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September 19, 2014 at 11:35:17
Andrew Cuomo wants to endorse a Republican, of course

WFP Gov. Andrew Cuomo, still voting for Republicans. Remember all the promises NY Working Families Party Gov. Andrew Cuomo made to the WFP in order to become their man? Well ... ha ha ha ha ha! Gov. Cuomo says he's still considering backing Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti Cuomo has worked hard to keep Republicans in power in the Senate, from signing their aggressive gerrymander into law, to conspiring with corrupt rebel Democrats to keep Republicans in power. And now, even after he was forced to promise to help retake the chamber, he's still clinging to his old ways. But get this, Grisanti's Democratic opponent this fall is Mark Panepinto, who we endorsed yesterday as part of our New York legislative slate.


September 19, 2014 at 11:30:03
Lindsey Graham agrees with John McCain even more than McCain does

If only John McCan were as agreeable as Lindsey Graham Behold Sen. John McCain, bellyaching about President Obama saying that he will not use ground forces to attack ISIS: Why does the president insist on continuing to tell the enemy what he will not do? Why does the president keep telling the people that are slaughtering thousands, 'Don't worry, we will not commit ground troops'? And behold the very same John McCain in June, saying what he would do as president to take on ISIS: I would also explain to the American people that I do not envision a scenario where ground combat troops are on the ground. McCain wasn't alone. Check out his doppelgänger, Sen. Lindsey Graham agreeing with McCain: I don't think we need boots on the ground [...] I don't think that is an option worth consideration. That was in June. And Graham today? Also agreeing with McCain: I will not let this president suggest to the American people we can outsource our security and this is not about our safety. ... This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home. So the moral of the story is that Lindsey Graham agrees completely with John McCain. The only catch is that McCain doesn't agree with himself.


September 19, 2014 at 11:00:07
Twenty-six senators sign letter to People's Climate March organizers praising their effort

The People's Climate March got some unusual support Friday. Twenty-six senators signed a letter praising the march's organizers and participants for their call to action on global warming this coming Sunday in New York City. Led by the Committee on Environment and Public Works chairwoman Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, all signers are Democrats except for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Signers also include 19 of the 24 members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force established in January by Boxer and Whitehouse to make global warming a central focus in Congress. Organizers of the march predict a large turnout--at least 100,000 people--for a peaceful protest against the relentless foot-dragging over policy changes on climate. If marchers appear in such numbers, it would be the largest protest in the city since opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq brought at least 200,000 to the streets there on March 22, 2003. The largest demonstration ever in the city was the 1982 anti-nuclear weapons march, when even notoriously low police estimates put the crowd at over a million.


September 19, 2014 at 10:17:16
Boehner: Jobless Americans would 'just rather sit around'

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) House Speaker John Boehner had some harsh words for jobless Americans Thursday. In response to a question at the end of a speech to a conservative audience: Boehner then lamented "this idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don't have to work. I don't really want to do this. I think I'd rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country." Ahem: Less than two weeks after the House returned from its "August recess," which stretched well into September, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday that the lower chamber would be leaving town once again. Not for a week, as originally planned. But for almost two months, so members can go home and campaign before Election Day. ANYWAY. The "very sick idea" is that unemployed people would just rather sit around. The jobs economy is improving, slowly, but this is still an economy where there are 2.1 job seekers for every available job. Put another way: Job seekers so outnumbered job openings that just over half of the unemployed were not going to find a job in July no matter what they did . And yet, despite those odds, people are out there applying for every job in sight, sending out application after application, waiting for the phone to ring ... and, all too often, hearing nothing. And there's a lot Boehner could have done about that, like--just for instance--pushing a transportation bill that would have created thousands of badly needed construction jobs while making the country's bridges safer and connecting more people to public transit. But no. Boehner won't act to create jobs; he'd rather sit around sneering at and blaming the people who don't have them.


September 19, 2014 at 09:19:20
'It's on us' to fight campus sexual assault, says new White House campaign

The White House is launching a major campaign against sexual assault on college campuses. Tagged "It's on us," the campaign "seeks to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault in the first place," and will draw on the cultural clout of partners like video game company Electronic Arts, the NCAA, Viacom's cable channels, and more: Several prominent celebrities will participate in public service announcements aimed at enlisting public support for the campaign, administration officials said, including Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and actors Jon Hamm and Connie Britton. The campaign aims to work both through a cultural shift making campuses a place "where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported," and by putting that (hoped-for) new culture into concrete action through bystander intervention and similar programs: Most men are not comfortable with violence against women, but often don't speak out because they believe that other men accept this behavior. By getting men involved, we can change this way of thinking and create new social norms. Research shows that bystander intervention can be an effective way of stopping sexual assault before it happens, as bystanders play a key role in preventing, discouraging, and/or intervening when an act of violence has the potential to occur.   The Obama administration is also investigating dozens of colleges and universities over their handling--or mishandling--of sexual assault cases. The federal government can issue major fines to schools that violate reporting laws or otherwise mishandle sexual assault cases; the ultimate federal action would be to strip colleges of federal funding by declaring them in violation of Title IX. But, as Libby Nelson writes, that option "has never been used. And no one seriously thinks it ever will be" because it is so extreme. That being the case, a lot is riding on "It's on us."


September 18, 2014 at 22:00:02
Open thread for night owls. Civil rights hero's advice to global warming activists: Don't stop.

Brentin Mock at Grist, as part of a series initiated by the Pulitzer-winning investigative site Pro-Publica, writes--Civil rights heroes offer climate marchers a little wisdom:

What can organizers of the upcoming People's Climate March learn from organizers of some of the earlier, broad-scale demonstrations for justice in the U.S., like the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom? That's the question I posed to Dorie and Joyce Ladner, 72 and 71 years old respectively, who helped coordinate many of the major civil rights protests of the early '60s. Their credentials include the sit-ins to desegregate lunch counters, the Freedom Rides to do the same for buses, Freedom Summer for voting rights, the March on Washington, and countless others. Fifty years ago, the Ladners and the other coordinators of Freedom Summer faced the crucial decision of whether to enlist white people from the northern states in the upcoming civil rights and voting rights campaigns. Some of the Ladners' colleagues feared that white activists would overpower the civil rights movement. The Ladners voted to bring them down, and they weren't alone. After years of being arrested and attacked, the bail money was running out and patience was wearing thin. They needed more people.


September 18, 2014 at 16:52:52
Court: Chad Taylor's name is off the Kansas ballot

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday afternoon that Democrat Chad Taylor's name should be removed from the November ballot in the state's Senate race. The decision comes as a rebuke to Secretary of State Kris Kobach's efforts to keep Taylor's name on the ballot. More importantly, it is a further blow to Republican Senator Pat Roberts's bid to win re-election against independent candidate Greg Orman.


September 18, 2014 at 16:51:18
Cartoon: What does the fox say....?

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September 18, 2014 at 15:34:40
New solar, efficiency programs will curb millions of tons of emissions and save billions of dollars

Proposed efficiency rule on new commercial air-conditioning units will cut their energy usage in half. The Obama administration took several small steps in the right direction on energy policy Thursday when it announced the Department of Energy's proposed new standard for commercial air-conditioning units, the Department of Agriculture's plan to add 540 new renewable energy and efficiency projects in rural areas and a plan to train 50,000 solar installers. The DOE estimates that the air-conditioning rule alone would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 million metric tons by 2030, and that the whole energy package could cut them by 300 million metric tons. Plus save consumers $10 billion.


September 18, 2014 at 13:37:56
A look at the Arkansas and Vermont legislatures, with interactive maps and new election data

Arkansas State Senate
Today, Daily Kos Election's President-by-Legislative District project ventures to two very different states, Arkansas and Vermont. President-by-LD is our ongoing project to provide election results by legislative and congressional district for every state in the nation. You can find our master list of data here. The interactive maps in this post were created by Stephen Wolf. Each legislative chamber is mapped out and color-coded according to the presidential winner and the party that holds each district, along with some info on each legislator. You can find links to all the previously released maps here, which you may want to bookmark.


September 18, 2014 at 11:25:03
Congress says it's ashamed of itself

Can you blame them? With the November elections approaching, Congress will leave town to go home and campaign without bothering to take an on-the-record vote on whether or not it supports President Obama's military campaign against ISIS--and that has senators and representatives falling over each other to say that they are embarrassed and ashamed by their political dithering. For example: "I find it an act of cowardice, but not astonishing," said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). "Is it embarrassing? Yes," said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). "It's an election year. Self-preservation trumps national security." [...]


September 18, 2014 at 11:11:22
Wisconsin Republicans worry about the rights of their apparently very stupid voters

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, worrying that his Republican supporters may be too stupid to find his name in second position on the ballot, which is totally disenfranchisement. Yesterday we looked at the Wisconsin's GOP's legal tempter tantrum over a state law that gives top-ballot position to parties who won the previous election. Republican legislative leaders filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking changes to the newly redesigned ballot for the November election, claiming the one drafted by the nonpartisan elections agency unfairly benefits Democrats [...] The ballot design is unfair because Democratic candidates are listed first under the name of the office being sought and Republican candidates are separated by a line, the lawsuit said.

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