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Governors Miss Out on 2014 Conservative Wave

Meredith Clark, MSNBC
Four years after a Republican wave brought in GOP governors in 10 states where Democrats had previously held power, many of those who won office thanks largely to a backlash against President Obama are in danger this time. With upsets for Democrats in these races within reach, this could be one bright spot in a year that is threatening to be terrible for the party.

U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

(Reuters) – A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events.

The Power of Narrative

Jonah Goldberg, RealClearPolitics
There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, “narratives.”
Much has been written about the power of ideas. “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood,” John Maynard Keynes famously wrote. “Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to…

Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) – The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

Colorado’s Grand Experiment

Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
DENVER – It was not Mark Twain, but rather a friend of TwainÂ’s named Charles Dudley Warner, who famously and drolly noted that although people often complain about weather, they rarely do anything about it.A modern and corollary observation can be made about the attack ads that have made watching television in this city, and other American metropolitan locales with hotly contested Senate races, an unpleasant experience. The candidates complain mightily about the negatives ads running against them, but they donÂ’t do anything — i.e., they donÂ’t attempt to quell the ads smearing their…

Mike Pence to Decide Next Spring on White House Run

Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics
NASHUA, N.H. — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a potential dark horse for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, told RealClearPolitics on Friday that he will decide his political future after his state’s legislative session adjourns in April of next year. “In Indiana, we have a long session of our legislature — which is the budget session — every two years, and that’s going to occupy all of my thinking and all of my focus for the first four months of next year,” Pence said. “So after we get through that, we’ll sit down as a family and think and pray…