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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fritterdonut wrote:
WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Pandering to? He is the Drudge Report crowd.


I think he might just be the Drudge report.


I think the be just him him might
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haw haw haw! Gods, I hate that guy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh dear. oh deary me.

i would of course weep for him, but i'm afraid i might short out my keyboard.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so trump is bound and determined to build his wall. even if he has to pay for it by cutting programs that actually, you know, work...
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David Bier, a policy analyst with the Cato Institute, said a border wall would do little to stop the drug trade. Most of the cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines smuggled into the United States come through legal ports of entry rather than areas that would be stopped by a wall, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Nor would a wall stop illegal immigration, other experts said. Data from the Department of Homeland Security and research groups like the New York-based Center for Migration Studies show that most undocumented immigrants now simply overstay legally obtained short-term visas — and did not sneak across the border.

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Customs and Border Protection faces several cuts.

Its $7.9 million request for technology upgrades to its P-3 surveillance aircraft — which operates thousands of miles beyond American borders to track narcotics being shipped from Colombia, Peru and other drug producing countries — was denied. In 2016, the latest data available, the P-3 aircrews contributed to 145 drug seizures, helping American and foreign authorities capture a combined 34,108 pounds of marijuana and 193,197 pounds of cocaine.

The internal document also suggested delaying a request to buy 15 new Coastal Interceptor boats to catch drug smugglers. The agency had sought nearly $15 million to replace its aging fleet to keep up with drug smugglers’ smaller, faster boats.

It also would cut nearly 200 of the 500 canine units that customs officials say play a key role in programs to prevent terrorism and drug smuggling. The dogs’ handlers would then be reassigned to ports on the southwest border to help with staffing shortages.


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“People that are dealing with this issue know that a third-century solution to a 21st-century problem is not going to fix this long-term,” said Representative Will Hurd, Republican of Texas and a former C.I.A. officer.


but of course it's not about actually fixing problems - it's about making a big splash (with the chum thrown out for supporters)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A federal court is displeased that the North Carolina GOP continues to try and get away with blatant, admitted gerrymandering.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/north-carolina-gerrymander.html?ref=oembed


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The ruling was the first time that a federal court had blocked a congressional map because of a partisan gerrymander, and it instantly endangered Republican seats in the coming elections.

Judge James A. Wynn Jr., in a biting 191-page opinion, said that Republicans in North Carolina’s Legislature had been “motivated by invidious partisan intent” as they carried out their obligation in 2016 to divide the state into 13 congressional districts, 10 of which are held by Republicans. The result, Judge Wynn wrote, violated the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.

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The ruling left little doubt about how the judges assessed the Legislature’s most recent map. Judge Wynn, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was a member of a special panel considering the congressional map, said that “a wealth of evidence proves the General Assembly’s intent to ‘subordinate’ the interests of non-Republican voters and ‘entrench’ Republican domination of the state’s congressional delegation.”


Saw this highlighted elsewhere, quotes from the official opinion of the court:


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First, Republicans had exclusive control over the drawing and enactment of the 2016 Plan. The Committee’s Republican leadership and majority denied Democratic legislators access to the principal mapdrawer, Dr. Hofeller. Ex. 1011, at 36:9–20; Ex. 1014, at 44:23–45:15; Ex. 2008. And with the exception of one small change to prevent the pairing of Democratic incumbents, Dr. Hofeller finished drawing the 2016 Plan before Democrats had an opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Additionally, all of the key votes—including the Committee votes adopting the Political Data and Partisan Advantage criteria and approving the 2016 Plan, and the House and Senate votes adopting the 2016 Plan—were decided on a party-line basis.



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Second, the legislative process “[d]epart[ed] from the normal procedural sequence.” Arlington Heights, 429 U.S. at 267. Representative Lewis and Senator Rucho instructed Dr. Hofeller regarding the criteria he should follow in drawing the 2016 Plan before they had been appointed co-chairs of the Committee and before the Committee debated and adopted those criteria. Lewis Dep. 77:7–20. Indeed, Dr. Hofeller completed drawing the 2016 Plan before the Committee met and adopted the governing criteria. Id. And notwithstanding that the Committee held public hearings and received public input, Dr. Hofeller never received, much less considered, any of that input in drawing the 2016 Plan.



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Third, the plain language of the “Partisan Advantage” criterion reflects an express legislative intent to discriminate—to favor voters who support Republican candidates and subordinate the interests of voters who support non-Republican candidates. Ex. 1007
(emphasis added). Moreover, the Partisan Advantage criterion reflects an express intent to entrench the Republican supermajority in North Carolina’s congressional delegation by seeking to “maintain” the partisan make-up of the delegation achieved under the unconstitutional 2011 Plan. Id. The official explanation of the purpose behind that criterion by Representative Lewis—who co-chaired the Committee and, in that capacity, developed the Adopted Criteria and oversaw the drawing of the 2016 Plan—demonstrates as much. Representative Lewis explained that “to the extent [we] are going to use political data in drawing this map, it is to gain partisan advantage.” Ex. 1005 at 54; see also Ex. 1016, at 29:12–13 (“We did seek a partisan advantage in drawing the map.” (Statement of Rep. Lewis)). To that end, the Partisan Advantage criterion required “draw[ing] lines so that more of the whole VTDs voted for the Republican on the ballot than they did the Democrat,” he explained. Ex. 1005, 57:10–16. And Representative Lewis “acknowledge[d] freely that this would be a political gerrymander,” Id. at 48:4–5—a sentiment with which Senator Rucho “s[aw] nothing wrong,” Rucho Dep. 118:20–119:10.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More gerrymandering by the GOP recognized in court:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/22/579788104/pennsylvania-supreme-court-strikes-down-voting-map

A map of Pennsylvania's voting districts, for reference:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

add trey gowdy to the list of republicans who have decided not to run in 2018.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SCOTUS refused to hear the case in the PA redistricting, so the state has about 9 more days left to draw up new districts.
https://www.npr.org/2018/02/05/583373004/supreme-court-pass-means-pennsylvania-must-redraw-congressional-maps-in-10-days

Paul Ryan congratulated someone for getting an extra $78 dollars per year thanks to his tax cuts:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/03/politics/paul-ryan-tweet-tax-cut-backlash/index.html
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House Speaker Paul Ryan deleted a tweet Saturday touting the GOP tax overhaul after critics called him out for appearing out of touch with the reality of low-income individuals' financial situations.
The tweet shared the story of a secretary who, according to a report by the Associated Press, was "pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week."
"A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week ... she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year," Ryan tweeted with a link to the full article.
A basic Costco membership costs $60 a year.

People, including several prominent Democrats, noted on social media that $1.50 per week is not a significant pay bump.


Oh, and Cobb County, GA (formerly known for trying to put stupidity stickers in textbooks) is so broke they need to close down a shit ton of public libraries after giving almost half a billion for a privately-owned stadium away. And tax-cuts.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What can someone buy with 6.5$ more per month ?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Costco membership, apparently.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can get a big mac meal at mcdonald's, and have change left! (depending on the sales tax).
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so there's this Nazi who is going to be a Republican candidate for Congress. no real worry, it's a solidly Democratic district and this guy's record...

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He has previously run for the Republican nomination in the Third District, in 1998, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016. But he has never won.

In 2016, the State Board of Elections removed him from the race after the Republican Party challenged the legitimacy of several hundred signatures on his nomination petition. In 2006, “he lost the nomination to a former professional clown,” Mr. Pitcavage said.


but he's an unapologetic white supremacist, and his selling point seems to be that he stands "“shoulder to shoulder, philosophically,” with President Trump" which doesn't make the party look to good, and i'm thinking they know it - the illinois party chair has come out against him. but apparently, there is nothing the Republican party can do about it.

you know, i know there were all kinds of problems with party bosses appointing nominees in smokefilled rooms, and people feel the democrats' "super delegates" are more of the same so they want to get rid of them....but i'm wondering how many outright idiots and embarrassments came out of that system. if the republican party had had super delegates, would we have our current president?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, A Rep lawmaker with strong anti-LGBT position resigns after getting caught having sex with a man

Karmic justice aside, is there any of them 'man enough', sorry for the turn of phrase, keeping their seat and try to help fixing up the mess they started with their bitoged views in the first place?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the problem is, they won that seat by selling their voters on how much they are against whatever-it-is. so they are unlikely to retain that seat by telling those votes "hey, look, i was wrong, we are wrong, we really need to fix this".
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ran Paul triggered another shutdown by delaying the vote in the Senate past the deadline.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-government-shutdown-latest-rand-paul-daca-republicans-donald-trump-a8201956.html
We'll see how quickly the House can get us out of this.
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