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3 reasons there won’t be a GOP wave in 2014

People don’t love Democrats but they hate the alternative

Many the members of the GOP’s House majority have literally have had their districts drawn for them. And if Republicans wanted to draw a map that would give them a chance to take control of the Senate, it would look exactly like what we’re seeing in 2014.

The party of Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Louis Gohmert simply needs to win six seats to take the majority of the upper house of Congress and Democrats are defending seven seats in states that Mitt Romney won as he lost in a landslide. They will likely pick up Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia easily.…

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One more reason to vote NO on Michigan’s Prop 1: GOP threats to screw over municipalities

I’ve already detailed my reasons for voting NO on Michigan’s Proposal 1 which would eliminate the Personal Property Tax HERE. But there is another reason, in my opinion: Republican threats to screw over municipalities if voters turn it down:

The GOP-led Legislature could eliminate the personal property tax with no revenue-replacement plan for local governments, [Truscott Rossman’s Kelly Rossman-McKinney] said.

“The fear that all of those expressed is that the Legislature will come back after the primary, pursue eliminating the personal property tax for business but not reimbursing local communities. I’ve heard more than one Republican legislator say, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s exactly what I plan to do,” Rossman-McKinney said.

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How the House GOP gave the president permission to go big on immigration

Less than eight months after the House GOP Leadership embraced legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants, the real leadership of the House — Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann and Steve King — have passed a bill that demands maximum deportations.

President Obama has already indicated that he will act to reduce the deportations of at least some of the law-abiding undocumented who would likely qualify for a path to citizenship under the Senate’s bi-partisan immigration bill.

““We have a system that runs on discretion,” University of California at Los Angeles law professor Hiroshi Motomura told Politico. “There are 11 million people in the country who in theory are not supposed to be here.…

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How Obamacare has helped strengthen Medicare as we’ve cut $7.9 trillion from our long-term deficits

Who knew we could expand coverage while saving trillions on health care? Oh. Only every industrialized country in the world.

We know that about 10 million Americans have gained health insurance in the last seven months as America has enjoyed its best year of job creation since 1999.

But the best news about Obamacare — besides the more than 12,000 American lives a year it will save if the law’s effectiveness resembles Romneycare’s — is the life it has added to Medicare.

The Boards of Trustees for Medicare reported on Monday that the life of Medicare Part A has been extended again.…

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The vast-right wing conspiracy to deny mostly Republican voters tax credits

Republican celebrations over a D.C. Appeals court ruling that would deny tax credits who people who bought their insurance through the federal health care exchange hit a new pitch on Thursday.

A “smoking gun” video seemed to reveal Romneycare/Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber suggesting that that Democrats meant to deny those credits to residents of states who refused to build exchanges. Two other instances of Gruber making similar comments were also uncovered on Friday.

Democrats have been arguing that the full context of the law makes it clear the subsidies would go to those who purchased coverage in either the state or federal exchanges.…

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Win Rick Perlstein’s essential new book ‘The Invisible Bridge’

From Watergate to watering down wages: How Reagan sold America on conservatism

NOTE: The contest has now ended.

Misunderestimating conservatives can be hazardous to your middle class.

In 1973, Ronald Reagan’s glib optimism and refusal to acknowledge the rank criminality of the Watergate scandal made it easy for liberals to dismiss his appeal. Less than eight years later, he was elected president in a landslide. In his first term, he ushered in massive tax cuts for the rich that set in motion the undoing of the New Deal consensus and an anti-worker trend toward inequality and deregulation that had not been seen since before the Great Depression.…

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5 ways the GOP failed to sabotage the Affordable Care Act — and at least 1 way it succeeded

Republicans will keep trafficking in their “zombie lies” about Obamacare. But all the evidence shows that even they don’t believe them anymore.

To pretend the Affordable Care Act isn’t working now requires rapid revisions of what constitutes failure along with hopes that premiums will rise dramatically this year.  There’s no evidence that rates will go up more than they have in past years, and with new insurers entering marketplace after marketplace, there’s a chance that millions could be paying less.

Before Obamacare, “health insurance was getting expensive at a faster rate than incomes were accumulating for middle- and low-income families,” The Washington Post’s wrote.…

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How a progressive convention in Michigan changed America forever

The Crosswhite incident, Michigan and the power of the grassroots

Photo: Adam Crosswhite (Archives of Michigan)

You know that from July 17-20, much of America’s progressive community will gather in Detroit for Netroots Nation to organize, galvanize and socialize, in approximately that order.

“Why Detroit?” Chris Savage wrote last year, after being given the honor of announcing the 2014’s conference location from the stage of the 2013 Netroots in San Jose. “Because Michigan represents the future of our country if we don’t regain political control of our state governments.”

If Democrats can’t win this blue state in 2014—after four years of a state government dominated by the Tea Party and a governor who has only been tough on the middle class—there’s no hope of keeping the Senate, or ever taking back the House.…

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This is the best year for job creation since 1999 — so it’s time for the GOP to kill 700,000 jobs

More jobs were created so far this year than in George W. Bush’s eight

There’s no doubt that our recovery has been purposely stifled by the party that bequeathed us the financial crisis. But we just had the best jobs report of the recovery.

The only attack Republicans could put together to sour this good news was to ignore it or point out that part-time employment rose.

“The number of people working part-time involuntarily is down by 640,000 from its year ago level and by more than 1.6 million from its peak in 2010,” economist Dean Baker explained. “There are more people voluntarily working part-time, but this is a positive.”

An increase in voluntary part-time work a sign of a economic uptick.…

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2014 will be remembered as the year Republicans doomed themselves for decades


During the 2012 GOP primary, wobbly Mitt Romney adopted a policy “self-deportation” to get to the right of Rick Perry. A few months later, he endorsed a bill that would have allowed bosses to deny birth control coverage to their employees as he tried to convince America that his one great accomplishment as governor would destroy the nation if every state adopted it.

Once he squeaked out the nomination, Mitt shied away for the deportation of the DREAMers who were brought to America as young people and were granted a temporary reprieve by President Obama. He rarely, if ever, mentioned birth control, except to soften his message.…

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