While Rump cuts to the social safety network are not singlehandedly dooming meals on wheels, the combined efforts of similarly thinking right wing ideologues together at every level of government from local to federal ARE trying to gut funding for programs like meals on wheels. Apparently in favor of spending a bundle on WW III and on both deepening and widening the wealth and income inequality chasm.
So while point well taken the Rumpanzees are more or less raping, looting and pillaging in every way possible no matter how you parse it.
The only question really is how long before the pain and loss of that kicks in to his supporters.
On the PBS News hour they cited the federal contribution of 30% to meals on wheels.
Consider the word spread.
You can bet the MN GOP would be fighting this tooth and nail if they didn’t see a way to rig an election for one party over others.
That argues these are not principled people by any definition. Rather they are ugly opportunists and crooks who hate real democracy, who despise representative government of the people, by the people, and most of all, for the people.
I did my part. I questioned how many of those Walk A Mile in Her Shoes walks Stewie Mills actually participated in, or did he even complete one. Couldn’t get an answer but when I contacted the national organization as to their involvement in a political campaign ad……………the ads stopped.
Given his Trump-like misogyny, I am skeptical that Mills did anything other than try to cover his own pale and vulnerable back side. But given the timing of those ads abruptly ending and my contacting the walk sponsors, I strongly suspect a Cease and Desist letter arriving at the Mills campaign.
While Nolan is not flashy or highly controversial, I suspect he does have a quiet but middling strong base of support in CD8. At least I hope so – Mills would be a disaster in congress. I hoped the good citizens of CD8 learned what that was like when Chipper Cravaack was their representative. Mills would be worse.
I’ve been a bit disappointed in Bonoff’s ads. She seems a great candidate, but I’m not sure she has been promoted to best possible effect.
In contrast, while not particularly fair or accurate, those ads against her have been brutally effective. I can only hope the voters see through them.
So is the TPP more zombie kind of dead, or vampire kind of dead?
I’m voting vampire, because it appears to be more of a blood-sucking agreement.
But then again, there is something to be said for the brain-numbing brain-sucking quality of this damn thing too……..more zombie dead.
I was at the caucus where Daudt (and Nienow) appeared. I wouldn’t rule out that the extreme crazy right, the low information Kool-Aid drunk radicals, who turned out in unprecedented numbers might primary out Daudt.
In spite of every effort the GOP leadership tried, that caucus voted for Trump. The leadership tried to deny the margin of the Trump win, by apparently deliberately misrepresenting the number of votes by which Trump prevailed.
This area where Daudt is running is apparently the last gasp stronghold of crazy extremist conservatives in CD8. Overall, apparently CD-8 is turning liberal faster than any other part of MN. THAT might be why the right is going further extremist right, feeling threatened by change, like they do about any change pretty much.
But it is NOT good for Daudt, who tried to feed me misinformation about election differences between the Dems and the GOP incidentally. Daudt was NOT popular or well received. At best he has a real uphill battle this election, if the cacus was anything to go by.
The natives are restless and really really full of anger and hatred; Daud can expect to be the target of a lot of that, as the nearer and available candidate.
Republicans hate sex, and want to stamp it out. That explains their position on not only Planned Parenthood regarding abortion, but also their anti-contraception position.
If that means to stop people having sex, you have to let them get sick in their ‘lady parts’ and die, fine with Republicans, so long as that sick-suffer-and-die and/or go bankrupt with medical bills stuff only happens to women. In the apparent thinking of the right, human beings are men, male is the default basic setting or version, and women are an aberration. That is what is suggested by the continued funding of boner pills and prostate care, etc. for men remaining in place would show.
Of course, very few Republicans appear to know that men are also provided services at planned parenthood.
It is what was clearly the intent of Republican mega-donor Foster Friess believed when he suggested an aspirin between women’s knees was all the contraception you required — just DON’T HAVE SEX. Sex and gender scare the right, even as it makes raging hypocrites of them.
I would go so far as to argue that at least a part of the antagonism on the right for Hispanics (legal or otherwise) is that they have a higher birthrate than other ethnic groups — certainly higher than the white Right. That must mean they are having S-E-X!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A desire to eradicate sex, and a hate and fear attitude for sex also goes a long way towards explaining the right wing antipathy towards any gender issue, particularly trans in bathrooms, gay marriage, any LGBT protections including from bullying, and a part of the right’s resistance to hate crime law.
Guns and gun violence are fine with the right, but NO SEX or SEXUALITY.
I would argue that the right is incapable of engaging in sane risk assessment, and so long as they have this hate-on for human sex and sexuality, they won’t appropriately consider health risks any more than they do other risks. That reflects a truly f*cked set of priorities and values.
It puts the ultimate hypocrisy to claiming to be the pro-family and family values party. It is just one more way in which the right cannot govern effectively or wisely.
As an election judge let me point out that we already HAVE a primary election; it is in August. I can verify it exists; I work at them every time we have one; I can also testify how very few people from either party show up to vote in them (fewer than appear to attend any caucus I’ve been at so far). Rarely have I heard any person that I’ve encountered talk about those primaries, and the news coverage, relative to the general election AND to the caucuses seems astonishingly light.
So, on the one hand, under no circumstances should tax payer money (in my humble opinion) be used for a caucus or the selection of private political party activity. After all, not only are delegates selected presumably to reflect candidate selection, but also to approve party policy planks of the platform.
In my experience, approval (and rejection) of party planks done about a 3rd of the time, with the party platform, BUT when that took place, the time allowed was ignored, and took a couple of hours to complete. I don’t know if it is FACTUAL that a caucus should only take place in an hour, but we should just be honest that the business of a party takes a lot longer. Ideally such an event should take place over the time frame of a DAY, or at the very least a half-day, not an hour or an evening, BUT NOT ON THE TAX PAYER nickel.
THAT would entail both of the major parties and any minor parties to spend more $$$. And then the state conventions should take place much closer in time to the caucus rather than the national convention.
If I may point out for example, that while one of the MN GOP caucuses selected Santorum, the convention selected Ron Paul, and that had no correlation whatsoever in the actual presidential and vice presidential candidates that election cycle, right her in St Paul, John McCain and the silly Sarah Palin. That year the separate Ron Paul event served to underline how dysfunctional the GOP convention turned out to be in terms of reflecting the will of Minnesota voters.
Perhaps more than anything else however, our citizens need better to understand our process, such as it is, with both caucus and primary, neither of which works the way most people seem to understand it, or participate in it knowledgeably.
The names on the primary ballots appear, so far as I can tell from having attended caucuses, to have little or no relationship to the caucuses held in March, which are required by law to last one hour and to be on a specific date, OTHER than to select delegates to the conventions, which in turn produce the primary ballot selections. Those delegates are NOT required to reflect the results of the caucus, although it is encouraged. More to the point, once the first vote has been taken, delegates are released from any caucus representation.
I’d love to see caucus, resulting in platform selection AND state convention delegate selection, all take place within the same month as our state conventions, with the selected delegates to the national convention then being bound to reflect the will fo those voters who bother to turn out….all preferably much closer in time to that national convention. Better yet, I’d like to see Minnesota break with how any of that is handled, and replace it instead with an online voting system through either the respective political parties, or the Sec State, with an up or down vote on platform planks, and ranked voting for all potential candidates.
It is not as if our caucuses have diddly squat significance by occurring early in the year. It is time we stop pretending that it makes any difference, and it is foolish given our potentially bad weather during that part of the year which can make participation far more challenging than it would be in spring or summer.
I found the whole right wing debate to be one big debacle. I don’t see how anyone could find a candidate seeking the GOP nomination on that stage, or anywhere else, to be a credible president, much less a credible candidate for president.
I was not aware that Taft had served as Chief Justice of the SCOTUS after serving as president. Obama’s press sec. is claiming he doesn’t want to be appointed to the SCOTUS, but who knows if he would feel that way should the opportunity arrive. I can’t see him being satisfied with anything less than Chief Justice, although it would be sweet to see him replace either Scalia or better yet, Clarence Thomas…….
The NJ press fact checked some of Christie’s claims; Christie did not fare well.
And too bad for Turnip-top Trump; from what I’ve seen Rand Paul was viewed as the top performer, which I assume means Paul won the debate, not Trump.
But does it matter? I don’t see any of them beating Hillary, OR Bernie.
Conservatives will be dragged out of the 19th century into the 21st kicking and screaming. The backwards conservatives would probably prefer to supplement the seriously unwise premise of dependency on fossil fuels with whale oil, instead of going green, no matter the clear and unavoidable logic of switching to renewable and clean energy sources.
Or, as Kermit the frog noted, it isn’t easy being green. But darn it, it SHOULD BE!
The electoral college can only determine who wins out of those who are selected as candidates.
And yes, sometimes the gaffes are very entertaining — not just on the debate stage, but in social media by the other side watching those debates.
Clinton is looking at Castro. To be fair it is looking as if Bernie is ready to change his gun position now.
I wonder as well, would the owners of any of these businesses MIND if — due to sincerely held religious beliefs, of course — a snow plow driver chose not to plow their street, or a maintenance team to patch potholes because it would be promoting or assisting some sin on the part of Quam or one of his crazy fringies? Or if after a bad storm, if a utility repair person refused to restore their power, in a SINCERE belief that the person who lost power had been targeted by God for special wrath because of some vile sin (even if he couldn’t prove what that sin was — maybe adultery or the biggie, heresey)?
Because as we see with Kim Davis, these right wing nutjobs want all these special exemptions from doing the job they took an oath to do or at least took expecting to do the job for everyone applies to those public employees as well as private. I doubt snow plow drivers take an oath to uphold the Constitution on the job, but they could have strong philosophical disagreements, which might be covered by these laws.
I’m guessing if these jerks couldn’t get out of their driveway and down their roads other than by sled dogs or snowmobile that they would feel very discriminated against, and that they would very suddenly cease to give a tinker’s damn about the individual religious freedom OF ANYONE.
Over and over I have said this; we need a strong federal government to stop conservatives from finding new state level ways to behave badly. EVERY damn states rights issue, and now religious freedom issues, are about behaving badly when you dig down to why they propose them. Heck some of them are quite brazen on the surface about doing exactly that; no digging required.
Scary groups on the right, indeed — and persistent in seeking preferential treatment for their religious beliefs aka bigotry. Because that is what they are doing, trying to have their beliefs receive greater importance and consideration and priority over others choices and beliefs.
I think you are missing the greater target here. The radical right in MN has, I think, given up the battle largely, against gay marriage. In Kentucky, where two of the cases that went before the SCOTUS legalizing gay marriage originated, a FOIA request turned up the information that as far back as two weeks after her election as county clerk, Kim Davis was looking for ways legally to get around issuing gay marriage licenses, through legislation like this same religious freedom decision, in anticipation of a gay marriage victory. And of course she knew where to go to get the legal help, ultimately, although who contacted whom to pursue a religious liberty challenge to the SCOTUS is not entirely clear.
No, I would argue that the same people who brought us the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby, no provision of contraception to employees and are fighting the Kim Davis fight in KY, are looking as much, OR MORE at abortion issues as gay rights.
Since we aren’t seeing similar test cases here among county government employees in Minnesota, my guess is that as with the prior religious exemption legislation for businesses — AND INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES — this is going to focus on both gay marriage and abortion/contraception products and services. What they are looking to do is to give legal cover to someone who doesn’t want to do their job, like a pharmacist, or even a cashier, from being fired for not doing their job on religious grounds. If they can pass something like this, then a company like Target, or any of the drug store chains couldn’t fire someone either for their religious-belief-based justification to not do something that would normally be part of their jobs. In theory, under this kind of legislation, fundie-religious teachers in public schools might even be exempted from teaching the theory of evolution. I don’t think this is really meant to be so narrow; they just want to make it seem that way, imho, to write camel’s nose into the tent legislation giving them all kinds of religious presence they don’t have in a secular society that favors separation of church and state. I am skeptical as much at what they say as what they don’t say, given the apparent implications. Those go beyond their desire to discriminate.
Unless they are Muslim of course — God forbid someone won’t ring up that bacon you wanted to buy from the grocery store, we can’t have that.
Gay marriage is becoming steadily more acceptable even among conservatives. The predicted or claimed harms just haven’t happened. (Well, I suppose you could posit that God has a shitty sense of geography about the planet he created on the fly in seven days by inflicting floods on South Carolina, when he should have been striking down Minnesota dams and bridges, etc., but it’s not a persuasive argument.)
No, I would suggest this is an attempt to take another bite out of the successful Hobby Lobby anti-abortion apple. I would point out that sincerity of belief was never challenged in that case, just claimed. They didn’t have to prove it, and no one is going to try to contend someone doesn’t believe what they claim because that is impossible to prove. And fact did not enter into it, because it was sufficient they believed for example, that IUDs were abortive in function, not contraceptive, contrary to science, and Hobby Lobby had previous to their SCOTUS case been providing IUD insurance coverage and had investments in contraceptive manufacturers from which they profited. No, this bill would have to allow a person covered by it to have sudden over-night conversion to a belief if that was something they wanted to claim.
The same ALEC connected legal people behind Hobby Lobby are certainly behind this. I would suspect that it is the hope of uniting support from the anti-abortion folks to get behind this that the MN legislators are looking for in the face of declining MN opposition to gay marriage. They’ve had better luck on that issue nationally.
It is also worth noting — and I will elaborate on this in another post in the series on Kim Davis later this week — that the Kim Davis issue is inextricably connected to the governor’s race in KY next month, which is centered on issues of abortion, contraception, and Obamacare. That race is tight in an off-year low turnout election, with an extreme tea partier candidate Bevin within margin-of-poll-error of the leading liberal candidate, Conway. BOTH candidates have now come out in support of some form of limited religious freedom legislation if they are elected. Winning the KY governor’s race is contingent on one part of the state which is heavily conservative and where that religious liberty issue is a hot button. Conservative Bevin wants to repeal their Obamacare legislation at the state level and support repeal of Obamacare at the federal level. Because abortion, contraception, etc.
And it is worth noting that the MN Family Council is pushing much harder at the moment on anti-abortion propaganda than on fighting gay marriage, particularly pushing those discredited PP videos.
So sticking it to gay marriage is probably a screen for really trying to resurrect some form of that earlier legal protection legislation relating to abortion and contraception, imho. They may CLAIM it relates to gay marriage, given the news coverage of those fights, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts that these laws will all be drafted so that an anti-abortion/anti-contraception exemption and suit would fit in under its umbrella.
Hobby Lobby is the real religious exemption they are looking to push, I would bet. They want another test case, somewhere, maybe here, they can take to the SCOTUS to expand on that success for business owners, small or large. Good post!
I think the key here is what you mentioned about how Strickland won — right wing sandals. Not a lot of attention has been focused on that, but Kasich has plenty just beginning to really heat up. And with Kasich’s recent position on cutting Social Security, well, I think he not only touched that dangerous and highly charged political third rail, he peed on it like peeing on an electric fence. That position is a loser even with most of the GOP rank and file. THAT could deny him the king maker role in the GOP national convention; my guess is he was hoping for some donor $$$ out of it. Short term gain in the hopes of making up the longer term loss from it, if he can. That is a strategy for those who see themselves losing, not surging.
I don’t know about ol’ Colin, who is pretty much of a dino (possibly of necessity). But if such an agreement were to come to pass, I think he might go along with it. Nancy Pelosi managed as speaker to pull together votes much better than Boehner ever has, and she has a much more rational caucus to work with also. I did not know about Mary Dent Crisp, but then I so often learn new and interesting things from you Mac.
The greater question here is perhaps HOW MANY votes would it take from across the aisle to elect a bi-partisan speaker? I don’t know but I suspect not that many, and that if committee chair positions were proffered, quite a few would jump to it. It may take a few more right wing paroxysms of dysfunction, before that split of theirs goes to this tipping point. They may elect another conservative in the interim; John Kline’s name is being bandied about. Kline has been an ally of Boehner’s, so it is likely he would face the same opposition that Boehner did, particularly since he has been bad mouthing the more extreme right in Congress when Boehner quit. I’m sure he would like to go out of Congress with that little trophy; but not sure he can get it, or that he would find the hassle worth the kick.
He is only sort-of term limited. He is term limited to two consecutive terms. But multiple governors of Ohio have served terms, sat out the mandatory 4 year gap term, and then run for office again, and won, for another two terms (I think one ran for three sets of two, if I remember correctly).
But just as it seems unlikely T-Paw could have gotten re-elected once he left office and took a stab at being the presidential nominee + a 4 year term out of office, I don’t think Kasich can do what other Ohio governors have done. Being term limited as governor is, I believe, a key facet of his candidacy, as much or more so than the GOP holding their convention in Ohio. They seem happy to snub him a good part of the time.
More likely if he ran for anything it would be when Sherrod Brown came up next time in 4 years. However, Kasich has had an active private sector career and I would bet that absent a strong showing in the polls – being in the top two or three – he quits and goes private sector. There is enough money for him there.
Also, check out this comparison from neutral StateMaster:
They are great in Ohio for employment……but as you go down the list their citizens are not in great shape. It doesn’t show on this list of stats, but Ohio is considered a particularly poor state for retirement. Old people, who vote, are not happy, including the conservative ones. Obamacare is popular. Doesn’t make a good set of numbers for Kasich to run on, for anything. Ohio has tried REALLY REALLY hard to succeed in voter suppression and had hard pushback.
In a presidential election year, there is going to be big turnout, including older voters, for primaries. I don’t think that looks good for Kasich. I’d say he isn’t terribly viable.
Employment 5,605,417 [7th of 52]
Gross State Product > Current Dollars $418,258,000,000.00 [7th of 56]
Median Earnings for Male Full-Time, Year-Round Workers $41,874.00 [18th of 51]
Median Family Income $51,966.00 [27th of 51]
Median Household Income $42,240.00 [26th of 51]
Nest Egg Index 101.94 [23rd of 50]
Percent below poverty level 12.5% [24th of 51]
Percent of Children Below Poverty Level 18.3 % [23rd of 51]
Percent of Households With Retirement Income 20.2 % [6th of 51]
Percent of People 65 Years and Over Below Poverty Level 7.6 % [40th of 51]
Percent of Related Children Below Poverty Level 18 % [23rd of 51]
Personal income $373,684,000,000.00 [8th of 51]
Total tax burden $22,475,528,000.00 [8th of 50]
Total tax burden (per capita) $1,962.93 [27th of 50]
Unemployment 293,778 [6th of 52]
Unemployment rate 5% [13th of 52]
Welfare Caseloads > Percent change in total families -0.3% [29th of 54]
Welfare Caseloads > Percent change in total recipients -2.5% [29th of 54]
Welfare Caseloads > Total families 84,336 [4th of 54]
Welfare Caseloads > Total recipients 188,108 [6th of 54]
I don’t know Mac, Kasich has a lot blowing up in his face right now, including some education related scandals. Also the race between Strickland when he ran against Kasich in what became Kasich’s first term was a real squeaker. If Strickland is outperforming Portman now, I wouldn’t bet on him against Strickland in the senate race either.
More to the point, I don’t see Kasich as being around when the time comes; due to lack of money and lack of popularity anywhere, much less Ohio, I would bet he will be long gone. I don’t see Kasich doing that well in Michigan either.
Kasich may still be perambulating, but he’s moving slow and I predict he is going to fall over pretty soon, possibly by the end of the year, unless something dramatic alters that. While I expect Trump and Carson will find they peaked too soon, not unlike Hermann Cain last time around, I don’t think Kasich will even rise to the level of a peak.
Not one governor for the right has decent chops due to the poor state of their states under right wing governance. Kasich has NOT turned around the state – which I would remind you, contrary to the folks at Freaks news thought the fix was in, was carried by Obama, and the most recent senator to be elected was Sherrod Brown. Ohio is just not that right wing based on how they’ve been swinging in presidential election years with higher turnouts.
Heck, it’s differing that’s fun, and then seeing who turns out to be right, er, I mean correct!
Regards back at you Mac~
Actually polls and general Ohio commentary are showing Kasich going down, and going down pretty steeply. The Columbus Dispatch reported in a Quinnipiac poll that Kasich was behind both Trump and Carson, with Fiorina and others gaining as he was losing ground. Kasich lacks recognition and he lacks charisma, he is not distinctive (like Trump) which makes him less recognizable in the candidate crowd. Nor is his track record in Ohio very good. Dick Army just called Walker the new Pawlenty; the same can be said of Kasich, he looked good on paper, if you didn’t look too closely.
Not one of the governors that are running for the GOP nomination have very good state records. Yeb is as good as any, and he’s not doing well either. The oppo on these governors is pretty lengthy. I doubt any of them make it to the election as a serious contender.
I would disagree with you on only one point. We have inadequate, inconsistent, highly variable laws. We need gun control that is more stringent, and consistent nationwide, ideally overarching federal law, than what we have. Gun control does work. I would refer you to this story which documents gun control success abroad. We are not the only country with bullying, or glorification of violence in games and movies. We might be the most extreme in some respects – possibly. But I am not persuaded that is the biggest problem; rather a well funded right wing gun movement appears to be the biggest difference affecting government regulation, and to a degree, that gun culture.
Kasich lacks the name recognition to ever get out of the polling basement. Add to that his likely inability to carry his own state, where his popularity is less than stellar, and Kasich is a non-candidate, no matter how he continues to improve. He is highly unlikely to ever make up that ground, to bridge that gap. He lacks the charisma, among other problems that are not amenable to improvement.
His votes reflected his state. His presidential position is much better, and he has supported other gun control efforts. With Bernie, it would be a mistake to look at him as a candidate and demand the perfect, making it the enemy of the good. Rather I trust his position to change to reflect and respond to rising gun violence facts.
Let us not forget that only a few years ago, those Canuck conservatives were using US firms that service the GOP/Tea Party in engaging in dirty tricks.
A little background – this sums up the claims about voter suppression made back in March 2012 regarding the 2011 election cycle in Canada:
UVic professor claims voter suppression promoted at conservative campaign school
By Andy Radia | Canada Politics
Wed, 7 Mar, 2012
While the Conservatives continue to deny their involvement in the robocall
The latest link is courtesy of John Fryer, a member of the Order of Canada and an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria.
In the wake of the robocall scandal, last week, Fryer penned an open letter describing a campaign school he attended two years ago, at the Conservative-aligned Manning Centre for Democracy.
“In January, 2010, my UVic inbox had an e-mail invite from a democracy centre to attend a campaign school. Intrigued, I signed up for the three-day event,” Fryer wrote in the letter published in the Globe and Mail.
“Topics covered included voter identification. Discussion ensued about suppression techniques. Instructors explained voter suppression tactics were borrowed from those used by the U.S. Republican Party. Many kinds of suppression calls were canvassed. Another instructor gave detailed explanations of how robo-calls worked, techniques for recording messages, plus costs involved.
“Instructors made it clear that robo-calling and voter suppression were an acceptable and normal part of winning political campaigns.”
I would hope Canadian nice would lead to broader disapproval of our nations conservative methods being employed in their elections.
The conservatives have had a rather long laundry list, especially by Canadian standards, of political scandals since those dirty elections.
I would hope for a change in outcome now. Let’s hope those votes don’t get split again.
Fascinating graphic. I recognize part of it as the Andrew Wyeth painting of his neighbor, who most viewers do not know was substantially paralyzed, supposedly by polio, when she posed for the original painting (Christina’s World) after Wyeth saw her dragging herself across the field. The landscape in the Wyeth painting is so pastoral. The landscape in your graphic is anything but pastoral — and is so toxic that paralysis is only one of the possibilities one can contemplate.
We can only hope that facts and a realistic assessment of the very serious dangers to our environment prevail over greed, and the pipeline is defeated.