DALLAS — If America’s 58th presidential election validates Ted Cruz’s audacious “base plus” strategy, he will have refuted assumptions about the importance of independent “swing” voters and the inertia of many missing voters. Critics say his plan for pursuing the Republican nomination precludes winning the presidency. Jason Johnson, Cruz’s chief strategist, responds: “I’m working backward from Election Day,” because Cruz’s plan for winning the necessary 1,236 convention delegates is an extrapolation from his strategy for winning 270 electoral votes.
No one is jumping to conclusions. The special committee appointed to investigate the possibility of electing members of the Wenatchee City Council by district has only begun its analysis, and is laying the groundwork to collect public comment and suggestions. This by itself is an opportunity to join and engage in an effort to create the most responsive and effective city government possible.
A frustrated Sen. Maria Cantwell took to the Senate floor Thursday to make a plea for common sense, and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund — one of the most popular, efficient and effective conservation efforts known. The fund, which collects and distributes not tax dollars but offshore oil royalties, expired Sept. 30 for the first time in 50 years. It was not included in the just-passed continuing resolution and several attempts to rescue it were thwarted by Republicans and House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah.
Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday asked President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and approve federal aid for families, businesses, governments and tribes devastated by this summer’s wildfires. This would only acknowledge what we already know — the fires were a natural disaster of epic proportions.
There’s the cycle of poverty. There’s the cycle of violence. And then there’s the cycle of gun talk. It starts with a mass shooting. Gun-control advocates blame the deaths on gun-control opponents, who argue, in turn, that none of the proposed restrictions would have had any effect on the incident in question. The debate goes nowhere. The media move on.
There was a man named Julius, born in 1801 in the duchy of Braunschweig, in the principality of Lower Saxony, in the north-central slice of what we now call Germany. For reasons I can only imagine, in 1854 Julius, his wife Christine and 13-year-old son John Henry packed up their few meager belongings and moved to, of all places, the United States. They settled in central Maryland, in the city of Frederick, where not coincidentally there were many other Saxon emigres and speakers of German.
“Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should (have) let the (S)outh go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.” Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, was referring to Southern secessionist states when he urged President-elect Lincoln to “let the erring sisters go in peace.”
Prepare to hear of deep conspiracies, of devious plans to suck jobs out of the United States like soda from a straw, of efforts to force foreign peasants to toil for faceless corporations for pennies while American workers stand in the unemployment line. I cannot say with certainty, but if the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership flows like free trade agreements of the past, most of that will be hot air.
“This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction” said President Barack Obama in the wake of Thursday’s mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.