Category Archives: Politics

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 26, 2014

• Happy Thanksgiving to all! Travel safely, and remember those less fortunate on this special holiday. • As the State Board of Elections certifies election results, we learn (from Jonathan Kappler, former research director at the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation) that Republicans received 54.1 percent of the vote in state House races, Democrats got 45.4 percent,Continue Reading

Dem wants fellow liberal silenced for disagreeing with the president

Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley’s decision to work with Republicans in a constitutional lawsuit against President Obama doesn’t sit well with Democratic congressman Robert Brady of Pennsylvania. Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller explains. Turley, a George Washington University law professor, is also a frequent media commentator on political issues. Despite describing himself as aContinue Reading

Barone notes that no one pushed Piketty policies in the recent election

French economist Thomas Piketty generated plenty of publicity last spring for his book bemoaning income inequality and calling for large-scale tax increases. Michael Barone‘s latest column posted at Human Events reminds us that Piketty’s ideas did not crop up during the recent election campaign. Liberal economists and pundits hoped that his revelations would finally getContinue Reading

Williamson has unsolicited advice about siting the next Democratic convention

Democrats are considering holding their 2016 national convention in New York, Philadelphia, or Columbus. Kevin Williamson of National Review Online has another idea. I’ve argued for years that political parties should hold their conventions in the city that best represents their policies. For Republicans, that would probably be somewhere in the Houston suburbs, or possiblyContinue Reading

The role of ‘forgotten’ Americans in midterm elections

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online attempts to help explain why Democrats fared so poorly nationally in the last election. In our vast nation of 320 million people, there are still millions of mostly middle-class voters, along with the proverbial white working class, who are ignored by Democrats. They feel desperately squeezedContinue Reading

You might be a ‘progressive’ if …

… you think the purpose of holidays is for causing political arguments with your other family members. “Everything is political,” so you plan ahead to harangue your “incorrect” relatives (as if such boorish behavior could ever be persuasive). This week has seen a flourishing of tips on how to lecture your family on “progressive” politicsContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, November 25, 2014

• According to media reports, Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley (at right), a Democrat, will prevail after a recount in her race against Republican attorney Mike Robinson. Former Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Beasley to the court in 2012. • WUNC radio looks at the issues that will face House Speaker-designate Tim Moore in theContinue Reading

Lessig’s group charged with breaking campaign laws

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports on complaints surrounding the activity of a “super PAC” tied to campaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig. Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig, a co-founder and the face of Mayday PAC, launched the super PAC in the run-up to the most recent election season and raised over $10 millionContinue Reading