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Jul 21 2014

MI Senate Candidate’s Mysterious $3 Million Gift to Herself

Terri Lynn Land, former Michigan Secretary of State and now a Republican candidate to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, has contributed $3 million of her own money to her campaign. The problem? According to her personal financial filings, she doesn’t have that much money.

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Jul 16 2014

Violent Symbolism From a Democrat

We’re all used to hearing violent rhetoric from Republican candidates, but how about some from a Democrat? Estakio Beltran is running for the Democratic nomination for House seat in Washington and he released an ad showing him shooting an elephant-shaped pinata with a shotgun.

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Jul 15 2014

Another Dishonest Attack on Obama

One of the things you see all the time in politics, from both right and left, is the dishonest out-of-context quote. Here’s a textbook example that exploded on Thursday when Obama went to Texas to meet with officials there about the problem with immigrant children crossing the border. Here’s what Obama actually said:

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Jul 13 2014

Neo-Cons and Hillary Clinton

Jacob Heilbrunn has a column in the New York Times arguing that the neo-conservatives who have found such influence in the Republican party over the last 35 years are now preparing to embrace Hillary Clinton in a bid to keep that influence if she wins the White House.

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Jul 08 2014

Mitt Romney in 2016?

I have a $50 bet with a friend of mine who thinks Mitt Romney is going to run for the Republican presidential nomination again. We made that bet a few months ago and he quickly admitted it’s a long shot. But now a case is being made by a former Bush administration official that Romney …

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Jul 01 2014

How the Hobby Lobby Ruling Could Help Democrats

I think this Hobby Lobby ruling really could end up blowing up in the faces of the Republicans and it could happen relatively soon. If the Democrats are smart, they should have campaign commercials on this issue running tomorrow, especially in key Senate races.

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Jun 16 2014

RGA Illegally Sends Adelson Money to Corbett

The Republican Governors Association illegally sent nearly a million dollars from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to a PAC for Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, who is floundering in his bid for reelection. It’s illegal because Adelson is an owner in a casino in that state.

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Jun 13 2014

Rumors of the Tea Party’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated

The running narrative of the midterm election primaries has been that the Tea Party is running out of gas. High-profile challengers from the right were losing most of the races. But then Thad Cochran lost his primary and was forced into a runoff and now House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got whipped in his primary …

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Jun 03 2014

House Votes to Tell DEA to Leave Medical Pot Alone

In a rather astonishing turn of events, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to an omnibus spending bill that would order the DEA not to interfere with medical marijuana use and sale in states where it is legal. The vote was even relatively easy, 219-189.

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May 06 2014

Greatest Candidate Committee Name Ever

Howard-Worthy

Howard Worthy is kind of a perpetual candidate for a spot in the state legislature in Michigan. In 2010 he ran for the state senate as a Democrat; in 2012 he ran for the state house. This year he’s running for the senate again and he’s filed for his candidate fundraising committee. You’re gonna love …

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May 06 2014

False Prophet Criticizes Nate Silver’s Predictions

Josh Kraushaar, editor of the National Journal, was wrong about the 2012 election. Really, really wrong. As in so wrong that he predicted a Romney victory. But he still feels qualified to criticize Nate Silver, who has absolutely nailed the last two presidential elections.

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May 05 2014

Michigan Republican Leaves Party Over Equality

Lorence Wenke is a very well known Republican legislator in the state of Michigan, having served three terms in the House. He’s now running for a seat in the state Senate, but he’s running as a Libertarian because he’s appalled by the GOP’s anti-gay politics.

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May 03 2014

Do Republicans Just Want People to Die?

I don’t usually go for questions like that, but I’m having a hard time explaining the results of this survey without concluding that a significant number of Republicans don’t really favor a free market fix for health care so much as they just oppose people getting health care at all.

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Apr 29 2014

Another Tea Party Scam

The Washington Post reports some very unsurprising news, that most of the Tea Party-affiliated Political Action Committees are raising lots of money to support candidates but giving a very small percentage of it to those candidates and their election committees.

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Apr 29 2014

British-born Man Runs for House From Several States

Here’s one of the weirder political stories I’ve read. A man born in the UK but now a naturalized American citizen, Allan Levene, really, really wants to be in the House of Representatives. And he doesn’t care where he’s elected as he’s running in two different states (and tried to run from four).

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