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Not news: Republicans could slide even further with women, Latinos

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Women and Latinos do not trust Republicans. Oops, sorry, Captain Obvious got hold of my keyboard again. But he's right, which is also obvious:

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And those are only two of the most recent headlines. The GOP's history of misogyny and racism is appalling, and their efforts to deny their fellow human beings equal rights is disgusting.

Republicans have sworntogod that they want to broaden their appeal. Oh really? Well, if their relentless assault on women's reproductive rights, gay rights, voting rights, and their treatment of undocumented (and documented!) immigrants (or anyone else, for that matter) who don't look or sound like them is the barometer, then they're in deep trouble.

They're still saying exactly the same old thing about the same old things. Reed Galen, a GOP strategist in Orange County who also worked for Bush said, "If we want that number to grow, we have to find ways to talk to Latinos about the issues we all care about." How many Republicans have made identical comments? And how many have actually followed through, or even done the opposite? Exactly.

Remember their post-2012 election "autopsy"? That reinvention they keep promising... not so much. How's that reachy-outy, makeovery thing workin' for ya, GOP?

The Los Angeles Times takes it from here:

Donnelly, the GOP front-runner according to public opinion polls, has stood by his 2006 speech, delivered when he was leader in the volunteer Minuteman border-patrol organization. In it, he said illegal immigration would lead to a fight comparable to the Civil War. [...]

"I am not backing away from the fact that we are in a war," Donnelly told reporters in Sacramento on Tuesday, after reports of the speech caused an outcry. He said he did not believe the remarks would hurt his prospects among Latino voters.

See how they've changed?

The Pelosi flap on the new Breitbart CA website prompted House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield to ask that his column be taken off the site.

Republican strategists said that while the imagery was "problematic," they viewed it as less significant than the immigration issue.

So the problems with their antiquated policies, views, and (mis)treatment of women are "less significant." Not right up there on their To Do list. Got it.

Keep up the good work, guys. If it weren't for dirty tricks and gerrymandering, they wouldn't stand a chance in 2014. And don't even get me started on the Supreme Court ruling that favors billionaires...

UPDATE: New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line. 'Nuff said.

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Republicans block equal pay bill for third time

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Once again, Republicans block a Democratic bill, this time one that would help women by finally giving them equal pay and closing the wage gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act was filibustered (surprise!) by the GOP. Not that President Obama's passionate support had anything to do with it, right?

Way to expand on those outreach efforts, guys!

The Democrats will certainly use this to their advantage in the midterm elections. The Hill:

Democrats have benefited from a gender gap at the polls, and the party hopes that by emphasizing certain issues they’ll be positioned to take advantage in November.

Majority Leader Harry Reid had this to say: “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”

Not nearly as repulsed as women are by misogynistic Republicans in the Senate... and elsewhere.

Via Roll Call:

Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, broke with his typical party leanings and voted with Republicans against cloture.  The vote was 53-44, with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., joining Republicans as a “no” in order to preserve his right to reconsider the vote.

No Republican voted with the Democrats. Three Republicans did not vote: Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John Cornyn of Texas and Ted Cruz of Texas.

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This is Strike Three for Republicans, who also blocked debate on equal pay back in 2010 and 2012.

Are you ready for a couple of the amendments that the GOP offered up? Grab some Tums and start chewing in 5...4...3...2...1...

Some other GOP amendments would have repealed parts of ObamaCare and forced the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

What, no Benghazi!!!! ?
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Senate Gets A Spoonful Of Sugar With The Nuclear Option

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Been there. Done that. The Republicans in the Senate seem to never learn. Their antics gain them momentary acknowledgement, then waft off like smoke from a chimney on a windy day.

The latest shenanigans in the Senate is the GOP's plan to talk all day and night to hold up an inevitable vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. From THE HILL:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) started the extended debate Wednesday afternoon by slamming Pillard’s nomination and decrying the Democrats’ unilateral effort to rewrite Senate procedures.

A GOP source said that so far 36 senators have signed up for hour-long speaking slots on the Senate floor, which would tie up business until early Friday morning.

The tactic is similar to all-night talk sessions Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held on the floor to protest the administration’s drone policy and the Affordable Care Act, respectively.

If anyone's curious about the effectiveness of this type of stunt, just ask Paul and Cruz. How did that work out for them? I think the drone policy and the ACA Law are still viable -- though the "Green Eggs And Ham" recitation was quite amusing. Maybe Cruz will read us "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" if he's back in time from the Mandela funeral.

So what's this really meant to do? Do the GOP senators really think America, tired and hungry with poor jobs opportunities and upcoming cuts to food stamps and unemployment benefits gives a flying "F" about this gaggle of incredulously selfish Republican men (and four women) stunting for attention? Do we care that the Senate might have to stay in session and lose one additional day of paid vacation while we hunger for jobs and food? Guess again. I hope they talk for 40 days and 40 nights -- work through the holidays and New Years. You're not going to get an ounce of compassion from the masses. We've had it with you.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the GOP floor protest will not stop the Senate from voting on other nominees Thursday.

"All they're doing is highlighting their own impotence," said the aide. "The Republicans no longer have the tools to delay that they had before."

The only thing Republicans are proving is that the "O" in GOP stands for 'Obstruction.' America's seen enough of that and now they want action. The Democrats are hell bent on providing it, too. The 'nuclear option' is going to be the "spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down." So open up wide, GOP, and say, "Ah..."

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Cartoons of the Day- Filibuster B Gone

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Cartoons of the Day- Nuclear Option

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Video- Fox News Sunday: Half Gov McDuhalot Palin On Filibuster "Distraction"

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"The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party definitely are showing that they have growing influence"

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As I said in this post, for medical reasons (and unfortunately, more have arisen) I have to cut back, so I'll be posting much less often. This is one of those times when I felt compelled to jump in, because this is positive news, something we all need to jolt us out of our constant state of frustration with Washington DC.

It comes via the Los Angeles Times in an article that explores the recent move by Senate Democrats that changed the filibuster rules:

After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration."

I understand but disagree. In a sense, it is time for celebration. We can celebrate the recent infusion of a few stiffer spines to the Democratic party, as in: not caving on the GOP government shutdown fiasco.

And we can celebrate the Democrats actually acting on their more-than-justified, long overdue resolve to end filibusters against most presidential nominations. Kudos Dems, you threw cold water all over the endless sabotage by Senate Republicans and their incessant obstruction that created a dysfunctional, do-nothing government. Or as I like to call it, Democracy Demolition.

Now it looks like there's more good news in our future:

Next on their agenda is extending the filibuster rule change from presidential appointments to legislation, which would enable the Senate to move on issues including gun control and climate change. [...]

"The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party definitely are showing that they have growing influence in the caucus, and in government in general," said Matt Wall of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that works to promote progressive candidates and issues in Democratic primaries. On Friday, Warren circulated a fundraising letter to supporters on behalf of Merkley and Udall, thanking them for their role in changing the rule.

So yes, there are a few positive outcomes after the years and years of blocking, dirty tricks, and efforts to derail and destroy President Obama and the Democratic agenda. Hopefully, a gobsmacked GOP is getting a taste of things to come.

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