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Colorado proves it’s not about stopping abortions, it’s about controlling women

I’ve long believed, as do so many others, that the forced birther movement, which claims to be about “saving lives”, is little more than a subterfuge for their real aim: controlling women. Why else would they go after contraception time and time again? Why else would they want to defund Planned Parenthood that prevents more unwanted pregnancies and abortions than the ones they perform?

Now we have definitive proof from Colorado Republicans.

Colorado has had a program running since 2009 that helps poor women get long-term, reversible contraceptives. The results were clear. Teen pregnancies dropped a whopping 40% and the number of abortions dropped 35% between 2009 and 2012.…

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Republicans are as wrong about Obamacare as they were about the Iraq War

A new report from the Urban Institute details what every honest adult already knows: Obamacare is the most successful new government program since Medicare and Medicaid.

In states that have fully implemented the law, the uninsured population has been cut in half. Tens of millions of Americans have been covered and about 14 million of them were uninsured before.

Health spending is now predicted to be $2.4 trillion lower than estimates made Obamacare became law. We can’t say that all was the result of Obamacare — but we can say that if it were predicted to be $2.4 trillion higher, Obamacare would get all the blame.…

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Indiana Republicans shot down RFRA amendment by Democrats that would have protected gays and lesbians

Indiana Republicans, facing derision nationally and an economic boycott with wide-ranging impacts are now backpedalling like crazy. They claim they never intended for their new Religious Freedom Restoration Act to allow discrimination against the LGBT community and are now moving swiftly to “fix” their atrocious new law. You can read the text of their “fix”, which prohibits discrimination based on “basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service” HERE.

It’s all a pack of lies.

During debate on the bill, State Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane introduced an amendment that would have explicitly prohibited discriminating against gays and lesbians.…

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Employees of for-profit prison food vendor Aramark served food that had been in the trash

For-profit prison food vendor Aramark is back in the news again with revelations that its employees served food that had been in the trash and were rinsed off, reheated, and served to inmates.

Aramark has a long history of patently absurd violations of state rules and, frankly, the norms of society, all of which have been documented here at Eclectablog. Aramark employees have been busted having sexual relations with inmates, bringing drugs to inmates, soliciting a hit on a prisoner, and even serving food that had been gnawed on by rodents. This is on top of food shortages and the discovery of maggots in food service areas (twice, actually) run by the private company that profits from our tax dollars.…

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Michigan Republicans show how much they value education by increasing funding a whopping 1.6%

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget and I will tell you what you value.” – Joe Biden

Michigan Republicans put forth their proposed education budget yesterday and, as you would expect, it shows just how little the value education in our state. After slashing education funding for years, they are back this year with a paltry 1.6% increase. Even Gov. Snyder’s budget almost hit 2%. And it’s not just the tiny increase that is the biggest slap in the face to those who value the education of our children and see it as an investment in our state’s future.…

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Ruh roh, Raggy. Someone forgot to register TedCruz dot com.


Back when Pete Hoekstra was running against Rick Snyder for governor, Ben Padnos registered PeteHoekstra.com and proceeded to use it to support Hoekstra’s opponents in his gubernatorial and Senate campaigns. Padnos explained why he was doing it in January of 2010:

Here’s the ranking Republican Member of the House Intelligence Committee failing to do something as simple as registering his own .com domain name. It makes you think….you have to have some empathy for the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security on how daunting the job of dealing with hundreds or thousands of terrorist threats every day…..you can see how one lunatic getting on a plane in another country can slip through the cracks…

The domain name, PeteHoekstra.com, has been available for a long time.

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Mich Gov. Snyder balances budget on backs of students (again) and takes control of failing schools (again)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder continued his assault on education this week with two remarkable moves that betray his claims to have education at the top of his priority list.

First, he signed legislation that fills a huge budget hole, created in part by ongoing multi-billion dollar tax cuts for businesses by diverting $167 million from the School Aid Fund. This comes on the heals of fake increases in per-pupil funding that are actually cuts.

But the most outrageous move was to remove control of the State School Reform and Redesign Office, which oversees the Education Achievement Authority, from the Department of Education and putting it under the oversight of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.…

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Nevada Republican state legislator declares cancer a “fungus” that can be cured with saline or sodium “cardonate”

With all of the insanity in Michigan’s legislature these days with people like Cindy Gamarat and Todd Courser, I thought it would be a nice break to show that we’re not the only state with Republicans that are … um … “different”.

Today I present you with Michele Fiore, a Republican member of the Nevada state assembly. Fiore has a really fun history. First, she’s a filmaker who made the blockbuster hit almost unheard-of movie “Siren” (4.8 out of 10 stars on IDMB.com.) That’s her on the right there in one of the starring roles from that film.

Her most fun work has been done in the Nevada Assembly, though.…

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Only 1 in 5 Michigan government leaders rate roads in “good” condition, 12% grinding them up into gravel roads

As Michigan voters decide whether to approve Proposal 1 in May which will raise the sales tax to fund road repairs, a new study out by the University of Michigan Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) details just how bad things have gotten. The study, done last fall, shows that only 19% of local leaders say their roads are in “good” condition and nearly a quarter say their roads are in “poor” condition. Perhaps more shockingly, 12% of them have resorted to grinding up paved roads and turning them in to gravel. In the Upper Peninsula, almost 20% of the municipalities have turned to this draconian response to their crumbling infrastructure.…

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Michigan GOP caucus won’t support sales tax hike proposal to repair our roads that THEY passed in 2014

Last fall, Michigan Republicans, aided by some Democrats who effectively negotiated for some very good things for Michigan schools and working people, passed a package of bills to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure and soon-to-be-rubble roadways. The entire thing is predicated on the passage of an increase to our sales tax which voters must approve in May. Given that they put together this house of cards plan, you’d think Michigan Republicans would be supporting and promoting it.

You would be very wrong:

Asked if the GOP caucus would endorse the governor’s sales tax hike for the roads, the [Republican House] Speaker did not wince.…
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