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Republic Day Security Was This Tight for Obama
(from: Washington Wire @ January 26, 2015, 04:03 AM)

How tight was security at India?s Republic Day parade, which this year featured U.S. President Barack Obama as the chief guest? Reporters covering the event weren?t even allowed to bring pens.

Romney to Larry King: I?ll Decide in Two Weeks
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ January 26, 2015, 03:03 AM)

Larry King says Mitt Romney will make his presidential intentions clear in about two weeks.

Sheldon Richman: Are Libertarians Looking for Results or Self-Congratulation?
(from: Independent Political Report @ January 26, 2015, 03:01 AM)

Sheldon Richman

Posted to Reason

Are Libertarians Looking for Results or Self-Congratulation?
There’s a big difference between trying to win people over and merely trying to feel good about ourselves.

By Sheldon Richman
January 25, 2015

When I was researching my recent article on Nathaniel Branden, who died last month, I came across an audio file of a talk Branden gave at the 1979 Libertarian Party national convention in Los Angeles.… Read more ...

Marc Allan Feldman Issues Campaign Video in Bid to Become Libertarian Party?s Presidential Nominee
(from: Independent Political Report @ January 26, 2015, 02:29 AM)

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Drew Curtis to run for Kentucky Gov. as independent
(from: Independent Political Report @ January 25, 2015, 10:16 PM)

Drew Curtis (Independent)

Drew Curtis (Independent)

Drew Curtis, founder and owner of the popular humorous news-aggregation website, has announced that he will run for Governor of Kentucky as an independent in the 2015 election. From his interview with

Curtis said he filed his campaign papers Friday and planned to make a formal announcement Monday on his website.

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2nd Annual LPBexar Fundraiser Sat, Feb. 7 2015 in San Antonio TX
(from: Independent Political Report @ January 25, 2015, 10:15 PM)


Via facebook message. I attended last year, but can’t go this year. Passing along for anyone else who is interested and may be able to make it.

Hi Paulie,

I?d like to personally invite you to attend a special Bexar County LP Fundraiser dinner coming up in a few weeks. This will be the 2nd year we?ve held an event like this.… Read more ...

A major Democratic electoral dilemma, explained in a single graph
(from: Swing State Project @ January 25, 2015, 04:29 PM)

Graph which shows voter registration and turnout, by age, for the 2010 elections. Shows a steady upward movement with age.
Much has been made of the disparities between presidential and midterm electoral turnout as of late, especially given the twin collapses that have been visited upon the Democratic Party in the past two midterms.

A great deal of the focus, with justification, has been on the racial makeup of the electorate. The status of non-white voters as a critical firewall in the Democratic coalition is absolutely nothing new, and an essential part of the electoral discussion, no matter what election cycle is being examined. Concern about flagging turnout among nonwhite voters (African-American and Latino turnout, in particular) is a constant cause for anxiety in Democratic electoral circles.

That concern is well-placed?but only to a point. If one looks at the exit polling from the past several election cycles, for example, we can see that the 2014 exit polls show a nonwhite proportion of the electorate that is only marginally different from 2008. But even though the racial dynamics of the electorate were little changed, it goes without saying that the outcomes were vastly different.

So, while the Democrats definitely prize a more diverse electorate (and the GOP a decidedly pale one), this alone does not explain victory and defeat for the Democrats. One other subgroup has been of considerable importance to Democrats, and their participation (or lack thereof) has been an under-appreciated piece of the puzzle in explaining the eye-popping lack of consistency in Democratic performance. That group is young voters. Head below the fold for the numbers, and an explanation of why the political whims of voters under 30 matters a great deal for Democrats, and not just in non-presidential years.

New Hampshire Bill to Restore Straight-Ticket Device
(from: Ballot Access News @ January 25, 2015, 01:56 PM)

Eight Republican New Hampshire legislators have introduced HB 185, to restore the straight-ticket device. New Hampshire eliminated it in 2007, after Democrats won control of the legislature in 2006. The general argument in favor of straight-ticket devices is that many voters are too uninterested to finish filling out their ballot, so they leave the offices


Huckabee Nods to Presidential Run
(from: Washington Wire @ January 25, 2015, 12:49 PM)

Former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee gave fresh indications Sunday he?s moving toward another presidential bid.

White House Defends Tax Proposals to Aid Middle Class
(from: Washington Wire @ January 25, 2015, 12:03 PM)

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday defended the tax proposals aimed at helping the middle class that President Barack Obama outlined in his State of the Union speech.

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