3/6: Parker Griffith is running an absurd self-funded campaign, what ya need know about Super Tuesday and Newt to Huntsville…

Guest today:

  • 6:00 AM – Kathy Peterson replay
  • 7:00 AM – Circuit Court Judge Chris Messervy
  • 7:30 AM – State Senator Cam Ward
  • 8:00 AM – Madison County Commission Candidate Gerald Clark

Parker Griffith has NO support except his own….

Griffith, a retired Huntsville physician and businessman with an estimated net worth of $10 million, had given or loaned his campaign $408,000 going into last week, according to federal campaign financial disclosures.

Since last Wednesday, Griffith gave or loaned his campaign another $160,000, according to disclosure forms.

Griffith’s campaign issued a statement Monday saying, ‘Parker Griffith has always believed the 5th Congressional District is a good investment. He still does. He has chosen to invest once again through this campaign because he knows how critical it is to have representation in Washington that will work well with others to protect our jobs and make the right choices for North Alabama’s future.’ Not including himself, Griffith’s filings show 17 donors, three of whom are family members. Griffith’s wife, daughter and brother gave the campaign a total of $3,980.

His largest contributors outside the family are Dallas real estate company executives Charles and Susan Wilder with $2,500 each.

What about Mo Brooks….

Mo Brooks has raised $496,035 since his election, and now has $392,083.

FEMA not coming to North Alabama…

The Federal Emergency Management Agency apparently won’t be involved in cleaning up the mess left behind by Friday’s twin tornadoes.

Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong said the storm damage in Harvest, Meridianville and New Market is below the level needed to qualify for federal aid. An Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman said the damage across a 17-county area also falls short of the FEMA threshold.

“It’s obvious that we’ve had a terrible natural disaster,” Strong said Monday, “but based on FEMA’s guidelines, it does not appear that it will be covered.”

Let’s talk about damage…

All told, the twisters destroyed or heavily damaged 63 homes in Madison County and caused minor damage to about 170 others, emergency officials said Monday.

Damage was also extensive in Limestone County, where the American Red Cross was still trying to get a handle Monday afternoon on the number of affected homes.

About a dozen Madison and Limestone residents were taken to area hospitals for cuts and other minor injuries, but no one was seriously hurt.

Strong said he has reassigned most of his employees to debris removal duty along Yarbrough, Lockhart and Stovall roads and Jefferson Patton Street in Harvest areas that were just bouncing back from the April 27, 2011, tornadoes.

About 1,200 cubic yards of snapped limbs and tree trunks have been hauled away from northwest Madison County since Saturday, but much more remains. Last year’s storms produced more than 500,000 cubic yards of rubble.

The county spent a large chunk of its ‘rainy day fund’ on landfill tipping fees related to the 2011 tornadoes, Strong said, only to find itself in the same position 10 months later.

Newt to Huntsville

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has scheduled two days in Alabamabefore the state’s presidential primary March 13.

Gingrich’s campaign announced he will hold a rally at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville and then tour the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville.

Newt will be here today…

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has scheduled two days in Alabamabefore the state’s presidential primary March 13.

Gingrich’s campaign announced he will hold a rally at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville and then tour the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville.

Things to know about what is going down on Super Tuesday

OhioAll eyes will be on the Buckeye State (66 delegates) which is widely viewed as the grandest of all Super Tuesday’s prize. No Republican has ever made it to the White House without winning Ohio in a general election and winning its primary will certainly boost the winner’s argument that he can keep it out of President Obama’s column in November.

The latest polls suggest Romney and Santorum are now tied in Ohio with Santorum losing what once was a double-digit lead. The momentum has clearly shifted to Romney in Ohio.

That’s bad news for Santorum since he has staked his claim to the GOP nomination on his appeal to working-class voters in the industrial Midwest.

If Santorum wins, he lives to fight another day. But if the former U.S. senator from neighboring Pennsylvania loses, he may fight on but likely in a cause that would seem increasingly doomed.

A Romney win in Ohio, after his narrow victory in Michigan last week, would increase the former Massachusetts governor’s “inevitability” quotient.

The South — Newt Gingrich should easily win big in his native Georgia (76 delegates) which will likely be enough to keep him slogging along for the foreseeable future.

If anyone not named Newt wins Georgia or even if it’s close, that would be the upset of the evening.

Which is why Tennessee (58 delegates) looms so large. Romney has yet to prove he can win in the South, the region that has been a Republican stronghold since the mid-1960s.

If Romney can win in Tennessee, and the latest polls show him essentially tied with Santorum there, that would give him the southern street cred he has until now lacked. For this reason, Josh Putnam, the political scientist who runs the Frontloading HQ blog, calls Tennessee the “new hotness.”

Delegates — The Republican race has become a delegate chase at this point with all four remaining GOP candidates, but Romney and Santorum’s campaigns specifically, arguing in recent days that all that really matters is who is adding to their delegate totals.

Because of how delegates are awarded, Romney could lose the popular vote in Ohio and elsewhere and still capture enough delegates to significantly pad his totals.

Romney got an assist from Santorum and Gingrich whose seat of the pants organizations failed to qualify for the ballot in Virginia or in all of Ohio’s congressional districts.

Romney has the most delegates at this point though, amazingly, no one is certain exactly how many he has. By NPR’s count, he has 118 delegates while Gingrich has 29 and Santorum has 17 and Paul 8. Some counts have Romney at 180. It’s all because of uncertainties and disputes as to how delegates are being awarded. In a word, it’s ridiculous.

While the exact number of delegates may be in dispute, the relative positions of the candidates based on rough numbers are clearer.

Romney’s got a commanding lead going into Super Tuesday. The question is, will anything that happens Tuesday change that? Right now, the smart money says that’s unlikely.

Caucuses — As Micah Cohen at the FiveThirtyEight blog reminds us, the caucus states of Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota shouldn’t be discounted even though they haven’t gotten the attention from the media or pollsters the primary states have. They have 87 delegates among them.

As Cohen writes:

“In 2008, Barack Obama’s wins in the caucus states on Super Tuesday helped him to win more delegates from the evening, and turned what was initially perceived as a relatively poor performance for him into one that gave him some degree of momentum.”

But again in the caucus states, Romney appears to be in solid position. Idaho, with its significant Mormon population, is part of the Mormon Corridor of the West and Romney has done well in other states with large populations of his co-religionists like Nevada and Arizona.


What Rush said was absurdest humor, this however… Wow.


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