From the category archives:

Election 2014

2014 Aftermath: Who Really Won

November 5, 2014

The election results from the 2014  midterm election are coming in, but the outcome is already a fait accompli:  the GOP has retained the House of Representatives, won 24 of 36 gubernatorial elections, and took the Senate by at least two votes [as of this moment some these numbers are in flux as a few [...]

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2014 Midterms: Another Missed Opportunity

October 19, 2014

We’re sixteen days out from what should be a massive GOP landslide in the 2014 Midterm elections on November 4.  Ebola, ISIS, Obamacare’s latest victims, the porous borders, etc. should make this real easy for the GOP.  Yet, the latest polls indicate that a landslide is not likely to take place. Why not? Brent Bozell [...]

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Raimondo and Fung to Square Off in Rhode Island

September 9, 2014

The three Axis of Right bloggers all moved away, but we grew up in the smallest state in the union and still keep track of what’s going on there.  Tonight, the state held its primaries, and the gubernatorial race could be an interesting one. In the Democrat primary, State Treasurer Gina Raimondo won comfortably over [...]

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Pelosi Unhinged on the House Floor

August 3, 2014

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got a bit unhinged when Pennsylvania Congressman, Republican Tom Marino, called her out for playing politics with the border by indicating that the Democrats had all the power back in 2009-10 and did nothing about these problems.  Here’s a Fox News interview with Marino on his reaction to Pelosi: While [...]

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The Cochran/McDaniel Run-off Fiasco

June 26, 2014

This past Tuesday, Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran defeated insurgent Tea Party-favorite Chris McDaniel in a run-off election by about 6,700 votes.  While McDaniel defeated Cochran in the popular vote after the first primary election, McDaniel failed to get the 50% needed to avoid a run-off. McDaniel is obviously upset and is threatening legal action, which [...]

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The Brat Who Ousted a Majority Leader

June 11, 2014

Last evening a political earthquake took place that everyone is still trying to absorb.  Eric Cantor became the first sitting House Majority Leader to ever lose a primary (at least since the position was created in the 1890s).  That’s big, especially since his opponent was a little known college professor named Dave Brat, who won [...]

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Southern Poverty Law Center: Common Core Critics “Extremist”

May 11, 2014

The Southern Poverty Law Center (probably in dire need of attention and funds these days) has labelled those who raise their voices in opposition to the Common Core federal takeover of education standards as promoting “far-right propaganda” associated with “Fox News, the John Birch Society, Tea Part factions, and the Christian Right.” I’m not shocked [...]

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Sparring Over Common Core

April 18, 2014

While scouring the Internets this morning, I noticed RCP had two contrasting views on Common Core — the national education standards 45 states adopted without looking at them first. David Brooks takes the Ruling Class apologist’s view, basically that one should just get over it and embrace the change. Erick Erickson takes the skeptical view, [...]

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Good Start: Indiana to Dump Common Core

March 30, 2014

As it discovers more about Common Core, Indiana will become the first state that adopted the program to dump it after its initial phases are over.  Some believe that this development could start a snowball effect as more states implement the standards this Fall.  We’ll have to see where all this is going. Common Core [...]

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Jolly in Florida

March 12, 2014

Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a special election last night for Florida’s 13th Congressional district.  The district was historically Republican, but voted twice for Obama.  Jolly had a bloody primary battle, was trashed by the Establishment GOP last week, and was pitted against the Democrat machine with a candidate in Sink who [...]

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Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

March 9, 2014

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll yesterday with 31% of the total vote, getting nearly three times more votes than the nearest competitor, Ted Cruz.  In case you missed it, here is Rand Paul’s speech last Thursday at CPAC.  Generally, these polls are not bellwethers or harbingers, but are a useful snapshot. [...]

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CPAC Opener has Standing O for Christie

March 6, 2014

That title itself tells me everything I need to know about the value of the “C” in CPAC these days.  They also had a standing ovation for Mitch McConnell, who needed props to elicit such a response (please donate to his primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and finally get Mitch to retire).  At least they saved [...]

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Tea Party Turns Five

February 27, 2014

From September 2008 to February 2009 nearly $1.6 trillion America didn’t have had been spent by our government: TARP to bailout Wall Street ($700 billion), plus the auto bailouts ($80 billion), plus the Stimulus to bailout Democrat constituencies ($787 billion).  When would it stop?  Who would end up paying for it?  Anyone paying attention was [...]

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Common Core: A 2014 Sleeper Issue

January 12, 2014

I initially wanted to post on the horrible economic news from what should have been a gang-busters robust good news jobs report that we didn’t get on Friday, but this Common Core issue keeps reappearing, impacting local politics throughout the nation as well as my own classroom. To the uninitiated, Common Core is an attempt [...]

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Rush on the Establishment War Against the Tea Party

December 17, 2013

We know that House Speaker John Boehner has drawn a line in the sand, not against Obama and the ideological left, but on the Tea Party and the ideological right.  For a start, Establishment Congressman Peter “Let’s Attack Everyone Everywhere” King just started an anti-Tea Party PAC to oppose insurgents in the primaries. Well, Boehner [...]

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Boehner on Conservatives: “I Don’t Care What They Do”

December 12, 2013

By “they,” Speaker Boehner is referring to conservative groups upset at the latest Establishment capitulation over the budget. Unnamed conservative groups, by the way.  Real brave. Boehner’s maneuver was insidious — everyone knew the basic outline of the budget deal and conservatives thought that that outline sucked.  It does.  But to then to attack conservative [...]

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The Senate Just Got Nuked

November 21, 2013

There is an apocryphal story from a conversation once had between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in which GW referred to the Senate as a body whose purpose was to cool House legislation as a saucer is used to cool tea.  The Senate was a slow, deliberative body to counteract the tempestuous House.  From 1789 [...]

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Common Core Craziness

November 17, 2013

The Common Core is an attempt to nationalize the US education system in a way never before attempted.  It is skill-based, not content-based, and is not being phased in but thrust upon everyone all at once before enough long-term studies can be done on its actual worth.  It’s not adding to existing standards, it seeks [...]

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Obama Admits It’s Time for a Fix

November 14, 2013

After a month of taking hits across the political universe, President Obama finally offered a possible way to fix the immediate Obamacare disaster looming at year’s end:  insurance companies won’t be able drop people with coverage for a year.  This is to avoid the massive penalties uninsured or formerly insured people will have to endure [...]

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Deep Blue Jersey Feeling Obamacare’s Sting

October 24, 2013

Many useful idiots here in the Garden State, who voted 58-41% to keep America an Obama Nation (including 60-70% of my county), probably didn’t see this coming:  because of the new insurance mandates under Obamacare an estimated 800,000 New Jerseyans will have their health insurance directly threatened, dropped, or face significant changes.  Even my plan [...]

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Throw the Bums Out

October 16, 2013

Even as a deal nears on ending the possibility of default (at least for now), a new Rasmussen Poll shows that 78% of Americans want to fire the entire Congress and start over.  Count me among them.  Whether it’s the Democrats and their socialist policies that are trying to redefine America, or the Democrat-lite GOP, [...]

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Poll: Throw ‘Em Out!

October 11, 2013

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of “adults” (the least accurate type of polling sample aside from “people I know”) found that 57% of Americans would throw out their member of Congress if they could. Lucky for Americans, they can!  Every two years, we get to toss out the entire House and 1/3 of the [...]

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The Government Shuts Down

October 1, 2013

I looked up — the sky was still there.  I looked down — a giant hole did not swallow me up.  Life is good. Last night the federal government shutdown — let the political circus begin!  Since the MSM is primarily DC/government centric, they are in a predictable frenzy.  However, if your job is a [...]

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Government Shutdown Likely

September 30, 2013

With just hours to work out a deal over funding the federal government, it doesn’t look like either side will budge: the Dems believe that any shutdown will hurt Republicans, so why bother resolving anything; all while the Republicans spend their time negotiating with themselves since the Dems have no incentive to solve the problem [...]

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Senate GOP Stands with Obamacare

September 27, 2013

Funding for Obamacare is back on the table and headed for the House.  The cloture vote (essentially a vote to end debate and have a meaningful, real vote) passed 79-19.  That means 25 Republicans joined hands with all the Democrats.  On the real vote, the tally was 54-44 in favor of adding Obamacare funding back [...]

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Cruz Control*

September 25, 2013

Twenty-one hours of Ted Cruz yesterday on the Senate floor pounding Obamacare was great!  Whether or not anything good was going to come from the gesture the point was made, those who listened got a civics lesson, and those who believe in limited government appreciated a DC Republican sounding different than a Democrat for a [...]

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House GOP to Push Obamacare Defund Vote

September 18, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner finally bent to the pressure within his caucus to push for a vote to defund Obamacare, threatening a showdown with Senate Democrats and the President which could result in a government shutdown October 1.  While I’d love a full repeal, I’ll take the GOP short-term proposal which doesn’t repeal Obamacare (yet), [...]

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It’s August — Town Hall Time!!!

August 9, 2013

In August, Congress is in recess and some members actually hear from their constituents, traditionally in a town hall format.  It’s great seeing regular people speak truth to power, watching our elected officials squirm, pander or agree with that frustration.  Here’s a snippet from a Maryland town hall reported by Fox: At the end of [...]

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Rush Limbaugh’s Great Interview on Greta

July 31, 2013

Rush Limbaugh generally doesn’t like TV interviews, but seems to always make an exception for Fox’s Greta Van Susteren once in a while.  Yesterday, Rush sat down for over an hour for an interview, which essentially summarized what he’s been saying on the radio since February.  Here’s most of the interview on video. For those [...]

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Paul Ryan Falls Into Immigration Trap

July 28, 2013

The Senate’s immigration bill is a nightmare, and the House GOP could stop it dead.  But they won’t because the leadership sucks. Case in point:  former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan promised piecemeal action in small steps on immigration by October.  On the surface, that’s already considerably more responsible than the Senate’s “comprehensive” morass.  However, [...]

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