INDIANAPOLIS — A former state representative who cast himself as an outsider businessman akin to President Donald Trump has won Indiana's Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.Mike Braun, of Jasper, prevailed over two congressmen, in one of the nastiest primary contests in the country, for the opportunity to take on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in the November general election.Braun celebrated his victory Tuesday night amid cheering supporters at a brewery in the Indianapolis suburb of Whitestown."Tonight, Hoosiers spoke loud and clear — they want a conservative outsider representing them in the U.S. Senate and I am grateful to have their support," Braun said."This fall, we’re going to send a message to Senator Donnelly and the rest of Washington that politics shouldn't be a career and if we want to change things we need to change the people we send there. I'm going there to get the job done and come back home, and the only people I'll owe anything to is the voters … [Read more...] about Businessman Mike Braun wins Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination
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We don’t usually think about it, but most of how a relatively free society functions is through unwritten rules. The law is only capable of insuring consequences for a tiny fraction of bad behavior, so our civilization as a whole is pretty much responsible for maintaining social standards the rest of time.In politics, much of the enforcement of these unwritten rules has always been largely through self-policing. If someone was caught in a scandal, even if maybe the evidence against them wasn’t necessarily air-tight, or the violation really all that horrible, they were expected to do the right thing and resign their position, or drop out of a race (Gary Hart leaving the 1988 presidential race under circumstances so beatable that they would make Donald Trump giggle out loud today, immediately comes to mind).If a politician didn’t take the first hints from their own political party, the idea of co-existing with a bunch of people who would ostracize you for your … [Read more...] about It’s Pathetic, But Roy Moore Is Still Probably Going to Be a U.S. Senator
Last night the U.S. Senate voted on a bill that will extend the current Tax Cuts first put into place by President Bush after Senator Harry Reid appeared to capitulate to the threat of a Republican filibuster. This appeared to frustrate, if not anger MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night, and not only because it messed up the rundown of her show. It understandably irked the self-described progressive because it was just another example of, as she put it, “this phenom of passing bills in the house only to see it die in the Senate.”Maddow ran trough a litany of examples where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was successful in moving legislation consistent with both Obama’s and the progressive agenda forward through the House, only to see it die in the U.S. Senate. Then Maddow made very clear the stakes put forth by Senator Reid’s consistent surrender to the GOP: With the endless obstructions and delay tactics. The margins that Democrats have over Republicans has been … [Read more...] about Rachel Maddow’s Anger At U.S. Senate: ‘Game Over’ For Support From Obama Base?
While we currently have more women in the U.S. Senate than we ever have before (20 whole women!), there’s clearly room for improvement. Thankfully, the trajectory for women in the Senate seems to be moving continually higher, and after the upcoming elections in November, it’s possible that women will be making even more history.As reported by The Slot, there are currently six women running for senate seats in November, most of them in swing states where, if they win, they would be responsible for bringing back a Democratic majority. If only two of them win their races, we’ll have more women in the Senate than we’ve ever had before with 21. If all six win their races, which is unlikely (but a girl can dream!), that would bring the percentage of women in the Senate to 25%!It would be the first time in history when a full quarter of the Senate was made up of women, and would be a huge deal. So, who are the women you should be keeping an eye on?Tammy Duckworth … [Read more...] about U.S. Senate May Soon Have Record-Breaking Number of Female Senators
Here Roger Ebert reprints his review of the deficit documentary I.O.U.S.A., which CNN airs this weekend.From Ebert’s blog post: I’m reprinting my review of the nonpartisan doc I.O.U.S.A. again because it will be televised on CNN at 1 p.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 10, and 2 p.m. CST Sunday, Jan 11. Co-hosts will be CNN financial experts Ali Velshi and Christine Romans. Their panelists will include Pete Peterson, ormer U.S. Commerce Secretary; Dave Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General; Alice Rivlin, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Bill Bradley, former U.S. Senator.Okay, I’m going to reprint my own review out of Sundance — I’ve pasted it below. And I plan to catch the conversation on CNN this weekend because, honestly, I’m baffled by the free ride this doc has gotten, mostly from film critics and bloggers who haven’t scrutinized its claim to being “non-partisan.” Because this doc is about, generally, the … [Read more...] about REVISITING I.O.U.S.A.