Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hey , Reporters!

Might be a new continuing item, might just be a one-shot...these are things I really wish I knew more about, but haven't seen much reporting on. 

1.  GOP House candidates.  I still haven't seen a good story about how many Rand Pauls and Sharron Angles there are in competitive House races -- nominees who may lose races that a more mainstream or more experienced Republican would have a better of winning.  Similar question: are Republican candidates sticking to relatively bland policy statements in keeping with the national strategy of offering mostly opposition -- or are they saying nutty things like those in the Iowa Republican Party Platform?

2.  American and coalition deaths in Afghanistan are running at a far lower pace this month than they were in June and July, and lower than last summer.  Why?  Has something changed?  Just a run of luck? 

3.  I've seen a few stories about ACA implementation, but in general it's a very important story, and the press tends to massively underplay any implementation story.  That goes for the other major and minor legislation passed in the 111th Congress, as well -- we could use a lot more information about how specific reforms are working out so far, and some general reporting about implementation overall.

2 comments:

  1. This should become a regular feature.

    I would like to see more on your choices and would like to add some reporting on what is the reasoning behind the Obama administration's slowness on filling Fed & Judicial vacancies. It's a major problem with the Obama administration that in the Fed area could have major electoral consequence for him yet I've seen hardly any reporting on it.

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  2. As to item 1, I know that in IN-02 the Democrat Joe Donnelly was widely assumed to toast, but Republicans nominated a Tea partier named Jackie Walorski who is now expected to lose.

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