2014 Senate Races a Year Out, Part 4: The South

    ALABAMA: Jeff Sessions is up for reelection and should easily win as the Democrats will likely field just token opposition. PREDICTION: Safe Republican MISSISSIPPI: In neighboring Mississippi, Republican incumbent Thad Cochran is also up for reelection. As of this writing, he has not indicated whether he will run again. Given his age, he will most likely seek retirement. At least, that is what the Mississippi | Read More »

    2014 Senate Races A Year Out, Part 3: The East

    RHODE ISLAND: There are several interesting Senate races in the east this year, but Rhode Island is not one of them. Democratic incumbent Jack Reed should win easily. In reality, Sheldon Whitehouse was the weaker of the state’s two Senators entering their reelection efforts and he handily won in 2012. If Whitehouse could win as easily in 2012, then Reed’s chances are even greater in | Read More »

    The Senate A Year Out, Part 2: The Midwest Races

    First, let us start with some of the least interesting races. KANSAS: Republican incumbent Pat Roberts has built up a reputation as a rather consistent conservative Senator representing a rather consistent Republican state. To wit, Roberts has not won with less than 62% of the vote in any Senate election since 1996. The state is so safely Republican that no credible Democrats are even being | Read More »

    I Am So Proud to Have Robert Menendez As My Senator

    Robert Menendez recently won reelection to the United States Senate and has been named as Chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee. My first “encounter” with Menendez was a rather reasoned letter I wrote to him during the Obamacare debate. Recognizing the need for health care reform, I noted that the ACA went way overboard and stressed restraint when talking about 16% of the American | Read More »

    2014 Senate a Year Out, Part 1: The Races in the West

    Punditry a year and a half away is always fraught with pitfalls. Incumbents may decide against reelection, primaries have yet to be held, scandals may happen and the political landscape may change. But, it is always a fun exercise to predict things, so here goes with the 2014 Senate races in the west. HAWAII: Brian Schatz was named by the Governor to fulfill the term | Read More »

    Massachusetts and Scott Brown

    As I was preparing an article on some upcoming Senate races in 2014, I was going to write that former Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts should sit this special election cycle out and possibly concentrate on the full six year term in 2014. In the special election, two Democratic heavyweights in Massachusetts politics will fight it out to see who fills out that term of | Read More »

    School Choice: Another No Brainer

    There are a few things politically where there are no downsides. The Keystone pipeline comes to mind as one of them. With the alleged environmental concerns evidently resolved to the satisfaction of the Governor of Nebraska and after two EPA studies indicating the same, it should come natural to Obama to now approve the pipeline. Of course, he will likely drag his feet, call for | Read More »

    Dispelling Some Myths About Immigration Reform

    One of my favorite conservative bloggers is John Hawkins who also writes an article on Townhall. Recently, however, he ran an article about immigration reform that, I believe, contained somewhat disingenuous arguments against comprehensive immigration reform. And many of these arguments I have heard and read in other venues, including here at Redstate. Specifically, he argues that granting any form of “amnesty” would be counterproductive | Read More »

    Thoughts on Filibuster Reform and Electoral Politics

    One of the biggest fights in the Senate is reform of its own rules regarding the filibuster. This writer has written entries on Senatorial reform in the past, some of which has decried the use of holds and filibusters by both parties. However, a sober analysis of the entire issue clearly illustrates that the filibuster serves a very important purpose, namely guarding against the “tyranny | Read More »

    Supreme Court Calendar for February 2013

    In February, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in ten cases. Before discussing them and their importance, we should look at some of the current cases already argued and granted review. As the national economy changes mainly attributable to technological advances, the Court is weighing in more on some of the problems popping up. For example, the Internet and e-commerce as well | Read More »