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  • Brian Fitzpatrick announces candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District

    02/04/2016 4:43:26 AM PST · 9 of 10
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; NFHale; GOPsterinMA

    On paper, and based on what’s in his website, Santarsiero looks like he’d be tough to beat, even though the district leans very slightly Republican. I’m still pissed that Mike Fitzpatrick retired (and not to run statewide, which would have been an acceptable trade-off) and that we have to count on his political neophyte brother to try to hold the seat.

  • Sanders Campaign Says It Was Informed By Iowa Dem. Party That Results From 90 Precincts Are Missing

    02/02/2016 4:12:47 AM PST · 97 of 182
    AuH2ORepublican to TigerClaws


  • White Actor Cast as Michael Jackson

    01/29/2016 7:29:31 AM PST · 85 of 85
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    No, the name would not be on the Official List of Acceptable First Names, and the request to add such name would be denied because it was not a real name in any country on Earth at any time in history. It’s completely made up shi’ite, and her parents are guilty of child abuse for branding their daughter with such a ridiculous name.

  • Louisiana Governor Race Results

    01/22/2016 3:56:24 PM PST · 134 of 138
    AuH2ORepublican to Theodore R.; fieldmarshaldj; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; abb

    This just in: Elbert Guillory is running for Congress, in the LA-04 House seat that Fleming is vacating to run for the U.S. Senate. Powerful candidacy announcement for Guillory:


    The LA-04 is based out of Shreveport, but includes much of Guillory’s home parish of St. Landry (but not his hometown of Opelousas, which is just outside the CD’s borders). Apart from the black-majority (and overwhelmingly RAT) LA-02, the LA-04 is the least Republican—and least white—CD in Louisiana, but it’s still like 2/3 white and held Obama just under 40% in both 2008 and 2012.

    Louisiana has that terrible (and, IMHO, unconstitutional) jungle primary system in which all candidates regardless of party run on the same ballot and, if no one gets 50%+1, the top two go on to a run-off; unless enough prominent Republicans run and split the vote and exactly two Democrats run and each gather 18%-20%, a Republican will win the election. Guillory is a conservative hero (he switched to the GOP a couple of years ago to become the first black Republican in the LA Senate since Reconstruction—and representing a black-majority district to boot) with a solid voting legislative record, and his ability to win votes from white conservatives and open-minded blacks should propel him to a top-two finish in the jungle primary and a victory in the general. But, of course, I thought that Guillory would do well in the Lt. Gov. jungle primary, and he got slaughtered, so we’ll have to wait and see whether he’s just tilting at windmills here.

    For the record, I am endorsing Elbert Guillory for the U.S. House of Representatives. We need more people like him in public service, and particularly in Congress. Sure, he’s 71 years old, so he may not serve in Congress for very long, but a black conservative that can explain eloquently why blacks should be Republicans is a necessary—albeit not sufficient—requirement for obtaining 25% of the black vote and putting the Democrats out of business once and for all.

  • Hanna Retirement Puts Seat At Risk for Republicans (another moderate gone!)

    01/07/2016 5:32:02 PM PST · 28 of 28
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy

    I just checked out the website for the only Republican that had announced for the seat and raised money prior to Steve Isra announcing his retirement, retired Marine Bull Gurfein, and while the website doesn’t say much about his issue positions he’s got a terrific background for the district, including being Jewish, an Ivy League grad (Harvard MBA) and a veteran of several wars: https://gurfeinforamerica.com I think that DJ may be right that Israel didn’t want to go through what would have been a tough reelection race.

    On an unrelated matter, Republican Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) announced his retirement after 12 years in office. He first was elected by defeating black conservative Republican Dylan Glenn in a primary runoff (decided among geographic lines, with Glenn winning big in areas around his home city of Columbus). Maybe Glenn could give it another go.

  • Date set to fill 57th District seat in state House (Pennsylvania national swing district)

    01/07/2016 3:17:23 PM PST · 16 of 16
    AuH2ORepublican to Shadow44

    So, of course, Fitzpatrick had to retire, thus making it that much harder to have a pro-life Representative in PA-08. I was hoping that he’d hang around at least through 2022 so that he could beat the virulently pro-abortion Charlie Dent when the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County CDs are combined in redistricting (after the Dem areas in Allentown and Bethlehem are placed in the heavily Dem PA-16 held by Matt Cartwright and heavily Dem Lower Bucks precincts are placed in the safely Democrat PA-13 held by Brendan Boyle).

  • MLB Hall of Fame

    01/07/2016 11:46:16 AM PST · 55 of 71
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    Edmonds (who, to the BBWAA’s shame, was one and out)

    Hate to leave off Edgar Martinez, Larry Walker, McGwire, Sosa or the three relief aces (Hoffman, Wagner and Lee Smith), but 10 is the limit.

  • Date set to fill 57th District seat in state House (Pennsylvania national swing district)

    01/07/2016 11:42:13 AM PST · 9 of 16
    AuH2ORepublican to Buckeye McFrog

    Yeah, Pittsburgh is still a political headcase, as is Philly. But most of the Pittsburgh suburbs—even the blue-collar ones—are voting Republican, as are the Rust Belt counties where pro-life and pro-gun, but very economically liberal, Democrats used to win every election.

  • Date set to fill 57th District seat in state House (Pennsylvania national swing district)

    01/07/2016 11:25:10 AM PST · 6 of 16
    AuH2ORepublican to Vigilanteman

    Westmoreland County (and, in general, Western PA) is now solidly Republican; I doubt that the Democrats will come within 10% of a halfway decent Republican in that district. It’s those suburban Philly districts that I’m worried about.

  • MLB Hall of Fame

    01/07/2016 11:21:30 AM PST · 53 of 71
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; SandyInSeattle; Artemis Webb; darkangel82; GOPsterinMA; hockeyfan44

    This was Tim Raines’s next-to-last year; he should finally get in next year. It’s a travesty that he’ll have to wait 10 years while Lou Brock (whose OBP was like 45 points lower and whose stolen-base percentage was far below Rock’s) got in on the first ballot.

    I would have left Griffey off of my ballot because I knew that he’d get in easily and there were at least 10 others for whom I wanted to vote.

  • Hanna Retirement Puts Seat At Risk for Republicans (another moderate gone!)

    01/05/2016 5:36:58 PM PST · 25 of 28
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; cotton1706; Impy; randita; perfect_rovian_storm; Clintonfatigued; sickoflibs; ...

    This just in (posted on Politics1.com): Democrat Steve Israel announced that he will not seek reelection next year. His Suffolk County (Long Island) CD (NY-03) is the most Republican-leaning CD in the Northeast not to be held by a Republican—it gave Romney 48.2% in 2012 despite Obama running strongly in NY after Hurricane Sandy. This now has become one of the GOP’s best U.S. House takeover opportunities in the nation.

  • Supreme Court Grapples, Once Again, With Redistricting

    12/31/2015 6:58:55 AM PST · 10 of 10
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    SCOTUS should rule that the Constitution’s requirement that the decennial Census be “an actual enumeration” of inhabitants limit its scope to legal residents (and thus exclude illegal aliens and people on tourist or other temporary visas); if it did that, the difference in eligible voters in each CD would be much smaller, and all districts would have more or less the same number of residents that either currectly are eligible voters or will or could become eligible voters in the next 18 years. But SCOTUS missed the opportunity to do so in the Utah vs. NC apportionment case (actually, the GOP Congress should have just legislated that sometime in 2003-2007), so I doubt that we’ll see that.

    The most that we’ll see from SCOTUS is a relaxing of the standard that pretty much leads to not more than one-person deviation among CDs in order to allow states to consider the number of adult citizen residents. Maybe allowing 10% deviation in number of residents per CD and 10% deviation in number of adult citizens per CD?

    As for the challenge of politically unrepresentative results, I doubt that will go anywhere, and it would be a terrible precedent were it to occur (unless SCOTUS somehow could limit its scope to “nonpartisan” commissions, which I don’t see how it could do so) because it would be used by liberal courts to strike down maps that draw extremely Democrat CDs in cities and GOP-leaning CDs in suburban and exurban areas. SCOTUS should have slayed the AZ commission last year because it was not created by the state legislature (which is the body entrusted by the U.S. Constitution to legislate on district lines) but Kennedy chickened out and signed on to Ginsburg’s opinion that “state legislature” means “either the state legislature or the voters in a referendum, be ause, you know, those Framers weren’t as progressive as we are.”

  • Cruz as President of the Senate?

    12/22/2015 7:10:13 PM PST · 56 of 93
    AuH2ORepublican to Theodore R.

    Of course the Senate would confirm him ... if only to get rid of him. In the Senate, they’d have to see him every day, but if he was on SCOTUS they’d only have to see him o ce a year. : )

  • Cary's Greg Brannon files for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Richard Burr

    12/22/2015 3:14:03 AM PST · 12 of 23
    AuH2ORepublican to ncpatriot

    No, McHenry is running for reelection to the House, not for the Senate. I mentioned him as an example of someone with a proven conservative record with the political and electoral skills to be able to win a U.S. Senate race in NC.

  • Cary's Greg Brannon files for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Richard Burr

    12/21/2015 4:51:14 PM PST · 6 of 23
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; cotton1706

    I Would be happy to see someone more conservative than Burr—such as Congressman Patrick McHenry—run against him in the primary, so long as such challenger wouldn’t cough up the seat to a liberal Democrat in the general election. Greg Brannon does not inspire confidence in me that he would beat the Democrat in the general. And, frankly, all that we have to base Brannon’s conservative bona fides is his say so. Why people with no record on which to stand keep insisting on running for the U.S. Senate instead of for a lower office is beyond me.

    I’d be far more willing to take a fly on Brannon if he ran against Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in NC-02 instead. Ellmers has been more disappointing than Burr, her district (which includes part of Cary) is more Republican than is the state as a whole (so it would be more difficult for Brannon to blow the general election), and, if Brannon ends up being a disappointment (or if he somehow loses the general), there will be a new election two years later to remedy the mistake. so why does Brannon insist that the U.S. Senate is the only office in NC worth seeking?

  • Hanna Retirement Puts Seat At Risk for Republicans (another moderate gone!)

    12/20/2015 6:31:08 PM PST · 14 of 28
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; lysie

    There are several dozen GOP congressmen whom I would like to see kicked out in the primary (including Long Island’s Peter King and New Jersey’s Rodney Frelinghuysen) becore I even would think about unseating Congressman John Katko. We’re very fortunate to have someone as conservative as Katko in that Syracuse-based district that Obama carried by like 17% in 2012, and he’s probably the only shot we have of keeping a liberal Democrat from taking back that seat.

  • Hanna Retirement Puts Seat At Risk for Republicans (another moderate gone!)

    12/20/2015 6:19:14 PM PST · 13 of 28
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; cotton1706; Impy; randita; perfect_rovian_storm; Clintonfatigued; sickoflibs; ...

    Richard Hanna is by far the most pro-abortion Republican in Congress (even more pro-abortion than Charlie Dent of PA-13 and Robert Dold of IL-10). I can see someone calling Hanna a “moderate” on other issues, but his voting record on life issues is that of a pro-abortion extremist.

    Hanna’s CD (NY-22) is one of the more Republican districts in Upstate New York. Romney actually carried the NY-22 n the 2012 presidential election despite the drubbing that Obama gave him statewide. The RATs don’t hold a single U.S. House seat in the Northeast that was carried by Romney over Obama, and they won’t be able to beat Assemblywoman Claudie Tenney (who will win both the GOP and Conservative Party nominations) next year.

  • Puerto Rico’s Embattled Governor Says He Won’t Run for 2nd Term

    12/16/2015 3:27:59 PM PST · 27 of 27
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

    And a redhead. Married to a TV presenter. From the small town of Patillas (which literally means “sideburns”). I swear I’m not making any of this up.

  • Puerto Rico’s Embattled Governor Says He Won’t Run for 2nd Term

    12/16/2015 3:25:21 PM PST · 26 of 27
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

    The Congressional Research Service has opined that the 14 years of residency within the United States is limited to residency in States of the Union or the District of Columbia, but the issue never has been litigated. Luis Fortuño had not resided in the U.S. mainland for 14 years prior to the 2012 elections (even if one counted his 4 years of college and 3 years of law school, or even his 4 years as Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in the U.S. House of Representatives, during all of which time he was domiciled in Puerto Rico).

  • Senator Ted Cruz Quotes FDR’s Grandfather In 5th GOP Debate

    12/16/2015 11:41:01 AM PST · 52 of 64
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    “I would use the reserve quote.”

    I think that you meant to write “the *reverse* quote.” Or maybe you were talking about baseball’s Reserve Clause? : )

    Speaking of which, your White Sox got some power at 3B now. But I prefer my Cubs’ additions ....

  • Puerto Rico’s Embattled Governor Says He Won’t Run for 2nd Term

    12/16/2015 11:36:28 AM PST · 20 of 27
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; cll

    Garcia-Padilla was a dead man walking, so his decision not to run gives the PDP hope of not getting crushed in the gubernatorial election. They’ll likely run another empty suit: former Secretary of State (and Olympic fencer) David Bernier, DDS.

  • Trump attacks Ted Cruz for not supporting ethanol subsidies

    12/12/2015 12:24:07 PM PST · 207 of 306
    AuH2ORepublican to VideoDoctor

    That is correct. One ha to be both brave and a principled conservative to admit to Iowa voters that you do not support ethanol subsidies.

  • Trump attacks Ted Cruz for not supporting ethanol subsidies

    12/12/2015 12:21:11 PM PST · 204 of 306
    AuH2ORepublican to VideoDoctor

    I’ll take you at your word that Trump was not bashing Cruz, but merely pointing out a difference in their issue positions. And I certainly have no problem with candidates pointing out their primary opponents’ positions and past statements and votes.

    But what we all should be aware of is that, once again, Donald Trump is trying to win the primary by taking a liberal position on an issue. Ethanol subsidies are the one thing that envirowackos, protectionists and big-government backers all support, and Trump once again “leads from behind” by taking a stance that he knows will be popular with his audience that particular day. Trump acts more like a politician than do the elected officials that he belittles as mere politicians.

  • Stumbo: "We're worried about the possibility of more defections"

    12/11/2015 6:19:18 AM PST · 13 of 16
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; Republican Wildcat; fieldmarshaldj

    Yeah, I thought the same thing. Pretty smart move for Bevin, who previously hadn’t shown much political deftness.

    But I’m still pissed that he’s returning voting rights to a whole bunch of (Democrat) felons.

  • Graham Calls Out Cruz For Failing To Condemn Trump's Muslim Ban

    12/10/2015 8:17:06 PM PST · 64 of 72
    AuH2ORepublican to sickoflibs; NFHale; Clintonfatigued; 2ndDivisionVet; fieldmarshaldj; Impy

    “Tonight the Dem channel is playing a clip of Trump telling police that one of his first actions will be signing a executive order to impose a death penalty on those who kill police.”

    So I guess that Trump not only doesn’t “want to hear about the First Amendment (at least when mentioned as an impediment on him shutting down the Internet), he doesn’t want to hear about the Tenth Amendment (federalism), or even Article I (which vests Congress with the federal legislative power). Not even Democrats say things this stupid. Okay, some Democrats do (like Obama), but these are things that he should have learned in sixth-grade civics class.

  • GOP power brokers are reportedly preparing for an 11th-hour floor fight to defeat Donald Trump

    12/10/2015 8:07:57 PM PST · 116 of 127
    AuH2ORepublican to Clintonfatigued

    “If Donald Trump is a faux conservative, as some claim, why is the Political Establishment so determined to destroy his candidacy?”

    Because he’s an outsider who doesn’t need to kowtow to them because he already has both money and fame.

    But that doesn’t mean that he’s a conservative. All evidence points to Trump being a liberal aon most issues and, at best, a very recent convert to a conservative on illegal immigration. Heck, four years ago he publicly was criticizing *Mitt Romney* for being *too tough* on illegal aliens. Was he lying then or is he lying now?

  • Gun sales: White House to seek expanded background checks (without Congressional approval)

    12/10/2015 12:25:20 PM PST · 58 of 80
    AuH2ORepublican to Zakeet

    Charlie Cooke (the conservative Brit, not the Toupee) says that Obambi is just posturing, and that his executive order won’t go anywhere or do anything:


  • Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported

    12/09/2015 4:14:53 AM PST · 42 of 43
    AuH2ORepublican to Clintonfatigued

    Check the date of the article ....

    According to links at the thread, the family later was allowed to stay. That doesn’t make the DOJ’s actions any less despicable, but at least they weren’t deported.

  • Louisiana Governor Race Results

    11/27/2015 2:05:46 PM PST · 130 of 138
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Theodore R.; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; abb

    True, Maness is no lupine gadfly. But thr fact that he didn’t eant to run for a four-year term in 2015 doesn’t make him a tested conservative, and if he couldn’t commit himself to a 4-year term in a state office how can he commit himself to a six-year U.S. Senate term?

  • Louisiana Governor Race Results

    11/27/2015 6:48:58 AM PST · 124 of 138
    AuH2ORepublican to Theodore R.; fieldmarshaldj; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; abb

    “Fleming is definitely more conservative than Scalise.”

    I just looked up the vote ratings in my 2014 Almanac of American Politics (has the 2016 edition come out?) and Fleming indeed had a more conservative voting record than did Scalise (albeit by just a smidge) during 2011 and 2012.

    Instead of looking at a single vote rating, I average the vote ratings from three conservative groups and (after converting them to a conservative score by subtracting the liberal score from 100) three libefal groups. The three conservative groups are the Family Research Council (social conservatives), the Club for Growth (economic conservatives), and the American Conservative Union or ACU (general conservatives); the three liberal groups are the AFSCME (pro-union), the League of Conservation Voters (environmentalists), and Americans for Democratic Action or ADA (general liberals). After getting the average score (or conservative-equivalent score) for each group for the two-year period, all of which are in a 100-point scale, I add them up and then divide by 600 to obtain a Conservative Vote Percentage.

    For the 2011-2012 Congress, Fleming had a Conservative Vote Percentage (CVP) of 95.33% (572 out of 600 possible points). This barely edged out Scalise, who had a CVP of 94.58% (567.5 out of 600). Both Fleming and Scalise were more conservative than was Boustany, whose CVP was 90.83%. Boustany actually had a more conservative voting record than now-Senator Cassidy, whose CVP for 2011-2012 was 87.00%. (To put things in perspective, the lone Democrat in the LA House delegation, Cedric Richmond, had a CVP of 11.83%.)

    “The most conservative choice though might be Tea Partier Col. Rob Maness.”

    Well, if we went by words alone, Maness would be the most conservative, but it’s easy to talk a good game when you don’t have a record with which to compare your words. You know all of those Republicans that have disappointed us in Congress? All of them claimed to be Reagan Republicans when they were campaigning. I wish that Naness had run for a lower office and compiled a conservative voting record first instead of jumping into one and now maybe two U.S. Senate races without any record with which to compare his words.

    It seems to me that Fleming has had an exemplary voting record in Congress, although I’m sure that he’s cast a few votes with which some of us would disagree because that’s what happens when you have to cast hundreds of votes a year. Boustany’s voting record actually may be as conservative as Vitter’s, but Fleming’s is better and I’m still pissed at Bustany for insisting on a more conservative CD for himself in 2012 that gave him an unfair advantage against Landry (by placing much of Landry’s CD in Scalise’s) and resulted in drawing a potentially competitive district in NW LA. Thankfully Fleming has been able to hold that NW LA CD, and hopefully we’ll hold it now that it’s opening up.

    So my preference as of now is Fleming.

  • GOP leader says Edwards backs New Orleans Democrat for (Louisiana) House speaker

    11/24/2015 8:51:08 PM PST · 25 of 32
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Theodore R.; GOPsterinMA; Impy

    Actually, WA and CA have a “blanket primary,” which is a bit different than LA’s “jungle primary.” In the blanket primary, everyone runs on the same ballot regardless of party, and the top teo finishers on primary day (which could be a candidate with 99% and a write-in with less than 1%) meet in the general election a few months later. In LA’s “jungle primary,” the “primary” is on the general-election day, with the top finisher bei g elected if he got 50%+1, and with a run-off a coue of weeks later between the top two finishers if no one got over 50%.

  • France's Charles De Gaulle Strikes ISIL Targets in Syria

    11/23/2015 6:15:54 AM PST · 11 of 15
    AuH2ORepublican to tcrlaf

    Wow, even dead Frenchmen are fighting ISIL.

    But what they need is a Charles Martel.

  • Louisiana Governor Race Results

    11/23/2015 6:05:50 AM PST · 116 of 138
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; Impy; Clintonfatigued; Theodore R.; BillyBoy

    Scalise has the best voting record in the LA House delegation, but he’ll likely stay in his safe House seat and leadership position. We’ll likely see a couple of less reliably conservative congressmen run (Boustany and Fleming ome to mind).

    Had Elbert Guillory not been crushed in the Lt. Gov. jungle primary he’d be my first choice.

  • Ex-state lawmaker Steve Kraus to run for U.S. House

    11/23/2015 5:55:27 AM PST · 9 of 9
    AuH2ORepublican to Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; NFHale; ExTexasRedhead; GeronL; ..

    Kaptur isn’t pro-life, but she sometimes casts pro-life votes (sometimes unexpectedly. But her current district, which takes in not just Democrat Toledo but also white Democrat parts of Cleveland, is unwinnable for us.

    The only pro-lufe woman i the House Democrat Caucus is Madeleine Bordallo, the (non-voting, except in committee) Delegate from Guam.

  • [One] Republican teams up with House Dems to create first Congressional Transgender...

    11/23/2015 5:39:55 AM PST · 53 of 53
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj

    True. And neither do Republicans need to win 59% and 49 states.

  • [One] Republican teams up with House Dems to create first Congressional Transgender...

    11/20/2015 6:29:02 PM PST · 41 of 53
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj

    On the bright side, the RATs never again will be able to win 44 states and 62% of the vote like LBJ did.

  • [One] Republican teams up with House Dems to create first Congressional Transgender...

    11/20/2015 4:43:58 PM PST · 38 of 53
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; Impy

    In 1980, 1984 and 1988, FL gave the R presidential candidate 56%, 65% and 61%, respectively, so Pepper’s CD was 1%, 5% and 3% *less* Republican than the state as a whole at the presidential level. Ros-Lehtinen’s CD, as redrawn in 20012, would have given McCain 50% in 2008 (3% more R than the state) and have Romney 46% in 2012 (3% less R than the state) thanks to the collapse of the Cuban GOP vote So I wouldn’t say that the district has become less Republican; it’s just that the R presidential candidates no longer get 59% nationwide or 65% in FL.

  • [One] Republican teams up with House Dems to create first Congressional Transgender...

    11/20/2015 4:29:06 PM PST · 37 of 53
    AuH2ORepublican to BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Imp

    Ros-Lehtinen decinitely lost Key West in the 2012 redistricting, but I think that she kept South Beach. In any event, I used to think that her pro-gay voting tecord was due to all of those gay constituents from 2002-2010, but that was before I learned of her “transgender” daughter.

  • Claudia Tenney launches 2nd GOP primary bid to unseat Rep. Richard Hanna (NY)

    11/17/2015 7:05:18 PM PST · 7 of 12
    AuH2ORepublican to warfrat; Clintonfatigued; neverdem; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; NFHale; ...

    In 2014, Tenney came pretty close to beating Hanna in the Republican primary (she lost 53%-47%), but Hanna likely would have been reelected anyhow because he was on tbe general-election ballot as the Independence Party nominee and *the Democrats didn’t run anyone*. Hanna is the Democrats’ favorite “Republican,” and they would vote for him over Tenney in the general if thefe isn’t a Democrat on the ballot. Tenney surely will get the Conservative Party nomination, but to defeat Hanna she not only has to beat him in the GOP primary but also either stop him from getting the Independence Party nomination or ensuring that tbe Democrats field a candidate. As I said in 2014, a conservative in the district should run as a Democrat and criticize Hanna (while pretending to be an acceptable candidate for Democrats), so that Hanna can’t win reelection after losing the GOP primary to Tenney.

  • UPDATE: 31 Governors Now Want Obama To Halt Refugee Program

    11/17/2015 6:48:48 PM PST · 60 of 72
    AuH2ORepublican to BillyBoy; Impy; SeekAndFind; fieldmarshaldj; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; GOPsterinMA

    Par for the course for Justin the Palestinian Paulistinian. He’s always ready to stand with the Islamists, although he disagrees with ISIS because they’re a threat to his buddies in the Iranian government. Someone should remind him why his father, a Palestinian Christian, emigrated to the U.S. instead of to one of the numerous Muslim countries that were much closer to him.

  • Tests show Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is now cancer-free

    11/17/2015 6:40:07 PM PST · 24 of 24
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

    FWIW, I read a while back that the reason why John Kerry and some others use the DAISH (or whatever) acronym is because it sounds like an insult in Arabic.

  • Massive 'crack in the Earth' opens up suddenly in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

    11/13/2015 4:24:19 AM PST · 80 of 81
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued; randita; BillyBoy

    As incredible as it sounds, Dr. Haynes may not be the most prominent black conservative Republican in Wyoming. That honor likely goes to state Relresentative Lynn Hutchings, who has served a couple of terms in the state house and has compiled a conservative voting record and received endorsements from numerous conservative groups: https://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/127281/lynn-hutchings#.VkXU72S9Kc0
    For what it’s worth, Hutchings came up from the TEA Party movement and is avowed “Dittohead.”

    If she’s interested in running for Congress, Hutchings would be my first choice, but the most important thing is to stop Liz Cheney from winning the seat.

  • Surge of Democratic Turnout Has Yet to Appear

    11/10/2015 2:28:54 PM PST · 14 of 15
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; Kaslin; randita; fieldmarshaldj

    You can thank the spineless Speaker Howell for ruling the Senate amendment to the redistricting bill to be “not germane”; had Howell allowed the amendment to be voted on by the House, it would have passed overwhelmingly and would have created Senate district lines that would have pretty much guaranteed a 2/3 GOP Senate majority.

  • Benishek chooses not to run in 2016 (MI 1st district)

    11/10/2015 2:20:21 PM PST · 13 of 14
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    The “since WWII” stat is for a state senator from the *western* UP, so I guess that there had been state senators from SDs in the eastern UP and part of the NE portion of the Mitten.

  • Benishek chooses not to run in 2016 (MI 1st district)

    11/10/2015 7:40:26 AM PST · 11 of 14
    AuH2ORepublican to Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; cripplecreek; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; NFHale; ...

    Casperson is in. Got to like his chances: a lifelong Yooper from Escanaba and the only Republican state senator from the Western UP since WWII (he’s already served for five years).

  • From the Herald archives: Rubio charged personal bills on GOP card (2010)

    11/07/2015 1:33:10 PM PST · 25 of 33
    AuH2ORepublican to RitaOK; justiceseeker93; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; SoFloFreeper; Vigilanteman

    That old story about Rubio’s use of tbe Florida GOP credit card is such a nothingburger that not even the Washington Post “Fact Checker” could find any fault in what Rubio did or said: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/11/06/heres-why-the-marco-rubios-corporate-card-saga-isnt-really-a-scandal/?postshare=8851446809989172&utm_source=jolt&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Jolt11062015&utm_term=Jolt

  • Paul Ryan Is Elected House Speaker, Hoping to Manage Chaos

    10/31/2015 10:09:40 PM PDT · 47 of 48
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    I just realized that the State Dept. counts Clay, Rayburn, etc. as only one Speaker. That certainly is inconsistent with how they treat presidents, secretaries of state, etc.

    I’d much rather have Cleveland win in 1892 and then have the Bourbon Democrats support McKinley in 1896 over that proto-Communist Bryan than have Harrison win reelection and give Bryan a real shot at the White House due to the 8-Year Itch. Besides, Cleveland was our last decent Democrat president.

  • Puerto Rico to ban plastic bags through executive order (Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signs)

    10/31/2015 9:55:24 PM PDT · 32 of 32
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj

    No, it’s pronounced just like normal Jennifer, even though her parents spelled it wrong (in an attempt to be “original,” I suspect).. Jennifer is by no means an uncommon name in PR, and usually is spelled correctly (and always is pronounced correctly), as is Jessica.

  • KY Gov Elections a Jump Ball in Final Days

    10/31/2015 9:50:02 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; yongin; Republican Wildcat

    If Bevin blows it, he will have no one to blame but himself. And coming out for “medical marijuana”? Really? It’s a recreational drug that medical associations have found has no medical qualities but can cause great damage, but potheads push that “medical” crap as a Trojan horse for eventual legalization. Where does he get his information, from the liner notes of an old Cypress Hill CD? Way to motivate conservative voters there, Bevin. I always suspected that he was a Paulistinian; I hope that it’s not the case and he’s merely stupid. And I hope that KY voters overlook his flaws and elect him anyhow, since Conway is a liberal douchebag that could use the governorship as a stepping stone to the U.S. Senate or maybe even the White House.

  • Puerto Rico to ban plastic bags through executive order (Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signs)

    10/31/2015 9:27:28 AM PDT · 28 of 32
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj

    It is almost certain that the next Resident Commissioner will be former Speaker (and current House Minority Leader) Jenniffer (sic) Gonzalez, a Republican from San Juan. She’s an economic conservative, but I suspect that she’s not as socially conservative as I’d prefer.