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NC Gov McCrory to Campaign for Ken Cuccinelli for VA Gov

I guess Cuccinelli, who appears to be down by between 10-17 points to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, figures nothing can hurt him now….

I just hope someone captures some video and pictures to use when McCrory runs for re-election and tries to claim to be a “moderate” Republican again.  Cuccinelli is the darling of the Tea Party and the Religious Wrong…

From WRAL Raleigh:

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will campaign for fellow Republican and Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday.

The get out the vote rally, advertised by the Cuccinelli campaign, will take place in Roanoke, Va., at noon.

via McCrory to campaign for Ken Cuccinelli :: WRAL.com.

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NC Voter ID Laws and the Return of Jesse Helms

These people just aren’t very bright, but they are exceedingly mean.

The best way to defeat the GOP might just be to put them all on TV all the time….

The Republicans only get into trouble when they leave the Fox News bubble and venture out into the smarter, more modern real world…

You know, to places like “The Daily Show”.

Well, that’s what happened last night when NC Republican Executive Committee Member Don Yelton did his best to channel the late Jesse Helms on “The Daily Show.”

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I want to say it’s unbelievable, but we passed that threshold a long time ago…

And at least he’s an honest bigot…..

Here is the link to the complete “The Daily Show” segment.  See for yourself….

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-23-2013/suppressing-the-vote

 

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Obamacare Rollout vs Bush Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Rollout

How fast people forget….

The Bush Medicare Part B- which is still a nightmare to enroll in and compare coverage- had a very rocky start itself.  Funny, how the GOP seems to forget that….

Almost all the same problems impacting the early days of Obamacare, as they call it now,  were there for the Bush rollout as well.

While it would have been nice to have had a seamless launch for both, it’s ultimately the benefits that matter, not how smoothly the program launches.  We have time to fix the glitches….

In other words, get a grip!

From ThinkProgress.org:

Millions of Americans try to enroll in health care benefits during the first days of a new government health care program. They rely on indispensable government website that had been “pitched as a high-tech way” to sort through available coverage options. They’re encountering countless glitches and technical errors: the website freezes, displays incorrect plan information and sends insurers erroneous reports.

Administration officials — clearly caught off guard by the surge of technical difficulties — respond to “tens of thousands of complaints” from angry beneficiaries and promise to “fix every problem as quickly possible.”

This sounds like the familiar story of the last few days of the Obama administration’s rollout of the exchanges. But, actually, those quotes, and that scenario, are taken from the Bush administration’s efforts to implement the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2005 and 2006.

MORE:   Under Bush, Republicans Vigorously Defended Health Care Reform Despite Serious Glitches | ThinkProgress.

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Never Have Republicans Been More Disliked Than Right Now as GOP Unfavorables Hit 64%

I repeat:  I really wish the 2014 Elections were being held in 2013….

Still, the GOP shows no signs of learning from this experience, so perhaps they will be even more unpopular next year…

One can hope….

From PoliticsUSA.com:

The latest CNN/ORC poll finds that the Republican Party has never been more disliked than right now. The government shutdown fallout continues as 64% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the GOP.

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Since CNN began asking the question nearly 22 years ago, the Republican Party has never been as unpopular as they are right now. The havoc that Republicans unleashed on the American people during the month of October is not going to be soon gone or forgotten.

via Never Have Republicans Been More Disliked Than Right Now as GOP Unfavorables Hit 64%.

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Texas Judge Almost Blocked From Voting Because Of New Voter ID Law

I fear this is a merely a taste of things to come….

And to those of you who think Voter ID Bills are no big deal, think again…

In addition to the known impact to minorities and the poor, it seems no one really looked at the impact this might have on women, who are more likely to change their names with marriage or divorce….

From ThinkProgress.org

 

A Texas district judge who has been voting for the past five decades was almost barred from the polls Tuesday, thanks to the state’s newly implemented, stricter voter ID law. The law kicked in on Tuesday as early voting in Texas’ November 5 election began.As she told local channel Kiii News, 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts was flagged for possible voter fraud because her driver’s license lists her maiden name as her middle name, while her voter registration form has her real middle name. This was the first time she has ever had a problem voting in 49 years. “What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote,” she said.Watts worried that women who use maiden names or hyphenated names may be surprised at the polls. “I don’t think most women know that this is going to create a problem,” the judge said. “That their maiden name is on their driver’s license, which was mandated in 1964 when I got married, and this. And so why would I want to use a provisional ballot when I’ve been voting regular ballot for the last 49 years?”

via Texas Judge Almost Blocked From Voting Because Of New Voter ID Law | ThinkProgress.

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Good News in the Virginia Governor’s Race

Good news from my birth state.

It looks like the super conservative Tea Party favorite and hero of the Religious Wrong, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli, is going down hard….

This is especially telling given that Democratic Candidate Terry McAuliffe is far from a perfect candidate himself.  The leading state news paper, the Richmond Times Dispatch declined to endorse this year…

This is great news for Democrats overall and especially in Virginia!

From PoliticsUSA.com:

The Virginia governor’s race that some thought might shed light on the leanings of the 2014 electorate has turned into a rout as Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Ken Cuccinelli By 18 points.

Things are so bad for Virginia Republicans that GOP pollster Rasmussen has McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli 50%-33%. Libertarian Robert Sarvis is third at 8%. In case you don’t trust Rasmussen polls, and you shouldn’t, PPP has a new poll of early voters that shows McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli by 18 points with early voters.

via Democrat Terry McAuliffe Is Blowing Out Ken Cuccinelli By 17 Points In Virginia.

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Arnold Lobbies for White House Run

Just what we need….another Republican Movie Star in the White House.

The good news is that 2/3 of the Senate and 2/3 of the House can’t agree on anything, so as long as the Courts don’t do anything crazy, we are safe.

And I still think Hillary can take him down anyway…..

From Page Six at the New York Post:

Action star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been lobbying for support to change the law to allow him to run for president in 2016, Page Six has exclusively learned.

We’re told Ahnold has been openly talking about his political ambitions while in New York to promote his new movie with Sylvester Stallone, “Escape Plan.”

One source said: “Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.”

Arnie was born in Austria, and the US Constitution prevents foreign-born citizens from holding the nation’s top job. Any amendment to the Constitution must be approved by two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate.

More: Arnold lobbies for White House run | Page Six.

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NC Governor McCrory Spent $19K To Remodel Office Restroom

He just can’t seem to stay out of the toilet….

After this last legislative session, I guess we should be glad he spends so much time focusing on bathrooms.  There is only so much damage he can do there…..

I also find it infinitely amusing he even blames the Democrats for his bathroom issues….

From the Raleigh News and Observer:

North Carolina taxpayers spent about $19,000 to remodel a small restroom in Gov. Pat McCrory’s office at the State Capitol over the summer following complaints about a bad smell.

McCrory canceled plans last week to spend $230,000 in state funds to remodel six bathrooms in the historic Executive Mansion in Raleigh following public outcry. The Associated Press reported the work was to include more than $100,000 in new fixtures, marble and tile for McCrory’s master bathroom.

McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the old Capitol restroom required new paint, tile and repairs last July because of poor maintenance under the Republican governor’s predecessor, a Democrat.

“We spent $19,156 to replace broken tiles, flooring and make extensive repairs to plumbing that were not fixed by the previous administration,” Genardo said. “Additionally, a pungent odor seeped into the governor’s office, which made it an embarrassment to host company CEOs and guests at the State Capitol.”

via RALEIGH, N.C.: McCrory remodeled office restroom over bad odor | Local/State | NewsObserver.com.

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North Carolina DHHS settlement May Violate State Constitution

I’m watching the North Carolina news closely this afternoon as rumor has it McCrory is going to cut Aldona Wos loose this afternoon.  This is another example of why….

But the main reason is the arrogant witch is so blatantly throwing public money at McCrory campaign workers and contacts and making the Big Mac look bad.

She’s the only person in his administration with worse PR and Management skills than his…..

This GOPers always say they are going to bring efficiency to government- and they do….They efficiently transfer public funds to their friends.

Oh, and they are so proud of calling this a “Right to Work” state where people are employed “at will.”  Then why the concern at heading off appeals?  More likely trying to head off more bad press…..

From WRAL:

 

Department of Health and Human Services officials may have violated the North Carolina Constitution when they cut a $37,000 check to an outgoing worker on the job for only a month, personnel experts say.

Raleigh attorney Michael Byrne, who regularly represents state employees challenging their terminations, says the settlement appears to violate a section of the state constitution that explicitly prohibits payments to state workers for anything other than “public services.”

All told, DHHS paid Chief of Staff Thomas Adams $51,246 for a little more than four weeks of work. Aside from his regular salary, Adams took home $37,227 as part of a “settlement agreement” about four months after he left.

That settlement, signed by DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos and approved by State Budget Director Art Pope on July 30, said DHHS would pay the sum “in exchange for Mr. Adams’ agreement to waive all appeal rights and release the Department and its officials and employees from any liability or responsibility.”

via Personnel experts: DHHS settlement may violate state constitution :: WRAL.com.

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Let’s Face the Music and Dance

Government shut down…impending debt defaults that could drive us into a recession, if not depression…. idiots in Congress with no grasp of reality or social conscience…..

Sounds like we need Fred and Ginger, to me!

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