Just How Out of Touch is the Ruling Class?
As House Republicans prepare for their aptly-named “GOP Retreat” at the end of the month, they are planning to make immigration the centerpiece of their legislative strategy. Both Politico and Roll Call offer a glimpse into their grand scheme. They will offer a lot of window dressing about enforcement and all the things the GOP base wants to hear. But ask yourself this question: why | Read More »
Ann Kirkpatrick (D, Arizona-01) tries to run against #obamacare. :pause: Umm…
In 2010, Ann Kirkpatrick was a key vote for Obamacare. This is a thing that happened. It, in fact, cost her the 2010 election. Freshman Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) will vote for the healthcare reform bill that will soon hit the House floor. Kirkpatrick’s support is a boost for President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who are trying to corral 216 votes to | Read More »
Ben Sasse Unites Conservatives, But Runs Afoul of Mitch McConnell
Ben Sasse may be the most unique candidate running for the Senate this year. This candidate in Nebraska has united parts of the conservative movement that often, these days, find themselves on opposite sides. The Senate Conservative Fund supports him. RedState supports him. The Club for Growth supports him. Paul Ryan supports him. He has the National Review cover profile, joining both Ted Cruz and | Read More »
Can the GOP Win Back the Senate?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Brandon Finnigan to discuss the 2014 Senate election picture, the most interesting toss-up races and if the Republicans will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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Republicans Begin Laying Ground Work to Walk Away From Obamacare Opposition
Conservative and Republican affiliated groups have started the 2014 assault against Democrats who support Obamacare. At the very same time, it is increasingly clear Republicans are laying the groundwork to abandon their opposition to Obamacare.The Business Roundtable, which has a great relationship with Republican Leaders, is now listing Obamacare as an entitlement worth preserving.Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former economic advisor to John McCain and who opposed | Read More »
You Need Ben Sasse in the Senate
Right now you need to go to Ben Sasse’s website and give him every penny you can muster. National Review has declared him the next big thing. He’s considered an intellectual heavyweight on healthcare. He is opposed to Obamacare and pledges to fight for its full repeal. He is a committed, pro-life conservative. But because he is being supported by conservatives, including the Jim DeMint | Read More »
In Honor of Jim Moran’s Retirement – Yet another Call to End Gerrymandering in the House of Representatives
I’ve long felt that the Congressional Districts comprising the US House of Representatives were so badly gerrymandered that a large cohort of corrupt or incompetent people got elected to Congress that had no business being there. I believe that if we could solve this problem our nation would have a more qualified and capable body of legislators. They perhaps could fix some of our chronic | Read More »
Tech at Night: Net Neutrality was from the government, and it was here to help.
FCC lost in court. Net Neutrality goes down again as the Open Internet order gets gutted. Some are worried about the future possibilities of the decision giving FCC too much flexibility in interpreting its own scope, particularly with respect to Title II Reclassification (see my post for an explanation of that term).
I expect that they’d want to try Title II Reclassification no matter how the court tossed Net Neutrality though. Which is why we need to start talking the idea down and tell them to stop and rethink things.
All you need to know about why Net Neutrality is bad though, is the Ronald Reagan line: Net Neutrality supporters are from the government, and hey are here to help.
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John Cornyn’s New Ad is Quite Good
I’m a big fan of improving our position in the Senate and within the Senate GOP caucus wherever we have a feasible opportunity. This year, we do not have such a feasible opportunity in the TX-Sen race, where John Cornyn is currently facing a challenge from the unserious Steve Stockman. I know that a great many people have problems with Cornyn despite his conservative voting | Read More »
The Great GOP Establishment Amnesty Swindle
Something peculiar is happening on the immigration front in Washington. With an eerie resemblance to the drumbeat leading up to Obamacare, Republican leaders are creating a sense of urgency that immigration must be addressed now. And much like Obamacare is doing to our already-broken healthcare system, their proposals will exacerbate the very factors that have broken our immigration system over the past few decades. However, | Read More »
This half-despairing statement from a Florida physician will break your heart. #obamacare
LIBRE has put out this ad out against Joe Garcia in Florida. You see, Rep. Garcia – when he’s not hiring chiefs of staff who later get convicted for election fraud – has been recently trying to quietly distance himself from Obamacare. Presumably this has been because Obamacare has been generally awful… and awful and arrogantly dismissive of Latino voters. So LIBRE has set up | Read More »
The Google Trap
If you are not really into technology, you probably do not care that a company called Nest has been purchased by Google. I had been on the verge of installing a Nest thermostat in my house. Last week I determined it was compatible with my existing system and off to Lowe’s I intended to go. But I do not think I will now. I, like | Read More »
Obama on Iran: Give Peace A Chance
“My preference is for peace and diplomacy, and this is one of the reasons why I’ve sent a message to Congress that now is not the time for us to impose new sanctions; now is the time for us to allow the diplomats and technical experts to do their work. We will be able to monitor and verify whether or not the interim agreement is being followed through on, and if it is not, we’ll be in a strong position to respond. But what we want to do is give diplomacy a chance and give peace a chance.”
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Should Women in the Military be Held to the Same Standards as Men?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Mollie Hemingway to discuss women in the military, if they should be held to the same physical standards as men and why the GOP has trouble recruiting women.
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Jim Moran (D, Virginia-08) to crawl back under the pestilent rock from which he spawned.
No word yet whether they’re going to clean, fumigate, or sterilize his office. Assuming that they just don’t evacuate it and clean out the fetid hole with a thermite grenade, of course. I’m not sure if they should go that far, though: it might destroy any evidence that might be buried at the bottom of the muck. As you might have guessed, I am not | Read More »