Go Ahead and Secede, Texas. I Dare You.
November 14, 2012
Don't mess with Texas? Don't mess with us!
Blue States are from Scandinavia, Red States are from Guatemala
October 05, 2012
America is divided over two different visions of state and society.
Has Hollywood Murdered the Movies?
September 14, 2012
How the richness of technology led to the poverty of imagination in American film today.
Weatherblogging: Tropical Storm Isaac Threatens To Disrupt RNC
August 22, 2012
Electionate puts on his weatherman hat and explains how a hurricane might get in the way of the RNC—and how Cuba might save the convention.
A Texan on Perry's Medicaid Rejection: 'Devastating'
July 11, 2012
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday said that he wants no part of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. Perry isn’t the first Republican governor to take this position. Five others, including Florida’s Rick Scott and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, announced their opposition to the expansion last week.
How the GOP’s New Education Policy Embraces the Market and Abandons Objective Standards
July 09, 2012
We all got a good laugh at the recent befuddlement (reported at TNR by Amy Sullivan) of a conservative Republican legislator from Louisiana who withdrew her support from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program when she realized that its open door to public support for religious schools was not limited to those catering to Christians. But the underlying principle of Jindal’s initiative—and arguably of Mitt Romney’s little-discussed proposal to convert the bulk of federal K-12 education dollars into vouchers—is no laughing matter.
Wait—Freedom of Religion Is For ALL Religions?
July 05, 2012
A Republican state representative in Louisiana now says she was confused when she enthusiastically supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher bill to fund private schools. From the Livingston Parish News (free registration required): "WATSON — Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, says she had no idea that Gov.
GOP Govs to Uninsured: Drop Dead
July 03, 2012
That didn’t take long. Republican lawmakers from across the country are saying no to the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid—even though it means turning down a sweetheart deal from the federal government that would create jobs in their states and, more important, provide millions of low-income Americans with health insurance. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and, of course, Rick Scott of Florida were the first Republican governors to say they would take advantage of last week’s Supreme Court ruling in NFIB v.
Our Centrist Savior Misses His/Her Deadline
May 15, 2012
Now we know what the doomsayers feel like when the decreed day of judgment passes by without thunderbolts or second comings. Americans Elect, which was going to save our benighted political system with the ultimate deus ex machina—a bipartisan, third-choice presidential ticket borne from an online nominating process funded by leveraged-buyout tycoon Peter Ackerman and other deep-pocketed centrists—announced at midnight that the savior has not yet made his or her appearance.
“We’re Americans,” Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu told me two weeks ago in the Russell Senate building in Washington, D.C. “We don’t eat our dogs, and we don’t eat our horses.” She had just finished delivering a speech to a rapt audience of two-dozen bright-eyed teenage girls, a handful of congressmen, top members of the ASPCA and Humane Society, and Lorenzo Borghese, star of the ninth season of the reality television show The Bachelor.