Republican David Jolly won Florida Congressional District 13's special election tonight, taking 48.4% of the vote, Democrat Alex Sink took 46.5%, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took just over 5%. This race was seen by many as a bellwether race and a strong indicator of things to come for election year 2014.
This race was also crucial for Democrats who desperately wanted this seat as a gain in the House of Representatives. According to The Hill,
"Facing a 17-seat deficit in the House, Democrats can’t afford to lose one of the few toss-up seats left in the country. Such a failure would undercut their message that they can put GOP-leaning seats on the map or even compete in places where President Obama narrowly won in 2012".
Fresh off his appearance at CPAC, the largest conservative gathering in the country, Mitch McConnell had some interesting things to say about the Tea Party candidates who are challenging long standing establishment Republicans around the country. In an interview with the New York Times published this weekend, McConnell was quoted as saying:
"I think we are going to crush them everywhere, I don't think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country."
CPAC 21014 is drawing to a close and a litany of conservative personalities and politicians have walked across the Potomac Ball Room’s stage. The first Conservative Political Action Conference’s key note speaker, Ronald Reagan, would have been proud of the nature of conservatism as it exists today.
New personalities have risen to fill the gap left by their predecessors and the movement continues as the intellectually vigorous engine of the Republic. There is strength and integrity in a diversity of ideas, in a vibrant intellectual marketplace. CPAC still fosters an environment conducive to serious debate.Read more
We are now approximately three weeks away from the big night…Prom night, that is. The perfect dress has been purchased and is currently being altered. The prom date has been thoroughly terrified and understands what will happen should my daughter not return in the complete state of perfection in which she leaves. But we still have shoes, hair and the manicure/pedicure. Believe me, there is no escaping the daily “Mom, we need to get my hair and nails done.”
The one thing about which my daughter has not harassed me daily is the shoes. Given that she has shown a complete distrust in my ability to help her with the dress and other Prom night essentials, you may be wondering why. Well I’ll tell you, but you can’t tell anyone else.
I’m a shoeaholic.
Yes, I admit that I should probably be admitted to a twelve step program for shoe addiction. However, my addiction has inspired complete confidence in my daughter that she will, in fact, get the most beautiful shoes possible for her most perfect dress.Read more