October 2013

Brian Tashman, Tuesday 10/29/2013, 12:55pm
Back in 2009, then-State Senator Ken Cuccinelli told the Shenandoah County Republican Party that it was nice to leave Richmond for the heavily Republican county because “the real Virginia is here.” Cuccinelli, now the GOP nominee for governor, made the remark while defending Sarah Palin’s famous comment that conservative areas represent the “real America” and are more “pro-America” than the rest of the country. Cuccinelli was also echoing the remarks of the McCain-Palin campaign’s Nancy Pfotenhauer, who said in 2008 that the more conservative... MORE
Miranda Blue, Tuesday 10/29/2013, 12:23pm
Later this week, the Senate will vote on ending the Republican filibuster of Patricia Millett, the first of President Obama’s three nominees to fill vacancies on the influential US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Republican senators have no beef with Millett personally (she’s a renowned appellate attorney, military spouse and black belt), but they’re still threatening to block all three nominees because, they contend, President Obama is attempting to “pack” the 11-member court by going through the constitutionally mandated process to fill its three vacancies... MORE
Miranda Blue, Tuesday 10/29/2013, 12:00pm
Much of the success of the Affordable Care Act depends on enough young, healthy people signing up for health care coverage to offset the cost for insurance companies of covering a larger pool of older and less healthy people. That’s why ACA’s supporters are investing a lot of time and energy in signing these “young invincibles” up for coverage….and why the law’s opponents are determined to discourage young people from acquiring health insurance plans. (See the ridiculous, more than a little ironic, ad by the Koch-backed Generation Opportunity showing a... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/29/2013, 11:24am
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck warned that "words have power" and did so in order to hold President Obama responsible for the brutal murder of a family of five over the weekend. The family was reportedly murdered by a relative who had immigrated from China and had been staying with them but who became enraged when they tried to kick him out, going on a rampage and killing a mother and four young children because "[h]e felt they had everything and that he had nothing. They were doing well and he was struggling just to get by." According to the police, the... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 10/29/2013, 11:10am
Sen. Marco Rubio’s politically transparent U-turn on immigration reform may not be paying dividends among anti-immigrant activists as he would have hoped. The Florida Republican recently came out against the very comprehensive reform legislation he sponsored and helped pass in the Senate, but one of the country’s top opponents of his bill think it’s too little, too late. NumbersUSA Director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks told Sandy Rios yesterday that Rubio has already “poisoned the well” and now her group will urge congressman to vote against any... MORE
Brian Tashman, Monday 10/28/2013, 5:55pm
Markus Schmidt @ Richmond Times-Dispatch: E.W. Jackson has history of financial woes. Steve Benen @ Maddow Blog: Losing ‘the war of ideas.’  Max Seddon & J. Lester Feder @ BuzzFeed: Discredited U.S. Anti-Gay Activist Addresses Russian Parliamentarians Over “Family Values.” Elise Foley @ Huffington Post: Marco Rubio Backs Away From Own Immigration Bill Becoming Law.  Hayes Brown @ Think Progress: Graham Promises To Block All Senate Nominations Over Benghazi.  Tommy Christopher @ Mediaite: CBS News’ Misleading... MORE
Brian Tashman, Monday 10/28/2013, 5:50pm
A top Iowa conservative activist compared Ted Cruz to Jesus Christ before Cruz addressed the state GOP’s Reagan dinner.  Meanwhile, Rand Paul stumped for Ken Cuccinelli at Liberty University, where he mentioned his fear that abortion rights will lead to eugenics science. Tony Perkins says gay people are trying “to escape the conflict of living outside of God’s design” by “pushing to eliminate any negative speech about their behavior choices.” WND editor Joseph Farah fears God will destroy the world because of marriage equality... MORE
Brian Tashman, Monday 10/28/2013, 5:10pm
Bradlee Dean tours schools and churches around the country to instruct kids about Christian Nationalism and the evils of abortion rights and homosexuality, but sometimes on his Sons Of Liberty radio show he also delves into history. Over the weekend, for example, Dean said that the word “racism” wouldn’t even exist…if it weren’t for “that devil Trotsky.”  While speaking to his wife/co-host Stephanie Dean (his former co-host and Dean’s entire staff recently quit) about why a new article called him “anti-gay” rather than “... MORE
Brian Tashman, Monday 10/28/2013, 4:30pm
Speaking yesterday with a caller who identified himself as a “non-practicing homosexual,” Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association reaffirmed his belief that homosexuality “is a matter of choice.” When the caller asked if Fischer “could have sex with a man,” Fischer was flummoxed and said he would never even begin to think about having gay sex. When the caller pointed out the hypocrisy in Fischer’s position that gay men should simply just “choose” to see women, the AFA spokesman, still puzzled, said, “If an individual does... MORE
Miranda Blue, Monday 10/28/2013, 3:28pm
When Moore, Oklahoma, was hit with a devastating tornado last spring, a number of Oklahoma lawmakers were put in a tough position. While both Oklahoma senators and Reps. Jim Bridenstone, Markwayne Mullin and James Lankford had voted against a $50 billion aid package to provide disaster relief to the East Coast after Hurricane Sandy, they had no problem with asking for federal aid for their own state. Ultimately, affected communities in Oklahoma ended up receiving over $25 million in federal aid. But that hasn’t stopped Oklahoma Republicans from downplaying the role the federal... MORE
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