Costly Medicaid Expansion Nears Approval In Colorado
The Colorado State House voted last Thursday to approve a multi-billion dollar Medicaid expansion for the state of Colorado. Colorado’s Medicaid healthcare program is administered by the state, but jointly financed with the federal government. The expansion takes advantage of provisions in President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Patient Provider and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. While Medicaid currently consumes more than 20% | Read More »
Markey so fearful of Gomez he goes negative right out of the box
Democrat U.S. Senate hopeful, the very Liberal Congressman Edward Markey, launches a negative ad just two days after winning the Democrat primary in the campaign to fill the now vacant Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry.
The despicable Markey ad, features Gomez’s face directly next to Osama Bin Laden’s. Its hard to imagine how worried and desperate Markey must be to do that to a former naval aviator and Navy SEAL. Markey’s ad is pure swift boating — a tactic the left relentlessly rails against. The Markey ad brings back memories of the controversial Max Cleland ad that became a Liberal/Progressive cause célèbre during the 2008 campaign, but even that ad didn’t do what Markey campaign has done.
So why does Markey feels he has to resort to such gutter tactics at the start of his campaign against Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez? Perhaps it is the newest polling on the Gomez/Markey race. According to a new Emerson College poll released Thursday, Gomez trails Markey by just six points — 36 percent to 42 percent. The new poll is in line with Public Policy Polling revelation that its first general election Massachusetts Senate poll results look like a single digit race
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Protect America First
When Jim DeMint delivered his farewell speech in the Senate, he touched on a salient point that is often lost in the raucous of political discourse. The entrenchment of political interests and allegiances has often made commonsense ideas that transcend political ideology impossible to implement. Nowhere is this more evident than with the push to hold national security hostage for mass amnesty. We have a | Read More »
Surprising Unemployment Numbers and DOE’s Bad Bet on Fisker
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the unemployment report, the price of coffee and the bad bet the Department of Energy made with a loan to Fisker.
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Must See TV: Tonight at 9PM, Fox News Presents the Facts on Gosnell
onight at 9pm, pre-empting Sean Hannity’s show, and again on Sunday night, Fox News is going to run a documentary on the Kermit Gosnell trial. So many people haven’t really understood what it was about, why it mattered, or even why some are outraged by the lack of media coverage.Well, that will change tonight.Fox is going to go in-depth presenting the facts of the case. | Read More »
Kim Strassel Again Serves as the Senate GOP’s Stenographer
Kim Strassel somewhat diplomatically lashes out at Senator Ted Cruz in the Wall Street Journal. Her subtitle sums up her point, which really isn’t worth delving too far into. The subtitle is, “The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.”Got that?So Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz want to make points and | Read More »
Election Bill Threatens Colorado’s High Voter Turnout
Backers of a bill that would mandate mail-in ballot elections as the standard for Colorado claim that the legislation would increase voter participation, despite empirical data to the contrary. HB 1303, known as the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act, is a partisan election-law overhaul drafted by Colorado’s far left groups such as Common Cause and Progressive Coalition, along with big labor union groups like AFSCME and | Read More »
Pope Francis denounces unemployment and the pursuit of “profit at any cost”
Pope Francis caused a stir with this Twitter message on Thursday morning: “My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centered mindset bent on profit at any cost.” Some have interpreted this remark as a broad attack on capitalism. Business Insider tells us the Pope might have had a specific situation in mind: Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned as | Read More »
Liberty University Offers Scholarship to Eagle Scout Facing Gun Charge
A North Carolina Eagle Scout who was expelled and arrested for accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pickup truck in the school parking lot has been offered a scholarship to attend Liberty University. Cole Withrow was just a few weeks from graduating with honors from Princeton High School when he was arrested on Monday and slapped with a felony weapons charge. Withrow had been skeet | Read More »
Obamacare is not living up to its promises and even the media knows it.
“For the average American out there, for the 85 and 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing’s already happened. And their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.” This is a quote from President Obama, and it’s also incorrect. One | Read More »
Workplace Freedom Bills Introduced in Ohio House
Ohio Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Rep. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) held a May 1 press conference announcing the introduction of two bills which would make Ohio the 25th workplace freedom state. Roegner has drafted legislation to prevent private-industry labor unions from taking dues as a condition of employment, while Maag is the primary sponsor of a parallel bill for government unions. Rep. Roegner noted that | Read More »
Iraq’s Descent Back into Civil War Makes the Case for American Energy Independence
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-George Santayana (HT: Wikiquote)
America now faces a typical conundrum that has plagued all of our recent Presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower all the way forward to President Barack Obama. We depend upon the Middle East for much of the energy that provides our motive power. As a result of this debilitating dependence upon people who hate us and practice a system of ethics and morals totally alien to our own, we are increasingly compromised and forced into courses of action that do not benefit our national commonweal. If we produce enough of our own energy, while curbing our domestic consumption, we can break this cycle of self-sabotage. If we don’t break the cycle, every US President going forward will wage his own, pointless version of a Punic War in Western Asia. I describe the current state of play below.
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Oregon and the Medicaid Meltdown
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss a dramatic new study about Medicaid results in Oregon, the liberal talking points this shatters, and what it may mean for healthcare policy in the future.
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Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary?
We still have a Commerce Secretary? What the hell has the last one been doing for the past five years? Playing tiddlywinks? Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary this morning. Pritzker’s nomination could prove controversial. She is on the board | Read More »
Gang Immigration Bill (S.744) is Comprehensively Flawed
After picking apart the gang bill one issue at a time, I put out a summary of all the issues with the immigration bill for The Madison Project. Here it is for those who have not seen it. Note that some of this might be subject to change after the dust settles from the 350-page manager’s amendment that was tacked onto the bill. Enforcement/Security No | Read More »