Missouri GOP Loses Nullification Fight; Turns Against Their Own

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 9:07 am

The Republican party holds a veto-proof majority of seats in both houses of the Missouri state legislature, but they discovered this past week that “veto-proof” means you have to keep your whole caucus together. After weeks of criss-crossing the state, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon caused enough sanity to break out among the MO GOP that he turned back the attempts to override vetoes on two major GOP initiatives: taxes and guns.

The anger aimed at “the Flimsy 15″ has been amazing to behold. “Worthless!” and “Primary them” and “strip them of their committee chairs” and “Not another dime to the MO GOP!” Meanwhile, the democratic attorney general and candidate to replace the term-limited Jay Nixon, Chris Koster, has to be smiling. He’s heard those cries before, and it’s what led him to bolt the GOP back in 2007. If the Flimsy 15 are tired of the GOP, Koster might remind them of the letter he wrote, back in the day, to help them write their own departure letters.

 

America’s Death Penalty Is Crumbling

By: Monday March 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Satirist Stephen Colbert called the death penalty “as American as killing someone with an apple pie,” but jokes like that might not work much longer.

America’s death penalty appears to be crumbling.

Filling the Crater Left by the Financial Crisis Bomb

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 9:00 am

The latest jobs report is out, painting a picture of an economy slowly climbing out of a major crater. As the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission said right at the top of their final report, things did not have to be this way. This was an avoidable crisis, and it was exacerbated by risky and illegal business practices, regulatory failures, and systemic problems related to oversight and accountability.

While the top race on next Tuesday’s ballot will surely affect how things move forward next year, it’s the lower level races that have the potential for really moving things in a new direction in DC. There’s a big crater that still needs to be filled, and getting local officials in office who are willing to scream for accountability, for regulation, and for good government that addresses the needs of the people is probably the most direct way I can help.

Late Night FDL: Scott Walker Prepares to Make a Social Call

By: Friday February 3, 2012 8:00 pm

You really have to give some credit to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. From a distance, you might expect him to be feeling a bit stressed out and sorry for himself. Not only did citizens gather 1 million signatures on petitions to force a recall election this summer, but a legal investigation into political corruption at his pre-gubernatorial stint in Milwaukee County keeps broadening, having already ensnared several former Walker aides.

Tort Reform Touted by Rick Perry Actually Increased Health Care Costs in Texas

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 10:30 am

This needs to be thrown in the face of every Republican who spouts “tort reform!” when asked what they’re going to do about health care. For years, they’ve pretended like it’s some kind of magic fairy dust that’s the answer to all our problems. It’s a boon for the medical industrial complex. That’s all.

Supreme Court Blocks Two Texas Executions in 5 Days

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 10:30 am

It should be noted, for the record, that the Roberts court is one of the most right-wing Supreme Courts in generations. Buncha activist judges tramplin’ on our states’ rights.

Come Saturday Morning: ’90s and ’00s Tax Cuts Are Why State and National Budgets Are Messed Up

By: Saturday June 25, 2011 6:45 am

The NYT’s Mary Williams Walsh fails to mention the role played by the massive tax cuts that the vast majority of states pushed through in the 1990s. It was known, as far back as 2002, that these tax cuts were going to cause major problems down the road — in fact, they were already causing problems for the states, and the people who help.

Media Starting to Realize Rick Perry’s “Texas Miracle” is a Mirage

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 10:30 am

While the Secessionist continues to pimp Texas’ supposed economic success while conservative rags like the WSJ serve as his Amen Chorus, other outlets are catching on.

What Mitch Daniels is Doing in Indiana is Far More Radical than Scott Walker’s Union Busting in Wisconsin

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 11:50 am

It’s important to remember that Republican governors like Scott Walker (R-WI) aren’t just targeting unions when they go after teachers — they’re targeting public schools. Why? Because conservatives hate them.

Late Night: The Tortoise and the Hare, Worst-Case Scenario

By: Friday March 18, 2011 8:00 pm

You’ve been reading a lot lately about the extreme, slash-and-burn partisan agendas of new Republican governors across the country. The good news is, prospective voters are noticing. The bad news…

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