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Corruption: $25,000 For Breakfast With Chris Christie

How can Chris Christie engage in such blatant corruption while planning a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016? Chris Christie is betting that voters won’t be paying attention. […]

Jeb Bush PAC and Super PAC: Does This Look Like Coordination to You?

Jeb Bush Announcing that We're Launching the Right to Rise PAC on January 6 2015

“Right to Rise” is the name of both a Political Action Committee gathering campaign contributions for Jeb Bush to run for President, and of a Super PAC that is gathering unregulated campaign contributions to support the general idea of Jeb Bush running for President. Does that sound like a distinction without a difference to you? […]

On Dan Coats, Science, Massaging White Rabbits, And Talking To Football Players

Senator Dan Coats asks us to laugh at the silly study of the benefits of massaging bunny rabbits, but I suggest that we take a step back and actually think about it, rather than just reacting viscerally. […]

Presidential Contender Jeb Bush Speaks to Ohio (Sponsored by 27 Lobbying Firms and Corporations)

Columbus Business First notes that Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is headline the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and that “Bush has been trying to consolidate support among possible donors and political leaders” in the populous swing state. What Columbus Business First doesn’t report is that the event has been sponsored […]

The MayDay Super PAC Returns

“Embrace The Irony.”

Remember that phrase? It was the phrase that Lawrence Lessig used to launch a big-money-gathering political action committee called the MayDay Super PAC in 2014. The publicly declared purpose of the big-money MayDay Super PAC was to … wait for it … get rid of big-money-gathering political action committees. What could go […]

Prayer Hasn’t Worked so well for States Legislatively Obsessed with Prayer

So far this year, legislators in the following U.S. states have introduced bills using government power to promote prayer:

Arizona Illinois Iowa Kentucky Minnesota Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

According to U.S. Census data for 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), these states have:

a lower share of […]

Fake Voter Rally In Michigan Shows How US Elections Have Gone All Kinds Of Wrong

In September last year, a voter rally was held in Michigan, a grassroots demonstration that people in that state supported the Republican campaign of Terri Lynn Land enough to go to the trouble of putting together a well-orchestrated event. Today, we’re learning that, although the event was well-orchestrated, it wasn’t at all what it appeared […]

Heads Up: Section 215 of the Patriot Act (Warrantless Seizure) Expires June 1, 2015

Before she ran for the U.S. Senate, civil liberties advocate Shenna Bellows sounded the alarm on the USA PATRIOT Act’s Section 215:

“The USA PATRIOT Act created new powers. It says that the government can now conduct what are called ‘sneak and peek’ searches, that they can go into your home, conduct a search of […]

Bill Shuster Gets Tough on Amtrak Food Concessions, Goes Woolly on the F-35

Republican Representative Bill Shuster is pulling out all the stops in congressional bill H.R. 749 to get Amtrak to cut, cut, cut its budget for paying the workers on its trains so that the federal government can stop paying $80 million a year to support Amtrak’s on-train food sales.

While we’re on the subject of […]

Jeb Bush Proposes Presidential Election To Be Held In 2016

Jeb Bush was speaking in support of a big government program that seeks to break up families, separating children from their parents when the children are American citizens and their parents aren’t. […]

Republicans in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas say Religion means you don’t have to Do Your Job

[A tip of the pen to DocDawg, whose blog post on the situation in North Carolina got me all riled up.]

Republican party officials love to proclaim that theirs is the “party of hard work”, that the GOP stands for the idea that Americans should stop whining, show up to work and get the job […]