Assessing the 2014 Senate Races- Part 2: The Northeast and South
Starting in the Northeast, let’s dispatch with the easy states. Democratic incumbent Jack Reed is safe for reelection in Rhode Island. In polling against hypothetical opponents, he comes in with no less than 60% of the vote. This will be a cakewalk for Reed. Prediction: Democratic retention. Every so often, we hear of the possibility of a challenge from the right against the likes of | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 60: School Voucher Success, Antarctic Record Ice, and Religion Is Not The Major Cause of War (Not Even Close)
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. The school voucher program in Louisiana is a fantastic success. The high school graduation is significantly up, and the poorest are benefiting the most. So, of course, Obama’s Justice Department is suing to stop it on the ground of … diversity? Really? (Yes, really.) Would you believe that | Read More »
LA-05 and Engaging the Establishment
On Saturday, there was an election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to replace Rodney Alexander, who retired earlier in the year and was immediately offered a job in the state government. Alexander, on most conservative scorecards, was the lowest-ranked Republican in the state’s delegation. This is largely due to the fact that Alexander was a Democrat-turned-Republican, a move he made at the last second before | Read More »
Mary Landrieu (D) and Barack Obama (D) must denounce Lindel Toups (D) blatant racism.
This going to be an epic NAME! THAT! PARTY!!!!!: It’s important for this to be understood, because Louisiana is going to take a PR hit thanks to the reptilian/[expletive deleted]-for-brains remark [Lindel Toups] was credited with making in a piece appearing Wednesday in the Tri-Parish Times about tomorrow’s referendum in Lafourche Parish about redirecting library funds toward a new parish jail… [snip] But he’s | Read More »
…Did WaPo just defend Jindal’s voucher program?
WaPo is beside itself over the Department of Justice’s suit against Louisiana’s voucher program: The government’s argument that “the loss of students through the voucher program reversed much of the progress made toward integration” becomes even more absurd upon examination of the cases it cited in its petition. Consider the analysis from University of Arkansas professor of education reform Jay P. Greene of a school that lost | Read More »
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part II: What Really Happened
In Part I: Ridiculing the Press, we looked at press coverage of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, an ongoing environmental incident in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. That coverage has ranged from indifferent to uninformed to inflammatory. As a citizen and resident of the state, I decided to assess it for myself.
Department of Justice fighting… to keep poor kids in bad Louisiana schools.
Of course they are. The U.S. Justice Department is suing Louisiana in New Orleans federal court to block 2014-15 vouchers for students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders. The first year of private school vouchers “impeded the desegregation process,” the federal government says. Thirty-four school systems could be affected, including those of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany | Read More »
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part I: Ridiculing the Press
Scientifically illiterate and agenda-driven journalists can ruin what is actually a valid story. Today’s example is the coverage of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, an ongoing environmental situation of considerable concern at the Napoleonville Salt Dome in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. About 350 residents of the quiet community of Bayou Corne have been evacuated from their homes since the sinkhole’s sudden formation nearly a year ago. Local | Read More »
You aren’t supposed to know Mary Landrieu is in trouble
Mary Landrieu has a big problem right now. She’s now, on multiple occasions, doubled down on Obamacare and is actually saying she’d vote for it again. No one tell Landrieu she’s running for re-election in a red state with a very low favorability rating for the president, because I’m not sure she would know how to handle it. The doubling-down is not unexpected, but the | Read More »
Rob Maness at the RedState Gathering #RSG13
Rob Maness is running for the United States Senate in Louisiana. He’s in a very tough primary against Congressman Cassidy, a former Mary Landrieu donor. We invited Rob to address the RedState Gathering. (Apologies to Congressman Landry, who I was thinking I wish would run for Alexander’s seat as I wrote this post and then put his name in instead of Cassidy) Video streaming by | Read More »
Steve Scalise at the RedState Gathering #RSG13
Congressman Scalise, the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, spoke to the RedState Gathering. Video streaming by UstreamLINK
Bobby Jindal at the RedState Gathering
Governor Bobby Jindal helped us host the RedState Gathering, throwing a welcome party Friday night. He stood in the New Orleans heat and shook every hand. He also gave a great speech. Video streaming by UstreamLINK
Landrieu will embrace Obamacare
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is going all-in on Obamacare, it seems: “The Affordable Care Act is going to be better than the old system, which was that less and less people had insurance. Less and less people could buy insurance,” Landrieu said. “There were less and less companies offering insurance. People couldn’t get insurance because they had cancer or pre-existing conditions, pregnancy was deemed | Read More »
Duck Dynasty star to run for Congress in LA-5?
Is Willie Robertson going to make the move from duck calls to roll calls? http://washingtonexaminer.com/redneck-millionaire-and-duck-dynasty-star-eyed-for-la.-house-seat/article/2534155
Rodney Alexander (R-LA) to retire
A lot of the focus on RedState lately has been on the U.S. Senate race between Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness. However, on Tuesday, a liberal Republican by the name of Rodney Alexander announced he was going to retire instead of run again in 2014. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said | Read More »