Why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act may be going away.
Justice Anthony Kennedy is apparently spreading marmalade on his English muffins again: During oral arguments in the Voting Rights Act case, a majority of justices appeared prepared to turn aside the solicitor general’s argument that the law’s requirement that jurisdictions with a track record of racial discrimination preclear any changes to their voting systems with Washington. Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed this feature of the Voting | Read More »
Mayors Against Illegal Guns supporters mourn death of… Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
…Wait. What? The event had people supporting the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reading the names of those “killed with guns” since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary outside their “No More Names” bus. [snip] Some of the loudest shouts came when a reader spoke the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon | Read More »
Alaska’s LT GOV Mead Treadwell to run for Senate in 2014.
Well, this should be interesting: Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) announced Tuesday that he will officially challenge Sen. Mark Begich (D) in 2014, transitioning from an exploratory committee to a full-fledged campaign. “This intense exploratory effort has convinced me that I have the support necessary to build a winning campaign,” Treadwell said on his Web site. “Today I’m taking the next step by announcing | Read More »
Sir Donald Berwick (D) to run for Governor of Massachusetts. …That’s *Massachusetts*.
Best known, of course, for his advocacy of (and eventual fall over) health care rationing, Sir* Donald Berwick has modestly decided to run for Governor of Massachusetts: “As a doctor, an educator, an innovator and someone who has dedicated his professional career to making things work better and to helping people – I am ready to lead,” the Newton Democrat said in a statement announcing | Read More »
TNR… trying to make the case for Rand Paul in 2016.
OK, I don’t normally fisk, but I gotta do this one. From The New Republic’s rather alarmed profiling of Senator Rand Paul: In the Senate, Paul gained a reputation as an eccentric. Staffers often saw him wandering alone into the cafeteria, buying his own coffee, getting his own lunch—which, they noted, was not very senatorial. That’s a damning indictment of the Senate, frankly. Nor was | Read More »
@SenWhitehouse must think “meretricious” means “proof my staff can’t do research.”
Executive summary: Heritage scholar Dr. Salim Furth was testifying to the Senate Budget Committees about European austerity programs, and how “to date, ‘austerity’ in Europe has consisted mainly of tax increases.” This apparently upset Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat from Rhode Island, and don’t worry if you don’t recognize the name: he’s usually a complete nonentity, frankly)… So when Whitehouse got his turn to ask the | Read More »
Obamacare is a tax on employment.
Postulated: If you wish to see more of something, you subsidize it; if you wish to see less of something, you tax it. I assume that we are all on board with this, yes? – After all, this has been a major point used to justify sin taxes for, well, my entire life. In other words… “tax it out of existence” is a sentiment that | Read More »
Sharyl Attkisson, computer hacking, and the Masters of the Universe.
So. Somebody hacked into the computer of one of CBS’s best-known investigative journalists. CBS News announced Friday that correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was hacked by “an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions,” confirming Attkisson’s previous revelation of the hacking. CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair said that a cybersecurity firm hired by CBS News “has determined through forensic analysis” that “Attkisson’s computer was accessed by | Read More »
Reps. Defazio, Grijalva slavering over Ed Markey’s Ranking Membership.
I’m not entirely certain why – Natural Resources is one of those committees where the basic goal of the Republicans is to inflict Maximum Fun on the Democrats; and when the GOP holds the House the Maximum Fun is very, very Maximum indeed – but I guess that there’s money in it? Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has yet to win the Senate seat vacated | Read More »
Is Colorado state senator Angela Giron resorting to PAYING to have anti-recall supporters?
So, basically it’s going on like this: Colorado State Senator Angela Giron is being threatened with a recall for her support of the rather draconian gun control laws that the (currently) Democratic-controlled Colorado state legislature just passed. This was, of course, not received well by Democrats, and so Colorado Peak Politics did what all smart Right-populist groups do these days: they saturated the area with | Read More »
Democrats in Congress can’t afford to keep their jobs under Obamacare?
My first response to this was “Cry me a river”… Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting. The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers | Read More »
Wisconsin Democrats looking at “Anybody But ME!” for Governor race?
Democrats in Wisconsin want you to know: they’re going to be on the stick for 2014! Wisconsin Democrats repeatedly made the argument at their state convention over the weekend that Governor Scott Walker needs to be defeated in 2014. Hear that! They’re tanned! Rested! And ready to go! However, there continue to be few hints about exactly who will take on that challenge in the | Read More »
IRS lectures pro-life group on acceptable speech, practice of religion.
By the way, and for the record: IRS Agent Sherry Wan is full of… is incorrect in her understanding of the First Amendment to the Constitution, and should be made aware of this at the earliest opportunity. The transcript is here: it relates a conversation between Pro-Life Revolution’s Ania Joseph and IRS Agent Wan. The agent’s thought processes are perfectly summed up by this part:
Hey, everybody: it’s SCOTUS Day!
That’s right, kids: today’s a day where the United States Supreme Court reminds you that complicated, final decisions in tricky law cases are determined by whether Anthony Kennedy liked what he had for breakfast that morning. [pause] Well, at least the Supreme Court isn’t declaring our metadata unconstitutional. That’s something, at least. SCOTUS Blog is covering it in real time, but feel free to comment | Read More »
Has the Obama administration EARNED our trust on phone metadata harvesting?
Let us imagine a world where the following occurred*: 2008 – 2013: Barack Obama accepts public financing for the election, promptly closes Gitmo, and rigorously avoids raising taxes of any kind on the middle class. Just to not-really-randomly pick three of his campaign promises. 2009: Barack Obama secures the formal appointment of Inspector Generals at Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor, State, and the Agency for | Read More »