The Tampa Bay Times is on the story as Marco Rubio becomes yet another ACA enrollee. Rubio used the D.C exchange and was able to use a federal subsidy which gave Rubio a 75% discount. Because you know, he could use that savings to buy a lot of water.
No doubt, Rubio must have had a great experience signing up for Obamacare. And let's also remember that any condition that causes extreme thirst like he saw Rubio have at his State of the Union rebuttal is covered under Obamacare and Rubio's policy could never be cancelled because of that.
The Tampa Bay Times also notes that Rubio may have even found a better deal had his home state Florida allowed an exchange.
Looks like Lamar Alexander(R-TN) already dicey chances of reelection may have just gone to plaid. Rawstory among others have picked up that Alexander's chief of staff who has served in that capacity since 2012 had his home searched by police as part of an ongoing investigation of child pornography.
Alexander had a statement too
“I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography,” the Republican senator said in a statement.
“I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned.”
Alexander said he immediately placed Loskarn on administrative leave without pay.
Alexander already has a Tea Party primary opponent, and GOP primaries are rough things.
First of all, MSNBC forcing Martin Bashir to "resign" is complete and utter horseshit. Yes, he never should have made those comments about noted troll Sarah Palin, who ought to have a disclaimer that her comments are intended to sell books or make her money.
But since Lara Logan, who LIED to the American people by promoting a Benghazi story that she should have known to be utterly false and committed one of the cardinal sins against journalism has not been fired yet, I am even more angry. What Logan did was far worse than Bashir.
Logan should not even have the dignity of resigning, she should be very publicly fired by CBS if they give a damn about ever seeing seen as having a shred of integrity.
So clock is ticking, CBS: when are you going to make sure that Lara Logan can only go to Fox News as she has zero credibility as a journalist anymore?
Rick Scott aka Governor Voldemort(R-Florida) is joining the growing calls for self-proclaimed "Hip Hop Conservative" and admitted cocaine user Trey Radel to resign.
Among the other voices in the Florida GOP(yeah you know them) that want Radel to man up and resign are the chair of the state Republican party and the local Fort Meyers head. In their own words from the Washington Post:
“The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida,” said Lenny Curry, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. “Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family.”
Obviously Radel should resign. A person who votes to deeply cut food stamps and to drug test recipients to get those services should not expect that us the taxpayers would treat him any differently than he would treat the most vulnerable. And yes, drug testing the needy is a sick idea and never should be made law. I'm sure that Congressman Radel can find a niche in the prvite sector where he can tell people that the NWA's seminal classic "Fuck the Police" is really about Big Government sticking it to the small businessman and yeah, I think he could do a roadshow with Rob Ford.
I can curious as to what Public Enemy makes of Trey Radel though.
On the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, one of the many famous quotes from that "...Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth." represents to me, a challenge that is still ongoing and one certainly does need our responding to.
Abraham Lincoln's words have lend themselves to a spirit of progress, eventually leading to the 17th and 19th Amendments(obviously Lincoln himself pushed for the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments) and even today, it is still being heard in those 15 states(and the District of Columbia which deserves to become a state) who have marriage equality as the law in their states.
The opponents to progress and frankly to any government for the people, they are busy at work. The NRA have made it very difficult to make any meaningful reforms to tackle gun violence(one of them is that gun manufacturers are given a license to kill via immunity from civil suits). The anti-choices use gerrymandered districts and middle of the night sneak attacks to erode a woman's ability to make her own medical decisions. Some far-right interest groups like ALEC are trying to overturn the 17th Amendment(the one that has the people elect their own Senators). And corporations want to use a huge trojan horse called the Trans Pacific Partnership to overturn basic Labor protections like the Minimum Wage, the 40-Hour work week and OSHA.
However, as Martin Luther King once said, "the arc of the universe is long and bends towards justice", and those of us who stand for progress and improving the human condition are gaining ground. The Minimum Wage is very popular and wins elections, Medicaid Expansion is very popular and wins elections, the Majority of Americans want abortion to be legal and pro-choice positions win elections. Background checks are very popular and someday, the extreme gun rights folks will lose elections. Marriage equality is supported by a majority of Americans, and more states are going to be on the right side of history(looking at you New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia and Pennsylvania).
To mark the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, let's keep fighting. Let's reject the TPP, let's work towards a "Right to Vote" Constitutional Amendment, and let's at long last add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. We owe ourselves no less than that.
I guess the inevitable conservative pushback to the junk insurance bailout bills is starting. Per The Hill, the head of Redstate thinks that Landrieu's "keep your health plan" bill is a trap that the GOP is going to walk right into.
“It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance,” Erickson wrote. “His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, in the topsy-turvy world of ObamaCare, to keep insurance plans going. But there is a plan that does.”
Erickson argued that Landrieu’s bill is an insurance company mandate, and that “the GOP is supposedly against mandates and against government forcing private business and individuals into contracts they don’t want.”
“The House will be forced to either vote for the Landrieu plan or be characterized as siding with insurance companies against people,” Erickson wrote. “In one fell swoop, the Democrats will have the GOP on record saving Mary Landrieu’s reelection in Louisiana by casting her as the one who saved Americans’ healthcare plans, and also getting on record as really being in favor of fixing ObamaCare with the use of mandates.”
I really thought that Landrieu's attempt was a craven attempt to save herself next year, but now I see that while it is a bad policy choice, it really could put the GOPers in a tough spot and if we're lucky, Landrieu's and Upton's junk insurance bailout bills will be tied up in conference and the exchanges will be up and running and we can have a good political message going while we rid ourselves of the cancer of junk insurance forever.
I have to give it to Mary Landrieu. There are a few ways of turning the attention on Obama's foolish promise to putting the Republicans in a bind and continuing our way towards implementing Obamacare and gradually ridding ourselves of junk insurance and the medical bankruptcies that it causes. And of course, Obama should say he'd veto the Upton bill but basically concede that he would sign the Landrieu bill.
Yup, Congressman John Barrow(DINO-Georgia) has signaled his support for the so-called "Keep Your Health Care Act" which henceforth in the name of truth in advertising shall be called the Junk Insurance Bailout Act of 2013.
Insurance carriers had four years to get right on not selling crap insurance to people and to not fiddle with the grandfathered plans that existed before the ACA. We are not going to give insurance companies another bailout, especially one that puts families at real risk. Junk Insurance is ending come January 2014, and we aren't going back.
John Barrow can go fuck himself, for A.) voting no the ACA and B.) supporting this Junk Insurance bailout. I shall note that D-Trip shall not get one penny from me as long assholes like Barrow get money from them, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of these days, folks in DINO John's district voted him out for being a phony Republican.
Think Progress is on the story as Chris Christie was doing the useless Sunday Talk Show circuit(Up, Melissa Harris-Perry and Disrupt are the only things worth being on the air on Sunday but I digress) and on This Week, Christie was asked some questions on immigration.
Transcript from Think Progress and emphasis is theirs:
STEPHANOPOULOS: A path to citizenship relief on in-state college tuition?
CHRISTIE: It has to be figured out by those in charge of the national government. My job is to fix what’s going on in New Jersey. I will tell you this, George, we won’t be able to fix everything in New Jersey until the national leaders set a national immigration policy….
STEPHANOPOULOS: Including a path to citizenship?
CHRISTIE: George, I don’t get to make those determinations. It’s 2013, i just got elected the governor of New Jersey again. I have already said what I believe. It’s a broken system and it needs to be fixed. Let’s get to work doing it.
Gee, Governor Christie, I thought you wanted to be President or something where it would be your job
to make such decisions. And saying that it has to be figured out by those in charge of national government is basically "leading from behind". I would think a guy who won a blue state with 60% of the vote would be able to put a lot of pressure on those in Congress who think they need to listen to the deadender racists whose solution to immigration is to "deport them all".
Think Progress rightfully points out that Gov. Christie was more bold(and correct on the issue) in the past where he said in 2010 that a pathway to citizenship was common sense and needed.
Here's a protip for you Governor Christie: If you're afraid of mouth breathers in the Iowa and South Carolina primaries, you don't deserve to be President. Certainly, our current President has never backed down from mouth breathers who happen to be the leaders of other countries(yes, I mean Putin). Clearly, you are running from President in 2016, and this marks the long fall from general election electability because you had to play to those deadender Tea Party types in Iowa. I wonder if you'll next say that you actually know where President Obama was born or something along those lines for those folks in Iowa.
The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll finds that Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott only has a six point lead on Democratic Texas State Senator Wendy Davis in a head-to-head, and Abbott only leads by 5 when the Libertarian candidate is included.
The poll(warning: contains PDF) was conducted from October 18 to October 27, 2013 with 1200 Registered Voters. The Margin of Error was +/-2.83% (3.3% adjusted for weighting) with 53/47 Female to Male. The racial breakdown was 60% White, 23% Latino, 13% African-American, 2% Asian, 2% Multi-Racial. Location breakdown is 29% Dallas/Fort Worth area, 23% Houston area, 11% Austin area, 10% San Antonio area and 27% Other parts of Texas. The Suburban/Urban/Rural breakdown was 51/29/20. Age breakdown was 16% 18-29, 28% 30-44, 38% 45-64 and 18% 65 and up. Responders thought themselves Republican 46%, Democrat 44% and Independent 10%. A plurality of voters(34%) said that they were in the middle. 19% were Somewhat Conservative while 18% lean Conservative while 10% lean Liberal.
The head to head numbers are Greg Abbott 40, Wendy Davis 34 with 25% Don't Know. The 3-way is Abbott 40, Davis 35, Libertarian Kathie Glass 5 with 20% Don't Know. Both Abbott and Davis have positive favorables. Abbott's are 36/24 with 23% neither favorable nor unfavorable and 18% Don't Know. Davis's are 37/31 with 16% neither favorable nor unfavorable and 16%. Davis has picked up a lot of name recognition since June 2013 when 58% didn't know her or had any opinion on her.
I would have liked to have seen crosstabs that compare Abbott and Davis among women. According to the Texas Tribune though:
In the head-to-head race between the two, Davis is predictably ahead with Democrats, 67 percent to 8 percent, and Abbott is predictably ahead with Republicans, 74 percent to 6 percent. Independent registered voters were split 32 percent to 31 percent in favor of Abbott.
I think Wendy Davis is a rising star nationally for the Democratic Party, and I will be following the Texas Gubernatorial race with interest.
Huffington Post has the story where Senator Chuck Schumer(D-NY) has joined other Democrats like Claire McCaskill that want to see Hillary Rodham Clinton make a Presidential run in 2016.
Personally, I haven't really decided on whom I'd like to see win the nomination come 2016, but I am well aware that Schumer is a good Democrat on issues that aren't Wall Street related. I am further aware that Secretary Clinton is our most electable and recognizable potential candidate. I am still in awe of Clinton's expertise in health care, and I do believe that if Secretary Clinton were to become President Clinton, our health care system could be further improved for the better.
However, Clinton's vote for the Iraq War when she was a Senator and she obviously knew better than to vote that way still gives me tremendous pause(I also hold that vote against Vice President Biden whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for). I would also feel concerned about her willingness to go after Wall Street(a flaw that the Obama Administration has as well) and her past of being hawkish on foreign policy matters when the current electorate seems to her left on foreign policy.
I will look forward to seeing what decision Secretary Clinton makes. If her stump speeches for Terry McAuliffe are any indication, I am sure she'll be a fighter on striking back against the GOP's War on Women. I will refer to my signature as I continue to feel that the best way to win against the GOP is to enshrine the Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution. But of course I think a woman with vision such as Clinton would be a good step in that direction so I will keep an open mind on her candidacy.
Often times, the downticket races get the least attention, and in this case, the downticket of the three major offices up for election in Virginia is the one that is closest in the polls, and depending on who wins it will have major consequences as far as women's rights and the rights to equality for all.
The Democratic nominee for Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia is State Senator Mark Herring. He is running against a Republican State Senator who is as anti-choice as eventual gubernatorial loser and historical footnote, Ken "The Cooch" Cuccinelli. That Republican is Mark Obenshain. Below the fleur-de-Kos is info on Herring and how to help win the Attorney General's office for the good guys(and gals)
Tonight's primary debate between Democratic candidates Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch will be nationally televised by CSPAN at 7 pm EDT/4 pm PDT.
Streaming link will be added to diar shortly.
It will also be shown in the Boston TV market on WBZ-4.