Cigarette and Coffee Breakfast, 2/19/2014

– Sorry for the lapse over the long weekend- took an extra day off!

– In Texas, Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbot announced that he will be doing a campaign event with 65 year old former rocker and current psychopath Ted Nugent. Nugent has said a lot of nutty things, things that could be considered borderline personal threats to the President, but certainly would be considered incendiary language that could incite others to violence. The latest, greatest hit from Nugent came right before this year’s State of the Union:

“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the acorn community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.”

– A Mississippi lawmaker was caught re-tweeting a somewhat, shall we say, controversial, figure. State Senator Chris McDaniel’s account was seen over the weekend endorsing the views of a far-right Greek account, which regularly posts white supremacists materials.

– Finland has knocked the Russian men’s hockey team out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which will be seen as a major blow to the host country, that had high hopes of bringing gold home in their national pastime. Russia was considered a co-favorite to win the tournament, along with rival Canada, and was loaded with such international stars as Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Semin, Evgeni Malkin, and Alex Ovechkin, to name just a few.

– Wisconsin Republican Governor, and front-runner for the “Establishment” pick to be the Republican nominee in 2016, Scott Walker, may have some problems on the home front. In an investigation that has concluded and found no wrong-doing by the Governor himself, about 25,000 pages of emails, texts, and more from one of his top aides are set to be released this week. Many feel the emails may be rife with embarrassing material for the Republican Governor.  What’s more, state prosecutors are investigating whether the Governor improperly coordinated funds between political and non-political groups during his successful recall campaign in 2012.

– I’ve discussed Kansas Senator Pat Roberts’ “hometown” problem before-basically, his primary opponent is accusing him of being out of touch with the people of Kansas, and it appears to be true, because Roberts doesn’t have a real residence in the state,  but only pays some supporters $300 per week to crash on their couch on the rare occasion that he’s in the state. It just keeps getting worse for Roberts, though, as Milton Wolf snapped a picture of his vanity plates that read “PR USS”- Pat Roberts, United States Senator. Beyond how much of an embarrassing toolbag Roberts must be to sport such plates, the really damaging part is that it’s all written on a VIRGINIA license plate!

– A new Washington Post poll has Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown with a 34-15 lead over closest rival Douglas F. Gansler in the Democratic primary for the Governorship of Maryland. Brown would be the state’s first African American Governor. Maryland’s outgoing chief executive, Martin O’Malley, has all but announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. O’Malley will likely have a long road to climb in the Democratic primary with Hillary Clinton and other possible heavyweights vying for the open Oval Office, but if he has a strong showing this time around, he could certainly convince many people of the credibility of an O’Malley Presidency the next time the Democratic ticket is up for grabs. Also, keep an eye out for O’Malley on VP lists.

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