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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 […]

Republicans Unsettled, Democrats Absent at Maine’s Union Fair 2012

In 2010, Democrats set up a poorly-staffed table in a shed with a few pieces of literature at the Union Fair in Knox County, Maine. Republicans had a prominently-placed tent at which they were selling sweatshop-made promotional material.

In 2011, Knox County Democrats were gone entirely from the Union Fair, while Knox County Republicans sold […]

Green Party and Occupy have most educated Facebook Fans (Americans Elect and No Labels the least)

Within the Facebook corporation, there are entire divisions dedicated to the analysis of the connections and communications of users, using unrestricted access to the entire Facebook dataset. If you have a Facebook page for your cause or organization, you can use Facebook Insights to see a far more limited breakdown of information about the people […]

What Kind of Independence Drives the Independence Party of New York?

These last few days I’ve been making preparations to review a book written by a longtime leader of the Independence Party of New York. I’ve heard some funny things about the Independence Party of New York, mostly alleging some form of “cultish” behavior. I don’t like “cult” accusations very much, considering that most of the […]

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 […]

Daniel Winslow: Mitt Romney Aide, Scott Brown Aide, Republican Legislator, Senior Americans Elect Leader

A tip of the pen goes to Dan Heard for pointing out an interesting coincidence.

It turns out that Daniel Winslow, one of the six people named recently as senior leaders of Americans Elect, has been a senior political aide to both Republican Mitt Romney and Republican Scott Brown.

Daniel Winslow’s work for Republicans based […]

Republicans outsource Union Fair to Nicaragua, Dems absent completely.

At the fair we have going this week in the town of Union here in rural central Maine, the Knox County Republican Party has returned to its usual prominent spot on the midway right next to the rides and the racetrack. The GOP has a tent at the Union Fair with biblically-themed political […]

Hyperpartisanship? Congressional Caucuses are a Showcase of BiPartisan Cooperation

Two inter–linked 501c4 corporations that refuse to disclose their donors are hip-deep in plans to throw their money behind as-yet unnamed candidates in the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. To justify their existence, Americans Elect and No Labels make the same claim: that American politics is wracked by hyperpartisanship. There’s just one problem with that […]

Slick Surprise Senate Roll Call: Senate Passes Patriot Act 86-12 on 2/15

Boom. Just like that, with hardly any notice at all and no significant public debate, the U.S. Senate has passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act by a margin of 86-12. Patriot Act powers, which are almost always used for reasons that have nothing to do with terrorism, permit surveillance, search and seizure without probable […]