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Entries from September 2011

Some Follow Up on Same-Day Caucus Registration

September 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Some Follow Up on Same-Day Caucus Registration

Yesterday’s post on the same-day caucus registration has been getting a lot of great feedback – thanks to everyone who passed it around.  Also, I’ll be on 99.1 FM Tuesday morning around 7:00 to discuss the topic. Unfortunately, there have also been some responses that aren’t exactly… fully accurate, either because the responder doesn’t understand […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Media Alert · Republicans

In Support of Same-Day Registration for the Nevada Caucuses

September 29th, 2011 · 5 Comments

I oppose same-day registration for elections, but caucuses are a significantly different animal.  For a caucus, the possibilities of effective fraud are miniscule, and the potential benefits to the Republican Party in terms of growing in size and strength are enormous.  So given this rather obvious cost-benefit to having same-day caucus voter registration, why are […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics

The TRUE Nature of the “Social Contract” is NOT the Class Warfare of the Left

September 23rd, 2011 · 11 Comments

I think it’s a testament to the core goodness (or at least the desire to be good) of most people that we don’t, for the most part, want to take things that don’t belong to us, and that we aren’t entitled to.  It’s not that people don’t, of course.  But when they do, most people […]

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Tags: Class Warfare

Another Debate, Another Liveblog

September 22nd, 2011 · 8 Comments

This was a good debate, but I don’t know that it was a game changer.  That’s unfortunate, I think, and it speaks to the bankruptcy of these debates’ formats. This leads to entrenchment, not breakouts. I worry that this will turn into a bruising, drawn out primary.  But then, Democrats worried about that with Hillary […]

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Tags: Campaign '12

Live Tapedelayblog of the President’s Job’s Speech

September 8th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I have to work for a living, so I couldn’t make it home in time to do a real live blog.  But here’s almost live reaction via my DVR, with listed times Eastern.

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Economy

Liveblogging the GOP Debate

September 7th, 2011 · 7 Comments

That’s the game, and I was glad I watched.  My initial, fresh off the field thoughts:  I give the win to Perry.  He was credible, NOT crazy, and just detailed enough to not sound like he was just spouting over-rehearsed soundbites.  I think Bachmann will fade after this – she had the most to lose, […]

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Tags: Campaign '12

In Defense of the Two Party System

September 6th, 2011 · 9 Comments

One of the downsides of being a political junkie is that you get tons of various campaign and political E-mails.  It’s not all bad – I usually find it pretty interesting.  But lately I’ve gotten a lot of junk, mostly on Facebook, from a small cadre of people pushing people to vote for Tim Fasano, […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Partisanship