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Bright spot for Dems: Electing governors in states run by Republicans

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As the headline suggests, there is, indeed, a bright spot for Democrats this election season: Knocking off GOP governors in tres rouge Republican states. Waitwhat? Yes, you read that right, we have a shot at retaking a few governors mansions in currently (Or to put it punnily, currantly) red states. Crazy huh? How'd that happen?

Well, it happened because radical right legislation signed by radical right governors is backfiring. Even their fellow Republicans have had enough. Now let's hope it backfires effectively enough to get voters to turn a few red mansions blue. Steve Kornacki cites one example. Then below that is the L.A. Times' broader take on the topic. Take it away, Steve:

Steve Kornacki, subbing for Rachel Maddow:

So you've heard a lot of stories in the last two years about extremely conservative governors and extremely conservative state legislators. You've probably heard of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and maybe you're even familiar with some of the extremely conservative lawmaking he and his legislature have achieved.

But you might not have heard what happened to Governor Brownback in Kansas today. Lots of people have seen enough and many of those people are Republicans...

There's a race for governor of Kansas this year. And today in that state, more than 100 Republican politicians and activists officially threw their support behind the Democrat...

And to put things in perspective and how big a deal this is, just take a minute to think of how staunchly a Republican state Kansas actually is...

Just two years ago, Brownback led an effort to purge moderate Republican state legislators in primaries to drive them out of the statehouse to replace them with right-wingers. And he got his way. 2012 was also the same year he signed a controversial tax slashing law into effect. ... Brownback said at the time that the cuts would create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business.

But two years later, it hasn't quite worked out that way. So far, it`s cost Kansas a ton of revenue without really jump-starting the economy. Moody`s, for example, recently downgraded the state`s credit rating... [O]n one hand, the governor`s dealing with the fallout from the tax cuts he championed. And on the other, he`s dealing with backlash from the moderates he`s tried to stamp out.

Steve Benen has more on this at The Maddow Blog.

The Los Angeles Times explores the phenomenon further. Brownback isn't the only one who may be in trouble:

The mathematics and political map both favor Democrats, the opposite of their circumstance in congressional races, where most House Republicans are safe and most competitive Senate contests are in places President Obama lost in 2012.

By contrast, Republican governors are battling in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states Obama carried twice.

Democrats have even expanded the fight to places such as ruby-red Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback faces a stiff challenge amid an uproar from GOP moderates and others unhappy with his aggressively conservative agenda — especially a massive tax cut that has badly strained state finances.

I love the way Nathan Gonzales, an analyst with the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, put it: "One of the consequences of doing well in an election is having to defend those victories next time around."

As regular readers know, one of my mantras is that the GOP lacks foresight. This drives the point home.

And this concludes yet another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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oz we're not in kansas any more

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LeBron Is Leaving the State that Refuted Medicaid and Returning to O-hi-o, Which Did Not!

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That terrific line is courtesy a Twizzerz genius that MSNBC's Joy Reid had spotted, noted and repeated on UP with Steve Kornacki who is being ably subbed for by the amazing Jonathan Martin this fine Saturday morning.

GO LeBron! I don't get all het up over sports apart from the Red Sox and World Cup fever, either, but did think that Cleveland hasn't gotten this much press in centuries ... first the GOP insults them by using their poor, unsuspecting town as the 2016 Gathering Place of strung out General Campaign GOPpers, Tea Party Edition [and satisfying early, if you are a liberal observer ].

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Catch Jonathon and round table's discussion, featuring the question of Bo(eh)ner's lawsuit aimed at President Obama, and I'll meet you with a conspiratorial grin on the other side of the vid.

The LeBron Mania was impressive. Again, not a sports guru, but did have a few Hoya victories to cheer for back in the university day, so I can understand the excitement that Cleveland feels to have LeBron return to the fold.

You become personally invested in these players, as fans, you make them your family.

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Ironically, Melissa Harris-Perry had done a couple of terrific in-depth segments, below, about L.B. James and his unique branding just recently, which is splendid background ... and even more interesting following the news that James is fleeing Florida as fast as Charlie Crist.

The second portion has new meaning knowing that not only was LeBron 'free', he is heading 'home'.

Wouldn't YOU have fled FloridaFloridaFlorida as fast as Charlie Crist? I have friends who are guaranteed sainthood [doesn't matter that we don't believe in it!] for just spending parts of their lives in that political zoo of asshattery of a state.

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GOP Puts Nail In Their 2016 Presidential Coffin

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It has become part of political mythology that a candidate cannot win the presidency without carrying Ohio. (John F. Kennedy pulled off this feat in 1960, winning the general election even though he lost the Buckeye State.) 

We'll come back to that. But first, let's take a look at another little piece of history. It has to do with the site of the GOP national nominating conventions. It looks like there's some telltale relationship between the host city and the eventual presidential winner that should have been taken into consideration. I guess Reince Preibus missed it when he announced Cleveland, Ohio as the host city for the 2016 National convention.

In the past five presidential elections, here are the cities where the GOP held their nominating gatherings:

  • 1996 San Diego, California
  • 2000 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2004 New York, New York
  • 2008 St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2012 Tampa, Florida

So how did that work out for the convention's host state and their GOP nominee in the general election?

  • In '96 Bob Dole LOST California
  • In 2000 George Bush LOST Pennsylvania
  • In '04 George Bush LOST New York
  • In '08 John McCain LOST Minnesota
  • In '12 Mitt Romney LOST Florida.

Five elections, five GOP host state losses. So now that the RNC has chosen Cleveland, Ohio to host their convention and no president has won the general election without winning Ohio for a long time, things are looking quite bleak. And if you're thinking of the Kennedy exception, to borrow from Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle:

Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy

And neither are any of the Republican potential candidates for 2016.

say goodnight, Gracie

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When is art too risky or offensive to display? You tell me.

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As regular readers already know, I worked for years as an artist, an actor, and a comedienne; my husband is a TV producer, my father-in-law, parents, and grandparents are/were all visual and/or musical and/or written-word artists. So our backgrounds and careers are all steeped in the arts, which is why I balk when people start deciding what is, and what isn't art.

I came across a very interesting piece at HuffPo, and I'd love to see what you guys think. Is this piece at The Cincinnati Art Museum too controversial? IMHO, it's not, because it's "provocative" art, not "real life." It's an artist's conception, his representation of life, ideas, impressions, sensibilities. It's... art.

But again, let's see what you think.

Via Martha Rosenberg, investigative reporter and award-winning author:

[A] a display at the Cincinnati Art Museum by conceptual artist Todd Pavlisko is igniting similar debate. Crown, which opened on March 15, consists of a 36-inch brass cube with 19 holes in a plexiglass case with eight flat-screens flanking visitors as they approach the cube. What is so controversial about that? The audio and video on the flat-screens record, in slow motion, the firing of a Tactical 308 rifle by a sharpshooter within the walls of the Cincinnati Art Museum which is how the cube came to sustain its holes. Nineteen bullets were fired by a Navy SEAL in 2012 past masterpieces in the museum's Schmidlapp Gallery like Warhol's "Soup Can" and Duveneck's "Whistling Boy." [...]

The rifle became an actual"drawing tool" says Pavlisko and the sharpshooter's use of physics to place each bullet on the brass cube are part of the artistic statement. [...]

While the Cincinnati Art Museum had to get city permission for creation of Crown and patrons and employees were not present during the shooting, the exhibition continues to draw antipathy.

Regular readers also know that I'm no fan of guns. I detest gun violence. However, if I lived in the area, I'd have no problem going to this exhibit without getting all worked up into a lather. Then again, I'm one of those crazy, radical artistic types who believes in free expression of ideas, both abstract and literal, visual and written. I say go for it.

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Ohio teacher fired over comment to Black student, “We don’t need another Black President

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The repost.us service is no longer available so we have removed that code from The Political Carnival.

Here is the original post on FreakOutNation

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A Populace Pump For Electile Dysfunction

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It doesn't get much funnier than this -- and what candidate hasn't worried at one time or another of suffering from "ELECTILE DYSFUNCION?" This one may actually give you a boner, er, Boehner. See if the orange-tinged House Speaker knows the difference as his opponent seeks to pump up the votes against him.

From Raw Story:

House Speaker John Boehner’s Tea Party challenger in the Ohio Republican primary, J.D. Winteregg, released a parody advertisement today that accuses the speaker of suffering from “Electile Dysfunction.”

The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC decided to back Winteregg after internal polling revealed that only 25 percent of Rep. Boehner’s constituents favored him over a generic Tea Party challenger. The PAC initiated a “two-pronged approach” similar to the one that Scott Brown used to catapult him into office: a dedicated “ground game” on the local front coupled with a national fundraising campaign.

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Told ya so, frackers: Ohio geologists see link between fracking, sudden burst of earthquakes

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In a previous post, Frackers set sights on largest oil shale reservoir in US... near CA's San Andreas fault, I couldn't help but wonder how greedy Big Oil could ignore the terrorizing prospect of triggering the San Andreas Fault to erupt into The Big One. Apparently, the health of so many people and of our fragile environment means nothing to California frackers.

Did I just say "California frackers"? My bad. I meant Ohio frackers, too. Along with any other frackers, for that matter.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that in Ohio, geologists have found a connection between fracking and earthquakes. Clearly, they've been in contact with Captain Obvious. L.A. Times, previously:

"The process of reinjecting drilling fluids into the ground is thought by some to stimulate minor seismic activity around drilling pads, dubbed 'frackquakes.'"

Take it away, Captain Obvious:

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Ohio geologists have found a probable connection between fracking and a sudden burst of mild earthquakes last month in a region that had never experienced a temblor until recently, according to a state report.

The quake report, which coincided with the state’s announcement of some of the nation’s strictest limits on fracking near faults, marked the strongest link to date between nerve-rattling shakes and hydraulic fracturing -- the process of firing water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth to eject oil and natural gas out of ancient rock.

Last month, Ohio indefinitely shut down Hilcorp Energy’s fracking operation near the Pennsylvania border after five earthquakes, including one magnitude-3 temblor that awoke many Ohioans from their sleep. [...]

They “believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said in a statement about the Poland, Ohio, operation.

You just know what frackers will do with the "unknown" word. How did former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld mangle it again? Oh yes:

And how did Hilcorp Energy mangle the truth again? Oh yes. They said they are “fully committed to public safety and acting in a manner consistent with being a good corporate citizen.” Because, hey, corporations are people, too, and they're the best corporate citizens EVER.

Sorry, Hilcorp, but you're no "citizen," but you are a disgrace. Hate to say we environmentally-aware types told you so about that whole "frackquake" thing, but well, we told you so. And don't get us started on climate change, the fracking chemicals that contaminate groundwater, and drought.

Speaking of which, if you've never seen Josh Fox's "Gasland," now's your chance. Our own lwdgrfx posted the entire video here.

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