Portland Tribune: Initiative seeks to ban bilingual classes

Portland Tribune (9/18/08)

Initiative seeks to ban bilingual classes

Oregon voters get to decide how to reach and teach children with limited English this fall as the hot-button immigration issue makes it to a statewide ballot

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DigitalJournal: Opinion: Ward Connerly Gets Rich Off Of Opposing Affirmative Action

DigitalJournal (9/15/08)

Opinion: Ward Connerly Gets Rich Off Of Opposing Affirmative Action

Although Ward Connerly hasn’t had much success reducing affirmative action, he is regarded highly within the conservative movement. In 2003, his two nonprofit agencies paid him $314,079 to manage two people.

Conservative anti-affirmative action activist Ward Connerly was supposed to have a great year in 2008. He wrote a biography in 2000 entitled Creating Equal: My Fight Against Racial Preferences and it was supposed to be re-released in February. His current book, Lessons From My Uncle James was supposed to hit the bookstores this summer. He was supposed to be the driving force behind a series of ballot initiatives aimed at eliminating affirmative action practices in public education, contracting and employment.

Dan Dolomon: [dirrty politics]

Dan Dolomon (9/18/08)

[dirrty politics]

I just finished reading Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time by Kerwin Swint. It’s especially interesting to look at in a Presidential election year, even if it’s more of a bathroom-style read than, like, a serious book (it’s broken down into 5-6 page sections with clever subheadings and lots of pictures). I don’t know that I’d agree with the order in which he ranks them, but it’s obviously really well-researched and some of the pictures, especially when it comes to old handbills and things like that, are fascinating. Some things I learned from it:1. Obama vs. McCain doesn’t come anywhere close to the list. Even in terms of race-baiting and dogwhistle politics, nothing that’s happened this year qualifies as significantly dirty. Not when you compare it to Harvey Gantt’s Senate run against Jesse Helms or Harold Washington’s race for the Chicago mayor’s office. Or, you know, George Wallace versus Albert Brewer. That shit makes the “celebrity” ad seem downright tame. Helms/Gantt featured the white hands ad, darkening Gantt’s skin and slowing his speech in commercials, highlighting all the black support he had in commercials… In the race against Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor, his opponent Bernard Epton rallied his supporters with t-shirts that said “vote right, vote white” and played “Bye Bye Blackbird” at his campaign events. His staff distributed leaflets featuring a police badge that read “Chi-Congo Po-Lease“. And George Wallace would go into small Alabama towns explaining that Brewer, his white opponent, had “300,000 niggers at his rallies” and he needed their strong support. Obama/McCain doesn’t really compare. Wallace may have been fifty years ago, but Gantt and Washington were each in the 80’s and 90’s.

Talking Points Memo: McCain Ad Hits Obama By Suggesting His Leading Adviser Is (Black) Former Fannie Mae Head

Talking Points Memo (9/18/08)

McCain Ad Hits Obama By Suggesting His Leading Adviser Is (Black) Former Fannie Mae Head

The McCain campaign is up with a new ad that hits Obama on the economy, by attacking Obama for his associations with former Fannie Mae head Franklin Raines (who happens to be black):

Swing State Project: MS-Sen-B: MS Supreme Court Says Barbour’s Ballot is Illegal, But Refuses to Enforce Compliance

Swing State Project (9/18/08)

MS-Sen-B: MS Supreme Court Says Barbour’s Ballot is Illegal, But Refuses to Enforce Compliance

This is just unreal:

The Mississippi Supreme Court has given a split ruling in a dispute about the ballot placement for Trent Lott’s old Senate seat.A majority of justices ruled Thursday that state law requires the special election between Republican Roger Wicker and Democrat Ronnie Musgrove to be near the top of the November 4th ballot.

But they stopped short of ordering Republican Gov. Haley Barbour to elevate the race off the bottom.

So let’s get this straight: The Mississippi Supreme Court (stacked with Barbour allies) says that the ballot is illegal, but stops short of ordering Haley Barbour to comply with the law?

Fun post of the day!

Instapundit: GLENN LOURY: If Obama’s a better uniter, why didn’t he cross the gender line? “When the opportunity came to actually unite . . . he doesn’t do it.

Instapundit (9/18/08)

GLENN LOURY: If Obama’s a better uniter, why didn’t he cross the gender line? “When the opportunity came to actually unite . . . he doesn’t do it.