Around the Block with Frank October 27th 2014

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Rounds Holds Solid Lead in South Dakota

A new Mason-Dixon poll in South Dakota finds Mike Rounds (R) with a comfortable lead over Rick Weiland (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 42% to 33%, with Larry Pressler (I) far behind at 13%.

Charles Barkley: ‘UNINTELLIGENT’ blacks keep successful blacks down by saying they need to be THUGS

Charles Barkley is unafraid to tell the black community something they sorely need to hear out of more black leaders.

While appearing on “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” Barkley was asked about a rumor that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was getting criticism from his black teammates for not being, quote, “black enough.”

Barkley went on a long monologue on the subject: ”Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out.”

Inside the GOP’s Secret Media Training School

Brad Phillips notes the GOP training class “is doing everything right in its effort to improve external communications” and there’s “good advice here for everyone involved in politics, regardless of party or cause.”

EX-CBS reporter: Government-related entity bugged my computer

A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer. In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed. “This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying. She speculates that the motive was…..

Political Scientists Accused of Election Tampering

“Political scientists from two of the nation’s most highly respected universities, usually impartial observers of political firestorms, now find themselves at the center of an electoral drama with tens of thousands of dollars and the election of two state supreme court justices at stake,” TPM reports.

“Their research experiment, which involved sending official-looking flyers to 100,000 Montana voters just weeks before Election Day, is now the subject of an official state inquiry that could lead to substantial fines against them or their schools.”

5-year-old tested for Ebola in NYC after return from Africa

A 5-year-old boy who just returned from West Africa was transported to Bellevue Hospital Sunday with possible Ebola symptoms, according to law-enforcement sources. The child was vomiting and had a 103-degree fever when he was carried from his Bronx home by EMS workers wearing hazmat suits, neighbors said. “He looked weak,” said a neighbor. “He was really, really out of it.” The boy returned with his family from Guinea Saturday night and five members of the family were being quarantined inside their apartment, sources said.

GOP Moves to Pick Up More House Seats

“In a late move to bolster their advantage, Republicans and their allies are investing in additional House races that they now see as in play, a sign that the political climate is tilting toward the GOP ahead of next week’s elections,” the Wall Street Journal reports. (subscription required)

Voters Expect Republicans to Win Senate

The latest round of a New York Times/CBS News/YouGov polls find Republicans lead “in more than enough races to win control of the Senate, although the margins are often small. A larger number of likely voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa and South Dakota, among other states, expect the Republican candidate to win. More likely voters expect the Democrat to win in Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina.”

“Over all, the expectation question suggests that if Republican leads hold, they are likely to have 52 or 53 seats in the Senate next year.”

Interesting: “The campaign still has more than a week remaining, and the expectation question is obviously not perfect… But the expectation question does have an impressive record. Over the last 60 years, it has been a better guide to the outcome of presidential races than questions on whom people planned to vote for.”

Jeb Bush Nears Decision on White House Bid

As Jeb Bush “nears a decision to become the third member of his storied family to seek the presidency, the extended Bush clan and its attendant network, albeit with one prominent exception, are largely rallying behind the prospect and pulling the old machine out of the closet,” the New York Times reports.

“Just six years ago, at the end of the last tumultuous Bush presidency, this would have been all but unthinkable. But President Obama’s troubles, the internal divisions of the Republican Party, a newfound nostalgia for the first Bush presidency and a modest softening of views about the second have changed the dynamics enough to make plausible another Bush candidacy. And while Jeb Bush wants to run as his own man, invariably this is a family with something to prove.”

McCarthy Says GOP Won’t Win In 2016 If They Don’t Govern

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) “bluntly warned that Republicans will blow the presidency in 2016 if they don’t make some radical changes – and quick,” Politico reports.

“McCarthy, speaking without a working microphone, told a group of Long Island donors that their gains in the House will amount to little if they can’t govern over the next two years.”

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