State & Local Politics
If the sound of ghostly laughter is heard in Massachusetts these days as this campaign rolls on, with Martha Coakley self-portrayed as the guardian of justice and civil liberties, there is good reason.
— Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal
With all due respect, that is not Ted Kennedy’s seat and it is not the Democrats’ seat. It is the seat of the people of Massachusetts.
— Scott Brown, candidate for United States senator in Massachusetts
I like to point up and explain to my kids with pride when we drive through Providence that their grandfather put the beacon light in the Hancock building, the tallest building in Providence at the time. And when we drive through Fall River to tell them that he was the electrician in the last factory to head south. He turned the lights out.
Turns out that the New York state Senate is taking a genuine leadership role in using the Internet seriously to increase government accountability and transparency.
Healthcare reform that started as a noble and needed legislation has become a trough of bribes, deals and loopholes ... California’s congressional delegation should either vote against this bill that is a disaster for California or get in there and fight for the same sweetheart deal that Sen. Nelson of Nebraska got for the Cornhusker State.
— Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jan. 5, 2010
As divisions appear among conservatives about state sovereignty, it should be recalled that the Governator was the first to sense the positive charge and the awakening potential of state and regional identity long before the train left the station. Early on, Arnold challenged the feds on environmental issues and brought with him other original thinkers like Jodi Rell, governor of Connecticut.
Looks like the state employees and Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia have made a big difference in customer service. This story isn't getting out, and it should, it's really impressive. I'll try to tell their story.
Several years ago, like in many companies, they found that many employees were cynical, beat down by the system and didn't seem to care (because no one cared about their opinion or what they were doing). I hear now that Georgia state employees are very engaged, and PROUD of what they're accomplishing.
The Nancy and Harry show suggests a mad adolescent rush, like in those classic Hollywood B-movies where the parents go out of town and the teens take over the house (read: the Senate) for the weekend. Or the drunken euphoria of Billy Wilder’s “The Lost Weekend.” Or “Animal House,” maybe, staring Barney Frank as John Belushi.
There was a time — before Starbucks, before Bill and Hillary, before the Rolling Stones — when liberals supported working-class people. No longer. But back then no one represented the strong and fearless heartbeat of American working people like West Virginia coal miners. They were the stuff of legend chronicled in folklore, bluegrass and folk music. In the ’50s we’d listen in pained silence for word about mine disasters, even way up here in New England. We shared in the lives of the miners. If they could find the strength to survive in the mines, we could survive on the surface. They were the canaries of our own desire. No longer, as the recent occurrence at Sundial, W.Va., makes clear.
I was horrified to read this morning that it is increasingly commonplace in California to treat children diagnosed with deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, with marijuana. With California’s pot industry pushing into the mainstream, experts say marijuana prescriptions for children are skyrocketing.
Truly, this is horrifying. First, marijuana produces many of the same effects in users — short-term memory problems and inattention — as those associated with ADHD. Get it? Pot actually causes many of the effects that you want a treatment for ADHD to alleviate.
“… you know … I don't want to get caught up in any of that funky #$@& goin' down in the city.”*
From Friday's news, here's the latest on South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R):
*Apologies to Paul Pena and to the Steve Miller Band.