Evaluating Chris Christie
Chris Christie won re-election this week by a staggering margin in a blue state. As much as conservatives don’t want to admit it, this does mean something. While I in no way endorse or pull for Christie in the primaries, I will go ahead and note upfront that I would view his candidacy more favorably than a McCain or a Romney candidacy. Namely, because Christie | Read More »
5 Lessons of the VA Gubernatorial Race
As foreseen, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Terry McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia Governor’s race by 2.4% or less than 60k votes. Cuccinelli lost, but it is hard to say that anyone else would have done better under the circumstances. The fact is that if establishment candidate, Bill Bolling had run, he may have gotten the airwaves, but he wouldn’t have gotten the base turnout | Read More »
Vote Cuccinelli Virginia
Election day is today. For two years, conservatives have been championing the bonafides of our Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli and his vision to create 60k new jobs in Virginia, continue a robust utilization of coal-fired power plants, protect women’s health, fight for the rights of the unborn, ensure that people claiming different sexual orientations aren’t claiming additional rights, acquitting wrongly convicted defendants, fighting the sex | Read More »
Will a “likely electorate” turn the tide for Cuccinelli?
Virginia Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is behind Democrat, Terry McAuliffe. If the election were held today, he would likely lose judging by current polls. But could a more accurate turnout model put him within striking distance of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat? Republicans should reject hocus pocus questioning of polling as many in the Romney camp did in 2012. Many republicans didn’t | Read More »
The House can still win a one-year exemption
Yesterday, the Speaker of the House was unable to hoodwink conservatives into falling for a House compromise bill that did nothing to restrict the ill effects of Obamacare. Likewise, House leadership was unable to convince their colleagues to allow themselves and Congressional staffs to be thrown into the Obamacare exchanges. This is a good thing. The Senate wouldn’t have taken up the House bill nor | Read More »
The Republican Strategy to defeat the McConnell/Reid/Obama trio
The dreaded Mitch McConnell Obamacare compromise is coming to light this morning. Mitch McConnell has joined forces with Harry Reid to allow Obamacare to be (1) fully funded, (2) without any fixes to the exchange’s glitches, (3) without a delay in the penalty for individual Americans and (4) without permanently stripping out a single word from Obamacare. The Senate plan funds government through January 15th, | Read More »
Shutdown Day 2: the Next Step
The government shutdown is in full swing. Yesterday, the President gave a Rose Garden speech dismantling the merits of compromise. Not surprisingly, America went humming along without many hiccups. In reality, most of America’s hiccups occurred because of the massive failure of Obamacare day one. Sure, non-essential services are temporarily shut down and furloughed federal workers are getting the unfair brunt of the President’s grandstanding, | Read More »
Shutdown polls will back the winner
After the House passed three separate Continuing Budget Resolutions to fund the government, the Senate has balked and non-essential government services have shut down. But only one thing will matter in the minds of the American people – which party wins this debate. Most Americans don’t care what a filibuster is, they don’t understand what a continuing resolution is, they don’t understand Congress’s power of | Read More »
VA Debate: Cuccinelli poised while McAuliffe struggles to remember talking points
Last night, the Virginia gubernatorial candidates squared off again in their second-to-last debate before the November election. Republican Ken Cuccinelli turned in a strong performance while Democrat Terry McAuliffe struggled to keep up. From the outset, McAuliffe’s attacks were on the Attorney General’s personal character and belief system while Cuccinelli’s attacks seemed to focus more on McAuliffe’s actions. Neither candidate was above throwing the occasional | Read More »
Cuccinelli’s Education plan would move VA children into the 21st Century
With all the mudslinging in the Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has been difficult to approach the main issues affecting Virginians lives. A few weeks back, Republican nominee, Ken Cuccinelli unveiled a twelve point plan to strengthen our children’s education from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. The plan’s essential goal seeks to offer all children, no matter their ethnic or socio-economic background, opportunities to learn and grow | Read More »
What does it mean to be secure in one’s person, papers and effects?
The Fourth Amendment requires the government to allow Americans to be secure in their person, papers and effects. But what does secure mean? Typically, Americans view their Constitutional guarantee of security in terms of secrecy. So for example, Americans view the right against government intrusion as really a right to keep personal information secret. But “the Fourth Amendment protects us from unjustified government actions that | Read More »
Cuccinelli closes in on McAuliffe
Earlier this week, the most recent polling data had Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe up by 7 points over his Republican rival, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. But, this week has seen a few catalysts for change. Three things have occurred this week that have swung the momentum back into the Cuccinelli camp. 1.) Cuccinelli closes in on McAuliffe in polls A Quinnipiac poll released yesterday | Read More »
Is billionaire Tom Steyer helping to bankroll McAuliffe’s VA campaign?
Virginia Gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe is one of the DNC’s top fundraisers in the nation. McAuliffe raised millions for the Clinton White House. That is what he does and he does it well. McAuliffe even writes in his book that he left his wife and newborn in the maternity ward on the day of her delivery to fundraise for the DNC. Recent reports are indicating | Read More »
The 5 underpinnings of the Cuccinelli comeback
Virginia Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli has ranked consistently behind Democrat candidate, Terry McAuliffe in polls over the past few months. But 55 days out, political animals know that an eternity remains for Cuccinelli to make up the difference, which is exactly what he will do. Recent polls have McAuliffe up by 5-8 points. But this is a soft lead. Cuccinelli’s base support is strong | Read More »
Does Terry McAuliffe want an “assault-weapons” ban in Virginia?
Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe recently met with New York City anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Many news organizations have begun to speculate as to why. Bloomberg has been going around the country pushing democrats to push his NYC gun beliefs on other areas of the country. Could Bloomberg be attempting to recruit McAuliffe into his nationwide gun control legislation campaign? This really is an important question. Surely, no | Read More »
The President’s speech
Last night, President Obama delivered an address to the nation. While I may be in the minority, I found the speech to be coherent and clear. It addressed what the President believes will happen if we don’t act and why he is for using force in Syria. For the first time, the President articulated threats against the United States. The President claims that if we | Read More »
Can Obama go to war without House authorization?
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Obama Administration will be unable to garner majority support for its war in the House of Representatives. Close to 60% of Americans do not want this conflict. At the same time, the White House likely has enough juice left in the tank to whip out majority support in the Democratic-controlled Senate, although it is unclear whether a filibuster-proof | Read More »
John McCain’s irresponsible approach to an Obama war
The sound of John McCain discussing unnecessary war is like nails on a chalkboard to many Americans. And at the drop of the hate, he is at it again. Yesterday, McCain stated, “I think it would be a very serious situation where we are now, 535 commanders in chief. Look, the president of the United States is the only commander.” Unfortunately for the Senator, Article | Read More »
Working minimum wage made me want to become a lawyer
Today, thousands of minimum wage workers all over the country went on strike to protest the minimum wage they are being paid. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour of labor. The strikers are demanding more than double that at $15.00 per hour. The common striking phrase has been: “We can’t survive on $7.25 an hour.” What these undereducated citizens are missing is | Read More »
War with Syria requires Congressional approval
“[I]f the President takes us to war with Iran without Congressional approval, I will call for his impeachment.” That was a comment made by Vice President Joe Biden just a few years ago. With two ground wars already underway at the time, the Bush Administration was not discussing a ground war with Iran but rather a series of air strikes to take out its uranium | Read More »
No war in Syria!
The United States is going to go to war with Syria. The President won’t declare war and he won’t request Congressional authorization but American tax dollars are about to be used to fund the wartime killing of Syrians. This is a huge mistake. The people of the United States do not need war with Syria. American interests abroad do not require intervention in Syria. The | Read More »
Are warrantless canine vehicle searches reasonable?
The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures from taking place without a warrant based on probable cause. Yet every day, law enforcement officials (LEO), without probable cause or even reasonable suspicion in many cases, use canine units to search the vehicles of law abiding citizens. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court held that LEOs cannot bring drug-sniffing police onto a citizen’s property to look | Read More »
What will be Obama’s surveillance legacy look like?
For months, both democrat and republican neo-cons have been going around the country claiming that the NSA’s search and seizure habits and practices are kosher. People spout dangerous rhetoric (like Representative Peter King (R-NY)) that we should be willing to trade liberty for safety. Others argue that warrantless searches and overbroad warrants are at least legal, under FISA and the Patriot Act, if nothing else. | Read More »
Blocking Obamacare funding does not equal shutting down the government
For over 200 years, the American government’s budget has not included funding for Obamacare. This year, the budget will begin funding Obamacare. Conservative Republicans are arguing that we need to not fund this law. Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell are saying that we must fund it to avoid losing a shutdown battle, but they may be willing to delay the individual mandate (again). The reasons | Read More »
Obama fails to curb surveillance state with new proposal
Last week, the President held a Press Conference to present his plan to curb his surveillance state policies. Actually, that may be giving him too much credit. The President stated that his goal was to put our mind at ease. But not by ramping down the collection of our transcommunication data, rather it was to pile more secrets on top of secrets. Thus, he offered | Read More »