Abortion Always Affects Midterm Choices

Abortion was a motivational issue for large numbers of voters, although most people generally viewed the economy as a more pressing issue. Erin Lefevre / NurPhoto via AP Abortion has been a driving force in midterm races across the country, helping Democrats retain control of the Senate and limit losses in the House. But if … Read more

Mid-term exams have made state governments bluer

Rebecca Cook / Reuters Abortion bans, right-to-work laws, voting restrictions—many major pieces of legislation coming out of state capitols have been conservative for years. But after Democrats’ landslide victory in statewide elections last week, important liberal policies could be coming to a state near you. For the first time in years, more Americans will live … Read more

Hello, Democrats. Don’t give up on Ohio.

There are several types of Democrats. There is a breed that sees an exploding car on the shoulder of the road and makes a mental note to create a blue ribbon commission to learn about the lack of roadside assistance. The second pulls up, pulls a wrench from the trunk and puts on the spare. … Read more

Hunt promises to weather the economic “storm” with tax hikes and spending cuts

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will deliver his autumn statement at 11.30am today. He is expected to introduce various tax increases and spending cuts to weather the economic “storm”. Hunt will finish addressing the AGM at around 12.30pm, when his financial plans (including Office for Budget Responsibility projections) will appear on the government’s website. At 14:00 OBR … Read more

Newslinks for Thursday 17th November 2022

Budget briefs and leaks 1) Big “stealth tax” increases expected to “face into the storm” “Britain must “face into the storm” of a global economic crisis, Jeremy Hunt will warn today as he announces the biggest package of tax rises and spending cuts for more than a decade. The chancellor will say in his autumn … Read more

Are we creeping towards a tougher border?

The Citizenship and Borders Act received Royal Assent in April 2022. Immigration tribunals etc. The period of consultation regarding the effects for The main focus of the UK media is on issues such as detention pending the processing of asylum applications in Rwanda, but it is of interest here. It is a controversial requirement for … Read more

Hey, Red States: Ready for Secession Yet?, by Thomas Dalton

When I wrote this, six full days after the 2022 midterm election, the situation was still undecided. The Senate is apparently in Democrat hands again, and the House was “leaning” Republican , although some 19 (!) races are still undetermined. [Editor’s note: The Democrats have indeed held the Senate, and the Republicans now have been … Read more