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Filed Under:US Politics / Liberal
Posts on Regator:10996
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

On the Hustings

(New York Times): "Ruling spurs rush for cash in both parties" (New York Times): "Ruling’s breadth hints that more campaign finance dominoes may fall" (Star Tribune): "Partisan poll finds Franken has only slim leads on GOP rivals, 'potentially...Show More Summary

How much slime is too much slime, politically speaking?

By Richard K. Barry Even though the internal report commissioned by Gov. Christie’s office blamed the entire Bridgegate mess on two former aides, while absolving Christie, anyone paying even scant attention dismissed it as self-serving nonsense. Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: Kingston, get a new campaign team

By Richard K. Barry Who: The Jack Kingston U.S. Senate Campaign Where: Georgia What's going on: Kingston is an 11-term member of the U.S. House. He is running to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). In this absolutely terrible ad, Kingston has hired an Obama impersonator to give him a fake phone call. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(ABC News): "ABC News exclusive: Grand jury convened in christie bridge scandal probe" (Mashable): "Stephen Colbert is CBS' top choice to succeed Letterman, and he's into it" (Washington Post): "Bush family’s return to the spotlightShow More Summary

On the Hustings

( "Americans say 75 percent of politicians are corrupted, 70 percent use political power to hurt enemies" (KAGS): "New Jersey isn't buying Christie probe, poll finds" (MSNBC): "The rise of the political ultra-rich" (DC Decoder):...Show More Summary

Can't anybody here play this game?

By Richard K. BarryLast week I wrote about a clip of Rep. Bruce Braley, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Iowa, making disparaging comments about farmers. Just for fun I dug up a statistic provided by Iowa State University findingShow More Summary

Behind the Ad: The Koch brothers care about the health care of ordinary Americans (stop laughing)

By Richard K. BarryWho: Americans for Prosperity (political advocacy group back by the Koch brothers)Where: ArkansasWhat's going on: Sen. Mark Pryor (D) is the incumbent up for reelection. He is in a very tough battle with Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(Birmingham News): "Alabama House resolution calls for US Constitution same-sex marriage ban, but did anyone read it?" (Washington Post): "Senate panel votes to release CIA interrogation report" (New York Times): "Soldier’s attack at...Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(ABC News): "Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions" (Gail Collins): "Surprise! The rich won one" (Reuters): "Rubio to decide on 2016 White House run 'around this time next year'" (Washington Post): "Democrats target unmarried female voters" (The Hill): "Michigan Dems welcome Obama with open arms"

Behind the Ad: Michelle Nunn is the devil, apparently

By Richard K. Barry Who: The End-Spending-Action-Fund (a GOP-affiliated super-PAC) Where: Georgia What's going on: Georgia is a very red state: the governorship; both chambers of the state legislature; both U.S. Senate seats; and 8 of 13 congressional districts are held by Republicans. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(TPM): ""Republicans rage against the dying of their favorite Obamacare memes" (New York Times): "Criminal inquiry said to be opened on Citigroup" (BloombergBusinessweek): "U.S. government said unaware of GM faulty switches in bailout" (CBS News): "Fort Hood shooting: gunman among 4 dead" (Voice of America): "Kerry: Mideast peace talks at 'critical moment'"

The rise of American oligarchy: SCOTUS hands the rich even more control over "democracy"

By Michael J.W. Stickings Another day at the Roberts Court, another massive setback for American democracy: The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued its abolition of limits on election spending, striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle. Show More Summary

Never in doubt

By Carl President Barack Obama took a victory lap around the Rose Garden yesterday, as the Affordable Care Act hit the point of no return: WASHINGTON — The sharp partisan debate over the merits of President Obama's signature health care law isn't about to end. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(National Politics): "Which senators lost — or could lose — their jobs due to Obamacare?" (Charlie Cook): "Majority status in the Senate could swerve back and forth over the next few elections" (Slate): "Why a Jeb Bush presidential run...Show More Summary

Jeb buzz

By Mustang BobbyIt’s never really gotten much traction; neither has it gone away: The big political buzz over the weekend—reinforced by the related story of the“Sheldon Primary” going on in Las Vegas—involved reports that an effort to...Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: Sen. Thad Cochran is a very conservative fellow. In case you didn't know

By Richard K. Barry Who: The Sen. Thad Cochran (R) reelection campaign Where: Mississippi What's going on: Well, Sen. Cochran seems to have himself in a knock down drag out fight for the GOP Senate nomination in Mississippi. DespiteShow More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(Washington Post): "More than 7 million have enrolled under Affordable Care Act, White House say" (The Hill): "GOP gets O-Care angst" (Washington Post): "Bobby Jindal, with an eye on 2016, to unveil plan to replace Obama health-careShow More Summary

Paul Ryan loves the poor so much he wants to put them out of their misery

By Michael J.W. Stickings Paul Ryan claims he cares about the poor. He claims he wants to deal with poverty in a serious and meaningful way. But of course he's a combination of Ayn Rand devotee and Christianist ideologue, an anti-government...Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(The Illinois Observer): "Poll: Toni Preckwinkle leads Rahm Emanuel by 8 points in 2015 mayor’s race" (Politico): "Dave Camp won’t seek reelection" (Huffington Post): "Obama endorses Brian Schatz in Hawaii's heated Senate DemocraticShow More Summary

Getting to like it

By Mustang BobbyA Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that Americans are getting to like Obamacare. Support among Democrats jumped from 65 percent in January to 76 percent in the new poll. Independents (44 percent support; 54 percent oppose; and Republicans (20 percent support; 78 percent) was more stable, according to the poll. Show More Summary

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