Writing Archive

Blue States Most in Debt

Forbes:
The five states in the worst financial condition–Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California and New Jersey–are all among the bluest of blue states. The five most fiscally fit states are more of a mix. Three–Utah, Nebraska and Texas–boast Republican majorities and two–New Hampshire and Virginia–skew Democratic.**
I point to three factors.  First, states like New York, Illinois [...]

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Who is In Charge of the Map at the NRCC?

The Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that the NRCC sent out a press release on Monday hitting Rep. Glenn Nye, Democrat from Tidewater Virginia, for screwing over the taxpayers of New Mexico:
“If New Mexico taxpayers thoughts they had seen the worst of Glenn Nye’s fiscal recklessness, today’s White House budget proposal makes it clear that [...]

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A Republican Resurgence in George H.W. Bush States?

George W. Bush unveiled plans this week for his presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and according to architects’ renditions, it will have a front yard that is designed to look like a prairie.  Judging by the imagery surrounding W., one would think that his forefathers fought at the Alamo.
But as most astute [...]

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The GOP Now has ZERO Representatives in New England

Rep. Chris Shays was their last holdout, but he lost his CT-04 seat tonight by nearly 10 points. The GOP is now a phantom party in Northeast.
Two of the people I trust most on politics — Chuck Todd and Dave Wasserman — had an interesting point about this.  Here’s Chuck quoting Wasserman in First Read.
According [...]

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Red and Blue Schizophrenia

The Montreal Gazette asks why we cast Republican states (i.e. conservative ones) as red and paint Democratic ones (liberal) as blue:
“Red is the traditional shade of the left – nearly all Communist regimes waved a red flag. Blue suggests a devotion to the status quo, as in ‘a blue-blooded aristocrat.’”
They’ve got a point… But I [...]

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More on the Geography of the “No” Votes

1. “Sun Belt 1, Manhattan 0″
I wrote on Tuesday that representatives from the financial hubs mostly voted “Yea” and those from poor urban cores and fly-over states mostly voted “Nay.”
This is true, but it there may be a few more cross-currents at work here.
The folks at Observationalism noticed while the New York delegation was the [...]

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The Politics of Greenwich: “This is Our Katrina”

The Wall Street Journal reports on how the financial crisis is being handled in the hedge-fund hub of Greenwich, Ct., a town that “pays 13% of all state income taxes in Connecticut with only 1.8% of the population.”
According to Ned Lamont, the Kos-propped 2006 challenger to Joementum:
“It really is a financial tsunami, and it could [...]

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The Five Places McCain Should Go

Cross-posted at The Next Right.
Politico’s Charlie Mahtesian and Amie Parnes wrote an article yesterday about the “Five Places Obama Should Go,” and four out of the five areas they identified were places where he struggled against Clinton: Broward County, FL (Jews), Youngstown, OH (blue-collar, gun-owning Catholics), San Antonio (Latinos) and Mingo Couny, WV (“the heart [...]

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Could Lieberman Deliver Connecticut to the GOP?

Joe Lieberman (?-CT) has been spending plenty of time with John McCain lately, and now we get word from Ben Smith that’s he hosting conference calls with reporters bashing Barack Obama on Iran.  “Senator Obama argued today that American foreign policy in recent years has essentially sort of strengthened Iran…  and I disagree with that,” [...]

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McCain Looking Strong in the Northeast

New polls in New Jersey and Connecticut show John McCain tied with or leading both of his Democratic rivals in those two states. A new Rassmussen Reports survey of Garden State voters released today has McCain edging Barack Obama 43-42% and beating Hillary Clinton 45-42%. A Quinnipiac University poll of Connecticut voters [...]

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