The Journal of Science found in a study that Oregon Medicaid patients seeking medical attention overwhelmingly choose to go to the emergency room for treatment. The study found this to be 40 percent more than any other uninsured in Oregon. With 800,…
Real Clear Politics’s Sean Trende walks us through updated census figures.
Highlights and surprises from the update:
South and Westward shift continues, so does Blue State exodus to Red.
Florida still ranks 4th largest state, barely behind New York.
If current population trends continue, California may fail to gain an additional Elector. New York may fail to shed one.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year for numbers geeks, when the Census Bureau releases its annual figures for changes in the U.S. population. While these numbers are estimates, they do give us some insight into how the population is shifting.
Once again, we’re seeing substantial movement toward the South and West. The biggest population gains from 2012 to 2013 came in Texas (387,000 people), California (333,000), Florida (232,000), North Carolina (100,000), and Colorado (79,000). Meanwhile, the Northeast continues its trend of remaining stagnant. West Virginia and Maine show very slight actual decreases, while Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire all essentially remain the same.
In terms of how this relates to electoral politics, the most interesting way of massaging the data at this point is to compare them to the 2010 numbers, and extrapolate those changes to how the House of Representatives will apportion its seats in 2020.
Read the original article on RCP.
By Susie Madrak December 10, 2013 1:44 pm This was the first judicial nominee confirmed since the Senate changed the filibuster rules. Finally, the Senate has broken the judicial-nomination logjam: WASHINGTON—A divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed…
Kim Greene warned her small-business clients that 2014 would be ugly. But not like this. At the start of last month, renewal notices for health plans that take effect in January began arriving at her insurance brokerage, Name Benefits in Hillsborough…
Have you heard about Amazon’s exclusive series Alpha House? Here are some reviews:
- Business Insider: Amazon Braces For Political Backlash After Original Show ‘Alpha House’ Bashes Republicans
- Breitbart: Amazon’s ‘Alpha House’ Serves Up Stale GOP Bashing
- Tech Investor News: Amazon On High Alert For Prime Cancelations Because ‘Alpha House’ Bashes Republicans
- Daily Caller: Amazon’s ‘Alpha House’ Exclusively Slams Republicans
Well, those things are definitely true. So, should I feel like a bad Republican for being head-over-heels in love with the show?
First, take the cast. “Senator” Bill Murray gets hauled off to jail at the beginning of the Pilot. Recurring character Wanda Sykes plays a Democrat (big surprise, right?) senator very friendly with the Republican senator from Nevada and lobs some great left wing red meat in the form zingers. None other than John Goodman does a fantastic job playing “Gil John”, a center-right curmudgeonly Republican senator from North Carolina who is at once a walking political failure and also completely relatable human. And, hello, Mark Consuelos is the Hispanic rising star Republican from Florida. The character makes better eye candy than Marco Rubio any day of the week, which they don’t fail to capitalize on by making the guy an oversexed ladies’ man.
The writing is hysterical. You can follow some of the zingers and quips on Twitter by checking out @AlphaHouse or #AlphaHouse. Be prepared for several knee-slappers about “Hippo (RINO) Issues”, devout Christians using the Lord’s name in vain, and politically improbable allies having each others’ backs when they find each other up against the ropes. In other words, the ‘Good Old Boys’ club is alive and well in ‘Alpha House’ and you get a front row seat to all of the fun.
To be sure, the brain behind the show – Jonathan Alter – does a fantastic job creating a narrative that waxes enthusiastic over the left by casting lighthearted aspersions on the right. Alter is good at and notorious for this kind of subtle hipsterization of anti-conservative commentary. Don’t believe it? Check out the millions of over-the-top, kitschy, often hysterical headlines on the famous left wing magazine Alternet.org to peek into Alter’s mindset.
But it is truly worth the watch, if only to form an opinion of your own.
Conservatives and liberals alike, I call on political nerds of any stripe to check out ‘Alpha House’ on Amazon. Be prepared to be amused, entertained, and completely smitten with the characters. You won’t be moved to change your beliefs, but you might be moved to wet yourself.
J.D. Tuccille|Dec. 12, 2013 12:00 pm
December 14 is the anniversary of the horrendous Newtown shooting, but despite the best efforts of opportunistic politicians, Americans show little sympathy for proposals to tighten restrictions on guns.
In fact, firearms don’t even appear on their list of concerns when asked what worries them by Reason-Rupe pollsters, although big government and politicians do.
And when asked directly about tightening gun laws, people say that would have no impact on criminals’ access to guns—a logical position to take, since nothing that’s been proposed so far would have prevented Newtown shooter Adam Lanza from doing what he did.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: President Obama made an appeal to young people today to enroll in health insurance exchanges to help the Affordable Care Act succeed. He urged them to think of the consequences of not being covered. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA…
“If you have to dry the dishes
(Such an awful boring chore)
If you have to dry the dishes
(‘Stead of going to the store)
If you have to dry the dishes
And you drop one on the floor
Maybe they won’t let you
Dry the dishes anymore”
— Shel Silverstein, a Light in the Attic
How are you at doing your job when you know everybody’s watching? What about when someone suggests you’ll suck at it, and tasking you with it is a horrible idea? What if that job has become synonymous with your very name?
Surely some leadership connected with “Obamacare” knew all eyes were upon them. So how did they respond knowing they were awash in both attention and criticism?
The complete and utter failure that got the most attention was how the entire system wasn’t ready for its close-up, Mr. DeMille. The choicest example of it may have been this MSNBC clip wherein the reporter clearly hopes to be showing how easy the registration is… until it utterly doesn’t work. She tries the online chat, which doesn’t go anywhere. So she calls the help number, which doesn’t work… and calls again… well you get the idea.
Getting less attention, but probably of greater concern, was the story where an Obamacare exchange leaks data of 2,400 unsuspecting customers.
Complete failure and ineptitude occurs for only two reasons. You’re either unable to perform the task to satisfaction or, as per Silverstein’s suggestion, unwilling to do the job right. Lacking any apparent motivation, it doesn’t seem likely the administration is deliberately tanking this… which leaves only the option of this being beyond the skill set of what government can do.
This isn’t a political science wonk calling out some random obscure example of government run amok when left unchecked. (Of that ilk, one of my personal faves is the Johnstown Flood Tax, a “temporary” Pennsylvania state tax still in place to recoup funds from a flood in 1936.) This is the implementation of something that Obama jiu jitsued masterfully in his 2012 campaign, by proudly announcing that he too was going to start referring to the Affordable Care Act as “Obamacare”, owning it and making it his signature act.
The question to ask coming off last week is… Is this the best they can do? This broken mess? Surely they knew the bright spotlights were on, and this is what we got. Maybe we don’t task them with big responsibility like cleaning the dishes anymore.
PS Yes I know I absolutely shoehorned in that poem at the beginning. But hey it makes me happy. And it works more smoothly than Obamacare, apparently.
At midnight, President Obama and Harry Reid got what they wanted. They sent the government to a screeching halt and pointed their fingers at Republicans.
Why? Because House Republicans (joined by a few Democrats) stood firm against the most coercive, intrusive and unpopular law in modern history – Obamacare. Using the Power of the Purse, these brave souls put their names on the line to side with the public and against big government special interests.
House Republicans were willing to give the President 99% of what he wanted — fully funding the government at outrageously high Obama era spending levels. In return they simply demanded a delay of Obamacare. For that, they were called extreme.
President Obama has already trampled the Constitution to give his own donors and friends Obamacare waivers. Don’t the American people deserve at least a one year reprieve?
This shutdown is the irresponsible consequence of an intransigent President who can’t take 99% of a loaf. Republicans aren’t extreme, Obama is.
U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (R-Fla) penned an editorial in Sunshine State News well worth reading. In it, Buchanan makes a digestible but pressing case for a fairer, flatter, simpler tax code and how it would level the playing field for taxpayers while eliminating loopholes for political players.
Here is part of the editorial:
Sunshine State News: Simpler. Fairer. Flatter.
“The U.S. tax code is complicated, unfair and punitive. And that’s putting it mildly
Consider these numbers:
— 74,000 – the number of pages in the tax code — five times as long as the Bible’s Old and New Testaments combined;
— 6.1 billion – the number of hours Americans spend trying to comply with the tax code;
— $168 billion – the annual cost of compliance to individuals and businesses.
As Florida’s only member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, I understand that any meaningful tax reform cannot be accomplished behind closed doors. Over the last two years, our committee has held 30 public hearings and round-tables with those who administer the tax code and all groups that are affected by it. From these discussions, the common refrain is that America needs a simpler, fairer, pro-growth tax code to help revitalize a sluggish economy.
The guiding principle of this effort must be tax simplification. Nearly 90 percent of taxpayers either hire a professional or buy commercial software to spare them the agony of figuring out what they owe the government. That’s not surprising when you consider that in the last decade there have been more than 4,000 changes to the tax code – more than one a day. Imagine if all this time, money, and energy were put into job creation and getting Americans back to work.
That means lowering corporate tax rates — currently the highest in the world — to encourage businesses to grow jobs at home and not watch them disappear overseas.
That means not taxing small business on Main Street at a higher rate than big business on Wall Street.
And that means reducing individual rates for all Americans to be paid for by stripping oil companies and other special interests of tax subsidies.
Read Rep Vern Buchanan’s entire editorial at Sunshine State News