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Republican Orlando Sanchez is in a December runoff for Houston mayor against former Clinton administration official Bill White. Sanchez is probably the underdog. Here’s the Houston Chronicle story.

The Next Vote



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As much as conservatives are pleased by Kentucky and Mississippi, their most important election this month is yet to come in Louisiana, on Saturday, Nov. 15–gubernatorial candidate Bobby Jindal is a potential star. If he wins, it will complete a GOP trifecta and deepen the conservative bench.

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The Vote



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A good night for Republicans in Kentucky in Mississippi. Here in Virginia, the governor wasn’t on the ballot, but Democrats appear to have made minor gains in the state legislature–something that hasn’t happened in a long time. They also retained the chairmanship of the Fairfax County board of supervisors, in what was a hotly contested race seen as a proxy battle between Democrat governor Mark Warner and GOP Rep. Tom Davis.

Web Briefing: December 27, 2015

Haley Comets Into Governor’s Mansion



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More Florida Winners



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Another e-mailer: “And the Miami Hurricanes won the college football national championship in
2001.” And, of course: “… isn’t Kerry conceding that 2000 was a legitimate victory?”

Democrats



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should insist someone on Jay Rockefeller’s staff be fired for this memo.

Philly



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FNC just called the mayor race for John Street.

Doh!



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A reader points out: “The people of Florida take offense to that statement. Kerry certainly isn’t a sports fan. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl last January.”

Rod’s Glad He Left Town



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“An Independent Judiciary”



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requires unchecked judicial power, according to Slate.

That Debate Drinking Game



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Is “LGBT Community” already in it?

Fletcher Wins in Ky.



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Mississippi not called.

Mrs. Heinz-Kerry



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More Debate: Macs or Pcs?!



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That’s a question I never allow in mixed or polite or any company. We’ve been there too often. (They would be PC guys, though….)

Da Debate: I Might Add



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Was that 10 minutes all about Dean?

Rocking The Vote Debate: The Long-Term Dean Threat: He Didn’t Apologize



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When was the last time you heard a pol refuse to apologize…on race? A black kid (I’m calling everyone at this one a kid) in the audience takes on Howard Dean on his confederatre flag comment. Howard Dean addresses him–talking about reaching out to southern whites without apology. Sharpton takes him on, Edwards takes him on…and he is not moving an inch. That’s something.

Kerry On Marlins & World Series



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At the CNN Rock the Vote “debate” with Anderson “I’m Da Man” Cooper: “That’s the first legitimate victory out of FLorida since 2000.”

Partial-Birth Abortion



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Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee does a nice job clearing up a few myths and answering some criticisms–notably that of Will Saletan in Slate.

Three Pieces to Read



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Three important Op-Eds today ought to be read in tandem, if you haven’t already. First, there’s Fareed Zakaria’s piece in The Washington Post. Then there are pieces by Edward Luttwak and David Brooks in The New York Times. These are not the sort of folks who can be dismissed by conservatives. In one way or another, they all say that the Bush administration is trying to do too much in Iraq with too little commitment of American troops. Zakaria adds the critical point that we are trying to bring about elections in Iraq too quickly. I understand the political pressures on the administration to reduce America’s footprint in Iraq as quickly as possible. But the hard truth is, we are trying to do too much too fast, and with too few troops. If I have a criticism of the administration, this is it. I’ve been saying since 9/11 that we need more troops. Since a draft is politically unacceptable, we need to expand the military with volunteers. It would have been a whole lot easier to do this a couple of years ago, when the political support would have been available. Unfortunately, we missed that opportunity. I’ve also written at length on the difficulty of bringing democracy to the Arab world. It may well be doable, but it cannot be done quickly. Right now, we are rightly concentrated on the security problem in Iraq. But I am very concerned about the consequences of premature elections. The administration is in a tough position right now. It’s not that the situation in Iraq can’t be fixed. No, the problem is that there is too little political support at home–particularly with the Dems hoping to turn failure in Iraq into an election issue–to do what needs to be done. Maybe the administration will manage to limp along, do the minimum in Iraq, and still win the election. Or maybe the president will take the risk of going to the public and explaining why we simply have to commit more money to build up our military forces. I actually think that would work. If the Democrats make an issue of it, they would reinforce their bad image on defense. But whether the administration will commit the necessary troops, and spend the money it will take to expand our military, is a very open question. In any case, read these three Op-Ed’s.

Cased Closed



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The Luskin-Atrios nonsense is over.

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