2nd NC redistricting map more pointed than 1st one.
When the first North Carolina redistricting map came out at the beginning of July, Democrats of course bawled like stuck calves. Speaking objectively, this wasn’t a surprise: the way that it was set up, it put four Democratic Congressmen – Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre, Brad Miller, & Heath Shuler – at a serious disadvantage in the 2012 elections. Put simply, the map threatened to flip | Read More »
Telecommie* Aaron Swartz’s federal indictment (and unpersoning by Larry Lessig).
The formal indictment of PCCC/Reddit** co-founder (and Demand Progress Executive Director) Aaron Swartz is available [link fixed], and you will find it compelling reading, if only because it shows the level of stubborn disregard for other people’s property and needs that can be exhibited by a telecommie geek who is simultaneously convinced of the rightness of his cause, and not especially overburdened with a sense | Read More »
PCCC/Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz indicted for mail fraud.
PCCC stands for “Progressive Change Campaign Committee,” which was a group that rose to fame last year for its stellar record in taking progressive campaign cash and turning it into mocking, pathetically broken dreams; Reddit is of course the popular news source that none of you use because the liberals on it will downvote you to death if you try; Aaron Swartz is a co-founder | Read More »
Project Veritas. James O’Keefe. Russian drug-dealing Medicaid applicants.
[UPDATE: I have been made aware that the individuals in this video are county employees, not state ones.] OK, let me set the background. You are a public sector employee for the state of Ohio; this probably means that you are a Democrat. You are probably aware, however vaguely and dimly, that there is a group out there who went around a few years ago | Read More »
The Hysterically Outdated SEIU Intimidation Manual.
Background on this: the SEIU was forced to cough up a copy of its “Contract Campaign Manual” as part of a court case – and it’s an interesting little document. The whole thing reads, as F. Vincent Vernuccio notes in the Washington Times, as a step-by-step checklist on how to manipulate… just about everything, really… in the course of forcing favorable negotiation terms. Mostly because | Read More »
House Freshmen not on-board for any deals?
I think that this quote below from a New York Times article on whether the GOP will allow themselves to be stampeded on irresponsibly raising the debt ceiling might just be fairly representative of attitudes among our freshman class. More to the point, I think that the New York Times is coming to the same conclusion: “Re-election is the farthest thing from my mind,” said | Read More »
I propose the ‘Obama’ as a mathematical value. [Corrected.]
The news that 224 people (out of roughly 500,000) had contributed a total of approximately $39,500,000 (roughly 40% of the total) to the DNC/OfA campaigns in the second quarter of this year is, of course… interesting; but it doesn’t really drive home the implications of such high-powered ‘amateur’ lobbying being done by the bundling elite that’s doing such wonderful work for the Democratic party. We | Read More »
E.J. Dionne finds an acorn on debt ceiling.
Ignore the rest of his article on the ongoing debt ceiling controversy – Dionne is the kind of person who is comfortable trying to portray House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as being some kind of Machiavellian mastermind running a shadowy conspiracy to control the Republican party behind the scenes, if you know what I mean* – but as Mickey Kaus notes, Dionne’s got a good | Read More »
Tim Pawlenty repeats call to hang tough on debt ceiling.
It’s hardly a surprise – Pawlenty has been arguing since January that automatically raising the debt ceiling without exhausting other options (read: spending cuts) first is a bad idea – but the video below shows that the former Governor of Minnesota continues to want Republican legislators to not back down on this issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H1VNzp1ESoQ As GOP 12 noted, this statement by Pawlenty… Now is the | Read More »
Harry Reid wants us to throw Eric Cantor under the bus.
The always-reliable (mouthpiece for Democrats, that is) Greg Sargent is playing Alinsky-stalking-horse-by-proxy for his party this morning by trying to push out the narrative that President Obama’s abrupt cutting and running from debt ceiling negotiations yesterday night reflects badly on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor , somehow. This is, of course, absurd – aside from everything else, it’s not Cantor’s fault that the President couldn’t | Read More »
Michigan school district caught interfering in recall efforts.
The alternate title for this is “Elections have consequences, Michigan edition.” The short version (H/T: Instapundit) is that the Lawrence Public School district of Michigan got caught abusing their emergency broadcast system to explicitly notify people of an ongoing campaign to recall new Governor Rick Snyder, to the point where they gave directions and times for people who wanted to sign a petition. When this | Read More »
Obama’s bad fundraising quarter.
Yes, I can read. I can count and use a spreadsheet, too. That’s why I’m saying it was a bad quarter. Executive summary: Obama for America’s (OfA) reported fundraising total for the second quarter is significantly less than what it needed to be in order to hit OfA’s stated ultimate fundraising goals for 2012 – as in, one half to one-third of what they need. | Read More »
CA-36 Special Election results thread.
[UPDATE]: Folks, this is one of those where if you’re on the East Coast you might as well go get some sleep; this is going to take a while. The polls have closed; results may be seen here. Will Democrat Janice Hahn manage to take this D+12 district from Republican Craig Huey? Well, the fact that this is actually a question of some interest says | Read More »
The first wave Wisconsin Primary results open thread.
OK, this is going to be complicated. The polls close at 9 PM EST. Results are going to be here; there are no contested Republican primaries, but there are six Republicans-running-as-Democrats in the Democratic ones. District 2: Otto Junkermann District 8: Gladys Huber District 10: Isaac Weix District 14: Rol Church District 18: John Buckstaff Distrct 32: James D Smith I didn’t want to say | Read More »
RS Interview: Mark Amodei (R CAND, NV-02)
Mark is the official candidate for the special election in Nevada’s second district this September: that’s the one that Dean Heller vacated to take the Senate seat. The Democrats aren’t really happy about this one: they tried to play and encourage split-the-vote shenanigans, and more or less got shot down completely*. We talked about the state of the race, not to mention the state of | Read More »