With less than four weeks until Election Day, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has decided to spend $1 million in South Dakota. Cagily, they're spending most of that attacking Republican candidate Mike Rounds, and not on supporting either Democratic candidate Rick Weiland or independent candidate (and former Republican three-term Senator) Larry Pressler, who has barely raised any money but has moved into second place in some polls. I say "cagily" because I doubt Republicans in the Senate would have Mr. Pressler back, since he has called for higher taxes on high incomes and endorsed President Obama not once but twice.
Even stranger, Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue not only admitted he'd "spent most of my career" outsourcing jobs, but that he was "proud of it." Even stranger than that? His Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn -- who's normally too scared of not appearing bipartisan enough -- started pummeling him in ads about this matter almost immediately. Much less strange? She's begun to narrow Mr. Perdue's lead in polls.
USA Discounters, last seen using questionable-to-say-the-least lending practices to our soldiers, has changed its name and claims to have reformed its debt collection processes, which, as you may recall, included suing debtors in Virginia court even if those debtors are thousands of miles away. But, ah, spoiler alert: really, only the name has changed.
World Resources Institute study finds that nearly 40 percent of available shale gas lies in water-challenged places, like deserts. You might be tempted to think, well, at least let them frack where no one lives, but people do live in deserts, and fracking (which doesn't just contaminate water but uses a lot of water) may be an even worse idea in places where there's less water.
Another day, another state that can't agree with the Obama Administration over how to expand Medicaid. You'd think it would be fairly straightforward -- the federal government offers a state government money, and the state takes it -- but not with clowns like Mike Pence in charge: with the Indiana Medicaid program supposedly "broken," Gov. Pence has tried to sell the Obama Administration on Indiana's program of high-deductible health savings accounts, which, as you know, are not insurance. One hopes the Obama Administration will continue to resist being held hostage by some Republican's crappy idea.
Finally, speaking of crappy Republican ideas, the former director of the South Carolina Republican party says (among many, many other things) that "(p)eople with Ebola in the US need to be humanely put down immediately." I guess he's readying a run for a U.S. House seat! And don't call him stupid, or else he'll drop the word "protocol" on you! Seriously, anyone ever heard of Todd Kincannon before? No? Well, let's never speak of him again.