Syria firing on funerals/protests.
The line between the two can get blurry in the Middle East, but it’s being reported that the Assad regime have escalating what has been a steadily-deteriorating situations in Syria. The death toll from yesterday is… well, Syria is keeping foreign reporters out, which makes getting an accurate count correct; but what is getting out is consistent with the Syrians using lethal means to enforce | Read More »
The Righteous Indignation Book party.
Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! is, of course, Andrew Breitbart’s latest book; and I had the opportunity to schmooze meet up with folks from The Daily Caller / Americans for Tax Reform at a book party that they threw for Andrew yesterday. I finished the book itself today: it’s very accessible, and while it told me a lot of stuff that | Read More »
SEIU’s populist Cargo Cult plans.
Ben Smith reports that “the Service Employees International Union plans to use its giant political operation to try to build a grass-roots movement of public protest and organization” – which is pretty much all that you have to read of that article, frankly. This is not a slam on Ben; Politico probably doesn’t look kindly on one-sentence articles, and writers need to eat. If your | Read More »
Breaking: Senator Jon Ensign (R, NV) resigning.
Roll Call reports that it’s effective as of May 3rd. At the moment, the actual details of why Ensign is retiring so suddenly are not yet officially known, but it probably has something to do with the fallout from an affair with a staffer and some possible ethics violations (beyond the obvious one) that resulted. It’s widely expected that Governor Sandoval will appoint Rep. Dean | Read More »
RCP’s Sean Trende: Obama’s not in great re-election shape.
Mind you, Sean’s not saying that Obama’s in bad re-election shape, either: he’s currently scoring the President at essentially 50/50, with the slightest edge against the man. But he’s definitely out to demolish some of the current Democratic talking points. Short version (and this is only Part One): The popular correlation between incumbency and re-election falls apart if you look at it too long; If | Read More »
Barack Obama temporarily embarrassed at SF fundraiser.
I find it difficult to believe that nobody filmed a table of Democratic campaign contributors singing a pro-Bradley Manning – you know: the seditionist soldier and oath-breaker who put Americans and American allies at risk by committing espionage on Wikileaks’ behalf – song to the President at a San Francisco fundraiser this morning. More likely somebody did – but, given just how badly President Obama | Read More »
Pew Research: 53% of Americans don’t know GOP candidates.
This is, of course, highly unsurprising: it is April of 2011. While the true start of election cycles have been notoriously creeping further and further back for some time now, the major reason why anybody’s talking seriously about the 2012 election at this point is because President Obama rather desperately announced exceptionally early so that he could officially fund-raise*. This means that those parts of | Read More »
Cantor, Kyl, and NO OTHER REPUBLICANS to deficit panel.
The AP doesn’t really explain the significance of the fact that the GOP is sending just House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl to the President’s much-ballyhooed deficit reduction panel, so let me do it. When the President set up this thing in the first place, he told the four party leaders in Congress – Speaker Boehner (R) and Minority Leader | Read More »
This is what WI Democrats look like.
I apologize in advance for the foul language that this Democratic shill for Big Labor – or Big Labor lackey for Democrats, if that makes any difference at this point – in the video below used while verbally attacking a fourteen year old girl (Tricia Willoughby); but it’s important that people see what the Republican party, the Tea Party movement, and conservatives in general are | Read More »
RS Interview: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R, PA-12).
State Representative Daryl Metcalfe is one of the state legislators behind the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative, which is a set of four bills designed to essentially transform Pennsyvlania into a Right-to-Work state (you can see a summary of the bills here). Rep. Metcalfe has been pushing for this elementary bit of labor union reform for some time; only usually not when both the governorship and | Read More »
Scott Ott (R) running for Lehigh County Commissioner.
This would be the Scott Ott of Scrappleface and PJTV: you might remember that he ran for Lehigh County Executive (Pennsylvania) last year, and came pretty close to winning. He’s running for Lehigh County Commissioner this year; there are several seats up, so Scott’s part of a team this time. Their goal is to put enough Republicans on the Commission to override the county Executive’s | Read More »
Teamsters steamroller United Food & Commercial Workers.
Union solidarity is a myth. David Freddoso has the details: essentially, the Teamsters and the UFCW are at cross-purposes when it comes to the Giant supermarket chain here in DC. The Teamsters are angry at Giant because Giant parent company Royal Ahold is closing a Teamsters-controlled facility in Jessup, Maryland, in favor of a non-union one in Pennsylvania*. This will be happening, and the real | Read More »
Petitions stolen from Recall Dave Hansen (D) office?
Allegedly, the burglars were after the petitions gathered to recall Dave Hansen, who was one of the Wisconsin Democratic senators who fled the state rather than participate in the democratic process. Which – if this was in fact done by Democratic party operatives or sympathizers – would merely demonstrate that Hansen is in fact fairly representative of his party, at that. The good news is | Read More »
It is over. David Prosser won his Supreme Court race.
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board has received the full number of certified results by county in last week’s state Supreme Court race between David Prosser and Joanne Kloppenburg. With all counties in, Prosser leads by 7,316 votes: this margin is enough to permit a free recount by the state on the defeated Kloppenburg’s behalf, but 7,316 votes is a difference that is not only far beyond | Read More »
The “Drudge’s subtle President Two-Face reference” Weekend Open Thread.
Well, subtle for Drudge. Meet President Harvey Dent Barack Obama: Via AZR in comments here. Open thread.