The Morning Flap: March 22, 2012

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These are my links for March 15th through March 22nd:

Flap’s Links and Comments for March 13th on 17:25

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These are my links for March 13th from 17:25 to 17:33:

  • California Redistricting and the 2010 Census – Musical chairs in Congress – California's addition of 3.4 million residents over the past decade allowed it to keep its 53 congressional seats – but the more dramatic population shifts within the state all but guarantee that some comfortable incumbents are going to be out of office in two years.

    And at least one of those out-of-luck members of Congress is likely to come from the Bay Area.

    Tony Quinn, one of the state's pre-eminent analysts of politics and demographics, said it is hard to look at the numbers in official U.S. Census data released last week and not conclude that the Bay Area will lose a House seat through redistricting. Population has remained fairly flat in the Bay Area, while rising sharply in once-rural areas to the east – a pattern that is replicated in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.

    "The loss of one (Bay Area) congressional incumbent seems likely," he said.


    The Dems will start eating their young soon in the Bay Area.

    With the new top two electoral system and geographically based legislative and congressional districts, there will be political upheal for both Dems and the GOP. Look for many incumbent retirements or forced relocations.

  • President 2012: What We Learned: Here Comes The Mitch – Daniels That Is – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) is sounding more serious about a presidential campaign, and his "Meet The Press" appearance Sunday will give a telling hint of his intentions. And with a recent NBC/WSJ poll showing two-thirds of GOP primary voters more likely to back a candidate who puts more focus on the economy/deficit than gay marriage/abortion, his "social truce" isn't as unpopular with the base as the CW has suggested.


    I think ultimatley Mitch Daniels WILL run for the Presidency.

    To be honest, he knows the field is weak.

  • IN-Sen: Could Republicans Lose Major Party Status in Indiana? – WISH-TV reports a Democratic lawsuit challenges Secretary of State Charlie White's (R) status "on the ballot last November because his voter registration was allegedly false (a contention backed up by grand jury indictments.) If a judge rules in the Democrats' favor and White is disqualified, the Republicans would not receive the 10% of the vote in the Secretary of State race that is required to maintain major party status."

    Possible ramifications: "The lack of major party status would make the 2012 Senate race a convention battle rather than a primary for the GOP. Richard Mourdock's chances of upsetting Richard Lugar would be greatly enhanced in a convention."


    Sen. Richard Lugar would be toast and I doubt he wuuld run for re-election.

    I doubt he runs anyway.

Flap’s Links for February 23rd from 15:36 to 16:18

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These are my links for February 23rd from 15:36 to 16:18:

  • Indiana Deputy Attorney General Fired for Twitter Comments – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) dismissed his deputy for posting on Twitter that police should "use live ammunition" against the Wisconsin protesters, according to the Indianapolis Star.

    As he should be.

    Jeff Cox also messaged back that the demonstrators were "political enemies" and "thugs," adding "You're darned right I advocate deadly force."

  • Mitch Daniels on Wisconsin: "Been There, Done That" – Daniels spokesman Jacob Oakman sends a detailed statement on the topic:

    Been there, done that, six years ago.

    There’s been a lot of mixing up what’s going on in Indiana with what’s happening in Wisconsin. Gov. Mitch Daniels ended collective bargaining for state employees in Indiana six years ago. He issued Executive Order 05-14 on his first day in office. Now, the governor is working on codifying in state law what’s been practiced here since then: that it takes legislative action for a state to allow its employees to bargain rather than the stroke of a governor's pen, that state employees may choose to deduct union dues directly from their paychecks but can't be forced to do so (our practice now, and 95 percent of our state employees choose not to pay union dues today) and that current due process for employees continues. This proposal does not extend beyond state employees.

    Other states are catching up with what Gov. Daniels has already done, and we’re continuing to aim higher with actions that are designed to create and attract jobs, give children a better education, and continue to reform outdated practices in this state. With the measures the governor has put in place, Indiana has been able to restrain spending, reduce employees, create departments as needed to better serve Hoosiers, hire employees or use private sector contractors where it’s made sense, and put in place a pay for performance system with annual performance evaluations. Indiana has been able to move quickly to make decisions, adjustments, and reductions where needed without collective bargaining slowing the process. Indiana now has the lowest state government employment per capita of any state and the fewest state employees since 1978. Total state payroll, not adjusted for inflation, was $75 million lower in 2010 than 2004.

    Gov. Daniels worked to elect a Republican majority in the Indiana House last year to push for education reform, local government reform, a balanced budget and a host of other measures, and that's where his focus is this year. He simply believes the right-to-work debate about private sector employment is best for another day.

    Here’s what Gov. Daniels said about public unions and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts on the Diane Rehm show on NPR two days ago:

    The most powerful special interests in America today are the government unions. They're the leading financial contributors. They have the biggest PACs they have muscle, a lot of times their contracts provide for time off to go politic and lobby, and over the last few decades, if there were ever injustices or shortfalls in how we took care of government employees, it's been fixed and over-fixed. I think that what Scott Walker is trying to do is in the public interest.


    The Right to Work flap yesterday was for Indiana private employment and not for public employees which Daniels dealt with by executive order.

  • Meet Three Anti-Koch Left Wing H8 Ralliers: Roger Fraser, Bonnie Reiss, and Don Wallace – For two years the left has tried desperately to find video evidence of Tea Party participants to damn the whole. They have failed so miserably that it became necessary for the creation of the group,, which called for opponents of the Tea Party to dress up as Nazis or in other offensive uniforms, or to carry troubling signs, all in the hopes of getting the mainstream media to falsely portray the fake Tea Party protesters as authentic and representative of the whole.
    Well, Christian and I needn’t instigate fake people dressing and acting foolishly, in a racist fashion, or threatening violence. Those at the Rancho Mirage anti-Koch rally (against capitalism, free markets, and gummy bears) have been more than forthright in their extremism. (And now look at what we found in Madison, Wisconsin!)
    Since Lisa Graves and the Center for Media and Democracy has now challenged the authenticity of the videos we took, we feel it’s appropriate to isolate those who made the hateful remarks by name.


    Read it all.

    The Saul Alinsky LEFT exposed for the fools they are.

Flap’s Links for February 23rd from 11:43 to 11:47

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These are my links for February 23rd from 11:43 to 11:47:

  • Obama administration won’t defend Defense of Marriage Act – The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of the federal government's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages, a rare legal reversal and the latest in a series of political victories for gay rights activists.

    The Justice Department had appealed the decision of a federal judge in Massachusetts who struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in July, saying it was obligated to defend federal statutes. The 1996 law defines marriage from the federal perspective as between a man and a woman, which means same-sex married couples are denied access to marriage-based federal benefits.

    In an extraordinary change, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that he and President Obama had determined – after an extensive review – that the law's key section is unconstitutional. "Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute" in court, Holder said in a statement.

    Administration officials said the review was triggered by a court-imposed filing deadline in two new legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, filed in federal courts in New York and Connecticut.

    The change in position came after intense lobbying of Justice Department and White House officials by gay rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union, according to activists familiar with the White House's thinking. "There has been an all-out effort to get them to do the right thing," said one activist, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations.

    Obama's relationship with the gay community, a key part of his political base, has been complicated, and activists had strongly opposed the administration's earlier defense of the federal same-sex marriage law. The president has said in the past that he does not support the right of gay couples to marry, though he said in December that his views are "evolving.


    Obama has now elevated gay marriage into the 2012 Presidential race.

  • Indiana Senate leader says right-to-work bill is dead – But Dems Won’t Return to Indiana Anyway – Republicans have killed a controversial labor bill that has sparked a Democrat work-stoppage and large union protests at the Statehouse.

    But Democrats say that isn’t enough to get them back to the Statehouse.

    The Indiana House resumed at 2 p.m. today although most Democrats were gone and the galleries — which earlier were full of protesters who were applauding and chanting — had been cleared by Republican Speaker Brian Bosma.

    Shortly before that, House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer spoke to reporters from Urbana, Ill., where most House Democrats are holed up in a Comfort Suites hotels.

    Bauer said the House Democrats realize Republicans won’t let them have their hope: taking 11 labor and education bills taken off the table for consideration this session. But they want more than just the one, the “right to work” measure, that Republicans today agreed to send to a study committee.


    Read it all

    The Dems won't be returning because there are now other issues.

    Wow – negotiations of legislation in absentia – a new one for American politics