Frank James http://krwg.org en Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery http://krwg.org/post/florida-ruling-primer-redistricting-chicanery If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/images/Romo_v_Detzner_Final_Judgment_7-10-14.pdf">the highly readable opinion</a> by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.<p>Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling evidence of chicanery in how the lines of two Florida congressional districts were redrawn — the 5th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, and the 10th District, held by Rep. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Frank James 70349 at http://krwg.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress http://krwg.org/post/texas-obama-sets-stage-answer-do-nothing-congress Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.<p>What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?<p>Speaking of his conversation with Republican Texas Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:17:00 +0000 Frank James 70266 at http://krwg.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? http://krwg.org/post/should-president-obama-visit-texas-border Much of President Obama's presidency currently falls into the category of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.<p>That certainly is true on the question of whether he should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his two-day visit to Texas.<p>Some have even taken <a href="http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/07/07/cuellar-obama-immigration-border-katrina/">to asking</a> if this isn't Obama's "Katrina moment," an allusion to President George W. Bush's 2005 failure to immediately visit the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast once the storm had passed. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Frank James 70151 at http://krwg.org Should President Obama Visit The Texas Border? A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool http://krwg.org/post/senator-turns-his-bible-political-tool <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpGPymn9fsI</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Frank James 70073 at http://krwg.org A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues http://krwg.org/post/mississippi-gops-not-so-civil-war-continues It's been 13 days since Sen. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:23:00 +0000 Frank James 69982 at http://krwg.org In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling http://krwg.org/post/red-state-democrats-tread-lightly-hobby-lobby-ruling For the typical Democrat running in 2014, frequent condemnation of the Supreme Court's recent <em>Hobby Lobby</em> decision is a no-brainer as a rallying cry to raise money and energize voters — especially women.<p>Monday's ruling allows family-owned and other closely held companies <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">to opt out of the federal health law's contraception mandate</a> if they have religious objections.<p>But some Democrats have to be more constrained than others in their objection to the Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Frank James 69784 at http://krwg.org Red State Democrats Tread Lightly On Hobby Lobby Ruling Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress http://krwg.org/post/another-day-another-reason-voters-loathe-congress Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Frank James 69615 at http://krwg.org Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament http://krwg.org/post/obamas-no-win-immigration-predicament President Obama's tough predicament on immigration is only getting worse.<p>He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year.<p>Obama also presumably didn't want an immigration bill passed by the Senate a year ago to sit, forsaken, in the House. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Frank James 69533 at http://krwg.org Obama's No-Win Immigration Predicament New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground http://krwg.org/post/new-house-leadership-puts-export-bank-shakier-ground The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934 to boost U.S. exports during the Great Depression, needs its charter to be reauthorized by September's end if it is to continue providing loans to U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Frank James 69074 at http://krwg.org New House Leadership Puts Export Bank On Shakier Ground Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? http://krwg.org/post/will-mississippis-black-democrats-save-republican It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.<p>Then again, maybe they won't. A big unknown on the morning of the election is just how many African-American Democrats might actually visit polling places across party lines to vote for Sen. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Frank James 69004 at http://krwg.org Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It http://krwg.org/post/hillary-clinton-inevitable-sure-seems-it The jockeying for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is already shaping up to be nothing like the 2008 contest. Indeed, it doesn't even resemble a contest. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Frank James 68863 at http://krwg.org Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member http://krwg.org/post/house-republicans-top-leadership-gets-red-state-member House Republicans, whose voter strength can be disproportionately found in the red states of the South and Mountain West, have once again elected a majority leader from a state that voted twice for President Obama. But the race for majority whip was won by a red-state representative who made the case for regional diversity in Republican leadership.<p>Hailing from California, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy replaces Virginia Rep. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Frank James 68731 at http://krwg.org House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters http://krwg.org/post/iraqs-meltdown-troubles-us-political-waters Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Frank James 68645 at http://krwg.org Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions http://krwg.org/post/suspects-capture-doesnt-arrest-benghazi-suspicions Does the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks, alter the political polarity of the episode?<p>If so, the change wasn't immediately apparent.<p>While Republicans said Tuesday they welcomed the news, they also made clear that their suspicions toward President Obama on all things Benghazi were far from assuaged.<p>Indeed, what appeared to happen was that Khatallah's apprehension added to — rather than subtracted from — the GOP points of contention with the Obama administration.<p>Khatallah's capture rekindled a dispute over the handling of terrorist su Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Frank James 68552 at http://krwg.org Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions 4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview http://krwg.org/post/4-takeaways-hillary-clintons-fresh-air-interview So when exactly did Hillary Clinton change her mind on same-sex marriage? That question was left unanswered in the former secretary of state's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/12/321313477/hillary-clinton-the-fresh-air-interview">lively exchange</a> with <em>Fresh Air </em>host Terry Gross.<p>The same-sex marriage portion of the interview made for compelling listening because of how much Clinton bridled at Terry's suggestion that she privately supported it long before she publicly endorsed it, and how much Terry kept asking the question. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Frank James 68308 at http://krwg.org 4 Takeaways From Hillary Clinton's 'Fresh Air' Interview Pew Poll: More Americans Are Political Purists http://krwg.org/post/pew-poll-more-americans-are-political-purists Maybe there's something in humans that pushes them apart the way plate tectonics moves continents. Whatever the reason, the ideological divide between conservatives and progressives in the U.S. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:03:00 +0000 Frank James 68237 at http://krwg.org Pew Poll: More Americans Are Political Purists Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. http://krwg.org/post/cantors-loss-va-immigration-issues-death-knell-or-not As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Republican establishment's monumental loss in the Virginia congressional primary, it appears that hopes of immigration overhaul have been snuffed out.<p>Economic professor <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/11/320841955/meet-david-brat-the-giant-killer-who-knocked-off-eric-cantor">Dave Brat</a>, who beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday, made immigration policy a major part of his argument against Cantor.<p>In a <em>Richmond Times-Dispatch</em> <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/columnists-b Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:58:00 +0000 Frank James 68142 at http://krwg.org Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor http://krwg.org/post/meet-david-brat-giant-killer-who-knocked-eric-cantor Who is <a href="http://davebratforcongress.com/about-dave/">David Brat</a>, the slayer of a goliath of congressional politics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor?<p>The man who <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/11/320871655/eric-cantors-collapse-what-happened">rocked the political world Tuesday</a> is a 52-year-old, passionate, self-described "free-market, Milton Friedman economist" and a <a href="http://faculty.rmc.edu/dbrat/">professor</a> at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Frank James 68060 at http://krwg.org Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response http://krwg.org/post/hillary-clinton-refines-her-benghazi-response As Hillary Clinton contemplates a 2016 presidential run, it's clear she'll need to answer Benghazi questions in a way that neutralizes conservative attacks and avoids politicizing the issue.<p>In her interview with NPR <em>Morning Edition</em> co-host Renee Montagne, the former secretary of state unveiled a Benghazi answer that might be a road test of a message to parry GOP accusations.<p>Speaking of the four Americans killed in the 2012 attack, Clinton said:<p><blockquote><p>"I regret their loss ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:39:00 +0000 Frank James 68052 at http://krwg.org Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era http://krwg.org/post/clinton-position-cuba-signals-new-political-era One of the few revelations in <em>Hard Choices, </em>former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba.<p>"Since 1960, the United States had maintained an embargo against the island in hopes of squeezing Castro from power, but it only succeeded in giving him a foil to blame for Cuba's economic woes," Clinton writes. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Frank James 68034 at http://krwg.org Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World http://krwg.org/post/hillary-clinton-i-helped-restore-us-leadership-world To hear Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book, <em>Hard Choices,</em> isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.<p>She still hasn't made up her mind about another run for the presidency, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/320386798/clinton-sought-tougher-deal-but-wont-second-guess-bergdahl-swap">she told Renee Montagne</a>, co-host of NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:53:00 +0000 Frank James 67979 at http://krwg.org Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics http://krwg.org/post/state-senators-resignation-roils-virginia-politics A single legislator in Virginia's statehouse normally doesn't rate much attention beyond, say, his or her district or Richmond, the state capital.<p>But then again, the resignation of a single Democratic state senator doesn't normally shift control of Virginia's Senate from Democrats to Republicans — a move that possibly stops dead in its tracks Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plans to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.<p>There's more than a simple resignation at work in the case of state <a href="http://apps.lis.virginia.gov/sfb1/Senate/senatorwebprofile.aspx?id=362">Sen. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Frank James 67964 at http://krwg.org State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics Explaining The Bergdahl Swap Hasn't Been Obama's Finest Hour http://krwg.org/post/explaining-bergdahl-swap-hasnt-been-obamas-finest-hour While White House officials are keeping a brave face, President Obama and his top aides obviously have a political firestorm on their hands, owing not only to the particular details of the prisoner exchange involving Sgt. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:26:00 +0000 Frank James 67720 at http://krwg.org Explaining The Bergdahl Swap Hasn't Been Obama's Finest Hour Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not http://krwg.org/post/clinton-distancing-herself-obama-maybe-not Is Hillary Clinton distancing herself from the Obama administration in preparation for a 2016 presidential run?<p>Some observers suspect that's exactly what's happening via pieces <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/03/hillary-clinton-was-skeptical-of-taliban-bergdahl-swap.html">like one in The Daily Beast</a> based on ex-Obama administration officials telling a journalist that the former secretary of state wanted to drive a tougher bargain in the prisoner exchange that freed <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938957/bowe-bergdahl">Army Sgt. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Frank James 67617 at http://krwg.org Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl http://krwg.org/post/move-over-benghazi-here-comes-bergdahl Just when it seemed like the outrage on the political right over Benghazi had subsided to the point where only the announcement of House hearings put it back in the headlines, the exchange of captive U.S. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Frank James 67531 at http://krwg.org Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl New EPA Rules Burn Red State Democrats http://krwg.org/post/new-epa-rules-burn-red-state-democrats While many on the left embraced the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules to reduce coal-burning power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, some red state Democrats couldn't put enough distance between themselves and the Obama administration.<p>You would have had a tough time, for instance, distinguishing the reaction of Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes from that of the man she hopes to replace, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican.<p>"President Obama's new EPA rule is more proof that Washington isn't working for Kentucky. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Frank James 67452 at http://krwg.org New EPA Rules Burn Red State Democrats Shinseki Couldn't Outflank Election Year Politics http://krwg.org/post/shinseki-couldnt-outflank-election-year-politics <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDUYIFknJoA</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Frank James 67304 at http://krwg.org Shinseki Couldn't Outflank Election Year Politics Democrats Plan Ad Buys In Some Rather Blue Places http://krwg.org/post/democrats-plan-ad-buys-some-rather-blue-places A list of <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/house-democrats-campaign-arm-reserves-44m-ads">the House races</a> for which Democrats have asked broadcasters and cable companies <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/house-democrats-spending-campaign-cash-23908037">to reserve $44 million in ad time</a> provides a revealing look at the shape of the midterm election landscape this fall.<p><ul><p><li>The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to spend money in some of the bluest states on the map — places like Massachusetts, Illinois and California.</li><p></ul><p><blockq Fri, 30 May 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Frank James 67260 at http://krwg.org Democrats Plan Ad Buys In Some Rather Blue Places Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues http://krwg.org/post/texas-tea-party-gives-gop-establishment-blues This was starting to look like a bad year for the Tea Party, with primary election losses to Republican establishment candidates beginning to pile up. Then came Texas.<p>In yet another example of the distinctiveness of Lone Star State politics, Tea Party candidates had a field day Tuesday in primary runoff elections, knocking off several Republican incumbents.<p>In the highest-profile race, state senator and conservative radio host Dan Patrick, with energetic Tea Party backing, defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Frank James 67105 at http://krwg.org Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues Court Orders Conyers Back On Ballot http://krwg.org/post/court-orders-conyers-back-ballot A federal court threw Rep. Fri, 23 May 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Frank James 66817 at http://krwg.org Court Orders Conyers Back On Ballot