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Jon Barela Won’t Put People In Charge Of Government

Under Jon Barela’s vision, the destiny of the American people would be to sit down and take whatever corporate executives decide they should have. [...]

John Yates Spreads Fascist Germany Theme in Republican Border Talk

With Republican Joe Miller calling for America to take after East Germany before having a reporter hauled away and arrested for asking the wrong questions, Republican John Yates has seconded the call for an East German border policy:

They ought to be armed and if warned leaflets dropped all over Mexico says that we will [...]

Immigration Argument Brings Out The Worst In Candidates

Green Party congressional candidate Faye Walters says she wants to prevent any ethnicity from dominating the United States by instituting immigration quotas from particular nations. Has she not noticed that there already is a certain dominant ethnicity in the USA? [...]

Paul LePage Ad Advantage in Maine Comes from Big money

I read with interest today Kevin Miller’s report in the Bangor Daily News on financing in the campaigns for Governor of Maine. Miller noted that Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage has received more campaign money from the Republican Governors Association than Democratic candidate Libby Mitchell has received from the Democratic Governors Association.

Kevin Miller interprets [...]

Why Liberal Candy Lovers Should Avoid Jelly Bellies

Jelly Belly candies fund nasty right wing disinformation campaigns. That’s simply in poor taste, and that’s why I won’t eat Jelly Bellies any more. [...]

Top 10 Contributors to 527 Political Groups in the 3rd Quarter of 2010

When the Center for Responsive Politics reviewed contributions to Section 527 political organizations during the 2nd Quarter of 2010, their headline shouted Big Donors!. The headline was merited by their finding that the top ten donors together gave $6.7 million to political groups during the period. If we’re looking for a headline for the 3rd [...]

Corporate Independent Expenditures Accelerated Wildly This Week

The closer we get to Election Day, the more the use of independent expenditures accelerates. Thanks to Republicans in Congress who voted down disclosure requirements this summer, sketchily identified corporations with undisclosed lists of donors are throwing money by the bucket at congressional campaigns.

How much has the use of independent expenditures accelerated? Consider this: [...]

Consider these 13 Green Party Candidates for Governor

If your ideas tend toward the left-hand side of the political spectrum and you are dissatisfied with your choices in the Governor’s race where you live, consider the Green Party choices that you might not have heard of. Green Party Watch lists the Green Party candidates running for Governor in 13 states. The candidates are [...]

Paladino Sought Endorsement from Man blaming Gay people for Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Terrorism

Lost in the kerfuffle about Carl Paladino’s anti-gay remarks is the reason he gave them in the first place. Carl Paladino, the Republican Party nominee for Governor of New York State, delivered virulently anti-gay remarks in New York City as part of a deal to receive an endorsement from Rabbi Yehuda Levin, the founder and [...]

The Partisan Use of Independent Expenditures (Graph)

Working from Federal Election Commission data on independent expenditures starting on January 1, 2009 and ending with today’s release, here’s a graph showing the distribution of independent money (untraceable beyond the front groups) used to support and oppose the political parties’ candidates for federal office:

I’m not leaving third party candidates off this chart [...]

The Nazi Role Playing Of Rich Iott

Rich Iott isn’t just wrong for Congress because he dressed up as a Nazi. He’s wrong because his extremist politics would create a historical re-enactment of the worst mistakes of the last generation. [...]