The Ring at Practical Politicking

The Ring at Practical PolitickingIn the immortal words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble” … The Ring is where you’ll find our concise, frequently contentious, and always informative blog posts.

Occasionally you will even catch a few jabs we’ll throw at each other because, while we do agree at fundamental levels, we do not always agree on issue specifics, the correct political strategy or the most effective campaigning tactics. Civil discourse is just reality.

If you read or see something you disagree with then climb into The Ring with us and leave a comment. We’ll most likely “punch back” but we’ll keep the gloves on. Debates here are encouraged and welcome but like boxing, no low blows and “keep it clean”.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Bumper Stickers in Your Yard, Really?

Tom Dougherty on July 31, 2014
This is getting comical, and we’re going to have to start charging for the lessons if this keeps up; but the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Kentucky is at it again. We’ve helped her out with the Israeli Iron Dome – Above Ground vs. Below Ground, a Primer for Alison Lundergan Grimes. Now it has come to our attention, a second lesson, in as many days, is required.   Bumper Yard Bumper stickers go where? Oh yeah, on bumpers. more »

Milton Wolf’s Campaign is Desperate and Dying, and it’s Dead Next Tuesday

Tom Dougherty on July 31, 2014
Ah, the restorative powers of a debate … it’s a longstanding fallacy (perpetuated by losing candidates for decades) that if I can only get my opponent to debate me, the sun will rise in the West, global harmony will magically occur, and I’ll vault into the lead. According to Alexandra Jaffe, at The Hill, Milton Wolf is the latest candidate to jump on the wagon, in a desperate last-ditch effort to save his candidacy from inevitable defeat against incumbent Sen. more »

Editor for The Cook Political Report calls GOP Candidate “frightening”

Jeff Quinton on July 31, 2014
Lenar Whitney is a Republican candidate in the primary for Congress in Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District (LA06) and currently is a state house member in the Pelican State. The seat she is running for is the same one that former Democratic Governor and ex-con Edwin Edwards is running for. David Wasserman, House editor (that means he deals with House races) for The Cook Political Report, recently wrote about Whitney (and others) for The Washington Post. A sample of what he more »

Above Ground vs. Below Ground, a Primer for Alison Lundergan Grimes

Tom Dougherty on July 30, 2014
Wednesday morning, Sam Youngman, of the Lexington Herald-Leader, reported on the opening of an Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign office in Lexington, KY. Grimes is the Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Kentucky, seeking to unseat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. From remarks Grimes made after the public event: “Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself,” Grimes said. “But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in more »

Why the IRS Didn’t Want Us to See Lois Lerner’s Emails in One Picture

Tom Dougherty on July 30, 2014
How damning can one email be? In the case of one Lois Lerner email thread, pretty damning; and now we may well know why the IRS has gone to such lengths to prevent their release to Congress and the public. Referenced in (and attached to) a letter from Rep. Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, the spitefulness of Lerner is on full display. As Chairman Camp writes: A newly discovered more »

Wolf’s #KSSEN Campaign is Crashing, Colleagues are Backing Roberts

Tom Dougherty on July 29, 2014
There are campaigns that stumble and then there are the ones that do a full-face plant. Dr. Milton Wolf’s campaign for the GOP nomination in the Kansas primary is the latter. From the National Journal Hotline: Kansas Senate candidate Milton Wolf’s (R) fellow radiologists are taking a stand against him in the days before his primary against Sen. Pat Roberts (R). New FEC filings show the American College of Radiology Association PAC is spending over $40,000 on mailers supporting the more »

Confidence in the Economy is Skyrocketing, No Wait it’s Plummeting

Tom Dougherty on July 29, 2014
With the economy being a principal issue in this year’s election; not to mention its obvious influence on the quality of life for all Americans; one would do well to track changing public sentiment. Two of the leading indicators of such sentiment are the Consumer Confidence Index and the Gallup Economic Confidence Index. Consider then the following headlines, all from Tuesday morning: Bloomberg – Consumer Confidence in U.S. Jumps to Highest Since 2007 CNBC – US Confidence Jumps in July more »

New York Times Model Shows Land Leading Peters in #MISEN

Brandon Helderop on July 28, 2014
On Sunday, the New York Times released the latest predictions from their Senate forecasting model. As part of this model, their analysis takes into consideration a few innovative, and controversial, factors, including a YouGov online panel tasked with covering every congressional and gubernatorial race in the country. “The panel, asked for its preferences in collaboration with CBS and The New York Times, is unusual in its scope: It comprises more than 66,000 people living in states with a Senate race more »

John Walsh’s Actions are About Lack of Character, Ethics and Integrity

Tom Dougherty on July 25, 2014
In February I wrote about John Walsh’s ascendency to the US Senate in New Dem Senator Brings His Baggage to DC, saying: If this is the end of the story is hard to say. Given Walsh’s checkered past it’s impossible to know what else may surface. This past Wednesday, the New York Times reported on “what else may surface” in Senator’s Thesis Turns Out to Be Remix of Others’ Works, Uncited (John Walsh, Democrat, Confronts Questions of Plagiarism). The crux more »

Wehby Pounces on Merkley for His Silence on Cover Oregon & ObamaCare

Tom Dougherty on July 25, 2014
“Monica for Oregon” recently launched, Malpractice Merkley, a website designed to provide Oregonians with information, or lack thereof, coming from first-term Democratic incumbent senate, Jeff “Doc” Merkley, on Cover Oregon (the spectacularly failed state exchange) and ObamaCare. Merkley’s lack of action, coupled with his broken promises, has left many Oregonians worrying over the potential to lose the doctor of their choosing; access to quality, affordable care; and in some cases their job. It being an election year, the Senator is more »
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