Jebbed

Nate Silver – in a piece entitled “Is Jeb Bush Too Liberal To Win The Republican Nomination In 2016” – answered the question halfway, after providing a nifty visual of Republicans rated (according to Silver’s choice of ratings on indices: voting records, donor base and public statements on the issues. Here’s the list:

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Fingers Crossed

For decades, government has tried to reduce smoking by teenagers. The results have been positive, but painfully slow. With the e-cigarette, the private market introduced a tool that radically slashed the number of teen smokers. And government is not happy. The most important thing in our society is not to do good; it is to not compete with government.

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Small Win

A Long Island woman, jailed for being a Tea Partier, wins big bucks in her lawsuit: Southhampton cops searched her and found a legally owned rifle that she was transporting from a nearby rifle range. She contends a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene later and said to her, “I bet you are one of those Tea Party people.” When Genovese said she’s gone to Tea Party rallies, he allegedly said, “You’re a real right-winger, aren’t you?” and “You are a ‘Teabagger’” and then added that she’d be arrested for terrorism to make an example of other “right wingers.”“Ms. Genovese was subjected to a level of abuse because [authorities] did not share the same political views as she did and saw this as an excuse to deny her even the most basic civil rights,” her lawyer Frederick Brewington said.​​ Winning money is nice – but that’s one thing government officials are never […]

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Grounds For Optimism

It’s an easy time to feel pessimistic about America.  Forget the fact that we have the worst president in history (althought that doesn’t help much).  Part of the disaffected right would have you believe that our entire political class, GOP and Democrat, are about the same.  I see your objection – Boehner’s depressing cave on spending – and raise you Ted Cruz and Justin Amash and a few good Tea Party Republicans. But yet I feel some optimism. 

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Number Soup

The new GOP majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives is going to try to capitalize on the red/blue, rural/urban divide down which the votes broke last month. This is a mixed bag of good and bad – more about that later today – but we had a little blast from the past in the reporting on the subject.

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This Saturday: Help Save Freedom

Don’t forget – this Saturday, December 13 is the Minnesota Gun Rights Seminar and Member Meeting.  It’ll be at the Chaska Community Center starting at 9AM. Come out, hear some great speakers, and find out what the good guys are going to be doing in the coming year. And most important:  become one of the good guys. For more info, check out the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (Web, Facebook, Twitter)

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Mandated Equality

Two truisms at play in this story: If someone has to mandate your equal outcome [*], then you probably really aren’t equal. Economics 101:  Forcing people to pay more or less for a good or service than they naturally would will distort the market.  Force the price up, and you’ll get a black market.  Force the price down, and you’ll get less of the good or service.

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