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    Detroit files for bankruptcy (with apologies to William Butler Yeats).

    Detroit files for bankruptcy (with apologies to William Butler Yeats).

    So.  Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. Ahem. Deeper and deeper in its gathered regret The city cannot bear its crushing debt; Things fall apart; Blue Models cannot stand; Smith’s virtuous Fist is loosed upon the land, The bankruptcy is loosed, and everywhere The solvency of proud Detroit is drowned; The Left lacked all competence, while the Right Was kept away, per standard policy. Surely some | Read More »

    Prince George’s County, MD under severe water shortage…

    [UPDATE: A friend of mine has put together... something that's between an explanation and a rebuttal... in comments here. I vouch for my friend's honesty, but I think that he's far kinder to the state government than I would be.] …and I mean severe. Sections of southern Prince George’s County will be without water for the next several days while the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission | Read More »

    Harry Reid is not thinking smart on the ‘nuclear option.’

    Here’s a few questions for Harry Reid to chew on while he contemplates this comment by Byron York about the fallout from the so-called ‘nuclear option:’ …nearly everything the Senate does requires that senators first agree to direct the body’s attention to this or that subject. That is usually done through a routine procedure called unanimous consent. But if just one senator wants to stop | Read More »

    Things happening around the House, 07/15/2013.

    It’s been an interesting kind of day for House races. FL-18. Rumor has it that endangered Democrat Patrick Murphy went to talk to the House Republican leadership about switching parties. Unconfirmed, of course – the same rumor has it that Boehner turned Murphy down flat – but Patrick Murphy switched parties once already and there’s that entire possible linkage between Murphy and the voter fraud | Read More »

    RS Interview: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R, TX).

    As you recall, the abortion reform HB2 bill finally passed late Friday night/Saturday morning, over the … vociferous? vehement? I know: vicious – objections of Democrats.  Short version: ban on abortions after 20 weeks and abortion clinics are now subject to new health and safety requirements.  Lt. Gov. Dewhurst spoke to RedState just after the vote was made: To sum up the interview: Dewhurst noted | Read More »

    Brian Schweitzer cuts and runs from Montana Senate race.

    Gotta wonder why. Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer won’t seek Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, a blow to Democrats‘ hopes of holding the seat and preserving their overall Senate majority. The popular Democrat, who left the governor’s office in 2013 after two terms, told the Associated Press that he “kicked the tires” on the race but decided he preferred Montana to Washington. I’m | Read More »

    @SeanTrende has made a remarkably rookie mistake in this demographics post. #notreally

    …Which is to say: Sean apparently assumed that it was reasonable to expect good-faith disagreement from Democratic demographers. In my recent four-part series on demographic changes, the 2012 elections and immigration reform, I suggested that census data and exit polls reveal that some 6 million white voters opted to sit out last November’s election. The data show these non-voters were not primarily Southerners or evangelicals, | Read More »

    Oregon’s epic #obamacare agitprop #fail.

    Let us discuss precisely how badly the Oregon state government has messed up its ad campaign trying to get young people to sign up for Obamacare. First, the background: Cover Oregon, the public agency set up to implement Oregon’s health exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, launched the first, $3.2 million ad campaign last week for the program. Rocky King, Executive Director | Read More »

    Wegmans abandons part-time workers to #obamacare exchanges.

    This is, by the way, happening now. Not next year. Not October. Now. Et tu, Wegmans? The Rochester-based grocer that has been continually lauded for providing health insurance to its part-time workers will no longer offer that benefit. I expect that this will probably be reversed pretty quickly, assuming that it hasn’t been already. But, still, you’re going to love THIS spin: However, part-time employees | Read More »

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    House to split off food stamps from farm bill.

    “Elections have consequences.” That phrase isn’t always a knell of doom, by the way: House Republican leaders have decided to drop food stamps from the farm bill and are whipping the farm-only portion of the bill for a vote that will likely come this week, according to a GOP leadership aide. The nutrition portion of the bill would be dealt with later. The Rules Committee | Read More »

    Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: #Obamacare gives smokers an exchange indulgence.

    Well. At least the Obama administration is showing some creativity, somewhere. It’s a dang shame that it has to be in the field of How To Not Implement The Damfool Ideas That We Shoved Down The Collective Throat Of America. Ladies and gentlemen, the latest Obamacare never-mind*: Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law may get a | Read More »

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    You thought that the Weiner-Spitzer thing couldn’t get any funnier, didn’t you?

    I mean, how could it? Anthony Weiner is running for NYC Mayor. Anthony Weiner has an excellent chance of getting the Democratic nomination for NYC Mayor. Anthony Weiner thus has a very good chance of becoming the next NYC Mayor. Eliot Spitzer heard this and said Hey, maybe I can get in on this action. Eliot Spitzer is thus running for office in NYC. Eliot | Read More »

    How you will know when #obamacare is doomed.

    Semantically speaking, this interview with AMA President Dr. Arvis Hovenon  the AMA’s future relationship with Obamacare is pretty much a null value exercise – here’s a sample, so that you understand what I mean: Sarah Kliff: To follow up on the point of providing information to your patients, has the White House approached the AMA or approached you about any sort of partnership between doctors | Read More »

    I am of two minds about this John Kerry Nantucket story.

    It’s a puzzler: John F. Kerry’s credibility took on more water on the second day of his Nantucket vacation flap, as the State Department backed off its initial denial the embattled secretary of state was yachting during the Egyptian military coup — and President Obama tweeted a photo of himself kayaking in a hat, sunglasses and polo shirt. The Herald reported yesterday that Kerry spent | Read More »

    Gallup: most parents don’t want their kids in politics.

    I understand this sentiment. PRINCETON, NJ — By a 2-to-1 margin, 64% to 31%, Americans would not like their child to go into politics as a career. The results are the same whether the question is asked about a “child,” a “son,” or a “daughter.” There has been little change in the percentage of Americans who would favor a political career for their son or | Read More »