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Oct 6-18, 2012 Headlines: Athlete endorsements, VP Candidate football visits, ‘n’ NY/NJ MMA & NCAA Battles

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho

The Cardinals and the Presidents

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho (blog)   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

Larry Fitzgerald has had a chance to be around former President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton before — because, you know, that’s how he rolls — but the Cardinals wide receiver and a handful of teammates got a few minutes in with both Wednesday night, an experience they weren’t going to forget. Kicker Jay Feely (who has played golf with Bush, actually), linebacker Sam Acho, wide receiver Andre Roberts and former Cards quarterback Rich Bartel all joined Fitz at the debate/speeches by the former Presidents at the Deutsche Bank Financial Summit. Before the event, for about 20 minutes, the quartet even got to sit and chat with the Presidents, talking “sports and policy,” Feely said. And also about Acho’s background. Fitzgerald went to Africa with Clinton in the offseason to help distribute hearing aids together. The subject came up and Fitzgerald pointed out to Clinton that Acho too had done charity work  in Nigeria…“It was great listening and learning from them,” said Feely, who has talked about his own desire about getting into politics when his football career is over.

Coach Dungy asks Obama, Romney to make fatherhood an issue

Washington Times (blog)   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

Super Bowl-winning football coach Tony Dungy has started an online petition urging President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make fatherhood a top campaign issue. Mr. Dungy said he was urging both of the major candidates to “put the issue of fatherhood at the forefront of our nation’s attention as you discuss issues publicly in the final stretch of this campaign,” according to a statement on the petition’s website. “Now more than ever, American families need strong leadership. I trust and pray that you agree and will stand with us to make tackling the issue of fatherlessness a priority.”

Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars

CNN (blog)   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s campaign is tapping into some athletic star power in three new web videos meant to encourage sports fans to register to vote for the president…”It means keeping your eye on the ball and never losing sight of what’s most important,” says seven-time NBA all-star Alonso Mourning. “I believe America is still the greatest country in the world, and I am voting for President Obama.” Current and former NBA and WNBA players Dahntay Jones, Harrison Barnes, Etan Thomas, Kym Hampton, Vince Carter, and Juwan Howard are all shown wearing Obama 2012 basketball jerseys while listing off reasons why they support the president.

NFL Players Join Obama’s Team To Get Out The Vote

Huffington Post   Fri, Oct 5 2012

Three NFL players touted their support for President Barack Obama in a web video released Friday and encouraged viewers to register to vote. Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears (Obama’s team), Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Antoine Bethea of the Indianapolis Colts star in the video. “And the other side is out there, ready to tear it all down,” Jones Drew says. “So are you are going to sit down and let that happen? Or stand up and speak out?” Forte says. “Go to right now,” Jones Drew says.

New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Makes Play for Obama to get Latinos to Polls

New York Giants Victor Cruz

Fox News   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Stepping away from the field, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has a message he wants to share with the Latino community that has nothing to do with football. Instead Cruz is making a play for President Obama, campaigning for his re-election in a new video targeted towards Latino voters.

Romney counters with his own NFL star, Bengals’ legend Anthony Munoz

Washington Times (blog)   Sat, Oct 13 2012

Mr. Romney has been campaigning throughout battleground Ohio with his own NFL star, Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, the former Cincinnati Bengal many consider the game’s all-time best offensive lineman…On Saturday afternoon at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, Mr. Romney drew raucous cheers after acknowledging Mr. Munoz during his stump speech. Mr. Munoz, the only member of the Bengals franchise to be selected to the NFL Hall of Fame, has long been a fixture in conservative politics in Ohio.

Palm Beach NFL Owners Gang up on Obama!

Gossip Extra   Tues, Oct 16 2012

No fewer than three — count ‘em — three owners of National Football League teams are among the organizers of one of the last Florida fundraisers for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before the November 6 election. Gossip Extra has learned that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Washington Redskins part-owner Dwight Schar and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson are among those involved in two big-money anti-Barack Obama events Saturday afternoon in Palm Beach…“It’s a business thing not a sports thing: Every businessman in the country is voting for Romney except those who get subsidies,”  said local Republican boss Sid Dinerstein. “Whether you’re in NASCAR or the owner of the Redskins, you’re not just a successful business guy. You have $1 billion or more.”

Olympic figure skater campaigns for Romney in NH

Auburn Citizen   Tues, Oct 16 2012

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket. Hamilton, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal and a four-time world champion, will be part of a bus tour Tuesday, with stops planned in Nashua, Rindge, New London, Henniker and Manchester. The campaign says Hamilton will emphasize that the nation needs the kind of leadership Romney showed in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics from massive budget shortfalls.

NBA’s Spencer Hawes endorses Romney

The Hill   Tues, Oct 16 2012

Basketball’s Spencer Hawes (Sacramento Kings) plans to use his height to Mitt Romney’s advantage during the remaining three weeks before the election…this year that he is not a supporter of noted basketball fan President Obama, or of the president’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. When the Supreme Court handed down its ruling that the healthcare reform legislation is constitutional in June, Hawes tweeted: “Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave. We might as well be in Russia in 1983.”..The Romney campaign earlier this week announced a coalition of “Sportsmen for Romney” that included baseball Hall of Fame’s Wade Boggs and Olympic medalist Kim Rhode, but Hawes was not among them. Members of the Romney campaign re-tweeted Hawes’s tweet on Tuesday.

Mitt Romney praises Detroit Tigers, then hears opposition in Metro Detroit roar   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DETROIT, MI – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Detroit native, appeared to make a kind gesture on Twitter Thursday night after the Tigers beat the Yankees and earned their second trip to the World Series since 2006. He praised the team for their accomplishment; then his political opposition in Metro Detroit appeared to go on attack.  At least 12 of the first 18 responses to Romney’s post left on his Twitter page appeared to share an anti-Romney sentiment. And it was pretty clear by 9:30 p.m. Thursday that negative posts in Metro Detroit to Romney’s message appeared to trump positive ones for his potential presidency. That being said, Romney’s Tigers message – at that time – was “favorited” by users 730 times and re-tweeted 2,615 times.

President Obama meets with Wisconsin basketball team during campaign stop   Sun, Oct 7 2012

President Obama likely won’t need much help winning the youth vote in November’s presidential election, but his decision to meet with the Wisconsin basketball team could very well have secured the votes of 16 young men in the Badger State. After a Twitter campaign by forward Zach Bohannon and some convenient connections to the Obama campaign, the Wisconsin team was able to score a few minutes with Obama before a campaign stop in Madison this week.

Poll: NASCAR fans prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by wide margin

SB Nation   Wed, Oct 10 2012

A new poll released Wednesday by the conservative Race Fans 4 Freedom organization indicates NASCAR fans are more unhappy with the direction of the country than other voters and prefer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by a wide margin…Romney is preferred by 63 percent of NASCAR fans, while only 34 percent said they prefer Obama (58 percent of the voters surveyed said they are Republicans). Obama has a one-point lead over Romney (49-48) with the general population, the poll found.


VP candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, at Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green-Miami University football game, THE BLADE:DAVE ZAPOTOSKY

Crowd greets Ryan at BGSU football game

Toledo Blade   Sat, Oct 13 2012

A cheering crowd greeted GOP running mate Paul Ryan at Bowling Green State University, where he stopped for some tailgating time before today’s football game…where the Falcons were taking on his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio.

VP candidate fumbles QB’s names at Browns practice   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Paul Ryan & Browns Left Tackle Joe Thomas

BEREA, OHIO (AP)- On a visit to the Cleveland Browns, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan fumbled. Ryan stopped by the team’s complex with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – a lifelong Cleveland fan – as the Browns were beginning practice Wednesday. While addressing the huddled players, Ryan confused Browns backup quarterback Colt McCoy for starter Brandon Weeden. As Ryan spoke, it became obvious that while he was looking at McCoy, he was talking about Weeden, the rookie from Oklahoma State who got his first NFL win last Sunday on his 29th birthday. A few of the Browns players began laughing quietly while others looked away before the candidate realized his mistake. ”I think he saw the red (practice) jerseys and got us mixed up,” Weeden said. ”But he’s got more important things on his mind right now than me and Colt. It was a good laugh.”

Nats fever sweeps Congress, K Street

The Hill (blog)  Wed, Oct 10 2012

Politics in the District has competition from baseball on Wednesday as the city hosts a playoff game for the first time in nearly 80 years…D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay took the friendly sports rivalry to Twitter, sending each other Photoshopped images of government buildings with their respective city flags flying over them… “Gang of Eight talks will keep me from Nats Park today, but I’m rooting for the @Nationals in today’s playoff,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) tweeted along with the popular hashtag #natitude…Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a big baseball fan, couldn’t make Wednesday’s game either. His office said he is out of the country, but most likely will be getting updates on the game through his iPhone.

San Francisco Super Bowl campaign kicks off with South Bay in the back seat

San Jose Mercury News   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — The official campaign to bring the Super Bowl to the Bay Area kicked off Thursday, and it left no doubt which city will be on center stage. Sorry, Santa Clara. At a news conference in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders unveiled official marketing materials led by a logo that shows Golden Gate Bridge-style football goal posts featuring the title “SF Super Bowl.” They boasted of the need to bring the “world-class event to a world-class city,” unveiled the website and had an opera singer belt out “I left My Heart in San Francisco.” “Go San Francisco Super Bowl!” Lee said as he kicked off

Maryland governor, Ravens linebacker team up for same-sex marriage fundraiser

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, left, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Steve Ruark—Associated Press


Washington Post (blog)   Tues, Oct 9 2012

The second floor of the Baltimore bar (Mothers Federal Hill Grille) was the scene of a fundraiser for the cause that had been billed as a Monday Night Football watch party. Many of the 30 or so attendees — some picked by lottery — turned their attention to the Orioles playoff game instead. The TV cameras in the bar were trained on Ayanbadejo, who came with his young family in tow. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is championing next month’s ballot measure to uphold the state’s new same-sex marriage law, was waiting to greet the linebacker. “Awesome of you to do this,” O’Malley, decked out casually in jeans and polo shirt, told Ayanbadejo.

UFC again urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ESDC to bring MMA to New York

MMATorch   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

The UFC is continuing their efforts to bring MMA to New York State this week, reaching out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week amidst reports of a new sports division within the Empire State Development Corporation. According to the New York Post, the division would be put in place “to aggressively seek the expansion of professional and amateur sporting events around the state.”

Well, the UFC believes they are one such sporting endeavor that would help boost tourism and the local economies of the cities in which they could run. With that in mind, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta once again made the case for legalizing the sport in the state.

New Jersey Sports Betting Law Spurs Move by NCAA

New York Times    Tues, Oct 16 2012

The N.C.A.A. is planning to relocate six championships from New Jersey, blaming a new state law there allowing sports betting on collegiate and professional games. The association, which prohibits championships being held in states where gambling on single games is legal, said in a statement released late Monday that the competitions, all planned for next year, would be moved to other locations yet to be determined….The N.C.A.A.’s decision was met with consternation by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who signed the law in January and has called it common-sense public policy. A spokesman for the governor, Michael Drewniak, said in a statement that the law prohibited betting on college games being played in the state or any college game involving a New Jersey team, regardless of where it was played. “The N.C.A.A. wants to penalize New Jersey for responsibly legalizing what occurs illegally every day in every state and often with the participation of organized crime,” the spokesman said. “But the N.C.A.A. looks the other way for that? Ludicrous and hypocritical.”

N.J. Gives Giants Town a Week to Pass Budget, Produce Documents

San Francisco Chronicle   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration has given East Rutherford, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets stadium, a week to approve a budget or it may impose one. East Rutherford is the last municipality without a budget out of more than 550 in the state that operate on a calendar year, said Thomas Neff, director of the state’s Local Government Services division. The borough has been locked in a legal battle with the Giants over whether its training center is exempt from a $1.5 million property-tax bill.

Gov. Rick Scott signs youth sports head injury bill at Ponte Vedra High

WJXT Jacksonville   Fri, Oct 12 2012

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Ponte Vedra High School on Friday to sign a bill designed to help reduce youth sports head injuries. House Bill 291 requires coaches and others to immediately remove players from a game or practice following a head injury and prevents the student-athlete from returning to competition until the player has been cleared by a doctor. “It is important to remember that as much excitement as we get from our children’s sporting events, safety always comes first,” Scott said.

Quinn, Emanuel Spar Over Governor’s Appointee To Sports Board

CBS2 Chicago   Mon, Oct 8 2012

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Quinn are clashing over Quinn’s choice to head the agency that finances and runs some major sports facilities. Kelly Kraft, the governor’s pick to head the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, is a former spokeswoman and assistant agency director for his administration. Emanuel says he has nothing against Kraft personally, but says his own appointees to the sports agency have had business and financial backgrounds…Quinn countered that Kraft is a former assistant budget director. He says the mayor and his operatives should stop questioning her credentials.

Lt. Governor wants to see Albany Devils in Atlantic City permanently

Press of Atlantic City   Fri, Oct 12 2012

ATLANTIC CITY — The New Jersey Devils’ mascot and four former players sat in the front row of a news conference Thursday morning at Boardwalk Hall to promote their minor-league club’s four games this season at the historic building. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno hopes the minor-league team decides to make the Hall its home. “I look forward to … maybe some type of permanent association with the farm team,” Guadagno said of the Devils’ minor-league club in Albany, N.Y., which has the lowest attendance in the American Hockey League.

Mayor urges Capitals owner to end lockout

WTOP   Fri, Oct 12 2012

WASHINGTON – D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s asked Capitals owner, Ted Leonsis, to help end the NHL lockout now in its fourth week. “We’ve urged him, whatever he can do, whatever influence he can wield on this, let’s get this over with,” Gray says…But Gray says he’s concerned that any prolonged lockout that erodes further at the season would have a major negative impact on the local economy.

NHL reportedly hires GOP strategist to craft PR campaign

Welland Tribune   Mon, Oct 15 2012

While the NHL and NHLPA work out their differences in a boardroom, the league has hired outside help to find out how the labour dispute is affecting fans. The NHL has hired marketing research firm Luntz Global to perform the research. Luntz Global is run by Frank Luntz, a pollster who has advised the likes of George W. Bush and Stephen Harper. Luntz Global ran a focus group Friday of 30 NHL fans to gauge their reaction to images of hockey and statements related to the league’s labour dispute. According to a report from Deadspin, the focus group was also used to test pro-ownership messages.

St. Louis, San Francisco mayors talking trash, making wagers (blog)   Mon, Oct 15 2012

We see this type of thing quite frequently in the NFL, but it seems a bit more rare in baseball. That thing is mayors of two cities (San Francisco and St. Louis) with teams competing for a championship locking horns over their Cardinals and Giants on the Internet. It’s San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee vs. St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. First, the bet, via  “The Mayor of the losing city will change his Twitter profile picture to the logo of the winning team for a day. Also, the losing Mayor will send food and beverages traditionally associated with the respective cities so the winning Mayor can invite the community into City Hall for a party to celebrate. Mayor Lee will send dim sum and Anchor Steam Beer. Mayor Slay will send St. Louis barbecue, toasted ravioli and a court of St. Louis brews, led by the King of Beers.”

LB wears Gerald Ford’s number

Michigan linebacker Desmond Morgan awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michichigan jersey of former President Ford

ESPN   Sat, Oct 13 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan was awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michigan put back into circulation this season) of former United States President Gerald R. Ford (38th president of the United States) prior to Saturday’s game against Illinois. Ford played at Michigan from 1932 to 1934 as a center and a linebacker. He won two national championships in 1932 and 1933 and was named Michigan’s most valuable player in 1934…Morgan is Michigan’s fourth-leading tackler with 28 and tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss. He has 91 tackles and eight tackles for loss in his career.

Condi Rice, college football mascot

Washington Examiner   Sun, Oct 14 2012

College football fans have produced a new, unexpected mascot: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During ESPN’s pre-game coverage of the Notre Dame/Stanford match-up on Saturday, a large cardboard cutout of Rice bobbed in the crowd behind ESPN guest commentator Vince Vaughn. The mystery remains, however, which school was rallying around the secretary — Rice has a long history with Stanford and is currently a professor there, but she also holds a master’s degree from Notre Dame.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales plays soccer with Peruvian workers in Lima, October 1, 2012. President Morales is in Peru to attend a summit of leaders from South America and Arab states on October 1

July 30, 2012 Headlines: Romney’s new ad ‘n’ USA gold medalist’s support

Olympic gold medalists back Romney in new TV ad

USA TODAY   Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Some of America’s best-known Olympic gold medalists are featured in a new super PAC ad touting the accomplishments of Mitt Romney.

Kristi Yamaguchi, Derek Parra and Jimmy Shea star in the new pro-Romney commercial paid for by Restore Our Future, the main super PAC supporting the Republican presidential candidate. Romney’s work to help rescue the 2002 Winter Olympics from financial disaster is a major part of his campaign narrative. The ad is part of the group’s $7.2 million ad buy that’s airing during coverage of the Summer Games in London. It will be shown, starting tomorrow, in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

June 13, 2012 Headlines: # ‘38’s 48 Jersey back in circulation, NASCAR suites for politicians, ‘n’ Seattle Stadium support increases

Michigan plans to put Ford’s jersey in circulation

President Gerald Ford, Getty Images

Battle Creek Enquirer Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:12 AM PDT

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says one of his players will wear former President Gerald Ford’s No. 48 this season. Ford’s No. 48 is one of five jerseys that were been retired by college football’s winningest program. It was put out of circulation in 1994.

Candidates should ‘wear NASCAR suits’

Current TV Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:17 PM PDT

Jesse Ventura calls for transparency in campaign funding, saying presidential candidate should wear their sponsors literally on their sleeves. The former Governor of Minnesota also calls Mitt Romney the next Gordon Gekko. – WATCH VIDEO

Both Obama and Romney Out of Touch? Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:33 PM PDT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — President Barack Obama released a Web video on Wednesday that attempts to reverse last week’s gaffe when he said the private sector was doing fine. The video also looks to portray Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent for the presidency, as out of touch. “I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners,” Romney says in an audio clip played in the Web video

Ballmer, Nordstrom family join SODO arena investment group

KING5 Seattle Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:11 AM PDT

SEATTLE – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Peter and Erik Nordstrom have joined the investment group to build a new arena in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood and lure an NBA team back to the city. Hansen made the announcement in a letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine. He cited “intense community interest”

Russia accuses Polish fans of provoking clashes

Reuters via Yahoo! Canada Sports Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:10 PM PDT

MOSCOW/WARSAW (Reuters) – Russia accused Polish soccer fans on Wednesday of provoking street battles with Russian supporters on the night of their countries’ Euro 2012 match and urged Warsaw to prevent further clashes in the tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin also told Poland’s leader Warsaw bore “full responsibility” for the safety of fans, the Kremlin said – comments during a phone which raised the stakes in the violent confrontation which brought the nations’ troubled relationship to the fore.

Syrian General Mowaffak Joumaa faces ban from London Olympics due to links to Assad regime

London Evening Standard Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:36 AM PDT

The head of Syria’s national Olympic committee may be banned from attending the London games because of his links to President Bashar Assad. General Mowaffak Joumaa is expected to be refused entry to the UK because of his connection to the Syrian military, The Guardian reported. The troubled Middle Eastern state has seen a recent spike in violence by the forces of President Assad’s regime.

June 5, 2012 Headlines: Walker survives recall even with Packers opposition, MI eases Special Olympic donations, ‘n’ B. Harper like a young dem prez?

Walker survives recall election; Barrett concedes

Madison.comTue, 05 Jun 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survives recall election

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers. The rising Republican star becomes the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt with his defeat of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the union leaders who rallied for months against his agenda.

Packers make push for Tom Barrett

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley tweeted his support for Tom Barrett, Reuters Photo

Politico Tue, 05 Jun 2012

A pair of Green Bay Packers are doing their small part to move the chains for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in today’s Wisconsin recall election. As Raw Story reports, tight end Jermichael Finley and wide receiver Tori Gurley tweeted their support Monday for the recall effort, which seeks to unseat the only man to overshadow the Packers’ 2011 Super Bowl victory in Wisconsin — Gov. Scott Walker.

Finley and Gurley aren’t the first Packers to support collective bargaining rights — which Walker has focused on limiting — nor are they unfamiliar with the role of unions. A players’ union battle with team owners almost axed the 2011 NFL season.

Baseball Phenom Bryce Harper Is Like Barack Obama And John F. Kennedy, According To The Financial Times

Business InsiderTue, 05 Jun 2012 09:38 AM PDT

Bryce Harper, MLB

Bryce Harper has been pretty good for the Washington Nationals so far in his rookie campaign. He’s shown he has all five tools: power, contact, speed, a good glove and a strong throwing arm…It is best, therefore, to enjoy phenoms while they last and hope they mature and endure. Politics is like that, too. Barack Obama was definitely one four years ago and in November we will learn if he still is. John Kennedy’s comet was hit by a bullet before it had the chance to endure…So if Harper “endures” who will he be like? History is littered with young phenoms who endured – for example, Genghis Khan, William Pitt the Younger and Fidel Castro. All left their marks, for good and ill.

Governor Snyder Making it Easier to Donate to Special Olympics

9&10 News Cadillac Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:04 PM PDT

Governor Snyder signed a new law today to make it easier for Michigan taxpayers to donate to Special Olympics. The law creates a new Special Olympics Michigan voluntary check off box on State Income Tax

Pat McCrory, Michael Waltrip visit Troutman tool manufacturer

Statesville Record & Landmark Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:31 PM PDT

NASCAR driver and team owner Michael Waltrip joined former Charlotte mayor and North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, Mitchell Community College President Tim Brewer and others at an open house at a tool and equipment company in the greater Troutman area Tuesday afternoon.

Mitchell Community College President Tim Brewer (left) Adept Machine Tools President Chuck Schiefen (second from left) and North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory (right) look on as NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip gives a brief talk during an event at Adept’s showroom in Troutman on Tuesday.

May 22, 2012 Headlines: Ukraine official busted, Steeler honored, SF gets a new stadium & team


Governor Corbett honors Hines Ward

Corbett honors retired Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward

WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Tue, 22 May 2012 10:17 AM PDT

Governor Corbett today presented the following proclamation honoring retired Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward during an event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg: Tribute to Hines Ward WHEREAS, Hines Ward played 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, during which he established himself as one of the all-time greatest NFL wide receivers, being heralded as a leader on and off the field; and …


 Governor, Tom Barrett, football players wish Donald Driver luck

WQOW Eau Claire Tue, 22 May 2012 10:23 AM PDT

Green Bay Packers player Donald Driver is hoping to impress the judges tonight on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Overanalyzing President Obama’s Passing Form

New York MagazineTue, 22 May 2012 13:43 PM PDT

Obama throws a football on Soldier Field following NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Two days ago, President Obama was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza on the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field tossing a football to Lord knows who. It’s a nice shot — Obama looks downright statuesque and seems, at a minimum, not totally unfamiliar around a pigskin. And yet — probably because he is not actually a quarterback — there was also something off about Obama’s throwing form. As part of our never-ending quest to nitpick everything in the world, we asked Chris Brown — who has written about football for the New York Times, Grantland, and his own site, Smart Football, as well as in his new book, The Essential Smart Football — to take an unnecessarily critical look at Obama’s mechanics, and tell us what he’s doing wrong.

Report: Ad man behind Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl commercial leaves Senate run

Pete Hoekstra, Grand Rapids Press file photo

The Grand Rapids Press Tue, 22 May 2012 16:03 PM PDT

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fred Davis, the California media strategist who developed former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s heavily criticized Super Bowl commercial, has told Politico that he is no longer part of the Holland Republican’s campaign.

“They chose to shift around some responsibilities,” Davis told the website Tuesday.

The Hoekstra commercial came under fire from its first airing as xenophobic when an Asian-American actress…

 State Senate District 39 candidate bio: Jack Sullivan

Santa Fe New MexicanTue, 22 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

NM State Senate Candidate Jack Sullivan

Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Georgia Tech University; master’s in civil engineering, Stanford University. Experience: Santa Fe County commissioner 2000-08; captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Airborne Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Citation); former coach and president, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association; former president, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying, concussion bills

The Boston Globe Tue, 22 May 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine—Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports.

General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, Volodymyr Gerashchenko

 Ukraine Olympic chief filmed offering to sell thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets on black market

IndependentTue, 22 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

The General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee has been filmed offering to sell several thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets to an undercover reporter posing as a ticket tout. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, who has been head of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee since 1997, told the reporter from BBC London News he had up to 100 tickets to sell.

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying bill into law

WMTW Portland Tue, 22 May 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports. The Republican governor on Monday put his signature to nearly two dozen bills that won final passage in the waning hours of Maine’s legislative session. The anti-bullying bill builds on existing law by providing a clear definition of bullying, an explicit prohibition on bullying, discipline strategies and teacher training on how to address bullying.

Golden State Warriors Officially Moving To San Francisco

Rendering of the Southern Embarcadero via The Warriors:Future Cities


SFist Tue, 22 May 2012 10:18 AM PDT

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee and the Golden State Warriors front office are scheduled to make good on “months of rumors by officially announcing a deal to bring the NBA franchise back to San Francisco proper. According to the Chronicle , the deal will bring a $500 million, privately financed 17,000 – 19,000-seat arena to Pier 30 along the southern Embarcadero. The new arena is expected to be ..


Rush Limbaugh Bust, Image Credit- Julie Smith:AP Photo

Rush Limbaugh Bust Joins President, Slave, Indian Guide in Missouri Capitol

ABC News Tue, 22 May 2012 10:03 AM PDT

Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh joined the ranks of a U.S. president, a Missouri governor and a baseball Hall of Famer Monday when a bust of the controversial commentator was put on display in the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City…Besides Limbaugh, Tilley has chosen to add former slave Dred Scott and baseball legend Buck O’Neil of the Negro American League…A security camera, which was installed specifically for Limbaugh’s bust, will provide 24-hour surveillance of the statue, said Trevor Fox, the House’s director of communications. Limbaugh’s statue, which stands between those of 19th century painter George Bingham and former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes, is the only statue in the Missouri House’s Hall of Fame that has its own security camera. Other famous Missourians honored with statues in the Capitol include Walt Disney, Sacajawea and former President Harry Truman.

Crossroads up with $2.3 mill anti-Obama ad buy in Florida

Orlando Sentinel Blogs Tue, 22 May 2012 08:30 AM PDT

Crossroads GPS, dba Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, is up today with a $2.3 million, three-week ad buy in Florida that the group says is intended to “to frame the [presidential campaign] debate on jobs, the economy, taxes and government debt.”
Unlike previous ads by the Karl Rove-created group, this one, called “Basketball,” is a soft-music, low-key indictment of President Barack Obama’s three-plus years in office, as “told” by the mother of two kids who can’t find jobs.
“I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully,” says a woman’s voice. “He promised change — but things have changed for the worse.”
Crossroads says the ad is the second in a $25-million issue advocacy campaign in Florida and nine other states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
It urges citizens to support the “New Majority Agenda,” which is detailed at. The New York Times has a fascinating piece about how the ad was made. Read it here.

Litigation offers window into Ann Romney’s private life

Los Angeles Times Tue, 22 May 2012 05:37 AM PDT

Testimony in a lawsuit — from which she was eventually dropped — reveals the would-be first lady’s passionate engagement in dressage, a sport she believes helps her deal with multiple sclerosis…She soon fell in love with dressage, a fussy Olympic sport that is also called “horse ballet.” In dressage, a horse moves in delicate, dance-like steps to music as the rider, formally clad in top hat and tails, imperceptibly guides the animal.

FIFA break from tradition to appoint first female member to executive committee

Daily Mail Tue, 22 May 2012 04:35 AM PDT

FIFA have appointed the first female member of the world governing body’s executive committee. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday. Nsekera is a member of several FIFA committees – for women’s football, the women’s World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.

FIFA delays appointing anti-corruption officials

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Tue, 22 May 2012 07:34 AM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s anti-corruption drive hit another delay on Tuesday, even as soccer’s world governing body appointed the first woman to its inner circle.