Brownback Turns Harder to the Right, as if That Were Possible

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 9:15 am

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court not to take up the various appeals courts’ rulings on marriage equality cases has forced Sam Brownback into a corner. He’s in a big fight for reelection, with moderate Republicans bailing on the ultra-conservative GOP in Kansas. He faced a choice between two electoral strategies: (1) tone down the rightwing rhetoric, and reach out to the disaffected GOP moderates, or (2) write off the moderate vote and focus on ginning up the far right to boost their turnout numbers in November.

Brownback has gone with #2. Hard. And it’s not a pretty sight . . .

 

How Congressional Dysfunction Could Help Marijuana Reform in the Nation’s Capital

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 1:17 pm

The historically unproductive Congress has mostly been a burden on the country but one of the few unlikely benefactors of this dysfunction could be marijuana reform efforts in the District of Columbia.

Will Republicans Eventually Try to Turn Everything Into a Lousy Version of Obamacare?

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 2:16 pm

Many Democrats and liberal commentators remain upset that the Republican party has refused to embrace the Affordable Care Act, but in some ways that is a good thing. If/when Conservatives embrace the law we could end up very unhappy with the ultimate outcome.

Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Focuses on Opportunity, but Comes up Short

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:10 pm

Paul Ryan has a released a new poverty plan that advocates consolidating federal safety net programs and turning the money over to the states. It’s always worth taking a look at changes that could make anti-poverty program more effective, but Ryan’s approach would decrease opportunity for individuals living in poverty, not increase it.

Ryan frames his new proposal as aimed at giving low-income people the tools they need to make ends meet and lift themselves out of poverty.

Paul Ryan Calls for Sentencing Reform to Reduce Poverty

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 11:02 am

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) is calling for significant sentencing reform to reduce the prison population. His proposed changes to our prison system were only part of a larger package of ideas to address poverty and improve economic mobility in the country.

Paul Ryan Praises Smarter Sentencing Act

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 10:58 am

r Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan (R) has become the latest prominent conservative to speak out in favor of reform our mandatory minimum sentencing laws. At a gathering with African-American journalists Ryan talked about the need for sentencing reform to focus on helping people instead of just locking them up for a very long time

How Paul Ryan’s Budget Proves the Federal Debt isn’t a Priority for Republicans

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:20 pm

The problem is that the CBO has recently downgraded its revenue projections, making it harder for Ryan to meet his goal of eliminating the deficit in 10 years. If the deficit was really a top priority for Republicans they could have made the tough decision to raise taxes or put forward even more cuts in spending. Instead they decided to basically cheat to get a better CBO score.

Wall Street Journal Doubles Down On Paul Ryan’s Critique Of ‘Inner City’ People

By: Monday March 24, 2014 10:59 am

After Congressman Paul Ryan went on Bill Bennett’s radio show and blamed poverty on “inner city” culture there was a public outcry. Most observers understood that the comment was a thinly veiled racial attack, a view bolstered by the context which included Ryan referencing Charles Murray, co-author of the extremely controversial book on racial intelligence [...]

Hey, here’s a way to apologize

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:30 am

Libertarian fantasist Paul Ryan got himself in some trouble (not with his base mind you) by seeming to imply that poor people, especially African-American males, are lazy. The shock of this lay in the fact that the race and class-baiting was implied, rather than explicit.

Nevertheless, Ryan, with Presidential aspirations, spent the next few days pretending to care.

Heritage’s Freedom to Read Program

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 6:00 pm

Don’t have time to read and dog ear the corners of books but want your friends to think you have?

Introducing the Heritage Foundation’s Freedom to Read ™ program.

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