At The Daily Kingfish of Louisiana, Lamar Parmental writes—Rob Maness is Crazy—And He’ll Be Mary Landrieu’s Chief Rival in ’14:
At Blue Virginia, Dan Sullivan writes—Defending Against Republican Improvised Economic Devices:Perhaps it is time to drop the kabuki show: Bill Cassidy might not make it to 2014. A series of embarrassing articles continue to surface, including (GASP) this nugget:
In 1988, while living in California, Cassidy penned a letter to The State-Times, a now defunct afternoon newspaper in Baton Rouge. In the letter, Cassidy mocked anyone who would vote for George H.W. Bush for president and suggested Louisiana residents vote for Michael Dukakis. In a sarcastic tone, Cassidy “thanked” voters for supporting Bush because the Republican president would ultimately help California by increasing defense spending while Louisiana suffered economically during the oil bust because of falling prices. [...]Let’s just put it out on the table. This is devastating for Cassidy. Let us look no further than Kentucky, or Texas, or Missouri, to notice one ripe truth about today’s modern GOP: the tea baggers at the grass roots are running the show. Whether it’s Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Todd Akin, the ultra right-wing is propelling candidates past “establishment” choices.
Unfortunately for Doc Cassidy, he falls squarely in the latter camp.
Rob Maness, on the other hand, is making a play for the nutjob caucus, and he’s winning
At Blue Jersey, deciminyan writes—Belgard Kicks Off Congressional Campaign at Historic Site:For three years we have heard that Virginia is enjoying budget surpluses. All the while, a series of gimmicks have been employed that will unravel during the years to come; some immediate, some long term. Terry McAuliffe would be well advised to determine baselines that provide context for funding obligations.
Ken Cuccinelli was right when he claimed that taxes would increase during a McAuliffe administration; what he failed to point out was that they also had consistently increased during the current administration and would under his own. The difference will be that Governor McDonnell was allowed to borrow against the future and underfund capital requirements, in effect levying the tax on his successors and generations to come. Cuccinelli would have done much more of the same. Such maneuvers by the coming McAuliffe administration will not be met with the deafening silence afforded the current administration.
What better place for a woman to announce she's running for Congress than on the steps of the Alice Paul Institute's Paulsdale House? The organization that promotes women's rights is an appropriate venue, given that none of New Jersey's 14 federal legislators are women.You can find more progressive state bloggers below the fold.
Aimee Belgard is working to change that. As a Democratic candidate in a district that has been solidly Republican with the exception of a single term of John Adler, she's the right person for the job, regardless of gender. In her current position as a minority member of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, she has demonstrated that she can simultaneously reach across the aisle to get things done while holding the majority responsible for fiscal transparency—something that was lacking before Aimee and her fellow Democrat Joanne Schwartz were elected to the board last year.
At Blue Oklahoma, DocHoc writes—USGS Says Earthquake Swarm Could Be Tied To Oil, Gas Production Methods:Apparently Walmart, the country’s largest—and, some say, stingiest—private employer thought its troubles at the new Chinatown grocery center were over once it opened for business in September. That, however, was corporate wishful thinking in serious need of a cleanup in aisle three. Today, November 7, the community coalition that opposed Walmart’s original entry into the historic neighborhood will be demonstrating against the mega-chain’s continued abuse of its low-paid employees. The event will culminate with the arrest of 100 men and women in front of the store.
Their immediate goal is to draw attention to Walmart’s strategy of maximizing profits by scheduling its workers for the minimum number of hours possible and by encouraging them to apply for food stamps and other tax-funded programs to supplement their meager paychecks. (Not to mention firing dissident workers.) But organizers also hope to build momentum for nationwide protests against Walmart scheduled to take place in three weeks.
As many shoppers know by now from personal experience in the consumer mosh pit known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is the retail industry’s busiest day of its biggest sales season. Last year hundreds of protesters, many of them Walmart workers, were arrested after taking part in acts of civil disobedience. This year the heat will be turned up again on Walmart during Black Friday.
At Blue NC of North Carolina, BlueNC writes—Tata's DOT sends out alert on "women drivers" and "Obamacare":The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the large rise in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years might be partly attributed to the wastewater disposal methods used in oil and gas drilling techniques.
In a statement released recently, the USGS noted there were one to three earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or more from 1975 to 2008. Since that time, the state has averaged 40 earthquakes of 3.0 magnitudes or more on an annual basis, according to the USGS, which has labeled the increase a "swarm."
This information has important implications for Oklahomans in terms of personal safety and building codes. Is it only a matter of time before a major earthquake hits Oklahoma and does major damage?
At Cottonmouth of Mississippi, Ryan Brown writes—McDaniel Receives Another Tea Party Endorsement:The McCrory administration's inept hiring practices continue:
"Women drivers, rain and Obama care" were causing problems on the beltline Wednesday afternoon, according to a traffic alert from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. "Stay home," the alert advised."The individual violated procedures by failing to turn off the external feed while testing and for the inappropriate test message content. The contractor was let go immediately for this action," DOT officials said in a statement.It was a stupid mistake, but what's even more stupid is the idea of making emergency messages like this automated in the first place. Road conditions change continually, and an incorrect message can cause more problems (and danger) than no message at all. A labor-saving system isn't "efficient" if it can't do the job properly.
State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) has received the endorsement of the Tea Party Express!At The Prairie Blog of North Dakota, Jim Fuglie writes—Journalism 101:
Several prominent mouth-breathing experts were on hand to celebrate this accomplishment. If you recall, the individual to McDaniel's left once noted the country might have been better off if it was still just men voting.
At KnoxViews of Tennessee, R. Neal writes—Tennessee textbook selection:A friend of mine once described me as a “lapsed journalist.” I corrected him and said I was a “recovering journalist.” In either case, the title gives me the credentials to tell you a story about the sorry state of journalism in North Dakota.
Last Sunday, the Forum Communications Company’s North Dakota papers ran a story written by a young reporter that was generated by a blog post I wrote a couple weeks ago. (My blog, coincidentally, is hosted by Forum Communications, and shows up on the Area Voices sections of the websites of their newspapers, four of which—The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, The Grand Forks Herald, The Jamestown Sun and The Dickinson Press—are in North Dakota. It’s on their websites for now, at least. That may change after I finish writing this. I hope not, though.) In the blog post, I was pretty critical of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. The issue was the list of “Special Places” the North Dakota Industrial Commission is compiling, places which may or may not get special consideration when the Commission issues oil and gas drilling permits. You can read the story here if you want to.
The story was a summary of a long interview the reporter did with the Attorney General. Wayne defended what he had been doing that I was critical of, refuted a few things I said, but generally was kinder to me than I had been to him. That’s his style, and it’s why I still kind of like him. The reporter, however, was not so kind. He summarized what my blog had said in two sentences and then wrote “Fuglie did not return a phone message left at his home Thursday.”
As I said, the story ran on Sunday. Three days after he said he left me a message. Except that he didn’t leave me a message. Because I don’t have a phone at my home.
At Plunderbund of Ohio, Sue Dunham writes—Medicaid lawsuit all about making money for Cincinnati Right to Life:In case you missed it, the legislation enabling Tennessee's school textbook selection committee is up for sunset review, meaning the panel could get a makeover or even be eliminated. [...]
The usual suspects also bring the usual right-wing hair-on-fire rhetoric. Chief among them is Stacey Campfield, who thinks parents should get to vote on what goes in textbooks or something.
This would presumably lead to the Fox and Friends idiocracy correcting school textbooks to include well known facts such as the Earth is only 6,000 years old, the Civil War was fought over liberty and freedom from government oppression, the holocaust never happened, the Apollo moon landings were faked, Ronald Reagan was the first president, Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya, and anthropogenic climate change is a hoax.
At Eclectablog, Amy Lynn Smith writes—Michigan House passes GOP’s partisan, power-grabbing bill to move Court of Claims:The lawsuit to block Medicaid expansion is being advanced by a motley crew of state legislators, as well as Cincinnati Right to Life (CRTL). Why would CRTL be opposed to expanding health insurance, which will unarguably save lives? Even when Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) has endorsed the expansion?
CRTL’s explanation is that Medicaid can be used to get primary care services from people who are also abortion providers. Therefore, Medicaid abets abortion providers and should be opposed.
Take note: in addition to opposing birth control and sex education, the anti-choice movement is also opposed to health insurance. It won’t [...]
At Blog for Democracy of Georgia, Catherine writes—And… Jason Carter jumps into the Governor’s Race!:The Michigan GOP succeeds in rigging the court system to make sure Republican judges hear the cases they want to win.
It’s a disgrace, a mockery of democracy and Michigan’s justice system—and a legislative maneuver that puts even more power in the hands of Republicans.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Republican-led Michigan House voted 57-52 to pass Senate Bill 652, moving the Court of Claims to the Court of Appeals. I wrote about the details of this egregious power-grab earlier today.
And, of course, House Republicans gave the bill immediate effect, something the Michigan GOP is apparently unwilling to do for any bills other than those that suit their partisan agenda.…
Go Jason Go!
News sources, Facebook, and email are abuzz this morning with the exclusive AJC announcement that State Senator Jason Carter has thrown his hat into the 2014 Georgia Governor’s race. Rumors abound, the most significant being that Former State Senator and current Governor candidate, Connie Stokes, will switch her efforts to a campaign for Lieutenant Governor. We’ll update if that announcement comes.
43 years ago, in 1970, Jason’s grandfather, Jimmy Carter, was elected Governor of Georgia. His gubernatorial service is often credited to his presidential win in 1976. Jason Carter is quick to say that his campaign for Governor is about Georgia’s future, not about his family. [...]
It should be interesting to see if the campaigns of Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter play up the their pedigree during the campaigns. Imagine a photo op with the Carters and Nunns. Father, grandfather, daughter, grandson.