From the posts here at Red State, it is obvious that many people are angry with Speaker Boehner as he attempts to avert the combined effects of the expiration of the Bush era tax rates and the failure of previous negotiations which resulted in the creation of the sequestration of funds. Clearly he does bear responsibility for much of the road that got us to | Read More »
New poll shows Scott Brown in “strong position” for special election
Boston’s NPR radio station, WBUR, conducted a poll earlier this week that shows Scott Brown is in a “strong position” to rejoin his colleagues in the Senate, assuming John Kerry is appointed to be Secretary of State, triggering a special election.
The poll was conducted with 500 registered voters on Monday and Tuesday, and Brown’s favorables are very high, even though it is less than two months after he lost a brutal campaign battle against Elizabeth Warren.
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Pearl Harbor Survivor, Sen. Daniel Inouye Passes At 88
He may have been on the opposite side of the aisle, but he also served honorably in our Armed Forces, and for that, I salute him and mourn his passing. The Hill reports: Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the most senior member of the upper chamber, died Monday at the age of 88. According to his office, the senator’s final word was “Aloha.” Inouye was hospitalized | Read More »
Obama’s ‘Disaster’ Aid Package
Democrats live by the dictum “never let a good crisis go to waste.” What better way to insert their campaign wish list into a Hurricane Sandy disaster aid bill? To that end, Obama has submitted a $60.4 billion dollar aid request for recovery of damage from Hurricane Sandy. His proposal is chock full of items from his campaign wish list, and will be considered before | Read More »
Next week: Poll on Pat Roberts’ 2014 re-election in Kansas
US Senator Pat Roberts, who chose to join Sam Brownback in cheerleading in 2009 for Kathleen Sebelius to run our national healthcare, is currently running for re-election. I think Roberts is very vulnerable to a primary challenger, especially if it’s one of two men: First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp or Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Recently, the PAC I chair performed a poll the Kansas City | Read More »
Linda MacMahon definitely not running for office again
Special note for RedState: I realize some (or a lot) of you won’t care about the state of the WWE, but I also know many of you were not the biggest fans of Linda MacMahon. Yes, I know she came out and said it, but politicians are not exactly known for their honesty, are they? Still, this is one time you can trust some words | Read More »
The Military is Not the Place for Green Social Engineering
Morale for our soldiers is the lowest it’s been in decades. Instead of providing our troops with the best equipment and a decisive mission, we are sullying them with egregious rules of engagement, the homosexual agenda, sensitivity training, and other social engineering activities. There is one more burden that Obama has added to their list of problems; green energy mobiles! One of the most preposterous | Read More »
Saxby Chambliss’s Fuzzy Math
Last Wednesday, speaking in reference to Grover Norquist’s tax pledge, Senator Saxby Chambliss revealed himself to be a big government statist. Then again, we always knew that. He told a local TV station that if we hold the line on the anti-tax pledge, “then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” This line of thought is emblematic of | Read More »
Another shameless power grab coming from Massachusetts Democrats?
As you may know, I spent some time in Massachusetts this year, working on some Congressional races, and it’s been an interesting time for me, seeing the differences (the many, many, many differences) between that state and my home state of Florida.
Both states have a legislature dominated by one party, but with wide variation in how much autonomous power the controlling party really has. When the Republicans who control the Florida House and Senate push their luck too far, the Florida press corps howl in protest and voters in even heavily-Republican districts tend to reject anything really outlandish (case in point: the failure of many of the constitutional amendments, which originated in the Legislature, on the ballot this year).
In contrast, in Massachusetts, when the Democrats try something nutty, it’s met with shrugs and mostly ignored as simply business as usual. At best, media outlets like the Boston Herald may cover a story here and there, but it rarely seems to slow down the Democrats’ appetite for abusing government power…
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The Old Senate Versus the New Senate
Suffice to say, for the second consecutive cycle, the Republicans blew gaining control of the Senate and deposing Harry Reid as Majority Leader and, thus, setting the legislative agenda in the upper chamber of Congress. Although the GOP gained a seat out of Nebraska, that was a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, the Republican Party lost key races in Wisconsin and North Dakota and failed to defend | Read More »
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 »
My quick handicapping of Democratic at-risk Senate races in 2014.
Since Glenn Reynolds asked, here’s my current assessment of at-risk Democratic Senators in 2014*. Bear in mind: while I generally got the House right in 2010 and 2012, I overestimated our Senate performance by a couple of seats in both years and of course got the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections wrong. So, you know, grain of salt and all of that. Alaska Mark Begich | Read More »
Benghazi Update: Hillary Sidesteps Testifying and Newly Released DOD Timeline is Full of Discrepancies
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declined an invitation to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which will take place on Thursday, regarding the Benghazi attack. But, Michael Courts, acting director of International Affairs and Trade for the Government Accountability Office, will be testifying, and so will a RAND Corp. analyst. Clinton, “was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have | Read More »
Electoral Reform- Part 1: Is There a Need?
On Election Day, as I was following the returns from around the country on Politico (I was following all the races, not just President), somewhere on the lower part of their list of articles was one entitled, “The Real Winner: More Gridlock.” This was published before any votes had been tallied and was the consensus of political “experts.” This was based on an assumption that | Read More »
Takeaways From 2012
The bad news We lost the presidency. We lost the Senate. That was rough. I think first and foremost we need to realize what this means for the future of our country. Few of us underestimated the importance of this election. Here are few of the things we can now expect: The death of the American small business. This is the most hypocritical aspect of the | Read More »