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At Louisiana Voice, tomaswell writes The solution to the federal government shutdown is really quite simple: we should fire all 535 members of Congress:
While we normally do not delve into national politics (we have quite enough to do to keep up with the jesters on the fourth floor of the State Capitol), we have decided to offer up our solution to the impasse in Washington, aka the federal government shutdown.

If the board of a larger corporation like, say, Wal-Mart disagrees with the company’s CEO or president, there are no closures of Wal-Mart stores. That would be self-defeating in every respect. Corporate profits would plummet, consumers would buy elsewhere and the stockholders would elect new board members and new officers.

So how is it that Congress—America’s corporate board—can shut down company operations because of disagreements among themselves and with the President—the country’s CEO? Is our national company that near bankruptcy, financial collapse, that hysteria is now the order of the day when it comes to running the store?

Louisiana Voices state blog

At Mississippi Economic Policy Center, Sara Miller writes Racial Disparities Persist in Poverty and Median Income:

Last week, we posted on updated poverty data for Mississippi from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Communities Survey.  It showed that in 2007 one in five Mississippians lived in poverty and in 2012, just five years later, the number grew to one in four.  The graphic below shows what the 2012 poverty data means for Mississippians of difference races.

 The latest data show the percentage of African-American Mississippians living in poverty is over twice the percentage that of White Mississippians.   Median income among African-American Mississippians is over $20,000 lower than that of White Mississippians.

One key to addressing these disparities is investing in K-12 and higher education.  Educational attainment impacts the economic success for all Mississippi families and the competitiveness of our state’s workforce.

At Show Me Progress of Missouri, Michael Bersin asks Uh, isn't that the point of civilization?:
There was a story on one of the morning infotainment shows early today about a restaurant chain franchise donating one day of profits to help make up some of the loss in survivor benefits for military casualties which have been suspended due to the government shutdown. The person representing the franchise stated (paraphrased), "If enough people contribute it can be taken care of..."
I believe that's the point of taxes in a representative democracy.

I await the arrival of a giant asteroid.

Show Me Progress
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At The Sin City Siren of Nevada, Emmily Bristol gives us a Shutdown Timeline: How We Got Here:

The Sin City Siren
We didn’t get to this impasse in Washington, D.C. in the last two weeks.   The situation has been developing since the passage of two versions of a budget back in March, 2013. The timeline so far looks like this:

January 1, 2013: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announces that he is no longer going to negotiate directly with President Obama. [The Hill]

January 18, 2013: The Republican Retreat at Williamsburg, VA reported as yielding recommendations that a short term debt extension could be a bargaining point, but the “full faith and credit of the U.S.” should not be risked. However, conservatives were divided about the debt limit. [NY]

February 14, 2013: Freedomworks publishes guidelines for a coalition letter including:  “Conservatives should not approve a CR unless it defunds Obamacare.  This includes Obamacare’s unworkable exchanges, unsustainable Medicaid expansion, and attack on life and religious liberty.” ”Conservatives cannot support a CR that is above the sequester level of $974 billion annually.  While many conservatives would prefer reprogramming defense cuts to other areas of discretionary spending (dollar for dollar cuts in the same year), the current sequester savings are better than none at all.” And noting that a “date change” is not accceptable. [...]

At Dirigo Blue of Maine, Andi Parkinson writes Federal Government Shutdown Having Major, Immediate, Widespread Effect On Maine:
DirigoBlue
Maine Democratic leaders, who had faced similar gridlock and a potential shutdown locally earlier this year but managed to come together with enough Republicans to avert that situation by overriding Governor LePage’s budget veto (LD 1509) for our state were quick to respond: [...]
“The people of Maine and millions of Americans across the country woke up shaking our heads this morning,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves. “We are tired of Tea Party politicians who are more interested in running our government into the ground than making it work. Now, more than ever, we must collaborate to move our state and country forward. Democrats are committed to doing so as we head into the next legislative session.”
But when it was Governor LePage’s turn to respond, he minimized the effect of the Tea Party fueled shutdown ...

At Blog for Iowa, Trish Nelson writes Latham Stands With The Tea Party:

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The government shutdown is one week old with no sign of stopping. Congressman Tom Latham is refusing to budge, standing with the Tea Party in demanding a delay in health care for millions of Americans just to re-open the government.

If only Latham could be reasoned with. But who could convince him? Perhaps … Tom Latham should listen to … Tom Latham.

In late August, Congressman Latham appeared at a town hall in Atlantic, Iowa, and said a shutdown would be “irresponsible” and have a “huge, negative impact.” He even opposed a shutdown as a way to stop Obamacare.

Join Progress Iowa and Daily Kos—tell Tom Latham to listen to… Tom Latham. He had it right in August, and he’s got it wrong now. Iowans and Americans can’t afford to live with his flip flop [hypocrisy] much longer.

At Blue in the Bluegrass, Yellow Dog writes Too Misogynist Even for Eastern Kentucky:
Blue in the Bluegrass
No, that headline is too mild.  This motherfucker went out of his way - multiple times—to say nearly outright that 13-year-old girls deserved to be sexually abused by an adult.

He's protecting child rapists so enthusiastically you'd think he was a catlick bishop.

He should be thrown off the bench and stripped of his law license.

Valerie Honeycutt-Spears at the Herald:

The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission on Monday public[ally] reprimanded an Eastern Kentucky judge for comments he made about juvenile girls during the sentencing of an male teacher convicted of sexually abusing the students.

Frank Fletcher, chief circuit judge for the 39th judicial circuit of Breathitt, Powell and Wolfe counties, commented that the defendant "was not blind and only human" and that some of the victims did not look their age, an order said. The victims were five 13- and 14-year-old girls who were the defendant's students, the order said.

At Blue Mass Group, Steve Grossman, the Democratic state treasurer who is running for governor, writes All employees deserve paid sick leave:
Blue Mass Group
People with the flu go to work sick because they worry about being fired. Parents send their children to school sick because they worry about losing their jobs. Others, too afraid to ask for time off from work, watch their aging parents suffer, unable to shuttle them between doctors’ appointments.

This is morally wrong and economically unwise. It’s wrong when we force our citizens to choose between economic security and physical or emotional well-being. We may never create equal outcomes, but together we must do all we can to provide equal opportunity.

That’s why I testified before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development this month in support of a bill providing earned sick time to workers across this Commonwealth, a common-sense policy I first testified in support of seven years ago.

At Blue Hampshire, you can almost see Hannah shaking her head as she writes Republicans cannot follow their own advice:
Blue Hampshire
To listen to Republicans is to listen to people who are seemingly at war with themselves, as if their subconscious were out to do them in. How else to explain a sentence such as this one from the mouth of R. Ted Cruz?
When we look at the unemployment rate of African-American teens of 38.2 percent, the fast food industry has been such a great avenue for advancement for minority teenagers.
That’s right up there with Barbara Bush opining that citizens being stuffed into the Super Dome after hurrican[e] Katrina blew through New Orleans was an improvement for the already “disadvantaged.”
At 4&20 Blackbirds, lizard discusses Harry Reid’s Letter to Boehner: Ignore Your Base like We Do:
Harry Reid is having trouble understanding what’s going on with House Republicans. Why can’t reasonable Republicans do to their base what reasonable Democrats did to theirs after the 2006 elections? I mean, it’s not like Democrats pulled this kind of hostage taking extremism when it came to the Iraq war, right? Charles Davis, in this op-ed, makes a good point about that. Why the hell not, Harry?
When Democrats swept back to power in 2006, and took control of both houses of Congress, they promised to end a bloody and unpopular war in Iraq that bankrupted the country both morally and financially. And then, of course, they didn’t.

In an October 2 letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reminds everyone of that. In the correspondence, Reid notes that while he “hated the Iraq war” – after voting for it – his opposition never manifested itself in anything more tangible than a press release, much less a government shutdown.

“There were many gut-wrenching nights when I struggled over what I needed to do to end the carnage,” Reid writes, claiming to have hated the war he voted for “as much as you hate the Affordable Care Act,” the health care law popularly known as “Obamacare” that mandates the purchase of health insurance while requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions. That law is at the center of the budget fight that recently led to a partial shutdown of the US government, with national parks closed and federal employees taking mandatory unpaid vacations to catch up on “Breaking Bad”.

“I could have taken the steps that you are taking now to block Government funding in order to gain leverage to end the war,” Reid continues. “I faced a lot of pressure from my own base to take that action. But I did not do that. I felt that it would have been devastating to America. Therefore, the Government was funded.”

Sure, stopping a war that was started on false pretenses would have really screwed up America. Devastating, to use Harry’s word.
At Nebraska Appleseed, Darcy Tromanhauser promotes a March and rally in Omaha Saturday for updated immigration laws:
Nebraska Appleseed blog
Saturday is a huge day for Nebraskans who think NOW is the time to fix our outdated immigration system!

We want you to join hundreds of Nebraskans from across the state in Omaha Saturday afternoon as we march and gather to tell Congress now is the time to pass updated immigration laws that strengthen families, businesses, communities, and the future of our state.

The “Families’ March and Rally for Dignity and Respect” will bring together Nebraska families, faith, community, youth, labor, and immigrant leaders for a peaceful and passionate march in downtown Omaha, which will culminate in a rally at Heartland of America Park.

At Calitics, Brian Leubitz writes PPIC's New Report Cites Voter Desire for Initiative Reform:
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The Public Policy Institute of California is out with a new report on the California initiative process (PDF). The quick takeaway: voters love it, but want to change it. In fact, the percentage of voters saying that they like the system has stayed about the same over the past ten years. In their most recent poll, 72% of voters supported the system. Despite the fact that most voters spend a few spare minutes about the proposed changes, about six in 10 adults (57%) and likely voters (60%) say that the decisions made by California voters are probably better than those made by the governor and state legislature. All that positivity despite the fact that 63% of likely voters think that special interests have too much control over the initiative system and 67% feel that there are too many initiatives. So, there's that.

But, in the end we do pay those legislators to become experts on public policy, so why not use them? And it turns out that the voters aren't actually against that, and favor two common sense reforms that would align the use of the plebiscite with our representative democracy:

Three in four adults say that the initiative process is in need of either major (40%) or minor changes (36%), while only 17 percent say it is fine the way it is.
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Eight in 10 (79% adults, 78% likely voters) favor having a period of time during which the initiative sponsor and the legislature could meet to look for a compromise solution before an initiative goes to the ballot. ... Overwhelming majorities of adults (76%) and likely voters (77%) support a system of review and revision for proposed initiatives to try to avoid legal issues and drafting errors. ... Lowering the vote threshold for the legislature to place tax measures on the ballot has solid majority support among adults (61%) and likely voters (60%). (PPIC Report)
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  •  A bit over 3 weeks 'til Virginia election day 2013 (13+ / 0-)

    A few highlights:

    *The National Humane Society Legislative Fund endorsed Democratic Atty. Gen. candidate Mark Herring, citing his strong record, as well as decrying his Tea Party opponent's horrendous one (e.g., supporting puppy mills, fox penning)

    *The Cuccinelli/"Extreme Team" freak show continues, as Mike Huckabee comes to down, as does Nikki Haley, the Duggars, Tony "Elephant Killer" Makris, etc, etc.

    *Racist, anti Semite, and 9/11 "truther" Ron Paul has endorsed Ken Cuccinelli.

    •  With all those wingers there to support Cuccinelli (2+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, Eric Nelson

      it's likely magnetic north may not hold and the Marianis Trench may widen.  But the demographic that turns out for them will be interesting to behold.  I sometimes wonder if it's safe for so many weapons toters, metal knee and hip joints, and constantly gnashing metal alloy dental fillings to be in one place should a lightning storm approach.  It could be the light show of all time.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 08:35:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks, MB (6+ / 0-)

    That judge in Kentucky needs to be removed from the bench instanter.  Good write up today.

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 08:17:12 AM PDT

  •  Thank you again for (5+ / 0-)

    your astonishing work in this series and the environmental one.  My reading will have to wait until Monday as I'm off to the Berkshires.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 08:22:45 AM PDT

  •  False-equivalence tripe ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Libby Shaw, a2nite, Puddytat

    Firing all Congresspersons is simple-minded, false-equivalence doggerel. That's the kind of stuff a nutty teabagger would say. No, fire the Congresspersons that voted to defund Obamacare, them only. And the OP can have some better discretion than to highlight the most damaging "bipartisan", crank style concept out there among "our" blogs.

  •  What general welfare clause? (1+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat

    "The person representing the franchise stated (paraphrased), 'If enough people contribute it can be taken care of...'
    I believe that's the point of taxes in a representative democracy."

    No wai.

  •  Correction: (4+ / 0-)

    "That’s right up there with Barbara Bush opining that citizens being stuffed into the Super Dome after hurrican[e] Katrina blew through New Orleans was an improvement for the already 'disadvantaged.'”

    No.  Barbara Bush used the word "underprivileged."  It is a significant distinction because it implies that the poor are simply lack (some or all) privileges.  You know, like the privilege of having somewhere to live, or something to eat.

    The actual quote:

    "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."  B. Bush

    Her choice of words is revealing and demonstrates a certain cold denial of reality as well as a "let-them-eat-cake" sociopathy.

    •  Mama B and Ted have the same stunning (1+ / 0-)
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      divorcement from reality. Surely they see themselves as deeply understanding charitable types - only the hubris resulting from such delusional self-assessment could lead to such pathetic "insight."
      It's frightening that such sorts hold the reins of power and influence.

  •  how I wish (2+ / 0-)
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    There were a blog for Indiana. If I wasn't working 50 hours a week plus helping my wife manage her home business and raising my 2 year old I'd do it myself.

    •  Could this be helpful? (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      Indiana Progressive Resources It's a progressive directory with a bunch of links to info. sources

      We've located many individuals and organizations in our search for Indiana progressives, but we know that there are even more to be found. We want to help Indiana progressives in their efforts to make the world a better place, so, if you know of any progressive groups, candidates, and information resources in Indiana that we don't already have listed here in this directory, get in touch and we'll take a look, and consider adding links to them as a part of this growing catalog of people working for freedom and fairness in Indiana.

      I found this site with a list of Indiana progressive Blogs Left in Aboite Blogspot

  •  well, yeah, men harassing or sexually abusing (5+ / 0-)

    women or girls, it's OUR fault.

    So, when male teacher convicted of 14 counts of sexually abusing 5 of his students, hey our fault. One of the most common BS "excuses" is that young teenager girls look older than their age. And, of course, the other BS of the young girls consented to sexual abuse. This judge hit trifecta with the other BS of wow, young girls should not dress that way.

    Because, yeah, if we are pretty to the man, he can't just help himself, don't ya know, so we are complicit in his rape or sexual abuse of young girls.

    Frank Fletcher, chief circuit judge for the 39th judicial circuit of Breathitt, Powell and Wolfe counties, commented that the defendant "was not blind and only human" and that some of the victims did not look their age, an order said. The victims were five 13- and 14-year-old girls who were the defendant's students, the order said.

    ...According to the order, Fletcher said, when responding to a statement by the defendant's attorney, "This is a statutory offense, but is it your understanding that all of the acts that occurred were consensual?"

  •  Thanks again for bringing the state news (2+ / 0-)
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    to the DK Front Page.  It's nice to see what's going on elsewhere.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 10:14:40 AM PDT

  •  Darn, thought Lizard @ 4&20 Blackbirds was.. (2+ / 0-)
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    ..about to make a really good point about Dem leadership ignoring its base, linking to Charles Davis @ Aljazeera, where he points to Harry Reid's..

    “There were many gut-wrenching nights when I struggled over what I needed to do to end the carnage,” Reid writes, claiming to have hated the war he voted for “as much as you hate the Affordable Care Act,”
    ..as justifying ignoring his base (us progressives) which it turns out was/is a mistake. A mistake that certain members of Dem leadership have been making for a long time (triangulation);

    Until s/he (Lizard) then links to George Ochenski who just does not get it.
    In fact repeats a major republicans spin (ironically giving a "centrist/right wing narrative to make the point about ignoring the base? - ugh):

    But it was Obama himself who unilaterally decided to not implement other provisions of the law and now provides a classic, if ironic, case of the pot calling the kettle black.
    ..which is oversimplification just plain wrong, which both Brad DeLong & Ezra Klein have explained.
    In 2009 the House passed a version of the employer mandate based on percentage of payroll without the negative incentives associated with the employer mandate based on number of employees (50 or more). Big Busisness rejected the former and embraced the latter.
    ...........................................  

    So I'll do my own.

    It is way past time for the progressive caucus and their policies are brought to the forefront as the Democratic party platfrom - imo - leave the blue dogs to follow the Progressive lead, not the other way around.

    Especially with what is going on.  We must not muddy things up trying to "come to the center".
    Now is the perfect time to make the distinction between the republicans and the Dems absolutely crystal clear. That is the very best thing we could do, and not just for the politics of it. The country needs/deserves it

    Thx MB for this weeks round-up

    •  So Freedom works is putting out guidelines? lol (0+ / 0-)

      Tea Party fundraising group FreedomWorks is broke as hell - by Robyn Pennacchia•Oct 11, 2013

      Good Morning! And would you like some delicious schadenfreude with your breakfast? The prominent Tea Party fundraising group FreedomWorks has pretty much exactly no money!
      [...]
      In case you need a refresher, the organization started as a Koch Brothers funded group “Citizens for a Sound Economy,” which was then split off into two groups–FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. FreedomWorks primarily dedicated itself to promoting trickle down economics and the teachings of Ayn Rand..
      [...]
      Anyway, according to a report from BuzzFeed, while the group raised $40 million last year–they spent it all getting Ted Cruz and all the other the people who just shut down our government elected, and also on Glenn Beck’s site “The Blaze”
      Sorry can't help but: As Bubbanomics would say : HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Seriously though, Hannah @ Blue Hampshire using Ted Cruz as a metaphor of sorts for the republican party right now is spot on. Republicans cannot follow their own advice.

      Breaking the republicans false narrative: "The American People want.." or "What the American People are saying.." - never have those statements been more false than today.

  •  Did anyone hear the Daily Beast woman last (0+ / 0-)

    week that stated that Al Gore may make a run in 2016 if Hillary doesn't run?

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