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You’ll need 4 Bushes to match net jobs created under Obama, 10 to match Clinton

Jeb Bush is in.

The smarter Bush brother — which is like being the most compassionate Cheney — was savvy enough to win two terms as Florida’s governor. He also did more than his share to help his little bro George W. “win” his first presidential election. And now the former Lehman Brothers executive has decided to “actively explore” his own bid for the White House.

Earlier this year, I pointed out that more net jobs had been created under President Obama than both presidents named Bush combined, in less than half the time.  Soon, if job growth continues as the pace that made 2014 the best year of job creation this century, net job growth under Obama will double both Bushes.…

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It’s easier to think voters are stupid than it is to admit that Republicans can be brillant

When Rick Perry says, “Running for the presidency is not an IQ test,” we laugh because he sounds like a big dummy.

The Texas governor’s buffoonish stab at the 2012 GOP nomination was the rough draft of Dumb and Dumber To. In 2014, he’s wearing smart guy glasses and will probably have braces and a pocket protector by the time he’s done with his coaching from a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

This isn’t the plot of a Broadway musical or a Christopher Guest movie. This is what Perry is actually doing to prepare for his second run at the presidency.…

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Republican plan to fund road repairs will strip nearly $1 billion MORE from Michigan schools each year

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger wants you to believe that he’s found a magical way to fund road repairs without raising your taxes! While it’s true that your gas taxes and sales taxes won’t increase, the entire scheme is based on taking nearly a billion dollars more from schools each year. Local municipalities will take a huge hit, too.

How much will schools lose? A report by the Michigan League for Public Policy puts the tally at $634.1 million for this year. That number rises to $888.7 million in 2022-23. The Michigan Association of School Boards calculates that the average loss to schools will be an astonishing $475 per pupil per year.…

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How a conservative made life harder for rape survivors — by trying to ‘help’

Some on the right seemed ecstatic when Rolling Stone disavowed its story about a sexual assault on the campus of the University of Virginia because of discrepancies in the account of a gang rape from a woman named “Jackie.”

The article clearly lacked the ethical rigor necessary for exposing a rape accusation to the world. Katie Klabusich called it a “gift” to rape apologists. And the way Rolling Stone initially said that they had lost faith in Jackie was taken as evidence that she was lying. Some raged against the college junior and one evil Peanuts character/conservative blogger vowed to expose her.…

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How the Affordable Care Act has proved conservative economics are all wrong — again

Good thing that no own will ever ask Republicans to explain the best job growth of the last two centuries

Cutting taxes for the rich and regulations for corporations are the foundations of conservative economics. But why does the American economy do best when the opposite happens?

America’s recovery isn’t great — unless you compare it to the rest of the world, or the Bush recovery. But the news is getting better.

The jobs report released on Friday showed that 321,000 jobs were created in November with a bit of promising wage growth, which is still the biggest problem in the economy.…

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LAME DUCK RECAP: Michigan Republicans go wild as the inflamed duck session gets underway

Lame duck sessions in Michigan since 2010 are more accurately described as “inflamed duck” sessions. Michigan Republicans ram more bills through in a couple of weeks than they do nearly the entire rest of the year. Two years ago, for example, they passed – I’m not making this up – 282 bills during lame duck. So much happens so fast that it’s almost impossible to effectively push back.

Here’s a little taste of what happened Wednesday and yesterday. And while many people are blaming this on Democratic voters who stayed home on election day this year, the reality is that this is a result of the 2012 election, NOT this year’s election.…

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Michigan GOP kills expansion of LGBT civil rights and passes “license to discriminate” bill out of committee

Michigan’s Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger has been paying lip service to the LGBT community by saying that he supports expanding civil rights protects to them as long as it (a) doesn’t include transgender Michiganders and (b) is accompanied by a “license to discriminate” bill that allows anyone who wants to deny basic services to gays, lesbians, or bisexuals the ability to claim “sincerely-held religious beliefs” in order to do so.

Yesterday, a House committee essentially killed off any hopes of expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to cover either LGB or LGBT people. Today, House Republicans moved forward with the “license to discriminate” bill anyway, voting along party lines to send it to the full House for a vote.…

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#2016Ideas: End marijuana prohibition and invest in police who live in their communities

The decriminalization of marijuana has sped up dramatically over the last decade.

But we all know that using pot has only generally been a crime for certain people.

Last year, 52 percent of the more than 1.5 million drug arrests in the United States involved marijuana. Yet those who have to worry most about arrest for pot use are those who’ve always had to worry most about being constrained by our government.

“When it comes to race, blacks continue to be disproportionately represented among drug arrestees,” according StoptheDrugWar.org. “African-Americans accounted for 30.7 percent of all drug arrests, but they only make up about 13 percent of the population.…

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How John Roberts will take health insurance from millions of Republicans

Chief Justice John Roberts has known he wanted to gut the crown jewel of the civil rights movement — the Voting Rights Act — since at least the 1980s, when he was a young lawyer in the Reagan Administration.

And when he essentially ended the preclearance requirements in 2013 that ensured millions had the right to vote, he said that Congress could simply pass a new formula to put the requirement back into effect. He knew this would never happen.

The formula he stuck down had been renewed in 2006 by a Republican president and Congress eager to put the shame of Hurricane Katrina behind them.…

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GOP House Speaker wants to pay for road funding without raising gas prices by cutting – you guessed it – education funding

During the 2014 campaign in Michigan, we were told repeatedly that Republicans hadn’t cut education funding. Despite the fact that they had actually taken BILLIONS OF DOLLARS from our schools each year, the told us with a straight face that, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, they had increased funding for our classrooms.

Now, just a few weeks later, Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger is proposing that we pay for billions of dollars in road and bridge repairs by cutting education funding so that legislators would “not have to raise taxes”.

I’m totally serious.

The plan would remove, over six years, the 6% sales tax now charged on fuel sales, while at the same time converting the 19-cent-per-gallon fuel tax to a percentage rate that would gradually increase over the same period.…
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