Conservative Values You Can Believe In

The US House is dominated by the GOP.  Of course, everyone knows the GOP has conservative values we can believe in…

Particularly when it comes to money.

“The House of Representatives will pay a law firm $500 an hour to represent them in their lawsuit against President Obama, a move that drew scorn from their Democratic counterparts.

According to a contract released by Rep. Candice Miller, R-Michigan, the chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, the House has retained the services of David Rivkin, a partner at the law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP. The contract authorizes a rate of $500 per hour for work as well as a cap of $350,000 on the litigation.” CBS News

At least the GOP leadership capped the lawyers fees.  We wonder what will happen when fees run over the cap.  Will there be a supplemental spending bill?

The GOP: Conservative values we can believe in.

Can We (Or Should We) Believe in Polling?

“There is no shortage of reasons to worry about the state of the polling industry. Response rates to political polls are dismal. Even polls that make every effort to contact a representative sample of voters now get no more than 10 percent to complete their surveys — down from about 35 percent in the 1990s.

And there are fewer high-quality polls than there used to be. The cost to commission one can run well into five figures, and it has increased as response rates have declined.1 Under budgetary pressure, many news organizations have understandably preferred to trim their polling budgets rather than lay off newsroom staff…

‘Robopolls,’ which use automated scripts rather than live interviewers, often get response rates in the low to mid-single digits. Most are also prohibited by law from calling cell phones, which means huge numbers of people are excluded from their surveys

Internet-based polling has been a comparative bright spot. In fact, the average online poll was more accurate than the average telephone poll in the 2012 presidential election. However, there is not yet a consensus in the industry about best practices for online polls. Some online methods do not use probability sampling, traditionally the bedrock of polling theory and practice. This has worked well enough in some cases but not so well in others.

But all of this must be weighed against a stubborn fact: We have seen no widespread decline in the accuracy of election polls, at least not yet. Despite their challenges, the polls have reflected the outcome of recent presidential, Senate and gubernatorial general elections reasonably well. If anything, the accuracy of election polls has continued to improve.” Find out why at FiveThirtyEight

PoliBlogg note: We hope Robopolls like Robocalls die a quick death…

Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons in Canada Tax Deal

Burger King Worldwide Inc. BKW +1.01% is in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., THI.T +2.79% a deal that would be structured as a so-called tax inversion and move the hamburger seller’s base to Canada.

The two sides are working on a deal that would create a new company, they said in a statement, confirming a report on the talks by The Wall Street Journal. The takeover would create the third-largest quick-service restaurant provider in the world, they said.

Inversion deals have been on the rise lately, and are facing stiff opposition in Washington given that they threaten to deplete U.S. government coffers. A move by Burger King to seal one is sure to intensify criticism of them, since it is such a well-known and distinctly American brand. Click here to read more from The Wall Street Journal.

A GOP Majority in Both Houses of Congress is No Guarantee of No Gridlock

If the GOP wins both Houses of Congress all may not be as rosy as some predict.  The internal GOP battle between the right and the rest of the GOP will not end. 

the [GOP] is far from united as it looks to the future.” The GOP is divided “on foreign policy, political strategy and social issues.” The Tea Party will not stop the our way or the highway attitude to governing.  In fact with a GOP majority in both Houses of Congress the Tea Party may feel empowered.

A GOP majority in the House of Representatives has not stopped the Tea Party from mucking up the works in the past.  A GOP majority in both Houses of Congress will not stop the Tea Party from mucking up the works in the future…

…unless the GOP puts the Tea Party out to pasture.

Parents Sue for Wrongful Birth

Sarah and Mark Hall* spent hours giving depositions in the elegant conference room of their obstetrician’s lawyers. Again and again, their doctor’s lawyers asked them the same question while court stenographer sat ready to record their responses. The Halls knew what they had to say—there was no other way their lawsuit could proceed. Yes, they each said, swallowing their repugnance. Had I known that our daughter had a genetic disorder, I would have chosen abortion