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    Some VERY interesting things in this Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser poll.

    And by ‘interesting’ I mean favorable: The most obvious one is that Republican (and former Lt. Gov) Duke Aiona would in a rematch beat Neil Abercrombie 48-40 among registered voters. Charles Djou (running for Senate) has a favorable/unfavorable rating of 58/30, which is fairly close to Colleen Hanabusa’s 62/27. Clearly, Hanabusa’s is better, but not nearly by as much as I would have expected. And | Read More »

    You won’t BELIEVE just how furiously Politico spun this #DCCC #Obamacare memo!

    Background: Politico has acquired a memo (which they did not share, shockingly*) from presumably the DCCC that describes the strategy, for lack of a better word, of the Democratic party with regard to Obamacare. Essentially, they’re going to: …[t]ell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even endangering domestic violence victims. The battle plan, details of | Read More »

    Why is @AlexSinkFlorida so starkly terrified of @chucktodd? #fl13

    Like Hot Air, I am just a touch bemused at reports that Alex Sink (Democratic candidate for Florida’s 13th district special election) is apparently adamant that she absolutely cannot be at a debate that has NBC’s Chuck Todd moderating it: When it came to laying down the ground rules for an upcoming debate in the closely watched Florida congressional special election, Democrat Alex Sink — | Read More »

    Sen. Mark Pryor (D) flirts with DOOM in Arkansas Senate race.

    Sen. Mark Pryor (D) flirts with DOOM in Arkansas Senate race.

    This is just sad. 2nd Campaign #Fail today: @PryorForSenate uses podium placard linking to Cotton’s site. #MinorOversight pic.twitter.com/rsvKv35co0 — David Ray (@DavidARay) February 14, 2014 You see, if you click on the “http://www.TheRealTomCottonRecord.com/” link seen on the podium sign you get… redirected to Tom Cotton’s campaign website. His actual, real campaign website. This pretty much means that Senator Mark Pryor is giving his opponent free | Read More »

    Common Core: a PRAGMATIC observation for politicians.

    The more astute ones will only need this to get my point… Stop #commoncore #refusethetest #edreform pic.twitter.com/OOlsRil9QC — Heather Poland (@TeachrPerspctve) February 13, 2014   …but let’s walk it through anyway.

    Keywords: Barack Obama, Cult of Personality, 2010-2020, Democrats

    This post is written for researchers from the year 2044 who are wondering about the following: [MEGYN] KELLY: We heard a lot of objections when President Bush expanded the powers of the presidency from the left and from the media. They haven’t been raising the same objections now that we have a Democrat in The White House. And you say they do so at their | Read More »

    I believe that it is time for the Beck Song in the #sdmayor election.

    With 86% of the vote in, Republican Kevin Faulconer looks to be the winner over Democrat David Alvarez in the special election to replace disgraced Democrat Bob Filner. San Diego goes back to having generally Republican mayors, and the results tonight were never particularly close. I understand that Big Labor poured something like $1.2 million into this race: congratulations, folks, it’s time for your theme | Read More »

    Eric Holder to be pardoned later this year?

    Well, that’s the report: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will step down this year, he said in an interview with the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin in the magazine’s Feb. 17 edition. In a feature article, Mr. Holder said he plans on staying in his position “well into” the year. Yeah, I probably wouldn’t want to be a Democratic executive branch official right now, either. More | Read More »

    “Groundhog Day: Debt Limit.” #noblankcheck

    Our own Ben Howe did this one for Heritage’s Foundry.org: If you don’t have time to watch it, the message is very simple: politicians keep lying about the debt ceiling. This is admittedly a bipartisan kind of exercise, but Democrats in particular were remarkably brazen about screaming about how Oceania was always at war with Eurasia we shouldn’t raise the debt ceiling right up to | Read More »

    The obligatory “Anti Voter ID marchers require Photo ID to march” post.

    The heck of it is: these are all good rules for marchers. #MoralMarch will protest NC’s new “racist” #VoterID, but you’re req’d to bring photo ID to the march. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/w14mzejdSn — Stacey-SisterToldjah (@sistertoldjah) February 8, 2014   Sensible advice all around. Especially the part where you use photo ID to make sure that everyone and everything is on the up-and-up. Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: | Read More »

    Two-Fisted Second World Adventure Tales! #Merica #murica #sochi #olympics

    Via USA Today: I was taking a shower and the door got locked/jammed…. — Johnny Quinn (@JohnnyQuinnUSA) February 8, 2014 …With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out. #SochiJailBreak pic.twitter.com/apZRefgvCO — Johnny Quinn (@JohnnyQuinnUSA) February 8, 2014 Bring home the gold, Johnny. Just… have it assayed first, OK? Moe Lane

    At-Risk Senate Seats, 02/07/2014 edition.

    As always, this is going to be a highly subjective take: my thoughts on each race after the fold. Bottom line: some shifts up, some shifts down, I took out Massachusetts and New Jersey because, really, well, some states are more likely than others. Alaska Mark Begich Serious Risk Arkansas Mark Pryor Serious Risk Colorado Mark Udall Some Risk Iowa Open Some Risk Louisiana Mary | Read More »

    PETA caught giving nasty agitprop to kids, and then lies about it.

    (Via Hot Air) PETA being nasty: Parents say they are considering taking PETA to court over an innocent-looking comic handed out to children at Calabash Elementary School in Woodland Hills that contained graphic images of mutilated cows, CBS Los Angeles reports. [snip] The pamphlet appeared to be a cartoon comic and was titled “A Cow’s Life,” but the images inside were horrifying, parents said. PETA | Read More »

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    *Trust* David Plouffe, Democrats. He is all-knowing, and always right.

    *Trust* David Plouffe, Democrats. He is all-knowing, and always right.

    And he has some excellent advice for Democrats worried about the 2014 elections: If GOP challengers want to run ads criticizing the recovery act as wasteful, Democratic candidates should lift up the police officers, teachers and construction workers in their state or district, those who are protecting our communities, teaching our children and repairing our roads thanks to the Democrats’ leadership. Highlight the small-business owners | Read More »

    The score: Trader Joe’s 0, Portland Community Organizers -1.

    I saw this yesterday, but forgot to write something about it until Glenn Reynolds reminded me. Short version: Trader Joe’s wanted to put up a store on some vacant lots in Northeast Portland. The people who lived there were largely happy about this; the Portland African-American Leadership Forum (whose membership apparently mostly does not live there) was not. The PAALF hassled Trader Joe’s about this | Read More »