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Senator Jeff Flake, Senate, term limits, conservatism, Conscience of a Conservative, Arizona

Sic Transit Gloria Flake

Yesterday, a major American politician gave up. Sort of. Senator Jeff Flake, the junior member of the upper chamber from the State of Arizona, took to the Senate floor to announce that his “service in the Senate will conclude at the end of my term in early January, 2019.” Actually,






Democratic Party, gubernatorial nominee, governor, Frank Northam, Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, racism, politicians

Omission of Character

One downside to jumping to the wrong conclusion is that the failure to even look for the correct, accurate conclusion inevitably follows.  This sleepy odd-year campaign for governor of Virginia has recently been riled by charges of racism. Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Frank Northam made the “mistake” of “omitting” the






Truth in Accounting, TIA, Financial State of the States, Sheila Weinberg, initiative, democracy

Initiative Surplus?

Only nine out of 50 states can pay their bills and meet their obligations; 41 cannot, barring major tax increases or spending cuts. That’s what we learn in last month’s “Financial State of the States” report from Truth in Accounting (TIA). Alaska is in the best shape, “with $11 billion






Spain, Catalan, self determination,, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Mises

Self-Determination, Anyone?

An election can be a clarifying event. So can the suppression of an election. Over the weekend, more than two million Catalans, greater than 40 percent of those eligible, voted in a referendum on independence from Spain. To which Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared, “There was no independence referendum in






HIllary Clinton, Right Wing Conspiracy, gerrymander, states convention, lies

O That Wacky Gerrymandering

Hillary Clinton: always wrong. Oh, I’m sure that when she tells the maid “We need milk,” she’s accurate enough. Otherwise — forget it. Her latest howlers pertain to the movement to convene a Convention of States. If two thirds of the states call for the convention, it “will be” convened,






spoiler, GOP, incumbents, Republicans, Pro-Trump

Crazy Like a … Spoiler

Seven Republican members of Congress — three in the last two weeks — have announced their retirement.* The Democrats, needing 24 additional seats to gain a majority, see an opening. Steve Kornacki, MSNBC’s national political correspondent, calls these seven “pure retirements.” That is, these politicians aren’t seeking another office, they






If This Be Blackmail. . .

The Republican Party now boasts of more positions of power than . . . ever? And yet the GOP is in danger of falling apart. The Democrats, now forced to endure Hillary Clinton’s new absurdity, What Happened, appear at wits’ end. They just do not “get it.” Alas, “not getting






leverage, politics, Virginia, Libertarian, influence

The Reverse of the “Spoiler Effect”

“Voter surveys have found the GOP-controlled Congress,” I wrote last weekend at Townhall, “to be more popular among self-described Democrats than self-described Republicans.” Why? Because Republican politicians are proving themselves unable — even unwilling — to legislate as they have promised. One word: Obamacare. And few dare actually cut spending






Republican Ed Gillespie, Democrat Ralph Northam, Libertarian Cliff Hyra, Virginia, Governor, race, election, vote,

Virginia Déjà Vu?

Virginia’s odd-year elections this November 7th offer the nation’s premier race for governor, pitting Republican Ed Gillespie against Democrat Ralph Northam . . . . . . oh, and also Libertarian Cliff Hyra. Could it be a repeat of four years ago? In 2013, notable Friend-of-Bill and Democratic Party nominee






House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator, Luther Strange, Washington, establishment

Strange Money

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sure is popular . . . in Washington. Elsewhere? Well . . . In Alabama, a Republican runoff on the 26th pits controversial Judge Roy Moore, who gained national attention fighting to keep a Ten Commandments monument on court grounds, against U.S. Senator Luther Strange,






Antifa, violence, Berkeley, free speech, fascists, alt-right, alt-left

Alt-Comparisons

“There is no comparison,” concluded Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan, after spending her entire column doing just that, i.e. comparing Antifa, the so-called “alt-left,” with Nazis and white supremacists, the so-called “alt-right.”  When Trump spoke about Charlottesville violence on both sides, Sullivan argued, “He was comparing things that aren’t the






Tim Eyman, Washington, initiative, free speech, tax, taxes

Know Your BS

“Help me get my B.S. in the voters pamphlet,” read the subject-line of Tim Eyman’s email.  Eyman is a practitioner of the art of the voter initiative, foremost in his state, Washington, and one of the most effective nationwide.* This particular call to action concerns the voter pamphlet statements about






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