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Republicans don’t just have a demographic problem — they have a brand problem

And the obsession with repealing Obamacare is making it worse

It’s no secret. The next generation of new voters is far more diverse and minorities are rejecting the Republican Party at historically high rates.

Demographics are not destiny — but even The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza sees how this ends for the GOP:

The concentration of young minority population in the Southwest and South means that states like Texas and Arizona as well as Georgia and South Carolina — all of which have been conservative redoubts at the presidential level for decades could be in real jeopardy for the party in the medium and long term.…
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Another day, another revelation of pay-to-play politics in the Snyder administration

Seriously, this is getting ridiculous

MIRS has a damning report out this week about further examples of pay-to-play politics in the Snyder administration. According to their reporting, the Dickinson Wright law firm received a $225,000 contract with the state in July of 2013. The contract was signed by Attorney General Bill Schuette and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon. A week later, Bill Schuette’s reelection campaign received 21 contributions worth $3,500 from Dickinson Wright employees and, five months after that, the four people who signed the contract with the state made contributions to Governor Snyder’s campaign.

MIRS scoured Snyder’s campaign finance records and found that he has taken in nearly $300,000 in contributions of more than $1,000 from people who worked for companies with state contracts.…

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House Republicans move the goalposts on helping solve Detroit’s financial crisis by extorting labor unions

Oh, that’s rich

Michigan House Republicans are in a tight spot. With concessions made by every party swept up in Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy and a deal in place that mostly preserves retiree pensions and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ priceless art collection, the only hurdle remaining is the state ponying up $350 million. Given how much money they’ve essentially stolen from the city by withholding promised revenue sharing, it’s a small price to pay. The state cannot take over cities with Emergency Managers and then tell them they are on their own, much as they would love to do just that.…

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Republicans can stop denying 5 million working Americans health insurance any time they want

A confederacy of cruelty

This map should break your heart.

In white are the 24 Republican-led states that have refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. One state — Scott Walker’s Wisconsin — actually used expansion to kick some of its residents off Medicaid.

The results of this act of “spite,” as President Obama called it, are staggering.

5 million Americans who earn too much to be on Medicaid will remain uninsured.

The states who deny this coverage will have to pay for it in four ways: 1) taxes they can’t opt out of; 2) premiums in the health care exchanges will be higher by as much as 15 percent; 3) hospitals will see an estimated cut of 2.5 percent to their margins, which will likely cause many in these states to close, and 4) people, as many as 27,000 of them, will die for lack of insurance.…

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What has the least productive House of Representatives in history actually done?

Someone needs to learn the ‘culture of work’

President Obama pointed out last week that the 113th Congress will be the least productive in recorded history.

MaddowBlog‘s Steve Benen made this chart to show just how true this claim was:

However, it’s worth pointing out that while this House of Representatives will go down in history for accomplishing less than any House since at least 1947, it has done a few things that deserve recognition.

In no particular order, here’s what the House GOP has done:

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On Tax Day, it’s worth looking at how the Michigan GOP has shifted the tax burden to the poor & middle class

MORE THAN HALF OF US NOW PAY HIGHER TAXES THANKS TO THE GOP AND YES I’M SHOUTING!

A little over two years ago, I wrote a cautionary post titled “The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought”. In it, I explained how the Republican budget passed in the first year after the 2010 midterm election annihilation of Democrats and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder created a massive shift of taxation from the wealthy and from corporations onto the poor and middle class. Here’s a bit of that post:

[A]s we all know, last year the Michigan Republicans passed a budget that lowers business taxes by $1.6 billion and increases individual income taxes by $1.4 billion.…
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85,761 Michiganders have signed up for Medicaid expansion in 9 days

And the GOP plan is still repeal

After a three month delay that cost Michigan’s taxpayers $630 million, Healthy Michigan has enrolled 85,761 people since April 1, according to Charles Gaba’s ACASignups.net.

The program is expected to cover about 500,000 Michiganders.

Governor Rick Snyder recognized that turning down health insurance for a half million people that the state would pay for anyway was a bad a idea — especially after President Obama carried the state by 9.5% in 2012 — and accepted expansion.

The likely Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate Terri Lynn Land says she supports expansion, but she has repeatedly supported the Ryan budgets, which would repeal Obamacare with no replacement for Medicaid expansion.…

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DCCC targets Michigan Republicans for support of Paul Ryan’s “screw the poor, enrich the rich” budget

Republicans know who butters their bread and it ain’t YOU!

Paul Ryan introduced a new budget bill recently that is basically a rehash of his previous budgets. As LOLGOP put it, “In Ryan’s Randian hellscape, everything must be done to tame the debt in the next ten years, except anything that could hurt the GOP immediately with seniors, though huge cuts to Medicare will follow. And taxes must never be raised, nor may any tax break be eliminated. Also, we should spend more on defense. Thus incredible cruelty must be inflicted from the cuts he proposes to the programs the keep America’s working poor and elderly from abject poverty.”

He’s right.…

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Republican Gov. Snyder lies about $22.2 million increase in cousin’s state contract at public event

Pesky, pesky facts

Meme courtesy of the Michigan Democratic Party

At a public breakfast forum this week, Republican Governor Rick Snyder was challenged by Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson over the more than doubling of the state contract held by Snyder’s cousin George Snyder. Johnson asked Snyder, “How can you justify cutting education and raising (taxes on the) senior and middle class, but at the same time doubling office furniture spending with a company owned by your cousin?”

Snyder’s answer was a blatant lie:

His company has been doing office furniture with state of Michigan business for decades. He has a contract … with the state of Michigan.…
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Forget debt, the real crisis for Paul Ryan is the that rich aren’t rich enough

Paul Ryan’s latest budget has the same goal as his last three budgets: It slashes taxes for the rich while slashing pretty much everything for everyone else.

The biggest benefit will go to the richest .01 percent — who have seen their share of income quintuple in the last forty years.

Those who earn over $1,000,000 a year would see an average break of $200,000 a year.

Because during a recovery where 95 percent of the benefit has gone to the richest 1 percent, somebody has to stand up for gluttony.

Paul Ryan’s entire argument to justify his budgets is that America is facing a debt crisis.…

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