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 »

    Scott Walker’s (R, WI) collective bargaining reforms.

    This post by Ann Althouse on the anemic protester response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan – and it is an anemic response; it’s bad when you have to add a statue to your crowd in order to make your crowd look bigger – reminded me about Walker’s plan in the first place.  I got told about this actually by Kevin Binversie, who runs | Read More »

    Fox reporter embarrasses Think Progress dolt at CPAC.

    If you are not reading this on a computer that can show you YouTube videos, GO TO A COMPUTER THAT CAN SHOW YOU YOUTUBE VIDEOS. Lakeshore Laments described this video as “Fox News reporter [Jesse Watters] messing with the Think Progress clown” (at CPAC), which is accurate, but not nearly an epic enough description.  Which is not Lakeshore Laments’ fault: some things needs to be | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Al Cardenas.

    He’s the new head of the ACU, and we had a bit of a general talk on that, and CPAC.  Al Cardenas has a pretty compelling story: it constantly amazes me why Communist dictatorships were so determined to keep sending us top-shelf immigrants.  Oh, right: it’s because Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people.

    CPAC 2011: Allen West (R, FL-22).

    I may have gloated a little over the “Congressman” bit: but then, FL-22 was one of the ten or so that most of us really, really, really wanted to get last November. Pleasant to have gotten this one, then. Rep. West did a blogger availability and the CPAC keynote speech shortly afterward; you can see part of the first and the whole of the second | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Peter Roskam (R, IL-06).

    He’s the Chief Deputy Whip, and we talked a bit about the budget, budget cuts, and why they’re not ripping off the bandage in one go. Also, a bit on the REINS Act, which (if passed) would effectively give Congress veto power over any federal regulations that would cost more than $100 million a year. This is, of course, an idea that the Left absolutely | Read More »

    CPAC 2011: Alex Mooney.

    Alex is the current chair of the Maryland GOP, and we talked for a bit on how to go about the work in a Blue State. Answer, of course: start from the bottom and work your way up. The Maryland GOP site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    CPAC 2011: John Bolton.

    And his ‘stache. Moe Lane (crosspost)