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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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GOP candidate Tim Donnelly: Breitbart CA site A-OK, undocumented immigrants are rapists, child molesters

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Former Minuteman and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) speaks at a state Capitol rally in support of his legislation, AB-26, on April 4, 2011.

Meet conservative California GOP candidate for governor, Tim Donnelly. Actually, you'd be better off avoiding him. He's hoping to beat Gov. Jerry Brown. Good luck with that, Tim. Why? Well for one thing, per the Los Angeles Times, he's fine with his columns appearing in a new ultra-conservative website, one that features an appallingly controversial image:

Republican candidates for governor are using the website to publicize their platforms.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) wrote a column criticizing Democrats’ education policies, including a recent attempt in the Legislature to restore affirmative action to university admissions in California.

Donnelly said Monday he had not seen the Pelosi image, but he was happy to have his column gain a wide audience.

Here's the ABC headline describing Rep. Nancy Pelosi's reaction to the image: "Nancy Pelosi Says Breitbart-Altered Pic of Her Twerking Is ‘Tasteless.’"

Here's the image:

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Gee, that's not at all sexist, completely offensive, and infantile. But the new Breitbart California site defended it, because, you know, Benghazi. Or Obamacare. Or sick and desperate. Or something.

Let's move on to the second L.A. Times article that goes into more detail about the real Tim Donnelly.

For starters, Tim Donnelly was a leader of the Minuteman organization, a group of militia men ("bigots and weekend warriors") that got off on patrolling the US-Mexico border. They "thought it should be legal to kill illegals."

In a speech a few years back, Donnelly described undocumented immigrants as "an insurgency," and compared crossing the border to war.

Note to Donnelly: "Illegal aliens" is a slur. These are people, and people are not illegal. Their acts may or may not be, but they are human beings, not "illegals." Tim Donnelly, in his own words:

"Right now, in the United States of America, there are 850,000 gang members, two-thirds of whom are illegal aliens," he said. [...]

In the 2006 speech, Donnelly painted an alarming picture of illegal immigrants' effect on the United States. They have caused the destruction of schools, the bankruptcy of hospitals forced to provide them free medical care and led the government to abandon its citizens, he said, asserting that the country was on the brink of a battle similar to the Civil War.

The notion that illegal immigrants come to this nation for a better life "is one of the lies," he said. "At least 20% are coming to commit the crimes that American criminals will no longer commit."

He paused as the crowd laughed, then continued: "Of that 20%, how many are rapists? How many are murderers? How many are child molesters? And how many are terrorists? We don't know."

"Crimes that American criminals will no longer commit"? What, American bad guys started boycotting certain crimes? They look down their noses on some criminal acts as beneath them, do they? Certain ones have fallen into disfavor, have they?

Here's the real crime: Everything he said, plus the crowd's disgusting response. I wonder if any of his audience members might have been rapists or child molesters? Oh, sorry, my bad. It was likely a monochromatic group (read: white), and we all know white people don't commit despicable acts like those.

He's all yours, GOP. By the way, how's that outreach thing workin' for ya?

You can read more about him at the link if you can stomach it.

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VIDEO: "They should start tying a bell around these [GOP fringe] guys so we can tell when they're coming."

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Rachel Maddow did a great job highlighting the fringiest of the conservative fringe. Here are excerpts of her segment wrap-up, but please watch the entire video. She nailed it, as usual, especially the bell-the-cat suggestion:

"They can mingle in"? What exactly is the argument here? Latinos crossing the border won't be able to tell if there's an Arab secretly trying to cross the border with them because they all look alike and they might accidentally help bring an Arab over here, mingled in?

Is that the argument? Seriously?

Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Donald Trump, that guy running in New Jersey, Art Robinson, okay. This guy's chair of the ... Armed Services Committee in the House, thanks to the Republican party!

They should start tying a bell around these guys or something so we can tell when they're coming.

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VIDEO- Rep. Peter King wants Glenn Greenwald prosecuted for NSA leaks + "Republicans, conservatives becoming Michael Moores"

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Fox's Megyn Kelly:

To take it another step and to say the journalists who published the information, the guys who published what he leaked, that they should face prosecution, that is news. Do you believe that? Do you stand by that, both Greenwald and the Washington Post reporter?

Rep. Peter King (R-NY):

I’m talking about Greenwald. Greenwald, not only did he disclose this information he has said that he has the names of CIA agents and assets around the world and they’re threatening to disclose that. The last time that was done in this country, we saw a CIA station chief murdered in Greece. No right is absolute. And even the press has certain restrictions. I think it should be very targeted and very selective and certainly a very rare exception. But in this case, when you have someone who has disclosed secrets like this and threatened to release more, then to me yes, there has to be legal action should be taken against him. This is a very unusual case with life and death implications for Americans.

Kelly:

What is the difference between Glenn Greenwald, who broke this story in the Guardian who is an American citizen but he’s living abroad, and James Rosen, and the Associated Press?

King:

James Rosen never said he was going to release information that was going to kill Americans. He was never going to disclose the names of CIA agents and operatives around the world the way Greenwald is saying he is threatening to do...

Kelly:

Do you think that Glenn Greenwald should be prosecuted for what’s been released so far? ...

King:

It certainly should be considered and the reason I say that is because he’s putting American lives at risk. This was clearly done I believe to hurt Americans...

King also said "Too many Republicans and conservatives are becoming Michael Moores" because they refer to "spying and snooping."

I'm sure he didn't mean that as a compliment, which is how I took it.

Ahem. Note to Pete, via Think Progress:

While Greenwald has said that he will report on more newsworthy secret information that was allegedly provided to him by a former NSA contractor, he has never said he plans to expose or out any CIA agents. And as this blog has previously noted, there is no known example of a U.S. official prosecuting a journalist for their own reporting or publication of material. Doing so would be an unprecedented expansion of government invasion into the free press, and would prompt an immediate deluge of constitutional challenges as a violation of the First Amendment.

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MI GOP official won't resign over Facebook post about "filthy homosexuals" who "account for half the murders in large cities"

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The Detroit Free Press is reporting on what Republican national committeeman Dave Agema's posted on Facebook during the Supreme Court oral arguments on marriage equality.

LANSING -- A prominent Michigan Republican was not backing down or apologizing Thursday as he faced calls for his resignation over an antigay posting on his Facebook page. [...]

The post depicts gay people as sexually promiscuous, rife with sexually transmitted diseases and responsible for "half the murders in large cities." It cites 30-year-old studies for some of its statistics and sources such as the Congressional Record and special-interest groups for others.

The article he posted is titled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals." You can link over and see the despicable content for yourself.

Here's how it appears on his Facebook page:

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See? "Dave likes" that article!

After criticism poured in, he responded with this:

"It's not hate. It's facts derived from several studies. The trouble is many don't like facts."

"Many don't like facts" but "Dave likes" that article!

The next day he said that it was worth sharing, plus this:

"Some publications and even a few liberal Republicans have chosen to take the words of someone else and cast them as my own... I will not back down... I will dig in and fight even harder to defend our conservative values from these attacks by liberals in the media, and even in our own party."

Of course he also insisted that he doesn't hate or discriminate against anyone.

Of course not. Why would anyone ever suggest such a thing? But Dave sure "likes" that article!

Just to be clear about what kind of extremist nutball this guy is, here are a couple of other items he has posted on his Facebook page:

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

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John McCain: "Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever" are "wacko birds." Amash and Paul respond.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) are getting the attention of John McCain, and you know what they say: Any attention is good attention, even if it's negative attention. So his three conservative colleagues must be thrilled.

Or not.

Via HuffPo:

When I asked him if "these guys" -- having just mentioned Amash, Cruz and Paul by name -- are a "positive force" in the GOP, McCain paused for a full six seconds.

"They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else," McCain said. "But I also think that when, you know, it's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."

"I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They're not," he continued.

I asked McCain to clarify who, specifically, he was talking about.

"Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever," McCain said.

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But, via Taegan, it appears that Rand Paul shrugged it off. Here's what he told Mike Huckabee:

"You know, I think he's just on the wrong side of history, and on the wrong side of this argument, really... I treat Sen. McCain with respect. I don't think I always get the same in return."

Amash wasn't quite as respectful:

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Montana corporal punishment bill proposed by Republican legislator. Who knew the GOP was into spanking?

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Land o' Goshen, Montana's getting kind of kinky! Or one of their legislators is, anyway. He's appears to be into... spanking. Okay, maybe kinky wasn't the right word. How about misguided? Or just plain nuts?

I mean, come on, flogging is so Les Miz ago.

Memo to GOP: Violence is not the answer. Guns are not the answer. Beating, flogging, spanking, or otherwise harming other human beings: none of these is the answer. Common sense laws are, reasonable punishment is, you get the idea.

The bill proposed by Rep. Jerry O’Neil (R-Columbia Falls) includes the following:

A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ALLOWING A DEFENDANT TO BARGAIN FOR THE IMPOSITION OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN LIEU OF OR TO REDUCE THE TERM OF ANY SENTENCE OF INCARCERATION AVAILABLE TO THE COURT FOR IMPOSITION; AMENDING SECTION 46-18-115, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN APPLICABILITY DATE." BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

NEW SECTION. Section 1. Corporal punishment in lieu of incarceration. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a person convicted of any offense by a court in this state, whether a misdemeanor or felony, may during a sentencing hearing as provided in 46-18-115 bargain with the court for the imposition of corporal punishment in lieu of or to reduce the term of any sentence of incarceration available to the court for imposition.

(2) The court and the person convicted of an offense shall negotiate the exact nature of the corporal punishment to be imposed, which must be commensurate with the severity, nature, and degree of the harm caused by the offender. If the court and the offender cannot agree on the exact nature of the corporal punishment to be imposed, the court shall impose a sentence as provided in 46-18-201.

(3) The imposition of a sentence under this section must be carried out by the sheriff of the county in which the crime occurred if the sentence for corporal punishment reduced or eliminated the term of incarceration in the county jail or by the department of corrections if the sentence reduced or eliminated the term of incarceration in the state prison. Any imposition of sentence pursuant to this section must be carried out within a reasonable time.

(4) For purposes of this section, "corporal punishment" means the infliction of physical pain on a defendant to carry out the sentence negotiated between the judge and the defendant.

No, he's not kidding.

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Corporal punishment, according to Merriam-Webster:

Infliction of physical pain upon a person's body as punishment for a crime or infraction. Such penalties include beating, branding, mutilation, blinding, and the use of the stock and pillory. The term also denotes the physical disciplining of children in the schools and at home. From ancient times through the 18th century, corporal punishment was commonly used in instances that did not call for capital punishment, ostracism, or exile. But the growth of humanitarian ideals during the Enlightenment and afterward led to its gradual abandonment, and today it has been almost entirely replaced in the West by imprisonment or other nonviolent penalties.

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H/t: The Lowdown

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