The new Republican governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, just set the date for the special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat: August 15. Let the games begin. It’s pure Southern gothic. First, there is the man currently holding that seat, appointed by disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley as one of his final acts before leaving office. If Superman’s archenemy and Batman’s archenemy met and produced a love child, they might have called him “Luther Strange.” Strange was elected as attorney general pledging to clean up Alabama’s government corruption. However, last November, Strange went to the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee and
Trinity Lutheran was supposed to be the first big test for newly seated Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch: a religious liberty case which revolves on whether the government may deny grants to otherwise qualifying preschools on the grounds they are Christian preschools. Trinity Lutheran applied to participate in a program giving nonprofit playgrounds recycled tires — good for the environment and even better for the toddlers’ knees. Out of 44 applicants, the government ranked their application 5th in quality. But the grant was denied solely on the grounds they are a church-run school, and the Missouri constitution bans any kind
The Democrats, riding a wave of liberal anger and angst in the era of Donald Trump, hoped to begin picking off the GOP majority in Congress early. Their first fail was in last week’s Kansas special election, where Republican Ron Estes beat the Democrat James Thompson by 7 points. Next up: Georgia, where Democrats hoped Jon Ossoff would make it over the 50 percent mark to avoid a runoff. Instead, he fell two points short running against more than a dozen Republicans. “The myth of Jon Ossoff died tonight. Despite a heavy advertising advantage and a national stream of unlimited
Private colleges in New York are worried. They should be. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly passed legislation — offering free tuition at state universities and community colleges to students in families making up to $125,000 a year — is going to put a lot of private schools out of business. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. Private colleges without a clear religious mission or incredibly upscale club branding absorb a lot of money for some very limited returns to the students who incur the debt. And such colleges are free to discriminate against conservative ideas and speakers if they choose. Crowding
Republican House candidate Ron Estes won his special election yesterday for the seat vacated by the new CIA director Mike Pompeo, despite a last-minute surge by his Democratic opponents that had Republicans scrambling. “I probably shouldn’t say this, Mr. Estes did not beat us,” said James Thompson, Estes’ Democratic opponent, according to The Washington Post. “It took a president of the United States, the vice president, the speaker of the House, a senator coming into our state,” and what he claims were untruths about his support for late-term and taxpayer-financed abortion. (Democrats try to nuance their position on abortion.) Fair enough, then.
What’s the matter with Kansas? Republicans are suddenly worried about the special election in Kansas’ 4th congressional district. Ron Estes is running for the seat Mike Pompeo vacated to head the CIA. President Trump has put his prestige on the line with a series of robocalls urging his supporters to get out and vote for Estes. It’s a district he won last November by 27 points, so that should be powerful. But the institutional GOP has another ace in the hole: abortion. According to The Hill: In a last-minute effort to boost Estes’s chances, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spent
Ordinarily, I would thank Pulitzer board and congratulate Peggy Noonan on learning that she has been awarded a richly deserved Pulitzer Prize “[f]or rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns.” My only quibble is that it should be a lifetime award achievement, stretching from her young womanhood when she worked as a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan — that golden era of reconnecting to American values — through today. She’s not always right, though who is? But she calls us to believe
Claremont McKenna College was clearly trying to do a lot of things right. They invited Manhattan Institute scholar and journalist Heather Mac Donald to make a substantive case that cops are not racists and that the Black Lives Matter movement is costing black lives in crime-ridden cities. They were worried enough to provide a police escort and even to have a backup plan in case things got out of hand –permitting Mac Donald to give her speech and take questions via livestream. But nonetheless, a Black Lives Matter mob just threatened and shut down another conservative scholar/writer. Here’s what just