Archive for July 13, 2011
Yesterday, Democrat Janice Hahn beat Republican Craig Huey in the California 36th Congressional District special election to replace Democrat Jane Harman. Today, National Republican Congressional Committee Communications Director Paul Lindsay graciously issued the following statement:
Janice Hahn is now Nancy Pelosi’s problem. Between her pattern of unethical behavior and close ties to LA’s most dangerous gang members, Hahn is adding to the pollution in the swamp of Washington corruption built by Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats.
This morning, Nate Silver suggested that Janice Hahn’s election, while expected, was a win by a lower-than-expected margin. Why was the margin of victory for Hahn so low? To understand this better, it’s worth looking at the district itself in greater detail.
One of the most amazing political sagas in recent memory is playing out in Wisconsin. Here are a few of the highlights — the full story would fill a novel. And a great novel it would be. Now, I’m a science fiction and fantasy writer, but I wouldn’t touch something like this. It’s too unbelievable for the my own preferred genres.
Newly-elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pushed a serious union-busting measure through the state legislature earlier this year, resulting in massive protests at the state capital, protests which were echoed in other places around the country.
Governor Walker used a projected deficit in the state budget as an excuse for these measures. We know the state budget was really just an excuse, and the real goal was to bust the unions, because the unions agreed to the cost saving measures. Walker still insisted on the measures that would nearly dismantle the unions, and remove nearly all collective bargaining rights for most state workers. (more…)