Early voting is underway in North Carolina, ground zero for the worst of the tea-party GOP’s voter suppression tactics, and early reports suggest that Democratic voters are coming out in force:Early voting started at a fast clip, with nearly 300,000 votes cast at one-stop sites in the first four days, according to the State Board of Elections.… A new controversial law chopped seven days off the early voting period, shortening it to 10 days.More than twice as many voters cast ballots in the first four days of early voting compared to the first four days of the last midterm election in 2010. The total through Sunday was about 20,000 short of the 2010 early voting total after eight days, according to state Elections Board data…
Hello all — the book I wrote in the last 2 months is now available on the Kindle bookstore (only 99¢!), and will be on Nook tomorrow and iBooks soon. It is titled “A Modest Proposal for the Dissolution of the United States of America: How the Reagan Revolution Destroyed Us, and How to Salvage What Remains.” Please enjoy it.
I don’t imagine that you would all agree with my conclusions, but I hope that you will at least consider what I wrote. Please tell anyone you know who might be interested. Updates and corrections to the text will be uploaded as quickly as is possible. Any constructive criticisms or corrections are welcome! ShawnML2@me.com.
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Is Elizabeth Warren running for president? Maybe!In the past, when asked if shes running for president, Warren has been pretty clear: “I am not running for president,” she said in June of 2014. “Do you want to put an exclamation point at the end of that?”But in a recent interview with People, Warren was rather less emphatic. “I dont think so,” she replied, before saying: “If theres any lesson Ive learned in the last five years, its dont be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open.”Warrens office, of course, insists “nothing has changed.”The truth is that at this point, Elizabeth Warren has no idea whether shell run for president. The election is too far away, and too much could change, and she doesnt need to make a decision yet.The more interesting question is the one shes probably asking herself: should Elizabeth Warren run for president? Luckily, the answer to that is easy, and obvious: of course she should. There are six reasons why.
Jan Brewer caught the Arizona political scene by surprise this week when she fired the man who has been cleaning up the corruption in her administration for the last two years.Brian McNeil was appointed by the governor to serve as Director of the Arizona Department of Administration ADOA on November 1, 2012. He had a long history of service in the state government, including previous stints in both Brewer’s and Fife Symington’s administrations. His agency, ADOA, is responsible for providing support services to the state government and includes the Department of Human Resources.The corruption investigator had integrity and high standards.Director McNeil is a military man who is known to hold employees to high standards. He spent over twenty years in the military, including two tours of duty in Iraq, and is still a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Seems like a great fit for a conservative state government, right? Well, that depends on whether you’re talking about what conservatives say or what they do.
BEIJING AP — Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative Friday to create a new international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank.The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank reflects both Chinas desire to push investment in the region and its frustration with U.S., Japanese and European dominance of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank.Countries signing Fridays memorandum of understanding at Beijings Great Hall of the People ranged from regional giant India to small, impoverished countries such as Laos and wealthier states including Singapore and Qatar. Absent were close U.S. allies Japan, South Korea and Australia, who China had invited to join.Joining the bank will give countries input at the outset into what could become a major international lender and a more transparent alternative to development projects financed directly by China. Critics fear the bank would have lax lending standards that could undermine efforts by established lenders to promote good governance, fair labor practices and a clean environment.
he Republican party headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, shares space in a strip mall with Best Friends Pet Clinic, a cowboy-boot repair shop and a Chinese restaurant called the Magic Wok. Inside, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, a modest gathering of party faithful mill about, IM A BROWNBACKER stickers affixed to their blouses and lapels.Its a terrible slogan. Four years ago, when Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback first took office, you mightve wondered if these people, on some subliminal level, actually wanted to be humiliated by a filthy-minded liberal activist looking to add a new “santorum” to Urban Dictionary. As a senator and a failed presidential candidate, Brownback was already one of the nations most prominent social conservatives, “Gods Senator,” in the words of a 2006 Rolling Stone profile. But Brownback turned out to be even more radical when it came to economic policy. In 2012, he enacted the largest package of tax cuts in Kansas history, essentially transforming his state into a lab experiment for extreme free-market ideology. The results disastrous have reduced the governor to making appearances at grim strip malls like this one in a desperate attempt to salvage his re-election bid.
Florida Governor Rick Scott embarrassed himself and fumbled for words when he was pressed by the CNN debate moderator on his minimum wage nonsense, looking like a dear in the headlights.Even better, his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist bashed him for having said that the thought of hard working Floridians earning enough to live on makes him “cringe”.Watch the video below: