Republican county commissioners will protect me from Ebola and ISIS

I can’t help but just laugh at this attempt from Wake County Republican Commissioner Phil Matthews to try and prey on general Republican fear to win his re-election:

Given that local elected Republican officials are even disavowing the Republican county commissioners (great article in my print N&O, oddly i cannot find it on-line), I don’t think this will do the trick.

Where are the women state legislators?

After seeing steady increases for many years, the percentage of women in state legislatures has pretty much stagnated.  It’s been in the mid-20’s since the 1990’s.  Via Vox, here it is in animated map form.  You will not be surprised to see what regions is trailing in the representation of women.

women in state legislatures

Quick hits (part II)

1) My mysterious illness?  Pretty sure I’ve got the chicken pox.  So itchy!

2) Jerome Groopman on what we don’t know about Ebola and on how learning more could really help.

3) Why Republicans keep telling everyone “I’m not a scientist

“It’s got to be the dumbest answer I’ve ever heard,” said Michael McKenna, a Republican energy lobbyist who has advised House Republicans and conservative political advocacy groups on energy and climate change messaging. “Using that logic would disqualify politicians from voting on anything. Most politicians aren’t scientists, but they vote on science policy. They have opinions on Ebola, but they’re not epidemiologists. They shape highway and infrastructure laws, but they’re not engineers.”

4) How Princess Bride won the internet.

5) A good piece on the Political Science Montana mailer mess.

6) Nice TNR piece on the fact that we always want politicians to “do something!” means we under-appreciate Obama’s crisis management.

7) Did NBC News cut live to a reporter in the midst of peeing?  Why yes they did.

8) Yet more stories of how it is not easy to get ID to vote for many voters.  So wrong.

9) Daniel Radcliffe is one hell of a rapper.  Seriously, you need to watch this.

10) It is a great time to be listening to podcasts!

11) A little old, but new to me.  Mississipi conservatives explain why they hate Obama.

12) After watching lots of ads for juridical races, Gary Pearce figures out what judges spend their time doing:

Don’t ever say campaign ads aren’t educational. We’ve learned a lot this year, for example, about what judges do.
Judging (so to speak) from their ads, judges spend a lot of time reading things out of big books and copying them down on paper. They apparently must do this by hand, which seems laborious and time-consuming and may explain why it takes the courts so long to do anything.
This work may sound easy, but try doing it while sitting down in your choir robe.
Also, judges apparently spend a lot of time conducting serious conversations with serious-looking people who pay close attention to what they say. That makes sense, as the judge can throw them in the pokey for looking at His or Her Honor wrong. Many of these conversations occur when the judge is sitting at a bench, and some happen as they walk along marble-lined corridors.

13) Is it so wrong to judge somebody by their political party?

Photo of the day

A Darth Vader themed gallery in In Focus.  So cool.

You are unwise to lower your bat. Lord Vader throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. (An actor throws out the ceremonial first pitch in Arlington, Texas, on September 5, 2014.)(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


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