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Fact Check: Is the Murder Rate Really 28% Lower in Right-to-Carry States?

Former San Bernadino County Republican Chair Bill Postmus has come out with a new claim on Twitter, that “In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower”:

Is this true? Finding out is a simple matter. First, consult the National [...]

Those Pesky Citizens Want to Talk

“Ninety percent of the audience will be there interested in what you have to say. It’s the other 5 or 10 percent who aren’t. They’re there to make a point.”

– legislative aide, explaining why Senate Republicans have decided to stop holding town halls with their constituents.

Source: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/us/politics/a-former-engine-of-the-gop-the-town-hall-meeting-cools-down.html

Fresh Off Hikes to Student Loan Rates, Congressional Republicans Vote to Abolish Food Stamp Program

On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate voted to double undergraduate student loan interest rates from 3.4% to 6.8%, making it more difficult for people to lift themselves out of economic struggle by earning a college degree.

One of the transformations associated with earning a college degree is decreased dependence on government services like SNAP, the [...]

Partisan Churning Reaches New Height: GOP Loves the ACLU?

If you’ve been paying attention to politics for more than one election cycle, you’ve seen the partisan churn in action. When Party X is in power and Party Y is out of power, Party Y will complain about overreach of executive power by Party X and Party X will speak with disdain about the anti-government [...]

Republicans Say They're Turning Pro-Immigration. In Congress, they Act Against It

Congressional Republicans continue to put on a good media show to make it look like they are moving to support immigration, after an election in which it became clear that most Americans are tired of the GOP’s blame-an-immigrant strategy. But look closely at their “efforts” and you’ll notice there’s no actual legislation involved — just [...]

Watch What They Do: Republicans Talk Soft but Drive Hard Right on Immigration

In the news this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been issuing press releases as he hops around the country in a “listening tour” devoted to convincing non-white voters that the Republican Party actually cares about them.

Not mentioned in the newspapers and unfit for print, Representatives Randy Neugebauer, Sam Graves, Tom Graves [...]

Charlie Fuqua, for Killing Disobedient Kids and Religious Cleansing, is GOP pick for Congress

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican Party’s pick for Congress in Arkansas’ 5th District, wants the government to engage in religious cleansing in the United States: “I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.”

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican Party nominee for United States Congress, wants [...]

How Moderate Is Olympia Snowe?

Over the past week, political pundits have been writing paeans to Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, who has just announced that she will not run for re-election. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, in a typical editorial, pronounced Senator Snowe a “moderate” and “one of the last reasonable lawmakers.”

How “moderate” is Olympia Snowe’s record?

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In Arizona, Americans Elect Party Registrations Heaviest in Republican Areas

Is Americans Elect a political party? Despite its protests to the contrary, the answer is a hearty Yes Indeed. The latest proof of Americans Elect’s status as a political party comes from the state of Arizona, where the Secretary of State has released counts of registered Americans Elect political party members in Arizona counties, U.S. [...]

Christine Todd Whitman Goes on TV and Promotes Jon Huntsman a Sixth Time, Violating Americans Elect Bylaws

She’s done it five times before; this is the sixth.

The Americans Elect bylaws are very specific, as an Americans Elect Director, Christine Todd Whitman is not supposed to “communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President or Vice President at any time before the adjournment of the online [...]

Christine Todd Whitman, Americans Elect Director, Speaks out for Jon Huntsman for President

Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President or Vice President at any time before the adjournment of the online nominating convention of Americans Elect.

That’s the very specific requirement set out in the bylaws of Americans Elect, the 501c4 [...]