If Republicans Were Upset Over Passing The Doc Fix By Voice Vote…

The entire title for this post is: If Republicans Were Upset Over Passing The Doc Fix By Voice Vote… just wait ’til they hear about the Obamacare compromise that was included.

House leadership passed this year’s controversial “Doc fix” by calling for a voice vote when the house chamber was nearly deserted. A few Republicans were not pleased by the maneuver as reported by The Hill:

“Outrageous,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill after complaining about the maneuver to a colleague. “I think it’s outrageous.”

“Bullshit,” said a visibly annoyed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as he emerged from the floor following the Ukraine vote. When Mulvaney was asked to comment about the upcoming GOP budget, he replied: “I can’t talk about the budget because I’m so pissed about the [doc fix].”

While Democrats generally did not support the Doc Fix as passed, they mainly seemed bemused by the house leadership antics:

Asked if the maneuver was sneaky, [Gerry] Connolly [D. Va.] quoted the fictional Frank Underwood, a master of Washington subterfuge from Netflix’s “House of Cards” series.

“To quote the ‘House of Cards,’ you might say that, you might very well say that. But I cannot comment,” he quipped.

“I’ve been dying to do that,” he added.

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the retiring dean of the House, mused to reporters, “I’ve seen a lot of dumb things, but I’ve never seen anything as comical as this.”

Maybe one of the reasons Democrats were not in high dudgeon after the event is because they are so used to being railroaded that calling for a voice vote when no one is paying attention was a novel path to the inevitable conclusion. Or maybe Democrats were not quite as animated as Republicans because they knew about an Obamacare compromise tucked into the language of the Doc Fix bill.

Not only did Republican house leadership slip the Doc Fix through while no one was looking, they included a fix to Obamacare that dealt with the plans that could be offered by small business owners for their employees.

The reason the small business plan update is a compromise is because it represents one of the only times that Republicans have allowed an actual fix to address a problem with Obamacare, rather than trying to kill the entire law or without including poison pill measures that if passed would make the law unsustainable. As proof of how objectionable most house Republicans would find the compromise, consider that the Doc fix, including the Obamacare update was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Obama.

According to Wonkwire:

It is unclear how many members of the House rank and file knew of it because the legislation was passed by a highly unusual voice vote without debate.”

Which tells me that If Republicans Were Upset Over Passing The Doc Fix By Voice Vote… just wait ’til they hear about the Obamacare compromise that was included.

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Ready For Hillary, Because Of McCutcheon

The supreme court’s 5-4 McCutcheon decision further eroding campaign finance regulation is as good a reason as any for me to shamelessly plug Ready For Hillary.

Ready For Hillary is the site to go to for your Hillary 2016 gear. You can find H mugs, pens, baseball caps, hoodies, Irish shamrock St. Patty Day tee shirts, buttons… you can even sign up to get a free Hillary 2016 bumper sticker!

To make it even better, each item I clicked on had a notification that it was made in the USA with union labor.

Consider giving them your email to get regular updates and opportunities to donate or volunteer for the effort to elect Hillary Clinton President of the United States in 2016.

Clinton has put the word out that she is grateful for the Ready For Hillary organization. Ready For Hillary organizers want to finish 2014 with 5 million supporters and 2 million volunteers, numbers that would dwarf all Republican presidential grassroots effort combined.

Democrats would be thrilled if the influence of money on our electoral process could be substantially curtailed, but if the supreme court is going to dismantle any semblance of campaign finance regulation Democrats cannot unilaterally disarm based upon our hopes and dreams about how things ought to be. Do not disarm. Add your voice to a real grass roots effort, and visit Ready For Hillary today.

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So Bad Even the Republicans Refuse to Claim Her

How bad do you have to be to make the Republican Party think of you as a pariah?

Susanne Atanus, 55, has (shockingly) won her primary election with 54% of the vote.  She was (and still is) running on the Republican ticket for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District.  Atanus has been making headlines since January over her remarks during the debates against David Earl Williams III that covered immigration, foreign aid, the economy and marriage equality.

David Earl William III and Susanne Atanus

David Earl William III and Susanne Atanus

Let’s focus on her stance regarding marriage equality, homosexuality and AIDS as these are the areas where she has managed to offend everybody.

The Daily Herald wrote of Atanus’ statements:

            “I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as in response to gay rights and legalized abortions.

“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

Williams, as a veteran, said he was offended and that it is due to unsafe sexual practices in all people that cause the spread of AIDS – one of the many comments made by Williams that shows why he didn’t take the primary – he is competent and not a complete whack-a-doodle like the rest of the GOP.  He later went on to say that although he believes a marriage should be between a man and a woman, he feels the government should stay out of the matter.

It took no time at all for the Illinois Republican Chairman, Jack Dorgan, to make a plea to Atanus to end her congressional campaign stating:

            “The offensive statements by Susanne Atanus have no place in the modern political debate, and she has no place on the ballot as a Republican. Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately.”

Meanwhile the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, Adam Robinson made this statement:

            “[Atanus] is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time.”

Atanus’ response seemed both defiant and whiney:

            “I’m not withdrawing from the race.  I don’t know why they are not standing behind me.  They should talk to me personally.  I will not back out of the race.”

Her tenacity has paid off as she did win the primary race.  However, it is unlikely she will get any further than that.  Being far-right, offensive and shunned by her own party many are already predicting she will be unable to unseat Democrat Jan Schakowsky who has represented the 9th district since 1999.

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MAD AS HELL?

2014-01-29-EqualPayMadWomenNewAlmost half a century has gone by since the passage of the Equal Pay Act and still a sizable  gap remains between the compensation women and men receive for comparable jobs.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, is EQUAL PAY DAY.   RAISE your voice.  Make some NOISE.  GET.IT.DONE.

10153741_10152718771618916_753157584_nIf FAIR PAY isn’t important to you, then sit there and DO NOTHING!

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Election Reports – Eastern States – 4/4/14

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced his support of state bernie-sandersSenator Daylin Leach, a candidate for Pennsylvania’s 13th District. This is shaping up to be a very competitive race, with four Democrats competing in the primary. Leach sets himself apart from his competition with his progressiveness, which has gained him endorsements from groups such as MoveOn and Democracy for America.

In his statement of support, Sanders said:

At a time when our country has more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth, and when the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider — it is imperative that we send candidates like Daylin Leach to the U.S. Congress.

The primary is scheduled for May 20th, and the District is anticipated to be safely Democratic.

Vincent Sheheen, candidate for Governor of South Carolina, has released a new ad detailing the failures of Republican Nikki Haley to improve education in the state.

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Sean Patrick Maloney, Representative of New York’s 18th District, has released a statement condemning the Supreme Court’s ruling against federal campaign contribution limits. Maloney said

Citizens United and now McCutcheon have fixed the game to ensure secret money and special interests can overpower the voices of New Yorkers more than ever before. All Americans deserve a government run by the power of the ballot, not big money in the wallets of special interests. Citizen-funded campaigns would guarantee that every voice is heard.

His full statement can be read on his campaign website.

Congressman Joe Garcia of Florida’s 26th District introduced a discharge petition this week to bring the House’s immigration reform bill to a vote. His full statement and speech to the House can be found here.

Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island has spoken about his new bipartisan bill to restore emergency unemployment insurance.  The bill will provide support for America’s needy families and includes retroactive benefits for those who were suffered when they were revoked in December.

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Despite What Corporate Media Says, Democrats May Have The Edge In November

A Gallup poll taken in January on political party affiliation showed some surprising results: 31% of Americans identify as Democrat, only 25% as Republican, and 42% as Independent. This is the lowest result for Republicans in 25 years. One might attribute that to the constant, tabloid-style nonsense coming from the right-wing propaganda machine, which has to be a huge turnoff for “normal” Americans. On the other hand, with the corporate media parroting right-wing talking points, especially when they claim they speak for most Americans, I assumed there would be more than 25% identifying as Republican.

2014 gallup poll party affiliationFrom these results, it appears that a large number of Republicans left the party during the Bush years but couldn’t bring themselves to switch parties, so they identify as “independents”. However, it depends on what your definition of “independent” is. I recently worked with a teabagger who spent months trashing virtually everything Democrats did and praising virtually everything Republicans did. Then one day he had the nerve to tell me he’s an “independent”. He actually pretended to be offended when I assumed he was a Republican. I’m sure many of you have heard teabaggers claim they were an “independent” movement and not aligned with the Republican Party (bullshit). So its certainly possible that a large portion of the 42% who identify as independents is comprised of teabaggers/liars/ex-Republicans.

The good news for Democrats is that real independents will continue to be repelled by the vitriol and sometimes violent rhetoric of the radical right. Does anyone doubt that teabaggers like Palin and Nugent will ignore the calls of establishment Republicans to dial-down the crazy and, instead, increase their astonishingly stupid attacks against women, minorities and the lgbt community? The only question for me is, will the  Democratic party devote its resources early to counter right-wing propaganda? Or will it save its ammo until the last couple months before the election (as usual) when its too late to change many of the truly independent minds?

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TX-GREG ABBOTT : RACIST Policy WONK

so-many-idiots_design-200x200TX Gov. Candidate, ABBOTT CITES RACIST in Educational Policy Debate.   Yep. Good ‘Ol Boy (and Governor Good-Hair’s crony) has done it again.   You’d think after the Nugent fiasco, back-peddling, Abortion Barbie comments, and finger pointin’, Abbott would learn a thing or two about associatin’ with racist, misogynistic assholes…let alone quotin’ one as policy scholar.

Sorry Ass Abbott thinks that Pre-K should only be available to a ‘select’ few (in case you don’t know, that’s code for kids of the not-poor,  pale faced variety):

“Family background has the most decisive effect on student achievement, contributing to a large performance gap between children from economically disadvantaged families and those from middle-class homes.”

Abbott cites Charles Murray, noted White Supremacist and gets called out on it.  Wendy Davis (Democrat running against Abbott)  just needs to sit back and wait for Abbott to open his mouth.

AX143_4424_9There is no way for Greg Abbott to spin his way out of citing a known white supremacist to bolster the Republican candidate’s beliefs about the influences on a child’s achievement in the education system.

Read the entire story here.

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Election Reports – Central States – 4/2/14

Louisiana’s Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu will likely face GOP Congressman Bill Cassidy in the November election. The Senate Majority Pac’s new campaign ad against Cassidy highlights the millions in campaign funding he’s received from the Koch brothers. The Koch brothers fought to kill the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which is vital to many Louisiana residents and was signed into law by President Obama on March 24th. Senator Landrieu led the Senate passage of the bill, which caps increases in flood insurance premiums at 18% per year.
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Democrats Richard Lieberman and Edwin Edwards are vying for Bill Cassidy’s seat in the 6th District. Edwards is the controversial former governor of Louisiana who served four non-consecutive terms between 1972 and 1996. Lieberman is a real-estate broker who said he strives to “be a voice for the overlooked struggling middle class and the forgotten people of poverty”.

Democratic contenders for the retiring Republican Mike Rogers of Michigan’s 8th District include economist and former State Demographer Ken Darga and Central Michigan University social work professor Susan Grettenberger. Both candidates are focused on improving the economy. Grettenberger promised to “will fight every day in Washington to provide economic security to everyday Americans”. In addition to economic policy, Darga says he would concentrate on workers’ rights, improving health care, and strengthening social security. Other candidates include Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum.

Democratic candidates for Indiana’s 5th District include engineer Allen Ray Davidson, teacher Shawn Denney, and Air Force veteran David Ford. Three years ago, the Republican-controlled state legislature redistricted, and the newly-drawn 5th District now contains fewer Republican voters, which could certainly improve the odds for the Democratic candidate.

Although there’s no Democratic candidate as yet to run for the seat of retiring Republican David Camp of Michigan’s 4th District, Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Israel is optimistic about the likelihood of a Democrat winning this seat. He pointed out that the district supported President Obama in 2008 and said “their hunger for an agenda that strengthens the middle class will make this district competitive.”

Research by K. Neuhaus

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Giving Thanks For Obamacare

Today, President Obama spoke at the White House on reaching the end of the first enrollment period for Obamacare. Estimates show that up to 22 million Americans are now covered because of Obamacare, including those with pre-existing conditions (like myself), young adults who are able to stay on their parent’s healthcare longer, and poor Americans who are now helped through expanded Medicaid or subsidized premiums.

Back in October, 2013 when the first enrollment period began, HuffPo ran a series of images from Americans explaining how Obamacare has helped them. Here are a few of those images:

Obamacare helped me

Obamacare helped me

Obamacare helped me

If you’ve ever felt voting wasn’t worth your time, or you’ve bought into the false equivalency argument that says both political parties are the same, remember which party changed the greed-based health insurance industry in America so you’ll never again have to fear going bankrupt over medical bills, or worry if you’re child will be dropped from your policy because they have a serious illness, or worry that your premiums will skyrocket while corporate profits are at record highs. Remember which party made it possible for you to start your own small business without feeling trapped in your current job because the cost of individual health insurance was too high. Remember which party made it possible for you to go to college instead of remaining trapped in your dead-end job because you feared losing your employee-based health insurance. And then keep in mind that if Republicans win, they’ll find a way to repeal Obamacare and put you back in that awful place where health insurance companies can make your life hell. Register today, and vote in November.

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Ted Cruz: I Was Dead Wrong About Obamacare

In a stunning reversal, tea party darling Ted Cruz announced today that he was wrong about Obamacare and he now supports the program.

I’ve spent the past few years trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act, a law I believed was unconstitutional, unpopular, and downright bad for America. However, the Supreme Court ruled the law was constitutional, 64% of Americans now say it should remain law, and the fact is that millions of Americans who could not afford insurance or who could not get covered due to pre-existing conditions now have the protection of health insurance coverage. Estimates show that up to 22 million Americans now have health insurance coverage because of Obamacare. That gives my fellow Americans peace of mind and the flexibility to start their own businesses without worrying if they can afford health insurance without an employer contribution. I anticipate a tidal wave of entrepreneurs whose innovations and new technologies will assure America’s position as the technological leader of the world for decades. I was dead wrong about Obamacare. Obamacare is good for capitalism, good for America.

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And, of course, April Fools! The figures are 100% accurate, but Ted Cruz continues to care 0% about America.

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Take Action Against Idiot Of The Day – GOP Senator Steve Martin

Steve Martin (yeah, not the good one)

Steve Martin (yeah, not the good one)

I have no idea how this story managed to fly below my radar for this long but back in February, a State Senator from Virginia, Steve Martin called pregnant women “hosts”.  He wrote in a Facebook rant:

“I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive.  However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.”

Before long the post had been edited to read “bearer of the child” instead of “host”. On top of belittling women and what they go through during pregnancy, he makes it sound like we’re aliens.

sarcasmMartin said he was “being sarcastic” when he used the term.

Oh, well, that’s alright then.

The executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Tarina Keene spoke out to The Huffington Post via email, saying:

ELPregnantWomenDNEHosts300x300“Sen. Steve Martin obviously has zero understanding of the reality of reproductive choice and what it means for women to have control over their bodies, families, and lives. His remarks demonstrate what exactly these extreme lawmakers mean when they talk about ‘personhood’ – that pregnant women are no more than vessels.  Even more outrageous, he also fails to understand how he as a lawmaker can help empower women to reduce unintended pregnancies — something that should be a common goal for all.”

Click here to add you name and join Daily Kos and EMILY’s List help stop the GOP crackpots.

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When Brands Are Sexist

Monday’s suck, in my humble opinion.  So I thought I would bring a smile to you dear readers.

The following clip is from back in 2012, Ellen DeGeneres uses her own unique style to put a new (at that time) product in it’s sexist place!

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