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    Battle of Gettysburg Memorial Open Thread.

    Strictly speaking, neither the speech below – or Charles Loughton’s pitch-perfect recitation of it – are part of the battle itself; Abraham Lincoln made the Gettysburg address in November of 1863. I just don’t care, and I don’t think that anybody else will really care, either. Have a good weekend. Open thread.

    Charlie Cook: DOOM.

    He sets the scene thusly: Imagine sitting in Washington’s Verizon Center, listening blissfully to Carole King and James Taylor, thanks to a fast-thinking friend who managed to score four floor seats. For 50-somethings, it’s a nice place to be. Then, as the concert is winding down, four pages of poll tables of a just-released survey pop up in your BlackBerry. They are jaw-dropping numbers, not | Read More »

    June BLS: Job recovery stalled out.

    UNEXPECTEDLY! Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June, and the unemployment rate edged down to 9.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The decline in payroll employment reflected a decrease (-225,000) in the number of temporary employees working on Census 2010. Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 83,000. Note, of course, that May’s job report was equally stalled-out; the 431,000 | Read More »

    Meet Charles Lollar (R CAND, MD-05).

    Charles was interviewed generally last year here at RedState: he’s now officially running to overturn Steny Hoyer in MD-05, and he’s pretty determined about it: Charles’ site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Meet Bill Flores (R CAND, TX-17).

    Bill won his primary, and he’s up against Chet Edwards, who is having a dickens of a time trying to figure out the safest position on energy policy these days. Bill was happy to be forthright about his own positions: Bill’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Meet Mark Neumann (R CAND, WS-GOV).

    He’s one of the two Republican candidates for Governor in Wisconsin (both are currently leading the Democrat in general matchups), and Mark took a moment to talk with us: Mark’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Perfect storm on killing tax cuts?

    This is passing “institutional cowardice” and is rapidly approaching the status of “blackmail threat:” Democratic leaders are likely to punt the task of renewing Bush-era tax cuts until after the election. Voters in November’s midterms will thus be left without a clear idea of their future tax rates when they go to the polls. I can just see the slogan, too.  “Vote Democratic, or we’ll | Read More »

    Democrats suppressing GOP visits to Gulf.

    (Via Instapundit) It’s the little things that underscore the pettiness that’s infesting the Democratic party’s leadership these days: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand. House Democrats said no.

    Malice/Stupidity Watch: Obamaspill edition.

    This article by Dick Morris on Alabaman problems with regard to Obamaspill is like Problems With Big Government 120: According to state disaster relief officials, Alabama conceived a plan — early on — to erect huge booms offshore to shield the approximately 200 miles of the state’s coastline from oil. Rather than install the relatively light and shallow booms in use elsewhere, the state (with | Read More »

    Patrick Gaspard’s $37K disclosure form lie.

    It’s not the lying, really: President Barack Obama’s political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House. Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in “carried over leave and vacation” from the union in 2009, | Read More »

    The Dodd-Frank procedural dance.

    OK, here’s the situation on the Dodd-Frank financial bill.  The Democrats need 60 to get it over the finish line, and they currently have 58 Democrats in the Senate. They got 60 aye votes on the first version. Senators Feingold (D) and Cantwell (D) both voted against Dodd-Frank last time. Senator Brown (R) voted for the first version, but is being reported now as having | Read More »

    Time for the *important* Byrd succession question.

    Now that it’s been determined by the Secretary of State for WV that there will be no special election for Byrd’s now-vacant seat… OK, let me just note something here. The seat was held by a Democrat; the Governor is a Democrat; the state government is more or less dominated by Democrats.  The people of West Virginia seem more or less happy about this state | Read More »

    The “Not on his best day” open thread.

    Links: The Campaign Spot. Daniel Webster. Open thread. Moe Lane

    Hypocrisy Watch: Rep Herseth-Sandlin (D, SD-AL).

    Make up your mind, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin: Last week, we examined whether Max Sandlin’s job as a lobbyist would be something that Republicans try to exploit, like they did in the 2004 Daschle/Thune contest. Herseth Sandlin emphatically said that her husband should not be attacked in the campaign. I didn’t know it at the time, but Max Sandlin already had jumped into the battle | Read More »

    Blago subpoenas Giannoulias.

    A pleasant beginning to the week, no? First it was President Barack Obama, then White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, now U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is joining the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial subpoena list. Giannoulias is in the middle of a hard fought campaign against Congressman Mark Kirk for the right to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama. So | Read More »