I wrote about Jeff Sessions’s old-school approach to drug crime and the problems it entails. Check it out at The Federalist.
Sanctuary cities are bad policy, but the executive order against them was unconstitutional. I wrote about it today The Federalist.
A lot of state legislators want to require presidential candidates to publish their tax returns before they’re allowed on the ballot. Today at The Federalist, I wrote about why that’s unconstitutional.
Today at The Federalist, I wrote about the effect of the Citizens United decision in the 2016 elections. Despite the doomsaying from the left, the best fundraising candidates lost, in primaries and the general.
Yesterday at The Weekly Standard, I wrote about Betsy DeVos and the history of big political donors sitting in the cabinet. Read all about it!
America is the world’s policeman, but we don’t have to solve every problem, do we? My take on the Australian refugee problem at The Federalist.
My Twitter advice to President-elect Donald Trump: delete your account. Read more at The Federalist.
Today at The Federalist, I expanded on a theme I first touched on last year: moving federal jobs out of D.C. to share the prosperity with the rest of the country. Specifically, this new article suggests that Trump could begin to restore prosperity to the areas in the Midwest that voted for him by shifting jobs there. Read all about it.
After posting that map of Philadelphia’s presidential votes the other day, I wanted to see how much had changed since 2012. So I came up with this:
You’re still looking at a vast sea of blue, but the differences jump out at you. Clinton and Obama both won the city easily, but Obama won it much more thoroughly. Trump won wide swathes of the 45th ward where Obama had carried every single division four years earlier. Trump’s victories in the Northeast were also much deeper and widespread. Even in the dark blue areas of North and West Philly, we can see that Obama was the stronger candidate. Where Clinton had three divisions with 100% of the votes for her, Obama had twenty-seven. The pattern held throughout the area. Clinton didn’t lose much of Obama’s totals, just a handful of votes in each division. But it was enough.
This year, at last, the dream of Republicans in Pennsylvania came true as our swing state finally swung. It wasn’t my dream for 2016, exactly, since I voted for Johnson, but for many who pushed back against the idea that the Commonwealth was a purely Democratic state at the Presidential level, it was gratifying. In fact, according to Nate Silver’s 538 website, Pennsylvania was the tipping point in electing Trump.
Over the weekend, I charted the precinct-level results in Philadelphia, the city Hillary thought would save the state for her. As most observers of the Philly political scene would have expected, Clinton was weakest in the Far Northeast. I was also surprised at Trump’s strength in South Philly and the river wards. Trump’s best division (we call precincts divisions here) was in South Philly, 39-14, where he tallied 70.3% of the vote (it’s the big one in the far south of the 39th ward). Clinton had three divisions in North Philly where the people chose her unanimously (29-07, 29-16, and 32-29,) which I’ve marked with asterisks on the map. There were also two ties, both in the Northeast (64-17 and 66-18).
Most of this is only of interest to my Pennsylvania readers, but I hope you all enjoy the map. You can click on it to zoom in, but the file is pretty big, so it may take a minute.