Thursday, October 26, 2006

Roll Call seer predictions; PA cleansweep founder lawsuit dismissed

Judge dismisses libel lawsuit filed by PACleanSweep founder
27 days ago Judge dismisses libel lawsuit filed by PACleanSweep founder

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By MARK SCOLFORO, The Associated Press
Oct 26, 2006 11:06 AM (27 days ago)
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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a political activist who claimed he was defamed by a Web site that compared him to former Enron Corp. head Ken Lay and accused him of pocketing supporters' donations.

Russ Diamond, founder of the anti-incumbent group PACleanSweep and a former gubernatorial candidate, had sued a Republican employee of the state House of Representatives, Bob Nye, over the content of Nye's site.

"After talking to my lawyer last night, he said our only recourse would be to go through the state courts, and I really don't think we're going to do that," Diamond said Thursday. "I don't have a lot of faith in our state courts."

U.S. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo dismissed the case Oct. 19, saying Diamond did not establish a basis for his federal civil-rights and conspiracy claims, and that she lacked jurisdiction over his state-law defamation claim.

"Plaintiff attempts to establish that defendant worked on the Web site from a computer located at his place of employment, an office located in the state House of Representatives," Rambo wrote. "At most, however, plaintiff's allegations establish only that was accessed from computers located at state buildings."

Nye told the court he worked on the site exclusively from his personal computer at his home in Elizabethtown, but Diamond said he remains convinced Nye worked on the site using state equipment.

Mathieu J. Shapiro, a lawyer for Nye and unnamed "John Doe" co-defendants, had no immediate comment Thursday.

PACleanSweep organized political opposition to last year's governmental pay raise and was instrumental in defeating 17 incumbent lawmakers in the May primary. The group was later riven by internal conflict and was dissolved by a Lebanon County court order in August.

Diamond abandoned his independent campaign for governor on July 31 after failing to gather enough signatures to make it onto the fall ballot

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Appearing on C-span, Stuart Rothenberg, columnist for Roll Call, emphatically stated the Democrats would win the House of Representatives; they might take the Senate, he predicted.

Rothenberg went on and on without noting the basis of his predictions are polls which at best are only indicators of "feelings" of potential voters on a given day before the election.

History has shown, however, once in the voting booth, on Election Day, alone, in private, a voter may make a different choice than even he or she believed the previous day.

Guess we'll have to await the official election results from each state.

C-Span Caller (8:20 a.m.)
Caller, why is it when Republicans win the election, the election is stolen; when Democrats win, it's ok... we all know that Kennedy stole the election from Nixon... that isn't mentioned... when the Democrats win, it's ok...

Response by Rothenberg (paraphrasing and incomplete)... we saw that after the 2000 election, the Democrats said it was stolen; we saw that in 2004... over the last 8 years, we've heard a lot of complaining from Democrats that Bush stole the last two elections... the woman is right, but that's just Bush won the last two elections...

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We were the only site across the Internet to prove chad fraud occurred during the Florida re-counting of so-called "undervoted" ballots! And more...

Thursday, October 26, 2006
How High the Wave? Don’t Just Think 1994; Think 1974, 1958, 1982
By Stuart Rothenberg

With only a couple of weeks until Election Day, we know there will be a Democratic wave on Nov. 7. And we can be fairly certain that by historical standards it will be high - possibly very high. But we still don’t know how many Republicans once considered safe will be swept out of office.

The national political environment currently is worse than it was in 1994, when the Democrats lost 52 House seats, eight Senate seats and 10 governorships, and when Republicans won GOP control of the House for the first time in decades.

You heard me right: It’s worse this year than it was in 1994, when voters were dissatisfied with the first two years of the Bill Clinton presidency...

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