Category: GOPocrisy

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

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 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

#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

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

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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What we should have been talking about instead of Benghazi trutherism — endless war

What we should have been talking about instead of Benghazi trutherism — endless war

It’s disgraceful that it’s still more controversial to avoid a dumb war than it is to continue two of them endlessly.

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, two massive stories were leaked into the newsosphere with hopes that they’d be completely ignored as we prepare for gullet stuffing season.

First, an eighth investigation, this one led by House Republicans, debunked the right’s favorite fantasies about the tragic Benghazi attacks. Then the New York Times reported that the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan will be extended through at least 2015. And Republicans are glad to pretend that neither of these revelations exist.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate are vowing to do anything they can to derail any nuclear agreement with Iran that doesn’t completely eliminate Iran’s ability to produce nuclear energy.…

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Pres. Obama takes action on immigration reform that Republicans say THEY should take but won’t

Pres. Obama takes action on immigration reform that Republicans say THEY should take but won’t

“Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands. No free and prosperous nation can by itself accommodate all those who seek a better life or flee persecution.”

– Ronald Reagan

Last night, President Obama announced the he is taking long-anticipated executive action to permit up to 5 million undocumented immigrants in our country to legally extend their stay and allowing them to, in his words, “come out of the shadows and get right with the law”.

Conservatives Republicans and others on the right preemptively lost their minds, calling this, among other things, “executive amnesty” (which one activist I know hilariously described as “what Wall Street bankers received when none of them went to prison for crashing our economy in 2007.”)

Ted Cruz says none of President Obama’s nominees should be confirmed now that he’s done this.…

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Keystone XL pipeline vote loses by 1 vote in the Senate for several VERY good reasons

Keystone XL pipeline vote loses by 1 vote in the Senate for several VERY good reasons

Senate Democrats, in a very weird bid to help Democrat Mary Landrieu’s reelection bid, allowed a vote on the mythologized Keystone XL pipeline yesterday. It failed by one vote.

And that’s a very Good Thing.

As I have written about before, the much-touted job creation promised by the pipeline’s ignorant or lying proponents, is wildly inflated:

Let’s take the first Big Lie: that the Keystone XL will create a job bonanza in the U.S. When TransCanada began pitching this boondoggle and environmental-disaster-waiting-to-happen, the Big Oil trade group the America Oil Institute (it’s an “institute” — that’s kinda like a university!) claimed that it would create — not kidding here — “21,000 jobs today to 465,000 jobs by 2035”.…
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Why Republicans win — and how to fix that

Why Republicans win — and how to fix that

It hasn’t happened since 1928. That’s the last time Republicans had a House majority this large.

Since the drubbing of November 4, 2014, there’s been a lot of discussion about why the Democrats lost. This discussion takes for granted that Republicans don’t deserve to win. On the federal and state level, they’ve offered nothing but austerity and punishment for the people who’ve been most hurt by the recession we generously inherited from George W. Bush. So Democrats must have faceplanted, big time.

I get this. But when you get more votes in America — regardless if you had to spread panic, use voter suppression or have your brother in charge of the “voting mechanisms” in the crucial swing state — you win.…

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Michigan GOP can’t bring itself to give civil rights protections to ALL Michiganders, leave transgender people behind

Michigan GOP can’t bring itself to give civil rights protections to ALL Michiganders, leave transgender people behind

Back in September, I wrote about how Michigan Republicans, facing massive pressure from across the state – including from the business community they worship with such reverance – started discussing updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include civil rights protections for the LGB community. They had no intention, I had heard at the time, of including protections for “gender identity” which describes transgender Michiganders, however:

I heard last week that Republicans were in discussions about putting forth similar legislation that would have excluded trans people and would have added exemptions based on “sincerely held religious beliefs”. This is pretty surprising considering the intense backlash that they faced when similar restrictions were first included in an anti-bullying bill – dubbed the “License to Bully Bill” – supported by Republicans in 2011.…
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Republicans like Tim Walberg oppose net neutrality to keep the campaign checks rolling in

Republicans like Tim Walberg oppose net neutrality to keep the campaign checks rolling in

On Monday, President Obama came out in strong support of net neutrality, the idea that large telecommunications companies should not be allowed to create “fast lanes” on the internet for their partners or companies willing to pay for the benefit.

Republicans quickly jumped all over this, suggesting that President Obama wants to “regulate the internet”. For example, presidential candidate Ted Cruz tweeted that net neutrality is “Obamacare for the internet”:

"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014

The truth, of course, is that net neutrality prevents large for-profit corporations – not the federal government – from regulating the internet just as large phone companies have been restricted from the same thing with our phone lines.…

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