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In California, Republican Candidate Runs Outside-the-Box Campaign for Governor

quoting Bill Whalenvia
Friday, August 22, 2014

Neel Kashkari is running a different kind of Republican campaign. He spent one week over the summer living as a homeless person to bring attention to poverty. He visited an African American church frequented by Democratic politicians to speak with congregants. He marched in a gay pride parade. 

California’s Primary Dilemma
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Does California Need a Debate Commission?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Earlier this week, too much fanfare, it was announced that Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, will meet for this election season’s only gubernatorial debate on September 4, which also happens to be the same evening as the 2014 NFL season kick-off. 

Peter Robinson interviews Kevin McCarthy
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Kevin McCarthy, the House of Representatives majority leader, on California and the nation

interview with Kevin McCarthy via Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In this Uncommon Knowledge interview, Peter sits down with House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield, CA) to discuss what the majority leader does and what it takes to be one. 


Oh Susana

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If there’s such a thing as a 2014 race that will garner relatively little attention until the votes are counted and the focus shifts to the presidency, it would be the lead contest in New Mexico where Republican Susana Martinez seeks a second term as the nation’s first Latina governor.


All Fall Down

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Consider our dog days of August: An American journalist savagely beheaded on tape, with more promised to come. The Islamic State rampage. The Gaza war and Hamas’s serial truce violations — and the new neutral U.S. stance with implied disruptions in military support for Israel.

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Setting Krugman Straight

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Times columnist's depiction of libertarian principles is a crude caricature.

Podcast: The Libertarian: “A Libertarian Moment in American Politics?”

Bill Whalen on the John Batchelor Show (30:40)

interview with Bill Whalenvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Research Fellow Bill Whalen discussed politics on the nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show.


Granite Brown?

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Monday, August 18, 2014

Regardless of whether he wins or loses this fall’s Senate contest in New Hampshire, Republican Scott Brown is looking at history.

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Is Segregation The Problem in Ferguson?

by Jonathan Roddenvia The Washington Post
Monday, August 18, 2014

Over the last few days, punditry about Ferguson, Mo., has converged on a common, well-rehearsed narrative about segregation in St. Louis that goes back to the 19th century: whites will do whatever it takes to prevent blacks from moving into their neighborhoods, including redlining, restrictive covenants, large-lot zoning, intimidation and violence. When these ultimately fail, whites build new interstates and move en masse to the next ring of undeveloped farmland, leaving behind destitute neighborhoods with no investment or opportunity.

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Chris Christie is Lone GOP Presidential Prospect to Expand Medicaid

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Washington Times
Monday, August 18, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare puts him alone among Republican governors vying for the 2016 presidential nomination, and could come back to haunt him among primary voters.


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