Everything you need to know about today’s WI recall filing.
In general: Democratic Big Labor cronies are submitting recall petitions today to force a recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. They claim to have enough to weather the inevitable challenges. This latest exercise in partisan petulance is scheduled to cost the state of Wisconsin 9 million dollars’ worth of taxpayer money, once you factor in all the state- and | Read More »
RS Interview: Mia Love (R CAND, UT-04 PRI).
You may remember her from last week: Mia is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and is now running for the new district created for Utah as a result of the last census. We had the opportunity to talk about the details of the district, plus her thoughts about the best way to represent it: Mia’s site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)
Nonexistent fuel causes real fines for oil companies.
Ah, the federal government. More specifically… ah, the liberal alternate energy-supporting faction of the federal government, which has just demonstrated that they are as innocent of the ways of industrial production as they are of basic science. The short version: fuel refiners were mandated, on penalty of fines, to use a certain percentage of an alternate fuel called “cellulosic biofuel”… which does not actually really | Read More »
If Romney becomes the candidate, Obamacare is off the table.
Andrew McCarthy of NRO puts his thumb squarely on one of the two central problems that I have with a Romney candidacy: In 2008, Obamacare did not exist. In 2012, it vies with our astronomical national debt — to which it will prodigiously contribute — as the most crucial issue in the campaign. It is Obamacare’s trespass against the private economy and individual liberty that | Read More »
Jerry McNerney (D, CA) can’t find an in-district place to live?
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: the Ricky Gill campaign is busily bringing up the odd detail that his likely opponent for CA-09 – Rep. Jerry McNerney, who was essentially accused by ProPublica last month of having that district redrawn for his benefit – has not yet moved into CA-09. Given that McNerney’s been putting this move off since at least last July, I | Read More »
Breaking: judge rules Perry, et al to remain off of the VA GOP ballot.
That’s all the information that we have now; no doubt the full details will be available later. Judging from current time constraints involving absentee ballots, I don’t particularly expect much likelihood of a successful appeal. Ach, well: as I noted Tuesday, this remained a possibility. (This is a placeholder post: as soon as I have the full details and a chance to read the ruling, | Read More »
The This CANNOT Be Real Friday Memorial Open Thread.
Nobody’s this clueless. Nobody. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Via AoSHQ. Open thread.
I am afraid that I disagree with Sen. Jim DeMint about Ron Paul.
That the good Senator is apparently at least considering the idea of endorsing Mitt Romney is one thing: everybody does endorsements, they’re not always going to be for your candidate, so suck it up and walk it off. But – unlike the Senator – I want Ron Paul out of my darn primaries. Yesterday, if possible. The non-Republicans that he’s bringing in won’t vote for | Read More »
Project Veritas stings New Hampshire Voter ID-less laws.
Contrary to Matt Lewis, this is not unbelievable. This is why we insist on Voter ID laws. To summarize the video, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas sent a couple of people to New Hampshire primary polling places claiming that they were individuals that had actually died in the last couple months. They were, of course, secretly filming the proceedings… and came away with footage of multiple | Read More »
Court explains reasoning on VA absentee ballot court order.
OK, let me try to explain just what is going on in this court order involving the VA GOP primary ballot. For those who came in late: back in December, Virginia’s primary registration system ended up producing a result where only two Republican candidates (Mitt Romney and Ron Paul) qualified for the ballot. This resulted in some frankly unkind things said about virtually everyone involved | Read More »
Who are the Democratic gun-grabbers in the US Senate? Let’s find out!
In the course of reading this subtly bitter (and thus subtly entertaining) story (via Instapundit) about the effective collapse of the anti-gun movement on the grassroots level, I came across this passage: “In November the Republican House approved a measure that would require states to respect concealed carry permits issued by other, less restrictive states; it now awaits action in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where its | Read More »
Introduction to Mia Love (R-CAND, UT-04 PRIMARY)
Mia Love is the current Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah: she kicked off her bid today to be the Republican candidate for Utah’s new Fourth Congressional district. Mia’s running on basic small-government principles, focusing on government being often the problem, and not the solution, to our problems. She’s got a fairly crowded primary to deal with, and will be facing a transplanted Jim Matheson | Read More »
A reminder on long primaries.
In 2008, the Democratic party had one of the longest, one of the most expensive, and one of the most bitter primaries in American political history. It was a drawn-out, unpleasant affair where Hillary Clinton, the expected front-runner, was eventually beaten – despite the fact that she won almost all of the top Democratic-leaning states, arguably won the popular vote, and nobody actually won enough | Read More »
NH Romney surrogate tells us to settle for his candidate.
Via CNS (via Hot Air) comes this ‘argument’ from NH Romney supporter and state Senator Gary Lambert. To summarize it, Lambert wants us all to sit down, shut up, and endorse Romney despite the fact that Lambert himself is tacitly conceding that Romney does not share conservatives’ principles and beliefs. No, really.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D, CA) new budget: more spending and higher taxes!
To summarize: $92.6 billion in spending (7% increase over last year’s); $9.2 billion deficit over eighteen months (half in the first six months, the other half in the next twelve). Brown is requesting $7 billion in new taxes, mostly from raising the sales tax again (to 7.75%) but with a faux-populist-friendly soak-the-rich* (actually, soak-the-small-business-owner) increase to 10.3%. Or the state can ‘cut’ an additional $4.8 | Read More »
President Obama to flip-flop on recess appointment?
CNN is just now reporting that the President plans to recess appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Such a recess appointment was previously assumed to be impossible, given that: the assumed minimum length of time is three days; and the Senate is deliberately meeting every two days in order to prevent recess appointments during that time period. The Hill helpfully notes | Read More »
First thoughts on the Iowa primary.
OK, with [96%] of the vote in we can maybe start to look at the results and get some meaningful data out of them. Apologies if any of this sounds loopy: the cold that took over the rest of my family last week finally hit me, so anything weird that I say is the medication. Also… you’ll note that I avoided being rude about the | Read More »
Ten things to remember about the Iowa caucus.
These are as generic as I can make them. Politicians lie. Let me repeat that. Politicians lie. Don’t be so upset about it: so do you. If the Iowa caucus was unimportant, people wouldn’t be obsessing over it. If the Iowa caucus was all-important, we’d have it in August and combine it with the nominating convention. When Candidate X’s supporter tells you that Candidate Y | Read More »
Gov. Perry invites Politico to either give the source…
…that Politico used to back up its repeating of anonymous internal sniping from Perry’s campaign; or else to kindly shut up: Partial transcript at the link. One of the nice things about being a Perry supporter is that his contempt for the DC establishment – which Politico most assuredly is a member of at this point – is never particularly in doubt. I’m also reasonably | Read More »
Annnnnd now VA AG Cuccinelli is *not* backing changing the primary ballot.
Interesting; and a pretty strong reversal from Saturday’s statement. “I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot access requirements for our statewide elections,” Cuccinelli said in a statement. “However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to | Read More »