Mar 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 24 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Singer-songwriter Steve Earle was recently asked by the Texas Standard if he would ever move back to his home state, and he had a rather revealing answer:
No way, and I hope that doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings. I’ll always be a Texan, I’ll always be proud of that. I landed at the airport yesterday and I walked down headed for the rent cars and I looked up at that statue of Barbara Jordan—that’s the Texas that I left in 1974. And I’m not sure it’s that anymore. I need to walk out my front door and see a mixed-race, same-sex couple holding hands and not being afraid to do it to feel safe at this point in my life. . . . So there is something going on there is no doubt about it but there’s some things in our DNA that I guess allowed this to happen eventually. But there had never been a Republican governor in Texas when I left here—nobody could even imagine there ever being one.
Where to begin! Is Earle seriously suggesting that Texas has become less culturally tolerant in the last 40 years? And his proof of this is that the state is now electing Republican governors? Of course, in 1974 southern Democrats were still barely removed from advocating segregation—right next door, Orval Faubus was governor of Arkansas until 1967. Ethnically and politically, Texas’s current congressional delegation is more diverse than it was in 1974. While we’re sure you can find pockets of intolerance anywhere, a quick stroll around, say, downtown Austin or Dallas’s Oak Lawn neighborhood would suggest that mixed-race, same-sex couples aren’t a particular source of outrage in the Lone Star State, let alone enough to make a straight white guy feel “unsafe.”
The Scrapbook is a fan of Earle’s songs and commends him as a particularly gifted storyteller and musician. But the country-rocker’s image is heavily tied up in his conception of himself as a balladeer of the common man, particularly given Earle’s own past as a drug addict and convict. However, Earle’s been wedded to liberal political activism for so long it’s clouding his basic judgment. If Texas isn’t liberal enough for Steve Earle and the Democratic party’s liking, that’s a reflection of how far to the left they have moved, not proof that Texas is going backwards culturally. And it’s a shame Earle would slander a whole state rather than admit he’s the one who’s out of touch.
Chris Christie to Maryland as governor's race shows signs of tightening.1:01 PM, Oct 15, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Every election year, it seems, there’s a race that catches the political set in Washington by surprise. It’s possible that we’ve already seen the 2014 version of this with the defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor, a result few anticipated and fewer still predicted.
The Minnesota governor’s race isn’t over. Oct 20, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 06 • By BARRY CASSELMAN
The 2014 race for governor of Minnesota had been placed in the “Safe Democrat” category since it began in earnest. Potential Republican opponents to the Democratic (Democratic-Farmer-Labor in this state) incumbent Mark Dayton were numerous, but most voters told pollsters the state was going in the right direction. Unemployment was lower than the national average, and Minneapolis was growing again
and seemingly booming with new housing construction.
11:28 AM, Aug 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The editorial board at the New York Times says it's not endorsing in the Democratic primary for governor of New York. In a lengthy editorial, the Times writes that the sitting governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, "broke his most important promise" to root out corruption in the Empire State. The paper had endorsed Cuomo in his first run for governor in 2010. Here's an excerpt from Thursday's non-endorsement:
Out of prison, with a new wife and infant son, Edwin Edwards, 86, hits the campaign trail again Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By MATT LABASH
8:14 AM, May 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber of New Mexico says of his likely political opponent, Republican governor Susana Martinez, that "We need to send her back to wherever she really came from."
10:27 AM, Jan 11, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
A 2008 documentary reveals that Terry McAuliffe, who is being sworn in today as governor of Virginia, thinks that members of the Bush family “should all have been put away in jail.”
The New Jersey governor muscles his way to the front of the pack, for now. Nov 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Morris Plains, N.J.
On election eve, Chris Christie has come home to rally a few hundred supporters in Morris County, the place where he was first elected and now lives with his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children.
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:
11:31 AM, Sep 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Virginia voters show Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by seven points in this fall's gubernatorial election. Rasmussen Reports found McAuliffe with 45 percent support compared to Cuccinelli's 38 percent.
9:21 AM, Aug 8, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Boston Herald reports:
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown played it coy yesterday when asked if he’s running for governor, saying “there’s nothing wrong with a primary” — and setting the stage for a possible showdown with fellow GOP powerhouse Charlie Baker.
10:33 AM, Jun 4, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A big part of Obamacare is its massive expansion of Medicaid. Fortunately, this expansion can’t happen in most states without Republicans freely choosing to make it happen. Unfortunately, far too many Republican governors seem to be confused about the distinction between repealing Obamacare and implementing it.