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GOP Latino outreach fail: U.S. Latino leaders hold national conference and only one Republican bothers to show up

During his presidential campaign announcement this week, Donald Trump proudly declared that he would build a “great, great wall” on the border between the United States of America and Mexico because they “are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.” This outreach effort to the U.S. Latino community went about as well you might expect. The rest of the Republican candidates collectively had this to say about Trump’s offensive statement:





This same week, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) held their annual conference in Las Vegas.…

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GOP opponents of same-sex marriage visit Michigan, ignore public support for marriage equality

To call their stubborn refusal to listen to the public “tone deaf” is an understatement.


On Tuesday, three vocal opponents of marriage equality visited Michigan — a state where a recent poll shows strong support for legalizing same-sex marriage.

New state-based polling data from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that Michigan voters favor marriage equality by an overwhelming margin: 56 percent to 37 percent. You can read more about the poll HERE.

But don’t tell Rand Paul, Ben Carson or Scott Walker. Well, you can try, but they’d probably just put their fingers in their ears and hum loudly to avoid hearing the truth: Public support is on the side of marriage equality.…

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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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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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Fred Upton & Greg Walden, authors of GOP’s fake net neutrality bill, are top telecom money recipients

“Absolutely the First Amendment issue of our time”
– Senator Al Franken

The Federal Communications Commission will soon issue its new rules on net neutrality which will prevent large telecommunications corporations from regulating access to the internet by allowing some customers to get better, faster, and/or more reliable access through pricing arrangements or other deals. President Obama has come out strongly in favor of net neutrality rules as have most progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers.

Republicans, of course, with their ties to Big Business, are decidedly NOT in favor of net neutrality. So, as a preemptive move, they recently introduced legislation to restrict the ability of the FCC to regulate telcomm’s ability to control access to the internet in favor of the highest bidders.…

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Republican U.S. Senator sues to stop Obamacare because it’s hurting his political reputation (srsly)

It takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to Republicans these days but this story is leaving me with my head shaking. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin is suing to stop the Affordable Care Act because, according to him, it has hurt his political reputation and his political career.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Explaining this is a bit complicated but I’ll give it my best shot. Basically, when the ACA was drafted, a provision was put in that required members of Congress and their staff to leave the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) and sign up for healthcare under the Obamacare exchanges.…

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VIDEO: Rick Santorum thinks we have an immigration problem … with LEGAL immigrants (UPDATED)

Rick Santorum’s grandfather came to America in 1923 as an immigrant but that fact does not deter him from thinking that we have a big problem in this country that’s “almost as bad” as illegal immigration.

The problem, according to Santorum, is LEGAL immigration.

According to Santorum, all those legal immigrants coming into America are taking the jobs meant for “native-born Americans”. They have taken every single one of the over six million jobs that have been created in the past 14 years, he says.

Let’s roll tape (via American Bridge):

Let me ask you a question. Since 2000 there have been a little over six million net new jobs created.…
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VIDEO – Rand Paul: “Over half the people receiving disability benefits are gaming the system” (UPDATED)

Speaking at a New Hampshire Legislative Leaders Breakfast this morning, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul made it clear what he thinks about people who receive disability benefits: over half of you are scam artists who are “gaming the system” with your so-called “anxiety” and “back pain”.

Let’s roll tape (from our friends at American Bridge 21st Century):

You know, the thing is is that with all of these programs, there’s always somebody who’s deserving and everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system. What I tell people is, “If you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check.” You know, over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts.
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