Revealing Politics: Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) lied, lied, lied about Colorado job growth.
Which John Hickenlooper so totally did. Executive summary: Gov. Hickenlooper bragged in his State of the State address that Colorado had gone from 40th in the nation in job creation to 4th. Which is impressive, yes? – Except that Colorado went from 40th in 2010 to 4th in 2012. Also in 2012 was an election where the Colorado state legislature went fully under Democratic control… | Read More »
A New Year With the Same Problems
Having managed to work every day of my vacation, getting back into the swing of things isn’t really swinging. I hope you all had a Happy New Year. As we cross over into 2014, there is not a lot that has changed these past couple of weeks. People will not fully feel the effects of Obamacare. The economy is still “recovering.” And New York has | Read More »
The independent year
When I talk with anyone who professes to be a political “independent,” I always ask what they imagine they’re still “independent” from. There is less and less room for genuine independence in our dwindling private sector. Of course, the independent voter is generally more interested in declaring his liberation from the two major political parties. Maybe he doesn’t like either of them, or dislikes the | Read More »
Cockstradamus 2014: Kirsten Powers will renounce Dem Party-affiliation, etc.
Thought you were heading into tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve and The Year of our Lord (aka anno domini aka A.D.) 2014, blind? Have no such fears as Cockstradamus, celebrated DeVine alter ego and sports and political prognosticator for many years, makes his JoeForAmerica debut just in time for the BCS and other college bowl games, NFL playoffs and all things athletic, cerebral and FoxNews-worthy | Read More »
Chamber to Spend $50 Million Defending Unpopular Status Quo
Here’s is a thought for a slow vacation week. Congress’s approval rating has dipped into the single digits. Anyone with any intellectual honesty – whether liberal or conservative – should agree that we need wholesale change in the ranks of leadership in both parties. Yet the Chamber of [Government-Run] Commerce is prepared to spend $50 million in order to protect the status quo. The Wall | Read More »
Merry Christmas and God Bless Everyone!
This will be the last diary you’ll be seeing from me for the year. I originally was gonna stop at my previous one which reflects on 2013 and looks on to 2014, but I think Christmas deserves everybody’s attention. While it’s been a tough year (and 2014 may well be tougher), I fully believe we in the liberty movement will triumph in the end. It’s | Read More »
The Snowflake Issues
Snowflakes are a lot like fingerprints. No two are the same. Their uniqueness is part of the allure. One of my favorite activities in grade school was when the teacher gave us white construction paper and scissors, telling us to cut out little bits to make our own snowflakes. No student did theirs the exact same way, and it was cool to see so many | Read More »
Reflecting on 2013 and Looking Onward to 2014
Well it’s been a very eventful year. Started it out with a $hit sandwich deal. Then there’s the Paul filibuster, then immigration, then Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, then there was revelations on mass surveillance by the NSA, then there was Syria, then the Cruz filibuster and the Obamacare shutdown. Now we end 2013 with another $hit sandwich which ends the only spending restraint we | Read More »
Fear and Loathing in D.C.
I’m not sure if you guys noticed it in recent weeks. I mean, if you read along here on the site, you’ve picked up on it, but I don’t think it’s fully dawned on a lot of folks yet. About half the time, we get the feeling of general ignorance or indifference from Washington D.C. toward the people that elect them. But now it’s really | Read More »
2014: The Year of the Primaries
Next year Republican primary voters will have an unprecedented number of choices for whom to nominate to the United States Senate. There have never been so many primary challenges against such high-level and long-serving members of the Senate. There are now primary challenges in Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas, and Wyoming. The challengers vary in degrees of viability, competence, and skill. Not all | Read More »
And here’s @MaryLandrieu running against Obama
Per her communications guy: New @MaryLandrieu campaign ad highlights her efforts to fix #ACA & keep the president's promise. https://t.co/bAVjnJsgXd #LASEN — Andrew Zucker (@AndrewZucker) December 11, 2013 Pay attention to that ad, because it tells you a lot about that campaign. First of all, nothing addressing her opponents, Rep. Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness. She is running on the platform that she is telling | Read More »
McConnell Hosts Fundraiser for North Carolina’s Charlie Crist at Home of Fannie Mae Lobbyist
Senator Mitch McConnell has been awfully quiet lately. After making it clear in October that he would never again fight Obamacare in the budget or a debt ceiling increase, he has fallen off the face of the earth. Harry Reid pulled the nuclear option in the Senate, yet McConnell has not threatened to hold up the deals on the farm bill or new budget conference. | Read More »
Rundown: Control of the Senate part 3 (UPDATE)
In part 3 here, we’ll look at the Midwest which has a slew of races in play or potentially in play. Here we go. The Midwest Illinois Dick Durbin should be reelected a 4th term next year. That said though, the recent Obamacare screw ups don’t make this entirely slam dunk. Obama’s job approval from what I’ve heard actually has dipped below average. While it | Read More »
Maximizing the 2014 Primaries
Sitting out the upcoming Republican primaries is not an option for conservatives. It’s time we begin monitoring the races closely while we still have a few months to affect the outcome. Earlier today, Madison Project (my employer), issued a new endorsement – Barry Loudermilk for Congress in Georgia’s 11th district. I have personally spent many hours with him, and can promise you that he is | Read More »
Rundown: Control of the Senate part 2 (UPDATE)
In part 1 (which you can find in my stack of diaries and look at my original conclusion of all Senate races), I looked at the South and the status of races. Most interesting were Arkansas, Louisiana and Georgia. Now we look at the Northeast races. The Northeast Delaware Chris Coons was elected to fill out the rest Joe’s old term and should have no | Read More »