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  •  Hice = why we need mental health electoral reform (10+ / 0-)

    I'm serious. A law needs to be enacted requiring all candidates for federal office to undergo a mental health evaluation with the results publicly-released.

    •  Clever way to empty DC, are you trying for a... (8+ / 0-)

      Sub Rosa coup?

      "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

      by KJG52 on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 08:51:06 PM PDT

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    •  The Constitution is perfectly, vaguely clear about (6+ / 0-)

      what constitutes an eligible candidate:

      Article I

      Section II
      No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.

      25 years old, ok
      Been a US Citizen at least 7 years, ok
      Live in the State of the District you are running for, ok

      Nothing there about behavior. I'm pretty sure we can't do anything about that, without amending the Constitution, which is in modern America about as likely as winning the Lottery, twice, in one day.


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 08:59:47 PM PDT

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    •  Jody Hice (4+ / 0-)
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      is a serious wackadoodle. How anyone can vote for him with a straight face is beyond me. He gives Tennessee's Stacey Campfield ("don't say gay") some serious competition in the nutbag sweepstakes.

      Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

      by Jilly W on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 10:32:42 PM PDT

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      •  it's Paul Broun's old seat... (5+ / 0-)

        ...as in Paul "evolution is a lie from the pit of hell" Broun. Being a wackadoodle in that district isn't a bug, it's a feature.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 05:07:22 AM PDT

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      •  The district itself is bipolar (0+ / 0-)

        I live in the sane, very liberal Athens.  I work next door in the sane, very conservative Oconee County.  Everyone else in the district is stark raving mad.

        It's a pity too, because it's the rural folks who are hurt the most by conservative policies.  

        The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

        by catwho on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 08:37:34 AM PDT

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        •  It's not people in cities who are hurt the (0+ / 0-)

          most? How do you figure?

          Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

          by MichaelNY on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 11:34:29 AM PDT

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          •  Not Athens, or Watkinsville (1+ / 0-)
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            Watkinsville/Oconee is well enough off that the worst Republican policies don't affect them as much.  Shitty schools?  Not in Oconee county, where the average income is $75K/year!

            Athens is progressive enough that we can overcome the foul stench of a lot of state policies and do our own thing.  The roads here get repaved with bike lanes.  Prior to the ACA, the local county health department provided inexpensive healthcare on a sliding scale to the poor (in a facility within walking distance from public housing.)  We have a mass transit system that, while not great by any stretch, can allow someone to survive without a car in town.  Sprawl was under control for a while there (it's gotten a bit worse in the last year unfortunately.)  New apartments for students are being built that is forcing the older housing prices down a bit.  

            We are still one of the poorer counties in the nation here in Athens, but we have enabled subsistence at those poverty levels to be bearable.

            Someone who is as poor as the average resident of our city who lives in a more rural county would be utterly destitute - no car, no health care accessible, nothing.

            The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

            by catwho on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 11:52:19 AM PDT

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    •  No law needed if voters demand it. (1+ / 0-)
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      But how likely is that? :/

      Anger and aggression mask fear and pain.

      by leftneckgirl on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 03:21:20 AM PDT

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