RIP, Senator Daniel Inouye (1924-2012).
This is very sad news: “Democrat Daniel Inouye, the U.S. Senate’s most senior member and a Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery during World War II, has died. He was 88.” …yes, the Medal of Honor thing wasn’t ever really brought up, much. Here’s the citation: Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the | Read More »
Deval Patrick will name caretaker to Massachusetts Senate seat ‘if’…
…John Kerry becomes the next Secretary of State. From the Boston Globe: “I expect to do the same thing I did last time,” [MA Governor Deval] Patrick told reporters. “I’m not ruling out other options. But, as a practical matter, it’s hard for me to imagine how you could serve in the Senate for a four-month period and also run a statewide campaign in a | Read More »
Not One Dime for Obamacare federal exchange funding.
This paragraph from the Investor’s Business Daily article on the Obama administration’s remarkable inability to get states to sign off on state Obamacare exchanges caught my eye, particularly the part I bolded: In the states with federally run exchanges, HHS will be tasked with hiring the people to run the exchanges, ensuring that insurance plans applying to be on the exchange are compliant with ObamaCare | Read More »
A handy checklist for the rumored Chuck Hagel appointment.
Just some things to keep in mind: Chuck Hagel has a problem with Israel. Specifically – and as per the, um, National Jewish Democratic Council – Chuck Hagel has a real problem with supporting Israel over the terrorist groups that have been trying to destroy Israel within my lifetime, and probably yours as well. It was reported that American Jewish leaders gave administration staffers an | Read More »
BTW: The GOP just took control of Washington’s state Senate.
SURPRISE! Democratic State Sens. Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon announced they would create a majority power-sharing coalition with Senate Republicans, throwing control of the chamber into question. While the new coalition pledged to start preparing for next month’s session, Democratic leaders who now hold a slim majority signaled they will fight the proposal. One wonders how, given that the existing plan has been signed off | Read More »
Why Jim Moran’s son Patrick will get away with domestic abuse.
Consider the story of Jim and Patrick Moran… and let us not make this a Democratic/Republican thing. Instead, let us go foreign: imagine that a report had come out that the son of an Australian* politician had been caught viciously beating his girlfriend in a drunken rage. The incident was witnessed by police, who made an arrest (getting assaulted themselves in the process); the victim | Read More »
Bob Menendez’s illegal immigrant sex offender intern arrested.
The Associated Press, in this one particular case at least, gets right to the point: Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official | Read More »
Breaking: Union thug violence towards right-to-work supporters in Michigan.
Charming: Unions tore down AFP tent at MI capitol, with elderly trapped underneath, while chanting “This is what democracy looks like.” #thankaunion! — Adam Nicholson (@acnicholson) December 11, 2012 Here’s a picture of the former tent in question. The AFP tent in ribbons after an attack by a union thug. twitter.com/AdamGabbatt/st… #righttowork — Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) December 11, 2012 Moral of the story, besides the | Read More »
Republicans retain control of New York State Senate!
How did I ever miss this? From the National Journal: After weeks in which control of the New York state Senate was uncertain, the group of breakaway Democratic senators has struck a deal with Republicans to share control, the groups announced Tuesday. The agreement means that the Independent Democratic Caucus will have formal recognition as a permanent third conference in the state Senate. Dean Skelos, | Read More »
Why we can’t have nice things. Like a profitable energy policy.
Let me tell you the difference between ‘think’ and ‘expect.’ I think that Barack Obama should take the advice of this New Geography article and pick future energy production over keeping radical eco-freaks happy. It will be better for the environment and better for the country (unfortunately, it’d also be better for the Democratic party, but life is like that). I expect that Barack Obama | Read More »
The (impotent) Press worried about being shut out of Obama’s second swearing-in.
So I read this opening sentence from a Politico article about the White House press corps reacting to… well, read: The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press. – and I have to | Read More »
Breaking: Right-to-Work legislation passes Michigan State House.
The Monroe News has reported that the legislation (part of House Bill 4054) just (4:45 PM) passed 58-52 in the state house, and will now go to the State Senate (I’m being told that the Senate will vote on this legislation within five business days). Governor Rick Snyder (R) has already indicated that he will sign the legislation if it gets to his desk; given | Read More »
Democrats poised to raise taxes… on their own voters.
Let me sum up this New Geography article (via Instapundit): Top states with most $250K households: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington DC. Top metro areas with most $250K households: Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington DC. States with highest average housing values / mortgages: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Washington DC. Metro areas with | Read More »
Michigan to be scene of the Right-to-Work War of 2013?
It’s an interesting situation up there in Michigan: as the Detroit News rather sourly notes, the Republicans control the legislature and the governorship, while the extremely-Big Labor-friendly Proposal 2 went down in flames (58/42, not that the Detroit News wanted to mention that statistic). This opens up the possibility of right-to-work legislation being introduced in either the current or the next state legislative turn; it | Read More »
Bob Shrum ignorantly and incorrectly lectures Senator Ron Johnson.
Here’s a pro-tip* for Bob Shrum: if you’re going to try to marginalize and mock a US Senator (to the point of calling him “buddy”), make sure that you have the right info first.