Various and Sundry


The wave is about to hit the Democrats. The latest poll from Reuters-Ipsos: “Only 34 percent approved of Obama’s handling of the economy and jobs compared to 46 percent who deemed it unsatisfactory. This is a sharp decline from early 2009 shortly after he took office when over a half of those surveyed approved of Obama’s handling of the worst financial crisis in decades. … Republicans hold a 46-44 percent lead over Democrats when participants were asked which party they planned to support in November. And 72 percent of Republicans said they are certain to vote on November 2, compared to 49 percent of Democrats.”


Forget the economy, health care, even which party controls Congress. The most far-reaching effect of the 2010 midterm elections could be felt at the state level. By casting their ballots in dozens of gubernatorial and hundreds of legislative races, voters will decide whether Democrats or Republicans dominate the redrawing of state and federal political borders for the new decade — a process known as redistricting. And the results could be even more far-reaching for Democrats than the outcome of the midterm elections.


When Barack Obama signed the new financial-regulation reform bill into law, its supporters claimed it as a victory for transparency and accountability.  That may be true for Wall Street, although debatable, but it’s not true for government and the regulatory regime it enhanced.  The SEC now claims that the bill has given them an exemption from Freedom of Information Act requests, the very device by which citizens and media force transparency in the halls of power


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is continuing his push to privatize the state’s state-run liquor stores, a move his administration estimates could generate between $300 million and $500 million of up-front money for the state’s transportation needs.

“I don’t think selling alcohol is a core function of government,” he said on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” program. “One of the reasons we don’t have enough money for construction is … we’re robbing the transportation trust fund, which is the construction money, and putting it into maintenance.”


[Chris] Christie has insisted on a pay freeze for school teachers and a requirement that they contribute to money to their health care plan. Just last week, he angered Democrats by vetoing a homebuyer tax credit bill and a women’s health and family planning measure [read: abortion] and  that would have cost the state $132 billion.



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