Morning Briefing for September 17, 2010

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For September 17, 2010

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1. Wall Street Journal: RedState Winner in 2010 Primaries

The Wall Street Journal yesterday had a concluding piece on the outcome of the 2010 primary season. There were three winners in the season: Club for Growth, Sen. Jim DeMint, and click here for the rest of the post.

2. Constitution Day: What Does the Constitution Say About Health Care?

Needless to say, when the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, the concept of health care was very different than it is today.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Repealing the ban on the common light bulb

On this page two weeks ago, Erick lamented the fact that American factory workers are losing jobs to China as a result of the de facto ban on the incandescent light bulb. Light bulbs seem to be a pretty simple part of our lives today. It gets dark, you flip a switch and presto – light happens. But a law passed by Democrats in 2007 – the Pelosi non-energy energy bill – banned nearly all use of the incandescent light bulb by 2014.A recent Washington Post reported GE is shuttering a plant in Winchester, Va., killing 200 jobs in the process.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Rick Boucher (D, VA-09) buys new car with campaign money.

Via… Not Larry Sabato, who cannot be happy about the fact that his fully-justified anger at seeing a 14 term Democratic Congressman use campaign finance money to buy himself a nice, new car is now showing up as yet another reason why to vote for Rick Boucher’s opponent Morgan Griffith, who is not using special-interest money to buy himself shiny new automobiles. I know this because I just called to check; and the sound of their laughter at the very thought…Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. NY Dem Weiner: Health care ‘bill and I are one’

In an election cycle where Democratic campaign advertisement expenditures disparaging their party’s landmark health care overhaul is wildly outpacing pro-reform spots, one New York congressman is embracing a bold approach: Taking ownership of the health care reform bill.“I wrote the bill,” Rep. Anthony Weiner said Monday at a town hall, referring to his party’s landmark reform of the nation’s health care system. “The bill and I are one.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Who Dares To Be The Next Democrat Defection on Obamacare Repeal?

The campaign to repeal Obamacare took a crucial step forward yesterday.Gene Taylor of Mississippi signed Discharge Petition #11 to force a vote on an outright repeal of Obamacare. He is the first of the 34 Democrats who voted against Obamacare to break ranks with Nancy Pelosi and support repeal.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Only 31 House Democrats Willing to Offer Soft Support for Small Businesses

Nothing quite focuses a politician’s mind like an upcoming election.31 vulnerable House Democrats wrote to their Leadership that they want no part in raising taxes on any class of individuals—at least given the “fragility of our economy and the slow pace of recovery.” The letter also admits what every conservative has been arguing for years—many small business owners file at the top income tax rate and if you raise their taxes, you kill jobs.Quite frankly, the letter isn’t terribly surprising given the electoral mood of the country, and how many seats are in play according to the election prognosticators. What is surprising to me is that only 31 signed the letter.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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