10:56 AM, Nov 7, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Their betters from both coasts spent big to enlighten the people of Colorado which, east of the Hudson, is considered one of those square states full of primitives who don’t know what is good for them.
So Michael Bloomberg, who makes a habit of sticking his money in that state’s business, spent a million to push a referendum that would have increased taxes in Colorado by a billion dollars with the money going to “improve education.” Which is to say, to raise the salaries of teachers and educrats and hire more of them. Bloomberg was joined by Bill and Melinda Gates, among others, to include, of course, the teachers’ union. With that kind of backing, the forces of progress and goodness amassed a war chest of some $10 million. Enough, surely, to prevail over the rubes and provincials who managed to scratch together barely $40 thousand. Yes, thousand.
The voters, however, proved to be too stupid to cut their own throats and defeated the measure in a nail biter, 66 percent to 34 percent.
One can almost taste the salt in the tears dripping off Jack Healy's New York Times story:
The outcome, a warning to Democrats nationally, was a drubbing for teachers unions as well as wealthy philanthropists like Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and Bill and Melinda Gates, who pumped millions of dollars into the measure, and it offered a sharp rebuke to Gov. John W. Hickenlooper and the Democratically led legislature, who have recently tugged Colorado to the left with laws on gun control and clean energy.
The predictable Times take (from the mouths of unnamed “opponents” of the tax) is that selfishness "prevailed because Coloradans simply did not want a tax increase that would have cost an average household $133 a year.”
Imagine. For less than the price of a decent meal in Manhattan, the primitives could have had an education system approved by Michael Bloomberg and Melinda Gates.
Of course, it is possible, that the voters of Colorado are wise and informed enough to know that throwing money at an education system run by teachers, their union, and the educrats merely buys you more of the same.
And, by the way, it should be noted that those same voters approved a 25 percent sales tax on marijuana and rejected one on sugary drinks, proving that they are smart enough to make distinctions without any help from busybody billionaires.
9:45 PM, Nov 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Terry McAuliffe will win his bid for governor Virginia, both Fox News and NBC News are projecting. McAuliffe, a Democrat, will defeat his Republican opponent, attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.
With 91 percent of precincts reporting, McAuliffe holds a small lead, 46.8 percent to Cuccinelli's 46.5 percent.
4:41 PM, Nov 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, is on his way to winning big in his bid for reelection Tuesday, and there's already talk he may be on his way to running for president in three years. Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, Christie argued he's not a moderate as he's sometimes portrayed.
Neither Obama nor Biden mentioned Obamacare in their speeches.2:37 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ken Cuccinelli may have finally found a winning message in his bid for governor of Virginia, and not a moment too soon. With just a day before Virginians head to the polls, Cuccinelli spent Monday morning targeting his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe and other national Democrats for their support for Obamacare.
8:38 AM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A final poll from Quinnipiac on Tuesday's gubernatorial race in Virginia shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a six-point lead over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli. Forty-six percent of likely Virginia voters say they will vote for McAuliffe, according to the poll, while 40 percent say they'll vote for Cuccinelli. Eight percent say they will vote for the Libertarian party candidate, Robert Sarvis. Here's more from Quinnipiac:
3:03 PM, Nov 1, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Is Ken Cuccinelli closing in on Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race? The latest poll from Emerson College shows McAuliffe, the Democrat, with 42 percent support and Cuccinelli, the Republican, with 40 percent. Libertarian Robert Sarvis has 13 percent in the poll of 874 likely voters.
1:01 PM, Oct 31, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is practically coasting toward reelection next week. The latest Real Clear Politics average of polls show a race that isn't even close. On Tuesday, just a year after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, the Republican spoke in Sea Bright, on the Jersey shore, about the work of his citizens to rebuild the communities devastated by the storm. Watch video of Christie's remarks below:
10:42 AM, Oct 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the Virginia's gubernatorial election hints that the race may be tightening between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli. According to Quinnipiac's survey of 1,182 likely voters, 45 percent say they will vote for McAuliffe and 41 percent say they will vote for Cuccinelli. Nine percent say they will vote for Libertarian party candidate Robert Sarvis.
8:33 AM, Oct 29, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With a week to go before election day, Virginia voters favor Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor over Republican Ken Cuccinelli by more than 10 points, according to a new poll from the Washington Post. The survey found that 51 percent of likely voters support McAuliffe and just 39 percent support Cuccinelli. In addition, Libertarian party candidate Robert Sarvis pulls in 8 percent support.
1:58 PM, Oct 28, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
What's wrong with Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's Republican candidate for governor? He's losing by nearly 10 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics, to Terry McAuliffe, the flawed Democrat. The conventional wisdom is that Cuccinelli is too conservative on social issues, and the McAuliffe campaign has run ads painting the Republican as an extremist on abortion, gay rights, and contraception.
12:52 PM, Oct 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Terry McAuliffe has a 17-point lead over Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. McAuliffe, the Democrat, enjoys his largest lead yet in the race with 50 percent of the vote, while Republican Cuccinelli has 33 percent. The Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, has eight percent support.
9:01 AM, Oct 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With just weeks left in the 2013 gubernatorial race in Virginia, Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has a new TV ad that questions the seriousness of his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe. "What's Terry McAuliffe offering Virginia families?" the voiceover asks. "False, misleading attacks; massive, wasteful spending; and $1,700 dollars in higher taxes every year."
"Terry McAuliffe," the voiceover continues. "Deeply unserious." Watch below:
9:43 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, has defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special election for the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. The Associated Press called the race for Booker just after 9:30 pm.
With 58 percent of precincts reporting, Booker leads Lonegan in the vote, 56 percent to 43 percent.