An annotated chart about why Presidential approval ratings matter.
Strictly speaking, I am not criticizing the Fix for not drawing a more explicit link between Presidential approval ratings and Senate churn in a midterm election. They established the basic point, which was that both parties are increasingly taking seriously that the President’s current low numbers will translate into Democratic losses in the Senate. The Monkey Cage spells it out: Presidential approval is strongly correlated | Read More »
The Obama administration wishes to wreck your quiet enjoyment of March Madness.
This administration has never wanted any of us to have private spaces in our lives, anywhere. Everything must be political; nothing may be free of subtext.
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Harry Reid offers the NRA a scalp on controversial Surgeon General nomination.
…the GOP will still vote against the nomination, the NRA will score the vote, and the Democrats will have to convince vulnerable Red State Democrats to risk dying on that hill.
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*More* Democratic House retirements this week?
“[CNN's John King was] told the Florida special election results were the last straw for at least two and perhaps more House Democrats facing tough 2014 races.”
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Looking at the current 2014 Senate map.
52R-44D-3TBD. Pickups in AK, AR, LA, MT, NC, SD, WV; we retain GA and KY. CO, IA, MI, and now NH (hardest to justify, and I am indulging myself there) up for grabs.
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Nancy Pelosi seems to think that #obamacare is *still* a winner.
So, Nancy Pelosi…
Um. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi. P-E-L-O-S-I. She used to be Speaker of the House, remember? Yeah, back in 2010. She stopped being Speaker…
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Minnesota’s state #Obamacare exchange wants more money!
HAHAHA God help us all. MNsure wants to spend an additional $12.5 million this year to continue repairs to its website and call center, officials said Wednesday, as they unveiled plans for a balanced budget in 2015. Jim Geraghty helpfully notes: The state has spent about $100 million so far on creating its exchange. State officials had expected MNsure to enroll up to 1.3 million | Read More »
House Oversight Committee: IRS’s Lois Lerner lied to us, you know.
OK, this just sounds like straight-up perjury: [The House Oversight committee report] states that [former IRS overseer Lois] Lerner made false statements to committee staff on various occasions. During a February 2012 briefing, Lerner told committee staff that the criteria for evaluating tax-exempt applications had not changed. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), however, Lerner directed in June 2011 that the | Read More »
Michigan Woman: died in 2008, found in 2014… and voted in 2010.
Gee, I wonder who she voted for. Voting records in Oakland County show [Pia] Farrenkopf, who has not been positively identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office, is shown as voting in the November 2010 gubernatorial election. Pontiac city records indicate Farrenkopf registered to vote in 2006 and had not voted until 2010, but officials point out that could have been an administrative error and she | Read More »
Feds say DC Mayor Vincent Gray (D) knew of illegal campaign contributions.
Well, well, well. A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians, including an unnamed 2008 presidential candidate believed to be Hillary Clinton. District of Columbia businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who federal prosecutors say financed a “shadow campaign” for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate campaign finance | Read More »
@GovernorPerry: @BarackObama attempting to bully governors.
This was from a RGA panel(?), back in February: “When you have governors, and we all compete against each other — we are the laboratories of innovation — and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’ | Read More »
Big Labor: Wait, this #Obamacare thing we passed is going to hurt *us*?
Unite Here has discovered the indifference of Barack Obama: A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix. Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union | Read More »
The Washington Times twists the knife on the Connecticut gun registration law.
They had to set it up, though. First, the Washington Times hammered the Connecticut legislature for passing a law that maybe three hundred thousand gun owners are deliberately flouting. Then they noted that Connecticut doesn’t have the resources for putting all those people in jail. After that, and gently hinting that the recent problem that we’re having with over-militarized cops is not exactly compatible with | Read More »
“Hey, America! You want some good infrastructure jobs and more oil?” #keystone
What’s that, America? Support for the Keystone XL pipeline reached a two-year high in the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll, with the public overwhelmingly saying it would create jobs, while dividing on its potential environmental impact. Two-thirds favor government approval of the 1,700-mile, $5.4 billion pipeline to move oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, up 6 points from 2012, vs. two in 10 | Read More »
Gary Peters (D CAND, Michigan Senate) is now officially In Trouble.
He just replaced his campaign manager. It’s one of the warning signs: With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager. Paul Tencher, who ran now-Sen. Joe Donnelly’s winning campaign for the Democrats in Indiana last cycle, will take over as the head of | Read More »