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Even after Debates kick Campaign Season into High Gear, Jeb Bush’s Hashtag is Stuck in Reverse

Back in January of this year the patrician John Ellis Bush (nicknamed “Jeb Bush” for a populist touch) declared the opening of his presidential campaign. To mark the occasion, he also opened his official hashtag channel on Twitter, #righttorise. Bush invited Americans to talk up his campaign by using the #righttorise hashtag in their Twitter […]

Why the overdue SEC rule will underestimate the gap between CEO and worker pay

In 2010 — five years ago — the U.S. Congress passed into law a requirement that publicly-traded corporations must publicly reveal the gap between the pay for their CEOs and the pay for the rest of their employees. It wasn’t until yesterday that the Securities and Exchange Commission finally followed the law and enacted a […]

Senator Rick Santorum, Not Exactly Leaving Science to the Scientists

Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, 2015, on how religious people worried about global warming should shut up and “leave science to the scientists”:

“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists… When we get involved with political and controversial […]

Does Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Rundberg Owe Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Campaign Fines?

As the Federal Election Commission documents, Jim Rundberg is an officially-registered Republican Party candidate for President of the United States, having filed his papers on February 1 2015. Shortly after that declaration, Peregrin Wood wrote a brief review of Rundberg’s campaign announcement, also noting a January 1 2015 article by political reporter Charles Ashby of […]

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 […]

Fact Check: Is LA Rep. Lenar Whitley Right or Wrong about Global Warming?

Raw Story notes Louisiana State Representative Lenar Whitley has posted a video titled “Global Warming is a Hoax” in her campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress:

Among Rep. Whitley’s many claims of a secret “conspiracy” to fool humanity into thinking that global warming exists, she declares that all it takes to disprove […]

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 […]