New York Primary Reaction

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both handily won the New York Primary. For Hillary Clinton, the win puts her closer to clinching the nomination and puts more pressure on Sanders to drop out. Though Sanders has nearly caught up to Clinton in national polling numbers, she is far ahead of him in the delegate count. After…

The State of the Democratic Party After the Last Debate

On Thursday, Bernie Sanders and Hillary had a contentious debate and their frustrations with each other boiled over. Nothing happened in the debate to significantly move the needle for Sanders or Clinton. Instead, the debate highlighted the well-documented differences between the two candidates and showed their irritation with each other. Clinton and her supporters are eager…

Paul Ryan Decides Not to Publicly Strap Himself to a Sinking Ship

Paul Ryan announced yesterday that he would neither seek nor accept the nomination for president. It’s easy to see why Ryan doesn’t want to lash himself to the porous ship that is the Republican primary process. In order for Ryan to be the nominee, the party would have to pick him in a brokered convention. Ryan knows…

North Carolina and Ongoing Discrimination

Despite the progress made on marriage equality, LGBT individuals are largely unprotected from discrimination in the workplace or by businesses in many states. Only 22 states explicitly ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. This is often reported but its implications are often misunderstood. To be clear, this means that in most states in the…

Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert in Protest

I’m a longtime fan of Bruce Springsteen so I feel compelled to give a shout-out to the Boss for canceling his show in protest of North Carolina’s so-called bathroom law. While I doubt Springsteen alone will have much impact, he is the latest of a growing number of individuals and businesses pulling back their financial…

Qualified

Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton said Bernie Sanders had not “done his homework” on Wall Street regulation and implied  he did not have full command of several other issues like gun control and foreign policy. The Washington Post and several other outlets reported this as an attack on Sanders’ qualifications, though Clinton did not make that particular argument….

The Two Main Arguments Against Obamacare are not Holding Up Well

Throughout the debate over Obamacare, the program has been dogged by criticisms that the expansion of health insurance will lead to unsustainable increases in costs and that it will harm the economy and kill jobs. Now, however, well into Obama’s last year in office, neither of these claims are are holding up well. Last week, the…

With the Exception of GOP Primary Voters, No One Likes Donald Trump

The Washington Post released new polling yesterday showing Donald Trump has a 67% unfavorable rating with the general public. As the Post put it, this would make Donald Trump “more disliked than any major-party nominee in the 32 years the survey has been tracking candidates.” Put another way, Americans are about as a likely to find…

5 Takeaways from Ted Cruz’s Tax Plan

Here are my five big takeaways after reviewing Ted Cruz’s tax plan and the TPC’s study of the plan. 1. Ted Cruz would collapse the federal income tax into one bracket with a 10% rate.  Cruz would abolish the corporate income tax, payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. He would also eliminate the estate and…