On Tuesday, six-term Republican senator Richard Lugar was ousted in shocking defeat in the Indiana primary to Tea Party activist Richard Mourdock, Indiana state’s treasurer.
Mourdock sent Lugar down in flames as he questioned Lugar's policies on immigration, Supreme Court nominees, the "Dream Act", and bank bailouts. Mourdock said Lugar was "not conservative enough".
Mark J. Perry submits:
The chart above shows that U.S. sugar prices have averaged twice the world price (28.1 cents per pound vs. 14.4 cents) since 1980 (data here), because of tariffs and quotas that restrict the amount of foreign sugar allowed to enter the U.S.
A Republican senator Wednesday offered a scaled-back plan to fight global warming, saying it was politically unrealistic for the United States to mandate cuts on carbon emissions in tough economic times.The proposal by Senator Richard Lugar would not create a "cap-and-trade" system requiring curbs in carbon -- a signature part of European efforts and a Democratic-led bill backed by President Barack Obama.
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, a leading Democrat, has decided not to run for reelection for a third term in November, an aide said Monday, in the latest political setback for President Barack Obama.Brian Weiss, Bayh's press secretary, said the senator would make the announcement at a 2:00 pm (1900 GMT) press conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.In remarks prepared for the press conference and quoted by the Indianapolis Star, the senator cited excessive partisanship in the Congress at a time of deep economic woes as the reason for the shock decision.