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Congratulations to our hostess who took second place in the battle for the District 32 Legislature race. The general is next. Here's a snippet from the Lincoln Journal-Star: ncumbent Sen. Laura Ebke ran second in her District 32 bid to return to the Nebraska Legislature. She said Tuesday night she expects a tussle in the next few months leading up to the general election. Jefferson County farmer Tom Brandt led the pack of three candidates in that district by a good margin and will challenge Ebke in November. District 32 encompasses five counties and includes the southwest corner of Lancaster County. Gov. Pete Ricketts' pick, Al Riskowski, finished last and will not advance. He felt good about running a clean race, he said, even though all three District 32 candidates said they had to contend with negative ads, some of them funded by out-of-state groups, with messages that had nothing to do with the election. Brandt, who said he's a rural Republican, a centrist and independent thinker, has been active in community improvement in his hometown of Plymouth. He said voters want someone who will truly represent farmers and small towns. People in his district are fed up with what's going on in the Legislature, the growing partisanship and nothing of substance getting done, he said. Ebke, a Libertarian who is from Crete, stressed her four years of experience in the Legislature. "I think that the hit pieces had a real weakening effect on me," she said. She lost some of the rural vote she needed, she said. "Now it's up to me to go and get them back." Lots of work to be done! If you want to see a Libertarian elected, then visit her page! There's lot's of ways you can help! Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at RedStateEclectic
OK, two favors. I know it's been too long, but better late than never, eh? Favor #1 - forgive me? Here's the real thing: our hostess, who ran one of the top 10 Ron Paul sites back in the day is now a sitting Nebraska Senator. This is an election year, and she needs your help. The way I understand it, Nebraska's legislature is Non-partisan, and so the top two candidates of any party are the ones that advance. She is running against two Republicans, and needs to beat at least one or both to advance to the General. Her campaign needs phone banking volunteers. Email Jeremy (campaign manager) @ People! She's the nation's highest-seated Libertarian. Freedom needs a win - you can make this happen! Her primary election is May 15. Favor #2 - Can you help? Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at RedStateEclectic
I don't know what's worse, the same phrasing across the media spectrum, or the odd man out spin from the Gray Lady. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at RedStateEclectic
My son and his girlfriend went to see Justin Amash, and I didn't even get a t-shirt! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at RedStateEclectic
Scary stuff from every honest person's favorite progressive about the seemingly unbridled power of the unelected intelligence community, and their not-so-subtle threats against President-elect Trump. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at RedStateEclectic
When winning is losing: Employees trump religion but religion trumps employers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at RedStateEclectic
Liberty lovin' Judge Andrew Napolitano got to spend an entire hour with president-elect Trump. Here's what he had to say about the meeting: Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
Senator Paul wants the GOP to curb spending and repeal Obamacare, but is meeting some resistance. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
Rep Massie talks with Kennedy about IP and Trump. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
Four staff members have resigned from a southeastern Oklahoma veterans facility rather than face the possibility of getting fired, after a resident was found to have maggots in a wound. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
Calling Donald Trump and his supporters deplorable Nazis during the election cycle didn't stop him, so now they're faced with either believing that the majority of their countrymen are in fact Nazi supporters, or they need to explain the election win another way. Blaming Russia is a tool the leaders of their movement can use to drum up more hate and division without admitting that perhaps the core of their very philosophy is unpalatable to the masses. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
There were not many things I agreed with Obama on. The 2016 deal that reopened at least some trade with Cuba was one of them. Communism makes people poor and capitalism makes them wealthy. It really is that simple. I have no idea how President-elect Trump will handle relations with Cuba, but as a libertarian I hope he works some of that "Art Of The Deal" magic to keep goods flowing to and from the island. From 2014, a Rand Paul opinion piece in Time magazine titled Cuba Isolationists Just Don't Get It lays out the perfect case: I support engagement, diplomacy, and trade with Cuba, China, Vietnam, and many countries with less than stellar human rights records, because I believe that once enslaved people taste freedom and see the products of capitalism they will become hungry for freedom themselves. President George W. Bush wrote that “trade creates the habits of freedom,” and trade provides the seeds of freedom that begin “to create the expectations of democracy.” Once trade begins it is hard to hide the amazing products of capitalism. The Soviets used to produce documentaries depicting poverty in America but it backfired when Russian viewers noticed that even in the poorest of circumstances you could still see televisions flickering in the windows. Once trade is enhanced with Cuba, it will be impossible to hide the bounty that freedom provides. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
The Institute for Justice podcast is always an interesting listen. I could write exclusively about the cases they talk about, but that's sort of what they do in their newsletter, and if I've learned anything about the law, it's that I don't want a lawyer suing me for plagiarism. But one case made me rewind the podcast to make me sure heard it correctly, and sure enough, I did. An internet security firm, Tiversa, intentionally broke into a medical laboratory's server, stole sensitive data, then approached the lab's management in an attempt to land them as a client. The lab refused, probably figuring that they'd be better served by a firm with a sightly more ethical approach. When Tiversa did not get the job, they reported the breach to the Federal Trade Commission in the hopes that the heavy hand of the government would pressure the lab into purchasing their services. Here's where I got confused. I was expecting that Tiversa would have been prosecuted for stealing the data. I was wrong. It took about 4 years, but the FTC eventually sued the lab over the data breach. Maybe it's just me, but blaming the victim is never good policy. This is the kind of abuse that I trust Rand Paul would attempt to curb. I hope Donald Trump will as well. Related articles U.S. Rep. Justin Amash congratulates Trump, hints at renewed uprising Scarce Justice - When What Is "Just" Is Not Known Wanted: Smart Public Policy for Internet of Things Security Violence, Sustenance, and Faith - Civil Society and Social Cohesion - (Ernest Gellner) (4/4) Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
We saw Senator Paul walk the middle ground during the campaign season, stating several times that he was going to uphold his pledge to support the GOP nominee. Now that the general election is over, here's a little taste of his thoughts on the president-elect. Quick summary for those of you who (like me!) hate video: He liked Trump's position that the Iraq war was a mistake. He thinks that pursuing regime changes in the Middle East is bad policy. He thinks Romney is a much better pick for Secretary of State than Giuliani or Bolton. He agrees with McCain (and disagrees with Pence) about torture. He vows to continue to be a defender of the Bill of Rights no matter who is president. Paul does a great pivot at 6:30, turning a question about some potential Trump financial conflicts into a criticism of Guiliani. He gives Trump credit for keeping the Lincoln MKC assembly line in Kentucky.* Here's the video: Also wanted to point out, and I mean this in al sincerity, that his hair looks really,really good. *The UAW is upset that they learned about this from Twitter and not Ford. Heh! Related articles The Miracle of Freedom Scarce Justice - When What Is "Just" Is Not Known Rand Paul: I won't vote for John Bolton or Rudy Giuliani for Secretary of State Secret Votes Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at RedStateEclectic
This post could be subtitled "Why I don't have any faith in the GOP as led by John Boehner." On 09/15, the Congressional Budget Office released an estimate of the economic impact of eliminating the penalty for not having health insurance. The result? It would reduce the deficit by about $305 billion between now and 2025. This is not the first time the CBO has written such an opinion. Indeed, they've been fairly consistent with that message for the past 5 years. So why isn't the GOP braying this from the debate stage? According to the CBO, repealing the penalty would mean more uninsured people and less subsidies to the insurance industry. So there's the answer. Pork - the other Red meat. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at RedStateEclectic
The CBO again concludes that our rising debt clouds our economic future. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at RedStateEclectic
Chris Lollie, jailed for being black in public. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
The Michigan primaries are finally upon us. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
This just hit my email: The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar. The total amount of federal debt held by the public is now equivalent to about 74 percent of the economy’s annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP)—a higher percentage than at any point in U.S. history except a brief period around World War II and almost twice the percentage at the end of 2008. If current laws remained generally unchanged in the future, federal debt held by the public would decline slightly relative to GDP over the next few years, CBO projects. After that, however, growing budget deficits would push debt back to and above its current high level. Twenty-five years from now, in 2039, federal debt held by the public would exceed 100 percent of GDP, CBO projects. Moreover, debt would be on an upward path relative to the size of the economy, a trend that could not be sustained indefinitely. The entire report is here. But we've all seen what happens when Congress tries to cut anything. The media help the Democrats portray the fiscal conservatives as cruel heartless monsters because they want Big Bird to pay for his own cushy nest. Oh well, I guess as long as the printing presses still work, we'll be ok. RIght? ******* Related articles Gallup: Deficit fears jump National Debt Peterson/CBO Beat for Austerity Goes On! The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024 - Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
""We want this to be the new Republican party. A party we can be proud of." - Justin Amash Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
According to Amash, McMillin is "an amazing person. Someone who ... was willing to stand up to both parties to do the right thing if necessary." Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
'I tell people the Republican Party needs to look like the rest of America to have a chance and that means with tattoos and without tattoos.” - Rand Paul Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
This anti-speeding ad is a work of genius. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at RedStateEclectic
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at RedStateEclectic