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    Amazon ended affiliate program in Illinois.

    It got overshadowed by recent events both foreign and domestic, but last week Governor Pat Quinn (D, IL) signed legislation declaring that in-state affiliates for online sellers count as ‘a physical presence’ in Illinois, thus theoretically allowing the state to require those online sellers to collect sales tax information.  This is usually called the ‘Amazon tax*,’ as it is largely aimed at Amazon.com**. This is | Read More »

    The Chevy Volt: designed for Democratic bureaucrats…

    …and the title is all that you need to hear, now isn’t it?  Some more grim details, though: almost 49 grand (not including tax credit) for a car that’s actually a glorified hybrid (the gas engine has to be on if you want to take this sucker on the highway); and the effective gas mileage is somewhere around 27 mpg.  Now, that sounds great if | Read More »

    Qaddafi reminded who the weak horse is after all?

    So.  Now that the UN has authorized a no-fly zone in Libya – which is another way of saying that we have decided to create a no-fly (and no-drive) zone in Libya, using the UN for cover – it’s being reported that the Qaddafi regime has immediately declared a cease-fire.  As Glenn Reynolds put it: “Blink.” If true: well, we should have done this a | Read More »

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    Democrats shocked, shocked! to discover Obama is passive.

    The title to this Hill article is “Frustration with Obama Builds” – which is highly ironic; or, at least the verb is.  The article itself discusses the President’s apparent public indifference towards getting involved with anything resembling negotiations over the ongoing budget problems; what makes it interesting is that Democrats (specifically, Sen. Kay Hagan of NC) are apparently now willing to go on the record | Read More »

    A milestone for the political blogosphere?

    To the best of my knowledge, we’ve never had a blogger indicted for election fraud before. The trailblazer in this case is Oakland County, Michigan Democratic Chair Mike McGuinness (along with Operations Director Jason Bauer); they’re charged with forging election documents to get fake “Tea Party” candidates on Michigan ballots. Up to twenty-three statewide races may have been affected by the fraud: the authorities are | Read More »

    White House: We don’t know nothing about nothing.

    This exchange between Jake Tapper, ABC Senior White House Correspondent, and Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary is, bluntly, bizarre. For context: Jake is asking Carney about, naturally enough, the situation with the nuclear reactor problem in Japan.  Specifically, the most recent details about the nuclear reactor problem, given that both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Japanese government are both keeping mum on | Read More »

    DCCC desperate to recruit dirty, dirty lobbyists.

    Ach, forgive me: in DCCC chair Steve Israel’s mind former Democratic Congressmen who are now the aforementioned dirty, dirty lobbyists are really just poor souls who have to eat and pay the bills.  They’re also the only hint of a glimpse of a hope that the man has at putting up something like a competitive roster of candidates in 2012, too. See, here’s the underlying | Read More »

    The Hill: No SS reform from Obama administration.

    OK, that’s not the title of the piece. The title of the piece is “Social Security reform splits White House political, economic teams.” I’m merely providing a translation from the original Beltwayese. The problem is this: somebody told The Hill that Obama’s advisers are broken up into two groups. The first group consists of the financial people, who are patiently explaining that Social Security is | Read More »

    NY-26 update: Jane Corwin endorsed by Conservative Party.

    Background: Republican Christopher Lee rather abruptly resigned from that seat over, of all things, a Craigslist ad (well, that and the attempts at adultery associated with it).  It’s a fairly reliably Republican district – Lee first won it in 2008, which was not exactly a great year for a Republican to win an open seat in the Northeast – so any real hope that the | Read More »

    John Kasich’s (R) Ohio budget unveiled today… [UPDATE]

    …and the technical term for what it promises to be is “doozy.”  There’s an $8,000,000,000 hole in the budget that needs to be filled (Ohio requires balanced budgets), and despite polling suggesting that Kasich could get away with raising taxes to fill it the Governor apparently won’t.  It’s expected that the budget will cover the gap by privatization programs (including selling some prisons), leasing out | Read More »

    Barack Herbert Walker Obama?

    Michael Totten reminds us that if Qaddafi wins in Libya after all, it’s not without precedent.  Specifically, the precedent of Saddam Hussein, post-Gulf War I.  Back then we were all “wouldn’t it be great if the dictator fell?”, too- and back then we pretty much sat around and did nothing printable while the dictator went around smashing the opposition back down into the ground*.  Which | Read More »

    Pat Quinn (D, IL) is playing with fire here.

    I had and have no stake in any confrontation between the Bears and the Packers, but a bet is a bet, Governor Quinn.  You bet Governor Walker of Wisconsin that the Bears would win the NFC Championship.  You lost that bet.  Accordingly, your soup kitchen volunteer shift awaits.  So stop looking nervously at various union bosses and pay up. Because if you don’t, you’ll never | Read More »

    Wisconsin cops & firemen break their oaths.

    It would seem that loyalty to their union masters take precedence over loyalty to the people of Wisconsin.  From a contemptible letter written to M&I Bank threatening a boycott: The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, | Read More »

    The “Indiana GOP mocking their AWOL colleagues” Open Thread.

    Call this fallout from the defeat of Wisconsin Democrats; call it a wondrous example of political-themed poetry/music/parody songs THAT ACTUALLY SCANS; or just call it funny. Any way you look at it, this parody of John Denver’s “Country Roads” by Indiana legislators making (deserved) fun of their AWOL Democratic colleagues is worth watching. Via The Campaign Spot: Open thread. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    Dues checkoff: the true issue at stake in Wisconsin.

    I understand why Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is couching the Left’s tantrum (H/T: Instapundit) over the Wisconsin budget bill in terms of having public sector employees contribute more of their fair share to health care and restricting harmful collective bargaining practices; both sides of the issue are publicly and politely pretending that this were the central issues. Only, they were not. Oh, sure, limiting | Read More »