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    Breaking: judge rules Perry, et al to remain off of the VA GOP ballot.

    That’s all the information that we have now; no doubt the full details will be available later. Judging from current time constraints involving absentee ballots, I don’t particularly expect much likelihood of a successful appeal.  Ach, well: as I noted Tuesday, this remained a possibility. (This is a placeholder post: as soon as I have the full details and a chance to read the ruling, | Read More »

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    The This CANNOT Be Real Friday Memorial Open Thread.

    Nobody’s this clueless. Nobody. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Via AoSHQ. Open thread.

    I am afraid that I disagree with Sen. Jim DeMint about Ron Paul.

    That the good Senator is apparently at least considering the idea of endorsing Mitt Romney is one thing: everybody does endorsements, they’re not always going to be for your candidate, so suck it up and walk it off. But – unlike the Senator – I want Ron Paul out of my darn primaries.  Yesterday, if possible.  The non-Republicans that he’s bringing in won’t vote for | Read More »

    Project Veritas stings New Hampshire Voter ID-less laws.

    Contrary to Matt Lewis, this is not unbelievable.  This is why we insist on Voter ID laws. To summarize the video, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas sent a couple of people to New Hampshire primary polling places claiming that they were individuals that had actually died in the last couple months.  They were, of course, secretly filming the proceedings… and came away with footage of multiple | Read More »

    Court explains reasoning on VA absentee ballot court order.

    OK, let me try to explain just what is going on in this court order involving the VA GOP primary ballot. For those who came in late: back in December, Virginia’s primary registration system ended up producing a result where only two Republican candidates (Mitt Romney and Ron Paul) qualified for the ballot. This resulted in some frankly unkind things said about virtually everyone involved | Read More »

    Who are the Democratic gun-grabbers in the US Senate? Let’s find out!

    In the course of reading this subtly bitter (and thus subtly entertaining) story (via Instapundit) about the effective collapse of the anti-gun movement on the grassroots level, I came across this passage: “In November the Republican House approved a measure that would require states to respect concealed carry permits issued by other, less restrictive states; it now awaits action in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where its | Read More »

    Introduction to Mia Love (R-CAND, UT-04 PRIMARY)

    Mia Love is the current Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah: she kicked off her bid today to be the Republican candidate for Utah’s new Fourth Congressional district. Mia’s running on basic small-government principles, focusing on government being often the problem, and not the solution, to our problems. She’s got a fairly crowded primary to deal with, and will be facing a transplanted Jim Matheson | Read More »

    A reminder on long primaries.

    In 2008, the Democratic party had one of the longest, one of the most expensive, and one of the most bitter primaries in American political history. It was a drawn-out, unpleasant affair where Hillary Clinton, the expected front-runner, was eventually beaten – despite the fact that she won almost all of the top Democratic-leaning states, arguably won the popular vote, and nobody actually won enough | Read More »

    NH Romney surrogate tells us to settle for his candidate.

    Via CNS (via Hot Air) comes this ‘argument’ from NH Romney supporter and state Senator Gary Lambert. To summarize it, Lambert wants us all to sit down, shut up, and endorse Romney despite the fact that Lambert himself is tacitly conceding that Romney does not share conservatives’ principles and beliefs. No, really.

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D, CA) new budget: more spending and higher taxes!

    To summarize: $92.6 billion in spending (7% increase over last year’s); $9.2 billion deficit over eighteen months (half in the first six months, the other half in the next twelve). Brown is requesting $7 billion in new taxes, mostly from raising the sales tax again (to 7.75%) but with a faux-populist-friendly soak-the-rich* (actually, soak-the-small-business-owner) increase to 10.3%. Or the state can ‘cut’ an additional $4.8 | Read More »

    President Obama to flip-flop on recess appointment?

    CNN is just now reporting that the President plans to recess appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Such a recess appointment was previously assumed to be impossible, given that: the assumed minimum length of time is three days; and the Senate is deliberately meeting every two days in order to prevent recess appointments during that time period.  The Hill helpfully notes | Read More »

    First thoughts on the Iowa primary.

    OK, with [96%] of the vote in we can maybe start to look at the results and get some meaningful data out of them.  Apologies if any of this sounds loopy: the cold that took over the rest of my family last week finally hit me, so anything weird that I say is the medication.  Also… you’ll note that I avoided being rude about the | Read More »

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    Ten things to remember about the Iowa caucus.

    These are as generic as I can make them. Politicians lie.  Let me repeat that.  Politicians lie.  Don’t be so upset about it: so do you. If the Iowa caucus was unimportant, people wouldn’t be obsessing over it. If the Iowa caucus was all-important, we’d have it in August and combine it with the nominating convention. When Candidate X’s supporter tells you that Candidate Y | Read More »

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    Annnnnd now VA AG Cuccinelli is *not* backing changing the primary ballot.

    Interesting; and a pretty strong reversal from Saturday’s statement. “I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot access requirements for our statewide elections,” Cuccinelli said in a statement. “However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to | Read More »

    Duelling narratives on Iowa ground game?

    If you want to really appreciate the chaotic nature of the pre-caucus environment in Iowa right now, contemplate the two stories below (both via Hot Air Headlines): People reading the New York Times are being told, effectively, that the ground game race is effectively between the technocratic Mitt Romney and the plucky Rick Santorum (with his 1,000 precinct leaders!), with the weird Ron Paul only | Read More »