John Dingell (D, Michigan)… retires. Or perhaps ‘abdicates’ would be a better word?
Sorry, but even I can’t say ‘cuts and runs’ with a straight face. Fifty-eight years in the House is fifty-eight years in the House. Well, actually seventy-eight: Dingell inherited the seat from his father. And he wants to pass it along like it was a title of freaking nobility:
The @nytimes would like you ‘climate-change deniers’ to die now, please.
To quote SM Stirling: the Times apparently feels that your national destiny should be fertilizer.
Looks like @RepGaryPeters decided to target inconvenient leukemia patient Julie Boonstra.
Speaking solely from a pragmatic point of view, this does not exactly sound like a sensible decision on Rep. Gary Peters’ part: LANSING – Today Rep. Gary Peters set his Washington DC legal attack dogs out to intimidate and silence Julie Boonstra, a Michigan mother battling leukemia who had the courage to speak up after the insurance plan she liked was cancelled due to the | Read More »
*Possibly* good news coming out of #ukraine.
If true, at least. Parliament taking charge, with authority of restored constitution. Seems to be a parliamentary coup on president . #ukraine. Developing — Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) February 22, 2014
Colorado young people discovering that thousands > hundreds. #obamacare #mandate
A note, and a clarification on this Denver Post piece: Matt Leising spends about $3,600 a year on medication to treat asthma and sinus problems, so he was supportive when Washington politicians were debating the Affordable Care Act. After the law passed and then began rolling out last fall, Leising went to Colorado’s health care exchange website to look for coverage, but the 29-year-old Littleton | Read More »
@SeanTrende runs the numbers on the 2014 Senate, nearly suffers total protonic reversal.
My eyes keep skittering over this Sean Trende piece about likely 2014 Senate losses. Not because it’s bad news: it’s not. [Sean's calculation table] is a grim picture for Senate Democrats, suggesting that the president would have to get his approval above 50 percent by Election Day before they would be favored to hold the chamber. This is also consistent with what we’ve seen in | Read More »
Domenic Recchia (D-CAND, New York-11) was ready to literally CROWN @barackobama in 2009.
Never say anything in 2009 that you’re going to regret in 2014. Particularly if you plan to run in a R+4 district in that year. Domenic Recchia was presumably a bit stoked from having a member of his party become President (from context, it looks like this was in January of 2009), but that’s no real excuse to say politically illiterate stuff like this: “Now | Read More »
Connecticut discovering that Scary Gun control is harder than it looks.
Both Reason and Instapundit have both roundly castigated the Hartford Courant’s faintly hysterical (in all senses of the term) editorial calling for Connecticut cops to harass Connecticut gun owners into providing something better than a 15% registration rate (at best) for their Scary Evil Devil-Guns “military-style assault weapons.” Goodness knows the editorial deserved it, given that it seems to have been written by one of | Read More »
LA restaurant imposes explicit 3% #Obamacare surcharge. But wait! There’s more.
It’s hard-nosed to take the 3% Obamacare surcharge imposed upon you and pass it explicitly along to the consumer, as one Los Angeles restaurant is doing. [Video fixed and via @IloiloKano]
The “My inexplicable fisking of a Barack Obama fundraising email” Tuesday Open Thread.
Really, I have no idea why I did this. Open thread. Barack Obama To Me Today at 4:55 PM Hi, Barry! Can I call you ‘Barry?’ – I don’t care: you work for me, not the other way around. Barry it is, then, fellow-citizen. Who will be out of office in less than three years, so don’t get huffy about it. Barry.
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.
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.