Is a kid who attends 4th of July celebrations more likely to become a Republican?One study out of Harvard says so. The findings indicate that a child who attends at least one rain-free 4th of July celebration before the age of 18 is 4 percent more likely to vote Republican before the age of 40. And when eventual voting behavior is not considered, these children are still two percent more likely to identify as conservative....more
In 2007, the Obama campaign knew they couldn’t win with existing voters. The momentum for the Democratic nomination was with Hillary Clinton. In order to win, his campaign had to generate new voters....more
We want to tell Chris Matthews to take a chill pill and to not get so incensed about the things Michele Bachmann says. For example, in an interview during the mid-term elections, Chris asked Ms....more
We are in the beginning stages of a Federal budget battle. So here are some of the basics. The current fight is over both the 2011 and 2012 budgets. What is taking center stage currently though is what is called a Continuing Resolution for 2011. The United States is currently operating without a formal 2011 budget. The Federal Government is being kept open by a stop gap measure called a continuing resolution that provides funding through March 4, 2011....more
Each year, conservatives converge on Washington, DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Started in 1973 by the American Conservative Union (ACU), the event has grown to be the largest right-of-center conference of the year. This past weekend, more than 11,000 people attended and set a new record.
The combined budget shortfall of all 50 states is somewhere around $125 billion. There is little or no appetite for raising taxes in the state houses. States are forced by their constitutions to balance their budgets. There is little chance the federal aid that allowed states to avoid deep cuts in 2009 and 2010 will be make it out of Congress this year. That is the situation and it will require states to make deep funding cuts in&...more
Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose tirade against the Bar exam briefly became my mantra about 3 months ago, just wrote an interesting piece for The Atlantic (formerly the Atlantic Monthly). Wurtzel is an off-the-deep-end liberal, but a hell of a great writer, and I'm not partisan when it comes to wordsmithing....more
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