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    CPAC 2011: Michael Williams (R PRIMARY, TX-SEN)

    This should have been up last week, except that I came down with the plague, more or less.  Mike Williams is a former Railroad Commissioner for Texas*, an old friend of the site, and running for Senate: we spoke briefly at CPAC about the cycle in general. Mike’s site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost) *Which has nothing to do with railroads: it’s an elected position | Read More »

    Abortion clinic reform passes Virginia Senate.

    The bill requires that facilities that perform more than five first trimester abortions per month be subject to the same regulations as hospitals, which will hopefully help keep down the kind of abuses that were documented here by Live Action (and, much more horrifyingly, the atrocities committed in Pennsylvania by Kermit Gosnell).  This rather commonsense consistency in regulating abortions would be normally out of reach | Read More »

    Smash the ROTC ‘Roadblock.’

    This Inside Higher Ed article (H/T: Instapundit) on Columbia’s (and the rest of the Ivy League’s) contempt for the military does its readers a grave disservice: it adamantly refuses to even acknowledge that colleges that ban ROTC from campus are ineligible for federal funding.  This is an annoying, yet ultimately unsurprising omission, given that the only way that anybody can even have a ‘debate’ on | Read More »

    Gov. Kasich (R, OH) Chews iron, spits nails…

    …on public sector unions.  Gov. Kasich is unamused at the notion that it’s somehow unacceptable to even note that public employees are getting great deals on healthcare at taxpayer expense – and by great deals I mean ‘Ohio public sector employees are paying between one half and three-quarters what Ohio private sector employees pay:’ The 9%/23% number there*, by the way, is one of the | Read More »

    NY GOP picks Jane Corwin for NY-26 special election.

    The seat, of course, was vacated by Chris Lee as part of what was a somewhat bizarre Craigslist meltdown.  Ms. Corwin is herself a state Assemblywoman who was first elected in 2008 after defeating the Republican candidate in the primary; she’s previously run on the Conservative ticket in NY and has been endorsed by Paladino (who won this district in 2010).  Jane Corwin has been | Read More »

    NYT throws public sector unions under the bus.

    It would seem that the New York Times has decided that this is indeed a time of shared sacrifice; and the New York Times has further decided to volunteer public sector union employees in Wisconsin to be the ones… ‘sharing.’  This article is fairly astounding: not because it is inaccurate in making a sharp distinction between public and private sector union employees, mostly to the | Read More »

    WI Senate to fast-track Voter ID bill?

    Hey, maybe we’ve got this all wrong.  Maybe all those Democratic state senators should stay in hiding for a couple of days longer; it’ll let the adults get some business done. …Republicans plan to move ahead with regular Senate business. In addition to tomorrow’s calendar, that could mean public hearings on other legislation, and possibly a floor vote on a voter ID bill that Democrats | Read More »

    ‘Buckwheat.’

    Meet Ohio State Rep. Robert F. Hagan. Democrat. You can tell that he’s a Democrat, because he’s perfectly comfortable with using racially-charged language on Facebook: A Broadview Heights woman is accusing state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of using a term that some believe has a racist connotation on a social networking site. Hagan, D-60th, of Youngstown, used the term “buckwheat” in a Facebook posting Saturday. | Read More »

    Unions starting to cave in Wisconsin.

    The report is that the unions will agree to “the financial aspects of [Gov. Scott] Walker’s budget-repair bill” (which is nice, because they don’t have the votes to stop them) in exchange for the removal of the collective bargaining provisions (which is – oddly enough! – also something that they don’t have the votes to stop). Walker’s response? Get back to work: As thousands of | Read More »

    Jeff Bingaman (D, NM) cuts and runs.

    Five terms is apparently enough *.  Frankly, it’s more than enough for a lot of Senators out there, but that’s just my opinion. Contra Chris Cizzilla , though, Obama’s 15 point victory in 2008 is not the only thing to consider about New Mexico: it’s that in 2010 the GOP took the governorship and lieutenant governorship, flipped a House seat, and came pretty close to | Read More »

    WI Showdown: Democrats *not* needed for regular business?

    I direct you to the Wisconsin state constitution.  Article IV, Section 7 (Organization of legislature; quorum; compulsory attendance): Each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the attendance of absent members in | Read More »

    Unions fuel the hate in Wisconsin.

    [UPDATE]: Ann Althouse has a few photos up that rather starkly symbolize just how committed public sector unions are to cleaning up the mess. (Via @keder) The Wisconsin GOP has put together a quick video of union attacks on Governor Scott Walker, which include: signs calling him a Nazi (and a dictator generally); signs calling him a rapist; and signs calling for his death.  What | Read More »

    Voting with my pocketbook: Arthur edition.

    Via Glenn Reynolds, ladies and gentlemen: your tax dollars at… actually, “waste” doesn’t have the right connotation of “bizarrely surreal.”  Essentially, Democratic legislators have mainstreamed the antiwar Left’s Giant Puppet People by bringing the cartoon aardvark Arthur to a budget discussion. Now, here’s the thing: I try to regulate what my kids watch.  I’m assisted in this by the fact that my wife is, frankly, | Read More »

    Obama leaves unfunded transportation mandate under pillow…

    …in the hopes of finding $556,000,000,000 under it the next day. No, it’s a legitimate analogy.  The National Journal has looked over the President’s proposed transportation bill (public link), and noted this (subscription only): Obama wants $53 billion over six years for a high-speed rail program, $8 billion in fiscal year 2012, and he wants $50 billion this year to jump-start large infrastructure projects. The | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Steve King (R, IA-05).

    This was probably the most informal one that I did, and (not unrelatedly) the most fun.  I generally get along perfectly well with the politicians and legislators that I talk to, but usually the time constraints alone are significant.  Your average Congressman or Senator is generally running around things like CPAC with a staff of at least two, both of which he or she legitimately | Read More »