Virginia GOP Connected to Destruction of Voter Registration Forms
Colin Small, a 31-year-old resident of Phoenixville, Pa., worked for Pinpoint, a company hired to register voters on behalf of the Republican Party of Virginia. Prosecutors charged him with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications and one count of obstruction of justice.
Surprise! Bachmann's Iowa Campaign Chair Endorses Ron Paul
Just when you think the GOP primary race can’t get any weirder…
Kent Sorenson just announced he was endorsing Ron Paul, then resigned as Michele Bachmann’s Iowa co-chair.
You suggested it. I created it. I give you the bingo board for a spectacular drinking game involving the GOP debate/discussion hosted by The Family Leader, Iowa’s premier anti-gay and anti-choice group. It’s this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. CST and will be live-streamed here. I’ll be live-tweeting it. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul are all confirmed to attend. Mitt Romney was invited, and Jon Huntsman was snubbed.
Should be a good time… and seriously, I’m pretty sure this can be reused after the 19th.
Tea Partiers cheer the deaths of the uninsured. This is after they cheered executions and booed Ron Paul for his claim that not all Muslims are responsible for 9/11.
If this doesn’t show the true character of the Tea Party, nothing will.
Here’s why I find it impossible to be a Republican: any crowd that instantly cheers the execution of 234 individuals is a crowd I want to flee, not join.
--Andrew Sullivan on the debate crowd’s positive response to the large number of executions that Perry resided over while governor of Texas. (via liberal-life)
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots.
--Rolling Stone, The GOP War on Voting
Republican Jeff Fitzgerald Plans to Run for U.S. Senate in 2012
Jeff Fitzgerald announced his plan to run for Herb Kohl’s senate seat in 2012. Jeff is the Assembly Speaker and the brother of Scott Fitzgerald (who is the State Senate Majority Leader). His father, Steve Fitzgerald, was appointed by Scott Walker to head the Wisconsin State Patrol (an agency that was spared from Walker’s union-busting efforts). What a tangled web…
The New Resentment of the Poor
Representative Michele Bachmann noted recently that 47 percent of Americans do not pay federal income tax; all of them, she said, should pay something because they benefit from parks, roads and national security. (Interesting that she acknowledged government has a purpose.) Gov. Rick Perry, in the announcement of his candidacy, said he was dismayed at the “injustice” that nearly half of Americans do not pay income tax. Jon Huntsman Jr., up to now the most reasonable in the Republican presidential field, said not enough Americans pay tax.
Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, and several senators have made similar arguments, variations of the idea expressed earlier by Senator Dan Coats of Indiana that “everyone needs to have some skin in the game.”
This is factually wrong, economically wrong and morally wrong. First, the facts: a vast majority of Americans have skin in the tax game. Even if they earn too little to qualify for the income tax, they pay payroll taxes (which Republicans want to raise), gasoline excise taxes and state and local taxes. Only 14 percent of households pay neither income nor payroll taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institution. The poorest fifth paid an average of 16.3 percent of income in taxes in 2010.
Economically, reducing the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit — which would be required if everyone paid income taxes — makes no sense at a time of high unemployment. The credits, which only go to working people, have always been a strong incentive to work, as even some conservative economists say, and have increased the labor force while reducing the welfare rolls.
The moral argument would have been obvious before this polarized year. Nearly 90 percent of the families that paid no income tax make less than $40,000, most much less. The real problem is that so many Americans are struggling on such a small income, not whether they pay taxes. The two tax credits lifted 7.2 million people out of poverty in 2009, including four million children. At a time when high-income households are paying their lowest share of federal taxes in decades, when corporations frequently avoid paying any tax, it is clear who should bear a larger burden and who should not.
-The New York Times. Without a doubt, this is the best editorial I have read all year. Read the entire piece here.
Wausau, Wisconsin bans Republican politicans from marching in city's Labor Day parade
That’s because the head of the group that sponsors the Wausau Labor Day Parade, the Marathon County Central Labor Council, is telling Republican lawmakers from the area that they’re not welcome Sept. 5.
“Usually they’ve been in the parade, but it seems like they only want to stand with us one day a year, and the other 364 days they don’t really care,” said Randy Radtke, president of the council.
“In their attempt to get a face-to-face meeting with their member of Congress, and despite facing locked doors, bans on cameras, increased restrictions on parking and a constant threat of arrest, unemployed protesters maintained their presence all week at Rep. Paul Ryan’s district offices in Wisconsin.
In fact, the protests expanded from only one office earlier in the week to all four offices by the end of the week.”
A New Generation of Conservative Women
Elle magazine has an interesting piece on a new generation of conservative women.
Feminist bashing remains the surest way to earn cred in the conservative movement, and “feminist” is an easy, all-purpose insult, eclipsed perhaps by only the dreaded “liberal.”
I was particularly surprised by the findings of a poll conducted among women ages 18 to 34 on the issues of health care and education; 44% of those polled identified as conservative while 22% identified as liberal on these issues. The entire story (linked above) is an interesting and insightful read.