At-Risk Senate Seats, 02/07/2014 edition.
As always, this is going to be a highly subjective take: my thoughts on each race after the fold. Bottom line: some shifts up, some shifts down, I took out Massachusetts and New Jersey because, really, well, some states are more likely than others. Alaska Mark Begich Serious Risk Arkansas Mark Pryor Serious Risk Colorado Mark Udall Some Risk Iowa Open Some Risk Louisiana Mary | Read More »
Statism: the distilled essence of pessimism
While I writing to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan, I found myself reflecting on his good cheer and optimism. Liberals hated him for that. No one born after the Reagan years can really appreciate how much his confident humor got under the skin of his opponents, who caricatured him as an “amiable dunce” because he was upbeat. (If you’re old enough to have lived through the | Read More »
Bipartisan Coalition in Georgia Wants to Kill the Free Market
In Georgia, a state run by Republicans, a bipartisan coalition of legislators is coming together to kill the free market. HB 907 would regulate out of existence new upstart car services like Uber and Lyft.Peach Pundit in Georgia has a post on this.The legislation is being done at the behest of the taxi cab monopoly in the metro Atlanta area. Ironically, instead of asking that | Read More »
Senate Democrats Exposed on Iran
The media is constantly bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship in Congress, with the lion’s share of their scorn directed at conservatives for being too “intransigent.” Well, almost the entire Senate GOP Conference – both moderate and conservative members – actually united behind a Democrat-sponsored bill to implement sanctions on Iran. Yet, the Democrats and their allies are spoiling this superlative opportunity to work together on | Read More »
Another Weak Jobs Report and the Corruption in Sochi
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the January jobs report, the astonishingly high teen unemployment rate, the massive corruption in Sochi.
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Kentucky All State Choir Celebrates #Merica
When Michelle Johnson checked into her hotel for work in Kentucky, she didn’t expect that 1,000 high school students would also be checking in. Fortunately, the students were part of the Kentucky All State Choir and, as is their tradition, they treated hotel guests to a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Johnson, not realizing that the choir was there for a yearly conference, attributed | Read More »
The Republicans look like they are doing well and headed to pick up the Senate. Polling in Arkansas, Louisiana, and elsewhere shows strong Republican support. Ironically, the GOP may wind up still losing the Senate because of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. Another new, independent poll — this one from WHAS-TV and the Louisville Courier-Journal has 30 year incumbent Mitch McConnell four points | Read More »
Obamacare And The Freedom To Do Nothing
There’s an irony in the GOP complaining that ACA lets people quit jobs. I mean, what’s wrong with freedom?
– (HT: The Huffington Post)*
So what is wrong with freedom? I’m not sure. There hasn’t been too much of it running around loose lately. Most people who think otherwise haven’t gone through DCA around 1PM any time in the last 12 years. I kid. It’s a quote from the Huffpo. I had a hard time taking that rhetorical question above any more seriously than I’d take an old Andy Kaufman routine. The important question to ask would be this: “What in the name of Glorious and Sacred Obamacare has brought forth such a bilious wellspring of Progressive brain waste?”
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The value of intact families has been vigorously debated for the past few years, always in the muted tones appropriate to social-issues discussions the Left doesn’t like. There is little question that broken families and illegitimacy are enormous handicaps for children; controlling for illegitimacy greatly reduces every other demographic factor in crime and poverty. The upper class in America tends to marry young, have children, | Read More »
The Lesson of Chris Christie and Bridgegate: Don’t Fall In Love Too Fast
The political fallout of “Bridgegate” may not be entirely clear just yet – but the lesson it holds for Republicans looking for a 2016 presidential candidate should be. Don’t fall in love too early. Nobody should be rushing to pick a 2016 presidential nominee two years before the first primaries. One of the iron laws of politics is that sooner or later, everybody gets a | Read More »
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan, You Still Inspire Us To Hope
Happy Birthday to the greatest President in my lifetime. As President, Reagan inspired a generation of Americans, won the Cold War, and stood up proudly in support of our nation’s traditional morals. Throughout his time in office and public life, Reagan always had a positive outlook on America’s future. Over at The Foundry blog they have posted a nice tribute honoring Reagan and highlighting the | Read More »
What is Really Broken About our Immigration System
When Democrats and Republicans speak of “fixing” our “broken” immigration system, there is one aspect they ignore as if it works fine — but in reality is a major threat to national security. One of the worst aspects of our immigration system is our policy of letting in security threats under the guise of refugee and asylum. Now, according to the Daily Caller, DHS is | Read More »
Ken Buck Leads The Pack To Take Out Mark Udall in Colorado
Mark Udall is looking vulnerable. And according to a Quinnipiac poll releasted today, it’s Ken Buck who is best positioned to take out the Colorado Senator who rode the Obama wave to election in 2008. The poll shows Udall with a slim lead over Buck at 45-42 with a 2.9% MoE. Essentially this race is tied, and a look at some of the cross tabs | Read More »
President Obama Doesn’t Know How to Create Jobs, and a Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Help
The policies coming from the White House all seem to say the same thing: President Obama does not know how to allow the private sector to create jobs.
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Harry Reid and the Lockstep Senate Democrats
Party-line votes now take up almost 70% of the Senate’s business, and Senate Democrats were unanimous 52% of the time in 2013.
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