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Is the Tide Turing Against the Wild-Eyed Witless Right?

One can only hope this is the proverbial Canary in a Coal Mine for the panderers of PT Barnum conspiracy stories, and salacious lies.

Candidate Who Called Obama a Gay Prostitute Loses Education Board Race

In a stunning comeback, State Board of Education hopeful Keven Ellis won Tuesday’s District 9 Republican primary runoff over Mary Lou Bruner, who drew national attention for social media posts touting far-right conspiracy theories and other fringe views.

The East Texas Tea Party activist and former schoolteacher had been favored to succeed in the race after nearly winning the March 1 primary outright and accumulating heavy support from influential conservative groups that typically hold big sway in low-turnout runoff elections. But Ellis, a Lufkin chiropractor who presides over the local school board, maintained a double-digit lead over Bruner throughout Tuesday night, and that lead widened as vote returns rolled in.

He ended the night 18 points ahead of Bruner, with the final vote showing Ellis hauling in 36,842 votes, 59 percent, to Bruner’s 25,420, according to complete but unofficial returns.

Ellis’ victory all but ensures his ultimate election to the 15-member state panel that reviews and approves textbooks and sets curriculum standards for the state’s more than 5 million public school students. District 9, a 31-county swath spanning northeast Texas, is a deeply conservative Republican stronghold. (Democrat Amanda Rudolph, a Stephen F. Austin State secondary education professor who was unopposed in her primary, will appear on the general election ballot in November.)

The 45-year-old’s win comes after Bruner nearly won a three-way GOP primary race March 1, falling less than 2 percent and a few thousand votes short of the 50 percent mark. (Ellis got 31 percent of the vote.) Her strong showing came despite extensive media coverage of her then-public Facebook posts, one of which said she had heard from a reliable source that President Obama worked as a gay prostitute while in his 20s to fund a drug habit.

With Texas GOP runoffs typically drawing the most conservative voters, Rice University political scientist Mark Jones had previously named the 69-year-old from Mineola a favorite to win the runoff while acknowledging a scenario where educators turned out in droves to vote against her.

“It would appear that a perfect storm occurred to defeat Bruner,” Jones said in an email Tuesday night. “Superintendents and teachers (and their friends and families) across the district rallied against her due to disagreement with her positions on education policy, the belief she would not be a good representative of the district’s interests, and the embarrassment they felt her election would bring to the region.”

Ellis said he felt “really confident that the educators turned out and voted.”

“They saw the importance of this,” he said. “They saw who I was and they saw who my opponent was and they made the right decision.”

Bruner did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Jones also noted the possible impact of a recent decision by an influential Tea Party group, Grassroots America — We the People, to withdraw its previous endorsement of Bruner, who worked in East Texas schools for 36 years, citing inaccurate statements she had made on the campaign trail and an apparent unwillingness to issue a statement correcting them.

In a recent speech to East Texas superintendents, for example, Bruner claimed that half of all public school students were in special education. It was the first time the group has ever rescinded support for a candidate, according to Executive Director JoAnn Fleming.

“Texas escaped an education train wreck tonight,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning group that monitors the State Board of Education. “If Bruner had ultimately won election to the board, she would have instantly become the most embarrassingly uninformed and divisive member on a board that already too often puts politics ahead of making sure our kids get a sound education.”

 

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Black Tea Bagger Loses…Badly

Faux News resident Aunte Tomasina and all around sick puppy black Tea Bagger, Angela McGlowan also got her head handed to her last night, coming in last in a 3 way race for the Republican nomination to run in Mississippi’s 1st District. She raised only $87,093, which included $12,372 from her own pocket, and last night she scored only 15 percent of the vote in her primary.

Unable to keep her mouth shut, and her brain in gear, McGlowan spouted

“Right now it looks like Alan is going to take the nomination. I will vote for Alan, but I will not endorse him, because he’s a RINO Republican, and he has raised folks’ taxes, and I think he would run amok in Washington, D.C., the same as any other incumbent politician.

“I will go and work diligently to defeat Obama and Nancy Pelosi – to defeat their agenda. I have run as an antiestablishment, anti-incumbent candidate, and I stand by my principles of not raising taxes on people. To flipflop in people in Jackson, Mississippi, you’ll flipflop on people in Washington, D.C.

“I pray Alan changes, and if he does, I’ll support him.

“We put up a great fight and won. I’m the first black woman ever to run in this district. We did it on a shoestring budget. People said we were going to come here and buy votes; we didn’t buy votes. People said we were going to bring Washington, D.C., here; we didn’t. We ran an earnest and honest campaign, and I know that we’ve inspired people. Y’all ought to be proud. I’m very happy that you guys were part of my team.

“This is a victory … because we’ve inspired others. We have greater things to do: We have to take on the liberals and the RINO Republicans.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in Black Conservatives

 

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The Wall Smacks Artur Davis in Alabama

What happens when a black politician votes against the interests of his constituents, rejects meeting with black civic and Civil Rights Groups…

And runs against a white politician who has worked hard to attract those groups?

He loses.

Artur Davis

Congressman Artur Davis had been running to become Alabama’s first black Governor. He decided to become a Blue Dog, voting against Health Care Reform, and notably shifting to the right.

What Happened to Artur Davis?

He led in every poll, and just got walloped (In unofficial results released early Wednesday morning, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Sparks had 199,190 votes (62 percent) and Davis had 119,908 (38 percent).)  Early reports point to low turn-out among blacks:

While hard numbers were not yet available late Tuesday, long time observers in Davis’ camp said Sparks’ victory appears to have been achieved, at least in part, because of low voter turnout among blacks who, unlike two years ago when they showed up in big numbers to vote for Barack Obama, showed no such enthusiasm for Davis on Tuesday.
I find this framing interesting. The underlying premise seems to be that Davis was somehow entitled to black votes. This despite the fact, as Michael Tomasky points out, that Davis reps a majority black district where one in five people lack health-care, but voted against the health care bill. You don’t get to just stand in front the people and say “Hey I’m black and smart” and then wait for the torrent of civic pride.
Sparks seems to have beaten Davis by pulling a significant (perhaps 40% or more) minority of African-American voters while trouncing him among white voters. Sparks carried Jefferson County (Birmingham) handily, although Davis represents a big chunk of the county, and ran well even in majority-African-American counties in or near Davis’ district. The CW tomorrow will probably be that Davis thought far too much about positioning himself for the general election before concentrating on the primary, and that Sparks’ uncontested claim on endorsements by African-American political groups was a big deal after all. It didn’t hurt that the winner also got considerable help from the Alabama Education Association, the big dog in Alabama Democratic politics, and had a substantive issue–a state lottery–that’s always played well with Alabama Democrats, particularly black voters.
Looks to me that Davis is soon to be an ex-Congressman as well.
 
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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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