Tag: Elections

California Lawmakers Mandate Students Study About Obama »

You know your presidential popularity must be tanking when a state legislature has to pass a mandate requiring students to study about you in school. Recently the California State Legislature passed a new law (AB 1912) requiring the Instructional Quality Commission, which helps oversee the state’s Common Core standards, to consider revising the social...
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Political Spam »

I don’t know if you are as popular with the political insiders as I am, but already today I have received emails from Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In fact, I’ve received more than a dozen emails today alone from either the Democratic Party, Democrats involved in election campaigns, or Democratic...
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Immigration and Mindless Partisanship »

About two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Obama’s immigration policies. The polling reveals extreme partisanship: 60% of Democrats and 8% of Republicans approve of the president’s approach. And yet, there is nothing particularly remarkable about the current administration’s policies. In response to the increasing flow of children and women immigrants seeking asylum, Obama is escalating...
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India—A New Beginning? »

When Antoine van Agtmael of the International Finance Corporation coined the term “emerging markets” in 1981 and helped launch the first global fund aimed at investing in those countries, he was desperate to change the negative perception about the “Third World.” Little did he know that, a few decades later, the problem would be...
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There He Goes Again! »

Midterm elections are looming on the horizon and it therefore should not be surprising that President Obama is in the market for votes to stave off the loss of a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate or gain a working Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. An above-the-fold, front-page article in Wednesday’s...
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Elizabeth Warren: “We Are Not Resting Until at Least 50 Senators Are [Millionaire] Women” »

Elizabeth Warren is out selling herself and her new book, Fighting Chance, and her headline du jour is “We Are Not Resting Until at Least 50 Senators Are Women” I’m not sure why she thinks that would solve her biggest beef, which is, in her words: “Let’s just be real clear — the game...
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Campaign Donations: Freedom of Speech or of the Press? »

On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court overruled the $123,000 cap on what any individual may donate to federal candidates over any two-year election cycle, on the grounds that the cap violates First Amendment free-speech rights. Although this ruling leaves the $2600 limit per candidate intact, it is a big step in the right direction....
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Outside Money in Politics »

One complaint about political campaigns is that they are increasingly funded by “outside money” that comes from outside the jurisdictions in which the elections are held. In a recent special election in Florida to fill a seat in the US House of Representatives, $9 million in outside money was spent to influence that election....
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Civic Engagement »

My local newspaper, The Tallahassee Democrat, ran a story on March 19 reporting on a talk given by former Florida Governor and former US Senator Bob Graham. In his talk, Graham calls for more civic engagement. His talk was a part of a larger program titled “Choosing to Participate: The Power of Civic Engagement.”...
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Extortion, Part II »

I recently discussed Peter Schweizer’s book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. I want to mention one example from Schweizer’s book, to give a better idea of how this extortion occurs. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), passed in 1977, prohibits US companies from bribing foreign government...
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