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    How Conservative Principles Empower Teachers

    Years and years of failed efforts and billions of dollars later, educational reforms-  both liberal and conservative- have basically resulted in stagnation.  The primary reason, in my estimation, is the top-down, Washington dictated policies which have solved very little.  Despite massive federal spending, those federal dollars account for about 9% of any school board’s budget.  With those dollars come regulations and mandates which eat up about | Read More »

    The November Supreme Court Docket

    In November, the Supreme Court will hear argument in 10 cases.  They will kick off arguments with Omnicare, Inc. vs. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund.  This is a complicated case that revolves around the intent of those who handle pension funds and SEC filings.  Specifically, the Court is asked whether the mere fact of an untrue statement should be the deciding factor, or | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Kansas

    Who would have thought that Kansas would be a political battleground in 2014, but here we are with both the Republican Governor and incumbent Republican Senator endangered.  For , the trouble began in the GOP primary with him taking serious criticisms for his lack of presence in Kansas and being portrayed as a Washington insider who lost touch with his constituents.  If true, then it | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Connecticut and New Hampshire

    Besides the congressional races in Connecticut, there is a competitive gubernatorial race.  First, incumbent Democratic Governor Dan Malloy finds himself in a serious match up against Republican Tom Foley who barely lost to Malloy in 2010.  In a race that most polls show Foley ahead or barely behind, the attacks have gotten personal of late with both sides bringing up old allegations against one another. | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Wisconsin

    Politically, Wisconsin is a difficult state to prognosticate.  It contains some of the most liberal bastions in America alongside pockets of staunch conservatism.  It is one of the birthplaces of the American progressive movement and 1960s radicalism while being a home to strong Tea Party sensibilities.  It was the birthplace of Tommy Thompson’s welfare reforms which was the template for a national model.  Overall, Democratic | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Maine and Massachusetts

    Maine has a Senate, gubernatorial and an open-seat congressional election this year.  First, the easy one.  Although she may not be the most popular Republican Senator among conservatives,  does have the “R” after her name.  And she is apparently popular in Maine as evidenced by the fact she holds commanding leads in every poll taken, although there have been few.  When we talk about the Republican | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Florida

    With no Senatorial race and some potentially interesting congressional races, most of the attention this year will be focused on the gubernatorial race pitting former Republican turned independent turned Democrat Charlie Crist against incumbent Republican Rick Scott.  To state that Scott’s first term got off to a rocky start would be an understatement.  Starting earlier this year, Scott’s approval and popularity ratings started to improve. | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Kentucky

    Two weeks from Election Day, I am reminded of Duane Bobick, the former heavyweight contender once dubbed the “great white hope.”  While the childish jackasses at DailyKos are dancing on the grave of Republican Terri Lynn Land’s chances in the Michigan senatorial race, they seem to have forgotten that their “great female hope” in Kentucky is also going down in flames.  Unlike Michigan, however, which | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Michigan

    Let’s first dispense with this silly notion that Michigan is a purple state.  Every four years I hear of how Michigan is in play only to have it go for the Democratic nominee for President.  Yes, there are pockets of conservative/Republican areas as there are in the bluest of blue states.  This year, we have a gubernatorial race, an open Democratic-held Senate seat and the | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Minnesota and Ohio

    First up in this entry- Ohio where there is a gubernatorial race and congressional races.  In the gubernatorial race, Democrats had very high hopes here with Ed FitzGerald.  The Republican incumbent John Kasich looked endangered back in July and held precariously low advantages in polls.  Revelations since then- being parked in a car with a woman that was not his wife late at night, driving | Read More »