“In the American imagination,” author Ron Chernow wrote in the Wall Street Journal June 28, “the founding era shimmers as the golden age of political discourse, a time when philosopher-kings strode the public stage, dispensing wisdom with gentle civility.” But in this case, the imagination is a lie.
The Obama administration announced recently that it intends to sue Arizona in order to temporarily block implementation of SB 1070 until Congress passes its own version of comprehensive immigration reform.
The voters of Port Chester, New York, went to the polls on Tuesday, June 15 using cumulative voting and early voting. They did so because the Village of Port Chester was ordered to do so by a federal court. According to Amy Ngai of FairVote, this was the first time such methods of voting were used in the State of New York.
The Obama-era CIA has awarded a $100 million contract to the private mercenary firm Xe Services, the former Blackwater Worldwide, to guard its facilities in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post for June 24.
Andrew Cuomo, in announcing his candidacy for Governor of New York, has attacked: “The influence of lobbyists and their special interests.” His solution is to pass state campaign finance laws which create new contribution limits. As he delivered this pronouncement, however, Cuomo sat on an estimated $7.1 million that he had received from political action committees, real estate and construction firms, big unions, and health care lobbying firms.
To the dismay of free-speech advocates across the nation, the House of Representatives passed the DISCLOSE Act (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act) yesterday evening by a vote of 219-206.
"I wouldn't take it off the table," USA Today on June 24 quoted Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he told reporters that he's not ruling out the possibility of a filibuster against President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan.
Federal Judge Martin Feldman issued an injunction on June 22 ordering Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Obama administration not to enforce a federal moratorium on all drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf in water at depths greater than 500 feet.
Standing in front of the entrance to the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum the night of June 23, State Representative Nikki Haley gave a victory speech. With a 65-35 winning percentage, she had just handily defeated her runoff opponent, four-term U.S. Congressman J. Gresham Barrett, to become the Republican nominee for Governor of South Carolina in the coming November election. Haley will be facing State Senator Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic nominee.
Democratic politicians would have us believe that the Republicans are pro-big oil companies and that the Dems are against the “evil oil giants.” Why, then, did President Barack Obama approve a transfer of $2 billion American tax dollars to help fund the Brazilian oil company Petrobras? The answer is relatively simple: It has to do with George Soros’ Center for American Progress, and the groups’ influence on President Obama.