“Republican Cuts Kill”

In a Facebook post this morning I wrote the following with a link to a Joan Walsh essay at Salon. Quoting her: “Isn’t it fair to ask whether the constant denigration of government, and the resulting defunding, now makes it harder to handle what everyone agrees are core government functions?” I continued in my own …

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Hawai’i Dems have candidate

1,769. That’s the number of votes which separated incumbent Senator Brian Schatz from his challenger in the delayed finish of last Saturday’s primary election. There were two precincts in the Puna district of the Big Island which remained unopen last weekend due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Iselle’s impact on the region. Senator Schatz prevailed over US …

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Oh man, these guys are dumb

We all know that state legislatures are often the stepping stones for ambitious pols who want to go work at the Capitol Building in DC (3 of 7 Democrats running this year for US District One in Honolulu are State Senators or Representatives; another 3 are City Councilmembers). It’s often useful to point out how …

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Well, fudge

McConnell defeats Bevin in Kentucky Senate primary. Well, it was probably too much to hope for. It sure would have made Alison Grimes’s chances of winning in November easier if she got to run against a complete loony like Bevin rather than the tough old bird Mitch McConnell is. After tonight’s primaries she and McConnell …

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“Look down on those who get assistance”

This is Thom Tillis. He just won a Republican primary this week and will be Kay Hagan’s opponent for US Senate in NC this fall. You know what? This guy was considered the Republicans’ “Establishment” candidate in the primary. His two opponents were even more out there. Ed Kilgore at The Washington Monthly’s Political Animal …

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Republican crack-up continues

Hee! Erick Erickson, a prominent jerk conservative blogger, just announced he’d work to elect Speaker Boehner’s and Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s primary opponents because he thinks they’re not fighting the ACA strongly enough. “Republican leaders in Washington, DC are signaling they will cave on the fight against Obamacare,” Erickson wrote. “GOP Leaders, by caving, are …

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Aussie conservatives like American ones

Tony Abbott, the Liberal-National Party candidate (that’s the equivalent of the Tories in the UK and the Republicans in the US) for the Prime Minister’s job in the Australian election recently said: There’s almost nothing wrong with Australia right now that wouldn’t be improved by a change of government. We will scrap the carbon tax, …

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