** Governor Romney is back on the hustings with his Coupon Conservatism in full sail — this time on education. This topic has been covered before, Federal funding for K-12 education isn’t a single large pot portioned out on a per child basis. The Governor would like to have Nevada schools enmeshed in a highly, and unnecessarily, complicated system in which funding follows the individual child — want a bureaucratic nightmare of Brobdingnagian proportions? This would do it. Explanation here.
** Good news, the NV Progressive reports Democrats have a 65,000 person lead in Nevada voter registration. The Gleaner takes on the Nevada senate race here and here. Ralston’s Reality Check (video) has some interesting points to make about Rep. Shelley Berkley’s ad questioning Sen. Dean Heller’s relationship with felon — it gets an A-. Sebelius adds some insight and video at Slash/Politics. Berkley and Heller debate on September 27, and the Washoe County Democrats are hosting a watch party; details here.
** Nevada’s own Sheldon Adelson continues to set records for spreading money in the expressed intent to promote his personal interests:
“Adelson has made history: He is the first person to spend $70 million to sway a presidential election, and he plans to spend more — perhaps as much as $100 million — by Election Day. An estimated $20 million to $30 million of the giving went to groups that do not disclose their donors and had not been reported before.” [LVSun]
Mr. Adelson would, no doubt, like to make those pesky investigations into his operations in Macau go very very far away. Ed Kilgore has more about “Adelson’s Ideological Dollars.” Highly recommended reading.
** Since we qualify as a battleground state for some reason defying our actual number of electoral college votes, The Examiner reports President Obama leads on the Medicare issue. Here’s a picture:
** Suppression Congestion: The Pennsylvania lower court, instructed to re-hear arguments in the vote suppression scheme in that state, will take the case today. More at Crooks and Liars. The Atlantic has an excellent piece describing the impact the Pennsylvania law has on elderly voters. As former President Clinton put it back on September 4th — vote suppression is an act of desperation.
** Arithmetic: The conservative economist whose work Governor Romney is fond of citing to support his tax
shaft shift to middle income Americans — not…so…much:
“Conservative economists have tried make the numbers work. Martin Feldstein — a Harvard professor and president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research — released a paper arguing that the targets could be met if “middle class” is defined downward — specifically if Romney increases the tax burden on incomes between $100,000 and $250,000 to pay for tax rate cuts for everyone else. Feldstein’s report ratified the Tax Policy Center’s broad thesis that Romney’s 20 percent tax rate cuts could not be offset merely by unwinding deductions and credits for the wealthy — families typically defined by both parties as middle class would also have to take a hit.” [TPM]