Column: What Does Budget Deal Mean For ‘President Paul Ryan’?

It is worth noting, in the aftermath of widespread conservative distaste of the budget deal just passed by Congress, that the Right has not gone ballistic against one of its authors, House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan.   They’re not necessarily happy with the role Ryan played, or how he got a pretty sizable (169 …

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A Dem Sweep In The Old Dominion: Obenshain Concedes In Va. A.G. Race

The last hope for the Republicans in Virginia is now over.  Mark Obenshain, the GOP nominee for state attorney general, conceded defeat today to fellow state Sen. Mark Herring (D). On election night, Herring’s lead stood at 165 votes, making it the closest statewide election in Virginia history.  So close that Obenshain asked for a …

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Column: If GOP Goes For A Gov In 2016, It May Not Be Christie

The question has been asked and asked often:  Does the Republican nominee for president in 2016 need to be a governor? Not surprisingly, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Rick Perry and Terry Branstad, governors all, say yes.  Washington is too tainted to be associated with, they argue, in effect eliminating Republican lawmakers such as …

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Virginia’s Obenshain, Down By 165 Votes, Calls For Recount In A.G. Race

The closest statewide race in Virginia history may not be over just yet. Mark Obenshain, the Republican nominee for attorney general, has asked for a recount, having been declared the loser to fellow state Sen. Mark Herring (D) on Monday by just 165 votes — a margin of about .007%.  More than 2.2 million votes …

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Who Dat? – A

In using illustrations of campaign buttons to accompany these political postings, we have often come across buttons whose origins have escaped us.  Thus, every now and then we’re going to post some of these unknown items, in the hope that you can identify some of them. Here’s a selection of campaign items of candidates whose …

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Democrat Leads In Final Uncalled Virginia Contest

There is no shortage of interpretations as to what happened in Virginia on election day.  The most popular explanations as to why Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, lost (to Terry McAuliffe) were either that Cuccinelli was too far to the right to win over centrist and independent voters, or because the GOP establishment bailed …

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Newcomer McAllister (R) Wins Special House Race in Louisiana’s 5th CD

Back in August, when Rep. Rodney Alexander (R) announced his resignation to take a job in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal, the conventional wisdom was that the next congressman from Louisiana’s 5th District was going to be GOP state Sen. Neil Riser. It was a logical expectation.  Riser had the backing of nearly everyone …

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Raul Ramirez, KQED News Executive, Dead At Age 67

The world has lost a remarkable journalist and an even greater human being.  Raul Ramirez, the executive director of news and public affairs at KQED in San Francisco, lost his battle with cancer on Friday.  He was 67. An excellent recounting of his life on the KQED web site.  

39 House Dems Break With White House On Upton’s ‘Fix Obamacare’ Bill

A month ago, we were talking about the disunity in the Republican Party, with the Tea Party and “establishment” wings of the GOP pointing fingers at each other for the mess the government shutdown was creating for them. Now the focus is on the other guys. Democrats, who stood as one during the entire 16-day …

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