Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL
Dixie Goes All Republican
Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard
In 2010, the Alabama legislature went Republican for the first time in 136 years. In 2011, Republicans won the Mississippi statehouse and Louisiana's legislature””for both, a first since Reconstruction. That leaves Arkansas as the Holdout StateBut Arkansas is wobbling. If its legislature falls to Republicans this year””the odds are 50-50 or better””all 11 states of the old Confederacy will be in GOP hands. And the political current that is transforming the South from a Democratic bastion into the bedrock of Republican strength nationally will…
Charles Blow, New York Times
Putting too much stock in presidential polls before the party conventions can be tricky. They are meaningful because they offer a snapshot of the state of play at the moment, but they are hardly predictive because many voters don’t truly engage until the election draws nearer.
Obama’s Clean Energy Revolution
Michael Grunwald, Time
Before President Obama took office, the U.S. had 25 gigawatts of wind power, and the government’s “base case” energy forecast expected 40 GW by 2030. Well, it’s not quite 2030 yet, but we’ve already got 50 GW of wind. We’ve also got about 5 GW of solar, which isn’t much but is over six times as much as we had before Obama. Mitt Romney has suggested that wind and solar are “imaginary” sources of energy, but they can now power 15 million homes, and their industries employ more than 300,000 Americans….