This keeps Republicans’ hopes alive in a race with Obamacare front and center. “Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is on the verge of officially announcing a run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.”
The First Amendment is alive and well. “The aggregate [campaign-finance] limits are unconstitutional because ‘the government may no more restrict how many candidates or causes a donor may support than it may tell a newspaper how many candidates it may endorse.’ The Court held that to require one person to contribute at lower levels because he wants to support more candidates or causes is to penalize him for robustly exercising his First Amendment rights. The Court also concluded that the government’s claim that getting rid of the aggregate limits would lead to circumvention of the base limits on contributions was ‘far too speculative,’ and that the scenarios offered by the government were either implausible or already illegal under current campaign finance laws.”
The issue is still alive. “A delegation of Catholic leaders from across the United States visited Arizona’s border with Mexico on Monday and Tuesday to call for overhauling the nation’s immigration policy.”
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s opposition to domestic energy development keeps the GOP’s hopes alive for the Virginia Senate seat. Warner’s opponent Ed Gillespie is out with a new ad: “As a Senator, Mark Warner made the case for putting a price on carbon, saying, ‘The most significant thing we can do is send the market signal that either directly through a carbon tax or indirectly through Cap and Trade, we are going to put a price on carbon.’ ” Watch more Republican challengers in energy-producing states make the same appeal.
If Democrats think rich suburbs will keep their Senate majority alive, they are kidding themselves. “Remember ‘Super Zips,’ the hyper-educated, mega-wealthy, mostly white ZIP codes uniquely prevalent in Northern Virginia’s booming suburbs? It turns out these elite, business-minded locales helped McAuliffe win, revolting against the October government shutdown and Cuccinelli’s reputation as a puritanical crusader. However, by bailing out McAuliffe, they masked Democrats’ turnout drop-off elsewhere in the commonwealth. In other words, Virginia’s Super Zips were a false oasis. The rest of the country has far fewer such areas, and Democrats don’t have the luxury of running against Ken Cuccinelli in most races. Democrats can’t hope to copy Virginia and enjoy similar success elsewhere in 2014.” Read the whole thing.
The president’s effort to keep alive an alternative version of his failed Middle East policy isn’t fooling anyone. “There may be ways to defend the President’s decision last year–hiding behind public opinion polls, for example, or hiding behind Congress–but the claim that our troops had to be spared ten more years of land wars is not one of them.”
One of many reasons the debate over Obamacare remains alive, despite the president’s efforts to shut up opponents: “Large companies, including Fortune 500 firms, expect to face costs between $4,800 and $5,900 per worker over the next decade from provisions in President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, according to a new think tank that represents those corporations. The survey aims to provide a glimpse into what costs the large employers expect if they don’t react to the Affordable Care Act. But the landscape of employer-sponsored insurance had been changing to reduce costs even before Obamacare, though the law has helped accelerate that shift.”