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A GOP Senate would be wonderful for lobbyists — terrible for the economy

Bad news for the middle class. Fantastic news for corporations.

You’re not supposed to mention it but 2014 could be the best year for job growth in this century.

One of the key factors in the sudden robustness of the job market has been the longest period of stability in Washington, D.C. since the Great Recession began. After the government shutdown, Congress passed a two-year budget that calmed fears of that we would have another fabricated crisis.

Take a quick look at Gallup’s Economic Confidence survey over the last few years and you can see damage the debt limit crisis, the fiscal cliff and more recently the shutdown did to consumer optimism, which directly relates to the demand which grows the economy.…

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If Democrats keep the Senate, the GOP’s war on voting will get even uglier

Republicans have had chance after to chance to prove that voter impersonation is a problem worthy of burdensome new government regulations. And they’ve failed again and again.

There’s a simple explanation for this: Voter impersonation isn’t a problem worthy of burdensome new government regulations.

There have been one billion votes cast since 2000, The Nation‘s Ari Berman pointed out in this weekend’s excellent episode of Moyers & Company, and only 31 cases of voter impersonation. Berman was the first to reveal the GOP’s War on Voting and has documented how the right has been aiming to gut the Voting Rights Act for decades.…

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Republicans are lying to their base — and this may be the last election they can get away with it

Republicans won’t face an electoral map as friendly as they’ll greet on November 4, 2014 until 2018 — or possibly ever.

The GOP can hold the House without winning a single Latino vote. It can win the Senate without swaying one Obama voter. Then it can start passing bills that will only remind people why Republicans have lost five out of the last six presidential popular votes.

As of today, Republicans are slightly favored to not blow the incredible advantages they enjoy this year. Some, like National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar, see a GOP wave they’ve been dreaming of for months with a six-to-nine Senate seat pickup, despite some indications that Democratic efforts to make this year’s electorate look more like 2012 than 2010 are working.…

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Millions of Americans could vote themselves health insurance — and Michigan could vote itself marriage equality

“Lawyers live under a rule called Rule 11, which provides that it is unethical for a lawyer to file a pleading for purposes of delay rather than to achieve a result,” Arizona’s Republican Attorney General Tom Horton said in a statement on Friday explaining why we would not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

The Supreme Court is currently in the process of legalizing same-sex marriage as slowly as possible, according to Think Progress‘ Ian Millhiser.

We aren’t getting the satisfaction a Loving v. Virginia-style definitive ruling because Justice Anthony Kennedy, the lone voice for LGBQT equality in the Court’s conservative majority, is using the accumulation of states that have marriage equality to reflect “the evolving understanding of the meaning of equality,” according to BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.…

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FW: FW: FW: RE: All hope is lost — Day 5: 4th Quarter Fundraiser

Support Eclectablog and help the rebel alliance reveal the plans to the Koch-funded Death Star

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We noticed that you completely ignored our messages entitled “Our flesh is literally on fire with need,” “Nate Silver just pronounced us dead,” “Rand Paul says you have Ebola,” “Why are they pooping on our Obamacare?” and “Never going to give you up (DON’T DELETE).”

The truth is that in the last four years our campaign finance system has been shattered by a series of Supreme Court decisions that have undermined the role of an independent judiciary and unleashed a tsunami of lies funded by independent expenditures.…

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GOP set to resume wrecking the economy and making us less safe

The only thing we have to fear is Republican fear itself.

Unemployment claims are now steady at an eight-year low as we’re in the middle of what could be the best year of job growth of this century.

Two straight years of the rich paying slightly more in taxes along with ten million Americans gaining health insurance has resulted in escalating economic gains AKA the exact opposite of what Republicans predicted, as usual. But there’s a unspoken element fueling the suddenly strong labor market that we should not forget.

After the government shutdown last year, Congress agreed to a two-year budget.…

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Are Democrats expanding the map? They damn well should be.

You really cannot understate the advantages Republicans have in this year’s battle for the control of the Senate.

Both parties are bashing each other for voters in nine states states Mitt Romney won as he was busy losing by millions of votes.  Meanwhile, all the structural advantages — older, whiter turnout; the party that holds the White House tends lose seats in the sixth year of his term; low approval rate for the president — favor the right.

At least one poll suggests that Democratic turnout could resemble the disastrous 2010 election. Republican candidates have taken the lead in two states the president won two years ago — Iowa and Colorado.…

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Have the Kochs already cost the GOP a Senate seat?

Or is Terri Lynn Land just the worst Senate candidate of 2014?

On Tuesday we learned that National Republican Senatorial Committee has cancelled all television ads for the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Michigan and the candidate will spend a big chunk of the millions she’s raised, much of it from herself, on billboards.

Michigan was supposed to be a state where the GOP was expanding the map.

Our Chris Savage has argued that Land is the candidate national Republicans never wanted for more than a year now.

However, that view has only recently become the consensus.

The National Journal‘s Josh Krashauer, who perpetually squints at the news horizon in hopes of seeing a GOP wave, thought Land would put the seat in contention:

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FUN FACT: More net jobs have been created under Obama than both Bushes combined

The economy under President Obama seems difficult to defend — unless you put it in context.

The president attempted to do that on Thursday in a speech at Northwestern University:

Here are the facts: When I took office, businesses were laying off 800,000 Americans a month. Today, our businesses are hiring 200,000 Americans a month. The unemployment rate has come down from a high of 10 percent in 2009, to 6.1 percent today. Over the past four and a half years, our businesses have created 10 million new jobs; this is the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job creation in our history.…
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A tale of two terrible campaigns — Rick Snyder and Terri Lynn Land

It was the best reminder that one million Michigan Democrats didn’t vote in 2010. It was the worst reminder that one million Democrats didn’t vote in 2010.

With nothing like a GOP wave approaching Michigan, the party’s two headline state-wide candidates — Rick Snyder and Terri Lynn Land — have retreated into campaign styles that illustrate why that millions of dollars from outside groups probably won’t be enough to buoy either of them to victory in November.

The national political press is asking “Where is Terri Lynn Land?

Since her fledgling attempts to communicate on her own behalf briefly led the scientific community to believe in spontaneous combustion, Land has made rare public appearances, avoided debates and dodged questions from the press, relying entirely on a barrage of attack ads targeting her opponent Gary Peters.…

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