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Category Archive for 'Politics As Usual'

Jim Kenney

If you’re a Philadelphia voter, Jim Kenney is the only progressive candidate in the mix. (He’s the only guy running who opposes the charter schools, is planning to implement universal pre-K, got pot possession knocked down to a misdemeanor, worked to get same-sex partner benefits for city employees long before anyone else did.) Now I […]

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This reminds me of when George W. Bush admitted there was such a thing as global warming, but quickly reassured his donors he had no intention of doing anything about it: Appearing at a candidate forum in late January, three likely Republican presidential contenders — Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul — all […]

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When Cathy McMorris-Rodgers posted a call on Facebook for ACA horror stories, I’m sure she expected to see people rise up, shaking their fists over tax snafus and other imagined problems. What she received was something else entirely. There are many replies, with most telling her to quit attacking it and get about the job […]

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By the way

Although it didn’t pass, the budget amendment calling for the expansion of Social Security yesterday had 42 Democratic Senators on the record in favor. That is huge. Kudos to Elizabeth Warren, Joe Manchin, Sherrod Brown, Patty Murray and Brian Schatz, who did the work. Tom Carper and Heidi Heidkamp were the two Democratic holdouts. This […]

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So these bankers (and the media, apparently) really don’t understand how much ordinary people hate them and think they should be in jail. Nor do they get that being a candidate the banks hate is a badge of honor these days. Well then! Let them take their $15,000 (which Elizabeth Warren can raise in about […]

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Harry Reid not running

So the angling to replace Reid will begin, with Dick Durbin as a possibility but the most likely candidate being Chuck Schumer: WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his […]

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Wow, Ted. Why so quiet? You normally have so much to say, yet when confronted by some young immigrants, you turn tail and run. Aren’t you proud of your positions? Cruz has opposed laws offering in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants and has also railed against President Barack Obama’s executive actions that […]

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Meanwhile, kids are going to jail for possessing marijuana. Something is off: Senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents working overseas allegedly participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by drug cartels, according to a newly-released Department of Justice Inspector General report on the handling of sexual misconduct allegations by law enforcement agencies. The conduct occurred over […]

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I love this story: Like Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon, organizers of a massive $50 million gamer convention have flown in to save the day—threatening to take their business elsewhere if Indiana governor Mike Pence signs SB 101, the controversial bill that would allow individuals to discriminate against LGBT people on religious grounds. The […]

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Time for them all to come clean about their education “reform” agenda: The National Education Association, the largest U.S. labor union, is pushing to make public schools a front-burner domestic issue throughout the 2016 presidential race, union leaders said Wednesday. “We have 3 million members who want desperately to know what the candidates have to […]

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