@ProPublica. Ex-TNR, WaPo, BaltSun. Proud native of Pittsfield, MA & resident of Baltimore. Author of The Cynic (S&S). alec.macgillis [at] propublica [dot] org

The early primary states can afford to wait longer.

slate.com — Have pity on the Democratic poo-bahs of the early primary-season states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, who are suffering the greatest case of political denial this side of Chris Christie's zombie presidential aspirations. According to a remarkable, almost surreal front-page story in Wednesday's Washington Post, the Democratic chieftains...

Oregon’s new governor has gone on the offensive in the voting wars.

slate.com — For more than a decade, voting rights advocates have on been on the defensive. They've resisted one effort after another to restrict access to the polls, efforts that got new life following the Florida election fiasco of 2000, when a large black turnout almost (or maybe did) put Al Gore...

The new law had bipartisan support, but its reforms appear to be failing.

slate.com — In a Washington that fetishizes bipartisanship as an emblem of a lost golden age, the farm bill that passed last year with 68 votes in the Senate was a true marvel. Imagine, in these polarized times, a bill that won the support of Democratic senators like Barbara Boxer, Al Franken,...

Veterans should pay state taxes on pensions:

slate.com — There are the constant standing ovations at sports stadiums. There is the jump-to-the-front-of-the-line privileges at Amtrak and airline ticket counters. There is federal legislation to incentivize employers to hire veterans and White House pressure on federal agencies to do so. And now comes another, increasingly prevalent way to show appreciation...

The Maryland governor’s accomplishments are disappearing fast.

slate.com — Martin O'Malley is having himself a bit of a moment-not really through any of his own doing, but because the swirl of anxiety about Hillary Clinton's readiness for a presidential campaign has Democrats looking around for alternatives, and the only person standing there right now is, well, Martin O'Malley. The...

The New Jersey senator’s case isn’t a part of the state’s political culture.

slate.com — No sooner had news surfaced on Friday that federal prosecutors were on the verge of bringing criminal charges against New Jersey's Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez than the jokes about the Soprano State's culture of corruption began. Heck, even I couldn't resist. On further reflection, though, we're being unfair to ascribe...

The National Rifle Association’s new low.

slate.com — Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting near Tucson that killed six people, returned to Capitol Hill this week to renew her push for legislation that would expand background checks for gun purchases to include gun shows and Internet sales. The legislation, a similar version...

Will the logic that gutted Obamacare in 2012 save it this time?

slate.com — To the topsy-turvy annals of the Affordable Care Act, we might soon add this: that the law was saved on its second visit to the Supreme Court by the same line of thinking that partially gutted it on its first trip to the court. That is the distinct possibility that...

Jeb Bush turns on the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

slate.com — Jeb Bush has been adamant that he will not switch his positions on two issues, immigration and Common Core standards, that will generate conservative opposition in the Republican primaries. But he just made a major concession to conservatives on another issue of great importance to many of them-he came out...

The Wisconsin governor thinks fighting his state’s protesters would prepare him for the Islamic State.

slate.com — Scott Walker checks a lot of boxes as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, which is a big reason why he's leading the early polls in Iowa. Pro-business conservatives like him for taking on the unions and cutting taxes; religious conservatives like that he's a minister's son and born-again...
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Apr 18, 2015

@FrankyLamouche Because there is a bona fide outbreak in this part of the state (also in adjacent northern KY.)

Apr 18, 2015

Whoa: there are now 120 new HIV cases in an IN county w/ only 24K people--opiate addiction meets needle exchange ban. nytimes.com/2015/04/19/us/…

Apr 18, 2015

Germany has agreed to resettle 30,000 Syrian refugees. Canada, 11,000. The US? Maybe 1,000. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/18/wor…

Apr 17, 2015

Story on TPA for Obama isn't just that it's splitting left, but that it's not splitting right more than it is. Even Rand & Cruz are for it!

Apr 17, 2015

The time an NYPD officer shot a 10-year-old in the back, got off on murder charges, and celebrated in a restaurant: nytimes.com/2015/04/17/nyr…

Apr 17, 2015

The time Jeb's biz scored big selling water pumps to Nigeria w/ a $75M Ex-Im loan, $25M of which went to a middleman: nytimes.com/2015/04/17/us/…

Apr 17, 2015

Must-read @jonathanchait on how "negative partisanship" may be upending old assumptions about "third-term" elections: nymag.com/daily/intellig…

Apr 17, 2015

@kenvogel Absolutely. But given current Lincoln mania, it's a bit jarring to be reminded that not everyone in a non-Confed city loved him.

Apr 17, 2015

How often do you see a newspaper editorial board renounce its writings of 150 years ago? Pretty remarkable: baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/e…

Apr 16, 2015

Anyone surprised by Walker trailing HRC in WI poll should brush up on difference btwn midterm WI & presidential WI: newrepublic.com/article/118145…

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