Kansas Wants to Fund Discrimination, Missouri Ready to Follow

By: Saturday March 21, 2015 10:00 am

For years, California has had the reputation of being the incubator of policies that eventually become national, from environmental concerns to social concerns to economic concerns. But in the flyover land of Kansas, Sam Brownback is the leader of an ultra-conservative Republican party, purged of its merely-conservative elements. They control the legislature in Topeka, and are bent on taking that mantle of national trendsetter from California. Across the border in Missouri, the GOP-dominated legislature is turning the state motto on its head, by looking west and saying “show me which far-right policies to enact next,” rather than saying “show me the proof that they work.”

Tax cuts have always been high on the list of priorities for the Kansas GOP, and while they wait for those to magically work (don’t hold your breath, say the economists), they’re turning to laws to promote state-sanctioned and state-funded discrimination.

 

The UnReal World of House Republicans, and Jon Stewart’s Departure from The Daily Show

By: Saturday February 28, 2015 10:00 am

Alexander Bolton over at The Hill has a nice piece about the implosions going off in the GOP on Capitol Hill, but it’s far too restrained in its observations.

I, on the other hand, feel a bit freer to read between the lines . . .

Slut-Shaming the Obama Girls: Republicans in Glass House Shouldn’t Throw Stones

By: Sunday November 30, 2014 2:30 pm

By now I’m sure everyone in the world has heard Elizabeth Lauten’s catty attempt to slut-shame the two sweetest people anywhere in or around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Whatever one may think of their parents, most people are in agreement that the Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, are very sweet, well-behaved young ladies, and may well be the best things their parents ever created.

The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 12:30 pm

The problem is there is no way for Republicans to undo the Democrats’ rule change without validating what Democrats did.

Come Saturday Morning: Obama, Immigration, and the Cray-Cray

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 6:45 am

Well before November, the Senate Republicans had a big fat list of all the things they intended to do once they retook the upper chamber: kill the EPA, gut Federal employees’ pensions, hand out more free-money tax breaks to the rich, yadda yadda yadda.

But they can’t do any of that just yet, because their base is all riled up by the bright shiny object called “immigration”.

Just below a gathering of Juggalos

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 1:30 am

What good is being in the ol’ Confederacy without a gathering of dunces?

A Nationalized Election With a Clear Swing to the GOP

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 8:39 am

Last night was very bad for Democrats and a very good one for Republicans. At this point Republicans have picked up seven seats in the Senate and it looks like they will pick up another two when everything is over. With most of the votes counted, the Republican candidate holds a narrow lead in Alaska. Similarly, while Louisiana has officially gone to a run off, Republicans Bill Cassidy is a strong favorite to win.

And so they turned out to vote en masse for those who support that idea…

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 1:30 am

Because who is more likely to support a minimum wage hike than the Republican Party?

“Interstate Crosscheck” – Defective by Design?

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 12:45 pm

The “Interstate Crosscheck” program is far, far more likely to find millions of false matches than it is to actually combat voter fraud. Of course, to Republicans interested in suppressing Democratic votes and voters by any means necessary, that’s a good thing. To people who actually care about democracy, it’s a horrific thing.

Video: Republican Climate Deniers in 2014 Election

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:14 pm

This video is a mixture of painfully-awkward, hilarious, and infuriating at the reality of the political system in which we are supposedly represented. Courtesy of Lee Fang, for Republic Report and Huffington Post.

And there’s more out there, if you can bear it. I promise that the end of this blog will not be as pessimistic as what follows.

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