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By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 10th, 2014
Hillary Clinton/AP file photo

Hillary Clinton/AP file photo

We’re still about six weeks away from the May 20 midterm primary, but already, the 2016 presidential election season is starting to gather steam.

A Suffolk University poll shows that Hillary Clinton is the runaway favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses.

Iowa is typically the state that leads off the presidential nominating process.

The survey from Suffolk, in Boston, notes that while some Republicans have started to visit the Hawkeye State, no favorites have emerged among potential GOP presidential candidates.

The self-described Iowa caucus-goers were asked their first choice for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, and it showed 63 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 12 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and 10 percent for Vice President Joe Biden.

A clear picture didn’t emerge on the GOP side, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 10 percent each. Here are how some others fared: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson, 9 percent each, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 7 percent.

Six others had 6 percent each: Congressman and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

See the full poll results for this question and others at

– John Guerriero


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Posted: November 16th, 2012

Political observer Norman Ornstein is a keen observer of Washington, D.C., politics, but he could have a second career as a standup comic.

Norman Ornstein/Jack Hanrahan, ETN

Ornstein, who spoke Thursday at the Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit in Erie, rattled off several funny lines before his lecture turned serious.

Ornstein said he called GOP strategist Karl Rove the day after the election to tell him that “depression is fully covered under Obamacare.”

But he was just getting warmed up.

He said he had left northern California, where it “82 and foggy,  just like Clint Eastwood.”

When the Republican National Convention was interrupted by Hurricane Isaac, Ornstein said he saw Rick Santorum at the Tampa Zoo, “gathering up two of every creature.”

Referring to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” presidential debate comment, Ornstein said “we referred to him afterward as ‘Lord of the Three Rings.’ ”

Noting that Sarah Palin’s popular autobiography was called “Going Rogue,” the balding Ornstein suggested possible titles for a future memoir: “Going Rogaine” or “Going Several Times a Night.”

He said he would understand if any members of the audience had to leave to visit the restroom.

– John Guerriero



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Posted: August 7th, 2012

This blogger is back from vacation. While I was away, I got a chance to read Arlen Specter’s memoir, “Life Among the Cannibals.” 

If you follow politics, you might like it. Much of the book focuses on recent events in D.C., including the stimulus bill, Specter’s party change, and the rise of the tea party.

Specter even gets a little risque, though it’s not exactly “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

On the tour bus during the 2008 campaign, Specter wrote that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, was “a total charmer, very friendly.” He said they sat virtually “knee to knee in the cramped bus, and she radiated sensuality.”

“Her skirt rode above her knees — not exactly short, but close,” he wrote.

Specter also referred to Palin’s husband, Todd, as the “First Dude.”

There’s not much mention of Erie in the book, but there is a reference to one politician’s being thankful he wouldn’t have to campaign anymore for Specter in Erie due to our typically harsh winters.

– John Guerriero



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