "considering all possible sources of information" about the issue, Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, told the FDA's Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability. READ MORE>>>
Primary results = good news for Palin and Romney (Politico)
Mike Huckabee? Not so much.
All of it is part of the presidential election fallout from Tuesday’s primaries in Iowa and South Carolina, two states so pivotal in the GOP nomination process that even their off-year state elections are carefully examined for their relevance to the next presidential race.
Both Palin and Romney backed the first-place finishers in the high-profile governors races in the two states —former GOP Gov. Terry Branstad in Iowa and State Rep. Nikki Haley in South Carolina — endorsements that are likely to pay dividends in the event either makes a bid for the presidency in 2012. ... READ MORE>>>
National debt now tops national fears (Heritage)
Gallup recently asked a sampling of Americans, “How serious of a threat to the future of the United States do you consider the following…” The results are clear: Americans judge the national debt on par with terrorism as the top threat facing the nation. Further, independents – a crucial constituency during an election year – believe the debt to be the single most threatening issue facing the country, even topping terrorism. ... READ MORE>>>
Why women won in diverse states this Tuesday (Dick Morris)
The primaries of June 8 were historic in that they represented a sweep by women in states as diverse as California, Nevada, Arkansas, and South Carolina. The feminists of the '60s would be upset that most of the candidates nominated in this landslide were Republican and pro-life, but the upsurge of women cannot be denied.
Why is it happening? ... READ MORE>>>