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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Never Mind The Bollocks: Here Are The Marginal Predictions
Labour Releases Its Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy
Dunne's Serious Concerns About Maori Seats Yet To Translate Into A Bottom Line -
A Maori Perspective On The Playing Of The Race-Card
Images: A Bunch Of Kiwis Seek To Make Poverty History
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Sam Smith Backgrounds The Failure Of FEMA In New Orleans
Greg Palast On The 4th Anniversary Of 911

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Immigration & The Election
Karl Ferguson Takes A Ride In A Couple Of Beamers
Scoop Report Ends Up On Utah Attorney General's Desk!
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:
SCOOP POLL WATCH & COMMENT:
National Steps In To Stop The Devil Finding Work for Idle Hands -
Cullen Prepares To Bring Out The Jandals For National's Petrol Tax Talk -
National Want To Know Skyhawk Sale Detail -
MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

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Never Mind The Bollocks: Here Are The Marginal Predictions

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Parliament's debating chamber. Selwyn Manning writes that while the major focus of this year's election campaign coverage has firmly examined Don Brash and Helen Clark's performances, there's a fight taking place out in the marginal seats and even a high-placed Cabinet minister looks likely to lose. Scoop can confirm National is gaining traction. Even in the south Auckland electorates, while Labour will hold Manurewa, Manukau East, Mangere, the traditionally large election night Labour majorities are promising to be slashed. See... Marginal Predictions: It's Turning Blue Out There [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00166.htm


Labour Releases Its Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy

- Prime Minister Helen Clark and Foreign Minister Phil Goff today launched Labour’s Foreign Affairs policy, saying New Zealand’s nuclear free legislation was too important to New Zealanders for parties’ positions to be left unclear. Labour is promising to maintain New Zealand’s nuclear free status, and is challenging National to state its support for the nuclear free legislation. “We believe the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders want to keep New Zealand nuclear free, independent, and committed to playing a role in creating a more peaceful, prosperous and stable world,” Helen Clark said. See... Nuclear free policy reflects New Zealand's values [1] ALSO:

  • Labour: Foreign Affairs Trade & Development Policy [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00328.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00329.htm


    Dunne's Serious Concerns About Maori Seats Yet To Translate Into A Bottom Line -

    United Future leader Peter Dunne today called on National to drop its "totally divisive" policy of simply getting rid of the Maori seats, saying United Future had "very serious concerns" about the damage such a unilateral decision would have on New Zealand's ...See... Dunne challenges National on Maori seats policy [1] Earlier

  • Scoop Report - Maori Seats Not A Bottom Line For United Future

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00335.htm


    A Maori Perspective On The Playing Of The Race-Card

    - I've seen and experienced a lot of racism in my 62 years, but never such a full-on poll driven cynical assault. And I realised just yesterday that my own overwhelming response is fear as well. I realised that I'm frightened about the consequences of that policy, and of the choices I might have to make that I don't want to make, if they try to implement it. See... Te Putatara: Racial Politics [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00184.htm


    Images: A Bunch Of Kiwis Seek To Make Poverty History

    - At 1pm on Saturday September 10th a rally was held at Parliament for the Make Poverty History campaign. See... Images: Make Poverty History Rally At Parliament [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00168.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Media soft on cannabis prohibitionists [1]
  • Commitments To Disability Need Substance - DPA [2]
  • The war and peace report card [3]
  • BSA Releases Decision On Labour Party Ad. [4]
  • Update On Media Union Nationwide Disputes [5]
  • Live election-night broadcast a first for Triangle [6]
  • Pacific Poverty Levels Rising – Latest Findings [7]
  • NZNO Welcomes Move to Extend Nurse Prescribing [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00164.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00162.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00159.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0509/S00158.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0509/S00156.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0509/S00155.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00148.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0509/S00061.htm


    Sam Smith Backgrounds The Failure Of FEMA In New Orleans

    - This Undernews extra gives background on the amazing, scary history of FEMA and a bizarre funeral scandal that involves George Bush, one of his major contributors, the former head of FEMA and the corporation just named to handle body removal in ... See... Sam Smith: The Amazing, Scary History Of FEMA [1] MORE HURRICANE AFTERMATH COMMENT:

  • Between The Lines - Race Played Major Role in Hurricane Survival [2]
  • Sam Smith - The Second Battle Of New Orleans [3]
  • John Chuckman - Cartoon: Good Clean Up Son! [4]
  • Mary Pitt - Pay Me Now Or Pay Me Later [5]
  • For much more see... COMMENTARY: The Betrayal Of New Orleans [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00172.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00174.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00180.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00177.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00182.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00063.htm


    Greg Palast On The 4th Anniversary Of 911

    - In the War on Terror, we are all on the front lines. Now Southold has apparently been targeted by Al Qaeda. I'm not surprised. Southold, if you look at a map, is situated at the ass end of nowhere. We are known for our Strawberry Festival and fire truck parade. According to the Census, this tiny place is made up almost entirely of inbred farmers, real estate speculators and volunteer firemen. See... Greg Palast: Terror In Tiny Town [1] MORE:

  • Will Pitt September 11 Revisited [2]
  • Norman Solomon - UQ Wire: 9/11 and Manipulation of the USA [3]
  • Bill Grigsby - The Nuclear Option [4]
  • Harvey Wasserman - Bush The War Flop [5]
  • Michael Moore - On 4th Anniversary Of 9/11 [6]
  • Boulder Weekly - UQ Wire: 9/11 Cold Case [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00181.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00154.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00152.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00150.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00148.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00141.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00140.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Immigration & The Election

    - This year, as with every election year, migration is a hot issue amongst politicians vying for the public’s vote. Like a repetitive tune stuck on replay, at election time we hear racist jibes being thrown at migrants and ethnic groups that do not fit so-called ‘mainstream NZ’. See... Migrant Effect - The Changing Face of NZ Voters [1] and Immigration: Needed, A Policy For The 21st Century [2] MORE ELECTION COMMENT:

  • Hard News & More - Public Address 13/09/03 - Numbers And Stuff [3]
  • No Right Turn - Some Facts About Education [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00188.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00185.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00186.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00170.htm


    Karl Ferguson Takes A Ride In A Couple Of Beamers

    - The BMW X3 and the latest 1-Series may not have a great deal in common on the surface. After all, one is tagged a Sports Activity Vehicle by BMW’s PR department, while the other an upmarket hatch competing with the likes of the VW Golf and Alfa Romeo ... See... MOTORNET: Two Cars, One Engine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00183.htm


    Scoop Report Ends Up On Utah Attorney General's Desk!

    - Don’t think that the Internet news, Scoop or Counter Punch is not being read or getting passed around. On March 24, 2005, an article entitled, "Utah Prosecutors Are Soft On Polygamy," authored by Yours Truly, was published in Scoop, and within two weeks made it to the hands of the Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff without any help from me or Tapestry Against Polygamy. Mr. Shurleff called me in person and asked to see the bigamy file that I turned over to San Pete County Attorney Ross Blackham. See... Laissez-faire Polygamy Condoned In Utah [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00173.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Mark Drolette - Dear Fellow Citizens of the World [1]
  • Ajay P. Nath - Peace And Stability in Nepal [2]
  • Culture Jamming - Scoop Image: Sky News Reports The Truth? [3]
  • Kamala Sarup - Terrorism Contributed Youth Unemployment [4]
  • Narconews - FOIA Records Link U.S. Officials to Mass Murder [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00169.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00179.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00178.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00176.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00175.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    POLITICAL NEWSLETTERS:

    Transtasman Political Letter – 9 Sept. Digest [1] Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – 10 Sept. 2005 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00165.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00164.htm


    SCOOP POLL WATCH & COMMENT:

  • Generation Jones is driving NZ Voter Volatility [1]
  • HoS Digipoll - Lab 42.1%, Nat 38.5% [2]
  • ACNielsen-SST Poll: Nats 44.1%, Lab 37.2% [3]
  • One News Colmar Brunton poll: Nat 41%, Lab 39% [4]
  • ...& Russell Brown & Frogblog Have Some Questions About The SST Poll - I have previously noted an association between the Sunday Star Times and the abuse of statistics. Well, look what the frog has got. The small sample size and Friday-night-only calling aren't the only odd things about the Fairfax poll that had National seven ... See... Public Address 12/09/05 - Gadzooks! [5] , Frogblog: Who the Hell knows? [6] & Keepleftnz Poll Points to LPG landslide [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00161.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00127.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00125.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00129.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0509/S00159.htm
    [6] - http://blog.greens.org.nz/index.php/2005/09/11/who-the-hell-knows/
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0509/S00126.htm


    National Steps In To Stop The Devil Finding Work for Idle Hands -

    National has today announced its long awaited work-for-the dole scheme under the guise of an 'environment policy', Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. "As usual, no costing was provided for this policy, despite it being previously estimated at around $100 million a year," Steve Maharey said. "This is an attempt to hide the true cost of this scheme by dressing it up as an environment policy. See... Nats announce $100 million work-for-dole scheme [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00331.htm


    Cullen Prepares To Bring Out The Jandals For National's Petrol Tax Talk -

    “National is at some stage in this campaign going to have to get to grips with the detail of their policy,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. He was commenting on contradictory statements from John Key over how much National’s cynical undertaking to cut 5 cents off petrol excise for six months would cost. “The confusion shows the promise as the back-off-the-envelope exercise it is,” Dr Cullen said. See... Key all over the place again [1] ALSO:

  • National - National pledges relief on petrol excise [2]
  • Labour - National: more flip flops than a dying fish [3]
  • NZ Govt - Cullen Releases Reports On Petrol [4]
  • NZ Govt. - Petrol musings the latest flip flop [5]
  • Green Party - Subsidising fuel will make things worse [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00316.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00291.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00305.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00302.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00262.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00260.htm


    National Want To Know Skyhawk Sale Detail -

    National's Defence spokesman, John Carter, says Labour should release all the papers concerning the sale of the Air Force strike wing. "This is a deal that was announced six days before the general election in a secret squirrel deal, and I would expect all the details to be made public. "All we know at this stage is that this has been a very expensive blunder by Labour. See…Labour must release Skyhawk sale papers [1] ALSO:

  • ACT - What is Labour’s secret Skyhawk bonus? [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00321.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00332.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt - New Zealand congratulates Junichiro Koizumi [1]
  • NZ Govt - O'Connor: Statement On Thai National [2]
  • NZ Govt - Another boost for rural health [3]
  • NZ Govt - Cabinet approves prescribing rights [4]
  • NZ Govt Tertiary grants to strengthen use of ICT [5]
  • Labour Party - Labour committed to warmer and healthier homes [6]
  • Labour Party - Energy Policy [7]
  • Labour Party - Labour says National should be ashamed [8]
  • Labour Party - National's conservation policy a funding cut [9]
  • Labour Party - Brash shows he is behind the times [10]
  • National - Don Brash visits wananga [11]
  • National - Labour must release Skyhawk sale papers [12]
  • National - Clark should explain Field allegations [13]
  • National - Dollar for dollar funding for Mainland Islands [14]
  • Green Party - Whale Rider star to feature in Green campaign [15]
  • Green Party Study shows why Kiwis need a Green-Labour Govt [16]
  • Green Party - Winston confused; Kiwis bemused [17]
  • ACT - What is Labour’s secret Skyhawk bonus? [18]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00318.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00320.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00343.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00339.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00333.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00340.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00341.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00325.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00330.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00337.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00334.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00321.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00323.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00322.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00342.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00338.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00324.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0509/S00332.htm

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