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VIDEO: Creepy Uncle Sam Anti- #ObamacareGuy is ba-ack

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Okay, first things first. "Chad"? Chad?? Really? They're trying to appeal to young consumers by naming the star of their totes adorbs little cinematic effort after... a TV star from the 1970s?

chad everett tv guideHow relatable. How hep. How groovy.

And then they torture us with two minutes of amateur mini-horror flickitude intended to convince us that we're in mortal danger because of-- dun dun dun-n!-- the Affordable Care Act! The very same health care law that saves money and, oh yeah, lives.

And they say irony is dead.

Well, at least they didn't cast the U.S. as a rapey gynie again.

So let's recap: They say we are being worked up into a panicked frenzy by Grotesque Paper Mache-Masked Uncle Sam McBigGovernment bursting into our homes apparently scaring us into buying Obamacare...

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... while trying their best to work us into a panicked frenzy by scaring us out of buying Obamacare.

Nothing hypocritical about that.

Yes, this is just one more in a series of laughably desperate attempts to scare us away from the Affordable Care Act.

More here.

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Tell Mitch McConnell, Three Strikes And You're Out

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Two days ago, Mitch McConnell was invited into a closed door, very private meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office. The topic was the stalemate over the continuing resolution, or more specifically, a CLEAN C.R. The meeting was among POTUS and the majority and minority leaders of both houses. Small, exclusive group.

Afterwards the Speaker (John Boehner) and the House Minority Leader (Nancy Pelosi) went to the mic and the press with their thoughts on the meeting. The Senate majority leader (Harry Reid) also addressed the fourth estate. Of the four invited guests, only one was "asked" not to speak. It's not that he wasn't part the the meeting. It's that his party, specifically Boehner "induced" him to keep his yap shut because he's a questionable ally right now. He's Mitch McConnell. STRIKE ONE

Well, things didn't get much better for him the following day. He was asked to answer some questions up on Capitol Hill and he wasn't prepared. So he got an assist from Rand Paul. With McConnell hot wired, meaning his mic was on and recording, he was taped as he was being schooled in the Republican Party talking points from the junior senator. (See Laffy's Post here for video). And it seems neither knew what they were talking about -- so they both came across and wandering nomads in the desert of Republican fools -- laughing stocks on all media. STRIKE TWO

Now comes another day, another goof. McConnell asks the Supreme Court and receives their permission to address them on the topic of eliminating all limits on campaign contributions. The case SCOTUS is going to hear is on Oct. 8th, the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, It challenges the aggregate limit on contributions by an individual donor.

In simple terms, this new case which McConnell is fronting, will ask the court to allow anyone or any group (see Citizens United case) to contribute unlimited monies to any candidate. Basically it's allowing the purchase of an office to the highest bidder.

Two groups promoting campaign finance reform, the Public Campaign Action Fund and USAction, have purchased air time in Kentucky,  Their ads aim to challenge McConnell to explain his opposition to campaign finance restrictions.

The Senate Minority Leader is going to have two Kentucky candidates licking their chops going after the senator over this ad. McConnell faces a GOP primary challenge from Matt Bevin. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the leading Democratic candidate in the general election. You know you're in trouble when the same ad benefits your opponents from both your own and your adversarial parties. STRIKE THREE

If any of you folks out there have some empty boxes you want to get rid of, please send them to the senator's office. Looks like he's got a move coming up and with the government shutdown, packing supplies might be gone by the time the election rolls around, and he has to ready his office for this replacement.

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VIDEO-- Guardian of Gridlock: After 30 years of Mitch (McConnell), it's time to switch

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Mitch McConnell is about to be challenged by Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman, so he'll have all kinds of questions and comments about his policies and record thrown at him by a fellow Republican.

Meantime, the Dems aren't letting an opportunity to spotlight a few talking points of their own slip through their fingers:

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Mitch McConnell calls himself a "guardian of gridlock." Grinding the Senate to a halt, even when it hurts Kentucky. Now McConnell's own party's had enough.

Just for you, a trip down Memory Lane (aka Memory Pain):

(CNN) –Senate Majority PAC, an independent group that works to keep the Senate in Democrats' hands, launched another attack ad Tuesday against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, highlighting the Kentucky Republican as a "guardian of gridlock."

The ad, also sponsored by Patriot Majority USA, is part of a campaign the two groups kicked off last month called "30 Years Is Too Long," as they seek to oust the senator in next year's election.

It can't happen soon enough.

Please consider donating to Alison Lundergan Grimes, his Democratic opponent.

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AUDIO: Gabby Giffords group targets Ayotte, McConnell. Ayotte's approvals plunge after "no" vote on gun background checks.

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Americans for Responsible Solutions, the grassroots movement led by Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, has launched an "accountability campaign" that focuses on Senator McConnell of Kentucky and Senator Ayotte of New Hampshire:

ARS, founded by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, will begin airing radio ads today in Kentucky and New Hampshire, highlighting Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Kelly Ayotte’s vote against this sensible solution to keeping our families safe from gun violence.

The ads highlight McConnell and Ayotte’s putting loyalty to the special interest gun lobby in Washington instead of supporting wildly popular sensible policies that would keep their communities safer. In Kentucky, 82 percent of people support background checks; in New Hampshire, 89 percent of residents support them.

Transcripts:

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Ignored – Ayotte

Woman 1: Remember that ad Kelly Ayotte ran saying she’s one of us.

Woman 2: Oh, where she’s out for a run?

Woman 1: (SFX: Newspaper rustling) Yeah. Well, it sure didn’t take long for her to “go Washington.” Says here Ayotte voted against improving background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Woman 2: Are you serious? 89 percent of the people in New Hampshire support universal background checks. She just ignored us?

Woman 1: Sure did. This was common sense legislation written by a Republican and a Democrat. Supported by law enforcement. And it protected Second Amendment rights. But Ayotte voted against it anyway.

Woman 2: And ignored the will of the people.

Woman 1: Well, I’m calling Senator Ayotte and telling her to listen to the people for a change. You should too. The number is202-224-3324.

Woman 2: Paid for by Americans for Responsible Solutions.

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LISTEN

(Montage of News clips from Newtown of the shooting).

Announcer: We watched. We listened. We felt it. Newtown.

But Senator McConnell won’t listen to us.

Eighty-two percent of Kentuckians support universal background checks.

But Senator McConnell voted against them.

McConnell opposed common sense checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Written by a Republican and a Democrat. Supported by law enforcement officers. It was a common sense plan that protected Second Amendment Rights.

But Senator McConnell ignored the will of the people. Making our children and our families less save…. And putting the Washington special interests ahead of Kentucky… AGAIN.

Call Senator McConnell at 202-224-2541. And tell him to start listening to us, for a change.

Paid for by Americans for Responsible Solutions.

And HuffPo is reporting that Ayotte's approval ratings have dropped sharply since her no vote on background checks. The gun safety issue is not going away, despite misinformation to the contrary being spread by those on the right:

A new poll has New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) down a total of 15 points from her previous approval rating in a survey that followed her vote against requiring background checks for firearms purchases.

Ayotte's plunge underscores the changing politics around gun control and gun safety. In years past, lawmakers worried that a vote for gun control would bring the anger of the National Rifle Association. In the new reality, votes against gun control also carry a political risk, as the Ayotte poll indicates.

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VIDEO: VoteVets.org ad blasts disgraced S. Carolina Congressional nominee Mark Sanford, who Colbert-Busch leads

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Former Governor Mark Sanford was missing in action, and that crucial point has been missing from much of the analysis and coverage of the coming election. Desertion is at least as unethical as infidelity, and it is certainly more dangerous. As the ad points out:

"Mark Sanford abandoned his post."

"No one, not even law enforcement or the National Guard, could reach him."

"What are we supposed to do when we can't get in touch with the leader? You can't just walk away."

"If I had abandoned my post, I could be court-martialed."

Cheating on your spouse is one thing, irresponsibly abandoning your state and being completely unreachable is quite another.

All our posts about Mark Sanford can be found here, and there have been a ton of them.

Via an email from VoteVets.org:

You remember Mark Sanford? He's the former Governor of South Carolina who went missing for six days while he said he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail," when he really was on his now infamous personal trip to Argentina.

Well, after going into hiding for a few years, Sanford is now the Republican nominee in a Special Election for South Carolina's First Congressional District.

The election is in two weeks, and his opponent is Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch... Stephen Colbert's sister.

All caught up now?

We're running a hard-hitting ad holding Sanford accountable for abandoning his post while serving as Governor, and we need your help to expand our buy. With Colbert-Busch up two points in the polls, it could mean the difference between a big victory, or an agonizing defeat.

Watch the ad and contribute to VoteVets today.

http://action.votevets.org/beat-sanford

This wouldn't be Mark Sanford's first term as a member of the House of Representatives.

Sanford served there before -- from 1995 to 2001 -- and was notorious for voting against a slew of bills important to veterans, including housing grants for homeless veterans, VA Appropriations Bills, and more.

We have a chance to stop him from returning, and we're going to take it. I hope you'll join us by watching the ad and contributing to VoteVets today.

http://action.votevets.org/beat-sanford

We're one of the few organizations active in this race right now, so picking up a win would send a strong message about our effectiveness.

Thanks for standing with us in this fight.

Jon Soltz
@jonsoltz
Iraq War Veteran
Chairman, VoteVets

Did I mention the new PPP poll?

PPP's newest poll on the special election in South Carolina finds Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch expanding her lead to 9 points over Mark Sanford at 50/41. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt polls at 3%.

Colbert Busch's lead is on the rise for several reasons. She has a 51/35 advantage with independents. She's winning over 19% of Republicans, while losing just 7% of Democrats. And it also seems that after last week's revelations about Sanford that a lot of GOP voters are planning to just stay at home- while the district supported Mitt Romney by 18 points last fall, those planning to turn out for the special election voted for him by only a 5 point spread. [...]

[I]t's interesting to note that there is some backlash against Republicans over last week's vote on background checks.

Those revelations were posted here: National Republicans pulling plug on “trespasser” Mark Sanford’s congressional campaign.

More poll details here.

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VIDEO: DCCC ad campaign slams GOP supporters of Paul Ryan budget. Happy April Republicans' Day!

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“Help the rich get richer. Soak the middle class and seniors."

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching online ads that slam 17 GOP lawmakers for supporting and voting for Paul Ryan’s insane budget. How insane? Via the wonderful Heather at C and L:

Rep. Alan Grayson: Paul Ryan wants sick poor people to die. This is why Grayson was elected... again. He sticks up for the 99% and has no qualms about being blunt about it.

Via The Hill:

Republicans say this budget is the best way to communicate their ‘governing philosophy,’ so we’re telling the people what that means: more for millionaires and corporate special interests, less for the middle class and seniors,” DCCC spokesperson Emily Bittner said in a statement. “That might be the Republican Congress’ governing philosophy – but it certainly isn’t the right philosophy for America’s middle class.

Catering to their wealthy corporate buddies and trying to kill Medicare are what sank the GOP previously, so of course, they're repeating the effort, and then some. All those claims of an Extreme Makeover (extremist makeover?) and showing how much they "care" about us are just words on paper that they have been ordered to read. They say 'em but they sure don't believe 'em. They need votes.

Maybe it was all one big April Fools joke, like the party itself.

How’s that reachy-outy thing workin’ for ya, GOP?

extreme makeover my assKudos to the DCCC for drawing attention to the 2014 elections rather than speculating about a Hillary Clinton presidential run. Happy April Republicans' Day!

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VIDEO-- Demand Action: "Don't let the memory of #Newtown fade without doing something real."

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I'll post President Obama's speech as soon as it becomes available. Meantime, Demand Action just released this video:

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has released the first television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook calling on political leaders to support sensible reforms like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.

The ad features Neil Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis; Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell; Jillian Soto, sister of Vicki Soto; and Terri and Gilles Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau.

I also got this email today:

MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS LEADS NATIONAL “DAY TO DEMAND ACTION” TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE

Coalition Also Releases First Ad Featuring Newtown Family Members Demanding Political Leaders Pass Commonsense Reforms-- More than 120 Events Taking Place Across the Nation – and at The White House – to Drive Largest Day of Advocacy in U.S. History Ever to Address Gun Violence; www.DemandAction.org/March28

Mayors Against Illegal Guns also released the first television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook calling on political leaders to support sensible reforms like comprehensive and enforceable background checks.  The ad can be viewed here: www.DemandAction.org/Newtown-Families

The ad, airing in the Hartford market and focused on pending Connecticut legislation, features Neil Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis; Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell; Jillian Soto, sister of Vicky Soto; and Terri and Gilles Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau.  In the ad, family members call on leaders to remember their loved ones and prevent other families from experiencing the toll of gun violence by taking real action to pass commonsense gun law reforms. 

“From President Obama to Newtown families to the many Americans and mayors in both political parties coming together at events across the country today, the call for Congress to take action to prevent gun violence is loud and clear,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  “We cannot afford to wait for another tragedy – it’s long past time for elected officials to listen to their constituents and pass reforms like comprehensive background checks that we know will save lives.”

“Never before have so many Americans come together to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand action from our leaders in Washington,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “The Senate now has the opportunity to take a vote that the American people are demanding to make our neighborhoods safer.  The time has come to pass legislation and make reform a reality.”

The National Day to Demand Action – organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in conjunction with Organizing for Action, Americans for Responsible Solutions and other groups – will feature hundreds of mayors, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members who want Congress to take immediate action to strengthen our background check system and reduce gun violence.  The day is expected to be the largest gun violence advocacy event in history and is part of the largest field campaign in U.S. history to address gun violence.  The coalition recently announced that it is hiring dozens of organizers and opening campaign offices in ten states. 

In addition to the National Day to Demand Action, the bipartisan coalition is also broadcasting television ads demanding action from U.S. Senators.   The Senate is expected to take up gun violence prevention legislation when it reconvenes in the second week of April.  The ads can be found here: www.demandaction.org/recessads    

A partial list of major events taking place across the country is available here.   

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