Tag: Elections

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome good poll numbers for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and strong support for much of his agenda. They also shudder as Sen. Chuck Grassley unveils more evidence that the FBI actively covered up allegations against Hunter Biden during the 2020 campaign. And they point out the insanity of Maryland election law allowing mail-in ballots to arrive 10 days after election day – and fear this could create tremendous controversy if it happens in key races around the country this year.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis but still manage to have fun with them. First, they discuss the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, what he did and did not accomplish while in office, and where he stacks up on the list of recent prime ministers. They also fume over reports that President Biden shipped five million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to countries in Europe and Asia. And they break down reports that China is already taking steps to invade Taiwan and meddle in U.S. elections.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome an even brighter forecast for Republicans in the 2022 midterms. They also strongly reject President Biden’s suggestion that 9mm handguns ought to be banned. And they react to Biden reportedly being frustrated that his staff keeps telling reporters that he meant something other than what he said.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they are encouraged that early voting numbers are up but mail-in ballots are down, meaning election results are likely to be more secure. They also discuss the horrific, racially-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, how the shooter had once again been on the radar, and how the effort to turn the tragedy into political advantage was immediate once again. And they have fun with Vice President Kamala Harris once again getting stuck on a talking point she struggled to get out of.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin making sure there is enough police present to protect Supreme Court justices and the Senate funding more security for the family members. They also walk through the multiple factors leading to severe shortage of baby formula in the U.S. And they react to tweets showing the incoming White House Press Secretary publicly called the 2016 presidential race and the 2018 Georgia governor’s race to be stolen elections.

 

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Last night, my sister and brother-in-law went to the Log Cabin Republicans function in Orange County.  There were a few people speaking about running for Superior Court Judge and they decided to crash and put his best foot forward.  He’s not often allowed to speak at these functions because regardless of his personal feelings, he […]

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As America pauses for Presidents Day – or at least the federal government does – Jim and Greg take some time to evaluate a few recent presidents who deserve a closer look at their legacies.  They’re presidents many of you remember well but for some reason are rarely mentioned as leaders Americans remember most fondly. Enjoy this encore presentation from Presidents Day 2020.

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with constitutional scholar Thomas Berry about the process for electing U.S. presidents and the efforts underway to modernize the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to forestall frivolous challenges in the future.

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Join Jim and Greg as they recap the saving of the filibuster by Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. They recoil as the president suggests minor Russian incursions might not merit a strong response. And they fire back as Biden suggests this year’s midterm elections might not be legitimate unless his legislation passes.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that Senate Dems have virtually no hope of advancing their bill to federalize elections and BBB isn’t faring any better. They wince as the December jobs report once again comes in way below expectations. And they throw up their hands as Connecticut orders COVID-positive patients into nursing homes.

 

Happy New Year! Join Jim and Greg as they are pleasantly stunned to see the European Union embracing natural gas and nuclear power as their wind and solar energy efforts fall far short of producing the amount of energy needed. They also slam Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s latest effort to skirt the filibuster to pass Dem legislation on elections. And they hammer teachers unions for once again leading the charge to return to distance learning or just “pause” schools for two weeks to weather the Omicron cases of COVID.

Happy New Year! Jim and Greg conclude the Three Martini Lunch Award season by announcing their choices for person of the year and turncoat of the year. They also make some rather sobering predictions about 2022.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they offer the second installment of their highly coveted year-end awards. Today they remark on the people connected to politics that they’re most sorry to see pass away in 2021. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into oblivion – rarely to be heard from again. Or, in Greg’s case, maybe they just really, really want them to go away forever.

 

As we approach the end of this year, it’s time to start deciding the best and worst of 2021. Today, Jim and Greg begin handing out the their prestigious Three Martini Lunch Awards. In this first installment, they offer their individual selections for Most Overrated Political Figure, Most Underrated Political Figure, and Most Honest Political Figure.

 

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I’ve found a number of interesting sources for information on Substack.  It started with John Kass, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, then I added Alex Berenson, ejected from Twitter.  I have read a number of other writers as well, now including Steve Kirsch.  I know nothing about him save what he says in his blurb,  […]

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Jim and Greg salute Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for yet again refusing to end or change the filibuster. They also roll their eyes as Democrats finally notice the surging crime rates in America’s cities and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has no idea where the lawlessness is coming from. And they get a kick out of Sen. Elizabeth Warren wanting to add four more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court just days after Biden’s judicial commission did not recommend doing that.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer sportscaster Bob Costas for denouncing the International Olympic Committee’s tendency to cozy up to authoritarian regimes, but they also note the Biden administration’s ongoing weakness toward Beijing. They also give Stacey Abrams a history lesson as she claims she always admitted that she lost the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia. And they get a kick out of Democrats trying to claim a major win after gas prices dip a whopping two cents per gallon over a two week span.

FEC: Foreign Nationals Can Contribute to American Ballot Initiatives

 

The Federal Election Commission attracts little public attention. Oh, sure, there are advocacy groups like Common Cause who often attempt to influence FEC deliberations. People like me who (used to) run political action committees (PACs) or work with federal election campaigns pay careful attention.

But on November 2, election day in Virginia, New Jersey, and other states, the FEC reported on the results of a recent vote to dismiss a “matter under review” (MUR, in the language of Washington acronyms).

What caught my attention – and that of Axios, a center-left online media outlet – was a rare 4-2 bipartisan vote. The Democratic chair, Shana Broussard, joined the three Republicans to dismiss a challenge made by a pro-environmental coalition group in Montana pushing for clean water standards for hard-rock mining operations.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three good martinis again today! First, they love the story of Republican Edward Durr defeating the the Dem president of the New Jersey Senate after spending a whopping $153 on his campaign. They’re also encouraged by the ongoing infighting among congressional Democrats who seem to be in more disarray than ever on the reconciliation bill. And they thoroughly enjoy watching progressives and moderates point fingers at each other over their election losses.