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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Wisconsin Democrats Off To A Fresh Start

Wisconsin Democrats Off To A Fresh Start
Wisconsin progressives make sweeping changes in the state Democratic Party

How Bernie Sanders Would Put A Million Young People To Work

How Bernie Sanders Would Put A Million Young People To Work
Bernie Sanders announced his initiative during an event for the H.O.P.E. project in southeast Washington.

President Obama Is More Popular Than Bobby Jindal In Deep Red Louisiana

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Gov. Bobby Jindal is going to be running for President, but his approval rating has sunk so low that President Obama is more popular than the Republican in deep red Louisiana.
While discussing Jindal’s failures in Louisiana, The Washington Post dropped this little nugget of information, “Jindal is now so unpopular in deep-red Louisiana that his approval rating plunged to 32 percent in a recent poll — compared with 42 percent for President Obama, who lost the state by 17 percentage points in 2012.”
In our current era of national geographic political polarization, President Obama is not popular in any of the red states. Being more popular than Obama in Louisiana should be a low hurdle for any Republican, but Bobby Jindal is ten points behind the President in a state that Obama was not competitive in during either of his presidential campaigns.
Bobby Jindal is running for president, but he has struggled for years to be more popular than President Obama. In 2013, Obama was 5 points more popular than Jindal. The margin has doubled in the last two years. Jindal’s popularity has plummeted in direct relation to his attempts to impose the Republican/Koch agenda on his state.
In 2013, Gov. Jindal tried to replace the state tax with a higher sales tax, but the opposition was so strong (63% opposed in polling) that he was forced to abandon his plan. Jindal has slashed spending for education and health care while cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations. The result has been a historic budget crisis that the governor has shown no interest in solving.
Jindal has spent months pandering to national social conservatives by trying to pass the Marriage and Conscience Act, but the bill died in the state legislature. Bobby Jindal has completely wrecked the state of Louisiana by using it as a platform for his presidential campaign. He has shown no interest in the consequences of actions. For Bobby Jindal, everything is a presidential resume building exercise.
Bobby Jindal is less popular than President Obama in his home state, but he thinks that he can be elected president.
Jindal is the latest example of how overrated the Republican presidential candidates are. The supposedly deep Republican bench consists of current governors who aren’t popular in their own states, a bunch of senators who at best have regional appeal, a former governor who is under indictment, a failed business executive, a reality television star most famous for repeated bankruptcies, a Fox News created conservative media star who many believe is insane, and a clueless Bush brother who is doomed by his family’s unpopular legacy, and soon Bobby Jindal.
Jindal can’t beat Obama in Louisiana, yet he is going to run for president. The Republican field can best be summed up as when you have two dozen candidates and no leaders, that means that you really have no candidate at all.

Republican Cabal Has Reason To Fret As Clinton Leads Bush 47-40 In North Carolina

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released on June 4th, found Democrat Hillary Clinton enjoying a modest 47-40 lead over Republican pretender hopeful Jeb Bush in North Carolina. The Tarheel State is a crucial battleground state that Republicans cannot afford to lose. Barack Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but lost the state to Mitt Romney in 2012.
The poll also found Clinton leading or tied with eight other GOP candidates. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul fared best of the Republican candidates. Walker managed a 45-45 tie with Clinton, and Rand Paul tied her 44-44. Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio all trailed Clinton by margins ranging from one to seven percentage points.
Clinton polled especially strong with women voters and African-Americans in North Carolina. Although Jeb Bush held a slight 45-41 advantage with male voters, Clinton held a dominant 51-37 lead with women voters. Clinton also had a crushing advantage with black voters. The poll found Clinton garnering 86 percent support from African-American voters compared to a pitiful 3 percent who backed Jeb Bush.
While the election is still 16 months away, Hillary Clinton’s strong numbers in North Carolina bode well for Democratic prospects in 2016. By amassing overwhelming support from black voters and a decisive edge with women voters, Hillary Clinton is well positioned to lock down North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes.
The poll also points to Jeb Bush’s weakness if he becomes the Republican nominee. His 7-point deficit to Clinton in North Carolina matched fringe candidate Ted Cruz’s poor numbers in the state. Rather than being one of the strongest GOP candidates, Jeb Bush appears to be one of the weakest candidates in the Republican field.
Republicans have reason to fret about the poll numbers in the Tarheel State, because without carrying North Carolina the GOP has no path to victory in the 2016 presidential election. If the current polling numbers continue to hold in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton would not only carry the Tarheel State but the nation as well, becoming the 45th U.S. President.

10 things I learned about the world from Ayn Rand’s insane ‘Atlas Shrugged’

Ayn Rand via Last Week Tonight (YouTube)
If Rand were still alive she would probably say, "Thank you for smoking."

Republican Governor Has Super Lame Response To Hillary Clinton’s Call For Expanded Voting

McConnell Calls For Extraordinary Blockade Of Obama’s Judges And Justices

If McConnell carries out his threat to confirm no appellate judges in the next year, that would be an extraordinary departure from prior practice.

NRA darling Ted Cruz requires background check for supporters who want to shoot with him

Warning: Hypocrisy Alert! 
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Texas Republican and Second Amendment dolt Ted Cruz has worked hard to quash legislation that would expand background checks for guns, unless those guns are going shooting with him.
The Paranoia is deep in this one, Obiwan

Ann Coulter’s Appalling Demographic Engineering

Ann Coulter thinks it's "Adios America" unless we can keep out overweight women, the physically disabled, and the visually impaired…
Well…that will certainly save America for future generations of Joe McCarthyites.
Of course, on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty we find the words, “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” a spirit alien to Coulter, and to her hatred of the constructed Other.[3] The statue that welcomed so many generations of immigrants doesn’t exclude overweight girls, the physically disabled, or the visually impaired.
Coulter’s reactionary demographic engineering is entirely out of step with the spirit of America, not only as captured on by Statue of Liberty, but by recent polling numbers.
We have already seen that nearly three in four Americans favor permitting undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S.
And President Obama has just promised to keep fighting for undocumented immigrants.
It would no doubt gall Ann Coulter to see our first black president, allegedly both a Muslim and a Kenyan, in lockstep with current American attitudes, that is if she exhibited any self awareness at all.
The perfect world of Ann Coulter would be all white, all “christian,” and, it goes without saying, uniformly Republican.
It would, in short, with its commitment to ethnic nationalism and demographic engineering, more closely resemble Nazi Germany than the United States of America.

Group wants to force presidential candidates to debate about science issues

Santorum: I’m More Qualified Than Pope Francis To Talk About Climate Change Because I’m A Politician

The Stupid ... It Burns! 

The EPA Just Released A Long-Awaited Study On Whether Fracking Causes Water Pollution

In its five-year study, the EPA found that while fracking hasn't caused widespread damage to drinking water, that doesn't mean vulnerabilities don't exist.

The Tide Is Turning Against ALEC In The Renewable Energy Battle

North Carolina is contemplating a freeze on its renewable energy mandate -- but even Duke Energy, the state's biggest utility, says it didn't ask for this bill.

The Unintended Consequences Of North Carolina’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

North Carolina voted to override a governor veto of a controversial 'ag-gag' law earlier this week. That's bad news for the environment.

Our Stupid House Of Representatives Goes After Migratory Birds

From the "You've got to be kidding" Department:
Our Stupid House Of Representatives Goes After Migratory Birds
They feel threatened by chickadees and bald eagles?

What One Man Did When He Was Accidentally Deported To Mexico

"An ICE officer asked Plaintiff: 'Of what country are you a citizen?' Plaintiff responded truthfully: 'United States.'"

40 reasons our jails and prisons are filled with black and poor people

Hands behind bars in prison or jail (Shutterstock)
It is not just about crime.

Jim Bob Duggar Says Molestation Is Common In 'christian' Families

Michelle Duggar Defends Smearing Transgender People As Pedophiles: It’s ‘Just Common Sense’

"There's an agenda, and there's people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander."