Friday, November 12, 2010

The Obamacare Burden To Your State Budget, Bitch Ass Nancy Pelosi, Steele’s race talk to fall on ‘deaf ears’, Sen. Inhofe on warpath against earmark ban, Speling Countz: Murcowskee...


The Obamacare Burden To Your State Budget

GOP Freshmen Will Hold Boehner to His Big Promises - Michael Barone

Four in 10 Americans Believe Healthcare Law Goes Too Far

Congressional Approval at 17% After Elections

Facts, Science and the Ideological Dems - Byron York

California Budget Hole Now $25 Billion


Obama's Fiscal Commission Unveils Real Tax Increases and Fake Spending Cuts

Famed Sports Writer: Redskins’ Coach Shanahan Using ‘Racial Coding,’ Should Be Fired

Obama Gets No G-20 Help Against China

Federal Judges Deny 63% Of Deportations

More Dems Pushing Pelosi To Step Aside

Pelosi Must Go

Pelosi won't budge on expiring Bush tax cuts

Obama: Pelosi an 'outstanding partner'

Rush: Clyburn could be 'driving Miss Nancy'


Pelosi's Troop Defections

Steele’s race talk to fall on ‘deaf ears’


Maryland Black Caucus members hoping for Hoyer-Clyburn deal in whip race

Chinese Acquisitions: Buying Up the World

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Sen. Inhofe on warpath against earmark ban
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is vowing an all-out war within the Senate GOP conference next week to defeat an earmark moratorium that he says unconstitutionally cedes congressional spending power to President Obama.

Inhofe, one of the most conservative members of the Senate, wants to block a proposal by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that would ban earmarks for the incoming 112th Congress. The vote would be by secret ballot, apply only to Senate Republicans and would not have the force of law.

Inhofe concedes that DeMint is likely to get the moratorium passed by the GOP conference, but says he is prepared to give floor speeches that single out DeMint and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), another longtime earmark opponent, for hypocrisy.

In a phone interview with The Hill, Inhofe said that the Constitution specifically grants spending power to Congress, and that ceding earmark authority to the executive branch would effectively strip the Senate of its spending power.

“I know politically it’s the dumbest thing for me to say I’m for earmarks, but it would cede authority to President Obama,” Inhofe said. “But McCain and DeMint are not being honest about how they define them. I’ve been ranked as the most conservative member of the Senate, so this is coming from a conservative.

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Speling Countz - Wizbang

Well, the recount in Alaska for the Senate seat currently held by Lisa Murkowski (kinda-Republican) is going on, and there's a bit of a fight about how lenient to be about how the voters spell her name. Murkowski's supporters say that if it's obvious that the voter intended to vote for her, misspelled variants of her name should be counted. Supporters of Joe Miller (the official Republican nominee, who clobbered Murkowski in the GOP primary) say that if it doesn't say "Lisa Murkowski" spelled precisely, then toss it.

Nitpicking, fussy, and downright anal. But legally solid.

Some time ago, Alaska formalized its rules for write-in candidates. Just having your name written on the ballots isn't enough in the Last Frontier; the candidate has to file with the state, and the name on the ballot has to match the name written in precisely. If I were to run as a write-in in Alaska under my nom de blog, votes for "Jay Tee" or "JayTea" would not count.

That's the law. And under the Constitution, the states have the rights to set the rules for their own elections. The federal government can intervene if the way they run their elections violates the Constitution (such as depriving women of the right to vote, or disallowing people from being on the ballot based on race, or some such), but otherwise what the state says goes.

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