Archive for July 13, 2011

Hahn So Low?

Representative-​​elect Jan­ice Hahn cel­e­brates her victory

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.

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Wisconsin Recall — Stranger Than Fiction

Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walker

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…)

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