In a fundraising email to supporters, E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, attacked Sean Parker.
E.W. Jackson, the far right wing Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia has now added Sean Parker, a tech mogul instrumental in the success of Facebook, to an enemies list that includes gays, Planned Parenthood and yoga practitioners.In an email to supporters tonight entitled "Pirates," Jackson slammed Parker, a Virginia native who recently donated $200,000 to Jackson's Democratic opponent, State Senator Ralph Northam.
Instead of offering his usual concessions Wednesday, Obama borrowed from Cheney—and hit back at claims he’s forcing Americans to pick ‘Ferrari’ over ‘Ford’ health-care plans.
President Obama’s speech at Faneuil Hall was probably his most passionate and unapologetic defense of the health-care law in ages, maybe since its passage. At times like this in the past, Old Mr. Reasonable has hemmed and hawed, ceding that his opponents had a point, but insisting—reasonably, of course—that he had a better one if you just stopped and thought about it. But Wednesday afternoon in Boston gave us a different Obama. He took a page out of the Bush playbook or, dare I say it, even the Cheney one.
A Montana state senator running for Congress speaks with a very distinctive regional accent.
A Montana rancher running for Congress may have left his roots behind but not his heavy Maryland accent.Matt Rosendale is a Republican state senator from Glendive, Montana who recently announced his candidacy for the state's at-large House seat. In a campaign video released today, Rosendale discusses individual liberty and freedom as images of the Montana landscape flicker across the screen. It all seems familiar for a Republican from the Mountain West, save for his voice.
Facing down questions with an icy calm, the health secretary admitted that the Obamacare rollout has been a disaster. But her critics didn’t get any of the answers they wanted.
With Republicans calling for her resignation, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did her best to defend the integrity of the Affordable Care Act, apologizing for its rocky rollout and promising the American people it will be fixed by the end of November. “You deserve better,” she said. “I apologize.”It didn’t help her cause that Healthcare.gov was down for the entire time she testified Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce committee.
These days, anti-government zeal should appeal to just about everybody, right? But a new poll shows that libertarians' narrow base is nowhere near mainstream electoral success.
Politically, this has been a good year for libertarians. Not only do they have savvy champions in the form of Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan (among others), but revelations of unprecedented government surveillance have made Americans more skeptical of the national security state and more open to a message of restraint in foreign policy. In addition, a growing number of conservative intellectuals see a populist libertarianism as key to the future of the Republican Party, while a smaller group of progressives have floated the idea of a left-libertarian alliance on national security to push against the Washington consensus of invasiveness and intervention.
Ted Cruz advocated overturning nearly 100 years of Supreme Court precedent on Wednesday.In a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C, the Texas senator advocated overturning the high court’s 1920 decision in Missouri v. Holland. In that case, the Court upheld as constitutional a treaty that required the federal government to enact laws regulating migratory birds after a previous statute on the subject was found unconstitutional in a lower court.
With 58 percent of Americans supporting the legalization of marijuana, 2013 will be remembered as the year America surrendered in the drug war. But will Obama embrace it?
Years from now, 2013 isn’t going to remembered as the year when Obamacare went down faster than a Clinton-era White House intern, President Rand Paul made a name for himself by filibustering against drone strikes and secret kill lists, or Miley Cyrus twerked onstage as sexily as a Rhesus monkey with electrodes strapped to its genitals.No, 2013 is going to be remembered as the year the drug war died as a political issue. The headline of the latest Gallup Poll on the subject says it all: “For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana.
From governor to attorney general and state House, Democratic candidates are campaigning on guns—and painting their opponents as extreme. This cycle, the strategy looks like a winner.
If you were told a Republican has a 30-point lead in one of the two states that hold off-year gubernatorial elections, in the past you would have guessed Virginia, seat of the old confederacy, certainly not New Jersey. But the politics have flipped. Republican Chris Christie is cruising to victory in the blue state of New Jersey, and Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a big lead in Virginia, topping a ticket that could sweep enough Democrats into elective office to install a Democratic attorney general for the first time in decades and break the GOP’s lock on the Virginia General Assembly.
One Nevada state assemblyman said he'd vote for slavery if his constituents demanded it. Here’s why representatives have to do more than just listen.
Let’s say you’re a lawmaker talking to skeptical constituents. You’re trying to convince them of your loyalty to their concerns. You’ll vote for anything they support—no policy is too outrageous if the voters of the district want it. You’ve listened a string of examples, but you’ve said nothing to emphasize the point.Now, if life were a mid-1990s teen sitcom, there would be a freeze frame. The camera would pull in, the background would darken, and you would give a meta-commentary on the events.
Senator Marco Rubio made immigration reform his trademark issue, until it gained democratic support. Jamelle Bouie on the GOP’s ill-fated tactic of refusing cross-party cooperation.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio thought he was cementing himself as a Leader of Republicans™ when he rushed to put comprehensive immigration reform on the party’s agenda. And the bill that came out of this—the “Gang of Eight” proposal in the Senate—is his baby; attuned to his priorities and meant to address the concerns of a skeptical conservative base.But, the cries of an establishment desperate to stem its bleeding with Latino voters notwithstanding, right-wing Republicans don’t want immigration reform.
The president said over and over again that if I liked my health insurance I could keep it. Now I'm one of the thousands of people with canceled policies.
It's always exciting to be part of a chapter in American history. I happen to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people whose insurance coverage was canceled for not complying with the terms of the Affordable Care Act. As a result, not only will I pay more, but I have had to divert many otherwise useful hours to futzing around with websites and paperwork. President Obama promised, "If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.
A week before the election Terry McAuliffe is on the verge of becoming the governor of Virginia. Jamelle Bouie says Ken Cuccinelli is one of the worst gubernatorial candidates in recent Republican history.
Ken Cuccinelli is losing, but his supporters don’t seem to know it. At least not yet. On Monday, around 200 people squeezed into a small banquet hall—located in his old state senate district—to kick off the last leg of the attorney general’s gubernatorial campaign. The crowd of supporters and former constituents was eager to see Cuccinelli, and his partner for the afternoon, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. “I’ve known Ken for eleven years,” explained Audrey Dutton, a local Republican activist, “He is a man of his word and I trust him completely as a political figure.
Republicans certainly deserved a few weeks of ‘toldja so!’ about the site’s awful rollout. But why can’t they start helping their constituents figure it out now, as Democrats did with Bush’s Medicare Part D?
OK. I’ve officially had enough of this Republican gloating about HealthCare.gov. Yes, it was a major and inexcusable fiasco, as I wrote last week. So they were entitled to a week of “we told ya so.” Or even two. But really, it’s practically a month now. Enough already. I know that we expect no decency from these people, so this will sound naïve, but truly, what they should be doing now is helping their constituents figure it all out. That’s what the Democrats did in a similar situation.
Jay Stamper first came to national attention a decade ago as a political prankster, but he tells David Freedlander his quixotic Democratic campaign for Lindsey Graham’s Senate seat is no joke.
It is hard to be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in a state as deeply Republican as South Carolina.It is harder when you have to brush back questions about whether your campaign is little more than an elaborate prank.“Uhhh…”Jay Stamper, the man challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham, responded when the query was put to him directly in a phone interview last week. He paused for several seconds. “No. That would be the answer. I can’t imagine someone doing this as a prank.
Pundits may think corporate America will finally break the Tea Party, but a Wall Street-friendly message will never motivate the blue-collar conservatives who represent the real challenge to the radicals’ anti-government orthodoxy.
Is there a constituency in today’s Republican Party that can challenge the Tea Party? Yes, but pundits are looking for it in the wrong place.Since the government shutdown, the press has run endless stories with headlines like “Big Business Tries to Unseat the Tea Party” and “Wall Street Angry at Tea Party,” speculating that corporate America will lead the charge against Ted Cruz and company. The idea seems to be that the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable can rouse an army of pragmatic, business-oriented Republicans against the fanatical Tea Party hordes.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
Republicans insist that extended jobless benefits hurt workers, but the fact is that unemployment insurance is keeping millions of people afloat and in the job search.