Rough among the Diamonds
Promoted from the Diaries You know the phrase “a diamond in the rough?” It’s simple – amid all the ugliness, there is one beautiful thing that stands out. It’s a romantic phrase, but consider it’s reversal, a tinge of ugliness hidden among all the beauty. Such is the case of the story of Wendy Davis, who is running as a Democrat for governor of Texas. | 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 »
The State of the race in Virginia
Normally at Unlikely Voter I’ll look at individual polls, synthesize them into the trend, and go from there. But I’ve been behind, so we’re just going to recap all the recent polling in Virginia and go from there.
Long story short, Terry McAuliffe is ahead, and looks to be the beneficiary of trends entirely out of control of either himself or of Ken Cuccinelli.
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Quinnipac predicts unprecedented Libertarian surge in Virginia governor’s race!
Well, that would have to be the alternative explanation to what’s apparently happening, which is that the governor’s race is tightening in Virginia again. Cuccinelli/McAuliffe went from 42/48 in August’s Q-Poll to 41/44 now. The poll indicates McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at 44% among likely commonwealth voters, with Cuccinelli at 41%. The three point margin for McAuliffe, who lost a | Read More »
Here we go again, with PPP in Virginia
Here we go again with Public Policy Polling. They did a poll for the League of Conservation Voters on the 2013 race for Governor in Virginia, and the electorate predicted by PPP is a strange one.
You see, it doesn’t look like Virginia.
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With Prop 8 the cowardly Supreme Court eviscerates citizen’s rights
Louisiana is a great state. Home to Bourbon Street, jazz, and perhaps most importantly, the antics of the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty fame. On a less positive note the state is currently the home of the nation’s highest rate of births to unwed mothers, currently at 54% of all births. Sadly, the rate has exceeded 50% for years. Let’s imagine that many of those babies | Read More »
New Mexico politics: A different standard for Attorney General King than Governor Martinez
New Mexico Attorney General (aka Aspiring Governor) Gary King stated earlier this year, if documents make there way to his office and they are not prohibited from release to the public by state law, then they are a public record subject to the normal Inspection of Public Record Act (IPRA). Explaining his office’s procedures on New Mexico in Focus AG Gary King said, “I tell | Read More »
McAuliffe’s stalled electric car company salary raises funding scheme questions
At this point the failures and false promises of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s electric car company, GreenTech, have been well documented.
For those who need a refresher, Clinton fundraiser and party insider McAuliffe re-christened himself a ‘Virginia businessman’ in his second quest for the Old Dominion governorship and touted several supposed job-creating ventures on the campaign trail, one being a wood pellet firm that has yet to become operational, and another was GreenTech Automotive, which he pledged would create thousands of jobs.
First, it was revealed that those promised jobs were to be created in Mississippi, not Virginia. Then, McAuliffe was caught fibbing about why the company chose to locate outside the state, claiming Virginia authorities had rejected their application before it was made clear that GreenTech had never completed its application materials. Then the revelation that Virginia officials were concerned that the company was “a visa-for-sale scheme” given its lack of a credible business plan and utilization of the EB-5 funding mechanism, which hands out U.S. visas to foreign investors (more on this later).
Eventually, it came out that McAuliffe had resigned from GreenTech in December 2012 despite continuing to use his role with the company as a key talking point as he campaigned around Virginia.
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Milan Simonich, media operative for New Mexico Democrats?
In a column earlier this month on May 5th, Milan Simonich vehemently attacked Governor Susana Martinez as an inadequate leader and self-serving person without many accomplishments. His attacks went from claims about lack of job creation to Martinez statement that she had balanced the state budget, which he brushed aside as unimportant because ‘the state Constitution requires a balanced budget…” These attacks on Gov. Martinez | Read More »
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, New Mexico
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New Mexico’s Gun Control Legislation: Republican Benedict Arnolds
HB-77 a bill requiring all people buying guns at gun shows to go through a background check and registration passed the House yesterday, more on it can be found in my blogpost yesterday here. As explained in yesterday’s article Gov. Susana Martinez has said she will sign the bill if it reaches her table. The bill may be found here. Eight Republicans joined the Democrats | Read More »
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Do You Remember Who Elected You? New Mexico Gov. Martinez Stands Against Gun Rights
What is Governor Susana Martinez thinking? SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican who who has courted the pro-gun vote, said Monday that she supports a compromise bill that would require background checks on people who buy guns at gun shows. Asked by a reporter about House Bill 77, which passed the House Judiciary Committee Friday on a bi-partisan vote, Martinez said, “I think | Read More »
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KU law professor Stephen Ware on judicial selection in Kansas, where 10,000 people control 2.8 million
KU professor Stephen Ware: “This violates basic equality among citizens, the principle of one-person, one-vote. The current system elevates one small group and treats everyone else like second-class citizens.” The Kansas judicial selection model is unlike any other state. Like many states, Kansas uses the elitist, undemocratic “Missouri system,” where law-degree-holders (not necessarily the same thing as those who know more about the law) have far more | Read More »
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, stephen ware
, university of kansas
Goals for 2014 and beyond
So we got slobber knocked at the national level. We want to change that but sit back and ponder what went wrong instead of what went right. We have 30 governors of 30 states and that’s a heck of start for 2014. As conservatives in these states we need to push for 4 things: 1. Drug testing for welfare benefits 2. Stop collecting union dues | Read More »
The Top 5 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Could Still Pick Chris Christie
By Matt Rooney | Cross-posted at SaveJersey.com I still don’t think it’s going to happen, Save Jerseyans. I’m not even sure that I’d want it to happen. But history often makes the man, and this could be Chris Christie’s time. All indicators (published and whispered) suggest he’s at least in the “final four” of veepstakes contenders; possibly better than that because I firmly believe Tim Pawlenty’s name | Read More »