Lessons of the Week from Texas to CPAC
Without any galvanized or united tea party/conservative opposition pitted against a 12 year, popular incumbent, 40% of Texas Republicans still voted against John Cornyn. Put it to you this way — RedState did not oppose John Cornyn and one of our own front page contributors did work for him on this campaign. And without anyone really campaigning against him, 40% of Texas Republicans still wanted | Read More »
Jobs, a Big Default in China and the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the February jobs report, a momentous default in China and Sweeney Todd.
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Union Lessons on GOTV and Phone Banking
It’s a given that the only way a party/candidate/cause can win elections is by having more ballots in the box than the other side. In most elections, whether they be political elections or workplace elections, unions maintain a superior ability to “get out the vote” most of the time. Therefore, when the pro-union LaborNotes publishes an article (specifically, about internal union elections) detailing some of | Read More »
Gary Peters (D CAND, Michigan Senate) is now officially In Trouble.
He just replaced his campaign manager. It’s one of the warning signs: With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager. Paul Tencher, who ran now-Sen. Joe Donnelly’s winning campaign for the Democrats in Indiana last cycle, will take over as the head of | Read More »
White House: Ukraine Crisis Proves Romney Was Wrong about Russia
Kudos to the press on this one. I didn’t really think any of them could bring themselves to ask the Obama administration whether Obama regretted his tragic self-beclowing at the second Presidential debate, when he responded to Mitt Romney’s claim that Russia was a geopolitical threat with a “the 80s called and they want their foreign policy back” joke; a joke that both demeaned the | Read More »
Georgia become first State to pass Convention of States Resolution
PRESS RELEASE March 6, 2014 Contact Rep. Buzz Brockway (678) 895-9064 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Representative Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) Celebrates Passage of Convention of States Resolution. (Atlanta, GA) State Representative Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) celebrated the passage today of Senate Resolution 736 by Senator Cecil Staton (R- Macon) in the Georgia House of Representatives. SR736 calls for an Article V Convention of States for the | Read More »
Russia v. the Crumbling West
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Dr. Ariel Cohen to discuss the escalating crisis in Crimea, the economic ties between Europe and Russia that complicate this problem and why this may be a sign that the post-WWII Western power alliance is crumbling.
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More Obamacare Critics Fall Out of Favor With Ohio GOP
Three of the six Ohio House members who challenged Republican Governor John Kasich’s enactment of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in court have been denied the endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party.
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Tags: Andy Thompson
, Bill Batchelder
, John Becker
, John Kasich
, Matt Borges
, Matt Huffman
, Matt Lynch
, medicaid expansion
, Ron Becker
, Ron Hood
, Ron Young
GOP House Passes Big Government Energy Bill
The reason many of us don’t trust the current crop of Republicans to actually downsize existing federal programs is because they often agree to create new government interventions into the private sector. Case in point? Yesterday’s obscure vote to create a new program within the Department of Energy. It has become clear this year that House Republicans have no interest in forcing a fight on | Read More »
Wendy Davis Will Cause the Democrats to Divert Resources to Georgia
Georgia is about to get the spoils of the train wreck that is the Wendy Davis campaign. Tuesday night, Democratic voters in Texas signaled they would be aborting Davis’s campaign in November. In the Democratic Primary in Texas in 2014, Wendy Davis somehow managed to get fewer votes than any Democratic gubernatorial nominee since 1998. She got fewer votes than the Democrats’ nominee in 2002, | Read More »
Tech at Night: Why ACU and other STELA opponents are wrong. SXSW goes hard left.
ACU and other normally small-government types have bafflingly come out against the satellite TV bill STELA, and Steve Scalise’s efforts to enact Retransmission Consent reform, a cable idea first proposed jointly with Jim DeMint. This is wrong, and this is a strange supporting of laws that pick winners and losers.
You see, back in the 70s when Cable TV started to take off, broadcasters and socialists alike freaked out. Broadcasters because they were faced with competition for eyeballs where they previously had a monopoly, and socialists because it offended that someone might actually pay for TV. So they teamed up to rig the system, passing laws and regulations that prevented an open market for many broadcasts, instead creating territorial monopolies for broadcasters. These regulations have let the broadcasters get fat and happy (see also Aereo).
Pass retransmission consent reform. Supporters say without reform we “simulate” a free market, and to reform would harm “content producers.” This turns the truth on its head. Broadcasters are overpaid, underworked middlemen with government-manufactured monopolies. They produce nothing but just happen to hold a government license to spectrum. Make ‘em compete. And certainly never make satellite providers buy from a propagandist like The Weather Channel.
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, Barack Obama
, Edward Snowden
, Internet Sales Tax
, Jim DeMint
, Retransmission Consent
, Sales tax
, Steve Scalise
, Tech at Night
Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan Call It Quits
Today the Senate voted down a particularly noxious Obama nomination. Debo Adegbile, whose only claim to fame was agitating on behalf of a convicted, unrepentant, and vicious cop killer, was voted down 47-52. Pressing this nomination was a stupid act by the White House, though it has become boring to write that phrase over the course of the past six years. The nomination was toxic | Read More »
Spike Lee’s Love of The New, Post-Racial America
We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles. -Hillaire Belloc | Read More »
Tags: "Do the right thing
, Barack Obama
, Birth of a Nation
, D W Griffith
, Eric Holder
, My People
, Nation of Cowards
, spike lee
Vladimir Putin Does Not Show Weakness by Beating Everyone (Including Us)
Vladimir Putin has set the terms for the world’s conversation in Ukraine because he intrinsically understands something that the group of nimrods running Western foreign policy do not: In real life, away from conferences and meetings and important lunches, foreign affairs is a series of matches of relative strength brought to bear in each conflict.
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The Ted Cruz Effect in the Texas GOP Primaries
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Aaron Blake to discuss the outlook for the GOP’s race to take back the Senate, why Republicans are better at midterm elections than Democrats and how the Ted Cruz effect impacted the Texas elections yesterday.
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