Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Uses Veteran to Push False Narrative
This really bothers me. On January 28th, Lamar Alexander’s campaign website ran an article entitled, “A Tennessee Veteran Sets the Record Straight.” In it, a U.S. Army Veteran defends Lamar Alexander’s role in the last budget battle that ultimately led to the passage of Ryan-Murray. The author of the article says Alexander isn’t to blame: Recently, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation about the budget | Read More »
Internal White House Memo: Time for an Imperial Presidency! …*Suckers*.
Sometimes I wonder whether the Obama administration’s absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters is based on the same thing as my absolute and total contempt for its most rabid supporters. Because let’s face it: if you spent eight years screaming about Imperial Presidencies and Unitary Executives and how George Bush was a unilateralist cowboy and similar agitprop, this passage should be the | Read More »
In Which Congressman Lankford Proves Our Point
Earlier today, Congressman James Lankford announced his candidacy to replace Senator Coburn in Oklahoma. Groups like Senate Conservatives’ Fund and Madison Project (my day-job employer) pointed out that Lankford has gone along with the establishment leadership in the House on a number of critical votes and that he’d offer more of the same in the Senate. They called on Congressman Jim Bridenstine to get in | Read More »
National Review’s hit piece on Matt Bevin
You can call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that this piece was written solely for Mitch McConnell’s benefit. Let’s put it this way: It’s not the kind of rhetoric you’d expect to hear from an insurgent primary candidate running to Mitch McConnell’s right. “We have way too much partisanship in Washington,” Matt Bevin told a Republican audience in Hardin County, Ky., on | 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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Listen to the Moneytalk in Louisiana
There are a couple different points to make here, and it’s a set of points that, when connected, paint an interesting picture in the upcoming Senate race here in the state. Mary Landrieu’s grasp on the state is slipping, thanks in no small part to Barack Obama (a sincere thanks from me and my family, Mr. President), and the rise of now three Republican candidates | Read More »
Monroe, Louisiana is tired of growing
If you haven’t been to the great state of Louisiana, you’re really missing out. Great food, tremendous culture, lots of history, and a city that wants the state legislature to allow it to raise the minimum wage in the city limits to $10/hour. Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Sue Nicholson said Thursday that Chamber officials have contacted Jim Patterson, LABI’s vice president of government relations, | Read More »
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 »