Posts filed under ‘2010 Election’
This spate of retirements (and who knows how many more there are to come in the next, well, hours) goes to show that Democrats have completely given up on retaking the House in this election or any election in the near future. And that’s perfectly rational, because they’re not going to!
In 2012, Democrats won a handsome victory of all votes cast for House members, on the tails of a reelected Democrat president, and still only managed to pick up a handful of seats—nowhere near what they needed to regain the majority. In 2014, by comparison, Democrats are expected to suck. And Republicans have drawn the map in their favor.
For Democrats to regain a majority, they basically need a good state-level election in a Census year by which they can redraw the map to something a little more in their favor…
But surely powerful figures in the minority can “get things done,” even little things, by working with the majority, right? Ha no. The most “action” that House Democrats have seen since they’ve been in the majority has been in helping to bail out John Boehner on things like debt ceiling hikes or funding agreements. There’s really no point to being even a veteran in the House minority at all anymore if there’s no chairmanship on the horizon. House Republicans will not bring up any bill of yours, because why would they? They’re trending more conservative, and House Democrats, at least rhetorically, are trending more liberal. Even if you’re a powerful member of the House minority, like [Jim] Moran [D-VA - 12 terms] or [George] Miller [D-CA - 20 terms], the best you can do is sit quietly during a hearing as a ranking member while the clown chairman berates some mid-level bureaucrat about creeping communism.
Here we have the latest example of a winger state official picking through the weeds looking for what he claimed was massive voter fraud in his state and again, not finding one single instance of it.
So, the next time Republicans and their buddies scream about all the voter fraud going on around here, can we please collectively laugh as loud as we can?
From the Des Moines Register:
The timing was perfect for Secretary of State Matt Schultz when he ran for office in 2010. The Republican was able to ride a national wave of trumped-up hysteria about hundreds of non-citizens supposedly voting illegally. Schultz made rooting out voter fraud the centerpiece of his campaign, and he won the election, unseating incumbent Michael Mauro.
After 18 months of scouring the state for voting scofflaws and spending $150,000 in tax money on the effort, what serious problems have been uncovered? None…
During the 2010 mid-term election, Republicans jumped up and down about how the number one priority had to be — just had to be — JOBS! But this has been their obsession ever since:
The Senate on Friday rejected an effort by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to repeal Obamacare, an outcome that was expected but is far from the last attempt by Republicans to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature accomplishment.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) noted that Friday’s vote is the 36th time that Senate Republicans have tried — and failed — to repeal Obamacare.
Apropos of this, there’s this:
Fla. Medicaid Privatization Plans Moving Forward
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Federal health officials said Wednesday they expect to approve Florida’s request to privatize Medicaid statewide as long as the state resolves several outstanding issues, including hiring an independent entity to monitor the process and having a robust plan to measure the quality of patient care in the controversial program.
Rick Scott, Florida’s Tea Party Governor, the guy who’s moving this along should be in prison. If you’ve got time, read this: Rick Scott’s Dirtiest Deeds.
I predict Scott will privatize Medicaid in Florida right into the hands of his hospital chain / insurance company buddies and three, four years from now the “Medicare” system in Florida will be a corrupt mess. And people will have died as a result, including Tea Partiers who voted for this narcissistic monster.
Voters in Florida are realizing that when Tea Party ideology is implemented in real life, it sucks:
Obamacare is a particular target of tea party wrath in Florida, but it’s hardly the only one in a state where the movement’s ideology has permeated every layer of government. In just one year, Scott and his conservative allies slashed state spending by $4 billion even as they cut corporate taxes. They’ve rejected billions in federal funds in one of the states hardest hit by the recession. They’ve axed everything from health care and public transportation initiatives to mosquito control and water supply programs. “Florida is where the rhetoric becomes the reality. It’s kind of the tea party on steroids,” says state Rep. Mark Pafford, a Democrat. “We’ve lost all navigation in terms of finding that middle ground.”
Now, the Sunshine State may be a harbinger of another realignment: Support for Scott and the GOP is plummeting as Floridians see anti-government governance at work. But it may be too late for buyer’s remorse. After two years at the helm, the tea party’s legacy is likely to far outlast the movement.
Here are “a few” of the federal grants Florida has turned down under its balance-the-budget-at-all-cost, Tea Party government. Amazing.
This is sickening:
Shortly after winning the GOP nomination in 2010, Rick Scott announced to the world through Facebook that his family had rescued a Labrador Retriever.
And, with help from his Facebook friends, Scott gave it a name: Reagan.
“The Scott family is proud to announce that the name (chosen by you) for their newly adopted pup is Reagan! Thanks to everyone who participated in the fun contest,” read Scott’s announcement on his Facebook page.
Commenters were ecstatic, congratulating Scott for getting a rescue dog instead of a pure bred like Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog President Barack Obama adopted in 2009. And friends saluted the dog’s name, an homage to former President Ronald Reagan.
Gawd. How corny. I already feel sorry for the dog.
But where is Reagan today?
The last time Reagan made the newspapers was the day before Scott was sworn in as governor in January 2011.
Asked last week what had happened to the dog, Scott’s current and former communications directors refused to answer.
Late Wednesday [last week], [Brian] Burgess [Scott's campaign's communications director] testily emailed that he was working on an answer and recognized “the potential for a PR nightmare if the Tampa Bay Times doesn’t receive a photo of Reagan next to today’s copy of the Tampa Bay Times. So take it to the bank I’m getting you every bit of info I can lay my hands on.”
A spokesman for the governor’s wife also declined to respond to questions about Reagan, saying only that they have one dog.
“Her name is Tallee and she is a 7-year-old rescue Lab,” said Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Scott.
Where Tallee came from and where Reagan went were still unknown.
On Monday, the Times asked the governor to clear up the mystery.
“He was a rescue dog,” Scott said, “and he couldn’t be around anybody that was carrying anything, and so he wouldn’t get better.”
So the Scotts gave the dog back to his prior owner, Scott said, about a month after the family moved to Tallahassee. The governor’s office on Monday told the Times it was trying to find Reagan and its new family.
After learning that Times reporters had talked to the governor, a spokeswoman called to say Reagan had been returned about a year ago to All Pets Grooming and Boarding, a business in Naples.
won the Republican nomination to run for governor in late August, 2010. He won the election the following November 3rd and, as the above article says, he was sworn in on January, 2011. But the last time anyone heard about ol’ Reagan was the day before Scott was sworn in.
Now we know Reagan was who-knows-where between January 2011 and January 2012, and he’s been at All Pets Grooming and Boarding for roughly the past year.
I’ve gotten so worked up putting this post together I don’t know what to say. If Rick Scott was in front of me right now I’d probably do something I’d regret.
I mean, think about it: the whole fake compassionate conservative thing; the supposed love of Ronald Reagan. Ugh. This is just disgusting.
Kind of reminds me of George W. and his fake Crawford “ranch:” Texas Town Adjusts to Life Without Bush.
Bravo to the Second City Network for this little ditty directed at Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman who introduced a bill ending equal pay for women (yes, ending equal pay for women). (How do these guys sleep at night?) The bill passed and was signed into law by another wholly-owned subsidiary of ALEC, pipsqueak Governor Scott Walker.
Per the Second City’s YouTube page:
Contact Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman:
Room 10 South
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707-7882
(608) 266-7513 or
Do Republicans see Mitt Romney as a doomed candidate whom they don’t want to be associated with?
She often makes the list of potential Republican vice presidential picks, but if asked to serve in the No. 2 spot, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said her answer would be “no.”
The first term governor cited her developmentally disabled sister and commitment to New Mexico residents as reasons for her decision.
“The family has to be a consideration, and for me to take (my sister) to Washington would be to separate her from … the family that’s down there, and that would be devastating,” Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal recently. “I just couldn’t do it.”
“I can’t do this halfway and jump into something else. It would distract from what we have to do here,” Martinez said.
While some potential veeps like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia have left the door open (if only a crack), others like Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina have firmly shut it.
My tweet of the day:
This would be Mitt Romney today in Pascagoula, Mississippi:
Mitt Romney’s southern transformation is underway. The ex-Massachusetts governor said he’s getting his lessons from longtime aide Garrett Jackson, a 2009 Ole Miss grad who managed the school’s football team. Romney gave Jackson, who he said he travels with “more than my wife,” a shout out during his stop here at the port in Pascagoula, Miss. “He’s now turning me into an, I don’t know, an unofficial Southerner,” Romney said. “I’m learning to say ‘y’all.’ I like grits. Things are, strange things, are happening to me.”
I like grits? I’m having a hard time watching this movie.
[Ohio Governor] John Kasich’s not getting any more popular. 33% of voters approve of him to 53% who disapprove. Only a little more than half of Republicans think he’s doing a good job (58/25), while Democrats (9/80) are almost universal in their disapproval. If voters could do the 2010 election over again they’d vote for Ted Strickland by a 20 point margin, 56-36, numbers that not coincidentally track closely with the Senate Bill 5 repeal result from last fall.
-John Boehner’s approval was 26/52 on our last national poll and it’s not much better in his home state of Ohio at 28/54. Boehner has a similar situation to Kasich where Republicans are meh to him (53/28) while Democrats pretty much all dislike him (8/74). He also does badly with independents at 28/55.
In 2010 Ohio voters elected a Republican Governor and went GOP in many House races, helping to elect a new Republican Speaker of the House from their state. Now they regret the Governor and don’t like the Speaker. It’s hard for me to imagine that buyer’s remorse isn’t going to work to the benefit of Barack Obama and other Democrats in the state this fall.
These guys will probably have unlimited money when they run again (thank you Republican activists on the Supreme Court) but hopefully — fingers crossed! — the people will vote them out anyway. Then again, Ohio isn’t known as the fairest, most transparent place to cast a vote…
Below is a graph reflecting the state of job growth/loss in the State of Wisconsin last year (2011). For the first half of the year, former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle’s budget was in effect. Beginning in July, Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budget kicked in. “[S]ince the Walker budget passed in June, Wisconsin has lost more than 35,000 jobs.”
Democrats needed to collect 540,208 signatures to trigger a gubernatorial recall election against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). On Tuesday, they announced they had far exceeded that number, collecting more than one million signatures.
Tuesday was the deadline for recall organizers, led by the group United Wisconsin, to turn in their petitions. The number collected is 185 percent of the signatures required to force a recall election. Organizers also collected enough to trigger a recalls of the lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators.
While Democrats were announcing the results of their efforts in Wisconsin, Walker was on the East Coast. He has a New York City fundraiser scheduled that costs at least $2,500 per person to attend.
Here’s more on that fundraiser Walker attended today:
Tuesday’s Walker fundraiser, first reported by the New York Daily News, is hosted by no less than Hank Greenberg, the former CEO of American International Group, the global insurance corporation that needed $150 billion in bailout funds in 2008 and 2009 from the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve.
Here’s a copy of the invitation:
And this is how Fox is portraying the whole thing — from a Walker-as-victim perspective, of course:
Walker is owned by the Koch Brothers (and now, apparently, by I-love-Socialism-as-long-as-it-means-bailouts-for-the-rich-Maurice Greenberg (as in the above)) so this is going to be a vicious battle between the 1%ers who pay to put stooges in office who will do their bidding, and the rest of us.
Gawd, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) is just repulsive. I mean foul and detestably, nauseatingly repulsive:
Gov. Scott Walker announced a plan Wednesday [December 28] to lift the enrollment cap on a state long-term care program – a move he made two weeks after federal authorities told his administration it had to take that step.
Walker touted the $80 million plan with advocates for the elderly and disabled at a Capitol news conference, but he made no mention of a recent order from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, or CMS, directing his administration to lift the cap in the Family Care program.
“The only reason the Walker administration backed down is because they had a gun to their heads,” said Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee). “He’s taking credit for something he was forced to do.”
Ugh. See what I mean?
Mic check. Mic check!
I’m there. I. AM. SO. THERE.
But let’s get off the balls thing. Let’s talk about courage.
Yesterday I put up a post about rallies that were held across the nation by pro-tax-the-rich and pro-tax-the-corporations (and don’t cut our Social Security) sympathizers. As I noted, the rallies were essentially spontaneous, having been organized over a 24-hour period.
Compare and contrast that to a Tea Party rally (if you can call it that) that was held in Washington, D.C. today that was a total bust:
During the health care debate, Tea Party groups mobilized thousands of members to rally against the bill right on lawmakers’ doorsteps in Washington, DC. Now the movement is again at a crossroads as Republicans struggle over how far they’re willing to push Democrats on spending cuts before raising the debt ceiling. You wouldn’t know it, however, from their rally on Wednesday.
Despite featuring Tea Party icons Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rand Paul (R-KY), among others, a gathering outside the Senate organized by the Tea Party Express to urge Republicans to stand firm against a compromise bill drew only a handful of attendees. Reporters, many of whom came to interview presidential candidate Herman Cain, appeared to easily outnumber protesters. And despite being the most prominent attendee, Cain ended up no addressing the crowd and instead watching from the sidelines.
Couple that with this news that came out the other day: REPORT: Number Of Tea Party Events Down More Than 50 Percent In 2011
So here we are, waiting for the Tea Party Republicans in the House to make a move on raising the debt ceiling — something one would think would rally their supporters no end. But from the outside looking in, it appears as if their base has evaporated yet the country’s being held hostage by this supposed force of Tea Party energy. Maybe it’s time to draw the curtain back on that.
UPDATE: MoveOn.org is calling for a rally in D.C. tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s our Tweet of the Day:
Remember how waaaaaay back in November — nine months ago folks — when Republicans were screaming about jobs, jobs, jobs? That was their #1 priority and WHY THE HELL WASN’T PRESIDENT OBAMA CREATING THEM?
This would be Republicans today:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made the surprising and completely false assertion this week that the Constitution doesn’t mention the Supreme Court.
“There is no Supreme Court in the American Constitution,” Gingrich told an audience in Pella, Iowa. “There’s the court which is the Supreme of the judicial branch, but it’s not supreme over the legislative and executive branch. We now have this entire national elite that wants us to believe that any five lawyers are a Constitutional convention. That is profoundly un-American and profoundly wrong.”
Lookie over there. No. Over there. No. There. Don’t look to us to create jobs. Forget we said that. It’s about the Constitution. No it isn’t. It’s about the gays. The immigrants. Planned Parenthood. Acorn.
I tell you, Republicans are masters at coming up with even the most minute ways to screw people:
Last week, the GOP-led [Ohio] House passed an election law overhaul without the highly restrictive voter ID provision. However, the House tweaked the bill to weaken a law mandating poll workers to direct voters in the wrong precinct to their correct voting location. Under the new language, a poll worker need not direct a voter to where they are eligible, adding that “it is the duty of the individual casting the ballot to ensure that the individual is casting that ballot in the correct precinct.”
Of course, the real reason for this law isn’t to encourage individual responsibility, it’s to suppress the vote of people who are likely to vote Democratic.
It also makes it illegal to simply be a kind, helpful, fellow citizen. It legalizes — requires, actually — that poll workers be asshats.
I swear, the society the Republicans are trying to create is not one I want to live in.
Happy to see that the Republicans are working hard to create jobs:
Today, the House is debating the Republican’s 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which, as we’ve been documenting, slashes funding for food assistance, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from accessing aid. In addition to lopping more than $800 million from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the GOP’s bill would cut $38 million from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSIP), as well as $63 million from the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAB).
The CSFP provides food assistance to 600,000 low-income families every month, 96 percent of whom are seniors, while the TEFAP “provides our nation’s emergency food bank network with food commodities and storage and distribution support.” We previously noted that the cuts to WIC are roughly equivalent to the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires alone for just one week.
There are times when I’d like to take a week-long break and climb into a hole somewhere because the news is so bad. This is one of them. I volunteer at a food bank and I see the misery that’s out there. What the Republicans are doing here is evil and cruel.
Or, How Republicans are Screwing Us Today
I was off most of the weekend but when I came back to the Internets just now, this was one of the first headlines I saw.
Texas, which may balance its budget by firing thousands of teachers, plans to commit $25 million in state funds to Formula One auto racing each year for a decade.
As many as 100,000 teachers in Texas may be fired because of spending cuts to cope with the state’s budget crisis, according to Moak Casey & Associates, an Austin-based education consultant. For $25 million a year, the state could pay more than 500 teachers an average salary of $48,000.
“I have to wonder why the state of Texas is all over funding for this racetrack and not the school-funding crisis,” said Ewa Siwak, 44, who teaches German in the Austin Independent School District and whose job at Bowie High School is being cut. “Tax dollars for education should be a higher priority.”
More job creation from the Republicans:
GOP: #1 PRIORITY — JOBS!
he Wisconsin state Assembly passed a Republican-backed bill on Wednesday that will stiffen requirements for voter identification at polling places and was decried by Democrats as targeting their constituents.
The Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 60-35 and sent it on to the Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans. Democrats introduced more than 50 amendments, all of which failed.
The measure was expected to further split the partisan divisions in the state after the recent bruising battle over newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker’s successful campaign to weaken public sector union bargaining rights.
Democrats said the new measure, which will require voters to show an approved photo ID before receiving their ballot, was aimed at discouraging many of their constituents, especially college students, rather than addressing vote fraud, which they said was not a serious problem in the state.
To date [in 2011], legislators have introduced 916 measures related to reproductive health and rights in the 49 legislatures that have convened their regular sessions. (Louisiana’s legislature will not convene until late April.) By the end of March, seven states had enacted 15 new laws on these issues…
Yesterday, the House passed the so-called “Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act,” which is intended to make it easier for the oil industry to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. Sadly, this bill also continues the GOP’s longstanding practice of rigging the court system to favor wealthy and influential interest groups. Tucked within the bill is a provision that consigns many lawsuits involving oil drilling into a federal court that is dominated by judges with close ties to the oil industry:
SEC. 202. EXCLUSIVE VENUE FOR CERTAIN CIVIL ACTIONS RELATING TO COVERED ENERGY PROJECTS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.
Venue for any covered civil action shall not lie in any district court not within the 5th circuit unless there is no proper venue in any court within that circuit.
It’s called judge shopping. Judge shopping is when you file a case and you cozy up to a clerk of the court who assigns your case to a judge who will rule in your favor.
The Assembly has passed AB 23, which would, unless mandated by federal law, end a DNR requirement that municipal water systems be continuously disinfected.
The bill passed 58-35. Lawmakers backed an amendment by bill author Eric Severson, R-Star Prairie, before turning away 21 Dem amendments.
Dems charged that the law meant the state was walking away from its commitment to provide clean drinking water to the public, listing a wide range of potential water-borne illnesses they said could result from reducing water standards.
Republicans in Maine’s legislature have been working for months to roll back the state’s child labor laws. Proposals set forth by the GOP include:
- Establishing a 180-day period during which workers under age 20 would earn $5.25 per hour (as opposed to the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour).
- Eliminating the maximum number of hours a minor over 16 can work during the school week.
- Allowing children to work until 11 p.m. on school nights (current law lets kids go home at 10 p.m.).
“Sharia organization” means any two (2) or more persons conspiring to support of acting in convert in support of, Sharia or in furtherance of the imposition of sharia…
That means, in Tennessee, a Muslim could not form a non-profit that operated a mosque, a religious charity, or any other organization that goes beyond practicing religion in solitude.
Ohio State Representative Wants to Ban Abortion Because China Has too Many Smart Kids, and if we banned abortion we’d have more kids and maybe some of them would be smart too and then we could compete with China.
You win a prize if you can find anything out there about Republicans working on doing what they campaigned on — creating jobs.
More headlines from around the country on how Republicans are
working hard to create jobs finding ways to shit on average Americans:
The Michigan House approved an amendment to the education budget on Thursday night that will penalize state universities and colleges five percent for offering domestic partner benefits for same-sex or unmarried partners.
Ohio Governor John Kasich could sell or lease six prisons and the state turnpike under the $55.6 billion, two-year budget that passed the Republican-led House of Representatives 59-40 yesterday.
Kasich’s March 15 spending proposal called for raising an estimated $200 million by selling five prisons to companies that would run them. The House plan would add a juvenile correctional facility for sale or lease.
Bottom line re the Kasich thing? He wants to sell prisons, juvenile facilities and turnpikes to his corporate buddies. Imagine calling Comcast to tell them about potholes on your route to work. Think they’ll care?
No. The bigger problem is, you can’t vote them out if they ignore you. That’s the good thing about the government owning the public works.
Remember, back in the fall during the run-up to the election, when Republicans were chanting “jobs, jobs, jobs?”
Glad to see that’s still their #1 priority: Congressional Republicans go after D.C. over abortion funds.
Wow. Check out this video of Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) commenting on what the Republicans have been up to since they were sworn in in January. He’s on the floor of the House and he gets his point across without saying one word.
Wisconsin’s punk Governor, Scott Walker, took to the microphone on Wednesday and tried to explain what happened Tuesday when the state held its spring election — and a Democrat won his old seat and a wingnut Supreme Court justice who was supposed to waltz back onto the bench finds himself in a neck-and-neck fight with a previously unknown candidate:
Gov. Scott Walker said this afternoon that the spring election results show there are “two very different worlds in this state.”
“You’ve got a world driven by Madison, and a world driven by everybody else out across the majority of the rest of the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said at a press conference in the Capitol.
Yep. So predictable. Blame the liberal hippies.
Here’s the fact as to how the state voted:
Here’s a map of Wisconsin (via). See Madison down there at the middle-bottom? Place it in the map above and you don’t see that spot surrounded by a sea of red.
Scott Walker, you’re a liar.
(H/t Smoky for alerting me to the “Scott Walker’s Wisconsin” chart.)
In the run-up to the election last year, Republicans hammered away at the notion that creating jobs would be their tippy top, #1 priority. Now, they’re banking on us having forgotten that promise:
The Koch Brothers bought this Supreme Court decision: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Now they want to buy Wisconsin’s Supreme Court.
Tuesday, April 5, say NO — NO MORE! — but to say NO MOR, you’ve got to vote, and youv’ve got to vote YES.
Quickie: Wipe that smile off your face Don: GOP Rep. Don Young Tells Town Hall He Opposes War In Afghanistan One Week After He Votes Against Ending It
I think it’s great when people — politicians included — grown and evolve and learn and yes, change their mind if need be but a huge leap like this over the course of one week? No. That’s not what this is. This is disgusting.