WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 2014, more Louisianans identify themselves as or lean Democratic (45%) than Republican (41%), a shift from the slight edge Republicans have held for past three years. The shift in party preferences is likely a welcome indicator for Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu as she attempts to win her fourth term in one of this year’s most highly watched U.S. Senate races.
From the Washington Post article, Supreme Court rules 5-4 for Republican plan to limit early voting in Ohio.
The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start.
The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new plan, passed by the Republican-led legislature. But the court’s four liberal justices said they would have stayed out of the case and left those decisions in place.
Ohio argued that the new plan — reducing from 35 to 28 the number of days voters could cast an early ballot — could not be seen as violating the rights of minority voters.
Civics classes emphasize the importance of voting. We were constantly reminded that voting was an important civic right that every American had a responsibility to perform. How could that be right? In the past 10 years, Republicans throughout the United States have made ever conceivable argument that voting rights should be restricted where minority voters have availed themselves of the option.
A summary, again, from the Washington Post:
There has been a long legal battle over voting in Ohio since 2004, when long election-day lines meant some Ohio residents actually missed the chance to vote.
When Democrats have run the legislature, they have passed laws that create extensive early voting opportunities, and Republicans have sought to trim those back when they have control.
Ahhh, now it all makes sense.
From an article in the October 3, 2014 Newsweek, “Working-Class White Men Make Democrats Nervous,” we find the following:
In one survey, working-class men were given this choice for describing the poor:
A. they have a hard life;
B. an easy life.
Nationally, about 44 percent said the poor had it easy, and 47 percent said they had it hard. But among non college white men it was 56 percent easy and 30 percent hard.
When asked whether government should do more to solve national problems or leave more to individuals to decide, Americans overall split, 45 percent in favor of more government intervention to 51 percent against. By contrast, a full 62 percent of white working-class men said government should do less.
A large swath of American voters are and selfish, and Democrats have to find a way to deal with that if they want to remain in a position to help those who need the help.
From a Sports Illustrated interview by Jeff Ritter:
Ritter asked Watson what makes him frustrated or angry.
“The state of our country, how much we’re in debt,” Watson said. “How much Obamacare has failed in its beginning stages, and the government not fessing up to say it made a mistake.
“We still print money to keep things going. We live in a bubble economic world. Our real estate is still in dire straits. No one wants to talk about that. We don’t want to talk about the cost of the changes in government that have been brought upon by the present administration.”
As you might imagine, I’m not a fan of Tom Watson.
Am I happy the American team lost in the Ryder Cup competition? No. Am I happy that Watson’s captaincy was a disaster? Why, uh, yeah!
I’m not interested in what Tom Watson feels about the State of the Union, but I’m really disappointed to hear him comment in that forum about things he, no doubt, isn’t smart enough to fully understand.
Phil Mickelson’s passive-aggressive attack on Tom Watson’s leadership of the U.S. Ryder Cup team has come under fire from several quarters, with Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee the most outspoken in his harsh criticism of the five-time major champions "one-man mutiny."And even though Tiger Woods watched his once and future teammates’ latest Cup debacle from his couch as he nursed his injured back, Chamblee just could not resist blaming Woods as part of the reason the U.S. blew last week’s Cup as well as six of the last seven biennial competitions.
My reaction — fuck Brandel Chamblee, winner of just one event as a pro. Where the hell does he find the nerve to cast blame on two of the greatest golfers in history? Brandel, do us a favor and restrict your on-air criticism to subjects in which you are qualified to ponder — certainly something other than golf.
— Lisa H (@LiberalMunky) September 25, 2014
A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed one barrier to restarting an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups, a legal setback for the Republican who is locked in a tough re-election campaign.
The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that halted the probe, but the judges found state courts are the proper venue to resolve legal issues with the case.