Having a Dream-Weavers

By: Monday August 26, 2013 1:30 am

In the spirit of “good timing” the Republican Party’s becoming known for, America’s almost least popular governor, Bobby Jindal — who five years ago didn’t stop Republicans from touting his ethnicity to prove the Party didn’t dislike all people of color, picked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to say this:

“we still place far too much emphasis on our “separateness,” our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc.”

Gov. Jindal Outlines the Republican Case for Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:45 pm

It is worth familiarizing yourself if Jindal’s argument because Medicaid expansion is likely to be a very big political and policy issue in the next few years at both the federal and state level. Republicans want to make Obamacare a top issue in federal elections and Medicaid expansion will potentially go directly before voters in several states, thanks to ballot initiative campaigns. It should also play a big role in several gubernatorial elections.

Opening the Box: Sarah Shourd on Herman Wallace, California Hunger Strikers and the Horror of Solitary Confinement

By: Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00 pm

Last month, we were devastated to learn that the Angola 3’s Herman Wallace had been diagnosed with liver cancer, and that he was continuing to be held in isolation in a locked room at Hunt Correctional Center’s prison infirmary. Reflecting on his confinement while battling cancer, Herman said: “My own body has now become a tool of torture against me.”

Late Night: Booby Prizes

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 pm

I’ve often wondered what on earth it is that drives people to become Republicans.  Is it personal wealth and privilege?  Sometimes, undoubtedly.  Deep-seated bigotry?  That tends to play a role as well.  Stupidity?  Yes, but that only applies to voters, not the politicians themselves.

The likeliest answer, however, isn’t grounded in such subjective, and ultimately unknowable, value systems. 

Jindal Criticizes Obama for Not Delivering More Government Spending on Disaster Relief

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:00 am

The President spoke about an hour ago about the preparations for Hurricane Isaac (it has now graduated to hurricane force), asking residents to listen to their local officials and follow calls for evacuation should they arise. President Obama also signed a state of emergency declaration for Louisiana, which makes federal funding available for emergency efforts to deal with the storm. This isn’t good enough for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who wants more emergency federal funding now.

Isaac Pushes Through Gulf of Mexico, Will Drop Massive Rain, Storm Surge on Gulf Coast

By: Monday August 27, 2012 11:40 am

Tampa has been given the all-clear signal for Isaac, the tropical storm expected to grow in strength to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico, but Isaac is not out in the Gulf headed for Gulf shore areas as a Category 1 hurricane.

Louisiana School Voucher Program Allows Kids to Learn Creationist Non-Science and Pro-Slavery Revisionism

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 11:23 am

You can thank Republican Veep prospect, Governor Bobby “the exorcist” Jindal for this development. Millions of tax dollars under his voucher program will go to “save” the low-wealth and middle class kids from Louisiana’s horrible public schools to private schools run by fundies teaching from textbooks rife with bible-based bullsh*ttery.

New Orleans Teachers Get Justice, but Schools Still Under Attack

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 6:45 am

After Hurricane Katrina washed over New Orleans, many survivors had virtually nothing left to lose. But the city’s teachers were then hit by the storm’s ripple effect: the loss of thousands of jobs in the tattered school system. Recently, a civil district court ruled that the state had effectively robbed thousands of school employees of funds that were supposed to help tide them over as the city recovered.

More on Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion

By: Friday June 29, 2012 5:12 pm

Just to update the Republican governors and the Medicaid expansion issue, which I think will be the big fight in the states through 2014 and potentially beyond.

Fatster’s News Roundup from June 24, 2012

By: Monday June 25, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster’s rounds up the news from the weeked including stories about Turkey, Syria, Iceland, Bernanke, Greek coalition, China’s economy, Jamie Dimon, Congression insider trading, Michigan emergency law, Bobby Jindal, welfare cuts, and more.

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