More Subpoenas Drop In Bridgegate Investigation As Christie Tries To Reassure Donors

By: Friday January 17, 2014 7:33 am

As Governor Chris Christie tours Florida to help Governor Rick Scott win re-election and reassure his donors, subpoenas are dropping all over New Jersey in the scandal surrounding the improper and illegal closures of lanes on the George Washington Bridge or “Bridgegate.” The New Jersey Assembly’s Special Investigations Committee is believed to have issued around [...]

As Port Strike Deadline Approaches Obama Pressured To Use Taft-Hartley

By: Friday December 28, 2012 6:14 am

UPDATE 1:10PM EST: There has been a 30 day extension to the ILA contract postponing the strike. The deadline is December 29th. Tomorrow. At 12:01 am on December 30th 14 ports from Boston to Houston will close as members of the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) covering the the East and Gulf coasts go on strike. [...]

Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons Bars 2 Million from Voting in Key Swing States Virginia and Florida

By: Friday November 2, 2012 10:00 am

The above graphic comes from the Prison Policy Initiative, and it shows the impact of summary disenfranchisement of adult-age ex-convicts in our political system, unique around the world. No other country disenfranchises ex-felons to the degree we do here in America. Prisoners pay their debt to society but their ability to have a voice in [...]

Isaac Pushes Through Gulf of Mexico, Will Drop Massive Rain, Storm Surge on Gulf Coast

By: Monday August 27, 2012 10:20 am

Tampa has been given the all-clear signal for Isaac, the tropical storm expected to grow in strength to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico. But the problems for the GOP as they try to hold their signature unveiling of Mitt Romney to the nation may have just begun. The tropical storm headed through the [...]

Federal Court Blocks Florida Early Voting Restrictions

By: Friday August 17, 2012 8:55 am

A quick dispatch from the war on voting: a federal judge in Florida has overturned state limits on early voting saying that the law would violate the civil rights of minorities in several counties. Several counties in Florida are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain areas with a history [...]

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Designed to Shave Off Votes at the Margins

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 8:15 am

Amid the fallout from a Pennsylvania judge allowing the state’s voter ID law to advance, the Philadelphia Inquirer, um, inquires as to whether the law could affect the outcome of the Presidential election: Political strategists and experts in election law caution that it is difficult to predict the electoral impact of such laws in Pennsylvania [...]

Republicans Across the Board Pressured Over Ryan Budget

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 6:15 am

If you want to know how the choice of Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is playing around the country, you only have to look to how his House colleagues are reacting, especially those in difficult races. “Linda McMahon will never support a budget that cuts Medicare,” said Corry Bliss, a spokesman for the [...]

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Will End in Chaos at Polls, Official Says

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 12:22 pm

A court case in Harrisburg over Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law continues this week. And one election official from Philadelphia warned of carnage at the polls in testimony yesterday. The state’s new voter identification law is expected to create great confusion in Philadelphia on Election Day, when thousands may discover they are ineligible to cast [...]

Governors Maneuver on Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday July 16, 2012 11:01 am

The National Governors Association meeting came and went this weekend without any definitive answers on Medicaid expansion – from both sides of the political divide. Republicans continue to be either adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid for their populations or undecided about the matter. And Democratic governors, for that matter, have not lined up in total [...]

Medicaid Expansion Requires Challenging Skeptics With Moral Arguments

By: Friday July 13, 2012 8:55 am

My whole point about the Medicaid expansion and the inevitability of Republican governors opting out at the outset is that those who support the expansion cannot take such a lackadaisical attitude about it. This is not a situation that will just change over time without a major challenge, pressuring these right-wing officials with the consequences [...]

Florida’s Rick Scott: I Won’t Expand Medicaid

By: Monday July 2, 2012 6:20 am

Florida Governor Rick Scott has explicitly rejected the Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act, threatening the coverage of 951,622 low-income Floridians. “Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we’re not going to implement exchanges,” Scott’s spokesman Lane Wright told The Associated Press on Saturday. [...]

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