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Issues 2014: Obamacare/Economy vs Wages/Equal Pay

Wednesday April 16, 2014

The stage has pretty much been set for what issues both liberals and conservatives want to talk about in 2014.

Conservatives obviously want to talk about Obamacare. A lot. Jobs will also be a top issue once again.

Liberals want to talk about "Equal Pay" and the minimum wage and more and more and more and more government. But mostly they want to set conservatives up to either say something stupid or say something that can in some way be made to be stupid.

Read: Top Issues in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Ben Carson for President?

Thursday April 10, 2014

Earlier today, the main group "urging" a Hillary for President campaign - and offering up creepy bumper stickers and apparel - noted they raised $1.7M in the first 3 months of 2014. The group has raised less than $6M since their launch roughly a year ago. That's not really great for a candidate dominating her primary opoonents and leading most of the Republicans. Which brings us to....

Ben Carson. He's never been a US Senator, Congressman, or Governor like most US Presidents in recent history. He's never even tried for elective office, and so the US Presidency seems like a bit of a stretch. Yet Dr. Ben Carson is quietly building a formidable support base that could yield results in 2016. In fact, a group supporting his efforts raised an impressive $3M-ish in just 6 months last year, putting the Carson draft neck-and-neck with the ready for Hillary crowd.

Read: The Case for Ben Carson for President

One Night with Obamacare

Monday March 31, 2014

It's one thing to talk about Obamacare.

It's another thing to actually navigate it in a real life situation. I was forced to do that last night, and the failure that is Obamacare lived up to the hype. And the word affordable? Affordable to whom? At the end of the day, there was not a sign-up... but it doesn't mean we weren't counted as an enrollee.

Read: My Attempt to help a Family Member Navigate the Obamacare Website on Final Enrollment Day

McFadden vs Ortman in Minnesota: US Senate

Monday March 31, 2014

It looks like it's going to be another tea party vs establishment battle in a Minnesota Republican primary. This time, businessman Mike McFadden is getting the support of the establishment and has been deemed the "electable" candidate by many party insiders. This is based, I guess, on his ability to raise money, which he has done. It isn't based on his ability to get Republican grassroots excited as he has not really run a campaign for them. McFadden could be a great conservative, but he has never run for political office and few really know anything about him. What does he really believe? How courageous is he? Is he even willing to take strong positions, or does that come after he secures the nomination? Can he even win an election as a first time candidate? While we get that the GOP would be attracted to a candidate who has raised a bit of many - and yes, that is very important - is it any wonder why conservatives are skeptical of the process and the picks the establishment churns out, usually to no greater result (and often, worse) than what the grassroots go for?

On the other hand, Julianne Ortman is the main alternative to McFadden and will likely be the "conservative alternative." There isn't really anything that would make Ortman not worthy of being supported by the establishment. She has a political record that Republicans could get behind, though couldn't be pigeon-holed as a "tea party extremist" by any measure, which is the establishment's main concern. She has a decent electoral history, including high-ranking positions in the State Senate. She also performs better than McFadden in polls against Franken despite being in the race for a shorter amount of time and having spent far less money.

More Reading: 2014 US Senate Race in Minnesota

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