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The International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment continues, Romney campaign calls London mayor “eccentric, odd”

The International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment continues, Romney campaign calls London mayor “eccentric, odd”

Keep going, Mitt! You’re doing GREAT!

The Mitt Romney International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment™ continues to provide “interesting” insight into his foreign affairs skills (or utter lackthereof.) The tabloid Daily Mail reports that a Romney campaign official called London mayor Boris Johnson “eccentric, odd”.

The official also said that Romney wasn’t well prepared for a trip of this magnitude. Apparently Mitt Romney needs to be briefed on how not to act like an embarrassing buffoon with the social graces of prep school bully when he’s abroad. His campaign staff need similar briefings, too, it appears.

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It’s a sunny day: new rules impacting secret money in our elections go into effect today

It’s a sunny day: new rules impacting secret money in our elections go into effect today

Here’s to a little sunshine shining in

Starting today, supposedly nonpartisan groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS are going to have to change their ways or reveal who their donors are. And revealing who their donors are is something that they simply will not do.

Last March, I wrote about a lawsuit filed against the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) by Rep. Chris Van Hollen. The resulting case, Van Hollen v. FEC. I wrote about it because U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had thrown out a 2007 FEC ruling that allowed some funders of political ads to remain anonymous.

Today, new rules go into effect and they are a BFD.

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Want to know who is giving Mitt Romney foreign policy advice? “These Guys”

Everything old and evil is new and evil again

Not much to say. Just watch the video. It’s short and to the point.

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Progress Michigan to file complaint against GOP Rep. Ouimet for campaigning with House resources, Driskell calls for him renounce Bolger

Progress Michigan to file complaint against GOP Rep. Ouimet for campaigning with House resources, Driskell calls for him renounce Bolger

INOKIYAR – It’s NOT okay if you’re a Republican

Yesterday I posted a piece talking about Michigan Republicans circling their wagons to protect election fraudster House Speaker Jase Bolger. I also revealed that Rep. Mark Ouimet used his House email account to campaign , slamming his “opponent” for being a big spender.

Today, Progress Michigan announced that they are filing a complaint against Ouimet based on the email he sent to me.

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Romney’s International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment gets off to a rocking start

Romney’s International Tour of Shame and Embarrassment gets off to a rocking start

Wait. WORSE than Sarah Palin???

Mitt Romney is in England this week, presumably to watch his wife’s dancing horse compete to prove his foreign policy bona fides by showing his fluency in Wealthsh.

It’s not going so good.

If fact, it’s going so bad that got an entire hashtag devoted to his his Europefail: #RomneyShambles.

Endless peels of laughter at Mitt’s expense after the jump.

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IRONY ALERT! Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris being forced out of power

IRONY ALERT! Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris being forced out of power

Irony this large needs a zip code

In what may be one of the most ironic stories of the year so far, Joe Harris says he’s being forced out of his position as the Emergency Manager of Benton Harbor.

Gee, Joe, I wonder what it’s like to lose power as a person in charge in that town? I guess you could as the Benton Harbor City Commissioners. They’d certainly know since you were the one who forced them out of power.

More after the jump.

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Graphically LOLGOP – Birth control edition

Graphically LOLGOP – Birth control edition

Larger version suitable for sharing after the jump.

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Michigan GOP circles the wagons to protect Speaker Bolger, Ouimet uses House email to campaign (UPDATED)

Michigan GOP circles the wagons to protect Speaker Bolger, Ouimet uses House email to campaign (UPDATED)

Apparently unethical behavior is A-OKAY for Michigan Republicans

I recently asked Eclectablog readers in Michigan to contact their Republican Representatives and ask them to demand the resignation of Jase Bolger from his position as Speaker of the House. After seeing responses from a number of Michigan Republican lawmakers, it’s clear that they are circling the wagons to protect Speaker Bolger. It’s also clear, based on some repeated boilerplate language, that they have been instructed in how this effort. And, interestingly, my own Representative, Mark Ouimet, used his House email account to disparage his Democratic “opponent”, Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, in clear violation of Michigan election law.

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Michigan GOP Senator Mike Kowall’s hypocrisy on government investment in infrastructure during Romney campaign event

Michigan GOP Senator Mike Kowall’s hypocrisy on government investment in infrastructure during Romney campaign event

Government investment is good! No , it’s BAD! Wait…

Republican state Senator Mike Kowall took to the stage this past week as part of Romney’s Obama Misrepresentation & Distortion Tour™, touting his family business. Though Romney’s OMD Tour barely made a splash in the media, they did get one article in the Oakland Press where Kowall is quoted as saying “We’re the ones who helped pay to put in the sewers, we helped pay to put in water extensions, and promoted a lot of growth in the area. It wasn’t something that was done by government, it wasn’t something that government came by and said they were going to do for us.”

It’s an interesting comment in light of Kowall’s past statement about government investments in infrastructure.

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Graphically LOLGOP – Gun laws edition

Graphically LOLGOP – Gun laws edition

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GOP-led Michigan Senate to take up anti-Choice bill HB 5711 TOMORROW!

GOP-led Michigan Senate to take up anti-Choice bill HB 5711 TOMORROW!

What, you didn’t think we’d notice?

I received emails and phone calls this afternoon from Representatives Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum letting me know that Senate Republicans snuck in a last-minute notice that they will take up the anti-Choice H.B. 5711 tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will take place at 10:00am in Room 110, Farnum Building, 125 W. Allegan, Lansing.

Details after the jump.

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