Governor Haley began her response magnanimously, recognizing the importance of President Obama’s election to the country and alluding to the troubled pasts of South Carolina and the union as a whole. Although Haley extended a gracious hand to the other side of the aisle in the opening moments of her speech, she soon harshly condemned the perceived difference between Obama’s rhetoric and his record. Haley claimed Obama has been ineffectual in dealing with both the economy and terrorism and expressed her desire for a “new direction” for America.
- In Oregon, Kate Brown becomes the first bisexual governor in the U.S. and the second woman governor of Oregon, following the resignation of Kitzhaber.
- Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, a House legislative committee overwhelmingly votes (right down the party lines) to eliminate funding for AP US History classes, because by acknowledging some of the issues in America’s past APUSH is unpatriotic and denies American exceptionalism. They also conflate Advanced Placement with Common Core, and the vote sets a precedent that threatens all other Advanced Placement courses in Oklahoma.
- Hillary Haters and what Hillary can do for 2016
- SNL’s best political sketches
- Dos and don’ts for the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia
- Apparently, someone didn’t like the Obama Vox videos as much as I did. Also some opinions on David Axelrod’s new book, Believer (you can watch his IOP talk about it here).
By Alyssa Cox
Today, Illinois inaugurates a new governor who is likely to make major changes in the way the state is run. Bruce Rauner will inherit not only the governorship, but all of the state’s problems, and will need to take quick, decisive action to fulfill his mandate from November’s election. Read more
Yeah, the midterms weren’t fun, but we can clean things up in 2016. Or can we?