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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

VT: Republican Weakness and Strange Matchups

The filing deadline has passed and this is the strangest election I have ever seen. Republicans have no candidates for State Treasurer or Secretary of State and are contesting only 26 of 30 state senate seats.
Millionaire Republican Jack McMullen does not have a clear shot at Senator Patrick Leahy. Ben Mitchell an anti-war socialist member of the Liberty Union Party is challenging him in the Republican primary. McMullen is looked on by some as an outsider. He was defeated by elderly farmer/actor Fred Tuttle in McMullen's last race against Leahy. Tuttle then endorsed Leahy. (Republican Peter Moss is also a candidate in this primary and Leahy has picked up a Democratic primary challenge from Green Party member Craig Hill.)
I suspect Republican dirty tricks in the race against independent Bernie Sanders. Knowing the Democrats would not run against Bernie, Republican Larry Drown has filed as a Democrat. Even stranger, Liberty Union Party member Jane Newton is running as a Progressive in the race. Despite all this Bernie should win easily.
http://www.polstate.com/archives/005807.html#005807

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 20-Jul-2004
Journal of Applied Physiology
Why some neonates need caffeine
We know they need it – but how it works on the newborn is the subject of a new research study.
http://www.the-aps.org/press/journal/04/21.htm

Why they need it turns out to be apnea.

A Shrinking Base
Support for Bush is waning among typically conservative military families now facing redeployment.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A175-2004Jul20.html
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