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A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Reaction

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Reaction
E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
BURLINGTON, N.C. — The clergy gathered in the second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections. The five African-American pastors and bishops represented diverse theological traditions, but all were profoundly unhappy over what North Carolina’s ultra-conservative state government in Raleigh had done to reduce access to the ballot box, cut education spending, and turn back money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The irony, said the Rev. Dray Bland, pastor of First Baptist…

Look Who’s Data Mining Your Toddlers
Michelle Malkin, RealClearPolitics
Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to “TS Gold” in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it’s too late. What’s happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It’s a Big Government/Big Business “gold” rush you don’t want to join. “TS Gold” stands for Teaching Strategies Gold. This “school readiness assessment system” was mandated…

Washington Cannot Stop Progress
Scott Rasmussen, RealClearPolitics
In 1913, an entrepreneur “said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years.” For that accurate assessment of reality, he was prosecuted for stock fraud. A U.S. District Attorney claimed that, “based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public … has been persuaded to buy stock in his company.” Among other things, this highlights the old adage that behind every great idea are a hundred people saying it can’t be done. It also helps explain why, even though the digital…

S.D. Senate Race Tightens Amid Green-Card Scandal
Adam O’Neal, RealClearPolitics
During a debate this past summer, South Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland accidentally acknowledged Republican Mike Rounds — the former governor and his leading opponent — as a “soon-to-be” senator. The crowd laughed, and Weiland immediately caught his mistake. He took the verbal flub in stride, joking, “That’s a good gaffe!” Though Weiland clearly misspoke, his words seemed understandable at the time. Virtually every major electoral forecaster had described the three-way race in South Dakota — along with likely lopsided contests in West Virginia…

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