The Democrats did not have to lose this year

On November 2, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

Some will try to minimize the importance of any Republican gains tonight by saying the Democrats were bound to lose. Some will even say Democrats had a baked-in loss of 45 or more seats, which implies they had no hope of keeping the House at all, no matter what policy aims they worked to implement. The problem is, that’s nonsense.

Cutting to the chase: while the 2008 electorate was never, ever going to be duplicated in this or any midterm election’s turnout, previous midterm elections showed that the Democrats were capable of keeping the House, and therefore capable of keeping midterm losses down to reasonable figures. Here’s how.

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Tech at Night

Good evening. I’m starting on tonight’s Tech at Night earlier than usual. That’s because I have much to cover. Sometimes a whole bunch of interesting stories just pop up all at once, and I don’t want to leave any out. So let’s hurry up and start.

For all the way the far left is flipping out over the Fox/Cablevision dispute – in which Cablevision refuses to pay for Fox’s content, and so Fox in turn threatens to take that content away – the FCC let the cat out of the bag by pointing out that Cablevision customers have four or even five alternatives, depending on where they live.

Competition protects the public better than government ever, ever could.

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Loretta Sanchez doubles down on racism

On September 21, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens
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It’s clear that these lefty writers are no friends of law, order, and American values, given their clear amusement at the widely known fact that Loretta Sanchez stole her first election against Bob Dornan. The spirit of their use of “Trannies” as a way to mock Van Tran‘s supporters should be noticed, as well. Ah, the tolerant left. They respect the LGBT community alright, but only when that community coughs up cash and votes.

But anyway, even OC Weekly had to point out the incredibly racist remark she made on Univision, where she thought she would be away from the prying eyes of the general electorate, and spoke for la raza alone about how “the Vietnamese” were trying to take the seat from “our community.”

Don’t like those ideas in the House? Give to Van Tran so we can beat Loretta Sanchez and secure justice in California’s 47th district.

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Nick Popaditch for Congress

On September 11, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens
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Nick Popaditch is running for Congress. Previous occupation? Gunnery Sergeant, USMC. That patch he wears? Not preparing for Talk like a Pirate day, but rather a wound at Fallujah. His district? California’s 51st.

Oh yes, that district. Inland California tends to be right-leaning, but Imperial County is one big exception. It’s a poor expanse of desert along the Mexican border stretching from Arizona to San Diego County. Since redistricting shifted the seat’s number from 50 to 51, Democrat Bob Filner won by 19, 26, 27, and 48 points. This is not friendly territory, so it’s good we have a tough, strong, disciplined candidate like Nick Popaditch running there.

You can’t get upsets unless you have a good challenger ready, and Nick Popaditch is showing us how that is done.

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Van Tran for Congress

On September 6, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens
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California’s 47th Congressional District isn’t one of the ones getting national attention this year, but it should be. Loretta Sanchez may not be one of the most hated Democrats in Washington, but the circumstances surrounding her initial electoral “victory” are so shady that she has no business being there. She’s been kept in office thanks to California’s lockdown gerrymandering, but somehow her seat is still being listed as competitive this year by some analysts.

It would be a great victory if we could avenge Bob Dornan, take that seat away from Loretta Sanchez, and send Van Tran to Washington. His family driven from Vietnam by murderous Communists, himself once an intern for B-1 Bob and now a veteran of the California Assembly, Van Tran would be an asset in Washington even without the added joy of finally sending Loretta Sanchez packing.

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Governors still matter.

On June 3, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

I know, I’m not going to harp on this all the time. But after my previous post I read up a bit more on what the doings of the Republican Governors Association.

They really are on the ball. They already had a graphic for the point I was making the other day: The make up of the US House of Representatives, as well as a number of state legislatures, depends on governors who will be elected in November.

Governors with Veto Power

Click the image for the full size version. There’s also a PDF if you have a use for it.

They’re not kidding around. You don’t hear about them antagonizing one faction or another of the party. They’re about winning elections for Republicans. They’re about beating Democrats. I hope we can support them on that. Not just for the elections this year, but for the 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 House elections as well.

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My California Ballot, June 8, 2010

On May 31, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

This is a long ballot, and I won’t cover everything, but there are a few races I’d like to mention, as well as the statewide initiatives we’re faced with this time around.

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House Republicans pile on against FCC Deem and Pass

On May 28, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

I’ve hated to have to talk about how 72 House Democrats (and now John Dingell) are on the record against the FCC and its “Title II reclassification” power grab to deem that the Telecommunications Act 1996 no longer exists and so the FCC can do whatever it wants to ISPs, include control prices and regulate content.

Well now I don’t have to so much anymore. 171 House Republicans have joined up to oppose the FCC’s defiance of the courts and the Congress to ram through Net Neutrality. Comcast v. FCC was a clear and correct decision, the Republicans note. The Telecommunications Act was concrete. They must be obeyed.

Good Job, Joe Barton and the House Republicans.

Arithmetic note: 171 + 72 = 243, more than enough votes to defeat any Net Neutrality bill. We are the majority, not the neo-Marxists at Free Press or the self-seekers at Google.

Governors Matter.

On May 28, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

At RedState we’ve hammered for a long time the idea that your local politics matter. We also give plenty of attention to federal elections for the House, the Senate, and of course the President.

But governors matter, too. The next governor of South Carolina will affect us all. As will Georgia’s, Ohio’s, and Oregon’s. It doesn’t matter where you live. These Governors, as well as 26 others, are up for election this year and will have veto power over their state’s next Congressional districts.

It’s no good to win in 2010 if we have to give the House back in 2012 because the Democrats gerrymander our majority away. So let’s pay attention to these races.

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When the FCC announced plans to declare that ISPs are no longer information services, but are instead phone companies, the FCC claimed the authority to regulate content and prices on Internet service nationwide. And no matter how many times the neo-Marxists at Free Press (and their front group Save the Internet) claim that Net Neutrality is all about “preserving an open Internet,” the FCC’s actions are all about command and control.

Even Democrats see the problem, as 72 House members of the Democratic persuasion signed a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski urging him to slow down and let the Congress do its job, instead of taking matters into his own hands and defying the law and the courts to do so.

Update: It’d help if I link the right letter.

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