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The Creative Fees of Campaign Finance

This morning, I found the perfect quick summary of the state of campaign finance ethics in the United States. On April 17, The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, (which is in fact funded by unlimited contributions from executives from corporations like Verizon Communications, CastleArk Management, Retamco Oil & Gas, Anderson Logging, and Bietzel Aerospace) wrote [...]

Republican Moral Values: Public Corruption Is Less Serious Than Private Infidelity

A twisted window onto Republican Party moral values was opened yesterday, as the two headlines appeared side by side in the Google News feed:

On the one hand we have Rep. Grimm Charged With Tax Fraud, Says He Won’t Quit, and on the other we have Kissing Congressman Won’t Seek Re-election.

Vance McAllister, Republican U.S. [...]

Values Are Vital PAC Uses Las Vegas Money To Push Its Agenda

Are the Republican voters of Florida’s 19th congressional district content to allow political operatives from Nevada and New Jersey to tell them which values are vital? We’ll find out when the polls close Tuesday night. [...]

The Priorities Of Congressman Cook

Republican Paul Cook claims that, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he “has distinguished himself by tackling some of the most important issues of the day.”

In this category, Cook places his latest bill:  H.R. 4371. A bill to redesignate the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California as the Johnson [...]

Torture By The USA Went Way Beyond Waterboarding

On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee will be holding a hearing at which it discusses whether information about the American torture programs should be made public – as if that’s a legitimate question. [...]

1 Day of Same-Sex Marriages in Michigan Provides a Test of Angry Anti-Gay God Theory

Susanne Atanus, the Republican Party winner in Illinois’ 9th District congressional race, is the latest in a long line of preachers and politicians to proclaim that God controls the weather and uses dire weather to punish political jurisdictions that are kind to gay people:

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” [...]

My Own New York Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Poll

Yesterday, I received a New York Voter Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Polling Ballot in the mail. Why would I receive a presidential preference poll from the Republicans, when I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life? I suppose the GOP data bots were programmed to note that I’m a political independent, and bring me [...]

Rick Santorum is Running for President in 2016: Remember…

that Republican former Senator Rick Santorum is preparing to run for President in 2016, guaranteeing that the debate in the GOP primaries will be pulled to the right in an entertaining manner. Say whatever you like about Rick Santorum’s politics (please, go ahead), but he sure is fun to watch. Take a walk down [...]

Joe Biden Wishes that Republicans followed their Leaders like Sheep

“There isn’t a Republican party. I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican party. I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done.” — Vice President Joseph [...]

Thank Rand Paul For Suing Barack Obama

Senator Rand Paul is a Republican with a nasty pro-corporate libertarian ideology. When he campaigns for President in 2016, he won’t have my support. Still, today, Rand Paul has my thanks.

Why? While most members of Congress are sitting on their hands rather than take action against Obama’s abusive and unconstitutional National Security Agency program [...]

How Should We Respond To GOP In-Fighting?

Elements of the Tea Party seem to be taking aim at Speaker of the House John Boehner. They’re using their independent expenditure mystery money to purchase advertisements criticizing Boehner for moving away from the far-right fringe.

What’s the best liberal response to this?

Ignore it and let the elephants gore each other as much as [...]