Swing-State Newspapers Flip To Romney’s Favor Before Election Day

Swing-State Newspapers Flip To Romney's Favor Before Election DayThe race for the White House is airtight hours before Election Day. But in the battle of swing-state newspaper endorsements, Mitt Romney appears to be winning — aided in large part by papers that switched from backing Obama in 2008 to supporting the 2012 Republican nominee.

‘This election is about jobs’

According to an analysis by Poynter, Romney has bagged a total of 24 swing-state newspaper endorsements, to Obama’s 15. Across the country, at least 30 newspapers also flipped from backing Obama in 2008 to backing Romney this year.

They include some major swing-state papers, including the Wisconsin State Journal. In its editorial Sunday, the newspaper called Obama the “more likable and inspiring speaker.” However, the editorial said, “this election is about jobs … This is now Obama’s economy, even though the GOP shares in the blame for partisan games.”


The State Journal joined the Des Moines Register, Naples Daily News, Reno Gazette-Journal and the Orlando Sentinel, among others, in flipping to back Romney. The New York Daily News also made waves this weekend by endorsing Romney, after having backed Obama in 2008.

According to Poynter, at least three papers flipped from Sen. John McCain in 2008 to Obama this year. They were the San Antonio Express-News, The San Francisco Examiner and the Winston-Salem Journal.  Several other newspapers abstained from endorsing anybody this year after backing Obama four years ago — including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post and the Dayton Daily News.

Who do you think is going to win in tomorrow’s Elections? Are you pro-Obama or  pro-Romney?

Source: Fox News

Image: CNN Politics

Tim Duncan’s Big Paycheck Sacrifice For San Antonio Spurs

There are unfortunate realities that capped-out NBA teams have to suffer through as they head from one capped-out season to the next. Luckily for the San Antonio Spurs, they finished last season with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. And, luckily for Spurs fans, Duncan’s willingness to cut his pay in half next season will allow the team to keep all three and retain help for the aging trio.

The massive pay cut Duncan took likely represents the last contract of his NBA career — from $21.16 million in 2011-12 to $9.65 million in 2012-13. It’s a move that helps the Spurs vie for a championship in his waning years nearly as much as Duncan’s play helped win titles at his  peak. And it didn’t go unnoticed by the great Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

“After being the third-highest paid player in the league last season, behind only Lakers star Kobe Bryant ($25.24 million) and Boston’s Kevin Garnett ($21.25 million), Duncan next season will be the fourth-highest paid Spur.”

Money matters to the Spurs, who rarely pay the tax. Duncan’s contract also puts the team in a good spot next summer, when it’s time to extend Manu Ginobili’s contract, and possibly match offers for center Tiago Splitter, who will become a restricted free agent.

None of this cinches the fifth ring of Duncan’s illustrious career. But with sound spending and a deep squad the Spurs have a chance. And because Duncan wasn’t offended that the Spurs asked that he not approximate his last contract, he’ll have a happy and deep team to work with. Seems a fair tradeoff for all involved.

Do you admire Tim Duncan for his sacrificial move regarding his paycheck? Is it a good move for the San Antonio Spurs? Tell us what you think about his new deal!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Black Top Tens