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There is already a perfectly fine post on this topic, but the new Ricochet policy is that after a post is six months old comments are automatically closed, so we can’t comment on the original post anymore. I’m not going to copy and paste all the comments from that thread, so I would encourage you […]
The question of representation, or the similar concept of visibility, is one that much of the Left obsesses over. This may include media and political representation of ethnic groups, women, various LGBTQ groups, left-approved religions, disabled people, fat people, skinny people, and so on. For years, I rejected the concept, seeing it as tribal exploitation of […]
It was a long night, but we’re here and we’re glad you could join us! Today, Jim and Greg unpack disappointing election results as Democrats win control of the Virginia legislature and Kentucky GOP Gov. Matt Bevin appears headed to defeat. But they perk up as they see conservative policy ideas like protecting taxpayers, rejecting sanctuary city status, and tapping the brakes on affirmative action winning in moderate to liberal parts of the country. And they have zero use for a Kamala Harris proposal that would keep create a 10-hour school day (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) so it lines up with the work schedule of parents.
If this isn’t the record for the earliest ever Ricochet Meetup announcement, I’d like to know what is. I don’t know who to blame for infecting me, but I clearly have Ricochet Meetup Fever. Among many smaller affairs, I co-hosted the big Montana Meetup in 2017, I put together a science fiction convention meetup in […]
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cover Amy McGrath’s campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and hope that Democrats spend a lot of money on a candidate who has very little chance of winning. They also discuss the controversy brewing over Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s involvement in the plea deal with billionaire and alleged child sex trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. And they debate Senator Joe Manchin’s threat to remove federal funding for the 2026 World Cup unless the members of the women’s national team are paid as much as the men.
Over at City Journal, I argue that we should pay more attention to the new wave of Medicaid reforms bubbling up from the states, especially the so-called work requirements. Back in January, Kentucky became the first state to announce “work requirements” as a condition for Medicaid eligibility. Well actually, it is a “community engagement” requirement which can be satisfied by working, looking for work, taking a class, going to rehab, and other productive activities. And it applies only to childless, able-bodied adults.
But still, the Kentucky program was blessed by the Trump Health and Human Services Department, so the Resistance is out in full force to halt the community engagement requirement. Within days of the Kentucky announcement, a coalition of liberal activist groups, including the dubious Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a class action lawsuit to block Bevin’s Medicaid reforms. While that lawsuit has been dragging on, Bevin has filed a counter-suit, and ten more states have sought to implement their own community engagement program.
Last week, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin gave each Oklahoma public school teacher a massive 15 to 18 percent pay raise funded by the largest tax increase in state history. To show their appreciation, teachers went on strike demanding even more money. Today, 200 Oklahoma school districts are shut down, with students going uneducated and parents scrambling for daycare.
Similar protests have been taking place in Kentucky, Arizona, and West Virginia. What do all these states have in common? Republicans hold the governorship and both legislative chambers. But it’s totally non-partisan and for the children … or something.
On Tuesday, January 23, there was a shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY. Two students were killed (with 19 injured) by a fellow student. Less than one month later, a shooter killed 17 students (15+ injured) at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
I live in Nashville and watched the Kentucky shooting play out on the national news (though much more on local news, obviously) and I did the same on the day of the Florida shooting. It’s been startlingly obvious that the national media reaction and public frenzy has been decidedly different from the Kentucky shooting and I’ve been wondering why for the last few days.
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review on Ricochet on the following Sunday. Preview Open
Baseball Mysteries The things I remember most about the game are the smell of leather, infield chatter, and the sweet taste of RED MAN chew. What I can’t remember is what happened after the pitcher released the ball – it just completely disappeared. I’d not see it again ’til it was bouncing in the outfield […]
I’m done with the hypocrisy and principle detachment of this election cycle. You stand for something or you don’t, you can’t just flip principles on and off. The Kentucky GOP condemned and called for the withdrawal of a candidate for the KY House this week. This occurred as the result of the candidate making posts […]
We anticipated that Obamacare would be a huge issue in the Kentucky gubernatorial campaign, and believed the race could be won – despite only two Republicans prevailing since Truman — if it was approached in a way to broaden the base.
So in the last week Independent Women’s Voice made a targeted push to the roughly 100,000 remaining undecided voters. We engaged them, as we have done successfully in the past, with a series of quiz calls and mailings that were straight issue self-education and never explicitly advocated for either candidate – hence no need to file. We did this because we knew that once people understood the issues, and knew that Matt Bevin had signed the Repeal Pledge while Jack Conway had not, that they would make up their own minds about the message they wanted this election to send.
Ladies and Gentlemen of Ricochet, I meant to spend the day taking you on a dreary tour of European Nazi-land, but I got so caught up and excited about following the results of the off-term elections that I didn’t write that post. I figure the Nazis will still be here tomorrow, though, and that you’ll forgive me for taking a detour, because these election results really are pretty interesting, no?
People often forget that there are off-year elections, but this coming Tuesday sees gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and state legislative elections in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia.
The gubernatorial elections in Louisiana and Mississippi seem to be fine, but it’s always helpful to have bigger majorities (or, in New Jersey’s case, a bigger minority) in the legislature. If you know someone in a state with a legislative election on Tuesday, please call them and remind them to vote. In off-year elections, so many people forget to do this, which makes every vote count.
So here in Kentucky we had a real barnburner of a primary. I mean that somewhat literally. There’s an old joke we often attribute to Mark Twain–that when the world ends, the best place to be is in Kentucky, because everything happens here 20 years later. Well, the rest of the South went Republican in 1996. Here we are, 20 years later, and Kentucky was going to flip–we’d take the House and the Governor’s mansion–and then this happened.
First, a few things you should know about Kentucky. For starters, we aren’t a Republican state. Yeah, the senators are Republicans, and 5 of the 6 Representatives are Republicans, but at the state level everything is Democrats. The executive branch is 4:1 Democrats. The House is Democratic, and the only reason the Senate is Republican is because of animosity between Democrats that led to a palace coup in 1996, a story I told last year.
Before we get to 2016, there’s some housekeeping to attend to. Specifically, three gubernatorial contests on tap for later this year. The states in play: Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Will they offer any windows into the health of the two parties? Let’s take a quick look at each one.
1) Kentucky. The state synonymous with horse racing has the inside track on the nastiest race so far. A college girlfriend says one-time GOP frontrunner and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer abused her. That, in turn, raised questions as to fellow Republican Hal Heiner’s campaign tactics. How ugly has the GOP fight become? At one point, Comer called Heiner “the Christian Laettner of Kentucky politics.” Why that hurts so badly in Wildcat Nation:
Come with me in imagination to a place that certainly exists somewhere in this country. It’s a small food vendor — a restaurant, bakery, pizza parlor, or what you choose — that happens to be owned by a University of Kentucky graduate. Today, he’s a disappointed, even bitter Wildcat fan whose mood is not in the least improved when a nice guy with a Midwestern accent breezes through the door. In red. Whistling “On, Wisconsin!”
Now, let’s hope the guy behind the counter stays polite, but we know the Badger will get his pizza or ice cream; it would be outrageously unthinkable that — even at his bitterest — the Kentucky grad would deny service to someone just because he’s from Wisconsin.
Most of you probably know about the big, weekend-long (April 10-12) Ricochet Meetup in Nashville. Some of us coming in from the north want to have a meetup the night before in Louisville, Kentucky. Why Louisville? For people coming from Michigan, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Minnesota it’s along the way or not very far from the […]