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.


Federal Court Blocks Florida Early Voting Restrictions

By: Friday August 17, 2012 11:15 am

A quick dispatch from the war on voting: a federal court in Florida has overturned state limits on early voting saying that the law would violate the civil rights of minorities in several counties.

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Designed to Shave Off Votes at the Margins

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 10:00 am

Amid the fallout from a Pennsylvania judge allowing the state’s voter ID law to advance, the Philadelphia Inquirer, um, inquires as to whether the law could affect the outcome of the Presidential election: Political strategists and experts in election law caution that it is difficult to predict the electoral impact of such laws in Pennsylvania [...]

Republicans Across the Board Pressured Over Ryan Budget

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 6:57 am

If you want to know how the choice of Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is playing around the country, you only have to look to how his House colleagues are reacting, especially those in difficult races. They’re running away from Ryan’s end Medicare plan.

Fatster’s News Roundup from July 31, 2012

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 6:17 am

Fatster rounds up news articles from all over, including stories and links about, BP’s losses, consumer spending, feckless Fed, rich are richer, voter confusion, GOP’s Fast and Furious misdirection, John Boehners economics, Bob Kerry, kiss my ass, Rick Scott, Dick Cheney, GOP v. Planned Parenthood and more.

Governors Maneuver on Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday July 16, 2012 2:40 pm

The National Governors Association meeting came and went this weekend without any definitive answers on Medicaid expansion – from both sides of the political divide. Republicans continue to be either adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid for their populations or undecided about the matter. And Democratic governors, for that matter, have not lined up in total support, either.

Medicaid Expansion Requires Challenging Skeptics With Moral Arguments

By: Friday July 13, 2012 9:17 am

My whole point about the Medicaid expansion and the inevitability of Republican governors opting out at the outset is that those who support the expansion cannot take such a lackadaisical attitude about it. This is not a situation that will just change over time without a major challenge, pressuring these right-wing officials with the consequences of their inaction. You need to make the moral argument that we’re not a country that allows people to die in the streets because they cannot afford medical care.

Rick Perry Says No to Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday July 9, 2012 8:45 am

Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided his state will not be taking part in the Affordable Care Act. Most importantly this means Texas will not expand Medicaid to everyone under 138 percent of the poverty line. His decision could deprive over a million Texans of access to health care.

Fatster’s News Roundup from July 8, 2012

By: Monday July 9, 2012 6:15 am

Fatsert rounds up news stories you might have missed over the weekend, including articles about Syria,, Afghanistant, Egypt, Tibet, Finland, $44 million CEO, North Dakota boom, Thaddeus McCotter, PA charter schools, Bill Gates, banksters, minimum wage Scranto, Rick Scott, voter suppression, and more.

The GOP Push to Opt-Out of Medicaid Expansion Begins

By: Monday July 2, 2012 11:20 am

Now that the Supreme Court has made it easier for states to choose not to take part in the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act, some Republican governors have already started seizing on this latitude. In just the few days since the ruling came down, both South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) have affirmatively declared their states will not take part in the Medicaid expansion.

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