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HUDSON: A New Year’s resolution

HUDSON: A New Year’s resolution

One year ago, our nation was deeply divided by politics and impacted by the surging COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as we begin 2022, many of the same dynamics remain. Throughout the last year, I have stayed focused on delivering results and on the issues that matter most to you. While President Joe Biden promised to unite the country and do the same, I have been disappointed by the radical partisanship from many Washington Democrats, as well as failures to address challenges before us. President Biden spent the past two years promising he would “shut down the virus.” However today, we have…
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MCCAUGHEY: Dems reject work ethic, embrace freeloaders

MCCAUGHEY: Dems reject work ethic, embrace freeloaders

The Democratic Party used to call itself the party of working people and hail the “dignity of work.” No more. Now Democrats want to guarantee people who choose not to work an income funded by the suckers who do the right thing by showing up for work, caring for their family and paying taxes.  Fortunately, these self-supporting Americans just dodged a bullet. The failure to pass Build Back Better in Congress, thanks to holdout Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) means that the monthly checks or automatic bank deposits to parents with kids, sometimes dubbed Biden Bucks, come to an end…
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HUDSON: A season of hope

HUDSON: A season of hope

As we celebrate Christmas this week, I hope we are all able to take time and reflect on the true meaning of this holiday for all who celebrate it. In the Christmas story as found in the book of Luke, an angel appears to a group of shepherds. Speaking to them, the angel says, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2: 10-11). With the birth of Jesus came…
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ERICKSON: Reversing Roe

ERICKSON: Reversing Roe

This past Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In the case, Mississippi is seeking Court approval on a law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks, but Mississippi also argues Roe v. Wade itself should be reversed by the Court. It appears there are six votes on the Court for gutting Roe and five for reversing it altogether. One must remember that in major cases like this, the justices of the Court need no persuasion from the lawyers. Instead, it is through the lawyers that the justices have an initial…
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SHAPIRO: Reality remains undefeated

SHAPIRO: Reality remains undefeated

This week, a 39-year-old black man in Waukesha, Wisconsin, plowed a maroon Ford Escape into a Christmas parade of children and older women. Six people were killed and another 48 were injured. The motive of the suspect is unknown; if the media have their way, it will remain that way. The media apparently only care about why suspects commit violent acts when motives can be credited to their political enemies.  There is one thing we do know: the suspect should not have been on the street. He had a rap sheet longer than the first five books of the Bible.…
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HARSANYI: The only thing Biden has left is Trump

HARSANYI: The only thing Biden has left is Trump

This week, the president took a trip to Virginia to try to help salvage the gubernatorial prospects of fellow Washington-lifer Terry McAuliffe. President Joe Biden used the appearance to liken the GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin to Jan. 6 rioters, to lie about Republicans supporting “book bans” and to attempt to goad former President Donald Trump into coming to Virginia.  Biden wants to talk about one person these days, and that person isn’t Biden. Then again, what does he possibly have to brag about? Shutting down COVID? More Americans have died from the disease during his presidency than his predecessors,…
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HUDSON: Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spend scheme

HUDSON: Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spend scheme

President Ronald Reagan wisely said, “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” Today, our national debt is an unfathomable $29 trillion, and President Reagan’s warning has never been truer. It’s no secret that President Joe Biden and Washington Democrats are addicted to spending your hard-earned money. Their so-called “Reconciliation Plan” is a prime example. This massive entitlement and climate change bill, a radical proposal written by Bernie Sanders, will transform our society into something we don’t recognize and will cripple our economy. Washington Democrats have been…
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BARONE: Republicans gain big in blue-collar elections but narrowly in affluent state legislative elections

BARONE: Republicans gain big in blue-collar elections but narrowly in affluent state legislative elections

State legislative special elections provide an interesting index of partisan sentiment these days. That wasn’t so in the late 20th century, when clever local candidates and notables often got voters to cross party lines. But in this century of increasing partisan polarization and straight-ticket voting, local special elections are a proxy for opinion on national issues. In that light, consider the results of the two special legislative elections that have resulted in a change of parties so far this year.  The first was in Connecticut’s 36th state Senate district on Aug. 17. This is the richest state Senate district in…
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HUDSON: Americans shouldn’t accept the status quo

HUDSON: Americans shouldn’t accept the status quo

On Feb. 2, 1977, President Jimmy Carter addressed the nation from the White House. He had been in office for two weeks and inflation was already beginning to impact American families. Famously wearing a cardigan sweater, he said energy shortages would be permanent while urging Americans to lower their thermostats to 55 degrees and make sacrifices. This address was followed by several years of hyperinflation, gas lines, and as President Carter called it, “a crisis of confidence.” By 1980, America was fed up and sent an eternal optimist and problem solver to the White House. President Ronald Reagan didn’t accept…
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ERICKSON: Good news for Joe Biden

ERICKSON: Good news for Joe Biden

More Americans have died from COVID-19 during the Biden administration than during the Trump administration. That is not the good news for President Joe Biden. Former President Donald Trump initiated Operation Warp Speed. We had Democrats casting aspersions on the efficacy of a would-be and supposedly rushed vaccine. We finally got the vaccine at the end of the Trump administration. The moment Biden became president, Trump voters cast aspersions on the vaccine and the Democrats bullied anyone skeptical of it. People still died. The delta variant has upended lives and taken loved ones; it has sent progressives cowering in fear…
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